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Take your skills to the next level. GOAL SETTING - You’ll never

regret ramping up on this skill. No more last minute science projects... having the money you want to buy those great jeans... getting to go to the camp you choose...

Turn to page 2 for more ‘need to know’ information about the cookie program


decide how to use your babysitting money, choose how to give back to your community. What decisions are you making now that will affect your future?


you know where your cash is going? Keep tabs on it and make it work for you! If you can handle a checking account, who knows what else you can handle!

PEOPLE SKILLS - If you can

relate to people, your world opens up wider than ever before. What a great program to be able to practice those skills!


want a job in the future? People trust Girl Scouts, and they trust you as a Girl Scout. Using correct business ethics now (keeping promises, being honest and fair, respecting your customer, and more) will go a long way in your future!

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C O N N E C T Things you need to know about the cookie program...

Set goals. Track progress. Play games. Get valuable cookie sale information.

NEW Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion™ Delicious & Nutritious Earn a new iPad!

Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Troops can opt out of recognitions and cookie dough. Individual girls in those troops that sell 750+ packages can earn the new iPad! The whole troop must decide to opt-out. See your order card for more details and all the other recognitions that girls can earn (all voted on by girls)!

A tasty treat with major vitamins! We all want to eat with health in mind. Now, you can in a delicious new way with our Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion™ Girl Scout Cookies. Close your eyes, take a bite, and feel like you’re on a tropical island. Mango Crèmes combine a crispy cookie with the taste of mango. No trans

fats, hydrogenated oils, or preservatives—just pure island delight! These tangy, refreshing tropical treats are packed with great taste AND vitamins! Crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies feature a mango-flavored creme filling with all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries!

Camp Time! Ten troops with the highest per girl average will receive two free overnights at the Greater Iowa camp property of their choice. Rental fee will be covered by Greater Iowa and is based on availability. The troop is responsible for food and programming.

10 troops = 2 free overnights!

KEY DATES FOR THE COOKIE PROGRAM FEBRUARY 1: Cookie sale beings! No selling before this date. On your honor! FEBRUARY 1 - MARCH 17: Sell and distribute cookies FEBRUARY 15: Cookie booth sales start. BEGINNING OF MAY: Cookie Dough Swipe Cards distributed COCO: COOKIE COMMAND CENTER / ONLINE BUSINESS CENTER • Set and track individual goals. • Send e-cards (COCO cards) to notify your friends and family about the upcoming sale*

Login information for COCO

• Record progress towards goals. • Send encouraging “cheers” to teammates and receive cheers given to you. • Links for teens to share via social media.

Go to Click on your age level or status. Click "Login” on the lower left side of the screen and then click on “register.” Fill in the registration information. Girls who have a Cookie Zone ID from last year will use that ID as their username. If they do not have one, they will create one. * All girls may begin sending COCO Cards on January 26. For your safety, these invitations should only be used for close family and friends. There is also a Facebook tool for girls 13 and older. You may use the Internet to notify friends and family of your cookie sale, however, posting cookies on resale sites like Craigslist and eBay is prohibited. All money and products must be collected and delivered in person - no money or products can be exchanged online. No cookies will be sent to customers from the Council. These tools and guidelines are available at or





Girl Scouts: Making the World a Better Place Taiylor Morgan

Last summer, I had the chance to be a C.I.T. (Counselor in Training) at Camp Sacajawea. I made many new friends and learned vital life skills. We learned how to handle homesick children, teach them games and songs, and become an efficient leader. It was the best three weeks of my summer and probably my favorite camp experience. It is the greatest feeling in the world when a little girl thanks you for all your help and advice, or hugs you for no reason-just because they like to be around you. It’s very satisfying to know that I impacted a child’s life and that they too, are growing as an individual. Camp has helped me to figure out the kind of person that I really am and I am so grateful for everyone who has shared in my experiences. Taiylor

Be Your Very Best in 2013 - Girl Scout Style Ready to make a New Year’s resolution, a promise to yourself that you’ll keep all year long? You might pledge to be more helpful around the house or eat healthier snacks. If you want some Girl Scout–style ideas, consider these: In the coming year, I will…

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Complete my Gold Award By earning the

Come up with a Make Your Own Badge project where I can learn a new skill and

Girl Scout Gold Award, you will be joining the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference in their communities both locally and globally.

create and design a badge as unique as I am.

Post an award project on Map It! to share with other girls. Map It! is an interactive map that shows how Girl Scouts all over are changing the world! Whether it’s Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Bronze Awards, Forever Green, or Journey Take Action projects, browse what girls are doing to get inspiration and share your story with us! It’s a great way to get inspiration for your Girl Scout year or just see what other girls are doing to change the world!

On My Honor; I will try...

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Resolve to BFF (Be a Friend First) by

being kind to others and standing up against bullying behavior.


Find a Take Action project that I believe in and make a lasting difference.

Recite the Girl Scout Promise and Law out loud at least once a week.

Repetition helps learners retain facts, labels, lists, rules, and procedures in their long-term memory under the assumption that the more often information is retrieved and used, the more deeply it will be processed. The more times that you repeat patterns of thought, for example when learning new information, the more likely you will be able to recall that information. So repetition is a key part of learning.

Can you think of more? How about encouraging your troop and/or friends to use reusable bottles instead of paper cups for a Forever Green project? How about inviting friends along to plan, fund raise, and go on a Girl Scout Destinations trip (the cookie program is just starting... hint, hint)? Once you make your personalized list, write it up or print it out and post it somewhere you can see it every day to keep track of how you’re doing. Resolutions are usually created to make a life change - so, don’t be discouraged if you get off track... get right back on and reach for your goals! 3^



Girl Scouting

custom made for you!

Not interested in joining a troop, but still want to enjoy the Girl Scout Leadership Experience?

You can join our program as a Juliette!

Juliettes are busy, independent, self confident girls who want to be a part of something larger – Girl Scouts! Make your Girl Scouting experience custom fit your interests! • The Juliette program is a great way for girls who don’t have time for troop specific activities to participate in other council programs. • It’s a great way to continue your future in Girl Scouts when your troop no longer meets, or if there isn’t a troop that is right for you in your town. • Some of our Juliettes belonged to Girl Scouts as younger girls and are now looking for a new way to stay connected while not making a year long commitment to a group. Contact us at



Mark Your Calendar

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Watch your mailboxes for the new program book mailed the second week in January. You’ll find events, camp adventures, travel, series programs and more in this book. All of our programs, and a flipable/readable electronic book, are also on our website! We have so many exciting programs and trips for you to choose from - sign up today!

Capitol Girls – March 20, 2013

This event is for girls in grades 9-12. Take an in-depth look at our state government by capitol shadowing one of our lawmakers. You’ll be front girls and center as our state policymakers have lively debates on the House and Senate floors. You’ll be introduced during the General Assembly, then paired with a female legislator for an inside look at being a woman in politics. Capitol Girls is a great experience that will help you develop personal leadership skills while experiencing our government in action. Registration deadline is March 6. MARCH


Girl Scout Day at the Capitol – March 20, 2013

This tour is best for girls in grades 4 – 12. Do you know how our state legislature works and what goes on to create our laws? Are you interested in possibly running for public office someday? Come for an informative and FUN day at our State Capitol! You’ll enjoy a tour of the State Capitol and our state Historical Building. Learn from the experts about how an idea can become a law, how to be an active citizen, and you’ll even get the chance to meet with your representatives. Join us for this awesome annual event. Includes a fun patch. Registration deadline is March 6. MARCH


Annual Meeting – April 20, 2013 APRIL


Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa will hold its Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the West Des Moines Marriott Hotel. We will honor outstanding volunteers, salute Gold Award honorees, and commemorate excellence in Girl Scouting. Watch for more details on our website.

Believe in Girls (B.I.G.) - September 7, 2013

Join hundreds of girls from across Iowa for our biggest event of the year! Our annual Believe in Girls (B.I.G.) event features fun and informative SEPT stations on science, technology, and engineering! We’ll also be hosting many activity booths where girls can take part in craft projects, SWAPS, have fun with nature, and other general Girl Scout activities! Breakout sessions will cover exciting topics for all grade levels. Stage events will include dance, fashion, Miss Iowa, and live music. Come to our B.I.G. event, meet and connect with other Girl Scouts from across the state, and explore how to reach your goals with confidence and determination. Registration deadline is August 16.


Summer Camp 2013 is going to be a blast and we can’t wait to see you and your friends there! Summer Camp sessions will be in the mail the first week in February. Look for all of the information also on our website

We’re hiring for summer staff! We are looking for enthusiastic summer camp staff. Do you want to make a huge difference in the lives of girls this summer - or do you know someone who does? Summer camp staff must be 18. Contact us for more information. Camp Joy Hollow Camp Sacajawea Camp Tanglefoot


Lexi bumped into someone at the mall. Curtis slammed into a parking meter. Ryan tripped over a bag at the airport. You’ve probably seen it, and maybe you’ve even laughed: People can end up in some pretty goofy situations when they text and walk at the same time. Believe it or not, people can also get hurt.

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The American College of Emergency Physicians warns people about texting on the move. ER docs who treat people like Curtis (he cracked his ribs in his encounter with the parking meter) say that we need to be more cautious about when and where we text.

What’s the Big Deal? The problem is multitasking. No matter how young and agile we are,

the human brain just isn’t capable of doing several things at once and giving full attention to all of them. So it could be very dangerous if you text in situations that require your full focus. When you text you’re thinking about what to say, concentrating on what your thumbs are doing, and reading constantly incoming messages rather than paying attention to what you’re doing or where you’re going - that significantly ups your risk of getting hurt or injuring others. It doesn’t matter if you can text without looking at the keypad. Even if texting feels like second nature, your brain is still trying to do two things at once — and one of them is bound to get less attention. Texting also prevents you from paying close attention to what’s going on around you, something that’s especially important in certain situations like walking home after dark. Your reaction time is also likely to be much slower if you’re texting. If you’re about to run into someone or something else, you may not have time to act before it’s too late.

When Texting Turns Tragic Texting while walking can even be fatal. One woman in San

Francisco was killed when she walked right into the path of a pickup truck. That’s rare, of course. But texting is more likely to contribute to car crashes. We know this because police and other authorities sometimes use a driver’s phone records to check for phone and text activity in the seconds and minutes before a fatal crash. Connect is a publication for Girl Scouts in grades 6-12. It is published four times annually as a service to the girls of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Chair: Martha Krone CEO: Jamie Boersma 1860 Madison Ave, Ste 3 Council Bluffs, IA 51503 712-328-2338 800-422-2093 10715 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322 515-278-2881 800-342-8389 112 S 3rd Street Fort Dodge, IA 50501 515-573-8141 80-798-8141 601 S Illinois Ave. Mason City, IA 50401 641-423-3044 800-657-5853 1515 Zenith Drive Sioux City, IA 51103 712-255-0187 800-746-8947 Girl Scout Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

When people text while behind the wheel, they’re focusing their attention — and often their eyes — on something other than the road. In fact, driving while texting (DWT) can be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Texting from behind the wheel is against the law in almost 20 states and the District of Columbia. Many more states are trying to put DWT regulations into action. Even in states without specific laws, if you swerve all over the place, cut off cars, or bring on a collision because of texting, you could still be charged with reckless driving. That may mean a ticket, a lost license, or even jail time if you cause a fatal crash.

Tips for Texting It’s hard to live without texting. So the best thing to do is manage how and when we text, choosing the right time and place. Here are three ways to make sure your messaging doesn’t interfere with your focus — or your life: 1.

Always put your phone in an easily accessible place, like a specific pouch or pocket in your backpack or purse so it’s easy to find.

2. If you need to text right away, stop what you’re doing or pull off the road. 3. Turn off your phone completely when you’re doing anything that requires your full attention. That way there’s less temptation to answer calls or texts. To avoid an injury — whether it’s a cut on your face or a bruise to your ego — or a horrible tragedy, try to use your best judgment. Text only when you’re not putting yourself or others in harm’s way. And if you’re riding in a car with a driver who is texting, ask him or her to stop or try not to ride with that person again. Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts advance diversity and pluralism in our Movement and in the communities in which we live.

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