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All graduates will be recognized in the next issue of the Connect newsletter. Please submit the following information, as well as a picture* to! Information must be received by April 30, 2012. This is what we’d like to know: • Name • Address, City, State & Zip • Phone Number, Email, way to contact you • High School • Years in Girl Scouting and Troop # • Most Memorable Experience in Girl Scouting • Plans for the future ( job, college, major...) • Did you earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award? If so, what was/were your project(s)? Answer these questions and email your information and picture* to or mail your information with picture* to: Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa ATTN: Connect Newsletter 1515 Zenith Drive Sioux City, IA 51103 *All pictures become the property of the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Digital pictures preferred.

Summer Camp 2012 I’ve been selling cookies for six years in Girl Scouts. The first year, me and my mom were worried I wouldn’t be able to sell 200 boxes and we were shocked by how many I was capable of selling! Selling is fun to just see how many you can sell, my goal this year is around 750 boxes. I think cookie time is probably my favorite time of year next to Girl Scout Camp.

My favorite camp is Camp Tanglefoot, this is because of the counselors, high ropes course, and new friends I meet every year. My all-time favorite counselor is Kate O’Donnell. She is in charge of the high ropes course. She helped me when I was down or got hurt on the ropes course. I also enjoy playing Gaga in the Gaga Pit. The waterfront is an amazing place to spend time with your new friends you’ve met at camp. Sometimes I even see a girl I went to camp with a couple years ago. I have been to all the camps that are still up and running. Tanglefoot is also my favorite because you actually are camping. Julia Cira makes camp so much fun! She always joins in the fun and has a good time, she makes it seem like she’s not working when we know she is working really hard to keep everyone happy and safe. I have been going to camp since I started Girl Scouts. The food is amazing at camp. I am a super picky eater but at camp it seems whatever they put on my plate makes my mouth water. Camp is a fun place to go to. It helps you get away from the world and just have fun. That is why I love camp, selling cookies, and most of all being a Girl Scout. Maycie Stanbro, Oskaloosa, IA, Girl Scout Cadette

Inside: Travel / Events ......................................2 Social Networking Info .......................2 iPad Challenge ......................................2 Girl Story Highlights: Bruner............ 3 The Right Amount of Exercise ........ 4

Summer Camp Registration is open! Register today



Make your adventure non-stop. Travel with us. We’re going places! Note registration close dates! Look online ( > program > pathways > travel) for descriptions of the events! Zoo Crew: July 15-16, 2012, grades 4-8 Cost to Attend: $125/girl*; $125 adult*, Registration Close Date: 7/2/12 He and Me in KC: June 24, 2012, grades 1-12 Cost to Attend: $75/girl*; $75 adult*, Registration Close Date: 5/24/12 Sioux Falls Adventure: June 1 - 2, 2012, grades 6-8 Cost to Attend: $110/girl*; $110 adult*, Registration Close Date: 3/30/12 Sleepin’ with the Sharks: June 7 - 8, 2012, grades 4-5 Cost to Attend: $125/girl*; $125 adult* , Registration Close Date: 5/25/12 Junior Heritage Trip: July 16-20, 2012, grades 4-5 Cost to Attend: $400/girl; $400 adult , Registration extended! Savannah Bound: August 6-12, 2012, grades 6-8 Cost to Attend: $900/girl*; $900 adult* , Registration Close Date: 4/6/12 Overnight at the Omaha Zoo: October 12-13, 2012, grades 6-8 Cost to Attend: $40/girl; $40/adult, Registration Close Date: 9/28/12 Land Down Under: July 7 - 31, 2013, grades 9-12 Cost to Attend: $4,500* for both girl and adult participants. $50 deposit is due at the time of registration. Registration Close Date: 6/1/12 *Final price dependant on girls’ planning.

NEW! Upcoming Event: Cupcake Chaos Who loves

Cupcake Wars and Ace of Cakes? This event will give you the chance to bake your hearts out! Learn the secrets of how to make these tasty treats and then find out how to decorate like the pros!

Date/Time: Friday, April 13th, 2012; 6 - 8 p.m. Location: Breaktime Bakery, 122 East Main St, Cherokee, IA Cost/Girl Limit: $12/girl; 30 girl limit Deadline to register: April 2, 2012 (Register online!) Parents are free for this event, but the activities are going to be done primarily by the girls to maximize their experience.

The Stats on Social Networking So what are others doing? What do they know and what don’t they? What percentages of them are sharing information they shouldn’t? We’ve got the scoop from WiredSafety...

• 70% of teens are sharing too much personal information on their profile

• 46% are sharing IM or other contact info • 54% have people they don’t know on their “friends” list

• 65% say they don’t really understand privacy settings • 40% put their cell phone numbers on their profiles or away message linked to their profiles

• Only 15% say they know how to shut down a profile • Only 5% say they would bother to report any bad behavior, and only 2% know how Let’s improve those numbers! We’ll help you do it! Keep reading to find out how to jump on the bandwagon and improve our stats!

The Risks of Social Networking Social networking involves a lot of people and a whole lot of technology. And with all that, comes a lot of different ways to communicate and (email, IMs, PMs, video, poking, friending ... you know the drill). As cool as computers, cell phones, and social networking sites are, they each come with some sort of risk. Probably more than you ever would have expected. Risk, shmisk, you say? Don’t knock it. There are actually FOUR -- yes, 4-- different types of risks from social networking. 1. Risks to you from others: You could be cyberbullied, targeted by a sexual predator, your friends may share too much info about you, or someone could steal your ID. 2. Risks to others from you: Whether it’s intentional or not, you could be cyberbullying someone or you could share too much info on one of your friends. 3. Risks to your computer: Someone can stick a virus or spyware into a download, or use tricks to get into your computer or your accounts by “phishing.” Or guess your password and hack into your computer. 4. Risks you pose to yourself: Are you really willing to have your parents, principal, the police or a predator know everything you post online? Even worse, you might post that picture of yourself online, or that story that was funny... at the time. But when the college admissions office or that potential summer employer sees it... well, this may be the biggest risk of all.


Now all this isn’t just to scare you. It’s just to help you think before you click. The more you know the safer you (and your friends) will be. Learn more at

Go to to learn how to avoid these risks and much more about being safe online!


Hello! My name is Ronette Bruner...


Girl Scouts: Making the World a Better Place

I am in 11th grade this year. I have many favorite subjects, but the two that I love the most are history and anatomy. Three of my favorite activities are show choir, reading, and learning. I have been in Girl Scouts for almost 12 years and I am now a Girl Scout Ambassador. I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, and responsible for what I say and do, respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout. I have just quoted the Girl Scout Law and I try to practice this on a daily basis. I learned this as a Girl Scout Brownie, while making my sit-upon. My goal was to do my best. To be honest and fair I took on the role of President in my Girl Scout troop. There have been many opportunities to be friendly and helpful. One time a little girl showed up at a Girl Scout function without a parent/guardian. I took on the responsibility of finding her mother; while we waited for her mother to come I took her around to different activities to keep her busy. I have taken on the responsibility of being a delegate for the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. I have learned that what I say can have a great effect on everybody. I feel I have gained great confidence by attending events and programs provided by Girl Scouts. I have attended many Earth Day events. I have collected trash and recycled different items. When I work on projects I try to not waste resources if possible. I have met many girls through Girl Scouting and have made many friends. I have met adults as well as peers through the community, while being in a worth-while organization like Girl Scouts. I feel Girl Scouts has molded my character into the responsible leader of today. I have attended many thinking day events where troops come from all over and present different countries so girls learn how it is to live somewhere else. I have attended baseball games, water parks, camps, classes on respecting yourself and others, program aids, leadership, CPR and first aid. I even helped organize a trip to an Alaska encampment. I helped organize the trip for 16 girls to go to the encampment to join other Girl Scouts from all over the world like: Hawaii, Russia, and even Japan. While in Girl Scouts I have worked on and completed all of the highest awards in Girl Scouting. For the bronze award my troop painted a head start playground. For the Silver Award me and another Girl Scout decorated 4x8 sheets of plywood, insulated them, and hung them in a church to sound proof the gym. For my Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, I offered a reading program to a primary school. I started this project because I like to read and want younger children to want to read. If I could get even one child to read, it would make the world a better place. The best thing about being a Girl Scout is being able to do things you never thought possible. Girl Scouting has helped me develop character by putting me in different positions which has helped me take on many different roles in different fields that I normally would not have tried. This has given me the opportunity to become a stronger person and help me develop into a morally strong young adult.

- Ronette

Ronette’s story was featured in our Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa blog on February 28. Do you have a story you’d like to tell? We’d love to hear it! Email us at! Are you interested in a challenge this summer? Do you want to help others, but just aren’t sure how? We are challenging Girl Scouts across our jurisdiction to complete 4,000 hours of service from May 1 – August 1. Stay tuned for more information - and start thinking about ways that you can use your time to help someone in your community and help us reach our goal! Look for our weblink!


The Right Amount Of Exercise You’ve probably heard countless times how exercise is “good for you.” But did you know that it can actually help you feel good, too? Getting the right amount of exercise can rev up your energy levels and even help improve your mood.

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Rewards and Benefits Experts recommend that teens get 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. Here are some of the reasons: • Exercise benefits every part of the body, including the mind. It can help you produce endorphins, chemicals that can help a person to feel more peaceful and happy. • It can help some people sleep better, raise their self-esteem, and give you a sense of accomplishment. • Exercising can help you look better by keeping you at a healthy weight with muscle tone. • Exercise can help a person age well and keep your bones strong. This may not seem important now, but your body will thank you later. A Well Balanced Routine The three components to a well-balanced exercise routine are: Aerobic Exercise These include biking, running, swimming, dancing, in-line skating, tennis, cross-country skiing, hiking, and walking quickly. Strength Training Different types of exercise strengthen different muscle groups, for example: • For arms, try rowing or cross-country skiing. Pull-ups and push-ups, those old gym class standbys, are also good for building arm muscles. • For strong legs, try running, biking, rowing, or skating, squats, and leg raises. • For shapely abs, you can’t beat rowing, yoga or pilates, and crunches. Flexibility Training Sports and activities that encourage flexibility are easy to find. Martial arts like karate also help a person stay flexible. Ballet, gymnastics, pilates, and yoga are other good choices. Stretching after your workout will also help you improve your flexibility. What’s Right for Me? One of the biggest reasons people drop an exercise program is lack of interest: If what you’re doing isn’t fun, it’s hard to keep it up. The good news is that there are tons of different sports and activities that you can try out to see which one inspires you. • Consider your workout personality. • Is the activity affordable and available to you - do you have time? • Do you have any health conditions that may affect you? It’s good to talk to your parents and doctor concerning these things. Too Much of a Good Thing As with all good things, it’s possible to overdo exercise. Although exercising is a great way to maintain a healthy weight, exercising too much to lose weight isn’t healthy. The body needs enough calories to function properly. This is especially true for teens, who are still growing. Exercising too much in an effort to burn calories and lose weight (also called compulsive exercise) can be a sign of an eating disorder. If you ever get the feeling that your exercise is in charge of you rather than the other way around, talk with your doctor, a parent, or another adult you trust. It’s also possible to overtrain — something high school athletes need to watch out for. If you participate in one sport, experts recommend that you limit that activity to a maximum of 5 days a week, with at least 2-3 months off per year. You can still train more than that as long as it’s cross-training in a different sport (such as swimming or biking if you play basketball). Participating in more than one activity or sport can help athletes use different skills and avoid injury.

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Considering the benefits to the heart, muscles, joints, and mind, it’s easy to see why exercise is wise. And the great thing about exercise is that it’s never too late to start. Even small things can count as exercise when you’re starting out — like taking a short bike ride, walking the dog, or raking leaves.

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Keep It Up! If you’re already getting regular exercise now, try to keep it up after you graduate from high school. Staying fit is often one of the biggest challenges for people as they get busy with college and careers.

Girl Scout Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

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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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Connect Newsletter for all girls in grades 6-12 for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

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Connect Newsletter for all girls in grades 6-12 for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa