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girl scout camp... Going to camp means a lot to me because... ...I make friendships that last forever! ...I get to experience things I wouldn’t normally experience. ...I’ve gained a lot of confidence in myself by going to camp. I mean, it’s where you can act 100% you! You don’t have to try and impress anybody because it’s camp! It’s where you’re supposed to gain confidence, leadership, and courage! To me camp is a place where I feel like I can do anything. I mean, yes there are rules and things you can’t do but, do what you can. I have had lots of experiences from going to camp. A couple years ago I had a horse and after she reared up on me when I went to go ride her, I lost my confidence in riding. But, after going to Camp Sac I gained my confidence back in riding again because even though my love for horses didn’t die, I faced my fear and got up on a horse again. I’ve made lots of friends at camp. I have made friends that even though I don’t talk to them or see them I still can remember their names and how we met if I ever run into them :) At camp I’ve had lots of experiences that have really impacted my life. I had (and still have) a favorite counselor that I look up to to this day. Right now she’s a director at a camp and I’ve always looked up to her. I’ve learned lots of things from Girl Scouts. I’ve made my talents even better because we use them at camp. Like, saddling a Western saddle on a horse. I haven’t done it in years but, I still knew exactly how to do it. And, I even got the chance to help teach some other people in my group how to saddle ‘em. I really believe that when I help girls younger than me that I make a difference in their life. I mean, I’m not afraid to talk to somebody. I love encouraging people because it makes me feel good that I’ve inspired somebody to conquer their fear, or do something they’re afraid to do! It’s just a really amazing feeling because I feel like I can make a difference just by being myself. I’ve learned lots of new skills at camp. I never knew how to shoot a bow and arrow. But, after I went to camp we did some archery and I learned how to do it and keep me and everybody around me safe. And once I got home from camp that week I asked my dad if we could get a bow and arrow so I could still do it even though I’m not at camp :) When I went to camp a few years ago, I had learned how to cook some different things outside. And, I still make some of them to this day. When you go to camp, you never forget the songs and things you did. I love hearing and singing camp songs. Because whenever I sing ‘em I can feel the camp fire near me and everybody around me singing. It’s a really amazing feeling. By selling Girl Scout Cookies, I have improved my social skills and my math skills. :). I’ve learned how to tie knots, make bracelets, swim, quick problem solving, and spend a night out under the stars! I’ve had so many great experiences and chances that I am extremely thankful for. Camp and being a Girl Scout means a lot to me. I can’t imagine myself not as a Girl Scout.

2013 Inside: Class of 2013.......... 2-4 B.I.G.............................. 4 Voices Survey.............5 Girl Advisory Committee............. 6-7 PSA Winners.............. 8

- Lauren, Age 13, Thornton, IA

Serve your local communities this summer! Last year, we logged over 4,000 hours, how many more can we achieve this year? We will be tracking all service projects completed from June 1 - September 7.

Service projects can be any one-time projects that happen at your local nursing home, school yard, community garden, library reading programs, vacation bible school, and many other places. Service work can be as varied as a one-time clean-up of a neighborhood park or volunteering with the Humane Society on a regular basis for two months. Check out the suggestions that are on our website for taking an idea and making it into a Service Project. Make sure that your service project is counted by logging your projects and your hours on our website at

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Special Communication Announcement

This is the last issue of this format for Connect. Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa will be launching a new type of monthly e-newsletter later this summer! If you change your email address, please be sure to let us know by emailing



CONGRATULATIONS Class of 2013 2013 Gold Award Recipients

Congratulations to our 2013 Gold Award Recipients! Watch for Gold Award highlights on our website and in our Annual Report. Brett Burnell, Norwalk, IA Mollie Emerson, Rockford, IA Katie Jacobson, St. Charles, IA Bonnie Keller, Sioux City, IA Katie Luzier, Norwalk IA Vianna Miller, Sioux City, IA Isabelle Reusch, Cherokee, IA Laura Tibbs, Alden, IA Brittany Wiebbecke, Nashua, IA

2013 Graduating Seniors

Krystalle Abbas, Algona, IA Jessica Allen, Woodbine, IA Annelease Lynn Marie Anderson, Eagle Grove, IA Rachel Bailey, Mingo, IA Colfax-Mingo High School 13 years in Girl Scouts, Troop #623 Future Plans: Attend Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). Favorite GS Moment: Going to camp at Camp Sacajawea Earned Awards: Bronze Brianna Ballard-Goldman, Sigourney, IA Bridget Baumgarten, Saint Charles, IA Jordan L Bennett, Hamburg, IA Cody Alynne Bock, Ankeny, IA Kirby C. Bouillon, Greene, IA North Butler High School 13 Years in Girl Scouts; Troop # 20162 Future Plans: Attend North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) to achieve an Associate Degree in Nursing then continue at the University of Iowa to complete my BSN. My goal is to work in a VA Hospital or an Indian Hospital and give back to the United States Veterans and my Indian Heritage. Favorite GS Moment: Camping in tents as a Girl Scout Brownie was most memorable. We searched for our own firewood, told stories and ate hotdogs and s’mores around a fire pit. These are the friends that I will keep always. Brittany Marie Bremer, Bloomfield, IA Kryssa M Brown, New Virginia, IA Reba A Brundige, Thor, IA


Ronette Bruner, Council Bluffs, IA* Lewis Central Senior High School 13 years in Girl Scouts; Troop #40377 Future Plans: Attend Creighton University in Omaha, NE and double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in History. Favorite GS Moment: Troop trips including going to Alaska for sixteen days in 2007 where we stayed at a Girl Scout Camp and met other girls from around the nation and going to California for nine days where we went to Hollywood, the San Diego Zoo, Disney Land, and Universal Studios. I enjoyed being on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. I got to make differences in young girls lives and making big decisions. I also enjoyed being a delegate and going to Texas. I helped make guidelines for the next century of Girl Scouting. I got to meet many girls from all over the nation and learn about different cultures. Earned Awards: Bronze, Silver, and Gold: Gold Award Project was starting a book club to get younger children involved in reading. They got to be the first to read and then “donate” a book to the library - they also kept a bag and bookmark. Madeline K Bures, Sergeant Bluff, IA Katelynn Burkhead, Truro, IA Cassandra M Cannon, Sioux City, IA Alyssa Carlson, Dakota City, IA Paige Carlson, Storm Lake, IA Stacie Lee Carmer, Marshalltown, IA Emily Carroll, Ankeny, IA Ankeny High School 13 years in Girl Scouts, Troop #208 Future Plans: Attending Mercy in the nursing program Favorite GS Moment: Always Fall Camp Earned Awards: Bronze, Silver Rebel Clodi, Madrid, IA Whitney A Croll, Shenandoah, IA Sarah Dale, Des Moines, IA Alaura Danks, Saint Charles, IA Meredith Kathleen Dierks, Clive, IA Krystyna M Diggins, Whittemore, IA Mariah Dougherty, Ames, IA TaNisha Renee Dunlavy, Bloomfield, IA Hali Felts, Perry, IA Alana Fisher, Delta, IA Sydney Nicole Fuller, Ottumwa, IA Alec Glandon, Sigourney, IA Alexandra Kaye Griffin, Nevada, IA Susan June Haack, Le Mars, IA Samantha R Haberl, Breda, IA Daisy K Hegland, Jewell, IA



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Samantha Richelle Hirschman, Cherokee, IA Cherokee Washington High School 11 years in Girl Scouts Future Plans: Attend Buena Vista University Favorite GS Moment: Lock-Ins at the Sioux City Mall. Earned Awards: Bronze.

Jaina Hoyle, Madrid, IA Gene I Hurley, Des Moines, IA Katie Jacobson, Saint Charles, IA* Interstate 35 High School 13 years in Girl Scouts, Troop #242 Future Plans: Attend Iowa State University majoring in engineering. I really want to work somewhere where I can do my part to save our environment. Favorite GS Moment: Being chosen as a National Young Woman of Distinction. It was really awesome! I got the chance to meet some really amazing girls and speak in front of some really fantastic women Earned Awards: Silver, Gold: Gold Award was building bat houses and placing them around different parks in Warren County (with the help of the Warren County Conservation Board). Christina L Jensen, Dakota City, IA Tiara Jutting, Mason City, IA Emily J Kaune, Mason City, IA Patricia Kindlimann, West Des Moines, IA Waukee High School I am a foreign exchange student. I joined the Brownie troop #667 in september and i am an assistant leader there. In Switzerland, I have been a Girl Scout. since 2005 and in Switzerland, I am already a troop leader of girls between 1st and 4th grade. Future Plans: At the end of June, I will return to Switzerland and finish high school since we have 13 years of school. Later on I might study languages or work with children. I will also continue being a Girl Scout leader in Switzerland. Favorite GS Moment: The World Scout Jamboree 2011 in Sweden. Over 40,000 Scouts went to a huge camp in Sweden for twelve days. Paxton M King, Humboldt, IA Gretchen Kistenmacher, Holstein, IA Ridge View High School 13 years in Girl Scouts, Troop #37 Future Plans: Attending Central College in Pella, IA, majoring in Biology, and playing collegiate volleyball. Favorite GS Moment: Visiting the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, Savannah, GA! Earned Awards: Bronze Arizona Miakal Knutson, Floyd, IA

Carly Lorraine Langley, Ankeny, IA Ankeny Christian Academy 7 years in Girl Scouts, Troop #840 Future Plans: going to Ellsworth Community College and then transferring to Midwestern State University in Texas to earn a degree in social work Favorite GS Moment: Going to summer camp and fall campouts at Camp Sacajawea. I’ve learned a lot because of camp and have met counselors who have changed my life. Earned Awards: Bronze, Silver Emilie Larson, Granger, IA Bethany N Lehman, Plainfield, IA Bethany Lehman Nashua-Plainfield High School 13 years in Girl Scouts; Troop #232 Future Plans: Attend Coe College in Cedar Rapids. I plan to major in math, physics, or environmental science. Favorite GS Moment: Troop trip to Adventureland. Earned Awards: Bronze, Silver Amelia R Leuschen, Holstein, IA* Miranda Kay Lovell, Grimes, IA Katie Luzier, Norwalk, IA* Valorie Ause Magill, Sigourney, IA Mia C Marchant, Hamburg, IA Miriah Masching, Breda, IA Emily Ann Mcguire, Ankeny, IA Danilea Mckee, Bloomfield, IA Emily Nicole Mcroberts, Chariton, IA Rachael Meehan, Ames, IA Stephanie Ann Merchant, Merrill, IA Vianna M Miller, Sioux City, IA* Kristen M Monroe, Des Moines, IA East High School 13 years in Girl Scouts, Troop #919 Future Plans: I plan to attend Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). Favorite GS Moment: Troop trip to Oceans of Fun and Worlds of Fun in Kansas City - we also visited the Kansas City Zoo. Earned Awards: Bronze, Silver Shannon Novak, Nevada, IA Nevada High School 7 years in Girl Scouts, Troop #422 Future Plans: Attend Iowa State University in the fall and major in music. I eventually hope to pursue a career in musical performance. Favorite GS Moment: The High Flyers Challenge Course! Hayden Deborah Owens, Bloomfield, IA Emily Marie Patterson, Sigourney, IA Kayla Pierce, Ames, IA Kayleigh Plew, Des Moines, IA




CONGRATULATIONS Class of 2013 Isabelle May Reusch, Cherokee, IA Washington High School Troop #447 Future Plans: Attending Buena Vista University and majoring in art education. Favorite GS Moment: Troop trip to Adventureland. Earned Awards: Bronze, Silver, Gold: Gold Award was making activity bags for churches, local businesses, and the nursing home. Brittany Ryerson, Marshalltown, IA Becca L Schager, Sioux City, IA Madison M Schettler, Breda, IA Abbiggayle Ruthann Schupanitz, Mason City, IA Angela Sellers, Council Bluffs, IA Angela Sellers Lewis Central High School 11 years in Girl Scouts, Troop # 40377 Future Plans: Go to college to become some type of receptionist of some sort I’m still trying to figure that out still. I am planning on getting a new job to get before I go to college. Favorite GS Moment: Troop trip to Alaska in 2007 - It was a great experience to be in Alaska for sixteen days. We got to go on a train and we got to take a plane there. It was great to be with my friends and family. Troop trip to California in 2012 - it was my dream to go to Hollywood and Los Angeles and to be able to see the Hollywood sign and the walk of fame. It was a different type of place and being able to go in June 2012 made it the best. It was great that I got to go to without my parents and I got to go with my friends and be able to enjoy my time for my last big trip with Girl Scouts possibly forever. Earned Awards: Bronze Sydney Vander Sluis, Pella, IA Brittany Leigh Small, Bloomfield, IA Shelby Spoerl, New Virginia, IA Justine A Sponder, Sioux City, IA Sharrie Stammer, Vermillion, SD Emily C Starr, Charles City, IA Regina Staudt, Greene, IA Haley N Stockdale, Humboldt, IA Shtai Taylor, Des Moines, IA Amanda Thompson, Pleasantville, IA Dana Thompson, Manning, IA Ashley Marie Thronson, Norwalk, IA Laura E Tibbs, Alden, IA* Ruth Lucille Tomlinson, Fort Dodge, IA Kaitlyn J Van Weelden, Pella, IA Kelsey C Vande Steeg, Pella, IA Aranzazu Verdad, Allison, IA Chloe Dominique Angela Jeanne Vescera, New Virginia, IA Cassie J Waage, Vermillion, SD Cindy Marie Wenthe, Ionia, IA Jessica Lynn Widmar, Pella, IA


Faris Elaine Winchester, Nevada, IA Nevada High School 10 years in Girl Scouts, Troop #422 Future Plans: Attend Beloit College and major in Anthropology and Archeology. I would eventually like to do both field work and curate in a museum. Favorite GS Moment: Doing the High Flyers Challenge Course! Earned Awards: Bronze Caitlin Yess, Des Moines, IA *also Gold Award Recipients List of graduating seniors taken from Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa membership rosters. Seniors recognized by photo and description were acknowledged upon their own submission of information. Please let us know if we have made any mistakes or omissions on this list so that we can properly update our records.

Lifetime Membership Each spring, girls who graduate have the opportunity from Girl Scouts of the USA to purchase an adult lifetime membership for half price! Graduating Girl Scouts wanting to take advantage of this offer, have until September 1 to submit their forms and money. Girls must have graduated in the year they are purchasing the lifetime membership. This year we are using the 20122013 adult form with a fee of $156 (normally the lifetime membership is 25 times a yearly membership). Next year with the increase in membership fee from $12 to $15, the amount will be higher. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Murphy, at our Mason City Leadership Center.

Saturday, 9/7/13 - 10 am - 3 pm Hy-Vee Hall, 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309 $10 (lunch included) - Transportation available REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 8/16/13 Watch our website for keynote speaker details!

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Girl Scouts: Making the World a Better Place In the D.A.R.E. 2013 Essay Winner picture: Center-Zoie Graves, Cadette Troop 658 of Chariton was chosen as an Essay Winner by her teachers. Zoie wrote an essay about what she learned in the 2013 D.A.R.E. program. Zoie is a sixth grade student in the Chariton Middle School. She was awarded a medal and several gifts. In the D.A.R.E. 2013 Camp Winner picture: Amy Laing, Cadette Troop 658 of Chariton won a drawing to attend the Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies Y-Camp in Boone. Amy will be attending one week of camp in June. She is a sixth grade student in the Chariton Middle School.


NEED TO HEAR FROM ALL GIRLS - REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 20! We are involved in a study to see how Girl Scouting benefits girls and how we can make Girl Scouts even better! In order to do that - we need to hear from all girls! There are two easy steps to participate: 1.

Register for the Girl Scout Voices Panel at: PARTICIPATE AND WIN! Girls completing this step will receive a “Girl Scout Voices” patch and the chance to be one of 60 winners of a $25 Visa gift card from Girl Scouts of the USA and be one of eight winners of $50 gift card from Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa.

Win a $25 Visa Card & a $50 GSGI Gift Card


2. Starting June 21, girls complete a brief "Help Make Girl Scouts Even Better" survey about their experiences. Note: Responses are confidential. Surveys are solely for research purposes related to Girl Scouts of the USA. Girls will not be marketed to, solicited or exposed to any form of advertisement as a result of participating in the series of surveys. Girls under the age of 13 will need parental/guardian permission which is included as part of the registration.

Something to think about... 5 Tips for Teen Entrepreneurs

It’s harder to find jobs in today’s tough economy. If you need to earn money over the summer or after school, why not become your own boss? If you’ve participated in our Cookie Program, you are already on your way! 1. Identify a need. Think about the kinds of services that might do well in your area. People may need dog walking help or pet sitting. If there are lots of senior citizens in your area, they might need need computer help. Keep your ears open for opportunities. If you have your license, suggest picking up kids from activities, getting groceries or dry cleaning, or clean anything from windows to cars.

Win a $25 Visa Card


PARTICIPATE AND WIN! Girls completing step 2 will receive an “I Was Heard!” patch and the chance to be one of 60 winners of a $25 Visa gift card from Girl Scouts of the USA. Be a part of this great opportunity! We need your voice!

2. Set a price for services. Once you know what you want to do, figure out how much to charge. Search online to see what others charge for the service you plan to provide. Teens often have an advantage: Less experience means you may be able to charge less, making your business more competitive. 3. Advertise. Print flyers describing your services. List your rates and your phone number or email address. (Check with your parents before you do this, of course!) Drop off a flyer at houses, give some to parents to take to work, ask local stores or coffee shops if you can post a flyer on their community notice board. 4. Organize your work. Once you have clients, you’ll need to keep track of them. Buy a calendar and write down

every job you do each day and the time you’ll do it - this will also help when it comes to billing time! 5. CYB: Cover Your Business. If you drive for work, you’ll want to be sure you have insurance — especially if you’ll be driving other people’s cars or transporting their kids. You’ll also need to look into any coverage you might need for taking care of other people’s property or pets. Ask an adult for advice. If you’re lucky (and skillful!) and your business brings in a lot of money, talk to your parents about whether you might need to pay taxes. With a little preparation, running your own business can bring great rewards, in both money and experience! Excerpt from school_jobs/jobs/tips_business.html



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Girl Advisory Committee Information can also be found online at

Girl Advisory Committee

Are you a leader? Do you have creative ideas? Do you like to represent others? Do you have a passion for Girl Scouts? Mission: The Girl Advisory Committee is girl-led and dedicated to serving as the council’s voice for all Girl Scout Senior and Ambassador age girls in our Greater Iowa jurisdiction. By being girl-led, the committee will enrich the lives of all girls through meetings, leadership projects, and living by the Girl Scout Law. By lending a voice to a movement that wants, needs, and values girl-led contributions, these young leaders will play a significant role in shaping the ongoing work of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa.

Purpose: This select group of girls will work as an advisory group, partnering with staff members on projects ranging from program development to research and merchandising. By facilitating youth-adult partnerships, these leadership opportunities help these young women to influence decision-making processes in Girl Scouting.

Structure of Committee: � �

Members serving on this prestigious committee must be registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador (in grades 9-12). The Committee will consist of 25 girls, five representatives from each Leadership Center area (Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Sioux City).

Committee Responsibilities: The committee will � Serve as a voice for girls in Girl Scouts. � Communicate the girls’ voice regarding the Girl Scout experience in support of the Girl Scout mission. � To represent girls in their geographic area and assemble valuable feedback.

Values Statement: �

Discover o The Girl Advisory Committee will discover ways to gain practical life skills and use critical thinking to connect with local Girl Scouts, in hopes of bettering their Girl Scout experience. Connect o The Girl Advisory Committee will feel connected to their communities, locally and globally, as well as using our team building skills to bring programs and leadership experiences to our local troops. Take Action o The Girl Advisory Committee will take action by being an advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally. We will educate and inspire others to act.

Time Commitment: �

Committee appointment is a two-year commitment; we will meet at least once a month. (Everyone’s voice and input is crucial – we will use video or phone conferencing if time and location is an issue.) Girls in 12 th grade can apply and serve a one-year term.

Beyond normal meeting times, you’ll be asked to help with projects and events.

See page 7 2 to apply today!


Applications should be submitted to the Sioux City Leadership Center by July 2, 2013.

^ Girl Advisory Committee Application Name: Address: Phone:


Email: Years in Girl Scouts:

Current Grade Level:

Name of High School: Please complete the following questions. A separate page can be added if additional space is needed:


What interests you in serving on the Girl Advisory Committee?

2. Please describe any leadership roles you have had (Girl Scout and non-Girl Scout experiences).

3. What would be your goals as a committee member?

4. Please list any hobbies or special interests you have.

5. What three words best describe you, and why?

**Applications are due July 2, 2013** Please send or drop off your application at the Sioux City Leadership Center, 1515 Zenith Dr, Sioux City, IA 51103 If you have any questions please call Katie at 712.255.0187 or


10715 Hickman Rd. Des Moines, IA 50322

PSA Winners: Hareem and Amanda

Leadership Center Locations: Council Bluffs, IA Des Moines, IA Fort Dodge, IA Mason City, IA Sioux City, IA

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: Janet Phipps Burkhead CEO: Jamie Boersma 1860 Madison Ave, Ste 3 Council Bluffs, IA 51503 712-328-2338 800-422-2093

GSUSA’s Girl Scouts Speak Out! “Dear Mr. President…” PSA contest had two winners: Hareem is 14, and from Sterling, Virginia; her co-winner, Amanda, is 15, and from Normal, Illinois. Both Hareem and Amanda were inspired by the ToGetHerThere campaign and its goal to create balanced leadership in one generation. Go to the link below and watch as they co-star in their professionally produced PSA video, filmed on location in our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C., and see their world vision: A world of tolerance and diversity. A world of unlimited opportunities for everyone. A world where a future president will be a Girl Scout who’s growing up today! Hareem and Amanda believe that all these things are not only possible, but likely, as they step forward and tell the world: Girls matter! Video Link: What kind of world do you see? Start brainstorming ideas and make your own PSA for Girl Scouts Speak Out! The next theme is below... you can find it at

10715 Hickman Rd Des Moines, IA 50322 515-278-2881 800-342-8389 112 S 3rd St 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 Dr 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.

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

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