December Senior-Ambassador Newsletter — 

How Will You Change the World?

Every year, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts make their world a better place through the hard work and dedication that Gold Award projects take. Three GSGI Girl Scouts changed their communities and earned their Gold Awards this fall!

Cassie W. from Vermillion, SD

Cassie saw a need in her community surrounding the value of good nutrition, and decided to take action by educating children in a low income day care about the value of nutrition. Cassie didn’t just hold a class or talk to the children—she created a path by a garden at the day care center so the children and adults were able to plant, weed, and harvest their own produce!

She built and painted indoor planting boxes for the day care as well, so the children could tend to them and have produce all year round, and built a shed for them in order to make sure that they had the tools and supplies they needed to make their garden grow. Well done, Cassie!

Rachael M. from Ames, IA

Rachael found that her community was missing out on years of the rich history of her church and community, so she decided to take on the process of preserving that history for all future generations!

She spent countless hours preserving 100-year-old historic documents and photographs digitally and storing them on flash drives so no one would miss out on the history of her community. Great job, Rachael!

Sharrie S. from Vermillion, SD

Sharrie felt that literacy in low income children was a concern for her community, and she decided to tackle the issue head-on. Sharie creating a walking library for kids in a low income day care, so they could have full access to books in a way that they hadn’t been able to before.  She collected book donations from her community, and purchased some with her own funds! also integrated Spanish books to promote cultural diversity in her town. Way to go, Sharrie!

Have your own idea for changing your community and your world for the better?   Find out more about how you can "Go Gold!"

Girl Scouts, LEGOs, and Tidal Waves!

Have you ever heard of the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®)? It’s an awesome program that gives girls a chance to design, build, program, and test LEGO® autonomous robots to meet real-world challenges! This month, 13 teams of Girl Scouts from all across our Council competed in FLL® Regional Competitions.

This year’s theme was “Nature’s Fury,” which challenged the teams to create projects that would help in a natural disaster like tornadoes, earthquakes, and tidal waves!

Our Girl Scout teams are doing great this year! On Dec. 7, teams competed across the state, and several earned top honors. Dorothy’s Revenge, a team from Sergeant Bluffs, won 3rd place at the Sioux City competition, earning them and their robot named “Toto” a place in the FLL Championships at Iowa State University on Jan. 18! Read more about Dorothy’s Revenge here!

The Timelords, competing in Cedar Falls, won an Exceptional Team Performance award in robot design! And this is the second year they’ve received honors! Read more about The Timelords here!

Interested in forming your own Girl Scout FIRST® LEGO® League team? It doesn't take a brilliant engineer to be a part of FLL. All it takes is someone with a sense of adventure, someone with curiosity of how things work, and someone who is looking to have a great time. Find your age below to discover what league you can participate in, and then contact Melissa White at legoleague@gsiowa.org!

Junior FIRST® LEGO® League: Girls ages 6-9
FIRST® LEGO® League: Girls ages 9-14
FIRST® Tech Challenge: Girls ages 15-18

Pictured: The Gaelamatics from Fort Dodge. 

The Gift of Camp!

Does Grandma still want ideas of what to get you for the holidays? Even though it’s getting colder, and the warm days of summer camp seem very far away, you can still start getting ready for next year’s awesome summer camp sessions with a gift certificate to any Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Summer Camp!

Not only will you get a head start on next summer’s adventures, but you can also get other Girl Scout swag—the person buying the certificate will get discounts on other cool shop items to sweeten your present even more!

You can purchase these gift certificates at any Council shop, so stop in today! The sale ends at 5pm on Friday, Dec. 20, and certificates are not available for purchase online.

Cookie Time is Coming!

Can you believe that the 2014 Cookie Program is less than two months away? We can’t either! Make sure that you reach out to your Troop Product Manager, or if you are a Juliette, your Service Unit Product Chair for more information on how to make this year’s Cookie Program the best yet!

For more information, visit our Cookie Program page!

The Season for Giving

Remember Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa for your year-end giving! Your generous donation helps girls in your community dream big.

Donate online now!

A Gift to Last a Lifetime

For the first time ever, Girl Scouts has a commemorative coin, issued this year by the United States Mint, and the first dedicated to a girls’ organization. While this is exciting by itself, we also have the opportunity to earn $10 per coin sold for Girl Scout programs!

Councils across the county are working to sell 34,000 coins by Dec. 31 so we can reach the $1.5 million goal needed to receive the matching funds to support Girl Scout programs to build girls of courage, confidence, and character!

Buy your one-of-a-kind gift online today!

Reminder:

GSGI offices will be closed from Dec. 23 - 27, and Dec. 31 - Jan. 1 for the holidays. For updated information on office closures due to weather or holidays, please visit our closings page.