About Girl Scouts:

The Basics

History / Facts


USA Girl Scouts
National website

(or: espanol)


Service Unit

Girl Scouts
of Greater Iowa

The Girl Scout

(Kindergarten-grade 1)

(Grades 2-3)

(Grades 4-5)

(Grades 6-8)

(Grades 9-11)

(Grade 12)

Adult Girl Scouts
(18yrs +)

Campus Scouts


Today there are nearly 3.7 million Girl Scouts — 2.8 million girl members and 942,000 adult members. More than 50 million American women enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood—and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts of the USA continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere.

Girl Scouts of the USA is one of 145 member organizations of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS, http://www.wagggsworld.org/ ).

The US Girl Scout Movement is led by an all-volunteer National Board of Directors in partnership with the national headquarters staff. US Girl Scouting depends on its more than 942,000 adults, 99 percent of whom are volunteers, to share the responsibility of influencing the lives of millions of girls.

Girl Scouts in Iowa

Historically, there have been eight Girl Scout Councils in Iowa to manage and organize Iowa Scouting.

Following a national trend, these councils are being realigned. In the Fall of 2007, Girl Scouts of Moingona Council (which has been the Governing Council for Ames-Gilbert Girl Scouts) joined with Girl Scouts of Lakota Council, Girl Scouts of North Iowa Council, Nishnabotna Girl Scout Council and Sioux Trails Girl Scout Council to form the Girl Scout Council of Greater Iowa. The head quarters is at the former Moingona Council office:

Girl Scout Council of Greater Iowa
10715 Hickman Road
Des Moines, Iowa 50322
Phone: 515-278-2881
Toll free: 800-342-8389
Fax: 515-278-5988
Email: mgsc1@aol.com

Web Site: http://www.girlscoutsiowa.org/

Map of included counties: http://www.girlscoutsiowa.org/jurisdiction-and-size.cfm

Local Girl Scouts

The Ames-Gilbert Service Unit is comprised of approximately 30 Girl Scout troops ranging from Kindergarten children to High School seniors. Troops are headed up by two or more adult volunteers. Volunteers agree to participate in various trainings offered through Girl Scouts to ensure that they have the skills to plan and manage a troop. Volunteer leaders meet monthly to plan area wide events, exchange tips and supplies, and learn about upcoming Council events.

There has been a recent shortage of volunteers and without volunteers there can not be new troops. Please consider becoming involved - our girls are counting on us! Both male and female volunteers are welcome. As part of the annual registration process, volunteer leaders agree to go through a background check and sign a volunteer agreement form. Fliers go home with elementary age girls at the start of the academic year announcing the time and location of call-out meetings. These call-outs are for both recruiting leaders for new troops and assigning new girls to existing troops that have openings. There is typically one evening call out in Ames and another in Gilbert, held in early September. Please note, however, that people can join Girl Scouts throughout the year.

If there is no troop for your girl to join, she can still register as a member of Girl Scouts and participate in local and Council sponsored events, including summer camps. In such cases, the girl's guardian would be responsible for supervising her Girl Scout activities and she would be known as a "Juliette" Girl Scout.

For information about volunteering, local troops, and registration, contact the Service Unit leader Jeannette Olson, okfamjro@yahoo.com, 232-8583.