Fall Leader Retreat

October 24-26, 2014

Camp Sacajawea, Boone, IA

Our Fall Volunteer Retreat is a weekend of sessions to enhance your experience as a volunteer and making a difference in a girl’s life. 

When:  October 24-26, 2014

Where: Camp Sacajawea, Boone, IA

$30 (for Fri/Sat night and all meals)
$55 (for Fri/Sat night and all meals plus First Aid/CPR)
$7 additional cost for Letterboxing supplies

Deadline to Register:  October 17, 2014


Questions?  Email us at volunteer@gsiowa.org

Session Information:


BOA is the prerequisite for several other trainings, including all Outdoor Skills sessions.  Get the extra tools you need to guide your girls in their outdoor adventures.  You will learn about progression, connect with other leaders, learn about day trips, and get some ideas for safely exploring outside your normal meeting place.

Camp Tour - Hay ride

Join us as we explore the beauty of Camp Sacajawea on a hayride.  Along the way we will see all that Camp Sacajawea has to offer, and experience the beauty of the camp.


How do I organize a basic ceremony for my troop?  What if I do something wrong?  What is the proper way to have a ceremony?  In this training we will demystify ceremonies!  Learn how to plan and conduct a variety of ceremonies for all types of Girl Scout events, including investiture, bridging, Scouts Own and many more.  This group will plan the Scouts Own for the closing on Sunday morning.

Equipped for the Journey

Working through a Journey book can be fun and exciting!  In this session you will explore how to unlock the Journey books to lead the girls towards greater discoveries.   

Grade Level Essentials - D/B/J/C/S/A

Learn about the resources and programs for your current Girl Scout grade level through group discussion and hands-on activities.  If you currently have a copy, please bring your grade level’s The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting and appropriate Journey material (both girl book and adult guide). 

Group Team Building

Participate as you learn a variety of ice breakers, get-to-know-you games, and team building activities.  Wear comfortable shoes and come prepared to interact! 

Indoor/Outdoor Games

Learn to lead games everyone in your troop will love.  Active girls need to blow off steam to bond, have fun and then be able to concentrate.  In this workshop, we will develop some basic game “rules” and learn lots of fun and engaging indoor and outdoor games for you to take back to your troops.


Letterboxing is an artistic treasure hunt! This unique artistic method involves hand carved rubber stamps, personal logbooks and following clues to find little pieces of art. In this session, you’ll receive a basic kit for carving your own stamp, including a handle with carving tip and piece of rubber approximately 2 inches by 3 inches in size. The additional $7 fee for this session will cover your supplies.

New Leader Toolkit

This is a session that will give you the tools you need to effectively facilitate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  This training is required for all new troop leaders.

Outdoor Skills 1

This training is required when taking your troop on a simple overnight trip. Skills will include: preparing for a simple overnight, basic meal planning, how to cook on propane stove and how to safely cook in a fire place. 

Standard First Aid/CPR Training:

This basic level is for the adult acting as the First Aider for most troop activities, and is valid for two years through the American Red Cross.  The non-refundable fee of $25 for this course covers materials and supplies. If you register and are then unable to attend, we will transfer you to the next available course.

Team Building/S.W.A.P.S./Crafts

This session will be in a wide game format.  You can spend time experiencing more team building activities; chatting with your peers at a roundtable discussion or enjoy time making Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere! 

Trip & Travel

Traveling with a group of girls is different from traveling with your family.  Join us as we learn the basics for group travel including planning, itineraries, transportation, budgets, group dynamics, safety, insurance and more.  This training fulfills the requirement for travel up to three nights.