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Council Bluffs Property Update for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

A message from Beth Shelton, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa (GSGI) works hard to prioritize the health and sustainability of our mission for generations to come. I’m reaching out today to our volunteers and families to announce a change to the Council Bluffs Leadership Center (office/retail shop).

In light of local market conditions, a shift in “bricks and mortar” prevalence, and in alignment with the GSGI Long Range Property Planning Committee (LRPP), the GSGI Board of Directors has voted to confirm the sale of the Council Bluffs Leadership Center. Our official last day of retail operations in that space will be Monday, November 21, 2022. The LRPP consists of GSGI volunteers, Board Members, and real estate experts, for the purpose of reviewing GSGI-owned and leased properties in order to best serve our volunteers and girls and fund mission-critical initiatives.

There is no planned change to staffing size or structure, all of the Council Bluffs-area staff you have gotten to know will transition from their current hybrid working structure (part in office/part remotely) to work full-time remotely.

We are still evaluating our future plans for Council Bluffs and the sustainability of a retail location. When our regional Cookie Cupboard opens in February, we’re hopeful the space will accommodate hosting retail items as well! (*Regional Council Bluffs members, if you have leads on potential Cookie Cupboards or other shared working spaces or vacancies, we’d love your ideas!) 

Our sister council Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, operates a retail location, the Juliette Boutique at 2121 S. 44th Street in Omaha, Nebraska, which is a 15-minute drive from our location in Council Bluffs. You can find all core Girl Scout items there and we are working with them in hopes to carry some of our GSGI council-specific items.

While Girl Scouts is alive and well in the area, we are not immune to the challenges that many nonprofits face. A “bricks and mortar” permanent structure is one of the single costliest ways to serve our members in a council of large geographic size like Greater Iowa. In the past few years, we have seen a change in consumer spending and a move to more virtual support. We will continue to look at ways to support our members directly in Council Bluffs and will share them as we have more information. Please see our hours and locations page for our remaining retail shop days – and visit our shop page for more information on shop-by-appointment hours or call ahead ordering. 

If you have any questions for us, or information about potential Cookie Cupboard or retail spaces, please  contact us via this form and a member of our team will get back to you.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Beth Shelton
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa