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Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois serve girls beyond the traditional troop model. Through in-school, after-school, and community group settings, we provide all girls, regardless of the availability of volunteers, the opportunity to become a Girl Scout. We establish these school and community programs in areas that face significant barriers to joining Girl Scouts and have few traditional troop volunteers. By bringing the Girl Scout program right to them, girls who may have otherwise not had the opportunity can learn about STEM, the outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship.
 

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Kindergarten - 8th Grade

STEM

The STEM series aims to teach girls the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, as well as how their everyday lives are impacted by these topics. Introducing these topics in fun and exciting ways will promote engagement in them. The STEM series strives to give girls the confidence to pursue these fields and succeed in their careers. Girl Scouts who participate in STEM programming become better problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and inspirational leaders. They also see STEM as the foundation for a meaningful and successful future.

Outdoor

The Outdoor lessons series’ purpose is to introduce and teach girls the importance of and provide opportunities for girls to learn in the outdoors.  Connecting with nature in a girl-led setting is a great benefit of belonging to Girl Scouts.  The girls will gain practical experience outdoors and try new and exciting things.  They will have plenty of opportunities to create their own outdoor adventures to develop a lifelong appreciation for nature and the outdoors regardless of the activity or whom it is with.

Life Skills

The Life skills series’ purpose is to teach girls skills that they may take with them to use throughout their lives.  It aims to instill courage and confidence in the young women. The lessons stress the importance of personal morals as well as practical skills.  Whether it’s by exercising and staying healthy, developing strong relationships with family and peers, advocating on behalf of others, protecting our environment, or exploring careers that can truly change the world for the better, girls gain the skills and the inspiration to accept challenges, overcome obstacles, and take the lead.

Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship series’ purpose is to teach girls necessary skills to prepare them for a bright future.  Girls will learn decision making, goal setting, money management, people skills, and business ethics. The Girl Scout Cookie Program lets girls show the world their entrepreneurial spirit as key members of the world’s largest girl-led business.  As cookie entrepreneurs, girls gain essential life skills and work as a team to accomplish common goals and solve problems, while building the confidence they need to shine as girls, as young women, and as future leaders.