• Seniors Receive Early Mother's Day Surprise

    09 May 2015

    CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Some moms received a sweet surprise a little early from some Girl Scouts in the Corridor. They went to West Ridge Care Center in Cedar Rapids to surprise residents with homemade cards and bouquets of flowers. The girls say they just want to make sure every mom in the area knows that she is remembered and loved on her very special day, regardless of age.

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  • Schaefer Receives Gold Award

    04 May 2015

    WATERLOO | A Waterloo Girl Scout has earned the highest award in scouting.

    Emily Schaefer earned her Gold Award through Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois after creating Dons of Service: a student club dedicated to organizing service projects.

    Schaefer aimed to help students at Don Bosco High School learn the value of community service. Schaefer and her club have collected 109 pairs of eye glasses for those in need, assisted a nursing home with yard work and volunteered to bell ring and carol for the Salvation Army.

    She plans to pass on contact information to an undergraduate student so Dons of Service will continue for years to come.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award recognizes girls who demonstrate leadership by establishing a long-lasting positive impact on their community. Gold Award projects typically take 80 hours to complete.

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  • Middle Schooler's Minnow Tank

    25 Apr 2015

    Middle school girls from across Eastern Iowa shared their ideas on how to make their communities better Thursday, and gathered funds and volunteers to make it happen.

    Success to the Power of She, the Iowa BIG school, and Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois all sponsored a community-inspired entrepreneurial event called “Minnow Tank.”

    The concept is based on the ABC television show “Shark Tank,” where inventors present their ideas to a group of investors.

    Six groups of girls today were the inventors.

    They presented their ideas for community improvement to an audience of “investors” at Mount Mercy University’s Graduate Center.

    Those investors logged on to an app and donated either time, money or both as they heard presentations.

    Those donations will help the girls get started with their projects.

    Project ideas ran the gamut from improving air quality to creating fitness opportunities.

    “We have another team that, because of low reading scores at their school, decided to create reading gardens throughout their community so that people can come get free books,” Girls Scouts of Eastner Iowa and Western Illinois Development Director Maxine Webb said.

    Anyone interested in viewing the projects or getting involved can do so by going to Success to the Power of She website.

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  • Wears Sash with Pride

    03 Apr 2015

    NORTH LIBERTY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--14-year-old Maisy Murray is like any other Girl Scout, she loves making new friends, going horseback riding and most importantly, selling cookies. But the journey has not been easy. Maisy is autistic. And being a Girl Scout has pushed her to do things she usually wouldn't do.  "Any activity she gets nervous about it ahead of time so this is a great way to get her out and not only have fellowship with other girls but also really empowered by what she learns," Noelle Murray, Maisy's mom said. From learning to be a good leader to greeting others, she has learned to focus on her strengths and achieve her goals.  "When you are leading a group you have to be a leader and learn how to tell them what to do and stuff," Maisy said. "I think all of that has been very eye-opening for her and it's very exciting for me to see," Noelle said. "She works on her social skills, she has to meet and greet someone appropriately. We have to do it safely. She knows he can't just wander outside and knock on doors without some parental supervision. I think she just loves reaching out to people." All things Maisy has struggled with in the past. But thanks to Girl Scouts, challenges that she has overcome.  "I know it's harder for her than others. But when she gets going she is committed," Noelle said. A commitment that her mom says,...

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  • Girl Scouting Through Generations

    01 Apr 2015

    It was 1943 when Janice Crowe signed up to join Brownie Troop #9.

    More than 70 years later, Crowe credits her Brownie Troop for offering comfort in the midst of a country in chaos.

    “It was war time. Things were scaled back. There was sugar rationing, gas rationing. We were too young to recognize what was going on in the world, but the Girl Scouts was one way to carry on with regular life,” she said.

    Crowe said the most pivotal moment in her life was when she was selected to attend a Girl Scout camp in Cody, Wyoming.  She hadn’t seen much of the world outside of northeast Iowa.

     “This experience opened up the world for me,” she said. “Some of these girls -- who were my age -- had never seen snow before!”

    Crowe’s Girl Scouting experiences didn’t stop when she got married and had children. As soon as her daughters were old enough to get involved with Girl Scouts, they did.

    “I remembered the fun times I experienced in scouting, and I wanted that for my daughters,” she added.

    Crowe’s children have families of their own, and some of her granddaughters are actively involved in Girl Scouts.

    Even now, she spends much of her time involved with Girl Scouts as a co-leader of a troop in Cedar Falls.

     “I’ll keep doing it until somebody says they’ve had enough!” she said.

  • Journey the World

    21 Mar 2015

    More than 1,300 Girl Scouts received a passport for a global experience of a lifetime.

    The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, in collaboration with John Deere, Black Hawk College, Tyson Foods, Inc. and the Stanley Foundation, hosted the council’s largest event on Saturday, March 21 at The RiverCenter in Davenport.

    With passports in hand, Girl Scouts traveled through The RiverCenter for four hours and learned about cultures from more than 40 countries by visiting interactive booths and participating in service projects.

    “Most of us don’t actually have resources to travel the world, so Journey the World is an awesome way for girls to learn about other cultures,” said Emily Droessler, Leadership Experience Manager at Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

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