Our Girl Scout council remains committed to providing relevant and fiscally sustainable and educational programs for girls. During this time of rapid change for our society, our council will continuously find opportunities to keep Girl Scouts modern and engaging for today's families.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Property Committee monitors and reviews the collection of usage data for all council properties to make recommendations to meet the expectations of our current members. This committee ensures that our existing properties are equipped to provide an exceptional experience for all girls and find innovative ways to serve our members better. While always using the guiding principle to use resources wisely, their work secures a bright future for our region.
After reviewing usage and staffing, our team has put together a plan to continue having a strong presence in all metropolitan areas of our council with adjusted schedules and locations. To find a list of new office hours and shop schedules, please visit our locations page.
The Dubuque Girl Scout Office was officially sold on August 28, 2020, and council staff have moved out to Camp Little Cloud, just 13 miles away in Epworth, Iowa. In partnership with a task force of volunteers, plans are in place to ensure that there are no interruptions in member services, and our members can come to our camp property more frequently! Our team will also be available select Thursdays at Kennedy Mall in Dubuque.
Our team is currently looking for a new location in the Corridor community. By 2021, we want to find a site with more space for programs, better parking, community visibility, and enhanced access to members.
The Program Center in Rock Island is currently for sale. While the former office was a site for programs, usage from members has been declining. We are arranging for all programs to continue at school and community sites.
More than ever, volunteers and parents are busy, and our shop team is simplifying the Girl Scout shopping experience. Any member has four options for purchasing Girl Scout supplies like badges, patches, uniforms, and more:
- Shop online
- Call 800-798-0833 to place your order and pick up curbside or shipped directly to your home
- Email Info@GirlScoutsToday.org to place your order and pick up curbside or ship directly to your home
- Pop-Up Shops at office locations and Girl Scout events
Our Girl Scout Offices in Bettendorf and Cedar Rapids will continue to have permanent shops at staff locations. The team members from these shops host regular pop-up shops at the Waterloo Office, West Burlington Office, Camp Little Cloud, as well as at Girl Scout events and the Camp Liberty Trading Post.
Camp Liberty, located in New Liberty, Iowa, was renovated in 2015 after a successful capital campaign. Community members, volunteers, and girls worked together to make the vision of a premier summer camp for Girl Scouts come alive. A new lodge and equestrian arena were built as well as enhancements to existing buildings. To meet the needs of our adventurous girls, a high ropes course, zip line, and climbing wall were added to the property. Community members and Troops can now use the property year-round, and more than 1,200 girls attend summer camp each season.
To kick off the development of Camp Little Cloud, located in Epworth, Iowa, our Dubuque staff will begin working exclusively from the property. Volunteers and girls are welcome to visit the property to connect with staff and pick up necessary supplies. A group of volunteers from Dubuque, West Dubuque, Dyersville, Jones County, and Delaware County are working together to ensure there are no interruptions in service. Stay tuned for more enhancements coming to Camp Little Cloud!
Council staff are currently putting together a task-force of volunteers to determine updates necessary to open Camp L-Kee-Ta, located in Danville, Iowa, back up in spring 2021.
Find out more information about how to reserve one of our beautiful camps!
While these changes will make Girl Scouts a more sustainable organization, many decisions were difficult, and we appreciate your support! We will continue to update the property page on our website as plans progress. Please reach out to us with any questions at Info@GirlScoutsToday.org or 800-798-0833.