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Claim your “Trail Adventure” badge

Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who attended a Trail Adventure meet up with Girl Scouts of Colorado in September! To encourage Girl Scouts to complete a Trail Adventure Badge, GSCO teamed up with The North Face to offer Girl Scouts who attended any Trail Adventure meet-up the opportunity to receive a FREE* badge. If you did, don’t forget to complete your requirements and the online notification form by January 7, 2020.

Registered Girl Scouts must have attended a Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored Trail Adventure meet-up in September 2019 and must complete all of the requirements to earn her Trail Adventure Badge by January 1, 2020 to be eligible*.  A parent/guardian or troop leader must fill out this online notification form. This form will close on January 7, 2020. Badges will be mailed in January to the address provided. Badges are earned by Girl Scouts and must be completed according to the appropriate program level. Check out the online Badge Explorer for specific badge requirements for each program level.

With a shared purpose of encouraging exploration, Girl Scouts and The North Face understand the importance of providing the next generation of girls, regardless of socioeconomic status, with outdoor adventure experiences. By giving girls the opportunity to experience the outdoors, Girl Scouts and The North Face hope to enhance leadership skills and confidence in young girls, while encouraging them to seek new challenges through outdoor adventure.

If you have any questions, please reach out to inquiry@gscolorado.org.

* This opportunity is made possible by a generous grant from The North Face. Only registered Girl Scouts ages 5-18 may receive a free badge upon participation in a Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored Trail Adventure meet-up in September 2019 and completion of all program level-appropriate badge-earning requirements by January 7, 2020.  Troops may complete badgework together or Girl Scouts may earn individually.

Women in STEM and the outdoors

Julianna “Cosmic” Desiato is a part-time Girl Scouts of Colorado staff member who works with the Outdoor Adventure Club. She is also  a senior at Colorado School of Mines in Golden. For her final in a “science communication” class, she wrote a paper about the OAC, why women are discouraged from entering STEM fields,  the outdoor industry, and how creating programs that combine the two can do a whole lot of good for girls. Read it here:  Science_Communication_Final___Desiato.pdf 

Girl Scout “High Adventure” badge event presented by The North Face

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019

Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: 

The North Face

322 S. Main Street

Breckenridge 80424

Registration End Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 (at 5 p.m.)

Program Levels: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, Adult/Volunteers

Cost: Free

Link to register: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/girl_scout_high_adventure_badge_event_presented_by_the_north_face_mc_12_15_2019 

Try activities inspired by Girl Scouts’ brand new Outdoor High-Adventure badges and meet climber and photographer Savannah Cummins (www.thenorthface.com/about-us/athletes/savannah-cummins.html).

A way to inspire you, to earn one of the BRAND-NEW Snow, Climbing Adventure or Trail Adventure badges! Lots of fun activities and giveaways!

Hands-on and age-appropriate activity stations spark curiosity and challenge girls to push their boundaries:

  • Hike station
  • Snow station
  • Climb station
  • Run station
  • Leave No Trace station
  • Meet The North Face athlete Savannah Cummins!

Important Notes:

  • The event is FREE for Girl Scouts, but registration is REQUIRED! Please view the event flyer here.
  • Girls must be accompanied by an adult or troop leader. This is NOT a drop-off event.
  • Girls MUST bring event waiver to participate. Please click here to download and print the waiver.

All attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership. Girls attending without their parent must be with an approved volunteer.

If you have any questions about this event or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Colorado Gives Day is TOMORROW

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  TOMORROW (December 10, 2019) you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. To make giving even easier, schedule your donation TODAY by using this link:  https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=6854 

By supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, your donation dollars go further than they would on any other day of the year. That’s because the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases all donations made on December 10!  Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Schedule your donation NOW or give TOMORROW at https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=6854. Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.

 

 

Connections: December 2019

 

 

 

 

Colorado Gives Day is December 10

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. On December 10, 2019, you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. To make giving even easier, schedule your donation today.

By supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, your donation dollars go further than they would on any other day of the year. That’s because the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases all donations made on December 10! Every non-profit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Schedule your donation today or give on December 10.  Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.

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Summer Camp Registration opens Jan. 23

Live. Love. Camp! Girl Scout Camp is where your girl is surrounded and supported by girls, where she can go beyond dreaming to actual doing! At camp she’ll try new things, step out of her comfort zone, and embrace her curiosity. Girl Scout Camp is a girl-led, girl-friendly place where everything girls do – whether it’s climbing to the top of a mountain, leading an all-camp performance, or gathering her courage to zip down the zip line – leads to leadership.

Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org to learn more about the awesome adventures we have in store for summer 2020.

Upcoming events at camp

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. or 12 p.m.

Cost: $15 (ages 4 and older), free for kids 3-years-old and younger
Bring your friends and family to Tomahawk Ranch for a delicious brunch, a visit with Santa and a fun visit to his barnyard. You can also savor sweets and lollies a plenty and warm up at the campfire with hot cocoa and cider. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa and his furry friends at the barn. When purchasing tickets for this event you will be able to register for your preferred time slot. An event itinerary will be provided after registration. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline for registration is December 9.

Expedition and Mini Expedition Antarctica

January 17 -19, 2020

Cost: $135/person

Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy! This Friday-Sunday excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing, shelter building, and ice fishing. If we don’t have enough snow, we’ll do more general survival skills and camp activities such as archery and farm. Our special guest instructor this year will be Jessie Krebs, head instructor at SERE Training. This camp is for girls and their significant male role model/guardian (age 18+) in her life. Girls should register with the adult male who will be attending. Adults can come with multiple girls, if desired. Limited accommodations are available for campers who wish to attend with a female adult instead.  Register now. Spaces are limited!

Is your Girl Scout ready to earn one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards

Do you know that Girl Scouts can earn one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards as early as fourth grade? Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. And the skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

Gold Award: The mark of the truly remarkable
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—and it’s only available through Girl Scouts! To earn this unique award, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good by tackling issues dear to their hearts while driving lasting change in their communities and beyond.

Girl Scout Silver Award

Girl Scout Cadettes flex their leadership muscles by doing research and taking action on issues of their choice. Through their commitment to their communities, girls gain confidence and skills that will catapult them to Gold Award success—all while creating positive change.

Girl Scout Bronze Award

By taking action with others to improve their communities, Girl Scout Juniors gain important leadership skills and learn that even seemingly small actions can make a big impact.

Learn more

2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program begins Feb. 2

When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than life-changing experiences and adventure. They also develop essential life skills—goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership the Girl Scout way to lift one another up and change the world, together.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program runs Feb. 2 – March 8.

Visit our website to find a training or cookie rally near you!

Upcoming Events

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout groups of 10 or more (including chaperones, friends, and family) contact Bobbie Fanchini at 800-320-1733 or bobbie@nutcracker.com to learn more about exclusive Girl Scout rates. All Girl Scouts will receive a Moscow Ballet Fun Patch with their ticket, and groups of 25 or more (all GS count as one group) are invited to a day-of-show meet and greet with a ballerina!

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2020 Secrets to Success events. Every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th is invited to Secrets to Success.

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

 

Get ready for Girl Scout Cookie Season

December is a busy time of year for all and preparations for the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program are well underway! For new troops and for those of you who are new to being troop cookie managers, you might be wondering what can do in December and January to get ready to support the girls in your troop through cookie season.

The checklist below will guide you through the steps to take to be prepared.

You will receive additional information and resources when you attend training. Also, know that you will have the support of peers – the service unit cookie manager (SUCM) and other key volunteers in your area, as well as GSCO staff. Your volunteer support specialist and product program specialist can answer your questions and guide you through the responsibilities of the TCM role.

  • Attend TCM training. Go to our events page to register for classes in your area or go to the TCM training blog article to see the list of trainings with registration links.
  • Submit your ACH authorization form and TCM agreement form for this new membership year (ACH and TCM forms are submitted annually.) TCM’s who have completed their ACH form and TCM agreement form, will gain access to eBudde on/after December 16, 2019.
  • Make sure that everything is current with your troop bank account and that all signers on the account are updated.
  • Once you have access to eBudde, verify bank account information.
  • Check the troop roster before January 10, 2020 to ensure that all girls who are active in your troop have a current membership. Girls must have a current membership to participate in the Cookie Program. If there are girls listed on your roster who are not active in your troop, contact your volunteer support specialist to have your roster updated. Girls cannot transfer between troops after January 10, 2020.
  • Submit your initial order of cookie inventory by January 13, 2020 8 p.m. MST. Reach out to your service unit cookie manager (SUCM) for assistance.
  • Check with your SUCM to see if there is a cookie rally happening in your area and plan for your troop to attend! It’s a great way for girls to meet other Girl Scouts and get ready for cookie season!
  • Collaborate with the troop leadership team to coach the girls to discuss their goals and what they want to do with their troop
  • Have a family meeting in January. Present the Cookie Program training. Have caregivers sign permission slips. Have girls talk about their goals. Ask for family support during cookie season. Create a group agreement so that everyone is clear on what’s expected and how they can contribute.
  • February 1 – Delivery Day! TCM’s plan for cookie inventory pick-up and distribution to girls and caregivers.

Have questions or need assistance? Please call GSCO Customer Care at 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

2020 Cookie Program service unit incentive: New this year

Girl Scouts of Colorado service units will receive an incentive of $.01 (penny) per package of Girl Scout Cookies sold, if the number of packages sold in 2020 are 3% over the number of packages sold in 2019.

If the number of packages sold in 2020 is 6% (or more) over the number of packages sold in 2019, service units will receive $.02 per package.

These incentives are not cumulative.

Incentives earned could help provide special events and activities for the Girl Scouts and volunteers in your community!

Service Units need to submit a current ACH form for the service unit bank account in order to receive the incentive deposit. Click on the link to complete an ACH form: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/ACH.html

There are some great new girl rewards too! Want to have a sneak peek? Click here to look at the girl incentives.

New S’mores Club rewards preview

In Fall 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado announced the 2019 – 2020 S’mores Club rewards would be a special hoodie and duffle bag, perfect for Girl Scout camping and travel. We received lots of positive feedback!

We now have samples of the items and wanted to share a “sneak peek” with our Girl Scouts and volunteers!

The duffle bag and hoodie are made from durable fabrics, they’re washable and we opted to go with darker colors – perfect for Girl Scout travel and camping adventures! As you can see in the pictures, the duffle bag is grey and black, and the hoodie is forest green. Both items have the S’mores Club logo embroidered on them.

You can join the Girl Scouts of Colorado S’mores Club by participating in both the 2019 – 2020 Girl Scout Fall Product Program and Cookie programs.

For more information about S’mores Club and the criteria to earn the rewards, go to: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/s-mores-club.html

FYI: If girls earned a S’mores Club reward bracelet in 2017 or 2018, we do still have Highest Awards charms for the bracelets.

To request a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award charm to complete girls’ S’mores Club bracelet, contact Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care by calling 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Accenture Hour of Code event

Submitted by Kari Sue Tornow

Metro Denver

Denver

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And, we know that whatever field our children choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.

In celebration of Code.org’s global Hour of Code event, you and your family are invited to join Accenture and mindSpark on Friday, December 6, 2019 for a night filled with engaging STEM activities, from an hour of coding to experimenting with robots, drones, and electronic boards to the chance to win robots and exciting books. It will be a night your family won’t want to miss!

When: December 6, 2019

Where:

mindSpark Learning

455 S. Pierce St., Lakewood 80226

Time: 

5:30– 8:30 p.m.

Dinner will be served!

Don’t delay! Join in on the fun and get your family registered here!: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqNAJehXCiisPXubQir4-j1Owwrio5rwV3UjDOAE0jFYpjVw/viewform

Click here to try one of the tutorials and for more information: http://hourofcode.com/us

I was a Girl Scout for more than 12 years, way before STEM was around, but Girl Scouts gave me the confidence to succeed in the male-dominated computer industry for more than 35 years.

Now, I share my knowledge and reach out to help girls and young women to dip into the world of computers.

This is an international event and we are very excited to bring it to Denver/Lakewood.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Troop 45213 is cyber ready

Submitted by Laura Fetterman

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our troop got together and learned how to protect ourselves and information online. We learned that protecting our information is just like protecting a castle. You need to use passwords and parental locks to helps us be safe. We also learned how a computer passes information by playing a relay game with puzzle pieces. Each piece represented a pixel and each girl had to take “pixel” from one table to the other until the picture was complete. It was a lot of fun!

Our girls are ready to take on the next challenge in coding and share what they’ve learned with others!

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Girl Scouts of Colorado