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2020 Bling Your Booth Challenge: The winners are…

Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who entered the 2020 Bling Your Booth Challenge! We received dozens of entries from all across Colorado and are so impressed by your creativity and enthusiasm. Congratulations to the winners!

Third Place: $50 in Cookie Credits 

This troop is made up of 10 girls from Erie. A portion of the troop has participated in Girl Scouts since becoming Daisies in kindergarten. For others, this is their first year. The booth had a camping theme because their troop goal is to go to troop camp this summer.  It will be the first sleep away camp for many of the girls and they are excited about bunk beds, archery, and horseback riding. Their goal was 2,500 packages and they have already surpassed 4,000! The girls chose Children’s Hospital Colorado as their Hometown Hero and have already collected more than 25 cases.

Second Place: $100 in Cookie Credits

This multi-level troop is from Mancos and has six Girl Scouts. Their troop goal for 2020 is 2,000 packages (325 per girl). They plan to do Bunk with the Beasts at Denver Zoo and purchase new uniforms.

Winner: $200 in Cookie Credits

Audrey and Aarya’s cookie booth is called Emoji the Possibilities and it inspired them to have big cookie goals. Together, they have almost reached their goal of selling 2,000 packages! The sparkly emoji faces are reflective of their fun attitude. The girls cut out and put these emojis together, choosing their favorite ones! These two friends have been in Girl Scouts for three years and are second year Brownies in Littleton. Audrey and Aarya plan to use their booth winnings to help pay for summer camp.

More women at the leadership table: Announcing the Fair Play, Equal Pay Initiative

From Girl Scouts of the USA

On February 27, 2020,  Girl Scouts of the USA announced Fair Play, Equal Pay™, a new gender parity initiative that will engage businesses to take action now to help build a more equitable future for girls. Industry leaders and major corporate partners of GSUSA, including Accenture, Ernst & Young, and SAP, have already committed to the initiative to increase female leadership and equal pay in their organizations by 2030. One of the most comprehensive and solutions-oriented corporate gender parity programs to date, GSUSA’s Fair Play, Equal Pay initiative leverages the power and impact of the Girl Scout brand to encourage companies that work with Girl Scouts to take the pledge toward parity and equal pay for equal work.

Girl Scouts is working with Canadian organization Women in Governance (WiG), an expert in gender parity whose assessment and analytical tools will be instrumental in informing GSUSA’s gender parity certification decisions. GSUSA’s certification will use a scaled 4-star system with each level of certification coming with a unique Girl Scouts’ Gender Parity Certification Seal. WiG’s best-in-class enablement tools, including customized support to address gap areas, will be critical in enabling companies to achieve higher targets and make meaningful progress towards gender parity. The initiative is sponsored in large part thanks to a generous grant from The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, a national foundation which supports initiatives in four main areas, by invitation only, including gender parity.

For Girl Scouts, creating a more equitable working world in which girls and young women can see themselves fairly reflected in organizational leadership and receive equal pay for equal work, dovetails seamlessly with GSUSA’s mission to develop girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

“Girl Scouts has helped build the leadership skills and potential of girls for over a century, but the world they inherited wasn’t always prepared to meet them where they were: ready to lead and expecting to be valued and paid on par with men,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Through our gender parity initiative, we’re not only working to develop girls with the capacity to lead but also create a world ready for their talents. We want our vendor partners to know that working with Girl Scouts means a commitment to girls’ leadership—both now and in the future—which means committing to gender parity between men and women.”
Based on GSUSA’s research, Girl Scouts is the only organization in the United States to create a program that challenges entities to complete four vital components: 1) sign a parity pledge in which they publicly commit to increase gender parity within their organization, 2) complete an assessment of their gender parity status, 3) advance their gender parity status using expert-informed resources available through the initiative, and 4) achieve a Girl Scout gender parity certification and proudly promote their success.
“We’re making progress around all aspects of women’s and girls’ lives, but we can set the bar even higher,” said Jennifer Morgan, Co-CEO of SAP. “We can always be doing more – and this is a critical and necessary step towards raising that bar and putting more young girls and women in positions of leadership. We are expanding our commitment to engage more girls and women in the conversation by sponsoring the Gender Parity Forum this October at G.I.R.L. 2020, GSUSA’s national convention. SAP’s support of GSUSA’s gender parity initiative aligns perfectly with our commitment to empowering women through technology, disrupting what it means to be ‘ready to lead,’ and making sure we have everyone at the table for the tough conversations.”
Transforming the workplace is foundational to making progress toward gender parity. Only 4.8% of CEOs on the 2018 Fortune 500 list are women. And studies by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company show that women remain underrepresented at every level in corporate America, even while companies’ commitment to gender diversity is at an all-time high, proving that turning commitment into practice has been a challenge.
“Women in Governance is moving the needle in a very concrete fashion in corporate Canada, encouraging women to develop their leadership and advance their careers and supporting organizations in their quests to increase the number of women in decision-making bodies as well as in traditionally male-dominated industries,” said WiG President and Founder Caroline Codsi. “After four years of great success with our Parity Certification across Canada, we are now thrilled to partner with GSUSA to get corporate America aligned and ready to welcome the next generation of female leaders among its ranks, not only because it is the right thing to do but because it is the smart thing to do.”
As the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, Girl Scouts is uniquely positioned to ensure that a focus on gender parity is given priority consideration among its collaborators and vendor base. With an estimated $1 billion in potential purchasing power nationally, Girl Scouts does business across industries, geographies, and disciplines. Contractual relationships with Girl Scouts and alignment with the iconic brand are highly regarded assets.
Learn more about the Fair Play, Equal Pay initiative.

Celebrate World Thinking Day March 7, 2020

Submitted by Melissa Marty

Metro Denver

Northglenn

Looking for a fun activity for your Girl Scout?

Join us for The Woods Service Unit World Thinking Day 2020 on Saturday, March 7  from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 per tourist. https://my.cheddarup.com/c/the-woods-service-unit-646

Where: Al Lesser Building, Adams County Fairgrounds Brighton

Tourists will learn about other countries that participate in WAGGSS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts). Attendees might experience food, SWAPS, songs, art, etc. during a three -five minute presentation from each represented region.

This is not a drop off event, parents/leaders must stay onsite.

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

Cookies and respect for our Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Ann Foster

Metro Denver

Castle Pines

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 65573 was treated to a visit by Deputy Andrew of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department! The local sheriffs are this troop’s Hometown Heroes, and the girls really enjoyed thanking them for all they do to keep everyone safe in the community, and also made sure they got their entire case of cookies that had been donated. A Daisy from our sister troop was also there to help, as she was training on how to run a successful cookie booth.

We learned that when the sheriff is at the cookie booth, lots and lots of people want to thank them for their service to our community, and buy lots of cookies! This got us even closer to our cookie sales goal.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Johnson Orthodontics hosts Girl Scout Cookie Buyback

Johnson Orthodontics in the Pikes Peak region recently hosted a series of Girl Scout Cookie Buyback events. The office purchased 66 cases of Girl Scout Cookies (792 packages) to donate to local heroes, first responders, police officers, and EMTs! They include:

  • Colorado Springs Police Department (Academy and Voyager)
  • Colorado Springs Police Department (Tutt and Barnes)
  • Monument Police Department
  • Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Rescue
  • Monument Fire Department
  • Black Forest Fire Department
  • Wescott Fire Station 2
  • Colorado Springs Fire Station 22
  • Palmer Lake Fire Department
  • Falcon Fire Department
  • Colorado Springs Fire Department Station 15
  • Colorado Springs Fire Department Station 21
  • Colorado Springs Fire Department Station 17
  • Cimarron Hills Fire Department
  • Francis Medical Center ER
  • Memorial North ER
  • Children’s Hospital ER

Each Girl Scout who participated in the buyback received a fun patch, snacks, goody bag, coupon for $500 off orthodontic treatment, and was entered into a raffle for two free movie tickets!

THANK YOU Johnson Orthodontics for supporting Girl Scouts and the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

 

Space Science Investigator Night on April 3, 2020

Submitted by Marcy Kendall

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

Last fall, Troops 72418 and 73010 organized a Space Science Investigator Night for Juniors. It was successful with 130 Girl Scouts from around Colorado. We’re hosting another one on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Fiske Planetarium at CU Boulder (2414 Regent Drive. Boulder CO 80309) for BOTH Brownies and Juniors. Space is limited! (It filled up last fall).

You can learn more and sign up Brownies here:
https://brownie-space-science-adventurer-april-3.cheddarup.com

You can learn more and sign up Juniors here:
https://space-science-investigator-night-april-3-juniors.cheddarup.com

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

Daisy dad: AKA best cookie dad ever

Submitted by Delilah D.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

This is my first year in Girl Scouts and I had no idea what to expect when it came cookie selling time. Luckily, I have a really great dad who has helped me figure it out. Not only does my dad help me sell (by walking with me, coaching me on what to say, helping me add costs, etc.), he has also helped me sell cookies to his co-workers.
Since I am in school during the day, my dad has marketed our troop’s cookie sales to everyone at his work. He has spoken to people and handed out order forms, but the best way he has helped market our cookie sales is by wearing my Daisy tunic at work. Haha! He has no shame and is willing to do what it takes to help me and my troop. His co-workers love it and I think it helped me sell. My goal was 200 packages and I’ve sold over 400! Thanks for the help, Dad!

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Uniform to Uniform in Grand Junction

Submitted by Rylee G.

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

I earned this patch with my Uncle Eddie. He is a police officer. He is good at his job and he arrests the bad guys to keep us safe. He loves cookies and loves supporting Girl Scouts!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

2020 Best Cookie Video contest: The winners are…

Thank you to all the Girl Scouts who entered this year’s contest for Best Cookie Video. We received nearly two dozen entries from across Colorado and are so impressed by your creativity and enthusiasm.

Third Place- $50 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scout Junior Clemmer is selling Girl Scout Cookies so she can go Girl Scout Camp.  From Clemmer:

Every year, I try to create a cookie song to draw attention to our booths! This year, my parents helped me create a backdrop and I came up with the words to the song. I think singing the song at our booths is going to help us meet our cookie program goals!

Second Place- $100 in Cookie Credits

Troop 65709 is a multi-level troop from the Metro Denver region. The girls plan to use their winnings for badges, activities, and items from the GSCO Retail Shop.

First Place- $200 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scout Cadette Tessa, along with her sister Diana, recently completed the Marketing and Coding for Good badges, which inspired them to step-up their cookie game this season. Diana now wears a Cookie Monster mascot costume and Tessa spent days producing this fun video. The video is 100% girl created, including the background music that Tessa coded.

The Carla Montana – Distinguished Military Veteran – Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce The Carla Montana – Distinguished Military Veteran – Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund honoring its namesake, Girl Scouts, military service, and adventures through travel.

Carla grew up in a military family where service to one’s country and friendship to sister Girl Scouts were important values. Carla traveled extensively and had notable experiences both personally and professionally, but her Girl Scout memories were among her most cherished.

We are inviting Girl Scout supporters to participate in a challenge to raise a minimum of $10,000 by April 4, 2020, allowing GSCO to complete the endowment started with a generous donation from Carla’s family.  Click here for more information and  to make your donation online. Distributions from the endowment will provide Colorado Girl Scouts with scholarships enabling them to experience the learning, joy, and camaraderie acquired through travel and adventure. Additional details of the scholarship process will be made available once the endowment has been established.

The timing of this announcement coincides with the Month of the Military Child, which was established in 1986 and has been celebrated every April since. Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud of our commitment to military families and will be joining Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) by supporting local events in honor of the Month of the Military Child throughout April 2020.

We look forward to sharing with you the success of this campaign and the stories of the adventure it brings!

Girl Scouts of Colorado