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Girl Scouts can do anything and everything they set their hearts and minds to! You’ll find it all here.  From members sharing their adventures to Highest Award honorees describing their projects and news from council, cookie updates, travel opportunities, volunteer tips and much, much more.

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Longmont Girl Scouts reach for the star

Submitted by Lisa Herrmann

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Troop 74447 hosted a hike to the famous Flagstaff Star in Boulder. It was a beautiful evening and not only did the girls conquer the steep hike, but they had amazing views of the city, local wildlife, and super moon!

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

Apply NOW for a “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Kathleen, from Centennial, traveled to Mongolia.  Krista, from Fort Collins, visited Sangam World Centre in Pune, India. Allie made lifelong friends during an adventure in Costa Rica . All of these trips and many more have been made possible thanks in part to the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships.

Older Girl Scouts who dream of traveling the world and meeting their Girl Scout sisters should apply today for the 2018 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships.

Requirements:

  • Trip must be sponsored or endorsed by Girl Scouts of the USA or the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
  • The scholarship is for “girl” members only (based on WAGGGS guidelines – between the age of 12 and 30 at the time travel is completed).
  • The scholarship supports only individual girl, not troop, travel.
  • The scholarship should support international travel, although a compelling domestic trip may be considered.
  • Girls who have earned (or are working toward) a Girl Scout Highest Award will be given preference.
  • Recipients must agree to share stories and testimonials about the trip after their return to inspire girls to pursue similar adventures.
  • Must meet all application deadlines. Funds must be used for travel in the year in which the scholarship is received.
  • Must be a member of Girl Scouts of Colorado Girl Scout Council.

Apply here: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/scholarship-application.html Deadline for application: Jan. 8, 2018. 

The “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are meant for individual girl travel. They’re made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year. Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel and girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

Look Wider Scholarship Flyer

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 5, 2017) 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/GirlScouts/overview

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 5!  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/GirlScouts/overview. Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.

New resources from Little Brownie Bakers

Little Brownie Bakers has a variety of new and exciting resources to help you successfully manage and navigate the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program. This includes more than a dozen eBudde training videos, which you can find of LBB’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/LittleBrownieBakers/videos Topics range from troop initial orders to troop booth signups to troop sales report.

The eBudde Troop App is also now LIVE and available for download in the App Store and for Google Play. This app brings the power of eBudde desktop technology to phone and tablet devices. With this free mobile app, you can:

  • Track and submit girl cookie orders for both traditional and digital sales
  • Easily track amounts due and paid
  • Order girl rewards and never miss a deadline
  • Monitor troop sales data and generate troop sales reports
  • See when and where cookies will be delivered
  • Stay in the know with access to calendar dates and messages
  • Many other capabilities are built right into eBudde!

The eBudde Troop App is exactly what volunteers need to manage the cookie season—wherever they are, on the go. As your baker partner, LBB has exactly what you need to get the word out. LBB’s eBudde Instructional Video gives volunteers a quick overview of the app and its capabilities. For a complete list of capabilities, volunteers can download our eBudde App Flyer.

 

Sign up to receive GSCO event updates

We’ve added a new events email to the tools designed to keep volunteers, girls and families informed on everything you can do with your Girl Scout membership!

To sign up, just add your email address in the box in the black bar at the bottom left of this page, click the frequency of your choice (daily or weekly updates) and select subscribe. You will receive an email with a link to confirm your subscription, click that and you’re all set.

Summer 2018 camp sessions online now, registration opens Jan. 18

There’s no better place to step out of your comfort zone, be bold, be curious, embrace the unfamiliar, and grow your confidence than at Girl Scout Camp. It’s a whole new world, and it’s a place she’ll never forget!

Whether she’s climbing to the top of a mountain, singing along with her new best friends, getting messy with the barn animals, or collaborating on an all-camp performance, your G.I.R.L. will have the time of her life!

Check out all the amazing camp sessions coming up this summer, and mark your calendar for registration, opening Jan. 18 at 9 a.m.

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Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, Dec. 5

Help Girl Scouts of Colorado continue to provide an unparalleled, girls-only experience to G.I.R.L.s all over the state. Your donation on Colorado Gives Day goes further than on any other day of the year.

Schedule your donation today, and download badges to share on social media.

2018 Cookie Program begins Feb. 4

Thanks to everyone who participated in our amazing 2017 Fall Product Program! We saw a 29% growth over last year, with more than 4,400 girls participating. 669 troops earned the exclusive S’mores Club booth opportunity – way to go!

The cookie program runs Feb. 4 – March 11. We’re excited to be offering the popular S’mores cookie again this year.

Visit our website to find a training or Cookie Rally near you.

Older girl highlight: Gold Award Girl Scout Molly McPherson

Since earning the highest honor in Girl Scouting, Molly McPherson, a 2017 Gold Award Girl Scout, has completed a short documentary on the impact of plastic water bottles and is now sponsored by Polar Bottle!

Molly’s Gold Award project focused on educating her community on how to reduce plastic waste and increase the use of reusable water bottles. Learn more about her project on the blog.

Make a 4-hour promise 4 Her

Girl Scout troops rely on volunteer support for girls to receive the best experience possible. Your troop leaders are committed to providing the primary guidance and support for the troop, but all families are asked to give what they can. We are asking for your promise of 4 hours per family per year – 4 HER.

Make a 4-hour 4 Her Promise »

Visit our camps this winter

Can’t wait until summer to go to camp? We have fun events happening all year:

 

Upcoming Events

Dec. 2: Teddy Bear Toss with Metro State Hockey, Westminster
Cheer on Metro State at they take on CU Hockey. Participants will toss their bears on the ice when Metro State scores their first goal.

Dec. 8: Disney on Ice, Denver
Disney on Ice presents “Follow Your Heart.” A post-performance Girl Scout clinic will highlight the Tech Crew and the special work they do to put on the show. Event patch is included.

Save the date for exciting Girl Scouts sports events in 2018!

To be notified when registration opens, contact Lori Thompson.

  • Jan. 14: Girl Scout Day with DU Gymnastics, Denver
  • Jan. 19: Girl Scout Night with DU Hockey, Denver
  • Feb. 23: Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets, Denver
  • March 2: Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Avalanche, Denver

Want event details delivered to your inbox weekly? Sign up for the Events email at gscoblog.org.

You’re invited to a pool party

Running the world’s largest girl-led business is hard work and you deserve some water splashing fun before the launch of the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program!

All current (and future) Girl Scouts and their friends are invited to a pool party! Join us December 9, 2017 from 1 – 3 p.m. at  the Carmody Recreation Center Pool (2200 South Kipling Street, Lakewood, CO 80227). This is a fun opportunity for your girl to meet other Girl Scouts, invite a friend to join her troop, and for new leaders to meet experienced leaders. Cost is only $1.50/girl. Current members are invited to bring a friend or two and try out Girl Scouts! Girls with a current membership who bring a friend will be entered to draw a prize!

RSVP at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4fa4aa2fa2f58-girl

Payments should be made in advance through PayPal: busyasab@juno.com

Ski and Snowboard Day: Adult volunteers needed

The Outdoor Adventure Club needs adult volunteers to help with Ski and Snowboard Day at Arapahoe Basin on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Volunteers will be with another adult and a small group of girls with similar skill levels. Volunteers should be comfortable skiers/snowboarders on greens or higher and will not be responsible for lessons to the group. However, they should be comfortable supporting, supervising, and looking out for safety concerns while the group is skiing. GSCO will cover your lift ticket! For more information email Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org

 

Car care workshop in Arvada

Colchin Automotive is hosting a car care workshop for Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 9-12) on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m. in Arvada. Learn the basics of car care and maintenance, so you can be road ready and safe when you hit the pavement.

Parents/guardians are welcome to attend with their girl. Seniors will earn their “Car Care” badge through completion of this workshop. If you have any questions about this event or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Register today to save your spot for this workshop:https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/car_care_workshop_md_12_05_2017

 

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