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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.

Earn GSCO’s NEW Gardening patch

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s NEW Gardening patch program is a customizable program that covers topics surrounding biology, ecology, art, and naturalism, as well as lessons celebrating plant biodiversity and plant pollinators. There is even an extra lesson that teaches Girl Scouts about diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts through growing and celebrating the biodiversity of plants!

Complete at least four lessons to earn your patch or become a gardening whiz by completing all seven. Earn this patch on your own or with your troop. If you’d like to learn about gardening and all the wonderful things it can do for your community and the planet, this is the program for you. This patch is geared towards Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, but older girls are welcome to join in the fun. After completing the requirements for this patch, you can purchase it from the GSCO Retail Shop for $3/patch.

Join us Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 4 p.m. for the virtual kick-off of our Summer Gardening patch program (see details below). At this kick-off, we will introduce and explain the program. After the kick-off meeting, Girl Scouts will be granted access to Google Classroom which houses all the activities.

If you would simply like access to the Gardening patch program, you can head directly to the Google Classroom using this classroom code: 2cj5mlg

If you have never used Google Classroom, follow these steps to join:

  1. Make sure you have a Google account (gmail). You can create a free account if you do not have one.
  2. Sign into classroom.google.com or the Google Classroom app with your Google account.  Click the + to join your class using the classroom code.
  3. Click “Classwork” to see the activities to complete the requirements Gardening patch program.
  4. Register here for the virtual kick-off on June 16.

Whether you’re working to earn GSCO’s new Gardening patch or you just love gardening,  join us for an in-person Gardening patch activity meet-up. You’ll connect with other gardening enthusiasts and create a bee hotel to encourage pollinator activity, earning one part of your Gardening patch.

Denver Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

Colorado Springs Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

Grand Junction Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m., Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

Longmont Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

The patch is included in the price for the activity meet-ups.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Rock Climbing events in Red Cliff: Space still available

Space is still available for Girl Scouts of Colorado’s rock climbing events in Red Cliff! Girls will learn about climbing equipment, techniques, knots, and other skills before exploring the rock wall. No prior climbing experience is required and this event is open to all Brownies – Ambassadors.

Learn more and register here:
Saturday, July 24: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/july24_rock_climbing_.html
Sunday, July 25: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/july25_rock_climbing_.html

This is not a drop-off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a caregiver, guardian, or troop leader. Girl to adult ratios for events must be met. No tagalongs. All child and adult attendees agree to follow the most current GSCO COVID -19 guidelines in relation to in-person events and have completed a COVID-19 waiver. All participants must have a current Girl Scout membership.

Financial assistance is available. Easily apply during registration process, to receive aid toward the event registration fee.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

OAC Mountain Biking Event: Space still available

Space is still available for the Outdoor Adventure Club’s (OAC) mountain biking event at Waterton Canyon on July 24 or 25, 2021! Enjoy the gentle incline of the trail while taking in views of the South Platte River. We will also explore the nearby Denver Audubon Center for bird watching and cooling off by the pond. This event is open to any Girl Scouts in 6th – 12th grade to register individually. The cost is $40 /girl. Grants are available and girls can also use Cookie Credits.

Learn more and register now:

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a GSCO staff-led program for older Girl Scouts offering monthly high adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing. Visit the Outdoor Adventure Club website for more information: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/outdoors/outdoor-adventure-club.html

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Heidi Mazur

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Heidi Mazur in the Northern & Northeastern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Heidi to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

The original reason was because I moved from Wisconsin to North Carolina and I didn’t know very many people. So, I decided to be a co-leader to a troop that was in need and then, I became the leader for the next 12 years and have met a lot of wonderful people along the way!

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I became a Lifetime Member soon after I received my Gold Award, became a summer camp counselor, and volunteered here and there during college in Wisconsin as well.  A few years after college, I became a leader for 12 years (without kids) in North Carolina. I helped my Girl Scouts lead events for younger girls many times.  All of the girls earned their Silver Award and one girl earned her Gold Award. We went on many trips including a trip to Savannah, a cruise to the Bahamas, and I planned a Girl Scout trip to Europe with 42 people. Then, when my daughter was in Kindergarten, I started a new troop.  This past year, when the previous SUM/SUCM stepped down, I stepped up.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

 

I have learned to delegate so that I am not overwhelmed and ask people to help directly. I am finding new ways to streamline a large troop during cookie season. And, technology is my friend!  

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

To be a sister to every Girl Scout by being kind, respectful, and inclusive.  I also hope that the girls will have opportunities to learn and experience new things that they would not have done otherwise. And, last but not least, perseverance and hard work will help you reach your end goal.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Email media@gscolorado.org.

Gold Award Candidate Collecting Items for Mary’s Homes of Hope

Submitted by Ciara Marie L., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Lakewood

I am a Girl Scout from Troop 63449. For my Gold Award, I am helping Mary’s Homes of Hope educate the community and nation about single mothers and women, and some of the struggles that they face. I created a website for Mary’s Homes of Hope at www.maryshomesofhope.com to spread awareness about single mothers and women in need of support. In turn, I have collected many donations of baby supplies and household items on a Target registry that were donated to Mary’s Homes of Hope for the women who live there. Also, I held a donation drive at St. Bernadette Catholic Parish on June 6, 2021 for parishioners and the community to come and donate any supplies Mary’s Homes of Hope may need. We received more than 150 different items of household, office, and baby supplies for Mary’s Homes of Hope and we are so grateful. I hope to make a positive impact in my community and the world by addressing this issue that is important to me since it will also allow me to grow, learn, and help change the community and the world one step at a time.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

GSCO Summer 2021 Swim Party

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado at Pirates Cove for our annual Girl Scout swim party on July 26 at 6:30 p.m. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Bring a friend and show them some of the fun that Girl Scouts have to offer. This is also a great opportunity to have a kick-off for your troop before the school year starts!

Register today as space is limited: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/july26_gsco_summer_s.html

The cost is $8/person. You have the option to purchase an event patch for $3/person.

Pirates Cove offers a leisure pool with a large play structure, a 25-meter, six-lane pool, a 35-foot slide tower with three slides, a lazy river, and more for summer fun! Participants are welcome to bring in snacks or a picnic. Concessions will not be offered onsite and no glass bottles are permitted. For more information, please review the Pirates Cove Guidelines online: http://www.piratescovecolorado.com/-guidelines

Please note: Pirates Cove will be open for regular business hours on this day. If you choose to go to Pirates Cove before the Girl Scout event at 6:30 p.m. you will need pay regular entry into the park, exit the park at 6 p.m. when they close,  and then, enter again at 6:30 p.m.

This is not a drop-off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with her parent/guardian or troop leaders. Adult to girl ratios for events must be met.

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Celebrating Top Cookie CEOs

On Sunday, June 6, more than 50 Girl Scouts who sold 2,500 or more packages of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program gathered at Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs to celebrate their amazing achievement. The top seller in the state, Piper from Troop 71106 in Loveland, sold more than 15,000 packages of cookies! Together, the top five sellers account for nearly 50,000 packages of cookies sold. Watch a video about the event here.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Gold Award project: Igniting Adventure Event

Submitted by Corinne R., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Westminster

As a capstone piece of my Gold Award project, I created Igniting Adventure event to teach girls outdoor skills that can be used in the wilderness. The skills the girls will be learning are: outdoor hygiene, water purification, orienteering, tent set up, shelter building, camouflage, outdoor cooking, fire building, packing, and Leave No Trace. This camp is for Juniors and Cadettes. It is a three evening camp on July 14, 21, and 28, 2021 from 4:30 – 9 p.m. at Barr Lake State Park. Register using this link: https://igniting-adventure-outdoor-skills-twilight-event.cheddarup.com/

I created this camp to get more girls interested in camping and outdoor activities. I have always gone out to do these activities and this is my way of sharing the joy I have with others.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Summer Know Hows and Hang Outs

GSCO’s Summer Know Hows and Hang Outs (formerly known as GSCO Clubs) are coming soon! Join us online in the afternoons every other week to create your own art projects, have fun with STEM, read books, learn new skills, and hang out with old and new friends. Each event is led by two experienced Girl Scout staff members and joined by Girl Scouts all over the state. Summer Know Hows and Hang Outs begin the week of June 14, 2021, but you can join any time during the summer.

Click on each club for more information about it and to register.

Cadette. Senior, Ambassador Art Know Hows

Daisy, Brownie, Junior Art Know Hows

Brownie Book Club

Junior Book Club

Cadette Book Club

Daisy Flour Hour Hang Out

Brownie Buddies Hang Out

Junior Jam Hang Out

Daisy STEM Know Hows

Brownie/Junior STEM Know Hows

Junior/ Cadette Creative Writing Club

Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Naturalist Know Hows

Daisy, Brownie, Junior Naturalist Know Hows

Junior and Older Tools for Independence

Senior/Ambassador Tools for Independence Older Girl Scouts

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Everything You Need to Know to Unlock the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Patch

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

Embarking on outdoor adventures has always been a part of Girl Scouts’ DNA. Many of the badges the first Girl Scouts earned were tied to learning and refining outdoor skills and becoming environmental stewards (Foot Traveler badge, Animal Kingdom badge), and that hasn’t changed in our more than 100-year history.

As Girl Scouts we’ve found new ways to connect with the great outdoors and one another. We’ve spent time in our backyards, earned outdoor art badges, and even taken virtual national park tours!

Now, with warmer weather and longer days, we’re ready to take our love of the outdoors to the next level. So pack some snacks, lace up your shoes, and head outside to unlock the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors patch! You’ll enjoy nature, channel your creativity, and learn fun new things.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Download the worksheet. Visit Girl Scouts at Home and download the official Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge worksheet. Review the list of activities and mark the ones you’re interested in.
  2. Don’t rush. The Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge kicked off May 21 and ends with Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, September 11–12, 2021. This means you have plenty of time to select the activities you’re most interested in and complete them at your own pace.
  3. Share! Use #gsoutdoors to share your story and to see how other girls are completing this fun outdoor challenge. Don’t forget to tag @girlscouts for a chance to be featured on GSUSA’s social media channels.
  4. Nominate someone. This challenge is a great way to connect with your fellow Girl Scout sisters and invite your non-Girl Scout besties to join in the fun! Nominate someone to take the challenge with you.
  5. Be prepared. As Girl Scouts, we know the importance of being prepared! If you’re venturing to a local park or hiking trail, first make sure they’re open. Pack sunscreen, bug repellant, GORP, protective gear (sunglasses, hat), and water!
  6. Get your patch. Remember, you don’t have to do all 50 suggested activities to earn your snazzy new patch! Complete the required number of activities based on your grade level.

Getting outdoors isn’t just fun—it’s good for your overall well-being. Did you know that girls who participate in outdoor activities on a monthly basis are stronger challenge-seekers and problem-solvers than those who don’t? So don’t wait: get out and unlock your Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors patch. Tag @gscolo and @girlscouts on Twitter and Instagram and include #gsOutdoors and #GSColo to share your adventures with us.

Hydro Flask is generously supporting the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge with the goal of getting more girls outside this summer and helping build future outdoor leaders.

Girl Scouts of Colorado