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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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Power of cookie: The 5 Skills

Submitted by Rachael TerLouw

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

My older girls (now freshman in college) used the 5 Skills to participate in two troop trips. One was to Washington, D.C. The other was to canoe the Boundary Waters. Here is an excerpt from my daughter’s college essay about their experience.

Twelve years of Girl Scouting has led me to an incredible expanse of activities and explorations, experiences which have multiplied in high school. With my troop, I sold thousands of cookies and organized other money earning activities to travel to Washington, D.C. on a historical trip, and later ventured to the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota for four days of canoeing and backpacking. The four of us, who started as novice adventurers looking for unique experiences, planned, funded, and executed each trip on our own. Between these explorations, we spent time building our friendship by helping community soup kitchens or learning basket weaving together, and I’ve never felt more connected than I have within Girl Scouts.”

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

Camp Cancellation: H2O & Horseback Day Camp

We regret to share that the Summer 2017 H2O & Horseback Day Camp is cancelled.

Unfortunately, we were unable to secure the contract with the horse stables to run camp this summer.  We have noticed a trend of local horseback stables expanding their summer programming to offer their own summer camps- making it difficult for the stables to contract with outside organizations like GSCO to camps. We are as disappointed as we know the girls hoping to attend camp will be! We can assure GSCO girls and parents that we will be working tirelessly to find a way to incorporate horseback programming into our day camps for summer 2018.

If you are interested in attending one of the day camps offered by the Metro Denver Stables, please see the information below. (Disclaimer:  These programs are not associated with GSCO)

Please direct any questions to Anna Danila, Outdoor & Travel Program Manager, anna.danila@gscolorado.org

12 Mile Stables at Cherry Creek Day Camp

http://horserentalsdenver.com/day-camps

Chatfield Stables Day Camp

http://www.chatfieldstables.com/horse-camps.html

Bear Creek Lake Park Stables Day Camp (information for 2017 not posted yet)

http://www.bearcreekranchcolorado.com/horsedaycamps.htm

 

 

Gold Award recipient named State Honoree by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

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Congratulations to Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Emma Albertoni of Arvada! Emma, a senior at Ralston Valley Senior High School, was named one of Colorado’s top youth volunteers of 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This is a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As a State Honoree, Emma will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C. She will join top honorees from other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2017.

Emma earned the highest honor in Girl Scouting for her work to improve financial literacy education to ensure that students in her school district and ultimately her entire state are prepared to make sound financial decisions when they graduate. The idea hit Emma one summer when she was working at a summer job, shopping for her first car, and looking at college tuitions. “I was dealing with larger sums of money than ever before and I realized I didn’t know anything about using it wisely,” she said. After discussing with her parents such foreign concepts as credit scores, loans, budgeting and taxes, Emma decided she and her peers needed help.

She began by researching financial education in Colorado and found large gaps. For example, “In Algebra II, students are taught how to calculate interest; what they are not taught is how interest could affect their credit scores or how to figure interest into the cost of a purchase,” she said. Emma discussed her concerns with her principal, who put her in touch with the teacher of her school’s Family Consumer Science class. Emma offered to develop a unit on financial safety online for the class, and then created presentations, videos, discussion outlines, and quizzes to use in the classroom. Next, she persuaded the local school board to strengthen the teaching of financial literacy throughout the district, and she is now working with state legislators on guidelines for educators across the state to follow in teaching students about financial topics.

In 2016, Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Christina Bear of Golden was named a Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She received an engraved bronze medallion.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award. These Local Honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.

For information on this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit http://spirit.prudential.com.

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Mammoth

Join us for Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Mammoth, Sunday, March 12, 2017! Come cheer on the Mammoth as they take on the Vancouver Stealth for a great night of Lacrosse. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited.

The game starts at 7 p.m. Come early and watch the court change from an ice rink from the Colorado Avalanche’s game earlier in the day to the Mammoth’s Lacrosse field.

Cost is $22/person for an upper level ticket at the Pepsi Center. Each Girl Scout attending will get an event patch.

Tickets can be purchased here:  http://www.mammothtix.com/girlscoutsofcolorado.

A portion of ticket sales will be donated back to GSCO.

Questions? Please contact Ryan Hannegan at ryan.hannegan@TeamKSE.com

Hope to see you there!

Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets

It’s time for Pajama Jam, our annual Girl Scout Night and Sleepover with the Denver Nuggets! Join us Saturday, March 4, 2017 to cheer on the Nuggets and they take on the Charlotte Hornets. Stay after the game and enjoy a post-game basketball shoot, a movie on Pepsi Vision, and a sleep over at the Pepsi Center. Midnight snack and breakfast will be provided.

All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Both troops and families can participate in the sleepover as we have separate areas for troops and families. Not able to make the sleepover? Not a problem! Come enjoy the game and as many post-game activities as you can.

The Denver Nuggets are hosting their ticket referral contest again this year. Troops can share information about Pajama Jam and encourage others to enter their troop number during ticket purchase. The troop that has the most ticket referrals will have a chance to win one of these great prizes:

• A cookie booth at Pajama Jam, where they can sell cookies at the Pepsi Center after the game.
• Private sleeping area at Pajama Jam
• Participate in the Red, White, and Blue Crew
• Participation in a pregame High Five Fan Tunnel
• Select the movie played at the sleepover

Deadline for the ticket referral contest is February 27, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Cost is $20/person and tickets can be purchased at https://www.ksetix.com/nuggets/2017-girl-scout-pajama-jam/.

Questions? Please contact Lexie Urratio at 303-405-1139 or Lexie.Urratio@TeamKSE.com

Hope to see you there!

Ways to use your Cookie Credits

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With less than a month left in the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program, it is time to start thinking about how you’ll use all the Cookie Credits you’re earning.

There are many ways to use Cookie Credits. Examples include:

  • GSCO troop or Service Unit trip, event, or activity with a per girl fee
  • GSCO sponsored or hosted event or activity
  • EF Tours
  • Girl Scout destinations
  • Highest Awards materials and fees
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado shop or online purchase
  • Volunteer-run day camps or events with a per girl cost
  • GSCO summer camp

Troops and girls can be reimbursed for these activities using the Cookie Credit Reimbursement Form. When redeeming the credits use the Credit Redemption Form for Camp.

Cookie Credits may NOT be used to pay for/renew membership, pay fees to outside vendors for individual girls, purchase items not in the Girl Scout shop, or pay for travel expenses for adults or those not related to Girl Scouts of Colorado.

For questions about what Cookie Credits can be used for, please contact: financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can I use Cookie Credits to attend a Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored or hosted event/activity?
Yes, as long as there is a per girl cost.

Can I use Cookie Credits to host an event for Girl Scouts?
No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can troops use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?
No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can Juliettes use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?
No.

How can I find out how much I have in Cookie Credits?
You can verify the amount remaining on your cookie card by going to www.mercury-gift.com

I was previously told that I could use Cookie Credits to renew membership, so why is GSCO making this change now?
This change is taking effect immediately because Girl Scouts of Colorado must come into compliance with IRS regulations. Those regulations do not allow girls, volunteers or other members to pay for their membership with Cookie Credits.

Can troops pool their cookie credits together to pursue a troop activity?
Yes, with the full consent of the girls in the troop, a troop may pool their credits for reimbursement for a Girl Scout related cost that complies with the guidelines above.

 

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Gold Award recipient becomes troop co-leader

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Submitted by Emily Mohlis

Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Greeley

How has your Gold Award experience impacted who you are today?

I did not realize it during, but earning my Gold Award gave me experience in leadership, time management, and basic people skills that I use almost every day earning my degree in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Colorado.

What inspired you to continue with Girl Scouts after high school and become a co-leader?

I have always dreamed of becoming a Girl Scout leader just so I could say I have had the experience of being a girl as well as a leader. However, after high school, I planned to continue my Girl Scout membership, but becoming a leader at such a young age never crossed my mind until a friend overheard me talking about Girl Scouts at work and asked if I was interested in co-leading a troop of elementary-aged girls. Without hesitation, I agreed and ever since then I have never once regretted saying yes. Being a leader is such a rewarding opportunity and especially starting so young has helped me know that my true passion is for teaching young children.

How did participating in the cookie sale as a girl help you grow and build skills?

As a girl, selling cookies taught me skills in handling money, greeting customers, and how to be successful in something as small as selling cookies, and I have used those skills to help further myself in my personal, school, and work environments.

What are you most excited about this cookie sale?

I am most excited about getting to experience the leader-side of cookie sales. I cannot wait to reflect on how the girls’ skills develop from the beginning of sales to the end of sales, and getting to be there to see both their challenges, but the moments when suddenly it all makes sense in their heads (aka “the lightbulb moments”)!

What skills do you hope to see in the girls in your troop develop through the cookie sale?

Since this is the first year my girls are selling cookies and around strangers they can be somewhat shy, I hope my girls will first and foremost build up their confidence to become strong leaders in our troop. The ages of my girls ranges about three years and so another skill I hope they acquire is to work as a team, having the older girls starting in the leadership role and slowly passing it on to the younger girls and allowing them the opportunity to lead as well!

 

 

 

 

New dates available for property reservations

We are so pleased to have so many wonderful troops reserve our sites for this year to come and enjoy the great outdoors.  Recently, we have had a few weekends open that were previously unavailable. We would love to share this opportunity with you, so that your troop may enjoy a stay at one of our properties.  The following weekends now have openings for troops to reserve:

Tomahawk Ranch: March 3 – 5, 2017* and March 24 – 26, 2017

Sky High Ranch: March 31 – April 2, 2017

Meadow Mountain Ranch: July 7 – 9, 2017

*Please note that if your troop would like to reserve March 3 -5, 2017 at Tomahawk Ranch, we are unable to provide food service for that weekend.

Reservations are first come, first-served and must be made through our booking site at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/. We expect them to fill up quickly, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact the Property and Outdoor Program Administrator, at annie.pierce@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Day with DU Gymnastics

Join GSCO for Girl Scout Day with DU Gymnastics, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017! Come cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Illinois/Illinois State. Stay for a special post-game meet and greet with the team. The Pioneers have had a great season, so this should be a fun gymnastics meet!

Date: Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017  2 p.m.
Cost: $5/person + $2/ticket online processing fee.

Purchase tickets at https://goo.gl/Rch9vQ and enter promo code GIRLSCOUTS17. Part of the ticket proceeds will be donated back to GSCO.

Questions? Please contact Ryan Simmons at ryan.simmons@du.edu.

We hope to see you there!

Smart Cookie: Feb. 13, 2017

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The first weekend of council-sponsored booth sales got off to a great start. We heard reports of girls selling hundreds of packages of cookies and customers thrilled to see the Girl Scouts back in front of their favorite stores. For all the positive interactions Girl Scouts and customers have, we also sometimes hear complaints about inappropriate behavior at booth sites. While we know these instances are the minority, it’s important to remember you are representing our entire organization when selling cookies. Please keep the booth etiquette rules in mind and proudly represent Girl Scouts!

Council-sponsored Booth Sales continue through March 12. If you signed up for a booth that your troop is unable to staff, please release it in eBudde as soon as possible to give another troop the chance to sell there.

Booth etiquette

DO:

  • Be polite and pleasant, and thank people whether they make a purchase or not
  • Keep money out of sight
  • Know your booth location and be prepared for weather (booths must remain outside of the business hosting the sale)
  • Locate a safe restroom for girls and adults to use
  • Dress appropriately and identify yourself by wearing your uniform and/or membership pin
  • Do clean up after yourselves 

DON’T:

  • Show up at a booth without approval
  • Set up booth inside location
  • Block entrances or doorways
  • Leave money on the table
  • Take friends or siblings to help in the sale
  • Bring pets to a booth site
  • Eat or chew gum while speaking to customers
  • Have any food item other than cookies on your table
  • Leave empty boxes or trash in the area. 

Inventory update

The Cupboards are out of S’mores and Toffee-tastics. As you know, these are specialty cookies and quantities were only guaranteed for troops’ Starting Inventory Orders. These cookies are not available for reorder by our council, due to special ingredients required by the baker. These cookies are no longer available to be delivered directly from the baker, either.

If you still have S’mores or Toffee-tastics in hand, continue to sell them. You can use the Digital Cookie app to sell these varieties and accept credit card payments. A message in pink will say “These cookies can’t be shipped. Only sell if you have the cookies in hand.” when you select Toffee-tastics or S’mores. If your troop has orders for S’mores you are unable to fulfill, try reaching out to other troops through your Service Unit Cookie Manager or on the GSCO Classifieds to see if other troops have S’mores available to transfer. When out selling door-to-door, have your girls switch to the Super 6 order card to reduce requests for the two specialty cookies. Help your girls come up with a sales pitch to direct customers to other tasty Girl Scout Cookies when they’re asked for S’mores. If you have S’mores in your inventory, you should use them for girl sales and not offer them at booth sales so girls can fill their customer orders. Thank you for your patience and support of girls as they run their cookie business. If you have questions, please reach out to your Service Unit Cookie Manager or Volunteer Support Specialist.

Earn the Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring patch

Help us salute our Hometown Heroes during the 2017 Cookie Sale Program by selling 50 (or more) packages of Hometown Hero /Gift of Caring cookies between Sunday, January 29 and Sunday, March 12. Any Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing this online form (https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/hth_goc_patch_2017). Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop! The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

  • This patch is for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only. 

Reminders:

  • Make frequent deposits into your troop bank account. Don’t keep Girl Scout Cookie money in your car or anywhere else it is at risk of being lost or stolen.
  • Beaver Creek Resort has asked that we remind all Girl Scouts that it does not allow roaming vendors of any kind on its common properties unless they are licensed by Beaver Creek Resort Company. Troops and girls are welcome to make arrangements with certain businesses, restaurants, or hotels to sell within their buildings, but selling outside is prohibited, including selling on patios attached to restaurants. These ski areas have council booth sites set up and troops scheduled to sell, and they have asked that troops not call wanting to set up MySales Sites at these locations: Durango Mountain Resort, Durango; Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge; Loveland Ski Basin,Georgetown; Loveland Ski Valley, Georgetown, Keystone Neighborhood Company, Keystone; Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Dillon.

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