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Girl Powered LEGO Engineering camp

 

 

 

Submitted by Shay Sinnott

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

My name is Shay and I manage the Northern Colorado regions of Play-Well TEKnologies. We run LEGO engineering programs for kids ages 5-12. A new initiative we have taken on over the past couple of years has been a girl powered engineering programming which focuses on providing supportive environments for young girls to learn about STEM fields and explore their interests. In addition to our girl powered LEGO engineering programs, we have worked with many Girl Scout troops all over Colorado to help troops earn badges in mechanical engineering, STEM, and robotics! If you are interested in hosting a badge workshop with Play-Well, please contact shay@play-well.org.For more information, go to www.play-well.org.

We have a special girl powered LEGO engineering camp coming up in Fort Collins at the Foothills Activity Center! We hope your girls will join us for a great week of female-led building. The camp is July 15 – 18, 2019 from 9 a.m. – noon and is for ages 5-7 and 1 – 4 p.m. is for ages 8-12. Interested families can sign up through the City of Fort Collins Recreator.  Register by July 8!

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

“Playing the Past” at Plains Conservation Center

Visit Denver Botanic Gardens’ Plains Conservation Center through their One-Day Prairie Perspectives Immersion experience and earn the “Playing the Past” badge for Girl Scout Juniors.

Immerse your Girl Scouts in the challenging perspective of a child growing up in the 1800’s as a Cheyenne Indian or a homesteader. Girls can explore the prairie ecosystem and participate in activities at the homestead and Cheyenne camp, cook a meal, journal, and connect with the cultural history. Overnight portion includes campfire, storytelling, wagon rides on the prairie, and sleeping in the tipis (weather permitting).

Cost:

  • One-Day Prairie Perspective Immersion, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: $60 within SCFD / $65 outside SCFD
  • One-Day Prairie Perspectives Plus Optional Overnight ends 9 a.m. the following day: $125 within SCFD / $130 outside SCFD

One adult chaperone admitted free for every five students, additional chaperones are $30 each for the one day program and $60 each for the overnight program. A 50-percent deposit is due at least 30 days prior to program date; full payment is due at least one week pre-program.

More information: https://www.botanicgardens.org/education/schools-teachers/plains-conservation-center

Questions? pccinfo@botanicgardens.org

Daisies learn coding with Snapology

Submitted by Marcie Tidd

Metro Denver

Golden-Littleton

Daisy Troop 66565 met with volunteers from Snapology of Golden-Littleton for a fun LEGO-based STEM activity. Girls worked in teams to build and code fireflies. This was a fun and engaging activity, which exposed girls to concepts in engineering, coding, and computer science.

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

Look Wider International Travel Fund: 2019 Recipients

Congratulations to Girl Scout alumnae Kayleigh Cornell and Caroline Farmar! They were each awarded $500 from the RaeAnn & Richard E. Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund for 2019.  Both will participate in The Juliette Low Seminar, the flagship leadership development event for the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides (WAGGGS). Kayleigh will travel to England, hosted by Pax Lodge World Centre in the Europe Region. Caroline will travel to Lebanon, hosted by Association des Guides Du Liban in the Arab Region.

Nearly 1,000 WAGGGS members from 150 countries will travel to 20 different host countries to make new friends, connect with different cultures, and exchange ideas on leadership and gender equality.  The seminar takes place November 14-20, 2019.

Are you a G.I.R.L. between the ages of 12 and 30 who can’t wait to share in the international sisterhood of Girl Scouts?  If you are traveling independently with a global-friendship focus, check out Look Wider to help fund your trip: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Look%20Wider%20Travel%20Scholarship%205-19%20update.pdf .

Read more here:  https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/our-program/ways-to-participate/travel.html.

Apply now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/scholarship-application.html.

Bronze Award project: Native bee houses

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Bree Dulaney

Metro Denver

Centennial

Juniors from Girl Scout Troop 61608 from Centennial spent five hours at the Denver Botanic Gardens. They were researching ideas for their Bronze Award project, building native bee houses.

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

Volunteer View: June 2019

Renew by June 26 for Early Bird incentives

Early Bird is your chance to be the first to renew for another exciting year of Girl Scouts! Whether she’s a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker or leader, when your Girl Scouts renew their memberships, they gets the chance to unleash their greatness for another year.  Renewing shows your Girl Scout you believe in the power of G.I.R.L. You understand the amazing opportunities she gets as a Girl Scout, and you’re committed to helping her continue her journey to greatness.

Girls and adults renewed by June 26, 2019 are eligible to earn an Early Bird Patch. Troops with at least two Troop Leadership Team members and three girls renewed and an Annual Troop Report submitted by June 26, 2019 are eligible to earn a $25 shop credit.

Learn more

Join us for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

Girl Scouts love getting outside, especially in Colorado! Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have teamed up for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend July 13-14. Special Girl Scout activities are planned in state parks! Read more about participating state parks and the fun event options.

Outdoor Programs

New outdoor adventures for girls 6th grade and older

If your girls are going into 6th grade or older, check out the September – January Outdoor Adventure Club. Registration for all OAC events will open two months before the event.

The Outdoor Adventure Club is staff-led programming and girls can attend on their own or with a buddy. Girls can use Cookie Credits to pay for events. Grants and discounts are available.

Activities this year include:

  • Sailing and paddle sports
  • Archery workshops
  • Outdoor skills
  • Ice climbing
  • Trail running
  • and more!

Visit the Outdoor Adventure page for more  information.

Going for Gold?

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, troop leaders, and parents across Colorado! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss out on the upcoming training webinar on Tuesday, June 18, from 5 – 7 p.m. This is a free training.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. In this training, girls will learn the requirements, council procedures, and tips for making her Gold Award experience successful and rewarding.

Gold Award training is mandatory for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Troop leaders, co-leaders, and parents are encouraged to attend.
To register please contact GSCO’s highest awards manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Learn more

Ready for the Not a Bummer Summer?

Just because school is out, doesn’t mean that Girl Scouts must go on break! Summer is a great time to spend more time with your Girl Scout sisters. For summer 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado has a NEW patch program to encourage you to participate in Girl Scouts over the summer. Troops can earn the patch between June 1 – August 31. Here are the requirements:

  • Girls must be renewed for the upcoming membership year (2019-2020)
  • Participate in two summertime activities as a troop
  • Complete one service project
  • Plan to start regular meetings before October 31

Sounds pretty fun right?! We think so! Once you complete the requirements, you can purchase your patch in-person or over the phone from the GSCO shop in Denver. We’d also love to hear about the service project that your troop completes. Use the Share Your Stories form on the GSCO blog to let us know how your girls have left a positive impact on their community.

STEAM For All Festival

Sunday, July 14

12 – 4 p.m.

Wings Over the Rockies

As part of Apollopalooza, a week-long regional celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and future human space exploration, the STEAM For All Festivalwill be filled with engaging and hands-on STEAM activities dedicated to getting EVERYONE involved in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. All children age 16 and under are free and adults are $5. The $5 adult fee will be waived for two adults accompanying groups of 5 or more Girl Scouts. To take advantage of this opportunity you must email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org with your troop number, number of girls, and number of adults by July 10. Special thanks to Lockheed Martin for partnering with Wings Over the Rockies and Girl Scouts of Colorado to make this opportunity available for Girl Scouts.

Summer Fun with Girl Scouts

Spend your summer having fun with Girl Scouts of Colorado! We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be.  Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Girl Scout Days at Water World

June 17 – 30, Federal Heights

Girl Scouts of all ages, friends, and family are invited to take advantage of special discounted pricing for Water World June 17-30.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Water World

June 20, Federal Heights

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to Water World to celebrate the World’s Largest Swim Lesson! Swim lesson 8 –10 a.m., park opens to all at 10 a.m.

Girl Scout Night at the Colorado Rapids

June 28, Commerce City

Join the Colorado Rapids for Girl Scout night! All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited! Each Girl Scout in attendance will receive a limited-edition Colorado Rapids patch at the game and access to the post-game fireworks show. The top three troops with the most ticket referrals will get to participate in a special in-game experience.

Women’s Week at MMR

July 15-18, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Allenspark

Women 18 years of age or older are welcome at Women’s Week. You don’t have to be a current or past Girl Scout, you just have to want to come and play in the outdoors with other like-minded friends. Some of the best experiences were had by a few women who had never been to camp before. Mom and daughter and granddaughter groups have had great family experiences and come back every year to be sure they don’t forget what it’s all about.

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens

July 19, 20, & 21, Denver

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens on July 19, 20, and 21! Girl Scouts of all ages, family and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets. Each Girl Scout participating in our special Girl Scout days will receive an event patch.

Pirates Cove Girl Scout Summer Swim Party

July 29, Littleton

Join us at Pirate’s Cove for our annual Girl Scout Swim party! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Bring a friend and show them some of the fun that Girl Scouts has to offer! This is also a great opportunity to have a kickoff for your troop before the school year starts!

Colorado Rockies – Girl Scout Day

August 4, Coors Field, Denver

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Rockies as they take on the San Francisco Giants. All Girl Scouts attending are invited to participate in pre-game parade and will receive a special event patch.

Girl Scout Day with the Grand Junction Rockies

August 18, Grand Junction

One of our very own Girl Scouts will be singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the game! When you purchase/RSVP for tickets, you’ll be asked to enter a Girl Scout troop number for a referral. The troop with the most ticket referrals will be the “field of dreams team” for the night! They will get to go on the field and meet the players, run out for the National Anthem, and pick a troop leader to throw the first pitch of the game!

Paw Patrol Live

August 25, Colorado Springs

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets to Paw Patrol Live at the Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts. Discounted tickets are only available for the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, August 25.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night with the Rocky Mountain Vibes

September 6, Colorado Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Switchbacks

September 28, Colorado Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

 

 

Cookies for Metro Caring Food Bank

Submitted by Jessica Ramsour

Metro Denver

Aurora

Girl Scout Troop 65412 from Aurora delivered the 240 packages of Girl Scout Cookies they collected during the Cookie Program to their Hometown Hero, Metro Caring Food Bank. While there, the Girl Scouts toured the market and stocked shelves with the first packages of cookies!

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

Higher Ground Fair

Submitted by Elise Clark

Laramie, WY

The Black American West Museum & Heritage Center, in cooperation with the Higher Ground Fair of Laramie, Wyoming, invites Girl Scouts of Colorado to attend the Higher Ground Fair: Celebrating Rural Living in the Rocky Mountains.

When: September 21 and 22, 2019

More information: https://www.highergroundfair.org/

Free Round-Trip Bus Ride: Bus leaves the museum at 3091 California St. at 7:30 a.m. each morning and returns each evening.

Join us at 6:30 a.m. for coffee and a light breakfast.

Call Elise Clark at (720) 229 – 5515 to reserve your space on the bus.

Driving yourself? Call to register as a guest of the museum to be eligible for special perks!

Contact: Elise Clark at (720) 229 – 5515. Leave a message with your name, phone number, troop number, and number of people in your group.

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

Camp Coco at Magic Sky Ranch

Submitted by Charity Haviland

Metro Denver

Thornton

Come learn about Mexican culture by experiencing the music, crafts, and food at Camp CoCo at Magic Sky Ranch November 1-3, 2019. Register online at http://girlscouts65792.org.

Cost: $120 per Girl Scout and $45 per troop leader and other adults required to meet the Safety Wise Ratio for your troop. Additional adults, beyond Safety Wise Ratio, are $100 each. Cost includes all materials for onsite crafts, two dinners, two breakfasts, and one lunch, and lodging.

The girls of Troop 65792 are really excited to host this event. They have worked hard to learn the crafts and plan the events for the weekend. This is their first event to host and they can’t wait to share their learning with others!

Contact Charity Haviland at gstroop65792@gmail.com for questions!

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

Raising up the next generation of girls

Submitted by Aimee Artzer, GSCO Community Partnerships Manager

Metro Denver

Denver

“Grit & Grace” is a podcast about strong women doing amazing things in business, fitness, and life! Tahverlee interviews some of the most remarkable women who have been so helpful in her entrepreneurial journey and shares the trials and triumphs on their success.

Aimee Artzer of the Girl Scouts of Colorado, along with Beth Barela of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, are teaching our next generation of girls that they truly can be anything they want to be. By sharing the stories of the women inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, they are learning what courage and determination looks like from some of the greats. The two organizations have come together to collaborate on supporting girls and women alike.

Listen to the “Grit & Grace” podcast on the Ladies Chit Chat club or wherever you listen to your podcasts: https://www.ladieschitchatclub.com/podcasts/raising-up-the-next-generation-of-girls-0?utm_campaign=Grit%20and%20Grace%20&utm_content=93768228&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&hss_channel=fbp-223415024877169

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