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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.

Coming Soon: New and Awesome GSCO Programs

 

Hey Girl Scouts! We’ve got SO many awesome programs happening this winter for girls across Colorado! Check out all the events on the GSCO Events Calendar to register your girl. If you do not see the event live yet, it will be coming in the next month. Have questions? Email Emily.Speck@gscolorado.org.

Happening Monthly

Badge Series (D/B/J/C/S/A) Each month girls can earn at least one badge by completing activities at home or with their troop. Girls participate in a kick-off and reflection meeting live, then complete the activities at their own pace by accessing them on our Google Classroom sites. FREE

Art Clubs (D/B/J/C/S/A) Girls engage with others in a creative environment as they complete an art activity at home. FREE

Book Clubs (B/J/C/S/A) Divided by program level, each club chooses a developmentally appropriate book to read and discuss. FREE

STEM Clubs (D/B/J) Get hands-on with science at home! We send out supply lists ahead of time and do the experiments with your girl. FREE

Daisy Flower Hour (D) Daisies have the time to socialize, play, and have fun while learning new skills. FREE

Brownie Buddies (B) Get your Brownie buddy and come hang-out! Girls will learn new skills as we chat, play games, and have fun. FREE

Junior Jam (J) Hey, hey Girl Scouts, let’s hang out. With a fun different theme each week, girls will learn new skills while having fun together. FREE

Naturalist Clubs (D/B/J/C/S/A) Let’s use our resources wisely and make the world a better place. Each week girls will learn about natural world and how we can be stewards for it. FREE

Tools for Independence (J/C/S/A) Is your girl ready to gain some of her own independence? In this club, she’ll learn essential life skills to help her start to do things on her own. FREE

NEW COMING SPRING 2021 Camping Club (D/B/J/C/S/A) Come brush up on your camping skills and have some fun with GSCO’s Spring 2021 Camping Club. We’ll discuss everything from fire safety and orienteering to crafting the perfect s’more.

January

Babysitter’s Training (C) TBD Girls earn their babysitting badge and the babysitting certification from the American Red Cross.

GSCO Day of Service (D/B/J/C/S/A) Spend this Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 18) as a “day-on” rather than a day-off as you participate in community service. More details to come on how you can earn our limited GSCO patch.

Healthy Habits (DBJ) January 19 at 4:30 p.m. New year, heathier me! Learn some new healthy habits to start the year off right. $5- includes a patch!

Love Yo’ Self (C/S/A) January 20 at 6 p.m. Let’s start this year right with some self-care and self-love! $5 – includes a patch!

February

Cadette Program Aide Award Training (C) February 2 and 23 Cadettes will complete the required training to earn their Cadette Program Aide award. Two live sessions and activities to complete on their own through Google Classroom. FREE

Volunteer in Training Award Training (S/A) Seniors or Ambassadors will complete the required training to earn their Senior and Ambassador Award. Training is broken into multiple activities/courses to take through Google Classroom. FREE

GSCO Winter Fun (DBJ/CSA) February 10 Girls can earn a fun patch in the month of February by getting outdoors and having fun in the winter! We will have a live event at 4:30 p.m. for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors and 5:45 p.m. for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassador where we learn some tips to staying warm outside through science experiments. The patch will be available for purchase in the GSCO Retail Shop.

Babysitter’s Training (C) TBD. Girls earn their babysitting badge and the babysitting certification from the American Red Cross.

March

Colorado Road Trip Spring Break Patch (D/B/J/C/S/A). Girls can earn this fun patch by participating in our programming throughout the month that will take girls on a road trip across Colorado and learn about hidden gems and our state’s history, while also completing fun activities that are essential to every road trip. More details to come in the new year!

Babysitter’s Training (C) TBD. Girls earn their babysitting badge and the babysitting certification from the American Red Cross.

Cesar Chavez Patch Program (D/B/J/C/S/A) TBD. Learn about Cesar Chavez through this patch program. We will have a fun trivia night to learn about his life and work.

STEMinist (C/S/A) March 16 at 6 p.m. Love science, technology, engineering, and math? Join us for a fun hour where we will learn how to flex your passion of STEM and show off that you are a female in this industry. $5 – girls will receive a STEMinist patch as part of their 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.

Book Craft: “Green Eggs and Ham”

This easy craft is perfect for younger Girl Scouts (or younger siblings) and is a great follow-up to “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss.

Materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

Draw the ham and eggs. You will need five of each.

Color the ham green and the center of the eggs green.

Cut the ham and eggs out.

Draw the tic-tac-toe grid and use a marker to outline it. Use any color you want.

You can add some color to your board. Draw some Dr. Seuss characters or color the background!  Challenge your friends and family to a game. Have fun!

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.

2021 Virtual Racing Derby Coming Your Way

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Don’t forget to register for the upcoming virtual racing derby if you plan to participate. Learn more and register now: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/girl-scouts-racing-derby-2021 

If you want a patch, you will need to register by December 15, 2020. Also, it will be helpful for us in deciding what trophies we need to purchase and if any levels are going to be combined.

You will have the ability to sign up for a time slot for drop off for Friday night and approximate running times will be given for levels after we either close registration OR we fill up. We can’t calculate that now as we still have space. But, don’t worry– you will get run times!

Thanks for sharing with your girls!

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.

Meet an Expert: Women of Robotics with Arrow Electronics

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet two women in robotics at Meet an Expert – Women of Robotics with Arrow Electronics
on January 13, 2021 Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meet_an_expert_women_of_robotics_with_arrow_electronics_webinar_01_13_2021

Arrow Electronics is a technology company with a passion for innovation and transforming the way we look at technology. Make, manage, and create are core values of Arrow Electronics. During this webinar, we will be talking about a special robot Arrow is making to transform a girl’s life.

Our experts for the webinar will be Victoria Bohannon-Pea, project manager, and Anjelica Roman, business development manager.

Girl Scouts participating in the Robotics badge series in January are strongly encouraged to attend.

Participating in this webinar will help meet requirements for the new STEM Career Exploration Badges for Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes.

After the presentation, you will have a chance to ask our experts questions live through the chat box. By completing registration, you are telling us you will be joining the session LIVE on January 13. Please make sure to mark your calendar and join on time. We will be recording the session and posting it to the GSCO YouTube channel so you can watch in the future. Please do not complete registration if you are planning to watch the recording.

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

If you are having trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

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.

Silver Award Project: Adopt-a-Grandparent Program

Submitted by Emily Sage

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Part of Troop 71020 has created an Adopt-a-Grandparent Program for their Silver Award Project. The program is open to all levels, Daisy – Ambassador. Please see this Google form for information and to sign up for the program. Adoption matches will be made by December 1, 2020 and a wait list will be created if necessary. We hope you will participate ,so we can match all of the residents with a Girl Scout! Thank You!

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 System Upgrade: Update for November 18, 2020

We’re getting an upgrade! In early December 2020, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) will release a refreshed member account management system. The upgraded system will provide increased visibility to your Girl Scout member account, make it simpler to manage and maintain household (and for troop leaders, troop memberships too!), and find more fun for your girl!

To prepare for the system upgrade, the myGS tab on the GSCO website will be inaccessible from November 18 – December 3. This means that you will be unable to access your member profile, the Volunteer Toolkit, and gsLearn.

Please watch for an email from Girl Scouts in early December announcing the debut of our refreshed member account management system, as well as updated login information and instructions for accessing your account.

To continue the fun with your Girl Scout(s) during this time, visit the Girl Scouts at Home section on the GSCO website for badge and Journey activities, service projects, patches, and event recordings that you can use either in-person or virtually. You can also visit the Girl Scout Shop for printed or downloadable program materials by badge and Journey.

Thank you for your patience while we work to enhance your Girl Scout member experience.

Have questions or need additional assistance? 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.

Gab with OGAB: November 2020

Hey Girl Scouts! The November 2020 episodes of Gab with OGAB are up on GSCO’s YouTube channel. This month, we are talking about volunteering, what’s happening with GSCO, how to navigate those difficult table conversations, and a reason why to stay with Girl Scouts.

These videos are 100% created by the Older Girl Advisory Board, which is here to raise the voices of girls across Colorado! Each video is about two – three minutes long and provides a snapshot into information for girls, by girls.

Check out all their videos here.

Have an idea for Gab with OGAB? Want to chat with OGAB? Email GirlExperience@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.

Awesome Girls: Marketing Me!

This program is hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to Awesome Girls: Marketing Me! on December 1, 2020 from 4-5 p.m.

Register now: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7941283615771306251

You’re great. So, how do you share your accomplishments and talents with others without under selling your skills or seeming too conceited? It can be hard to talk about yourself, so we are here to help! Join us as we hear from three inspiring job recruiters about how to advocate for yourself, build your skills, and tell your story to colleges, employers, and even your cookie customers!

This interactive event will connect you to three experts from RSM who will share their career journey and a little about their past. You’ll learn what it means to think like an entrepreneur and how to market to your customers in the upcoming Girl Scout Cookie season. Then, you’ll have a chance to have your own career exploration questions answered and hear questions from your Girl Scout peers.

RSM is a leading audit, tax and consulting firm , and they can’t wait to share their knowledge and experience with you!

This program is designed for girls in middle and high school. The event will inspire you to get started on a Girl Scout badge, like Business Etiquette or My Portfolio, and prepare you to let your skills shine as you connect with cookie customers.

Please note, this event begins at 6 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Central, 4 p.m. Mountain, and 3 p.m. Pacific. We acknowledge that the timing may not work with your schedule; you can register and view the playback when it is convenient for you!

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.

Day of Dance with Colorado Ballet

Update as of November 19, 2020: This event has reached capacity.

Day of Dance with Colorado Ballet is Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. This at-home opportunity is $12/participant and you can purchase an optional patch for $3. Capacity is limited! Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/day_of_dance_with_the_colorado_ballet_virtual_12_12_2020

Girl Scouts will experience three different dance genres throughout the program including ballet, jazz, and creative movement. Dancers will be exposed to the specific techniques as well as improvisation and dance concepts. The program will start promptly at 9:30 a.m., please make sure to log in on time. 2020 Day of Dance patches are available for purchase with registration.

Participating in this program will help meet requirements for the following badges:

  • Daisy Courageous and Strong petal
  • Brownie Dancer badge
  • Junior Staying Fit badge

After completing the registration form, all Girl Scouts attending must also complete the form linked in your confirmation email to participate on December 12. This additional form includes acknowledgement of the Colorado Ballet’s terms and conditions. Girl Scouts will not be permitted to participate if this form is not completed. Information on how to join the program via Zoom will be emailed out to everyone on Wednesday, December 9.

Girls: Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in! The Colorado Ballet recommends anyone under the age of 7 to be barefoot as it helps to integrate plantar reflexes. Otherwise, barefoot is great for all ages unless girls have ballet slippers or socks, they would like to wear. Don’t forget to keep a water bottle and snack nearby.

Registration will close Thursday, December 3 OR when capacity is met.

All girls attending must have a 2021 Girl Scout membership. Girl Scouts outside of Colorado are welcome to attend.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

If you are having trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

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: Helping Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

Submitted by Katelyn M.

Metro Denver

Aurora

I had always wanted to complete the Gold Award. Not just because it is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, but also due to the idea that I could make an impact in my community just by using my ambition and brain. Even though this dream was always present, it was really difficult to find a topic that was important to me and that I could tackle in the year and a half I had left as a Girl Scout Ambassador. Then, one day as I was driving to my job and came face-to-face with someone I wanted to help: a veteran experiencing homelessness. 

We all have a connection to the military, whether it is someone in our immediate family, a friend, or a distant relative. Because of their willingness to give their lives to protect the lives of this country, I have the utmost respect for people in the service. My heart broke when I saw a veteran on the street corner as I drove by. When I arrived home, I went straight on my computer to learn more about veterans experiencing homelessness. What I found was shocking. Colorado has the seventh highest population of veterans experiencing homelessness, and it is continuing to grow every year.

And so my project was born. My original plan involved a lot of face-to-face conversations and volunteering, unfortunately due to COVID my project had to be completely rewritten. Instead, I spent my time doing deep research on: the problems this population faces and the reasons they fall into homelessness. I used this information and created a website where people can learn more about this population and hear from some veterans on their experiences. 

In order to share my learning with others, I am creating a documentary video which will be given as an optional assignment for the juniors and seniors at my high school explaining my project and the issue I tackled. Project Homefront doesn’t just hope to bring awareness, and raise clothing and food donations for a population in need, it hopes to teach how to face an issue and start to solve it through education and action.

Every Gold Award will bring challenges. It forces you to grow and learn more about yourself than you might not have had the opportunity to do without it. The biggest impact working on this project has had on me is teaching me that we have the drive to create the world in our dreams, however we can’t do it just with words we have to do it with work and time. If you dedicate time and open your mind to the possibilities of change, you can build a world we all want to call our own.

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.

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