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Outdoor Adventure Club at Keystone Science School: Space Still Available!

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to join a program through the Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) this year- now is your chance!

Spaces are still available for single event registration for an  OAC event at Keystone Science School this March. The Outdoor Adventure Club is a monthly high adventure program for Girl Scouts Cadette and up.  For March, the OAC is heading to Keystone Science School for a weekend of snowshoeing, cross country skiing, outdoor education, winter Olympics and fun!Both weekend groups have spaces available at $75 for the single event.

For registration and more information about the March 18-19th weekend follow the link below

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2017/outdoor_adventure_cl.html

For registration and more information about the March 25th- March 26th weekend follow the link below

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2017/outdoor_adventure_cl_252952383.html

Questions? Contact Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org

 

Cookie video contest winners

Thank you to all the Girl Scouts who entered this year’s contest for “Best Cookie Video.” We received more than a dozen entries from across Colorado and are so impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of these cookie-bosses.

And, the winner is….. Amber from Pueblo! She will receive $200 in Cookie Credits, which she will use to go to Girl Scout Camp this summer.

Lyla from Englewood came in second place and earned $100 in Cookie Credits. Third Place went to Coreena from Elbert, who will receive $50 in Cookie Credits. London from Littleton made a very impressive video as well. She has been awarded Honorable Mention and will receive an iPod shuffle.

 

Celebrate Girl Scout Sunday by earning the My Promise, My Faith pin

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Girl Scout Sunday is March 12, 2017. You and your troop can celebrate by by earning the My Promise, My Faith pin.

Girl Scouts encourages girls to grow their faith and is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common to most faiths. Although a secular organization, Girl Scouts has, since the movement began, encouraged girls to explore their spirituality by earning the My Promise, My Faith pin.

Throughout this journey, girls open up conversations with women in their religious community, research inspiring quotes that resonate with the part of the Girl Scout Law on which they have chosen to focus, and create a work of art to express what they’ve learned with their friends, family, and possibly even the larger community. Girls of all grade levels are eligible once each year to earn the My Promise, My Faith pin. Learn more about how to get started.

Superpowered superhero camp

Submitted by Carolyn Decker

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

FLYING, ZAPPING, AND GIRL POWER!!

Join us for a superpowered, superhero camp!

The Seniors of Troop 78527 are hosting an adventurous superhero camp for Brownies and Juniors. This camp is all about discovering what you are capable of and how to achieve it. There will be tons of fun games and activities, where each girl will discover her superpowers and learn to use them. She’ll get a chance to learn how to fight evil and get all kinds of creative with her secret identity. She will create her own jewelry with sparkling stones that represent her superpowers. Girls will also design their own mini-sidekick and flowing cape to wear to supercharge their fight for good.

Girls will get to enjoy camping with their troop in heated cabins, eat delicious food provided by Tomahawk Ranch, and have a super time having fun with older girls. Troop leaders can relax because all the activities will be planned and led by Senior Girl Scouts. What a great way to have your troop experience camping for the first time! Non-Girl Scout friends are welcome to join too.

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey Colorado southwest of Denver
When: Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6, 2017
Arrive beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday for dinner and the start of all the fun festivities. Depart at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The deadline for registration is September 2, 2017. Please look on the GSCO event page for the registration form and flyer. Use superhero as a keyword!

Girls must attend with adults at the Girl Scout adult to girl ratios.
The camp costs $100 for each girl attending and $55 for each adult. (Adults over safety-wise ratios must pay $100) Cost includes activities, lodging, five meals and snacks, and a Superhero fun patch.

Questions? Please contact Maria Cross at cross.maria.e@gmail.com or at 703-597-6188.

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

Power of cookie: New adventures

In October of 2015, Troop 73904  used money they earned from selling Girl Scout Cookies to go on an overnight adventure at the Denver Aquarium. They got to learn about the rainforest, feed the fish, and sleep under the sharks.  It was a very cool experience as well as an educational one! 

The troop plans to use money earned from the 2016 sale to stay overnight at Magic Sky Ranch and go tubing and ice skating. 

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

Troop 64527 to host Brownie Pet Badge Day

Submitted by Mandy Geddes

Metro Denver

Denver

Junior Troop 64527 Presents:

Brownie Pet Badge Day at the Denver Animal Shelter

Girl Scout Junior Troop 64527 is teaming up with the Denver Animal Shelter to lead a Brownie Pet Badge event as part of their Bronze Award Project. We want to teach younger girls how to care for pets, and we want to bring awareness to the pets waiting for adoption at the shelter!

Where: Denver Animal Shelter
1241 W. Bayaud Ave
Denver 80223

When: March 18 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

How: Registration fee: $5 per Brownie (includes the badge!), plus a donation for the shelter from their wish list:
● Enrichment toys
● Canned wet food
● Dog or cat treats
● Peanut butter
● Blankets
● Towls
● collars/leash
● Puppy pads
● Clumping kitty litter

Please reserve your Brownie’s spot by emailing Mandy Geddes at hippo_25th@hotmail.com. Registration will be limited to 20 Brownies and 10 chaperones!

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

Smart Cookie: Feb. 20, 2017

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What an amazing cookie season our Girl Scouts are having! We are so proud of their hard work and so thankful for everything you do to support your girls as they practice business skills that will stay with them forever. There are only 20 days left in the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program in Colorado. Check in with your girls to see if they’re on track to reach their goals. If they’ve already met their goal – celebrate and help them set a stretch goal! Remind girls to put their Digital Cookie Order Card to work for them.  Digital Cookie is a great way to ask customers near and far to support your troop’s Hometown Hero.

Safety reminder

Safety is always the No. 1 priority. Please follow all Girl Scouts of Colorado safety guidelines listed in the Family Guide while selling cookies. Remind all volunteers who are helping with cookie booths that cookie money should always be kept out of sight. 

Inventory check-up

Keep a close eye on your troop’s inventory. Check in with your families to make sure they have the right mix to meet their goals. If you need additional cookies for the troop, always check with your troop families first to see if anyone has extras they’d like to transfer, then check with troops in your area and do a troop-to-troop transfer before ordering more inventory from the Cupboards. Troops with excess inventory they would like to transfer should let their Service Unit Cookie Manager know and  post on the GSCO Classifieds. Remember, no Girl Scout Cookies can be returned to the Cupboard, but cookies can be transferred between girls and troops.

Cookie Credits

As girls get closer to reaching their goals, they’re looking over the incentives and making decisions about prizes vs. Cookie Credits. Cookie Credits can be used for Girl Scout Camp, Highest Awards materials or fees, or even to buy fun stuff in the Girl Scout Shop. Learn more about how Cookie Credits can be used: http://gscoblog.org/2017/02/how-to-use-your-cookie-credits/

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 by 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. 

Cookie contests

Don’t forget to post your Bling Your Booth photo to the GSCO Facebook page by Feb. 22 to be entered in the contest. For your entry to be counted you must include #BlingYourBooth. Top prize is $200 in Cookie Credits! The Cookie Costume Contest is also underway. Post your photo to GSCO Facebook with #GirlScoutCookies by Feb. 28 to be entered. The photo that receives the most likes by 9 a.m. March 6 wins $200 in Cookie Credits. Learn more about Girl Scouts of Colorado’s cookie contests (http://gscoblog.org/2017/01/girl-scout-cookie-time-means-contest-time-3/)

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.

High Line Canal Cleanup 2017

Submitted by Mary Dawson

Metro Denver

Aurora

Girl Scouts are GREAT Community Partners! Join us for the annual High Line Canal Cleanup in Aurora on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 8 a.m. to noon. We will meet at the Community College of Aurora, in the Fine Arts Building. The address is 16000 E. Centretech Parkway. Visit AuroraWater.org for more details or email Mary Dawson at mdawson@auroragov.org

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

 

Earn your World Thinking Day and Global Action Awareness badges

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

The 2017 World Thinking Day theme is “Grow”—– inspiring girls to explore, stretch, and take on new challenges. Girls can choose from a wide selection of ways to earn their World Thinking Day badges, from planting a garden to traveling abroad with their Girl Scout troop.

The theme for this year’s Global Action award is “Increasing Girls’ Access to Education.” At Girl Scouts, we believe every girl deserves the chance to get an education—– yet in many parts of the world, it’s hard for girls to go to school and finish their education, whether due to poverty, lack of schools, or cultural factors. This year, Girl Scouts at all grade levels can earn their award by addressing this worldwide problem, including by raising awareness about it.

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.

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