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Scholarship available for Camp Realize Your Beauty

Submitted by Stacey Lorin Merkl

New York

Camp Realize Your Beauty is a sleepaway theatre arts camp with a special emphasis on building self-esteem, kindness and anti-bullying. This summer we’ll be in Estes Park at the YMCA from July 30-August 4. 

Camp is fast approaching, and we just had a spot open up that we need to fill with a Jr. Counselor. Jr Counselors are young women ages 15-18 who would like to attend camp, and can attend at a reduced rate (or in this case, on scholarship, as we have scholarship funds available) in exchange for some light help (supervising younger campers at bedtime, leading simple warm up games, etc.). This is a great opportunity for any young person interested in theatre, arts education. counseling or social work, or just someone that would like to attend a fun sleepaway camp who may not otherwise have the opportunity. It’s also a great opportunity for a Girl Scout getting her Silver or Gold award.

I realize we’re fast approaching our camp dates, and I know the Girl Scouts would be a great place to find the right match. As a native of Denver (born and raised!), and a life long Girl Scout, I know first hand how responsible and dedicated Scouts are. 

We have a scholarship for this camper, so they could attend at no cost.

Our website is: realizeyourbeauty.org. Please don’t hesitate to contact Stacey with any questions at 917-379-5855.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Sarah Ness, Centennial, “Destressing Art Sessions”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My Gold Award project was created to address the high amount of stress seen in the student body at my high school, Eaglecrest High School. I held art sessions after school in the art rooms in order to help kids at my school be able to relieve stress. I worked with the National Art Honor Society and Art Club, along with the teachers that sponsor both of those clubs, in order to hold the art sessions. At the end, I had held 23 sessions.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I measured my impact by giving students a survey I had made and asking them if they were feeling stressed and if they thought that the session helped to relieve their stress. In the surveys, 100% of the people surveyed answered that they were feeling stressed, with the reasons why being “family,” “schoolwork,” “work,” “sleep or the lack thereof,” and “expectations for the future.” Along with that, 100% of the survey takers said that the session did help them feel less stressed.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

My global/national connection is made through the access to free downloads of a manual for the sessions, and some project examples, on the website teacherspayteachers.com. I’ve also created an Instagram account that is dedicated to examples of project ideas and step-by-step instructions for how to do the projects.

What did you learn about yourself?

I’ve learned that I’m a lot more adaptable to situations that I wasn’t expecting and that I’m more capable of being a leader than what I was expecting.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

I think earning my Gold Award will help show others that I am a hard worker and very dedicated. It has also taught me better ways to deal with stress around me and to help others around me deal with their stress in a healthier way.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I think the Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because it allowed me to use all of the skills that I have gained through my years of being a Girl Scout, along with helping me gain new ones, to make a lasting difference in the world. It helped me draw on all of my past experiences and really make the most out of everything that Girl Scouts has taught me.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

My Gold Award helped me become a

-G (Go-getter): by forcing me to do what I needed to do right now and not allowing me time to procrastinate or not try and do something that was needed.

-I (Innovator): by making me come up with ways to describe every step of an artistic process so that even someone who might think he or she isn’t artistic is able to do the same project as everyone else.

-R (Risk Taker): by causing me to step out of my comfort zone with talking to large groups and teachers, even though I knew that there was a chance that no one would want to help me. I also took a risk with doing an art-centered project because many people aren’t interested in the arts or don’t believe that they could do any projects, so I was taking a risk in the possibility that no one would even come to my sessions.

-L (Leader): by making me step into a leadership position and have to become a kind of teacher to the other students in the sessions along with having to come up with all of the projects and getting ready all of the materials that might be needed to do each of the projects.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Buy, sell, or trade Girl Scout materials

Submitted by Tricia Pearson

Metro Denver

Arvada

Does your troop have extra patches, glue, string, or other supplies that you would like to sell or trade for new supplies for the upcoming year? Troop 66517 from Arvada is hosting an event on August 24, 2017 at Campbell Elementary School from 6:30 – 8 p.m. We will have ready made patch kits, as well as swap kits available for purchase. It is $2 to reserve your table space, so text Tricia at (720) 363-3377. Touring is free! This is open to all Girl Scouts and leaders.

Supply Swap Flyer

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

Announcing the 2017 Fall Sale Program

How will you kick off another great Girl Scout year? The 2017 Girl Scouts of Colorado Fall Sale Program begins September 23! In-person sales end October 15. Online sales end October 30.

GSCO’s annual Fall Sale Program is a great way for troops to earn startup money for the year. More importantly, the Fall Sale Program helps girls learn The 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Girls can receive rewards for each different part of the sale and all troops also receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.

Learn more about the 2017 Fall Sale Program on the Girl Scouts of Colorado web-site:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-sale.html

Questions? Email us.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Katie Krska

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Katie Krska in the Pikes Peak region was recently recognized for her outstanding work as a GSCO volunteer. She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Katie 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?

I grew up in San Diego where I was a Girl Scout for six years. My time in Girl Scouts as a child was both memorable and rewarding. One of the biggest reasons that I am a Girl Scout leader is that the adventurous and fun-loving Girl Scout in me is not ready to hang her vest up just yet. The opportunities for my current Girl Scouts are endless! I am forever seeking to find them the next exciting event that will excite them or teach them a great life lesson or skill. I am having just as much fun as they are! My favorite memory so far is canoeing at Camp Jackson last summer with my troop. Seeing the joy and excitement on the girls’ faces will forever remain in my heart. 

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

I have been Girl Scout Troop 41983’s troop manager for the past eight years. I am our troop’s “super organizer” and wear many different hats. I plan the majority of our troop events and activities; I function as our treasurer; I am responsible for ordering all badges and patches for our troop; I keep our calendar and troop website up to date; I am our troop’s first aider (nurse); and I am our troop’s historian. 

This year, I became Service Unit 412’s co-manager with one of my leaders, Tracey Ruzicka. I have been responsible for planning our annual service unit camp that we will attend this August. It should be a blast!

I also lead my Girl Scouts in their Catholic Committee on Scouting badge work. I will be leading kindergarten Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts at the annual retreat that will be held in October 2017. I also will be leading our Cadettes this year as their mentor in earning their Marian Medals.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

As a Girl Scout Leader, I have learned how important it is to empower young girls to be the best version of themselves. Every girl has a different personality and has different interests. It is fun to watch them come together with all of their wonderful differences to make a positive impact in each other’s lives and in the community. Each of them has something to say and something to bring to the table. It is our duty as leaders to make sure that all of their voices are heard, and everyone has a chance to shine in their own way. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

In my career as a Girl Scout leader, my hope is to instill in my Girl Scouts that the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law are not just for Girl Scout meetings or events, but they are guidelines on how to live their lives.  

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

Volunteer View: July 2017

We’re excited to announce new Journeys and badges for you to explore with your troop, coming July 18!
These new Journeys and badges not only make timely additions and enhancements to our existing girl programming, but also create a more robust experience, including Take Action projects, for subject areas that are most compelling to today’s girls—– science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and outdoor activities.
Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming in life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges are designed to help girls unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ as they achieve the five outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience: sense of self, positive values, challenge seeking, healthy relationships, and community problem solving.
2017 Fall Sale Program
The Girl Scouts Fall Sale Program is a great way for troops to earn startup money for the year. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.
Centennial Campfire at Meadow Mountain Ranch
The Centennial Campfire has been rescheduled to August 27. Join us for an afternoon of fun at MMR!
Attend a Leadership Summit
A Leadership Summit is a fun-filled day that will get you energized for the new membership year and enhance your leadership skills! A variety of leadership development and enrichment classes will be offered for new and experienced leaders, as well as Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Each event will have a keynote speaker and networking opportunity.
  • August 26: Colorado Springs (register now!)
  • September 16: Highlands Ranch
  • September 23: Fort Collins
  • September 30: Grand Junction
  • October 14: Pueblo
  • October 15: Denver
Get outdoors with GSCO
Outdoor Adventure Club Passport sales have closed, but we will be offering single-event passes for purchase. Visit our OAC page for more information and to sign up to be notified when single-event sales open!
If you are interested in volunteer directing a camp or outdoor program in the 2017-2018 season, make sure you have connected with Anna Danila, Outdoor Program Manager, to be included in upcoming communications about timelines, outdoor program volunteer roles, and trainings. Submissions for the camp mailer are due on October 2.
Join the Older Girl Advisory Board
The Older Girl Advisory Board is recruiting new members in Pueblo, Western Slope/Southwest Colorado, and Metro Denver. The Older Girl Advisory Board, also known as OGAB, is a group of 14 girls in grades 9-12 from across the state who provide feedback on projects including mentoring, program development, older girl engagement, and product sales. Interested girls entering grades 9-12 for this school year can apply today.
OGAB volunteers needed
OGAB is also seeking 2-3 adult volunteers to help guide this high-level group of girls in making their voices heard. Adult volunteers would act as chaperones during periodic overnight camp retreats and commit to sitting in on one web call a month with the OGAB representatives. Volunteers need to possess strong organizational and communication skills and work well with teenagers.
Contact Katie Singleton for more information and to apply for one of these unique adult volunteer positions.
Share your G.I.R.L. Story
Girl Scouts are adventure seekers, problem solvers, and so much more! We are G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)!

“Look Wider Still” and “Her Story” day camp

Submitted by Dena Darling-McBean

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Avondale

June 12 -15, 2017 was the “Look Wider Still ” and “Her Story” day camp at the United Methodist Church in Avondale. What a time it was for both the staff and girls! Girls came together from Pueblo West, Pueblo, Avondale, and Fowler for a week of history and of course, lots of fun. We visited folks like Sister Nancy, who works with migrant workers, and others in the eastern part of Pueblo County. Miss Lil Montez told us about Capt. Charles Autobee, who was one of the first men who settled in the area. She told the girls of her great- grandmother, Pickin Bones, who was a Native American. The girls even wrote a song about her (Miss Pickin Bones)! They made tye-dye t-shirts as their camp shirts and tried their hand at painting what they thought it looked like when the pioneers came to Colorado years ago. We traveled to Bents Fort, where they learned so much about prairie life back in the day. Thursday was the last day and we spent part of it at the El Pueblo Museum. The girls learned about the girls and families who lived in Ludlow back in the 1900’s and the families who were killed in 1914 in the massacre that happened there. The girls made cornhusk dolls as well while they were there.

The girls then said “Camp was too short and could I please ask the council for a two day extension, a reunion, and for next year, two weeks of camp and an overnight in each week? Please Miss Dena! Please!”

I already have my staff in place for next year and a committee of girls is beginning to form. I want to thank Girl Scouts of Colorado and The Colorado Trust for making this camp possible for these young ladies from the Daisy level to the Senior Level.

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

Zoe’s Silver Award project: Help for the homeless

Submitted by Melissa H.

Pikes Peak

Monument

For Zoe’s Silver Award project, she hand-sewed and filled 60 bags of basic necessities for homeless people in the Colorado Springs/Monument area. Each bag contained a toothbrush, tube of toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, bar of soap, washcloth, lip balm, granola bar, bottle of water, shampoo, and sunscreen.

Zoe solicited local businesses, family, and friends for donations of all materials.

After sewing and filling the bags, Zoe and her friends and family kept the bags in their cars to hand out to people in need they see along their way.

Everyone associated with this project thought a lot about the many struggles of living out on the streets. There are so many things that we take for granted, but for someone who doesn’t have such basic necessities, they can seem like extravagant luxuries. Even a simple bar of soap can be extremely helpful.

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

Gold Award and Highest Awards & Take Action trainings at Leadership Summits

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to offer both Gold Award and Highest Awards & Take Action trainings at the Leadership Summits across the state this summer and fall!

You may be asking, “What is a Leadership Summit?” Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Leadership Summits are learning conferences that offer volunteers (and girls!) the opportunity to get energized for the new membership year and check required trainings off the “to-do” list. In addition to offering trainings for new and experienced volunteers, we are offering Gold Award training for girls who are getting ready to “Go Gold”.

Gold Award training is required for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Parents and troop leaders are encouraged to attend as well.

Highest Awards & Take Action is the perfect opportunity to connect with other troop leaders about successful service projects and learn how to let girls take the lead in making a difference in their community with “Take Action” projects that girls will complete in their Journeys, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects.

August 26, Colorado Springs
September 16, Denver Metro
September 23, Northern Colorado
September 30, Grand Junction
October 14, Pueblo (Gold Award and Highest Awards Training TBD)

The full schedule for each event will be posted soon along with links for registration.

Questions about Highest Awards? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org

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New dates available in August and September for property reservations

Are you looking for a place to camp with your troop in August or September of 2017? You’re in luck! Several of our properties are available and we want to get your troop outdoors.

Sky High Ranch:
August 11 – 13
August 25 – 27
September 1 – 3

Magic Sky Ranch:
August 11 – 13
August 25 – 27

Meadow Mountain Ranch:
August 11 – 13
September 1 – 3
September 15 – 17
September 22 – 24

For prices, accommodations, and to make your reservation, use GSCO’s online booking system at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.

All sites are first come, first-served, and must be reserved with a 20% deposit. Balances are due in full 30 days before the reservation date. Bookings made less than 30 days before the reservation must be paid in full when making the reservation.

If you have questions about our properties or the property reservation process, please email the Property and Outdoor Program Administrator at property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

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