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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.

2021 Highest Awards Virtual Celebrations: How to Watch

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado on Sunday, May 16 for the 2021 Highest Awards Virtual Celebrations! You do NOT need to RSVP or have a link to attend these virtual celebrations. You can watch the live premieres on our Facebook page. You can get a notification that the event is starting, by clicking the “Get Reminder” button on the bottom right of the video premiere post.

Aren’t on Facebook? That’s okay. Watch on our YouTube channel using these links:

Please note that these links will not work until the celebration starts. If you log on early, you may need to refresh your screen at the start time.

We encourage troops and families to make these events feel special for their Highest Awards Girl Scouts in any way possible! Dress up, have your girl wear her Girl Scout vest/sash, decorate your home, or maybe bake something special. Also, be sure to share congratulations for your troop and help our Highest Awards Girl Scouts feel even more proud of their huge accomplishments. You can also use these Highest Awards social media graphics or share photos and videos from your celebration with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

Please share this information with all the girls in your troop who earned their award, and their families. We encourage all Bronze and Silver Award Girl Scouts to also attend the Gold Award celebration at 3 p.m. to hear about all of the amazing things Girl Scouts in Colorado did this past year.

Win a Prize

This year, there is a scavenger hunt for girls during the virtual celebrations! The scavenger hunt sheet is available to download now on our Highest Awards webpage.

To enter in the drawing to win a prize from the GSCO Retail Shop, submit your scavenger hunt sheet to highestawards@gscolorado.org by 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 16!

To find all of the scavenger hunt items, girls will need to watch either the Bronze or Silver Award celebration AND the Gold Award celebration. Girls do not need to watch both the Bronze and Silver celebrations for the scavenger hunt, the items from those celebrations will be the same.

Honor Your Highest Awards Girl Scout

Honor your Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award Girl Scout by making a gift to Girl Scouts of Colorado to help us continue to support older girls who are making the world a better place! Make your donation here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/support-us/donate.html

Questions? Email highestawards@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.

Project Learning Tree and Girl Scouts

Leaders, Caregivers, and Educators- Are you looking for a way to engage your Girl Scouts or youth in your lives with environmental stewardship? Check out these trainings provided by Project Learning Tree! They have resources and tools to help youth grow into responsible, resilient, engaged citizens who care for themselves, the environment, and their communities.

When:

  • May 24, 2021 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.
  • May 26, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Self-Paced online training available through June 15

Register Online: https://www.plt.org/alignment-to-standards/nonformal/girl-scouts/ Registration Closes May 20

Cost: $35/person

Scholarships are available.

What:

  • 96 Hands-On activities for science, reading, writing, math, and social studies
  • Ready-to-use lessons for virtual spaces
  • Optional 0.5 graduate credit from Colorado School of Mines

Why: It can also correlate with Girl Scout badges and Journeys to enhance your Girl Scout’s or troop’s experience.

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

Join us for the 2021 Highest Awards Virtual Celebrations

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado on Sunday, May 16 for the 2021 Highest Awards Virtual Celebrations!

  • Bronze Award Celebration at 1 p.m.
  • Silver Award Celebration at 2 p.m.
  • Gold Award Celebration at 3 p.m.

You do NOT need to RSVP or have a link to attend the virtual celebrations. They will premiere live on our  Facebook page and YouTube channel at their respective start times.

Please share this information with all the girls in your troop who earned their award, and their families. We encourage all Bronze and Silver Award Girl Scouts to also attend the Gold Award celebration at 3 p.m. to hear about all of the amazing things Girl Scouts in Colorado did this past year.

Win a Prize

This year, there is a scavenger hunt for girls during the virtual celebrations! The scavenger hunt sheet is available to download now on our Highest Awards webpage.

To enter in the drawing to win a prize from the GSCO Retail Shop, submit your scavenger hunt sheet to highestawards@gscolorado.org by 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 16!

To find all of the scavenger hunt items, girls will need to watch either the Bronze or Silver Award celebration AND the Gold Award celebration. Girls do not need to watch both the Bronze and Silver celebrations for the scavenger hunt, the items from those celebrations will be the same.

Honor Your Highest Awards Girl Scout

Honor your Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award Girl Scout by making a gift to Girl Scouts of Colorado to help us continue to support older girls who are making the world a better place! Make your donation here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/support-us/donate.html

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.

Cookie Delivery for Children’s Hospital Colorado

Submitted by Kara Hlavnicka

Metro Denver

Littleton

We delivered our Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies to nurses at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. We wanted to thank the nurses for their strong and passionate commitment to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. We delivered 94 packages of cookies, which far exceeded our troop’s goal for this year!

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.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise the awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues, and help reduce the stigma that so many of our Girl Scouts and community members experience. Girl Scouts of Colorado has partnered with subject matter experts to develop new programs and resources to help you and your Girl Scouts reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.  See the resources below and stay tuned for more programs for both adult volunteers and girl members coming in Fall 2021.

Conversation Starter: Speak Out About Mental Health

Earlier this month, we spoke with Debra Boeldt, deputy director at the National Mental Health Innovation Center at University of Colorado’s Medical Campus. In this important conversation, we learned what new approaches there are in the mental health world and some tips to speaking about our own mental health while helping youth in our lives do the same.

Watch this conversation: https://youtu.be/XrIwvhKKz9E

Mental Health Awareness through a Girl Scout Lens

Another way to start talking about mental health is through activities in our National Program Portfolio. We have compiled activities for each program level that can be found in our badges and Journeys. Don’t worry if your Girl Scout already earned the badge or Journey, the activities are great on their own!

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2021-documents/GSCO%20Mental%20Health%20Resources.pdf

Research from GSUSA’s Research Institute

Deepen your understanding of the current state of our Girl Scouts by reviewing the Girl Scout Research Institutes 2020 report. https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/research/GSUSA_GSRI_Girls-Speak-Out-Mental-Health-2020.pdf

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 Volunteer Recognition Awards: Virtual Celebration

You’re invited to join Girl Scouts of Colorado online to honor the 2021 recipients of Volunteer Recognition Awards! All Girl Scouts, including adult volunteers, girl members, families, and friends, can join GSCO Chief Executive Officer Leanna Clark on May 27 at 7 p.m. for this special celebration. No need to register or even RSVP! Just log on to the  Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page or YouTube channel. Can’t join us on May 27? The videos will be available to watch at your convenience or share with others.

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.

Cookies Deliver All Kinds of Sweetness

Submitted by

Kendra Neal

Metro Denver

Roxborough

Troop 68098 collected donated cookies for the teachers and staff of Roxborough Intermediate School. They felt the teachers and staff had been working extra hard with all of the challenges the pandemic brought and they wanted to give them a treat!

The girls also used some of their cookie proceeds to make blankets to donate to kids in need of a little extra comfort. They made the blankets while listening to Michelle Obama talk about community service and other wonderful points.

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 Launches Website for Gold Award

Submitted by Anna H., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Westminster

Hello everybody! My name is Anna and I am a Girl Scout Ambassador working on my Gold Award. My project is on bird conservation. My goal is to make the world a more bird-friendly place.

I’m excited to announce the launch of my project website, https://www.conservebirdsathome.org! On my website, you will learn:

  • How to protect birds from windows
  • How to let cats safely outside while not hurting bird populations
  • Why birds run into windows
  • Why native plants are beneficial
  • Proper birdhouses, birdbaths, and birdfeeders
  • More information on my project
  • Links to trusted resources for further information

If you know anyone who would benefit from my website or would like to share it with others, feel free! The more people that can see my website, the better for the birds.

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.

Troop 42733 Delivers Hometown Hero Cookies and Completes Service Project

Submitted by Betsy Douglass

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Troop 42733 recently completed their Hometown Hero donations and Service Through Cookies project! Our troop chose teachers as their Hometown Hero this year and delivered more than 150 packages of Girl Scout Cookies across four schools represented in our troop. Teachers and staff in our local schools have mastered the art of working within the confines of COVID this past school year, and have had to think and work creatively to keep students in the classrooms learning as much as they have. Each school’s administration was so excited to be honored in such a way and the teachers were thrilled to receive some end of the year treats!

Additionally, our troop chose to donate 20% of our cookie proceeds to  Children’s Hospital in Colorado Springs in games and stuffed animals. Representatives from our troop delivered the toys and games last week to a welcoming staff who were so excited for new items to be given to their kids and families.

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.

 

Adult Volunteers Needed for Metro Denver Day Camps

Submitted by Marcia Roe

Metro Denver

Westminster

Barr Lake Summer 2021 Day Camps

Registration is open through the GSCO website for these two day camps offered in July. We are looking for a few more adult volunteers to help with each camp. Volunteers receive a 90% discount for their Girl Scouts to attend the camp. Please contact Marcia Roe at ocmc1359@gmail.com if you are interested in joining us.

Colorado Outdoor Adventure Day Camp

Experience the beginnings of what the outdoors in Colorado has to offer at Colorado Outdoor Adventure Day Camp. Girls will have the opportunity to focus on skills such as hiking, archery, canoeing, outdoor cooking, and outdoor art. This year, we will be adventuring through magical and mythical experiences too at Barr Lake State Park.

This weeklong program provides girls with a unique outdoor experience close to the Denver Metro region at Barr Lake State Park from 9 a.m.- 3 :30 p.m., July 12 -16, 2021.

Girls in Science Day Camp

Join us for a week long exploration into different sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, Earth science, and more. Enrich your science and engineering skills while building teamwork and outdoor skills.

This weeklong program provides girls with different science experiences each day close to the Denver Metro region at Barr Lake State Park from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., July 19-23, 2021.

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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