Volunteer View: September 2019

gsLearn will be available September 16

Get excited, Girl Scout volunteers! It is now easier to get the training and tips you need for your best Girl Scout year ever. Our new eLearning platform, gsLearn, is set to launch Monday.

gsLearn is resource for you to access courses that meet you where you are in your learning experience. This user-friendly platform allows you to take courses on your own time, be engaged in your learning progress, and verify completion of required courses.

Log in after September 16, by following these instructions:

  1. Go to girlscoutsofcolorado.org.
  2. Click on the “MY GS” tab at the top right of the webpage.
  3. Use your email and password for your MY GS account. Not sure what your login is? Contact us, we can help!
  4. Select gsLearn from the options.

All troop leadership team members with a 2020 membership will have immediate access to gsLearn. If you are an existing troop leadership team member and have not yet renewed your membership for the 2020 year, go ahead and do so! Once you’ve completed your membership renewal you will receive access to gsLearn.

For all other volunteer roles, we are working hard to provide you access and will send a notification with instructions on how to log in soon. You will still see the option to log in from the MyGS tab on our website, however it will redirect you to contact your council to set up your account. If you hold a non-troop leader volunteer role and feel that you need immediate access, please contact us and we can help.

Still have questions? Join us Wednesday, September 25, for a Facebook LIVE event! Can’t attend live, but have a question to ask? Email Kendy your question and we will answer it! You can access the recording of the Facebook LIVE on our Facebook page under videos.
Need an in-person training? Check our training events page!
We are excited for our volunteers to have this resource in their toolboxes! See you online!

Kickstart your Girl Scout year

In most cases, parents understand the value Girl Scouting provides and they want to help but they don’t know how they fit in. Head to our blog to read the tips and tricks troop leaders shared about how to build a strong troop family support network that will make sure girls have an amazing Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Girl Scout Cyber Challenge: Register now 

Saturday, October 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Arapahoe Community College, Littleton

Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 are invited to detect, decode, and defend! This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage 200+ girls in grades 6–12 in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics. A futuristic scenario — a  moon colony has been hacked — will be presented and girls will be prompted to respond. They’ll learn cybersecurity skills and team up to identify the hackers, trace the origin of the cyberattack, and secure the colony’s safety.

Spots are limited so register today.

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT – Don’t miss out on hearing our keynote speaker, Whitney Orndorff, Staff Operations Specialist (tactical analyst) with the Denver Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation!

Highest Awards

Highest Awards deadline

All girls who have bridged to Cadettes or Seniors have until September 30 to notify GSCO they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award. Fill out the onlineBronze or Silver Award notification form to let us know that your girls have earned a highest award.

High School Seniors Start Gold NOW

Any Girl Scout who is a senior in high school and considering earning her Gold Award needs to start the Gold Award process NOW! With less than six months to the Highest Awards celebration deadline (March 1) and a year until the final cutoff for Gold (September 30), seniors in high school are quickly running out of time to earn their Gold Award. Girls who are currently in grade 12, must submit aGold Award project proposal by May 1, 2020 . After May 1, they are no longer eligible to earn their Gold Award.

Go Gold 2.0!

GSUSA is rolling out the new version of the Go Gold website on October 14! With many new changes and updates to the online system, Go Gold will no be easier to use and navigate for Gold Award girls.

If you have any questions please contact Kaitie LoDolce, Highest Awards Manager at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Fall Product Program begins Sept. 21

Do you have lots of awesome activities planned for this Girl Scout year? The Fall Product Program is an easy and fun way to earn startup funds for all these activities and more! By participating in this program, girls will also learn the five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too.  Girls who sell $175 in online orders, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch!

Volunteer training begins early September.

Note: Fall Product Program materials will be sent to area service units, not directly to troops.

For more information go to the Fall Product Program page on our website or contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708.

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Outdoor Program News

Volunteer Run Camps

Calling all camp directors! Troops and groups across Colorado are now planning summer 2020 volunteer led camps. These camps support getting more Girl Scouts outdoors, give leadership opportunities to Program Aides and can act as a money earning opportunity for troops.

Read about the summer 2020 volunteer camps information and timelines.

Contact anna.danila@gscolorado.org for more information.

Halloween Fun at Camp!

Sky High Halloween Party

When: Saturday, October 26, 1-4 p.m.

Cost: $10/girl, adults free

From zombies and princesses to s’mores and wizards, we have everything at the Sky High Ranch Halloween Party! Visit Yummy Candyland, Coco’s Ofrenda, and Witch’s World where you’ll play games, make crafts, and collect treats!

This event is for everyone, even non-Girl Scouts! Families welcome!
Contact Kim.Petau@gscolorado.org with any questions.

Tomahawk Trick or Treat

When: Sunday, October 27, 5-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Come to Tomahawk Ranch on October 27 for a spooktacular time! Trick or treat on foot throughout camp and stop to enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa. The event is open to all ages and free of cost (donations of candy are accepted).

Gates open at 5 p.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Costumes are a MUST!

BOO you soon!

Upcoming Events

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.

Meadow Mountain Ranch Open House

September 22, Allenspark

Join us for our third annual open house at Meadow Mountain Ranch! Activities include s’mores, hike the MMR Nature Trail, hear from Songbirds Choir, meet GECCCOs, self-guided property tour, visit Homestead House and displays from the GSCO History Committee, and check out the mobile shop with brand new MMR merchandise. Event is free and open to the public!

Careers in Construction with G.E. Johnson

September 28, Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors are invited to learn about construction careers, work as a team to build a community library book stand, and participate in a behind the scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum.

Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Switchbacks

September 28, Colorado Springs

Cheer on the Switchbacks as they take on Las Vegas Lights FC. The first 22 Girl Scouts who purchase tickets will have the chance to escort players. All other Girl Scouts are invited to the Youth Fan Tunnel before the game. All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to take advantage of these discounted tickets!

STREAM Girls

October 12, Longmont

STREAM Girls gives Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn a patch as they serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. This outdoor watershed experience employs STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math) plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream. STREAM Girls patch included.

STREAM Girls

October 12, Montrose

STREAM Girls gives Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn a patch as they serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. This outdoor watershed experience employs STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math) plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream. STREAM Girls patch included.

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge

October 19, Morrison

Representatives from local STEM-focused organizations will lead hands-on activities for Girl Scouts to work toward earning badges! National Fossil Day is also October 16, so come learn about fossils and celebrate in honor of this special day.

Women of Distinction – Denver

October 30, Denver

New location for 2019 the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, community, and civic leaders.

Secrets to Success

November 9, Colorado Springs

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2019 Secrets to Success event. Girl Scouts of Colorado believes every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. Any girl in grades 6– 12 is invited to Secrets to Success.

Cadette Woodworker Badge at JXN Station

November 9, Grand Junction

Professional Women in Building (PWB) of Western Colorado invites Girl Scout Cadettes to Junction Station to earn their Woodworker Badge! Girls will learn basic woodworking skills like how to use a hammer, saw, level, screwdriver, and create a candy dispenser utilizing these skills.