CSA Times: February 2020

With a new year brings new opportunities to continue to build yourselves as girls of courage, confidence, and character. Whether you have set some ambitious goals for yourself or you are continuing to celebrate your amazing self, Girl Scouts is here to support you every step of the way! In this quarterly communication, we have lots of great ways to engage in events, outdoors experiences, and trainings to get ready for your Gold Award.
Questions? Contact inquiry@gscolorado.org

First time receiving CSA Times? Welcome! This communication was created to keep Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors, families, and troop leaders up to date on all the amazing opportunities across our state. As a quarterly email communication, we adjust the content to meet the needs and interests of girls, while also keeping adults engaged and up-to-date with Girl Scouts of Colorado. We also invite you and your girl to join our Virtual Older Girl Network . This site will provide you with real-time updates and notifications on events, opportunities, or anything related to an older girl’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Girl Scout Week

Girl Scout Week is next month, March 8-14! To help you start planning what to do, we have created a calendar with some suggestions to complete activities that bring out your G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader).
Don’t forget to share your stories through social media by tagging @gscolo or sharing your story through the GSCO Blog.

Girl Scout Destinations

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime?! Check out Destinations opportunities at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Round 2 applications close on February 15, but many opportunities are still available after this round. Continue to check the Destinations website for updates on trip availability.  Already accepted to a Destinations trip? Apply for a D Pass Grant by March 6

Important Gold Award Information

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, now is the time to get started on your Gold Award project! Remember, you have only until May 1 of the year you graduate high school to submit your initial proposal.

The first Gold Award requirement is to attend an official Gold Award training. If you still need to take training, check out the GSCO Events page for upcoming in-person and webinar training options.

Have you already taken official Gold Award training, but have not yet submitted an initial proposal? Don’t forget that you must submit an initial proposal within ONE YEAR of taking Gold Award training. If you are having trouble with your project idea or the proposal itself, or you have taken training more than one year ago, please reach out to Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org for help getting started on your project.

Apply to be a GSCO Delegate

Girl Scouts of Colorado is requesting applications for delegates to attend the 2020 National Council Session. Apply online.

Requirements:

Delegates to the National Council Session must be registered Girl Scout members, at least 14 years of age, and be willing to serve a three-year term (2020-2023).

Delegates and Alternates must commit to participating in preparatory conference calls and webinars and attending all meetings of the National Council Session in Orlando, Florida, October 21-25, 2020.

Upcoming events for Older Girls

Save the Date: Mean Girls

April 10, Denver

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors save the date for a night out at Mean Girls! Limited discounted tickets available for Girl Scouts at the 7:30 p.m. performance on Friday, April 10. Limited tickets available for $54/person. Troops will be seated together. Tickets will go on sale through the GSCO events calendar late February 2020.

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

April 18, Greeley

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at 2020 Secrets to Success events. Any girl in grades 6 – 12 is invited to Secrets to Success. Girls interested in the event should email carol.griffin@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list.

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

Cadette Journey Weekend

May 29-31, Grand Junction

In this fun-filled weekend event, girls complete activities toward earning the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey. After the event, they only need to complete their Take-Action project to complete the Journey.

Cadette Day at the Capitol

June 19, Denver

Earn your Finding Common Ground badge at the State Capitol in Denver at the Cadette Day at the Capitol. Girls will explore civic debate, learn the art of compromise, and practice skills in mediation. Each of these skills will give them a broader understanding of how decisions are made in a democracy. Girls will receive a fun patch along with their Finding Common Ground badge. Space is limited- register today!

Save the Date: Cadette Journey Weekend

September 18-20, Tomahawk Ranch

In this fun-filled weekend event girls complete activities toward earning a Journey. After the event, they only need to complete their Take-Action project to complete the Journey.

Save the Date: Senior and Ambassador Journey Weekend

October 2-4, Tomahawk Ranch

In this fun-filled weekend event girls complete activities toward earning a Journey. After the event, they only need to complete their Take-Action project to complete the Journey.

Upcoming Outdoor Program Events

Trail Adventure Meet-Ups

May, Statewide

Say goodbye to winter and HELLO SPRING as you explore the outdoors with your fellow Girl Scout sisters. Girl Scouts of Colorado has organized a spring edition of our Trail Adventure meet-ups in May 2020 to encourage you to get out in nature and complete some of the requirements for the Trail Adventure badge. Girls also have the opportunity to earn the badge sponsored by the North Face.
Attend any of the Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored Trail Adventure meet-ups in May 2020 and complete all of the requirements to earn a Trail Adventure badge by July 1, 2020, and a Girl Scout is eligible to receive the badge.

Reach for the Peak August 7 – 9 at Sky High Ranch

Prove your outdoor skills and join Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops from around the state for a camping challenge! This fun competition includes camp cooking, knot tying skills, lashing, first aid, outdoor survival, nature identification and more. Download the Reach for the Peak packet for more information.

Summer Camp 2020

Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch both have tons of awesome sessions for older girls like a backpacking trip with white water adventure or a week-long road trip around Colorado! Plus, leadership opportunities as a CIT or Program Aide. See all the session details, registration information and more at the camp website.

Outdoor Adventure Club spring and summer events

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a staff-led program offering exciting adventures around the state. Girsl sign up for each event individually, events are either for OAC explorers (6th grade) or OAC trailblazers (7th – 12th grade). Registration opens two months prior to each event, girls can use Cookie Credits and grants are available. For more information on events details and registrationvisit the OAC page or the GSCO event calendar.

  • Meadow Mountain Ranch Winter Adventure (Trailblazers), March 14 or March 15
  • Snow Mountain Ranch Winter Overnight (Explorers), March 21 – 22
  • Environmental Service Projects (both groups), April 19, 25 and 26
  • Magic Sky Ranch Rock Climbing & Trail Adventure (Trailblazers), May 15 – 17
  • Turquoise Lake Primitive Campout (Explorers), June 5 – 7
  • “14-er” Hike (Trailblazers), August 11 – 12

Save the date for Girl Scouts Love State Parks, September 12 and 13!

Girl Scouts love getting outside, especially in Colorado! Share your love of the great outdoors and get to know your local state park with events in state parks across Colorado. Girls can attend as part of a troop or with their family. This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the fall weather, spend time in nature and get inspired for future outdoor adventures. Check out the GSCO event calendar this spring for more details.