GSCO Connections: December 2020

Is your Girl Scout a tough cookie?

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to partner with CBS4-KCNC TV to produce a GSCO commercial and YOUR GIRL could be in it! Enter to win by submitting a short video using this form of your Girl Scout answering the prompts “I love Girl Scouts because …” and “I’m a tough cookie because….” Please keep answers for each prompt to no more than 10 seconds.

Clips from several Girl Scouts will be chosen for the final commercial that will air on CBS in Denver, Grand Junction, and Colorado Springs in late January through mid-March. The deadline to enter is 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.

Submit Your Entry

Support GSCO and Schedule Your Colorado Gives Day Donation

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. On December 8, you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving.

Donations made on Colorado Gives Day unlock additional funds for Girl Scouts of Colorado! All participating nonprofits will receive a portion of the $1 million incentive fund made possible by Community First Foundation, First Bank and other community members.

Whether you schedule your donation today or give on December 8, you are making a difference in the lives of Girl Scouts throughout Colorado and we can’t thank you enough!

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Join Us for Holiday Celebrations at Camp

Holiday Lights at Sky High Ranch

December 4, 5, 11, and 12

Come to Sky High Ranch for our drive-through holiday light display. Do you have a Cadette, Senior or Ambassador troop looking for service hours? We’re looking for troops to greet cars and help out with some farm animals during this event. Contact kim.petau@gscolorado.org if interested in a shift.

Drive Up Fun with Santa at Tomahawk Ranch

Sunday, December 13

Bring your family to Tomahawk Ranch for a drive up outdoor social distanced visit with Santa. Drive through camp, savoring sweets and lollies, drinking hot cocoa & more drive by surprises. One car at a time will have the opportunity to get out, visit Santa from afar. Don’t forget your camera for photos at camp with Santa in the background!

Pre-registration is required to attend. One vehicle per registration form, as we must limit our time slots to 5 vehicles per slot. Time slots for registration are 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Social distancing requirements and the use of face coverings is mandatory. Cost: $5 (ages 3-17); adults and children under 3 are free. For more information please contact Tomahawk.Ranch@gscolorado.org or 303-816-1642.

Badge Series

Badge Series are a virtual way to engage your girl(s) in badges and Journeys. We have taken our traditional Girl Scout program and translated it to be accessible at home. Each month we will cover new badges or Journeys. Girls can sign up to participate individually or leaders can register to get the materials to lead for their own troop. Questions? Contact GirlExperience@gscolorado.org

December Club Spotlight

Tools for Independence: Financial Literacy — Budgeting

December 9 at 4 p.m.

Is your Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador looking for information on financial literacy? This is the club for her! In Tools for Independence Older Girls series, girls get to know themselves and what they are capable of by discussing topics that are important for their independence. This series is created especially for Seniors and Ambassadors. The December club meeting will show girls how to determine the difference between “wants” and “needs” and how much money it takes to live on your own, save for a big purchase or a rainy day, and budgeting for philanthropy.

We have clubs for girls of all ages!

Girls will enjoy engaging with other girls in a creative environment under the guidance and encouragement of Girl Scout staff. In each session girls will complete one activity and receive ideas to continue to spark their creativity and learning in between sessions. It’s not too late to join!

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Bilingual Workshops

We are excited to announce new bilingual workshops. We have monthly sessions where girls will meet experts from one of our Latinx partner organizations, connect to one of our digital pen pals from one of the 23 Spanish speaking countries around the world, and complete activities to earn a badge. Check out these upcoming events including new patch programs, Engage Hispanic Families Series for Troop Leaders, Latinas Taking the Lead and Make Your Path workshops!

To register for upcoming events please check out the events on the GSCO events page. All programs are run bilingually in Spanish and English.

Do you have any questions? Please reach out to Korina Padilla at espanol@gscolorado.org

Get Ready for the 2021 Cookie Program

Yes, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is going to look different this year just like all businesses look different right now! When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they develop essential life skills—goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership the Girl Scout way.

“We’ve Got This” couldn’t be a more fitting theme, as Girl Scouts rise to the challenge and innovate new ways of doing business. Think online orders and porch drop-offs, drive-thru booths and contactless cookie pick-ups, QR codes and scanned credit cards, and so much more.

Take this quick 2-minute survey to let us know how you’re feeling about the 2021 cookie program.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program runs January 31 – March 7.

Visit our website to find a training for you! TCM training is open to anyone wanting to find out more about what’s in store in 2021.

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In-Person Shopping at the GSCO Shop

We are excited to welcome you back to the Girl Scout of Colorado Shop with scheduled shopping hours. Customers can reserve a 30-minute slot. Girl Scouts of Colorado puts everyone’s safety and health first. A maximum of four customers are allowed in the shop at one time. Please continue to be respectful of recommended guidelines of six-feet physical distancing. Face masks are required at all times. Due to safety concerns, returned merchandise is not being accepted until further notice.

Upcoming Events

Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!

Meet an Expert, Senator Kerry Donovan

December 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan.  From Senator Donovan: The presidential election is over, now we can take action on important policy that matters to you! There are lots of ways to impact the laws and policies that impact your life. Join me, Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan, a rancher and former teacher, to learn about how you can continue to make your voice heard!

Meet an Expert: National Park Ranger

December 8 at 5 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special, one-hour webinar to meet Park Ranger Laura from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is just one of many national treasures called “National Parks.” Join Ranger Laura and learn how national parks protect wildlife and nature, how Black Canyon protects the environment, what it’s like to be a park ranger, and learn how you as a Girl Scout can help park rangers protect the environment.

Meet an Expert: Robotics Professionals at Arrow Electronics

January 13  at 4:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet two women in robotics at Arrow Electronics. Arrow Electronics is a technology company with a passion for innovation and transforming the way we look at technology. Make, manage and create are core values of Arrow Electronics. During this webinar we will be talking about a special robot Arrow is making to transform a girl’s life.

Our experts for the webinar will be Victoria Bohannon-Pea, project manager, and Anjelica Roman, business development manager.
Girl Scouts participating in the Robotics badge series in January are strongly encouraged to participate.

Secrets to Success, Grand Junction

January 16 at 9 a.m.

Colorado Mesa University

Girls will have the opportunity to ask top local women leaders about their secrets to success in our fifth annual Secrets to Success event. We believe that every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders.

GSUSA Virtual Calendar

Check out awesome virtual experiences for Girl Scouts of all ages from Girl Scouts of the USA. You can also access past recordings through this calendar.