We want your feedback
As GSUSA begins planning the second edition of the Girl Scout Family Connection/La Conexión Familiar de Girl Scouts, we would love your input. The survey is available in both English and Spanish. Please respond by November 27.
November 17 is National Take a Hike Day!
When Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912, hiking, camping, and being outdoors were key to the girls’ experience. These days, Girl Scouts are still hiking and earning new outdoor badges.
Help Colorado girls get outside and celebrate Daisy’s vision of getting girls outdoors by joining Daisy’s Circle with a monthly donation of $19.12
Named for our founder, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. $19.12 per month can provide nine girls with annual Girl Scout memberships. This means nine more girls can get hiking and growing through Girl Scouts!
More information or to join go to gscodaisyscircle.org
Get up to date training on gsLearn! New and existing troop leadership team members with a 2020 membership have access to gsLearn by logging in through their VTK. Login here!
For all other volunteer roles, we are working hard to get you access to the system and will send you a notification with instructions on how to log in soon.
A couple things to know upon your first log in:
- Your dashboard might not immediately load. Log out and after 30 minutes log back in, this should allow the system enough time to load your dashboard.
2. The courses you will see in your dashboard are:
- Successful Leader Learner Series
- The Travel Peak. This is a learning pathway that houses all travel trainings available online.
- How to Manage Your Volunteer Toolkit (Girl Scouts of Colorado)
- Volunteer Toolkit Tutorials (GSUSA)
- Girl Scouts in the Outdoors (GSUSA)
- There is also a course library which we are adding to all the time. Be sure to check it out!
- Please be patient as we work through the hiccups of rolling out a new platform. We appreciate your feedback as it really is a team effort to make gsLearn successful!
Have questions? Email Kendy Doolen!
Need an in-person training? Check our training events page!
We are excited for our volunteers to have this resource! See you online.
Volunteer Essentials has been updated
Volunteer Essentials, the encyclopedia to volunteering with Girl Scouts, is live on our website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/volunteer-essentials. You’ll find what you need to get started with your volunteer journey and answers to questions that come up throughout the year. This resource is updated annually by Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Colorado. Even if you’ve been volunteering a long time, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest Volunteer Essentials. Updates this year include:
- A separate section for GSCO-specific troop and volunteer rules and guidelines. Go here first whenever you are unsure of expectations.
- Clarified guidelines for troop financial management. Check this section whenever there are changes to your group’s bank account or you have questions about financial management.
- Don’t forget to check Safety Activity Checkpoints when planning any Girl Scout activity. This comprehensive resource is updated every year and provides safety standards, guidelines, and other vital information.
Product Program Update
Fall Product Program – Wrap Up!
We had a successful Fall Product Program! Thanks to all volunteers for supporting girls, caregivers, and other volunteers.
A few things to note:
- Deliveries of nuts and candies to service units have started and will continue until all items have been distributed. Please encourage girls to deliver products to their customers within a week after receiving the items. Many people will want to have their goodies ahead of Thanksgiving!
- There’s still time to enter the Giant Plush Rhino contest!
- Girl rewards will be delivered to service units starting the week of December 2.
Cookie Program – Time to Get Ready!
- Troop leaders and/or troop cookie managers please make sure your troop has submitted an ACH agreement form and a TCM agreement form.
- Check your troop rosters now to make sure all girls participating in your troop have current memberships.
- If there are girls on your roster who are not participating in your troop, contact your volunteer support specialist.
- The deadline to transfer girls between troops or to note them as inactive in your troop is January 10.
Cookie Training beginning soon!
SUCM training begins mid-November. In-person trainings for TCM’s are available in areas all-around the state. Check the events page on our website, or see theattached cookie program training flyer with date information and register for training.
Please remember that no additional money-earning activities may take place during the 2020 cookie program – from February 2 (Cookie Program start) to March 18 (ACH debit).
If you have questions about either the Fall Product Program or the Cookie Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoor Program News
Food service and activity request policies for troops using GSCO properties have been updated. Please read more on the blog.
Upcoming Events at Camp
Sunday, December 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $10 (Children); $15 (Adults)
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by joining us at Sky High Ranch for our Annual Tree Lighting ceremony. This community/family event is fun for all ages! We’ll have a buffet, family photos, ornaments, a visit to the Holiday Barnyard, hot drinks, and goodies! Brunch begins at 10 a.m. and the tree lighting ceremony will begin at noon.
Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. or 12 p.m.
Cost: $15 (ages 4 and older), free for kids 3-years-old and younger
Bring your friends and family to Tomahawk Ranch for a delicious brunch, a visit with Santa and a fun visit to his barnyard. You can also savor sweets and lollies a plenty and warm up at the campfire with hot cocoa and cider. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa and his furry friends at the barn. When purchasing tickets for this event you will be able to register for your preferred time slot. An event itinerary will be provided after registration.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline for registration is December 9.
January 17 -19, 2020
Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy! This Friday-Sunday excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing, shelter building, and ice fishing. If we don’t have enough snow, we’ll do more general survival skills and camp activities such as archery and farm. Our special guest instructor this year will be Jessie Krebs, head instructor at SERE Training. This camp is for girls and their significant male role model/guardian (age 18+) in their life. Girls should register with the adult male who will be attending. Adults can come with multiple daughters, if desired. Limited accommodations are available for campers who wish to attend with a female adult instead. Register now. Spaces are limited!
January 17-19, 2020
Cost: $210 per girl
This is a summer camp experience in the winter! Designed for the individual girl to camp at Tomahawk. All programming and staffing is provided by the Tomahawk Ranch staff. Come make new friends, sing around the campfire, and roast marshmallows, visit the barnyard animals, create crafts, learn winter survival skills, gaze at the stars and so much more! A perfect opportunity for first timers AND those who have camped with us for years! Accommodations are heated indoor cabins with bunk beds and fully equipped bathrooms. A commemorative T-shirt and all housing, meals, programming and supervision are included in the price. Drop-off on Friday is between 5:30-6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Pick-up on Sunday is after lunch between 2-3 p.m. For any questions please email Tomahawk Ranch at email@example.com
December 12, Pueblo
Girl Scout groups of 10 or more (including chaperones, friends, and family) contact Bobbie Fanchini at 800-320-1733 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about exclusive Girl Scout rates. All Girl Scouts will receive a Moscow Ballet Fun Patch with their ticket, and groups of 25 or more (all GS count as one group) are invited to a day-of-show meet and greet with a ballerina!
January 25, Grand Junction
April 18, Greeley
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. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th is invited to Secrets to Success.
Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge
May 2, Cañon City