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Girl Scout University

Submitted by Brianna Dzilvelis

Metro Denver

University of Denver

Alpha Phi Omega at the University of Denver will be hosting our fourth annual Girl Scout University on Saturday, May 4, 2019. There is a morning session from 9 – 11 a.m. and an afternoon session from noon – 2 p.m. Each session costs $7.50, or a full day with two sessions for $15 per Girl Scout. This event is for Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes. There are four badge workshop options for Brownies, eight for Juniors, and eight for Cadettes. There are a variety of science, business, and arts badges.

Parents are welcome to stay. We will have a room available for parents to relax, do work, or whatever they choose. We host this event, so we can help young girls with learning new skills and discovering new passions. During each session, Girl Scouts can complete badge requirements! Each session will be held by a college volunteer from our fraternity, and is a great experience for us as well! Badges are not included in the price of the workshop and will not be provided day of.

Workshops will be in Sturm Hall (2000 E Asbury Ave, Denver, CO 80210).

Registration is open now until April 27: https://girl-scout-university.cheddarup.com

Email gsu@apo-alphaetaiota.org with questions/concerns.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Smart Cookie: March 18, 2019

A job well done!

Thank you for being a part of the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls! The Girl Scout Cookie Program in Colorado officially wrapped up on March 10. Our young entrepreneurs did an amazing job, and now’s the perfect time to celebrate their successes! Also, give yourselves a pat on the back because they couldn’t have done it without your guidance.

Deadline to deliver Hometown Hero cookies is June 28

Don’t forget to share photos of your Hometown Hero deliveries with us! We love seeing your girls in action, sharing their hard work, and putting smiles on their Hometown Heroes’ faces.

ACH Debit

The ACH debit of funds to council will occur on March 20.

Girl Scout Birthday

Last week was the 107th birthday of Girl Scouts! To celebrate Girl Scout Week 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Snowy weather and closed schools might have interrupted your Girl Scout Week plans last week, so we’re extending the celebration another week! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form. Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Celebrating our Top Achievers

A special congratulations to the 695 girls who sold 1,000 or more packages of cookies this season! They are invited to celebrate their business success at a regional Top Achiever Event.

Top Achiever Events

June 8  – Elitch Gardens, Denver

June 8  – Glenwood Adventure Park, Glenwood Springs

June 15 – Renaissance Festival, Larkspur

June 22 – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs

Each 1,000+ Top Achiever Event offers a ticket to get into the event for the girl and one adult. At the venue of your choice, you are able to enjoy any activities during the day. We provide a meal and award ceremony at each location.

More details will be sent out after selections have been made in eBudde. At that time, we will also know which venues have room for family members to also purchase tickets.

The top 100 cookie CEOs in the state will be invited to the Top 100 CEO event with one adult guest on June 1 in Denver.

Upcoming Dates

April 15

Cookie Credits begin being mailed directly to girls.

April 22

Cookie rewards begin to ship to service unit cookie managers.

April 30

Last day to sell excess inventory.

 

Daisy Flower Garden Journey

Girl Scout Daisies are invited to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 2019! Spend part of your day at the Gardens and complete this fun Daisy Journey. Daisies will tour ten activity stations and complete fun gardening-themed activities to meet Journey requirements.

Time:

9 a.m. and 11 a.m. entry each day

Cost:

$12/ Girl Scout

$7/Adult

Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/daisy_flower_garden_.html

Registration End Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Troop leaders and parents: this is a great opportunity for Daisies to complete their first Girl Scout Journey! This Journey event includes a service project, which means Daisies can complete the whole Journey by visiting all ten stations throughout the Garden. You are also free to visit all the Gardens have to offer throughout the event and after activity stations close.

Choose from a 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. entry into the Gardens on Saturday or Sunday. Activity stations will close each day at 2 p.m.

Space is limited to 125 Girl Scout Daisies per entry time with a total event capacity of 250 Daisy Girl Scouts each day. This event usually fills early, so we recommend registering as soon as possible.

Registration will close April 16 OR when event capacity has been met.

Please note, this event is for the Daisy Flower Garden Journey and does not include earning Daisy Petals, as that is a separate activity. The event fee does not include Journey books and petal badges. Troops and girls can purchase Journey books and badges at the GSCO store or at our online store at http://www.girlscoutshop.com/COLORADO-COUNCIL. Journey books are not required, but some troops find them helpful to bring along to the event.

This is not a drop off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Siblings and tag-alongs may attend but may not participate in activity stations.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

GSCO Photo Challenge: Building our future

Submitted by Katie Gribble

Pikes Peak

Peyton

Our troop is a small group of 12 girls, who only want to work to help others. Last year, our girls recognized that Colorado was in a huge drought. They wanted to do something to help, but knew they had to start small. They decided to work with the elementary school in our community to help them with their summer garden.

For their Take Action Project, they built a water irrigation system that was used in ancient China called Olla. This system is one of the most efficient systems you can use, and actually is pretty easy to build. The girls started with clay pots and glued them together. Once they were dry, the girls buried them into the ground in strategic locations, leaving the tops out. Then, they filled a pot with water and it naturally released the water into the ground without under/over watering.

Once their Take Action Project was complete, they decided to continue working with the school on their Bronze Award. The girls then built a water collection barrel. It collects water from rain and snow holding it for later use. The girls had to learn to use engineering and power pools. I watched as these girls learn skills they could take on and LOVE what they were doing.

Not only were they able to help our community, but they learned what hard work gained. I am over the moon and proud of my girls! One of the photos above is of some of the girls while we were building our water barrel. It shows them working hard and LOVING IT!!! I have so many favorites, but this is one that shows them doing good for our community and having fun. The girls’ personality wrapped into one photo.

I was not involved in Girl Scouts until my daughter asked to join. I had the opportunity to join as a leader a year later. These young ladies have been SUCH an inspiration to me. I am so proud to be part of this organization, giving opportunities to young girls that they normally would never get. AMAZING group of women and girls!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Mackenzie Block, Colorado Springs, “Treasure Closets and Boredom Buster Kits”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a treasure closet and toy check-out system at the Ronald McDonald House to give residents a more positive and developmental atmosphere.  The pre-assembled kits directed towards different age groups in the treasure closet and gifts new residents receive, provide long term entertainment, comfort, and growth. These systems made the Ronald McDonald House more home-like to scared residents. I also painted the area with fish and marine life to display a kid-friendly under-the-sea feeling which gave immediate comfort to new residents.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

The Ronald McDonald House has handed out 463 toys since my project began.  The kits are checked out daily.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My project is being sustained at the current Southern Colorado Springs Ronald McDonald House.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

My project is addressing the comfort of patients and the healthcare crisis currently happening in the United States, as millions are insecure with constant care and comfort in their daily lives. To reach others across the country, I had my advisor at the Ronald McDonald House send the brochure of my project to all RMH volunteer coordinators across the nation in order to show how this project made a big impact to her location.  My project is also currently being implemented into the new North Colorado Springs Ronald McDonald House and at TESSA, a battered women’s shelter in Colorado Springs.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned many things about myself and how to differently approach the world through my project. I had to think critically to overcome the storage issues in the treasure closet, as well as gained time management skills, and how to relate my time management skills to my team in order to complete the “construction” phase of my project.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Earning my Gold Award will continue to impact my life until I can no longer remember my project. I have proved to myself what I am capable of, and how to find and to address the needs of anyone and everyone I can.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I believe that the Gold Award was essential to my Girl Scout career, applying all the principles I had learned about from Daisies to Ambassadors. I also felt it necessary to give back to my community, and found that my Gold Award was the perfect opportunity.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

My Gold Award has helped me become a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and a leader as I worked through my project. I became a leader on day one as I lead my team of over 20 people in order to complete my project. I became a go-getter on that same day as it was a huge leap of faith I was taking. Innovation was essential to the logistics and “construction” of my project and was gained as I worked through my project. I was a risk-taker through those innovations as well, using non-conventional solutions, proving myself a Gold Award recipient.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Outdoor Skills Days in Boulder

Submitted by Susan Knott

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

Girl Scout Troop 7 is doing three Outdoor Skills Days with the opportunity to earn some badges. Tickets are going fast, but there are still some available for Saturday, April 13 and Saturday, May 4, 2019! If you want to know more, check out the document below that has all the info you need. Hope to see you there!

Register now: https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/ 

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This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

eLearning and in-person volunteer training

Starting to plan your first overnight trip (1-2 nights) or your first extended trip (3 nights or more) with your troop?

Awesome! You’ll find the GSCO Overnight Trips and Extended Trips classes on our eLearning site. Both classes are designed to support your experience in planning the trips with girls and their families and include the information you need to know about safety, outdoor and travel progression, and resources. The Overnight trips class is a prerequisite for Extended Trips and for Cooking and Camping.

If your troop plans include camping outdoors and/or cooking outdoors, you’ll need to take the Cooking and Camping class. The class is taught in-person at outdoor settings around the state. Check our events calendar for classes in March, April, May, and June.

The class is fun, interactive, and covers all you need to know to teach girls outdoor skills, like setting-up camp, building fires and fire safety, cooking outdoors, knot tying, and knife safety.

For questions about online classes, please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager, at (303) 607 – 4897 or email her at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org.

For questions about in-person volunteer learning opportunities, please contact Brandi Martinez, Training Manager, at (303) 607 – 4856, or email her at Brandi.Martinez@gscolorado.org.

Volunteer View: March 2019

Volunteer Recognition Awards- Deadline March

Thank you to all of those who have nominated volunteers for the Rising Star Pin, Volunteer of Excellence Pin, Appreciation Pin, Thanks Badge (and Thanks Badge II) or the GSCO President’s Award. It means so much to volunteers to have their contributions acknowledged and celebrated by their peers!

There’s still time to submit nominations! Go to the volunteer appreciation page to nominate/endorse a volunteer. Review the volunteer recognition award guide.

Already nominated a volunteer but want to know if all requested endorsements have been submitted? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org or (303) 607-4897. All nominators will receive a call from our customer care team, to report the number of endorsements received.

The deadline to submit a nomination or endorsement is March 31.

If your troop plans include camping or cooking outdoors, you’ll need to take the Cooking and Camping class. The class is taught in-person at outdoor settings around the state. Check our events calendar for classes in March, April, May and June.

For questions about in-person volunteer learning opportunities, please contact Brandi Martinez, training manager, at (303) 607-4856, or email atBrandi.Martinez@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor program news

It’s not too late to register for camp

The second round of camp registration opens March 21. If the session your girl was interested in was full, or you couldn’t find the right fit, be sure to check out our additional spaces and new camps.

Sky High Ranch April Open House: Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Camp Highlight

Expedition Wild for Seniors and Ambassadors: July 7 – 18, $1550 if paid in full by April 30

This year girls are headed to South Dakota and will be doing a paddle trip, horseback riding, exploring caves, rock climbing, swimming, having fun at a chuckwagon show, camping and more.

Troop camp this spring

Looking for a fun troop activity this April? Check out our Race through Time Troop Camp, April 26 – 28! It’s a three-day, two-night adventure for Junior through Ambassador troops. Girls will get the opportunity to travel through time at Tomahawk Ranch.

Outdoor Adventure Club

Registration for our spring service projects opens March 28 for all girls in grades 6th – 12th. Activities are located around the state and girls will give back to the community and work on projects for local parks and locations. For more information, check out our event postings:

April 27 — Staunton Park

April 27 — Bear Creek Lake Park

April 28 — Sand Creek Regional Greenway

May 5 — Garden of the Gods

Space is limited and registration for Single Event Passes are $5 per girl.

Reach for the Peak

Prove your camping skills at the 32nd Reach for the Peak! Join Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops from around the state for a camping challenge! This fun competition includes camp cooking, knot tying, lashing, first aid, outdoor survival, nature identification, and more!

When: August 9-11

Where: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Cost: $25 per person for girls and adults. Fee includes patch, awards, and fun! Save $3 by registering by the early bird deadline, May 3!
Registration deadline: July 12

Volunteer: Adults are needed as judges. Email RftP-Judges@outlook.com

Questions: Contact RftP@outlook.com or call Donna at (719) 244-5279

To register and for more information, visit https://reachforthepeak.wordpress.com/

Highest Awards

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts have challenged themselves and made the world a better place. Now it’s time to celebrate!

If your troop earned a highest award this year and wants to attend a celebration you must RSVP for the celebration through the GSCO Events webpage. The event registrations will be available in mid-March and all troop leaders with highest awards girls will receive an email reminder.

Register early as events may reach capacity and close before the posted RSVP deadline.

Questions? Contact Highest Awards Manager, Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

  • April 26 – Pueblo Highest Awards Ceremony at the Center for American Values, 6 p.m.
  • April 28 – Northern Highest Awards Ceremony at the Embassy Suites Loveland, 2 p.m.
  • May 3 – Pikes Peak Highest Awards Ceremony at the Penrose House, 6 p.m.
  • May 5 – Metro Denver Highest Awards Ceremony at the DTC Marriott, 2 p.m.
  • May 9 – Mountain Communities Highest Awards Ceremony at the Silverthorne Pavilion, 6 p.m.
  • May 19 – Western Slope Highest Awards Ceremony at Colorado Mesa University, 2 p.m.

National Bridging Week is May 4 -11

Join us for the statewide bridging ceremony, May 4 at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

A bridging ceremony is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. This an opportunity to progress as well as experience more adventures with your troop, learn new skills, and seek new challenges!

It’s a defining moment to celebrate girls’ achievements and prepare for new adventures and responsibilities. Once a girl bridges to a higher level of Girl Scouting her leadership skills and the experiences she will have continue to grow. Girl Scouts is not simply an after-school activity, it’s the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that builds as girls progress through the program that gives girls the skills they need to empower themselves to take their place as future leaders.

Bridging ceremonies celebrate her next steps to becoming a community leader and being a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader).

Troops can host their own bridging ceremonies, or service units might plan a celebration or join us for the statewide bridging event.

Upcoming Events/ Community Partnerships

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!

Habitat Badge Day at Pueblo Zoo

March 23, Pueblo

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to  Pueblo Zoo to work on their Habitat Badge!

Disney on Ice at the Broadmoor World Arena

March 23, Colorado Springs

Discounted tickets available at $18/person.

CSU Campus Tour with Kappa Delta

March 30, Fort Collins

Fun and educational event for Girl Scouts to learn more about CSU and college in general. Please RSVP to phiepsilonvpcs@gmail.com by March 23.

Daisy Flower Garden Journey

April 27 & 28

Girl Scout Daisies will tour 10 activity stations and complete fun gardening-themed activities to meet Journey requirements.

Passport to the World of Global Girl Scouts

May 4, Longmont

Troop leaders and parents are invited to learn how to enhance Girl Scout’s global experiences with activities relating to badge, patch, and Journey requirements and an introduction to other Global programs for girls at every grade level.

Earn your “Agent of Change” Journey in a day at MMR

Submitted by Marcia Roe

Northern & Northeastern CO

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Program Level: Junior

When: Saturday, April 6 or Sunday, April 7, 2019

Cost: $30 per Girl Scout Junior / $10 per Safety Wise Adult

Registration Deadline: March 23

This event is a super fun way to earn your “Agent Of Change” Journey in a day! We will be doing the three parts of the Journey: The Power of One, The Power of Team, and the Power of Community. The girls will work in small groups, ultimately leading them with the tools to complete their Take Action project in their own communities. There will be team building, games, archery, and challenges built into the day. The day will not include receiving the physical badges for the Journey, as Girl Scouts will have one piece to complete on their own. Lunch is included, but if you have very specific food needs, we ask that you bring your own and talk to us about those needs so we are aware.

The whole day is hero-themed. The girls end the event making a thank you pack for a real hero in their community, police, nurse, teacher, etc. to bring what they have learned back to their neighborhoods and thank someone who is a hero in their life.

Questions? Email Marcia at ocmc1359@gmail.com.

This program was designed by a team of Cadettes for their Silver Award and this is the third set of weekends that they have led younger Girl Scouts in how to grow in the Power of One, Team, and Community.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Uncover the mysteries of Colorado’s Pueblo communities

Want to experience a Destination, but not quite ready to travel out of the state? You are in luck! This year, GSUSA is hosting an AMAZING Destination in Cortez from June 30- July 6, 2019.

Join archaeologists at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez to take part in hands-on fieldwork. You’ll help excavate great houses on a site located nearby on private land. When you’re not busy digging into the past of ancestral Pueblo great houses, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Four Corners region of the American Southwest, going to restaurants, museums, and sites such as Hovenweep National Monument, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and Mesa Verde National Park.

On the day you arrive, researchers will conduct an orientation and brief you on the work you’ll be doing. Fieldwork will begin on the second day, where you will:

  • Excavate ancient households and public architecture: Most days, you’ll arrive at the dig immediately after breakfast and spend much of the day working with hand trowels, brooms, buckets, and screens to remove and identify artifacts and other archaeological finds. Your work may focus on the excavation of homes, middens (trash deposits), and the great houses.
  • Survey for future excavation sites: Help with remote sensing surveys that identify likely areas of archaeological significance. Remote sensing tools are used to identify features beneath the ground that may have been overlooked by standard survey techniques.
  • Survey for future excavation sites: Excavate a site of the ancient Pueblo II community.
  • Lab Analysis: Process artifacts recovered from excavations—pottery, lithics (stone tools), ground stone, and animal bone—which includes washing, sorting, cataloging, and labeling them.

In the evenings, you’ll head back to the field station for dinner and time to relax. Additionally, you may attend programs, including an introduction to research at Crow Canyon, presentation by staff archaeologists, and guest lectures on current research in Southwestern archaeology.

Find more information and apply by March 31, 2019: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/archaeology-culture-uncovering-the-mysteries-of-colorados-pueblo-communities/