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Girl Scout Exploration Day for Juniors

Submitted by Melissa Gula

Metro Denver


Calling all aspiring gardeners! Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens on September 21, 2019 for our fourth annual Junior “Gardener” Girl Scout Exploration Day. Girl Scout Exploration Days offer girls the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities and take-home projects. Each Exploration Day offers several activity stations set up throughout the Gardens for groups to explore at their own pace. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

When: Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. To accommodate a larger number of Girl Scouts and improve your group’s experience, we are offering two admission times: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Activity stations will be available to your group from the admission time you choose until 2 p.m.

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, activities will take place outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved indoors.

Who: This program is designed for Girl Scout Juniors.

Through hands-on activities and explorations Girl Scouts will:

  • Explore the principles of garden design.
  • Design a seed experiment to take home.
  • Explore the practice of companion planting.
  • Plant and decorate an indoor garden planter to take home.
  • Explore the Gardens’ diverse showcase of plants.

Follow the link below to register either as an individual or as a troop. We look forward to seeing you at our Girl Scout Exploration Day!

Registration Link:

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Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Karole Campbell

All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to connect with professional women in a variety of career paths at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s second annual Secrets to Success event in Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Girls will personally engage with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, construction, healthcare, finance, nonprofit administration, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models who will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Register online now:

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with. Check out this blog post and others to learn about the women participating this year.

Karole Campbell is an entrepreneur, having founded Madwoman Marketing Strategies in 2013 to assist all sorts of organizations with their marketing, strategic planning, and advertising needs. Her award-winning creative style and innovative methods makes her the go-to person for organizations needing that fresh boost of energy in their marketing and presence. She is involved in multiple local boards and organizations, including those that specifically support and empower women, including Pikes Peak Women and Women Who Get Stuff Done. As Karole says, “[women] have a unique collaborative approach to problem-solving. We develop ‘win-win’ solutions.” Karole’s energy and enthusiasm is well-known in the community; she is active in crossfit and yoga, a paddle-boarder, crazy hiker, a world-traveler, and is the perfect partner to her exuberant Cattle dog, Ruxton.

Karole will be leading one of our Conversation Stations at Secrets to Success on November 9. In this role, Karole will be telling more than 100 girls about her work, why she loves it, and how she is changing the world with it. Karole will join more than 20 other professional women who will be networking with girls to have them learn the myriad options open to them for their own future work. We are excited to have Karole join us for this awesome event!

Juniors earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Randi Bangerter

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

We learned sending a message on a computer network is very complicated. Even short messages must travel through many other computers and networks. They don’t just go to directly to their destination.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara’s Nutcracker 2019

State Street Ballet – “Nutcracker” 12/16/16 GranadaTheatre

Girl Scouts are invited to take advantage of a discount on orchestra and balcony tickets at the 2 p.m. performance of the State Street of Santa Barbara’s Nutcracker at the Community Concert Hall at FLC in Durango on December 14, 2019! Tickets are $15 per Girl Scout and full price for adults on orchestra and balcony tickets.  Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson holds true to the original classical ballet in this Tchaikovsky masterpiece, creating a traditional “Nutcracker” set in Victorian times and suited for all ages. The ballet will be accompanied by a live orchestra, as the San Juan Symphony is set to perform.

To purchase tickets, call the Concert Hall at (970) 247-7657 and ask for Doug Gonzalez.

FBI Tour for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are invited to a special “mini teen academy” program at the Denver FBI office on  Friday, November 15, 2019 from 9 a.m. – noon. The traditional Teen Academy program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. This program will include a panel discussion with female FBI employees,  SWAT demo, tactical demonstration from the Evidence Response Team (ERT), and presentation on cyber safety.

Register online now:

This is a drop off event. Participants should arrive by 8:45 a.m. to start check-in. Girls will be required to submit a parent permission form, photo release, and indemnity form to participate. Girls ages 18 and older will be required to provide their date of birth, social security number, and full name to comply with FBI policies, and bring a photo ID on the day of the event. Two Girl Scouts of Colorado staff will accompany the group.

Capacity is limited to 40 Girl Scouts. Registration will close on Tuesday, November 5 OR when capacity is met.

Please be aware that the program is subject to change based on the needs of the FBI.

All attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership.

Questions? Email

Xcel Energy Day of Service

More than 100 Girl Scouts, including Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes, along with their troop leaders and parents, joined GSCO and Xcel Energy employees on Saturday, September 7, 2019 for Xcel Energy’s annual Day of Service. Girls learned important lessons about energy safety; built solar-powered cars and took them for a test-drive; and made cards for veterans. All Girl Scouts also earned a special “Utility Safety Ambassador” patch from Xcel Energy and the activities they completed can also help them earn their next badge.

Thanks again to Xcel Energy for hosting Girl Scouts for this great event! We are already looking forward to next year.

Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame “Women in STEM” event

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame “Women in STEM” event is October 3, 2019 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. Tickets range from $50 – $75. You can buy tickets online:

In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law, and business, why are there so few women scientists and engineers?

The technology sector realizes that it must move toward greater diversity and attract more women to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. While women have been instrumental in many technology achievements over the years, they also have been ‘hidden figures,’ largely ignored by the media, by business, and by educators.

The vision of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is to inspire women in STEM and women from other walks of life to consider learning and sharing the inspiring stories of our inductees in STEM fields to the lives of women they work with, their daughters, their friends, and even if considering a career move.

Featured Speaker:

Lt. Genl (Ret.), US Air Force, Susan Helms: 1st military woman astronaut in space and holds record for longest spacewalk.

Panel Discussion:

  • Moderator, Toi Massey: Physicist, Nuclear Engineer, Six Sigma Black Belt, Founder, the JEKL Foundation; CEO, ANMIS, LLC.
  • Panelist, Jill Tietjen, PE: Registered professional engineer and author; 40 years in electrical utility consulting and expert witness testimony.
  • Panelist, Dorothy Horrell, PhD: Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver and trailblazer, educator and community builder, with a history of transformational leadership in education and philanthropy. Expert on educational opportunities for women in STEM.
  • Panelist, Jo Ann Cram Joselyn, PhD: The first woman and the first American to serve as Secretary General of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) and the first woman to serve as Secretary General of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA).
  • Panelist, Patricia Gabow, MD: Former CEO and Medical Director of Denver Health and Hospital Authority, one of the nation’s most highly regarded, extensive, and integrated health care systems. Dr. Gabow is also Professor Emerita of medicine in the Division of Renal Disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Presenting Sponsor: RMPBS

Friends of the Hall Sponsors: The Doyle Group, IQWired/Wonderful Women of IT, Radman Communications, LLC, Regis University, Trinity Partners, and University of Denver

Sponsor: Denver 7

The CWHF is grateful to Rickenbaugh Cadillac Volvo for donating their parking lot for this event. This lot can be accessed directly off Santa Fe or the off the alley that runs behind the Rickenbaugh Collision Repair Center. Please note that overnight parking is not allowed. Free street parking is also available around the venue.

Highest Awards deadline

The end of the 2018-19 Girl Scout year is approaching!

Girl Scout Gold Award candidates, who graduated high school in 2019, have until September 30, 2019 to receive final approval for their award. After September 30, girls who graduated from high school in 2019 will be considered adult Girl Scout members and are no longer eligible to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Girl Scouts bridging from Juniors to Cadettes or Cadettes to Seniors this summer have until September 30, 2019 to submit online notification ( that they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award.

The Bronze Award is the highest achievement for Girl Scout Juniors and the Silver Award is the highest achievement for Girl Scout Cadettes. Through earning one of these Highest Awards, girls change their corner of the world and maybe even beyond. Through submitting online notification, you can order letters of recognition, certificates, and pins. Girl Scouts of Colorado honors and celebrates girls in a special way at our Highest Awards Celebrations in the spring. See photos from the 2019 celebrations:

Questions? Email GSCO’s Highest Awards Manager at

Getting out in nature

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 went on a backpacking trip in September 2019. This trip was 3.6 miles each way. The girls carried all their own gear. They set up their tents, built the fires, and helped prepare their own meals.

They spent some time wading in the stream and exploring. It was a great bonding weekend and a great experience out in nature.

For two of the girls this was their first time backpacking. Next year, more girls are wanting to go.

These girls are all rock stars!

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

Street Smarts Tour for Girl Scouts

Submitted by Kristi Gemperline

Metro Denver

Lone Tree

The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Colorado Transportation YOU Committee presents Girl Scouts Street Smarts Day!

Join us for a “street smarts” day as we take you on a multi-modal tour through downtown Denver. Learn how transportation affects our urban environment and how it links communities by visiting various stations in downtown Denver that highlight transportation elements, including ADA, bikes, transit, and bridges.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Time: 8:45 a.m., Tour begins at 9 a.m.

Location: I-25 and Broadway Light Rail Station, 901 S. Broadway, Denver

Total number of participants (including parents/troop leaders): 65

Target age group: 4th, 5th, 6th grade Girl Scouts

Additional information: Lunch will be provided and Girl Scouts will earn patches. The entire tour is outdoors, please dress appropriately.

This event is free!

Please RSVP by September 14 at noon at the following:

Questions? Please contact Kristi Gemperline at

I was a Girl Scout when I was younger. I love the Girl Scouts of the USA organization, and love the empowerment and opportunities that are presented to young ladies. This event is a glimpse into transportation engineering. There is so much around you yet to explore. This STEM opportunity is one not to miss.

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