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Volunteer View: December 2018

Try these winter outings to keep your Girl Scout experience cool

With the holidays and winter coming, many people want to retreat indoors … but not Girl Scouts!

Plan a trip with your girls to Aspen for the X Games on January 26! All Girl Scouts are invited to an exclusive viewing section for the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final and the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe. Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to meet and greet with the female athletes and find out which ones boosted their courage as Girl Scouts! Register today.

Or, older Girl Scouts can try the Outdoor Adventure Club through single-event registration for January adventures:

  • Sixth graders can spend a weekend at Tomahawk Ranch practicing primitive wilderness skills, outdoor cooking and working on their Cadette-level Trailblazing Badge, January 12-13.
  • Seventh grade girls and older will head to Sky High Ranch for snow-shelter building, snowshoeing and even some human curling on the frozen pond,January 26-27.
  • Or, Girl Scout families can get in on the winter action at Me and My Gal, January 18-20 at Tomahawk Ranch or Expedition Antarctica Me and My Guy, January 18-20 at Sky High Ranch.

Service Unit growth incentive

Has your service unit grown over the last year? Girl Scouts of Colorado wants to reward you!

Service units who see a growth of at least 10% from March 4, 2018 to March 3, 2019, will receive $100 plus $0.25 per registered girl. Service units must have a bank account and a current ACH to receive their incentive. Service unit growth will be evaluated on March 4, 2019, and incentives will be deposited into the service unit’s bank account no later than April 1, 2019.

Contact your  volunteer support specialist with questions and to find out how many girls your SU would need to have registered to earn this incentive.

Get ready for cookies

The cookie program begins February 3! Are you ready?

Make sure your troop has a current  ACH  and signed  TCM Agreement .

Check out our event list to find a training or cookie rally near you!

Volunteer service awards: Recognize outstanding volunteers

Nominations are due on or before March 31 of each year. The form to nominate a volunteer for an award will go live in January. Now would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements!

Girl Scout volunteers change the lives of girls in their communities every day. Some volunteers go above and beyond all expectations and have a positive impact on their troop and/or their service unit and sometimes the whole council.

Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring that enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you, or you can contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.

More information about the awards, and the number of required endorsements for each award, is listed on the volunteer appreciation page on our website and in the  Volunteer Recognition Award Guide You can also learn more about how to write strong nominations and endorsements. 

Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.  Email: Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org  Call: 303-607-4897

Improved Volunteer Toolkit

Have you checked out the improved Volunteer Toolkit? Changes were released this summer to make accessing content easier for all experience levels. Use this handy guide to walk you through the new features. Insider tip: Check out the Resources tab for easy access to Cookie Program resources!

Highest Awards celebrations

Troops working on their Bronze or Silver awards have until March 1 to submit the Bronze and Silver Notification Form to be included in the 2019 Highest Awards Celebrations.

Gold Award Training is required for girls pursuing their Gold Award:

Saturday, January 26 at 9 a.m., Denver office

Saturday, March 30 at  9 a.m., Colorado Springs office

Any Questions? Email Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager at highestawards@gscolorado.org

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!

Habitat Day at Pueblo Zoo

January 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout Juniors (4th and 5th grades) are invited to the Pueblo Zoo to work on the Habitat badge.

Cybersecurity 1: Basics with Coalfire

January 12, Westminster

Girl Scout Juniors will earn their Cybersecurity 1: Basics badge with Coalfire, a cybersecurity company in Westminster.

Secrets to Success

January 26, Grand Junction

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. Registration is now open. 

Badge Workshop at Fort Morgan Museum

January 26, Fort Morgan

Join the staff at Fort Morgan Museum for a morning full of badge activities! The museum specializes in telling the stories of Fort Morgan and Morgan County through permanent and temporary exhibits, educational programs, and photos, documents, and artifacts from yesterday and today.

Level 1 USAAA Archery Training 
February 2, Hamp Hut
Archery training is required for adults who wish to take Girl Scouts (Brownie through Ambassador) archery shooting in any way. You will be able to lead your troop in archery and reserve the statewide archery set. Questions? Marissa Rooney.

Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche
February 16, Denver
Ticket sales now open! Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche and cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the St. Louis Blues! The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold more than 500 packages at their booth.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Emily Clark, Colorado Springs, “The Art of Being a Naturalist”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I developed a years worth of art lesson plans for fourth graders at School in the Woods. These lesson plans meet the Colorado Department of Education standards for Art for fourth graders, but are unique in that they are tailored towards outdoor education.

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

I used feedback from School in the Woods and their students as my lesson plans were used to measure the impact of my Gold Award. My lesson plans are now a part of their ongoing classroom curriculum.

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

My project is sustainable because the lesson plans include instructions on how to teach each lesson, so they can be used by anyone. I designed them specifically to be implemented by parents, or adults who have no prior art education. This means they can be used by parents homeschooling their children in addition to parents assisting in the classroom.

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

I sent .pdf files of the lesson plans to the national parks service, homeschooling groups, and some local art programs. These lesson plans have been shared across the United States, and I know they have been used in California, Colorado, and Ireland.

What did you learn about yourself?

Through my project I learned teaching really isn’t my thing, but I learned a lot about art through teaching art and creating art lesson plans. While I don’t intend to be a teacher, I do plan on pursuing a career in art.

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

The lessons I learned through my Gold Award Project will stay with me for the rest of my life. I can use what I learned on future applications for jobs or scholarships. Skills I learned and utilized include time management, leadership, teamwork, collaboration, and how to research and revise my work.

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

The Gold Award teaches girls how to organize a project and set goals through a subject they enjoy and are passionate about. I feel I used the skills I learned in teamwork during Reach for the Peak, goal setting I learned through cookie sales, and skills from other Girl Scout events, projects, and workshops all came together to help me achieve success in earning my Girl Scout Gold Award.

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

Earning my Gold Award helped me become a G.I.R.L. because it challenged me to take risks. It helped me become a risk-taker because I had to try new things and reach out to people in order for my project to be successful. I couldn’t just rely on the skills I had, but had to ask others for their assistance to make my project successful.

**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

Facebook Live: Girl Scout Cookie Q & A

Join the GSCO product program team for a Facebook Live question and answer session on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. As our office prepares for the holiday closure, we want to connect with you for support. We will talk about how TCM’s get into the eBudde system and the deadline to make changes to your troop rosters. There will also be time to talk about training options that are online and great resources for all troop volunteers. See you soon!

National Girls and Women in Sports Day with DU Gymnastics

National Girls & Women in Sports Day with DU Gymnastics

February 10, 2019

2 p.m.

Magness Arena

2250 E Jewell Ave

Denver, CO 80208

Join us to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with the DU Gymnastics team! All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to cheer on the team as they take on the University of Oklahoma! The event starts at 2 p.m. and is at Magness Arena (2250 E Jewell Ave, Denver, CO 80208).

Girls will also get to participate in a post meet coach’s Q & A!

Tickets are $7.00 and can be purchased online with the following steps:

  • Go to denverpioneers.com 
  • Select the tickets tab at the top of the page
  • Select promo code button above sports pictures
  • Enter promo code GIRLSCOUTS

This is not a drop off event and all girls must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader.

Questions? Call Max Miller at (303) 871 – 6048.

Start preparing for college

Older Girl Scouts, let’s get ready for your next great adventure: COLLEGE!

Join GSCO at Colorado Mesa University on January 26, 2019 from noon – 1 p.m. to answer all your burning questions about your future. The Mesa County College and Career Advisors will cover:

  • College application process
  • Timeline to get you ready
  • Scholarship applications and FAFSA
  • What you can do NOW to prepare

Register today before spots fill up! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/college_prep_western.html

Want to make a full day of learning about your future? Attend Secrets to Success in the morning! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/secrets_to_success.html

Meet the Global Action Committee: Heidi Mazur

Tower Bridge

How long have you been associated with Girl Scouts?

Since 1979

The Global Action Committee?

One year

What is your role on the Global Action Committee?

Not much

Why did you join the Global Action Committee?

I would love to help out because I have traveled so much, but not a lot of extra time I can commit.

What World Centers have you visited or participated in a session with?

Pax Lodge twice, Sangam, and Our Chalet.

What is your fondest memory or experience at this center?

Meeting other Girl Guides from different countries. Doing a service project.

What is one piece of advice you would give to girls wanting to learn about or become involved with Global Girl Scouting?

Just do it. Don’t dwell so much on the cost of the trip, you can’t put a price tag on the experience.

Want to be involved with the Global Action Committee? Email us at gscoglobal@gmail.com. 

Get out and CAMP for summer 2019: Registration for Girl Scout Camp begins Jan. 17

Girl Scout Camp is a place for every girl to answer the call to adventure, grow in confidence, and discover the power she has to change the world! For summer 2019, your girl can hike to the top of a mountain, star in an all-camp skit, or steer a canoe. She’ll try new things, push herself, and embrace challenges.

Girl Scouts of Colorado has sessions designed for girls entering first grade through seniors in high school at both Sky High Ranch near Colorado Springs and Tomahawk Ranch southwest of Denver. Overnight camp sessions are 3 days, 6 days, or 2 weeks. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 17 on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. Dozens of sessions and camps are available for summer 2019, including:

  • “Lone Rangers” at Tomahawk Ranch- Girls will learn about the barnyard and have a chance to feed, groom, and love our four-legged friends. They’ll also make crafts, master a line dance or two, roast s’mores around a campfire, learn to rope, and more!
  • “Oopy Goopy Science” at Sky High Ranch – Girls will learn how to launch pop and tea bag rockets, explode watermelons, and make fizzy lemonade to drink.
  • “Pioneers” at Tomahawk Ranch- Older girls will take a trip back to the 1800’s! They’ll cook over a fire and make jams and pies with fresh fruit. They’ll also learn to cure their own jerky, dehydrate fruits and vegetables, make cheese, bread, and butter.
  • “Camp Wondering Water” at Sky High Ranch – Older girls will learn how to survive at a primitive campsite and hone survival skills, such as water purification, orienteering, shelter building, and fire safety.

The entire summer camp schedule is posted on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (http://www.camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/). Register early. Some sessions fill in just a few hours!

Girl Scouts of Colorado also offers day camp, family camp, and troop camp adventures throughout the state.

Troop 60744 helped provide lunches for our friends without homes

Submitted by Mary Kritenbrink

Metro Denver

Centennial

During their Friday night troop meeting, the Girl Scouts from Troop 60744 spent an hour making 115 peanut butter and jelly lunches. They gathered again Saturday morning and headed down to Civic Center Park in Denver, where they helped hand out the lunches and water to our friends without homes. They partnered up with Afterhours Denver, an organization that provides a lunch 365 days a year to our homeless friends.

This troop has been together through ups and downs for seven years, but always finds time to support their Girl Scout sisters. Their lives are extra busy in high school, but they recognize the skills they are learning through Girl Scouts will help them become strong independent women in the future.

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

Global leadership opportunity: 2019 Juliette Low Seminar

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is seeking 26 participants ages 18–30 to attend the 2019 Juliette Low Seminar, an international leadership development program led by WAGGGS and focused on breaking gender barriers to leadership to drive change. The seminar will take place November 14–20, 2019, simultaneously in 20 “hub” locations around the world, including the in United States.

Applicants must be 18-30 years old and members of the Global Leadership Opportunities (GLO) Pool (or submit their application for the GLO Pool at the same time).

Applications are linked below and due by December 28, 2018. FAQs are also linked for more information.

Questions? Email Anne Canter at GSUSA at globalgirlscouting@girlscouts.org

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Girl Scouts show off historical pride with future goals

Submitted by Julie Dye

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

Girl Scout Troop 3010 learned all about Rosie the Riveter and walked in Boulder’s holiday parade as Rosies, all carrying signs saying things like “future engineer,” “future teacher,” “future world hunger activist,” and “future leader.” They were so proud and a big hit in the parade!

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