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Earn your “Horsemanship” badge with Colorado Reining Heroes

Submitted by Gabriella Grieve

Metro Denver

Parker

While fall classes are currently full,  Reining Heroes invites you to join them for their spring workshops! Learn about horses and complete requirements for your “Horsemanship” badge. The class will cover grooming, handling, learning the body language of a horse, riding, and more!

Dates:

February 10, 23, 2019

March 2, 23, 30

April 6, 20, 27

May 4, 11, 18

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Cost: $40/Girl Scout

Class is limited to 10 girls. Please email Paula Quillen at Colorado Reigning Heroes at reigningheroes@yahoo.com to register and for payment instructions. Registration will include permission, liability, and photo release forms that will need to be completed before the event.

Registration Deadline: February 2

Classes may be held outdoors or inside an arena depending on weather. Girls need to wear appropriate clothing including long pants and closed toe shoes. Helmets will be available for riders.

For more information about Colorado Reigning Heroes visit http://www.coloradoreiningheroes.com/.

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

ChickTech is now accepting nominations

Do you know a 9th -12th grade Girl Scout who is interested in technology? Would she be excited to learn about robotics, 3-D printing, mobile app development, and more? Nominate her for ChickTech!

What is ChickTech?

ChickTech revolves around creating events that will get high schoolers interested and excited about technology. These events pose some interesting challenges, as we expect that most of our participants have never had a chance to do anything like what we are offering. Our goal is to reach the girls who would make great engineers, but because of stereotypes and a lack of opportunity, may not realize it until they are already doing something else, if at all. We also strive to show the relevance of each workshop to their lives–and help them to understand that they have the ability use tech to transform their world!

Why Nominate?

  • It’s free
  • Includes: food at events, transportation and childcare, if needed.

Learning:

  • Kick-off event to be held late fall, 2018 with a choice of seven hands-on workshops!
  • Includes a take home technology item
  • Confirmed workshops include: web development, robotics, build a computer, soft circuits, and game development
  • Five additional tech workshops (one per month)
  • End of school year celebration and BBQ

Benefits:

  • Exposure to tech through hands-on activities
  •  The ability to meet and make friends from other schools

Participants are girls who:

  • (40%+) are eligible for free or reduced lunch
  • Have an above-average aptitude for math or science, along with creativity and willingness to learn new things
  • Would probably not consider a tech career without extra encouragement
  •  (70%+) have not created technology before (who are not already on a robotics team, etc.)

Please nominate up to 15 girls from your school or program who fall under these qualifications.

Nomination Link: https://airtable.com/shrNTKLcGALIRxX9c

Please feel free to review our FAQ (http://denver.chicktech.org/chicktech-high-school-faq/) or email me at melissa.schwass@chicktech.org if you have any questions.

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

Day camp volunteer search in Broomfield and Arvada

 

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Our day camps need YOU! We’re looking for adult volunteers to help run our two day camps in summer 2019 – no experience necessary, but you do need to be registered and background checked before January 1, 2019.

Your child can attend our camps for free if you volunteer for the entire week of camp! All adult registrations must be in by October 31, 2018 to be considered for next summer. We can only register as many girls as we have the safety checkpoint number of adult:girl ratio. Girl registration will open in January.

Broomfield – Interlocken Park outdoor skills camp: June 24 – 28
https://my.cheddarup.com/c/2019-stc-adult-copy

Arvada – Arvada United Methodist Church craft/maker camp: July 29 – Aug 2

https://she-s-too-crafty-adult-volunteer-copy.cheddarup.com/

Contact Rebecca at camplikeagirlscout@gmail.com with any questions.

These camps do not register through GSCO and earnings from the camps are retained to help support the activities for our troop and to help run programming.

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

Service Unit 747’s first group hike

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Service Unit 747 held their first group hike at Devil’s Backbone in Loveland. Four Girls Scouts, two leaders, one parent, and five dogs joined the fun! It was a great day with great weather for a hike!

Our next group hike is October 7, 2018 at 9 a.m. at Hewlett Gulch. Please RSVP to ariellanetanya@gmail.com if you, your troop, or families would like to participate!

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

When things go wrong, but it’s actually a good thing…

Submitted by Kate Goodman

Metro Denver

Centennial

Sometimes, when I’m in the throes of planning meetings and activities, I wonder, “What are we really doing? Is all my work as a troop leader or volunteer worth it?”

This past weekend, I got an answer. I want to share a story about a recent service unit campout, and my A-ha! moment with my troop of 8th grade Cadettes.

It was a hectic week to begin with – a few weeks into the school year. Another leader was planning to take our four Girl Scouts up to Tomahawk Ranch for the service unit campout on Friday night, because I was coming home from a work trip late Friday. I would come up Saturday morning with the materials our troop was using to do a craft with the younger girls: a quick flashlight using copper tape, craft sticks, and those little lightbulbs- LEDs.

On Tuesday, my co-leader reported her car was out of commission, so we scrambled and found another parent who could shuttle the five of them to Tomahawk Ranch on Friday. With that settled on late Tuesday, I got up early on Wednesday and assembled the health and permission forms. I worked, then hurried home and caught my flight to a conference. I arrived home late Friday to learn everyone had gotten off safely to the campout. Relieved, I fell into bed, planning to quickly pack first thing in the morning.

I woke and began assembling my sleeping bag and day pack. A quick search of the craft materials sent my heart into adrenaline-fueled thumping – I couldn’t find two of the essential items – the copper tape and the bag of LEDs. I’d had to special order these – I wasn’t going to breeze through the craft store and get more on my way out of town. After a staticky call to my service unit leader up at camp to verify my daughter hadn’t packed these things, I resigned myself to needing to brainstorm a NEW hour-long activity for the younger girls, and began my hour-plus long drive to reach Tomahawk. In the meantime, my co-leader shared the trouble with the Cadettes, and the girls began brainstorming.

An hour later, I arrived at camp, found the location of our station, and started talking to my co-leader and girls and a bonus Cadette from another troop.

They didn’t need my ideas. They had come up with a name-learning game, appropriate song, and activity around fire pit safety and how to start a fire, complete with hands-on gathering of ‘dead and down’ tinder, kindling, and fuel. The younger Girl Scouts had a great time at our station. They asked good questions. They joined in on the song. And they set up mock camp fires, using the “log cabin” structure – wait no, my troop taught them it was the “hashtag.” (Aaaand now I feel old.)

Five rotations later (with a lunch break in the middle) my troop had educated more than 100 other girls on these concepts. Mostly, I had stood back and watched. I occasionally pointed out the time to help them stay on schedule. I didn’t need to design the craft for them. I didn’t need to tell them how to simplify certain concepts or to make it fun. I didn’t have to tell them to split up the leading time and make sure they included our bonus Cadette. They just did it.

That was my answer. I needed to say less, suggest less, and listen more. It took a panicked-filled hour-long drive from home to camp to come to terms with it, but there it was. Girl Scouting was working exactly as designed, and my troop was living proof.

That evening, when my daughter set up and lit the campfire for the entire service unit, nearly single-handedly*, the younger girls called out encouragement and concern (she had to sit inside the extra-large stone ring to set up and start the fire). Here, I realized, was the whole Girl Scouting mission in one day: older Girl Scouts drawing upon their knowledge and skills to teach the younger girls, and then showing them that they, not the adults had the ability to do things for themselves. It didn’t hurt that it all ended with roasting marshmallows for s’mores!

* This is a whole other story!

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

Nature area clean-up

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Fort Collins

Northern & Northeastern CO

Troop 70720 spent their first meeting back of the year doing our bi-annual nature area clean-up! This time we had to go into a fairly mucky area to get to the garbage, but the girls were troopers and found a ton! It always feels great to be giving back!

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

Volunteer View: September 2018

Fall Product Program begins September 22!

Get ready to soar above and go beyond! The Fall Product Program  starts September 22. In-person order taking runs through October 14. Online order taking ends October 29. All troops must have a completed ACH form for the 2018-19 membership year in order to participate.

S’mores Club is exclusively for Girl Scouts of Colorado girls and adult volunteers who rock both the 2018 Fall Product and 2019 Cookie Programs! Make sure your troop participates in the Fall Product Program so you can join the club.

Learn more

Last Leadership Summit and Super Saturday Training Events

Get energized for the new membership year! Meet other volunteers, share your ideas, get your questions answered, and enhance your skills by taking classes that support your experience as a volunteer!

Networking opportunities and a variety of volunteer training and enrichment classes will be offered for new and experienced leaders, along with classes for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

Volunteers are welcome to register and attend any of the final Leadership Summit and Super Saturday training events.

Check the events calendar on the GSCO website to register.
Leadership Summits

Sept. 29 – Denver – Register Now!

Super Saturdays

Sept. 29 – Durango – Register now!

Oct. 20 – Grand Junction – Register now!

Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.

Event List

Outdoor Programs

OAC
The Outdoor Adventure Club’s 2018-2019 season starts in September with our first events taking girls canoeing, shooting archery, and mountain biking! Sign up for our single event interest list, see upcoming dates and get more information.

Volunteer Run Camps Summer 2019

​Is your volunteer group or older girl troop interested in running a day camp for girls outside of your service unit in summer 2019? Volunteer-run camps can be a money-earning or leadership opportunity for older girl troops, and help support the statewide outdoor program offerings. Camp submissions are due October 8 to be included in the camp mailer. The first step for new or interested camp directors is to meet with Anna Danila, outdoor program manager. Email Anna for more information.

Highest Awards
Highest Awards deadline
All girls who have bridged to Cadettes or Seniors have until Sept. 30 to notify GSCO they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award, respectively. Fill out the online Bronze or Silver Award notification form to let us know that your girls have earned a highest award.
High School Seniors Start Gold NOW
Any Girl Scout who is a senior in high school and considering earning her Gold Award needs to start the Gold Award process NOW! With less than six months to the Highest Awards celebration deadline (March 1) and a year until the final cutoff for Gold (September 30), seniors in high school are quickly running out of time to earn their Gold Award. Girls who are currently in grade 12, must submit a Gold Award project proposal by May 1, 2019. After May 1, they are no longer eligible to earn their Gold Award.
eLearning Enrichment
Fall Product Program training is live on our eLearning site. This training is for service unit fall program managers and troop fall program managers. The training consists of three parts: girl view access: volunteer view access; and council specifics, such as deadlines, proceeds, rewards, and the S’mores Club!  Volunteers must view the entire training video and pass the quiz at the end, in order to complete the course and get their certificate.
Troops participating in the Fall Product Program, can earn proceeds to fund their activities and meet the requirements for being part of the S’mores Club – earning special rewards.
Questions about GSCO eLearning? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org
Join MCC at Leadership Summits
Membership Connection Committee will be at all Leadership Summits and select other training events to conduct Voices 2018 while surveying members on a range of topics designed to provide feedback to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors and senior council leadership. Your feedback is valued and important, please plan to stop by and visit with us and express your opinion!

Interested in learning more?  Search the GSCO Blog for “MCC” or visit us online. You can also contact the MCC Chair, Caroline Cornell for additional information.

Join the GSCO Older Girl Network
We have created a BAND site for networking with older girls, families and leaders across Colorado. Request to join by completing a couple quick questions to check that you are affiliated with Girl Scouts.

 

Upcoming Events

Girl Scout Night with Colorado Mesa University Women’s Volleyball (Free!)
October 13, Grand Junction

Cheer on the The Mavericks as they take on Westminster College.

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge
October 13, Morrison

Representatives from local STEM-focused organizations will lead hands-on activities for Girl Scouts!

Secrets to Success
October 20, Colorado Springs

Girls ages 12-18 will connect with professional women in a variety of fields of work, giving them a unique opportunity to learn directly from incredible women in our community.

2018 Fall Product Program: How to help your girl

Through the Fall Product Program, Girl Scouts earn funds that their troops can use to participate in Girl Scout activities such as earning badges, camping, taking trips, and more! The 2018 Fall Product Program begins September 22. Your support of her participation in this skill-building activity ensures she enjoys the experience and rewards. Thank you for supporting your Girl Scout and Girl Scouts of Colorado!

Here are a few ways caregivers can support their girl:

  • Register your Girl Scout. Check with your troop fall product manager or troop leader to make sure your Girl Scout is registered for the 2018-19 membership year.
  • Agree to the requirements. A permission slip must be completed by caregivers and turned into the troop fall product manager. This slip acknowledges your responsibility for products and money. You must fill out the permission slip to receive the order card and materials needed for your girl to participate.
  • Adhere to deadlines. Order card orders must be entered in the M2OS system or turned in to your troop fall product manager by October 14, 2018. All money due for the products ordered and received must be paid by the troop’s deadline.
  • Protect the products and money. Collect money at the time the order is placed. Once you sign for products received, you assume responsibility for the product itself and its value. It is the caregiver’s responsibility to collect payment from customers, and funds are due in full to the troop fall product manager by the troop’s deadline.
  • Help your Girl Scout throughout the program. Guide her to set practical goals, listen to her practice her sales pitch, and help her set up her online M2 storefront.

Need more help? Contact your service unit fall program manager or GSCO product program specialist. Don’t know who that is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

99’s Aviation Patch Day

Submitted by Theresa Monroe

Metro Denver

Denver

Juliette Gordon Low experienced her first flight eight years after the Wright brothers successfully flew the Wright Flyer I in 1903. The thrilling experience lead Juliette to introduce a “Girl Scouts Aviation” badge to the Girl Scouts Handbook.

Keeping with that tradition, on October 13, 2018, the Colorado 99s, an organization of all female pilots, is hosting Aviation Patch Day. This program is for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes who are interested in aviation-related activities. These include making and racing various paper airplanes, learning the language of aviation, understanding more about weather, hearing the history of aviation, and even sitting in the cockpit of an airplane.

Event details:

Saturday, October 13, 2018

1 – 4 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Metro’s Airport Terminal

11755 Airport Way

Broomfield, CO 80021

Cost of the event is $6 per Girl Scout
Register through the GSCO website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events/events-calendar.html
*** Last day to register is October 6.

Questions? Contact Theresa Monroe at (719) 210 – 0890 or monroetheresa@ymail.com.

Some female pilots begin flying from birth when their parents take them flying where as others start later in life. I personally began flying my junior year of high school. That year I took my first flight and I fell in love with it! Every day since I’ve spent my time walking with my eyes turned to the sky. Now, I am a commercial pilot and I travel the world and enjoy my flying. You can be a pilot too, if you can dream it, you can achieve it. It’s never too late to start!

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

Gold Award Girl Scout: Emma Lilly, Longmont, “Loco for LoCo”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I did a research project about the Longmont Sugar Beet Factory. I started by interviewing people who had worked at the Longmont Sugar Beet Factory or had connections to it. These interviews were then turned into a podcast style format and posted on my website (https://lillyemma24.wixsite.com/loco4loco/podcasts).

The next step of my project was to write a children’s book, The Magic Beet, which is the story of three children as they travel back in time and learn about the sugar factory. A copy of each book went to each elementary school in the St. Vrain School District and is still available for purchase on my website. I also had several book readings at the Longmont Public Library and I presented to several different organizations, including the Longmont Kiwanis and Longmont City Council, about my project.

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

The book I wrote, The Magic Sugar Beet, is still currently for sale online and my interviews have all been kept on my live website. Additionally, a copy of my book was placed in the libraries of every elementary school in our district, and eight teachers have given me confirmation that this book will become a part of their curriculum. Currently, the third grade history curriculum is focused on local history, but some of the teachers I have talked to have said that not much time is spent talking about the Longmont Sugar Beet Factory (an important part of Longmont’s beginning), so when teachers read the book to their classes and listen to the podcasts, the work I did for my Gold Award is able to be sustained for years to come.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection? / How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I published a survey on my website that was available to Girl Scouts and anyone around the world to fill out. This survey asked people questions about whether or not they planned on learning about their local history, and it also had a challenge of learning one fact about their local history that they did not already know. This part of my project, encouraged learning about local history for all ages, and results showed that over 71% planned on continuing to learn about their town’s local history. More about this project can be found at (https://lillyemma24.wixsite.com/loco4loco/local-history-project).

What did you learn about yourself?

At the beginning of this project, I was nervous to reach out and talk to people I did not know, but through my Gold Award project I learned that I am capable of planning a project and leading a team. Even though I was often worried throughout the process that people would find me incompetent, I stuck with it and learned that most people were very eager to help me with my project even if I wasn’t an expert on the material. Through this project, I learned I was able to talk to important people in the community whether it was our city council when I shared my project with them, or people who worked for the St. Vrain Historical Society.

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

My Girl Scout Gold Award has given me the skills to run a project and the confidence to do it. I gained many team leading skills that can still help me in the future. I had four artistic friends who had agreed to illustrate the book for me. Even with a small team, delegating tasks was more difficult than I expected. They took about a month longer than the deadline to submit their art to me, and it was sometimes difficult to get them to respond to emails. Going into college and later my career with the experience of leading a team will help me greatly in being a better leader.

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

Getting my Gold Award was a very important part of my Girl Scout experience because it gave me the chance to put many of the leadership skills I learned throughout Girl Scouts (such as badges or summer camp), into action. The Gold Award was something I had really wanted to go after since I was a younger Girl Scout, and so it was rewarding to accomplish it and hopefully inspire other Girl Scouts to Go Gold!

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

My Gold Award helped me become a better innovator. I got to discover a lot about a place and history of the Longmont Sugar Beet Factory something I knew virtually nothing about at the start of the project, so I had to do a fair amount of research. In school, we always get a very broad sense of history, so to delve deeply into one tiny aspect of history was really fascinating to me. Since my project was not strictly partnered with a particular organization or group, I had to take initiative and carve a path for this project that did not yet exist, and that required a fair amount of creativity. I had to problem solve when it came to finding people to interview or ways in which I could promote my project. I got used to changing and revising my project as time went on, and I think this aspect as well as learning about my history outside of class work helped shape me into someone who was able to more adapt easily to whatever tasks were thrown at me.

**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