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Volunteer View: November 2019

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.

Take the survey today

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

Volunteer Training

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:

  1. 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)
  1. There is also a course library which we are adding to all the time. Be sure to check it out!
  2. 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 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.

Learn more

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

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

Sky High Tree Lighting and Brunch

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.

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

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.

Expedition and Mini Expedition Antarctica

January 17 -19, 2020

Cost: $135/person

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!

Tomahawk Winter ‘Summer’ Camp

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

Upcoming Events

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout groups of 10 or more (including chaperones, friends, and family) contact Bobbie Fanchini at 800-320-1733 or 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!

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

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


2020 Highest Awards Celebrations: Save the date

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to announce the dates for the 2020 Highest Awards celebrations statewide.

Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction

Friday, April 24, 6 p.m.

Penrose House Garden Pavilion

Colorado Springs

Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.

Embassy Suites


Friday, May 1, 4:30 p.m.

Giodone Library


Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.

Hyatt Regency DTC


Friday, May 15, 6 p.m.

Centennial Hall

Steamboat Springs

These celebrations are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts who have earned their distinction in the last year. All troops and/or girls who have earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold since March 2019 are invited to participate in a celebration of their choice.

Anyone planning to attend MUST RSVP online. The RSVP form will be made available on the GSCO events page in March 2020.

Gold Award Girl Scouts across the state will also be recognized at Gold Award Day at the Capitol on Monday, April 6. Each Gold Award Girl Scout is encouraged to participate in both regional celebrations, as well as Day at the Capitol.

Please note the deadline to notify GSCO you have earned your Bronze or Silver Award and participate in celebrations is March 1. Notify us now that your girls have earned their Bronze or Silver Award:

Questions? Email Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager, at



Support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. On December 10, 2019, you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. To make giving even easier, schedule your donation TODAY by using this link:

By supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, your donation dollars go further than they would on any other day of the year. That’s because the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases all donations made on December 10! Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Schedule your donation today or give on December 10 at  Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.


Updates to Property Reservation policies

Food Service Request Updates: A change has been made to our Food Service policy (reflected in our Terms and Conditions and Site User Handbook). “Food Service for Tomahawk must be requested through the Food Service Request form no later than 60 days prior to the guest’s arrival date. Any Food Service Forms completed with less than 60 days’ notice will incur a $5 per person late charge. Food Service Forms completed with less than 15 days’ notice will not be accommodated. If the reservation is made less than 60 days from the arrival date the request must be completed within a week from the booking date.” For any questions please reach email

Activity Request Updates: A change has been made to our Activity Request policy (reflected in our Terms and Conditions and Site User Handbook). “Activities vary by location and may not be offered at all properties. Staff-led activities are subject to staff availability. Activities must be requested through the Activity Request Form no later than 60 days prior to the guest’s arrival date.  Any submissions received within 59 days of a guest’s arrival will not be accommodated.  If the reservation is made less than 60 days from the arrival date the request must be completed within a week from the booking date. After the Activity Interest Form is received, activities will be verified with the camp director and guest.  Any changes to staff-led activities must be communicated with the camp staff more than 15 days prior to a guest’s arrival.  Within 15 days of a guest’s reservation, only additions to activities will be permitted.” For any questions please

Cybersecurity Connection

Submitted by Stephanie Cote

Metro Denver


Troop 66796 completed the Junior level of the cybersecurity patch requirements! They learned the vastness of the network of the Internet and the connection needed to send a message from one to another. The process showed the girls that there are many lines and servers needed for connection. They also learned “that messages going to a bad server voice back.” Because the girls wanted to include the whole troop, they discovered the time and effort needed for global connection.

The girls took the activity to another level by exploring the movement of the messages and changing the levels of down servers (as seen in the photo). They also thought of the cyberspace from our troop level to the global level.

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

Pinewood Derby for Girl Scouts

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

This event is open to ALL levels of Girl Scouts. The cost is $12 per girl. This includes event registration and a fun patch. Girls will need to purchase their own official Pinewood Derby kits to make their cars (approximate cost $5).

Time and Schedule

Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. This is an all-day event. More schedule information will be available a week before the event date.


January 19, 2020 at the McKee 4H Building in Loveland


Trophies will be awarded at each level for first place, second place, third place, and best design.


For more details and to register, go to:


Please check for more details at the link above. If you still have questions, contact Sandi at

We hope to see you there! Space is limited so you will want to register early!

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

Girl Scouts honors 2019 Women of Distinction for the Denver metro-area

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2019 Women of Distinction during the Thin Mint Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. The 2019 Women of Distinction for the Denver metro-area are:

  • Marti J. Awad, Founding Partner, Cardan Capital Partners
  • The Honorable Dianne L. Briscoe
  • Elycia Cook, President and CEO, FRIENDS FIRST, Inc.
  • Helen Drexler, President and CEO, Delta Dental of Colorado
  • Verónica Figoli, President and CEO, Denver Public Schools Foundation
  • Helen Young Hayes, Founder and CEO, Activate Workforce Solutions
  • Vanecia B. Kerr, Regional Executive Director, College Track Colorado
  • Theresa Szczurek, Chief Information Officer and Executive Director, Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
  • Dr. Sarah Winbourn, Medical Director, Kids First Health Care
  • Robin D. Wittenstein, CEO, Denver Health

A group of nearly 450 gathered at the event, which was chaired by Women of Distinction Tasha Jones ’15 and Michelle Lucero ‘13. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Kim Bimestefer ‘15. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

New for 2019! Girl Scouts of Colorado recognized the first-ever Corporate Champion – Crocs! This award recognizes hard work in advancing women in their industry, supporting and encouraging women and girls, and working to raise awareness about remarkable women.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Gold Award Girl Scout Emily Kretschmer from Colorado Springs and recipient of the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence.

Click here to see pictures from the event! And, be sure to watch Emily’s keynote speech, and listen to the inspiring words from our 2019 Honorees and Corporate Champion, Crocs!

Thank you to all of our generous event sponsors, including Silver Presenting Sponsor, Crocs, and Samoa Sponsors: Arrow, BBVA Compass, Cardan Capital Partners, Delta Dental, Hogan Lovells, and Volunteers of America.

Since 1997 Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 446 Denver-area women with this honor. More than $2 million has been raised by Women of Distinction for Girl Scout programs.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit or contact or (303) 607-4833.



Submitted by Nicki Meldrum

Northern & Northeastern CO


Troop 76011 learned about layers of cybersecurity by drawing castles with their layers of protection. The girls had a blast creating castles decked out with security cameras, moats, alligators, and pickles! (Yes, pickles!!) They learned the importance of passwords and the how and why of protecting our information on the Internet. Next, they used that information to explore the Internet safely.

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

Girl Scouts honors 2019 Women of Distinction for the Western Slope-area


Thursday, November 7, 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2019 Women of Distinction during a breakfast held at Two Rivers Convention Center. 2019 Women of Distinction for the Western Slope-area are:

  • Jenn Moore, Executive Director of the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum
  • Angelina Salazar, CEO, Western Healthcare Alliance
  • Diane Schwenke, President & CEO, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

A group of nearly 330 gathered at the event, which was chaired by Women of Distinction LeAnn Zetmeir ’18. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Jeni Brown ‘18. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow. The morning’s keynote speakers were Gold Award Girl Scout Kyra TerLouw and Silver Award Girl Scout Bella Gigoux.

Since 2013, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 21 Grand Junction-area women with this honor. More than $42,000 was raised at this year’s breakfast for Girl Scout programs. Thank you to our Gold Presenting Sponsor, U.S. Bank, and Silver Presenting Sponsors Chevron and FCI Constructors.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit our website – – or contact Cindi Graves or (970) 628-8003.

Click here for photos from the event. 

Girl Scout Craft Fair

Submitted by Tiffany Stone

Metro Denver


Join Girl Scouts in Denver for our third annual Girl Scout Craft Fair on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  at Bethany Lutheran Church (4500 Hampden Ave.  Denver 80113). These entrepreneurs have been working hard creating, testing out, and finalizing their products! All items will be under $20.  All items are girl created, designed, and made!  Bring your friends and family to this fun event to start your holiday season.

*pictures are from last years craft fair.


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