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Uniform to Uniform in Colorado Springs

Submitted by Vicki Tussey

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our troop had the opportunity to talk to two nice police officers at our booth. They were nice enough to take a picture with the girls and buy a couple packages of cookies.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

I knew it would be hard

Submitted by Kari Walters

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

I knew it would be hard. I knew it would be loud. I knew it would be absolutely crazy. What caught me by surprise was it was an absolutely fabulous crazy.

Each time our leaders take our girls camping for a weekend I admire their courage. I silently say to myself, “How can they put up with the noise?” and then happily give my daughter a hug, tell her to behave, and go on home for a quiet weekend.

This time was different. This time, my weekend schedule happened to be clear and I happily volunteered to help with a weekend not just with our troop, but a very large weekend with 40 people total.

Before I knew what I was saying, the words “I’ll help wherever you need me” came out of my mouth. Who is this woman and why is she volunteering for this? Even my husband said, “are you sure?”

Now is a good time to say I also don’t like being cold. I don’t do snow sports and my perfect winter day is sitting at my computer working on family history, patiently waiting for springtime. I had volunteered to not only go to an overnight excursion with more than 25 young girls, plus our troop of teen PA’s, and a few other crazy moms, but I did it for a thing called “Winter Blast.”

Maybe, I wouldn’t have to go outside. Maybe, I could be useful in the lodge. I don’t own snowpants, so maybe that would get me out of the outdoor activities. Nope, nope, and nope. Our Winter Blast had four different rotating stations with different activities for each. One group would go snowshoeing, another group would do crafts, the third group did yoga, and the last group would go sledding. We’d do a 45 minute shift at each station and then rotate. My duty was to take the four groups outside for sledding.

I sledded right along with them, and it was SO MUCH FUN! We all giggled, we all screamed. We all hesitated when it was time to go back into the lodge for the next scheduled activity, even me. These girls provided me so much joy! They are all amazing in their own way. I saw a quiet girl sitting to the side not ready to sled until the squeals became so contagious she also joined the downhill fun. I saw a few little shy girls come out of their shells over the weekend too.

I could not have had this wonderful experience unless that crazy voice inside of me spoken up against all sane thoughts in my brain. After a week or so of being home and looking back at the previous weekend’s experience, I finally got the chance to ask our troop leader if this is what she feels. With a big smile on her face she responded “Yes!”

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

Uniform to Uniform: Senior Emily shares Tagalongs

Submitted by Shannon Michel

Metro Denver

Centennial

Girl Scout Senior Emily treats firefighters from the South Metro Fire Station #22 to Tagalongs to thank them for their service to the community.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies: Mini Thin Mint Cheesecakes

In 2019, students in Pro Start, a professional culinary prep program, at Standley Lake High School in Westminster developed a series of recipes featuring Girl Scout Cookies. One of the delicious desserts they created: Mini Thin Mint Cheesecakes!

Girl Scouts + heroes + cookies= A winning combination

Submitted by Natasha Armenta

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

Girl Scouts from Troop 35144 invited our local fire department to come see us at our cookie booth and purchase some cookies. We then let them know they are our Hometown Heroes and their station will be receiving donated cookies at the end of the season. They brought two firetrucks for us to see, answered our many questions, showed us their uniform, and demonstrated how quickly they have to put it on in an emergency. Thank you to our local heroes at Pueblo Main Rural Fire Department for all your assistance!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Volunteer View: February 2020

Girl Scout Cookie Program runs until March 8, 2020

Are you a smart cookie?

Smart Cookie emails come out every Monday during the cookie program and contain all the information you need for success.

Catch up on this year’s cookie news

Find additional GSCO Cookie Program information on our Cookie Resources page.

Reminder: No additional money-earning activities may take place from February until March 18, 2020 (ACH debit date).

Have questions or need assistance? Please contact GSCO customer care at inquiry@gscolorado.org or call 1-877-404-5708.

Cookie Resources

Recognize Outstanding Volunteers

Nominations are due on or before March 31 of each year. Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring 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.
More information about the awards, including 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 your volunteer support specialist or customer support at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Week

Girl Scout Week is March 8-14! To help your girls start planning we have createda calendar to complete activities that bring out their G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risktaker, leader) Don’t forget to share your stories through social media by tagging @gscolo or sharing your story through the GSCO Blog.

Cadette Day at the Capitol

Cadettes, earn your Finding Common Ground badge at the Colorado State Capitol during Cadette Day at the Capitol on June 19. Girls will explore civic debate, learn the art of compromise, and practice skills in mediation. Each of these skills will provide broader understanding of how decisions are made in a democracy. Girls will earn a fun patch along with the Finding Common Ground badge. Space is limited so register today!

Save the date for Highest Awards celebrations

Troops working on their Bronze and Silver award projects have until March 1 to submit the Bronze and Silver Notification Form to be invited to the 2020 Highest Awards Celebrations. Girls who plan to attend one of the celebrations need to RSVP using the GSCO registration link. The registration link will be live after March 1 and emailed to all troop leaders who submit their Bronze and Silver notification form as well as all Gold Award Girl Scouts who receive final approval between March 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020. Find a celebration in your area.

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

Girl Scouts is a Global Sisterhood

Take the lead on February 22 to celebrate World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!) This year’s World Thinking Day theme is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Check out our activity guides below to explore many ways girls can be leaders and create the change they want to see in the world—and celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides! Check out all the global opportunities available to Girl Scouts online through the Global section of anytime activities.

Activity Guide for Daises, Brownie, and Juniors

Activity Guide for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Questions? Contact gscoglobal@gmail.com

Are you planning a World Thinking Day event in your area? Check out these helpful recorded webinars to kick-start your planning.

  • World Thinking Day 2020– Girl Scouts is part of a global movement. Learn more about World Thinking Day and the theme for 2020, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. (15 minutes)
  • Planning a Great World Thinking Day event– Learn more about planning a great World Thinking Day celebration using the 2020 theme of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. (12 minutes)

Questions? Contact gscoglobal@gmail.com

Learn more

Apply to be a GSCO Delegate

Girl Scouts of Colorado is requesting applications for delegates to attend the 2020 National Council Session. Apply online.

Requirements:

Delegates to the National Council Session must be registered Girl Scout members, at least 14 years of age, and be willing to serve a three-year term (2020-2023).

Delegates and Alternates must commit to participating in preparatory conference calls and webinars and attending all meetings of the National Council Session in Orlando, Florida, October 21-25, 2020.

Camp registration is now open! Visit our camp website for more information.

Camp Open House

Tomahawk Ranch Open House – Saturday, February 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sky High Ranch Open House – Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. -3 p.m.

Take a staff-led or self-guided tour of camp, get those burning questions answered and help girls feel comfortable to attend camp. Visit the different sleeping and program areas to get an idea of what the summer ahead looks like. Staff will also be available to answer any meal-related questions. Camp open house is a great way to help prepare your camper, and you for camp! Bring on summer! Free to attend. Open to all ages.

Outdoor Adventure Club

OAC schedule for events in March-June now available! Visit the OAC page for more details and information about how to register for events!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events at Denver Center for the Performing Arts! Girl Scouts receive a patch for attending.

Mean Girls

April 10

Discounted tickets for 7:30 p.m. performance. Troops will be seated together. Information about tickets will be posted to the GSCO events calendar late February 2020.

Lion King

May 30 & June 13

Discounted tickets for 2 p.m. performances. Troops will be seated together. Information on tickets will be posted to the GSCO events calendar spring 2020.

Girl Scout Night with University of Denver Hockey

February 21, Denver

Nationally ranked Denver Pioneers face Miami (OH) at Magness Arena. The top three troops who refer the most tickets will have the opportunity to set up a cookie booth at the end of the game on the main concourse. Include troop information on final purchase screen. All purchases must be submitted by Tuesday, February 18. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, February 19. Tickets $10, plus fees. For Groups of 20 or more, contact Max Miller at (303) 871-6048.

Girl Scout Night with the Harlem Globetrotters

March 1, 2020, Colorado Springs

Troops that refer the most tickets could be highlighted on the court and/or invited to sell cookies outside the venue.

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Resource Center

March 7, Woodland Park

All Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Leaders in uniform are FREE for this fun, interactive activity day! From 10 a.m.- 4p.m. enjoy stations throughout the center No registration required. Visit rmdrc.com for more information.

Girl Scout Night at Disney on Ice

March 20, Colorado Springs

Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories at The Broadmoor World Arena Special Girl Scout section at the performance.

Girl Scout Night with South Metro Fire Rescue

March 30, 6-9 p.m., Parker

Learn First-Aid with South Metro Fire’s First Responders, talk to firefighters about their jobs, and learn basic first aid skills. Registration will open in January.

Disney on Ice presents Celebrate Memories

April 3, Loveland

Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories at Budweiser Events Center at The Ranch. Use promo code TROOP online for discount pricing to 7p.m. performance. Seating chart and flyer.

Save the Date: CO Women’s Hall of Fame Patch Workshop

April 4, Grand Junction

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to earn a Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch. This new patch program launched in January 2019 to provide girls across the state an opportunity to learn the stories of women who shaped Colorado and our nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, and creativity.

Secrets to Success

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 our first Northern Colorado program. Any girl in grades 6-12 is invited to the program. Email carol.griffin@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list.Share save the date flier now! 

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

Save the Date: Daisy Flower Garden Journey at Denver Botanic Gardens

May 17, Denver

Registration will open March 2020.

 

Troop 35367 and their Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Stacey Lee

Metro Denver

Englewood

Zosia L., Wilhelmina M., and Kiera K. from Troop 35367 got a chance to meet their Hometown Heroes, the Englewood Police Department, and sell cookies at a Charles Hay World School organized event, Cougar-Palooza, on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Lots of questions were asked from both the Girl Scouts and police officers!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Vote NOW in the 2020 Best Cookie Video contest

Thank you to everyone who entered our contest for “Best Cookie Video.” We are so impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of all of these cookie-bosses. Now, it is time to rally your friends and family to vote!

All of the entries have been uploaded to our YouTube Channel and are part of the playlist: Best Cookie Video Contest 2020. If you like a video, simply click the “thumbs up” icon beneath it. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 25 at 9 a.m. wins!

First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits

Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits

Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

Gold Award Girl Scout:  Avery Hendrick, Castle Rock, “McCabe Meadows StoryWalk Trail”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I constructed a StoryWalk Trail with 16 signs and six rotating stories at a nature trail in my hometown.

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

I measured the impact of my project through attendance at my opening event and overall trail attendance at the location. I also distributed posters at local businesses and flyers at local elementary schools.

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

My project is sustainable through the permanent nature of the signs and the rotation of the signs. I currently change the stories every two months, but after the first year the National Honor Society at Ponderosa High School will take over the rotating of the signs two or three times a year.

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

My project is connected to the national and international StoryWalk program which has trails in all 50 states and 12 countries.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout this project, I learned how to be a better communicator in different situations with different types of people. I also learned how to be resilient in situations that required creative solutions.

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

In my future, earning my Gold Award will make me a better leader and a better organizer. By doing this project, I have the experience to direct projects in the future that I might not have had the knowledge to direct in the past.

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

To me, the Gold Award was the culmination of my Girl Scout experience as a whole. The project wrapped up every skill I have worked on since I was a Daisy, from the badges to the camps to the leadership projects I volunteered with. Without the entirety of Girl Scouts and all that it taught me I would never have been able to reach the levels I have.

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 learn how to be an innovator by teaching me how to dissect complex problems and come up with creative solutions that I had not originally thought of. For example, when coming up with a product to use for my signs, I used industrial cooking cutting boards in order to find a product that was both resilient and cheap enough for my budget.

**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

Mancos marshal loves cookies

Submitted by Stephanie Carton

Southwestern CO

Mancos

Troop 27145 of Mancos participated in their first cookie booth of the season and had a repeat customer. Sgt. Brad Ray stopped by and purchased a few packages of cookies with the promise that he’ll be back. Not even an hour later, he returned as promised for cookies for his family and donated some packages once he learned that the troop decided that the teachers of Mancos RE6 were their Hometown Heroes!

Troop 27145 embodies the G.I.R.L. spirit! We have one Junior who loves to help organize and lead the troop in activities and our Brownies really dive in to anything they decide to do. They are fast on their feet and can problem solve as a team to accomplish their goal and have really bonded as a troop this year.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/