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Volunteer View: January 2018

Girl Scout Camp unleashes your inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader). Camp lets girls be bold, be curious, and embrace the unfamiliar in an all-girl world. Session listings are now online, and registration opens at 9 a.m. on Jan.18. Register early to secure your girl’s spot!

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Can’t wait for summer camp? Check out upcoming events at our camps this spring.

2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program begins Feb. 4

It’s that time of year again! When girls sell cookies, they learn super useful life skills, gain a ton of confidence, and discover the leader inside to get amazing things done. Visit our events calendar to find a cookie rally near you.

Important dates to know:

  • Jan. 18: First round of booth selection
  • Jan. 26: Deadline to edit troop rosters in eBudde
  • Feb. 4: Cookie program and My Sales booths begin
  • Feb. 16: Council booths begin.

Check out the rest of our cookie program info and resources.

e-Learning can help you get ready for cookies

Our new enrichment classes, eBudde 101, Digital Order Card, Inventory Management, and Program Etiquette, complement your TCM Training by providing in-depth information on key topics. Be sure you have completed the 2018 TCM Training either online or in person prior to completing these enrichment classes.

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Our product programs team is also running webinars this month to help volunteers with a variety of topics. See the schedule »

Apply to pilot a new Older Girl STEM Journey

GSUSA and Raytheon have teamed up with Girl Scouts of Colorado to test the new Computer Science Journey for Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, and Multi-Level (6th -12th grade) troops. We are looking for troops to volunteer their time to test the new Journey. Selected troops would complete the activities and surveys about the program between Feb. 2 and April 1. Interested in participating? Apply by Jan. 19.

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Help us Grow a Daisy Troop

Grow more Girl Scout Daisy troops in your area! We’re looking for experienced Girl Scout troops to host local Daisy recruitment events. Host an event before March 2 and receive $25 to the GSCO Shop.

Learn more and sign up at the GSCO Blog »

Complete your Highest Awards for the 2018 spring celebrations

March 1 Highest Awards Deadline
Don’t forget to notify GSCO that your girls have earned their Bronze or Silver Award! The deadline to notify council that your girls have earned their award is March 1.

Save the Date: 2018 Highest Awards Celebrations
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Highest Awards Celebrations! Girls who earn their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award by March 1 will be invited to participate in any of the celebrations across the state. Online RSVP forms will open in mid-March.

Questions? Email the Highest Awards manager.

Equipment rental policy change

As of Jan. 3, 2018, a small fee will be charged for all equipment rented through GSCO. Cost will vary depending on equipment, and will go to cover the cost of repairs and replacements.

Reserve equipment through our online booking system. Contact Marissa Rooney with any questions.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 18: Camp registration opens
Register your girl for a summer of fun! View sessions now to pick your favorites.

Jan. 28: National Girls and Women in Sport Day with CU Women’s Basketball, Boulder
Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with the CU Women’s Basketball team! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Come before the game and meet the women of Colorado Athletics.

Feb. 3: Girl Scout Day at Air Force Women’s Basketball, Colorado Springs
All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Come cheer on the Falcons as they take on San Diego State.

Feb. 13: I Said, She Said Conflict Resolution for Troops
Learn to navigate your way through conflict situations, clear away misunderstanding, set up group standards for cooperation, and establish group identity.

Want event details delivered to your inbox weekly? Sign up for the Events email at gscoblog.org.

 

Cookie Rally with UNC Bears Women’s Basketball

Join us for a Girl Scout Cookie Rally with UNC Women’s Basketball on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Come before the game to have fun and get ready for this year’s cookie program. We’ll have activities and more to help you make this year’s cookie program the best! Each participating Girl Scout will get a special UNC cookie patch.

After the rally, enjoy the game and cheer on the UNC Bears as they take on Eastern Washington. All Girl Scouts are invited to the cookie rally and all Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited to the game.

The cookie rally is planned for 10 a.m. to approximately 12 p.m. with the game starting at 12 p.m. The rally will be hosted at the Bank of Colorado Arena in Greeley. Cost is $5/person (online ticket fees may apply). Purchase tickets at tickets.unco.edu and use promo code “COOKIES18.”

Questions? Please contact Brenda Realyvasquez at Brenda.realyvasquez@gscolorado.org.

Earn the 2018 World Thinking Day patch

Girl Scouts can earn the 2018 GSUSA World Thinking Day patch this year through World Thinking Day activities. GSUSA offers two tracks for the patch program – one for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors and one for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. This is an official GSUSA patch that can be worn on the front of a Girl Scout uniform. As troops and service units plan their activities for World Thinking Day, consider trying one or more activities to help girls earn the World Thinking Day patch.

World Thinking Day is celebrated on February 22 each year by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in 150 countries. It’s a way to celebrate the global sisterhood of Girl Scouts as girls across the world work on the same activities.

This year’s theme is “Impact.” Girl Scouts will think about what it means to make a personal impact, bringing changes to an individual’s development as well as a wider impact, bringing changes to a wider group of people. If your troop would like to expand its knowledge about the international sisterhood of Girl Scouts, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has an activity guide based on the 2018 theme “Impact,” which can be found at www.worldthinkingday.org.

You can get the World Thinking Day patch through the GSCO shop. You can purchase it in our store or call 1-855-472-7026. To learn more about GSUSA’s World Thinking Day patch program, go to https://goo.gl/zpHc7y.

Father daughter steampunk dance

 

Submitted by Jessica Jones

Metro Denver

Westminster

Girl Scouts and their father (or father figure) are invited to join Brownie/Junior Troop 60184 for a night of Victorian steampunk. Dress up in your fineries for dancing and fun on Jan. 20, 2018 at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Advance tickets are $17 per couple and $8.50 per additional girl. These tickets are on sale until Jan. 17.

At the door tickets are $20 per couple and $10 per additional girl.

See the flyer above for more info.

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

Cookie contest: Best cookie video

Selling Girl Scout Cookies online? Make sure you’re taking advantage of all the tools, which Digital Cookie gives you to be creative and customize your website, like creating and uploading a video. In addition to attracting more customers and increasing sales, your video could earn you $200 in Cookie Credits!

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just submit your video, along with a brief story, through the Share Your Stories form on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. Don’t forget to include your cookie goal. All entries must be received by February 12, 2018. Afterwards, they will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado YouTube account. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 27 at 9 a.m. wins! *** Note: You must send the original file for your video to be included. Links to videos hosted on YouTube sites other than GSCO will not be accepted.

First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits

Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits

Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scouts 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them make their video. Videos submitted by Girl Scouts 13-years-old and older must be girl-done. VIDEOS CANNOT CONTAIN ANY COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL.

Having trouble uploading your video? Email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

*** Note: This contest is for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only.

Camp like a G.I.R.L. for summer 2018: Registration for sessions at Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch begins Jan. 18

Camp like a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader)! At Girl Scout Camp, girls will step out of their comfort zone, embrace the unfamiliar, and grow their confidence as they develop leadership skills. For summer 2018, your girl can rough-it survivor-style, summon the courage to zip down the zip line, sing and dance with new friends, or even paint a chicken’s toe nails!

Girl Scouts of Colorado offers a variety of sessions designed for girls entering first grade through seniors in high school at both Sky High Ranch near Colorado Springs or Tomahawk Ranch southwest of Denver. Overnight camp sessions are 3 days, 6 days, or 2 weeks. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 18 on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. Sessions for summer 2018 include:

  • “Ranch Camp” at Tomahawk Ranch- Experience all that Tomahawk has to offer! Girls will try fire building, cook outdoors on a campfire, learn to navigate by the stars and a compass, and trail marking.
  • 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.
  • “Survivor” at Tomahawk Ranch- Older girls will find out first-hand if they have what it takes to be a survivor. They’ll practice advanced camping, survival skills, fire-building, and outdoor cooking techniques, as well as learn the foods best for survival, knife safety, and knot tying.
  • Archer’s Quest at Sky High Ranch – Girls can become the next Sacagawea or Annie Oakley by learning marksmanship, as well as outdoor skills like orienteering, canoeing, zip lining, and shelter building.

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.

Free nutrition presentations for all Girl Scouts

Submitted by Kim Moceri

Metro Denver

Centennial

Natural Grocers was built on five founding principles, the first being nutrition education. Because of our commitment to this each Natural Grocers location has a highly trained and educated Nutritional Health Coach. Our Nutritional Health Coaches help to empower local communities to take charge of their own health through healthy habits and nutrition. We are always looking for opportunities to teach others how gratifying and fun it can be to adopt a healthier lifestyle. With several classes to choose from, you are likely to find a class that looks exciting and even meets badge requirements! Some examples of classes include:

Kids Class- Nutrition 4 the Win: Discover how the food you eat feeds your muscles, heart, bones, and brain. Build a better plate with tasty treats and fun activities! Parents/caregivers—please stay and play. We can all win when it comes to nutrition!

Building Meals for Superhero Health Nutrition Education: Learn basic principles of meal planning to help remove the kryptonite from your diet and help you experience the POW!

Can Your Food Choices Save The Planet?: How can one person influence change in the face of such a problem? Farmers who raise animals on managed pasture provide a beacon of hope and a way in which your food choices can save the planet!

Call your local Natural Grocers to speak with a Nutritional Health Coach to schedule an event. We kindly ask for classes to have 12 or more participants.

Find your local Natural Grocers: https://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-locations/

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

Test the new older girl STEM Journey

Girl Scouts of the USA and Raytheon have teamed up with Girl Scouts of Colorado to test the NEW Computer Science Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and multi-level (6th -12th grade) troops. We are looking for troops to volunteer  to test the NEW Computer Science Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Multi-Level (6th-12th grade) troops.

Why participate? Your girls will…

  • Be the first to use new STEM materials with fun and engaging activities.
  • Develop communication skills through providing feedback on the new program(s).
  • Help your troop earn a $100 Amazon gift card to support troop-related program expenses.
  • Help develop new STEM program, and be part of history!!

Selected troops would complete the program activities and surveys about the program between February 2 and April 1, 2018. Interested in participating? Fill out a brief form at www.tinyurl.com/6-12CompSciPilot no later than January 19, 2018.

Questions? Email Katie Singleton at katie.singleton@gscolorado.org.

Computer Science Journey Pilot Troop Recruitment Flier

Celebrate National Girls and Women’s Sports Day with CU Women’s Basketball

Celebrate National Girls and Women’s Day in Sports with CU Women’s Basketball! Cheer on the Buffs as they take on the Oregon State Beavers on Sunday, January 28, 2018. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Meet the women of CU Athletics before the game at a special pre-game meet and greet. Game tip-off is at 2 p.m.

Tickets start at $8 for adults and youth 13 and older. You can get two free tickets for youth 12 and under with your ticket purchase online. To purchase ticket, to go www.cubuffs.com/promo and enter promo code GIRLSCOUTS18. This was a very popular event last year, so purchase your tickets early!

Questions? Please contact Cassy McCulley at 303-492-4467 or cassandra.mcculley@colorado.edu. Hope to see you there cheering on the Buffs!

A Week in Our Lives: Book/Movie premiere

Submitted by Aubree C.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

You’re invited to a book and movie premiere for “A Week in Our Lives,” a Girl Scout Gold Award project by Aubree C.

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Sign up for 1/2 hour time slots, space is limited for troops earning their Global Action Award

Where: 21C Library CreateSpace – 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Stop by and see the project film and book, take part in fun activities such as making your very own soccer ball, and learn about your peers from around the world!

Free and open to the public

We are looking for donations of plastic bags upon entrance to the event, or for people to purchase items to benefit non-profit partner organizations including: Compassion International, Greater Europe Mission, New Hope Academy, Global Hope Network, and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, on our Target Gift Registry at the following link: tgt.gifts/aweekinourlives

To sign your troop up for the event and/or for more information, contact: aweekinourlives@gmail.com

To learn more about my project, see: facebook.com/aweekinourlives.

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