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Meet an Expert: Animal Welfare Organization Executive Director

 

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet the executive director of a Colorado animal welfare organization! Join Sarah Swanty on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 3 p.m. as she discusses what working in the animal welfare industry is like, and how things are changing these days to better help both pets and people. After the chat, you will get the opportunity to watch a shelter animal receive its intake exam, and learn about the different components of the exam.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/meet_an_expert_anima.html
Registration closes July 21.

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Capacity is limited; each individual participant should be registered so we can track capacity. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouts at Home: Brownie Bugs Badge Part Four of Four

 

 

 

 

 

Earn the Brownie Bugs badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program team! When girls earn this badge, they will explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much.

For Step Four, you are going to explore bug homes! Watch this video for a fun activity to do just that.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Trail Marking with Obi Joe

Watch this video and learn the international language of trail marking from Tomahawk Ranch Camp Director Obi Joe!

Trail Marking with Obi Joe Transcript

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

RENEW NOW for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Explore behind-the-scenes to see artifacts and exhibits not open to the public at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with this special, one-time video tour open ONLY to Girl Scouts renewed for the 2020-21 membership year! Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Denver Museum of Nature and Science for this special opportunity Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 4 p.m. DMNS is the premier natural history and science museum in Denver and the western United States. A museum tour guide will show us some of the museum’s collection not currently on display to the public. After the 30-minute tour, our guide will answer Girl Scouts’ questions.

If you haven’t signed up for another year, now’s the time! All girls renewed by June 30 will receive the invite to the DMNS special tour, an Explore More patch, and, of course, you’ll keep your Girl Scout adventures going for another year. And, you can now use Cookie Credits to renew girl membership! If you have Cookie Credits available from any previous Product Program incentive, you can put them to good use and pay your annual membership of $25.

Additional troop incentive

Troops that renew two Troop Leadership Team members, at least three girls, and complete the Annual Troop Report by June 30 also get a $25 credit to the Girl Scout shop, available for use in August.

Also, any troop that renews this week (between June 24 and June 30) will be entered into a contest for a chance to win a Zoom meeting a Tomahawk Ranch goat. Goats don’t always have the best Zoom etiquette but they can provide plenty of fun!

Girl Scouts at Home

We know it’s been a strange spring and early summer, and we’ve all had to make changes in our daily lives. We’ve been so impressed with the resiliency of Girl Scout volunteers and girls as you’ve once again proven that given a batch of lemons, Girl Scouts will make lemonade! To support you as you continue your Girl Scout Leadership Experience, we’ve launched a plethora of live and recorded online programming. There’s truly something for everyone – check out the Meet an Expert series, online storytime in English and Spanish, upcoming Summer Badge Series and Clubs, Campfire Chats for adults, additional training for volunteers(link), and resources at Girl Scouts at Home. More is coming – including a Diversity. Inclusion. Together patch program, and two panel discussions on race with our partners’ experts answering girls’ questions. Even as small groups begin to meet in person in July, we will continue to provide top-notch online programming and we’re exploring ways to deliver this programming across the digital divide because Girl Scouts is for ALL girls.

Show your support for Girl Scouts. Be the glue that keeps your troop together.

RENEW TODAY 

Explore More Club: Registration for July 2020 is Now Open

Registration is open for the July Explore More Club! Please visit the GSCO Events Calendar and register for either the July 8 or July 9, 2020 welcome meeting! If you would still like to participate, but those dates conflict with your schedule, go ahead and pick a day for the welcome meeting and you will be able to watch a recording.

Please see the FAQs below for more information:

Can my girl register for this program? This program is for adult volunteers only. However, your girl can participate in a similar program for girls, our monthly Badge Series! If this is something your girl is interested in check out the informational blog post here!

If I’m not a troop leader, but still a volunteer, can I still do this? Absolutely! This program is for all Girl Scout of Colorado volunteers who want to learn Girl Scout badge curriculum in a hands-on way and have fun while doing it!

What does this experience look like? One thing our volunteers have often asked for is to have a way to learn the curriculum before having to teach it. This is that solution! Once you register for an Explore More Club monthly topic, you will be assigned a learning path on gsLearn, our online learning platform, and gain access to a private Facebook group to be able to discuss and share with volunteer peers! In the learning path on gsLearn, you will find a webinar to kick off the month to explain the topic and the activity you are to complete. You will then find a check list of action items to complete in the next couple weeks. We will close out the monthly topic with a reflection meeting and give you a sneak peek into what the next month’s topic is.

What are the monthly topics? Monthly topics are listed below:

  • July 20: Space and the Universe
  • August 20: Ecology and the Outdoors
  • September 20: Self-Care
  • October 20: Take Action
  • November 20: Hobbies
  • January 21: Business Ethics
  • February 21: Cookie Support
  • March 21: Women in STEM
  • April 21: Events
  • May 21: Humanitarianism

If I register for one month, do I have to participate in all the months? No, you do not. The Explore More Club is designed so you can participate in as many or as few monthly topics as you want. It does grant you access to the Facebook page for all months

Questions? Contact Kendy Doolen at Kendy.Doolen@gscolorado.org

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Celebrating Pride Month 2020

Submitted by Emily Mullen, GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist

Metro Denver

Denver

Happy Pride!

Black Trans Lives Matter. In 2019, advocates tracked at least 27 deaths of transgender or gender non-conforming people in the U.S. due to fatal violence, the majority of whom were Black transgender women. In 2020, so far, at least 15 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been fatally shot or killed by other violent means. We say “at least” because too often these stories go unreported — or misreported. (source: https://www.hrc.org/resources/violence-against-the-trans-and-gender-non-conforming-community-in-2020)

This year, pride will look different for a lot of people. At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we stand with every LGBTQI+ person this Pride month and beyond. We know there is a lot of work to be done daily to practice being an ally. We encourage you to have age appropriate conversations with your Girl Scouts about LGBTQI+ identities. Below is a noncomprehensive list on how to practice allyship for the LGBTQI+ community:

  • Listen. Open yourself up to understanding without the desire to be heard. Respect the voices of those within the LGBTQI+ community and use your platform of privilege to raise those voices up.
  • Learn. Do the work to educate yourself; it is not the responsibility of someone within the LGBTQI+ community to educate you. Google is an extremely helpful tool if you ever have questions, however, it is important to check the resources you are using for credibility. We have also linked some helpful resources at the bottom of this post.
  • Grow. It’s okay to not be perfect – messing up is in our nature. Apologize for your mistakes and move on. Learn from your mistakes and do better next time. Always continue learning. An ally’s work is never done. Language is always changing, which means continuing education is crucial.

Helpful Resources for Engaging Youth

Colorado Based Resources

Questions? Email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Crocs Patch was Awesome

Submitted by Shannon Morris

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

While earning this patch, I really enjoyed designing my own Crocs. A fact that I learned is that Crocs’ leadership team is more than 50% run by women. I thought that was interesting!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Crocs to teach girls to Come As You Are™! Based in Niwot, Colorado, Crocs’ proclamation to the world is to be comfortable in your own shoes. Everyone is unique in their own way and at Crocs, we celebrate one-of-a-kinds and stand together with all kinds. This patch program teaches Girl Scouts to embrace who they are and accept others for who they are. Download the full activity booklet online.

Girl Scouts at Home: Brownie Bugs Badge Part Three of Four

Earn the Brownie Bugs badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program team! When girls earn this badge, they will explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much.

For Steps Three and Five, you are going to see bugs in action and take a bug field trip! Watch this video and then go on a bug scavenger hunt! For your scavenger hunt, you can make your own board or use this one.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

 

Game Ready

 

Submitted by Kimberly Foster

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Robyn is a Cadette in Troop 43530 and plays travel softball. She made 12 masks with the help of her grandmother, so that her team could play and be in compliance with the new COVID-19 guidelines.

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the United States, for a nationwide mask-making campaign. All girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Get Started Volunteering from Home with Girl Scouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you are a college-student, retiree, or anyone looking to give back to your community, Girl Scouts of Colorado has an exciting, new volunteer opportunity for you — from the comfort of your home!

Start your volunteer experience from home as a volunteer helping girls in our virtual troop program! Virtual troops meet six times  online and each meeting lasts 30 minutes to an hour. The meetings can be one to two times per week for three to six weeks. Volunteers would work alongside a Girl Scout staff person to lead girls through fun and creative activities during 30 minutes to an hour-long meeting, one to two times a week. The goal of the virtual troop program is to help transition participating family members into a troop leadership role.

If you think this sounds like a fun opportunity to give back to girls in your community, join us for an upcoming new volunteer chat!  This chat is geared toward new and interested volunteers to Girl Scouts of Colorado, living in the Denver metro area, as a way to learn more about our volunteering from home opportunity. During this online event, you will learn what our volunteering from home program looks like, what it means to be a part of a virtual troop and to be a virtual volunteer, and all the fun and exciting opportunities you can bring girls in your community through our virtual troop program!

At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we believe in giving girls the tools to empower themselves to take action, advocate for themselves and their communities, and to create the future they want to see.

By volunteering to be a positive adult role model in girls’ lives, you can make a lasting impact. Join today!

*This is an online event. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration. Please email Ellie Busch (ellie.busch@gscolorado.org) or Emily Corson (emily.corson@gscolorado.org) for questions.