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GSCO Connections: September 2019

Be the difference! Participate in the 2019 Fall Product Program!

The Girl Scout Fall Product Program is a great way earn start-up money for the Girl Scout year. The Fall Product Program helps girls learn 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. It’s also a great way for your family and friends to renew their favorite magazines and order delicious nuts and chocolates that make great holiday gifts!

The Fall Product Program starts September 21. In-person and Nut Promise sales will run through October 13. Online sales end October 28. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too.  Girls who sell $175 in online orders, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch!

S’mores Club is back!

Our popular S’mores Club is back with new rewards! Girls and adult volunteers who rock both the 2019 Fall Product and 2020 Cookie programs will receive a special personalized patch and an exclusive hoodie and duffle bag!

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Earn your Trail Adventure badge

Pack your day pack, put on your sunscreen, and join fellow Girl Scouts for a trail adventure! September is the perfect time to check out the trails in Colorado with your family or your troop and complete some of the requirements for the new Trail Adventure badge. These badges are part of the 12 new Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures — giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature.

Join us in September for some fun on the trail with your troop or family! Register for this free event through our events page.

Girl Scout Cyber Challenge: Register Now

Saturday, October 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Arapahoe Community College, Littleton

Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 are invited to detect, decode, and defend! This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage 200+ girls in grades 6–12 in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics. A futuristic scenario — a  moon colony has been hacked — will be presented and girls will be prompted to respond. They’ll learn cybersecurity skills and team up to identify the hackers, trace the origin of the cyberattack, and secure the colony’s safety.

Come back for more camp memories in 2020

We had an amazing camp season! Girls sang songs around the campfire, challenged themselves to try new things, explored outdoors and created memories to last a lifetime. Be sure to join us for summer 2020 for another chance to make lasting memories. Registration opens January 23.

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Upcoming Events

We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be. Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Girl Scout Night with the Rocky Mountain Vibes

September 6, Colorado Springs

Girl Scouts of all ages, their family, and friends are invited to cheer on the Rocky Mountain Vibes as they take on the Grand Junction Rockies! Game Highlight: Friday Night Fireworks! Tickets are $16 and include a game ticket, meal voucher, unlimited youth fun zone passes, and parking.

Xcel Energy Day of Service

September 7, Lakewood

Girl Scouts in grades K-6 are invited to spend the morning with Xcel Energy employees to unravel energy mysteries. During the morning you will also participate in a service project as a way to help others in your community. It will be a special day of learning and caring, designed just for Girl Scouts, during Xcel Energy’s annual Day of Service.

Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

Discounted tickets at $29 per person.

Meadow Mountain Ranch Open House

September 22, Allenspark

Join us for our third annual open house at Meadow Mountain Ranch! Activities include s’mores, hike the MMR Nature Trail, hear from Songbirds Choir, meet GECCCOs, self-guided property tour, visit Homestead House and displays from the GSCO History Committee, and check out the mobile shop with brand new MMR merchandise. Event is free and open to the public!

Careers in Construction with G.E. Johnson

September 28, Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors are invited to learn about construction careers, work as a team to build a community library book stand that can be placed in your community, and participate in a behind-the-scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum.

Women of Distinction – Denver

October 30, Denver

New location for 2019 the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, community, and civic leaders.

Secrets to Success

November 9, Colorado Springs

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. Any girl in grades 6– 12 is invited to Secrets to Success.

Registration now open for the Outdoor Adventure Club’s September and October 2019 events

Registration is NOW OPEN for the Outdoor Adventure Club’s September and October 2019 events! The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a monthly  high-adventure program run by Girl Scouts of Colorado, offering exciting outdoor opportunities to Girl Scouts across the state. Girls participate individually and get a chance to experience the outdoors beyond what they might do with their troop, and make friends from around the state. OAC Explorers is for girls in 6th grade and the OAC Trailblazers is for girls in 7th – 12th grade.

Check on the links below for registration details and more information on upcoming events.

Spend a weekend with us at Magic Sky Ranch and experience one of Colorado’s most popular outdoor activities: rock climbing or trail running/ hiking! You will choose one activity to focus on and will spend the weekend training, managing equipment, building skills, and accomplishing goals in trail running or climbing. Climbers will belay each other up outdoor rock walls, rappel down cliffs, and learn about climbing knots, gear, and equipment. Trail Runners will plan their own routes, and race through the forest while learning outdoor survival skills. Rock Climbers will work on the NEW “Climbing Adventure” badge and trail runners will work on the NEW “Trail Adventure” badge.

Check out the Outdoor Adventure Club website for event calendars, FAQ’s, and registration guidelines.

Sign up for our interest lists to be the first to know when registration opens!

Email inquiry@gscolorado.org for additional questions and more information.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Lauren Kettler, Thornton, “Popsicles of Positivity”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Popsicles of Positivity is a program that was created to help teach middle school-aged students about the need for kindness.  But, why is there a need for kindness?  One in seven students from K-12th grade are bullied, according to the http://antibullyinginstitute.org.  To defend these students from the threat of bullying, they need to learn kindness and perspective.  Popsicles of Positivity is a program that is designed to be a short activity that can be integrated into other programs.  The reason behind this theory is to help better fit into a class period or the time period of club or group.  While working on other programs, I have found that long programs have little effect on middle school-aged students, and they learn better when the subject matter is consolidated.  Through this program students will be focusing on dignity, bullying, self-kindness, and external kindness.  This program is a stepping stone to help students develop understanding and create habits of kindness.

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

I measured impact mainly through pre and post surveys to see how well each student understood the concept presented. After each presentation, I reworked Popsicles of Positivity to make the program better.

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

I have two confirmation letters from Immaculate Heart of Mary and Tomahawk Ranch saying that they will continue Popsicles of Positivity and implement the program into their curriculum. But, also the lessons in Popsicles of Positivity were created to make life long habits which will extend past the program into the student’s daily lives.

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

I was able to create a website that has all of my teaching outlines and other resources called https://popsicleofpositivity.weebly.com/. I have also been able to share my project with my service unit, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Tomahawk Ranch, and Rocky Top Middle School.

What did you learn about yourself?

I am a perfectionist.  I had the assumption before my Gold Award that I wanted my work to be better than most people’s work.  But, the realization didn’t really hit me until I flat out didn’t want to do my Gold Award project anymore, because in my head it would not be good enough.  I was so hesitant to start and finish my project, because I felt like if I didn’t do it right the first time, then what was the point in trying at all?   After my first presentation to the Kindness Club at Rocky Top Middle School, I felt like even more of a failure, because to me what I was saying did not feel inspirational.  After speaking with my youth group, I felt dismayed that the middle school students were giving me blank stares the whole time.  https://popsicleofpositivity.weebly.com/  felt too simple to me and not good enough for anyone to actually use.  After looking at another girl’s Gold Award project in my troop, in my mind, mine did not seem like it was showing any significant signs of change. Explaining the idea of Popsicles of Positivity to friends did not sound inspirational enough.  In my mind I felt like if someone else were to do my project, they would have easily been able to do it in a week or two.  I was working in an environment that constantly made me feel like I was not good enough to earn my Gold Award. Ironically, I was going against the ideas that I was preaching to the students.  I was being such a hypocrite and I was acting in this way until I took a step back and asked for help.

It is extremely hard for me to ask for help.  I have always been the person with the answers and level-headed solutions.  But my own head was spinning so much that having an unbiased idea about my project and how to define success was extremely hard, almost impossible.  Sitting down and telling my mom all my struggles was tedious.  I came to the realization that I had so much misery connected with my project that even explaining my situation was difficult.  It took multiple days of thinking and processing my struggles to conclude that I was over critiquing myself.  But it took even longer to believe that my project was impacting other people’s lives.  Only after having talks with my Gold Award  Advisor and Tomahawk Ranch Camp Director Monica Gray, did I realize that my project could flourish into something grander than what my imagination could create.  They were both able to explain to me that any project or idea is a process, of course nothing will be perfect at first, but that is the beauty of imperfection.  The lack of perfection, the first time through shows how much we learn the second and third time through.  I know now that if my project did not affect anyone else, it at least changed me for the better.  It taught me that I am not perfect, nor will I ever be.

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

I have learned many skills through my Gold Award including risk-taking, understanding perfectionism, and perseverance. Each skill is very important to shape me in the future. Being able to explore new ideas while embracing the unknown. Understanding myself as I become an adult. And understand what it means to try and try again because that is more important than perfection.

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

I think sometimes people don’t take Girl Scouting seriously, people are very surprised when at the age of 18, I say that I am still in Girl Scouts. The most common response that I get is that “Isn’t Girl Scouts for little girls?” The common assumption is that Girl Scouts if for elementary-aged girls not for middle, high school, or adult aged women. As I grew up through Girl Scouting, I learned many skills and had a lot of experiences, yet none of my peers took the idea of Girl Scouts seriously. Once I started working on my Gold Award, the title of a Girl Scout gained some weight. I was now changing my community past selling cookies, I was able to work with students to make them better people, teach them how to be kind and trustworthy people. I hope that my small impact may change at least a few ideas of what Girl Scouting is and the true meaning of what we do.

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

The main skill that I learned through my Gold Award is risk-taking. Seeing that I am a perfectionist I constantly strive to make everything right the first time around. I get very nervous and disappointed when things don’t turn out how they are supposed to the first time around. So when my first presentation didn’t go how I wanted it to I wanted to quit right there. To me there was no point in trying again because the next presentation would end up the same way. I had to get over my fears of failure, take a risk, and try again. Without my decision to take risks, I would not have earned my Gold Award.

**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

Troop camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Amanda Kendrot

Northern & Northeastern CO

Windsor

Troop 74315 held a troop camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch in Allenspark. Girl Scouts  enjoyed a campfire at Larkspur tabin, along with exploring the Nature Trail and hiking to the Hercules tree and Calypso Cascades.

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

Camping fun at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 had a really fun weekend tent camping at Meadow Mountain Ranch. They did all their camp set-up, meal planning, and cooking. They also hiked the Nature Trail, which is stunning this time of year with all the wildflowers. We also played some volleyball, geocache, and lots of games by the campfire. Of course, we also celebrated National S’mores Day by having s’mores! The girls had some great bonding time.

The girls also built one of the benches MMR was hoping to have built. Thanks to Fish for overseeing that! It was a great experience for all of them.

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

Girl Scout Daisy Lily’s first day of camp

Submitted by Brittany Smith

Northern & Northeastern CO

Windsor

I just wanted to share some pictures from my daughter’s first day of Girl Scout Camp. Lily has been counting down for weeks! This year, she is doing a day camp and is already plotting for overnight camp as a Brownie. Lily woke up at 5 in the morning and packed up all of the items on her list.

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

Girl Powered LEGO Engineering camp

 

 

 

Submitted by Shay Sinnott

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

My name is Shay and I manage the Northern Colorado regions of Play-Well TEKnologies. We run LEGO engineering programs for kids ages 5-12. A new initiative we have taken on over the past couple of years has been a girl powered engineering programming which focuses on providing supportive environments for young girls to learn about STEM fields and explore their interests. In addition to our girl powered LEGO engineering programs, we have worked with many Girl Scout troops all over Colorado to help troops earn badges in mechanical engineering, STEM, and robotics! If you are interested in hosting a badge workshop with Play-Well, please contact shay@play-well.org.For more information, go to www.play-well.org.

We have a special girl powered LEGO engineering camp coming up in Fort Collins at the Foothills Activity Center! We hope your girls will join us for a great week of female-led building. The camp is July 15 – 18, 2019 from 9 a.m. – noon and is for ages 5-7 and 1 – 4 p.m. is for ages 8-12. Interested families can sign up through the City of Fort Collins Recreator.  Register by July 8!

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Camp Coco at Magic Sky Ranch

Submitted by Charity Haviland

Metro Denver

Thornton

Come learn about Mexican culture by experiencing the music, crafts, and food at Camp CoCo at Magic Sky Ranch November 1-3, 2019. Register online at http://girlscouts65792.org.

Cost: $120 per Girl Scout and $45 per troop leader and other adults required to meet the Safety Wise Ratio for your troop. Additional adults, beyond Safety Wise Ratio, are $100 each. Cost includes all materials for onsite crafts, two dinners, two breakfasts, and one lunch, and lodging.

The girls of Troop 65792 are really excited to host this event. They have worked hard to learn the crafts and plan the events for the weekend. This is their first event to host and they can’t wait to share their learning with others!

Contact Charity Haviland at gstroop65792@gmail.com for questions!

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Registration for Broomfield day camp still open

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver

Broomfield

School is out and now is the time for summer fun! There are still spots available for the day camps being hosted by Troop 63572 in Broomfield. Please see https://scoutingforfun.com/ for more information.

Knots, Knives, and Nonsense (June 24 – 28, 2019) takes place at East Interlocken Park and will focus on outdoor skills with a special visit from a Leave No Trace Master educator and the Birds of Prey Foundation. Girl Scouts will earn their “Eco” camp badges.

Masterful Makers (July 29 – August 2, 2019) takes place at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church and will focus on helping girls build confidence and friendships through creative activities. Girl Scouts will earn applicable badges to their age group and projects.

Join us!

These camps are also a source of fundraising for Girl Scout Troop 63572 and we reserve proceeds to participate in future Girl Scout activities and events.

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