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Be a G.I.R.L. Media Star

We’re searching for G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders) to share their Girl Scout story and serve as Media Stars for the 2019-20 membership year.

What is a Media Star?

At the start of each Girl Scout year, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from across the state to be Media Stars. They deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scout Camp, or other GSCO events/activities/news with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. Here are just some of the media interviews Media Stars participated in during the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

To be a Media Star, a girl must be in fourth grade or above. From time to time, we need younger girls to help with media interviews. However, the Media Star program is reserved for girls in fourth grade and above.

How to get involved

Girls who want to be Media Stars should:

  1. Review the Media Star Guidelines to ensure you understand the program’s requirements and expectations.
  2. Email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org and include a:
    • Brief essay (250 words or less) about how Girl Scouts has helped you unleash your inner G.I.R.L.
    • Video (no more than a minute) in which you introduce yourself (first name only) and explain how Girl Scouts has helped you be a G.I.R.L. Here is an example:

“Hi! My name is AnneMarie and I am a Girl Scout Cadette from Arvada! Because I am a Girl Scout, I am an innovator. I had to think outside the box to meet my cookie goal. I hosted a drive-thru booth at a neighborhood business and sold cookies online using Digital Cookie.”

Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Submissions from girls 13-years-old and older must be done by the girl. The best videos and essays will be shared on the GSCO Blog and social media networks and must be received by October 1 at 9 a.m.

If you are selected to become a Media Star, you will be asked to participate in an individual, training session in November or December 2019. This training may be in-person or over the phone. During this training, girls will learn everything needed to be a successful Media Star. Even if you have participated in this program before, you must be trained each year if you want to participate in the program again.

** Note: This is a very popular program, so spots will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Manage the Fall Product Program like a champ and help girls be successful

Join the GSCO Product Program Team for our next Facebook Live event on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at noon. Service Unit Fall Product Manager, Shannon Calhoun, will share her experience and best ways to support girls, troop leaders, and families to make the Fall Product Program a success for all involved.

If you miss the live broadcast, no worries! You can watch the video on our Facebook page and share it with other volunteers.  Go to the videos tab and look for the 2019 Fall Product Program playlist.

For questions about the Fall Product Program, please contact GSCO Customer Care at 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout night out

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Girl Scouts in Troop 70720 decided for this year’s cookie event to get dressed up, go on a limo ride around town, and go out to dinner at the Melting Pot. It was a night to remember.

Thanks so much to the customers who supported the girls in their cookie endeavors to help make this special day happen for them.

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

Facebook LIVE: Preview of 2019 Fall Product Program

The 2019 Fall Product Program starts Saturday, September 21. This year, we have a few new products and some great girl rewards! Want a preview? Watch our Facebook LIVE event Wednesday, September 4 at noon.

If you miss the live broadcast, you can watch the video and share it with other volunteers. Go to the GSCO Facebook page, click on the videos tab, and look for the 2019 Fall Product Program playlist.

For questions about Fall Product Program, please contact GSCO Customer Care at 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

Cookies for courage

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

Brownie Troop 65889 visited Stone Canyon EdVentures with their 2019 cookie proceeds. The Girl Scouts had a difficult goal; but, after hours of freezing-cold booths they exceeded their goal by 108% and hit a 538 per selling girl average.  They enjoyed a high ropes course and ziplining together for three days and two nights! The girls also earned their “EcoCamper” and “Outdoor Artist” badges by learning the Leave No Trace principles and writing songs about camp.

Much to our surprise, we witnessed a mama bear and her cub. They crossed far down on our path; and, we all learned that we need to make noise when hiking, so that we never sneak-up on wildlife. The Girl Scouts were very good at making noise while hiking… very good.

Several of the girls (and some moms) conquered their fear of heights during camp. The Girl Scouts came together as sisters and encouraged each other to always aim for their personal best. For the girls who were most afraid, the high ropes course turned out to be their favorite camp memory.

We were very proud of our risk-takers and go-getters. We are blessed with a wonderful troop and the community that supported them during cookie sales.

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

Update about new S’mores Club rewards

GSCO recently announced the 2019-2020 S’mores Club rewards would be a special hoodie and duffle bag, perfect for Girl Scout camping and travel, and we received a lot of positive responses!

Many people asked what colors the duffle bag and hoodie would be and what they would look like. We don’t have pictures of them to share just yet. But once we do, we certainly will! Do know that we are going with darker colors and durable fabrics, so both reward items will last through many Girl Scout adventures and many washings!

Along with the buzz around the new rewards, a few people also asked if Highest Awards charms for the bracelets that S’mores Club girls and adults earned in 2017 and 2018 would still be available. YES! Absolutely! To request a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award charm to complete girls’ S’mores Club bracelets, contact Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care by calling 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

For more information about the S’mores Club, go to:
https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/s-mores-club.html

Fall Product Program begins September 21, 2019

Do you have lots of awesome activities that you want to do this year? The Fall Product Program is an easy and fun way to earn start-up funds for all those activities and more! By participating in this program, girls will also learn the 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Nuts and candy are sold in-person using an order card or online and magazines are sold only online. Products that are ordered online can either be shipped or customers can select girl delivery. 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. All rewards are cumulative.

Important 2019 Fall Product Program dates:

September 21 – Fall Product Program Begins

October 13 – In-person sales end/Last day for Nut Promise orders

October 28 – Online storefront closes

In the Fall Product Program platform, M2OS, girls can create their own virtual storefront and market to friends and family through email. They have the option to create a personalized avatar for their virtual storefront too. Girls can also share their goals by recording their story, and the avatar will speak with their voice, representing them in the video!

By participating in the Fall Product Program and selling $175 in online orders, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch – choosing between lots of customizations – including special backgrounds and wearing their Girl Scout uniform or a safari suit!

Volunteer training begins early September at area service unit meetings. Please note: This year, Fall Product Program materials will be sent to area service units, not directly to troops. Volunteers and caregivers can pick-up the guide, order card, and other resources at trainings.

For more information, go to the Fall Product Program page on the GSCO website or contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Colorado 99s Aviation Patch Day

Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes are invited to join the female pilots of the Colorado 99s for Aviation Patch Day on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. in Colorado Springs! The 99s is an international organization of women pilots who work to promote the advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honoring their unique history and sharing their passion for flight.

This event has filled quickly in the past! Register online now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/colorado_99s_aviatio.html

This event will introduce 45 Girl Scouts to five different parts of aviation.

  • Aviation History: Take a trip through aviation history to the first pilots and their planes.
  • Aircraft Design: Tour a General Aviation hangar to view and explore different types of airplanes.
  • Airfield Design: Explore the meaning of the pavement markings, signs, and lights at an airport and learn how they help with traffic at an airport.
  • ATC (Air Traffic Control): Tour the Colorado Springs Air Traffic Control Tower (Located on Peterson Air Force Base).
  • Airline Maintenance: Tour SkyWest Airline’s Colorado Springs maintenance base.

Check-in is 12:30 – 1 p.m. The event starts at 1 p.m

Event locations:

  • Jet Center (1575 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs 80916)
  • SkyWest Maintenance Hanger (1945 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs 80916)
  • ATC Tower (460 Kinchloe Loop, Colorado Springs 80914)

Registration will close when capacity is met OR on October 3.

Please note: This is not a drop off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. This event takes place at three locations (listed below) and adults in attendance are expected to transport their girls to each location throughout the event. The whole group will move to each location together.

Questions? aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org

New S’mores Club rewards

 

You can join the Girl Scouts of Colorado S’mores Club by participating in both the 2019-2020 Girl Scout Fall Product Program and Cookie Program. Earn the new S’mores Club membership rewards for this year – a duffle bag and hoodie embroidered with the S’mores Club logo, and a special personalized patch – by meeting the criteria outlined below.

How to Qualify

GIRLS:

If you sell 15 items online during the 2019 Fall Product Program and 300 packages during the 2020 Cookie Program, you get:

  • A S’mores Club hoodie and duffle bag and personalized, S’mores Club avatar patch

TROOPS:

If the troop sells $350 in online sales during the 2019 Fall Product Program, you get:

  • An exclusive booth selection opportunity for the 2020 Cookie Program

And – If the troop has a 300 packages per selling girl average during the cookie program, the Troop Fall Product Manager and Troop Cookie Manager are eligible for volunteer rewards.

  • A S’mores Club hoodie and duffle bag, and a personalized S’mores Club avatar patch for the TFPM and TCM*

Please note – The troop per girl average (PGA) is calculated based on the total number of packages a troop sells, divided by the number of selling girls in that troop. *If the TFPM and TCM are the same person, only one reward will be given.

Also, the reward for adults is for troop participation only. Juliettes can qualify for S’mores Club and receive the personalized patch, duffle bag, and hoodie. However, caregivers of Juliettes cannot receive the duffle bag, hoodie, personalized patch, or an exclusive booth selection opportunity.

For a quick reference guide, check out the S’mores Club flyer and share it with girls and adults in your troop and service unit.

If you have questions, read our S’mores Club FAQ or contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Canoeing, paddle boarding, and kayaking, oh my!

Submitted by Jennifer Grosshans

Metro Denver

Parker

We have been very busy this summer. We went on a little end-of-the-year party and went to a local pool and let the girls swim and have some fun as a reward for selling lots of Girl Scout Cookies! They surpassed their goal as a troop by 2,000 packages!

Our next assignment was to clean up one of the local Parker trails. We all gathered up bags of trash along a Girl Scout maintained trail. The girls wanted to still clean up more even after all was said and done.

Our most recent excursion was heading to Barr Lake and hitting the water. We rented canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Each of the girls got to try the different activities to figure out the one that they enjoyed the most. Afterwards, we had a little picnic and enjoyed lunch. But, our fun didn’t in there, we headed out to do archery. All the girls did phenomenally! It was a long day, but it was a great day!

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