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Announcing the 2017 Fall Sale Program

How will you kick off another great Girl Scout year? The 2017 Girl Scouts of Colorado Fall Sale Program begins September 23! In-person sales end October 15. Online sales end October 30.

GSCO’s annual Fall Sale Program is a great way for troops to earn startup money for the year. More importantly, the Fall Sale Program helps girls learn The 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Girls can receive rewards for each different part of the sale and all troops also receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.

Learn more about the 2017 Fall Sale Program on the Girl Scouts of Colorado web-site:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-sale.html

Questions? Email us.

 

New dates available in August and September for property reservations

Are you looking for a place to camp with your troop in August or September of 2017? You’re in luck! Several of our properties are available and we want to get your troop outdoors.

Sky High Ranch:
August 11 – 13
August 25 – 27
September 1 – 3

Magic Sky Ranch:
August 11 – 13
August 25 – 27

Meadow Mountain Ranch:
August 11 – 13
September 1 – 3
September 15 – 17
September 22 – 24

For prices, accommodations, and to make your reservation, use GSCO’s online booking system at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.

All sites are first come, first-served, and must be reserved with a 20% deposit. Balances are due in full 30 days before the reservation date. Bookings made less than 30 days before the reservation must be paid in full when making the reservation.

If you have questions about our properties or the property reservation process, please email the Property and Outdoor Program Administrator at property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Edna “Skipper” Hollis

Submitted by Nancy Riddle

Metro Denver

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Edna “Skipper” Hollis. What an amazing woman, and I am so very proud and lucky to have had her as a Girl Scout leader. She taught valuable life lessons and remains an inspiration.

My fondest memory was of a 17-day, 4,000 mile bus trip in 1962 with 27 Girl Scouts, four leaders, and an intrepid bus driver, “Daddy Jim”. We camped through five states and Canada with a four-day stopover at the World’s Fair in Seattle. What adult in their right mind takes this on? Skipper Hollis!

With four patrols responsible for daily cooking, clean-up, log keeping, photography, programs, and other tasks, we learned more that summer than can be imparted in this simple missive.

Skipper always hand-wrote annual messages to me through her 103rd year. I especially cherish a note she wrote at the end of the afore-mentioned trip: “…but-in in my way- if I’ve helped you to know personally the true values that Scouting should unveil, then I’m happy to have been an interpreter of its realness. Scouting is a very fine guide to living. May it always be an enrichment to you…”

May Skipper’s legacy live on as it has for members of Troop 362 and may Girl Scouts continue to inspire young women.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to celebrate the legacy of one of our most cherished alumnae, Edna “Skipper” Hollis. In 2016, Skipper passed away at the age of 104, leaving a 94-year history of Girl Scouting as a girl and an adult volunteer.  Skipper touched the lives of hundreds of girls, families, and volunteers and will be remembered for her love of the outdoors and the annual troop gathering she hosted at her Colorado cabin for more than six decades.

To make a gift in honor of Skipper, which will support opportunity grants to ensure any girl is able to attend camp, or  to honor an alum who has made a difference in your life, go to the Girl Scouts of Colorado website: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/support-us/alumnae.html 

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

Colorado Girl Scout license plate will NEVER be retired

Written by Penny Roberts of Estes Park and AnneMarie Harper, Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director

We have exciting news from the Department of Revenue! The Colorado Girl Scout license plate will never be retired! Earlier this year, the Department of Revenue informed GSCO if 3,000 people had not registered for the plate by July 1, 2018, it would be retired. However, they have since decided that the Colorado Girl Scout license plate will remain whether or not 3,000 people register for it by July 2018.

The cost is $50 above the regular license plate fees and the plate can be registered to any type of vehicle, including motorcycles. Put them on your motorhome, scooter, new car, or vintage classic. Even Dad’s Plumbing Co. can put Girl Scout plates on his entire fleet of vehicles!  Girl Scout plates can be put on a currently registered vehicle after a transfer.  Also, Girl Scout plates can be transferred from one vehicle to another under the same ownership.

Get started at the Department of Revenue’s website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/node/40131/ You can also request Girl Scout plates at your County Clerk’s office, and they will be shipped directly to you from the State in just a few days.

The Girl Scout license plate was created in 2010 and 2011 by a Promise Partners alumnae task force as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of Girl Scouts of the USA. It has since been available for purchase by anyone who wishes to celebrate and publicize the legacy and continuing efforts of Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Get your Colorado Girl Scout license plates today and we promise to wave at you when we see you go by!

Questions? Contact Penny Roberts at probertscolo@gmail.com or (970) 586-1775 for additional information.

 

 

GSCO offices and shop closures

Girl Scouts of Colorado offices statewide and the shop will be closed July 3-7, 2017 for the Fourth of July. Offices statewide will reopen July 10. The Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop will reopen July 11. Please mark you calendars for some other additional closures:
  • Pikes Peak regional office in Colorado Springs:  July 25
  • Northern & Northeastern CO regional office in  Loveland: July 25 and August 1

Get your Colorado Girl Scout license plates before time runs out 

Written by Penny Roberts of Estes Park and AnneMarie Harper, Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director

Update as of June 28, 2017: We have exciting news from the Department of Revenue! The Colorado Girl Scout license plate will never be retired! Earlier this year, the Department of Revenue informed GSCO if 3,000 people had not registered for the plate by July 1, 2018, it would be retired. However, they have since decided that the Colorado Girl Scout license plate will remain whether or not 3,000 people register for it by July 2018. Learn more.

Time may be running out to get your Colorado Girl Scout license plates! According to the Department of Revenue, 3,000 people must register for the plate by July 1, 2018 or it will be retired. At last check, less than 300 Colorado Girl Scout license plates had been issued. That means if more than 2,700 people don’t register for this special plate before July of 2018, it will become extinct.

The cost is $50 above the regular license plate fees and the plate can be registered to any type of vehicle, including motorcycles. Put them on your motorhome, scooter, new car, or vintage classic. Even Dad’s Plumbing Co. can put Girl Scout plates on his entire fleet of vehicles! Girl Scout plates can be put on a currently registered vehicle after a transfer.  Also, Girl Scout plates can be transferred from one vehicle to another under the same ownership.

Get your Colorado Girl Scout license plates before time runs out! Get started at the Department of Revenue’s website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/node/40131/ You can also request Girl Scout plates at your County Clerk’s office, and they will be shipped directly to you from the State in just a few days.

The Girl Scout license plate was created in 2010 and 2011 by a Promise Partners alumnae task force as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of Girl Scouts of the USA. It has since been available for purchase by anyone who wishes to celebrate and publicize the legacy and continuing efforts of Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Get your Colorado Girl Scout license plates today and we promise to wave at you when we see you go by!

Contact Penny Roberts at probertscolo@gmail.com or (970) 586-1775 for additional information.

 

 

Cast your vote for the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program rewards

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The GSCO Product Sales Team is currently preparing for the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program. We want to give girls and volunteers a chance to cast their vote on rewards for the sale. Please click on this  link to access our online voting tool. The survey will only be open until Monday, July 10, 2017 so vote now!

 

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens and event patch contest

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Design the event patch for Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens! We’re looking for creative Girl Scouts to share their best design. The winning design will be the picture on our 2017 event pass. The Girl Scout who submits the winning design will win two Elitch Garden day tickets, VIP Rapid Ride passes, and two Attraction tickets (choice of XLR8R or Sling Shot).

The contest is open to all Girl Scouts. Entry forms can be found at https://goo.gl/qX9KqN . The registration deadline is June 27, 2017. Entries can be returned to your area GSCO office, the GSCO shop, or emailed to Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Save the date for Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens, August. 11-13, 2017! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. We’ll have special activities celebrating our GSCO Centennial on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for all Girl Scouts. Elitch Gardens is also hosting the band, “Forever In Your Mind,” in one of their season concerts, Saturday evening, which is included in park entry for the day.

Cost is $25.99/person. Tickets can be purchased at https://goo.gl/Ekz6Hx. Not able to make it? No problem. Elitch Gardens is offering a Girl Scout discount for daily entry of $29.99/person all season long that can be purchased through the same link. A portion of all tickets sold will be donated back to GSCO.

Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org. We hope to see you there!

Girl Scout Camp Social Media 2017

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The staff at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch is gearing up for another wonderful summer season. As in years past, we will share our fun on social media through the Girl Scouts of Colorado camp Facebook pages.

Tomahawk Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/tomahawkranch/

Sky High Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/gscoskyhighranch/

From time to time, photos and updates may also appear on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s other social media networks (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram)

We will also post photo albums from each session on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums. Look for albums a week after your girl’s session ends.

Please keep in mind, both camps are in remote areas, where internet service can be spotty. We will update as much as we can. However, making sure your girl has the best experience at camp is our top priority.

Happy Camping!

Girl Scout Connections: June 2017

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Renew your G.I.R.L. today!

Your girl is not just a Girl Scout, she’s a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. Through Girl Scouting, she’s trying new things, seeking adventures, and practicing everyday leadership. Renew today to keep the momentum going and see what your G.I.R.L. can do!

Any girl renewed by June 15 will receive a free Early Bird patch. Any troop that has completed the Annual Troop Report for this membership year and has two Troop Leadership Team members renewed by June 15 will receive a $25 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

Renew now: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/membership-promos.html

Get your OAC Passport by June 30!

The Outdoor Adventure Club is designed to supplement the troop experience for Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts. It provides older girls with exciting outdoor experiences they may not have the opportunity to do with their troop while meeting new friends from around the state.

This year, we are offering two programs:

OAC Passports are only on sale until June 30—– sign your girl up today!

Meadow Mountain Ranch Centennial Campfire

Don’t miss this celebration at one of our oldest properties, now rescheduled for August 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn more and register: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2017/meadow_mountain_ranc.html

Camp with GSCO this summer

  • Are you interested in directing a day camp or hosting a troop camp open to other troops? Contact Anna Danila to get started.
  • The deadline has passed for some early camp sessions, but you can still register for open spaces by contacting registration at 877-404-5708. Additional fees may apply.
  • Follow GSCO on social media for up-to-date info on last-minute changes and property availability!

Congratulations to this year’s Highest Awards recipients

Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 28 Gold, 427 Silver, and 963 Bronze Award recipients across the state at five regional celebrations this spring. Nearly 1,800 Girl Scouts, families, and friends attended these exciting events. GSCO’s President and CEO, Stephanie Foote, spoke at each event and applauded the girls for having the courage and confidence to try new things and make the world a better place.

For more, view the electronic version of our 2017 Highest Awards Booklet and check out our Best of Highest Awards 2017 photo album.

Summer shop hours

Summer hours are in effect at the GSCO Shop:

Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Do you believe that Girl Scouts can change a girl’s life?

If your answer is yes, join Daisy’s Circle today to support Girl Scout programming and to provide financial assistance to girls in need.

Watch this video for more information.

Join today: https://gscodaisyscircle.org/join-us