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GSCO Shop update

May is swiftly coming to an end and so is the busy season at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.  May 20, 2017 was our last Saturday open until September and summer hours began on May 23. The retail store will be open Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Summertime means slower foot traffic in the store and we will be transforming the store front and back to incorporate the new “Made in the USA” badges. A transition from the original badges with cardboard packaging will phase out and the new badges will be replacing them. The badges themselves will have very little, if any, visible differences.  However, the packaging and pricing will be different.  For more info, or if you have questions or concerns, please refer to  http://gscoblog.org/2017/05/girl-scouts-made-in-the-usa-commitment/

June 1 will be the last day for returns on the original badges with the cardboard packaging, and  our standard return policy will apply.  Please remember all returns must be in original packaging with no writing or tearing.  If you have no receipt, or a receipt outside of 90 days, you can exchange or receive a store gift card.

Also, a quick reminder that trading posts at Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch will be open the day your camper arrives and the day they depart.  Only credit, gift cards, and Cookie Credit cards will be accepted as a form of payment.

We hope everyone has a happy and safe summer.  If you need to reach the retail store, our number is 303-607-4880 or email us at retail@gscolorado.org

Girl Scouts to celebrate 20th anniversary of Women of Distinction in Denver: 426 extraordinary women honored

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Join Girl Scouts of Colorado in celebrating “20 years of Amazing Women” by honoring all of the Women of Distinction of the Denver-metro region. This year’s Event Chairs are Maria Garcia Berry, Woman of Distinction ’97; Jean Galloway, Woman of Distinction ’97; and Arlene Hirschfeld, Woman of Distinction ’97.

Since the Women of Distinction program began in 1997, Girl Scouts has honored 426 top women leaders in our community based on their remarkable achievements as business, community, and civic leaders. They are examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising support for Girl Scout leadership programs.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of the Women of Distinction program with a private reception on June 20, 2017 at the Colorado Auto Dealers Association from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The celebration concludes with the Thin Mint Dinner on October 19, 2017 at Denver Marriott Tech Center from 5:30 to  8:30 p.m. The event includes Thin Mint Cocktails and dessert made with Thin Mints, three-course meal, and event program.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/woddenver or contact Heidi Books at 303-607-4833 or at heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

Colorado Springs Sky Sox bridging and overnight

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Join us for our annual Girl Scout Night, bridging celebration, and overnight with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Friday, June 9, 2017 in Colorado Springs! Come cheer on the Sky Sox at they take on the Iowa Cubs. Girl Scouts can participate in a bridging ceremony before the game and enjoy an optional overnight after the game. Friends and family are invited. The game starts at 7 p.m. with bridging at 6:35 p.m. The Girl Scout overnight starts after the game, with breakfast at 7 a.m. Each participating Girl Scout will get a patch.

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017. 6:30 p.m. for Girl Scout Bridging. 7 p.m. game start.

Cost:
• Game Tickets – $19/person, includes game ticket, parking, Fun Zone pass for kids, meal voucher, and bridging event.
• Overnight Tickets – $22/person, includes game ticket, parking, Fun Zone pass for kids, food voucher, overnight field access, and movie on the big screen!

The registration deadline has been extended to June 2. Please purchase your tickets by June 2 as we are not able to accept any late registrations after this date due to the preparations our hosts need to make for the bridging and overnight.

All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited! Not bridging this year? Not a problem! Come join the fun anyways. We hope to see you there!

Girl Scouts announces 2017 Pikes Peak Region Women of Distinction: Six extraordinary women honored

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This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising support for Girl Scout leadership programs.

  • Rebecca Jewett, Executive Director, Palmer Land Trust
  • Noreen Landis-Tyson, President and CEO, CPCD…giving children a head start
  • Donna Nelson, Spirit of the Springs Program Coordinator, City of Colorado Springs
  • Susan Loo Pattee, CEO and Founder, Colorado Springs Materials Development, LLC
  • Beth Hall Roalstad, Executive Director, Homeward Pikes Peak
  • Brenda Smith, Co-Managing Member, Garden of the Gods Collection

Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees on September 21, 2017 at the Thin Mint Dinner. This year’s event will be held at The Antlers – A Wyndham Hotel. This year’s Event Chairs are Lindy Conter, Community Volunteer, Woman of Distinction ’13 and Barbara Winter, Executive Vice President, Ent Credit Union, Woman of Distinction ’13.

Thin Mint Dinner Bronze Presenting Sponsors are: Ent Credit Union and El Pomar Foundation.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodpp or contact Debbie Swanson at 719-304-8322 or at debbie.swanson@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts’ Made in the USA commitment

 

Girl Scout Merchandise (GSM) continues to honor its commitment to U.S.-made products and to strive to keep its carbon footprint as small as possible. Girl Scout vests, sashes, tunics, and insignia are all currently produced in this country, and we are reaching out to more vendors that have capabilities to produce stateside.  In addition, beginning in July, Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette badge production will take place in the United States. The fabric, thread, iron-on backing, and packaging are all produced in America.  The USA made product will be available to start shipping in July 2017.

Beginning July 1, the badges will sell for $3. Girl Scouts of Colorado will no longer accept returns of the overseas-produced badges as of June 1.

Producing stateside supports U.S manufacturing, the U.S. economy, and creates jobs for American workers.  Reshoring our products also reduces the lead time from production to customer and simplifies our supply chain management process.  Both aid us in providing better service to our customers.  Additionally, choosing to bring manufacturing here, where regulations on industrial waste and emissions are consistent and companies are incented to become more environmentally sustainable, benefits the world by limiting waste output.  U.S. reshoring also brings production assemblies closer to end users.  As a result, vehicles consume less fossil fuel to transport goods to customers, reducing emissions.

More questions? Check out our FAQs:  https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2800624-girl-scouts-s-made-in-the-usa-commitment

Girl Scouts announces 2017 Western Slope Women of Distinction: Three Extraordinary Women Honored

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This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Susan Alvillar, Manager, Community Relations, Terra Energy Partners, Woman of Distinction ‘15, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

  • Carma Brown, Personal Lines Manager at Home Loan Insurance
  • Sue Conry, Director at Hilltop Home Care
  • Stacey Mascarenas, Community Development Director for Family Health West

Since 2012, including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 15 women on the Western Slope as Women of Distinction. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees on Nov. 2, 2017 at the annual Women of Distinction Breakfast. This year’s event will be held at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The 2017 Event Chair is Paula Reece, Marketing Director, Crossroads Fitness, Woman of Distinction ’16.

Event Sponsors include: Gold Presenting Sponsor, US Bank, and Silver Presenting Sponsor, Chevron.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodgj or contact Cindi Graves at 970-628-8003 or cindi.graves@gscolorado.org.

 

You’re more than a Girl Scout, you’re a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)

 

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We believe there is no such thing as too much. There’s no excuse for making excuses. Our strength doesn’t come from how much we can lift, but from how often we lift ourselves back up. We are everyday optimists. Adventure seekers. Problem solvers. We are girls, troop leaders, mentors, advocates, parents, Girl Scouts. We are G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders). We will not stop, in fact we’re just getting started.

Renew your Girl Scout membership TODAY to receive:

  • Every troop with two Troop Leadership Team members renewed by June 15, 2017 and a completed Annual Troop Report will receive a $25 Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop credit.
  • All girls renewed by June 15, 2017 will receive the Early Bird patch.

*Credit will be available no later than August 1, 2017 and may be redeemed on orders placed by phone or in person at our GSCO shop. There will be no charge for shipping on these orders.

**Patches will be mailed to girls’ families no later than August 1, 2017.

Got a question? We’re here to help!

Visit: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2791124-early-bird-faq, email us, or give us a call at 877-404-5708

Horseback Destination Chaperone- One Spot Open!

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The outdoor programs team has an exciting volunteer opportunity to share!

This summer, GSCO is hosting a horseback destination trip. The destinations program is through GSUSA where councils open up a unique trip to fellow Girl Scouts across the country. This year, GSCO is hosting a Colorado Horseback Adventure with 18 girl scouts from across the country with white water rafting, living at a cowboy camp and a horsepack trip in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Read more about the trip here: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/colorado-horseback-adventure/

We have one spot left for a chaperone on this trip. Chaperones would attend  free of charge and responsibilities would include being a positive role model for the young women in your group and facilitating a meaningful experience in Girl Scout sisterhood. This trip will also be staffed by GSCO staff and a team a wranglers through our vendor Bear Basin Packtrips. We are looking for chaperones with horse experience, but also to support staff and wranglers and focus on girl interaction.

If you are interested in chaperoning please apply through the link below- and we urge you to do so ASAP as applications close May 1st but we would like to make the decision sooner.

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/horsebackdestinationchaperoneapplication

Please direct any questions to anna.danila@gscolorado.org

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Colorado lawmakers honor Girl Scouts

On Monday, April 10, 2017, Colorado State Representatives broke from traditional business to honor 28 Girl Scouts from across the state who earned the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. More than half of this year’s honorees were at this recognition, which took place shortly after the session opened at 10 a.m.  As Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, these girls’ accomplishments reflect extraordinary leadership and citizenship skills that mark them as valuable contributors to their communities and world.

In addition to honoring these Girl Scouts and their extraordinary Gold Award projects that benefited communities across the world, Girl Scouts of Colorado introduced the winner of the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize. Emma Albertoni, from Arvada, wrote a financial literacy curriculum that was implemented in her school and considered by the Jefferson County School Board. The Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize was made possible through a generous gift to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Endowment by Girl Scouts of Colorado President & CEO Stephanie A. Foote. “Emma’s project is an exceptional example of sustainable impact through leadership. I am proud to present this prize to her and recognize Girl Scouts whose Gold Award projects have made a lasting impact,” Foote said.

Emma was honored along with two other Gold Award recipients, who the selection committee for the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize determined were deserving of Honorable Mention. They are Sydney Marchando and Angela Smith. Sydney, from Highlands Ranch, organized a 5K run and one-mile walk to raise awareness for Fresh Harvest Food Bank. Angela, from Colorado Springs, partnered with The Catamount Institute to implement an educational program to teach children about bees and their importance as a cornerstone species.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Foote. “They saw a need and took ownership of helping to develop a solution and took action to make it happen. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership are making the world a better place.”

The Gold Award culminates with a project led by one young woman between 9th and 12th grades who builds a purpose-based team to work with the larger community to meet a need. The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

The following Colorado Girl Scouts are among the 28 statewide who will be receiving the prestigious Gold Award for the 2016-17 Girl Scout awards year:

  • Emma Albertoni from Arvada, Ralston Valley High School, took action after noticing that many of her peers lacked financial literacy. She wrote a curriculum that will be implemented in her school and proposed to the Jefferson County School Board to add a required Financial Literacy class.
  • Megan Beaudoin from Monument, St. Mary’s High School, created a 10-minute video for middle school students to help ease the transition to high school. Topics covered included: academics, social interactions, and self-esteem.
  • Megan Burnett from Colorado Springs, James Irwin Charter High School,worked with community leaders and businesses to build a softball field at the school. The project would have cost the school $25,000.
  • Kelsey Collins from Aurora, Grandview High School, created a curriculum to teach preschool and elementary school children about park safety and Colorado history.
  • Emma Curran from Colorado Springs, The Classical Academy, created “the Girl’s Life of Colorado” online magazine, or e-zine, as a source of positive and encouraging media for middle and high school students.
  • Taryn Eveland of Longmont, Longmont High School, built a sensory trail on the property of Front Range Hippotherapy, a nonprofit therapy center which uses the movements of a horse to address various social, behavioral, and cognitive disabilities.  The sensory trail includes a winding trail through the upper pasture with three permanent stations, each highlighting a different sense, including a mailbox, textile pole, and chimes.
  • Victoria Fedorco of Aurora, Eaglecrest High School, manufactured and provided raised pet beds to help senior pets be more comfortable as they await adoption in shelters.
  • Carissa Flores from Westminster, Broomfield High School, shared her knowledge and passion for Taekwondo by creating, coordinating, and leading self-defense seminars for children, teens, and adults. She also started the Women’s Self Defense Club at her school.
  • Kelsey Harry from Littleton, Heritage High School, created a new high school club, Operation Eagle, to address the issue of the U.S. military’s need of supplies that give them some comfort while away from home and also address the lack of military knowledge in our community.
  • Rebecca Hefty from Castle Rock, Castle View High School, improved a local dog park by installing a 10’x 16′ Trex pergola to provide shade and two picnic benches, giving visitors a place to sit.
  • Baily Holsinger from Larkspur, Castle View High School, worked with volunteers to crochet beanies for newborn babies at Denver Health Medical Center and Baby Haven in Fort Collins. She also held classes to teach volunteers of all ages how to make the beanies and why they are important.
  • Lindsay Iannone from Castle Rock, Castle View High School, improved the library at Faith Lutheran Church by removing unwanted books and adding new materials, including a computer.
  • Rebecca Kopacz of Colorado Springs, Palmer Ridge High School, hosted a weekly workshop for six weeks for 5th and 6th grade girls. She worked to prevent low self-esteem and teach girls they can be accepted for who they are.
  • Sydney Marchando from Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon High School, planned and hosted the Miles for Meals 5K run and one-mile walk to raise awareness and collect donations for Fresh Harvest Food Bank.
  • Molly McPherson from Boulder, Fairview High School, promoted the use of reusable water bottles, as well as educated the public about the harmful effects of bottled water.
  • Julie Monington from Aurora, Grandview High School, created a butterfly garden at a horse sanctuary to educate others on the importance of protecting the Monarch Butterfly population.
  • Clementine Morisette from Fort Collins, Poudre High School, worked with community members and visitors at FoCo Cafe to create a visual representation about how food and culture connects us.
  • Kathleen Otto from Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge High School, worked to increase awareness for dyslexia by hosting a viewing of “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” and leading a panel discussion afterwards. Additionally, she installed a little free library in her community.
  • Emma Pond from Morrison, Conifer High School, worked to make hospital visits easier by providing patients and their families care packages with a few comforts from home and activities to help occupy their time at the hospital.
  • Daniell Plomodon from Erie, Niwot High School, organized several “Disability for a Day” presentations to educate others about living with a disability. Activities included: trying to button a shirt while wearing mittens, playing patty cake while wearing Vaseline covered glasses, and using person first language.
  • Anastasia Rosen from Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain High School, created a workshop to educate others about human trafficking, tactics recruiters use, and how to prevent it.
  • Angela Smith from Colorado Springs, William J. Palmer High School, implemented an educational program about bees and installed a new beehive at a local environmental center, The Catamount Institute.
  • Juliet Spitz from Boulder, Boulder High School, recently switched to a vegan diet and wanted to educate young adults about it. She created a lesson to inform them of the conditions of animals in factory farms, entertainment industries, and testing laboratories.
  • Allyson Story from Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista High School, led a team of volunteers to make more than 200 pillowcase dresses for young girls and taught sewing classes for women in Juarez, Mexico.
  • Jordan Wilson from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, created a website and print resources to teach senior citizens about technology in a safe, easy, fun, and cost-efficient manner.
  • Debra Zerr from Arvada addressed the problem of the lack of connection between the military and public. Through a series of events, she educated others about the importance of the military and the men and women who serve.

Outdoor Adventure Club 2017-2018 Dates Released Soon!

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We are working hard to finalize all our dates and programming for the 2017-2018 Outdoor Adventure Club season for both our OAC Explorers (6th graders) and OAC Trailblazers (7th- 10th graders)! Since many of our programs use outside vendor we are just waiting on the final confirmation from a couple vendors to release ALL of our dates and locations for next year. Thanks for your patience and we will have the dates out as soon as possible and before the April 17th registration opening date.

All date and a detailed FAQ page are available at the OAC website at the link below:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/our-program/older-girls/outdoor-adventure-club.html

Please direct any questions to Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org

 

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