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News from the GSCO Retail Shop

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Retail Shop is excited to offer two new features:

  • Select Council’s Own merchandise available online with new items added every day
  • Non-contact pickup at our physical location in Denver

You can now place orders by phone, email, or via our new online form.  Statewide shipping is still free and customers may now choose to pick up merchandise at the GSCO Shop in Denver (Monday – Friday). In-stock items are available within 24-hours of payment, but special orders and Girl Scout Leadership Experience backordered merchandise may (still) be delayed due to manufacturing and delivery challenges nationwide.  GSCO Retail Associates will walk you through complete details of an order, just give them a call at (303) 607-4880.  You can also check out our FAQ.

Will the GSCO Shop ever open to in-person shopping?

We certainly hope so! For now, we are working on virtual opportunities, and looking ahead to the potential of appointment-only shopping when Denver City and County guidelines allow greater in-store capacity.

Questions? Email retail@gscolorado.org.

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 

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.

Platica en español Virtual de Girl Scouts

Únase en este día para platicar acerca de todo lo que tiene que ver con Girl Scouts. Hablaremos de temas como: dar oportunidades a nuestras hijas de STEM, arte, prepararlas para el colegio, y ¡mucho más!

También hablaremos de los retos que enfrentamos al ser sus guías en este mundo, como animarlas, como animarnos a nosotras mismas, y como podemos usar los recursos de Girl Scouts para salir adelante.

Invite a sus amigas, primas, tías, hijas, y a la familia a participar. No necesitan que ser miembros de girl scouts para unirse as esta platica. Simplemente queremos ver a nuestra comunidad unida en este tiempo de la pandemia del coronavirus.

Registrase y un día antes de la platica les mandare el enlace de Zoom para que puedan participar.

Si tiene preguntas o quieren platicar un poco más antes de esta fecha por favor llame a Korina Padilla al 303-607-4813 o mande un correo electrónico a: Korina.Padilla@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.

Storytime/Tiempo de Cuentos

Ready for some wonderful and diverse storytimes that you can enjoy this summer?

Starting June 18, 2020, Girl Scouts of Colorado will be having weekly storytimes offered in English, Spanish, and bilingual formats. We are so excited to bring you inspiring and creative stories filled with wonderful characters whom you will cherish. This storytime is open to current Girl Scouts and non-members. Spread the word and join in the fun!

Register online!

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html?q=Storytime+SEries

¿Lista para un tiempo de cuentos maravillosos y diversas que puede disfrutar este verano? Empezando el 18 de junio se ofrecerá un tiempo de cuentos cada semana en formatos de inglés, español, y bilingües. Estamos muy emocionados en traerle historias que inspiran y son creativas llenos de personajes maravillosos que atesoraran. Este tiempo de cuentos está disponible a Girl Scouts y también a niñas que todavía no son miembros. ¡Difunda la palabra y únete a la diversión!

¡Regístrate en línea!

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html?q=Storytime+SEries

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 ready to meet in-person again July 1

We know it’s been a strange and difficult spring as we’ve all had to shelter in place. But we have watched you demonstrate amazing leadership skills and innovation by continuing the provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for your Girl Scouts! We are grateful to have such great volunteers.

Beginning July 1, 2020, Girl Scouts of Colorado is allowing small groups to begin meeting in-person as long as social distancing and safety requirements are met. Please read through the guidelines and chat with your troop families to see how this could work for your troop. It’s important to consider the concerns of all families so that no one feels excluded.

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.

Our Continued Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Girl Scout Movement has been about social justice, equity, and inclusivity from its very beginning. It’s written into the guiding principles of our Promise and Law. From the first call to offer something to all the girls, at a time when women didn’t even have the right to vote, to the first racially integrated troops long before schools and businesses were mandated to integrate, Girl Scouts has been at the forefront.

Girl Scouts look around their communities, see what needs fixing, and create sustainable solutions.

Right now, communities are hurting, especially Black communities, and we – as an organization that has always strived for racial equity  – stand with our Black Girl Scouts and all families of color as we push toward a future where no one has to face the fear and trauma seen by this and previous generations.

As our Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo said: “The problem of racism can feel enormous, but our individual responses don’t have to be.”

Our answer is greater civic engagement —  an area we know well.

Girl Scout programming has long had a focus on civic engagement. There are civic badges for all program levels, in addition the Junior level Agent of Change Journey and the Ambassador level Justice Journey both focus on sparking change. Additionally, identifying a societal problem and creating a sustainable solution is at the core of our Highest Awards program.

But these are not enough. The conversations of the past few weeks have motivated us to do more. We are:

  • Launching a new patch program this month to start the conversation of race and racism by learning to appreciate diversity and to honor and celebrate our differences in our local communities and around the world.
  • Reaching out to partner organizations with experts to guide conversations relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion for adults and children.
  • Creating safe spaces for Girl Scouts to have conversations on topics relating to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Developing resources and using our platforms to share resources for families and troops to engage and reflect on matters relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Continuing to create programming to educate and engage our girls and community in civic action and conversations around systemic racism.

Making the world a better place is our mission and we will continue to give girls the tools they need to do it. Watch the GSCO Blog for more details and how you can join us soon.

GSCO Event Cancellation Update

Girl Scouts of Colorado is extending the suspension of all in-person gatherings through June 30, 2020. We ask that you cancel or reschedule any meetings or activities planned for in-person and move to virtual when possible. This also includes all trips and travel for troops. We realize guidelines vary in counties around the state, but because we serve the entire state, our decisions are made for the council as a whole.

We will continue to monitor state health and governor guidelines, re-evaluate our status every two weeks, and are working toward a set of guidelines to allow troops to meet in person later in the summer.

What we stand for

Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Leanna Clark

Dear Girl Scout community,

I’m proud to be part of the Girl Scout community  —  a place  where the fundamental values of respect for all and inclusivity are at the core of our being. For more than 100 years, we’ve prepared girls to lead, to speak up and speak out, and to take action for change.

As we try to process what happened in Minnesota to George Floyd, in Atlanta to Ahmaud Arbery, and in Louisville to Breonna Taylor; as we grasp the reality of the protests here in Colorado and around the nation; and we see violent images on the nightly news and in our social media feeds, I ask our Girl Scout community to stand together and support each other.

We need to live the words of our Promise and Law now more than ever. Now is the time to be courageous and strong, to respect ourselves and others, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

We are better together.

Although I’m new here (just starting my second week as CEO), I’ve already felt the warm embrace of this community. We are here for you. For those of us experiencing racism, we are holding you close. And for those standing as an ally, we stand with you.

As a girl-serving organization, we know your heart will turn to “how do I address this with my children?” so we’ve asked our Chief Outdoor Programs Officer Lindsay Standish, who is a child life specialist and recreation therapist, to provide some resources and tips because we know these conversations are difficult and important. In addition, these resources specific to talking about race may be useful as well.

Part of our mission is to make the world a better place. Today, we are called upon to recommit to that mission as a community.  We have a long way to go, but as Girl Scouts, I know we are up for it.

Sincerely,

Leanna Clark
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of Colorado

 

Campfire Chat with GSCO CEO Stephanie Foote and Incoming CEO Leanna Clark

We’re so excited to welcome Leanna Clark as Girl Scouts of Colorado’s new CEO. In her first few weeks, she’s looking forward to “meeting” a wide variety of Girl Scouts of Colorado stakeholders and is excited to learn more about our community statewide.

The campfire has always been a place to come together to share stories, learn about each other, and grow closer as Girl Scout sisters. Join GSCO for a virtual campfire chat with CEO Stephanie Foote, as she talks with incoming CEO Leanna Clark. Learn more about Leanna and hear from Stephanie about her favorite memories leading GSCO. Click here to watch.

Campfire Chat Transcript

A Message from Rae Ann Dougherty

 

As Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Board Chair, let me introduce you to Leanna Clark, our incoming CEO. While I would prefer to do so in person, virtually will have to do for now. History is on our side as Stephanie departs and Leanna arrives.

Over the years, you benefited from the legacy Stephanie created. Turns out Stephanie’s retirement aligns with World War II Memorial dedication date (2004), another powerful legacy. Wow!

Leanna, a Colorado native, is poised to ensure our ongoing success of providing amazing Girl Scout experiences. Leanna began the same day in history of Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to serve as the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice (2008)– a fitting highlight of our Movement’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy.

Do you think we can serve every Colorado girl? I do, especially considering the depth and breadth of Leanna’s experience. Exhilarating when our future is so bright.