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Volunteer recognition award: Nominations are now being accepted

 

Know a volunteer who makes Girl Scouts a GREAT experience for girls? Nominate her or him for a volunteer recognition award!

It’s a powerful validation of a volunteer’s achievements to be honored with an award. Every year, we ask volunteers to tell us about the outstanding contributions their peers have made by nominating them for an award and asking others to endorse the nomination.

Please check out the Volunteer Recognition Award Guide for more information about the nomination and endorsement process. Criteria for each award is also listed. The guide is available on the volunteer appreciation page on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

Along with five GSUSA awards, and our own GSCO President’s award, we have a new award this year, the Rising Star Pin, to recognize new volunteers in their first or second year, who are already shining stars in their troops and in communities!

The deadline for nominations and endorsements is March 31, 2019. To access the nomination/endorsement form, go to the Volunteer Appreciation page of the GSCO website.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org or (303) 607 – 4897.

Celebrate Girl Scout Week: 7 Days of awesome

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Whether you’re a Girl Scout alum, current member, dedicated volunteer, or you simply have an extraordinary Girl Scout in your life, you’re an important part of the Girl Scout family. And you know what families do together? Celebrate!

Girl Scout Week is definitely something to celebrate—seven straight days to show off your Girl Scout pride and lift up all that this worldwide sisterhood has given you, your community, and the world. Join us in treating each day from Sunday, March 10, through Saturday, March 16, as a day of action focused on a powerful yet simple way to get involved.

Sunday, March 10

Girl Scout Sunday is a special day dedicated to thinking about your beliefs and how they’re reflected in the Girl Scout Law. Think of the things the two have in common and share your thoughts with others. 

Monday, March 11 

Give a big shout-out to your Girl Scout sisters! Whether you tag other Girl Scouts on social media or get creative and make a card or gift for a Girl Scout in your life, don’t be bashful about sharing the love. 

Tuesday, March 12

It’s Girl Scouts’ 107th birthday! Honor the Girl Scout Movement by sharing on social media an issue you’re passionate about and what you’re doing to make a difference. You’ve got this, Girl Scout! 

Wednesday, March 13

Get out your green gear—it’s Girl Scout Spirit Day! Whether you sport a Girl Scout tee under a blazer at the office or rock a trefoil sweatshirt at the gym, let everyone know you’re a G.I.R.L. at heart. 

Thursday, March 14

Perform an act of kindness. Whether you pay for a stranger’s cup of coffee or visit an elderly neighbor, every bit of positivity Girl Scouts put out there helps make the world a better place. 

Friday, March 15

Kick off the weekend by giving back to your community. Could the local park use a cleanup? Does the food bank need volunteers? As always, the best person for the job is a Girl Scout! 

Saturday, March 16

Besides reflecting on your beliefs and how they’re echoed in the Girl Scout Law, we urge you to take some time this Girl Scout Sabbath to learn something new about someone else’s faith. 

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating Girl Scout Week 2019 by hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form. Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Questions? Email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Volunteer View: January 2019

Get out and camp this summer

Summer camp session registration for overnight camp, day camp, troop camp, and family camp opens at 9 a.m. January 17.

Check the camp website www.camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org for session descriptions, a day in the life at camp, beautiful photos of last year’s sessions, and a fun quiz to help girls’ identify their camping style!

Mark your calendar for Jan. 24 cookie booth sign up

The first round of council cookie booth selection begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 24; round two opens at 6 p.m. Jan. 25. Troops will be able to select one booth at one location during each of these rounds.

Visit our events calendar to find a cookie rally near you.

Important dates to know:

  • Jan. 24: First round of booth selection
  • Jan. 25: Second round of booth selection
  • Feb. 3: Cookie program and My Sales booths begin
  • Feb. 15: Council booths begin.

Check out the rest of our cookie program info and resources.

Cookie Program resources

Got a phone? Get trained!

Our online training classes are now accessible through your smartphone! Take online classes such as Nuts and Bolts (for new leaders), Experienced Troop Cookie Manager training, and cookie program enrichment classes, right in the palm of your hand! You can view the classes, take quizzes and download class resources and completion certificates, all on your phone!

If you need assistance accessing our eLearning site, please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at 303-607-4897 or email her at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org.

GSCO eLearning site

Celebrate World Thinking Day

Take the lead on February 22 to celebrate 2019 World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!) Girls also celebrate World Thinking Day throughout the spring. The theme for World Thinking Day in 2019 is leadership! Check out our activity guides online to explore many different ways girls can be leaders and create the change they want to see in the world—and celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides!

Is your troop or service unit planning a World Thinking Day celebration? Tell Us about it and get help from the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Committee!

Volunteer Recognition Awards: Recognize an Outstanding Volunteer!

The form to nominate a volunteer for an award will go live on January 31. The deadline to submit a nomination or endorsement is March 31.

Now would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements! Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award.would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements! Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award.

More information about the awards, and the number of required endorsements for each award, is listed on the volunteer appreciation page on our website and in the Volunteer Recognition Award Guide You can also learn more about how to write strong nominations and endorsements. 

Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.  email: Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org  call: 303-607-4897

Outdoor Program Events

Come join us at our upcoming Outdoor Program events! You can find all of our year-round events at http://gscoblog.org/2018/10/2018-2019-outdoor-program-events/

  • Tomahawk Ranch Open House, February 24, Free. Take a staff-led or self-guided tour of Tomahawk Ranch at our Open House. Get those burning questions answered and help little ones feel comfortable to attend camp this summer. Visit the different sleeping and program areas to get an idea of what the summer ahead looks like. Staff from Mountain Berry Culinary will also be available to answer any meal-related questions. Open to all ages.
  • Sky High Ranch Open House, March 9, Check out Sky High Ranch at one of our Open House events this spring! Tour the property with one of our knowledgeable staff, learn about our summer program, and what kinds of activities we have, and let us answer any questions you may have about summer camp. Our open house is a great way to help your camper prepare for camp, and you too! Let’s bring on summer!

Outdoor Adventure Club

Sign up for our single event interest list, see upcoming dates and get more information here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/adventure

  • Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Snow Mountain Ranch, March 16-17. Our entire group will go dog sledding and cross-country skiing on wintry trails. In the evening we will have a group pool party and roller skating night. Everyone loved this event last year so much we are doing it again! Girls in 7th to 12th grade. Cost: $115/girl, Free for Trailblazers Passport holders.
  • Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Keystone Science School Snow Spectacular, March 30-31, We have partnered with Keystone Science School for a weekend of play in the snowy mountains! You’ll cross-country ski, snowshoe, use an astronomy telescope and compete in a winter Olympics challenge. Program Level: Cadette (6th grade). Cost: $110/girl, Free for Explorers Passport holders

Highest Awards

Save the Date: Highest Awards Celebrations

Troops working on their Bronze or Silver awards have until March 1 to submit the Bronze and Silver Notification Form to be invited to the 2019 Highest Awards Celebrations. Find a celebration in your area: http://gscoblog.org/2019/01/save-the-date-2019-highest-awards-celebrations/

Questions? Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager at  highestawards@gscolorado.org.

GSUSA Gold and Silver Award change

Effective October 1, 2018 Gold and Silver award projects can be for the benefit of the Girl Scouts community. Please send any questions directly to Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.
Any troop considering a Silver Award project that would solely benefit the GS community must run their project idea by the Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce.

Gold Award Trainings: 

Training is required for girls pursuing their Gold Award:

  • Saturday, January 26 at 9 a.m., Denver office
  • Saturday, March 30 at  9 a.m., Colorado Springs office

Older Girls

OGAB (Older Girl Advisory Board)

The Older Girl Advisory Board will oversee the G.I.V.E. (Girls Investing in a Voice for Everyone) program. These girls are excited to apply their knowledge, experience, and dedication to serving girls across the state in developing opportunities to help their fellow Girl Scout sisters do more. With the addition of this program, girls interested in joining the OGAB can apply now through February 15 at https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/our-program/older-girls/older-girl-advisory-board.html

G.I.R.L Fest 

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond is excited to share information about 2019 G.I.R.L. Fest (formerly known as the Girl Scout Jamboree)! Celebrating all things G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader) from June 26-30, this event will create a powerful impact with the Girl Scout brand and will make this beloved event even more thrilling for Girl Scouts across the country. G.I.R.L. Fest is now featured on the GSUSA Getaways site for all girls in grades 4-12 (current Membership Year) in the Girl Scout Movement to consider. We’re so excited to host an opportunity for girls to experience high-adventure in the heart of beautiful southern West Virginia! Early Bird pricing ends January 19, so check it out today.

SheTech Explorer Day

GSCO can send fifteen 9th and 10th grade girl to the SheTech Explorer Day on February 8 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. at the University of Denver – SIE Complex.

What is it? SheTech Explorer Day is a hands-on tech conference for high school girls. This day-long event will include hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and math. Our ultimate goal is to expose girls to technology in a fun atmosphere as well as meet STEM role models to learn more about opportunities in those fields. Girls who attend will have access to internships, receive a SheTech certificate, receive pathway information and become part of a community to help girls have opportunities in STEM. http://shetechexplorer.com/explorer-days/​​​​​​​ 

Cost? FREE! Breakfast, snacks and lunch provided.
Participants must arrange own transportation. Adults can attend for free as well as a chaperone.

How do I attend? Email Emily Speck at emily.speck@gscolorado.org with the subject line: SheTech. Provide girl’s full name, school and grade. This will be a first come, first serve opportunity. Deadline is January 31.

Upcoming Events

Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!

Secrets to Success

January 26, Grand Junction

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. Registration is now open. 

Badge Workshop at Fort Morgan Museum

January 26, Fort Morgan

Join the staff at Fort Morgan Museum for a morning full of badge activities! The museum specializes in telling the stories of Fort Morgan and Morgan County through permanent and temporary exhibits, educational programs, and photos, documents, and artifacts from yesterday and today.

Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche

February 16, Denver

Ticket sales now open! Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche and cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the St. Louis Blues! The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold more than 500 packages at their booth.

Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Colorado Nuggets

March 2, Denver

All Girl Scouts are invited to cheer on the Nuggets as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans.  And, Girl Scouts can sleep at the Pepsi Center after the game! The game starts at 7 p.m.

Harlem Globetrotters at the Broadmoor World Arena

March 2, Colorado Springs

Discounted tickets for Girl Scouts.

Disney on Ice – Worlds of Enchantment at the Broadmoor World Arena

March 23, Colorado Springs

Discounted tickets for Girl Scouts at the 3 p.m. performance.

Outdoor Skills Days 

April and May

Hosted by Troop 70007, Outdoor Skills Days are planned in April and May for Girl Scouts in first grade and older. Learn about knife craft, compasses, fire building, campsite set-up, leave no trace, planning a camp out and much more! $17/girl, includes hot lunch and outdoor skills patch. To see dates and registration information:https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/

Top honors for GSCO’s Property and Risk Management Director

Congratulations to Myrnan Fronczak, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Property and Risk Management Director! She, along with GSCO, was honored with the “2018 Outstanding Corporate Participation and Support of the Denver Chapter of IFMA” award. It recognizes an organization’s outstanding cooperation and support of a professional member who best supports the chapter. IFMA (International Facility Management Association) is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals. Myrnan is also a former president of the Denver chapter, currently serves as the editor of the monthly newsletter, and is part of the Community Service Committee.

Myrnan is in charge of all of the properties owned and/or leased by GSCO.  She takes care of everything to insure that our properties and facilities are well-maintained and provide a good experience for all users. Her duties also include overseeing service providers and keeping up with all the zoning and building codes.  One of the organizations that provides information and support to those have the responsibilities such as Myrnan’s is IFMA.

Troop 66802 celebrates one year of Daisy’s Circle membership

Congratulations to Girl Scout Troop 66802 for celebrating one year as a Daisy’s Circle member! As the VERY FIRST Girl Scout troop Daisy’s Circle member, they are truly leaders and they are making a difference.

Joining Daisy’s Circle was the big first step to learning about philanthropy. They have continued down this path and are about to complete their “Philanthropy” badge. They have been learning about the many ways you can help people. They gathered coats, donated food, and of course, they helped other girls become Girl Scouts through Daisy’s Circle!

When asked if it makes them feel good to help others, the answer was a unanimous YES! They truly understand what it means to be a sister to every Girl Scout!

Still not a member of Daisy’s Circle? What are you waiting for? Join online at www.gscodaisyscircle.org. Questions? Contact donor relations manager Carol Griffin at carol.griffin@gscolorado.org or (303) 607 – 4879.

Get out and CAMP for summer 2019: Registration for Girl Scout Camp begins Jan. 17

Girl Scout Camp is a place for every girl to answer the call to adventure, grow in confidence, and discover the power she has to change the world! For summer 2019, your girl can hike to the top of a mountain, star in an all-camp skit, or steer a canoe. She’ll try new things, push herself, and embrace challenges.

Girl Scouts of Colorado has sessions designed for girls entering first grade through seniors in high school at both Sky High Ranch near Colorado Springs and Tomahawk Ranch southwest of Denver. Overnight camp sessions are 3 days, 6 days, or 2 weeks. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 17 on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. Dozens of sessions and camps are available for summer 2019, including:

  • “Lone Rangers” at Tomahawk Ranch- Girls will learn about the barnyard and have a chance to feed, groom, and love our four-legged friends. They’ll also make crafts, master a line dance or two, roast s’mores around a campfire, learn to rope, and more!
  • “Oopy Goopy Science” at Sky High Ranch – Girls will learn how to launch pop and tea bag rockets, explode watermelons, and make fizzy lemonade to drink.
  • “Pioneers” at Tomahawk Ranch- Older girls will take a trip back to the 1800’s! They’ll cook over a fire and make jams and pies with fresh fruit. They’ll also learn to cure their own jerky, dehydrate fruits and vegetables, make cheese, bread, and butter.
  • “Camp Wondering Water” at Sky High Ranch – Older girls will learn how to survive at a primitive campsite and hone survival skills, such as water purification, orienteering, shelter building, and fire safety.

The entire summer camp schedule is posted on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (http://www.camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/). Register early. Some sessions fill in just a few hours!

Girl Scouts of Colorado also offers day camp, family camp, and troop camp adventures throughout the state.

Connections: December 2018

Summer camp registration opens Jan. 17

Get out and explore. Get out of your routine and immerse yourself in a reality where you can do and be whatever you dream! Girl Scout Camp is a safe place where you’ll try new things, step out of your comfort zone, and embrace your curiosity. Girl Scout Camp is a girl-led, girl-friendly place where everything you do – whether it’s climbing to the top of a mountain, leading an all-camp performance, or gathering your courage to zip down the zip line – leads to leadership.

Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org to view session descriptions, take a quiz to find what type of camp is best for you, and learn more about the awesome adventures ahead.

Share the Girl Scout experience

We love Girl Scouts. You love Girl Scouts. But, it can be frustrating when stereotypes and myths about what Girl Scouting is persist!  Help us change the perception that Girl Scouts just do crafts and sell cookies.

Sure, being part of the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program is cool and gives girls the business smarts they need to take on the world; and the young makers of today are the inventors and innovators of the future, but Girl Scouts is even more than that. We’re adventurers and risk-takers who get outside and face our fears. (Check out this video of local Girl Scouts rock climbing at Garden of the Gods.) We’re dreamers and tinkerers who will build new technologies. ( Watch this video of Girl Scouts learning about cybersecurity.) We take care of our communities and speak up for others. (Watch this video)

Girl Scouts’ powerful all girl space (watch this video) fosters collaboration over competition and inspires girls to go beyond dreaming to actually doing. We want this for all girls! Please help spread the word, share the videos within your social circles, and show the world the power of Girl Scouts!

2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program beings Feb. 3

When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than life-changing experiences and adventure. They also develop essential life skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership the Girl Scout way to lift one another up and change the world, together.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program runs Feb. 3 – March 10
Visit our website to find a training or cookie rally near you!

Upcoming Events

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

Performance running Dec. 6 – Jan. 6. 25% off tickets for Girl Scouts and their families.

Habitat Badge Day at the Pueblo Zoo

January 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout Juniors (4th and 5th grade) are invited to the Pueblo Zoo to work on their Habitat Badge!

Secrets to Success

January 26, Grand Junction

Girls will connect with professional women in a variety of career fields, giving them a unique opportunity to learn directly from incredible women in our community. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th, is invited to Secrets to Success.

​Save the Date: Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche

February 16, Denver

Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche and cheer on the Avs as they take on the St. Louis Blues! The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold over 500 packages at their booth.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Colorado Nuggets

March 2, Denver

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list. Details will be available in early 2019.

Colorado Gives Day is TOMORROW

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  TOMORROW (December 4, 2018) you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. To make giving even easier, schedule your donation TODAY by using this link: https://www.coloradogives.org/GirlScouts/overview.

By supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, your donation dollars go further than they would on any other day of the year. That’s because the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases all donations made on December 4!  Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Schedule your donation NOW or give TOMORROW at https://www.coloradogives.org/GirlScouts/overview. Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Girl Scouts honors 2018 Women of Distinction on the Western Slope

Thursday, November 8, 2018, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2018 Women of Distinction during a breakfast held at Two Rivers Convention Center. 2018 Women of Distinction for the Western Slope-area are:

  • Sister Barbara Aldrich SCL, VP of Mission Integration, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
  • Jeni Brown, Chief Financial Officer, J.G. Management Systems, Inc.
  • LeAnn Zetmeir, Philanthropist and Community Leader

A group of nearly 300 gathered at the event, which was chaired by Women of Distinction Stacey Mascarenas ’17, Community Development Administrator, Family Health West. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Sue Conry ’17, Director of Mesa County Family Resource Center. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

The morning’s keynote speakers were Gold Award Girl Scout Molly McPherson, and Silver Award Girl Scout, Anela Cronk.

Since 2013, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 18 Grand Junction-area women with this honor. More than $32,000 was raised at this year’s breakfast for Girl Scout programs.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit our website.