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2020 Highest Awards Celebration DEADLINE

Troop leaders and individual girls have until March 1, 2020 to finish their Highest Awards project AND submit their Bronze and Silver Award Notification Form to be invited to the 2020 Highest Awards Celebrations.

Bronze and Silver Award Notification Form: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/bronze-and-silver-notification.html

In the first week of March, an email invitation will go directly to all troop leaders and parents who submitted a notification form to RSVP for the celebration events.

Questions? Email Kaitie LoDolce, GSCO Highest Awards Manager, at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Corrections to GSCO’s camp mailer for Summer 2020

Girl Scouts of Colorado was recently alerted to errors in our camp mailer for Summer 2020.

  • The location for the “Focus on Canoeing” day camp for Girl Scout Juniors is Bear Creek Lake Park, not the location listed on the mailer.
  • The Open House at Sky High Ranch is April 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., not March 4.

The GSCO website been updated with the correct information. Thank you for your understanding!

 

New lemon Girl Scout Cookie: Girl Scout Cookies available in Colorado on February 2

A new Girl Scout Cookie is coming! Lemon-Ups are crispy lemon cookies baked with messages inspired by Girl Scout entrepreneurs, such as “I am a go-getter” and “I am an innovator.” This new cookie replaces Savannah Smiles and joins favorites: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Dos-Si-Dos, S’mores, and gluten-free Toffee-tastic. Girl Scout Cookies will be available in Colorado starting Sunday, February 2. S’mores and gluten-free Toffee-tastic are $5/package. All other varieties are $4/package. The 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program ends Sunday, March 8.

Each and every Girl Scout Cookie purchase is key to supporting the change-makers of today and tomorrow. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls not only discover their inner leadership potential, but also use their earnings to power amazing experiences, including travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming.

Colorado Girl Scouts sell cookies online, in addition to door-to-door and in front of major retailers. The Digital Cookie program was popular during the 2019 program with 8,069 Colorado Girl Scouts participating and selling 832,182 packages to friends and family across the country. This year, Girl Scouts of Colorado expects even more girls to participate in Digital Cookie, as it creates another fun, safe, interactive way for girls to reach their goals. To purchase cookies online, customers must get an invite to shop at a girl’s personal website.

Each purchase of Girl Scout Cookies supports girls in developing five lifelong skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

“Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies—but the program is about so much more than cookies,” said Stephanie Foote, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “Girls learn about entrepreneurship as they run their own cookie businesses. The important business and financial literacy skills girls learn through the program are proven to build their leadership skills and position them for success in the future. When you purchase cookies you are helping girls power their Girl Scout Leadership Experience and you’re supporting female entrepreneurs.”

Making the world a better place is central to the Girl Scout mission. During the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts honor non-profit organizations, food banks, military, and uniformed personnel through Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program. Through this program, customers have the opportunity to purchase a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service and helping with service projects. All Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring purchases may be eligible for a tax deduction. The 2020 goal for the Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program in Colorado is 200,000 packages.

If you are looking for cookies, use the “Cookie Locator” online or the mobile app to search for Booth Sale locations. Once you find a location that works for you, add it to your calendar and/or sign up to receive email reminders about sale locations. Visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org to get started or learn more.

All Girl Scout Cookie varieties contain zero grams of trans fat per serving. Thin Mints are vegan. Do-Si-Dos and Trefoils have no hydrogenated oils. Further information about Girl Scout Cookie ingredients can be found at littlebrownie.com. High resolution images of Girl Scout Cookies and Colorado Girl Scouts selling cookies are available upon request.

About Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado President & CEO Stephanie A. Foote to retire

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie A. Foote announced in December her plans to retire at the end of May 2020. Stephanie has been the President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado since May 1, 2012, and, from 2007 to 2012, she served as Chair of the GSCO Board of Directors.

“I’m so proud of the work we do at Girl Scouts and the impact our program has on girls, the volunteers who guide them, and the communities that benefit from their leadership and service,” Stephanie said. “In my years with this organization, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many amazing girls and dedicated volunteers. I’ve literally watched girls become leaders and witnessed their power when they work together to make the world a better place. I’m confident in our future. We’ve been preparing girls to lead for more than 100 years and that work will go on long after my retirement.”

Stephanie models business leadership for Girl Scouts. She helped to establish an Endowment Fund at Rose Community Foundation to maximize the return on this organization’s investments and support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. In 2015, she established the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize, which is awarded annually to a Girl Scout who has completed her Gold Award in the current year and whose project is selected by an independent panel as an exceptional example of impact through leadership.

Prior to working with Girl Scouts of Colorado, Stephanie served as an elected member of Denver City Council, worked as Chief of Staff to Mayor Wellington Webb, was the first woman in Denver to serve as Deputy Mayor and the first woman to serve as Manager of Public Works.

Her background in government and her business connections helped Stephanie guide Girl Scouts of Colorado to become one of the most respected non-profits in Colorado and a top-performing Girl Scout council. Stephanie’s ability to navigate regional nuances in mission delivery, fundraising, and local leadership has been instrumental in Girl Scouts of Colorado’s continued success.

Under her leadership, Girl Scouts of Colorado invested in technology, downsized office space to more efficiently use resources, elevated programming for older Girl Scouts, reversed the trend of membership decline, expanded Outreach programs to bring Girl Scouting to girls who need it most, and is in the best fiscal shape the organization has seen since the 2007 national council realignment.

Girl Scouts of Colorado Chairperson of the Board Rae Ann Dougherty said Stephanie has positioned the council well for the future.

“Girl Scouts of Colorado is extremely fortunate to have benefited from Stephanie’s leadership, experience, and expertise over the past 13 years,” she said.  “She has done great things for us and positioned the council to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to an ever-growing number of girls in Colorado.”

Stephanie is responsible for oversight of $28 million in assets, including several camps and lodges, leased office space across the state and a retail shop. In partnership with her executive leadership team, she manages an annual operating budget of more than $12 million and statewide staff of more than 100 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees who support more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adult members and volunteers in 56 counties in Colorado.

The GSCO Board of Directors has retained Evergreen Executive Source LLC of New Jersey to conduct a nationwide search for a CEO. Evergreen is an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting services for Girl Scout councils.

Board member Shannon Sisler is leading the Executive Search Committee, which will conduct the search process. Shannon is the Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for Crocs, where she is responsible for human resources globally. Prior to joining Crocs, she held Human Resources leadership roles with Davita, Janus Capital, and Western Union.

Shannon said the Board’s primary goal is to ensure a smooth transition by hiring the best CEO to lead Girl Scouts of Colorado into the future.

“It’s business as usual at Girl Scouts of Colorado right now, as staff and volunteers focus on delivering the best Girl Scout Leadership Experience possible,” Shannon said.

The CEO search process will likely take several months.

“We want this to be as transparent a process as it can be,” Shannon said. “Regular updates will be given and stakeholder input will be included in the process.”

If you know anyone who would be a great fit for Girl Scouts of Colorado, please share the job posting.

Anyone with questions about the process, should reach out to Board Chair Rae Ann Dougherty at raeannd@rrstrategies.com.

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 10, 2019) 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/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=6854 

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 10!  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/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=6854. Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.

 

 

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Colorado Gives Day is December 10

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. On December 10, 2019, 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 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 10! Every non-profit 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 today or give on December 10.  Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.

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Summer Camp Registration opens Jan. 23

Live. Love. Camp! Girl Scout Camp is where your girl is surrounded and supported by girls, where she can go beyond dreaming to actual doing! At camp she’ll try new things, step out of her comfort zone, and embrace her curiosity. Girl Scout Camp is a girl-led, girl-friendly place where everything girls do – whether it’s climbing to the top of a mountain, leading an all-camp performance, or gathering her courage to zip down the zip line – leads to leadership.

Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org to learn more about the awesome adventures we have in store for summer 2020.

Upcoming events at camp

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. or 12 p.m.

Cost: $15 (ages 4 and older), free for kids 3-years-old and younger
Bring your friends and family to Tomahawk Ranch for a delicious brunch, a visit with Santa and a fun visit to his barnyard. You can also savor sweets and lollies a plenty and warm up at the campfire with hot cocoa and cider. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa and his furry friends at the barn. When purchasing tickets for this event you will be able to register for your preferred time slot. An event itinerary will be provided after registration. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline for registration is December 9.

Expedition and Mini Expedition Antarctica

January 17 -19, 2020

Cost: $135/person

Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy! This Friday-Sunday excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing, shelter building, and ice fishing. If we don’t have enough snow, we’ll do more general survival skills and camp activities such as archery and farm. Our special guest instructor this year will be Jessie Krebs, head instructor at SERE Training. This camp is for girls and their significant male role model/guardian (age 18+) in her life. Girls should register with the adult male who will be attending. Adults can come with multiple girls, if desired. Limited accommodations are available for campers who wish to attend with a female adult instead.  Register now. Spaces are limited!

Is your Girl Scout ready to earn one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards

Do you know that Girl Scouts can earn one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards as early as fourth grade? Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. And the skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

Gold Award: The mark of the truly remarkable
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—and it’s only available through Girl Scouts! To earn this unique award, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good by tackling issues dear to their hearts while driving lasting change in their communities and beyond.

Girl Scout Silver Award

Girl Scout Cadettes flex their leadership muscles by doing research and taking action on issues of their choice. Through their commitment to their communities, girls gain confidence and skills that will catapult them to Gold Award success—all while creating positive change.

Girl Scout Bronze Award

By taking action with others to improve their communities, Girl Scout Juniors gain important leadership skills and learn that even seemingly small actions can make a big impact.

Learn more

2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program begins Feb. 2

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. 2 – March 8.

Visit our website to find a training or cookie rally near you!

Upcoming Events

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout groups of 10 or more (including chaperones, friends, and family) contact Bobbie Fanchini at 800-320-1733 or bobbie@nutcracker.com to learn more about exclusive Girl Scout rates. All Girl Scouts will receive a Moscow Ballet Fun Patch with their ticket, and groups of 25 or more (all GS count as one group) are invited to a day-of-show meet and greet with a ballerina!

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2020 Secrets to Success events. Every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th is invited to Secrets to Success.

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

 

2020 Cookie Program service unit incentive: New this year

Girl Scouts of Colorado service units will receive an incentive of $.01 (penny) per package of Girl Scout Cookies sold, if the number of packages sold in 2020 are 3% over the number of packages sold in 2019.

If the number of packages sold in 2020 is 6% (or more) over the number of packages sold in 2019, service units will receive $.02 per package.

These incentives are not cumulative.

Incentives earned could help provide special events and activities for the Girl Scouts and volunteers in your community!

Service Units need to submit a current ACH form for the service unit bank account in order to receive the incentive deposit. Click on the link to complete an ACH form: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/ACH.html

There are some great new girl rewards too! Want to have a sneak peek? Click here to look at the girl incentives.

Gold Award Girl Scouts impact Colorado communities and beyond

Twenty-seven Girl Scouts from across Colorado have earned the distinction of Gold Award Girl Scout, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, after completing Take Action projects benefiting their local communities and those around the world.

  • Lakin Altman from Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Christian School, created “Baby Bundles,” a program to provide low-resource families with clothes and necessities for their babies. She also designed a resource guide for new mothers, so they could know where to go if they need help.
  • Kate Bleyle from Highlands Ranch, Kent Denver School, designed a creative writing curriculum for students K-12. It is available for students of any background (e.g. homeschooled, low-income, the average student). Kate also taught her curriculum with Boys and Girls Clubs.
  • Christine Bolt from Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs High School, organized an annual summer camp for children with autism. Each day focused on an aspect of camping and outdoor skills, including building a fire, setting up a tent, and wildlife awareness.
  • Bianca Bryant from Woodland Park, Woodland Park High School, worked with city leaders to build the community’s first dog park, which is now maintained by the city and a volunteer group.
  • Devyn Dhieux from Evergreen made dozens of reusable grocery bags out of animal feed bags. She also taught others how to prepare the bags to be sewn and even created a “How-To Manual” with instructions on how to make this type of reusable bag.
  • Emma Downing from Colorado Springs, Rampart High School, remodeled the children’s space for a non-profit that helps women, children, and other victims escaping abuse. Emma also provided inventory boxes for the residents that can be used to store and catalog their personal belongings.
  • Hanna Ellis from Wray, Wray High School, worked with city leaders to increase the number of pet waste dispensers around the town. She also educated others throughout the community about the adverse health effects related to pet waste.
  • Heather Fleming from Englewood, Cherry Creek High School, knows first-hand how children of alcoholics can feel lost and alone, so she developed a series of materials to help families affected by alcoholism. These resources are being distributed by the Colorado Mental Wellness Network and at rehabilitation centers here in Colorado and across the country.
  • Renee Gangwish from Boulder, Fairview High School, led a group of volunteers to restore fences at the historic Walker Ranch Homestead in Boulder County. She also created a curriculum to educate others about the importance of Colorado’s open spaces.
  • Emma Gibbs from Longmont, Silver Creek High School, brought together different organizations at her high school to create an ongoing incentive program as part of an effort to increase school spirit and boost attendance at school-sponsored events and activities.
  • Inspired by her own struggle with celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disorder, Emma Graziano from Arvada, Ralston Valley High School, started a support group for teens living with celiac disease for the Denver Celiac Support Group, a local chapter of the National Celiac Association (NCA).
  • Joslyn Hays from Gunnison, Gunnison High School, promoted the game of Ringer within the community of Gunnison and with tourists. She also built a kiosk by the Gunnison Marble Rings explaining the game of Ringer and its history in her community.
  • Abby Kennedy from Lakewood, Lakewood High School, created a music tutoring program for elementary school students. Students not only improved their performance, but their interest in continuing their music education was increased as well.
  • Lauren Kettler from Thornton, Horizon High School, developed “Popsicles of Positivity” to teach middle school-aged students about the need for kindness and perspective. The program is designed to be a short activity that can be integrated into other programs, such as a class period or club/group meeting.
  • Samantha Kucera from Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs High School, created a wilderness skills program for children. Through this program, she ran numerous educational events for more than 230 children, created an online skills guide, and has a booklet available as a Wilderness Junior Ranger Program at Steamboat Lake State Park and as a patch program with Girl Scouts of Colorado.
  • Audrey Pass from Thornton, Eagle Ridge Academy, partnered with detectives and victims’ advocates to create a video and website with accurate and sensitive information regarding sexual assault.
  • Taylor Sich from Lakewood, Lakewood Senior High School, created “H.O.P.E” (Hold On, Pain Ends) a program for teenagers to help identify and reach out to their peers when they are in need of mental health support . She also established many peer-facilitated groups at school, as well as created a website for parents and children to find resources and read about the stories of others who are going through the same thing as they are.
  • Cassandra Sterns from Arvada, Ralston Valley High School, developed and taught ongoing technology classes through her local library for independently living seniors to help them learn how to use their Android smartphone. Each class taught the attendees how to use different apps on smartphones such as messages, camera, email, and Internet.
  • Jessica Sweeney from Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch High School, addressed the issue of deforestation through her ongoing tree planting initiative. She gathered 31 community members to plant 40 trees and shrubs, as well as two flats of sedges at CALF’s Lowell Ranch in Douglas County.
  • After experimenting with container gardeningherself, Kyra TerLouw from Grand Junction, Grand Junction High School, partnered with Community Food Bank to create vegetable container garden kits that are available to members of her community. They included soil, seeds, nutritional information, and a bilingual “how-to” brochure.
  • Amy Tomshack from Northglenn, Northglenn High School, addressed the topic of emergency preparedness in schools. She did this by organizing and running a Hands-Only CPR and Stop the Bleed first-aid class, as well as organizing and running an ongoing supply drive to collect supplies to expand her school’s first-aid kits.
  • Bri Wolle from Arvada, Ralston Valley High School, partnered with SCOPE International to share her love of music with children in Kenya. She bought and shipped 60 recorders, 15 to four schools, in addition to recorder books. Nine months later, she visited the schools and learned that her hope to spark a passion for music into the lives of the children half a world away was achieved.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—earned only by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls are entitled to enlist at a higher pay grade if they join the military.

“Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good—and these Girl Scouts embody everything this achievement stands for,” said Stephanie Foote, President and Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “Each of these young women addressed an issue that’s important to her in order to earn her Gold Award, and we congratulate each of these Gold Award Girl Scouts on this momentous accomplishment.”

Colorado Gives Day is one week from TODAY

 

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. One week from today (December 10, 2019), 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/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=6854 

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 10! Every non-profit 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 today or give on December 10 at https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=6854. Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.