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Become a GSCO Media Star

We’re searching for Girl Scouts to share their Girl Scout story and serve as Media Stars for the 2020-21 membership year.

What is a Media Star?

At the start of each Girl Scout year, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from across the state to be Media Stars. They deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scout Camp, or other GSCO events/activities/news with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. Here are just some of the media interviews Media Stars participated in during the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

To be a Media Star, a girl must be in fourth grade or above. From time to time, we need younger girls to help with media interviews. However, the Media Star program is reserved for girls in fourth grade and above.

How to get involved

Girls who want to be Media Stars should:

  1. Review the Media Star Guidelines to ensure you understand the program’s requirements and expectations.
  2. Email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org and include a:
    1. Brief essay (250 words or less) about why you love Girl Scouts.
    2. Video (no more than a minute) in which you introduce yourself (first name only) and say what you have learned as part of Girl Scouts. Here is an example:

“Hi! My name is AnneMarie and I am a Girl Scout Cadette from Arvada! As a Girl Scout, I had to think outside the box to meet my cookie goal. I hosted a drive-thru booth at a neighborhood business and sold cookies online using Digital Cookie.”

Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Submissions from girls 13-years-old and older must be done by the girl. The best videos and essays will be shared on the GSCO Blog and social media networks and must be received by October 15 at 9 a.m.

If you are selected to become a Media Star, you will be asked to participate in an individual, training session in November or December 2020. This training may be in-person or over the phone. During this training, girls will learn everything needed to be a successful Media Star. Even if you have participated in this program before, you must be trained each year if you want to participate in the program again.

** Note: This is a very popular program, so spots will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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.

Share Your Love of Girl Scouts, Earn a Friend Sloth Patch

Join us in the Girl Scouts of Colorado Make New Friends Challenge and you can earn a friend for your sloth patch!

All girls renewed for the 2021 Membership Year before Oct. 1, can request a free  Renewed Girl Scout patch (Use this form to request )

and if you share your love of Girl Scouts with the world by completing the challenges on the Make New Friends game, you can earn a friend patch to connect with your sloth! This is on-your-honor, so once you have checked off enough items for your program level, you can purchase the go-together Make New Friends patch at the shop. The patches will be available for $2 beginning in October and will be available through the 2021 Membership Year (or until sold out).

Download the Make New Friends challenge and get started today!

In-person shopping at the GSCO Retail Shop

We are excited to welcome you back to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Retail Shop with scheduled shopping hours. Customers can now reserve a 30-minute slot. Girl Scouts of Colorado puts everyone’s safety and health first. A maximum of four customers are allowed in the shop at one time. Please continue to be respectful of recommended guidelines of six-feet physical distancing. Face masks are required at all times during your visit. Due to safety concerns, returned merchandise is not being accepted until further notice.

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.

September 2020 Badge Series is Delayed

Access to our September 2020 Badge Series is delayed until September 15 for both girls and adults. Girl Scouts of Colorado is in the process of moving to a new system and it isn’t ready yet. Kick-off meetings are also delayed until September 15. You will still have several months to work through the activities for the badges and Journeys. If you have questions or concerns, please 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.

The sooner you renew, the more chances you have to win

 

 

We’re rolling up to a new Girl Scout year with exciting incentives and prizes you don’t want to miss! No matter what the school year holds, you’ll get the tools you need to learn, grow, and lead with Girl Scouts.

The sooner you renew, the more chances you have to win valuable prizes. There will be weekly drawings throughout the month of September and on Girl Scouts New Year’s Eve (Sept. 30), we’re going to throw a virtual party with prizes every hour!

If you’ve already renewed for the 2020-21 membership year, thank you and welcome back! You’ll be eligible for all the incentives and entered into all the drawings. That’s A LOT of chances to win!

Best of all, there’s no need to put a pause on your Girl Scout experience – pandemic or not – because as life keeps changing, Girl Scouts keeps adapting. In-person, from home and online, Girl Scouts has plenty of ways to participate.

On-time renewal

  • Troops with 50% of their troop renewed before Oct. 1 will receive a printed Friendship Activity packet, featuring fun meeting activities and a friendship pledge for the girls to sign.
  • Troops with at least 75% of their girls renewed before Oct. 1 will get the activity packet and they’ll earn an on-time renewal patch featuring the adventurous roller-skating sloth Girl Scout!
  • Troop leaders with 100% of their troop renewed before Oct. 1 will get all of the above and be inaugural members of the NEW Club 100. They’ll receive an official Girl Scout scarf and a standing 10% discount at the GSCO Shop through April 2021.
  • Plus, every renewed girl member and troop will be entered into the weekly drawings Sept. 4, 11, 18, and 25, and hourly drawings Sept. 30 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Prizes range from a troop day at Tomahawk Ranch to custom troop T-shirts, a meet-and-greet with the new CEO and her dog to a Trefoil Trunks subscription box, and much, much more.

Keep an eye on the blog and social media for details.

Have questions? Check out our FAQ!

Some GSCO Properties Open for Family Weekend Rental

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce a new way to rent GSCO properties! We need to comply with the GSUSA guidelines that do not allow any overnight troop trips right now, but we will open some of our properties for GSCO families. The family reservation booking is now open to all GSCO members.

You may be wondering what this looks like, what properties are open, and who is all allowed to attend. With COVID-19 still being very present in our community, and world, GSCO is taking as many precautions as possible with our new Family Property Reservation opportunity. Below is a short FAQ regarding this new process, if you have additional questions please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Making a family reservation is done the same way as all other bookings, you can make the reservation online here: http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/, or you can email our Outdoor Programs and Properties Administrator at Jenn.London@gscolorado.org. When making a reservation, please select the sites with “Family Reservation” in the title.

Please review this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Volunteer View: August 2020

Keeping your girls engaged

Interested in learning how your girls can earn badges in a virtual setting? Let us do most of the work for you! Join Girl Scouts of Colorado staff on Wednesday, August 19 from noon to 1 p.m. to learn about our virtual Badge Series program. We will discuss what the program is for both girls and leaders, how you can blend it into your troop experience, and why it saves you time planning.

Going virtual and need help?

Check out the online resources for meeting virtually under our Girl Scouts at Home page.

Badge Series

We are excited to be offering badge series for the new badges!  Be sure to register for one of these great programs. Make sure your girls’ memberships are renewed by Sept. 30 to have access to these free opportunities.

GSCO Subscription Kits

Another great reason to renew today, this fall Girl Scouts subscription kits are coming directly to your girls’ homes! Fill out the interest form to be the first to know when kits are ready for purchase! We will send you an email when they are ready to order.

Fall Product Program begins September 12

The Fall Product Program is a safe, easy, and fun way to earn  funds for all these activities and more! By participating in this program, girls will also learn the five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.
Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too.  Girls with $275 in combined orders, will earn a personalized avatar patch!

Troop volunteer training begins in early September.

For more information, visit the Fall Product Program page on our website or contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708.

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Get your Girl Scout year off to a great start by attending a Leadership Summit!

This adult learning opportunity will be offered virtually this year. This means you get the skills and knowledge needed to provide a positive Girl Scout experience all from the comfort of your own home!

While we are unable to meet in-person right now, volunteers will still have the opportunity to learn new things, share and discuss ideas and connect with other volunteers. The training courses offered are designed to equip leaders with the tools for success!
There are four opportunities to attend each training course. You do not need to attend all of the courses offered each day, you can pick and choose the day and time that work best for you and register for each course individually.

  • September 8 – 11 (weekdays)
  • September 18 – 20
  • September 26 – 28
  • November 6 – 8

Please contact training@gscolorado.org for questions.

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Diverse. Inclusive. Together.

GSCO is partnering with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Mountain College, Denver Public Schools, and Denver7 on a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion patch program, adapted from a program developed by our Girl Scout sisters in Minneapolis. The programming is designed to help participants start the conversation about race and racism by learning to appreciate diversity and honor and celebrate differences.

Grant funding will provide FREE patches to the first 750 Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members who complete all activity and reporting requirements. Use this online form to request your patch.

In addition, our “Conversation Starters: Let’s Talk Differences” virtual roundtables will give families the tools they need to begin talking about issues related to race and racism. Both parents and children will deepen their understanding and respect for people who may be different from them and learn how to better relate to others. The conversations are available on the GSCO Facebook and YouTube pages to be viewed at your convenience.

GSCO Recognizes Women’s Suffrage Centennial and Women’s Equality Day

GSCO Recognizes Women’s Suffrage Centennial and Women’s Equality Day. Join Girl Scouts of Colorado as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified on August 26 and granted women the right to vote.  A special blog post explores the history of the women’s suffrage movement and outlines live virtual programs for all levels, patch programs, Colorado specific and national opportunities, and resources for Girl Scouts to learn more. Special thanks our partners at the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, League of Women Voters of Colorado, National Parks Service, and Girl Scouts of the USA for bringing together unique opportunities for Girl Scouts to recognize this moment in history.

Connect with volunteers through the Explore More Club!

Join the Explore More Club in September for the topic of self-care. Registration will open in August. Keep an eye on the Events Page for more information.
The Explore More Club is a program for volunteers to get a hands-on learning experience with the girl badge earning curriculum! It is for volunteers of Girl Scouts of Colorado, no matter your volunteer role. For more information check out the the GSCO blog.
Questions? Contact Kendy.Doolen@gscolorado.org

Information about upcoming topics and how to register is available on our blog.

For any questions, please contact us at training@gscolorado.org

Outdoor Program News

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

Girl Scouts love the outdoors, especially in Colorado! Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Parks & Wildlife have teamed up for Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend September 12-13, 2020. Girl Scouts and their families can participate in the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend virtually, in-person, or both. Girls can follow along with virtual programming hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA featuring interactive videos on outdoor skill building, highlights from state parks, virtual park tours, conversation with subject matter experts, and more. Girl Scouts, troops and families can also visit select Colorado State Parks in person for the opportunity to participate in a variety of self-guided programs. Programs vary by park but may include: self-guided nature trails, young naturalist books, junior ranger programs, nature journals, adventure activity backpacks, ‘Agents of Discovery’ augmented reality experiences, and more! All child and adult attendees agree to follow the most current GSCO COVID guidelines in relation to in-person events and have completed a GSCO COVID waiver.

RSVP for either virtual or in-person participation, and learn more about participating parks on the GSCO event calendar.

New! You could win a Colorado State Parks pass by participating in Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend and sharing your adventures with us on social media.  Get the full details on our blog.

 

GSCO Properties open for family weekend rental

Some GSCO properties are now open for family weekend rental. See the blog for more information about how to rent a GSCO property with your family.

Leave No Trace Learner Series for Girl Scout Volunteers

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a leader in providing innovative education, skills, and research to help people care for the outdoors through the framework of the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. In anticipation of the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend, Leave No Trace will be hosting a virtual mini-learning series for Girl Scout staff, troop leaders, volunteers, and other community members. The 45-minute sessions are all at 1 p.m. on August 18  and September 1. Register and learn more online.

GSCO shop now offering non-contact pickup!

The GSCO Shop in Denver is closed to in-person shopping, but free shipping statewide and non-contact pickup is available in Denver! Updated phased re-opening will be messaged when details are available.

Learn more about non-contact pickup.

GSCO retail associates are available by phone and email Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for orders.

NEW! You can now shop for GSCO specific merchandise online. Check out our council’s own online order form!  Submit the order form and we will contact you for payment and shipping/pickup options. Items are added weekly.

As always, our online shop is open and available 24-hours a day. Check back often for GSUSA purchase and shipping promotions.

Get more information by downloading the shop closure FAQ.

To contact the shop call 303-607-4880 or email retail@gscolorado.org. If you reach voicemail, leave a detailed message.

Highest Awards News

Due to the current health crisis, GSUSA has given all troops a three-month extension to complete Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award projects in 2020. Troops and girls now have until December 31, 2020 to complete their projects and submit the Bronze and Silver Notification form.

Attention all Senior and Ambassador troop leaders! Now is the time to encourage your Girl Scouts to pursue their Gold Award. Don’t miss out on our upcoming virtual Gold Award training opportunities. To view and register for trainings in your area or online, visit the GSCO Events page.

Have girls who are working on their Gold Award projects? Remind them to email Highest Awards Manager, Kaitie LoDolce, when they submit their initial proposals through Go Gold. You can also always encourage girls to reach out to Kaitie at any stage of their projects for help at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

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GSUSA’s National Service Projects

Girl Scouts are always prepared to shine, especially during a crisis. From connecting with senior citizens to making masks and face coverings, see how you can make the world a better place right now. Now your troop can get involved too!

Girl Scouts Give Back: Citizen Science: Your troop can contribute to important scientific research by participating in one of our Girl Scouts Give Back citizen science projects. We’ve partnered with SciStarter, an online citizen science community, to help get you going!

Mask Making Service Project: With this nationwide mask-making campaign, all girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the country, to make it easy for your girls to amplify their efforts.

Letter Writing Service Project: The idea is simple: girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff and caregivers. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.

Visit the GSUSA National Service Projects page for full details on each project.
Upcoming Events

National Virtual Calendar

Check out awesome virtual experiences for Girl Scouts of all ages from Girl Scouts of the USA. You can also access past recordings through this calendar.

NEW Intro to Global Girl Scouts video

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Global Action Team is excited to launch their new “Intro to Global Girl Scouts” video! Interest in the world has been an integral part of the Girl Scout movement and program since the very beginning. As Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of Girl Scouts in the USA stated, “Girl Guiding and Girl Scouts is the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.” This new video from the Global Action Team is the perfect way to start learning about the global aspects of Girl Scouts.

Crocs Come As You Are Patch™

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Crocs to teach girls to Come As You Are™! Based in Niwot, Crocs’ proclamation to the world is to be comfortable in your own shoes. Everyone is unique in their own way and Crocs  celebrates one-of-a-kinds and stand together with all kinds. This patch program teaches Girl Scouts to embrace who they are and accept others for who they are.
Please note: Girl Scouts from across the country are welcome to earn this special patch. To order patches please contact the Girl Scouts of Colorado shop at retail@gscolorado.org.

GSCO’s Stand and Be Counted Patch Program

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to launch our “Stand and Be Counted” patch in honor of the 2020 Census! Did you know that every ten years, the United States Census Bureau tries to count every person living in the United States? Girl Scouts are invited to earn this patch to discover why we count everyone, what happens afterward, and how you can become involved.

Please note: Patches are now in stock. Contact the shop to place an order.

Girl Scouts Keeps Girls and Families Connected: Girls can make new friends and learn life skills

Despite continued remote learning, challenges, and other cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Girl Scouts is still here, helping girls and families stay connected to each other and their community. Our mission to build leaders—who can navigate good times as well as uncertain ones—is critical. In fact, we’ve taken this crisis and turned it into an opportunity to offer innovative and safe ways for girls to make new friends and learn life skills.

When your girl joins Girl Scouts, she gains immediate access to many exciting opportunities—even if her troop is unable to meet in-person right away.

  • Starting kindergarten is a rite of passage for children and families, but many of the usual ways teachers and caregivers prepare their kids for kindergarten have been cancelled. Our “Make New Friends” virtual event series is a free kindergarten readiness program to help your girl boost her social skills, giving her the self-confidence to thrive in a classroom or virtual school setting.
  • From topics like automotive engineering and STEM careers to civics and entrepreneurship, new badges released by Girl Scouts of the USA in July give girls more opportunities to practice ambitious leadership. Girl Scouts can even earn badges on their own, sharing what they have learned with their family. In fact, parents and caregivers are encouraged to join their girl as she learns new skills and explores careers, many of which are traditionally male dominated fields.
  • Families can also participate together in GSCO’s NEWDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion programming and earn the “Diverse. Inclusive. Together.” patch. This is an opportunity for families to not only have conversations about differences, race, and racism, but also for caregivers and siblings to learn more about Girl Scouts’ core values.
  • Our free virtual monthly badge series kicked off this summer with girls learning how to code and explore the outdoors. These series also give girls the opportunity to connect with Girl Scouts statewide and share what they learned in a safe, virtual setting. New topics are planned for this fall. Girls can earn badges in these series on their own or with their troop.

Karen Grealey leads her younger daughter’s Daisy troop, as well as her older daughter’s Junior troop. She has arranged for both troops to meet virtually over the summer, allowing the girls to earn badges, complete art projects, and most importantly stay connected. “It’s good for them just to be able to get together and be more social and less structured,” she said. “They are just so excited to see each other that I just let them organically interact with each other. ”

Virtual learning and training opportunities are also available for adults interested in volunteering. The Explore More Club connects adult volunteers statewide, allowing them to learn how to teach particular topics/badges to girls. The club focuses on a different program topic every month, giving volunteers the chance to connect and share with other statewide. We also have resources for troops to meet virtually, many of which are free and low-cost.

Available NOW at the GSCO Shop: Mystery Boxes

Mystery Boxes are now available at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Retail Shop! There are three sizes to choose from and they range in price from $10 – $25.

  • $10 Box: Minimum of three items worth at least $20
  • $15 Box: Minimum of three items worth at least $30
  • $25 Box : Minimum of five items worth at least $50

What’s in the box? It’s a mystery!

To order yours, call (303) 607-4880, email retail@gscolorado.org, or use this online form: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html. To use Cookie Credits, simply tell the retail associate when contacted about your order.

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.

Some GSCO properties open for family weekend rental

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce a new way to rent GSCO properties! We need to comply with the GSUSA guidelines that do not allow any overnight troop trips right now, but we will open some of our properties for GSCO families. The family reservation booking will open up to all GSCO members on Tuesday, July 28, at 8:30 a.m.

This is something completely new, so you may be wondering what this looks like, what properties are open, and who is all allowed to attend. With COVID-19 still being very present in our community, and world, GSCO is taking as many precautions as possible with our new Family Property Reservation opportunity. Below is a short FAQ regarding this new process, if you have additional questions please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Beginning on Tuesday, July 28, making a family reservation is done the same way as all other bookings, you can make the reservation online here: http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/, or you can contact our Outdoor Programs and Properties Administrator at Jenn.London@gscolorado.org. When making a reservation, please select the sites with “Family Reservation” in the title.

Please review this list of Frequently Asked Questions.