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Girl Scouts Highest Awards recipients honored in Highlands Ranch

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Hundreds gathered in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday evening, April 29, to honor Colorado Girl Scouts who have earned one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

A highlight of this annual event is the opening processional of the awardees led by the Ciorcal Cairde Irish Pipes and Drums. Troops 3869, 2624 and 2201, which represented Girl Scouts from all levels of the Girl Scouting program, also presented a lovely executed event flag ceremony.

Roughly a dozen Bronze Awardees, 80 Silver Awardees and 14 Gold Awardees were honored at the event. Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Stephanie Foote; GSCO Board Members Kathy Ambrose, Rae Ann Dougherty and Michelle Rose-Hughes; and The Military Order of the World Wars’ Lieutenant Colonel Keith Troutman were on-hand to congratulate the recipients. Girl Scout alumna Ellie Wroble, who earned her Gold Award in 2013 and is completing her freshman year at CU Boulder, was the emcee for the evening, sharing with the crowd that “Girl Scouts allows girls to be more prepared for the future, and for that I am always grateful.”

We are immensely proud of these young women leaders in our community. They are a true inspiration and remind us how important it is to take action to make the world a better place!

Girl Scouts learn about the science of snow

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More than 30 Girl Scouts from Eagle, Chaffee and Summit counties spent the weekend of April 25-27 learning about the impact of Colorado’s winter weather on the landscape for the rest of the year in the state. The event took place at the Keystone Science School, who in partnership with Girl Scouts of Colorado, have been providing a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-related camps over the last four of years for area Girl Scouts.

Saturday’s activities included several hours of hiking nearby Keystone to see first-hand the impacts of the snow pack. Groups hiked around Keystone, Lake Dillon as well as Montezuma, which is a 20-minute drive from Keystone, along the Continental Divide. Snow pack was gone in many areas, except for the group that hiked in Montezuma.

“We hiked in waist deep snow,” said Girl Scout Maggie, 9, from Buena Vista.

Maggie’s group found that through the course of their hike they were witnessing snow melt in process.

“The snow was hard in the morning (making it easier to walk on), and softer in the afternoon (when we sunk in walking),” said Bailey, 13, also from Buena Vista.

Out on the trail each of the groups enjoyed lunch and learned where all the snow/water in Keystone ends up.

“The water from Colorado reaches the ocean,” said Lily, 10, from Eagle. “When it rains in Keystone that water reaches the Pacific.”

Back at camp after the hike, the Girl Scouts got to take a look at an experiment they had set up before they left. Each of the groups had placed snow from around camp in a cup or jug and had made personal predictions for how much water they thought would come from the snow.

“I understood the water cycle before I came (to camp), but I didn’t know how it all happened. I’m learning a lot, and it is cool to try out (earth science),” said Chianne, 9, of Buena Vista.

One of the concluding activities on Saturday afternoon was how water causes erosion. The girls worked in groups with tubs of sand to create a landscape. Some added rocks from around camp as well. Then they turned on the small water hose hooked up to each tub and witnessed how water could help or hurt the landscape they created.

Lilli, a 6-year-old Girl Scout Daisy from Summit County, loved every moment of the camp because she can’t wait to be a scientist one day.

“I like science and learning new things. I love experiments,” said Lilli.

Grant funding provided by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation Climax-Area (CO) Community Investment Fund and Copper Environmental Foundation helped make this weekend camp and other camps in the series possible.

STEM is a core curriculum focus in Girl Scouting because more men enter STEM fields than women. Girl Scouts’ research shows that girls are interested in STEM but are not as knowledgeable about the careers and the opportunities afforded by these fields. By introducing girls to STEM in a hands-on setting and showing them how they can make the world a better place through STEM, Girl Scouts hopes to attract more girls to lead in these field.

For more information on Girl Scouts of Colorado visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Colorado Girl Scouts celebrate 102 years and a business transformation

As Girl Scouts nationally celebrate the 102nd anniversary of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of Colorado is marking a transformation in its business model that has brought the organization back in the black.

It has been a year of transition for Girl Scouts of Colorado. The organization’s leadership made strategic business decisions thanks to the advice and experience from Supple, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of GSCO that has resulted in the audited financial statements showing a positive change in net operational assets for the first time since 2010.

In building a leaner, grassroots organization focused on serving girls and volunteers, Girl Scouts of Colorado has:

  • Reduced expenses by 9% (or $1.1 million).
  • Increased contributions from grants and donations by 27%.
  • Improved fundraising efficiency, spending 20 cents less per dollar raised.
  • Taken staff out of the office and into the community, thereby lowering bricks and mortar property costs and investing more in people.
  • Planned a move this summer Girl Scouts of Colorado’s corporate offices in Denver to a smaller, more efficient office space on South Colorado Boulevard.
  • Completed a move of the Pikes Peak Service Center in Colorado Springs to a smaller, more efficient space.
  • Reduced the size of the office space at the Northern Colorado Service Center in Fort Collins.

Other GSCO news:

  • Girl Scouts of Colorado was recently awarded a $100,000 grant for operations from the Daniels Fund.
  • This month Stephanie Foote, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO, is launching the Legacy of Leadership Challenge Campaign to the organization’s new endowment fund through the Rose Community Foundation. The endowment began with a $25,000 lead gift from Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty of Golden.  GSCO established the endowment to fund the long-term stability of Girl Scouting in Colorado so the organization can focus on delivering strong programs and services to its members.
  • GSCO surpassed its budgeted goal for the cookie sale and is on track to meet its organizational goals for 2014 girl and adult volunteer membership.

The ongoing transformation of Girl Scouting in Colorado will continue to have a positive effect on the financial future of the organization.

Regional celebrations        

Colorado Springs Open House: Thursday, March 6, 2014, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 5353 N. Union Blvd., Suite 101, C. Springs

  • Check out the new office space and Girl Scout memorabilia, meet local staff, learn how to join or volunteer for Girl Scouting and hear a council update from CEO Stephanie Foote.

Denver Open House: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, all day, 400 S. Broadway, Denver  

  • 7:30-9 a.m.: Breakfast Briefing with CEO Stephanie Foote
  • 1-3 p.m.: Girl Scout Alumnae Birthday Celebration, with a council update from CEO Stephanie Foote
  • 3-6 p.m.: Girl Scouts of Colorado Information Fair – If you want more information on how to get involved in Girl Scouting in Colorado, this is your opportunity! Come learn how to join or volunteer for Girl Scouts or sign up for a Girl Scout summer camp. There will be a Girl Scout memorabilia Road Show, hands-on activities such as a make-your-own-gorp station and crafts. Supporters will have their last chance to buy Girl Scout Cookies, and the Girl Scout Shop will offer discounts all day.
  • 5-6:30 p.m.: Evening Reception with a council update from CEO Stephanie Foote

Grand Junction Open House:  March 12, 2014, 1-5 p.m., 580 24 ½ Rd, Grand Junction

  • Celebrate the 102nd birthday of Girl Scouts with the Girl Scout staff in Grand Junction. Join the birthday activities and learn more about getting involved in Girl Scouts, both for girls and adult volunteers.

Pueblo Open House: March 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Camp Lazy Acres, near Rye

  • Enjoy a day of celebration in the outdoors, including games, snow sculpting, sledding and more for the whole family. Information on how to join Girl Scouts will also be available. For directions to camp email puebloSEinfo@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Night at Nuggets Game

Despite the snowy and cold weather on Friday night, Jan. 31st, hundreds of Girl Scouts and their family and friends from throughout Colorado enjoyed a Girl Scout night at the Denver Nuggets game. The event featured Girl Scouts leading a flag ceremony at the beginning of the game as well as a Girl Scout Cookie sale at the conclusion of the game. Troops selected for these honors were chosen based on their ticket sales for the event. Girl Scouts also had the chance to spend the night at the Pepsi Center following the festivities. Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks the Denver Nuggets for partnering with us on this great visibility event!

We will also like to give shout-out to the proskins team for sponsoring us!!

Girl Scout Cookie time in the news in Colorado!

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Thanks to the hard work of Girl Scouts across the state, Girl Scout Cookie time is making the news! As we receive great web links to placements that are made, we will add them to this blog post so watch this post for updates. We will also be giving cookie media updates on our social media channels. Because not all media hits are added to the web (making them easy to share), this post doesn’t include all of the wonderful cookie placements we are receiving. We appreciate the media across Colorado supporting Girl Scout Cookie time!

Sell Cookies at the Nuggets Game!

On January 31, the Denver Nuggets are hosting Pajama Jam.  Tickets to the Pajama Jam are only $22 and include:

  • Ticket to the Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors game
  • Post-Game shoot around on the Nuggets Court
  • Girl Scout Gift
  • Sleepover at the Pepsi Center
  • Midnight Snack
  • Donuts and juice in the morning

We are encouraging troops to refer people in their network to buy tickets to this game/event.  The 3 troops who refer the most people will get to sell cookies at a booth after the game (GSCO will provide the inventory, and troops will earn the troop profit from the sales).  The troops who refer the 4th and 5th most people will have the opportunity to participate in the flag presentation during the National Anthem at the game. 

In order to be counted towards the troop’s referral total, the tickets must be purchased through the online link:

http://www.nuggetstix.com/14girlscouts  Although the link is for tickets to Pajama Jam, all referred purchasers should use it, even if they are only attending the game.  Tickets through this link are open to everyone (not restriction to Girl Scouts or their families).  The Nuggets will contact everyone who purchases through this link to request the number of the troop that should be credited.

All sales made by Monday, Jan. 27th, at noon will be counted towards selecting the contest winners.

Colorado Gives Day 2013 a success!

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Thank you Colorado for your support of Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day 2013! We had a record-setting year and raised more than $36,000!! This money will go a long way in helping us build the leaders of tomorrow, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have made a difference!

If you didn’t have a chance to support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, please visit our website to learn more about the year-round opportunities to help our organization. If you can’t give monetarily, we are always in need of volunteers, especially volunteers who can lead Girl Scout troops. And you don’t have to have a girl enrolled in Girl Scouts to be a troop leader either!

Thank you for making our holiday season just a little brighter this year!

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2014 Activities

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Girl Scouts of the USA has set Feb. 7 and 8 as National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend across the country. Like last year, this will be an opportunity for Girl Scouts to join together and talk about the lifelong business skills learned by selling Girl Scout Cookies. When Girl Scouts talk in one collective voice about something, our voice is pretty powerful!

This year National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend starts at the same time as the Winter Olympics starts in Russia. Because Colorado Springs is the home of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, we’ve joined forces with them and will be celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend by cheering for Team USA.

There are several opportunities for Colorado troops/Girl Scouts to get involved in the celebration:

  1. Bling your Girl Scout Cookie Booth to show your Team USA support and share your photos with us on social media.*
  2. Sign up your family and friends to participate in the Short and Sweet Downtown Dash, a 1-mile family fun glow run held in conjunction with a Sochi Olympic Downtown Celebration in Colorado Springs (the home of the U.S. Olympic Training Center). The Short and Sweet Downtown Dash is at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. You are encouraged to dress up as your favorite Girl Scout Cookie, and you could even add gear from your favorite Olympic sport! Share your photos with us on social media.* (Please note that Girl Scouts can’t sell cookies during this event as there is a no selling policy in downtown Colorado Springs. We do have a booth at this event and will be passing out information on how consumers can purchase Girl Scout Cookies from any Colorado Girl Scout, as well as giving out free Girl Scout Cookie samples.)

*Girl Scouts of Colorado’s social media channels:

  • facebook.com/girlscoutsofcolorado
  • twitter.com/gscolo
  • Hashtags: #GirlScoutCookies #gscocookies #cookieboss #cookiebiz #onemorebox #TeamUSA #Sochi2014 #RaiseYourHands
  • Twitter handles: @GSColo @girlscouts @USOlympic
  • Free Girl Scout Cookie Giveaways taking place throughout the weekend on our social media channels!

Colorado Girl Scouts can earn a National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Participation Patch (pictured above). More information will be posted in the Cookie section of girlscoutsofcolorado.org soon.

As an Olympics fanatic myself, I know I can hardly wait for this event. I look forward to having you join us! Please let me know if you have any questions: amanda.kalina@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4844.

Download Event Flyer: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2014

Support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day

Next Tuesday, Dec. 10th, is a big day in Colorado. It is Colorado Gives Day! This is the day when Coloradans are encouraged to support their favorite nonprofits, like Girl Scouts of Colorado, by making a donation to them. The FirstBank Incentive Fund will increase all donations made that day, meaning your dollars go further to helping the nonprofits you choose to support.

We hope you will consider making a gift to Girl Scouts of Colorado on Dec. 10th. Your dollars help us provide programming that builds our leaders of tomorrow! You can schedule your donation at anytime between now and Dec. 10th. Thank you in advance for your support!

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