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Colorado Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day

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Girl Scouts throughout the state of Colorado gathered for World Thinking Day events this last weekend. I attended an event held at Sky High Ranch near Woodland Park on Saturday, and also heard about a World Thinking Day celebration that took place in Parker on Friday via Twitter.

Roughly 150, which included Girl Scouts and their families, came to the World Thinking Day event at Sky High Ranch. The participants learned about the culture and lives of girls in the focus countries for World Thinking Day 2013, including the Republic of Ireland, Jordan, Malawi, Pakistan, Venezuela and the United States, through games and music. The participants also learned how to reduce child mortality, another focus of World Thinking Day 2013, by making oral rehydration solution and creating a water filter. The final activity of the event was learning how to improve maternal health by creating cards for new mothers at a local maternity ward and creating stress monsters to talk about the stresses our moms may face and how to protect ourselves.

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides throughout the world celebrate international friendship on Feb. 22nd’s World Thinking Day each year. Besides learning about the cultures of our Girl Scout and Girl Guide sisters around the world, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides also use the day to learn how they can take action to make a difference for women and girls around the world. Learn more about World Thinking Day on our website.

Did you do something for World Thinking Day? Share your story with us.

Cool Volunteer Opportuntity!

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As a volunteer organization, we are always in need of trainers to help provide the most accurate information to our new leaders. If you enjoy working with adults and love Girl Scouting, this is a great way to volunteer. Trainers are needed in all areas of the council to bring training closer to our volunteers. Train the trainer events are scheduled several times a year and rotate locations.

The next Train The Trainer will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in Colorado Springs.

This is an 8.5 -hour course to prepare volunteers and staff to become Adult Trainers for Girl Scouts of Colorado.
In order to become a Girl Scouts of Colorado Trainer, you will need:
1. a completed volunteer application
2. a completed background check (current leaders should have this on file)
3. to schedule an interview with Maureen Lienau, prior to attending this training

By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe at least 5 basic skills and knowledge needed to facilitate adult learning. The content will cover:
. Definitions of Adult Learning
. Roles and responsibilities of a Trainer
. Traits of a Successful Trainer
. How adults and groups learn
. Learning Preferences
. A sample of one GSCO Training design
. Managing group and individual behaviors
. “Must Dos” for a Trainer

Saturday’s materials, lunch, and snacks will be provided for a cost of $30.00. Please note in “Comments” any food allergies or avoidances or other ways Council Staff may accommodate you. For more information, please contact alli.oswandel@gscolorado.org.

Join me for National Girl Scout Cookie Day Feb. 8th

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Me (right) doing an interview with Central City Girl Scout Ashley this last weekend on CBS 4 in Denver

Girl Scout Cookie time is here! I’ve already broken open a few packages and am enjoying every bite of these yummy treats.

But, being a lifelong Girl Scout, I also know these yummy treats benefit something really special here in our community. You see, Girl Scout Cookies help fund everything Girl Scouts, from our camps to our programs. Our Girl Scouts also use their money to travel the world, or to make a difference in their community through a take action project. Through all these experiences, girls are gaining lifelong skills, and most importantly become community leaders who will continue to make a positive difference in this world. I know for me personally Girl Scouts has made me the person I am today. I know I learned every one of the five skills that we teach girls during cookie time, and use each one of them daily — goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

On Feb. 8th, National Girl Scout Cookie Day, you can help Girl Scouts of Colorado spread the word on why Girl Scout Cookie time is so important to the girls. Just take to your (or your company’s) Facebook or Twitter that day, and talk about Girl Scout Cookie time. Share a personal story like mine, or talk about what you’ve learned about Girl Scouts and why you should support Girl Scouts by purchasing cookies. Link to the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org) for all the details on buying cookies. We will also be giving away free Girl Scout Cookies on Facebook and Twitter throughout National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

Thank you for your support of Girl Scouts of Colorado! And we look forward to celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Day with you on Friday!!

Parent-daughter rustic camping weekends at Magic Sky Ranch in June, July

Spend a weekend with your daughter at beautiful Magic Sky Ranch near Red Feather Lakes. Bring your personal gear and camping equipment, including a tent, and we will provide the food and fun! The program includes campfires, cookouts, crafts, outdoor activities, songs and games. It is designed for one adult and one child.

Registration opens Feb. 12.

Parent/daughter events – $150/pair
Girls entering grades 1-12.

Magic Sky Ranch: 6/21-23; Deadline: 5/1

Contact Julie Perkins jumptc@comcast.net

Magic Sky Ranch: 7/26-28; Deadline: 6/1

Contact Heather McCarthy: hamztoy911@comcast.net

No tagalong children please. This camp is located in the lower portion of Magic Sky, which is designed for tent camping only, and there is no access to the resident camp. There is no running water or shower facilities, and campers may be required to walk a distance of 1/4 mile to the lodge for activities. Come prepared to “rough” it for the weekend. This camping event is staffed by registered volunteers. Join us for a weekend you will always remember! Note: Upon request, dome tents can be reserved prior to your arrival at no additional cost.

Summer Program Guidebook now available online

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Before you start out on your Cookie sales this weekend, spend a few minutes perusing the 2013 Summer Program Guidebook and imagine all the fun and adventure you can have at overnight camp, day camp, troop camp, family camp or through events, series, travel opportunities and virtual opportunities.

Don’t let your Girl Scout experience fizzle over the summer, pick your path to adventure.

Summer Program Guidebooks will be in mailboxes in early February.

Learn more about camping with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

National Girl Scout Cookie Day Patch Program

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The GSCO Program Team is excited about the upcoming National Girl Scout Cookie Day on Feb. 8th, and we’ve created a National Girl Scout Cookie Day Patch Program that all girls are encouraged to participate in to get involved in this exciting day! The focus of this patch program is on the five skills girls learn from selling Girl Scout Cookies (goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics). It also encourages selling activities on Friday, Feb. 8th, since there will be a lot of talk around the nation about Girl Scout Cookie time. If a girl participates, she can purchase the patch featured above in one of our council shops.

Best wishes for an exciting 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Mesa County Girl Scouts hold Cookie Rally

On Monday evening, Jan. 14, Girl Scouts from all corners of Mesa County gathered at Grand Mesa Middle School to celebrate the beginning of the cookie program. One hundred and forty-seven girls from Kindergarten through 8th grade, along with 67 troop volunteers, participated in financial literacy and safety activity stations. They practiced and honed their cookie selling skills, and how to approach a customer, how to make change, what the ingredients are in each cookie, and what to say when a customer says “no.” They also got to sample the six cookie varieties.

Additionally, each girl learned about staying safe, the difference between needs and wants and the importance of giving back to their community. Local volunteers from US Bank, Homeward Bound Homeless Shelter and the Fruita Fire Department joined with Girl Scout volunteers, high school Girl Scouts and Girl Scout staff to facilitate 13 girl-focused stations and one parent-focused station.

Media coverage was provided by KKCO, Channel 11, our local NBC affiliate. Ninety-one percent of the troops attending agreed that after participating in the cookie rally they were more excited to get started selling cookies. Seventy-five percent of the parents felt the training, just for them, helped them to better understand how to support their daughter.

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Girl Scouts all smiles at Cookie Rally in Broomfield

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Eighty Girl Scouts gathered in Broomfield Monday night for a Cookie Rally to gear up for the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program that begins in Colorado Jan. 27th. During the event the girls worked on goal-setting and making posters for their Booth Sales. They also learned about all the cookies they will be selling with some taste testing and how to stay safe while selling cookies. There was lots of singing and games throughout the event, including a fun cheer made up by our Program Manager Joy Henika:

“1, 2, 3, 4, we sell cookies door-to-door! 5, 6, 7, 8, we sell cookies that taste great!”

Our program team live blogged from the rally. View the recap, with some more event photos, here.

Blog posted by Amanda Kalina, Director of Public Relations, Girl Scouts of Colorado (with help from Girl Scouts of Colorado Program Team Members Beth Ryan, Joy Henika and Sarah Mannie)

Colorado Girl Scouts join nation in Virtual Cookie Sleepover

I don’t know about you, but I had a blast Saturday night in my fuzzy slippers and warm blanket hearing from Girl Scouts across Colorado as they participated in the first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover put on by our cookie bakery, Little Brownie Bakers! The National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover was a fun event where Girl Scouts gathered with their girlfriends in their community and then connected with Girl Scouts doing the same thing across the nation online, with the evening’s goal to connect and exchange ideas and learn what it takes to have a successful Girl Scout Cookie season. Some of the interactive activities for the evening included singing, games, goal-setting and making items to prepare for the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program, such as Booth Sale posters.

In Colorado Springs, Girl Scouts gathered for an event at the YMCA. There was another event that took place, despite the frigid temps, at a nearby camp, Sky High Ranch, as well. Fort Collins Girl Scouts held a cookie rally, with many of the teen Girl Scouts from the area leading the younger girls in activities. And many Girl Scouts in the Denver-metro area and on the Western Slope gathered in small groups in homes for the sleepover event. Girl Scouts across Colorado shared their stories and photos from Saturday night with us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have photos or stories to share, post them to our social media channels, or share your stories here.

We hope Saturday night got you pumped up for the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program. I know we can hardly wait!

National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover – Jan. 12th!

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We are getting excited about the upcoming National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover! How about you?!? If you haven’t heard about this event yet, it is going to be held on Saturday, Jan. 12th, at 8 p.m./MST. This event can be done anywhere where there’s an Internet connection. One girl or even a group of girls can participate in this event together (it doesn’t have to be a troop activity). All girls who participate will join girls from across the country who are having a sleepover/pajama party in their area. For more information and ideas to get ready from your sleepover/pajama party, check out Little Brownie Bakers website. And if we haven’t convinced you yet, check out the video below on this first-ever event that’s sure to be a hit. We hope to see you there! (We will also be live Facebooking throughout the event on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Facebook page, so be sure to join the conversation!)

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