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Support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day

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Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. On December 8, 2015, 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:

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 8!  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 today or give on December 8 at Once you do, change your Facebook Profile picture to one of these two images.

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They’ll remind your friends and family to join you in helping Girl Scouts of Colorado provide programming that builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.






Join GSCO for Boo at the Denver Zoo

Get your Girl Scout spirit on this weekend at Boo at the Zoo at the Denver Zoo! Girl Scouts of Colorado will be have a presence on Saturday, October 31, with a tent featuring face painting,  trick-or-treat candy station, great giveaway prizes for those interested in Girl Scouts, and vintage Girl Scout uniforms, worn by the Girl Scouts Staff! And, don’t forget—it’s Juliette Gordon Low’s 155th birthday!

Boo at the Zoo offers more than 25 trick-or-treat stations, “creepy crawly” animal demonstrations, and family-friend entertainment for all! Activities are held beneath the Mile High City’s colorful foliage from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. “Boo After Dark” is from 6:30 p.m – 9 p.m., which is for evening trick-or-treaters who prefer to see the animals and lights at night.

All activities include the price of admission. $17 for adults, $12 for children, free for children 2 years and younger.

To volunteer for “Boo After Dark” at the Girl Scouts tent handing out candy, please contact Christine Slomski, 303-607-4803 or

Girl Scouts Honors Women of Distinction in Denver

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Tuesday evening, Oct. 20th, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2015 Women of Distinction during the Thin Mint Dinner, which was presented by Western Union, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver. A group of nearly 450 gathered at the event, held in conjunction with Women of Distinction events statewide. So far this year, these events have raised $225,000 for Girl Scout programs. The 2015 Women of Distinction for the Denver metro-area are:

  • Shirley Amore, Retired City Librarian, Denver Public Library
  • Kim Bimestefer, President & General Manager, Cigna Mountain States
  • Laura J. Davis, Former Director of Environmental, Health & Safety and Systems Safety Engineering, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
  • Cheryl Haggstrom, Executive Vice President, Community First Foundation
  • L. Hanson, President, Idyll Cravings, LLC
  • Djuana Harvell, PhD, be well/be EPIC Project Manager, The Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities
  • Tasha L. Jones, Director of Marketing, Forest City Stapleton, Inc.
  • Loretta P. Martinez, General Counsel & Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Vicki Scott, Program Manager, Aurora Youth Options, Aurora Mental Health Center
  • Debbie Trujillo, Community Relations Director, KeyBank

The event was chaired by Women of Distinction Luella Chavez D’Angelo, Chief Communications Officer, The Western Union Company, and Donna Lynne, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Alice Kelly, 2002 Woman of Distinction. They are shining examples of corporate, civic and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Christina Bear inspired the crowd with her keynote. “My Gold Award journey has shown me I can be and AM a leader. Skills I have learned, as a Girl Scout will apply to my future career.” Christina told the crowd.

Since 1997 Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 416 Denver area women with this honor. More than $2 million has been raised in 18 years by Women of Distinction for Girl Scout programs.

Major Sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor, Western Union, and Silver Sponsors, UMB and Lockheed Martin. Samoa Sponsors: Arrow Electronics, Davita HealthCare Partners, Delta Dental, EKS&H Management LLC, Forest City Stapleton, Hogan Lovells, Molson Coors and Volunteers of America.

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

Day of Dance at the Colorado Ballet


Join Girl Scouts at the Colorado Ballet for a Day of Dance!

Date: Sunday, Nov .1 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Colorado Ballet
1075 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204
Phone: (303) 837-8888

Level: Daisies – Ambassadors

Girl Scouts will experience three different dance genres throughout the day. Dancers will be exposed to the specific techniques as well as improvisation and dance concepts. Energy will be high as girls get to dive into Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance, and explore the costume shop!

Age levels will be split into three groupings – K-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th & up. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in! Ballet or jazz shoes are encouraged if you have them. You will not be able to wear socks or lotion on your feet due to the Marley floors in the dance studios. Please bring a water bottle and snack as well!

Parents are welcome to stay in our parent lounge throughout the day or explore the Santa Fe Arts District right in our new building’s neighborhood.

Use this link to register now:


Westernaires Annual Horse Show


Submitted by Elizabeth Stroup


Denver Metro

We are three sisters amoung the over 1000 girls and boys who make up Westernaires, a volunteer, non-profit youth organization in Jefferson County. Westernaires promotes self-respect, responsibility and leadership through horsemanship and family participation. For 66 years, Westernaires has proudly trained young people to use their talents and skills in the best traditions of the West.

Every Summer the Westernaires precision mounted drill teams travel the western states to perform shows at rodeos, parades, and fairgrounds as well as performing dozens of acts at the National Western Stockshow each January.

We all especially look forward the last weekend in October when we get put on our Annual Horsecapes Show right here in Denver where we can showcase our riding abilities and all our great acts. These shows include Precision Drill at speed, Trick Riders, Steppes Riders, Bullwhips, Chariots, Flaming Baton Twillers, Roman Riders, and many other great acts. The shows are 2 hours with over 200 horses. If you love the west or love horses, this is the show for you.

The shows are Saturday Oct 24th at 10am, 2pm, and 7pm and Sunday Oct 25th at 2pm at the National Western Stockshow Complex. The cost is just $10!

As a special offer for girl scouts, we are giving a behind the scenes tour through the barns to meet the riders and their horses after the 10am Saturday show.

This is great family fun and all proceeds from the shows go to support the organization and to feed and care for our 200 horses and ponies.

For tickets, please contact us at: westernairestickets or
(303) 333-8723

We hope to see you all at the show!

Katherine, Josephine, and Elizabeth

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Cookie University is coming


Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce additional training for Troop Cookie Managers for the 2016 Girl Scout Cookies Sale. If you’re planning to serve as a TCM this year, THANK YOU! We understand the time, commitment, and heart this volunteer role requires and we truly appreciate it.

We will host a variety of Cookie University training sessions throughout the state. They will be:

November 14, 2015               Mountain Communities- Summit County

November 15, 2015               Mountain Communities- Steamboat                                                                        Springs

November 21, 2015               Southwest Colorado- Durango

November 22, 2015               Southwest Colorado- Cortez

December 5, 2015                 Denver Metro Area & Pueblo

December 6, 2015                 Denver Metro Area                           & Northern/Northeastern

December 12, 2015             Colorado Springs & Western Slope

Cookie University is an excellent opportunity for you to spend time with other Troop Cookie Managers, get your required basic cookie training and most importantly, ensure your troop’s Starting Inventory Order is well thought-out and meets the needs of your girl and troop. You can also participate in some exciting new enrichment sessions to help with Inventory Management, Digital Cookie, eBudde and Sale Etiquette. Participants will also receive NEW collector lapel pins for each session they participate in.

You can register for Cookie University by using this link:

If you can’t attend the training session in your area, feel free to attend one in another area.



Jump start your Gold Award


The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and is no easy project to complete! We know how difficult it can be to come up with an idea, explore your community, and write up a Gold Award project proposal. If you are experiencing any of these difficulties come on out to one of our “Jump Start Your Gold Award” sessions on Saturday, October 24th.

“Jump Start Your Gold” is being offered in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction on October 24th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Our Gold Award Mentors will be available to help you sort through your ideas, explore areas of interest, and decide on next steps. Each session is at a different location, so check out the registration form here to pick which one you’d like to attend and register. We ask that anyone planning to attend registers in advance so we can be well prepared. This is not a Gold Award training, please come prepared to explore areas of interest.

Additionally, if you’d like to brainstorm your Gold Award project with someone and are unable to attend one of these sessions you can email highestawards and we will help you out.

Earning your Gold Award is an awesome accomplishment that you will benefit from the rest of your life! Girl Scouts of Colorado wants to ensure that any girl interested in earning her Gold has the necessary support and guidance to successfully #GoGold!

Girl Scouts Honors Women of Distinction in Grand Junction

Thursday, Oct. 1, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2015 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program on the Western Slope during a breakfast at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. A group of nearly 150 gathered at the event, which raised nearly $22,000 for local Girl Scout programs. This year’s three honorees are:

  • Susan B. Alvillar, Community Relations Manager, WPX Energy
  • Robbie Breaux, Ceramic Artist
  • Karen Troester, Vice President Commercial Banking, U.S. Bank

These extraordinary women were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Betsy Bair, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. 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 speaker was Jaime Gardner, small business owner and wife of U.S. Senator Cory Gardner. Lois Dunn, Woman of Distinction 2013, was the event chair.

The Women of Distinction program began on the Western Slope in 2013. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized nine other women on the Western Slope with this honor.

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


Fall Sale is here!

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The Fall Sale is here! This year, Girl Scouts have a lot to be excited about, including new fun/interactive tools to help girls to reach their goals. Girls can choose to sell in-person or online only and girls can choose to participate online, even if their troop is not.


Girls and parents/guardians should have received an email with a link to the Fall Sale system on Saturday, October 3, 2015 to set up their personalized storefronts. If a parent/guardian did not receive an email to sign in to the system they can go to and follow the prompts to participate. If there are any questions, please contact your troop leader or M2 Media Group’s Customer Care at or (800) 372-8520.

In-person order taking ends October 25, 2015. Girls will be able to sell online until November 13, 2015. Girls, who make any sales through that date, will earn rewards and proceeds.

Why should your girl/troop participate in the Fall Sale?

Girls can earn start-up money for their troop and rewards for themselves.

This year, participation in the Fall Sale is even easier for girls, parents/guardians, and volunteers! Troops and girls can participate by selling in-person and online. Or, if they choose, they can sell only online.

Most importantly, they start practicing the 5 Skills.

  • Goal Setting –Girls learn to set and reach goals
  • Decision Making –Girls learn to make their own choices
  • People Skills –Girls learn how to communicate with others and work as a team
  • Money Management –Girls learn to budget and handle money
  • Business Ethics –Girls learn to be honest and fair

 What’s new for the 2015 Fall Sale?

Those customers who prefer not to purchase nut products for themselves can make donations as part of “Project Thank You/Care to Share”.  Each $6 donation will send a can of nuts to our men and women in the military overseas.

Project Thank you

This year’s Fall Sale includes a variety of magazines and nut and chocolate products including:

Mint Trefoils in a Limited Edition Girl Scout “Branch Out” tin!

Branch Out Tin

Peppermint Bark in a decorative snowman tin; a perfect gift for the holidays!

Snowman Tin

The Giant Nut Mix that comes in a special Bow Box, perfect for business/corporate gift giving!


Two new Snack Packs, perfect for lunches or snacks on the go!

Snack Pack 1Snack Pack 2

And, of course, chocolate choices, such as the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels and Peanut Butter Monkeys!

Chocolate 1 Chocolate 2

  • As part of their personal storefronts, girls can build their own avatars!

Product Sales Avatars

They can also participate in online learning activities and earn virtual rewards.

  • Once your girl reaches $175 in online sales, she will get a personalized patch with her name and avatar on it.


As soon as the goal is reached an email is sent to the parents/guardians to order the patch. Once ordered, the patch will be mailed directly to your girl.

  • Girls can also post pictures and videos to their online storefronts, send emails to prospective customers, and share their storefronts on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
  • Online customers can pay online and then choose to have their merchandise shipped or delivered in-person.

For any questions regarding participating in the Fall Sale, troop leaders should contact their Service Unit Fall Sale Manager.

Register now for “Packing for Impact”

Submitted by Keile Stewart, GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist

You can now register for “Packing for Impact” on November 21, 2015 at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Girl Scouts are once again joining forces with  Project C.U.R.E.  for this annual event which helps deliver health and hope to children around the world!  Use this link to register:

In addition to filling “Kits for Kids,” girls will also learn more about the kids and countries around the world that they will be helping, earn the Girl Scout Global Action Award, and get a patch.

Kits for Kids

The “Kits for Kids” program provides personal hygiene and basic “medicine cabinet” items that are scarce in the developing world.  Project C.U.R.E. developed the “Kits for Kids” program to give families in developing countries the supplies they need to provide basic care at home. All levels of Girl Scouts are welcome to participate.

Please bring ALL of the following items to fill your kit:

  1. Acetaminophen OR Ibuprofen (Jr. strength tablets preferred)
  2. Box of Adhesive Bandages
  3. Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  4. 1% Hydrocortisone Cream
  5. Toothbrushes (min. 4)
  6. Hand sanitizer (travel-sized)
  7. Elastic Bandage
  8. Safety Pins
  9. Comb
  10. Facial Tissues (travel-sized)
  11. Blunt Scissors
  12. Tweezers
  13. Nail Clippers (no manicure sets please)