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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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Girl Scouts: supercharge your cookie sales this holiday season!!

Shadow Girls NewColorsGirl Scouts of Colorado has a great Cookie Sales Opportunity for Juniors and above! GSCO board members and community partners will be hosting cookie parties during the 2013 Cookie Program. And we are looking for entrepreneurial Girl Scout troops who want to attend these events to sell cookies.

To apply, you need to come up with a cookie business sales presentation, video it and send it into us here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/cookiepartytroops no later than Jan. 27. You can access tools for putting together your presentation on the Little Brownie Bakers website.

If you are looking for a way to supercharge your cookie sales this holiday season, this might be a great way to do it!

National Girl Scout Cookie Day – Feb. 8, 2013

f3a3935f92ba42049f634558dac8e3a9Girl Scouts of the USA has officially named February 8, 2013 as National Girl Scout Cookie Day! On this day we will celebrate Girl Scout Cookie time, teaching the community about the lifelong skills learned through selling cookies as well as spreading the word on how to purchase cookies.

These efforts will be supported nationally through media and public service announcement placements. Girl Scouts of the USA is also planning a social media campaign. They’ve also put together a fabulous new Girl Scout Cookie website (a Spanish version of the site will launch in January), which encompasses the themes that will be emphasized on National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will be marking the National Girl Scout Cookie Day with Cookie Social Media Day, which was previously announced on Nov. 30th (read that blog). We also are planning media and public service announcement placements for the Girl Scout Cookie season, which runs Jan. 27th through March 3rd.

We hope you will support Girl Scout Cookie time by getting involved in the National Girl Scout Cookie Day activities!

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

Do you LOVE Girl Scout cookies?

cookie girlOur cookies do a lot more than just taste good, they provide our girls the opportunity to build their business savvy and hone their financial literacy skills. And this is where you come in! We are looking for volunteers to ensure that every one of our girls have the opportunity to gain these valuable skills through our product sales.

There are several flexible volunteer opportunities associated with our cookie program. Volunteers are needed to manage the cookie program for troops or individually registered girls around the state. We are also seeking volunteers to facilitate a series (or short-term program) such as Smart Cookies and It’s Your Business – Run It. Does a single day commitment fit your schedule better? We are adding 5 new Cookie Rallies to the schedule in Denver, Broomfield, Ft. Collins, Boulder and Eagle County (exact dates and locations TBA).

By participating in our annual cookie sale, you will be helping build our future business leaders.

For more information, view our Volunteer Match website at http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/?l=Colorado&k=girl+scouts, or contact Alli at alli.oswandel@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts of Colorado to hold Cookie Social Media Day Feb. 8

I’m excited to announce that Girl Scouts of Colorado is launching a first-ever Cookie Social Media Day during the 2013 Cookie Program! So mark your calendar, share the information with friends and family, and we look forward to having you participate! (Cookie Social Media Day is part of National Girl Scout Cookie Day  on Feb. 8th.)

Cookie Social Media Day 2013 

On Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, which is the date for Cookie Social Media Day and the first day of Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales in Colorado, we want everyone, from our girl members, adult volunteers, families, donors, partners, alumnae, staff and friends to be talking about Girl Scout Cookie time on social media. Our goal is to show the community the real-life skills they are supporting when they buy Girl Scouts Cookies.

Participating is easy!  

1. Log on to Facebook or Twitter at any time on Friday, Feb. 8.

2. Post a personal message/story about Girl Scout Cookie time. You are encouraged to incorporate the 5 Skills Girls learn by selling Girl Scout Cookies (Goal-Setting, Decision-Making, Money Management, People Skills, Business Ethics). And feel free to share a photo or two if you want as well.  Sample messages:

Facebook: It’s @ Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie time! I very much credit my goal-setting skills to when I sold Girl Scout Cookies as a young girl (see the photo of me at age 8 here). Without those skills I don’t think I would have had what it takes to start my own business. Did you sell Girl Scout Cookies or know someone who did? What did you/they learn? See more about Girl Scout Cookie time in Colorado at www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Twitter: Girl Scout Cookies helped my daughter become a math whiz. What’s your #gscocookies story? girlscoutsofcolorado.org @GSColo

Update 1/23/13: If you don’t have a personal Girl Scout connection, you can still show support for Girl Scout Cookie time on National Girl Scout Cookie Day Feb. 8th by posting a message like this on your personal (or company) social media:

Facebook: Today’s National Girl Scout Cookie Day! I/We salute @ Girl Scouts of Colorado for the leadership skills they instill in girls. I/We look forward to supporting the biggest girl-led business in the world by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies, which are on sale in Colorado through March 3. For more information, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Twitter: It’s National Girl Scout Cookie Day! I/We am/are purchasing cookies from @GSColo to support a great girl leadership program #gscocookies

3. Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado in your post. (Facebook: facebook.com/girlscoutsofcolorado) (Twitter: @GSColo; #gscocookies)

4. You can also share a link to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s website, which will have more information about purchasing cookies: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org

Win “cool free stuff”

Watch our social media channels throughout the day of Feb. 8 for contests we will be conducting for your chance to win items like free Girl Scout Cookies!

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What one Girl Scout troop had to say about ZisBoomBah

ZisBoomBah asked a Multi level troop from Colorado Springs what they thought about ZisBoomBah, here is what they had to say…

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To find out more information or to sign up, visit ZisBoomBah.com or email MySelf@gscolorado.org If your troop signs up and completes two quests by November 30th, you will recieve the Brand New ZisBoomBah Fun Patch for FREE!

Girl Scouts serve at Capitol Tree event in La Junta!

Written by Donna DeVries-Hestand, Membership Manager of Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girls from four troops from Rocky Ford, LaJunta and Lamar helped serve the attendees of the Capitol Tree event with samples of Girl Scout cookies. Several hundred people gathered in the cold evening air to view the People’s Tree, sing Christmas carols, watch the Koshare Indian Dancers, drink hot chocolate, eat cookies and visit with Santa. The drivers of the 14 vehicle caravan were given boxes of cookies to take with them as a thank you.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event in Denver brings holiday cheer!

Written by Jordan Alvillar, Marketing Coordinator for Girl Scouts of Colorado

On Sunday, November 11, I had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event in Denver. Before I begin to tell you what a fantastic time I had, let me give you a background on this event and why it’s so special:

According to the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree website (www.capitolchristmastree2012.org), for nearly five decades, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree has been selected from a National Forest to be presented to the American people. Also known as the “People’s Tree”, the tree that is chosen will be placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. This year, the tree that was selected came from the White River National Forest from the Blanco Ranger District near Meeker, Colorado. This tree will visit dozens of cities across the country, where the public can make homemade ornaments to send along with the tree and sign the travel banner. This impressive Engelmann Spruce stands at 73 ft. tall and is 74 years old.

The fact that the tree came from a Colorado national forest was what made this event so meaningful for me. Though I’m always proud to be a Colorado native, this event really made it stick. Let’s be honest: Colorado has had a rough year. Between the summer fires and other devastating events, it has been a somber time for many. What an honor it is for our state to provide the American people with such a beautiful gift! While at this event, I was bombarded with a many emotions: pride, honor and thankfulness.

A wonderful time was had by many! I watched as Girl Scouts and other children participated in making ornaments for the tree depicting this year’s theme, ‘Celebrating Our Great Outdoors.’ Youth age 5-19 who submit ornaments could be entered to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to light the tree with House Speaker John Boehner in early December. The public were invited to visit multiple booths at the event, which included donations stations for Hurricane Sandy victims and Toys for Tots. I also beamed with pride while Girl Scout troops passed out hot chocolate, Girl Scout cookies and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Among special guests were Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Miss Colorado Hannah Porter. I would also like to add that I got to catch up with Santa Claus and Smokey the Bear!

Even with such a difficult year behind us, the citizens of Colorado never cease to amaze me. Whether it’s donating time to a cause or someone in need, Coloradans really know how to show they care. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event was a fantastic way to show Colorado pride and look forward to the better things ahead while also remembering our struggles this past year.

Take a look at our Flickr album to see what else went on at the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event in Denver!

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Girl Scouts of Colorado was honored to be chosen to participate in the 2012 Washington, D.C. Capitol Christmas Tree Project. The Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested from the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest near Meeker, Colo. Girl Scouts from throughout the state have been hard at work making 70 tree skirts for the companion trees that has been delivered to Washington, D.C. dignitaries, the Interior Department and Congressional Delegates for the holiday season.

Girl Scout Troop 2619 of Mesa Verde Service Unit of Southwestern Colorado created something very special as a gift to the Citizens of the United States. We made Christmas tree skirts AND ornaments for the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree project. Our Troop had a lot of fun with this historic project as well as earning their Painting Badge. Each of the girls hand painted a scene depicting “The Great Outdoors,” which was the theme of the year. They used recycled wood discs donated to the troop. They painted scenes with horses, scenes with rainbows and scenes with trees. It was fun for them, but, more importantly, they were excited to be contributing to something bigger than their own community.

On Friday, Nov. 9th, when the beautiful tree cut from the White River National Forest came to Cortez, Troops 2619 and 1199 was there to add our Christmas wishes to the wrapped tree going to Washington, D.C. We arrived there on-time, but soon found that the Capitol Christmas Tree had been delayed a little because of snow coming from Montrose and had to be re-routed a longer but safer route to be able to get to Cortez. So we had a little extra time, but that wasn’t a problem for us. There were lots of fun things going on in the crowd. We got to meet Smokey the Bear and took our picture with him. We ate homemade cookies and drank hot apple cider provided free by one of our local businesses. The Girl Scouts played their own version of Duck, Duck, Goose…calling it Girl, Girl, Scout!  So much fun! The fellow onlookers had fun watching the girls play their games which was entertaining for all. There were also firemen to visit with. The Fire Department was helping out that day and were also were collecting food and toy donations for the holidays.

As the delay grew a little longer, our troops were invited up on the stage. The Mayor of Cortez introduced us and said that he understood that the Girl Scout motto was to “Be Prepared.”  It couldn’t have been more true in this case since we hadn’t know that we would be onstage this afternoon. And all of the Girl Scouts rose to the occasion. We recited our Promise and Law to the large crowd gathered to see the tree. When asked if there were any Girl Scouts Alumane that would be willing to come up on stage in honor of our 100 year Anniversary, we had several women proudly came up to join us. As a whole, Daisies, Brownies, adult volunteers and alumnae, we sang Girl Scout songs to the appreciative audience and were clapped loudly and roundly by everyone. We were a hit! Afterwards, our lovely alumnae shared stories of when they were Girl Scouts and/or leaders of their own troops. It was a wonderful occasion!

And finally, the big moment arrived! The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree had arrived. The excitement in the Girl Scouts’ eyes were evident for all to see. There was a big excited cheer when we saw the first escort lights. First you saw the State Patrol escorts lights flashing. Then you see the Cortez Fire Department escort that had ushered the tree through the town’s Main Street lined with proud and excited onlookers. Then….finally…you see that huge Mack Truck pulling the big box behind it that we all know is carrying our special tree. Seeing that beautiful tree come around the corner was wonderful. The U.S. Capitol Tree logo was emblazoned on the box as big as can be. The same logo that now adorns our Tree Skirts that we made for our project.

We had some wonderful speakers on the stage to welcome the tree to Cortez. They included our Cortez Mayor Dan Porter, our former Mayor Orly Lucero, Congressman Scott Tipton, Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell, Cortez Fire Department Chief Jeff Vandervoode and Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane. The tree was welcomed with enthusiasm and pride to know that it was our state that was providing such a time honored tradition to the nation’s capitol. Former Senator Nighthorse Campbell and a representative from the U.S. Forest Service were invited on the stage as soon as they could get their big truck parked. As they exited the truck, the clouds started to sprinkle rain on us. I do believe that they brought some much needed moisture to our region with that big tree. As they spoke the rain got a little harder. But no one from the crowd left. Not one person. Everyone was too excited at the chance to be able to add their Christmas wishes to the tree that no one left for the shelter of their vehicles despite the rain.

As the speakers finished, the crowd was invited  to add their wishes to the tree. Everyone wrote their names and a wish. The Girl Scouts provided permanent markers for those who didn’t come “prepared.”  The Girl Scouts met Santa and Mrs. Claus and took pictures with them. We also had the chance to meet the driver of the truck, Former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. What an honor to have met someone so helpful to our state in his former capacity as a representative and now as a citizen. His joke to the crowd earlier was that he was getting paid zero dollars to drive the truck. And that when he got back to Washington, D.C. that they were going to double his pay. The crowd chuckled at his wit. What a good man to donate his time.

As the crowd started thinning out, so did the rain. This beautiful tree brought some rain to us and the next morning we woke up to snow on the ground. What a priceless present that was brought to us.

Thank you so much from the Girl Scouts in our region to have been invited to participate in such a grand occasion. It was such a good feeling to know that we were part of a fun historic project that went all the way to Washington, D.C. Thanks!

Dena Thomason, Girl Scout Troop 2619

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