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Looking for “star” Girl Scouts

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As of 10/8/2012 at 10 a.m.: This opportunity is now FULL. If you are not registered for a training session yet, you will have to wait until next fall to register for the program.

This is one of my favorite times of the year! That’s because one of my favorite parts of my job is working with girls to discover how they can tell their Girl Scout story and serve as Media Stars for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

What is a Media Star? Before the Cookie Program each January, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from all areas of the state to be Media Stars to help deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about cookie time with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. These spokesgirls will help with other Girl Scouts of Colorado media interviews throughout the year too. Here are just some of the media interviews the girls participated in during last year’s Cookie Program.

If you know a girl in 4th grade and above that dreams about being a star, then we want to train them to be a Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Star. (Note: From time to time we do need younger girls to help out with media interviews.)

How to get involved

All girls who want to serve as Media Stars for Girl Scouts of Colorado in 2012/2013 will be asked to participate in an individual, web-based training session at a time that works for them in December 2012. 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. We like to get as many “new” girls involved in this program as possible each year.

This is a very popular program, and space for this year’s program is FULL. Reservations were taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are not registered for a training session, you will have to wait until next fall to  participate. Thank you!  

I look forward to working with our 2012/2103 Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Stars!

Online registration for events is here!

Starting Tuesday September 4th, online registration for events will have a new look and feel.  Girl Scouts of Colorado has been hard at work over the past year developing an online registration system that is not only user friendly but also enhances the Girl Scout experience.  For those of you familiar with online registration for adult training or membership, this process will be familiar to you.

This new system will have many benefits including

  • The ability to register for events through troop hub
  • You will know instantly if you are registered for an event
  •  Participation in Girl Scout events will be on your profile – you can look back on your Girl Scout career.  This will stay on your profile even if you transfer councils
  • Safe and secure method of payment
  • It allows us as an organization to better track participation in events, which in turn allows us to better serve the girls.

Customer Support is available during normal business hours if you need any help registering for any event.  They can be reached at 877-404-5708 or inquiry@gscolorado.org .

A few helpful hints when using online registration

  • Use your First and Last name as it appears on your membership registration
  • A valid email address is required to log into your account – the same one in your record.
  • If you need to add or update the email we have on record for you, please contact Customer Support by phone or email
  • When you are re-registering or registering for the first time, please verify the girl’s grade level.  This will help you when you are registering girls for events with grade level restrictions.

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies Contest at the Colorado State Fair

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Girl Scouts of Colorado recently held a Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies Contest at the 2012 Colorado State Fair. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Best of Show – Jordan Dorsey, Whimsical Wonderland Mint Pops
  • Best Appetizer – Emily Pearman, Pumpkin Cheese Ball
  • Best Entrée – Lauren Pearman, Mater’s Morning Munchers
  • Best Dessert – Jesse Lopez, Faux Bon Bon

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado (Information courtesy of Marty Lockhart)

My World, My Voice, My 2012 Election

With the November 2012 elections fast approaching, now is a great time to engage your troop or group in learning more about government and citizenship. Girl Scouts of Colorado has put together an activity guide to get Girl Scouts more involved in the elections while also giving them the skill needed to encourage other members of their community to become involved as well.

In this guide, you will see a list of suggested activities to help nurture your Girl Scouts into informed and responsible citizens by preparing them for the day they get their chance at the voting booth. Activities are broken down into three sections, Discover, Connect and Take Action. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your girls engaged in a discussion about leadership and government.

2012 Election Activity Guide

For questions, suggestions or guidance please e-mail myworld@gscolorado.org. (Important Note: Please keep in mind that Girl Scouts can’t advocate for one political party/candidate or another, or participate in a political rally as Girl Scouts, such as wearing their Girl Scout uniforms to a political rally. If you have further questions, please email rachelle.trujillo@gscolorado.org.)

Girl Scouts Women of Distinction programs kicked off in Colorado Springs and Denver

At the beginning of August, Girl Scouts of Colorado officially kicked off the Women of Distinction season by holding private receptions to welcome this year’s honorees. The Colorado Springs reception was held at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak on Monday, Aug. 6th, and also included the announcement of a new honor we have started for women under the age of 40, Women to Watch. Denver held their reception on Wednesday, Aug. 8th, at the home of 1997 Woman of Distinction Barb Grogan.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, philanthropic, government, education and community leaders. They are committed to making the world a better place for the girls of today and tomorrow. They donate their time, talents and experience to Girl Scouting and also support Girl Scouts financially. Read more about this year’s honorees on our blog here: Colorado Springs and Denver.

Public events to recognize these women will be held later this fall. The Colorado Springs event is Sept. 13th, while the Denver event is Oct. 23rd . Both dinner events will feature food and drink items inspired by the world-famous Girl Scout Cookies. Also premiering at both events will be a feature film on healthy living created by Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 3810. Get a sneak peek of the video filming below.

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Kick off your Girl Scout year with Zis Boom Bah

It’s hard to believe our summer is coming to a close and the new Girl Scout year is right around the corner! There will be a lot of exciting programs coming out in the 2012/2013 year, but I am really excited to tell you about our healthy living offerings.

As Girl Scout leaders and/or parents, you are probably very aware of the self-esteem, good nutrition and exercise challenges our girls face. One of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s core program areas is healthy living, with the goal of reversing the childhood obesity epidemic among our 30,000 girls as well as preventing other serious ailments that affect girls.

Girl Scouts of Colorado recently partnered with Zis Boom Bah, an interactive healthy gaming site, to offer our Girl Scouts, their parents and troop volunteers a fun and creative way to incorporate healthy living into their Girl Scout program year.

We’ve tested the program with several Girl Scout groups, and they’ve found it to be a great way to get girls moving and choosing healthy foods while having fun.

For the troop/group volunteers, it is also a great way to stay organized. The Zis Boom Bah site allows you to set group goals for Journey and badge work and then track the progress.

We’ve also set up a Healthy Living Challenge for our Girl Scout Brownie and Junior girls. The Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Challenge incorporates related Girl Scout Journey and badge work into the Zis Boom Bah site. All Girl Scouts who complete the challenge will be invited to celebrate at a Live Healthy, Lead Healthy event next July.

I hope all Girl Scouts will commit to their own personal healthy living challenges and Brownies and Juniors in Colorado will sign up to participate in the Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Challenge! (And if you have a girl in your life who isn’t a Girl Scout yet, we hope you will register her and participate in this great program!) Further information on this challenge and all of our healthy living program opportunities are available on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. I’ve also included a promotional video we made on this program below.

Special thanks also goes to the Thiry O’Leary Foundation, the lead sponsor of our Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative.

And as your troop/group/Girl Scout works on this program and/or challenge, stay in touch with us by sharing your stories, photos and/or videos from your activities.

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Global Action Award

Over a decade ago 193 United Nation States and 23 international organizations came together to form eight goals that seek to improve the conditions of the world’s poorest countries by 2015. These goals launched by the United Nations include:

  1. Ending hunger and poverty
  2. Providing universal education
  3. Empowering girls
  4. Helping children survive
  5. Keeping mothers healthy
  6. Preventing diseases
  7. Saving the planet
  8. Promoting peace through partnership

Noticing how important these goals are to us all, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Girl Scouts of the USA came together to create the Global Action Award that seeks to engage our Girl Scouts, Daisies to Ambassadors, to help the United Nations reach their goals by 2015.

Girl Scouts of Colorado wants to make sure we do our part too and has partnered with a local partner, Bead for Life, to help girls understand what life is like for many women and girls worldwide, with a focus on Uganda. Working together, Girl Scouts of Colorado and Bead for Life have combined the two stellar curriculums, Global Action Award and Eradicating Poverty One Bead at a Time, to bring a program unique to Colorado.

This program corresponds with the It’s Your World-Change It Journey.

Sign up now for an event in your area now! girlscoutsofcolorado.org/activities

If you do not see one, contact myworld@gscolorado.org to learn how to bring this program to your area.

BeadforLife is a Colorado non-profit that works to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. BeadforLife helps its members by teaching them how to make jewelry to support their families while learning the skills to become business owners and entrepreneurs as well as reaching out to teach youth about global poverty and how they can make a difference in the world.

Cookie Top Sellers Turn and Burn South Dakota trip

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Last Thursday, July 26th, nine of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2,000+ Package Club Top Cookie Sellers traveled to South Dakota for the Cookie Top Seller Turn and Burn trip. This trip was one of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2012 cookie recognitions. While the trip was only 24 hours, the group managed to visit Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore, as well as took a cave tour and went on the zip line at the Mount Rushmore Caves.

Girl Scouts of Colorado 100th Anniversary Celebration Time Capsule Placed at Tomahawk Ranch, 7/28/2012

Submitted by Belle DiRanna, Time Capsule Committee, Troop 1292

Girl Scouts from across Colorado continued their celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting when they gathered to place a time capsule at Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey on Saturday, July 28th. The time capsule will be opened in 2062, 50 years from now. The girls hope to show girls in the future what is was like to be a Girl Scout today.

The Time Capsule Committee began working on the project in February, 2010. Items placed in the time capsules were suggested and donated by Girl Scouts from across Colorado. Time capsule contents include a Cadette sash complete with patches and pins, a copy of “The Hunger Games” book, Angry Bird erasers, a sheet of “100 Years of Scouting” stamps , magazines, Girl Scout Cookie order form, cookie boxes, Girl Scout 100th anniversary memorabilia, and a Droid smart phone loaded with hundreds of photos, videos, Angry Birds app, and popular music.

The stainless steel time capsule was buried during the Camp S’more weekend with more than 140 Girl Scouts and alumnae in attendance. The Time Capsule Committee dedicated the time capsule during a ceremony complete with Girl Scout songs and wishes for the Girl Scouts of the future. The time capsule location is marked with a capstone in the shape of a trefoil that has been etched by the girls in the Time Capsule Committee. The capstone marks the date the time capsule was committed and the year it is to be opened, and includes an image of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts.

Click below to watch a video of the ceremony on YouTube. For more pictures of this event and Camp S’more, see our Flickr gallery.

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