Category Archives: Girl Scout News

Summer 2018 camp sessions online now, registration opens Jan. 18

There’s no better place to step out of your comfort zone, be bold, be curious, embrace the unfamiliar, and grow your confidence than at Girl Scout Camp. It’s a whole new world, and it’s a place she’ll never forget!

Whether she’s climbing to the top of a mountain, singing along with her new best friends, getting messy with the barn animals, or collaborating on an all-camp performance, your G.I.R.L. will have the time of her life!

Check out all the amazing camp sessions coming up this summer, and mark your calendar for registration, opening Jan. 18 at 9 a.m.

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Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, Dec. 5

Help Girl Scouts of Colorado continue to provide an unparalleled, girls-only experience to G.I.R.L.s all over the state. Your donation on Colorado Gives Day goes further than on any other day of the year.

Schedule your donation today, and download badges to share on social media.

2018 Cookie Program begins Feb. 4

Thanks to everyone who participated in our amazing 2017 Fall Product Program! We saw a 29% growth over last year, with more than 4,400 girls participating. 669 troops earned the exclusive S’mores Club booth opportunity – way to go!

The cookie program runs Feb. 4 – March 11. We’re excited to be offering the popular S’mores cookie again this year.

Visit our website to find a training or Cookie Rally near you.

Older girl highlight: Gold Award Girl Scout Molly McPherson

Since earning the highest honor in Girl Scouting, Molly McPherson, a 2017 Gold Award Girl Scout, has completed a short documentary on the impact of plastic water bottles and is now sponsored by Polar Bottle!

Molly’s Gold Award project focused on educating her community on how to reduce plastic waste and increase the use of reusable water bottles. Learn more about her project on the blog.

Make a 4-hour promise 4 Her

Girl Scout troops rely on volunteer support for girls to receive the best experience possible. Your troop leaders are committed to providing the primary guidance and support for the troop, but all families are asked to give what they can. We are asking for your promise of 4 hours per family per year – 4 HER.

Make a 4-hour 4 Her Promise »

Visit our camps this winter

Can’t wait until summer to go to camp? We have fun events happening all year:

 

Upcoming Events

Dec. 2: Teddy Bear Toss with Metro State Hockey, Westminster
Cheer on Metro State at they take on CU Hockey. Participants will toss their bears on the ice when Metro State scores their first goal.

Dec. 8: Disney on Ice, Denver
Disney on Ice presents “Follow Your Heart.” A post-performance Girl Scout clinic will highlight the Tech Crew and the special work they do to put on the show. Event patch is included.

Save the date for exciting Girl Scouts sports events in 2018!

To be notified when registration opens, contact Lori Thompson.

  • Jan. 14: Girl Scout Day with DU Gymnastics, Denver
  • Jan. 19: Girl Scout Night with DU Hockey, Denver
  • Feb. 23: Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets, Denver
  • March 2: Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Avalanche, Denver

Want event details delivered to your inbox weekly? Sign up for the Events email at gscoblog.org.

You’re invited to a pool party

Running the world’s largest girl-led business is hard work and you deserve some water splashing fun before the launch of the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program!

All current (and future) Girl Scouts and their friends are invited to a Willsha pools party! Join us December 9, 2017 from 1 – 3 p.m. at  the Carmody Recreation Center Pool (2200 South Kipling Street, Lakewood, CO 80227). This is a fun opportunity for your girl to meet other Girl Scouts, invite a friend to join her troop, and for new leaders to meet experienced leaders. Cost is only $1.50/girl. Current members are invited to bring a friend or two and try out Girl Scouts! Girls with a current membership who bring a friend will be entered to draw a prize!

RSVP at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4fa4aa2fa2f58-girl

Payments should be made in advance through PayPal: busyasab@juno.com

Ski and Snowboard Day: Adult volunteers needed

The Outdoor Adventure Club needs adult volunteers to help with Ski and Snowboard Day at Arapahoe Basin on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Volunteers will be with another adult and a small group of girls with similar skill levels. Volunteers should be comfortable skiers/snowboarders on greens or higher and will not be responsible for lessons to the group. However, they should be comfortable supporting, supervising, and looking out for safety concerns while the group is skiing. GSCO will cover your lift ticket! For more information email Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org

 

Car care workshop in Arvada

Colchin Automotive is hosting a car care workshop for Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 9-12) on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m. in Arvada. Learn the basics of car care and maintenance, so you can be road ready and safe when you hit the pavement.

Parents/guardians are welcome to attend with their girl. Seniors will earn their “Car Care” badge through completion of this workshop. If you have any questions about this event or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Register today to save your spot for this workshop:https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/car_care_workshop_md_12_05_2017

 

Gold Award Girl Scout continues to give back

Submitted by Victoria Fedorco

Metro Denver

Denver

I remember working and earning my Gold Award like it was yesterday. Since May 2017, I’ve graduated from Eaglecrest High School and went on to attend Metropolitan State University of Denver. During my first semester, I’ve given multiple speeches about “Adopt Don’t Shop” and the care of senior pets and how those issues have influenced my Gold Award. I’ve been keeping tabs on the Adams County Animal Shelter and found that the PVC Pipe pet beds have made a great impact on the comfort level of the senior pets and others at the shelter. I continue to speak about senior pets and their struggles and have written a research paper on the subject to help continue to educate and raise awareness.

I’ve used the leadership and management skills the Gold Award program taught me to become more involved in my college as well. I have become the Director of Game Day Operations for the Metro State Men’s Hockey Team. I have organized an upcoming event for the team: The Metro State Hockey Teddy Bear Toss. My love of Girl Scouts has stayed with me as well, as I have registered as a co-leader for my little sister’s troop. I will continue to work with them and encourage them to be their best selves and go for gold!

Single event registration open for the Ski and Snowboard weekend

For all girls in 7th- 12th grade, registration is now open for single event passes for the Outdoor Adventure Club’s Ski and Snowboarding weekend with an overnight at Tomahawk Ranch on Jan. 26, 2018 at 7 p.m.  – Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.

What would a Colorado outdoor adventure program be without a ski day? We are excited to bring back this favorite event from last year’s OAC. This is one of our more ambitious events of the program year as we organize a charter bus, ski lessons, and manage our group of girls in a very busy public area.  Due to these factors, some of our registration processes and event details for this event differs from other events.

  • Registration Timeline: In order to reserve ski tickets, arrange lessons and order a charter bus for the correct number of participants, registration for will close on January 3. NOTE: After this point we will have reserved tickets, bus spots, and lessons.  Any cancellations of single event passes that occur after this date will be not be given a refund. After January 3, we will post a full event letter to your CampInTouch account.
  • Buddy Requests: We will honor one buddy request per girl for overnight cabin assignments, but ski/ snowboard groups will be determined by skill level and we can not guarantee girls will be with their buddy for ski groups – see below for more information.
  • Ski/Snowboard Group: On Saturday, ski/snowboard groups will be split up based on the information submitted in the “OAC Skill Level” form submitted in your CampInTouch account.  You are able to update this form at any point before January 3. Girls are welcome to snowboard, and should still rank their skill level of snowboarding on the form. NOTE: Girls attending with a single event pass MUST have ski experience of intermediate or higher, as we will not be providing lessons to single event pass purchases. Beginner lessons are being provided as part of the passport program. Due to the high cost of lessons, this is not an option for single event purchases.The intermediate and advanced ski/snowboard groups will be in small groups with two Girl Scout staff members or volunteers; all of whom are comfortable skiers/snowboarder and will be present for supervision and support. However, these volunteers are not trained ski instructors and will not offer professional instruction. As a reminder, the skill level options are:
    • Intermediate 1: Has skied/snowboarded 3-8 times and is comfortable going down green slopes with adult support, but minimal instruction.
    • Intermediate 2: Has skied/snowboarded 5 or more times and is comfortable going down blue slopes with adult support, but minimal instruction.
    • Advanced: Significant skiing/snowboarding experience and comfortable on black slopes.
  • Gear Rental: This is the only event of the OAC year where we require participants to provide their own gear. All participants will be required to bring their own ski or snowboard gear with them to drop off at Tomahawk Ranch on Friday night. If you do not have your own gear, please make arrangements ahead of time. The event letter posted on January 3 will include a complete packing list, as well as links to options for rentals.
  • Arrival/ Departure: All participants should plan to attend the full weekend: meet at Tomahawk on Friday night, travel to and from A-Basin on the group bus, and be picked up Sunday morning. We are not able to coordinate families meeting the OAC group at A-Basin on Saturday. We will only allow this in very special circumstances.

To Register: 

https://girlscoutsco.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App

Instructions on How to Register: 

https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2856689.

We also need adult volunteers who are comfortable chaperoning a group of girls on blues or above for Saturday only from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Your ticket to A-Basin is included!

We hope to see you there! Email Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org to volunteer or with any questions.

About the Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is GSCO staff-led program for older Girl Scouts offering monthly high adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing.  Passport sales for the OAC have closed, but girls can register for individual events with single passes. Single event passes for the OAC Explorers (6th grade) are $100/ girl, and single event passes for the OAC Trailblazers are $75/ girl. Sign up at the links below to be notified as soon as single event registration opens for a program:

For more information and to see a list of upcoming events: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/adventure

Colorado Gives Day is one week from today

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  One week from today (December 5, 2017), 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: https://www.coloradogives.org/GirlScouts/overview

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 5!  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 5 at https://www.coloradogives.org/GirlScouts/overview. Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.

G.I.R.L. 2017: My story

Submitted by Caroline Cornell

Metro Denver

Aurora

Girl Scouts of the USA held it’s 54th Girl Scout National Council Session and Convention in Columbus, Ohio in October. The National Council is made up of delegates from councils across the United States, Girl Scouts Overseas, and National Board members.  It convenes every three years to vote on the business of Girl Scouts including matters like membership dues, electing the National Board of Directors. The National Council Session also includes a discussion about topics that are of interest to The Movement such as how do we better serve all girls? Best of all, we celebrate the Girl Scout Movement and have a great time! No time to sleep – there’s so much to do!

Colorado sent 13 delegates, including two girl delegates and several staff members.  Our delegation was led by GSCO Board Chair Rae Ann Dougherty and President and CEO Stephanie Foote. The delegation was also joined by members of GSCO’s History and Global Girl Scouts Committees as well as Gracie from Boulder who was in the Girls Got Talent Show and Cassidy Christian, a roving reporter from Highlands Ranch who covered the G.I.R.L. Convention. Together, we explored many way girls can be G.I.R.Ls (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders).

To prepare for the National Council Session, throughout the fall the Membership Connection Committee (MCC) surveyed membership across Colorado to obtain feedback about how Girl Scouts can better serve girls. I am pleased to report Colorado’s opinions echoed the opinions shared from across the country at Convention such as establishing uniform training and Highest Awards standards, building partnerships to provide new opportunities for older girls (i.e. Outdoor Adventure Club), and supporting our growing outreach program.

In addition to the discussion questions asked at the National Council Session, there were also three proposals relating to the governance of Girl Scouts of the USA. The first proposal was a request from the National Board to reduce the number of Board members from 25 to 15 to bring it in line with best practices. After much debate, this proposal failed to pass. The second proposal was a bit more complicated and also did not pass. It involved the National Board Delegate Committee that chooses the next slate of National Board Members.  As part of their role, members participate in National Board meetings so they can find the best available candidates to be on the National Board during the next triennium. At present three of the seven members are non-voting National Board members. The National Board felt it was important that these three members be considered full Board Members; however, they failed to make the case and the motion was defeated through debate. The third proposal contained three parts and designed to separate the lifetime dues rate from the previous 25 times the annual membership rate and extend the discounted rate to alumni between 18 and 30 years old.  While there was debate around some finer points, this proposal eventually passed with enthusiasm. What this now means is that the lifetime membership dues are set at $400 and that young women age 18 to 30 can now receive a discounted rate of $200 if they are Girl Scouts alumnae rather than just in the year they graduate from high school.  (Pssst – if you’re an alumnus and are under 30, now’s your chance to become a lifetime member!)

If you’re into political science like I am, this day at the National Council session presented an incredible opportunity to see democracy in action and served as an excellent example of how governance should work in an organization such as Girl Scouts. To put it broader terms, this is how a government functions when it’s at its best.

After a day full of Robert’s Rule of Order, it was time for some fun! Over the next few days, the G.I.R.L. team, known as the G-Team made up of 30 girls from across the country hosted a ton of activities for the nearly 10,000 girls in attendance. We had a huge Colorado group who listened to Chelsea Clinton, Barbara Pierce Bush (you know, Jenna’s twin), and many more speakers designed to inspire us about becoming a G.I.R.L. with breakout sessions in each area.

At the opening session to the National Council Session, we were treated to a presentation from JoAnn Deak about building stronger girls by exercising our elastic brains. How do you top that? Have astronaut and Peace Corps physician Mae Jamison opened the G.I.R.L. Convention telling us about how she took risks to reach for the stars. The finale was featured Olympians Gabby Douglas and Sasha Cohen. Such an amazing week!

If you’re interested in learning more and having an opportunity to serve as a delegate to the 2020 convention in Orlando, Florida, the MCC is seeking new members, particularly from metro Denver, northeastern Colorado, and Colorado Springs.  Learn more about the MCC on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Girl Scouts give back with Thanksgiving meals

Submitted by Jen Rotar

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

The Girl Scouts of all the troops in the Berthoud Service Unit got together to donate 15 full Thanksgiving meals for needy families in Berthoud. One troop of Girl Scout Daisies went grocery shopping together to find the items needed for two full meals. Other troops donated canned goods, boxed goods, and helped collect funds to purchase 15 turkeys. Many individual Girl Scouts and their families helped make this annual food drive a big success.

The girls’ effort was combined with other local Boy Scout troops in a great show of community service and teamwork to sort all the donations into Thanksgiving meal baskets, which were donated for distribution through the House of Neighborly Service.

Girl Scout Daisies to Ambassadors and everyone in between – the Berthoud Service Unit of Girl Scouts is a close knit family of girls who enjoy working together on community service projects.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

G.I.R.L. Stories: What does it mean to be a sister to every Girl Scout?

Submitted by Melisa Bruens

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

For those of you who don’t know my Lucy, she is a really remarkable person. She had a rough start in life. The person who was supposed to love and keep her safe failed her. As a result of her neglect, Lucy nearly died. She came to me just nine-days-old, tiny and defeated and struggling to live. The consequences she pays everyday for being starved and neglected are devastating to watch. Her body doesn’t always move the way it should, she sometimes needs a wheel chair, she struggles with social boundaries, she fights to keep up with the other kids. She knows she is “different” and her heart is broken daily because she wants so badly to be “normal.” She just wants to belong like everyone else. She is my miracle and she inspires me every day. I wish everyone saw her through my eyes.

Lucy has had a rough year at school. She feels like an outsider. She begs not to go to school. She comes home angry… EVERY day. Last week was her school music program. She was very nervous. When she got on stage, she panned the crowd searching for her family. Holding her body tight so she wouldn’t do anything to make her stand out. Her face so serious and worried, her body language so closed.

What she didn’t know was that sitting in the crowd was her troop. After the show, they ran up to the stage and surprised her. She was overjoyed. For the first time in weeks, Lucy’s face lit up and I saw true happiness shine from her. These girls and moms and siblings drove clear across town (Lucy’s troop is in Loma and we live on the Redlands) to support her. They showed up to show her she wasn’t alone, or different, or unworthy. One of the girls and one of the leaders, who couldn’t make it, called before hand and wished her luck and let her know they believed in her.

I can never express the difference this simple act meant to a 7-year-old girl with a disability. To me this is what being a sister to every Girl Scout means.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.