Category Archives: Girl Scout News

A Week in Our Lives: Book/Movie premiere

Submitted by Aubree C.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

You’re invited to a book and movie premiere for “A Week in Our Lives,” a Girl Scout Gold Award project by Aubree C.

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Sign up for 1/2 hour time slots, space is limited for troops earning their Global Action Award

Where: 21C Library CreateSpace – 1175 Chapel Hills Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Stop by and see the project film and book, take part in fun activities such as making your very own soccer ball, and learn about your peers from around the world!

Free and open to the public

We are looking for donations of plastic bags upon entrance to the event, or for people to purchase items to benefit non-profit partner organizations including: Compassion International, Greater Europe Mission, New Hope Academy, Global Hope Network, and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, on our Target Gift Registry at the following link: tgt.gifts/aweekinourlives

To sign your troop up for the event and/or for more information, contact: aweekinourlives@gmail.com

To learn more about my project, see: facebook.com/aweekinourlives.

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

Girl Scout Cookie Program 2018 Display at Loveland Public Library

Submitted by Linda Robinson

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

The GSCO History Committee has set up a display at the Loveland Public Library (300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland, CO 80537) featuring the 2018 cookie program. The display will be up for the entire month of January.

It is a colorful display of cookie packages, prizes, and information on the program. The committee highlighted this year’s program and The 5 Skills to help educate the public about all that goes into the Girl Scout Cookie Program. It is so much more than girls selling cookies and getting prizes. It is about girls learning goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making, and business ethics. Be sure to check out the bottom shelf for some history of the Girl Scout Cookie Program and see some vintage cookie cases.

If you’d like more information on the history of the cookie program or would like to see some of past year’s prizes and themes, please contact the GSCO History Committee at gscohistory@gmail.com.
Since this display will only be up during the month of January, it will be available for use in another community during the cookie program. Let the History Committee know if you have a place in your area for this display.

We have several programs available for troops to do while visiting the GSCO History Center in Loveland and several take out programs. The History Committee works on Tuesdays and is open by appointment on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.

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

Girl Scouts are invited to “Expedition Alaska” screening

Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited to a screening of “Expedition Alaska,” on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 in Grand Junction. Learn the story of a seven-day, non-stop endurance race that took place through the Alaskan wilderness and meet the film’s director. The documentary follows 20 teams of four in a 350-mile competition as they mountain bike through the sharp peaks of the Kenai Peninsula, traverse mountain ranges and crevasse-filled glaciers, and paddle countless life-threatening rivers and rapids. With only a map and compass as their guide, endurance athletes brave the Alaskan wilderness for the competition of a lifetime. Expedition Alaska tests the boundaries of teamwork and human determination.

All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. The film will be shown at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom, located at 1100 North Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501. The movie starts at 6 p.m. and is followed by a Q &A with the film’s director, Brian Leitten. Cost is $5 for Girl Scouts/youth and $10 for adults and are purchased at the door.

To learn more about the film, check out a trailer at this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rcDpNYqZ6k The documentary is the product of the Production Master Class at the University of Cincinnati. The class focuses on experiential learning in documentary film production. Students traveled to Alaska to work with alumni, teachers, and professionals while braving the Alaskan wilderness alongside the racers. They faced many of the same challenges as the racers and still managed to capture some of the most compelling footage of adventure racing ever seen.

Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Register for Girl Scout Camp on January 18 at 9 a.m.


It may be January, but Girl Scouts are ready for summer camp!

Parents can register for camp in CampInTouch starting on January 18, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Once registered, parents can access online camp accounts to complete forms and make payments or change payment options here in CampInTouch.

Check out our current list of summer camp sessions!

Learn more about our summer camps!

NEW – Badge completion at camp:
This year, some sessions list a badge completed during the session. Campers will walk away from those sessions with a badge completed that can be affixed to their Girl Scout uniform.

Other badge requirements may be completed within a camp session. Only sessions where entire badges are completed are listed in program descriptions.

Early Bird Pricing!
Pay camp balances in full prior to April 30 at 11:59 p.m. to lock in Early Bird discounts. Overnight camps go up by $50/week and day and troop camps go up by $25/week after that date.

Fund Your Fun!
Girl Scout Camp is the only place where campers can set goals through the Girl Scout Cookie and Fall Product programs to fund their fun at camp! Cookie Credits can be used towards camp fees. We also offer Cookie Volume Discounts (these may be combined with either the New Overnight Camper or Sibling Discount):

  • Save 10% if you sell 1,000+ packages of cookies
  • Save 15% if you sell 1,500+ packages of cookies
  • Save 20% if you sell 2,000+ packages of cookies

Other Camp Discounts
New overnight campers at Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch receive 10% off their most expensive camp session. Siblings receive 10% off on all sessions purchased for a second sibling in a household.

These two discounts may not be combined with any other camp discounts except the Cookie Volume Discounts.

Summer is just around the corner, what will your camper be doing this summer?

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors from Aurora visit Challenger Learning Center

Submitted by Melissa Deal

Metro Denver

Aurora

Four Girl Scout Cadette and Senior troops from Aurora got together for a day of space exploration at the Challenger Learning Center in Colorado Springs. They participated in two space missions, and truly worked as a team to complete their mission! Good job Girl Scouts!

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

Complete the “Brownie Quest” Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Andrea Robison

Metro Denver

Northglenn

Cadette Troop 60569 is hosting a Brownie Journey event!

Our Cadettes are excited to help Brownies complete this fun and essential journey in just ONE half-day session!

There are 3 sessions from which to choose:

– Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
-Saturday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
-Saturday, Feb. , 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

All sessions will be located at Northglenn Christian Church (1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn, CO 80233).

The “Brownie Quest” Journey will be completed in one half-day session by exploring the three keys (Discover, Connect, Take Action) led by our enthusiastic Cadette guides.

Key 1 (Discover): Learn teamwork and do a scavenger hunt to explore the values of the Girl Scout Law while also learning the value of every girl’s talents.

Key 2 (Connect): Connect as a member of a team by creating a team agreement, preparing a healthy snack (please inform us of any food allergies), and learning simple exercises.

Key 3 (Take Action): Team up to participate in a service project by making newborn blankets for active military families.

Cost: $10 per Brownie

This is not a drop-off event. Leaders are expected to adhere to adult to girl ratios. Journey books and badges are not included.

To register, please go to https://brownie-quest-journey.cheddarup.com. All payments must be made via this link prior to the event (echecks are accepted). No on-site registration will be available.

For more information, contact Andrea Robison at andreamrobison@gmail.com.

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

Apply NOW for the Mary Jo Jacobs Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scouts of Colorado is now accepting applications from Girl Scouts in Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado for the Mary Jo Jacobs Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. This annual scholarship helps girls fund their next adventure at Girl Scout Camp. Apply online at: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/scholarshipapp

In 2017, three Girl Scouts in the Mountain Communities region attended Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving camperships from the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Kayla of New Castle went to Tomahawk TriWizard at Tomahawk Ranch in July. At Animal Adventures at Sky High Ranch, Sami from Glenwood Springs played a lot of games, got to know her Girl Scout sisters, and really enjoyed singing outside the mess-hall before meals! Even though they had to be up VERY early to get to the barn to help with the animals’ care, it was WAY worth it. Her favorite animal was Wilbur the pig, but the llamas spit! She loved caring for the chickens and goats, too. Sami came home with so many stories to tell – from the giant squid to the Queen of the Forest and she can’t wait to go back! Mya of Eagle attended “Penthalon” at Sky High Ranch in July.

Mary Jo’s four children established the scholarship in December 2014 to honor their mother’s extraordinary legacy. As an 8-year-old girl growing up in 1937, Mary Jo wanted a new pair of roller skates. She wanted them more than anything in world— until she learned her Brownie troop was going to be able to go to summer camp. Mary Jo had to make a choice: spend the $8 she had worked so hard to earn on roller skates or Girl Scout camp? For Mary Jo, the decision was simple. She was going to Girl Scout camp. Mary Jo’s mother walked her to the local Girl Scout office, so she could be the first to register. A reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico even wrote a story about Mary Jo and her decision.

After returning home from camp, Mary Jo continued to participate in Girl Scout activities, including going to camp. Eventually, she became a doctor and worked tirelessly to serve the people of Eagle and Garfield Counties, Colorado.

The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. “Our hope is that that many girls will have the same positive experience, education and adventure that mom had through her involvement in Girl Scouting and her opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp,” said Dr. Patricia VanDevander, daughter of Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs.

Registration for Girl Scout Camp is now underway on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. For summer 2018, girls can attend overnight camp sessions at Sky High Ranch near Manitou Lake and Woodland Park or perennial favorite Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey, southwest of Denver. Activities include archery, backpacking, photography, and rock climbing. Overnight camp runs from 3 to 12 days for girls ages 6 and up.  Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to offer day camping adventures throughout the state. The summer camp schedule is live on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (girlscoutsofcolorado.org). Girl Scout summer camp programs are open to all girls throughout Colorado, whether they’re in a troop or not, and new campers get a 10-percent discount.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Spend the night at the museum with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

DMNS Sleepover at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on Saturday July 9, 2016. (photo by Chris Schneider)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Brian Hostetler

Metro Denver

Denver

Pack your sleeping bag and your imagination! On February 16, 2018 the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will be hosting a Girl Scout-only camp in for groups of Brownies or Juniors. In these magical and memorable overnight programs, explore the Museum at night, experiment and learn about space, health, and animals, and see a Planetarium show or IMAX movie. And best of all, sleep in the wildlife diorama halls! Go to www.dmns.org for more information!

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

Win big this Girl Scout Cookie season

There are so many ways for you to win BIG during the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program. This year, we’re hosting a variety of contests. Each one is listed below along with a brief description. *** Note: These contests are for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only.

Best Cookie Video

Selling Girl Scout Cookies online? Make sure you’re taking advantage of all the tools, which Digital Cookie gives you to be creative and customize your website, like creating and uploading a video. In addition to attracting more customers and increasing sales, your video could earn you $200 in Cookie Credits!

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just submit your video, along with a brief story, through the Share Your Stories form on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. Don’t forget to include your cookie goal. All entries must be received by February 12, 2018. Afterwards, they will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado YouTube account. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 27 at 9 a.m. wins! *** Note: You must send the original file for your video to be included. Links to videos hosted on YouTube sites other than GSCO will not be accepted.

First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits

Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits

Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scouts 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them make their video. Videos submitted by Girl Scouts 13-years-old and older must be girl-done. VIDEOS CANNOT CONTAIN ANY COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL.

Having trouble uploading your video? Email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

Colorado Girl Scouts: #BlingYourBooth

The “Bling Your Booth” Challenge is back and this year, you could win up to $200 in Cookie Credits!

Here’s how to bling your booth:

  1. Pick a theme, like G.I.R.L., camp, girl power, or glitz and glam-it’s up to you!
  2. Use cool color combinations.
  3. Create fun posters with your cookie goals, lots of awesome pictures, and maybe add balloons!
  4. Dress up, and use colored lights to invite customers to a cookie party.
  5. Add anything that makes your booth stand out from the crowd.
  6. Most importantly: Have fun!

Here are some rules to follow:

  1. Take a photo of your troop in action at your booth.
  2. Post it to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page. For your entry to be counted, you must include #BlingYourBooth. Be sure to share your troop number and cookie goal as well. You can also share your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag us using @GSColo. However, only photos submitted on Facebook will be
  3. Submit your entry by February 22, 2018!
  4. All of the entries will then be uploaded to our Facebook page and be part of the album: #BlingYourBooth Challenge 2018. Tell your friends and family to vote for your entry by simply clicking “like” or reacting to it. The photo that receives the most likes and reactions by February 28 at 9 a.m. wins!

First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits

Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits

Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

Remember, you need to be 13 or over to upload your own entry. If you’re younger than 13, that’s OK! Just get some help from a volunteer, parent, or an adult you trust.

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

Best Cookie Dad

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads, who help cookie bosses all across Colorado meet their goals.

If your Cookie Dad is the best, write a short essay about what he does that is so awesome and submit it through the Share Your Stories form on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. Be sure to include a photo of him, preferably involved in a Girl Scout Cookies-related activity. However, any photo will do. You may also submit a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video. All submissions must be received by March 11, 2018.

The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks. We also have a special prize for the best submissions to show dad just how much we appreciate him for being part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team.

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

 

 

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Mika Zaharescu, Broomfield, “Smiling at Your Future”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I partnered with my school’s chapter of National Honor Society to create dental care packets for kids in need. It included collecting recycled materials to make the actual bags, receiving donations containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash from the students of Prospect Ridge Academy, teaching the members of National Honor Society sewing skills, creating an instruction graphic, and presenting the project’s result in front of the entire student body for my school.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

We will soon see how much impact this project made once we repeat the project. The main goal of the project was to create awareness, so if more people assist National Honor Society to repeat the project (which we have already had a lot of interest), it will show that more people were influenced and inspired by the project. Excitement for the project is already growing, because the day after I presented my project to my school, a girl I didn’t even know came up to me to tell me her excitement. She told me how she was willing to help, and her father was even a dentist willing to assist and donate more materials and spread more awareness.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

The project is sustainable because National Honor Society at Prospect Ridge Academy will repeat the project annually. In addition to that, other interested parties outside of PRA could replicate or improve the project at https://sites.google.com/view/spreading-smiles

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

The website I created for this project links the community in Colorado to other inspired people across the country and around the world.

What did you learn about yourself?

This project was a wonderful experience and  journey of self-discovery. At the beginning of the project, I was nervous presenting projects to a small group of people. By the end, I presented my project in front of the entire student body of Prospect Ridge Academy during an assembly. My leadership skills improved immensely. I learned how to work with a large team, coordinate logistical information across different organizations, and how to not stress about things as much as I did.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Earning my Gold Award has changed my life. I am a more confident, caring, and strong girl. This also showed me I reached a goal I set for myself 12 years ago, and if I can do that, I can do anything.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because it showed me how I could change the world. A lot of times people don’t contribute or help other people because they figure someone else will do it. The Gold Award allowed me to not only become the “someone” to do it, but to inspire others to do the same.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

I am a go-getter because, despite the many barriers both mentally and physically, I reached my goal after hours of hard work and determination.

I am an innovator because, even though my completed project was a different version of the one I initially planned on doing, I “rolled with the punches” and improved my project, so I could finish it to help kids in need.

I am a risk-taker because I did things I never thought I could do before, like presenting in front of hundreds of peers about something I am truly passionate about.

I am a leader because I have learned how to be confident, courageous, caring, kind, smart, honest, fair, friendly, helpful, and all of the qualities of a Girl Scout. Being a Girl Scout has given me all of the resources I need to be the best leader I can be.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org