Category Archives: Girl Scout News

Colorado Gold Award recipient honored in Washington, D.C.

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Gold Award recipient Belle Bashaw from Parker, Douglas County High School, travelled to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest honor.  Girl Scouts of the USA invited Belle to join the festivities because they were so impressed with her Gold Award project. She developed a curriculum to teach elementary school students about the importance of bees, which bees they might see, and how they can help the bee population thrive. While in the nation’s capitol, Belle attended special events where she shared her project with legislators and other world leaders.

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Top Sellers Celebrate at Seven Falls

95 Girl Scouts and guests gathered on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Seven Falls in Colorado Springs to celebrate “cookiebosses” who sold 750 packages or more of Girl Scout Cookies. Top Sellers and their guests had a chance to hike and explore the Falls while also participating in a scavenger hunt focused on the history and natural features of the park. Girls and their guests were also provided a bagged lunch in one of the park’s many outdoor picnic areas during which the girls were presented with their Top Seller medallions by the GSCO Product Sales staff. The Seven Falls Top Seller event was attended by four of the state’s top 17 sellers for the 2016 sale.

Day at the Colorado Capitol for Cadette Girl Scouts

Cadette Girl Scouts visited the Colorado state capitol on Friday, June 10, 2016. Girls were given a tour of the building; participated in a mock election where they voted on an image for a tourism brochure (an image of Long’s Peak won); and visited with Representative Faith Winter to learn about how bills are passed. What an amazing opportunity for these older Girl Scouts!

 

 

 

 

Learn new skills & earn badges at the Centennial Kickoff Celebration

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Each day of the upcoming Centennial Kickoff Celebration will include a half-dozen unique badge earning activities for new and current Girl Scouts to earn. This includes the Artist, First Aid, Naturalist, Athlete, Outdoor Adventure, and Girl Scout Way badges. In addition, six historical badges from our 100 year history will be incorporated.

Will you practice your archery skills, like these Girl Scouts from the 1940’s and today?

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Or will you explore your creativity like these Girl Scouts?

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Whatever you choose, we’re excited to have you participate in our statewide celebration of all things Girl Scouts. Badge activities are included in the ticket price, and Daisies will earn petals which correspond with the other badges. Badges will be sent to participants who complete the requirements and submit their event passport booklet, available on site.

Be sure to get your tickets to this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado, and invite your Girl Scout sisters via our Facebook event.

Earn your way into the GSCO S’mores Club 

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Girl Scouts of Colorado has a new reward in honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in Colorado and 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies!

The “S’mores Club” is exclusively for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members and adult volunteers who rock BOTH the 2016 Fall Sale and 2017 Girl Scout Cookies Sale programs.

A special 100th personalized patch and beautiful, commemorative blanket are rewards for girls and adult volunteers (troop leaders, troop product sales managers – one per person who qualifies) for the 2016-17 membership year ONLY.  Each troop that qualifies will also receive an exclusive booth selection opportunity for the 2017 Girl Scout Cookies Sale. 

Two different blanket designs are being created – one for girls and one for adults. Girls can create their ‘mini-me’ avatar for the Fall Sale and that image will be used in her personalized patch if she joins the S’more Club.

To join the S’mores Club and earn the reward, a girl must:

· Create an Avatar and send 15 emails or sell 15 nut, candy items, and/or magazines during the 2016 Fall Sale program

·      AND sell at least 275 packages of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2017 Cookie Sale program

An adult (the Troop Leader, Troop Fall Sale Manager and Cookie Manager) can earn the reward:

·      If the troop reaches $350 or more in online sales during 2016 Fall Sale program

·      AND during the 2017 Cookie Sale, the troop achieves a per girl selling average of 275 or more packages. (The per girl average is calculated based on the total number of packages a troop sells, divided by the number of selling girls in that troop.)

Note: The reward for adults is for a troop participation only. Juliettes can still qualify for the club and receive her personalized patch and blanket. However, parents of Juliettes can NOT receive the patch, blanket, or booth sale opportunity.

All members of the S’mores Club must meet the requirements for BOTH sales to qualify.

For more information, check the FAQs

https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2453663-s-mores-club

Centennial Kickoff Celebration: Honoring our past and looking to the future

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The July 23 and 24 Centennial Celebration kicks off Girl Scouts of Colorado’s year-long celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts in our State. In 1917, the first Girl Scout council West of the Mississippi was formed in Colorado Springs, known as the Wagon Wheel Council. As we enter our 100th year in 2017, we are thrilled to celebrate the many accomplishments of Girl Scouts and look forward to the next century of growing girl’s leadership and making the world a better place.

The Centennial Kickoff Celebration takes place near the site of the 1959 Senior Roundup, a spectacular event which brought 10,000 girls from all over the world to Colorado Springs to share in the Girl Scouts sisterhood.  A total of six Roundups have been held in various locations around the world, and were considered the highlight of a Girl Scout’s career. Here are a few photos of that event, which had a lasting impact on the lives of attendees:

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Senior Girl Scouts at the 1959 Roundup in Colorado Springs

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Another photo from the 1959 Roundup in Colorado Springs

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Special Pin from 1959 Roundup

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Current sign which commemorates site of 1959 Roundup

Current sign which commemorates site of 1959 Roundup. The Centennial Kickoff Celebration event will take place steps from this sign.

At this summer’s event, attendees will learn more about the history of Girl Scouts in Colorado and share in our current sisterhood, which includes more than 24,000 girl and 10,000 adult members across the state. Badge activities across two days will focus on outdoor skills and legacy badges, and all attendees will receive Centennial Celebration t-shirts and patches.

Connecting to our past is an important part of understanding who we are. Very few organizations have the rich history and tradition of Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts are a part of more than a century of intentional sisterhood and the development of girl’s leadership. We look forward to seeing what today’s Girl Scouts will accomplish, as we continue to weave the story of Girl Scouting and the impact we have on ourselves, our fellow Girl Scouts and our larger communities.

All past, current and former Girl Scouts are invited to participate in this event with their families, in the biggest Girl Scout festival we’ve hosted in years. Find out more about lodging options and get your tickets now. We’ll post more information about our planned badge activities and other festivities in the coming weeks.

Let us know you’re attending the event by joining our Facebook event and inviting your Girl Scout sisters.

Lodging for GSCO Centennial Kickoff Celebration

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in our great state! Girl Scouts of all ages, along with their friends and families, are invited to join us for a Centennial Kickoff Celebration July 23 & 24, 2016 near the site of the 1959 Girl Scout Roundup in Colorado Springs. We’ll honor our traditions with special badges, activities, and fun for the whole family.

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016 9 a.m. – Sunday, July 24, 2016 5 p.m.

Location: Centennial Celebration Site Map

Fees:

Advance tickets: $25 per day or $35 for both days
Walkup tickets : $30 per day or $40 for both days

* Fees include a commemorative Centennial Celebration patch and t-shirt. Girl Scout members may also earn up to 12 Girl Scouts Legacy and vintage badges for no additional fee

** Children 4 and under are free.

Register Now:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2016/gsco_centennial_cele.html

Lodging Options:

Discounted rooms are available within walking distance at Hampton Inn, 1307 Republic Drive, Colorado Springs. There are also numerous area hotels and campgrounds available for overnight stays.

Limited cabins and camping spots are available at our residential camp property, Sky High Ranch, in Woodland Park. If you are interested in reserving a space at this property, please indicate that on the registration form and you will be redirected to a separate registration form.

*Note: Sky High Ranch accommodations are restricted to troops only. Each troop must follow Safety Activity Checkpoints supervision ratios, and have an adult who has completed Overnight Training and an adult who is CPR and First Aid Certified.

 

GSCO Centennial Kickoff Celebration

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in our great state! Girl Scouts of all ages, along with their friends and families, are invited to join us for a Centennial Kickoff Celebration July 23 & 24, 2016 near the site of the 1959 Girl Scout Roundup in Colorado Springs. We’ll honor our traditions with special badges, activities, and fun for the whole family.

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016 9 a.m. – Sunday, July 24, 2016 5 p.m.

Location: Centennial Celebration Site Map

Fees:

Advance tickets: $25 per day or $35 for both days
Walkup tickets : $30 per day or $40 for both days

* Fees include a commemorative Centennial Celebration patch and t-shirt. Girl Scout members may also earn up to 12 Girl Scouts Legacy and vintage badges for no additional fee

** Children 4 and under are free.

Register Now:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2016/gsco_centennial_cele.html

Meet the GSCO Product Sales Team

Jamie Haxton – Chief Product Sales Officer

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Jamie oversees the entire Product Sales Team statewide. Among her many duties, she secures, manages, and works with vendors for both the Fall and Girl Scout Cookies Sale, supporting girls in reaching their goals and giving back to their communities. She has more than 18 years of experience with Girls Scouts, including six years with Girl Scouts of Colorado. Jamie also served as Chief Financial Officer for Girl Scouts Sooner Council.

Troy Engh – Product Sales Logistics Manager

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Troy oversees inventory, logistics, delivery sites, vendor relations, cupboard management, seasonal staffing, and reward distributions, in addition to many other external logistical items.

Beth Homeijer – Product Sales Analyst

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Beth oversees the vendor software, uploads, event coordination, sales analysis, DOC, and many other internal logistical items.

Andria Thomas – Product Sales Administrative Assistant

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Andria is the admin for the entire team, overseeing Formstack databases, communication overflows, mailings, meeting coordination, and many other items that keep the department running smoothly.

Rychelle Arnold – Product Sales Manager

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Rychelle oversees the Product Sales Specialists.  She oversees the training content, manuals, guides, training designs, printed materials, assists with overall product program designs.  Rychelle also provides support as Region 4’s main Product Support.

Product Sales Specialists are the main Product Program Support for regional staff teams as well as responsible for managing the volunteer needs.  They are responsible for the key volunteer recruitment and design for their regions.  Each is tasked with the success of the campaigns, material distribution, rewards distribution, trainings, communications, and many other items within each region.

Mary Ann Deard- Regions 1, 2, & 5

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Region 3 – This position, which is in Pueblo, is currently vacant. GSCO is actively working to fill this role.

Rychelle Arnold- Region 4

Allison Snavely– Region 6 Service Units 637, 638, 640, 641, 647, 650, 606, 608, 611, 642, 649, 643, 644, 646, 621, 622, 627, 628, 630, 631, 632, and 635.

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Laura Aguon– Region 6 Service Units 623, 624, 625, 626, 629, 633, 636,604, 639, 652, 616, 617, 619, 653, 602, 607, 610, 612, 614, and 615.

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Elizabeth Lipp– Region 7

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** Note: This in no way is the extent of all of their responsibilities. Rather, a snippet to help you direct your questions appropriately. 

Don’t miss out on another year of fun: Renew your membership today

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This year, we’re celebrating the 100th year of Girl Scouting in Colorado, and we want you to be part of the excitement as we move forward into another century of building girls of courage, confidence, and character.

At Girl Scouts, new experiences are around every corner. You’ll have lots of fun with your troop as you discover and accomplish big things together. Just imagine what you’ll do next!

Here’s what you’ll get for signing up for another year of fun:

  • Every troop with two adult leaders renewed and a completed Annual Troop Report by August 2 will receive $25 in shop credit.
  • All girls renewed by August 2 will receive the Early Bird patch!

*Credit will be available no later than September 1 and may be redeemed on orders placed by phone or in person at our GSCO shop. There will be no charge for shipping on these orders.

**Patches will be mailed to girls’ families no later than September 15.

Got a question? We’re here to help!

Visit: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/membership-promos.html
Email us  or give us a call at 877-404-5708