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23 New STEM and Outdoor badges enrich Girl Scout Programming: Join the fun today!

Colorado Girl Scouts can now earn 23 new badges, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the outdoors! With the introduction of these new badges, which marks the largest programming rollout in almost a decade, girls can design robots and racecars, go on environmentally conscious camping trips, write code, collect data in the great outdoors, try their hand at engineering, and so much more. Through hands-on and age-appropriate experiences for girls as young as 5, Girl Scouts is both enhancing the important outdoor opportunities we are known for and addressing the lack of exposure many girls have to STEM. In fact, Girl Scouts are almost twice as likely as non–Girl Scouts to participate in STEM (60 percent versus 35 percent) and outdoor activities (76 percent versus 43 percent).

This new Girl Scout programming builds girls’ skills and encourages their interest in STEM and environmental conservation from an early age, increasing their confidence in these areas—in an all-girl environment where they feel comfortable trying new things, taking appropriate risks, and learning from failure. Importantly, what girls gain through Girl Scouting positively affects all areas of their lives. For example, Girl Scouts do better than their non–Girl Scout peers in the classroom, earning better grades and aspiring to higher educational attainment, and are more likely to seek careers in STEM, law, and business—industries in which women are underrepresented. And the benefits of Girl Scouting are not exclusive to any particular demographic, which means that no matter where girls live or what their age or background, Girl Scouts can help them develop to their full potential and excel in all aspects of life.

At a time when 81 percent of American voters think preparing girls for leadership roles should be a national priority, Girl Scouts of the USA—the preeminent leadership development organization for girls—offers girls even more opportunities to learn skills and empower themselves with the experiences they need to succeed in life. And as the Girl Scout Research Institute releases new findings that confirm the outstanding leadership outcomes that Girl Scouts exhibit compared to their non–Girl Scout peers, there has never been a better time to join.

We’re 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.

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Why Girl Scouts, Why Now

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the BEST leadership development organization for girls—is offering Girl Scouts even more opportunities to learn skills and prepare them to empower themselves with the experiences they need to succeed in life. 

GSUSA introduced 23 new badges in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the outdoors—our largest programming rollout in almost a decade!Girl Scouts will be able to design robots and racecars, go on environmentally conscious camping trips, create algorithms, collect data in the great outdoors, try their hand at engineering, and so much more. And the best part? These new badges are girl-tested and girl-approved!

The new Girl Scout programming builds girls’ skills and encourages their interest in STEM and environmental conservation from an early age—areas girls are not typically encouraged to explore outside Girl Scouting—increasing their confidence in an all-girl, girl-led environment where they feel comfortable to try new things, take appropriate risks, and learn from failure.

GSUSA created select badges with contributions from notable organizations in the STEM and outdoor industries, such as GoldieBlox, WGBH/Design Squad, the Society of Women Engineers, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Code.org, and SciStarter. 

These awesome badges have debuted on Girl Scouts’ first digital platform for volunteers, the Volunteer Toolkit, making it more accessible than ever to unleash the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. The Volunteer Toolkit helps parents and volunteers easily plan meetings and activities; keep track of important information; and, ultimately, make it easier to support amazing experiences for girls! 

In the toolkit, most programming for girls in grades K–5 is autopopulated so troop leaders can view activity plans and necessary materials, customize meetings, and track troop finances all in one place. Plus, the instructions included throughout make subjects that might otherwise intimidate some volunteers—like STEM—accessible and understandable, so they can confidently carry out troop activities. Which means helping girls take the lead in their adventures just got a whole lot easier! 

Need even more reasons to join the Girl Scout Movement? The Girl Scout Research Institute recently released new findings that show how participation in Girl Scouts helps girls develop key leadership skills proven to help them achieve bright, successful futures. Compared to their non–Girl Scout peers, Girl Scouts are more likely to be leaders because they:

  • Have confidence in themselves and their abilities (80 percent vs. 68 percent)
  • Act ethically and responsibly, and show concern for others (75 percent vs. 59 percent)
  • Seek challenges and learn from setbacks (62 percent vs. 42 percent)
  • Develop and maintain healthy relationships (60 percent vs. 43 percent)
  • Identify and solve problems in their communities (57 percent vs. 28 percent)
  • Take an active role in decision making (80 percent vs. 51 percent)

The most powerful part is that no matter where girls live or what their age or background is, Girl Scouts can help them develop to their full potential and excel in all aspects of life.

So, at a time when 81 percent of U.S. voters think preparing girls for leadership roles should be a national priority*, there has never been a better time to stand with girls. And Girl Scouts is the best place to do it. If you believe there is power in every G.I.R.L., join Girl Scouts today and unleash it! 

Gold Award Training in Rifle

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, troop leaders, and parents on the Western Slope and Mountain Communities! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss out on training in Rifle on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Rifle Public Library.

This is a free training. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. In this training, girls will learn the requirements, council procedures, and tips for making her Gold Award experience successful and rewarding.

Gold Award training is mandatory for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Troop leaders, co-leaders, and parents are encouraged to attend. If interested in attending please email highestawards@gscolorado.org by Monday, July 31.

Colorado State Fair Ambassador Opportunity for Girl Scouts

The Colorado State Fair invites you to participate in the Colorado State Fair Ambassador Program! Volunteers act as ambassadors during the 11 days of festivities, serving as hosts to the thousands of guests  during the fair. Each volunteer will receive two gate admissions to the fair and an ambassador t-shirt.

Ambassadors are needed daily from August 25 – September 5, 2017 and are scheduled in one of two shifts: 1 – 4 p.m. or 4 – 7 p.m. You may sign up for as many or few shifts as preferred, but at least three people are required to cover each shift. At least one adult must be present. Duties include:

• Enthusiastically greeting fair goers as they enter the grounds. You are the friendly face of the Colorado State Fair.

• Answering questions for guests. Training is provided.

• Directing guests where they need to go.

• Providing information about events and special attractions.

If you would like to be take part in this essential, enjoyable, and exciting opportunity, or if you would like more information, please contact Alison at 719-470-3445.

We appreciate your time and look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Colorado State Fair!

Colorado Girl Scouts receive “Princess Benedikte Award”

Submitted by Rae Ann Dougherty

Metro Denver

Denver

As Girl Scouts, we are members of a huge community of 10 million fellow Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 146 different countries around the world as represented by the blue and gold pin we wear on our uniform.  Additionally our Girl Scout Law ends with … “be a sister to every Girl Scout.”  The magic of that international sisterhood of Girl Scouting is experienced by many, including the recipients of Girl Scout of Colorado’s “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship, as well as the many individuals and troops across our state that travel to one of our many World Centers found across the globe.

Connecting and supporting this international sisterhood becomes a passion that once hooked, entices many to continue to advance the power of this spider web-like network.  As a result of the volunteer work and dedication of two of the Colorado’s Girl Scout volunteers, they were recently honored at an international Girl Scout meeting in London for their contributions.

Marlene Logan and Rae Ann Dougherty received World Association of Girl Scout and Girl Guides’ (WAGGGS) “Princess Benedikte Award” from the royal patron of the Olave Baden-Powell Society (OB-PS).

OB-PS is a global network of WAGGGS supporters, providing vital financial help to the international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement.  At its core, the OB-PS Society is designed to provide financial support to WAGGGS to ensure a steady stream of income which funds its work, projects, and programs. This is similar to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Juliette Gordon Low Society. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/support-us/planned-giving.html  (Both the Logan’s and Dougherty’s are members of GSCO’s Juliette Gordon Low Society.)

More than 1,300 individuals from 59 countries have chosen to invest in their commitment to girls’ and young women’s futures by supporting OB-PS and WAGGGS.  Each of these individuals believes WAGGGS and its work can change lives and influence the future for whole communities.

The honor was received recently at the annual meeting of the OB-PS meeting at Gilwell Park in London, England.  (Gilwell Park is famous throughout the world for its Scouting heritage, beautiful setting, and stunning range of activities.) Furthering the international sisterhood of WAGGGS, 150 representatives from all five regions of WAGGGS participated in this meeting.

This special recognition was presented to Rae Ann and Marlene by Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark.  Since its inception in 2006, less than 25 individuals worldwide have received this award.

Congratulations Rae Ann and Marlene!

The GSCO S’mores Club will return

The S’mores Club will return for the 2017-18 membership year! The S’mores Club is exclusively for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members and adult volunteers who rock BOTH the 2017 Fall Sale and 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Programs.

Girls and adult volunteers (troop product sales managers – one per person who qualifies) can earn a beautiful PANDORA sterling-silver bracelet with charms. Girls can also earn a special personalized patch. Qualifying troops can earn an exclusive booth selection opportunity during the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program.

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

  • Create an Avatar and sell 15 nut, candy items, and/or magazines online during the 2017 Fall Sale Program
  • AND sell at least 300 packages of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2018 Cookie Sale Program

An adult (troop product sales managers – one per person who qualifies) can earn the reward:

  • If the troop reaches $350 or more in online sales during 2017 Fall Sale Program
  • AND during the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program, the troop achieves a per girl selling average of 300 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 bracelet. However, parents of Juliettes can NOT receive the bracelet 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

 

Are you an experienced Girl Scout traveler?

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Calling all travel experts! We are seeking girls, adult leaders, or troops to be GSCO “travel ambassadors” and share their knowledge, expertise, and lessons learned through Girl Scout travel. If you are an expert in money-earning ideas for travel, World Centers, girl-led travel planning and logistics, destinations, or anything else related to Girl Scout travel- we want to hear from you!

 

If you have traveled through Girl Scouts and are interested in being a resource to other girls and leaders, or helping to promote Girl Scout travel in general, please sign up through the link below. We will then reach out to you with upcoming travel ambassador opportunities.

 

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/gscotravelambassadorsignup

 

Questions? Contact Anna Danila Outdoor & Travel Program Manager at http://anna.danila@gscolorado.org

Scholarship available for Camp Realize Your Beauty

Submitted by Stacey Lorin Merkl

New York

Camp Realize Your Beauty is a sleepaway theatre arts camp with a special emphasis on building self-esteem, kindness and anti-bullying. This summer we’ll be in Estes Park at the YMCA from July 30-August 4. 

Camp is fast approaching, and we just had a spot open up that we need to fill with a Jr. Counselor. Jr Counselors are young women ages 15-18 who would like to attend camp, and can attend at a reduced rate (or in this case, on scholarship, as we have scholarship funds available) in exchange for some light help (supervising younger campers at bedtime, leading simple warm up games, etc.). This is a great opportunity for any young person interested in theatre, arts education. counseling or social work, or just someone that would like to attend a fun sleepaway camp who may not otherwise have the opportunity. It’s also a great opportunity for a Girl Scout getting her Silver or Gold award.

I realize we’re fast approaching our camp dates, and I know the Girl Scouts would be a great place to find the right match. As a native of Denver (born and raised!), and a life long Girl Scout, I know first hand how responsible and dedicated Scouts are. 

We have a scholarship for this camper, so they could attend at no cost.

Our website is: realizeyourbeauty.org. Please don’t hesitate to contact Stacey with any questions at 917-379-5855.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Sarah Ness, Centennial, “Destressing Art Sessions”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My Gold Award project was created to address the high amount of stress seen in the student body at my high school, Eaglecrest High School. I held art sessions after school in the art rooms in order to help kids at my school be able to relieve stress. I worked with the National Art Honor Society and Art Club, along with the teachers that sponsor both of those clubs, in order to hold the art sessions. At the end, I had held 23 sessions.

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

I measured my impact by giving students a survey I had made and asking them if they were feeling stressed and if they thought that the session helped to relieve their stress. In the surveys, 100% of the people surveyed answered that they were feeling stressed, with the reasons why being “family,” “schoolwork,” “work,” “sleep or the lack thereof,” and “expectations for the future.” Along with that, 100% of the survey takers said that the session did help them feel less stressed.

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

My global/national connection is made through the access to free downloads of a manual for the sessions, and some project examples, on the website teacherspayteachers.com. I’ve also created an Instagram account that is dedicated to examples of project ideas and step-by-step instructions for how to do the projects.

What did you learn about yourself?

I’ve learned that I’m a lot more adaptable to situations that I wasn’t expecting and that I’m more capable of being a leader than what I was expecting.

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

I think earning my Gold Award will help show others that I am a hard worker and very dedicated. It has also taught me better ways to deal with stress around me and to help others around me deal with their stress in a healthier way.

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

I think the Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because it allowed me to use all of the skills that I have gained through my years of being a Girl Scout, along with helping me gain new ones, to make a lasting difference in the world. It helped me draw on all of my past experiences and really make the most out of everything that Girl Scouts has taught me.

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

My Gold Award helped me become a

-G (Go-getter): by forcing me to do what I needed to do right now and not allowing me time to procrastinate or not try and do something that was needed.

-I (Innovator): by making me come up with ways to describe every step of an artistic process so that even someone who might think he or she isn’t artistic is able to do the same project as everyone else.

-R (Risk Taker): by causing me to step out of my comfort zone with talking to large groups and teachers, even though I knew that there was a chance that no one would want to help me. I also took a risk with doing an art-centered project because many people aren’t interested in the arts or don’t believe that they could do any projects, so I was taking a risk in the possibility that no one would even come to my sessions.

-L (Leader): by making me step into a leadership position and have to become a kind of teacher to the other students in the sessions along with having to come up with all of the projects and getting ready all of the materials that might be needed to do each of the projects.

**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

Buy, sell, or trade Girl Scout materials

Submitted by Tricia Pearson

Metro Denver

Arvada

Does your troop have extra patches, glue, string, or other supplies that you would like to sell or trade for new supplies for the upcoming year? Troop 66517 from Arvada is hosting an event on August 24, 2017 at Campbell Elementary School from 6:30 – 8 p.m. We will have ready made patch kits, as well as swap kits available for purchase. It is $2 to reserve your table space, so text Tricia at (720) 363-3377. Touring is free! This is open to all Girl Scouts and leaders.

Supply Swap Flyer

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