Category Archives: Girl Scout News

2017 Top Seller booklets: Now available online

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Electronic versions of our booklets celebrating Top Sellers from the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program are now online.

2017 Top 100 booklet:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2017_Top100_booklet.pdf

2017 Top Seller booklet:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2017_TopSeller_booklet.pdf

To see photos from all of our Top Seller events, go to our Flickr page (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums). Have a photo that you would like to add? Email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Five ways to celebrate Great Outdoors Month

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

Warmer weather, longer days, and endless adventures—sounds like the beginning of summer! And the best part about this beautiful month? June is also Great Outdoors Month!

You already know that Girl Scouts loves the outdoors. Whether we’re protecting the environment or just having fun, getting outside is one of our favorite things to do. Plus, it’s good for us! In fact, girls who participate in outdoor activities on a monthly basis are stronger challenge-seekers and problem-solvers, which benefits their futures and the world.

To kick off Great Outdoors Month, we put together our favorite outside activities that you can do to celebrate—like a Girl Scout!

1. Earn your Troop Camping badge. You voted for it, now you can earn it. Starting June 15, the requirements for the 2017 Girls’ Choice badge will be available for download in the Girl Scout Shop! The winning badge for 2017 is Troop Camping, which will be available for all Girl Scout levels—yes, even Daisies! Can’t wait until June 15? Try last year’s winning Art in the Outdoors badges.

2. Earn your Junior Ranger patch. Through Girl Scouts’ continued partnership with the National Park Service, we’ve made it easier than ever to visit your favorite national parks. Girl Scouts have the unique opportunity to complete Journeys, achieve Take Action or Highest Award projects, and even earn a patch along the way!

Hey, families with fourth-graders! Through National Park Service’s Every Kid in a Park program, fourth-graders and their families get free (yes, FREE!) access to national parks for an entire year. Find your park today!
3. Go camping. What’s a Girl Scout summer without camp? Making new friends, learning new skills, and overcoming challenges—plus, girls say camping is their most memorable outdoor experience in Girl Scouts. What’s not to love? Many camps are still accepting reservations, so find a Girl Scout camp near you today!
To help you and your girl prepare for her camping adventure, we’ve come up with some awesome summer camp hacks to stay light on hassle and big on fun. And don’t forget to freshen up on those favorite camp songs!
4. Care for the environment. It’s easy to be green, especially when you’re a Girl Scout! From the very beginning of Girl Scouting, caring for our world has been part of our DNA. Whether you’re learning about endangered species, planting trees in your local park, or taking the lead to recycle, girls develop a lasting commitment to the environment. It’s your planet—love it!
5. Have fun in your own backyard. Getting outside doesn’t have to be hard; you can explore the wonders of Mother Nature in your own neighborhood! Plant a garden, create a nature scavenger hunt, go for a walk, or have fun in your community park—the options are endless!

Whether you’re a nature pro or just starting out, you can help girls of all ages have a positive experience in the great outdoors. Check out these videos and other resources to make getting outdoors even more rewarding for both girls and adults, and get outside!

Cadette Troop 2551 does some urban orienteering

Submitted by Nikki Goethals

Metro Denver

Aurora

As we wrapped up our final year as Cadettes, the Girl Scouts were excited to do the new Urban Orienteering in the Capital badge offered by Girl Scouts of Colorado.

For many of the girls, it was their first time riding the lightrail or going to the 16th Street Mall.

They chose to have lunch at The Melt on the mall when we arrived, which was lovely. Then, they navigated quite a walk to the Little Man Ice Cream Shop.

We discussed pickpocketing and safety along the way while taking pictures of our adventure downtown.

On the way back, we split up and took two different light rail rides back home and met up again at the Nine Mile Station on Parker Road.

Everyone had a great time– easily one of our favorite badges to complete. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us!

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

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens and event patch contest

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Design the event patch for Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens! We’re looking for creative Girl Scouts to share their best design. The winning design will be the picture on our 2017 event pass. The Girl Scout who submits the winning design will win two Elitch Garden day tickets, VIP Rapid Ride passes, and two Attraction tickets (choice of XLR8R or Sling Shot).

The contest is open to all Girl Scouts. Entry forms can be found at https://goo.gl/qX9KqN . The registration deadline is June 27, 2017. Entries can be returned to your area GSCO office, the GSCO shop, or emailed to Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Save the date for Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens, August. 11-13, 2017! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. We’ll have special activities celebrating our GSCO Centennial on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for all Girl Scouts. Elitch Gardens is also hosting the band, “Forever In Your Mind,” in one of their season concerts, Saturday evening, which is included in park entry for the day.

Cost is $25.99/person. Tickets can be purchased at https://goo.gl/Ekz6Hx. Not able to make it? No problem. Elitch Gardens is offering a Girl Scout discount for daily entry of $29.99/person all season long that can be purchased through the same link. A portion of all tickets sold will be donated back to GSCO.

Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org. We hope to see you there!

Power of Cookie: 7,500+ cookies to Yellowstone National Park

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Submitted by Melissa Ellenberger

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Two years ago, the amazing girls in Troop 607 decided to go to Yellowstone National Park. To ensure every girl in the troop could attend, each girl had to sell 292 packages of Girl Scout Cookies, 5,500 packages. The girls surpassed this goal by 2,000 packages!

19 girls and 11 adults made the trip for four days and three nights. They stayed just steps away from Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs. The girls hiked and saw geysers, gorgeous hot spring pools, buffalo, bears, elk, and more.

The best part is there were no televisions, phones, very limited cellular service, or WIFI!

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

Girl Scout Camp Social Media 2017

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The staff at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch is gearing up for another wonderful summer season. As in years past, we will share our fun on social media through the Girl Scouts of Colorado camp Facebook pages.

Tomahawk Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/tomahawkranch/

Sky High Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/gscoskyhighranch/

From time to time, photos and updates may also appear on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s other social media networks (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram)

We will also post photo albums from each session on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums. Look for albums a week after your girl’s session ends.

Please keep in mind, both camps are in remote areas, where internet service can be spotty. We will update as much as we can. However, making sure your girl has the best experience at camp is our top priority.

Happy Camping!

Water World Patch Contest winner

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Congratulations to Abigail W. of Troop 40923 in Colorado Springs! She designed the patch for Girl Scout Days at Water World! Abigail has won four Water World day passes and meal vouchers and her design will be the picture on our event patch.

Choosing a winner was tough for our friends at Water World. We had 23 great entries from Girl Scouts across the state. A big thank you goes to Water World for hosting the contest and providing the prize pack and to our Girl Scouts who entered!

Girl Scout Days at Water World is planned for June 24 and 25, 2017 and all Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited! Water World is offering a generous discounted price of $25.99/person for our special Girl Scout weekend and will donate part of tickets sales back to GSCO.

Not able to make it that weekend? No problem! Water World is also offering Girl Scout families a $30.99/person daily ticket for the entire season and donating a portion of these tickets sales back to GSCO, too. You can purchase tickets at www.thcalyspsoclub.com and enter “Girl Scouts” for the store name. Discounted meal vouchers are also available.

Hope to see you there!

Centennial Patch Program: Resources for girls and volunteers

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The Centennial Patch Program celebrates 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado.

The center patch is surrounded by add-on topics.  Each topic has suggested Discover, Connect, and Take Action activities. To earn an add-on, girls must complete at least one activity from each Discover, Connect, and Take Action area.

The patch and activity add-ons may be purchased from the GSCO Council Shop. To order yours, contact 303-607-4880 or retail@gscolorado.org.

Resources for Girls:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Centennial_Patch_Girl.pdf

Resources for Volunteers:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Centennial_Patch_Adults.pdf

 

 

Gold Award project: Entrepreneurial development in Haiti

My name is Lilli T. and I live in Breckenridge. I am currently working on my Girl Scout Gold Award, which will take place in the Haitian school of St. Paul’s.

Haitian education rates are among the lowest in the western hemisphere with a literacy rate of 61% compared to America’s 86%. Haiti has 15,200 primary schools, 90% of which are non-public and run by religious affiliations. The United States has 66,718 public primary schools. 88% of eligible Haitian students are enrolled in primary school, while 20% are enrolled in secondary school. Secondary and higher level education in provided by public and private institutions. The Haitian government provides very little funds for public schools, only 10% of the government’s budget is spent on public schools. Out of the 67% enrollment rate for primary school, 70% continue to the third grade. 21.5% of the population, age 5+, receive a secondary education, and 1% receive a university level education. 33% of children (ages 6-12) do not attend school.

The school where I will be completing my Gold Award at is named St. Paul’s. St Paul’s school is located in Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti, a rural coastal town located 80 miles west of the capital, Port-Au-Prince. It was founded in 1990 and began as a one room schoolhouse educating all ages and boys and girls together. It has since grown to a co-ed fall 2016 enrollment of 400+ students ranging from grades K-8. St. Paul’s enrollment fee is $350 per student or $7,000 a class. However, due to the devoted Colorado Haiti Project and its partners, tuition is nearly free to all students.

For my Gold Award, I am partnering with the Colorado Haiti Project and heading their new youth entrepreneurial program for the 8th grade class at St. Paul`s Episcopal School in Petit Trou. I will be organizing a three-day hands-on business workshop that is an opportunity for 8th grader students to “start” small businesses. The students will learn a simplified version of the five fundamentals of business – creating business plan, product, loans, advertising, and how to earn a profit. They will start with thinking about their markets, design, advertising and create a budget. They will then go to the “bank” and take out a loan with which they will visit the “wholesale store” where they will buy the materials for the products they will make. The students will spend a day or two making their products and on the final day a market will be held where they will sell their products. After the sale, they will pay back their loan right here to the “bank” and are then allowed to visit the wholesale store to buy materials, or candy, to make more products for fun!

My primary goal in completing my Gold Award is to provide these 8th graders, whom some will not continue school after this year, with an enriched education that will help them in the work force. I also hope to educate those in the United States and elsewhere about the education climate in Haiti and encourage them to get involved in making a change!

 

 

 

Daisy’s Circle: The bigger the circle, the bigger the impact

Named after Girl Scout founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program.  Funds raised through Daisy’s Circle provide financial assistance for girls and volunteers, support Outreach Programs and more.

Girl Scouts of Colorado provides roughly $125,000 in financial assistance annually, 26% is funded by Daisy’s Circle members.  Financial assistance makes Girl Scouting possible for more girls, helping them to reach their full potential.  It is our goal to grow Daisy’s Circle enough  to fully fund this need.

The power of monthly giving is in the numbers.  Even a small monthly gift from a number of donors makes a big difference. Monthly donations help lower costs through automation and reduced mailings and creates an ongoing predictable cash flow.
It’s easy for you, it’s easy for us, and it makes a lasting impact.

Do you believe in Girl Scouts?  Do you believe that the Girl Scout experience can change a girl’s life?

At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we believe, and we want this experience to be available to every girl regardless of where in Colorado she lives or what her circumstances are.

Won’t you help us reach our goal of raising $125,000 annually by joining Daisy’s Circle?

The bigger the circle, the bigger the impact.

Sign up now:  www.gscodaisyscircle.org or call (303) 607- 4879