Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Girl Scout Exploration Day for Juniors

Submitted by Melissa Gula

Metro Denver

Denver

Calling all aspiring gardeners! Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens on September 21, 2019 for our fourth annual Junior “Gardener” Girl Scout Exploration Day. Girl Scout Exploration Days offer girls the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities and take-home projects. Each Exploration Day offers several activity stations set up throughout the Gardens for groups to explore at their own pace. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

When: Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. To accommodate a larger number of Girl Scouts and improve your group’s experience, we are offering two admission times: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Activity stations will be available to your group from the admission time you choose until 2 p.m.

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, activities will take place outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved indoors.

Who: This program is designed for Girl Scout Juniors.

Through hands-on activities and explorations Girl Scouts will:

  • Explore the principles of garden design.
  • Design a seed experiment to take home.
  • Explore the practice of companion planting.
  • Plant and decorate an indoor garden planter to take home.
  • Explore the Gardens’ diverse showcase of plants.

Follow the link below to register either as an individual or as a troop. We look forward to seeing you at our Girl Scout Exploration Day!

Registration Link: https://catalog.botanicgardens.org/selection.aspx?sch=121694

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

Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Karole Campbell

All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to connect with professional women in a variety of career paths at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s second annual Secrets to Success event in Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Girls will personally engage with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, construction, healthcare, finance, nonprofit administration, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models who will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Register online now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/secrets_to_success_c.html

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with. Check out this blog post and others to learn about the women participating this year.

Karole Campbell is an entrepreneur, having founded Madwoman Marketing Strategies in 2013 to assist all sorts of organizations with their marketing, strategic planning, and advertising needs. Her award-winning creative style and innovative methods makes her the go-to person for organizations needing that fresh boost of energy in their marketing and presence. She is involved in multiple local boards and organizations, including those that specifically support and empower women, including Pikes Peak Women and Women Who Get Stuff Done. As Karole says, “[women] have a unique collaborative approach to problem-solving. We develop ‘win-win’ solutions.” Karole’s energy and enthusiasm is well-known in the community; she is active in crossfit and yoga, a paddle-boarder, crazy hiker, a world-traveler, and is the perfect partner to her exuberant Cattle dog, Ruxton.

Karole will be leading one of our Conversation Stations at Secrets to Success on November 9. In this role, Karole will be telling more than 100 girls about her work, why she loves it, and how she is changing the world with it. Karole will join more than 20 other professional women who will be networking with girls to have them learn the myriad options open to them for their own future work. We are excited to have Karole join us for this awesome event!

Juniors earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Randi Bangerter

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

We learned sending a message on a computer network is very complicated. Even short messages must travel through many other computers and networks. They don’t just go to directly to their destination.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Getting out in nature

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 went on a backpacking trip in September 2019. This trip was 3.6 miles each way. The girls carried all their own gear. They set up their tents, built the fires, and helped prepare their own meals.

They spent some time wading in the stream and exploring. It was a great bonding weekend and a great experience out in nature.

For two of the girls this was their first time backpacking. Next year, more girls are wanting to go.

These girls are all rock stars!

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

Street Smarts Tour for Girl Scouts

Submitted by Kristi Gemperline

Metro Denver

Lone Tree

The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Colorado Transportation YOU Committee presents Girl Scouts Street Smarts Day!

Join us for a “street smarts” day as we take you on a multi-modal tour through downtown Denver. Learn how transportation affects our urban environment and how it links communities by visiting various stations in downtown Denver that highlight transportation elements, including ADA, bikes, transit, and bridges.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Time: 8:45 a.m., Tour begins at 9 a.m.

Location: I-25 and Broadway Light Rail Station, 901 S. Broadway, Denver

Total number of participants (including parents/troop leaders): 65

Target age group: 4th, 5th, 6th grade Girl Scouts

Additional information: Lunch will be provided and Girl Scouts will earn patches. The entire tour is outdoors, please dress appropriately.

This event is free!

Please RSVP by September 14 at noon at the following: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wts-transportation-you-girl-scouts-street-smarts-day-tickets-71183071483

Questions? Please contact Kristi Gemperline at
transportationYOU.colorado@gmail.com.

I was a Girl Scout when I was younger. I love the Girl Scouts of the USA organization, and love the empowerment and opportunities that are presented to young ladies. This event is a glimpse into transportation engineering. There is so much around you yet to explore. This STEM opportunity is one not to miss.

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

Brownies earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Amber Biviano

Metro Denver

Parker

Our girls were excited to earn their first cybersecurity patch. The Palo Alto-created activity was a simple and fun way to begin a discussion with our Brownies about layers of security. Starting with the creation of our “secure castles,”  we then moved into digital/cyber security with our phones, computers, tablets, etc.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Be a G.I.R.L. Media Star

We’re searching for G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders) to share their Girl Scout story and serve as Media Stars for the 2019-20 membership year.

What is a Media Star?

At the start of each Girl Scout year, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from across the state to be Media Stars. They deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scout Camp, or other GSCO events/activities/news with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. Here are just some of the media interviews Media Stars participated in during the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

To be a Media Star, a girl must be in fourth grade or above. From time to time, we need younger girls to help with media interviews. However, the Media Star program is reserved for girls in fourth grade and above.

How to get involved

Girls who want to be Media Stars should:

  1. Review the Media Star Guidelines to ensure you understand the program’s requirements and expectations.
  2. Email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org and include a:
    • Brief essay (250 words or less) about how Girl Scouts has helped you unleash your inner G.I.R.L.
    • Video (no more than a minute) in which you introduce yourself (first name only) and explain how Girl Scouts has helped you be a G.I.R.L. Here is an example:

“Hi! My name is AnneMarie and I am a Girl Scout Cadette from Arvada! Because I am a Girl Scout, I am an innovator. I had to think outside the box to meet my cookie goal. I hosted a drive-thru booth at a neighborhood business and sold cookies online using Digital Cookie.”

Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Submissions from girls 13-years-old and older must be done by the girl. The best videos and essays will be shared on the GSCO Blog and social media networks and must be received by October 1 at 9 a.m.

If you are selected to become a Media Star, you will be asked to participate in an individual, training session in November or December 2019. This training may be in-person or over the phone. During this training, girls will learn everything needed to be a successful Media Star. Even if you have participated in this program before, you must be trained each year if you want to participate in the program again.

** Note: This is a very popular program, so spots will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. 

NEW solar patch program

Solar United Neighbors (SUN) has developed the SUN Patch Program which can be implemented by any Girl Scout across the United States! While earning the SUN patch, Girl Scouts of all ages will learn about how solar works, discover solar energy at work around them, and become solar ambassadors to help grow solar in their communities.

Girl Scouts can start earning the Solar United Neighbors (SUN) Patch by downloading the patch program PDF. Reach out to Solar United Neighbors directly at getinvolved@solarunitedneighbors.org to let them know that your Girl Scouts will be working on the SUN patch! They can answer questions, offer ideas, and provide more ways to get involved with solar.

Follow the instructions in the “Reporting” section at the end of the patch program PDF to receive the SUN patches for your Girl Scouts.

Since its inception in 2018, more than 1,000 Girl Scouts from 104 troops across 26 different states have earned their SUN patch!

Interested in a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award projects related to solar energy? Reach our to Solar United Neighbors as a subject matter expert at getinvolved@solarunitedneighbors.org.

Don’t forget to share your SUN patch story on GSCO Blog!

Girl Scout Day at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery: Brownie Engineering Extravaganza

Submitted by Jennavieve W.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Come and join us for some engineering fun at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery on Saturday October 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. With hands-on activities for Girl Scout Brownies who are interested in STEAM, they can earn four amazing badges: Senses, Snacks, Inventor, Mechanical Engineering: Fling Flyer, and an additional FCMoD fun patch.

We’ll supply mini doughnuts, a pizza lunch, and the badges all for just $20 per girl.

One adult must be present per troop. Adults are free.

Register by going to www.fcmod.org/event/girl-scout-day-brownie-engineering-extravaganza/.

Registration deadline is October 1.

Hi, my name is Jennavieve, and I am a Girl Scout with Troop 70720. I am working with the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery to plan their first-ever Girl Scout Day for Brownies! By planning this event, I am working toward my Silver Award. Hope you can make it!

Girl Scout Day Brownie Engineering Extravaganza Updated

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Celebrate Colorado Women essay contest

The Center for Colorado Women’s History and the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame will host an essay contest to celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2019. Metro Denver Girl Scouts in third through eighth grades are invited to learn about women who have made a difference in history, so that they can use them as inspiration to create a better tomorrow.

The 19th Amendment was adopted in 1920, 99 years ago, to ensure that gender would not be a barrier to voting in the United States. Many women fought tirelessly for this amendment to the Constitution and the fight for equal voting rights continued after 1920.

Participants should submit a 250 to 500 word essay responding to this prompt:

Before the 19th Amendment was adopted in 1920, states could deny women the right to vote. Why do you think it is important for women to have the right to vote and why would voting be important to you?

A winner from each category will be invited to attend an afternoon tea with Denver’s Margaret “Molly” Brown to celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House.

Learn more and submit your essay online: https://www.historycolorado.org/dayofthegirl