Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Three best friends

Submitted by Jennifer Atkins

Pikes Peak

Falcon

We are three second grade Girl Scout Brownies. We have been best friends and Girl Scout sisters since Daisies. We are a very active troop who loves to explore our state!

Girl Scouts has helped us in our confidence. We were all pretty shy until we started Girl Scouts and have experienced many different social situations we might not have otherwise. We are super top cookie sellers and have no problem approaching people when selling. Our troop has 12 Daisies that look up to us as leaders as well. We are a goofy bunch of girls that love to have fun and try new things!

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Get your troop outdoors and earn badges for FREE

Girl Scouts of the USA is looking for troops at each Girl Scout level to participate in a research study on the use of outdoor badges, made possible by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project.

What’s Involved

Selected troops will:

  • Be assigned to complete one, two, or three outdoor badges between November 16, 2018 and June 1, 2019. You choose the dates, we choose the number of badges. Troops will be able to choose from a menu of four badges, including camping, environmental stewardship, art in nature, and naturalist badges.
  • Complete and submit to GSUSA a pre- and a post-program survey, or a one-time post-only survey (girls only) after the completion of badge(s). Surveys can be taken on paper or online; survey type will be assigned by GSUSA.
  • Complete an online volunteer survey (leaders only) after the completion of badge(s).

Who Can Participate

  • We are looking for troops at all Girl Scout levels (multi-level welcome).
  • Troops with any level of outdoor experience welcome. No outdoor experience required.
  • Troops that participated in the 2018 outdoor survey pilot study are not eligible.

Benefit to Troops

Participating troops will have the opportunity to help Girl Scouts of the USA understand how our programs benefit girls. Participating troops will also receive all earned badges free of charge!

How to Apply

Interested troops can apply here. A troop leader must complete the entire application by October 31 to be considered.

Brownies earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Sheri Wanamaker

Metro Denver

Denver

Girl Scouts from newly formed Brownie Troop 67615, from Denver’s High Tech Elementary School, were introduced to the concept of cybersecurity earlier this month. The girls drew castles and designed security systems. The girls were very creative and included modern biometric security features, such as facial recognition and fingerprint scanning. The girls combined medieval security concepts such as, moats with alligators, dragons, knights, and tall walls with digital security that included usernames, passwords, motion sensors, and video cameras. The girls discussed ways that security affects their daily life when using computers, tablets, smartphones, and keyless entry. The girls are looking forward to more STEM related activities!

Learn how you (or your troop) can earn this special cybersecurity patch. 

Equipment Rental FAQs

Are you interested in renting outdoor gear from Girl Scouts of Colorado? Have you ever started reserving gear, but then had a few questions? Do you want to know what gear we have? These questions (and more) are now answered in our FAQs!

Click the link to learn more about your next gear reservation. Equipment Rental FAQs 

More questions? Email outdoor programs coordinator Marissa Rooney at Marissa.Rooney@gscolorado.org

 

Girl Scouts explore aviation with female pilots from the Colorado Ninety-Nines

As many as 45 Girl Scouts learned about aviation from the Colorado Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots. Aviation Patch Day was Saturday, Oct. 12. 2018 at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport. Girls explored different parts of aviation at five different stations:

  • Aircraft Design: Tour Rocky Mountain Metro Airport’s ramp to view and explore different airplanes.
  • Paper Airplane Aerodynamics: Make and race various paper airplane designs.
  • ATC (Air Traffic Control): How airplanes are directed around an airport.
  • Weather: How airplanes are affected by weather.
  • Aviation History: Take a trip through history to the first pilots and their planes.

The Ninety-Nines was established in 1929 by 99 women pilots with Amelia Earhart as its first President. Today, with over 5,600 members worldwide, one of the key missions of the organization is to promote advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support. Over the past 75 years the organization has introduced thousands of girls and women to the wonders of aviation and awarded well over 800 scholarships, helping hundreds of women achieve their aviation dreams.

Day of Dance with Colorado Ballet

Day of Dance with Colorado Ballet

Sunday, December 2, 2018

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

$15/girl

Register at: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/day_of_dance_with_th.html

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado at Colorado Ballet for Day of Dance! Girl Scouts will experience four different dance genres throughout the day including ballet, creative/modern, folk, and a form of world dance. Dancers will be exposed to the specific techniques as well as improvisation and dance concepts. Brownies can work on the requirements for the “Dancer” badge.

Girls: Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in! Colorado Ballet recommends anyone under the age of seven to be barefoot as it helps to integrate plantar reflexes. Otherwise, barefoot is great for all ages, unless girls have ballet slippers or socks they would like to wear in ballet class.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, and lunch. Girls will be asked to eat snacks and lunch in the hallway and not in the studios. Water bottles are OK in the studios.

Parents: There is a waiting space for parents, or plenty of dining and shops in the area to visit. Please do not enter rooms while classes are in session.

Parking: Park at the lot on 11th and Santa Fe.

Special thanks to the Sunset Hills service unit for helping execute this wonderful event this year and in many years past! All attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership.

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Veterans Day parade

Submitted by Thomas Parker, Associated Veterans of Loveland

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

I am parade coordinator for Loveland, Veterans Day parade. I am looking for a troop or two to march in this honorable parade. The event is November 11, 2018 at 11:11 a.m. Parade line-up starts at 9:30 a.m. and is approximately one-mile long.

Questions? Call (970) 744 – 9440.

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CSU’s Equine Experience Time to Ride

Submitted by Tiare Santistevan

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Girl Scouts are invited to CSU’s Equine Experience Time to Ride workshop on November 3, 2018! Girl Scout Juniors can work on the requirements for the “Horsemanship” badge. Girls will learn grooming, handling, horse body language, riding, and more. Classes may be indoor and outdoors depending on the weather. Please wear horse appropriate clothing, including long pants and closed shoes, preferably boots with a heel. Additional helmets and boots will be available for riders.

Riding Time: 9 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Must choose a riding time slot for each Girl Scout. Four girls per group.

Cost:$ 20/Girl Scout

Registration deadline: October 27, 2018

Registration includes permission, liability, and photo release forms, which will be emailed to the required email.

Register online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e49a4a62aaaf85-csutime

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Girl Scout Engineering Day

Girl Scout Engineering Day

Saturday, November 10, 2018

9 a.m. – Noon

Colorado School of Mines – Ben Parker Student Center

$10/girl

Register at: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/girl_scout_engineeri.html

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to join Colorado School of Mines Society of Women Engineers for a fun day of science explorations! The morning will consist of several science activities ranging from mechanical engineering to chemical engineering. Through completing all the activities at the event, girls will earn a Girl Scout Engineering Day patch and work toward the requirements for Junior level badges (badge information coming soon).

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Girl Scouts get hands-on construction experience

Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with GE Johnson Construction Company in Colorado Springs to have Careers in Construction day on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Held at GE Johnson’s logistics site, 68 Girl Scouts were treated by staff of the construction company, who volunteered for the day to help the girls. Girls came from all over the state to learn some basic understanding of construction (such needing math skills to know how much materials cost and how much to purchase), as well as get hands-on experience with power and hand tools. Girl Scouts donned pink hard-hats, work gloves, and safety glasses, all requirements to participate.

The girls built Little Libraries, which were then raffled off to the troops that were represented at the event. These were not just any Little Libraries. The ones the girls built included a six-foot-long reading bench with a book box that could hold at least a dozen books and a flower planter on top! The Little Libraries will be installed by the girls and their troops in their communities.

After spending the morning building their Little Libraries, the staff at GE Johnson took the Girl Scouts on an exclusive tour of a very important project in Colorado Springs, the Olympic Museum. It was a great opportunity for the girls to see how the structure was being built and understand why certain features were added to the building. GE Johnson also provided time for the girls to see big vehicles used in the construction trades, including a very cool robotic “tamper” that girls took turns operating.

Stella Hodgkins, Project Manager at GE Johnson, said she was thrilled to put the project together because there are so many opportunities for girls in construction that she wanted to highlight. It is her hope that some girls would seriously consider construction skills trades as a vocation.

The overwhelming response to the day was positive – girls were tired and felt rewarded. Some commented they never would have tried a power drill or other power tools if it hadn’t been for this event. Others were surprised at how much math they had to know. The adults and parents attending were very impressed by the thoroughness of the lessons taught that day, and the opportunities it gave the girls.

Girl Scouts of Colorado gives a huge shout-out to GE Johnson for the awesome day they gave girls!