Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Girl Scouts Flag Rugby

Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes are invited try non-contact flag rugby on Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 2 – 4 p.m. in Glendale. All participants will also earn an exclusive Girls Rugby patch! No experience necessary – event organizers will teach you everything you need to know!

This is not a drop off event. All girls should attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Parent, guardians, or troop leaders are asked to observe and cheer the girls on!

Walk up registration day of will be accepted.

Questions? Email colorado@girlsrugbyinc.com.

Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scouts_flag_rug.html

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Donuts with Grown-Ups

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton

Come all Girl Scouts and their friends and families to Donuts with Grown-Ups!

When: October 12, 2019 10 a.m. – Noon

Where:

Adams County Fair Grounds Waymire Dome

9755 Henderson Rd.,

Brighton, CO 80601

Cost: $8 per person(includes a fun patch)

Tickets must be purchased by September 28 via https://the-woods-service-unit-646.cheddarup.com

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

Cadette Troop 72091 travels to the California coast

Submitted by Shelby Railsback

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

The girls in Cadette Troop 72091 have been saving their money for about three years to take a very special trip to the California coast. They stayed at the HI-Point Montara Hostel just south of San Francisco, planned a sea kayaking trip, got to visit the city, meet some banana slugs, see some redwood trees, and explored some amazing tide pools. Throughout the trip, they displayed incredible teamwork and their positive attitudes made the trip a joy for everyone!

The girls were great hostel guests, not only cleaning up after themselves, but pitched in to clean up after other guests without saying a word. They were open to all kinds of new experiences, and embraced the spirit of adventure throughout the trip. These girls are going places!

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

Girl Scout Daisy Lily’s first day of camp

Submitted by Brittany Smith

Northern & Northeastern CO

Windsor

I just wanted to share some pictures from my daughter’s first day of Girl Scout Camp. Lily has been counting down for weeks! This year, she is doing a day camp and is already plotting for overnight camp as a Brownie. Lily woke up at 5 in the morning and packed up all of the items on her list.

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

Change the world with 42 NEW Girl Scout badges

Choose your next adventure and earn one of 42 NEW badges! New programming released by Girl Scouts of the USA on July 16, 2019 enhances existing girl-led activities and offers girls everything from high adventure in the outdoors to learning how to use code to solve problems. Among the 42 new offerings are Outdoor High Adventure badges which feature, for the first time in Girl Scouts’ history, two distinct activity options, letting girls choose how they want to earn each badge.

In addition to existing badge offerings, girls in grades 6–12 can now pursue:

  • Nine Cybersecurity badges, through which girls learn about the inner workings of computer technology and cybersecurity and apply concepts of safety and protection to the technology they use every day. Activities range from decrypting and encrypting messages, to learning proper protection methods for devices, to exploring real-world hacking scenarios (funded by Palo Alto Networks).
  • Three Space Science badges, through which girls explore topics such as the universe and their place in it, properties of light, and inspiring careers in space science (funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute).
  • Think Like a Citizen Scientist, a Girl Scout Leadership Journey during which girls participate in interactive activities to practice observation techniques; collect data; and share their findings with real-world scientists through an online network. As with all of Girl Scouts’ Leadership Journeys, girls use their newly honed skills to take action on a community issue of their choosing (funded by Johnson & Johnson and The Coca-Cola Foundation).
  • To prepare girls in grades 6–12 to pursue computer science careers, Girl Scouts will launch the organization’s first Cyber Challenge on October 19 at sites nationwide, including Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. This program aims to prepare girls to pursue computer science careers in fields such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, robotics, and data science. Girls will test their cybersecurity skills, team up with other girls, and meet with cybersecurity professionals!

The new programming for girls in grades K–12 includes:

  • 12 Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures like backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and tree climbing—giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature. These are the first Girl Scout badges that members can earn by choosing one of two self-directed paths (funded by The North Face).
  • 18 Coding for Good badges, which not only teach girls the basics of coding but also detail how every stage of the coding process provides girls with opportunities to use their skills for good. Girls will learn about algorithms through age-appropriate, creative activities, such as coding positive memes to spread a message about a cause they care about, designing a digital game to educate people about an issue, and developing an app to promote healthy habits. Every Coding for Good badge includes a plugged-in and unplugged version, so that all girls can learn the foundations of coding, regardless of their access to technology (funded by AT&T and Dell Technologies).

“Girl Scouts has ignited the power and potential of girls for over a century, and we are committed to ensuring that today’s girls are the future of American leadership,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girl Scouts is where girls can explore new subjects, discover their passions, learn to take smart risks, and become their best, most confident selves—whether they want to become a NASA astronaut, an entrepreneur, a mountain climber, a coder, or a cybersecurity agent.”

GSUSA works with top organizations in fields that interest today’s girls. Combined with Girl Scouts’ expertise in girl leadership, these organizations and specialists advise and weigh in on content to provide the most cutting-edge programming available to girls. Content collaborators include codeSpark, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), SciStarter, and Vidcode. In true girl-led fashion, girls also tested the new offerings.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 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. With Girl Scouts, she’ll discover who she is, what she’s passionate about, and what she wants to achieve—both today and in the future. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend: Barr Lake

Submitted by Ana Lucia Martin del Campo

Metro Denver

Thornton

We went to Barr Lake State Park to celebrate Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend. The girls did rock climbing and had a wonderful time. For one of the girls, it was her first time rock climbing. All of them were brave. We had never been to Barr Lake State Park. Now, we are planning to return to explore and learn more.

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

Volunteer View: July 2019

Camp Photos

Looking for photos of your girl at Sky High Ranch or Tomahawk Ranch? Head to our Flickr page to see all the fun Girl Scouts are having this summer.

More badges and Journeys

We are very excited to announce that Girl Scouts of the USA will release MORE badges and Journeys for all levels this summer! Mark your calendar, troop leaders will be able to access this content in the Volunteer Toolkit starting on July 16! Stay connected with the GSCO Blog and GSCO social media to get updates on to get updates on what will be released and when.

OAC 2019 – 2020 fall & winter event calendar released

The September 2019 – January 2020 OAC events have been released.

This year registration of all OAC events will open two months prior to the event. Girls can use Cookie Credits for event. Grants and discounts are available. Events this year include sailing and paddle sports, archery workshops, outdoor skills, ice climbing, trail running, and more! Visit the OAC page on the GSCO website for more information.

Ready for Not a Bummer Summer?

Just because school is out, doesn’t mean that Girl Scouts must go on break! Summertime in Colorado provides some of the best opportunities for Girl Scouts to engage in activities in their community. To earn the Not a Bummer Summer patch, you must complete the following requirements:

  • Girls must be renewed for the upcoming membership year (2019-2020)
  • Participate in two summertime activities as a troop
  • Complete one service project
  • Plan to start regular meetings before October 31

Once you complete the requirements, you can purchase your patch in-person or over the phone from the GSCO shop in Denver. We’d also love to hear about the service project that your troop completes. Use the Share Your Stories form on theGSCO blog to let us know how your girls have left a positive impact on their community.

Save the date for Leadership Summits

This volunteer learning opportunity is your chance to get energized for the new membership year, grow your leadership skills, and check required classes off your list!

Each training location will feature NEW program level 101 classes!

  • August 24 – Colorado Springs
  • September 7 – Loveland
  • September 28 – Metro Denver
  • October 12 – Pueblo
  • October 19 – Durango
  • October 20 – Frisco
  • October 26 – Grand Junction

Registration will open soon. If you need assistance completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Questions? Contact Brandi Martinez at brandi.martinez@gscolorado.org.

Additional training classes are added to the calendar frequently. To view upcoming classes and register for training, got to the events page on our website.

Summer Fun with Girl Scouts

Spend your summer having fun with Girl Scouts of Colorado! We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be.  Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens

July 19, 20, & 21, Denver

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens on July 19, 20, and 21! Girl Scouts of all ages, family and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets. Each Girl Scout participating in our special Girl Scout Days will receive an event patch.

Pirate’s Cove Girl Scout Summer Swim Party

July 29, Littleton

Join us at Pirate’s Cove for our annual Girl Scout Swim party! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Bring a friend and show them some of the fun that Girl Scouts has to offer! This is also a great opportunity to have a kickoff for your troop before the school year starts!

Colorado Rockies – Girl Scout Day

August 4, Coors Field, Denver

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Rockies as they take on the San Francisco Giants. All Girl Scouts attending are invited to participate in pre-game parade and will receive a special event patch.

Girl Scout Day with the Grand Junction Rockies

August 18, Grand Junction

One of our very own Girl Scouts will be singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the game! When you purchase/RSVP for tickets, you’ll be asked to enter a Girl Scout troop number for a referral. The troop with the most ticket referrals will be the “field of dreams team” for the night! They will get to go on the field and meet the players, run out for the National Anthem, and pick a troop leader to throw the first pitch of the game!

Paw Patrol Live

August 25, Colorado Springs

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets to Paw Patrol Live at the Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts. Discounted tickets are only available for the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, August 25.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night with the Rocky Mountain Vibes

September 6, Colorado Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Switchbacks

September 28, Colorado Springs

 

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

Girl Scouts painted state parks green! Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) teamed up with the National Association of State Park Directors to host Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend. More than 30,000 Girl Scouts across 48 states (and Puerto Rico) were expected to visit nearly 400 state parks July 13 and 14, 2019 to find adventure, explore nature, and learn what Girl Scouts is all about. Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to offer nearly 500 local Girl Scouts, along with their friends and family, special events/activities at ten state parks. They included:

  • Barr Lake, Brighton
  • Castlewood Canyon, Franktown
  • Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs
  • Lake Pueblo, Pueblo
  • Lory, Bellevue
  • Mueller, Divide
  • Ridgway, Ridgway
  • Rifle Falls, Rifle
  • Staunton, Pine
  • Sylvan Lake State Park , Eagle

Activities at each park varied, but many included fly fishing, ranger-led hikes, making nature crafts, learning about Leave No Trace, sing-alongs, disc golf, and geocaching.

Events nationwide offered Girl Scout families the opportunity to experience the outdoors, an integral part of GSUSA’s girl leadership program. Our cutting-edge environmental conservation; camping; and outdoor science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming is rooted in a passion for adventure and healthy risk-taking combined with taking action to protect the environment for present and future generations.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Lakin Altman, Colorado Springs, “Baby Bundles”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a Baby Bundles program. Baby Bundles are to provide low-resource families and single/teen moms, clothes and necessities for their babies. Most of them cannot provide the basic supplies for their babies. My project provides mothers the materials needed to help their growing family. A few of the essential, and non-essential, baby items needed to raise a healthy baby are: washcloths, diapers, blankets, clothes, bibs, baby wipes, bottles, socks, baby toys, and baby books. I created and distributed donation flyers and then continued to hold multiple donation drives in order to acquire these items. After I collected the donations, I made a resource guide for new mothers so that they could know where to go if they are seeking help. I compiled the bundles, delivered them to Family Life Services and Life Network, and distributed my resource pamphlets to the women and families there. I led a team of volunteers on the distribution of the bundle and they also distributed the resource guides to hospitals and OBGYN clinics in the greater Colorado Springs area. I also created a how to guide for my project, to include an example donation flyer and resource guide, which has been sent to Girl Scout leaders around the world.

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

The joy of seeing moms’ reactions to receiving a Baby Bundle: I had a mom dancing/full of joy when she saw size six diapers. That is when I knew I had changed the life of this mom and her baby!

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My project will be sustained beyond my involvement by, three things, one being that Family Life Services and Life Network can continue on this project using the instruction guide I provided. Another way it will be sustainable is I have given local hospitals and organizations my resource pamphlet so that they can print copies and hand them out to mothers so that the mothers will know where they can go to get help if needed, especially if they don’t have access to a computer to look up places. The third way this project can be held sustainable beyond my involvement is that, with the help of my Girl Scout leader, Leader Laura, my pamphlet and how to guide has been handed out to Girl Scout leaders all around the globe so that they can also do a similar project if they would like to.

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

My project helped to address the basic need of baby supplies to help mothers and families who are struggling to know how to provide for their babies. When babies don’t have the right supplies, resources and organizations available and basic necessities to use, there would be more sicknesses, and diseases because they wouldn’t have the right supplies, leading to makeshift supplies, which can lead to sickness and possibly death, babies do not have strong immune systems. Not having enough money to provide babies with what they need is common around the world. Baby Bundles help relieve some of the stress financially, because it provides essential supplies so that mothers can get a head start without the additional stress when bringing a baby home.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout this project, I feel as though I have grown more as a leader, because this project has made me come out of my comfort zone. And, it has also made me more confident in myself as a leader. I love helping people and I love children. However, I can be very shy and quiet. In doing my project I had to make phone calls, talk to and even lead complete strangers. I have learned that I may be a shy and quiet teen, but I can plan a project, manage a team and be successful in carrying that project out I learned to overcome obstacles and challenges that I was faced with and to re-group and fine a new organization that believed in my project and understood the need.

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

Earning my Gold Award helped me put many skills together and taught me confidence in myself, that I can overcome obstacles, lead a team, and complete a project with impact. All these skills will further help me in the future whether in school or the workforce.

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

I feel that it helped to teach me to put all the skills I have been building through the years in Girl Scouts together. It showed me to believe in myself and all thing are possible no matter what age.

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

I believe this project has set the stage for my leadership skills, because it has taught me so much. And because of it, I have learned what is need to raise a healthy baby. Which I can use in the (distant) future. This project has also made it so that I am more comfortable with talking to strangers to get information and leading a group. In the future, I will be able to lead with a better understanding of others, and how to organize/manage a group/project.

**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

Silver Award project: Hampden Academy makeover

Submitted by Jessica Raugust

Metro Denver

Aurora

This summer, girls from Troop 64175 completed their Silver Award. These young ladies contacted an alternative school used by Aurora Mental Health. This is a multi-grade facility that provides therapy programs in a safe environment. When the girls arrived, they found several rooms that were in rough condition. The paint was peeling, there were holes in the walls, and carpet was ripped and stained. It was badly in need of a makeover. Troop 64175 decided that these kids needed someone to show them that they were loved.

The girls spent months earning the money and gathering ideas from both staff and the students. They decided to remodel a self-timeout room and the cafeteria. The girls organized their community and many volunteers in order to repair the walls, repaint, put in new carpet, and lay laminate flooring. They purchased new tables, carts, microwaves, and more. They presented staff with positive incentive gift cards and snacks for the highly dedicated staff. The G.I.R.L.s understood how fortunate they were to attend their school and that not everyone has the same learning environment. They learned that they could take an active role in creating positive changes in their community.

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