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Girl Scout University 2021: Register NOW

Submitted by Elizabeth Rouse

Metro Denver

Denver

Registration for Girl Scout University is open! Sponsored by the Alpha Phi Omega chapter at the University of Denver, Girl Scout University will take place on April 17, 2021! This provides Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn two badges in one fun-filled morning!

Due to social distancing practices, this year’s event will be held online using the Zoom platform. We will be offering a few different badges for Juniors and Cadettes, who can pick one badge for the first session and another for the second session. Specifically, Juniors can select between Drawing, Staying Fit, and Savvy Shopper. Cadettes can select between Science of Happiness, Comparison Shopping, and Eating For You.

The cost of the event is $7.50 per badge or $15 for the whole morning. This event is a fundraiser for our organization. So, the price of the event includes the cost of badges, shipping (as we will mail the Girl Scouts the badges they earn after the event), and a small donation to Alpha Phi Omega. Registration will close on April 10.

You can register at the following link: http://cglink.me/2fC/r1060299

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

For questions, please contact gsu@apo-alphaetaiota.org.

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We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Celebrate Earth Day with Your Girl Scouts

Earth Day is just around the corner, April 22. Check out just a few of the ways your Girl Scouts can celebrate both in-person and virtually!

Join one of GSCO’s Naturalist Clubs at one of their biweekly meetings! Girls will complete an activity celebrating or preserving the natural world created specifically for them under the guidance and encouragement of Girl Scout staff. They will also receive ideas to continue to spark their creativity and learning in between sessions. Girls can choose to attend all sessions in April or pick a few to attend. Sign up once, and you’re ready to go for the season.

Schedule for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors:

  • April 14: Naturally Slow Fashion: Tips for being a Green Fashionista
  • April 28: All About Flowers

Register now!

Schedule for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors:

  • April 1: City Farming and Urban Agriculture
  • April 15: Eco-Friendly Yards
  • April 29: Flower Hour: Beauty and Impact

Register now!

Join Girl Scouts of the USA for a virtual Earth Day celebration that just might change the world! The Plant the Future with the Girl Scout Tree Promise event featuring Danni Washington on April 22 will give girls an opportunity to learn about the power of trees to keep our communities healthy and strong. Sign up today! Learn more about the Girl Scout Tree Promise here.

Participate in Girl Scouts of the USA’s Citizen Scientist service project and help scientists collect data for their studies and experiments. Learn more here!

Use Girl Scouts of the USA’s Badge Explorer to find a badge to earn or Journey to complete that’s related to the environment. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

  • Daisy Eco Learner
  • Brownie Household Elf- Learn some new household habits to help your family save energy, save water, and save the planet! GSCO Media Star Zoe explains in this video how Girl Scout Brownies can even earn their Household Elf badge. For more fun activities to earn this badge, watch this video by the GSCO Outreach team.
  • Junior Gardener- This series on the GSCO Blog by our Outreach team helps Juniors complete Step Five of their Gardener Badge, which is to grow their own garden.
  • Cadette Trees – Check out this series on the GSCO Blog by members of our Outreach team to help Cadettes find out all about trees: from the shade to the science, the fruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber.
  • Senior Eco Explorer
  • Ambassador Eco Advocate

Make seed bombs. This fun project can be done with mostly recycled materials. Learn how in this video by GSCO Media Star Myla from Arvada or in this video GSCO Media Star Bianca from Denver.

Make Fairy Bells. Learn how in this video by GSCO Media Star Lizzy from Littleton.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Celebrate Month of the Military Child

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado as we celebrate the bravery and achievements of our military, military-connected children, and their families. During Month of the Military Child in April 2021, we have several ways that you can appreciate their tremendous service and sacrifice at home in the United States and overseas.

April 15 – Purple Up! Show your support and celebrate military-connected children by wearing purple. Purple represents the joint environment of the military and encompasses all service branches, Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and veterans.

April 20- View from My Window Art Workshop for military-connected children

Celebrate Month of the Military Child through art! Each year the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) encourages military-connected children to express their creative side. This year’s theme is “The View from My Home,” showcasing the varying life experiences through the different military branches.

Register here

April 27- Meet an Expert: Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre

Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre is also a robotics lawyer and aeronautical engineering graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. She will talk about her career, education, and experience in the U.S. Air Force.

Register here

The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Carla grew up in a family where service to one’s country and friendship to sister Girl Scouts were important values. In honor of Carla’s military service, love of Girl Scouts and travel, Carla’s family has made a generous lead gift to establish The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. In March 2020, we reached out to Girl Scout supporters and military families with a challenge to raise a minimum of $10,000 to complete this endowment.  Thanks to donations from many of you and a generous matching gift we have achieved this goal.

Distributions from the endowment will provide Colorado Girl Scouts from military families with scholarships to experience the learning, joy and camaraderie acquired through travel and adventure.

Learn More

We want to know how #BecauseofGirlScouts and your dedication to your community you will be a #FutureHistoryMaker. Tag GSCO on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo. You can also submit your story and photos to the GSCO Blog.

STREAM Girls in Spring 2021

 

STREAM Girls gives Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes the opportunity to serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists, in order to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. They can even earn a special patch while doing so! This outdoor watershed experience employs STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math) plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream.

Every person is a citizen of her watershed. Colorado Trout Unlimited (CTU) has partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado so girls can get the complete picture of what their stream could mean to them.

In this hybrid take home/virtual program, CTU will provide Girl Scouts with the necessary gear, a STREAM Girls Field Notebook, and a resource list with videos guiding Girl Scouts through six activities that they will complete over ten days. Additionally, girls are expected to join a virtual program kick-off on Thursday and a reflection meeting the next Sunday to discuss what they have learned. Activities include:

  • Stream Walk – Observing and documenting the stream/river and surrounding area
  • Go with the Flow – Calculating river flow rates using everyday tools and simple math
  • Macroinvertebrate Survey – Investigating the insect life that lives in the stream and support fish
  • Fly-Casting – Developing skills to fly fish and practicing in your own backyard/neighborhood park
  • Fly-Tying – Creating a “fly” to imitate one of the macroinvertebrates commonly found in Colorado
  • Scavenger Hunt/Bracelet Building – Testing your knowledge of healthy streams and creating a unique bracelet to represent your local watershed!

Activities are expected to take approximately six hours, in total, and can be broken up into several days. Colorado Trout Unlimited will provide the necessary gear and supplies associated with each activity. Gear will be picked-up and dropped off at the location mentioned in registration. Colorado Trout Unlimited has enough gear/supplies for 20 participants. Additional participants may be able to register, if using their own gear or sharing with another Girl Scout..

*Please note: this program is available for non-Girl Scouts. We encourage our Girl Scouts to invite a friend to join them!

Longmont, Starts April 1: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/april01_stream_girls.html

Larkspur, Starts April 29: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/april29_stream_girls.html

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Gab Virtual Event

 

Explore the sisterhood of Girl Scouts! The upcoming Girl Gab virtual events aim to join Girl Scouts from the United States to engage in small breakout rooms to TALK!  Girls will learn about the diversity in our organization by engaging with other members to discuss a variety of topics and experiences. Girls will choose three breakout room topics to engage in. Each room will have an adult moderator to pose topic questions to assist in the discussions of each breakout room.

Girls should plan on having their camera on and be an active participant in this event. Upon registration, you will be choosing your breakout topics.

This is a collaborative event with Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, and Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Cost: $10 with patch included and shipped by council

Dates:

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Juniors with GSCSNJ https://www.gscsnj.org/en/events-repository/2021/junior_girl_gab_4_13.html

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Cadettes with GSCPP https://www.gscsnj.org/en/events-repository/2021/cadette_girl_gab_4_2.html

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Seniors and Ambassadors with GSEIWI https://mygs.girlscouts.org/event-detail?id=514-04272021-ak100

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Overcoming Bias: Journey Workshop for Older Girl Scouts

Join us for a special event on Overcoming Bias with Global Nomads Group where girls will explore how biases are formed, reflect on their own assumptions, explore the biases they encounter in their communities and media, and create an action plan for interrupting biases in themselves and in others. Through stories shared by youth from around the world, girls will deepen their understanding of their global peers and how biases impact people around the world.

Cadettes, April 18, 2021 https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/media_journey_overcoming_bias_virtual_04_18_2021

Senior and Ambassadors, April 25, 2021 https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/overcoming_bias_virtual_s_a_04_25_2021

** This special live virtual event has a limited capacity, so be sure to register today!

Girls will connect for a live event via Zoom facilitated by trained Global Nomads Group staff.  Starting as a whole group presentation, girls will learn about biases from trained Global Nomads Group facilitators and stories created by youth from around the world.  Then, they will move into small group facilitated discussions where they will have the opportunity to reflect on their learnings and share stories of their own. This whole group to small group sequence occurs multiple times throughout the live events giving all girls an opportunity to learn and contribute their voice.  After the event, girls will create an action plan to interrupt bias in themselves or others.  This short action plan assignment should be completed within one week of the event (by May 2, 2021) and shared via the link provided (email to follow event). By joining the live event and completing an action plan, girls will complete their MEdia (6th – 8th), GIRLtopia (9th -10th grade), or Your Voice, Your World (11th -12th grade) Journey!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Listen now: Meet an Expert – Girl Guide from Bangladesh

Girl Scouts of Colorado extends a giant thank you across 7,891 miles from Colorado to Dhaka, Bangladesh to Proma, a Bangladeshi Girl Guide who participated in our “Meet an Expert” program on February 22 in celebration of World Thinking Day.

Missed the program? Listen or watch now on our Meet an Expert playlist on YouTube.

More than 60 Girl Scouts from across the country joined the program to learn about Girl Guiding and life as a young woman in Bangladesh. The program was moderated by two young women in Colorado, Cassidy Christian, a Gold Award Girl Scout and active member of the Global Action Team, and Bebe Lin, also a Gold Award Girl Scout, active girl member of the Global Action Team, and current member of the Older Girl Advisory Board. Proma answered questions that Girl Scouts submitted in advance and told the girls all about her Girl Guide traditions, activities, and structure. She also spoke about her favorite foods, hobbies, and her interest in studying biology and genetics.

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouts x UNICEF Kid Power

More than 50 million adults, children, and families in the United States are experiencing food insecurity, a number that has only increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those in need may include members of our own communities, friends and family, or members of our troops, making this an important take-action issue for Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts can make a big difference in their communities—and for children around the world—through GSUSA’s new partnership with UNICEF Kid Power®. This program will get girls moving, and allows your troop to unlock virtual coins to support local causes that provide meals to families in your community! And, for every ten exercise or mindfulness videos girls complete, UNICEF delivers one therapeutic food packet to a severely malnourished child. Your troop’s donation may go anywhere in the world!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Pilot a NEW Resiliency Curriculum Program by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

Girl Scouts across Colorado are invited to pilot the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum’s new Resiliency Curriculum Program. The program is called, “Becoming Your Personal Best.” Click here to get started. Next, choose to pilot one or more curriculum module for students in grades 4-12, focusing on the following resiliency skills: self-identity, perseverance, mindset, relationships, problem solving, and/or confidence. Video components highlighting the life experiences of an Olympic or Paralympic role model are included with each resiliency skill. When the module has been completed, pilot participants should complete a survey about their reactions and feedback. Modules have been designed for maximum flexibility. Accelerated lessons will take 15-20 minutes and each full-lesson will take 45-60 minutes.

Now more than ever, students and teachers alike need resiliency in their lives. The newly opened United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs invites educators and students to provide critical feedback on a brand new, research-based resiliency curriculum curated by classroom teachers, resiliency experts, and informal education institutions. Before offering this free curriculum to all Colorado schools and after-school programs in fall 2021, the museum needs people to pilot one or more curriculum modules throughout the spring to ensure each activity achieves the exceptional desired learning outcomes we are striving to reach.

Questions? Email the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Save the Date: 2021 Highest Awards Celebrations

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to announce the date for our virtual Highest Awards celebrations for the spring of 2021!

Highest Awards Girl Scouts, troops, and families are all invited to attend to celebrate our 2020-2021 class of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Girl Scouts in Colorado!

Sunday, May 16 – Virtual Highest Awards Celebrations

1 p.m. Bronze Award Celebration

2 p.m. Silver Award Celebration

3 p.m. Gold Award Celebration

These celebrations are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts who have earned their distinction in the last year. All troops and/or girls who have earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold since March 2019 are invited to participate in a celebration of their choice.

Anyone who filled out the Bronze and Silver Notification form prior to March 1, 2021 will receive the event link and detailed information to share with the rest of their troop via email the first week of March.

You do not need to register for this event! The celebrations will premiere live on our Facebook and YouTube channels at the event start time.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.