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Get Ready: Fall Sale starts soon

The Fall Sale will be here before you know it! It starts October 3, 2015 and this year, Girl Scouts have a lot to be excited about, including new fun/interactive tools to help girls to reach their goals. Girls can choose to sell in-person or online only and girls can choose to participate online, even if their troop is not.

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Starting September 21, 2015 all Troop Fall Sale Managers and Service Unit Fall Sale Managers registered for the 2016 year will receive an email with a link and instructions on how to access the website that will allow them to manage their sales campaigns for the 2015 Fall Product Sale.

Girls and parents will not be able to access the system to set up their personalized storefronts until October 3, 2015,  the same day in-person and online order taking begins. In-person order taking ends October 25, 2015. Girls will be able to sell online until November 13, 2015. Girls, who make any sales through that date, will earn rewards and proceeds.

Why should your girl/troop participate in the Fall Sale?

Girls can earn start-up money for their troop and rewards for themselves.

This year, participation in the Fall Sale is even easier for girls, parents/guardians, and volunteers! Troops and girls can participate by selling in-person and online. Or, if they choose, they can sell only online.

Most importantly, they start practicing the 5 Skills.

  • Goal Setting –Girls learn to set and reach goals
  • Decision Making –Girls learn to make their own choices
  • People Skills –Girls learn how to communicate with others and work as a team
  • Money Management –Girls learn to budget and handle money
  • Business Ethics –Girls learn to be honest and fair

What’s new for the 2015 Fall Sale?

  • Any girl can participate by selling online, even if her troop chooses not to.
  • As part of their personal storefronts, girls can build their own avatars!

Product Sales Avatars

They can also participate in online learning activities and earn virtual rewards.

  • Once your girl reaches $175 in online sales, she will get a personalized patch with her name and avatar on it.

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As soon as the goal is reached an email is sent to the parents/guardians to order the patch. Once ordered, the patch will be mailed directly to your girl.

  • Girls can also post pictures and videos to their online storefronts, send emails to prospective customers, and share their storefronts on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
  • Online customers can choose to have their merchandise shipped or delivered in-person.

For any questions regarding participating in the Fall Sale, troop leaders should contact their Service Unit Fall Sale Manager.

 

 

 

 

Join the GSCO Social Media Team

Are you social media-savvy? Do you love sharing news about Girl Scouts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn? If so, then Girl Scouts of Colorado needs YOU to join our new social media team!

We’re looking for adult volunteers and girls (13 and older) to engage with us and share/retweet/repost Girl Scout stories, news of upcoming activities, support opportunities and more. We also need members of this team to share with us what they’re doing so all of our friends and followers can see and read about all the awesome things Colorado Girl Scouts do.

How to find GSCO on social media:

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On the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page, we share statewide Girl Scout news/stories, events/activities, photos and videos, and more.

The following camp Facebook pages are managed by camp staff:

These pages are primarily for camp news, photos and updates.

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Under the Twitter handle and Instagram username GSColo, we share news, photos and videos of Girl Scouts participating in Take Action projects, community events, enjoying camp, selling cookies and more.

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LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service, mainly used by professionals. The Girl Scouts of Colorado LinkedIn page focuses on making connections with volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors by showcasing how our organization gives young girls the confidence to become leaders. We also use LinkedIn to spread the word about the latest research regarding the health and well-being of girls in Colorado and across the country.

We encourage everyone to connect and engage with us on all of our social media networks. By becoming a member of the Social Media Team, you can help GSCO spread the word about our organization even further. To join the GSCO Social Media Team, email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org Please include your name, hometown, contact information and preferred social media network.

 

A hike to the Great Stupa

Submitted by Lisa Westrope

Red Feather Lakes

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

For our first Girl Scout meeting of the new school year, we decided to do something fun and went on a hike at the Shambhala Mountain Center to visit the Great Stupa. Although we live around here, most of us had not visited before, so we were all quite excited to check it out. Lots of moms and dads joined us, as well as a few little brothers, so we had quite a crew with us! The weather was perfect and so was our adventure!

To read more about our trip and to see more pictures, please check out our blog:
http://girlscouttroop4288.blogspot.com/2015/09/great-stupa.html

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

Let’s get every fourth-grade Girl Scout into a park

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

On September 1, the National Park Service kicked off its Every Kid in a Park initiative, designed to encourage kids and their families to visit one of our country’s many national parks, historical sites, or national monuments. With Girl Scouts’ goal of getting more girls outside more often and in more engaging ways, we are excited to partner with the National Park Service on this important program.

Did you know there are four million fourth-graders in the United States? Imagine if all these kids took their families to a national park and were able to experience the many splendors it had to offer? Research shows that regular exposure to and interaction with nature before the age of 11 has lifelong impacts on children and creates positive feelings about nature and the environment.

With Every Kid in a Park, fourth-grade Girl Scouts will have access to educational programs at our national parks that are designed just for their age group. And they can start now! Encourage your girl to visit www.nationalparks.org, click on the Every Kid in a Park link, and complete one of the engaging educational activities (again, designed just for fourth-graders). She’ll receive a downloadable paper voucher giving her and her family free access to any national park, seashore, or historic monument/site for one year.

Findings in our own More than S’mores report (2014) show that outdoor spaces support physical play, and that spending time in nature improves concentration and creative reasoning, and enhances leadership in girls by cultivating curiosity and a sense of discovery about the natural world. Spending time with family in our amazing national parks will help foster in girls an interest in land stewardship and open them up to the wonders of nature.

So have your girl check out www.nationalparks.org and begin her outdoor adventure today!

GSCO went to Belize!

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Submitted by Jody Clair

Colorado Springs

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It took a year of planning, but we got a few Girl Scouts from different parts of Colorado to Belize this summer of 2015!

We had a wonderful time. We visited Mayan Ruins, trekked through the jungle, learned some jungle survival skills, went on a riverboat tour, snorkeled in the second largest barrier reef, swam with nurse sharks and huge stingrays and we went scuba diving under the sea. We took many modes of transportation: planes, water taxis, ferry, coach buses and more! We also had the opportunity to visit a Belizian school and took them much-needed supplies as community service.

Looking for a fun trip? Call or email Jody about The California Adventure coming in summer of 2016 at girlscoutjody@gmail.com or 719-433-8489

 

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

Art Journaling with Girls Looking Forward

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In 1982, Girl Scouts of Colorado collaborated with the Division of Youth Corrections and began the Girls Looking Forward (GLF) program for girls in alternative schools and facilities. GLF is targeted to a specific population of girls that may not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts. Meetings at the Marler Center are held every other week. Aligned with Girl Scout objectives, GLF is determined to increase self-confidence as well as help young women make better life decisions. Lessons and activities include, self-esteem building, effective communication, goalsetting and expressive arts. (exerted from Betty Marler newsletter, http://bettykmarlercenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Marler-Center-Newsletter.pdf)

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Recently, the girls have been participating in an expressive art form called art journals.  Art journals are visual journals. It is similar to having a diary, except there are images and few words. Each page consists of a different prompt. For example, “Where do you want to be in five years?” or “Journal about things that inspire you”.

Keeping an art journal can support self-care, nurture your dreams, and help you connect with your creative side. Art journaling gives these girls an opportunity to have total control over the outcome of their project. They are provided with different mediums (markers, stickers, magazines, oil pastels, ribbon) and they are given all creative liberty over their project. They just must follow a prompt, be reflective and respectful. There are no rules to art journaling—just to create in a way that inspires you. Art journaling is never perfect. It helps teach that we all make mistakes along the way, but that is still doesn’t have to affect our final outcome. At the end of the day, the girls love their journals and are proud of what they created!

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Tristina Altman, COLORADO SPRINGS, “Recycling for a Cause”

Tristina Altman

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I established a recycling program at Pikes Peak Christian School, PPCS. I did this because, through the few years I attended this school, I discovered a lack of recycling, the school wasting money on trash disposal, tons of recyclable items being thrown away, and a desire by students and teachers for a recycling program. I addressed this issue head on, educated the students and staff and developed a recycling program. I connected with not only the school’s leadership and student body, but also connected with community partners like Waste Management.

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

There is less trash and more recycling due to students learning about recycling benefits and they seem to be excited helping out the environment. The school even was able to save money by now having a recycling program. I also measured by the students using the program and encouraging others to use it. It is now student and staff self-sustained, which was one of my biggest goals.

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

Pikes Peak Christian School student council/student body, staff, and classes have embraced the program. The staff and students will continue to recycle. We have a staff advocate in place and the Student Council promotes recycling in every class. They appoint individuals in every class to assist in taking out the recycling. The students and volunteers are also more than happy to pitch in and take out the recycling. We have a contract in place with Waste Management and they pick up the recycling dumpster every Monday.

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

Reducing waste is good for the environment because it conserves natural resources. Solid waste reduction and recycling also have an impact on global climate change. The manufacture, distribution, and use of products, as well as management of the resulting waste, all produce greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases, which trap heat in the upper atmosphere, occur naturally and help create climates that sustain life on earth. Increased concentrations of these gases can contribute to rising global temperatures, sea level changes, and other climate changes. Waste prevention and recycling, or what we call waste reduction, helps us better manage the solid waste we generate. Reducing waste is a start and strategy for reducing greenhouse gases because it can: Reduce emissions from energy consumption. Recycling saves energy. Through my project, I was able to save PPCS hundreds of dollars in trash expense, educate not only the student body, but also the staff in recycling. This now allows them the chance to do more for our community and the environment with the knowledge they now have.  I was also able to reach beyond my school and spread the word through my recycling project binders at libraries in the area.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout this project, I used a lot of leadership in the form of public speaking. Over the course of my project, I had to overcome my fear of public speaking and had to realize that I should not be afraid to let my voice be heard when it benefits others. I also realized that it does not matter if you are alone or how old you are, you can still influence others in a positive way.

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

The leadership skills that I acquired in Girl Scouts, and throughout my Gold Award Project have helped me face even my simplest of fears, from public speaking to standing up for something I believe in. These skills and the courage, and confidence I learned will also help in my future journeys and aspirations. I believe they will help me stand up more and fight for what is right and what I believe in, whether in a job, interview, or any situation I may face.

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

The Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout journey and experience, it helped me to find courage, confidence, and character within my journey and myself.

***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

Evergreen girl saves duck during Silver Award project

Submitted by Ania LaDow

Evergreen, Colorado

Mountain Communities

The most rewarding and most memorable aspect of my Silver Award project was saving a wild duck that was tangled up in a fishing line. My dad and I were walking on a trail around Buchanan ponds picking up litter and trash. We heard water splashing around and a few quacks. As my dad and I got closer, we noticed there was a duck stuck in fishing line. The thin and barley visible line was tied around the duck’s neck and the duck couldn’t get it off. Its feet were also tied up and the duck couldn’t escape. The duck was so desperate for help that it didn’t even squirm when my dad picked him up to untie the strings. My dad got into the water and untangled the line around both its neck and feet.

After the duck swam off, I removed the string from the water to prevent this from happening again. This was a very successful and rewarding time in my project because it showed why I am doing my project. Though it was very sad to see that duck stuck and in pain, I am glad I saw this because I saw the direct impact of my project in helping animals and the environment.

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

Take your troop on an Adventure!

Submitted by Melissa Holmberg

Denver

Denver Metro

Adventure Golf and Raceway is hosting a Girl Scout day on Friday, September 11. Receive one round of mini golf, go-kart ride and bumper cars plus a participating patch for only $9! (A savings of up to $10) Wear your uniform or mention Girl Scouts to receive the discount. The park will be open on Friday from 4-10 p.m.

Adventure Golf and Raceway is Denver’s premier miniature golf and go-karts facility. It features 54 holes of fun and daring excitement to test your mini golfing skills. With eye-popping water and fire effects, adventurers of all ages will scream with delight! Navigate Buccaneer Bay, tiptoe through spooky Adventure Cove, and explore the Lost Continent- three of the most unique and beautifully landscaped 18-hole mini golf courses in the country. Experience full throttle fun on Colorado’s first and only outdoor electric go-kart track, and get lost in the mind-spinning action of our bumper cars. Bring your troop or come with your family! It’s an adventure you don’t want to miss.

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

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Courtney Howell, Niwot, “STEAM Day”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

For my Gold Award project, I held a science, math, and engineering exploration day for middle and elementary school kids in my local area at my high school, to show them that science can be fun! The event consisted of 22 hands-on activities and learning displays that were designed to be fun, interactive, and educational, while encouraging kids to get interested and involved in STEM. Activities ranged from a wide variety of different science and engineering topics, and I had 16 different science and engineering organizations involved in the event, either by running a booth or by donating materials for an activity. The impact I had hoped to make, was to share the “wonder” of science and provide the opportunity for elementary and middle school children, to discover a passion or appreciation for science through hands-on activities.

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

I created a survey and had attendees fill it out rating their experience at the event, as well as specific aspects of the event to quantitatively measure the impact of my project, on my target audience. Comments from the surveys were incredibly positive, with the majority saying that the event was well done and a great opportunity that kids absolutely loved. Even before I tallied and analyzed the data, I could tell by how bustling the event was, how many kids I saw smiling, and deeply engaged in the various activities, that the event was a success.

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

My project will be sustained beyond my involvement by a group of leaders at my high school, who will take over the event by running it again next year. To help them get started, I provided a list of contacts and activities I used in my project. I also compiled this information into a “manual” of where to start in organizing the event, and mailed this manual to different schools around the state to allow other schools to run the event, something similar, or just to use its activities for teaching and spreading the fun of science and engineering.

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

STEM programs are important in furthering national wellbeing and technology, but there are areas of the U.S., and worldwide, that don’t have as many opportunities to expose kids to STEM and getting them interested in science and engineering. Polls done by the National Science Foundation in 2011,  report that nationwide only 34% of 8th grade students performed at or above the proficient level in math, and only 40% of 4th graders nationwide performed at or above the proficient level. Math and science are important for innovation and progress, yet so many students nationwide struggle because they do not have the opportunities to learn and discover STEM in an engaging way.

My event, STEAM Day, can also link nationally because it will be repeated next year and can also be put on by other schools or organizations. From Silver Creek High School, the STEAM Day can spread to other schools in the district, then from one school district to another. It can grow/spread from Longmont to another town in Colorado, and from other towns in Colorado to another state and later another. I have started a chain of potential STEAM Days that I hope will spread far beyond my local community.

What did you learn about yourself?

By completing my Gold Award project, I realized just how capable I am. Going into the project, I had some doubts about whether I could get it done in time or even if I had the motivation to complete the project, but I learned that I am motivated and capable. While the event came together a little last-minute for some things, I was able to put together a successful event with myself as the leader, proving to myself that I am a capable young woman who can achieve anything, even difficult, if I put my mind to it.

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

The practical life skills, such as time management, networking, and project management skills, I gained from doing this project will be invaluable for my future. Both in college and a prospective future career in genetic research, I will have to organize and execute large-scale research projects, which will require many of the same steps and skills as my Gold Award project did. Because of this, my leadership skills will continue to grow and improve as I identify topics of research interest, plan, and execute research, as part of or leading a team, that can hopefully help the greater community.

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

The Gold Award was a great way to use and refine the skills I had begun to develop through my 13 years in Girl Scouts. From selling cookies to going to camp, Girl Scouts introduces important skills, like networking, planning, and fundraising and these skills get put to practical use, as well as become improved, when you do your Gold Award.

***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