Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Cadette, Senior and Ambassadors troops needed to Adopt-a-Troop

We are looking for troops to provide at least 6 Girl Scout Troop meetings to elementary girls in need.

This month’s featured school:

Cheltenham Elementary*

(1580 Julian Street, Denver, CO 80204)

Cheltenham Elementary has a 98% Free and Reduced Lunch rate. The Cheltenham troop has recently lost one of its leaders and is looking for help. If you are interested in making Girl Scouts happen here please contact Joy Henika Joy.Henika@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4850.

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Give back to girls who really need it!

*We have schools in need all over the state but will feature one school per month

This project would help your troop earn the awards: Leader in action (LiA), Volunteer-in-Training (VIT) or the Service to Girl Scouting Bar!

Girls change the world through technology

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Submitted by Cortney Kern

Phone applications can guide us, entertain us, and connect us to our communities. If you could create a new phone app, what would you create? How could this app make life easier? No need to just dream about your new app, you have the resources to make this happen! The Girl Scout innovator and digital arts badge opportunities for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors help get you there. To supplement your badge experience, team up with Technovation, a global program working with girls to mentor them on how to develop an app that improves communities.

Whether you are new to computer sciences or advanced, course materials for these programs are provided by Technovation for free. This is a great opportunity to learn about new careers and gives you a shot at a financial reward to bring your application to life! The grand prize for one middle school team is $5,000 in seed funding and a trip to the World Pitch in San Francisco. In the high school division, eight teams will win a trip to World Pitch in San Francisco to compete on a global stage, and one team will win $10,000 in seed funding.

 Why not get started with your troop? Mentors can be troop leaders, professionals in the field, school teachers, or an adult who is interested in having a big impact. Read below to learn how Technovation has changed both girls and mentors lives. 

Technovation Changes Girls’ Lives

Technovation has been inspiring and educating girls and women to solve problems using Technovation for the past 5 years, so we’ve been able to collect a lot of data. Most girls have never started anything or taken a Computer Science class before Technovation, but many were transformed after the program.

  • 70% of alumnae were more interested in entrepreneurship after Technovation than before
  • 70% of alumnae took further Computer Science courses after Technovation when given an opportunity
  • 94% of alumnae believe that tech careers are good for women
  • 44% of college-age alumnae who had already selected a major chose Computer Science vs .4% of college women overall (according to AAUW.org) based on preliminary alumnae survey data; we’re following up with a second survey to check these astounding results

Technovation Changes Mentors’ Lives

Did you know that one of the first women to graduate from the most prestigious technology startup incubator, YCombinator, was inspired to apply because of her experience with Technovation? Technovation helps professional women in some surprising ways.

  • 75% of mentors said Technovation helped their own professional development
  • 76% of mentors said Technovation increased their knowledge about entrepreneurship
  • 62% of mentors said Technovation increased or refreshed their own technical skills

 How do you get started? Form a team of up to five girls to work together to research, design and build an app prototype alongside a female mentor in technology and engineering.  No prior coding or app development experience is required. The commitment is 40-60 hours from February to April. Ready to learn more? Read over the student checklist to see how to get started. Still have some questions? Feel free to email Cortney.Kern@gscolorado.org to learn how we can get a Girl Scout of Colorado team up and going!

 

 

Can a girl build a robot? Yes, she can.

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Submitted by Linda Baker

FIRST Lego League (FLL) is a fun and educational program geared towards 4th through 8th grade students. Girls get to build robots and learn about technology, while working on teams to research and investigate innovative solutions to meet our world’s needs. Girl Scouts of Colorado offers a perfect environment to foster girl-adult partnerships in order to build and compete in the exciting arena of Colorado FIRST Lego League events.

Girl Scouts is committed to fostering an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). By learning that STEM is all around them and exploring how it can be fun, Girl Scouts hopes girls will consider careers in these fields. Girl Scouts is a safe, family-friendly place where girls can learn more about the world around them.

Girls will:

  • Learn how to apply math and science to design, build, program, and test a robot.
  • Gain hands-on experience solving real life problems using math and science.
  • Discover how to work as a team player and develop leadership skills € Research challenges facing today’s scientists.
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills € Explore new career possibilities.
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations.

On Aug. 26, the new challenge will be announced for the 2014 competition season. Titled “World Class: Learning Unleashed,” this thematic problem will address how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams will teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn.

Adult coaches and mentors will guide and advise the team for approximately 10 to 12 weeks as the girls build an autonomous robot that will complete pre-designed missions on a playing field within 2 minutes and 30 seconds. They will also use external resources to help girls analyze, research and invent a solution for a real world problem. Adult Girl Scout volunteers provide the framework in which girls gain skills that will last a lifetime.

Adult coaches do not need to have any specific expertise in robotics, programming, or other technical areas. Utilizing Volunteer Essentials, progression, and girl-adult partnership, any current or prospective volunteer can help Girl Scouts form an FLL team. Colorado FIRST Lego League provides training, mentoring, Coaches’ Handbook, and other resources to jumpstart a team. There will be a Rookie Booster held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Oct. 4 with workshops and 1:1 mentoring to enable new teams to share ideas and experiences with other rookie teams.

For more information about starting a Girl Scout FLL team in Colorado, visit http://fll.coloradofirst.org, or contact me at
javario.the.hero@gmail.com.

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

 

Fort Collins author shares love for Girl Scouts founder

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Submitted by Natasha Wing

When I was a young girl growing up in Connecticut, I was a Girl Scout. In fact, when I was in 5th grade, I recorded the times I went to Girl Scout meetings in my diary. I even still have my sash with the badges I had earned!

When I grew up and became a children’s book author, I came across an article about Juliette Daisy Low and started doing more research on her. What an interesting character! I loved that she was kooky and determined at the same time, and that her driving force was to empower girls.

I wanted other people to know how much she poured herself into starting an organization for girls in America. So as a tribute to the lady who founded an organization I loved as a girl, I wrote an article for Highlights magazine and it was accepted! Now nearly 2 million Highlights readers will also learn about Daisy Low! And perhaps more girls will be inspired to join the Girl Scouts.

I have been a children’s book author for 22 years and some of the most enjoyable stories to write are about people who have made a difference in this world, like Daisy. Maybe one day I will write a story about you!

Denver Metro Volunteer Spotlight: Jody Allen Smith

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Congratulations to August’s Volunteer of the month: Jody Allen Smith of the Apollo Service Unit in Denver. Jody has a long resume of accomplishments.  Ranging from wife, mother, career woman, having an MBA from Denver University, and a candidate for a second Master of Science in Higher Education from Kaplan University. However, this month we are featuring Jody for nothing less than her Girl Scout Volunteerism.

Jody became a Girl Scout in the 6th grade when she moved to Greely, Colo.  Being a Girl Scout carried her across an awkward time in her life, specifically being the new kid in town. Then, she rejoined Girl Scouts as an adult member because she became a troop leader for her daughter. Jody has been the Leader of Troop 1750 since 2004 and has brought her girls from Daisies to Ambassadors. She stayed involved because she enjoyed all the girls and the things they got to do together. 

Jody has led her girls through countless service projects, helped them earn their Silver Award, and even traveled with them to London, Paris, and Dublin.  Now that her girls are Ambassadors, Jody wanted to find a way for the troop to give back to Girl Scouts.  When Jody found out that a troop affiliated with the Aurora Housing Authority needed help with leadership she went directly to her girls and asked them if they wanted to help. Troop 1750, along with Jody, adopted a troop.  The Adopt-A-Troop program was piloted this year. Jody and her troop enjoyed their work so much they agreed to adopt the same troop during the 2014-15 Girl Scout Year.  This will be troop 1750’s final year before becoming Adult Girl Scouts.

So, will this also be Jody Allen Smith’s last year? I don’t know, but I hope this spotlight on all the things she has done for her girls and Girl Scouts of Colorado makes her realize that she is a valued volunteer and we would be happy to have her for another ten years!  Thank you Jody for all your hard work.

 

 

 

Pueblo Girl Scouts “Adopt-a-Troop”

When Girl Scout Troop 38333, which is based out of the GOAL Academy in Pueblo, heard about a younger troop in their area that needed some help leading meetings, they were quick to step up to challenge. This troop had been looking for younger girls to mentor and/or provide program to for the last two months or so. Last Friday, Dec. 13, at the Cesar Chavez Academy in Pueblo, Troop 38333 met with Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies of Troop 34470. The older girls led the younger girls in a holiday stocking craft project. Fun was had by all! Future meetings between the two groups are in the works.

It is hoped that participating in this program will allow all the girls to become more excited for the opportunities that Girl Scouting provides and help the older girls develop their leadership and service skills. For the younger girls, the opportunity to connect with these dedicated teens provides great modeling for future service and leadership and allows them to look beyond today to what they can be in the future. The older girls represent true grit: staying in school, excelling in their courses, joining with community partners to learn to lead and providing service to those in need.

Each of these girls is an inspiration to us here at GOAL Academy and to the younger girls of Troop 34470, the Girl Scout volunteers and the community as a whole!

Story shared by Kristi Ingram, Pueblo Girl Scout volunteer and Recruitment and Retention Specialist at GOAL Academy

There are opportunities for teen Girl Scouts around the state to participate in similar Adopt-a-Troop programs. Learn more.

December Program Spotlight: Take Action and Community Service

Empowering girls to Take Action in their communities is one of the 10 essential elements of Girl Scouting. Girls want to know they can make a difference in the world around them—which is what you’ll help them do as you guide them on the Take Action project they do as a part of each Journey. To find out how other girls are helping their communities, check out the online Map It! tool, where girls can post their Take Action and Bronze/Silver/Gold award projects (and submit your projects too!).

Girl Scouts often do both community service and Take Action projects. Both kinds of projects help communities in different ways. To complete a Journey, girls need to do a Take Action project (which some organizations call service learning). Click here to download the Community Service and Service Learning: What’s the Difference? handout to find out more.

Girl Scouts of Colorado Resources:

Activity Finder > Community Service Ideas: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/activities/community-service-activities

For Girls > Take Action/Earn Highest Awards Info: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards

Take Action Wall of Fame – Share Your Stories too!: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wall-of-fame

Girl Scouts Forever Green – enter your project & measure the impact: www.girlscouts.org/gsforevergreen/default.asp

National Leadership Awards – for 6th-12th grade: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/national-leadership-awards

  •      Service to Community Bar – council level approval
  •      Service to Girl Scouting Bar – leader approval
  •      Torch Award – leader approval

Looking for Community Service Project Ideas?

NONPROFIT FINDER – Looking for a kid or family-friendly service project at your favorite non-profit?  Need to know who best to contact at your favorite organization? Here is a great resource from the Young Philanthropists Foundation that may help point you in the right direction. Also, are you curious about how best to create a meaningful service project? Here is a great brochure on the subject, also provided by YPF.

Girl Scout Highest Awards Information:

Take Action Training (for troop leaders) – December 14 in Pueblo: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1509

Gold Award Webinar (for girls) – December 15 online/phone: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1531

Gold Award Training (for girls) – January 12 in Denver: online registration coming soon

Take Action Training (for troop  leaders) – winter/spring TBD in the Mountain Communities

National Young Women of Distinction (NYOWD) is the designation, and special honor, conferred by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue. Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award from May 1, 2012 to March 1, 2014 is eligible to apply for nominee consideration.  Download more information and the application here: 2014YWODGirlApplicationGuidelines. Watch inspiring videos of girls who received this special honor last year: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo8HvpJAszs

Gold Award Committee Members Needed Statewide – contact highest.awards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT

BRONZE AWARD

GIRL SCOUT

SILVER AWARD

GIRL SCOUT

GOLD AWARD

PROGRAM LEVEL

 Junior4TH & 5TH   grade  Cadette6th, 7th   & 8th grade Senior/Ambassador9th-12th   grade

PREREQUISITES

 one Journey  one Journey  Silver Award and one   Journey OR two Journeys

PLAN SUBMISSION

 None  None  Yes, through GSUSA Web   App

PROJECT APPROVAL

 Leader/advisor  Leader/advisor  Gold Award Committee   interview required before starting project

PROJECT TO BENEFIT

 Girl Scouts or Community  Community  Community

COMMUNITY ADVISOR

Optional Suggested Required

NUMBER OF GIRLS

 Troop/group  2 to 4  Individual

FINAL REFLECTION

 Yes,   turned in to troop leader/advisor, no council approval  Yes,   turned in to troop leader/advisor, no council approval  GSUSA Web   App + final presentation to Gold Award Committee

NOTIFICATION

 Troop   leader or girl to complete online in eBiz  Troop   leader or girl to complete online in eBiz  GSUSA Web   Application

CELEBRATION

 eBiz submission complete by   celebration registration deadline (varies by region) – March 1 to be included   in printed booklet.  eBiz submission complete by   celebration registration deadline (varies by region) – March 1 to be included   in printed booklet.  Final project submitted   online by March 1 to be included in spring celebrations, printed booklet, and   annual day at the capitol.

DEADLINES

You must still be a Junior to earn this award – 4th or 5th
grade. You have the summer after 5th grade to complete your award,
and council must be notified by September 30. (You become a Cadette October 1st
of 6th grade.)
 You must still be a Cadette to earn this award – 6th, 7th,
or 8th grade. You have the summer after 8th grade to
complete your award, and council must be notified by September 30. (You become
a Senior October 1st of 9th grade).
  You must still be a girl member to earn this award. The final
deadline for presentations and projects to be approved is September 30th the
year you graduate high school – you have the summer after you graduate to
complete your project and give your final presentation. (You become and adult
member October 1st after high school).

PIN PURCHASED BY

 Troop/parent (through eBiz   registration, $8.50)  Troop/parent (through eBiz   registration, $8.50)  Council

SUSTAINABILITY

 Discuss  Plan  Provide

MONEY EARNING

 Troop money earning   checklist  Troop money earning   checklist  Troop money earning   checklist

Colorado Girl Scouts help Katie Couric collect 5,000 coats

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Girl Scouts from all over the state teamed up with the crew from The Katie Show for Katie’s Challenge for Change to collect an amazing 5,000 coats for 7News and Dependable Cleaners’ Coats for Colorado drive. Denver was one of five cities Katie Couric chose to bring her challenge to, and we were thrilled that our famous alum wanted to partner with Girl Scouts of Colorado to make her challenge happen.

Troop 4394 from Loveland and Troop 2510 from Wheat Ridge helped at the Colorado Avalanche’s coat drive at the Pepsi Center on Friday, Nov. 8 before the hockey game. The Loveland girls were no strangers to coat drives, having just led a drive at their school for coats and household items to benefit the victims of the September flooding in Colorado. Third-grader Annika Thayer told me that many families from their school had their homes lost or damaged, and they felt badly for them and really wanted to help.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the drive picked up again at the Highlands Ranch Town Centre and the Belmar Shopping Center in Lakewood. Troops 3894, 3895, 1369, 2131 and 4394 collected at the Belmar site and celebrated as Dependable Cleaners revealed that 4,600 coats had been donated and Old Navy donated another 500 new kids coats to put the drive over the 5,000 goal set by Katie’s Challenge for Change.

The Girl Scouts had a great time at the Pepsi Center and Belmar with Katie Couric’s special correspondent Cameron Hughes, who interviewed them for the show, got them even more excited about Coats for Colorado and even played some Girl Scout games with them. The Katie Show featuring Girl Scouts of Colorado will air on ABC at 3 p.m. on Nov. 19, so be sure to see our amazing girls being recognized for helping to make the world a better place!

Ambassadors celebrate ‘J-Low’s birthday Oct. 31

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Submitted by Sharyn Nevins
Highlands Ranch

The 11th Grade Ambassador troop 6-2286 in Highlands Ranch just celebrated Juliette Low’s birthday (October 31st). They made a cake to celebrate her #153rd birthday year. They also fondly refer to her as “J-Low”. They feel the founder would have approved of her new modern nickname and would like to use it for the next 100 years of Girl Scouts. Although “J-Low” was not present to blow out the candles on her cake, the girls knew she was there in spirit!

Girl Scout troop honors founder with gift to newborn baby

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Submitted by Dena Thomason
Cortez
Happy Birthday to Juliette Gordon Low! The Girl Scouts of Troop 2619 donated a gift basket to the first baby girl born on Halloween in honor of our Founder whose birthday was on Halloween. We met a sweet new mom and her beautiful baby girl at Southwest Memorial Hospital.
She was very gracious and allowed the entire troop into her room to see her newborn daughter. Our gift basket included many fun and useful baby items, including a handmade blanket. We hope that they like the gifts and the Girl Scout cookies. Our troop also gave some cookies to the nurses and staff at the hospital for doing such a great job.
This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form.  You can share your Girl Scout moments too.