Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Junior Detective badge Part Two of Three

Do you want to try out the skills that make great detectives? Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is here to help you earn your Junior Detective badge! For Steps One and Two, we practiced the power of observation and used a special code to write a secret message. Steps Three and Four are to fingerprint for fun and try out detective science. Watch this video for some activities to do just that! For the “fingerprint for fun” activity, you can also print this fun handout, or you can draw it yourself: Fingerprint Printable Handout

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.

I just earned the Crocs patch

Submitted by Aubrey Y.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

I’m a first year Brownie and I just earned Crocs’ Come As You Are patch! I really had a lot of fun working on this with my mom since we can’t have regular Girl Scout meetings because of COVID-19. Thank you Girl Scouts of Colorado so I could keep busy and still get to do Girl Scout fun things!

I learned to that I can be a champion in my own life by having more courage, being more confident, staying strong, and being a good role model and mentor, and being a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator,  risk-taker, and leader).

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Crocs to teach girls to Come As You Are™! Based in Niwot, Colorado, Crocs’ proclamation to the world is to be comfortable in your own shoes. Everyone is unique in their own way and at Crocs, we celebrate one-of-a-kinds and stand together with all kinds. This patch program teaches Girl Scouts to embrace who they are and accept others for who they are. Download the full activity booklet online.

Girl Scouting at Home: Fishbowl

Share the fun of Girl Scout Camp with your family! Girl Scouts of Colorado Camp Staff has developed a series of activities you can do with your family at home. Today’s activity is a fun game called Fishbowl. It can be played with your family and can be played with four our more players. This game is a fun combination of Taboo, Pictionary, and Charades.

You will Need:

  • Pens/Pencils
  • Strips of paper
  • Bowl/Container
  • Timer/Stopwatch

Game Purpose:

Your team must gain the most points by describing, using only sounds, or acting out words/phrases to help your teammates correctly guess what is written on each sheet of paper within the allotted time.

Game Set-Up:

  • Split your group into two teams.
  • Each player writes common phrases, people, places, or things on strips of paper, folds them in half so the writing cannot be seen, and puts them into the bowl. Only one person/place/thing/phrase should be written on each slip of paper. If you have a large group, have each player write three to five slips of paper. If you have a smaller group, each player should write between five to ten items.
  • Mix all the slips in the bowl.

Gameplay: The game will be split into three rounds: Taboo, Sound Effects, and Charades.

Round One

  • Select a player from Team One to go first.
  • This player grabs a slip of paper from the bowl. As soon as the player grabs the paper, a member from the opposite team will start the one-minute timer.
  • The player then reads to themselves the item written on the paper. They will use words to get their teammates to guess the word/phrase on the paper. They cannot act out anything nor can they say any of the words on the paper. For example, if the phrase is “Girl Scout Camp,” then it may be described as “The most fun week of the summer” or “Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch”.
  • If the player thinks the word/phrase is too difficult, they can “pass,” put the paper back in the bowl, and choose a new slip of paper. Each player may only “pass” once per turn.
  • If the team successfully guesses the phrase/word, the player keeps the piece of paper, then chooses a new slip of paper, and starts describing the new word/phrase.
  • The player has one minute to get their team to guess as many words/phrases as they can.
  • After one minute, a player from the second team is up. As soon as they pick a slip of paper, the one-minute timer starts again.
  • Each team continues to take turns (switching the player who is choosing the slips of paper) until all the pieces of paper have been removed from the bowl.
  • When the bowl is empty, each team counts the slips of paper their team collected and tallies their score.
  • Return all slips of paper to the bowl and begin Round Two.

Round Two

  • This round is played in a similar fashion, with each team having one-minute turn to guess as many of the words/phrases as possible. The team that went second will go first in this round.
  • This time instead of describing the word/phrase on the paper, each player must get their team to guess the words/phrases using only sounds – no words or acting allowed!
  • When the bowl is empty, each team counts the slips of paper their team collected and tallies their score.
  • Return all slips of paper to the bowl and begin Round Three.

Round Three

  • This round is played in a similar fashion, with each team having one-minute turn to guess as many of the words/phrases as possible. The team that went second in Round Two will go first in this round.
  • This time each player may only act out the word/phrase – no words or sounds allowed!
  • When the bowl is empty, each team counts the slips of paper their team collected and tallies their score.
  • Add scores for all three rounds to determine the winner!

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 a Meteorologist webinar

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Sydney Jackson for co-hosting our “Meet a Meteorologist” webinar! More than 35 Girl Scouts from across Colorado participated in this webinar on May 19, 2020. Missed it? Listen to the recording now.

Sydney is a morning meteorologist for KKTV 11 out of Colorado Springs. She grew up in the Kansas City area and became fascinated by weather at a young age. From ice storms to tornadoes, Sydney was intrigued by the constant weather changes and followed her passion that sparked in grade school.

Sydney studied meteorology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and then Mississippi State University. Previously, Sydney worked at a station in Columbia, Missouri for four years. While in Missouri, she covered severe weather including flooding, hail, tornadoes, and snow. She was also a teaching assistant to a college meteorology course.

During the webinar, Sydney spoke to girls about the tools she uses to forecast the weather, what it is like being a meteorologist on television, advice for girls interested in meteorology, and so much more! Her favorite Girl Scout cookie is a Thin Mint, but only if it is frozen!

Check out the KKTV Weather Classes online too: https://www.facebook.com/pg/kktv11news/videos/

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 Scouting at Home: Earn your Junior Detective badge Part One of Three

Do you want to try out the skills that make great detectives? Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is here to help you earn your Junior Detective badge! Watch this video for some fun activities to help you complete Steps One and Two, which are to practice the power of observation and communicate in code. You can also check out Smithsonian Magazine for their daily “Spot the Difference” activities.

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.

Badges Through the Power of the Internet

Submitted by Brennah D.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

I led my Girl Scout troop through the Scribe badge on Zoom. With my PowerPoint presentation, we were able to get everything checked off. This was my first time making a PowerPoint presentation and being a leader through online learning. It was fun!

I love Girl Scouts and everything it has let me do!

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 Scouting at Home: How to Make Banana Boats

Have you been missing your favorite campfire desserts? Well, fret no more! Girl Scouts of Colorado camp staff are bringing the campfire desserts to you at home.

Banana Boats

Looking for a fruity twist to the classic s’more? Banana Boats are the perfect thing for you.

What you will need:

  • Banana
  • Mini-Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Tin Foil

Don’t have one of these ingredients? Get creative and improvise! Use M&Ms or Hershey Kisses instead of chocolate chips, or crushed cookies instead of marshmallows!

Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
  • Cut the banana lengthwise through the peel. Cut about halfway through the banana making sure not to cut all the way through the other peel.
  • Open the slit of the banana and fill it with as many mini-marshmallows and chocolate chips as you can.
  • Wrap the banana in tin foil and cook in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until the marshmallows and chocolate have melted.
  • Peel and enjoy!

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.

 

Virtual Trainings for Leaders

Girl Scouts of Colorado is offering virtual trainings for leaders! Register now for Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette leader trainings to prepare for your troop’s next year or just to refresh and get new ideas. Leader training is required for volunteers at each level. Troop leaders will learn skills to support their troop at the next level, get questions answered, and connect with other volunteers.

Join an upcoming webinar:

May 26, 2020: Daisy Leader Training

May 27, 2020: Brownie Leader Training

May 29, 2020:  Junior Leader Training

May 28, 2020: Cadette Leader Training

Can’t make it to a webinar? Log in to gsLearn and complete Leader Training on your schedule.

Questions? Email training@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes new CEO

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors is excited to announce the selection of Leanna Clark as our new CEO. This appointment comes after a nationwide search and an extensive interview process. Leanna will begin leading the organization on May 26, 2020.

Leanna comes to Girl Scouts of Colorado with decades of experience in leadership positions and a robust background in marketing and communications, including 12 years as an owner of one of Denver’s largest marketing and public relations firms.  She’s held leadership roles in Denver’s corporate, foundation, and nonprofit communities, most recently as Vice Chancellor of University Communications for University of Colorado Denver.

“Leanna brings a wealth of experience to Girl Scouts of Colorado,” Girl Scouts of Colorado Chair of the Board Rae Ann Dougherty said. “She’s energetic, fresh, and dynamic. I’m certain she will continue the legacy of leadership and guide us to a bright future.”

Making a difference in her community, being an advocate for girls and women, and championing female ambition have long been traits Leanna values. She was named a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Colorado in 2009, co-chaired the signature event in 2014, and remained well-connected to the network of amazing women.

“I’ve had close ties to this organization and its mission for many years,” Leanna said. “Now, I’m excited to bring my skills and leadership to the table and be a bigger part of building the future generation of female leaders.”

Leanna currently serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Forum of Colorado, Denver Public Schools Foundation, RISE Society for Women & Girls, and the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

She has been recognized as One of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado by the Colorado Women’s Chamber and has been honored twice by the Denver Business Journal as a “PowerBook” award recipient and one of the “Forty Under 40” top young business leaders. She’s received national recognition from the Universal Press Syndicate as part of its “Workwise” Awards, honoring innovation and creativity among workplace leaders. In addition, she was named a ‘Woman of Achievement’ by the Association for Women in Communications.

Leanna takes over from Stephanie Foote who is retiring at the end of May after 12 years with Girl Scouts of Colorado. Under Stephanie’s leadership, Girl Scouts of Colorado has reversed the trend of declining membership, made savvy financial decisions putting the organization on solid fiscal ground, increased programs to serve the most vulnerable populations, and elevated the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for all girls but especially those earning Highest Awards.

Leanna is excited to take the reins from Stephanie, a fellow Girl Scouts’ Woman of Distinction.

“The positive momentum for Girl Scouts of Colorado – even through this world pandemic – gives me the chance to build on a solid foundation and explore new ways to serve more girls and give them the tools to lead, break barriers, and create positive change in their communities,” she said.

Watch our website, blog, and social media for upcoming opportunities for girls, volunteers, and community members to meet Leanna virtually until we’re able to gather again for a traditional Girl Scout friendship squeeze.

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Brownie Senses badge Part Two of Two

Want to earn your Brownie Senses badge? Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is here to help! For Steps One and Two of the badge, we looked around and listened to the world. Watch this video for some fun activities to complete Steps Three, Four, and Five! Special note to caregivers: For Step Five, please use any edible items in your home that you are comfortable with. We mentioned a few items, but your judgement is best as to what you have available and what you are okay with your girl eating.

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.