Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Fall Product Program begins September 21, 2019

Do you have lots of awesome activities that you want to do this year? The Fall Product Program is an easy and fun way to earn start-up funds for all those activities and more! By participating in this program, girls will also learn the 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Nuts and candy are sold in-person using an order card or online and magazines are sold only online. Products that are ordered online can either be shipped or customers can select girl delivery. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too. All rewards are cumulative.

Important 2019 Fall Product Program dates:

September 21 – Fall Product Program Begins

October 13 – In-person sales end/Last day for Nut Promise orders

October 28 – Online storefront closes

In the Fall Product Program platform, M2OS, girls can create their own virtual storefront and market to friends and family through email. They have the option to create a personalized avatar for their virtual storefront too. Girls can also share their goals by recording their story, and the avatar will speak with their voice, representing them in the video!

By participating in the Fall Product Program and selling $175 in online orders, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch – choosing between lots of customizations – including special backgrounds and wearing their Girl Scout uniform or a safari suit!

Volunteer training begins early September at area service unit meetings. Please note: This year, Fall Product Program materials will be sent to area service units, not directly to troops. Volunteers and caregivers can pick-up the guide, order card, and other resources at trainings.

For more information, go to the Fall Product Program page on the GSCO website or contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Camping fun at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 had a really fun weekend tent camping at Meadow Mountain Ranch. They did all their camp set-up, meal planning, and cooking. They also hiked the Nature Trail, which is stunning this time of year with all the wildflowers. We also played some volleyball, geocache, and lots of games by the campfire. Of course, we also celebrated National S’mores Day by having s’mores! The girls had some great bonding time.

The girls also built one of the benches MMR was hoping to have built. Thanks to Fish for overseeing that! It was a great experience for all of them.

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

Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to join GSCO for Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_day_at_gl.html Registration closes September 12. Discount will NOT be honored after September 12.

A mountain is ideal for many things – hiking, skiing, hang gliding, but it’s not the most logical location for a theme park. Yet, situated 7,100-feet above sea level in Glenwood Springs, is America’s only mountain-top theme park. The park is finalizing a few educational segments about their rides. More information will be posted about these educational components as available.

Tickets are $29 per person. Use the registration link to buy your tickets in advance. Online registration will close Thursday, September 12. The discount will NOT be honored for walk-up ticket sales/registration. When you arrive at the park, you will have to check in and hand in signed waivers for everyone in your group. Waivers will be emailed out to all registrations before event.

Tickets are for adult and youth Funday Tickets, which includes a Gondola ride to America’s only mountain-top theme park! Also included are both walking cave tours and unlimited rides on the summer attractions.

Please visit the Park website for ride status at www.glenwoodcaverns.com and visit the Park-Info/FAQ section for great visitor information as you plan your trip to the park. Children under three are free.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

International Day of the Girl: Call for submissions for Girls Speak Out 2019

** Deadline extended to August 25, 2019 **

Check out full details online and access consent form: http://dayofthegirlsummit.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IDG-2019-Call-Out-English-Extended.pdf

Attention girls of the world! YOU are being asked to celebrate the International Day of the Girl (IDG 2019)! Did you know that every October 11 the world celebrates GIRLS?! Help honor girls
like you by sending in your stories. Reflect on a moment in your life where you thought “THIS is what it means to be a girl where I live!” It could be a time when you or girls you know overcame an obstacle, shared a moment of connection, stood up for yourself, a life turning point, an act of bravery, or an adventure with friends!

IDG 2019 is looking for original stories, poetry, creative writing, videos, performances, photography, artwork, songs, or declarations about what it means to be a girl where you live! They will select a diverse collection of bold, inspiring, funny, and everyday stories written by girls, for girls to be performed LIVE at the United Nations in New York City on October 11 for the 2019 IDG Girls Speak Out! And guess what?! Everyone who submits her work will get a special shout out on the www.DayoftheGirlSummit.org website or during the IDG2019 webcast on October 11!

October 11 is our day to celebrate and SPEAK OUT about what it means to be a girl. Leaders at the UN and other girls need to hear your story. Help showcase the issues girls face and how powerful girls are. Submit your story and help make this year’s Girls Speak Out the best one yet!

Here is what you need to do:

  • Be a girl (or a group of girls) 18 years or younger.
  • Answer the question, what does it mean to be a girl where you live today?
  • Tell us your story. Send your original work and consent form to: IDGsubmissions@gmail.com with your name, age, country, and contact information no later than Sunday, August 25 11:59PM US EST!

Please make sure your submission is in one of these formats:

  • Poetry or monologue (maximum 300 words)
  • Video (maximum length of 2 minutes)
  • Photograph (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels)
  • Art or graphic design (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels)

Questions? Email IDGsubmissions@gmail.com

Golf workshops with the CGA in September 2019

Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors are invited to learn and practice golf with the Colorado Golf Association! Workshops are specifically designed for Brownies or Juniors and will be taught by instructors through the Colorado Golf Association. Requirements for the Brownie “Fair Play” badge and Junior “Practice with Purpose” badge will be met at the workshop and badges will be provided day of. Capacity is limited to 20 girls and event registration will close when capacity has been met OR on the registration deadline of Tuesday, September 10.

Brownie Fair Play Badge Workshop

Saturday, September 14

9 – 11 a.m.

Common Ground Golf Course, Aurora

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/brownie_fair_play_ba_1128681571.html

Junior Practice with Purpose Badge Workshop

Sunday, September 15

9 – 11 a.m.

Common Ground Golf Course, Aurora
Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/junior_practice_with_1855814219.html

The cost is $15/girl and is free for accompanying adults. All girls must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Girls attending with a troop leader must provide a completed parent permission form for a Girl Scout activity that their troop leader will retain for their records. Adult-to-girl safety ratios for events must be met.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. If you have any questions about this event or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or call (877) 404-5708.

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“Woodworker” badge workshop for Cadettes

Professional Women in Building (PWB) of Western Colorado invites Girl Scout Cadettes to JXN Station in Grand Junction on November 9, 2019 to earn their “Woodworker” badge! Girls will learn basic woodworking skills, i.e. how to use a hammer, saw, level, screwdriver, and create a candy dispenser utilizing these skills. Register online now! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/cadette_woodworking_.html

All necessary supplies, equipment, and safety gear will be provided. Lunch will also be provided for all. Girls will receive their “Woodworker” badge at the end of the workshop.

This is not a drop off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Girl to adult ratios for events must be met.

Registration closes Thursday, October 31.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

Girl Guide and Girl Scout Connections:  From Zambia to Colorado

Update as of August 15, 2019: A troop has been found for this opportunity.

** Girl Scouts of Colorado is looking for a troop of Girl Scout Juniors and/or Cadettes to continue communication with the Girl Guides in Zambia. Communication will be virtual via troop leaders and may be limited due to access to technology in Zambia. If interested, please email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. **

64 Girl Guides in Kabwe, Zambia recently learned about their American counterparts, Girl Scouts. The Zambian girls were pleased to hear that the Colorado Girl Scouts like many of the same activities as they do, such as reading, cooking, and hanging out with friends. They also share a commitment to service and aspire to become doctors, teachers, nurses, or entrepreneurs. Unlike Colorado girls, who might enjoy skiing, Zambian girls have never seen snow in their Texas-size country, which is about as far south of the equator as Honduras is north of it.

Seanna Silver, a lifetime Girl Scout, was honored to spend time with the Kabwe Girl Guides troop (or “company” as it is called in Zambia) on July 20, 2019. Seanna traveled to Zambia to visit her mother-in-law, Martha King, who’s serving there as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer working in HIV prevention. Martha was integral in reaching out to the Kabwe troop, coordinating with the Girl Guides leader, and setting up this special meeting.

Seanna shared information with the Kabwe girls about Girl Scouts and gave each one a special Colorado Tomahawk Ranch patch. She also taught them the Girl Scout Promise & Law and how to sing “Make New Friends.” The girls caught on quickly and sang beautifully. As a music teacher, Seanna was then delighted to learn a couple of the Zambian troop’s songs.

In the spirit of “making new friends,” the girls wrote letters to send to some Colorado girls, decorating them with colorful designs. Mwenzi, who’s 13 and in 9th grade, explained that “in our country we call Girls Scouts as Girl Guides, and I am so happy to write this letter to you.” She aspires to become a doctor, “so that I can help my country.”

15-year-old Anna wrote, “Please you should come in Zambia to see me, and I should like you to teach me English.” Although Zambia’s official language is English, most Zambians start home life speaking one of 72 indigenous languages or dialects. Most only begin to learn English once they attend school, and by fourth grade, they are taught exclusively in English. Many Zambians speak at least three languages.

Also 15, Charity would like to become a doctor or police officer, “so that there can be world peace.” She especially likes the good values and morals taught in her weekly Girl Guide meetings. Her 14-year-old friend, Rosemary, a chocolate fan, wants to become a nurse or a teacher. Rosemary enjoys singing the’ “Be Prepared” song, noting that their motto, like the Girl Scouts, is to “be prepared.” Doreen would like to know how Colorado girls learn about starting and growing a business. Her favorite pastimes include swimming, dancing, cooking, and singing Gospel songs.

The girls asked about what Colorado girls like to do, are eager to hear from some of them, and hope to make new friends!

Seanna was inspired to make this connection to carry on Eleanor Silver’s legacy with the Girl Scouts of Colorado. Special thanks to John Silver, Girl Scout volunteer, who had a big idea that became a reality.

Decreasing our food footprint for the “Sow What?” Take Action project

Submitted by Michele Malchow

Metro Denver

Aurora

Girl Scout Troop 60789 explored the “Sow What?” Journey. They learned what a foodprint is and how it affects the environment. They went shopping at a local market and then, they cooked food to learn how to choose a better foodprint. They decided to take their findings and present a video to share with the Girl Scout community. You can watch it here.

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

“Space Science Investigator” badge night for Juniors

Submitted by Marcy Kendall

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

Girl Scout Juniors are welcome to join Troops 72418 and 73010 to earn their “Space Science Investigator” badge on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Fiske Planetarium (2414 Regent Drive. Boulder 80309). Cost is $12/girl. You must register by October 1. Space is limited!

All five steps will be available, so girls can earn the badge. The first step of the badge is a scale model. This starts OUTSIDE the planetarium and the leader/parent needs to do the walk with the girl(s). That is  NOT done by the volunteers at the planetarium.

The time is 4:30-6:30 p.m. and includes a show specifically for the Girl Scouts to earn their badge.

What’s included:

  • Dinner: pizza, veggies, and fruit
  • “Bake” your own spacecraft
  • Make a spectrometer
  • Planetarium show
  • Ball Aerospace engineer volunteers

What’s NOT included:

  • The “Space Science Investigator” badge itself – (can be added on separately)
  • Beverage: Bring your own water bottle
  • Enough volunteers to walk with your girls on the scale model (done before or after other stations with parents/leaders who brought the girls). This step is to be done by girls with their leaders/adults either before 4:30 or after the planetarium show. Directions for the scale walk will be provided to adults before the date.

For parking information use this website: https://www.colorado.edu/fiske/plan-your-visit/parking-bus-information

Registration link: https://junior-space-science-investigator-night.cheddarup.com

Questions? Please email Marcy Kendall at marcy.kendall@gmail.com.

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

Register now for Secrets to Success in Colorado Springs

What is your Secret to Success?

All girls in the community in grades 6-12 will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and more in a fun and engaging format at our second annual Secrets to Success program in Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Pikes Peak Community College, Centennial Campus. Girls will connect with Pikes Peak-area professionals in a speed-networking format, panel discussion, and networking lunch. The cost is $8/girl – one adult per girl attends free.

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

Conversation stations will introduce girls to more than 20 women in different career fields! Breakout sessions will dive deeper into career options such as skilled trades, education, STEM, public service, healthcare, and entrepreneurship. A full list of participating professionals and keynote speaker announcement are coming soon!

** This event is open to all girls in grades 6-12. You do not need to be a Girl Scout to attend. **

While parents/guardians/troop leaders are not invited into the event with the girls, they are welcome to participate in a separate campus tour and financial aid session and then join the girls for lunch. Adults must register with girl participant(s). All girls will need to submit a completed permission form upon check in.

Financial assistance available to all via registration.

Registration closes Tuesday, November 5.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.