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Gold Award Girl Scout: Summer Gehman, Littleton, “The Roundup River Library”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I built a library at Roundup River Ranch. The camp is for children who have or have had life-threatening illnesses. Due to the children having these illnesses, they are missing school and their literacy rates are dropping. The library that was built at the camp to address that problem, along with giving the campers something to do.

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

To measure the impact on my project, I went directly to the people who are going to be using it. I asked the campers for their feedback and also got families and camp staff to give me feedback. Through their feedback, I was able to see how my project was going to affect the campers.

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

To make sure that my project would continue after I finished it, I asked my project supervisor to sign a letter of commitment. On top of a letter of commitment, I left extra supplies for the checkout system, so it would last them longer. Lastly, the camp helped me come up with the idea of the library.

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

For my global connection, I ended up working with a non-profit organization located in Kentucky called the International Book Project. This organization works with third world countries to increase literacy rates.

What did you learn about yourself?

This project helped me learn a lot of good and bad things about myself. One of the main things that I was able to learn was that I am not a people person and like to have my alone time to work on my projects. I also got to see how much of a perfectionist I was and was able to learn that not everything has to be perfect.

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

The Gold Award will help me in the future because I was able to work on many of the skills that I needed. For example, I learned to be a team member, instead of doing it all on my own. Also, I grew to have stronger leadership skills that will help me.

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 experience because it let me go higher in Girl Scouts. Also, it helped me become an inspiration for the little girls in Girl Scouts to keep going.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Through this project, I have grown as a leader in so many ways. One way that I have grown as a leader is not being afraid to tell someone that they are doing something wrong. Before the project, I was afraid to talk to adults, but also to tell them they are doing something wrong since they are older than me. I also grew to be a risk-taker through the project. I took the risk of setting the final date of my project so close to my approval date. That was a risk because it was about a month to complete the library.

**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

Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame: History of Women

Submitted by Jordan Cook

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

I want to be a pilot. I appreciate that Girl Scouts provides the opportunities for me to learn about women who are already pilots and working in the industry.

I am looking forward to attending a program given by the Colorado 99’s again. Hope there is another one soon.

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is excited to partner with Girl Scouts of Colorado to provide girls across the state an opportunity to learn the stories of women who have shaped our state and the nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, and creativity. Girl Scouts are future female leaders of Colorado and the Hall of Fame recognizes and preserves the accomplishments of past and present Colorado women. – M.L. Hanson, Founder of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Troop 46327 accepts the Colorado Women Inspire challenge

Submitted by Erin Wogaman

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our troop of 33 Girl Scouts (Daisy-Senior) divided into teams and completed the requirements on the scavenger hunt, researched Susan Helms, and watched Marion Downs’ film. The girls had so much fun learning about these strong leaders and it gave them hope about their own futures. My troop knows that they can overcome obstacles and push themselves to be the best they can be. We really enjoyed this fun patch and do recommend that younger girls partner with older girls.

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is excited to partner with Girl Scouts of Colorado to provide girls across the state an opportunity to learn the stories of women who have shaped our state and the nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, and creativity. Girl Scouts are future female leaders of Colorado and the Hall of Fame recognizes and preserves the accomplishments of past and present Colorado women. – M.L. Hanson, Founder of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Thanks to Erin for sharing her story earning this special patch with Girl Scouts of Colorado!

Smart Cookie: February 11, 2019

Are you ready for council booth sales?

Friday marks the first day of council booths and Girl Scouts will be selling in front of grocery stores, big box retailers, and other retail locations across the state. This is our most visible time of the year, and a great chance for girls to practice their entrepreneurial skills! Share this two-sided sheet with girls and families for tips on how to answer “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro! Troop volunteers can also take a look at this  Booth Essentials sheet to prepare for scenarios that sometimes come up while selling cookies.

Make sure you head to your booths with everything you’ll need.

  • Print out and bring a copy of your booth sign-up confirmation.
  • Plenty of cookies
  • Booth inventory sheet to track purchases or a device with a booth sale recorder app
  • Table and chairs
  • Tablecloth
  • $60 in change
  • Pen to detect counterfeit bills
  • Any booth posters or decorations to bling your booth

Booths are an awesome opportunity for girls to learn and practice the 5 Skills. It’s a safe environment where girls can try a new pitch, bundle cookies, and really push their Hometown Hero and Gift of Caring donation options. Guide girls in their strategies, but always remember that girls make all sales! Don’t forget to review booth etiquette with your girls, too.

Bundle up for big sales

Cookie bundles are a great way to increase sales, and the first weekend of council booths offers plenty of creative bundle possibilities. Make an ever-popular “chocolate lovers” bundle by using some pretty ribbon to tie a package of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Samoas together for $12- or add a box of S’mores to make it $17. In honor of President’s Day weekend, offer customers a patriotic bundle by packaging the red Tagalongs package together with the blue Trefoils, and top them with a white bow.

Make sure your customers know they can also make a Gift of Caring donation to send cookies to our military serving overseas. Challenge those who care a lot to send a whole case!

Check your inventory 

Now is a good time to check in with your girls and families to see how they are doing on inventory. Cookie Cupboards are open around the state if you need to restock. Please check your local cupboard hours in eBudde and try to give one week’s notice for orders to be filled. You must put orders in at least 72 hours prior to picking up from the cupboard. If you need cookies before 72 hours, please work with families in your troop or other troops in your area who may have excess inventory. Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and will have varying hours. It is important to note that anyone who picks up cookies from a cupboard will need an eBudde password.

Gift of Caring patch

Salute America’s heroes by selling 50 (or more) packages of Gift of Caring Girl Scout Cookies by Sunday, March 10, 2019. Any Colorado Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing the online form. Be sure to include your goals and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and/or your troop. The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Best cookie video deadline

The deadline for the Best Cookie Video contest is Tuesday, February 12.  All entries will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado YouTube channel, and the video that receives the most “thumbs up” by 9 a.m. February 21 wins!

  • First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits
  • Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits
  • Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

#BlingYourBooth is back!

With council booths beginning on Friday, this is the perfect weekend to Bling Your Booth for the chance to win up to $200 in Cookie Credits! Pick a theme to decorate your cookie booth and snap a photo. Entries are due February 21. Contest details and rules.

Upcoming Dates

Feb. 15

Council booths begin

Feb. 22-24

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

March 10

Cookie program ends

March 12

Rewards orders due in eBudde

Become a Program Aide for camp

Are you interested in becoming a Program Aide for Girl Scout Camp this summer? Here are some reasons why becoming a Program Aide is a great idea.

No matter what program or event you are assisting with, you will learn, focus on, and polish your skills in the following areas:

  • Teamwork
  • Effective communication
  • Problem solving and resourcefulness
  • Initiative
  • Setting achievable goals
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with children younger than you, your peers, and adults
  • Learning how to support others in a positive and meaningful ways
  • Learning how to give someone constructive feedback

When you are a Program Aide at a resident camp or day camp you will also gain valuable skills in the following areas:

  • Gathering and maintaining group attention
  • How to get younger kids excited about programs/camp
  • How to plan, prepare for, and facilitate programs and activities
  • How to effectively lead songs and games for small or large groups
  • Learn about debriefing an activity and why it is important

All of these skills are transferable into any aspect of life (school, work, home, relationships, etc …) and will help girls create a solid foundation that will aide them in their future endeavors.

This is a link to the GSCO Camp Website which outlines all the camps that are currently offering a PA/PAI program for summer 2019. Hurry and register now as these spaces will fill soon!

Here is the information on camp sessions where you can find information about registering.

Looking for the requirements to become a PA? Click here!

Looking for upcoming PA trainings in your area? Check out the GSCO Events Calendar.

Need more information or support? Contact

Girl Scout Day at the Butterfly Pavilion

Saturday, November 3, 2018

9 a.m. – 5 p.m

6252 W 104th Ave.

Westminster, CO 80020

Register at:

Mark your calendars for one wild time! Girl Scouts are taking over Butterfly Pavilion on November 3 for a special day! Join us for a day of fun activities, crafts, and live animal encounters that will help you meet all the steps for your Brownie “Bugs” badge or Daisy “Make the World a Better Place” petal!


Individual adults: $12 (members $5)

Individual Girl Scouts: $8 (members $5)

Children under 2: FREE

That’s just $20 for adult and child individual, $10 for member adult and child!


We are happy to offer group rates for troops if you meet the following criteria:

  • There are 10 or more guests in your group
  • You pay for the entire group with one payment
  • Basic troop pricing is:
    Adults: $10
    Children (2-12): $6
    Under 2: Free, as always

Girl Scout Day includes:

  • Access to all indoor and outdoor exhibits!
  • Girl Scout self-guided scavenger hunt (which can tick off many steps!)
  • A full schedule of programs, all centered around bugs, science, and making our world a better place!
  • Several stations with crafts, snacks, activities, and discussions set up throughout the Pavilion for groups to explore at their own pace — all based on the Brownie “Bugs” badge or Daisy “Make the World a Better Place” petal!
  • A certificate for having attended Girl Scout Day at Butterfly Pavilion!
  • Vendors with more games, crafts, activities, and giveaways!

There will be no timed classes this year, so more Girl Scouts can attend. However, your experience will meet all steps necessary to earn your Brownie “Bugs” badge or Daisy “Make the World a Better Place” petal.

Questions? Contact Marissa at or (720) 974 – 1877.

CSA Times: August 2018

Do you dream of traveling far and wide?

Girl Scout Destinations, open to Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, whisk you to exotic places where you’ll meet girls from all over the world. Now is the time to start thinking about where you’d like to go! Maybe you are interested in hiking Machu Picchu and experiencing Incan culture in Peru  or maybe South Africa  is more your speed, where you can spend time in Cape Town and on wilderness safari!

Get more information, download the application and check out the 2019and 2020 trip listings here! Round 1 applications are due December 1.

New Gold Award rubrics

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to publish new Gold Award rubrics for girls around the state to use to make their Gold Award journey successful and rewarding. The document includes a rubric for initial proposal approval and final approval, so girls can understand exactly what is expected of them throughout their Gold Award journey.

Older Girl Leadership Summits

Keep an eye out for both Gold Award Training and Take Action & Highest Awards Training at the Leadership Summit events coming up across the state this fall. Any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award is required to attend training first, parents and leaders are welcome to attend as well. Highest Awards & Take Action is a general overview of Bronze, Silver, and a bit of Gold.
Girls will also have the opportunity to attend leadership enrichment workshops in:

  • Taking ownership of your Girl Scout experience– Whether you are ready to take a stronger leadership role in your troop or planning your experience as a Juliette, this course will take you through the steps to plan, budget and discover money-earning activities to make it all happen.
  • Let’s go on an adventure!– What better way to expand your horizons than through experiencing travel. Learn how to prepare yourself for the adventure, what opportunities are available, create a budget for you/your troop, and create a pitch to help gain interest and earn money.
  • Using your leadership skills for change – You have been developing leadership skills throughout your Girl Scouts experiences, now is the time to apply them to make the world a better place. Discover how to utilize the skills you have and connect with something you are passionate about to make a plan to create change.
  • “Selling” your Girl Scout experience – Participating in Girl Scouts is a unique leadership opportunity that can set you apart from the crowd. Identify those skills that put you at the top, learn how to apply them to your resume or scholarship essays and practice a formal introduction that identifies you as a girl of courage, confidence and character.

Check out our events page for information on registering for a Leadership Summit in your area!

Job shadowing opportunity

A local tech company Gusto has developed an exciting job shadowing opportunity for Seniors and Ambassadors. A lucky 10 girls will participate in a three-part shadowing experience where they will learn what it takes to build and manage a software launch by exploring engineering, product, and design. If this is something that your girl would be interested in, please email Emily Speck.
Application and more information

Show off your STEM skills

We are looking for girls and adults to record short how-to videos for some of the STEM activities. More information and how to participate can be found on the blog.

Upcoming deadlines

September 18: OGAB Applications
The Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) is seeking new members from all regions. OGAB is a group of 14 girls, grades 9-12, from across Colorado who participate in feedback around Older Girl programming statewide. We are looking for girls who are wanting to grow their leadership experience and turn their experience in action. Ready to apply?  Start your application today! Applications and 2 reference letters are due by September 18, 2018.
Questions? Contact Emily Speck​

September 30: Highest Award Notification
All girls who have bridged to Cadettes or Seniors have until September 30 to notify GSCO they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award, respectively. Fill out the online Bronze or Silver Award notification form  to let us know that your girls have earned a highest award.

What is your secret to success?

Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and more, of top women leaders in a fun and engaging format. Girls in grades 6-12 will connect with Pikes Peak-area professionals in a variety of industries including technology, construction, healthcare, public service, and entrepreneurship.  Conversation stations will introduce girls to more than 20 women, and breakout sessions will dive deeper into career options. Online registration and more detailed information coming soon! Contact with questions.

SECRETS TO SUCCESS Connecting girls to professional women.
powered by Girl Scouts of Colorado
sponsored by AT&T
hosted by University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
October 20, 2018
8:30 am-12:30 pm
Centennial Hall, UCCS

Travel webinars

Are you interested in learning more about older girl travel opportunities? Join us on a fall travel webinar! Watch our events page and blog for more information on how to join these trainings.

  • General Travel Webinar: Tuesday, October 2, 6 – 7 p.m. Learn about the variety of travel opportunities available for troops and individual girls. Topics include: troop travel resources, GSUSA travel opportunities, money earning for travel and travel tips.
  • Destinations Webinar: Thursday, October 4, 6 – 7 p.m. Learn about the Destination options for 2019 and 2020, review the Destination application process and talk about what to expect on a Destination trip.


Have some burning questions to ask other Girl Scouts? The Older Girl Advisory Board is now accepting questions about Girl Scouts and life as an older Girl Scout. Send your questions to and OGAB will respond to your post on the GSCO blog.

Does your girl want to receive this newsletter in her inbox? Girls 13 and older can fill out this form to have it automatically be sent to them!

Upcoming events

Girl Scout Day at the Colorado Rockies
August 26, Denver

Xcel Energy Day of Service
September 8, Lakewood

Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA – Path to the Stars Book Signing
September 11, Littleton
Sylvia Acevedo will discuss and sign Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist (Clarion Books), her inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Check out our events calendarfor more information.

Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Boating & Archery 
September 15
September 16

Older Girl Outdoor Journey Weekend
September 21-23, Sky High Ranch
Cadette spots are SOLD OUT, still openings for Senior and Ambassadors!

Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Mountain Biking & Canoe
September 22 
September 23

Careers in Construction Day
September 29, Colorado Springs

Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Magic Sky Overnight with Fishing & Climbing 
October 13-14

Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Hamp Hut Overnight & Rock Climbing 
October 26-27
October 27-28
November 3-4

Save the Date: 

Older Girl Leadership Summits
August 25, Colorado Springs
September 8, Loveland
September 29, Denver & Durango
October 13, La Junta
October 20, Grand Junction
Check the events page for more information!

Secrets to Success
October 20, Colorado Springs
January 26, Grand Junction
More details coming soon!

Engineering Day at Colorado School of Mines
November 10, Golden
More details coming soon!

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Southern

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Julie Southern of Arvada in the Metro Denver region currently volunteers with her daughter’s troop and the Outdoor Adventure Club. She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Julie to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

When my daughter joined Girl Scouts, I just naturally volunteered to be with her and experience the activities with her. I had not been a Girl Scout, so I was not sure what to expect. I continue to be overly impressed with the entire organization and lovely women in the program. The quality of programming and adventures that are planned for these young women is awesome. I am a middle school teacher and I truly appreciate that my own middle school girl has these opportunities. Therefore, I want to give back to this wonderful group and help out in anyway possible.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I volunteer with the troop and also with the Outdoor Adventure Club. When I volunteer with the troop, I take on many different roles from leading meetings, to traveling with the troop to Girl Scout properties and being a camp leader, and just being a support for our leaders.  

With the Outdoor Adventure Club, I have had the amazing opportunity to support the girls in the countless adventures they have been challenged to accomplish. I have lead small groups, games, night time discussions and recaps, and just been their to support the organization. Anna Danilla has planned such amazing opportunities for these girls. I have been by the Girl Scouts as they encouraged each other through small cave spaces, down the face of a mountain, bouldering up a rock field, biking through the field, dog sledding, swimming, wilderness survival skills, archery, and so much more. To witness the growth, leadership, and encouragement that these girls give to each other is an honor.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned as a Girl Scout volunteer that being able to be by the sides of these young women is an honor. If I can continue to turn the responsibility of the experience and problem solving on the girls, they will learn and grow. I have to be willing to step aside and let these girl’s thrive. They never cease to amaze me.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that the Girl Scouts learn that anything is truly possible if you keep trying. I also hope they learn to set personal goals, to try THEIR best, to do THEIR hardest, and to have FUN! By focusing on doing their own best, then they can achieve their goals.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

See answers above.  I know that working with Girl Scouts has challenged me as well. Trusting that the girl is going to safely handle a bow and arrow, a kayak, to hold the line as you mountain climb is truly being a risk-taker. Also, the Girl Scouts are so encouraging of each other and of the adults that are choosing to take the challenge by choice. In the cave, we all had to guide each other through the crevices and tunnels because you literally could not see what was up in front of you. This made me be very clear in the directions and questions to the girls around me to help me get through the experience as well.

In nature, you can make plans and be prepared, but sometimes you have to adjust to plan C and plan D.  I think that is when the natural innovator in me and the girls comes out. It is so great to have the girls modify and come up with solutions when the first ideas get washed away with the weather. It is such a great experience to be by these girls as well and I continue to learn from them.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at

Upcoming Spring Archery Level 1 Training Dates

GSCO has several upcoming options for you to become USA Archery Level 1 certified!

Adults who have completed Archery Level 1 certification are able to manage an archery course to facilitate an archery program for their troop or other Girl Scout event. The Level 1 Archery Instructor Certification Course provides graduates the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range and ensures that minimum Girl Scout standards for archery instruction are consistently taught to provide for the safety and enjoyment of the participants, instructors and spectators. Level 1 Instructors are well prepared to teach beginner archery programs to all ages (Brownie and older) and abilities in a variety of both indoor and outdoor settings in the disciplines of target, field or 3-D archery. The Level 1 Instructor will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, equipment and repair, programs and lesson plans.

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Twisted Pine Lodge, Genesee, CO
Fee: $45
Notes: Cooking and Camping (8hr class) is also offered at Twisted Pine on Sunday, April 8th.

How to register:

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park, CO
Fee: $50 (lunch is included in this price)

How to register:

Date: Sunday, June 17, 2018
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: Twisted Pine Lodge, Genesee, CO
Fee: $45
Notes: Cooking and Camping (8hr class) is also offered at Twisted Pine on Saturday, June 16.

How to register:

More summer training dates are in the works, and this blog will be updated once those registrations are available!

After completion of the Level 1 Archery certification, adult volunteers can rent the GSCO traveling archery set from the Denver office for $50/ day of use.

To reserve the archery gear, questions on upcoming training, locations of ranges or any other questions about GSCO archery contact

Outdoor Equipment Rental through GSCO

Girl Scouts of Colorado has outdoor equipment and gear at the Denver office for your troop to use on your next outdoor adventure!

Did you know you can rent/reserve all sorts of gear from your Denver office? Most items have a minimal service charge for renting and items include; tents, pop-up canopies, ice chests, water coolers, lummi sticks, parachutes, compass kits, and more! We also have a traveling archery set including bows, arrows, targets and safety equipment. Archery equipment can only be rented by coordinating directly with as we need to verify leader archery certification.

Follow the steps below to view available outdoor gear and to reserve for your next adventure:

1) Go to
2) Click on Equipment Rental (see listings)
3) Browse the items and click ‘book now’ when you’re ready
4) Enter the dates in which you want to use the equipment and enter the quantity
5) Please read the “terms and conditions” as they have changed as of Jan 3, 2018
6) Follow the steps to input your information and finish your reservation
7) Marissa Rooney (Outdoor Programs Coordinator) will contact you with one week of you making a reservation and will arrange a time to pick-up and drop-off equipment. Pick up and drop off times are dependent on GSCO staff availability. Our outdoor program staff is often out of the office and in the field, so please do NOT show up at the office without a planned pick up or drop off time as there will be no one to assist with getting or receiving your gear.

Gear Reservation Policies

  • All reservations need to be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Most equipment pieces are listed as an ‘overnight’ item which means you have them from mid-day starting the first day you reserved them to the following morning. (Ex: if you reserved Lummi Sticks for Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, you can pick up the Lummi sticks Tuesday early afternoon and will need to return them to the Denver office by Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by late morning (similar to a hotel night reservation)).
  • If you need to pick-up or drop-off equipment outside of your event dates, please add those dates into your reservations, so they go through the system and are reserved for only you!
  • Pick up and drop off times for gear are dependent on GSCO staff availability. Our outdoor program staff is often out of the office and in the field, so please do NOT show up at the office without a planned pick up or drop off time as there will be no one to assist with getting or receiving your gear.

For questions or more information contact