Category Archives: Volunteer News

Smart Cookie: March 18, 2019

A job well done!

Thank you for being a part of the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls! The Girl Scout Cookie Program in Colorado officially wrapped up on March 10. Our young entrepreneurs did an amazing job, and now’s the perfect time to celebrate their successes! Also, give yourselves a pat on the back because they couldn’t have done it without your guidance.

Deadline to deliver Hometown Hero cookies is June 28

Don’t forget to share photos of your Hometown Hero deliveries with us! We love seeing your girls in action, sharing their hard work, and putting smiles on their Hometown Heroes’ faces.

ACH Debit

The ACH debit of funds to council will occur on March 20.

Girl Scout Birthday

Last week was the 107th birthday of Girl Scouts! To celebrate Girl Scout Week 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Snowy weather and closed schools might have interrupted your Girl Scout Week plans last week, so we’re extending the celebration another week! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form. Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Celebrating our Top Achievers

A special congratulations to the 695 girls who sold 1,000 or more packages of cookies this season! They are invited to celebrate their business success at a regional Top Achiever Event.

Top Achiever Events

June 8  – Elitch Gardens, Denver

June 8  – Glenwood Adventure Park, Glenwood Springs

June 15 – Renaissance Festival, Larkspur

June 22 – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs

Each 1,000+ Top Achiever Event offers a ticket to get into the event for the girl and one adult. At the venue of your choice, you are able to enjoy any activities during the day. We provide a meal and award ceremony at each location.

More details will be sent out after selections have been made in eBudde. At that time, we will also know which venues have room for family members to also purchase tickets.

The top 100 cookie CEOs in the state will be invited to the Top 100 CEO event with one adult guest on June 1 in Denver.

Upcoming Dates

April 15

Cookie Credits begin being mailed directly to girls.

April 22

Cookie rewards begin to ship to service unit cookie managers.

April 30

Last day to sell excess inventory.

 

eLearning and in-person volunteer training

Starting to plan your first overnight trip (1-2 nights) or your first extended trip (3 nights or more) with your troop?

Awesome! You’ll find the GSCO Overnight Trips and Extended Trips classes on our eLearning site. Both classes are designed to support your experience in planning the trips with girls and their families and include the information you need to know about safety, outdoor and travel progression, and resources. The Overnight trips class is a prerequisite for Extended Trips and for Cooking and Camping.

If your troop plans include camping outdoors and/or cooking outdoors, you’ll need to take the Cooking and Camping class. The class is taught in-person at outdoor settings around the state. Check our events calendar for classes in March, April, May, and June.

The class is fun, interactive, and covers all you need to know to teach girls outdoor skills, like setting-up camp, building fires and fire safety, cooking outdoors, knot tying, and knife safety.

For questions about online classes, please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager, at (303) 607 – 4897 or email her at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org.

For questions about in-person volunteer learning opportunities, please contact Brandi Martinez, Training Manager, at (303) 607 – 4856, or email her at Brandi.Martinez@gscolorado.org.

Volunteer View: March 2019

Volunteer Recognition Awards- Deadline March

Thank you to all of those who have nominated volunteers for the Rising Star Pin, Volunteer of Excellence Pin, Appreciation Pin, Thanks Badge (and Thanks Badge II) or the GSCO President’s Award. It means so much to volunteers to have their contributions acknowledged and celebrated by their peers!

There’s still time to submit nominations! Go to the volunteer appreciation page to nominate/endorse a volunteer. Review the volunteer recognition award guide.

Already nominated a volunteer but want to know if all requested endorsements have been submitted? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org or (303) 607-4897. All nominators will receive a call from our customer care team, to report the number of endorsements received.

The deadline to submit a nomination or endorsement is March 31.

If your troop plans include camping or cooking outdoors, you’ll need to take the Cooking and Camping class. The class is taught in-person at outdoor settings around the state. Check our events calendar for classes in March, April, May and June.

For questions about in-person volunteer learning opportunities, please contact Brandi Martinez, training manager, at (303) 607-4856, or email atBrandi.Martinez@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor program news

It’s not too late to register for camp

The second round of camp registration opens March 22. If the session your girl was interested in was full, or you couldn’t find the right fit, be sure to check out our additional spaces and new camps.

Sky High Ranch April Open House: Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Camp Highlight

Expedition Wild for Seniors and Ambassadors: July 7 – 18, $1550 if paid in full by April 30

This year girls are headed to South Dakota and will be doing a paddle trip, horseback riding, exploring caves, rock climbing, swimming, having fun at a chuckwagon show, camping and more.

Troop camp this spring

Looking for a fun troop activity this April? Check out our Race through Time Troop Camp, April 26 – 28! It’s a three-day, two-night adventure for Junior through Ambassador troops. Girls will get the opportunity to travel through time at Tomahawk Ranch.

Outdoor Adventure Club

Registration for our spring service projects opens March 28 for all girls in grades 6th – 12th. Activities are located around the state and girls will give back to the community and work on projects for local parks and locations. For more information, check out our event postings:

April 27 — Staunton Park

April 27 — Bear Creek Lake Park

April 28 — Sand Creek Regional Greenway

May 5 — Garden of the Gods

Space is limited and registration for Single Event Passes are $5 per girl.

Reach for the Peak

Prove your camping skills at the 32nd Reach for the Peak! Join Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops from around the state for a camping challenge! This fun competition includes camp cooking, knot tying, lashing, first aid, outdoor survival, nature identification, and more!

When: August 9-11

Where: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Cost: $25 per person for girls and adults. Fee includes patch, awards, and fun! Save $3 by registering by the early bird deadline, May 3!
Registration deadline: July 12

Volunteer: Adults are needed as judges. Email RftP-Judges@outlook.com

Questions: Contact RftP@outlook.com or call Donna at (719) 244-5279

To register and for more information, visit https://reachforthepeak.wordpress.com/

Highest Awards

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts have challenged themselves and made the world a better place. Now it’s time to celebrate!

If your troop earned a highest award this year and wants to attend a celebration you must RSVP for the celebration through the GSCO Events webpage. The event registrations will be available in mid-March and all troop leaders with highest awards girls will receive an email reminder.

Register early as events may reach capacity and close before the posted RSVP deadline.

Questions? Contact Highest Awards Manager, Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

  • April 26 – Pueblo Highest Awards Ceremony at the Center for American Values, 6 p.m.
  • April 28 – Northern Highest Awards Ceremony at the Embassy Suites Loveland, 2 p.m.
  • May 3 – Pikes Peak Highest Awards Ceremony at the Penrose House, 6 p.m.
  • May 5 – Metro Denver Highest Awards Ceremony at the DTC Marriott, 2 p.m.
  • May 9 – Mountain Communities Highest Awards Ceremony at the Silverthorne Pavilion, 6 p.m.
  • May 19 – Western Slope Highest Awards Ceremony at Colorado Mesa University, 2 p.m.

National Bridging Week is May 4 -11

Join us for the statewide bridging ceremony, May 4 at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

A bridging ceremony is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. This an opportunity to progress as well as experience more adventures with your troop, learn new skills, and seek new challenges!

It’s a defining moment to celebrate girls’ achievements and prepare for new adventures and responsibilities. Once a girl bridges to a higher level of Girl Scouting her leadership skills and the experiences she will have continue to grow. Girl Scouts is not simply an after-school activity, it’s the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that builds as girls progress through the program that gives girls the skills they need to empower themselves to take their place as future leaders.

Bridging ceremonies celebrate her next steps to becoming a community leader and being a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader).

Troops can host their own bridging ceremonies, or service units might plan a celebration or join us for the statewide bridging event.

Upcoming Events/ Community Partnerships

Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!

Habitat Badge Day at Pueblo Zoo

March 23, Pueblo

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to  Pueblo Zoo to work on their Habitat Badge!

Disney on Ice at the Broadmoor World Arena

March 23, Colorado Springs

Discounted tickets available at $18/person.

CSU Campus Tour with Kappa Delta

March 30, Fort Collins

Fun and educational event for Girl Scouts to learn more about CSU and college in general. Please RSVP to phiepsilonvpcs@gmail.com by March 23.

Daisy Flower Garden Journey

April 27 & 28

Girl Scout Daisies will tour 10 activity stations and complete fun gardening-themed activities to meet Journey requirements.

Passport to the World of Global Girl Scouts

May 4, Longmont

Troop leaders and parents are invited to learn how to enhance Girl Scout’s global experiences with activities relating to badge, patch, and Journey requirements and an introduction to other Global programs for girls at every grade level.

Volunteer recognition award: Nominations are now being accepted

 

Know a volunteer who makes Girl Scouts a GREAT experience for girls? Nominate her or him for a volunteer recognition award!

It’s a powerful validation of a volunteer’s achievements to be honored with an award. Every year, we ask volunteers to tell us about the outstanding contributions their peers have made by nominating them for an award and asking others to endorse the nomination.

Please check out the Volunteer Recognition Award Guide for more information about the nomination and endorsement process. Criteria for each award is also listed. The guide is available on the volunteer appreciation page on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

Along with five GSUSA awards, and our own GSCO President’s award, we have a new award this year, the Rising Star Pin, to recognize new volunteers in their first or second year, who are already shining stars in their troops and in communities!

The deadline for nominations and endorsements is March 31, 2019. To access the nomination/endorsement form, go to the Volunteer Appreciation page of the GSCO website.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org or (303) 607 – 4897.

Smart Cookie: March 4, 2019

We’re in the final stretch of the Girl Scout Cookie Program and our young entrepreneurs are wrapping up their businesses for the season. It’s been an amazing program and we can’t thank you enough for the hard work, long hours, and endless enthusiasm you – our volunteers – provide to keep things running smoothly.

Check in with your girls to make sure no one has inventory they don’t think they can sell. If you need additional inventory to fill orders or for final booths, please check with troops in your service unit first for troop-to-troop transfers.

Hometown Hero booths

At this point in the program, many customers have already purchased cookies, but generous Coloradans are happy to support your Hometown Hero if you ask. Set up your remaining booth as a Hometown Hero booth, make a poster with images and facts about your hero organization, and when folks walk by your booth ask, “Would you like to purchase a package of Girl Scout Cookies for our Hometown Hero?” Tell them how many packages you’re hoping to collect and explain more about your hero and what they do.

You can also add, “We’ve got plenty of your favorite varieties if you want to stock your freezer until next year’s sale, too!”

“Uniform to Uniform” patch 

The first 200 Girl Scouts have claimed their “Uniform to Uniform” patch. However, it can still be earned and purchased in the GSCO Shop. Patches are $1.50/ each.

“Go for Bold” with Girl Scout S’mores

Everything is more fun with S’mores! The Girl Scout S’mores cookie is still a popular choice for customers this year. Hearing that customers want more S’mores, we have a fun promotion to support additional sales. You must complete the S’mores Form by 5 p.m. on March 12 to be entered into the drawing.

Learn more

Celebrate Girl Scout Week

To celebrate Girl Scout Week 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form. Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Cookie program wrap-up

  • Allocate cookies: Make sure all the cookies in your troop’s inventory are allocated to girls in your troop. There should be no cookies in the troop cupboard that are not allocated to girls in the troop. Once everything is allocated, remind your girls to select their rewards. Reward orders are due in eBudde by 8 p.m. March 12. Don’t forget, girls have the option of holding Cookie Credits at council to be applied to summer camp fees.
  • Money problem reporting: Money Problem Reports are due by 5 p.m. on March 15. To file, you’ll need the total amount of uncollected debt, the basic contact information for the person responsible for the debt, and a description of the situation and supporting documentation.
  • If your girls sold 50 or more Gift of Caring packages, don’t forget to submit the form by March 12 to receive your free patches.

Upcoming Dates

March 10 

Cookie program ends

March 12

Troops will be locked out of eBudde at 11:59 p.m. Make sure all cookies are allocated, and all girl rewards are selected.

March 13 

Last day to pick up HTH cookies from a cupboard

March 15 

Deadline to submit money problem reports.

March 20

ACH debit occurs for total amount owed to council.

April 15

Cookie Credits begin being mailed directly to girls.

April 22

Cookie rewards begin to ship to service unit cookie managers.

April 30

Last day to sell excess inventory.

 

Daisy’s Circle supporter spotlight: Tinesha Ross

Tell us about your connection to Girl Scouts.

My connection with Girl Scouts began in Fairfield, Al in the early 80’s. I often tell the story of how I was riding my bike around the local park and stumbled upon a Girl Scout event. I had three other siblings and my mom did not work. I knew that after I stopped to speak with the ladies at the table, I would not be able to join this organization because of financial reasons. Also, we didn’t have a car, so that meant no transportation to meetings and events. Being who I am, I filled out the form anyway :). About two weeks later, two ladies showed up at my door, inviting me to my first Girl Scout meeting at a local church. I was so happy to belong and blessed with the opportunity to “make new friends.”

What is the most valuable thing that Girl Scouts gives girls today?

Girl Scouts build LEADERSHIP SKILLS, people skills, and communication skills- all of what is need for success in life. This organization also teaches TEAMWORK and the value of working together and giving back.

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

I was once the kid that needed someone to donate to provide an opportunity for me. I never knew how important that was until I became an adult and realized that I would NOT be the woman I am today without those who gave selflessly and not knowing who they would touch by their donations. I work hard EVERY DAY to show those who have help ME throughout life that I appreciate it and that their good works paid off :). Now, it is MY turn to pay it forward.

What is the best thing about monthly giving?

Monthly donations help lower costs so that more of the donation goes to the girls.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

I am forever grateful to Girl Scouts and I credit this organization for all that I have accomplished in life. I never had an opportunity to dress up much as a child, but when I put on that uniform for meetings, I felt as though I was SOMEBODY! Little things mean a lot. As long as Girl Scouts are around, I will continue to support this organization.

Named after Girl Scout founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. Funds raised through Daisy’s Circle provide financial assistance for girls and volunteers, support Outreach Programs and more.  For more information: https://www.gscodaisyscircle.org/

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: My dad is a rock star

Submitted by Carly Hull

Metro Denver

Lone Tree

My dad is a rock star this cookie season. My mom is our troop cookie manager. Our troop sells a lot of cookies, so we need to rent a U-Haul to pick them up. My dad helps by picking up our cookies and helping us unload the truck into our garage. He also takes his time to help me at my cookie booths, even in the freezing cold! I love spending time with my dad and appreciate the help he gives to me and my Girl Scout troop.

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Cookies and beyond

Submitted by Gretchen S.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

My Dad is Woody B. and he’s a great cookie dad! My mom is the TCM for our troop and he’s helped her with picking up cookies, sorting them, and triple counting both cookies and money when she starts to get stressed. He’s also taken me around our neighborhood several times to sell and deliver cookies even after a long day working at the Air Force Academy. He’s been running around on weekends to get our troop more cookies to sell and helped out at a few booths, too.

He’s a great Cookie Dad, but also a great supporter of our Girl Scout troop. He’s helped us earn our first-aid badge, engineering badge, and Outdoor Journey and taken us on hikes and is going to help us on our first overnight camping trip! I’m so proud that he’s my dad!

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

“Go for Bold!” with Girl Scout S’mores

Everything is more fun with S’mores! The Girl Scout S’mores cookie is still a popular choice for customers this year. Hearing that customers want more S’mores, we have a fun promotion to support additional sales.  You must complete the S’mores Form by 5 p.m. on March 12, 2019 to be entered into the drawing.

The S’mores promotion is for transactions during March 1 through March 10, 2019.

Troops or Juliettes that check out one or more cases from cupboard or T2T:

Five troops or Juliettes will win:

  • S’mores caddy and a hammock for each selling girl

Troops or Juliettes that check out three or more cases from cupboard or T2T:

Five troops or Juliettes will win:

  • Cookie costume for the troop
  • Cookie cart for each girl selling girl

Girls selling more than 100 packages S’mores* will be entered into a drawing for:

Two Girl Scouts will win:

25 Cookie Credits

Cookie cart

S’mores caddy

Hammock

*100 packages sold during the 2019 Cookie Program

 

Older girl and adult volunteer opportunity at Daisy Flower Garden

Love to work with Girl Scout Daisies? We’re looking for you! Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and approved adult volunteers are invited to run activity stations at our Daisy Flower Garden Journey at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 2019. Activity stations in the past have included yoga, crafts, story-telling, games, and more. All supplies for activity stations will be provided by GSCO.

We need volunteers for morning (8 – 11:30 a.m.) and afternoon shifts (11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) on both Saturday and Sunday. We need approximately 40 volunteers per shift each day. All volunteers will get free entry into the Denver Botanic Gardens for the day, so come early or stay after your volunteer shift to enjoy the Garden.

This volunteer opportunity is open to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors and approved adult volunteers. It’s a great way to earn Program Aide hours, hours for your Community Service Bar, Service to Girl Scouting Bar, or service hours for school. Adult volunteers must be approved, background-checked Girl Scout volunteers to meet GSCO and the Denver Botanic Gardens’ volunteer guidelines. All girls volunteering must be accompanied by an approved, background-checked Girl Scout volunteer and adult to girl ratios for events must be met.

Volunteers who sign up will be contacted by Aimee Artzer about two weeks before the event to choose their activity station assignment.

Registration for this opportunity will close Thursday, April 4 OR when capacity has been met.

Register for this exciting volunteer opportunity now!
https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/older_girl_adult_vol.html

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org