2020 Early Bird Renewal
Renew your troop now and be the stability your girls need in these uncertain times. Online membership renewal is open now for troops and families.
Early Bird incentives for Troops
- Troop Drawings – Troops (at least two Troop Leadership Team members and three girl members) that renew before June 1 will have a chance to win $200 in Program Credits, which can be used in the GSCO Retail Shop, for GSCO events, property reservations or camps. One troop in each region will be selected in a random drawing on June 5.
- $25 GSCO Shop Credit – All troops registered by June 30 and with a completed Annual Troop Report will receive a $25 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.
Early Bird Prize for Service Units
Service units can earn up to $200 in Early Bird renewal incentives to support their local Girl Scout community.
- Service units that retain 35% of their 2019-20 members by June 15, 2020, will earn $100 to put toward their service unit activities.
- Service units that retain 45% of their 2019-20 members by June 30, 2020, will earn an additional $100 to put toward their service unit activities.
Service Unit Grand Prize
2021 Tomahawk Ranch Property Reservation
All Service Units that achieve 45% retention by June 30, 2020 will be entered into a drawing for a free property reservation at Tomahawk Ranch over either May 7-9, 2021, or August 20-22, 2021 (most popular weekends for service unit camping trips). Two service units will be drawn. Service Units will be responsible for paying for food service for their group and providing their own programming.
Complete your Annual Troop Report now.
Early Bird incentives for Girls and Families
- Girl and Family Drawing – Every girl registered by June 1, 2020 will have an opportunity to win $100 in Program Credits. One girl in each region will be selected in a random drawing on June 5, 2020.
- Early Bird Patches – Girls renewed by June 30, 2020 will earn an Early Bird patch. Patches will be mailed directly to their home address.
Let’s Celebrate Highest Awards Girl Scouts
Join us for the Statewide Virtual Highest Awards Celebration
Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m.
Families can attend the event live that day or you can watch the recording at your own convenience. The recording will be sent out via email to all Highest Awards troop leaders. We’d love for all Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts to join us on May 16 – it’ll be a great way to connect while staying apart!
Highest Award Training
Check the events calendar for upcoming Highest Awards online trainings! Questions? Contact Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager at email@example.com
Congratulations to Christine Bolt, from Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs High School who was awarded the 2020 Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence! She organized an annual summer camp for children with autism spectrum disorders. Each day focused on an aspect of camping and outdoor skills, including building a fire, setting up a tent, and wildlife awareness.
Julia Trujillo, from Arvada, Arvada West High School, lobbied the Colorado state legislature to end period poverty and stigma by providing access to menstrual products to students in Colorado Title One schools. Julia was named 2020 Stephanie Foote Leadership Prize Honorable Mention
Congratulations to Emerald Doyle, from Colorado Springs, William J. Palmer High School, who was awarded the Debbie Haskins Spirit of Girl Scouting Award for demonstrating courage and character throughout her Gold Award project.
Read more about these Gold Award Girl Scouts and their Gold Award projects on our blog.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Girl Scouts are the youth leaders their communities need to create solutions to the new and ever-changing challenges that arise from our global pandemic. To support these efforts, we’re offering a deadline extension to December 31, 2020 for bridging Girl Scouts.
Update on GSCO Closures
The safety and well-being of our members and their families are of paramount importance as we all navigate through the COVID-19 situation together. Because of the continued uncertainty and risks associated with group gatherings, Girl Scouts of Colorado will prohibit all in-person Girl Scout events through June 15.
We will evaluate cancellation plans every two weeks. All GSCO property reservations have already been canceled through June 30, and all GSCO summer camp programs are canceled through July 31. GSCO staff will continue working remotely this summer. Troops or groups with events planned for more than 50 people this summer, should work on contingency plans.
We know it’s a bummer that we can’t get together in person yet, but check out the Girl Scouts at Home section below for fun and innovative ways to stay engaged.
In addition, GSCO retail shop is working on alternative shopping experiences to bring the best service to our members and continue to comply with stringent social distancing requirements. We are hoping to be able to announce more options in the coming weeks.
Girl Scout Voices Count Survey
At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!
During the month of May, we’ll be conducting a national survey with girls, parents/caregivers, and troop leaders called Girl Scout Voices Count. (Service unit volunteers will be surveyed in June.) We will use your feedback to find out what’s working and not and to improve our services and programs.
Surveys were delivered via email on May 6. Be sure to check your email for the invitation to participate. As a thank you, everyone who completes the survey will have a chance to win one of 20 $50 gift cards! We can’t wait for you to make your voice count!
Got questions? Email GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.
Girl Scouting at Home
Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to unveil a new way for your girl to connect with Girl Scouts and for leaders to support their girls’ engagement. Starting in June 2020, we will offer monthly badge series for Daisies through Ambassadors, in a virtual setting. Read more about it on our blog.
Letter Writing Service Project
We are proud to be a part of the larger Girl Scout Movement, which is serving our country and our world. Join us on a Movement-wide letter writing campaign to support those in our community who need us most.
The idea is simple: Girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff and caregivers. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.
Learn more on the GSCO blog.
Volunteer Appreciation Awards
Thank you to everyone that nominated or endorsed a volunteer for an award! Especially during this time, it is important to recognize the incredible contributions our volunteers make to Girl Scouts. Award nominations are being reviewed by a volunteer committee. Nominators will be notified of the committee’s decision after May 15. Nominators will have the opportunity to work with their local volunteer support specialist to notify the award winners and celebrate their accomplishments!
Live Sessions on gsLearn
We know times are different, but we are still here to support you! Log into gsLearn to stay engaged in your volunteer role and responsibilities! Take courses at your leisure and check the library for new content that interests you.
We are launching a new feature in gsLearn, Live Sessions! A live session is a webinar you can register for through your gsLearn profile. These will hosted live on the date specified in the course.
We have created a video outlining the steps to sign up for these sessions in your gsLearn account.
The sessions following are available:
Community Service in the Time of COVID — We all know that Girl Scouts are powered up to give back to their communities through Highest Awards, and Take Action Projects, but let’s get together in this short 30 minute live session to talk about and learn more about how community service looks in this virtual age!
- Tuesday May 19, 12:30-1 p.m.
- Thursday May 21, 6:30-7 p.m.
Parent/Guardian/Family Involvement — Looking for ways to keep troop parents, guardians, and families engaged during this time of Zoom calls, webinars, and virtual events? Join us for a quick 30 minute live session for some tips & tricks and discussion with volunteer peers!
- Tuesday May 26, 12:30-1 p.m.
- Thursday May 28, 6:30-7 p.m.
Support in a Time of Grief — Join us in this 30-minute live session and connect with peers who are open and willing to speak about their struggles and how they have been affected by COVID-19.
- Tuesday June 2, 12:30-1 p.m.
- Thursday June 4, 6:30-7 p.m.
Log into gsLearn through the MY GS tab on the GSCO website.
Need help? Reach out to your volunteer support specialist or to Kendy Doolen, instructional design manager, for support.
Virtual Leader Training
Girl Scouts of Colorado is offering Virtual Leader Training. 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.
Visit the events calendar on the GSCO website to register.
- Daisy Leader Training, May 26
- Brownie Leader Training, May 27
- Cadette Leader Training, May 28
- Junior Leader Training, May 29
Can’t make it to a webinar? Log in to gsLearn and complete Leader Training on your schedule.
For any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Older Girl Advisory Board
Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, have you been looking for a way to grow your leadership skills while helping local Girl Scouts? Join the Older Girl Advisory Board! Mark your calendars. The application window will be open July 20-August 7.
Stand and Be Counted Patch Program- Patches are in!
Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to launch our “Stand and Be Counted” patch in honor of the 2020 Census! Patches are now in stock and ready to ship from the shop. Emailretail@gscolorado.org to order yours.
Community Partnerships/Upcoming Events
Following the advice of the CDC, Girl Scouts of Colorado has canceled all in-person events and activities through June 15 and all staff are working remotely. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work together to ensure the health and safety of our communities.
“Meet an Expert” webinar series
Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to webinars to meet professional women in different career paths. Many webinars will connect directly with an official Girl Scout badge. Each webinar will start with an introduction to our “co-host” followed by a lesson or activity and a moderated question-and-answer session. All webinars will be listed on the GSCO Events Calendar. Advance registration is required.
Celebrate World Environment Day – May 31-June 5
Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to register now to celebrate World Environment Day (June 5). You’ll receive an email on May 31 with a welcome video from the Global Action Team, instructions for activities based on your Girl Scout level, and a link to join a webinar on Friday, June 5, to share information about your activities and learn from other Girl Scouts your age. Anyone is welcome to complete the World Environment Day activities, but only registered attendees will be able to join the June 5 webinar.
NEW Crocs Come As You Are Patch™
Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Crocs to teach girls to Come As You Are™! Based in Niwot, Crocs’ proclamation to the world is to be comfortable in your own shoes. Everyone is unique in their own way and Crocs celebrates 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. The first 200 girls who earn the patch and notify us will receive their patch for free. Fill out this form online to let us know you have earned it!
* We are excited to provide the first 200 Come As You Are™ patches to Colorado Girl Scouts only at no cost. Please fill out this online form to request patches. After the first 200 patches are accounted for you can order patches from the GSCO shop. Girl Scouts outside of Colorado are welcome to order patches from the shop anytime. Contact the shop about ordering patches at email@example.com .