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Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame “Women in STEM” event

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame “Women in STEM” event is October 3, 2019 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. Tickets range from $50 – $75. You can buy tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-stem-tickets-66475884159.

In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law, and business, why are there so few women scientists and engineers?

The technology sector realizes that it must move toward greater diversity and attract more women to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. While women have been instrumental in many technology achievements over the years, they also have been ‘hidden figures,’ largely ignored by the media, by business, and by educators.

The vision of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is to inspire women in STEM and women from other walks of life to consider learning and sharing the inspiring stories of our inductees in STEM fields to the lives of women they work with, their daughters, their friends, and even if considering a career move.

Featured Speaker:

Lt. Genl (Ret.), US Air Force, Susan Helms: 1st military woman astronaut in space and holds record for longest spacewalk.

Panel Discussion:

  • Moderator, Toi Massey: Physicist, Nuclear Engineer, Six Sigma Black Belt, Founder, the JEKL Foundation; CEO, ANMIS, LLC.
  • Panelist, Jill Tietjen, PE: Registered professional engineer and author; 40 years in electrical utility consulting and expert witness testimony.
  • Panelist, Dorothy Horrell, PhD: Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver and trailblazer, educator and community builder, with a history of transformational leadership in education and philanthropy. Expert on educational opportunities for women in STEM.
  • Panelist, Jo Ann Cram Joselyn, PhD: The first woman and the first American to serve as Secretary General of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) and the first woman to serve as Secretary General of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA).
  • Panelist, Patricia Gabow, MD: Former CEO and Medical Director of Denver Health and Hospital Authority, one of the nation’s most highly regarded, extensive, and integrated health care systems. Dr. Gabow is also Professor Emerita of medicine in the Division of Renal Disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Presenting Sponsor: RMPBS

Friends of the Hall Sponsors: The Doyle Group, IQWired/Wonderful Women of IT, Radman Communications, LLC, Regis University, Trinity Partners, and University of Denver

Sponsor: Denver 7

The CWHF is grateful to Rickenbaugh Cadillac Volvo for donating their parking lot for this event. This lot can be accessed directly off Santa Fe or the off the alley that runs behind the Rickenbaugh Collision Repair Center. Please note that overnight parking is not allowed. Free street parking is also available around the venue.

Following the Girl Scout Promise & Law online

In response to concerns about online behavior that does not follow the Girl Scout Promise and Law, Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) has developed a series of guidelines for all members, including girls, volunteers, staff members, adult members, etc. Please keep in mind that the online world is constantly evolving, so this blog will be updated as often as needed to reflect those changes. If you have any questions/concerns, please consult a member of the GSCO Marketing and Communications Department or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Think before you type. When representing yourself as a GSCO member online, think about the messages you are putting forth and how they will be perceived. You are responsible for what you write or say online about GSCO, even if it is on your personal social media channels. The same rules that apply offline apply online. Use good judgment and common sense. Please do not write or post anything that would embarrass other members or reflect badly on our organization.

Some people just want to fight. We can’t control the message all of the time, so don’t connect/ follow people/organizations simply to monitor their activity/argue with them. If you encounter someone who is posting incorrect information about Girl Scouts, let GSCO know. We also monitor social media and respond to inaccurate reports and misinformation. Feel free to “set the record straight” from your personal account, but do not engage in a continuous argument.

Use hashtags appropriately. Be sure to research any hashtag before using it and check it regularly. A seemingly innocent hashtag may not be. You also want to make sure you are using hashtags correctly and associating Girl Scouts with the right groups. GSCO regularly uses the following hashtags:

Instagram: #GSColo, #gscolorado, #girlscoutsco, #girlscoutscolorado, #girlscoutsofcolorado, #gsGoldAward, #GirlScoutsGiveBack, #gsoutdoors

Twitter: #GSColo, #gsGoldAward, #GirlScoutsGiveBack, #gsoutdoors

Don’t know? Ask! Know what you are talking about when you engage with others. If you are unsure, ask! If someone has a question you can’t answer, ask them to email the question to inquiry@gscolorado.org.

GSCO Connections: September 2019

Be the difference! Participate in the 2019 Fall Product Program!

The Girl Scout Fall Product Program is a great way earn start-up money for the Girl Scout year. The Fall Product Program helps girls learn 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. It’s also a great way for your family and friends to renew their favorite magazines and order delicious nuts and chocolates that make great holiday gifts!

The Fall Product Program starts September 21. In-person and Nut Promise sales will run through October 13. Online sales end October 28. 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.  Girls who sell $175 in online orders, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch!

S’mores Club is back!

Our popular S’mores Club is back with new rewards! Girls and adult volunteers who rock both the 2019 Fall Product and 2020 Cookie programs will receive a special personalized patch and an exclusive hoodie and duffle bag!

Learn more

Earn your Trail Adventure badge

Pack your day pack, put on your sunscreen, and join fellow Girl Scouts for a trail adventure! September is the perfect time to check out the trails in Colorado with your family or your troop and complete some of the requirements for the new Trail Adventure badge. These badges are part of the 12 new Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures — giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature.

Join us in September for some fun on the trail with your troop or family! Register for this free event through our events page.

Girl Scout Cyber Challenge: Register Now

Saturday, October 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Arapahoe Community College, Littleton

Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 are invited to detect, decode, and defend! This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage 200+ girls in grades 6–12 in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics. A futuristic scenario — a  moon colony has been hacked — will be presented and girls will be prompted to respond. They’ll learn cybersecurity skills and team up to identify the hackers, trace the origin of the cyberattack, and secure the colony’s safety.

Come back for more camp memories in 2020

We had an amazing camp season! Girls sang songs around the campfire, challenged themselves to try new things, explored outdoors and created memories to last a lifetime. Be sure to join us for summer 2020 for another chance to make lasting memories. Registration opens January 23.

Learn more

Upcoming Events

We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be. Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Girl Scout Night with the Rocky Mountain Vibes

September 6, Colorado Springs

Girl Scouts of all ages, their family, and friends are invited to cheer on the Rocky Mountain Vibes as they take on the Grand Junction Rockies! Game Highlight: Friday Night Fireworks! Tickets are $16 and include a game ticket, meal voucher, unlimited youth fun zone passes, and parking.

Xcel Energy Day of Service

September 7, Lakewood

Girl Scouts in grades K-6 are invited to spend the morning with Xcel Energy employees to unravel energy mysteries. During the morning you will also participate in a service project as a way to help others in your community. It will be a special day of learning and caring, designed just for Girl Scouts, during Xcel Energy’s annual Day of Service.

Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

Discounted tickets at $29 per person.

Meadow Mountain Ranch Open House

September 22, Allenspark

Join us for our third annual open house at Meadow Mountain Ranch! Activities include s’mores, hike the MMR Nature Trail, hear from Songbirds Choir, meet GECCCOs, self-guided property tour, visit Homestead House and displays from the GSCO History Committee, and check out the mobile shop with brand new MMR merchandise. Event is free and open to the public!

Careers in Construction with G.E. Johnson

September 28, Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors are invited to learn about construction careers, work as a team to build a community library book stand that can be placed in your community, and participate in a behind-the-scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum.

Women of Distinction – Denver

October 30, Denver

New location for 2019 the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, community, and civic leaders.

Secrets to Success

November 9, Colorado Springs

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2019 Secrets to Success event. Girl Scouts of Colorado believes every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. Any girl in grades 6– 12 is invited to Secrets to Success.

CSA Times: September 2019

Are you ready for your best Girl Scout year yet?! In this edition of CSA Times, we will cover what is coming up for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors across the state. Join us for girl trainings, events, and amazing activities.

First time receiving CSA Times? Welcome! This communication was created to keep Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors, families, and troop leaders up to date on all the amazing opportunities across our state. As a quarterly email communication, we adjust the content to meet the needs and interests of girls, while also keeping adults engaged and up-to-date with Girl Scouts of Colorado. We also invite you and your girl to join our Virtual Older Girl Network . This site will provide you with real-time updates and notifications on events, opportunities, or anything related to an older girl’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Upcoming events just for older girls

Cadette Journey Weekend

September 14-15, Sky High Ranch

Are you ready to turn Sky High Ranch into a science lab? Join fellow Girl Scout Cadettes and complete activities from the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey. Grow your skills as a citizen scientist and learn how to better understand our environment through completing a citizen scientist project.

Senior and Ambassador Journey Weekend

October 5-6, Sky High Ranch

Are you ready to turn Sky High Ranch into a science lab? Join fellow Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors and complete activities from the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey. Grow your skills as a citizen scientist and learn how to better understand our environment through completing a citizen scientist project.

Girl Scout Cyber Challenge

October 19, Littleton

Register now! Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 are invited to detect, decode, and defend! This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage more than 200 girls in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics. A futuristic scenario—a moon colony has been hacked! — will be presented and girls will be prompted to respond. They’ll team up to identify the hackers, trace the origin of the cyber-attack, and secure the colony’s safety.

Secrets to Success

November 9, Colorado Springs

January 25, Grand Junction

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th is invited to Secrets to Success, so invite a friend to join you even if she is not already a Girl Scout.
Register now for our Colorado Springs event!

Go for your Gold Award

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors! If you are thinking about going for your Gold Award, don’t miss our upcoming Gold Award training opportunities. To look up and register for trainings in your area or online, visit theGSCO events page.

If you are working toward your Gold Award, remember you have until September 30 of the year you graduate high school to be approved. Graduates of the 2019 class have until September 30, 2019 to finalize and be approved for their projects.

Hey caregivers! Do you know any women in your life who are Gold Award Girl Scouts? GSCO is looking for Girl Scouts for our Gold Award Alum Network! For more information please contact Kaitie LoDolce athighestawards@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor Program

Attend an Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) event and meet girls from around the state as you experience the great outdoors and have amazing outdoor adventures! OAC Explorers is for girls in 6th grade and the OAC Trailblazers is for girls in grades 7-12.

Keep your eyes out for these registrations opening in September:

  • OAC Trailblazers Magic Sky Rock Climbing or Trail Running, October 18 – 20
  • OAC Explorers Sky High Wolf Sanctuary & Outdoor Skills, November 8 – 10

There are still opportunities to go to camp! Sky High Ranch is hosting a Harvest Moon Troop Camp September 27-29. Get set to live like a pioneer with your troop as you visit the farm to make butter, create your own corn husk doll, or practice your skills at archery. Then celebrate with us at our Harvest Dance complete with apple cider and more!

Jump into your next great adventure

Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for girls 11-years-old and older. Join us on September 21 from 10- 11 a.m. or September 26 from 6:30– 7:30 p.m. for an online information session.   Ready to apply? Round 1 applications are now open.

Upcoming Events

Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to join us at Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park! Tickets are $29 per person. 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.

Careers in Construction with G.E. Johnson

September 28, Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors are invited to join GE Johnson Construction Company for a “Build Like a Girl – Careers in Construction” event on Saturday, September 28! Girls will learn about construction careers, work as a team to build a community library book stand that can be placed in your community, and participate in a behind the scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum. Cadettes will work on requirements for the Woodworker Badge and Seniors will work on requirements for the Social Innovation Badge.

Cadette Woodworker Badge at JXN Station

November 9, Grand Junction

Professional Women in Building (PWB) of Western Colorado invites Girl Scout Cadettes to Junction Station 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.

 

Manage the Fall Product Program like a champ and help girls be successful

Join the GSCO Product Program Team for our next Facebook Live event on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at noon. Service Unit Fall Product Manager, Shannon Calhoun, will share her experience and best ways to support girls, troop leaders, and families to make the Fall Product Program a success for all involved.

If you miss the live broadcast, no worries! You can watch the video on our Facebook page and share it with other volunteers.  Go to the videos tab and look for the 2019 Fall Product Program playlist.

For questions about the Fall Product Program, please contact GSCO Customer Care at 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Helping your girl get the most out of Girl Scouts

Making sure girls get the most out of Girl Scouts isn’t solely up to troop leaders! Families are encouraged to join their girls in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, offering support to girls and leaders as part of their journey. Amy Caperton, Denine Dains, and Darby Petitt in the Metro Denver region are experienced leaders of troops with older Girl Scouts, many of whom have been together since Daisies and Brownies. They offer this advice to families and caregivers of Girl Scouts.

Denine

  • Know your girl’s goals and make sure other family members do as well. Once caregivers and siblings know what their girl wants out of Girl Scouts, they can support her in her journey!
  • Remember Girl Scouts is girl-led.

Darby:

  • Respond to your leaders’ emails. It is really hard to have a successful plan if families don’t respond or back out at the last minute.
  • Make Girl Scout events a priority, as you would with other activities. Girls will get the most out of Girl Scouts if they are active in troop activities.

Amy:

  • If your troop leader hosts a parent meeting, make sure you attend and bring any permissions slips and medical forms.
  • Be available and let leaders know if you have special skills/training that you would be willing to share. For example, I used to have a mom that made jewelry, so we had her help us with a jewelry badge.

Finally, take GSCO’s 4 Her Promise and commit to volunteering four hours – 4 HER! Girls who have family support and participation in their Girl Scout adventures are more likely to stay in Girl Scouts.

Do you have any tips, tricks, “life hacks,” etc. to share? We would love to hear them! Just email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

 

Help GSCO win Xcel Energy Colorado’s social media contest

Calling all social media-savvy Girl Scout volunteers and supporters! In addition to participating in Xcel Energy Colorado’s 9th Annual Day of Service on Saturday, September 7, 2019, GSCO is also competing to win a grant of up to $5,000 and we need to your help! Xcel Energy Foundation will award grants to the participating nonprofits that earn the most points.

Each eligible post that follows the posting requirements below will be counted as one point for the organization mentioned in the post.

  • The points will be divided by number of project volunteers to account for project scale.
  • People will not be limited from posting more than once. On the contrary, Xcel encourages multiple original posts, but watch your frequency because Facebook has policies to protect from spammers!
  • Shares and multiple identical posts will not count for the contest.

Who can post: Volunteers, team leaders, friends, family – anyone! Recruiting other people to pitch in for your project is a best practice.

Where to post:

Posts must include the following four elements to be eligible:

  1. The hashtags #XEDOS and #contest;
  2.  Tag Xcel Energy Colorado
    • Facebook: post directly to the Xcel Energy Colorado Facebook page AND tag @Xcel Energy Colorado;
    • Instagram: post a photo or video about your project and tag @xcelenergy;
  1. Tag @GSColo and,
  2. Why you love the nonprofit/organization or project, what your Day of Service project is about, or volunteer activities to support the project.

*Shares and reposts and will not count towards points.*

Using photos and videos in posts:

  • In addition to the contest tagging requirements listed above, a photo or video is required to post on Instagram.
  • While not required to earn a point, including photos and videos on Facebook or Twitter posts is a great addition to help tell your story!

When to post: The contest begins at 12:00:01 a.m. MT on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. Midnight MT on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

2019 XEDOS Contest Examples 

 

 

gsLearn is coming

Get excited, Girl Scout volunteers: it will soon be easier for you to get the training and tips you need to have your best Girl Scout year ever. We are gearing up to launch our new eLearning platform, gsLearn!

gsLearn is resource for you to access courses that meet you where you are in your learning experience. This user-friendly platform allows you to take courses on your own time, be engaged in your learning progress, and verify completion of required courses.

Log in after September 16, 2019 by following these instructions:

  1. Go to girlscoutsofcolorado.org.
  2. Click on the “MY GS” tab at the top right of the page.
  3. Select “gsLearn”.
  4. Use your email and password for your MY GS account. Not sure what this is? Contact us, we can help!

New troop leadership team members and existing troop leadership team members with a 2020 membership will have immediate access to gsLearn. If you are an existing troop leadership team member and have not yet renewed your membership for the 2020 year, go ahead and do so! Once you’ve completed your membership renewal you will receive access to gsLearn.

For all other volunteer roles, we are working hard to upload you into the system and will send you a notification with instructions on how to log in soon. You will still see the option to log in from the My GS tab on our website, however it will redirect you to contact your council to set up your account. If you hold a non-troop leader volunteer role and feel that you need immediate access, please contact us and we can help.

Still have questions? Join us Wednesday, September 25 at noon for a Facebook LIVE event! Can’t attend live, but have a question to ask? Email Kendy your question and we will answer it! You can access the recording of the Facebook LIVE on our Facebook page under videos.

Need an in-person training? Check our training events page!

We are excited for our volunteers to have this resource in their toolboxes! See you online!

Facebook LIVE: Preview of 2019 Fall Product Program

The 2019 Fall Product Program starts Saturday, September 21. This year, we have a few new products and some great girl rewards! Want a preview? Watch our Facebook LIVE event Wednesday, September 4 at noon.

If you miss the live broadcast, you can watch the video and share it with other volunteers. Go to the GSCO Facebook page, click on the videos tab, and look for the 2019 Fall Product Program playlist.

For questions about Fall Product Program, please contact GSCO Customer Care at 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

“Life Hacks” for new leaders and volunteers

You’re a new Girl Scout leader or volunteer? Awesome! Now, what? Amy Caperton, Denine Dains, and Darby Petitt in the Metro Denver region are experienced leaders of troops with older Girl Scouts, many of whom have been together since Daisies and Brownies. They offer these “life hacks” to help make your experience as a leader or volunteer less daunting.

Denine: Plug in with experienced leaders and find a potential mentor. Find out who is leading Girl Scout activities in your area/service unit and pair up, observe, shadow, etc. Talk with lots of leaders and other volunteers until you find a good fit to possibly mentor you.  

Darby:  Other leaders have made community connections, led badges/events, and made reservations, so use others’ experience to your advantage! Join the Facebook page for your service unit and ask for help when you need ideas. If you think something might be fun, try it! Invite others in the community to teach girls skills or take tours of unexpected places. Girls  like to hear someone else talk. Older girls can help plan meetings, so reach out to them! They are excited to plan the badges and that’s one less meeting on your plate!

Amy:

  • Find a reliable/trustworthy person to be your fall product program and troop cookie manager. Leaders already do so much, it’s nice if they don’t have to do this too.
  • Get involved with your service unit and attend meetings. They are a great place to connect with other leaders. 
  • Look for social media pages for your area or state/nationwide. They are great resources for questions and resources.

Do you have any tips, tricks, “life hacks,” etc. to share? We would love to hear them! Just email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.