Category Archives: Volunteer News

Upcoming volunteer trainings

Girl Scouts of Colorado has a variety of training offerings available year-round for new and existing volunteers. Learn how a troop can be girl-led, gain experience with the tools to manage conflict, and find the right resources to support your leadership experience.

Below are a few highlighted upcoming classes. To find additional in-person, volunteer trainings visit the Events Calendar on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

Daisy/Brownie 101- January 23,  2019 in Boulder

Get hands-on training for Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Learn how to plan and partner with your girls and network of support to make the troop experience meaningful and fun.

Super Sunday- January 27, 2019 in Gypsum

Join us for an afternoon of training! We have some fun and informative enrichment courses that will support your volunteer experience.

Wilderness First Aid- March 2, 16, and 23, 2019 in Colorado Springs

The purpose of the course is to provide individuals with a foundation of first-aid principles and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that are atleast one hour from advanced medical care.

Volunteer View: January 2019

Get out and camp this summer

Summer camp session registration for overnight camp, day camp, troop camp, and family camp opens at 9 a.m. January 17.

Check the camp website www.camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org for session descriptions, a day in the life at camp, beautiful photos of last year’s sessions, and a fun quiz to help girls’ identify their camping style!

Mark your calendar for Jan. 24 cookie booth sign up

The first round of council cookie booth selection begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 24; round two opens at 6 p.m. Jan. 25. Troops will be able to select one booth at one location during each of these rounds.

Visit our events calendar to find a cookie rally near you.

Important dates to know:

  • Jan. 24: First round of booth selection
  • Jan. 25: Second round of booth selection
  • Feb. 3: Cookie program and My Sales booths begin
  • Feb. 15: Council booths begin.

Check out the rest of our cookie program info and resources.

Cookie Program resources

Got a phone? Get trained!

Our online training classes are now accessible through your smartphone! Take online classes such as Nuts and Bolts (for new leaders), Experienced Troop Cookie Manager training, and cookie program enrichment classes, right in the palm of your hand! You can view the classes, take quizzes and download class resources and completion certificates, all on your phone!

If you need assistance accessing our eLearning site, please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at 303-607-4897 or email her at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org.

GSCO eLearning site

Celebrate World Thinking Day

Take the lead on February 22 to celebrate 2019 World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!) Girls also celebrate World Thinking Day throughout the spring. The theme for World Thinking Day in 2019 is leadership! Check out our activity guides online to explore many different ways girls can be leaders and create the change they want to see in the world—and celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides!

Is your troop or service unit planning a World Thinking Day celebration? Tell Us about it and get help from the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Committee!

Volunteer Recognition Awards: Recognize an Outstanding Volunteer!

The form to nominate a volunteer for an award will go live on January 31. The deadline to submit a nomination or endorsement is March 31.

Now would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements! Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award.would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements! Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award.

More information about the awards, and the number of required endorsements for each award, is listed on the volunteer appreciation page on our website and in the Volunteer Recognition Award Guide You can also learn more about how to write strong nominations and endorsements. 

Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.  email: Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org  call: 303-607-4897

Outdoor Program Events

Come join us at our upcoming Outdoor Program events! You can find all of our year-round events at http://gscoblog.org/2018/10/2018-2019-outdoor-program-events/

  • Tomahawk Ranch Open House, February 24, Free. Take a staff-led or self-guided tour of Tomahawk Ranch at our Open House. Get those burning questions answered and help little ones feel comfortable to attend camp this summer. Visit the different sleeping and program areas to get an idea of what the summer ahead looks like. Staff from Mountain Berry Culinary will also be available to answer any meal-related questions. Open to all ages.
  • Sky High Ranch Open House, March 9, Check out Sky High Ranch at one of our Open House events this spring! Tour the property with one of our knowledgeable staff, learn about our summer program, and what kinds of activities we have, and let us answer any questions you may have about summer camp. Our open house is a great way to help your camper prepare for camp, and you too! Let’s bring on summer!

Outdoor Adventure Club

Sign up for our single event interest list, see upcoming dates and get more information here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/adventure

  • Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Snow Mountain Ranch, March 16-17. Our entire group will go dog sledding and cross-country skiing on wintry trails. In the evening we will have a group pool party and roller skating night. Everyone loved this event last year so much we are doing it again! Girls in 7th to 12th grade. Cost: $115/girl, Free for Trailblazers Passport holders.
  • Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Keystone Science School Snow Spectacular, March 30-31, We have partnered with Keystone Science School for a weekend of play in the snowy mountains! You’ll cross-country ski, snowshoe, use an astronomy telescope and compete in a winter Olympics challenge. Program Level: Cadette (6th grade). Cost: $110/girl, Free for Explorers Passport holders

Highest Awards

Save the Date: Highest Awards Celebrations

Troops working on their Bronze or Silver awards have until March 1 to submit the Bronze and Silver Notification Form to be invited to the 2019 Highest Awards Celebrations. Find a celebration in your area: http://gscoblog.org/2019/01/save-the-date-2019-highest-awards-celebrations/

Questions? Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager at  highestawards@gscolorado.org.

GSUSA Gold and Silver Award change

Effective October 1, 2018 Gold and Silver award projects can be for the benefit of the Girl Scouts community. Please send any questions directly to Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.
Any troop considering a Silver Award project that would solely benefit the GS community must run their project idea by the Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce.

Gold Award Trainings: 

Training is required for girls pursuing their Gold Award:

  • Saturday, January 26 at 9 a.m., Denver office
  • Saturday, March 30 at  9 a.m., Colorado Springs office

Older Girls

OGAB (Older Girl Advisory Board)

The Older Girl Advisory Board will oversee the G.I.V.E. (Girls Investing in a Voice for Everyone) program. These girls are excited to apply their knowledge, experience, and dedication to serving girls across the state in developing opportunities to help their fellow Girl Scout sisters do more. With the addition of this program, girls interested in joining the OGAB can apply now through February 15 at https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/our-program/older-girls/older-girl-advisory-board.html

G.I.R.L Fest 

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond is excited to share information about 2019 G.I.R.L. Fest (formerly known as the Girl Scout Jamboree)! Celebrating all things G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader) from June 26-30, this event will create a powerful impact with the Girl Scout brand and will make this beloved event even more thrilling for Girl Scouts across the country. G.I.R.L. Fest is now featured on the GSUSA Getaways site for all girls in grades 4-12 (current Membership Year) in the Girl Scout Movement to consider. We’re so excited to host an opportunity for girls to experience high-adventure in the heart of beautiful southern West Virginia! Early Bird pricing ends January 19, so check it out today.

SheTech Explorer Day

GSCO can send fifteen 9th and 10th grade girl to the SheTech Explorer Day on February 8 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. at the University of Denver – SIE Complex.

What is it? SheTech Explorer Day is a hands-on tech conference for high school girls. This day-long event will include hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and math. Our ultimate goal is to expose girls to technology in a fun atmosphere as well as meet STEM role models to learn more about opportunities in those fields. Girls who attend will have access to internships, receive a SheTech certificate, receive pathway information and become part of a community to help girls have opportunities in STEM. http://shetechexplorer.com/explorer-days/​​​​​​​ 

Cost? FREE! Breakfast, snacks and lunch provided.
Participants must arrange own transportation. Adults can attend for free as well as a chaperone.

How do I attend? Email Emily Speck at emily.speck@gscolorado.org with the subject line: SheTech. Provide girl’s full name, school and grade. This will be a first come, first serve opportunity. Deadline is January 31.

Upcoming Events

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!

Secrets to Success

January 26, Grand Junction

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. Registration is now open. 

Badge Workshop at Fort Morgan Museum

January 26, Fort Morgan

Join the staff at Fort Morgan Museum for a morning full of badge activities! The museum specializes in telling the stories of Fort Morgan and Morgan County through permanent and temporary exhibits, educational programs, and photos, documents, and artifacts from yesterday and today.

Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche

February 16, Denver

Ticket sales now open! Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche and cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the St. Louis Blues! The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold more than 500 packages at their booth.

Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Colorado Nuggets

March 2, Denver

All Girl Scouts are invited to cheer on the Nuggets as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans.  And, Girl Scouts can sleep at the Pepsi Center after the game! The game starts at 7 p.m.

Harlem Globetrotters at the Broadmoor World Arena

March 2, Colorado Springs

Discounted tickets for Girl Scouts.

Disney on Ice – Worlds of Enchantment at the Broadmoor World Arena

March 23, Colorado Springs

Discounted tickets for Girl Scouts at the 3 p.m. performance.

Outdoor Skills Days 

April and May

Hosted by Troop 70007, Outdoor Skills Days are planned in April and May for Girl Scouts in first grade and older. Learn about knife craft, compasses, fire building, campsite set-up, leave no trace, planning a camp out and much more! $17/girl, includes hot lunch and outdoor skills patch. To see dates and registration information:https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/

Volunteer View: December 2018

Try these winter outings to keep your Girl Scout experience cool

With the holidays and winter coming, many people want to retreat indoors … but not Girl Scouts!

Plan a trip with your girls to Aspen for the X Games on January 26! All Girl Scouts are invited to an exclusive viewing section for the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final and the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe. Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to meet and greet with the female athletes and find out which ones boosted their courage as Girl Scouts! Register today.

Or, older Girl Scouts can try the Outdoor Adventure Club through single-event registration for January adventures:

  • Sixth graders can spend a weekend at Tomahawk Ranch practicing primitive wilderness skills, outdoor cooking and working on their Cadette-level Trailblazing Badge, January 12-13.
  • Seventh grade girls and older will head to Sky High Ranch for snow-shelter building, snowshoeing and even some human curling on the frozen pond,January 26-27.
  • Or, Girl Scout families can get in on the winter action at Me and My Gal, January 18-20 at Tomahawk Ranch or Expedition Antarctica Me and My Guy, January 18-20 at Sky High Ranch.

Service Unit growth incentive

Has your service unit grown over the last year? Girl Scouts of Colorado wants to reward you!

Service units who see a growth of at least 10% from March 4, 2018 to March 3, 2019, will receive $100 plus $0.25 per registered girl. Service units must have a bank account and a current ACH to receive their incentive. Service unit growth will be evaluated on March 4, 2019, and incentives will be deposited into the service unit’s bank account no later than April 1, 2019.

Contact your  volunteer support specialist with questions and to find out how many girls your SU would need to have registered to earn this incentive.

Get ready for cookies

The cookie program begins February 3! Are you ready?

Make sure your troop has a current  ACH  and signed  TCM Agreement .

Check out our event list to find a training or cookie rally near you!

Volunteer service awards: Recognize outstanding volunteers

Nominations are due on or before March 31 of each year. The form to nominate a volunteer for an award will go live in January. Now would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements!

Girl Scout volunteers change the lives of girls in their communities every day. Some volunteers go above and beyond all expectations and have a positive impact on their troop and/or their service unit and sometimes the whole council.

Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring that enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you, or you can contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.

More information about the awards, and the number of required endorsements for each award, is listed on the volunteer appreciation page on our website and in the  Volunteer Recognition Award Guide You can also learn more about how to write strong nominations and endorsements. 

Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.  Email: Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org  Call: 303-607-4897

Improved Volunteer Toolkit

Have you checked out the improved Volunteer Toolkit? Changes were released this summer to make accessing content easier for all experience levels. Use this handy guide to walk you through the new features. Insider tip: Check out the Resources tab for easy access to Cookie Program resources!

Highest Awards celebrations

Troops working on their Bronze or Silver awards have until March 1 to submit the Bronze and Silver Notification Form to be included in the 2019 Highest Awards Celebrations.

Gold Award Training is required for girls pursuing their Gold Award:

Saturday, January 26 at 9 a.m., Denver office

Saturday, March 30 at  9 a.m., Colorado Springs office

Any Questions? Email Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager at highestawards@gscolorado.org

Upcoming Events

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 Day at Pueblo Zoo

January 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout Juniors (4th and 5th grades) are invited to the Pueblo Zoo to work on the Habitat badge.

Cybersecurity 1: Basics with Coalfire

January 12, Westminster

Girl Scout Juniors will earn their Cybersecurity 1: Basics badge with Coalfire, a cybersecurity company in Westminster.

Secrets to Success

January 26, Grand Junction

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. Registration is now open. 

Badge Workshop at Fort Morgan Museum

January 26, Fort Morgan

Join the staff at Fort Morgan Museum for a morning full of badge activities! The museum specializes in telling the stories of Fort Morgan and Morgan County through permanent and temporary exhibits, educational programs, and photos, documents, and artifacts from yesterday and today.

Level 1 USAAA Archery Training 
February 2, Hamp Hut
Archery training is required for adults who wish to take Girl Scouts (Brownie through Ambassador) archery shooting in any way. You will be able to lead your troop in archery and reserve the statewide archery set. Questions? Marissa Rooney.

Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche
February 16, Denver
Ticket sales now open! Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche and cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the St. Louis Blues! The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold more than 500 packages at their booth.

Meet the Global Action Committee: Heidi Mazur

Tower Bridge

How long have you been associated with Girl Scouts?

Since 1979

The Global Action Committee?

One year

What is your role on the Global Action Committee?

Not much

Why did you join the Global Action Committee?

I would love to help out because I have traveled so much, but not a lot of extra time I can commit.

What World Centers have you visited or participated in a session with?

Pax Lodge twice, Sangam, and Our Chalet.

What is your fondest memory or experience at this center?

Meeting other Girl Guides from different countries. Doing a service project.

What is one piece of advice you would give to girls wanting to learn about or become involved with Global Girl Scouting?

Just do it. Don’t dwell so much on the cost of the trip, you can’t put a price tag on the experience.

Want to be involved with the Global Action Committee? Email us at gscoglobal@gmail.com. 

Volunteer View: November 2018

Troop Recruitment Event Incentive

No one is better at recruiting new Girl Scouts than current Girl Scouts! Troops who host a recruitment event between October 22 and December 9, 2018, will be provided with recruitment resources and a $50 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado shop as a thank you.

In order to receive the $50 shop credit, troops need to complete four simple steps.

Learn more

Service unit growth incentive

Has your service unit grown over the last year? Girl Scouts of Colorado wants to reward you!

Service units who see a growth of at least 10% from March 4, 2018 to March 3, 2019, will receive $100 plus $0.25 per registered girl. Service units must have a bank account and a current ACH to receive their incentive. Service unit growth will be evaluated on March 4, 2019, and incentives will be deposited into the service unit’s bank account no later than April 1, 2019.

Contact your local Volunteer Support Specialist with questions and to find out how many girls your SU would need to have registered to earn this incentive.

Get ready for Cookies

Thank you for an amazing fall product program! Girls should deliver fall product items this week, and rewards will be delivered to service units during the week of November 26.

This is the time to decide who your troop cookie manager is going to be. They need to be a registered and background checked Girl Scout volunteer. One troop cookie manager per troop; the agreement can only be signed by oneperson. (Training is required for all TCMs.  First and second-year TCMs are required to attend in-person training either with SUCM or at Cookie University.  Experienced TCMs may take online trainings). Get more information about Cookie University!

In order for your troop to have access to eBudde (our cookie management program) you must have a TCM agreement on file as well as a current ACH form. You will not be able to complete your initial order or any other actions before this is completed! The IO is due January 14, remember the initial order is guaranteed!

Complete your TCM Agreement

Complete your ACH

Outdoor Programs

Join us at our upcoming Outdoor Program events! Visit our page to find all of the exciting year-round events. 

  • Sky High Ranch Tree Lighting and Brunch December 2, Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park: Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by joining us at Sky High Ranch for our annual Tree Lighting ceremony. This community/family event is fun for all ages! We’ll have a buffet, family photos, ornaments, a visit to the Holiday Barnyard, hot drinks and GOODIES!
  • Brunch and Barnyard with Santa December 9, Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey: A fun community event for all ages! Eat a delicious brunch buffet and visit and take photos with Santa. Listen to his tales of adventure while savoring sweets and lollies aplenty. Even warm up with hot cocoa and cider after a visit with the barnyard animals.
  • Expedition Antarctica Me & My Guy January 18-20, Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park: Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy! This Friday-Sunday excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing, shelter building, and ice fishing. If we don’t have enough snow, we’ll do more general survival skills and camp activities such as archery and farm.
  • Me & My Gal January 18-20, Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey: An exciting two-night camping experience for individual girls and the significant female adult role models in their lives. Planned activities may include archery, crafts, hiking, stargazing, s’mores, barn visits, dance party, mattress surfing and more! Cost: $110 per person, this includes all activities, a two-night stay, five meals, and snacks.

Improved Volunteer Toolkit

Have you checked out the improved Volunteer Toolkit? Changes were released this summer to make accessing content easier for all experience levels. Use this handy guide to walk you through the new features. Insider tip: Check out the Resources tab for easy access to Cookie Program resources!

Complete your volunteer training

After taking GS 101 and Nuts and Bolts online, register for program level 101 training. Below is the upcoming training class calendar for volunteers. To register, click on the class title or go to our events calendar on the GSCO website, and select the class you want.

In-Person Volunteer Training

November 17, 9-12 p.m. Older Girl 101 (Grand Junction)

November 25, 2-5 p.m. D/B 101 (GSCO Corporate Office)

November 26, 6-9 p.m. Older Girl 101 (Castle Rock)

November 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. D/B 101 (Boulder)

December 1, 9-3 p.m. AMR First Aid/CPR (Centennial)

December 1, 1-4 p.m. Brownie 101 (Castle Rock)

December 6, 6-9 p.m. D/B 101 (Pueblo)

December 6, 10-1 p.m. Multi-level 101 (Littleton)

December 7, 9-12 p.m. D/B 101 (Loveland)

December 10, 10- 1 p.m. D/B 101 (Arvada)

December 10, 6-9 p.m. Older Girl 101 (GSCO Corporate Office)

December 10, 9-12 p.m. D/B 101 (Colorado Springs)

December 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Junior 101 (Colorado Springs)

December 15, 9-4 p.m. AMR First Aid/CPR (Arvada)

December 15, 2-5 p.m. Junior 101 (Pueblo)

December 15, 11-1:30 p.m. AMR Babysitting Class (Fountain)

Online Volunteer Training

November 27, 7-9 p.m. D/B 101 Webinar (Statewide)

December 13, 7-9 p.m. D/B 101 Webinar (Statewide)

Gold and Silver Award Change

Effective October 1, 2018 Gold and Silver award projects can be for the benefit of the Girl Scouts community. Please send anyone with questions directly to our highest awards manager at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Any troop that is considering a Silver Award project that would solely benefit theGS community should run their project idea by our highest awards manager prior to starting. 

Gold Award Girls to Attend Michelle Obama Book Tour! 

20 active Gold Award girls are attending an Intimate Talk with Michelle Obama on December 15 thanks to Stephanie Foote & GSUSA!

Gold Award Training: 

Wednesday, December 5 from 6-9 p.m. (webinar) – Registration is open through the event page.

Monday, December 10 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Castle Rock Library (in person) – Registration is open through the event page.

Upcoming events

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!

LGBTQ+ Youth 101 and Alleyship 

Cadette, Senior and Ambassadors: Join Rainbow Alley youth leaders for LGBTQ+ Youth 101 and Alleyship training that will provide an understanding of LGBTQ+ terminology, current trends and statistics, the six spectrums of gender and sexual orientation, and to highlight the importance of demonstrating alleyship to their peers. While this training is geared towards youth, adults may attend virtually to receive the information.

There are two options for attending this training:

Registration is required for both options. Sign-up today before spaces fill up!

Register now for Packing for Impact!

Project C.U.R.E.’s Packing for Impact is back! Packing for Impact is an opportunity for Girl Scouts from all over Colorado to come together to change the lives of families around the world by filling Kits for Kids, engaging in fun activities, and learning about the children around the world that they will be helping. Multiple shifts are available throughout the day on December 1 at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. This is a great event for girls of all ages, from across the state to join together in making the world a better place! Registration closes November 27.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical Day Event for Girl Scouts

December 16, Colorado Springs

Save the Date: Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche

February 16, Denver

Details coming late 2018! Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list.

Secrets to Success

January 26, Grand Junction

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. Registration is now open.

 

Cookie University is coming

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce additional training for troop cookie managers for the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program. If you’re planning to serve as a TCM this year, THANK YOU! We understand the time, commitment, and heart this volunteer role requires and we truly appreciate it. We will host a variety of Cookie University training sessions throughout the state.

Cookie University is an excellent opportunity for you to spend time with other troop cookie managers, get your required basic cookie training, and most importantly, ensure your troop’s initial order is well thought-out and meets the needs of your girl and troop. You can also participate in some exciting enrichment sessions, including Inventory Management, Digital Cookie, eBudde, and Program Etiquette.

You can register for Cookie University by going to the Events page (https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html?q=Cookie+University+) on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. If you can’t attend the training session in your area, feel free to attend one in another area.

2019 Cookie University Flyer

FREE training for adult volunteers: Youth Mental Health First Aid

Submitted by Wendy Anderson

Metro Denver

Aurora

Important Note:  This is NOT a GSCO-sponsored training. It is a volunteer-run event. Please direct all questions and concerns to Wendy Anderson at girlscoutwendy@gmail.com.

Many of us know what to do if someone has a physical injury, if someone stops breathing, or if they have a bleeding wound, we would know what to do because we, or someone we know, likely took the time to complete a first aid class and learn the skills. What if someone you loved was having a mental health crisis? Are you confident that you would identify it in time and know what to do next?

With one in four Americans experiencing mental illness in their life time, the probability is very high that someday you may need the skills to help someone in a mental health emergency. Will it be someone in your family? Could it be one of the girls you serve as a Girl Scout volunteer? How will you get the skills you need to save a life?

Mental Health First Aid Colorado offers both adult and youth mental health first aid classes, and we are especially pleased that they are willing to offer a special class, Youth Mental Health First Aid,  for Girl Scout adult volunteers for FREE. It will take place December 8, 2018 at May Library (1471 S Parker Rd, Denver, CO 80231) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bring your own lunch (the listing says lunch may be provided, I don’t think it is.) Please find our listing http://www.mhfaco.org/findclass/attend/631, or another class in your area at http://www.mhfaco.org/findclass .

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking prevention program. The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges that are common among adolescents and young adults. YMHFA is implemented around the U.S. and the world. Research has shown that the training enhances behavioral health literacy, reduces stigma, increases knowledge of professional and self-help resources, increases participants’ confidence helping in a crisis situation, and improves behavioral health of participants.

With so many things to do on a Saturday, it is hard make the time to devote to one more training. However, it is certainly more hard to hear one more story about a life lost and ask, “Didn’t someone know? Couldn’t someone do something?” Be that someone who knows what to do. This holiday season give a gift to yourself and your loved ones by attending this class to be prepared! After all, “Be Prepared” is the Girl Scout motto. In the 1947 Girl Scout Handbook, the motto was explained this way: “A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever she is needed. Willingness to serve is not enough; you must know how to do the job well, even in an emergency.” We’ve seen too many victims of from mental health emergencies. Be the change our community needs.

Important Note:  This is NOT a GSCO-sponsored training. It is a volunteer-run event. Please direct all questions and concerns to Wendy Anderson at girlscoutwendy@gmail.com.

Facebook Live Q & A with product program and volunteer support specialists

Join GSCO volunteer support and product program specialists for a Facebook Live question and answer session on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at noon! GSCO volunteer support specialists are currently calling all volunteers statewide to verify rosters for the upcoming Girl Scout Cookie Program. We will go over the steps to check rosters and deadline to make changes. We will also talk about cookie dates and the upcoming trainings.

How to use the Global Action Days Toolkit

Every Girl Scout is part of a special group of girls that stretches not just across the United States, but around the world. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which includes 10 million girls in 150 countries. All those girls, in all those countries, are working to make the world a better place.

Throughout the year, girls have the opportunity to work together and participate in Girl Scout programming that relates to different global issues affecting women and girls. This toolkit describes nine international days and is designed to help volunteers engage with Girl Scouts on these global days of action.

The program for each global action day in the toolkit includes:

  •  A description of the day
  • Why Girl Scouts celebrate the day
  • Any program or content notes related to sensitive issues
  • Activities by program grade level (Daisy/Brownie/Junior and Cadette/Senior/Ambassador) and/or activities suitable for all ages
  • Journey and badge connections
  • Suggestions for community service or partnerships
  • Additional resources and references

As girls learn about and explore the issues surrounding a particular day, they may be inspired to engage in community service or even complete a Take Action project. Depending on the program grade
level of the Girl Scouts, these could be used as an option for a Journey Take Action project or lead to a highest award project.
Journey and badge connections are listed for each day of action.

Suggestions for community service are listed in each global action day section, and additional information on different community
service and Take Action projects on page 8. Some activities in this toolkit are applicable to multiple days. It is okay to use the resources
and activities for one day in developing a program for another, similar day.

In addition to this program toolkit, councils will be provided with partnership and social media  resources related to each day on a quarterly basis.

Many of the activities in this toolkit address issues that girls in Girl Scouts face. Be sensitive  to the challenges and experiences of the girls in your troop or group as you explore these topics.

TIPS AND TRICKS

Make sure you have a reasonable understanding of the issue or topic addressed by a global action day before sharing it with girls. We have you covered—you’ll find additional resources and background materials listed in the resources section for each global action day. You don’t have to know everything, but you should have a basic understanding of the topics you’ll be covering and the confidence to look up specific information if girls ask a question to which you don’t know the answer. This shows girls that it’s okay not to be “perfect” and encourages them to learn along with you.

You may also want to ask an expert to share their knowledge and experiences with your troop. Depending on the global action day you are celebrating, this may mean reaching out to a local company or nonprofit organization, university, or government office. For example, on World Environment Day, you might invite an environmental scientist to your meeting to discuss the environment in your community and the way global issues, such as climate change, habitat loss, or natural disasters, have impacted the environment where you live. You may even tap experts within your own personal or professional networks who would love to share their expertise with your troop.

This toolkit includes nine global action days. Don’t try to cover them all, at least not right away. Talk with girls about the days that are most interesting to them, and start with those activities. Some of the days fall quite close together, so you may also want to rotate days through different years. For example, this year you might explore information and communication technology (ICT) topics to participate in Girls in ICT Day, which takes place on the fourth Thursday in April, and next year, you might celebrate Global Action Week for Education, which falls on the third or fourth week in April. Infuse a global perspective in all your activities, not just on these days. Everything we do in Girl Scouts, we do as part of a global sisterhood, 10 million girls strong. When you go hiking or camping, talk with your girls about ways we can all enjoy and protect our planet. When you are volunteering at your local food bank, remember that hunger is a problem everywhere in the world and that by addressing it in your local community, you are helping to solve a global problem. Even when you are just playing, take a moment to remember that all girls enjoy having fun and all girls deserve the opportunity to play. These simple connections remind Girl Scouts that they are part of a community much bigger than themselves.

BUILDING SAFE SPACE

Many of the topics addressed by the days of action in this toolkit can be sensitive and challenging for girls to learn about. At the same time, these issues can deeply motivate girls to take action and create positive change. So it’s critical that girls are able to explore these issues in a safe and supportive environment. Some suggestions for building this safe space within your troop or group meeting are:

  • Let girls and parents know ahead of time what’s on the table for discussion during the meeting. You don’t have to go into the full meeting plan, but it’s a good idea to give them a head’s up so that they can plan and prepare together and you can obtain the necessary permissions, especially if you’ll be addressing sensitive issues. A sample copy of a sensitive issues permission form is found in the appendix of this toolkit.
  • Begin with an icebreaker or trust game, even if group members have known each other for a while. It helps to reinforce a sense of group cohesion.
  • Set a group contract with the girls. This is a good idea to do with any group, regardless of what you’re doing, because it empowers them to discuss and agree on how to treat each other and to establish group norms. Let girls come up with their own rules and discuss them until there is consensus. Some questions you may want to ask girls are:
    • What would make this a safe and respectful place for us to be?
    • What would be good ways to treat each other?
    • What group rules do you have in other places, like at school or in sports? Which ones apply here?
    • How will we make sure we all follow this agreement?
    • Girl Scouts is a girl-led and challenge-by-choice environment.

Make sure girls can opt out if they are uncomfortable or if they need a moment to process. Let them know some good ways to do that, such as going to the bathroom or getting a drink of water. Come up with a signal that girls can use to let you know if they’d like
to talk to you privately about what they’re feeling.

THE ENTIRE GLOBAL ACTION DAYS TOOLKIT CAN BE ACCESSED VIA THE GLOBAL GIRL SCOUT SECTION OF ANYTIME ACTIVITIES: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events/anytime-activities.html

Volunteer View: October 2018

Fall Product Program continues until Oct. 29

The Fall Product Program continues in October with online order taking ending October 29. Sunday was the last day for in-person/nut promise delivery orders. Troops will be locked out of M2 order entry on Oct. 16, but online orders can still be placed until Oct. 29.

All troops must have a completed ACH form for the 2018-19 membership year to participate.

It’s not too late to qualify for S’mores Club.

Learn more

Leader to leader tips

GSUSA has added a page to their website, featuring articles written by troop leaders with tips and advice for troop leaders. Subjects include: Tips for your first family meeting, essentials of managing a large troop, and resolving troop communication issues – just to name a few. New articles will be added regularly. Check it out!

Girl Scouts National Proficiency Badge Logs and Charts have been updated and revised! Go to Girl Scouts shop to download your free copy.

Troops needed to host recruitment events

No one is better at recruiting new Girl Scouts than current Girl Scouts! If your troop is available to host a recruitment event between Oct. 22 and Dec. 2, we’ll provide the troop with recruitment resources and a $50 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado shop as a thank you. Watch for more information on the gscoblog.org soon!

Outdoor Programs

October 27: The annual Sky High Ranch Halloween Party is from 1-4 p.m. This is a community event, so bring your friends and family!  For more details and to register.

Stay up to date with the whole year’s Outdoor Program events! Visit the Save the Date blog, so you don’t miss a thing.

Outdoor Adventure Club October Events – Single Event Passes Available OAC Explorers (6th Grade) Rock Climbing & Hamp Hut Overnight

Share your voice with the MCC

Have you shared your opinion with the Membership Connection Committee (MCC) in 2018? If you attended a Leadership Summit or Super Saturday training and received a cool lanyard – you did! If not, now’s your chance! Each year, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s MCC surveys membership about different topics. In 2018, MCC is diving into retention – what gets and keeps girls and volunteers engaged with Girl Scouts. The survey only takes 5-7 minutes to complete and can be done online by clicking here.

Please take a few moments to share your opinion with the MCC. Questions about the MCC?  Visit us online to learn more.

Join the GSCO- Older Girl Network

We have created a BAND site for networking with older girls, families, and leaders across Colorado.

Visit  https://band.us/@gscocsa and request to join by completing a couple quick questions to check that you are affiliated with Girl Scouts.

Highest Awards

Girl Scouts of Colorado has  Gold Award rubrics for girls 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.

With less than six months to the Highest Awards celebration deadline (March 1) and a year until the final cutoff for Gold (September 30), seniors in high school are quickly running out of time to earn their Gold Award. Girls who are currently in 12th grade and want to earn Gold must submit a project proposal by May 1, 2019. After May 1, they are no longer eligible to earn their Gold Award.

why.girlscouts.org

If you have potential members, friends, family, and community members asking you what makes Girl Scouts so amazing, direct them to this cool, new website created by GSUSA at why.girlscouts.org Girls are first at Girl Scouts and always will be!

Upcoming Events

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!

Girl Scout Day & Dance/Cheer Clinic with UNC Football

October 20, Greeley

Girl Scouts are invited to interact with the Sugar Bears Dance Team, Cheer Squad, and Pride of the Rockies Marching Band!

Engineering Day at Colorado School of Mines with the Society of Women Engineers   

November 10, Golden

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to join Colorado School of Mines Society of Women Engineer for a fun day of science explorations!

Save the Date: Packing for Impact with Project C.U.R.E.

December 1, Denver

Volunteers needed! Want to be added to the interest list? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

‘The Nutcracker’ performed by State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara 

December 9, Durango

15% off tickets. Call the box office at 970-247-7657 and mention ‘Girl Scouts’.