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Volunteer View: January 2020

Girl Scout Cookie Program runs February 2  – March 8, 2020

There is a new cookie this year, zesty, Lemon-Ups, that you have to try! Each cookie has a motivating statement on it, inspired by Girl Scouts.

Get ready to rock the Cookie Program by attending a cookie rally. Make sure you’re up to date on training and have reviewed cookie resources.

Cookie Rallies

Visit our events calendar to find a cookie rally near you or check with your service unit cookie manager about a rally in your area.

Download the 2020 Cookie Rally Guide and activity resources.

Find additional GSCO Cookie Program information on our Cookie Resources page.

Booth Selection Dates – Selection opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 11:59 p.m.

Jan. 27: First round of booth selections (Troops can select one booth location.)

Jan. 28: Second round of booth selections (Troops can select two booth locations.)

Jan. 29: Third round of booth selections (Troops can select three booth locations.)

Jan. 30: Fourth round of booth selections (Troops can select four booth locations.)

Jan. 31: Fifth round of booth selections (Remains open throughout cookie program.)

Other Important Dates

Feb. 1: Main Cookie Delivery Day – Troops will pick up cookies at the delivery site they select. Troops MUST HAVE submitted an ACH form for the 2019-2020 membership year in order to pick up their IO on delivery day.

Feb. 2: First day of the 2020 Cookie Program: My Sales booth, select Council booths and door-to-door sales begin.

Feb. 6: Cookie Cupboards open.

Feb. 15: Other Council booths begin.

Reminder: No additional money-earning activities may take place from February 2, 2020 (Cookie Program start date) through March 18, 2020 (ACH debit date).

Cookie Program Volunteer Training

Below are links to register for upcoming cookie program webinars:

Delivery Day Q & A – Webinar

Date: Tuesday January 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Digital Order Card (DOC) – Webinar

Date: Wednesday January 22, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

New TCM Cookie Program Training – Webinar

Date: Thursday January 23, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

New TCM Cookie Program Training – Webinar

Date: Wednesday February 5, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Online training for experienced troop cookie managers

If you are entering your third year or more as a troop cookie manager you can take your training online on gsLearn!

There are also many other courses available for you to take! Check out the Successful Leader Learning Series for new and updated information to be a successful leader! We are adding new courses all the time. Check back in frequently to see the new courses added to the library.

If you need assistance accessing gsLearn, please contact Kendy Doolen, instructional design manager, at 303-607-4891 or email her at Kendy.Doolen@gscolorado.org.

ACH Forms and TCM Agreements

All troops participating in the Cookie Program must complete an ACH form for the 2019-2020 membership year. Troops who have not submitted an ACH form prior to pickup will not be able to pick-up their cookie inventory Initial Order on delivery day.

Troop that submitted an ACH for the 2019 Fall Product Program, do not need to submit one for the Cookie Program.

  • All TCMs must complete and sign a TCM agreement (click here to access)
  • A TCM must fill out the TCM agreement, be approved by council, and have an approved ACH agreement in order to receive eBudde access. If a TCM did not receive a registration email from eBudde, they should reach out to their SUCM immediately.
  • TCMs should ensure all girls in their troop are registered and each girl has a valid email for their preferred contact in the membership database if they will be selling through the Digital Order Card. They should also ensure their rosters in eBudde are correct. If the roster needs to be updated, they should contact their VSS right away.

Have questions or need assistance? Please contact GSCO customer care at inquiry@gscolorado.org or call 1-877-404-5708.

GSCO on Facebook Live!

Have you checked out our Facebook Live events? We have been using Facebook Live to bring you quick “need to know” chats on everything from Product Program to badges.

To find out about these live events:

  1. Follow Girl Scouts of Colorado on Facebook.
  2. Go to “Events” and look for ones that start with “Facebook LIVE”. Click that you are interested or attending to get a reminder. You can also share the event with your fellow leaders or parents.
  3. Missed a live event? You can access the recorded videos under “videos” then “volunteer resources.”

Cookie Resources

Summer Camp registration opens January 23

The outdoor program team is hard at work planning summer camp season 2020! Both Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch have tons of awesome sessions with time on the zip-line, at the farm, hiking, or trips all over Colorado! Look for more information in the camp mailer sent to homes in early January and on the camp website.

Apply to be a GSCO Delegate

Girl Scouts of Colorado is requesting applications for delegates to attend the 2020 National Council Session. Apply online.

Requirements:

Delegates to the National Council Session must be registered Girl Scout members, at least 14 years of age, and be willing to serve a three-year term (2020-2023).

Delegates and Alternates must commit to participating in preparatory conference calls and webinars and attending all meetings of the National Council Session in Orlando, Florida, October 21-25, 2020.

Volunteer service awards

Recognize outstanding volunteers

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.

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

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 theVolunteer Recognition Award Guide. You can also learn more about how to write strong nominations and endorsements.

Questions? Please contact your volunteer support specialist or customer support at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Save the Date: Highest awards celebrations

Troops working on their Bronze and Silver award projects have until March 1 to submit the Bronze & Silver Notification Form to be invited to the 2020 Highest Awards Celebrations. Girls who plan on attending one of the celebrations need to RSVP using the GSCO registration link. The registration link will be live after March 1 and emailed to all troop leaders who submit their Bronze and Silver notification form as well as all Gold Award Girl Scouts who receive final approval between March 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020. Find a celebration in your area.

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

Girl Scouts is a global sisterhood

Take the lead on February 22 to celebrate World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!) This year’s World Thinking Day theme is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Check out our activity guides below to explore many 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! Check out all the global opportunities available to Girl Scouts available online through the Global section of anytime activities.

Activity Guide for Daises, Brownie, and Juniors

Activity Guide for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Questions? Contact gscoglobal@gmail.com

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Girl Scouts of Colorado begins search for new CEO

In December, Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote announced her plans to retire at the end of May. Stephanie has been the President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado since May 1, 2012, and, from 2007 to 2012, she served as Chair of the GSCO Board of Directors.

The GSCO Board of Directors has retained Evergreen Executive Source LLC of New Jersey to conduct a nationwide search for a CEO. Evergreen is an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting services for Girl Scout councils.

Board member Shannon Sisler is leading the Executive Search Committee, which will conduct the search process. Shannon is the Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for Crocs, where she is responsible for human resources globally.

The CEO search process will likely take several months.

If you know anyone who would be a great fit for Girl Scouts of Colorado, please share the job posting.

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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.

Upcoming events at Denver Center for the Performing Arts! Girl Scouts receive a patch for attending.

Goodnight Moon

January 25

Discounted tickets for 1:30 pm performance. Post-show workshop for Daisies & Brownies!

Mean Girls

April 10

Discounted tickets for 7:30 p.m. performance. Troops will be seated together. Information about tickets will be posted to the GSCO events calendar late February 2020.

Lion King

May 30 & June 13

Discounted tickets for 2 p.m. performances. Troops will be seated together. Information on tickets will be posted to the GSCO events calendar spring 2020.

Brownie Fair Play with Air Force Academy Women’s Basketball

January 24, Colorado Springs

Coach Chris Gobrecht will discuss teamwork, sportsmanship and more! Brownies who attend this workshop are eligible to receive their Fair Play badge on the court at the AFA vs Nevada Women’s basketball game on February 5. Participants have exclusive access to $7 pizza party tickets with fan tunnel and signed poster! Add $3 for badge. Registration online opens this week!

Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

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 2020 Secrets to Success events. Every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. 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.

Girl Scout Day with CSU Women’s Basketball

January 25, Fort Collins

Lady Rams take on Utah State. Girl Scouts in attendance receive special patch! Use promo code GIRLSCOUTS to purchase tickets here.

Girl Scout Night with Colorado Eagles

February 7, Loveland

Top two troops with the most ticket referrals each get a cookie booth at the Family & Faith game on Sunday, March 1 at the Budweiser Events Center. To request a custom group code (provide troop name/number), contact Ryan Nugent at 970-686-SHOT (7468) ext. 111.

Girl Scout Night with the CO Avalanche

February 13, Denver

Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche! All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the Washington Capitals.  The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold over 500 packages at their booth!

Girl Scout Day with CU Women’s Basketball

February 16, Boulder

Lady Buffs take on #1 Ranked Stanford at NOON. Doors open 11 am for activities with CU female athletes from various sports. Meet-and-greet following game. Girl Scouts in attendance receive special patch! Use promo code GIRLSCOUTS to purchase discounted tickets here.

Girl Scout Night with the Harlem Globetrotters

March 1, 2020, Colorado Springs

Troops that refer the most tickets could be highlighted on the court and/or invited to sell cookies outside the venue.

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Resource Center

March 7, Woodland Park

All Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Leaders in uniform are FREE for this fun, interactive activity day! From 10am-4pm enjoy stations throughout the center No registration required. Visit rmdrc.com for more info.

Girl Scout Night at Disney on Ice

March 20, Colorado Springs

Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories at The Broadmoor World Arena Special Girl Scout section at the performance.

Girl Scout Night with South Metro Fire Rescue

March 30, 6-9 pm, Parker

Learn First-Aid with South Metro Fire’s First Responders, talk to firefighters about their jobs, and learn basic first aid skills. Registration will open in January.

Disney on Ice presents Celebrate Memories

April 3, Loveland

Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories at Budweiser Events Center at The Ranch. Use promo code TROOP online for discount pricing to 7pm performance.Seating chart and flyer.

Save the Date: CO Women’s Hall of Fame Patch Workshop

April 4, Grand Junction

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to earn a Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch. This new patch program launched in January 2019 to provide girls across the state an opportunity to learn the stories of women who shaped Colorado and our nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, and creativity.

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

April 18, Greeley

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 our first Northern Colorado program. Any girl in grades 6-12 is invited to the program. Emailcarol.griffin@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list. Share save the date flier now! 

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

Save the Date: Daisy Flower Garden Journey at Denver Botanic Gardens

May 17, Denver

Registration will open March 2020.

 

It’s cookie time: Place your Initial Orders by Monday, January 13, 2020

Join the GSCO Product Program team for a Facebook Live event on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at noon to discuss Initial Orders and what you should consider when forecasting your Initial Order.

If you miss the live broadcast, you can watch the video on our Facebook page and share it with other volunteers. Go to the videos tab and look for the Girl Scout Cookies  video playlist.

For more information: Register for the eBudde live webinar with a focus on Initial Orders on Friday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/ebudde_101_w_initial.html

2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program starts February 2

eBudde is now open to TCMs! Access is granted to TCMs after they have submitted their TCM Agreement form, and their troop has submitted their ACH authorization form, and both forms have been processed by GSCO. An email to gain access to eBudde is sent to the email address that TCMs included on their TCM Agreement forms. If you have multiple emails that you use, be sure to check the inbox of all accounts!

Still need to submit TCM/ACH forms? Click on links below:

2020 TCM Agreement

2020 ACH Form

Upcoming Dates:

  1. January 10 – Last day transfer girls between troops. PLEASE check your troop roster and contact your volunteer support specialist about any changes needed.
  2. January 13– Initial Orders (IO) are due.
  3. *January 20– eBudde will open for MySale submissions by TCM’s. *A change this year to allow time for all council sites to be entered prior to MySale approvals.
  4. February 1 – Main cookie delivery day – Troop ACH forms MUST have been received and processed by GSCO BEFORE cookie inventory can be picked up.

Want to volunteer at a delivery day site? Contact the product program specialist in your area!

Find cookie program volunteer resources on our GSCO Cookie Resources page. Need to take TCM training? You can find volunteer learning opportunities on our Events Calendar.

Volunteer View: December 2019

Apply to be a GSCO Delegate

Girl Scouts of Colorado is requesting applications for delegates to attend the 2020 National Council Session. Apply online.

Requirements:

Delegates to the National Council Session must be registered Girl Scout members, at least 14 years of age, and be willing to serve a three-year term (2020-2023).

Delegates and Alternates must commit to participating in preparatory conference calls and webinars and attending all meetings of the National Council Session in Orlando, Florida, October 21-25, 2020.

Celebrate “Holidays the Girl Scout Way”

When Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912, one of her goals was to make Girl Scouts available to all girls. From that first troop gathering of 18 culturally and ethnically diverse girls, Juliette broke the conventions of the time—reaching across class, cultural, and ethnic boundaries to ensure all girls had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills.

This holiday season:

  • Embrace the diversity in Girl Scouts and the world around us.
  • Embrace the Girl Scout value of giving back through community service.
  • Give the gift of Girl Scouts so that all may participate.

Daisy’s Circle, named for our founder, is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. $19.12 per month can provide nine girls with annual Girl Scout memberships. That’s nine more girls who will join this amazing organization with its 107-year history of living and celebrating The Girl Scout Way.

Special “Holidays the Girl Scout Way” Offer

Join Daisy’s Circle any time during December 2019 and receive a coupon for a 40% discount and free shipping from the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop! *

Celebrate “Holidays the Girl Scout Way” by joining Daisy’s Circle!

* Discount applies to transactions completed in-person at Girl Scout Shop in Denver, via phone at 1-855-472-7026 or email Retail@gscolorado.org. Coupon cannot be combined with other offers, used on prior purchases, transferred, copied or used online or through Girl Scouts of the USA.  Offer limited to in-stock merchandise only based on availability. Expires 3/31/2020.

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Are you ready for the Cookie Program?

Check out the Cookie Volunteer Checklist to see if you are on track!

  • Troop leaders and/or troop cookie managers please make sure your troop has submitted and ACH agreement form and a TCM agreement form.
  • Check your troop rosters now to make sure all girls participating in your troop have current memberships.
    • If there are girls on your roster who are not participating in your troop, contact your volunteer support specialist to update your roster.
    • The deadline to transfer girls between troops or to note them as inactive in your troop is January 10.

Please remember that no additional money-earning activities may take place during the cookie program – from February 2 (Cookie Program start) to March 18, 2020. (ACH debit).

If you have questions about the Cookie Program, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Volunteer Service Awards

Recognize outstanding volunteers

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.

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!

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 theVolunteer Recognition Award Guide. You can also learn more about how to write strong nominations and endorsements.

Questions? Please contact your Volunteer Support Specialist or Customer Support at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Learn more

Outdoor Program News

Summer Camp updates

Save the date! Camp registration opens January 23!

The outdoor program team is hard at work planning summer camp season 2020! Both Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch have tons of awesome sessions with time on the zip-line, at the farm, hiking, or trips all over Colorado! Look for more information in the camp mailer sent to homes in early January and on the camp website.

Outdoor Adventure Club

Registration is open for January Outdoor Adventure Club events! The OAC Trailblazers (7th – 12th grade) are going ice climbing and having an overnight at Sky High January 11 – 12. The OAC Explorers (6th grade) are having a winter fun adventure with ice skating, snow activities and outdoor cooking. For more information visit the OAC website or contact anna.danila@gscolorado.org.

Upcoming Events at Camp!

Expedition and Mini Expedition Antarctica

January 17 -19, 2020

Cost: $135/person

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. Our special guest instructor this year will be Jessie Krebs, head instructor at SERE Training. We will set up tents outside the lodge, so campers can come inside if the weather gets too intense. We’ll have plenty of hot cocoa and cider as well!  Register now. Spaces are limited!

This camp is for girls and the significant male role model/guardian (age 18+) in their lives. Girls should register with the adult male who will be attending. Adults can come with multiple daughters, if desired. Limited accommodations are available for campers who wish to attend with a female adult instead. Please contact kim.petau@gscolorado.org if you’d like more information about special accommodations. This is classified as a family event, not a troop event, so each child must have a parent/guardian attend with them. All attendees (girls and adults) must have a current Girl Scout membership. Don’t want to spend the night? We have an Saturday only option for all levels of Girl Scouts. Register here.

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 Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets

January 11, Denver

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets on January 11! All Girl Scouts are invited to cheer on the Nuggets as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers and have a sleepover after the game! The troop with the most ticket referrals will be invited to have a Girl Scout cookie booth at the end of the Nuggets game on February 23!

Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

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 2020 Secrets to Success events. Every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. 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.

Girl Scout Night with the CO Avalanche

February 13, Denver

Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche! All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the Washington Capitals.  The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold over 500 packages at their booth!

Save the Date: CO Women’s Hall of Fame Patch Workshop

April 4, Grand Junction

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to earn a Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch. This new patch program launched in January 2019 to provide girls across the state an opportunity to learn the stories of women who shaped Colorado and our nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, and creativity.

Save the Date: Mean Girls

April 10, Denver

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors save the date for a night out at Mean Girls! Limited discounted tickets available for Girl Scouts at the 7:30 p.m. performance on Friday, April 10, 2020. Limited tickets available for $54/person. Troops will be seated together. Tickets will go on sale through the GSCO events calendar late February 2020.

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

April 18, Greeley

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 our first Northern Colorado program. Any girl in grades 6-12 is invited to the program. Emailcarol.griffin@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list. Share save the date flier now! 

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

Save the Date: Daisy Flower Garden Journey at Denver Botanic Gardens

May 17, Denver

Registration will open March 2020.

 

Day camp volunteer search for Broomfield

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver

Broomfield

With winter break just around the corner, it may seem wild to be thinking about Summer 2020 already, but that’s just what we’re doing! We’re looking for volunteers to help our day camps be successful. Volunteers don’t have to be troop leaders – any Girl Scout parent is eligible.

Troop 63572 is hosting two day camps in the Broomfield area over the summer. Magical Mysteries will take place at Interlocken Park June 15 – 19 and Magical Mysteries will take place at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church July 27-31. Adults who volunteer for a week can get their girl’s entire registration fee reimbursed – free camp!

Volunteering at day camp is a lot of fun and is a great way to give back to Girl Scouts. As an adult volunteer at our camps, you step in only when needed – the older girls run the show and plan the activities. Being a volunteer at day camp is a great way to share the Girl Scout progression and be a part of the leadership experience.

Visit our website at https://scoutingforfun.com for more information or email us at camplikeagirlscout@gmail.com.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Connections: December 2019

 

 

 

 

Colorado Gives Day is December 10

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. On December 10, 2019, you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. To make giving even easier, schedule your donation today.

By supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, your donation dollars go further than they would on any other day of the year. That’s because the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases all donations made on December 10! Every non-profit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Schedule your donation today or give on December 10.  Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Donate

Summer Camp Registration opens Jan. 23

Live. Love. Camp! Girl Scout Camp is where your girl is surrounded and supported by girls, where she can go beyond dreaming to actual doing! At camp she’ll try new things, step out of her comfort zone, and embrace her curiosity. Girl Scout Camp is a girl-led, girl-friendly place where everything girls do – whether it’s climbing to the top of a mountain, leading an all-camp performance, or gathering her courage to zip down the zip line – leads to leadership.

Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org to learn more about the awesome adventures we have in store for summer 2020.

Upcoming events at camp

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. or 12 p.m.

Cost: $15 (ages 4 and older), free for kids 3-years-old and younger
Bring your friends and family to Tomahawk Ranch for a delicious brunch, a visit with Santa and a fun visit to his barnyard. You can also savor sweets and lollies a plenty and warm up at the campfire with hot cocoa and cider. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa and his furry friends at the barn. When purchasing tickets for this event you will be able to register for your preferred time slot. An event itinerary will be provided after registration. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline for registration is December 9.

Expedition and Mini Expedition Antarctica

January 17 -19, 2020

Cost: $135/person

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. Our special guest instructor this year will be Jessie Krebs, head instructor at SERE Training. This camp is for girls and their significant male role model/guardian (age 18+) in her life. Girls should register with the adult male who will be attending. Adults can come with multiple girls, if desired. Limited accommodations are available for campers who wish to attend with a female adult instead.  Register now. Spaces are limited!

Is your Girl Scout ready to earn one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards

Do you know that Girl Scouts can earn one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards as early as fourth grade? Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. And the skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

Gold Award: The mark of the truly remarkable
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—and it’s only available through Girl Scouts! To earn this unique award, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good by tackling issues dear to their hearts while driving lasting change in their communities and beyond.

Girl Scout Silver Award

Girl Scout Cadettes flex their leadership muscles by doing research and taking action on issues of their choice. Through their commitment to their communities, girls gain confidence and skills that will catapult them to Gold Award success—all while creating positive change.

Girl Scout Bronze Award

By taking action with others to improve their communities, Girl Scout Juniors gain important leadership skills and learn that even seemingly small actions can make a big impact.

Learn more

2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program begins Feb. 2

When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than life-changing experiences and adventure. They also develop essential life skills—goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership the Girl Scout way to lift one another up and change the world, together.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program runs Feb. 2 – March 8.

Visit our website to find a training or cookie rally near you!

Upcoming Events

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout groups of 10 or more (including chaperones, friends, and family) contact Bobbie Fanchini at 800-320-1733 or bobbie@nutcracker.com to learn more about exclusive Girl Scout rates. All Girl Scouts will receive a Moscow Ballet Fun Patch with their ticket, and groups of 25 or more (all GS count as one group) are invited to a day-of-show meet and greet with a ballerina!

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

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 2020 Secrets to Success events. Every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. 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.

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

 

Get ready for Girl Scout Cookie Season

December is a busy time of year for all and preparations for the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program are well underway! For new troops and for those of you who are new to being troop cookie managers, you might be wondering what can do in December and January to get ready to support the girls in your troop through cookie season.

The checklist below will guide you through the steps to take to be prepared.

You will receive additional information and resources when you attend training. Also, know that you will have the support of peers – the service unit cookie manager (SUCM) and other key volunteers in your area, as well as GSCO staff. Your volunteer support specialist and product program specialist can answer your questions and guide you through the responsibilities of the TCM role.

  • Attend TCM training. Go to our events page to register for classes in your area or go to the TCM training blog article to see the list of trainings with registration links.
  • Submit your ACH authorization form and TCM agreement form for this new membership year (ACH and TCM forms are submitted annually.) TCM’s who have completed their ACH form and TCM agreement form, will gain access to eBudde on/after December 16, 2019.
  • Make sure that everything is current with your troop bank account and that all signers on the account are updated.
  • Once you have access to eBudde, verify bank account information.
  • Check the troop roster before January 10, 2020 to ensure that all girls who are active in your troop have a current membership. Girls must have a current membership to participate in the Cookie Program. If there are girls listed on your roster who are not active in your troop, contact your volunteer support specialist to have your roster updated. Girls cannot transfer between troops after January 10, 2020.
  • Submit your initial order of cookie inventory by January 13, 2020 8 p.m. MST. Reach out to your service unit cookie manager (SUCM) for assistance.
  • Check with your SUCM to see if there is a cookie rally happening in your area and plan for your troop to attend! It’s a great way for girls to meet other Girl Scouts and get ready for cookie season!
  • Collaborate with the troop leadership team to coach the girls to discuss their goals and what they want to do with their troop
  • Have a family meeting in January. Present the Cookie Program training. Have caregivers sign permission slips. Have girls talk about their goals. Ask for family support during cookie season. Create a group agreement so that everyone is clear on what’s expected and how they can contribute.
  • February 1 – Delivery Day! TCM’s plan for cookie inventory pick-up and distribution to girls and caregivers.

Have questions or need assistance? Please call GSCO Customer Care at 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

2020 Cookie Program service unit incentive: New this year

Girl Scouts of Colorado service units will receive an incentive of $.01 (penny) per package of Girl Scout Cookies sold, if the number of packages sold in 2020 are 3% over the number of packages sold in 2019.

If the number of packages sold in 2020 is 6% (or more) over the number of packages sold in 2019, service units will receive $.02 per package.

These incentives are not cumulative.

Incentives earned could help provide special events and activities for the Girl Scouts and volunteers in your community!

Service Units need to submit a current ACH form for the service unit bank account in order to receive the incentive deposit. Click on the link to complete an ACH form: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/ACH.html

There are some great new girl rewards too! Want to have a sneak peek? Click here to look at the girl incentives.

Register for TCM Cookie Program Training

Are you the troop cookie manager (TCM) for your troop? Excellent! Thank you for supporting girls and adults during the 2020 cookie program! New TCM training is required for all first and second year TCMs and experienced TCM training is required for all third year+ TCMs. Note that some trainings offered are “new” and “experienced” combined, to better serve rural communities.

Below is a list of statewide, in-person, TCM trainings by date. Register for TCM training today! Click on the title of the training and you’ll be directed to the registration page. All TCM training classes are FREE. A confirmation email will be sent to you after you register.  Service unit cookie managers, troop cookie managers, and troop leaders are also invited to attend TCM training.

During TCM training you will learn what to consider when placing your initial order and how to use eBudde to manage inventory through different phases of the program. New features in eBudde will also be highlighted, along with tips to make cookie booths a success, and how-to best support girls in your troop and their families. Attending in-person volunteer training also gives you an opportunity to have your questions answered, share your experiences, and connect with other volunteers.

Statewide, in-person Girl Scout Cookie Program training (listed by date)

New and Experienced TCM Training – Durango

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 6 – 9 p.m

Region: Southwestern Colorado

Location: Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church

New and Experienced TCM Training – Cortez

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 6 – 9 p.m

Region: Western Colorado

Location: First United Methodist Church

New TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Friday December 6, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Martin School of Early Education

New and Experienced TCM Training – Longmont – Morning

Date: Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Location: Heart of Longmont Church

New and Experienced TCM Training – Longmont – Afternoon

Date: Saturday, December 7, 1 – 4 p.m.

Region: Northern and Northeast Colorado

Location: Heart of Longmont Church

Experienced TCM Training – Colorado Springs

Date: Saturday, December 7, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Region: Pikes Peak

Location: Pikes Peak Library 21C

New TCM Training – Colorado Springs

Date: Saturday, December 7, 12:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Region: Pikes Peak

Location: Pikes Peak Library 21C

New and Experienced TCM Training – Frisco

Date: Saturday December 7, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Region: Mountain Communities

Location: Summit County Church of Christ

New and Experienced TCM Training – Rifle

Date: Monday December 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Western Colorado

Location: Rifle Library

New TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Martin School of Early Education- Ogden St

New and Experienced TCM Training – Montrose

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Western Colorado

Location: Montrose Library

New and Experienced TCM Training – Gypsum

Date: Thursday December 12,  6 – 9 p.m

Region: Mountain Communities

Location: Grace Fellowship Church

New TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Thursday December 12, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Martin School of Early Education- Ogden St

TCM Training

New and Experienced TCM Training – Denver Metro – Morning

Date: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Colorado Christian University – Leprino Hall

New and Experienced TCM Training – Denver Metro – Afternoon

Date: Saturday, December 14, 1 – 4 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Colorado Christian University – Leprino Hall

New and Experienced TCM Training – Loveland – Morning

Date: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Location: Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth and Community Building

New and Experienced TCM Training – Loveland – Afternoon

Date: Saturday, December 14, 1 – 4 p.m.

Region: Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Location: Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth and Community Building

New and Experienced TCM Training – Grand Junction

Date: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Western Colorado

Location: GSCO Grand Junction office

New and Experienced TCM Training – Pueblo

Date: Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Region: Pueblo

Location: Pueblo City/County Library – Rawlings (Main) Branch, 4th Floor

Experienced TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 7 – 9 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Smoky Hill Library, Room A

New and Experienced TCM Training – La Junta

Date: Saturday, January 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Region: Southeastern Colorado

Location: First Presbyterian Church, La Junta

Volunteer View: November 2019

We want your feedback

As GSUSA begins planning the second edition of the Girl Scout Family Connection/La Conexión Familiar de Girl Scouts, we would love your input. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.  Please respond by November 27.

Take the survey today

November 17 is National Take a Hike Day!

When Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912, hiking, camping, and being outdoors were key to the girls’ experience. These days, Girl Scouts are still hiking and earning new outdoor badges.

Help Colorado girls get outside and celebrate Daisy’s vision of getting girls outdoors by joining Daisy’s Circle with a monthly donation of $19.12

Named for our founder, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program.  $19.12 per month can provide nine girls with annual Girl Scout memberships. This means nine more girls can get hiking and growing through Girl Scouts!

More information or to join go to gscodaisyscircle.org

Volunteer Training

Get up to date training on gsLearn! New and existing troop leadership team members with a 2020 membership have access to gsLearn by logging in through their VTK. Login here!

For all other volunteer roles, we are working hard to get you access to the system and will send you a notification with instructions on how to log in soon.

A couple things to know upon your first log in:

  1. Your dashboard might not immediately load. Log out and after 30 minutes log back in, this should allow the system enough time to load your dashboard.
    2. The courses you will see in your dashboard are:
  • Successful Leader Learner Series
  • The Travel Peak. This is a learning pathway that houses all travel trainings available online.
  • How to Manage Your Volunteer Toolkit (Girl Scouts of Colorado)
  • Volunteer Toolkit Tutorials (GSUSA)
  • Girl Scouts in the Outdoors (GSUSA)
  1. There is also a course library which we are adding to all the time. Be sure to check it out!
  2. Please be patient as we work through the hiccups of rolling out a new platform. We appreciate your feedback as it really is a team effort to make gsLearn successful!

Have questions? Email Kendy Doolen!

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

We are excited for our volunteers to have this resource! See you online.

Volunteer Essentials has been updated

Volunteer Essentials, the encyclopedia to volunteering with Girl Scouts, is live on our website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/volunteer-essentials. You’ll find what you need to get started with your volunteer journey and answers to questions that come up throughout the year. This resource is updated annually by Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Colorado. Even if you’ve been volunteering a long time, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest Volunteer Essentials. Updates this year include:

  • A separate section for GSCO-specific troop and volunteer rules and guidelines. Go here first whenever you are unsure of expectations.
  • Clarified guidelines for troop financial management. Check this section whenever there are changes to your group’s bank account or you have questions about financial management.
  • Don’t forget to check Safety Activity Checkpoints when planning any Girl Scout activity. This comprehensive resource is updated every year and provides safety standards, guidelines, and other vital information.

Learn more

Product Program Update

Fall Product Program – Wrap Up!

We had a successful Fall Product Program! Thanks to all volunteers for supporting girls, caregivers, and other volunteers.

A few things to note:

  • Deliveries of nuts and candies to service units have started and will continue until all items have been distributed. Please encourage girls to deliver products to their customers within a week after receiving the items. Many people will want to have their goodies ahead of Thanksgiving!
  • There’s still time to enter the Giant Plush Rhino contest!
  • Girl rewards will be delivered to service units starting the week of December 2.

Cookie Program – Time to Get Ready!

  • Troop leaders and/or troop cookie managers please make sure your troop has submitted an ACH agreement form and a TCM agreement form.
  • Check your troop rosters now to make sure all girls participating in your troop have current memberships.
    • If there are girls on your roster who are not participating in your troop, contact your volunteer support specialist.
    • The deadline to transfer girls between troops or to note them as inactive in your troop is January 10.

Cookie Training beginning soon!

SUCM training begins mid-November. In-person trainings for TCM’s are available in areas all-around the state. Check the events page on our website, or see theattached cookie program training flyer with date information and register for training.

Please remember that no additional money-earning activities may take place during the 2020 cookie program – from February 2 (Cookie Program start) to March 18 (ACH debit).

If you have questions about either the Fall Product Program or the Cookie Program, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor Program News

Food service and activity request policies for troops using GSCO properties have been updated. Please read more on the blog.

Upcoming Events at Camp

Sky High Tree Lighting and Brunch

Sunday, December 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: $10 (Children); $15 (Adults)

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 begins at 10 a.m. and the tree lighting ceremony will begin at noon.

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. or 12 p.m.

Cost: $15 (ages 4 and older), free for kids 3-years-old and younger
Bring your friends and family to Tomahawk Ranch for a delicious brunch, a visit with Santa and a fun visit to his barnyard. You can also savor sweets and lollies a plenty and warm up at the campfire with hot cocoa and cider. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa and his furry friends at the barn. When purchasing tickets for this event you will be able to register for your preferred time slot. An event itinerary will be provided after registration.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline for registration is December 9.

Expedition and Mini Expedition Antarctica

January 17 -19, 2020

Cost: $135/person

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. Our special guest instructor this year will be Jessie Krebs, head instructor at SERE Training. This camp is for girls and their significant male role model/guardian (age 18+) in their life. Girls should register with the adult male who will be attending. Adults can come with multiple daughters, if desired. Limited accommodations are available for campers who wish to attend with a female adult instead.  Register now. Spaces are limited!

Tomahawk Winter ‘Summer’ Camp

January 17-19, 2020

Cost: $210 per girl

This is a summer camp experience in the winter! Designed for the individual girl to camp at Tomahawk. All programming and staffing is provided by the Tomahawk Ranch staff. Come make new friends, sing around the campfire, and roast marshmallows, visit the barnyard animals, create crafts, learn winter survival skills, gaze at the stars and so much more! A perfect opportunity for first timers AND those who have camped with us for years! Accommodations are heated indoor cabins with bunk beds and fully equipped bathrooms. A commemorative T-shirt and all housing, meals, programming and supervision are included in the price. Drop-off on Friday is between 5:30-6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Pick-up on Sunday is after lunch between 2-3 p.m. For any questions please email Tomahawk Ranch at tomahawk.ranch@gscolorado.org

Upcoming Events

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout groups of 10 or more (including chaperones, friends, and family) contact Bobbie Fanchini at 800-320-1733 or bobbie@nutcracker.com to learn more about exclusive Girl Scout rates. All Girl Scouts will receive a Moscow Ballet Fun Patch with their ticket, and groups of 25 or more (all GS count as one group) are invited to a day-of-show meet and greet with a ballerina!

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

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. 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.

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City