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Volunteer View: July 2018

You’re more than a Girl Scout. You’re a G.I.R.L.

We believe there’s no such thing as too much. That there’s no excuse for making excuses. Our strength doesn’t come from how much we can lift, but from how often we can lift ourselves back up. We are everyday optimists. Adventure seekers. Problem solvers. We are girls, troop leaders, mentors, advocates, parents, Girl Scouts. We are G.I.R.L.s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader). We will not stop. In fact, we’re just getting started. If your troop is able to host a recruitment event in your area, please contact your VSS.

Renew today 

Outdoor Adventure Club

Passports for the 2018-2019 Outdoor Adventure Club season are available through August 8. Purchase your older Girl Scout’s passport now to attend year-round high adventure events across the state.

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Outdoor Programs

Sign up now for the Summer Heat Taster on Wednesday, July 25, 9 a.m – 5 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Fire Department Tower! Female firefighters volunteer their time to teach girls firefighting and leadership skills. Girls wear real firefighting gear while learning and working through a series of fire-related challenges.

This event is open to Cadette girls going into 8th grade in fall 2018 and Seniors and Ambassadors. Troops can attend together, but girls will register individually. Additional adults for supervision are not required at this event, but if interested can register as a volunteer.

Register today

Inside Scoop: Coming summer 2019, a week long summer heat fire camp! Want more than the taster? A full week of fun activities such as: an aerial ladder climb; search and rescue techniques; vehicle extrication; and working with hose lines while suited up in protective firefighting gear and breathing apparatus. The highlight of the week is a live fire exercise where the Summer Heat participants will extinguish a real propane fire! There is no physical requirement to participate in this camp.

Highest Awards

All girls who have bridged to Cadettes or Seniors have until Sept. 30 to notify GSCO they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award, respectively. Fill out the online Bronze or Silver Award notification form to let us know that your girls have earned a highest award.

Gold Award rubrics

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to publish new Gold Award rubrics for girls around the state 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.

eLearning Enrichment

Want to feel confident about handling conflict situations in your troop? Log in to our online learning site to access our Conflict Fluency training.

The class offers guided instruction on managing and resolving disagreements, along with a workbook you can download, which offers a variety of situations and solutions to handle issues as they arise.

Want to make managing troop funds easier? Cheddar Up partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado to create a custom collecting platform, and a class to show you how to use it! The platform helps troops move money collecting online, and you can use it for troop dues, payment for field trips, or to collect payment for troop special events. Having an online payment option makes the task of collecting payment significantly easier and more secure for troop leaders. Plus, there’s a built-in tool to send out payment reminders!

Go to our eLearning site today and check out the Cheddar Up Financial Literacy in a Digital World training video. Be sure to also take a look at the troop budgeting spreadsheets, found in the “resources” section of the course!

Questions about GSCO eLearning or the Volunteer Toolkit? Please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager.

Leadership Summits and Super Saturday events

Networking opportunities, a variety of volunteer training, and enrichment classes will be offered for new and experienced leaders, along with classes for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Get energized for the new membership year by meeting other volunteers and enhancing your skills by taking classes that support your experience as a volunteer!

Volunteers are welcome to register and attend any of the Leadership Summits and Super Saturday training events.

Leadership Summits
Aug. 25: Colorado Springs
Sept. 8: Loveland
Sept. 29: Denver
Registration and full details coming soon!

Super Saturdays
Sept. 29: Durango
Oct. 13: La Junta
Oct. 20: Grand Junction
MCC will be at all Leadership Summits and select other training events to conduct Voices 2018 while surveying members on a range of topics designed to provide feedback to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors and senior council leadership. Your feedback is valued and important, please plan to stop by and visit with us and express your opinion!

Older Girl Journey Weekend

Ready for some outdoor fun?! Older Girl Journey Weekend is September 21-23 at Sky High Ranch. Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will strengthen their outdoor skills and ignite their passion for environmental stewardship as they earn components of the new Outdoor Journey. Cost is $90/girl and $40/adult chaperone. There are a  limited number of Program Aide (must have completed internship) spots at $50/girl. This is a drop-off event, registered adults will be expected to assist in supervision of girls.

Register today before spots fill up!

Apply for the Older Girl Advisory Board

Looking for a way to grow your leadership skills? Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) applications are open! OGAB members play an integral role in the enrichment of girl experience across Colorado through planning retreats and monthly virtual meetings with council staff. Check out what graduating Seniors Bailey and Emma said about their experience in OGAB, then apply with two references are due by September 18.

Safety Checkpoints updated

The 2018 Safety Activity Checkpoints are now available on our website. Please check this resource before planning activities with your girls. Read more about changes this year on the blog.

Upcoming events

July 27-29 – Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens, Denver.
Join us for our annual weekend at the park for our best Girl Scout ticket price. Cost is $25.99/person.

Aug. 4 – Girl Scout Night with Colorado Switchbacks Soccer, Colorado Springs.  Girl Scouts, friends, and family can enjoy discounted tickets and cheer on the Switchbacks as they take on the OKC Energy.

Aug. 12 – Girl Scout Night with the Grand Junction Rockies Baseball, Grand Junction. Cheer on the Grand Junction Rockies as they take on the Helena Brewers! Registration information is coming soon!

August 26 – Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies, Denver
Cost: Tickets range in price depending on seat location. Come cheer on the Rockies as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Girl Scouts can participate in a pre-game parade and get a special event patch. Last year tickets sold out before the game, so get your tickets early this year here and use promo code GS2018. A portion of ticket sales will be donated back to GSCO.

Safety Activity Checkpoints: New rules impacting girl travel

Attention Girl Scout volunteers and families: Safety Activity Checkpoints has been updated. The revised version is available on our website at www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org under “Forms,” or click here to go directly to the guidebook. This resource provides instructions and recommendations for girls and adults to stay safe while participating in various activities.

Two new guidelines to be aware of regarding travel with girls are:

Transportation

Uber, Lyft, Curb, and similar ridesharing companies are not permitted to transport girls because the safety, credibility, and insurance of the drivers is far more difficult to qualify than that of traditional or well-known charter and rental companies. Complete auto insurance coverage is often not available or not sufficient for the majority of rideshare drivers. (SAC, Page 10)

Overnight Accommodations

The use of Airbnb and other private rentals is not permitted. The safety, credibility, and insurance requirements of private rentals are difficult to qualify compared to traditional commercial properties. For these reasons, the guideline is to stay away from private rentals such as Airbnb, VRBO, Flipkey, Romana, Homeaway, VayStays, Tripping, Wimdu, and Couchsurfing. (SAC, Page 11)

Read pages one-three in Safety Activity Checkpoints, to see which activities are included in the guide. It’s a good way to get ideas about different options for your troop or group. Once you decide what you are going to do, you can then consult the relevant section, and share the instructions with the other adults and the girls in your group before planning and engaging in the activity. For an overview of general safety rules for all Girl Scouts activities, review pages 4-15 in SAC.

Openings for Urban Trails Day Camp July 30 – Aug. 3

Submitted by Tiffany Stone

Metro Denver

Denver

There are still TWO more ADULT VOLUNTEER openings for the Urban Trail service unit’s upcoming day camp!

Details:
Urban Trails Day Camp
Cherry Creek State Park
July 30 – August 3, 2018

Perks:
A 90% DISCOUNT for your girl to go to this day camp. The whole week of camp will cost around $20!
Frappacinos galore
Canoeing
Awesome Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors to hang with all week
Free hat
Lessons and activities already planned
AMAZING PA helpers and AMAZING adults to work with

The Catch?:
You need to volunteer the entire week. It is a 830 a.m. – 3: 30 p.m. commitment.
You will need to bring your own lunch, as all campers do.
This camp is for Brownies/Juniors and PA’s/PAI’s (no Daisies for this camp)

IF you are interested in having your girl come to this camp with you as a volunteer, please contact me ASAP at (303) 204-4675 or urbantrailsdenver@gmail.com. This offer must close on July 16!

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

Volunteer View: June 2018

Then. Now. Always.

Girl Scouts: preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure.

Check out our incredible new PSA ,”Lifetime of Leadership,” which celebrates notable Girl Scout alums and their amazing accomplishments and is narrated by Girl Scout alum, Queen Latifah.The incredible women featured in the video – including U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Susan Collins, Melinda Gates, Dolores Huerta, and Tyra Banks – serve as role models for today’s girls and young women, and they powerfully reflect the impact Girl Scouts have and what they are truly made of.

Please share it on your social media channels to show how @girlscouts and @gscolo have been taking the lead for more than a century.  Show it to your girls at a troop kick off – it’s truly inspiring! Be sure to use #becauseofGirlScouts when sharing your Girl Scout story.

Learn more

Volunteer Toolkit Access

Attention Troop Leaders: If you want to save any information from your 2017-18 year plan, or if you have started planning for your next troop year, please download and save or print all information (meeting plans, meeting or activity notes, badges/Journeys earned, attendance records) no later than Thursday, June 28.

The Volunteer Toolkit will automatically archive all information stored in the toolkit on July 1, but any year plans for the upcoming Girl Scout year will not be saved. It’s best to download and save or print all information that you want to keep.

You will not be able to access any tabs in your Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) from Friday, June 29 through Friday, July 13. During the same time period, all volunteers and family members will still have access to myGS, Member Profile, to renew memberships and update member information.

If you have any questions, please contact your Volunteer Support Specialist.

OGAB (Older Girl Advisory Board): Applications now open

We are seeking Seniors or Ambassadors interested in joining OGAB for the 2018-19 membership year. OGAB members have the opportunity to provide direct feedback of current and future programming, participate in leadership and development workshops and serve as the voice for Girl Scouts across Colorado.

Interested applicants can find more information and link to the application on the Older Girl Advisory Board section of our website. Questions? Contact Emily Speck, emily.speck@gscolorado.org 303-607-4811.

Learn more

Kick off fall with the Older Girl Journey Weekend

Strengthen your outdoor skills and ignite your passion for environmental stewardship at the 2018 Older Girl Outdoor Journey Weekend at Sky High Ranch on Sept. 21-23, 2018.

Girls will complete Outdoor Journey components* through a weekend full of incredible activities, such as night hikes, preparing for backcountry camping, creating outdoor art, and camping outdoors. All girls will be participating in the Outdoor Journey but will complete specific badge work depending on their program level.
Cost: $90/ girl, $50/ PA who are volunteering, $40/adult.

Register today before spots fill up!

*Girls should plan to complete their Take Action project on their own outside of Journey Weekend.

Outdoor Programs

Session highlights, see our camp website for more information! 

OAC 2018-2019 passports opened May 21.

Do you know of some families or troops who are still interested in camp? We still have some available spots!

Join the MCC at Leadership Summits this fall

When it’s time to return to troop in the fall, please join the Membership Connection Committee (MCC) at a Leadership Summit or Super Saturday Training. For more information please visit lasted blog post. 

eLearning Enrichment

Want to feel confident about handling conflict situations in your troop? Log-in to our online learning site to access our Conflict Fluency training. The class offers guided instruction on managing and resolving disagreements, along with a workbook that you can download, that offers a variety of situations and multiple solutions to equip you with how to handle issues as they arise.

Want to make managing troop funds easier? Cheddar Up partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado to create a custom collecting platform, and a class to show you how to use it! The platform helps troops move money collecting online, and you can use it for troop dues, payment for field trips, or to collect payment for troop special events. Having an online payment option makes the task of collecting payment significantly easier and more secure for troop leaders. Plus, there’s a built-in tool to send out payment reminders!

Go to our eLearning site today and check out the Cheddar Up Financial Literacy in a Digital World training video. Be sure to also take a look at the troop budgeting spreadsheets, found in the “resources” section of the course!

Questions about GSCO eLearning or the Volunteer Toolkit? Please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager.

Upcoming Events

June 30 – No Man’s Land Film Festival, Grand Junction. 
Cost: $15 Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited to the No Man’s Land Film Festival at the Avalon Theater in Grand Junction, June 30. The festival features films about women athletes and adventurers. A panel discussion is planned before the film screenings.

July 27-29 – Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens, Denver.
Join us for our annual weekend at the park for our best Girl Scout ticket price. Cost is $25.99/person.

August 26 – Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies, Denver
Cost: Tickets range in price depending on seat location. Come cheer on the Rockies as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Girl Scouts can participate in a pre-game parade and get a special event patch. Last year tickets sold out before the game, so get your tickets early this year here and use promo code GS2018. A portion of ticket sales will be donated back to GSCO.

Want event details delivered to your inbox weekly? Sign up for the Events email at gscoblog.org.

 

 

Volunteer Toolkit access

Troop Leaders ***Please Note*** If you want to save any information from your 2017-18 year plan, or if you have started planning for your next troop year, please download and save or print all information (meeting plans, meeting or activity notes, badges/journeys earned, attendance records) no later than Thursday, June 28, 2018. The Volunteer Toolkit will automatically archive all information stored in the toolkit on July 1, but any year plans for the upcoming Girl Scout year will not be saved. It’s best to download and save or print all information that you want to keep.
You will not be able to access any tabs in your Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) from Friday, June 29 through Friday, July 13.

During the same time period, all volunteers and family members will still have access to myGS, Member Profile, to renew memberships, and update member information.

If you have any questions, please contact your volunteer support specialist. Don’t know who that is? Please email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

Join the MCC at Leadership Summits in the fall

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Membership Connection Committee (MCC) would like to wish each and every Girl Scout volunteer a happy summer break – maybe the summer brings a chance to recharge your troop leader battery by hanging out at the pool or doing a few fun activities. Or, maybe this is the year for the big camping trip or European adventure. No matter your journey, enjoy it!

When it’s time to return to troop in the fall, please join the MCC at a Leadership Summit or Super Saturday Training. Leadership Summits provide a fantastic opportunity for newer volunteers to learn the ropes from more experienced volunteers. Or, if you’ve been a volunteer for a while, plan to come to share your knowledge with others and get some new ideas. It’s all about networking… Everyone kicks off the new year with the excitement gained by spending time with your peers whether you’ve been a volunteer for 10 years or 10 days!

The MCC will be at all Leadership Summits and select other training events to conduct Voices 2018 while surveying members on a range of topics designed to provide feedback to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors and senior council leadership. Your feedback is valued and important, please plan to stop by and visit with us and express your opinion!

Interested in learning more?  Search the GSCO Blog for “MCC” or visit us online at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/membership-connection-committee.html.  You can also contact the MCC Chair, Caroline Cornell at gsco.mcc@gscolorado.org for additional information.

 

Using your Cookie Credits is easier than you think

The 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program is in the books and now it is time to celebrate all of your hard work and dedication! One of the best ways to do that is with Cookie Credits. There are so many exciting ways to use Cookie Credits, including:

  • GSCO troop or service unit trip, event, or activity with a per girl fee
  • GSCO sponsored or hosted event or activity
  • EF Tours
  • Girl Scout destinations
  • Highest Awards materials and fees
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop (in-person or via phone). If the item you are looking for is not currently in stock, ask a retail associate if the item can be ordered.
  • Volunteer-run day camps or events with a per girl cost
  • GSCO summer camp (Important Note: In accordance with IRS guidelines, you cannot use Cookie Credits to attend Girl Scout camps in other states/councils.)

Troops and girls can be reimbursed for these activities using the Cookie Credit Reimbursement Form. When redeeming the credits use the Credit Redemption Form for Camp.

Cookie Credits may NOT be used to pay for/renew membership, pay fees to outside vendors for individual girls, purchase items that the Girl Scout shop does not carry or cannot order, or pay for travel expenses for adults or those not related to Girl Scouts of Colorado.

For questions about what Cookie Credits can be used for, please contact: financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can I use Cookie Credits to attend a Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored or hosted event/activity?

Yes, as long as there is a per girl cost.

Can I use Cookie Credits to host an event for Girl Scouts?

No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can troops use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?

No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can Juliettes use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?

No.

How can I find out how much I have in Cookie Credits?

You can verify the amount remaining on your cookie card by going to www.mercury-gift.com

I was previously told that I could use Cookie Credits to renew membership, so why is GSCO making this change? 

This change was made in 2016 to come into compliance with IRS regulations. Those regulations do not allow girls, volunteers, or others to pay for their membership with Cookie Credits.

Can troops pool their cookie credits together to pursue a troop activity? 

Yes, with the full consent of the girls in the troop, a troop may pool their Cookie Credits for reimbursement for a Girl Scout related cost that complies with the guidelines above.

USAA Archery Level 1 certification

Interested in becoming a certified archery instructor?  Registration is still open for GSCO’s USA Archery Level 1 Certification course! This course provides the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range. Level 1 Instructors are prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities. You will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, and basic equipment and repair.

When: Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 9 a.m. –  4p.m. at Twisted Pine Lodge in Genesee.

Registration deadline: Thursday, June 14

Cost: $45/person and the certification is good for three years!

Prerequisites: USA Archery or NFAA membership, successful range pass with background screen, successful completion of SafeSport training and PA Act 153 Background Clearances (all this will be discussed in class).

For more information, email Girl Scouts of Colorado Outdoor Programs Coordinater Marissa Rooney at  Marissa.Rooney@gscolorado.org or call 877-404-5708.

Daisy’s Circle: We met the challenge! 

One year ago, Kathy and Rick Ambrose issued a challenge that Girl Scouts of Colorado couldn’t refuse! They pledged to match new or increased Daisy’s Circle donations received (up to $25,000) between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 and we did it, you did it.

Thanks to you we met the full $25,000 goal and more.  As a result, Girl Scouts throughout Colorado will have the opportunity to become the G.I.R.L.s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker,Leader)™ that we know they can be.

Still not a member of Daisy’s Circle? What are you waiting for?Join online at www.gscodaisyscircle.org. Questions? Contact donor relations manager Carol Griffin at carol.griffin@gscolorado.org or (303) 607-4879.

Meet the GSCO Product Program Team

Jamie Haxton – Chief Product Program Officer

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Jamie oversees the entire Product Program Team statewide and sits on several national advisory boards. She is considered a thought leader, peer-to-peer mentor, visionary, and strategic planner across the Girl Scout movement.  Among her many duties here in Colorado, she secures, manages, and works with vendors for both the Fall Product Program and Girl Scout Cookie Program, supporting girls in reaching their goals and giving back to their communities. She has more than 20 years of experience with Girls Scouts, including eight years with Girl Scouts of Colorado. Jamie also served twelve years as Chief Financial Officer for Girl Scouts Sooner Council.

Beth Homeijer – Product Program Analyst

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Beth oversees the vendor software, uploads, event coordination, sales analysis, DOC, and many other internal logistical items.

Stephanie Sanders – Product Program Administrative Assistant

Stephanie is the admin for the entire team, overseeing Formstack databases, communication overflows, mailings, meeting coordination, and many other items that keep the department running smoothly.

Laura Aguon– Product Program Manager

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Laura oversees the Product Program Specialists.  Laura is the primary staff support and resource for product program issues and management.

Rychelle Arnold – Product Program Design Manager

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Rychelle oversees the training content, manuals, guides, training designs, printed materials, assists with overall product program designs.

Product Program Specialists are the main Product Program Support for regional staff teams as well as responsible for managing the volunteer needs.  They are responsible for the key volunteer recruitment and design for their regions.  Each is tasked with the success of the campaigns, material distribution, rewards distribution, trainings, communications, and many other items within each region.

Mary Ann Deard- Regions 1, 2, & 5

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Melissa Hall– Regions 3 & 4

Sharon Ewing- Region 6

Julie Gallagher- Region 7

 

** Note: This in no way is the extent of all of their responsibilities. Rather, a snippet to help you direct your questions appropriately.