Category Archives: Volunteer News

Gold Award recipient becomes troop co-leader

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Submitted by Emily Mohlis

Northern & Northeastern Colorado

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How has your Gold Award experience impacted who you are today?

I did not realize it during, but earning my Gold Award gave me experience in leadership, time management, and basic people skills that I use almost every day earning my degree in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Colorado.

What inspired you to continue with Girl Scouts after high school and become a co-leader?

I have always dreamed of becoming a Girl Scout leader just so I could say I have had the experience of being a girl as well as a leader. However, after high school, I planned to continue my Girl Scout membership, but becoming a leader at such a young age never crossed my mind until a friend overheard me talking about Girl Scouts at work and asked if I was interested in co-leading a troop of elementary-aged girls. Without hesitation, I agreed and ever since then I have never once regretted saying yes. Being a leader is such a rewarding opportunity and especially starting so young has helped me know that my true passion is for teaching young children.

How did participating in the cookie sale as a girl help you grow and build skills?

As a girl, selling cookies taught me skills in handling money, greeting customers, and how to be successful in something as small as selling cookies, and I have used those skills to help further myself in my personal, school, and work environments.

What are you most excited about this cookie sale?

I am most excited about getting to experience the leader-side of cookie sales. I cannot wait to reflect on how the girls’ skills develop from the beginning of sales to the end of sales, and getting to be there to see both their challenges, but the moments when suddenly it all makes sense in their heads (aka “the lightbulb moments”)!

What skills do you hope to see in the girls in your troop develop through the cookie sale?

Since this is the first year my girls are selling cookies and around strangers they can be somewhat shy, I hope my girls will first and foremost build up their confidence to become strong leaders in our troop. The ages of my girls ranges about three years and so another skill I hope they acquire is to work as a team, having the older girls starting in the leadership role and slowly passing it on to the younger girls and allowing them the opportunity to lead as well!

 

 

 

 

Weekly Cookie Calls start today

Girl Scouts of Colorado will host weekly Cookie Calls – join in any Tuesday evening if you have questions. The calls will be 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 14. Each call will be hosted by a member of the Product Sales Team to answer questions from volunteers and parents about the 2017 Cookie Program.

By computer via internet:
Join the meeting at https://join.me/JamieHaxton, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required.

 

By phone:
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United States – Washington, DC   +1.202.602.1295

Access Code   710-989-496#303

The voices of membership

Submitted by Caroline Cornell

Metro Denver

Denver

During the fall Leadership Summits over 2,500 years of Girl Scout experience gathered to provide their insight on Volunteer Recognitions during the Voices sessions at five locations across Colorado. Over 350 volunteers participated in the facilitated process to provide feedback about improving the process to acknowledge our exemplary volunteers’ efforts. The sessions were hosted by the Membership Connection Committee (MCC).

At present, only one-half of one percent of volunteers across Colorado (approximately 30 out of 6,000 adults) receive some form of GSCO or GSUSA National Recognition. “Currently we know that GSCO does not recognize enough of its volunteers,” said Rae Ann Dougherty, former MCC Chair and Board Chair Elect. MCC is working to change that by asking members if they are aware of the available awards and how to inform more members about the nomination process.

“During the Voices sessions, we received evaluation forms from 47 table groups that yielded over twenty pages of feedback,” said MCC Member Linda Fuller who facilitated the process. “We had great responses from participants to share with Council staff about how the process could be made less intimidating to nominate a volunteer for an award.”

Voices showed MCC that the majority of volunteers didn’t know about recognitions to formally acknowledge their troop leaders and peers. We also learned that direct communication with all members is central to recognizing our key service providers so that our volunteers don’t feel like they like the recognitions process is self-promoting. And lastly MCC learned that any and all forms of appreciation are, well… appreciated by volunteers; however, the general consensus was that most treasured a special word of thanks from the girls and their families.

Let’s start by making the process to nominate your favorite Girl Scout volunteer more approachable now! The 2016/17 Volunteer Recognition process is open to nominate someone in your area honoring outstanding service performed for Girl Scouting. You can reach the form here. (http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/adult-recognition-nominations.html) Visit the Volunteer Appreciation page on our website (http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/volunteer-appreciation.html) to learn more about the available adult recognitions. There is a handy guidebook to help explain each step of the way to nominate a Troop Leader, Service Unit Manger, Cookie Mom, Community Partner, or at large Volunteer for recognition and six different awards available based on service given to Girl Scouting: Volunteer Excellence, Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, Thanks Badge II, and GSCO President’s Award. Each award requires a person to nominate a volunteer and then coordinate with 2-4 additional people to write a supporting letter to endorse the nomination. All nominations and supporting letters are due by MARCH 31 each year.

MCC would like to thank all GSCO volunteers who attended a Voices session and shared their feedback. We would also like to thank ALL volunteers across Colorado for their hard work and dedication to Girl Scouting. You can learn more about the MCC here. (http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/membership-connection-committee.html).

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

Denver Metro Gold Award training and brainstorming session

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The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and we know it can be a challenging process for most girls. Here in Colorado, each girl is required to attend a Gold Award Training before she starts her Gold Award. While training is full of valuable information, we know that many girls need more hands-on guidance beyond training.

We are excited to offer Gold Award Training at the Denver office on Saturday, January 7, 2017 followed by a special brainstorming session! Any girls, parents, and troop leaders are welcome to attend the training, just the brainstorming session, or both! However, any girl attending the brainstorming session must have received Gold Award training prior.

The goal of the brainstorming session is for girls to leave with at least three concrete next steps for earning their Gold Award. This is also an opportunity for girls to get help with the Go Gold website, writing their project proposal, and more.

Register now for the Gold Award Training: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/gold_award_training_md_01_07_2017

Register now for the Gold Award Brainstorming Session: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2017/gold_award_brainstor.html

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Girl Scout Rocket Team Opportunity

 

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Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts are invited to join GSCO’s Rocket Team! Girl Scouts have an opportunity to design and build a payload for United Launch Alliance’s Summer Intern Launch in July 2017. The team will meet January-July to design a payload and submit a proposal for a chance to launch their payload in a ULA rocket in July 2017. The launch is typically held the third weekend of July and was held at Fort Carson last year.

We’re looking for 3-10 Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors to form the team. This is a first come, first served opportunity and the team will fill quickly. The team will meet in Colorado Springs/Pike’s Peak region. We expect the time commitment to be about 3-4 hours a week and the team will work with adult volunteers to determine a convenient schedule.

Dr. Warren Layfield from the Colorado Springs Rocket Society will lead the team. Dr. Layfield is a NASA Rocket Scientist who has mentored numerous youth in rocketry and Aerospace sciences. Interested in volunteering to assist? We’ll need adults to help with the team, too!

To sign-up for the team or to volunteer, please email lori.thompson@gscolorado.org. Thanks!

 

“Invite a Friend” promotion extended through January 31

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The “Invite a Friend” promotion has been extended through January 31, 2017.

Volunteers, you know adults in your communities who would make excellent mentors for girls. We need your help to connect with those great folks so more girls can have fun experiences which show them that they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.

When you  “Invite a Friend” to:

·         Join Girl Scouts as part of the Troop Leadership Team

·         Complete the process to be an approved volunteer

·         Start a new Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop

 …You’ll receive $50 in store credit at the Girl Scouts’ official online store, and your friend will receive a new volunteer resource pack, which includes a Girl’s Guide, membership pins, and  tote! The all-in-one badge book and handbook format of the Girl’s Guide gives a new leader what they need to get started.

And, you’ll also help ensure that more girls have the great opportunity of Girl Scouts for the next year!

The “Invite a Friend” promotion runs November 15, 2016 to January 31, 2017, so don’t delay! Learn more on our FAQ page (https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2191615-invite-a-friend-2015-faqs).

Claim your prize for referring a new volunteer here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/membership-promos.html

Volunteering at Noon Year’s Eve

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Submitted by Angela Caudill

Metro Denver

Denver

Join us at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus to ring in the “Noon” Year! We ring in the “Noon” year with ball drops, confetti, and a sea of bubble wrap “fireworks.” Volunteers greet guests, count down to the ball drops, facilitate crafts, and much more! Shifts are December 31, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m or    12:30 – 5 p.m.

Interested? Email Angela at angelac@cmdenver.org.

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

Girl Scout Day of Dance

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Girl Scouts had a great time at Girl Scout Day of Dance with Colorado Ballet in Denver earlier this month! 74 girls learned how to do swing dance, contemporary expressive dance, ballet with Colorado Ballet instructors, and enjoyed a tour of the costume closet at the ballet’s studio. Cadettes also learned ballet techniques. It was great to see so many older girls at the event!

Here’s a video of Cadettes practicing their ballet moves:

Daisy dancers had fun learning different dance moves. What awesome energy! Here’s a fun video of Daisies learning their dance:

http://https://youtu.be/acm7C-oGK9A

A BIG THANK YOU to our volunteer event coordinator, Brandy Schauppner, and the Sunset Hills Service Unit for hosing this great annual event! Brandy and her team did a great job and our hosts at the Colorado Ballet appreciated the outstanding job they did this year!

Upcoming Events

Intellectual Property Patch Junior Girl Scout Event, Dec. 3, Denver

The Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation is hosting an Intellectual Property Patch for Junior Girl Scouts on Dec. 3 at the Rocky Mountain Region US Patent Office in Denver. Girl Scouts will learn about trademarks and patents from Intellectual Property lawyers and earn requirements towards their Junior Product Designer badge. 

Great Russian Nutcracker Ballet, Dec. 8, Grand Junction and Dec. 9, Denver

Moscow Ballet presents this great holiday classic. All Girl Scouts, GSCO staff, friends, and family can get the Girl Scout group rate. For Denver tickets check here. For Grand Junction tickets, please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org 

Meet Our Mentors: Connie Campbell

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Connie is one of our Gold Award Mentors who is strongly committed to successfully guiding girls through the Gold Award in our Denver Metro region. Learn more about Connie below and stay tuned for more “Meet Our Mentor” blog posts over the next few months! Go Gold!

Region 6 – Metro Denver

Castle Rock, CO

  • 24 Years as a Girl Scout Volunteer
  • One Year as a Gold Award Mentor

Why did you become a Gold Award Mentor?

Because I want to work directly with older girls.

What words of advice do you have for girls about the Gold Award?

Persevere!

About Connie:

I have two children, both in their thirties. I had the great opportunity to work with my daughter as her troop leader for all 13 years of her Girl Scout experience.

I have also been involved with Girl Scouts for approximately 15 years at the board level, serving as the Board Chair for 2011-2014. I look forward in my new Girl Scout volunteer chapter as a Gold Award mentor.

I worked for thirty years in the cable TV and telecomm industries, almost exclusively in finance functions. I miss the people I worked with but am blessed to be able to now work exclusively in volunteer assignments and travel with my husband.

Invite a Friend to start a new troop

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UPDATE! The “Invite a Friend” promotion has been extended through January 31, 2017.

Volunteers, you know adults in your communities who would make excellent mentors for girls. We need your help to connect with those great folks so more girls can have fun experiences which show them that they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.

When you  “Invite a Friend” to:

·         Join Girl Scouts as part of the Troop Leadership Team

·         Complete the process to be an approved volunteer

·         Start a new Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop

 …You’ll receive $50 in store credit at the Girl Scouts’ official online store, and your friend will receive a new volunteer resource pack, which includes a Girl’s Guide, membership pins, and  tote! The all-in-one badge book and handbook format of the Girl’s Guide gives a new leader what they need to get started.

And, you’ll also help ensure that more girls have the great opportunity of Girl Scouts for the next year!

The “Invite a Friend” promotion runs November 15 to December 15, 2016, so don’t delay! Learn more on our FAQ page (https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2191615-invite-a-friend-2015-faqs) and help spread the word with the nifty social media posts below.

Claim your prize for referring a new volunteer here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/membership-promos.html

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