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Girl Scouts work to increase Meadow Mountain Ranch’s legacy

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It started with MMR enthusiasts trying to support their beloved Meadow Mountain Ranch. Three former camp counselors from MMR from long years passed have embarked on an ambitious project to collect and compile a comprehensive a history of MMR, and we invite you to help us. Using this blog medium we can expand our search to as many former staff members, CITs, campers, parents, leaders, and friends as possible. This project is being conducted with the support and encouragement of the GSCO History Collection volunteers out of the Loveland History Center.

Penny Boustead (“Pippin’”), Linda Ray (“Echo”) and Penny Roberts (“Pan”) are the ring-leaders of this daunting task. E-mail addresses follow: Penny Boustead penluone@bresnan.net; Linda Ray echog@kc.rr.com; Penny Roberts proberts@larimer.org.

The project keeps growing, including current names and contact information, dates of contact with MMR, positions of former staff, dates and information about building projects – – – even including “camp kids” (children of staff members) and “camp pets.” Information is being gleaned from staff books, e-mail listings, MMR alumnae data bases, personal contacts, and FaceBook contacts. Pan recently made a trip to the History Center in Loveland to scan the ephemera collected there about MMR and the original purchase data, a few gems of information about previous development plans and projects, and lots of additional names and dates of what happened when. Much more in-depth research will be required to get through all the documents, files and books about the property and its history.

If you would like to join us, please send whatever information you wish to provide. You can send written information, to any one of us via e-mail. You can scan and send documents to any of us. If you are ready to actually pass on your own personal collection of photos, slides, t-shirts, books, memorabilia, documents, plaques, awards – – – anything at all pertaining to MMR – – – please mail them to Penny Roberts at PO Box 211, Estes Park, Co. 80517. We will see they are directed to the right place. Please help us out by including approximate dates of their use/issue, as well as other details that you might like to share. The who, what, when, where and how are always important in history pursuits.

Please pass the word. Find us everyone and everything of note about MMR. Fifty three years is a lot of history, but our connections and involvements reach all over the country, and indeed, all around the world. Let us sort it all out – – – no detail is too small, and don’t assume that we already have that information, because it’s possible that we don’t.

A display cabinet will be installed and filled with memorabilia and information about MMR in the Homestead House during the Women’s Week at MMR on Saturday, August 2nd this summer. The displays can be added to and changed as time goes along, and this cabinet and display are being provided by History Group and Promise Partners members to help out this History Project. Also, the time capsule at MMR, originally installed in 1987 and opened in 2012 will be re-filled and sealed for the next 25 years on August 2.

We will keep you updated. It’s an exciting time to be involved in a new history project, and MMR holds such a precious place in many of our hearts that it is a joy to work on it.

Outdoor Property Q&A Session Scheduled for Northern CO

We have been receiving a lot of feedback about our Northern/NE Colorado outdoor properties since the Town Hall meeting there last month. In addition, there were a few pieces of information that our team committed to get back to the attendees of that meeting. Also, I understand that there were some questions about some data presented. I wanted to use this opportunity to communicate that one of the great things about having these meetings is that we have an opportunity to get volunteer feedback before decisions are made. One of the challenging things, however, is that we are giving you information real-time, and that data may not always be final. Since that meeting, we have audited all of the financial and usage data and have updated our presentation. I apologize for any confusion about that, and appreciate your understanding.

Rather than simply sending/posting this presentation and the answers to your additional questions electronically, I would like the opportunity to follow-up with any interested members in person. I will be hosting a follow-up Q & A session this Saturday in Loveland, after the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch. The session will be 1-3 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 533 N. Grant, Loveland. Thanks so much for your interest in this process, we hope to see you Saturday!

Sky High season extended — book it today!

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By popular demand, the Sky High Ranch fall season has been extended from September 15 to November 22, so book your fall stay today! Since Girl Scouts of Colorado devoted Sky High Ranch to volunteer-led individual troop camp and other group rentals, the popularity of this beautiful property near Woodland Park has soared.

More than 1,200 Girl Scouts made memories to last a lifetime at Sky High over the last year. We would love to have even more campers enjoy the property this year, so we’ve extended the season for guests to enjoy Sky High. It’s a wonderful place to hold camping programs for troops, service units or open to all girls. Plan a program to work on a Journey, earn badges or just have fun in the outdoors. If you want to plan an open Girl Scout camp, GSCO can even provide the resources to help you make it happen. To learn more, see pictures, and make your reservation, visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/sky-high-ranch.

If you have a youth, church, business or family group or event, we’d love to have you hold it at Sky High as well. Contact Cindy Saylor at 720-530-5059 or cindy.saylor@gscolorado.org for pricing and information.

Get Ready for Summer Checklist for Troops

It’s already that time of year when troops are planning end-of-year parties and bridging ceremonies!  Here are a few things you’ll need to do over the next few months to wrap up the 2013-2014 Girl Scout membership year. As soon as you complete your last activity for the year, follow these steps:

  • Annual Troop Report – Submit this form online within 30 days of your group’s last activity for the year. If you gather this information, you should be able to complete the report in 10 minutes! You’ll receive an email with a copy of your report and links to the other checklist items below.
  • ACH Authorization – When you submit your Annual Troop Report, the website will direct you to the ACH Authorization for next year’s Fall Product Sale and Cookie Program (the link will also be in your confirmation email). If you know your group is continuing, go ahead and submit this quick form!
  • Re-register for 2014-2015 – Starting May 1st, you can log in to your online Troop Management Tool to re-register all the girls and adult who plan to continue for the 2014-2015 membership year!
  • GS Voices Survey – Encourage the girls, parents, and volunteers in your troop to register to participate in the Girl Scout Voices survey. Registering ensures the Girl Scout Research Institute sends an age-appropriate survey that provides a chance to share thoughts and feelings about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Please complete the Get Ready for Summer Checklist by August 1st!  If you have any questions about completing this checklist, contact your Program Support Specialist – or you can contact the GSCO Customer Support team at inquiry@gscolorado.org or (877) 404-5708.  Have a great summer!

Additional PA Training spaces for girls at PA Train the Trainer in Denver 3/16

We are excited that at least 12 Program Aide Trainers will attend the PA Train the Trainer event in Denver on March 16! If you are interested in signing up for the training, please contact betsy.till@gscolorado.org.

We have a few girl spaces left for girls without a trainer. The cost is $20 and the girl needs to have completed her Leader In Action (LiA) award prior to the training (for more information about this, please consult the Brownie Girls Guide to Girl Scouting). Training is March 16 from 9am to 6pm, and girls need to bring a lunch.

To sign up your girl for this training, log into CampInTouch here:

https://girlscoutsco.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App

Council sponsored PA Trainings are no longer offered, with the exception of a PA Super Training that may take place in December of 2014. If you are wanting to get trained, join us so you can teach PA Training to girls in your troop and beyond!

To find out about more PA Trainings in your region, please contact:

Metro Denver – Toni Bullock
Northern & Northeastern Colorado – Laura DuFresne
Pike’s Peak – Sloan Gonzales
Pueblo & Southeastern Colorado – Lisa Sanchez
Mountain Communities – Cricket Hawkins
Western Slope – Virginia Brown
Southwestern Colorado – Allison Ellington

Program Aide Train the Trainer

Do you have a girl looking to earn her Program Aide Award? Program Aide (PA) is a Cadette Level award that girls can earn any time in their Cadette years! After they have completed, they have options within their service unit and region to volunteer as a Program Aide, and when they are entering 9th grade, they can be a Program Aide at GSCO Resident Camp!

We are training a group of adults who want to become Program Aide Trainers. If you are interested in registering  yourself to become a trainer (you can also register one girl), go to this link in CampInTouch to register now. Each Trainer in Training can bring one girl for $10 to the training to become trained as a PA.

Get Trained to become a PA Trainer!

Date: Sunday, March 16
Time: 9am to 6pm
Bring: Sack Lunch, water bottle, pen, folder to hold your handouts
Location: Denver Service Center, 400 South Broadway, Denver CO 80209 (garden level)

NEW to CampInTouch, our camp reservation software, click here.

RETURNING Users to CampInTouch (at camp last year or registered your daughter for camp this year) click here.

NOTE: Adults must add themselves as a 12+ aged child onto their CampInTouch family account in order to register.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to recruit and train Program Aide trainers (we need YOU!). For more information on PA Train the Trainer, or on PA Trainings in  your area, please contact your regional PA representative:

Metro Denver – Toni BullockNorthern & Northeastern Colorado – Laura DuFresne
Pike’s Peak – Sloan Gonzales
Pueblo & Southeastern Colorado – Lisa Sanchez
Mountain Communities – Cricket Hawkins
Western Slope – Virginia Brown
Southwestern Colorado – Allison Ellington

Show us your “Random Acts of Cookie Kindness”!

Girl Scouts of Colorado wants troops and Juliettes to show us their “Random Acts of Cookie Kindness”!

Partner with a business or organization that will buy cookies from your girls.  The organization must agree to give their cookies to others as a “Random Act of Cookie Kindness”.  This is also a great way for girls to gain confidence and learn leadership skills.

Your troop/Juliette can win:

*$75 gift certificate to the GSCO shop

*Free Shipping for 6 months on orders from GSCO shop – orders must be place by phone or email to qualify

*Pizza Party catered by Girl Scouts of Colorado staff

*One of a kind patch from GSCO

The organization will win:

*Recognition locally and statewide on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website blog, Facebook and Twitter

*Winning troop and partner organization will be showcased at a GSCO signature event

Keep track of the sales and submit a video or pictures of your troop or Juliette with a representative of the organization along with your “Random Acts of Cookie Kindness” form which can be found at 2014 RAOK Contest.  The top 7 troops/Juliettes with the most partnership sales will win. Entry deadline is March 2nd and the winner will be chosen on March 4th.

Volunteering for Girl Scouts Can Help You Land A Job

The following is a guest post from Alli Oswandel, longtime Girl Scout volunteer and current AmeriCorps member

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Recently, I was hired for my dream job, a fourth grade teacher in Northern Colorado. A lucky break since the FWB jobs market dried up recently with the economy. I can honestly say I owe it to my time volunteering with Girl Scouts of Colorado. Over the past 5 years, I have had the rewarding experience of volunteering as a Day Camp Director. I’ve made an impact on 100s of girls’ lives offering experiences like archery and canoeing. During the last year as an AmeriCorps Member for Girl Scouts of Colorado I was able to support GSCO’s recruitment of new volunteers as well as offer programs for girls. Not only have I developed the skills for management, organization and enthusiasm to get me ready for my new classroom, but I have also created relationships and connections that led me to my new career.

Check out the article below, which is a study published this summer on the professional benefits of volunteerism. This proves what I always knew to be true – I spend my time volunteering to help others and I get the benefit of professional experience as icing on the cake. It’s a win-win! Do you know anyone looking for a job that could benefit from volunteering with Girl Scouts of Colorado? Send them our way; we’re always looking for great volunteers. You can learn more about volunteering on our website.

Volunteers More Likely to Land Jobs, Study Finds
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jun 18, 2013
First-ever federal research finds unemployed individuals who volunteer are 27% more likely to find work than non-volunteers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A groundbreaking new report from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides the most compelling empirical evidence to date establishing an association between volunteering and employment.

The study, “Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment: Does Volunteering Increase Odds of Finding a Job for the Out of Work?” finds that unemployed individuals who volunteer over the next year have 27 percent higher odds of being employed at the end of the year than non volunteers. The relationship between volunteering and employment holds stable regardless of a person’s gender, age, ethnicity, geographical area, or job market conditions.

“Many of us in the volunteer sector have long felt volunteering gives a boost to those looking for work, but we’ve never had solid research to back it up,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “This report shows a definitive relationship – volunteers are more likely to be employed a year later than non-volunteers. We know that volunteering can help job seekers develop skills and expand professional contacts, creating a positive impression that can make a big difference in a competitive job market.”

The federal agency used 10 years of data from the Census Bureau and analyzed a nationally representative sample of more than 70,000 individuals 16 years or older who were looking for work. The report examines their volunteer and employment status over two years to determine whether there was a relationship between volunteering and securing a job.

The report’s finding of a 27 percent increase in odds of employment was statistically significant. The association between volunteering and employment remained consistent across each year of the study period and varying unemployment rates, suggesting that volunteering may provide an advantage regardless of economic conditions. Importantly, the relationship was strongest among individuals without a high school diploma (51 percent increase in odds) and individuals who live in rural areas (55 percent increase in odds).

“This research suggests that people with limited skills or social connections – particularly those without a high school education – may see an extra benefit to volunteering as a way to open doors and level the playing field,” said Dr. Christopher Spera, director of evaluation and research at CNCS.

Prior research has shown that volunteering can increase a person’s social connections and professional contacts (social capital) and skills and experiences (human capital), two factors that are positively related to employment outcomes. In addition, some workers may see volunteering as a possible entry route into a new field or organization where they would like to work.

Promoting volunteer service as a pathway for employment and opportunity has been a priority of CNCS. The agency provides vital leadership and support to America’s voluntary sector through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Volunteer Generation Fund, and other programs. Last year, the agency engaged more than five million Americans in service to meet local needs and built the capacity of thousands of nonprofits to more effectively recruit and manage volunteers.

The connection between volunteering and employment has also been promoted by the Department of Labor, which issued policy guidance last year recognizing that volunteering can help expand opportunity for unemployed individuals by enabling them to develop and maintain skills, expand their network of contacts, and enhance their resumes. The guidance encouraged state workforce agencies to promote volunteering by individuals receiving unemployment compensation.

“This research has far-reaching implications for the volunteer sector, for workforce agencies, for policymakers, and for those who are out of work,” Spencer said. “We encourage nonprofits across the country to engage out-of-work Americans as volunteers, and to help them develop skills and contacts and take on leadership roles. For those who are out of work, consider volunteering as one part of your job search strategy. Visit Serve.gov to find volunteer opportunities in your area.”

http://www.nationalservice.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2013/volunteers-more-likely-land-jobs-study-finds

Volunteer Camps & Programs Fact Sheet

On August 14, we had a meeting with a group of very dedicated volunteers from around the state to go through what is required as a volunteer to run a camp (day or overnight) or program (like a one-day boating event!)

This fact sheet is a resource for any volunteer, or staff member working with a volunteer that takes you through the process.

All submissions from camp directors that would like their program in the camp catalog must submit their documents via the Posting Request Form by September 15. This information does not have to include EVERY detail if some are unknown. Postings made after September 15 will not be included in the Camp Catalog, but will be in the Activity Finder.

If you are interested in running a volunteer program at a camp or other outdoor oriented activity for girls, please review the Fact Sheet.

Volunteer Camps & Programs Fact Sheet

Questions? contact Haley Peel, Assistant Outdoor Programs Director haley.peel@gscolorado.org.