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Top 15 tips for troop leaders

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Starting a Girl Scout troop is a big deal! Some people jump in with both feet, and others might be a little nervous, perhaps not sure where to start or who to turn to for help. 

If you fall into the second group, no worries! We jumped on Facebook, where we turned to the experts—bona fide troop leaders—for insight only they can provide. Specifically, we asked them for the single best piece of advice they have for new troop leaders. The response was overwhelming! There were so many great comments, it was hard to narrow them down. But here are some of our favorites, many of them reflecting clear themes among comments received, and all serving as valuable guidance for new troop leaders (and even those who’ve been at it a while) on starting and running a Girl Scout troop.

And remember, when in doubt, contact your local Girl Scout council.

What does inclusion look like?

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

I have a Girl Scout in my troop that came to us under the idea that she may not have fit in. This never sits well, as we do our best to treat girls the fairly and we teach them to treat each other fairly.

This was a semi-shy, not sure what to expect young lady. I guaranteed her that we made sure everyone is included. She chose to join us.

This year, we did a troop overnight at Hamp Hut with multi-levels. Girl Scout Rhi made sure all girls were included in games and activities- even the younger ones in a different level. She went out of her way to make sure all the younger girls had a turn and she taught them so much. Yes, the other Girl Scouts participated, but there was something more about Girl Scout Rhi.

The other leaders and I watched her bloom into this amazing young lady that was making sure all girls were included and was going above and beyond. She has also said she likes the girls, but doesn’t ever want another Girl Scout or girl treated without respect or kindness. What does inclusion look like? This young lady and Girl Scout.

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

Leadership Summit training events

Want to encourage girls joined -at-the-hip in your troop, to make new friends, but keep the old? Learn how to clique proof your troop! Want more support during your troop year? Learn how to engage families in your troop! Want to know how to plan awesome events for your troop or service unit? Take the Event Planning enrichment class!

Come to a Leadership Summit. Take a variety of enrichment classes and essential required training. Meet and connect with your peers, enjoy a catered lunch, and start your troop year with the information you need to be successful!

Register Now!  Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs.

Register Now!  Saturday, September 8 at First United Methodist Church in Loveland.

Register Now!  Saturday, September 29 at Community College of Aurora in Metro Denver.

There are classes for older girls too!

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can participate in leadership enrichment courses to expand their skills and knowledge to prepare them for their future in Girl Scouts and beyond. Girls will sign-up for the entire day.  This is a FREE leadership development opportunity! Girls should bring a sack lunch and light snacks will be provided. Sessions include Gold Award, Highest Awards and Take Action, Taking Ownership of Your Girl Scout Experience, Let’s Go on an Adventure, Using Your Leadership Skills for Change, and “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience. Meet other teenage Girl Scouts and share your experiences.

To read class descriptions and register for older girl classes, go to our events page at:

Small Craft Safety certification course

Want to go boating? If you’d like to take your Girl Scouts boating, you can register for the Small Craft Safety certification course. The Small Craft Safety certification is required to take any Girl Scouts boating. This one-day course will cover all the basics of canoeing and kayaking. The course will thoroughly cover boating equipment, paddle strokes, swamped boat rescues, and ways to keep boating fun and safe!

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Where: Sky High Ranch

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 6

Registration link:

Girl Scouts insignia: Where does it all go?

From Girl Scouts of the USA

There are so many different badges, patches, awards, and other insignia that Girl Scouts can wear, but where does it all go? Whether she has a vest, tunic, or sash, she can proudly show off her accomplishments. This handy guide illustrates where to place insignia on a Girl Scout uniform for every grade level—or you can check out the fun videos below! 



Volunteer View: August 2018

Leadership Summits and Super Saturday Training Events

Get energized for the new membership year! Meet other volunteers, share your ideas, get your questions answered, and enhance your skills by taking classes that support your experience as a volunteer!
Networking opportunities and a variety of volunteer training and enrichment classes will be offered for new and experienced leaders, along with classes for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

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

Check the events calendar on the GSCO website to register.

Leadership Summits
Aug. 25 – Colorado Springs
Sept. 8th – Loveland
Sept. 29th – Denver
​Super Saturdays
Sept. 29 – Durango
Oct. 13 – La Junta
Oct. 20 – Grand Junction
Oct. 20 – Mountain Communities


Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at (303) 607-4897 or email.

Event List

OGAB Applications are now open

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. Applications with two references are due by September 18.

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, 303-607-4811.

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Fall Product Program Begins September 22 

The Girl Scouts Fall Product Program is a great way for troops to earn start-up funds for the year. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates. Don’t forget your Troop ACH form  must be filed to participate. Fall Product Program materials will be shipped directly to troops, and trainings for service unit fall product managers will be in early September.

Learn more

S’mores Club is Back!

Girls and adults who continue to achieve S’mores Club status will receive new charms for their bracelet special for the 2018-19 GSCO program year. New members to the S’mores Club will receive their bracelet along with the special charms unique to the 2018-19 GSCO program year.

Learn More

Outdoor Programs


The Outdoor Adventure Club’s 2018-2019 season starts in September with our first events take girls canoeing, shooting archery, and mountain biking! Sign up for our single event interest list, see upcoming dates and get more information.

Volunteer Run Camps Summer 2018

​Is your volunteer group or older girl troop interested in running a day camp for girls outside of your service unit in summer 2019? Volunteer-run camps can be a money-earning or leadership opportunity for older girl troops, and help support the statewide outdoor program offerings. Camp submissions are due in early October (exact date TBA) to be included in the camp mailer. The first step for new or interested camp directors is to meet with Anna Danila, outdoor program manager. Email Anna  for more information

Small Craft Safety Training: September 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sky High Ranch

Small Craft Safety is an American Red Cross certification required for boating programs with your troop or Girl Scout group, per Safety Activity Checkpoints. At this course, you will learn the basic fundamentals of teaching girls how to safely canoe and kayak on flat water, while having fun. You will learn about all the fundamentals and equipment of each type of boating vessel. This certification is through the American Red Cross, and is valid for three years, course is $50/person. Questions?

Highest Awards

Highest Awards deadline

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.

New 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

Look for Fall Product Program training on our eLearning site in September. Troops participating in the fall product program, can earn proceeds to fund their activities and meet the requirements for being part of the S’mores Club – earning special rewards

Questions about GSCO eLearning? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at

Join the MCC at Leadership Summits

Membership Connection Committe 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. You can also contact the MCC Chair, Caroline Cornell for additional information.

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 September 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.

Upcoming events

Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies, Denver
August 26, 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.

Xcel Energy Day of Service
September 8, Lakewood

Careers in Construction Day
September 29, Colorado Springs

Save the Date: Engineering Day at Colorado School of Mines
Saturday, November 10
More details coming soon!

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Gold Award and Highest Awards and Take Action trainings

We are thrilled to be offering both Gold Award and Highest Awards and Take Action trainings at Leadership Summits across the state for the summer and fall of 2018!

You may be asking, “What is a Leadership Summit?” Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Leadership Summits are learning conferences that offer volunteers (and girls!) the opportunity to get energized for the new membership year and check required trainings off the to-do list. In addition to offering trainings for new and experienced volunteers, we are offering “Older Girl Leadership Summit” tracks at each event where older girls can participate in training all day.

Gold Award Training is required for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award.

Highest Awards and Take Action is the perfect opportunity to connect with other troop leaders about successful projects and learn how to let girls take the lead in making a difference in their community with Take Action projects that girls will complete in their Journeys, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects.

Colorado Springs, Saturday, August 25
Older Girl Leadership Summit:
Leadership Summit (for adults):

Loveland, Saturday, September 8
Registration links coming soon!

Denver, Saturday, September 29
Registration links coming soon!

Grand Junction, Saturday, October 20
Super Saturday event, Gold Award training only.
Registration link coming soon!

Questions about Highest Awards? Email

Pike’s Peak Leadership Summit: Saturday, August 25, 2018

The 2018 Pike’s Peak Leadership Summit is Saturday, August 25 at Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs.

This is your opportunity to connect with other volunteers and take a variety of enrichment classes for new and experienced leaders, such as Engaging Families; Troop on a Shoestring Budget; Event Planning; Tips and Tricks: Clique Proof Your Troop; Proficiency Badges and Journeys (PB&J); as well as essential program level 101’s, Daisy/Brownie, Junior, and Cadette and Older Girl; and Multi-level 101.

Participants will enjoy a catered lunch with a chance to share ideas with fellow leaders.

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can participate in leadership enrichment courses to expand their skills and knowledge to prepare them for their future in Girl Scouts and beyond. Girls will sign-up for the entire day.  This is a FREE leadership development opportunity! Girls should bring a sack lunch and light snacks will be provided. Sessions include Gold Award, Highest Awards and Take Action, Taking Ownership of Your Girl Scout Experience, Let’s Go on an Adventure, Using Your Leadership Skills for Change, “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience. Read class descriptions and register for the older girl classes here:

Connect with other Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 at these exciting events!

Register Now:



Help wanted: Girl Scouts to show off their STEM skills

Are you excited about the new STEM badges? Would you be willing to help your fellow Girl Scouts by recording a how-to video? If so, we need your help!

STEM is a subject area that not every leader, or girl, is completely comfortable with. Terms like programmer, robotics, or even scientist can make people nervous and prevent exploring what these badges or Journeys require. Let’s break down some of those nerves by showing everyone how easy it can be. Selected individuals or troops will record a five to ten-minute video that walks a viewer through a how-to on completing an activity that is part of one of our national leadership Journeys or badges.


• Excitement for STEM and experience leading/participating in the new Girl Scout STEM content

• Willingness to be filmed and have your video published by GSCO

• Able to clearly explain activity and follow a lesson plan

• Work with GSCO to have staff film the how-to video

Interested individuals or troops should email Emily Speck at Please include your name, who wants to participate, your city or region, and if you have an activity/subject you would prefer to teach.

Family Guide and 4 Her Promise

A new Girl Scout year is just around the corner! Whether making new friends, riding horses, building robots, traveling, or just having fun, she’ll find her place with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Troops rely on volunteer support for girls to have the best experience possible. While troop leaders are committed to provide the primary guidance and support, all families are asked to give what they can. GSCO encourages caregivers to become volunteers to ensure girls get the most out of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Parents, friends, and other family members can provide time, experience, and ideas. For resources, check out the Girl Scouts of Colorado Family Guide.

Girls who have family support and participation in their Girl Scout adventures are more likely to stay in Girl Scouts. Consider volunteering four hours this year for her! We are asking for your promise of 4 hours per family per year – 4 HER.  Learn more about the 4 Her Promise.