Category Archives: Volunteer News

Get girls outside: Badge activity options


We’re giving you and your girls options… outside options! We added outside activities to ten badges in the Volunteer Toolkit section of myGS. Research shows nature-based activities challenge girls and support their social development by encouraging them to become more self-aware and to cooperate, communicate, and solve problems more effectively.

New Get Girls Outside! Badge Activity Options:

  • 2 Daisy Petals: Lupe, Clover
  • 4 Brownie Badges: First Aid, Snacks, Making Games, Senses
  • 4 Junior Badges: First Aid, Simple Meals, Staying Fit, Detective

Please click on the new Get Girls Outside! banner at the top of the Year Plan and Meeting Plan tabs in the Volunteer Toolkit—–both tabs are filled with details on the new Get Girls Outside! features and how to access them.  Don’t worry, there are still the same indoor options you’ve seen before for these badges – you now just have choices!

Nature-based activities often place girls in new physical, psychological, and social situations that motivate curiosity and foster a sense of discovery, so Get Girls Outside!

Volunteer Toolkit Bug Fixes Addressed in our Recent Maintenance Deployment:

  • Toggle between Member Profile and Volunteer Toolkit: You can now use the myGS drop down from in the Member Profile to switch back to the Volunteer Toolkit.  Previous functionality only allowed toggling from Volunteer Toolkit to Member Profile without logging out.
  • Calendar Download Function Now Properly Syncing: Users reported that the download calendar functionality of Year Plan tab was downloading, but with no data associated with it.
  • Combine Meeting Firefox & Safari Error: “Time is invalid” error now corrected for those browsers.
  • Time Zone Issues Fixed: All myGS users regardless of time zone, had Volunteer Toolkit Year Plan times visible as Eastern Standard Time. This issue has now been corrected.
  • Update Meeting Dates/Times Fix: Several users have reported an inability to seamlessly adjust individual dates and times. Users will now be able to seamlessly adjust times to individual meetings.
  • Year Plan now the default tab upon logging into Volunteer Toolkit.

Choose Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day


Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. On December 6, 2016, 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 using this link:

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 6!  Every nonprofit 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 6 at Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.



Meet Our Mentors: Linda Robinson








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

Region 7 – Northern & Northeastern

Loveland, CO

  • Nine Years as a Girl Scout
  • 30 Years as a Girl Scout volunteer
  • 11 Years a s a Gold Award Mentor

Why did you become a Gold Award Mentor?

After my three daughters all earned their Gold Awards and the older girl troop I had been advising for 11 years all graduated, I thought it would be a great way to continue working with amazing high school age Girl Scouts.

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

Make sure you have a passion for your project. It will make it all more rewarding at the end. Stick to it – remember your SMART goals and break the project into smaller steps. Keep track of your time and helpers and ask for help when you need it.

About Linda:

I became a Brownie Girl Scout in 1963. It was the first year with 4 program levels and I remember looking through my bright orange handbook whenever I had the chance. Monday afternoons were Brownie Girl Scout day at my elementary school. Our troop met right after school in the multi-purpose room. Our troop leaders were Mrs. Pharris and Mrs. Bolter and they continued with the troop all the way through Juniors and into Cadettes.

Some of my favorite girl memories are making butter and doing crafts as a Brownie. In Juniors we were able to sell cookies, go camping and do service projects in our community. I grew up in Palo Alto, CA. and our Junior and Cadette troop meetings were held at the Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout House in one of our local parks. It was great fun learning how to cook (both indoors and out) at the GS House. After my first campout I came home and announced that we need to go camping as a family. We borrowed equipment from friends, loaded up the station wagon and our family went on our first camping trip to Big Basin State Park. It was the beginning of a lifetime of campouts.

As an adult I got back into Girl Scouting when a friend asked if I knew of a brand new program for Kindergarten age girls. Our oldest daughters were in preschool and would start Kindergarten in the fall. It was 1985 when we started our Daisy troop. All three of my daughters went through Girl Scouts from Daisies through Seniors, earned their Gold Awards and became lifetime members upon graduating high school. We had many great adventures as I led their troops through those 20 years.

During the 11 years I spent as an advisor to older girls we traveled, earned money to travel, led programs for younger girls, did community service projects and became great friends.

I spent many hours on the service unit team leading day camps, international festivals, and other community events in Loveland as well as becoming a Master Trainer in Mountain Prairie Council.

Most of my volunteer Girl Scout time is spent on the history committee. We meet every Tuesday in Loveland at the GSCO History Center. Our time there is spent organizing, inventorying and cataloging the vast collection of historic Girl Scout items that the council has. It is great fun finding a new treasure in an unopened box and looking through old catalogs to find out when it was available and how much it cost at the time.

I also am a member of the Northern Colorado Gold Award Committee. I truly enjoy working with the amazing young women who are working on their Gold Awards. As the president of Promise Partners; the Northern Colorado Girl Scout alumnae group I arrange meetings about four times a year where we meet for fun, fellowship and service.

My most recent volunteer role has been volunteer registrar for Core Camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch. We had a great weekend putting on a volunteer run resident camp like program for troops. I can’t wait to do it again next year.

I have done many amazing things as a Girl Scout and traveled to many wonderful places, both with girls and adults. Some of my more memorable trips include Belize, Nova Scotia and Maine, England, Savannah and to Our Cabana in Mexico to see the Monarch Butterflies.

My life outside of Girl Scouts includes enjoying my two young grandsons, gardening, quilting and traveling with my husband of 37 years. Although he is not a Girl Scout, he has always been a great support to me in my volunteer roles.

My advice to adults is to stay active in Girl Scouting and encourage your girls to continue with Girl Scouts into High School and beyond. The world will open up to you. Find your passion and let Girl Scouts help you fulfill it. You won’t regret it.


Praise for GSCO’s Membership Connection Committee

Girl Scouts of the USA is praising Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) for its relationship with YOU (our members)–  thanks to the work of the Membership Connection Committee (MCC) and the Global Action Committee! In a recent email, a member of GSUSA’s Global team wrote, “Your Council (GSCO) and partnership has been identified as a wonderful example of successful application of global integration into Girl Scout programming. Your hard work in a variety of areas (travel, global in Journeys, special programming, etc.) makes your Council a real model from which we wish others to learn from.”

GSCO is the only council to have an MCC as its governance system. The MCC is the centerpiece of our democratic process and a way to give GSCO members a strong voice in the issues they care most about.

While the MCC did not officially begin until 2008 when GSCO was formed, its roots go back much further. Several years earlier, volunteers in the former Mile-Hi Council committed to Global Girl Scouting decided to join forces with Global Girl Scouting Committees in Colorado’s legacy councils, including Mountain Prairie, Wagon Wheel, and Chaparral. Rae Ann Doughtery, former MCC Chair and Board Chair Elect, was a member of the Global Girl Scouting Committee in the Mile-Hi Council. At the time, she says the goal of this new statewide group was simple: expand global Girl Scouting.

“The international sisterhood of Girl Scouting is unique and huge,” she said. “It includes Girl Scouts around the world and those in Denver, Sterling, and all across Colorado.”

After the merger in 2008, several members of Global Girl Scout Committees from legacy councils came together to continue the work, as well as join the newly formed MCC. MCC members were tasked with making sure that Girl Scouts across Colorado had a voice in the newly-formed GSCO.

Today, nearly a decade after the formation of GSCO, the MCC is getting back to its roots and looking for new and fun ways for Girl Scouts to connect with their sisters here in Colorado, across the country, and around the world.

“The GSCO Global Action Committee is a key part of keeping that international sisterhood alive in Colorado,” Dougherty said.

MCC members gathered earlier this month at Tomahawk Ranch to discuss what’s next for the group. Their new goal is to help GSCO develop three-year plan to increase adult engagement, which includes recruiting new adult volunteers, strengthening service units, and improving communication between GSCO and volunteers. Much of what they are focusing on is determining three-year outcomes and one-year deliverables.

“Our conversation established a new direction for MCC for the next three years largely based on membership feedback from across the state” said MCC chair Caroline Cornell.

GSCO is extremely lucky to have the MCC, but for the committee to continue its good work, it needs members from across to Colorado. If you’re interested in expanding your volunteer-role with GSCO beyond your troop, apply for a seat on the MCC. Learn more here:


GSCO Archery Certification Opportunity

Calling all Katniss Everdeen’s! Are you or your troop interested in Archery? This is your chance to get certified as a Level 1 Archery Instructor through USAA Archery. This certification allows an adult (16 and over) to supervise and facilitate troops shooting at an archery range.  GSCO is offering this certification class from 11am- 5pm on Saturday June 4th at Sky High Ranch for only $60 including lunch. Can’t make this training? We will be offering another one in September, contact Anna Danila for more questions or more information at

Register here:

Archery 1

So, what can you do after you are certified as an archery instructor?

You can help your cadette troop earn their archery badge!

You can rent the council archery set and take your troop to a local archery range!

Check out these links for local free or low cost archery ranges!

GSCO Boating Program Receives Generous Kayak Donation

Marlene and Julie by the boats!
Marlene and Julie by the boats!

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Camp Director Silver


Boating Pic 4

The Girl Scouts of Colorado boating program is stronger than ever with the donation of kayaks and more in honor of a special volunteer. Early this summer Rocky Mountain Sea Kayak Club (RMSKC) members Marlene Pakish and Julie Rekart donated their first kayaks to the GSCO boating program  in honor of long-time RMSKC member Lou Ann Hustvedt, who recently lost her battle with cancer. Lou Ann, known as “Skipper” to the Scouts, had taught boating skills and knowledge to hundreds of young women in summer camps for more than two decades. Their generous donation included paddles, PFDs, spray skirts, cockpit covers and several other items. The boats were complete and ready to provide many years of service to the troop that Lou Ann loved and served. RMSKC’s Brian Hunter, called “Splash” while instructing at Girl Scout camp, picked up the kayaks from Marlene and Julie and gave them a good going-over before delivering them and other donated gear to the Scouts’ Summer Day Camp at Big Soda Lake in Bear Creek Park. Brian and Belle “Hedgehog” Bashaw (lead Girl Scout Kayak Instructor and a new RMSKC member) took the Carolinas for a test paddle. They agreed the boats were a perfect fit for the Girl Scout program: the kayaks accelerated quickly and were nimble on the water. They reported that they held an edge nicely and turned on a dime. In addition to the donations of the best inflatable boat for fishing, gear, and a RMSKC fund in Lou Ann’s name, Brian and Clark “Bald Eagle” Strickland taught for a week at Girl Scout Boating Camp this summer. Article written by Louise “Silver” Bashaw, Troop Leader and Volunteer Summer Day Camp Director, and Sue “Grendel” Hughes

Volunteers, invite a friend to start a troop

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Volunteers, listen up! Just like you, a friend can introduce girls to new and fun experiences that show them that they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.

This November, when your friend:

  • Joins Girl Scouts as a troop leader,
  • Completes the process to be an approved volunteer,
  • And starts a new Daisy, Brownie or Junior troop …

You’ll collect $50 to spend at Girl Scouts’ official online store and your friend will get a Girl’s Guide for her program level, membership pins and a fun tote bag. The all-in-one badge book and handbook format of the Girl’s Guide gives a new leader everything he or she needs to get started

It’s a win-win-win! Offer ends 12/1/2015, so don’t miss it!

Invite a friend to start a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie or Junior troop, then once they do, claim your prize at

Invite a Friend FAQs

Wacky Volunteers needed for bike ride in Douglas County

Submitted by Susie Wargin, Co-Event Director

OK, you don’t have to be totally wacky to volunteer, however the Wacky Bike Ride is looking for help on Sunday, September 13, 2015 in Highlands Ranch and other cities in Douglas County.  The Wacky Bike Ride benefits Douglas County Schools, specifically the Douglas County Educational Foundation and their Helping Hands program, which provides backpacks filled with school supplies for DougCo students in need.  Last year, the Wacky gave the program $10,000 – enough to fill 500 backpacks with supplies for student this fall.  Organizers were named the school district’s Apple Award winner for Community Partner. Staged out of Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch, the Wacky Bike Ride has courses of 6, 45, 62 and 100 miles with numerous locations and times for volunteers.  All volunteers receive a goodie bag, T-Shirt, boxed lunch and bottled water.  Parents are more than welcome to join their daughter on the course.

To see the list of positions visit:

For any questions please contact Susie Wargin: or 303-517-7484

For more information about the event visit

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


Denver area volunteers honored at tea


Submitted by Lori Thompson


Denver Metro

Over 60 Denver area GSCO Service Unit Managers, Trainers, Gold Award and Membership Connection Committee members were honored last weekend in Denver. GSCO staff hosted and treated volunteers to a fun tea party at the Cherry Creek Marriott. Guests enjoyed live music, great food and conversation during the afternoon.

Vanessa Moreno and Traci Bickell were presented with the Girl Scout Honor Award. Marlene Logan and JoAnn Lathrop, were presented with the GS Thanks Badge. Congratulations to these outstanding volunteers!

Volunteers were honored for their years of service. It was estimated all the volunteers in the room had contributed over 600 years of volunteer experience! Congratulations to these volunteers for their outstanding service!

10 years:

  • Ann Schaeffer, 10 years
  • Caroline Cornell, 11 years
  • Megan Lips, 11 years
  • Tina Stopplecamp, 13 years
  • Mary Scruggs, 13 years
  • Kathy Kettler, 13 years
  • Ambra Virban, 14 years
  • Wendy Anderson, 15 years
  • Jennifer Griffin, 15 years
  • Barbara Niederhoff, 16 years
  • Leslee Randolph, 18 years

20 years:

  • Risa Johnson, 20 years
  • Chris Domino, 24 years
  • MJ Bishop, 25 years

30 years:

  • Jo Ann Lathrop, 30 years
  • Marlene Logan, 34 years
  • Lyn Gutho, 34 years
  • Jan Philpy, 36 years

40 years:

  • Marti Shuster, 43 years
  • Katy McFadden, 47 years

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

Become an archery instructor – trainings available!


Does the thrill of teaching girls how to “hit a bullseye” sound fun to you? Consider becoming a certified archery instructor!

Our council needs more instructors to help teach archery at:

  • Local Troop Events
  • Service Unit and Troop Campouts
  • Day Camps led by volunteers
  • Family and Troop Camps led by volunteers

In a 4-hour workshop, you will learn the basics of how to instruct archery and test on skills that will help you safely share this exciting and popular sport with Girl Scouts!

Cost: $45/person (what a deal!)
Date: May 31, 1-5pm at Sky High Ranch (registration opens March 31)

Click on the links above for more information. We hope to see you at our trainings!

Archery instructor training is often priced much higher than $45/person, we are able to keep the costs low by having a dedicated volunteer teach the courses this year.

Once trained, you may be asked to help lead archery at Girl Scout events – our girls love archery! Archery equipment is available to rent at a rate of $50/day through Girl Scouts of Colorado.