On top of the world

Submitted Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

A few different girls from Troop 70720 conquered (summited) a 14er in the last couple of weeks! For two of them, it was their first! One was her second and second mountain and the other it was her fourth time summiting! One group did Mt. Bierstadt and the other Mt. Sherman. These are tough hikes.

Mt. Sherman is around 5.5 miles roundtrip, but it is all incline. There is no warm-up time. It’s just get out of the car and go! Also, the last mile is all rock-covered trail, which makes the ascent tougher.

Mt. Bierstadt is 6.9 miles and has a little more elevation gain. The trail is well marked. You get around one-mile of flat before you begin your ascent and then it’s all up hill from there. We did get to see some marmots and mountain goats though, which was very cool!

These girls are amazingly tough go-getters! They will forever have this accomplishment stay with them. Nice job ladies!

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

Gold Award Girl Scout: Amy Tomshack, Northglenn, “First-Aid and CPR in the classroom”

What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

For my Gold Award project, I addressed the topic of emergency preparedness in schools. I did this by organizing and running a Hands-Only CPR and Stop the Bleed first-aid class, as well as organizing and running a supply drive to collect supplies to expand the first-aid kits that are seen within my school (Northglenn High). The reason why I chose to address emergency preparedness the way I did was for two reasons. First of all, emergencies can take place anytime, and anywhere. With that said, knowing how to efficiently and effectively handle an individual bleeding profusely or unconscious with no pulse can mean the difference in their quality of life post emergency. Secondly, 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lost their lives on Valentine’s Day in 2018. To me, this was unacceptable, even losing one person’s life in a school was unacceptable, which prompted me to encourage individuals within a school to learn how to properly handle an emergency that involves bleeding and/or a lack of pulse.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I measured the impact that my project had on my target audience, the students and staff of Northglenn High School, through what they were able to learn about the importance of Hands-Only CPR, how to Stop the Bleed, as well as how to perform both life saving actions. The staff and students at Northglenn High School when they see someone lying on the floor, unconscious, and unable to breathe, they know to immediately begin chest compressions. This is because both students and staff are able to understand that a medical condition is causing that individual to be unconscious, and while the students or staff member may not know what exact condition is causing the state of unconsciousness, they are able to provide some help before paramedics arrive.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

I am passing this project onto Northglenn High School’s HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) chapter by providing them with access to my website, which has the process that I went through with completing my project: contacting the fire department, posting videos of applying tourniquets and hand compressions, as well as collecting emergency supplies contained a list provided on a website created for my project. I also obtained a letter of commitment from HOSA and North Metro Fire Department to make sure that Northglenn High School (my school) will continue to have the supplies to handle emergencies, and students and staff that have the knowledge fresh in their minds to be able to handle emergencies the best that they can.

In addition, anyone who views my website can have 24/7 access to life-saving information in the time after the most recent Stop the Bleed and Hands-Only CPR class and the next class through videos and infographics on my website.  Link to my website here: https://firstaidcprintheclassroom.weebly.com/

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

My national and global connections are with the national HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) organization, of which one chapter is at the school I graduated from, and through my website, which is free for anyone to check out. After speaking with the national HOSA organization, the representative that I spoke to via e-mail informed me that they are partnering with the American Red Cross and the U.S. Public Health Service to begin a program called Stop the Bleed. HOSA has state, national, and international competitions every year, which means students around the state of Colorado and the United States participating in the Stop the Bleed event (upon release) will be studying and practicing the skills needed to perform the best at the competition they attend, and be able to have the skills necessary to save lives. Also, with just over half of the world’s population being able to access the internet, anyone in the world can access my website, which contains videos of how to perform life saving skills, such as applying a tourniquet.

What did you learn about yourself?

What I learned about myself as I completed this project is that I am quite persistent when I want something to get done, and I try to do everything within a timeframe and my ability to do so. This is because when I am really passionate about a subject, such as medicine, I really focus on what is going on, and I become more motivated to complete the task. I also was able to tune in to my caring personality with this project, because my biggest motivator throughout my project was how fed up I was that fellow students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as other schools around the country, were dying from wounds that could have been easily treated on scene, possibly saving their lives. However, since I cannot change what has happened in the past, this project has made at least my school proactive, should the unthinkable happen.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Earning my Gold Award will impact my future because I will be able to have the confidence in leading a group of people to accomplish a goal. Before I had started and while working on my Gold Award, being a group leader had been a little ways beyond my comfort zone. However, since the Gold Award is girl-led, it was able to push me beyond my comfort zone since I was in charge of everything that would take place during my project. Now that I have completed my Gold Award, I am now confident in my leadership abilities, especially when it comes to providing emergency first-aid and CPR because I can direct the people around me what to do to help in an emergency until the paramedics can take over.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

Earning the Gold Award has been an important part of my Girl Scout experience because as I have already mentioned, the project gave me the confidence to be able to lead something that I am passionate about. I love anything to do with medicine and helping people, and I was able to do both of those when I taught (the EMTs did the actual teaching) my classmates and teachers how to stop bleeding and perform chest compressions, should they need to perform one or both of those actions.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Earning my Gold Award helped me become a go-getter in G.I.R.L. because I had to reach beyond what I knew before earning my Gold to be able to communicate effectively, meet deadlines, and to put my project into motion. Also, since there was no adult to tell me how my project should be completed, meaning no one to “grade” my work, I had to take initiative and plan out my project myself. Of course, I did have some friends and adults helping me complete my project, but ultimately it was up to me to plan things out and get them done. I wanted my Gold Award with a burning passion, and I am so thankful that the Gold Award encouraged me to go get what I wanted, and ultimately make me a more confident person.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Volunteer View: August 2019

Earn your Trail Adventure badge

Pack your day pack, put on your sunscreen, and join fellow Girl Scouts for a trail adventure! September is the perfect time to check out the trails in Colorado and complete some of the requirements for the new Trail Adventure badge. These badges are part of the 12 new Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures — giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature.

Join us in September for some fun on the trail with your troop or family! Register for this free event through our event page.

Back to Girl Scouts blog series

Back to school also means back to Girl Scouts! GSCO has a special blog series to help new volunteers, girls, and families get the most out of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience! Check it out!

Girl Scouts first Cyber Challenge – Register now!

Saturday, October 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Arapahoe Community College, Littleton

Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 are invited to detect, decode, and defend! This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage 200+ girls in grades 6–12 in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics. A futuristic scenario — a  moon colony has been hacked — will be presented and girls will be prompted to respond. They’ll learn cybersecurity skills and team up to identify the hackers, trace the origin of the cyberattack, and secure the colony’s safety.

2019 Leadership summits

This volunteer learning opportunity is your chance to get energized for the new membership year, grow your leadership skills, and check required classes off your list!

Each training location will feature NEW program level 101 classes!

August 24 – Colorado Springs

September 7 – Loveland

September 28 – Denver Metro

October 12 – Pueblo 

October 19 – Durango

October 20 – Frisco

October 26 – Grand Junction

Questions? Contact Brandi Martinez at brandi.martinez@gscolorado.org.

Registration will be open soon for all events. If you need assistance completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Additional training classes are added to the calendar frequently. To view upcoming classes and register for training, got to the events page on our website.

Fall Product Program begins September 21

Do you have lots of awesome activities planned for this Girl Scout year? The Fall Product Program is an easy and fun way to earn startup funds for all these activities and more! By participating in this program, girls will also learn the five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too.  Girls who sell $175 in online orders, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch!

Volunteer training begins early September. 

Note: Fall Product Program materials will be sent to area service units, not directly to troops.

For more information go to the Fall Product Program page on our website or contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708.

Learn more

Upcoming Events

We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be.  Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Girl Scout Night with the Rocky Mountain Vibes

September 6, Colorado Springs

Girl Scouts of all ages, their family, and friends are invited to cheer on the Rocky Mountain Vibes as they take on the Grand Junction Rockies! Game Highlight: Friday Night Fireworks! Tickets are $16 and include a game ticket, meal voucher, unlimited youth fun zone passes, and parking.

Xcel Energy Day of Service

September 7, Lakewood

Girl Scouts in grades K-6 are invited to spend the morning with Xcel Energy employees to unravel energy mysteries. During the morning you will also participate in a service project as a way to help others in your community. It will be a special day of learning and caring, designed just for Girl Scouts, during Xcel Energy’s annual Day of Service.

Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

Discounted tickets at $29 per person.

Meadow Mountain Ranch Open House

September 22, Allenspark

Join us for our third annual open house at Meadow Mountain Ranch! Activities include s’mores, hike the MMR Nature Trail, hear from Songbirds Choir, meet GECCCOs, self-guided property tour, visit Homestead House and displays from the GSCO History Committee, and check out the mobile shop with brand new MMR merchandise. Event is free and open to the public!

Careers in Construction with G.E. Johnson

September 28, Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors are invited to learn about construction careers, work as a team to build a community library book stand that can be placed in your community, and participate in a behind the scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum.

Girl Scout Cyber Challenge

October 19, Littleton

Register now! Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 are invited to detect, decode, and defend! This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage 200+ girls in grades 6–12 in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics.

Women of Distinction – Denver

October 30, Denver

New location for 2019 the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, community, and civic leaders.

Secrets to Success

November 9, Colorado Springs

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2019 Secrets to Success event. Girl Scouts of Colorado believes every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. Any girl in grades 6– 12 is invited to Secrets to Success.

Support the Colorado Classic and earn a special patch

For summer 2019, GSCO is proud to support the Colorado Classic® (https://www.coloradoclassic.com/)! The Colorado Classic® presented by VF Corporation (August 22 – 25) is the only women’s standalone pro road race in the Western hemisphere. Nearly 100 of the world’s best racers from 16 teams will compete in the four-stage race over challenging iconic Colorado mountain and urban terrain, starting in Steamboat Springs, moving to Avon, then Golden and finishing in Denver. The race has earned the prestigious 2.1 classification by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and is on USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour.

More than a race, the Colorado Classic is a movement empowering woman of all ages and abilities to transform their lives and the world through sports. The race is advancing women’s pro cycling with harder, longer routes; unprecedented financial support; and daily live TV streaming coverage that puts women’s racing on a global stage. Bicycling Magazine named the Colorado Classic one of 13 races in the world not to be missed this year.

Girl Scouts are invited to watch the race at a special Girl Scout viewing section in one of the host communities OR stream the race from home and go on a bike ride to earn a special Colorado Classic patch. Please review the instructions below and fill out the online patch notification form to receive this special patch. Please note we have 200 patches to give away across the state!

You can also check out all the Activities for Youth that the Colorado Classic has outlined for all youth across Colorado.

Option 1 – There will be special Girl Scout viewing sections set up in all four hosting communities, all details are listed below. Watch the race in person and snap a photo or two of you at the race! Please note, there will not be a GSCO representative at these locations, they are just meeting spots for Girl Scouts. Any group of more than 5 Girl Scouts in uniform is likely to attract the camera’s attention! Fill out the online notification form and upload your photos to receive your patch!

Stage 1 – August 22 – Steamboat Springs presented by Smartwool

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. – https://goo.gl/maps/Jw3cW8svkgBmXitw7

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. – https://goo.gl/maps/SRJJ2c95cHZvufNY8

Stage 2 – August 23 – Avon presented by FirstBank

1 – 3:30 p.m. – https://goo.gl/maps/QJDeHViE1c9YNdZA9

Stage 3 – August 24 – Golden

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.- https://goo.gl/maps/RSKi4VaKV5RuRH9R7

Stage 4 – August 25 – Denver presented by Gates Corporation. Don’t miss the Girl Scouts performing the color guard at the main stage!

1:30 – 4 p.m. – https://goo.gl/maps/xmNNt7VwXW6tJF776

Option 2 – Stream the race from home and go on a bike ride! Snap a photo of you watching the race from home and on your bike ride to upload on your online notification form. Don’t forget to track the length of your bike ride too! Fill out the online notification form and upload your photos to receive your patch!

** The online patch notification form will close when all 200 patches have been requested. **

Questions? Email Aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

 

Fall Product Program begins September 21, 2019

Do you have lots of awesome activities that you want to do this year? The Fall Product Program is an easy and fun way to earn start-up funds for all those activities and more! By participating in this program, girls will also learn the 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Nuts and candy are sold in-person using an order card or online and magazines are sold only online. Products that are ordered online can either be shipped or customers can select girl delivery. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too. All rewards are cumulative.

Important 2019 Fall Product Program dates:

September 21 – Fall Product Program Begins

October 13 – In-person sales end/Last day for Nut Promise orders

October 28 – Online storefront closes

In the Fall Product Program platform, M2OS, girls can create their own virtual storefront and market to friends and family through email. They have the option to create a personalized avatar for their virtual storefront too. Girls can also share their goals by recording their story, and the avatar will speak with their voice, representing them in the video!

By participating in the Fall Product Program and selling $175 in online orders, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch – choosing between lots of customizations – including special backgrounds and wearing their Girl Scout uniform or a safari suit!

Volunteer training begins early September at area service unit meetings. Please note: This year, Fall Product Program materials will be sent to area service units, not directly to troops. Volunteers and caregivers can pick-up the guide, order card, and other resources at trainings.

For more information, go to the Fall Product Program page on the GSCO website or contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Camping fun at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 had a really fun weekend tent camping at Meadow Mountain Ranch. They did all their camp set-up, meal planning, and cooking. They also hiked the Nature Trail, which is stunning this time of year with all the wildflowers. We also played some volleyball, geocache, and lots of games by the campfire. Of course, we also celebrated National S’mores Day by having s’mores! The girls had some great bonding time.

The girls also built one of the benches MMR was hoping to have built. Thanks to Fish for overseeing that! It was a great experience for all of them.

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

Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to join GSCO for Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_day_at_gl.html Registration closes September 12. Discount will NOT be honored after September 12.

A mountain is ideal for many things – hiking, skiing, hang gliding, but it’s not the most logical location for a theme park. Yet, situated 7,100-feet above sea level in Glenwood Springs, is America’s only mountain-top theme park. The park is finalizing a few educational segments about their rides. More information will be posted about these educational components as available.

Tickets are $29 per person. Use the registration link to buy your tickets in advance. Online registration will close Thursday, September 12. The discount will NOT be honored for walk-up ticket sales/registration. When you arrive at the park, you will have to check in and hand in signed waivers for everyone in your group. Waivers will be emailed out to all registrations before event.

Tickets are for adult and youth Funday Tickets, which includes a Gondola ride to America’s only mountain-top theme park! Also included are both walking cave tours and unlimited rides on the summer attractions.

Please visit the Park website for ride status at www.glenwoodcaverns.com and visit the Park-Info/FAQ section for great visitor information as you plan your trip to the park. Children under three are free.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

International Day of the Girl: Call for submissions for Girls Speak Out 2019

** Deadline extended to August 25, 2019 **

Check out full details online and access consent form: http://dayofthegirlsummit.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IDG-2019-Call-Out-English-Extended.pdf

Attention girls of the world! YOU are being asked to celebrate the International Day of the Girl (IDG 2019)! Did you know that every October 11 the world celebrates GIRLS?! Help honor girls
like you by sending in your stories. Reflect on a moment in your life where you thought “THIS is what it means to be a girl where I live!” It could be a time when you or girls you know overcame an obstacle, shared a moment of connection, stood up for yourself, a life turning point, an act of bravery, or an adventure with friends!

IDG 2019 is looking for original stories, poetry, creative writing, videos, performances, photography, artwork, songs, or declarations about what it means to be a girl where you live! They will select a diverse collection of bold, inspiring, funny, and everyday stories written by girls, for girls to be performed LIVE at the United Nations in New York City on October 11 for the 2019 IDG Girls Speak Out! And guess what?! Everyone who submits her work will get a special shout out on the www.DayoftheGirlSummit.org website or during the IDG2019 webcast on October 11!

October 11 is our day to celebrate and SPEAK OUT about what it means to be a girl. Leaders at the UN and other girls need to hear your story. Help showcase the issues girls face and how powerful girls are. Submit your story and help make this year’s Girls Speak Out the best one yet!

Here is what you need to do:

  • Be a girl (or a group of girls) 18 years or younger.
  • Answer the question, what does it mean to be a girl where you live today?
  • Tell us your story. Send your original work and consent form to: IDGsubmissions@gmail.com with your name, age, country, and contact information no later than Sunday, August 25 11:59PM US EST!

Please make sure your submission is in one of these formats:

  • Poetry or monologue (maximum 300 words)
  • Video (maximum length of 2 minutes)
  • Photograph (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels)
  • Art or graphic design (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels)

Questions? Email IDGsubmissions@gmail.com

Golf workshops with the CGA in September 2019

Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors are invited to learn and practice golf with the Colorado Golf Association! Workshops are specifically designed for Brownies or Juniors and will be taught by instructors through the Colorado Golf Association. Requirements for the Brownie “Fair Play” badge and Junior “Practice with Purpose” badge will be met at the workshop and badges will be provided day of. Capacity is limited to 20 girls and event registration will close when capacity has been met OR on the registration deadline of Tuesday, September 10.

Brownie Fair Play Badge Workshop

Saturday, September 14

9 – 11 a.m.

Common Ground Golf Course, Aurora

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/brownie_fair_play_ba_1128681571.html

Junior Practice with Purpose Badge Workshop

Sunday, September 15

9 – 11 a.m.

Common Ground Golf Course, Aurora
Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/junior_practice_with_1855814219.html

The cost is $15/girl and is free for accompanying adults. All girls must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Girls attending with a troop leader must provide a completed parent permission form for a Girl Scout activity that their troop leader will retain for their records. Adult-to-girl safety ratios for events must be met.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. If you have any questions about this event or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or call (877) 404-5708.

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“Woodworker” badge workshop for Cadettes

Professional Women in Building (PWB) of Western Colorado invites Girl Scout Cadettes to JXN Station in Grand Junction on November 9, 2019 to earn their “Woodworker” badge! Girls will learn basic woodworking skills, i.e. how to use a hammer, saw, level, screwdriver, and create a candy dispenser utilizing these skills. Register online now! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/cadette_woodworking_.html

All necessary supplies, equipment, and safety gear will be provided. Lunch will also be provided for all. Girls will receive their “Woodworker” badge at the end of the workshop.

This is not a drop off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Girl to adult ratios for events must be met.

Registration closes Thursday, October 31.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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