Girl Scouts of Colorado President & CEO Stephanie A. Foote to retire

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie A. Foote announced in December her plans to retire at the end of May 2020. Stephanie has been the President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado since May 1, 2012, and, from 2007 to 2012, she served as Chair of the GSCO Board of Directors.

“I’m so proud of the work we do at Girl Scouts and the impact our program has on girls, the volunteers who guide them, and the communities that benefit from their leadership and service,” Stephanie said. “In my years with this organization, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many amazing girls and dedicated volunteers. I’ve literally watched girls become leaders and witnessed their power when they work together to make the world a better place. I’m confident in our future. We’ve been preparing girls to lead for more than 100 years and that work will go on long after my retirement.”

Stephanie models business leadership for Girl Scouts. She helped to establish an Endowment Fund at Rose Community Foundation to maximize the return on this organization’s investments and support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. In 2015, she established the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize, which is awarded annually to a Girl Scout who has completed her Gold Award in the current year and whose project is selected by an independent panel as an exceptional example of impact through leadership.

Prior to working with Girl Scouts of Colorado, Stephanie served as an elected member of Denver City Council, worked as Chief of Staff to Mayor Wellington Webb, was the first woman in Denver to serve as Deputy Mayor and the first woman to serve as Manager of Public Works.

Her background in government and her business connections helped Stephanie guide Girl Scouts of Colorado to become one of the most respected non-profits in Colorado and a top-performing Girl Scout council. Stephanie’s ability to navigate regional nuances in mission delivery, fundraising, and local leadership has been instrumental in Girl Scouts of Colorado’s continued success.

Under her leadership, Girl Scouts of Colorado invested in technology, downsized office space to more efficiently use resources, elevated programming for older Girl Scouts, reversed the trend of membership decline, expanded Outreach programs to bring Girl Scouting to girls who need it most, and is in the best fiscal shape the organization has seen since the 2007 national council realignment.

Girl Scouts of Colorado Chairperson of the Board Rae Ann Dougherty said Stephanie has positioned the council well for the future.

“Girl Scouts of Colorado is extremely fortunate to have benefited from Stephanie’s leadership, experience, and expertise over the past 13 years,” she said.  “She has done great things for us and positioned the council to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to an ever-growing number of girls in Colorado.”

Stephanie is responsible for oversight of $28 million in assets, including several camps and lodges, leased office space across the state and a retail shop. In partnership with her executive leadership team, she manages an annual operating budget of more than $12 million and statewide staff of more than 100 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees who support more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adult members and volunteers in 56 counties in Colorado.

The GSCO Board of Directors has retained Evergreen Executive Source LLC of New Jersey to conduct a nationwide search for a CEO. Evergreen is an executive search firm that specializes in recruiting services for Girl Scout councils.

Board member Shannon Sisler is leading the Executive Search Committee, which will conduct the search process. Shannon is the Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for Crocs, where she is responsible for human resources globally. Prior to joining Crocs, she held Human Resources leadership roles with Davita, Janus Capital, and Western Union.

Shannon said the Board’s primary goal is to ensure a smooth transition by hiring the best CEO to lead Girl Scouts of Colorado into the future.

“It’s business as usual at Girl Scouts of Colorado right now, as staff and volunteers focus on delivering the best Girl Scout Leadership Experience possible,” Shannon said.

The CEO search process will likely take several months.

“We want this to be as transparent a process as it can be,” Shannon said. “Regular updates will be given and stakeholder input will be included in the process.”

If you know anyone who would be a great fit for Girl Scouts of Colorado, please share the job posting.

Anyone with questions about the process, should reach out to Board Chair Rae Ann Dougherty at raeannd@rrstrategies.com.

Journey in a Day event for Daisies

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 ran a “Three Cheers for Animals” Journey in a Day event for Daisies at the McKee 4H Ranch Building in Loveland. 27 Girl Scouts Daisies from around the state joined them. The girls had a guest speaker from Animal Friends Alliance, made lots of projects, and did activities! For the ending project, they did a Take Action project of making winter feral cat boxes for a local animal rescue! They will distribute the boxes out to areas that have homeless/feral cats which can use them.

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

Junior “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Where better to earn your Junior “Think Like An Engineer” Journey than at Tomahawk Ranch! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp.

Who: Girl Scout Junior troops or Juliettes with adult

Dates: Saturday, January 25 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

When: Arrive at 3 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Depart at 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey- enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

Cost: $70 per girl $40 per adult. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate. Price does not include Journey award patches.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

During this fun Journey camp, Juniors will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three design thinking activities to explore hands-on what it’s like to think like an engineer. You will also receive the materials needed for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community to complete their Take Action Project are complete their Journey!

Register/pay online
https://junior-think-like-an-engineer-journey-in-a-day.cheddarup.com or mail in registration form below.

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Brownie “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Camping, Journeys, and Girl Scout sisters~ Oh My! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp as you earn your “Think Like An Engineer” Journey!

Who: Girl Scout Brownie troops or Juliettes with adult chaperone

Dates: Friday, January 24 to Saturday, January 25, 2020

When: Arrive at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, Depart at 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey– enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

During this Journey camp, Brownies will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three “design” thinking activities to explore hands-on what it is like to think like an engineer. You will also receive materials for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community for their Take Action Project to complete their Journey.

Cost: $70 per girl, $40 per adult- price does not include Journey patches. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7

Register/pay online: https://browniethinklikeanengineer.cheddarup.com

Email cross.maria.e@gmail.com with questions.

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2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program starts February 2

eBudde is now open to TCMs! Access is granted to TCMs after they have submitted their TCM Agreement form, and their troop has submitted their ACH authorization form, and both forms have been processed by GSCO. An email to gain access to eBudde is sent to the email address that TCMs included on their TCM Agreement forms. If you have multiple emails that you use, be sure to check the inbox of all accounts!

Still need to submit TCM/ACH forms? Click on links below:

2020 TCM Agreement

2020 ACH Form

Upcoming Dates:

  1. January 10 – Last day transfer girls between troops. PLEASE check your troop roster and contact your volunteer support specialist about any changes needed.
  2. January 13– Initial Orders (IO) are due.
  3. *January 20– eBudde will open for MySale submissions by TCM’s. *A change this year to allow time for all council sites to be entered prior to MySale approvals.
  4. February 1 – Main cookie delivery day – Troop ACH forms MUST have been received and processed by GSCO BEFORE cookie inventory can be picked up.

Want to volunteer at a delivery day site? Contact the product program specialist in your area!

Find cookie program volunteer resources on our GSCO Cookie Resources page. Need to take TCM training? You can find volunteer learning opportunities on our Events Calendar.

Troop 66517 Bronze Award project

Submitted by Brittney T.

Metro Denver

Arvada

On December 23, 2019, we completed our Bronze Award project. We wanted to do something that would benefit our community and our peers. We’ve all had hard days at school, so we chose to paint sayings on the bathroom walls to remind our fellow students that everything is going to be ok! Things like, “Throw Kindness like Confetti” and “Believe you can and you will.”

First, we worked together to come up with our sayings, we wanted them to be inspirational, but easy to remember too. Next, we worked together to build our presentation for the principal. Once we were confident we had a good presentation, we made an appointment to present to the principal.

Once we had an agreement with the school, we rounded up our troop leaders and we went to school over Christmas Break! Our leaders stenciled our sayings on the wall for us, then set us loose with the paint! It was a little scary, because we really only had one chance to get it right with the paint. We worked together and cheered each other on and everything turned out great!

We hope our work will help to inspire students for years to come! Thank you, Campbell Elementary, for letting us come paint on your walls! A special thank you to the janitors for staying with us on their day off, as well!

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

Troop 76048 sings Christmas carols and completes Junior “Musician” badge

Submitted by Susan Scott

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 76048 in Loveland completed their “Musician” badge while brightening the day of residents of Affinity at Loveland. They were treated to hot chocolate and cookies after the sing-along.

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

Giant plush rhino: The winner is…

THANK YOU to all the Girl Scouts who entered the drawing for the giant plush rhino! CONGRATULATIONS to the winner, Faith B.

As part of the qualifications for the giant rhino drawing, we asked Girl Scouts who entered the give-away to do some online research, answer a few questions on the entry form, and share their future aspirations for advocating for animals.

The 2019 Fall Product Program mascot was the Northern white rhino, a creature that is now nearly extinct. Knowing that Girl Scouts are the leaders of today and tomorrow, we wanted to appeal to girls who may join the efforts to save the rhinos, help other threatened or endangered species, or work in other ways to protect animals.

All of the Girl Scouts who completed an entry form did a great job sharing detailed information that they discovered about the Colorado animal rescue organizations that they researched, endangered species in Colorado, and sharing their aspirations about caring for and protecting animals!

Girls who entered the contest will receive an “Animal Protector” patch and a personal thank you note from GSCO staff. Patches will be mailed with cards mid-January.

OAC Winter Adventure at Twisted Pine: Spaces still available

Space is still available for the Winter Adventure overnight event at Twisted Pine with Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers! This event is open to any Girl Scout in sixth grade to register individually.

  • Dates: Friday, January 24, 2020 6 p.m. – Saturday, January 25       4 p.m.
  •  Fee: $50 (Grants and discounts are available)

This event features a winter wonderland of outdoor activities! You’ll spend the day participating in a variety of winter activities (weather dependent) including hiking and/or snowshoeing, a snow scavenger hunt, and snow science. In the evening, you’ll practice your outdoor cooking skills with a ‘cast iron chef’ challenge!

To register or learn more: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/outdoor_adventure_cl.html

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a GSCO staff-led program for older Girl Scouts offering monthly high adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing. Visit the Outdoor Adventure Club website for more information, and sign up at the interest list below to be notified of future OAC events.

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org

Volunteer View: December 2019

Apply to be a GSCO Delegate

Girl Scouts of Colorado is requesting applications for delegates to attend the 2020 National Council Session. Apply online.

Requirements:

Delegates to the National Council Session must be registered Girl Scout members, at least 14 years of age, and be willing to serve a three-year term (2020-2023).

Delegates and Alternates must commit to participating in preparatory conference calls and webinars and attending all meetings of the National Council Session in Orlando, Florida, October 21-25, 2020.

Celebrate “Holidays the Girl Scout Way”

When Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912, one of her goals was to make Girl Scouts available to all girls. From that first troop gathering of 18 culturally and ethnically diverse girls, Juliette broke the conventions of the time—reaching across class, cultural, and ethnic boundaries to ensure all girls had a place to grow and develop their leadership skills.

This holiday season:

  • Embrace the diversity in Girl Scouts and the world around us.
  • Embrace the Girl Scout value of giving back through community service.
  • Give the gift of Girl Scouts so that all may participate.

Daisy’s Circle, named for our founder, is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. $19.12 per month can provide nine girls with annual Girl Scout memberships. That’s nine more girls who will join this amazing organization with its 107-year history of living and celebrating The Girl Scout Way.

Special “Holidays the Girl Scout Way” Offer

Join Daisy’s Circle any time during December 2019 and receive a coupon for a 40% discount and free shipping from the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop! *

Celebrate “Holidays the Girl Scout Way” by joining Daisy’s Circle!

* Discount applies to transactions completed in-person at Girl Scout Shop in Denver, via phone at 1-855-472-7026 or email Retail@gscolorado.org. Coupon cannot be combined with other offers, used on prior purchases, transferred, copied or used online or through Girl Scouts of the USA.  Offer limited to in-stock merchandise only based on availability. Expires 3/31/2020.

Learn More

Are you ready for the Cookie Program?

Check out the Cookie Volunteer Checklist to see if you are on track!

  • Troop leaders and/or troop cookie managers please make sure your troop has submitted and ACH agreement form and a TCM agreement form.
  • Check your troop rosters now to make sure all girls participating in your troop have current memberships.
    • If there are girls on your roster who are not participating in your troop, contact your volunteer support specialist to update your roster.
    • The deadline to transfer girls between troops or to note them as inactive in your troop is January 10.

Please remember that no additional money-earning activities may take place during the cookie program – from February 2 (Cookie Program start) to March 18, 2020. (ACH debit).

If you have questions about the Cookie Program, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Volunteer Service Awards

Recognize outstanding volunteers

Girl Scout volunteers change the lives of girls in their communities every day. Some volunteers go above and beyond all expectations and have a positive impact on their troop and/or their service unit and sometimes the whole council.

Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring that enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you.

Nominations are due on or before March 31 of each year. The form to nominate a volunteer for an award will go live in January. Now would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements!

More information about the awards and the number of required endorsements for each award, is listed on the volunteer appreciation page on our website and in theVolunteer Recognition Award Guide. You can also learn more about how to write strong nominations and endorsements.

Questions? Please contact your Volunteer Support Specialist or Customer Support at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

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Outdoor Program News

Summer Camp updates

Save the date! Camp registration opens January 23!

The outdoor program team is hard at work planning summer camp season 2020! Both Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch have tons of awesome sessions with time on the zip-line, at the farm, hiking, or trips all over Colorado! Look for more information in the camp mailer sent to homes in early January and on the camp website.

Outdoor Adventure Club

Registration is open for January Outdoor Adventure Club events! The OAC Trailblazers (7th – 12th grade) are going ice climbing and having an overnight at Sky High January 11 – 12. The OAC Explorers (6th grade) are having a winter fun adventure with ice skating, snow activities and outdoor cooking. For more information visit the OAC website or contact anna.danila@gscolorado.org.

Upcoming Events at Camp!

Expedition and Mini Expedition Antarctica

January 17 -19, 2020

Cost: $135/person

Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy! This Friday-Sunday excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing, shelter building, and ice fishing. If we don’t have enough snow, we’ll do more general survival skills and camp activities such as archery and farm. Our special guest instructor this year will be Jessie Krebs, head instructor at SERE Training. We will set up tents outside the lodge, so campers can come inside if the weather gets too intense. We’ll have plenty of hot cocoa and cider as well!  Register now. Spaces are limited!

This camp is for girls and the significant male role model/guardian (age 18+) in their lives. Girls should register with the adult male who will be attending. Adults can come with multiple daughters, if desired. Limited accommodations are available for campers who wish to attend with a female adult instead. Please contact kim.petau@gscolorado.org if you’d like more information about special accommodations. This is classified as a family event, not a troop event, so each child must have a parent/guardian attend with them. All attendees (girls and adults) must have a current Girl Scout membership. Don’t want to spend the night? We have an Saturday only option for all levels of Girl Scouts. Register here.

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 Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets

January 11, Denver

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets on January 11! All Girl Scouts are invited to cheer on the Nuggets as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers and have a sleepover after the game! The troop with the most ticket referrals will be invited to have a Girl Scout cookie booth at the end of the Nuggets game on February 23!

Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

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 2020 Secrets to Success events. Every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th is invited to Secrets to Success.

Girl Scout Night with the CO Avalanche

February 13, Denver

Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche! All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the Washington Capitals.  The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold over 500 packages at their booth!

Save the Date: CO Women’s Hall of Fame Patch Workshop

April 4, Grand Junction

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to earn a Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch. This new patch program launched in January 2019 to provide girls across the state an opportunity to learn the stories of women who shaped Colorado and our nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, and creativity.

Save the Date: Mean Girls

April 10, Denver

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors save the date for a night out at Mean Girls! Limited discounted tickets available for Girl Scouts at the 7:30 p.m. performance on Friday, April 10, 2020. Limited tickets available for $54/person. Troops will be seated together. Tickets will go on sale through the GSCO events calendar late February 2020.

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

April 18, Greeley

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 our first Northern Colorado program. Any girl in grades 6-12 is invited to the program. Emailcarol.griffin@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list. Share save the date flier now! 

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

Save the Date: Daisy Flower Garden Journey at Denver Botanic Gardens

May 17, Denver

Registration will open March 2020.

 

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