Girls turn T-Pain lyrics into something to be proud of

Submitted by Heide Schumm

After working on our Media Journey, we wanted to make a change to some of the negative stereotyping of women in the media so we turned the lyrics to T-Pain’s song “Booty Wurk” into something we all can be proud of “School Work.” We hope you enjoy our video!

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New and Additional Camper Spots at Girl Scout Summer Camp!

You’ve asked, we’ve listened.  Check out these great new and additional camper spots at Meadow Mountain Ranch and Magic Sky Ranch!

These openings will be posted on Tuesday April 16 at 9am, and you can sign up via the link on our website: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/parents/camp

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NEW: Archery Adventures,  Cadettes, $550 June 23-28 or June 30-July 5 or July 28-August 2
Have you recently discovered that you love archery? Do you think you might like Archery? Come help us to break in our new field archery course at Magic Sky Ranch. Spend time working on your archery skills, and enjoying the adventure of the outdoors. There will be plenty of opportunities for other fun camp activities too.

ADDITIONAL SPACES: Best 3-Day Camp Ever, $265  July 14-16 or July 17-19
Imagine having just a few days at camp-what would you do with them? Have the Best 3-Day Camp Ever! Squeeze in as much as you can, possibly including: archery, climb wall, high ropes (4th grade & up), arts, nature, hiking, singing, campfire. Now  you can answer that question: “What did you do today?” – “Play at camp!”

Meadow Mountain Ranch

NEW: Troop Camp for Juniors! 3 days/$150 per person; 6 days (consecutive)/$200 per person
Troop Camps are now open for Junior Troops too! Program choices include: Scouting, Nature, Homesteading, and Wilderness Survival.
Prices are deeply discounted if your troop wants a longer and more amazing experience at Meadow Mountain Ranch!

NEW: Wilderness Rangers, Blazing Saddles II, and Rodeo Riders II for Cadettes!

Blazing Saddles II:  6/23-6/28; $800

Campers are introduced to advanced trail riding in Rocky Mountain National Park, horse care and first aid on the trail as well as intro to horse packing, Leave No Trace camping, and other camping skills. Campers will also learn about edible plants common to the Rocky Mountains. Previous experience: Blazing Saddles I or equivalent, handle own horse with minimal assistance.

Wilderness Rangers:  7/7-7/12; $800

Covers intermediate trail riding into Rocky Mountain National Park, wilderness horse packing, overnights, wilderness survival skills, Leave No Trace camping skills, advanced horse care/first aid on the trail. Previous experience: Must have completed Blazing Saddles II or intermediate horse camp, or proven equivalent experience, handle own horse with no assistance, riding for long periods of time on extremely rocky trails.

Rodeo Riders II: 7/14-7/19; $800

Camper will learn more advanced riding skills at a trot and lope such as side passing, pivots, more advanced drill team patterns, and gymkhana games. Previous experience: Advanced gymkhana riders, must be have attended Rodeo Princess or equivalent intermediate resident horse camp, control horse at a walk/trot/lope, and be able to handle own horse with minimal to no assistance.

Global Girl Scouting Webinar

Please join us on Wednesday, April 17 from 5:30-6:30pm to learn more about the Global Girl Scouting initiative and how you can get involved. This webinar/conference call is for Girl Scout adults/volunteers and Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador girls.

Click here to Join online meetinghttps://meet.lync.com/gsco/kristin.courington/GMNRTCDN

Join by Phone: Toll-free number: 866-232-8977, Toll number: 678-981-8055 or Find a local number

Phone Participant code: 1799340851

First online meeting? Click here for software download and connection info.

Military thanks Colorado Girl Scouts for Cookies

Check out the cute postcard of thanks that we received from a member of the military last week thanking Colorado Girl Scouts for the Girl Scout Cookies we sent.

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One of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s staff members also shared this great photo she got from a friend she knows in the military, who was also very excited to receive Girl Scout Cookies!

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An Interview with ZisBoomBah’s Quest All Star Girl Scout

 

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Many of you have heard about Girl Scouts of Colorado’s partnership with an amazing online program called ZisBoomBah. The program is for Girl Scout Daisies-Juniors, and it centered on Healthy Living. This FREE program for Girl Scouts of Colorado members takes girls through healthy living quests that are fun, interactive and educational.

We caught up with Girl Scout Cherysh and her mom Kacey to see what they thought about ZisBoomBah. Cherysh is not just any Girl Scout on ZisBoomBah. She has done the most quests out of any other girl in the whole state, with a total of 19 quests completed. Now that is an accomplishment! Cherysh started on the site back in October as a Girl Scout Juliette with the help of her mom Kacey.

When we asked Cherysh what inspired her to do 19 quests, Cherysh said “Why not! They are really, really fun, and I learned a lot of fun new things at the same time!” What was your favorite quest, we asked? “I loved the Halloween quest. It was cool, but Pick Chow is my favorite, and I play it all the time” What is Pick Chow, and why do you like it so much? “Pick Chow is a quest where you make a meal, and it has to be the right portion sizes. Then you send it in, and your meal can get featured as the Meal of the Week. Mine has been featured before!” We asked Cherysh what are some other cool things that she got to do on ZisBoomBah? “ I have an Antatar. Her name is Princess C, and I have earned points (by playing quests) to buy her dresses. Right now I want to try to earn enough points to get her a cell phone.” We asked Cherysh what she would tell other Girl Scouts to convince them to join ZisBoomBah, “You should join ZisBoomBah because it helps you be more active, you get to play new games, it is so fun, and I love the Antatars. I am going to keep going and keep doing ZisBoomBah, and they should to!”

We also talked with Cherysh’s mom Kacey to see what she thought of the program and how ZisBoomBah has impacted their family over the last few months. “ZisBoomBah has affected our whole family. At first it started with Cherysh using the site, she was more conscious of what she was eating, she was more active, and she was learning so much. Then it started something for our whole family. ZisBoomBah would send out emails with recipes for meal ideas and snacks that we have tried as a family. I can also go on as a parent and create quests for Cherysh to do that are specialized to what she needs to work on, like spelling for example, not just healthy living.” We asked Kacey the same question we asked Cherysh about what would you tell other Girl Scouts and their families to convince them to join ZisBoomBah, “It is a great tool to get your family eating healthier, to learn things like portion control, meal ideas, game ideas for both inside and out to help get your whole family more active.

Wow, Cherysh is quite an amazing girl and healthy one! She has taken the Live Healthy Lead Healthy Challenge, she is changing the way her family sees healthy living thanks to ZisBoomBah, and is still going! So leaders, parents, and girls who is next? You have heard what Cherysh and Kacey had to say and now it is your turn. You can still sign your troop up or your individual girl for ZisBoomBah by May 31st and complete three quests and you will receive the ZisBoomBah Patch for Free. For more information or to sign up please contact Monica Slater at Monica.Slater@gscolorado.org

Learn more on how you can get involved in this program on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

Changing and Challenging Times at GSCO

Five years after the creation of Girl Scouts of Colorado, we are taking a critical look at our organizational structure to determine how we can increase our efficiency and maintain a strong future that provides the premiere leadership experience for the girls of Colorado. Our council faces two overarching and related challenges – a declining membership and a budgetary shortfall.

With the exception of two small single-year bumps, girl membership has been declining both in Colorado and nationwide since 2002, when we had 47,485 girl members in the state. By the end of 2012, that number had declined to 31,277. To help end this trend, we are talking with staff and volunteers around the state about challenges they face in recruiting and retaining Girl Scouts. Our largest membership challenge is actually not having enough troop leaders to guide the girls who want to be in a troop. Girls want and need the positive direction of Girl Scouting, but we don’t have the volunteers to provide the leadership.

In addition to a declining membership, our council is facing significant financial challenges. Our largest budgetary obstacles are a $650,000 loss in revenue from closing two of our resident camps last summer because of the Colorado wildfires; and cookie sale revenues that came in $900,000 under budget, due to fewer Girl Scouts selling. On top of that, GSCO faces rising costs for the GSUSA pension plan. The combined impact of these three factors amounts to a $2.1 million deficit. Guided by our commitment to the Girl Scout Law’s requirement of using resources wisely, we are streamlining our staffing and programming.

One of the initial changes we made to meet an increased demand for troop camp while saving on program expenses where resident camp registrations were lower was to change eliminating program staff positions and GSCO-planned programming at Sky High Ranch. This beautiful property will remain open and available for rental by troops and other groups year-round.

After listening to our members, GSCO has identified four service targets:

1. More regional support. We have combined our Membership, Volunteer, and Program departments into a single Program Department with a reduction of management positions and a focus on regional needs, while maintaining statewide support from our corporate headquarters. In each region we have established a local team with staff specializing in recruitment, program support, volunteer management and administration. Each team includes a Team Lead, who provides direction and coaching; and resources will focus on support for area troops and service units and their unique needs.

2. More staff presence in the community. The regional team administrative support will free program staff to have a stronger community presence and more time to directly work with volunteers.

3. Less red tape. We’re changing our systems and processes and utilizing technology to make the business of Girl Scouting more easy and efficient for our volunteers and staff.

4. More focus on our current members. While we will still be actively recruiting new adults and girls, we will shift our focus to retaining and reengaging our membership with a strong Girl Scout Leadership Experience and training and support for our volunteers to deliver it.

The total impact of the personnel changes included in this restructure is approximately $500,000. Combined with the changes to Sky High Ranch, we are expecting a savings of about $600,000 — well short of our $2.1 million shortfall. We are continuing to look for additional cost savings in all areas of the budget. Though this is a difficult time for all of us, we are confident about building a solid membership foundation for future growth. You can help in two ways:

1. Send a donation to GSCO at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/catalog/donation-options. As we look to cut expenses, we also need to increase our revenue. Your donation will help us close this gap faster and ensure that we can provide girls and volunteers with the support they need.

2. Volunteer your time as a troop leader. We are always looking for volunteers to serve in various capacities, but our biggest need right now is for troop leaders, particularly for girls in K-5 grades. To help, please visit our website at: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/volunteers/join.

Thank you for your continued support as we work through these challenges. We are grateful for the creative input of our entire Girl Scout family – parents, troop leaders, community volunteers, staff and the girls we serve – as we take action to face and overcome our challenges. We are excited about our new organizational model and are optimistic about our increased capacity to support our members.

Girl Scout Gold Awardees visit Colorado State Capitol

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On Monday, April 8th, 11 of this year’s 38 Colorado Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from throughout state (yes, even one from Montrose was there) visited the State Capitol in Denver. The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts.

The girls had a chance to sit on the floor of the House of Representatives as well as take a tour of the capitol grounds, among other activities. Many of the recipients family members joined them for the visit.

Colorado’s House of Representatives also read information on the floor about this year’s Gold Award recipients during their business of the day on Monday. Additionally Fox 31/CW2 TV out of Denver covered this event for their newscasts and the Girl Scouts of the USA Blog ran information on these events too.

We are so proud of this year’s recipients! Look for more information on the blog and website soon about this year’s projects. (In fact we will be having you vote on your favorite project(s) of 2013!) For a list of this year’s honorees and more information on the Gold Award, visit the press release section of our website.

And to get a sneak peek into this year’s Gold Awardees and their projects, view the video we shot on Monday with interviews with some of this year’s honorees.

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Did you earn your Gold Award/highest award in Girl Scouts? This summer Girl Scouts will be organizing a Gold Award Alliance Directory. Look for more information coming soon, but, in the meantime, here is the preliminary information.

Check out Girl Scout Camp Open Houses – and Camp Openings!

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Summer camp…it’s your child’s life learning classroom when they are out of school!

As we get out our T-shirts and shorts this spring, it’s time to start thinking about summer camp! Studies have shown that girls who attend camp have less summer learning loss, and are better at thinking outside of the box and problem solving.

Girl Scouts of Colorado offers many summer camp options that enable them to explore the classroom of life among peers and caring camp counselors. Learn more about our summer offerings, or visit one of the open houses at our amazingly beautiful properties:

Tomahawk Ranch: April 14, 1pm-4pm and May 19, 1pm-4pm

Meadow Mountain Ranch: May 18, 1pm-4pm

Magic Sky Ranch: May 5, 1pm-4pm

(Click here for directions to camp properties )

We also have online registration, or call us at 1-877-404-5708 to talk with one of our wonderful registrar team members to get your daughter into the right summer camp!

We also have some unique opportunities for older campers at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark/Rocky Mountain National Park!

It’s Ur Wilderness (6-day) $500 – 6/23-28 (MM05)
Girls will hike and explore ecosystems found in Rocky Mountain National Park and Meadow Mountain Ranch!

Wilderness Rangers (6-day) $800 – 7/7-12 (MM11)
Girls will get LOTS of trail riding experience in Rocky Mountain National Park doing wilderness horse packing, overnights, and wilderness survival skills!

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

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Celebrate Earth Day with Girl Scouts! This Denver event on April 21st, presented in partnership with the Energy Service Corps, will be a fun and engaging day for all girls and volunteers. Girls kindergarten through twelfth grade will participate in activities, such as traveling through different stations in their “flower-powered car,” exploring the wonders of water and investigating the real food network. We are looking for volunteers to assist with each of these fun activities and more. Together we can learn how to take care or our planet. What a way to celebrate Earth Day! Contact Alli at alli.oswandel@gscolorado.org for more information.

Girl Scouts’ memory honored with special high adventure gift for Meadow Mountain Ranch

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Since the fall of 2012,  39 Girl Scout teenagers of GECCCO (Girls Enjoying Camping, Canoeing and Cycling Outdoors) Troop 71106 from Northern Colorado (Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and Greeley) have been working on a special fundraising effort for their beloved Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) Girl Scout camp near Allenspark.

In 2011 this troop lost a cherished member of their group, Taite Pugh of Loveland. Taite had special needs and epilepsy and died unexpectedly. While in Girl Scouts, one of Taite’s favorite activities was zip lining, which she did on an international trip to Costa Rica. She also loved camping with her troop at MMR. And after learning MMR’s future plans of being a high adventure camp for girls, with a zip line being one of the wish list camp features, the girls knew they needed to help with the fundraising efforts and name the zip line to honor the memory of Taite.

On Thursday, March 28th, the troop made their first fundraising milestone, presenting a check to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO, Stephanie Foote, for $10,000 at a Fort Collins Service Center ceremony.

“We are really touched that the GECCCOs decided to keep her memory going through this project,” said Taite’s mother, Cheryl, who shed tears of pride along with her husband and Taite’s father, Mark, at the March 28th ceremony. “Taite left an impression on these girls. They always were good about including her. Girl Scouts opened many new doors. And the trip to Costa Rica was a trip of a lifetime.”

Troop 71106 needs to raise $70,000 for the project, so fundraising efforts are still ongoing. They have held fundraisers for this project, such as a pancake breakfast in the fall and selling bracelets. A part of all their fundraising efforts, including 2013 Cookie Program proceeds, also are dedicated to the zip line project. (The troop sold nearly 10,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies and is fundraising for travel adventures they are planning to Peru and Alaska, to name a few.) Additionally, the troop is in the process of researching and applying for community grants.

“We hope this project inspires other troops to do community service,” said one of the troop members, Krista Beucler, who also commented that the troop is learning a lot through this project.

Once Taite fell in love with zip lining in Costa Rica she was always the first in line pointing and saying “up, up.” The troop hopes to help more children like Taite with special needs and disabilities find a love for zip lining by starting an annual day for them on this new zip line.

“We really can’t wait to complete the project. The project will make a difference for thousands and thousands of Girl Scouts,” said Sarah Bales, another member of the troop.

For more information on the MMR zip line project and how you can make a contribution, contact Elizabeth Winn at 970-319-3037 or elizabeth.winn@gscolorado.org.

Fox 31 Denver covered this event and aired a story on their morning show on Friday, March 29th. The Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper also ran a short article and photo in their April 4th edition.

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