GSCO Honored with Environmental Leadership Award

Girl Scouts of Colorado was honored at the Bronze Award level from the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program at an event last Thursday, October 17.

Below are pictures of GSCO staff Kristin Courington and Nicole Eubanks with Lynette Myers, Administrator of the Colorado ELP and Mike Nelson from Channel 7 who was the event MC. GSCO was given this award for the great Forever Green projects that girls have done around the state and our dedication to environmental education.

Girls, please continue to register your environmental projects on the Forever Green Project page.

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Assessment and action at Kiwa Korral will be slow

I wanted to share this article from the Denver Post because it illustrates how the process of assessment and action regarding the damage at Kiwa Korral is, and will continue to be, slow. We can only imagine how frustrating this is for people whose homes have been lost or damaged. Our hearts go out to them.

Read the full updates on Kiwa Korral.

First Girl Scout Women of Distinction honored in Grand Junction




Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO Stephanie Foote helped induct the first class of Girl Scout Women of Distinction on the Western Slope at a breakfast on Tuesday morning, Oct. 15, at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction. This year’s honorees were Lois Dunn, Real Estate Broker, Invest in Colorado West, Inc., Teresa Coons, Executive Director, Math and Science Center, and Lisa Boyd, Co-Owner, No Coast Sushi.

A special thank you to Susan Alvillar and WPX, The Western Colorado Center for the Arts, and Cowboy and the Rose for hosting the first annual Grand Junction Girl Scouts Women of Distinction. The event raised more than $1,000 for local Girl Scout programming. Donations can still be made in honor of this program at

Girl Scout Women of Distinction are chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They commit to supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado and serving Girl Scouts today. The Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program is active in other parts of Colorado, including Colorado Springs and Denver. More than 400 women throughout the state have been recognized and have raised more than $2 million in the last 20 years for Girl Scout leadership programs. Learn more about Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Women of Distinction program.

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Service Awards for Girl Scouts

It’s the time of year to be honored for your wonderful take action and community service projects at a National level. Below is information about 4 awards. Some have deadlines coming up quickly! Contact if you have general questions about these awards.

  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: This award is for girls who have provided significant community service over the past year. Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, thousands of Girl Scouts have been recognized for their acts of volunteerism over the past 18 years. Top winners receive sizable cash awards, engraved medallions and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, DC in May 2014. Girls should apply online at or www.nassp/org/spirit. Applications must be submitted online by November 5, 2013. If you have questions or need a paper version of the application, call 877-525-8491. GSCO will select up to 8 girls in grades 5-8 and 1 girl in grades 9-12.
  • Olave Award: Every Triennium the World Board gives this international take action award in honor of the memory of the World Chief Guide, Olave, Lady Baden-Powell to keep alive her believe in the spirit of service. The award is given to Girl Guides/Girl Scouts who have contributed to positive change in the community by taking action. The Take Action Project can be long or short-term, of any size, within their home country or abroad. This triennium, the Olave Award will recognize projects that are focused on improving education for girls and young women around the world. Each council may select one Take Action project that occurred in 2012-2013 GSUSA will select the top take action project submitted to represent our national organization. Please submit the olave-award-nominations-form-2014 to GSCO by October 31: Read more:  Olave Award 2012-2014
  • National Young Women of Distinction: National Young Woman of Distinction (NYOWD) is the designation, and special honor, conferred by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue. Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award from May 1, 2012 to March 1, 2014 is eligible to apply to her Girl Scout council or USAGSO for nominee consideration. Each council reviews the applications they receive, and selects up to three nominees. Councils are responsible for submitting their nominations to GSUSA by March 31, 2014 A panel of corporate and community leaders will assist GSUSA in choosing the ten NYWOD from the pool of nominees to be announced next summer. Download more information and the application here: 2014YWODGirlApplicationGuidelines. Watch inspiring videos of girls who received this special honor last year:
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award: Awards are given to youth ages 14 and under who have completed 50 or more hours of volunteer service; to individuals 15 and older who have completed 100 or more hours; and to families or groups who have completed 200 or more hours. Lifetime achievement is recognized with a special President’s Call to Service Award, which honors those who have provided more than 4,000 hours of service during the course of their lifetime. Girl Scouts of Colorado is a nominating agency. Applications for this award are ongoing. For more information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award, visit

Honoring a “truly awesome” Colorado Girl Scout volunteer

On Saturday, Oct. 12th, the Denver Elks Lodge #17 honored one of my favorite Denver metro area Girl Scout volunteers, Leslee Randolph, with the Citizen of the Year Award. Leslee is one of the first volunteers I met when I started working at Girl Scouts of Colorado nine years ago. At the time she was leading the Girl Scout troop who helped Colorado adopt a State Rock, the Yule Marble.

Leslee has been serving the community through Girl Scouts since 1996, making this her 17th year with Girl Scouts of Colorado! During that time she has helped mold and inspire countless girls and women to be leaders in their communities. Currently, Leslee serves as Service Unit Manager in her area, Denver Gold Award Committee Chair and Troop Mentor. She started as a parent volunteer in 1996, became a leader in 2000, then joined as a Service Unit Manager soon after. She has graduated two troops, represents Girl Scouting to the community through events, and ensures that supportive services are provided to girls, parents and volunteers.

As Service Unit Manager (the highest position in the unit), she manages, supports and guides a team of volunteers to deliver a quality Girl Scout experience for all Girl Scouts, adults and girls alike. As Gold Award Committee Chair for Denver, she is great at working with the girls and goes above and beyond to mentor them in a really effective way. She is also a mentor to others on the committee and has helped train new members in what high quality Gold Award projects look like and how to work with girls on enhancing their projects.

It’s been a true pleasure for myself, as well as the other staff at Girl Scouts of Colorado to work with Leslee through the years. She’s very passionate and fun to be around. Her enthusiasm for Girl Scouts and volunteering is contagious, and we can’t think of a better representative of what Girls Scouts is all about!

Congratulations, Leslee! Thank you for your continued service to Girl Scouting, and we look forward to working with you for many years ahead!

Minutes – Outdoor Property Evaluation Task Force September 2013 Meetings

This committee had many summer scheduling issues and joined to meet twice in September. These are notes from the past two meetings. Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who help out on this committee.


The Outdoor Property Evaluation Task Force met to discuss the selection of additional volunteers to the Task Force, recommend a Task Force Charter to the Board, and complete an initial review of the Outdoor Property Evaluation Plan.

Volunteers selected to join the Task Force included Katie Blair and Sarah Braught.  Members also approved a draft Charter for board review and approval and provided feedback on the initial draft of the Outdoor Property Evaluation Plan.



  1. The Task Force discussed feedback from the Board of Directors (BOD).
    1. The Task Force Charter from the Board that was approved by the Board (posted to the Properties page of the GSCO website)
    2. The BOD requested a formal communications plan, documenting how the evaluation process will be communicated to our constituents.
    3. The Task Force discussed appointing interested volunteers to serve as Key Consultants for the evaluation process.  To date, those individuals include:
  • Nicole Jones – Communications Strategy & Coordination
  • Anna Beucler – Outdoor Program Advisory Board Liaison
  • Penny Roberts – MMR
  • Siobhan Murtha – Kiwa Korral
  • Debbie Wiggins – Kiwa Korral
  • Jill Marostica – Lazy Acres

Additional property specific Key Consultant positions remain available to interested volunteers.

  1. The Task Force finalized the Outdoor Property Evaluation Plan (posted to the Properties page of the GSCO website)
  2. The Task Force reviewed some preliminary data received to date on each property.
  3. The Task Force discussed site visits to each property and a site visit evaluation tool.  Staff representative Betsy Till agreed to finalize dates for a tour of the properties, as well as the evaluation tool.  The Task Force agreed to hold its next meeting after the first round of property visits, date TBD.

Kiwa Korral update


The members of Girl Scouts of Colorado continue to provide assistance to those in their communities whose lives and homes have been turned upside down by the flooding last month in Colorado. We understand how fortunate we are that our impact is limited to damage to one camp (Kiwa Korral) and one office building (Colorado Springs Service Center). Our girls and volunteers whose primary residence and families were affected will be missed as they will have to put Girl Scout participation on the back burner.

I understand that members are anxious for more details about the damage to Kiwa Korral and the future of the property. In this post, I am sharing photos that were taken last week during the only time our property manager has been able to step foot on the property, with our insurance adjustor. The course of the river has moved dramatically, which will affect our property lines, and this is one of the largest areas of uncertainty for the property and its future. As the photos show, the gate that used to open to a road to our property now opens to a river. Authorities are denying us access to the property with the exception of the insurance visit because the only way to access Kiwa is on foot via the neighbor’s property and crossing the old river’s flow.

We are working as fast as local authorities will allow on determining a course of action, yet it’s clearly going to be a slow process. Understandably, much higher priority is being given to primary residence property owners. We have spoken with Boulder County and the Colorado Department of Emergency Management, and it is still too early to get answers on the course of the North St. Vrain River.

According to the Boulder County Sherriff’s office, the county’s priority is to open roads and utilities so that people whose homes were cut off can get back to some function of their lives. There are 6 different agencies working on the river and property rights issues, so it will undoubtedly be a lengthy process. Talks of clean-up efforts will be down the road some time.

In the meanwhile, I must stress that, no one is granted access to the Kiwa Korral property, as it is a major safety hazard.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Now is the time to stand up for Girl Scouts, Women of Distinction 2013 Denver


View more photos (Photos by Jesse Myers, Girl Scout volunteer)



Girl Scouts of Colorado was honored to have Anna Maria Chávez, Girl Scouts of the USA’s CEO, as our keynote speaker at the 2013 Thin Mint Dinner on Thursday evening, Oct. 10, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. This evening also honored Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2013 Denver Women of Distinction and helped raise $250,000 for Girl Scouts of Colorado’s leadership programs.

Ms. Chavez set the tone for the evening, which was a call to stand up for Girl Scouts. Many in the nearly 600-person crowd were unaware that individual adult donors supported Boy Scouts of America to the tune of $56 million annually, and during the same year adult donors only gave Girl Scouts of the USA $4 million. These figures don’t include what youth members of these organizations raise through fundraisers like the Boy Scout popcorn sales and the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Clearly, Girl Scouts needs more financial support from those who believe in our mission, but donating money isn’t the only way to support the Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts nationwide, including Colorado, is in need of volunteers, particularly troop leaders to help place the thousands of girls who want to be Girl Scouts but can’t until they have adult volunteer leadership. To learn more, visit


Taking the lead in standing up for Girl Scouts were Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Women of Distinction. Eight new 2013 honorees joined the 387 who have been named to this honor since 1997. This year’s inductees are: Denise Burgess, President/General Manager, Burgess Services, Inc., Michelle M. Lucero, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Karen Nakandakare, Diversity, Inclusion & Community Investment, CH2M HILL, Kristin Richardson, Community Volunteer, Smithsonian National Board, Smithsonian Science Education Board, Children’s Hospital Colorado & Foundation Boards, TBD Colorado Board, Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., Former Dean, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, Provost, University of Kentucky, Mimi Roberson, President/CEO, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center & Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL, Regina M. Rodriguez, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Shari F. Shink, Esq., Founder/President Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. Girl Scouts of Colorado also awarded an honorary Woman of Distinction recognition to Girl Scouts inspirational national leader, Anna Maria Chávez. To learn more about these honorees see the event program: WOD_DEN_program_FINAL.


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. Girl Scouts of Colorado engages Women of Distinction in ongoing Girl Scout activities and programs designed to build the next generation of leaders. Over the last 16 years, the Women of Distinction program has raised more than $2 million.

Special thanks goes to event chairs Paula Herzmark, Executive Director of the Denver Health Foundation, and Elaine Gantz Berman, Colorado State Board of Education, both 2002 Women of Distinction, as well as 2013 Women of Distinction Selection Chair Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, Vice President of Government and External Relations at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and 2012 Woman of Distinction. Major sponsors of the 2013 Girl Scouts of Colorado Thin Mint Dinner included Bow River Capital Partners/Johnson Financial Group LLC, Centerplate, Children’s Hospital Colorado, DaVita, FirstBank and UMB Bank.

For more information on Girl Scouts of Colorado, visit

On Wednesday evening, Oct. 9th, Blair & Kristin Richardson were gracious hostesses of a private reception for Denver community leaders, Girl Scouts of the USA’s Anna Maria Chavez and senior staff, and Girl Scouts of Colorado senior leadership team and board.  


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Media clips from Anna Maria’s visit and Denver’s Women of Distinction event:

Program Aide Re-Launch! (PA Training/Trainer Fact Sheet)

Has your Cadette started any Teen Mentorship Awards yet? We are excited to announce a re-launch of the Program Aide and VIT curriculum for Girl Scouts in Colorado.

Why did we change the PA program?

  • To increase flexibility for Cadettes as they gain leadership skills for the future.
  • To offer increased options for girls as they bridge from Juniors to Cadettes-keeping girls engaged and excited about Girl Scouts.
  • To increase options for Program Aides during the school year and throughout the state.
  • To cultivate more PA Trainers statewide to meet demand for PA Training.

Visit the PA webpage to get started: The first step is completing your Leader-In-Action Award (LiA)…

Notes about changes to the PA program:

  • PA Internship = INDIVIDUAL girl experience. Troops can do PA training in a group, but Internship activities are intended for each girl complete on her own. Register for the PA Internship here:
  • PA requirements can be completed ANY time in the Cadette years.
  • PA trainings will take place on a regional or service unit level.
        • In this transition, Outdoor Programs will provide a Fall and Spring Training
        • Contact your nearest GSCO staff member for more information on trainings in your area-each region will offer at least one PA training per year, or more as needed.
  • The PA overnight camp option continues at Tomahawk and Magic Sky overnight camps for PA’s after they have finished 9th grade
  • The CIT program offers a way to attend camp in a leadership role without having completed the PA program (CIT programs fall under Summer Camp registration, opening online on January 22, 2014)
  • The VIT program mirrors CIT options for older girls who want to participate in volunteer leadership roles year-round. Register for the VIT here:

PA Trainers & Training Logistics
If working with Cadette-aged girls is your passion, this info is for you! Troops can do PA Training together, but must do their internships individually.

  • Troop leaders should lead one training with a troop that is not their own before leading a training for their troop
  • PA Trainings can be offered for girls within the same troop or service unit, or opened up to the council. Submit your PA Training here:
  • PA Trainings should be priced to cover costs only (no more than $25/girl). Once girls are PA’s, you can engage them to lead Girl-Led programming for Money Earning goals of your Troop or Service Unit. Use the Program Budget Form if you need help creating your budget for PA Training.
  • We need volunteers to lead PA Trainings-GSCO Staff are “train the trainers,” and can help connect you with a PA Trainer in your region or help you become a trainer
  • PA trainings can be taught over a single day or weekend, or over a span of troop meetings or meetings over a few weeks with the girls.

How to become a PA Trainer

  • PA Trainers must be ready to teach 2 PA Trainings per year (minimum 8 hrs/training). To Become a trainer-
  1. Register for a PA Curriculum Review on Nov. 7, 6-8pm
  2. Shadow a PA Training (Dec. 6-8 sat TR, will be in activity finder)

Suggested Supplies Needed to Lead a PA Training

  • Copy of Transforming Leadership:  Focusing on Outcomes of the GSLE (this will be given to participants in the Curriculum Review meetings)
  • Group sharing tools:  string, beach “thumb” ball with questions written on it, stuffed animals to toss, etc.
      • For more ideas, read A Teachable Moment by Jen Stanchfield, Jim Cain, & Michelle Cummings.
      • Pens/markers – 1/girl
      • Dry-erase board or giant Post-It board or piece of poster board
      • Balloons – one pack, various sizes/colors
      • Masking Tape – 5 rolls
      • Training packet (folders or stapled) – 1/girl to keep
        • A handout with the 15 GSLE outcomes
        • A Program Aide Award Tracking Sheet
        • A PA training manual (if available
        • A Camp Specialty manual OR other Specialty Manual (if applicable/available)
        • Pocket Craft Supplies (trainers choice) e.g. embroidery floss, lanyards, etc. OR supplies relating to other Specialties
        • Name tags if desired
        • Roster

Budget/Pricing/Roster Logistics

Each Girl Should Bring These Items to Training:

  1. Pen
  2. Lunch & Water Bottle
  3. Clipboard
  4. Bag for her stuff
  5. Sleeping bag & overnight supplies if the training includes an overnight component (not mandatory!)

PA Training Boxes: Trainers may end up with a “PA Training Box”. Council cannot support stocking these resources at this time. Each region or trainer can decide how they’d like to manage this aspect of the training. The supply list above is a minimal list to keep costs down.

Questions? Contact your nearest GSCO staff member for more information, or email

Flood damage affects Kiwa Korral

Our hearts go out to those whose lives have been devastated by the flooding in September throughout Colorado. We know that our members have been concerned about how the floods may have affected our Girl Scouts of Colorado properties, as have we.

With no access to the property, information has been very slow to come on the status of our property in Lyons, Kiwa Korral. Hundreds of Northern Colorado girls enjoy a volunteer-led day camp that’s held every year at the property, and the beautiful camp is beloved by GSCO girls, volunteers and staff around the state. Late last week, council staff got their first brief view of the property with our insurance adjustor. The state highway adjacent to the property is washed out, and the flow of the nearby creek diverted itself and has enlarged by many times to be river-sized and has expanded to the opposite side of our property, leaving Kiwa Korral as an island. Because we are not permanent residents, we will not have access to the property for an indefinite period of time. The lodge is standing, but has suffered significant damage. The shelter is a loss, and the entire property is flooded with massive amounts of debris. It is truly saddening. We do not have a report as of yet from the insurance company, and no FEMA assistance is available to us. This is all of the information that is available to GSCO at this time.

We have just learned that Pawnee Lodge in Sterling did not sustain any damage. The other good news for GSCO is that no other camp properties incurred any flood damage. As soon as more information is available, we will continue to share it with our members and the public.

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