Northern Colorado Girl Scouts learn science can be fun

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On Saturday, Sept. 8th, 27 teen Girl Scouts gathered at Colorado State University (CSU) for a science program called Lighten Up. The event focused on the science of light where girls participated in hands-on activities, including making telescopes, learning about lasers and color, how light travels through different objects, as well as careers in STEM. This event was put on in partnership with CSU, and volunteers for the event were college students from CSU’s Society of Women Engineers. In fact, head volunteer for the event, Kaarin Goncz, education director for CSU’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, is a Girl Scout alum and proudly wore her Girl Scout leadership pin at the event. One of the Girl Scout participants at event commented “this is way better than science in school.”

The Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper’s Sarah Jane Kyle also attended the event, and will be publishing a story on Friday, Sept. 14th, about the flexible ways to volunteer for Girl Scouts. Be sure to check it out on their website here.

The Lighten Up event will travel around the state over the next year. Learn how you can participate by visiting our website.

STEM is an area of focus for Girl Scouts, helping girls discover that they can grow up to be leaders in this field. Learn more about Girl Scout STEM research.

Wellington Girl Scouts: We can’t wait to help AGAIN!

Submitted by Jessica Glenn
Wellington, CO

Our group was able to volunteer at the 9Health Fair in April. Since we have a multi-level troop with ages ranging from 5-11 it’s tricky to find somewhere that will let our whole troop volunteer.

We had 13 girls help that day and it was AMAZING! They handed out water for those who were having blood drawn, handed out goody bags, gave directions and even helped with the “prize patrol” for the drawing that volunteers entered.

At our first meeting this fall, the girls said things like “I liked helping all the people,” “I liked listening to the people tell stories,” “I liked handing out the prizes” and “I can’t wait to help again this year!”

I know what our troop will be doing this April!!

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

Girl Scouts lead State Fair Kid’s Day Parade in Pueblo

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Submitted by Ashtyn Austin
Pueblo

Cadette Girl Scouts served as the color guard leading off the Colorado State Fair Kid’s Day Parade on Saturday, Sept. 1st. They were followed by Girl Scouts from Pueblo West and Pueblo celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting.

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

Looking for “star” Girl Scouts

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As of 10/8/2012 at 10 a.m.: This opportunity is now FULL. If you are not registered for a training session yet, you will have to wait until next fall to register for the program.

This is one of my favorite times of the year! That’s because one of my favorite parts of my job is working with girls to discover how they can tell their Girl Scout story and serve as Media Stars for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

What is a Media Star? Before the Cookie Program each January, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from all areas of the state to be Media Stars to help deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about cookie time with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. These spokesgirls will help with other Girl Scouts of Colorado media interviews throughout the year too. Here are just some of the media interviews the girls participated in during last year’s Cookie Program.

If you know a girl in 4th grade and above that dreams about being a star, then we want to train them to be a Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Star. (Note: From time to time we do need younger girls to help out with media interviews.)

How to get involved

All girls who want to serve as Media Stars for Girl Scouts of Colorado in 2012/2013 will be asked to participate in an individual, web-based training session at a time that works for them in December 2012. During this training, girls will learn everything needed to be a successful Media Star. Even if you have participated in this program before, you must be trained each year if you want to participate in the program again. We like to get as many “new” girls involved in this program as possible each year.

This is a very popular program, and space for this year’s program is FULL. Reservations were taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are not registered for a training session, you will have to wait until next fall to  participate. Thank you!  

I look forward to working with our 2012/2103 Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Stars!

Online registration for events is here!

Starting Tuesday September 4th, online registration for events will have a new look and feel.  Girl Scouts of Colorado has been hard at work over the past year developing an online registration system that is not only user friendly but also enhances the Girl Scout experience.  For those of you familiar with online registration for adult training or membership, this process will be familiar to you.

This new system will have many benefits including

  • The ability to register for events through troop hub
  • You will know instantly if you are registered for an event
  •  Participation in Girl Scout events will be on your profile – you can look back on your Girl Scout career.  This will stay on your profile even if you transfer councils
  • Safe and secure method of payment
  • It allows us as an organization to better track participation in events, which in turn allows us to better serve the girls.

Customer Support is available during normal business hours if you need any help registering for any event.  They can be reached at 877-404-5708 or inquiry@gscolorado.org .

A few helpful hints when using online registration

  • Use your First and Last name as it appears on your membership registration
  • A valid email address is required to log into your account – the same one in your record.
  • If you need to add or update the email we have on record for you, please contact Customer Support by phone or email
  • When you are re-registering or registering for the first time, please verify the girl’s grade level.  This will help you when you are registering girls for events with grade level restrictions.

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies Contest at the Colorado State Fair

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Girl Scouts of Colorado recently held a Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies Contest at the 2012 Colorado State Fair. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Best of Show – Jordan Dorsey, Whimsical Wonderland Mint Pops
  • Best Appetizer – Emily Pearman, Pumpkin Cheese Ball
  • Best Entrée – Lauren Pearman, Mater’s Morning Munchers
  • Best Dessert – Jesse Lopez, Faux Bon Bon

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado (Information courtesy of Marty Lockhart)

Sign up for Littleton’s Woof Walk Sept. 16 — idea of Girl Scout Troop 2198

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Earlier this spring it was announced that Littleton Girl Scout Troop 2198 had won a Disney Friends for Change grant, which was going to help the troop with their Girl Scout Silver Award project. (Read the earlier story.) Their story was featured on Denver’s 9NEWS (pictured above) as well.

Troop 2198 is passionate about helping end animal abuse. Their Silver Award project is centered around raising awareness of responsible pet ownership. After collecting items in the spring for Adoptions Angels, Troop 2198 is taking their Silver Award project a step further by helping initiate the first-ever Woof Walk during the Summerset Festival in Littleton’s Clement Park on Sept. 16th. The troop has been busy this summer organizing their efforts, and invites all Girl Scout dogs and their owners across the state to join them for a morning of fun! Registration materials can be downloaded here: 2012 Woof Walk Brochure-final.

Congratulations, Troop 2198, on a great project!

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado

My World, My Voice, My 2012 Election

With the November 2012 elections fast approaching, now is a great time to engage your troop or group in learning more about government and citizenship. Girl Scouts of Colorado has put together an activity guide to get Girl Scouts more involved in the elections while also giving them the skill needed to encourage other members of their community to become involved as well.

In this guide, you will see a list of suggested activities to help nurture your Girl Scouts into informed and responsible citizens by preparing them for the day they get their chance at the voting booth. Activities are broken down into three sections, Discover, Connect and Take Action. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your girls engaged in a discussion about leadership and government.

2012 Election Activity Guide

For questions, suggestions or guidance please e-mail myworld@gscolorado.org. (Important Note: Please keep in mind that Girl Scouts can’t advocate for one political party/candidate or another, or participate in a political rally as Girl Scouts, such as wearing their Girl Scout uniforms to a political rally. If you have further questions, please email rachelle.trujillo@gscolorado.org.)

Read about Girl Scouts’ adventures at home, abroad in Teen Scene

The fall edition of Teen Scene, a publication written by Girl Scouts 11 and older for Girl Scouts will be hitting mailboxes soon. But you can read it now online!
There’s great stuff in here – a 100th anniversary trip to D.C., a troop that experienced some high adventure in Switzerland, Girl Scouts helping the environment, girls giving back when fire threatens their community and more.

AmeriCorps position with Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girl Scouts of Colorado was selected as a host site for the 2012-2013 United Way of Larimer County AmeriCorps program!  So, together we are recruiting for a full-time, 11-month position with the title of Events & Series Coordinator.  This new position will begin on October 1, 2012.

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 women and men in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members work directly in their communities to build capacity, help people in need, and get things done!

In partnership with United Way of Larimer County Girl Scouts of Colorado will host one AmeriCorps member in our Fort Collins office who will work cross departmental to support volunteer services, membership, and the program department. The AmeriCorps member will:

  • Facilitate Girl Scout programs and events
  • Recruit and identify volunteers
  • Create a volunteer tracking system
  • Develop marketing materials
  • Maintain registration records
  • Collaborate with special initiative team to reach under-served girls
  • And so much more!

Benefits of AmeriCorps:

During their service AmeriCorps members will receive monthly professional development opportunities, health insurance with vision and dental coverage, and a stipend of $1,100 (pre-tax). After completion of 1,700 hours, members will receive and education award of $5,500 that can be used to pay off existing student loans or applied to future school expenses. AmeriCorps members will also benefit from an opportunity to network within the non-profit community in Larimer County, as well as an understanding of issues of poverty, health and education.

How can I apply?

You must be over the age of 17 and have a high school diploma to serve in Americorps State and National programs. Additionally, United Way of Larimer County is seeking applicants who have some previous experience volunteering with or working with non-profits. You must pass a federal and state background check.

Deadline to apply is Friday, August 24th.

For more information contact Kelly Burwell at: Vs.americorps@gscolorado.org

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