Women’s Week 2018

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Meadow Mountain Ranch

It’s not too late to sign up for the fifth annual Women’s Week July 23 – 26, 2018 at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark. Summer is blossoming in the Colorado high country, and the wild iris and soon the columbine will be blanketing the meadows and woods at our home-away-from-home.

Open to any gals at least 18 years of age, Women’s Week has brought together ladies from all over the country – – from Maine and Connecticut to Washington, Oregon, Utah and Nevada  – – friends who tell friends, and moms who bring daughters and grand-daughters. It’s a spectacular, easy, and fun way to get away from everything that tugs and pulls at us these days and just go to camp and play. Participants don’t need to be Girl Scouts or even ever attended camp.  Friends, co-workers, camp alums, GSCO staff members, board members, let’s all come and join the fun!

What do we do there? ANYTHING WE WANT ! If you can imagine it or remember it or bring it with you to share, we can fit it into the schedule. Fly kites? Make crafts? Take a hike? Sing into the night? Sleep out in the back meadow? Do archery? Help with cooking and firebuilding? Can you lead a session of yoga, drumming, dancing, drama, art? We’ll gather a group for you most any time of day.

Where do we sleep? In the regular units in the “tabins,” close in or farther away from main camp. Larkspur is our headquarters, but you can stay in Lyra or Meeker’s Bluff for a little more peace and quiet.

Food? Of course, and it’s great! Our food service gals go all out to create delectable delicacies not always imagined out in the woods. We’ve cooked rhubarb jam, baked cakes in dutch ovens, held a chili cook-off just like on TV, taken a progressive “jungle breakfast” hike, and dug a bean hole!  We can accommodate dietary restrictions easily. We’ll try to cook out most meals in the unit over an open fire and have fun experimenting with more advanced cooking techniques (per fire restrictions, of course).

Some new and firm friendships have been made and some old old old acquaintances rekindled at Women’s Week.

Of special note is that on Wednesday morning, July 25, we will hold a special dedication ceremony for the new Pinecrest Memorial Unit Shelter. We’ll “cut the ribbon” and talk about the creation of this new addition to MMR, which will hopefully attract groups large and small to this outpost-type setting. Donors will be on hand as well as some staff and board members to celebrate this milestone.

Below is the information flyer and additional details can be obtained from the very informal camp director, Penny Roberts, at probertscolo@gmail.com.

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

2018 Women’s Week publicity flyer




Berthoud Service Unit in the Berthoud Day Parade

Submitted by Jen Rotar

Northern & Northeastern CO


Berthoud Service Unit was well-represented in the annual Berthoud Day Parade.  26 girls from Daisies to Cadettes brought paddles, fishing poles, kayaks, bows, rackets, and other gear representing their favorite outdoor activities. It was great to hear the crowd shouting “Yay Girl Scouts” as we made our way along the parade route.

Berthoud Day brings approximately 10,000 people to our small town each year and the sidewalks were jam-packed.

Berthoud Service Unit brings together multiple troops for community activities, with the older girls teaching songs and watching out for the younger girls safety on the float. We love this kind of teamwork, and everyone had fun.

Special thanks to the Moss family, and their two Girl Scouts Ronnie and Piper, for providing their truck and trailer for the float.

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

Beginning of summer = Beginning of outdoor adventures

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 kicked off the summer break by going on a hike up through Lory State Park. It’s always so fun to be able to get outdoors and connect with each other and nature. This was first outing of many planned for summer.

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

Early Bird registration ends June 15, 2018

As we head toward the finish line of a successful and memorable Girl Scout year, remember that your girls’ journeys have just begun. Come back next year for what promises to be another season full of unmatchable adventure at a place where girls can always take the lead, not stand in the background.

Any girl renewed by June 15, 2018 will receive a free Early Bird patch . Any troop that has completed the Annual Troop Report for this membership year and has two, unrelated Troop Leadership Team members renewed by June 15 will receive a $25 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

Connections: June 2018

She’s a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, I nnovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ force to be reckoned with, and we can help her unleash that unstoppable greatness again. Together, let’s make sure she benefits from another extraordinary year of positive energy, excitement, and experiences that build the skills she needs today and tomorrow—– all in a place designed specifically to bring out the very best in her. Because at Girl Scouts, everything she will do is with, by, and for girls. And research shows there’s no better place for her to discover her full potential. Girl Scouts is also the only  place where girls can work toward and earn the Gold Award—– one of the most prestigious awards for girls in the world (and a great boost when it comes to college applications, scholarship opportunities, establishing a lifetime network, and so much more)!

Renew Today

Girl Scouts: preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. 

Check out our incredible new PSA , “Lifetime of Leadership,” which celebrates notable Girl Scout alums and their amazing accomplishments and is narrated by Girl Scout alum, Queen Latifah. The incredible women featured in the video – including U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Susan Collins, Melinda Gates, Dolores Huerta, and Tyra Banks – serve as role models for today’s girls and young women, and they powerfully reflect the impact Girl Scouts have and what they are truly made of.

Please feel free to share it on your social media channels to show how @girlscouts and @gscolo have been taking the lead for more than a century.  Be sure to use #becauseofGirlScouts when sharing your Girl Scout story.

Drama-free summer camp? No problem?

Whether you’re about to send your girl off to overnight summer camp, or she’s just about to come home, you should know there are a few things you can do as a parent to decrease the drama and up the fun factor for everyone. Here’s the scoop from Girl Scouts Developmental Psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D. on how to make it work for you.

Tips for camp

Camp like a G.I.R.L.

There’s no better place to step out of your comfort zone, be bold, be curious, embrace the unfamiliar, and grow your confidence than at Girl Scout Camp. It’s a whole new world, and it’s a place you’ll never forget!

There are still a few spots open at later summer sessions and day camps. View the session list here and search “open.” 

Join Daisy’s Circle Monthly Giving

We are Girl Scout Sisters. We often talk about the benefits girls receive by being members of Girl Scouts: New skills, confidence, and lifelong friendships, to name a few. We never really talk about what adults get out of Girl Scouting. It’s so easy to join! The bigger the circle, the bigger the impact!

Join today

Upcoming Events

June 2: Gold Award Girl Scout’s Computer Drive, 10-12
Accepting the following: desktop computers, laptop computers, monitors (not CRTs), keyboards, mouse, speakers, and cables.
June 10: Girl Scout Swim Party at Pirates Cove, Englewood
June 15: Girl Scout Bridging and Overnight with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox
July 27 – 29: Elitch Gardens Girl Scout Days
August 10: Reach for the Peak, Sky High Ranch
August 17: Cave of the Winds Sleepover, Manitou Springs
August 26: Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies

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Take Girl Scouts’ #gsoutdoors Challenge! Week 1: Go the distance

From Girl Scouts of the USA

In celebration of National Great Outdoors Month, Girl Scouts is excited to host four weeks of exciting outdoor challenges in June. Follow along, have fun, then make sure to share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #gsoutdoors for a chance to win an awesome prize from the North Face! 

Girl Scouts will take you far in life, but how far you go during this week’s outdoor adventure is totally up to you! The point is to get outside, breathe that fresh air, and have fun with friends and family. To participate, choose one of the activities below, set a goal for yourself, then get moving! 

June 1-8:

Go on a discovery walk or hike.

Whether you take an after-dinner stroll around your neighborhood with your family or hike to the highest point in your area with friends, take the time to really look at your surroundings and appreciate the world around you. Bring a notebook to jot down details you’d like to read more about online when you get home. Maybe you can figure out what kinds of trees are planted on your street, or learn the name of a bird you encountered on your excursion. 

Run like the wind.

Did you know that working up a sweat can actually boost your mood? It’s true! Lace up those sneakers and hit the track or even just take a few laps around your block. There’s no need to be the fastest or go the farthest—just put one foot in front of the other at your own pace. If it’s especially warm where you live, try running in the morning or in the early evening before sunset. 

Get rolling.

Hop on a bike, strap on some rollerblades, or hit the skate park with your board for an awesome afternoon out. Want to share the fun? Bring along a friend or younger family member who’s been wanting to learn how to ride or skate. 

Don’t forget to share pics of your adventure on Instagram with the hashtag #gsoutdoors! You could win BIG

For more great times, check out all the Outdoor badges you can earn as a Girl Scout! 


To power the next generation of women who push boundaries and move mountains, The North Face has recently teamed up with Girl Scouts of the USA to inspire girls to challenge themselves, learn about the natural world, and continue the Girl Scout tradition of having life-changing outdoor experiences. 

Through our multiyear collaboration, The North Face will support the development of 12 new Outdoor Adventure badges, with programming ranging from mountaineering and climbing to backpacking, hiking, and trail running. These 12 new Girl Scout badges, which will roll out over the next two years, will teach girls in virtually every U.S. zip code about the benefits of outdoor exploration. Learn more about this exciting collaboration.

Wild Stories troop camp

Submitted by Marcia Roe

Metro Denver


Join Troop 1359 for an adventure filled weekend at Magic Sky July 20 – 22, 2018 with Max from Where the Wild Things Are, The Little Prince, Merida, and many more. The stories are just the start to the stories and camp memories we will make this weekend because the best stories are those we live ourselves.

$70 for GSCO girl members
$50 for GSCO safetywise adult members


Questions? Contact Marcia Roe at ocmc1359@gmail.com

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Elan Robinson

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Elan Robinson of Aurora in the Denver Metro region was nominated by a GSCO staff member as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Elan to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I became a Girl Scout volunteer because I wanted to spend more time with my granddaughter. I was a Girl Scout for seven years as a child and remembered all the interesting things I learned. I wanted my granddaughter to have those same experiences. Now, four granddaughters later I’m having the time of my life! I’ve never regretted the decision to become a leader.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I’ve been a leader for four different troops. I’m a GSCO trainer, I especially love doing PA training. I’m also part of the service unit leadership team, helping to plan service unit events. I’m the service unit fall product program manager, as well as the TCM and FSM for my own troop,

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

As a volunteer, I’ve learned that anything is possible as long as you’re following your heart and your dream. I’ve never expected that my girls would do anything that I wouldn’t do. I’ve learned that I can do anything because of that. I’ve learned to be comfortable talking in front of a group.  I’ve learned that it’s okay for things to not go exactly according to plan and it will be fine. I’ve learned that as long as you keep exploring you keep growing.

What do you hope girls have learned from you? 

I hope my girls have learned to be compassionate. I hope they’ve learned that they can do anything that they set their mind too. I hope they have learned that they can and will make a difference as long as they set their mind to it. I hope they’ve learn to explore the world around them to try to make a difference.  I hope they’ve learned to look around them at what needs to be done and do it because they want to make a difference in someone else’s life or the world that they live in. I’ve watched my older girls look at their world and decide how they can make a difference in their high honor projects. I’ve watched my Brownies look around their immediate world and make a difference by seeing what needs to be done and do it without guidance or question.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

As a volunteer I’ve learned to just step into the moment and make it happen. I’ve learned that not all things are going to go exactly as planned, and that’s okay. I’ve learned that most things that are worth doing require some risk. Whether that risk is simply getting in front of a group of people or trying something that I never thought I would or could do. I’ve learned to be the best person I can be so I can be the best leader I can be.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout awarded the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scout Cadette Olivia Margaux Ferzacca of Eagle County in the Mountain Communities region is headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Olivia will attend “Girl vs. Zombie” Tomahawk Ranch in June.  She wrote in her application for this award, “Mary Jo Jacobs is a ‘real go-getter,’ by working to achieve her goals, leading by example, helping others, and contributing to society. Not only do I want to led by example and help others, but I always felt that contributing to society was a big deal..”

Mary Jo’s four children established the scholarship in December 2014 to honor their mother’s extraordinary legacy. As an 8-year-old girl growing up in 1937, Mary Jo wanted a new pair of roller skates. She wanted them more than anything in world— until she learned her Brownie troop was going to be able to go to summer camp. Mary Jo had to make a choice: spend the $8 she had worked so hard to earn on roller skates or Girl Scout camp? For Mary Jo, the decision was simple. She was going to Girl Scout camp. Mary Jo’s mother walked her to the local Girl Scout office, so she could be the first to register. A reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico even wrote a story about Mary Jo and her decision.

After returning home from camp, Mary Jo continued to participate in Girl Scout activities, including going to camp. Eventually, she became a doctor and worked tirelessly to serve the people of Eagle and Garfield Counties, Colorado.

The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. “Our hope is that that many girls will have the same positive experience, education and adventure that mom had through her involvement in Girl Scouting and her opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp,” said Dr. Patricia VanDevander, daughter of Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs.

Registration for Girl Scout Camp is now underway on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. For summer 2017, girls can attend overnight camp sessions at Sky High Ranch near Manitou Lake and Woodland Park or perennial favorite Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey, southwest of Denver. Activities include archery, backpacking, photography, and rock climbing. Overnight camp runs from 3 to 12 days for girls ages 6 and up.  Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to offer day camping adventures throughout the state. The summer camp schedule is live on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (girlscoutsofcolorado.org). Girl Scout summer camp programs are open to all girls throughout Colorado, whether they’re in a troop or not, and new campers get a 10-percent discount.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

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