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Change the world with 42 NEW Girl Scout badges

Choose your next adventure and earn one of 42 NEW badges! New programming released by Girl Scouts of the USA on July 16, 2019 enhances existing girl-led activities and offers girls everything from high adventure in the outdoors to learning how to use code to solve problems. Among the 42 new offerings are Outdoor High Adventure badges which feature, for the first time in Girl Scouts’ history, two distinct activity options, letting girls choose how they want to earn each badge.

In addition to existing badge offerings, girls in grades 6–12 can now pursue:

  • Nine Cybersecurity badges, through which girls learn about the inner workings of computer technology and cybersecurity and apply concepts of safety and protection to the technology they use every day. Activities range from decrypting and encrypting messages, to learning proper protection methods for devices, to exploring real-world hacking scenarios (funded by Palo Alto Networks).
  • Three Space Science badges, through which girls explore topics such as the universe and their place in it, properties of light, and inspiring careers in space science (funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute).
  • Think Like a Citizen Scientist, a Girl Scout Leadership Journey during which girls participate in interactive activities to practice observation techniques; collect data; and share their findings with real-world scientists through an online network. As with all of Girl Scouts’ Leadership Journeys, girls use their newly honed skills to take action on a community issue of their choosing (funded by Johnson & Johnson and The Coca-Cola Foundation).
  • To prepare girls in grades 6–12 to pursue computer science careers, Girl Scouts will launch the organization’s first Cyber Challenge on October 19 at sites nationwide, including Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. This program aims to prepare girls to pursue computer science careers in fields such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, robotics, and data science. Girls will test their cybersecurity skills, team up with other girls, and meet with cybersecurity professionals!

The new programming for girls in grades K–12 includes:

  • 12 Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures like backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and tree climbing—giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature. These are the first Girl Scout badges that members can earn by choosing one of two self-directed paths (funded by The North Face).
  • 18 Coding for Good badges, which not only teach girls the basics of coding but also detail how every stage of the coding process provides girls with opportunities to use their skills for good. Girls will learn about algorithms through age-appropriate, creative activities, such as coding positive memes to spread a message about a cause they care about, designing a digital game to educate people about an issue, and developing an app to promote healthy habits. Every Coding for Good badge includes a plugged-in and unplugged version, so that all girls can learn the foundations of coding, regardless of their access to technology (funded by AT&T and Dell Technologies).

“Girl Scouts has ignited the power and potential of girls for over a century, and we are committed to ensuring that today’s girls are the future of American leadership,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girl Scouts is where girls can explore new subjects, discover their passions, learn to take smart risks, and become their best, most confident selves—whether they want to become a NASA astronaut, an entrepreneur, a mountain climber, a coder, or a cybersecurity agent.”

GSUSA works with top organizations in fields that interest today’s girls. Combined with Girl Scouts’ expertise in girl leadership, these organizations and specialists advise and weigh in on content to provide the most cutting-edge programming available to girls. Content collaborators include codeSpark, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), SciStarter, and Vidcode. In true girl-led fashion, girls also tested the new offerings.

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. With Girl Scouts, she’ll discover who she is, what she’s passionate about, and what she wants to achieve—both today and in the future. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

“Playing the Past” at Plains Conservation Center

Visit Denver Botanic Gardens’ Plains Conservation Center through their One-Day Prairie Perspectives Immersion experience and earn the “Playing the Past” badge for Girl Scout Juniors.

Immerse your Girl Scouts in the challenging perspective of a child growing up in the 1800’s as a Cheyenne Indian or a homesteader. Girls can explore the prairie ecosystem and participate in activities at the homestead and Cheyenne camp, cook a meal, journal, and connect with the cultural history. Overnight portion includes campfire, storytelling, wagon rides on the prairie, and sleeping in the tipis (weather permitting).

Cost:

  • One-Day Prairie Perspective Immersion, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: $60 within SCFD / $65 outside SCFD
  • One-Day Prairie Perspectives Plus Optional Overnight ends 9 a.m. the following day: $125 within SCFD / $130 outside SCFD

One adult chaperone admitted free for every five students, additional chaperones are $30 each for the one day program and $60 each for the overnight program. A 50-percent deposit is due at least 30 days prior to program date; full payment is due at least one week pre-program.

More information: https://www.botanicgardens.org/education/schools-teachers/plains-conservation-center

Questions? pccinfo@botanicgardens.org

Helping our community

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Daisy Troop 26237 of Pagosa Springs worked on earning a new petal and the “Eco Learner” badge by helping their community with a trash pick-up day. The girls picked up trash with their parents and troop leaders around Pagosa Springs Elementary School and Pagosa Springs Town Park. The girls also placed quilted hearts for “I Found A Quilted Heart” around the trash pick-up locations to show random acts of kindness and to hopefully brighten someone else’s day. The girls said, “It is so much fun working together and helping our community.”

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

Earn STEM and Business badges at One Smart Cookie

Submitted by Stephenie Thorne

Metro Denver

Denver

Looking for an opportunity to earn STEM badges? On January 26, 2019, Alpha Eta Iota will be running a workshop called One Smart Cookie, which offers exciting badges in cybersecurity and business! The event is hosted in the Engineering and Computer Science building at the University of Denver. Each badge session will be two hours for both Juniors and Cadettes. The following badges will be offered:

  • Juniors: Cybersecurity 1: Basics (9 – 11 a.m.) and Product Designer (Noon – 2 p.m.)
  • Cadettes: Netquitte (9 – 11 a.m.) and The Science of Happiness (Noon – 2 p.m.)

The cost of the event is $6 for the morning or afternoon and $12 for the full day.

Register at https://my.cheddarup.com/c/one-smart-cookie.

The registration deadline is January 16 or when capacity is reached.

Contact stephenie.thorne@du.edu with questions or for more info.

Girl Scouts staying for both sessions should bring a sack lunch.

All instruction will be provided by volunteers. Girl Scout volunteers and parents will be needed to maintain safety ratios. A space will be available for parents to hang out during the event if needed.

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

Brownies learn the importance of cybersecurity and STEM

Submitted by Courtney Ryan

Metro Denver

Denver

The internet and media are a daily part of our Girl Scouts’ lives and we felt it was important to arm them with the knowledge and understanding of how to stay safe while engaging with these sources. This is why we selected to pursue the cybersecurity badges and patches for our troop! Please enjoy the story about defending our castles, but tread carefully, you may find an alligator, a bear trap, or a grenade disguised as candy…

One high-energy afternoon, a bunch of Girl Scouts in Troop 65709
eagerly awaited the starting tune to learn how to keep themselves safe
in cyberland, all while running a race from alligators, bears, and secret predators.

They brainstormed and created elaborate defenses to keep out enemies pretenses, creating trap doors, moats, secret entrances, invisible castles, and candy tricks.

They discussed and debated the best shields and learned how it related  to keeping them safe in daily practice fields.

These G.I.R.L.s are armed and ready to take on the world and be safe when it comes to cyberland!

The girls came up with very creative ideas on defending their castles, family, and friends. They learned about how to layer defenses and how that relates to online defenses with passwords and safeguards they use every day. It was a great start to arming them with the knowledge to keep themselves safe while online! Our troop is pursing the cybersecurity trifecta of badges: Basics, Safeguards, and Investigator.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Earn Junior camping badges

Submitted by Michelle Pierce

Metro Denver

Lakewood

Senior Troop 2017 is hosting a camping skills overnight for Girl Scout Juniors at Twisted Pine January 12- 13, 2019 from  4 p.m. to 10 a.m. We are teaching camping skills. We will earn the following badges: “First Aid,” “Simple Meals,” “Camper,” and a special “Camping Basics” badge. We will learn about fire and knife safety and how to pitch a tent. Girls will make two meals and learn about first aid and knots. Register here: https://junior-camping-201.cheddarup.com

This is a passion that this troop has. They love camping and helping teach others the skills for camping. They have even come up with their own “Camping Basics” badge to provide to the participants.

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Brownie-Daisy Fun Day

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton

Troops 60114 and 66777, along with The Woods Service Unit 646, proudly present Brownie-Daisy Fun Day! Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Adams County Fairgrounds in the Al Lesser Building.

This event is for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and their parent/troop leaders. Daisies will earn their “Between Earth and Sky” Journey, while Brownies will earn their “Cabin Camper,” “Outdoor Adventurer,” and *new* “Eco Friend” badges. At this event, a parent/guardian or troop leader is required to stay in the building.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 31.

Cost is $7/Girl Scout and includes a fun patch and snack (children with allergies are asked to bring their own snacks). Leaders can also purchase a fun patch for $2.

Register here: https://squareup.com/store/TheWoods646

Check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Daisies: 9 a.m. – Noon

Will meet requirements for: “Between Earth and Sky” Journey

Bring: Vests, water bottle, and snack, if your child has food allergies.

Questions? Email gsco66777@gmail.com

Brownies:  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Will meet requirements for: “Cabin Camper,” “Outdoor Adventurer,” and *new* “Eco Friend.”

Bring: Vest, sack lunch, water, snack, if your child has a food allergy and mess kit!

Questions? Email Troop60114@gmail.com

Please bring one bag of clean, recyclable items for donation to The Children’s Museum, such as boxes, water bottles/caps, egg cartons, fruit pouch caps, etc.

Register here: https://squareup.com/store/TheWoods646

A parent/guardian or troop leader is required to stay in the building. Our service unit will be hosting a leader/parent Q and A, if you’re interested. There will be coffee, cocoa, and breakfast treats available for purchase (cash only).

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Get your troop outdoors and earn badges for FREE

Girl Scouts of the USA is looking for troops at each Girl Scout level to participate in a research study on the use of outdoor badges, made possible by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project.

What’s Involved

Selected troops will:

  • Be assigned to complete one, two, or three outdoor badges between November 16, 2018 and June 1, 2019. You choose the dates, we choose the number of badges. Troops will be able to choose from a menu of four badges, including camping, environmental stewardship, art in nature, and naturalist badges.
  • Complete and submit to GSUSA a pre- and a post-program survey, or a one-time post-only survey (girls only) after the completion of badge(s). Surveys can be taken on paper or online; survey type will be assigned by GSUSA.
  • Complete an online volunteer survey (leaders only) after the completion of badge(s).

Who Can Participate

  • We are looking for troops at all Girl Scout levels (multi-level welcome).
  • Troops with any level of outdoor experience welcome. No outdoor experience required.
  • Troops that participated in the 2018 outdoor survey pilot study are not eligible.

Benefit to Troops

Participating troops will have the opportunity to help Girl Scouts of the USA understand how our programs benefit girls. Participating troops will also receive all earned badges free of charge!

How to Apply

Interested troops can apply here. A troop leader must complete the entire application by October 31 to be considered.

New Space Science badges

From Sylvia Acevedo, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

I’m so excited about Girl Scouts of the USA’s new Space Science badges for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate through a multi-party collaboration led by the SETI Institute. GSUSA developed each badge with support from the SETI Institute’s subject matter expert partners from the University of Arizona, ARIES Scientific, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and with the participation of Girl Scouts of Northern California.

Daisies’ Space Science Explorer
Brownies’ Space Science Adventurer
Juniors’ Space Science Investigator badge

Daisies who earn their Space Science Explorer badge examine the sun and moon and look at the night sky. Brownies who pursue their Space Science Adventurer badge dig into the solar system, the phases of the moon, and the constellations, and then share their findings. And Juniors who tackle their Space Science Investigator badge research a planet and develop models that explain celestial motion, the three-dimensional nature of a constellation, and the size and scale of the solar system.

I get so excited thinking about how many girls across the country are right now discovering a passion for space and astronomy just as I did as a young Girl Scout, thanks to Girl Scouts and our incredible partners at NASA!

So on behalf of the entire Girl Scout Movement, I want to congratulate NASA on 60 years of discovery, innovation, and incredible, visionary work. And here’s to the next 60!

What badges can my girls earn at Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge?

Join us for GSCO’s annual Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge on October 13, 2018! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Girl Scouts and other youth must attend with a troop leader, parent, or guardian. Children are not permitted to attend without supervision. Children three-years-old and under three are free.

Representatives from local STEM-focused organizations will lead hands-on activities for Girl Scouts and work toward earning badges! During this event, we’re recognizing National Fossil Day is also October 17, so come learn about fossils and celebrate in honor of this special day. A National Fossil Day patch is included in the price for Girl Scouts and patches will be given out at check in on the day of the event.

Check out the activity plan below to learn about what badges girls can work on at this exciting event!

Program Levels: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, and Adults

Pricing:
•Advance Registration before October 10: $9/Girl Scout, $5/Adults and other youth
•Walk Up Registration on October 13 (walk up registration closes at 1 p.m.): $10/Girl Scout, $6/Adults and other youth

Save on your ticket and time in line through registering NOW at https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/save_the_date_girl_s.html

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