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Red Rocks Community College presents: Cadette Woodworker Badge

The Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Skilled Trades departments at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) are very excited to work with Cadette Girl Scouts this spring to help them earn their Woodworker badge. Come join us in learning the basics of woodworking.  RRCC has a state of the art carpentry and woodworking lab, so this will be an excellent place to explore, learn, experiment and build.

We will start with the basics:  learning to use a hammer, screwdriver, level, wood saw, tape measure and other tools of the woodworking trade.  Then, put what you’ve learned into practice on a variety of projects.  We will culminate with a creative project you can take home.

But, you’ll be taking home more than just a project! You’ll take home the skills and confidence to start your own woodworking project!

When: April 3

Time: 5:00 PM

Where: Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood

Cost: $5 per girl

Register now: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/2737

Ziah is very enthusiastic about selling cookies

Submitted by Susan Wilson-Madsen
Denver Metro

Ziah is a 6th grader, first year Cadette. She has been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten. Ziah loves Girl Scouts! She loves everything about Girl Scouts. She loves the badges, she loves selling cookies and she loves serving her Hometown Hero and her community. She is full of personality and it shows in her video!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too. This video was submitted as part of the Best Cookie Video Contest, learn more (http://gscoblog.org/2015/02/best-cookie-video-contest/)

You are “Our” Girl Scout



Submitted by Kristin Coulter


Denver Metro

Erika was one of the customers Fiona always looked forward to seeing during cookie season. Even though they only saw each other once a year, Erika always greeted Fiona by name and rewarded her with a good size order of cookies. When Fiona started selling cookies she was a Daisy and Erika was pregnant with her first child. When she returned as a Cadette last year, Erika by now had two children – two girls – and also had the news that they might be moving. Fiona took Erika’s email address and this year she contacted her at the beginning of cookie season. Last night Fiona and her mom drove the very large order of cookies from Park Hill to Centennial. Ramona, Erika’s now 4 year-old, was enchanted with all of the badges on Fiona’s vest. She had watched the cookie selling video Fiona had made and sent her mother many times so Ramona felt like she knew Fiona too. Fiona thanked them for continuing to buy cookies from her to which they replied that they will always be loyal because “you are our Girl Scout.”

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

Register Now for a Troop Camping Experience!

This summer, we have expanded options for Troop Camp! Troop Camp is an amazing opportunity for you to camp with your Troop. The benefits of Troop Camp include:

  • Bonding and friendships the girls develop while camping away from home
  • Programming offered by either staff of the camp or volunteers
  • Meals planned and shopped for (sometimes you learn to cook your own as part of the activities with good instructors!)
  • You’ll sleep in cabins or tabins or teepees!
  • Safety Activity Checkpoint Ratio Adults do not pay to attend!
  • Each Troop must have one adult who has completed Overnight Training, and one who has First Aid and CPR in attendance.

Troop Camps are not only fun, but also a chance for leaders who might not have as much experience camping to get their girls outside. Leaders will learn tips and tricks from the staff and volunteer experts running the camps. Troops meet other troops and can later transition to camping on their own in the future.

Here are descriptions and highlights of the Troop Camps this summer. Pay attention to registration deadlines, as we often need a certain number of girls registered in order to make each camp a success. Register prior to April 30 to get the lowest pricing for Troop Camp! Each parent must register their daughter for Troop Camp here.

Camp Name Dates Cost through 4/30 Cost after May 1 Description Ages
TC01, TC 03 & TC05 Meadow Mountain Ranch Troop camp 6/12-14, 7/10-12, and 8/7-9 $160 $185 Explore the wonders of MMR in Allenspark. This camp offers tabin lodging, meals (Fri. dinner-Sun. brunch + snacks), & activities: archery, hiking, teambuildilng, outdoor cooking, campfires & more! Troops will be led by GSCO staff & volunteers. This camp needs a min. of 25 girls by 5/29/15 to run. Questions? Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager, Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)
TC02 Lazy Acres Wilderness Wise Troop Camp 6/26 to 28 $70 $95 Learn outdoor survival skills with your troop at this volunteer-led troop camp at Lazy Acres near Rye. Program includes: basic outdoor skills, how to handle getting lost, skits, crafts, and nature exploration. Questions? Contact director Jill Marostica, jillmarostica@juno.com. Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)
SH16 Sky High Troop Camp 6/28 to 30 $160 $195 Enjoy a staff-planned troop camp at Sky High Ranch. Activities may include: hikes, crafts, archery, campfires & more! Troop leaders are responsible for their campers at all times, and all program is planned and led by our amazing summer camp staff! Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8); Senior (9-10); Ambassador (11-12)
TC04 Gypsum Troop Camp 7/19 to 21 $225 $250 Camp with your troop in the beautiful mountains in Gypsum, at the Spirit of Adventure Ranch. S.O.A.R., which offers teepee lodging, meals (Sun. dinner-Tues. lunch), & activities: archery, outdoor skills, rock climbing, pool time, low ropes course, astronomy & more! Juniors must be at least 10 years old to attend this camp. Questions, Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. This camp needs a minimum of 50 girls by 3/20/15 in order to run. Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8); Senior (9-10); Ambassador (11-12)
TC06 Camp Jackson Troop Camp 8/9 to 11 $225 $250 Camp with your troop in the beautiful mountains of Southern Colorado (near Rye). Camp Jackson offers cabin style lodging, meals (Sun. dinner – Tues. lunch), & activities: horseback riding, archery, canoeing, low ropes course, pool time, campfires & more! Register through CampInTouch;  Questions, Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. This camp needs a minimum of 35 girls by 7/10/15 in order to run. Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)

Troop creates music video about Girl Scout camp

Submitted by Troop 2851


Our Cadette troop got to experience Tomahawk Ranch in a whole new way.  The campgrounds became the set of our music video, featuring Troop 2851. We rewrote the lyrics to Miley Cyrus’ song “Party in the USA.” We knew it was a catchy song, and wanted to create a better influence for girls. It was our way of sharing our experiences’ in Girl Scouts.

We recorded the video when we were at Tomahawk Ranch. Most of the video takes place at our cabin. We had a lot of fun recording it, but that was just the beginning. At our next several Girl Scout meetings we went through the process of editing. We learned how to cut the video, add our voice over and background music, move slides around and create credits. It was a lot of hard work but we learned to persevere.

We hope you enjoy it.

Girls’ Choice: Vote on new outdoor badges


Time is running out to make your voice heard! Girls’ Choice voting for outdoor badges ends Nov. 30th!

At Girl Scouts, girls make the choices! That’s why during the National Council Session at Girl Scout Convention, GSUSA unveiled a new, annual national voting process. The four Outdoor Badges added to program in fall 2015 will include one each at the Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior levels. To determine what badges will be added, GSUSA is using a “Girls’ Choice” process. That means you get to take the lead on deciding what new badges will be created!

This year, there are two rounds of polling:

  1. First, between Oct. 31 and Nov. 30, girls can vote on which content area they’re interested in within the Outdoor category (i.e.: Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Environment, or Outdoor Survival).
  2. Once GSUSA receives a majority vote on the content area, girls will vote Dec. 1 through 31 on the actual badge topic (for example, Hiking, Camping, Trail Blazing, etc.), based on their grade level in the coming year.

Remember this is about what you want and we want to hear from you! Vote on the next outdoor badges today: http://bit.ly/1sS9nBA

Best door-to-door sale ever!

Submitted by Kristin Coulter

Troop 3573 Cadette Girl Scout Fiona Goe had a huge surprise while selling cookies February 1st. After a morning of mediocre door-to-door sales in her Park Hill neighborhood, she head out again after lunch hoping her luck would turn. She saw a customer shoveling snow in front of her house. This customer had purchased 6-8 boxes from her last year so Fiona was hopeful she would order again.

Boy did Fiona get a big order! She sold 3 cases to her customer and 7.5 cases to her father for a total of 10.5 cases of cookies!! It turned out that the woman’s father was recuperating from an illness at her house and was now well enough to go home. He normally buys Harry and David gifts for his business customers for the holidays. However since he was ill he did buy the gifts. He thought he would buy Girl Scout cookies instead. His 14 year old grandson Kilauea Tora, was so excited that he took some of the cookies out of the cases and surrounded himself with them.

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


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: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/program-aides. 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: https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=176091531
  • 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: https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=176103381

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: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/activity-posting-form
  • 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. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/assets/upload/files/Program%20Budget%20Form.docx
  • 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 http://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/tabid/497/default.aspx?pid=23&ProductId=162895101
  2. Shadow a PA Training (Dec. 6-8 sat TR, will be in activity finder) https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/tabid/497/default.aspx?pid=23&ProductId=176081087

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 outdoorprograms@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Voices Satisfaction Survey

Please complete the “Making Girl Scouts Even Better” survey and you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card! You must complete this survey to be registered to win. The survey results will help us understand how Girl Scouting is benefiting you and girls like you. Your input will tell us how we can make your experiences even better. That means that your answers are very important to the success of Girl Scouting!

To complete the survey, simply click the links below or copy and paste the link into your web browser to take the survey. If you completed the Girl Scout Voices Registration earlier this year, you should have received an email with a link for your age level. Check your email for the reminders. Although the survey is anonymous, using the link from your email will ensure you’re entered in the drawing to win the gift card!

Here are some important details about this Girl Scout Survey:

• Your survey answers will be for research purposes only and confidentiality will be protected throughout the entire project, and you will never be identified in any publication, written or spoken.

• Deciding to take the survey is completely up to you. You may stop at any time. You may choose not to answer any questions you do not want to answer.

• The results of this survey are only for the use of Girl Scouts of Colorado and Girl Scouts of the USA. That means you will not receive any sales or marketing contacts as a result of your participation. We sincerely hope that you will participate in this survey. Thank you so much for participating!


The survey is only open until July 18 – so share your voice with us today!

To be eligible to win the Amazon Gift Card, girls first need to go onto Girl Scout Voices and register (if they aren’t already). Because our survey is anonymous, you need to enter your contact info separate from the survey questions, then, all we’ll see is that you completed it!  www.girlscoutvoices.org  

Anonymous Survey Links:

Daisy: http://girlscoutsusa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eYjSP6vFFRsvQP3

Brownie: http://girlscoutsusa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tNmugQYn54XsWh

Junior: http://girlscoutsusa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9oE7Y8lIKAPWFNP

Cadette: http://girlscoutsusa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKuQx9uW7XZdn81

Senior: http://girlscoutsusa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cHfVJT8yJ0JWN8x

Ambassador: http://girlscoutsusa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cT24c3WLQxDXc7X

What is Perfect? – Cadette troop creates PSA

Submitted by Kristi Nay
 Our Cadette troop choose to work the MEdia Journey. Throughout the year we’ve learned a lot about how women are portrayed in the media and how those images affect how girls look at themselves (and how boys look at girls). We realized that the media is pushing an image of what “perfect” is, which then affects how friends influence each other through peer pressure to meet these standards. We went to a local middle school and conducted a survey of over 300 students to see how the pressure to be “perfect” affected them. We made a video about it and posted it on You Tube. You can find it by searching “What is perfect psa.”
This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.