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Pike’s Peak Leadership Summit: Saturday, August 25, 2018

The 2018 Pike’s Peak Leadership Summit is Saturday, August 25 at Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs.

This is your opportunity to connect with other volunteers and take a variety of enrichment classes for new and experienced leaders, such as Engaging Families; Troop on a Shoestring Budget; Event Planning; Tips and Tricks: Clique Proof Your Troop; Proficiency Badges and Journeys (PB&J); as well as essential program level 101’s, Daisy/Brownie, Junior, and Cadette and Older Girl; and Multi-level 101.

Participants will enjoy a catered lunch with a chance to share ideas with fellow leaders.

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can participate in leadership enrichment courses to expand their skills and knowledge to prepare them for their future in Girl Scouts and beyond. Girls will sign-up for the entire day.  This is a FREE leadership development opportunity! Girls should bring a sack lunch and light snacks will be provided. Sessions include Gold Award, Highest Awards and Take Action, Taking Ownership of Your Girl Scout Experience, Let’s Go on an Adventure, Using Your Leadership Skills for Change, “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience. Read class descriptions and register for the older girl classes here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/older_girl_leadershi.html

Connect with other Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 at these exciting events!

Register Now: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/leadership_summit_in.html

 

 

Cave of the Winds sleepover

Submitted by Rose Rundell

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Join us for an amazing night at the Cave of the Winds on Friday, August 24, 2018 or Saturday, August 25! Girl Scouts are going to have the time of their lives. Please come full of energy and ready for an adventure.

1) Cave tour
2) Bat room /maze
3) Wind Walker Challenge Course
4) Panning for gold
5) Stalactite Slide
6) Lazar show on canon walls
7) Movie – with popcorn

Everyone will receive a custom Girl Scout patch along with a grab and go continental breakfast. — **There is no age restrictions for the Wind Walker challenge course, however everyone will need to be at least 42″ tall to go with an adult or 48″ tall to go alone, and must also securely fit the harnesses. When registering please let me know if a Girl is shorter then 42″. We will provide a fun craft for her to do instead.

Please plan on arriving at 5 p.m. to check-in. Everyone needs to be cleaned up and out of the building by 7 a.m. All groups must provide girl-adult ratios

$50 if sleeping outside of the Cave – Open to everyone
$55 if sleeping in the Cave — older girls.

Daisy (K-1)
Brownie (2-3)
Junior (4-5)
Cadette (6-8)
Senior (9-10)
Ambassador (11-12)
Adults/Volunteers

The address of Cave of the Winds is 100 Cave of the Winds Rd, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

For more information or to register please email Rose at froggerrr@hotmail.com.

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Girl Scouts learn firefighting skills from Colorado Springs Fire Department Firefighters

Nearly 20 older Girl Scouts from along the Front Range got the unique opportunity to learn hands-on firefighting, emergency, and leadership skills from female firefighters with the Colorado Springs Fire Department.  Summer Heat Fire was held on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Girls had the chance to put on bunker gear and SCBA (breathing apparatus), search and rescue in a fire tower, aerial climb, and do hose work and auto extrication.

Girl Scouts of Colorado now has a partnership with the Colorado Springs Fire Department and we hope to offer a WEEK-LONG version of this event in the summer of 2019.

Several Colorado Springs media outlets stopped by during the event, including News5/KOAA-TVand Fox21 News/KXRM-TV.

Travel troop wins third place in Nationwide Quest

Submitted by Elba Barr

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

“Savannah is known for so many things and one of them is being healthy. You can get 10k steps by seeing our historical sites! How many steps would you walk if you saw ALL this sites?? Head over to the Civic Center and take a picture upload with all of your team with your worn out sneakers for max 449 points.” – That is a great made up example of some of the “Quest” 23 Girl Scouts from Colorado handled and accomplished during our trip to Savannah. Oh and in case your wondering, 147,000 steps is the answer or 73.5 miles.

More than 28 states and two countries landed in Savannah for the second annual QuestFest and it was amazing! Our Girl Scouts interacted with so many troops, did swaps, played games, shared songs, but most importantly, supported each other. We toured the Birth Place and First Headquarters. We earned five of the council owns badges/pins and enjoyed the hospitality that Savannah offers. When we had a major glitch with our transportation, these girls embraced the local bus system like pros. When Google Maps decided Savannah was to hot to participate, girls whipped out their maps and navigated without using the mountains as a reference point!

We had adults who had never been Girl Scouts dive right in to traditions and ceremonies and help conduct one of the most stunning bridging ceremonies on a campus garden that was 125-years-old. I know for sure the Ambassador bridge to Adult will never forget that moment. The leaders efforts to make it G.I.R.L led made it one of the most successful travels I’ve been on.

It was amazing that our team placed THIRD out of the competition, but they gained so much more from Savannah. The opted to do a Take Action Project and with the proceeds they won from the competition, donate to the Oatlands Wildlife Sanctuary that was severely damaged from the hurricanes, and help fed the homeless population, who were insanely friendly to our girls and surprised the girls shared their food with them.

We had four troops represented in our travel troop from around our state. I can honestly say we didn’t know what to expect from Savannah, but Savannah didn’t expect so much from Colorado!! Our girls were praised for their generosity, energy, and teamwork. Four troops sold upwards of 27,000 packages of cookies to cover the entire cost in one year and at the airport when we got home I asked them where we were going next and with a fabulous Colorado cheer, I got “EUROPE!

I can’t wait for our next adventure with these amazing young ladies.

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Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Switchbacks Soccer

Join us for Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Switchbacks Soccer on August 4, 2018! Cheer on the Switchbacks as they take on the Oklahoma City Energy. All Girl Scouts attending will receive a special event patch. Enjoy discounted tickets and get ready for a fun night! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited!

The game will start at 5 p.m. and will be hosted at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs. Cost is $12 a person and tickets can be purchased at https://goo.gl/Z6Sc3e. The ticket deadline is Monday, July 30.

Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org. We hope to see you there!

GE Johnson’s Careers in Construction Day for Cadettes and Seniors

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors are invited to Careers in Construction Day hosted by GE Johnson on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Colorado Springs. Construction Day covers a broad range of construction careers from building to project management to sustainability and more! Come learn from GE Johnson’s experts. Try your hand at building and make a little free library you can place in your neighborhood. Cadettes can earn requirements towards the “Woodworking” badge. The GE Johnson team will also host a behind-the-scenes construction tour of the U.S. Olympic Museum.

Cost is $10/ Girl Scout Cadette/Senior. Registration can be found at https://goo.gl/9Y4evs and the registration deadline is September 14. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Girls will want to bring a sack lunch and refillable water bottle and wear closed toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops, please). The event will be hosted at GE Johnson’s Logistics Facility in Colorado Springs and the U.S. Olympic Museum construction site. Participants will need transportation from GE Johnson’s Logistics Facility to the US Olympic Museum.

Questions? Please email Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Summer Heat Fire Camp Taster Event July 25

Girl Scouts of Colorado is partnering with the Colorado Springs Fire Department on an exciting camp offering for summer 2019. At “Summer Heat Fire” session, female firefighters volunteer their time to teach girls firefighting and leadership skills. Girls wear real firefighting gear while learning and working through a series of fire related challenges. Other activities may include; an aerial ladder climb, search and rescue techniques, vehicle extrication, and working with hose lines while suited up in protective firefighting gear and breathing apparatus. The highlight of the week is a live fire exercise where participants will extinguish a real propane fire! There is no physical requirement to participate in this camp and all Girl Scouts are welcome.

Are you interested in learning more? Girl Scouts can attend a one day event this summer where they will practice and learn a sampling of the skills and activities that will take place at the 2019 camp!

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Sign up now for for the Summer Heat Taster on Wednesday, July 25,  2018 9 a.m – 5 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Fire Department Tower!

  • This event is open to Cadettes going into 8th grade in fall 2018, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Troops can attend together, but girls will register individually. Additional adults for supervision are not required at this event, but if interested can register as a volunteer.
  • Event registration closes July 17. On July 18, all participants will be sent an email with more information and required forms and waivers to bring to the event with them at that time. Girls will not be allowed to stay for the program if they do not arrive with the waiver completed.

More information and registration here: 

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/summer_heat_fire_cam.html

Questions? Email Outdoor Programs Manager Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org.

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Girl Scout siblings inspire cookie donation to Children’s Hospital

Submitted by Cindy Opong

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Daisy/Brownie Troop 43483 in Colorado Springs donated 192 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora. The troop has a special connection with Children’s Hospital as two younger siblings of girls in the troop have been patients there this year and their families experienced first-hand the wonderful resources Children’s provides.

The troop honored their Sister Scout siblings by donating cookies plus “craft gift bags” to be handed out to patients. The cookies are already being enjoyed by patients in the hospital’s family resource room.

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Girl Scout bridging and overnight with Colorado Springs Sky Sox baseball

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Night, Bridging Celebration and Overnight with the Colorado Sky Sox, Friday June 15, 2018 in Colorado Springs! The Sky Sox are celebrating 45 years of baseball in Colorado Springs, so the theme for this game is the 80’s. Come dressed in your neon 80’s outfits and big hair and cheer on the Sky Sox as they take on the Las Vegas 51’s! Girl Scouts can participate in a bridging ceremony before the game and enjoy an optional overnight at the game. The game starts at 6:40 p.m. with the bridging around 6 p.m. so come early to enjoy the bridging ceremony and the Fun Zone before the game. The overnight starts after the game, with breakfast at 7:00 a.m. Each participating Girl Scout will get a patch.

Cost is $22/person and includes game ticket, parking or Fun Zone Pass, meal voucher, bridging, optional overnight & special event patch. Registration deadline is Monday, June 4, 2018. Tickets can be purchased at https://goo.gl/Yxwtbi. This event is for all Girl Scouts and their families and friends, whether they are bridging or not. Not planning to stay overnight? No problem! You are welcome to just come enjoy the game. Also, the sleepover will happen if we sell more than 100 tickets, so share game info with any interested friends and family. No refunds will be offered on tickets due to our event agreement with the Sky Sox.

Questions? For more information, please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

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Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts honored at highest awards celebration in Colorado Springs

More than 300 Girl Scouts, families, and friends gathered at the Penrose House at El Pomar in Colorado Springs on May 4, 2018, to honor the more than 1,300 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn. For the 2017-18 Girl Scout awards program year, nearly 1,000 girls across the state and 191 in the Pikes Peak region earned the Bronze Award. 105 girls in the region earned the prestigious Silver Award and six became Gold Award Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote applauded the girls for having the courage and confidence to try new things and make their world a better place.

“Girl Scouts gives girls the skills and experiences they need to thrive and lead in today’s world. The world needs female leaders now more than ever. You’re making a difference,” she said.

2016 Gold Award Girl Scout Megan Burnett served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked briefly about her journey to earn the Gold Award and how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.

“All the skills you learn in Girl Scouts, through the meetings you plan and the badges you earn, are all intended to prepare you for the future,” she said.

The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others, and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.