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Trail Adventure meet-ups with The North Face help Girl Scouts earn new badge

More than 500 Girl Scouts, along with their families and friends, participated in  GSCO-sponsored Trail Adventure meet-ups in September 2019! We knew Girl Scouts loved the outdoors, but you really showed us your passion! GSCO is proud to have partnered with The North Face to offer Girl Scouts statewide this opportunity as they work complete a Trail Adventure badge and receive a FREE* badge.

With a shared purpose of encouraging exploration, Girl Scouts and The North Face understand the importance of providing the next generation of girls, regardless of socioeconomic status, with outdoor adventure experiences. By giving girls the opportunity to experience the outdoors, Girl Scouts and The North Face hope to enhance leadership skills and confidence in young girls, while encouraging them to seek new challenges through outdoor adventure.

If you attended any of the September meet-ups, don’t forget to complete your badge requirements by January 1, 2020 to receive your FREE* badge. Just have a parent/guardian or troop leader fill out this online notification formThis form will close on January 7, 2020 and badges will be mailed in January to the address provided. Badges are earned by Girl Scouts and must be completed according to the appropriate program level. Check out the online Badge Explorer for specific badge requirements for each program level.

Please complete one online form for each Girl Scout or group of Girl Scouts completing the badge on the same day. For example, one form for girls who complete their badge on November 10, 2019 and one form for girls who complete their badge on December 7, 2019.

* This opportunity is made possible by a generous grant from The North Face. Only registered Girl Scouts ages 5-18 may receive a free badge upon participation in a GSCO-sponsored Trail Adventure meet-up in September 2019 and completion all of program level-appropriate badge-earning requirements by January 7, 2020.  Troops may complete badgework together or Girl Scouts may earn individually.

Girl Scouts learn about watershed conversation and the environment in Longmont

In partnership with Colorado Trout Unlimited (CTU) and Anadarko, a dozen Girl Scouts had the opportunity to serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Izaak Walton Clubhouse in Longmont. The goal of the event was to help girls develop an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. This outdoor watershed experience employed STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math), plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream. CTU volunteers led Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes in observing a stream, collecting flow data, sampling macroinvertebrates (aka aquatic bugs), fly tying, and fly casting. Girls also explored the natural area and recorded their thoughts and observations.

Colorado Trout Unlimited is dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring Colorado’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. With a grassroots base comprised of nearly 12,000 members in 24 local chapters across the state, CTU works both locally and statewide through advocacy, education, and on-the-ground restoration projects. For more information visit www.coloradotu.org.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker across Colorado

When Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker comes to a theatre near you, it brings nearly 40 world-class dancers, more than 200 dazzling costumes created in St. Petersburg, Russia, and beautiful backdrops painted by Russian artisans. It also comes with towering puppets, stunning props, and busloads of holiday magic.

Did you know, though, that the tour also brings a deep history of hard work, passion, and above all a commitment to the artistic integrity at the very core of every performance?

Russian ballet dancers are known for their focused practice and the sense of duty they bring to the ballet art form. They train from very young ages and with unmatched dedication. Think about going to ballet class every day… for hours! Above are some photos from one of the earliest Nutcracker performances in Europe in the late 19th Century, and a ballet class taking place in a Russian village during World War II in the 1940s.

The Moscow Ballet company jeté’ed onto American soil in 1993. Since then, the company has continued to grow, while always maintaining its roots in the classical world of ballet. Some of the characters you may recognize – the Arabian variation couple, the Kissy Doll with her beautiful ribbon candy tutu, and the iconic Dove of Peace (exclusive to Moscow Ballet) – have undergone beautiful transformations. You’ll also recognize changes in the backdrops as we look back at older images of the show.

2019 is the company’s 27th annual tour of the United States and Canada and the dancers will see audiences in more than 150 cities in November and December. We couldn’t do this without our dedicated patrons, and we are beyond delighted to welcome Girl Scouts just like you to performances every year. Thank you for joining us!

Here are some questions to think about… and we’d love to hear from you! Email bobbie@nutcracker.com with your answers and memories.

What’s your favorite scene, costume, or backdrop? How many times have you seen the performance? If you could dance any of the roles, who would you want to be?

Keep coming… there’s always something new!

Groups of eight or more get the best seats at the best prices.

Groups of 20 more get a free Meet and Greet day-of-show.

Each Girl Scout who comes with a troop gets a FREE fun patch.

Email groups@nutcracker.com or call (800) 320-1733 for more information on the following shows:

Colorado Springs, The Ent Center, November 26 and 27, 2019 – https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea.html and https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea1.html

Grand Junction, The Avalon Theatre, December 1, 2019 – https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea_929885023.html

Pueblo, Pueblo Memorial Hall, December 12, 2019 – https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea_2117563880.html

Denver, Paramount Theatre, December 13 and 14, 2019 – https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea_1955777699.html

The North Face presents Reel Rock 14 Boulder Fest Pro Clinics

REEL ROCK Fest is back at Movement Climbing + Fitness in Boulder, bringing you another awesome opportunity to learn from the very best. Join us on October 19, 2019 for this amazing clinic:

GRRRL POWER

with Maureen Beck

To celebrate the new climbing badge(s) from Girl Scouts of the USA, join Mo Beck for a fun filled clinic where you will climb with other girls, with tips and instruction from Mo. You’ll also be able to check some of your badge requirements off towards your climbing badge. Good for girls ages 10-16. You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to join in on the fun!

Skill Level / Equipment Needed: Youth beginner climbers; no special equipment needed

Date: October 19

Location:

Movement Climbing + Fitness

2845 Valmont Road

Boulder 80301

Time: 12 – 1 p.m. OR 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reel-rock-14-boulder-fest-pro-clinics-tickets-73602299459

Cost: $10/person

Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Commander Tish Olszewski

All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to connect with professional women in a variety of career paths at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s second annual Secrets to Success event in Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Girls will personally engage with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, construction, healthcare, finance, nonprofit administration, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models who will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Register online now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/secrets_to_success_c.html

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with. Check out this blog post and others to learn about the women participating this year.

Commander Tish Olszewski is a 35-year veteran of the Colorado Springs Police Department and currently holds the highest civil service rank in the police department at this time. She has served in many different areas for the police department, starting as a patrol officer and working in most other police areas like major crimes detective, drug prevention, training academy, internal affairs, sex crimes, gangs, vice, and narcotics. While female police officers are few on the Colorado Springs force (now 86), she feels she was never discriminated against and was equally able to achieve her career goals in the police department. She has always been willing to put in the work needed to fairly earn her accomplishments, including getting a Masters degree in Organizational Management. Becoming a police officer was a dream of hers since childhood, and she is thrilled she is able to live that dream.

Cdr. Olszewski will be leading one of our Conversation Stations at Secrets to Success on November 9. In this role, she will be telling more than 100 girls about her work, why she loves it, and how she is changing the world with it. She will join more than 20 other professional women who will be networking with girls to have them learn the myriad options open to them for their own future work. We are excited to have Cdr. Tish Olszewski join us for this awesome event!

Girl Scouts earn NEW space science badges with Lockheed Martin

More than 100 Colorado Girl Scouts in grades 6–12 earned NEW STEM badges with the help of Lockheed Martin employees on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, one of the region’s premier aerospace museums.

These Girl Scouts are among the first in Colorado to earn three NEW space science badges, which were among the 42 badges released by Girl Scouts of the USA in July. Cadettes (grades 6–8) earned the “Space Science Researcher” badge by learning about the properties of light and how we use it to make discoveries about the Universe and space science. Seniors (grades 9 and 10) earned the “Space Science Expert” badge by gaining a deeper understanding of the Universe– her place in it and how light is used to make discoveries about it. Ambassadors (grades 11 and 12) earned the “Space Science Master” badge by discovering how they can be a part of NASA now and in the future. Girl Scouts also had the opportunity to network with female Lockheed Martin employees and learn about high school internships.

A special thanks to CBS4/KCNC-TV and Fox31/KDVR-TV for joining us for this special event and sharing the story with their viewers! Media Stars Alison, Diana, and Tessa did an AWESOME job representing GSCO in interviews about the event.

Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Michelle Talarico

All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to connect with professional women in a variety of career paths at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s second annual Secrets to Success event in Colorado Springs on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Girls will personally engage with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, construction, healthcare, finance, nonprofit administration, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models who will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Register online now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/secrets_to_success_c.html

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with. Check out this blog post and others to learn about the women participating this year.

Michelle Talarico is co-owner of The Picnic Basket, Inc., rated for 24 years in a row as the “Best Catering Company” in Colorado Springs by readers of the Gazette, Colorado Springs Business Journal, Independent, and Colorado Meetings and Events magazine. Her business is heavily service-minded and nimble to meet the needs of an ever-changing and growing community. She loves that she employs hundreds of people of diverse backgrounds and encourages each of their development professionally and personally. In 2015, it was estimated that The Picnic Basket had contributed more than $50 million to the local economy.

Michelle is most proud of her son, Sam, and sincerely practices a personal mission statement that includes daily gratitude, living with intention, being inspired and inspiring others, fostering positivity, and life-long learning. She has been heavily involved as a volunteer leader for many local nonprofits for many years.

Michelle will be leading one of our Conversation Stations at Secrets to Success on November 9. In this role, Michelle will be telling more than 100 girls about her work, why she loves it, and how she is changing the world with it. Michelle will join more than 20 other professional women who will be networking with girls to have them learn the myriad options open to them for their own future work. We are excited to have Michelle join us for this awesome event!

GE Johnson hosts “Build Like a Girl: Careers in Construction”

GE Johnson Construction Company hosted “Build Like a Girl: Careers in Construction” for Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors in Colorado Springs on Saturday, September 28, 2019! Girls learned about construction careers; how to work as a team and use power tools to build a community library book stand; about project management and sustainability; and participated in a behind-the-scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum. Cadettes worked on requirements for the “Woodworker” badge and Seniors worked on requirements for the “Social Innovation” badge. Girl Scouts also received a special event patch.

This event supported Girl Scouts’ STEM initiative and gave girls hands-on project experience with the opportunity to hear about a variety of careers in the construction industry. Thank you GE Johnson for once again hosting this great event!

Girl Scout Day and Pizza Party with Women’s Air Force Volleyball

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to cheer on the Air Force Academy women’s volleyball team as they take on San Diego State on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

This event also includes a pre-game pizza party, drinks, an opportunity to meet players from the team, autographed posters, and a fan tunnel (high-five tunnel). Please provide any dietary restriction and allergy information on the registration form for the pizza party.

Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_day_with__67438456.html

We encourage Girl Scouts to wear their vest or sash or a Girl Scout T-shirt to show their Girl Scout spirit!

This is not a drop off event. All girls must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Adult to girl ratios for events must be met.

Registration closes Tuesday, October 15.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

Juniors: Earn your “Horsemanship” badge with Inspiring Strides

Submitted by Gabriella Grieve

Metro Denver

Sedalia

Girl Scout Juniors can earn their “Horsemanship” badge with Inspiring Strides at a three-hour clinic on October 13, 2019. Learn everything horse-related and complete all requirements to earn your badge. The clinic will cover everything including grooming, handling, arena etiquette, horse anatomy, tack anatomy, horse behavior, and riding!

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Cost: $50 / rider

To register, please email Gabriella Grieve at Inspiring Strides at inspiringstridesco@gmail.com. The registration process does include a liability release waiver, photo release, and safety rules form. Class has limited space so please register early!

Deadline: October 6

Clinic is held in an outdoor arena, so please wear weather-appropriate, as well as horse appropriate, attire. Long pants and closed toe shoes are mandatory. Bicycle helmets are not appropriate for riding, so please only bring ASTM approved helmets. If you do not have an ASTM approved helmet, there will be some available for riders.

Badges are provided!

For more information about Inspiring Strides visit us on Facebook or Instagram using the handle @inspiringstridesco.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out via email at the above address or through phone at (303) 495-9259.

Hope to see you there!

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