Would your troop like to meet real-life cowgirls and their working horses? See a songbird up-close and watch it be released? Observe young craftswomen making handmade leather goods? Explore a vibrant grassland ecosystem AND camp under the prairie skies?
All of this can happen in ONE place, and that’s why the Chico Basin Ranch is the perfect spot for your next Girl Scout adventure!
The Chico is an 87,000-acre working cattle ranch that’s open to the public and focused on conserving land, wildlife, and western heritage. For the past 17 years, the Chico has invited visitors to experience how ranching can work to preserve our native Colorado rangelands while exploring scientific research and ecology first-hand through the ranch’s seasonal bird banding stations.
Appropriate for all ages, a visit to the ranch can include:
bird banding observation (April 12 – May 21, Sept 5 – Oct 5);
a prairie and pond ecology walk;
a visit to our working leather shop;
and a corral tour with a horse and rider demonstration.
We also welcome the opportunity to work with your troop on building certain skills for badges, customizing an overnight camping trip, and/or developing a service project.
Located between Colorado Springs and Pueblo in the high desert prairie just east of the Front Range, the Chico is easily accessible from I-25. We are booking Spring and Fall 2017 field trips for our seasonal bird banding station so now is the time to set your date! Please email email@example.com or call 719-683-7960 for scheduling. We look forward to hosting Girl Scouts from all over Colorado soon!
The Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Moms Know Best are excited to announce a new Girl Scout patch – The Climate Change patch.
Remember that little adrenaline rush you got when you earned a new Girl Scout patch? We think of these like diplomas that show the world what a girl has strived for, learned and accomplished. In fact, patches are sometimes even handed to recipients in a graduation-esque ceremony; and that’s exactly what will happen in the Colorado Statehouse in April when the first group of girls will earn and receive their patch.
The Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Moms Know Best want the Climate Change patch to be a fun and engaging way for girls to learn more about climate change while building useful skills to last a lifetime. The current generation of children is the one that will bear the greatest burden of climate change and have the most to gain by preventing its impacts. Hopefully, Scouts will be motivated to take a leadership role on this vital issue and take part in improving their own future.
Many of us are noticing the effects of climate change around us. We’re constantly setting new records for warmer temperatures and hearing about crazy changes in our seasons like a January and February with no snow — in Chicago! We’re seeing more devastating extreme weather events. The bad news is that human-made toxic pollutants are added to the atmosphere by burning dirty fossil fuels — creating these conditions.
But the good news? We have the power to change that.
Girls will calculate their own carbon footprint, understand the impacts of climate change at a local level, and be inspired to make a difference. They’ll acquire skills to affect policy on other issues that interest them as well. They can learn how to research and present their findings. They’ll also learn about how government works and how to make sure their voices can be heard on the key issues of their generation.
Girls earn the patch by finishing one age-appropriate activity in each of the three categories – Discover, Connect, Take Action. They can choose from things like researching clean energy jobs, examining climate change in their towns, and talking to decision makers.
All Girl Scouts are invited to attend the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships 2017, April 7 – 8, at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.
This event will feature 24 teams of 16 women competing in synchronized figure skating, from around the world. It is sanctioned by the International Skating Union, and hosted by U.S. Figure Skating. The United States hosts it only every 3-4 years.
The Opening Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 7, immediately followed by the Short Program Competition. Denver Synchronicity, pre-juvenile team, a local team of 15 girls, ages 7-13, from the Denver FSC will be performing in the Opening Ceremony.
The Free Skate / Championship event will be on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 5:45 p.m., where the World Champion is crowned.
Team USA 1, the Haydenettes, from Boston, are the reigning World Bronze Medalists. Two athletes on this team grew up training in the Denver area.
Girl Scouts are GREAT Community Partners! Join us for the annual High Line Canal Cleanup in Aurora on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 8 a.m. to noon. We will meet at the Community College of Aurora, in the Fine Arts Building. The address is 16000 E. Centretech Parkway. Visit AuroraWater.org for more details or email Mary Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Mammoth, Sunday, March 12, 2017! Come cheer on the Mammoth as they take on the Vancouver Stealth for a great night of Lacrosse. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited.
The game starts at 7 p.m. Come early and watch the court change from an ice rink from the Colorado Avalanche’s game earlier in the day to the Mammoth’s Lacrosse field.
Cost is $22/person for an upper level ticket at the Pepsi Center. Each Girl Scout attending will get an event patch.
Join GSCO for “Me & My Guy” Hockey with the DU Pioneers on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Cheer on the DU Pioneers as they take on the St. Cloud Huskies. DU has had a great season and is currently ranked #2 in Division 1 Hockey. This game is Senior Night, the final home game of the season, and will celebrate their great season and achievements of their Senior players.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 7 p.m.
Cost: $15/ticket + $2 online ticket fee
To purchase tickets, go to https://goo.gl/Rch9vQ and enter promo code GIRLSCOUTS17. Part of the ticket proceeds will be donated back to GSCO.
The University of Colorado Athletic Department staff recently hosted GSCO staff for a tour of CU’s Champions Center. The center is the home for CU Football, Athletic Offices, and CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center. The center opened earlier this year and features state of the art work out facilities, football team locker room, and lounge. There are also historic displays featuring team trophies and uniforms as well as event space with lovely views of the Flat Irons.
GSCO staff was onsite to visit about upcoming Girl Scout winter events with CU Basketball. We’re making plans with both CU Women’s and Men’s basketball teams, so Girl Scouts will have a chance to see two CU games this year. Plans for our game with CU Women’s Basketball are coming soon. Save the date for Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 for Girl Scout Night with CU Men’s Basketball. Plans for both games will include a special ticket deal for Girl Scout troops and families and additional fun Girl Scout activities to be announced. For more information, please contact Lori Thompson at email@example.com.
A big thank you goes to CU Athletic Department staff for a great tour and for coordinating our upcoming winter Girl Scout events!