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Women in Politics Event

On behalf of El Pomar’s Forum for Civic Advancement, we are excited to invite Girl Scout Seniors, Ambassadors, and adult members to a virtual ‘Women in Politics’ event, co-hosted by Colorado Municipal League and Colorado 50-50 on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 4-6:30 p.m.

Recognizing that Colorado ranks 18th on the 2019 Gender Parity Index due to its successes in some areas, such as the second highest share of women elected officials in the state legislature, and challenges in other areas, such as local and federal representation, this event is designed to encourage more women in Colorado to run for elected office, clarify the process of running, and provide resources for them as they consider running for elected office. The event also honors that socializing the idea of leadership and elected office to young people is one way to increase representation.

You can view the event invitation with agenda details in the flyer linked below. If this sounds like something you or a Girl Scout in your life would enjoy, please register here.

Questions? Email Megan Sanders at El Pomar Foundation at msanders@elpomar.org.

Forum Women in Politics Invitation

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Badge in a Day at the Catamount Institute

 

Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors are invited to explore the outdoors with Catamount Institute’s trained naturalists and earn a badge at the same time! Come for the morning, afternoon, or both! This is not a drop-off program. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent,  caregiver, guardian, or troop leader. Girl to adult ratios must be met. Pack a picnic lunch if you plan on staying all day. The cost is $10 per session and badges are included in the cost of the program.

Brownie Badge Sessions: Senses, Bugs, and Outdoor Art Creator

Junior Badge Sessions: Space Science Investigator, Flowers, Gardener

Morning Session: 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Register now: https://www.catamountinstitute.org/scouts/

COVID-19 Guidelines

Here are some of the ways we are working to create a safer environment:

  • This event is for Girl Scouts only to keep our group sizes small. Siblings are not allowed.
  • Activities will encourage social distancing.
  • Temperature checks will be done upon arrival.
  • Staff and adults must wear masks at all times. Girl Scouts will wear a mask in close contact and not up and moving around.
  • There will be hand sanitation stations.
  • Staff will be disinfecting of high contact surfaces and materials daily.

Please do not come to the event if you have been in contact with someone who has experienced symptoms or you have experienced symptoms. Check out this symptom tracker from the Colorado Department of Public Health: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid19-symptoms.

Questions? Email info@catamountinstitute.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cookie Box Innovation Challenge Powered by Arrow Electronics: Prize Announcement

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are gearing up to become innovators to make the world a better place through the Cookie Box Innovation Challenge powered by Arrow Electronics! Together with Arrow Electronics, GSCO will be challenging girls to design a prototype that addresses a problem in our community and beyond using Girl Scout cookie packages and other recycled materials.

Register now and join us for the virtual kickoff on May 14, 2021!

Throughout the program,  girls will be asked to attend workshops and complete activities to get their inner innovators thinking and creating. At the end of the program, all girls who complete the activities will earn their Cookie Box Innovation Challenge patch and be invited to enter the Arrow Innovation Fair and compete for amazing prizes thanks to Arrow Electronics!

First Place: $250 and a ride in the Arrow SAM Car!

Second Place: A ride in the Arrow SAM Car!

There will be one first and second place winner in grades 6-8 and one first and second place winner in grades 6-12. The SAM Car rides will be in the Denver Metro area in late October/early November. More details will be announced prior to the Arrow Innovation Fair.

You might be asking, what on earth is the Arrow SAM Car? The Arrow SAM Car is the only car like it in the world – a Corvette modified with advanced electronics so that a former race car driver with a disability can drive the car at racetrack speeds using only head controls and voice commands. You’ll learn how advanced electronics can expand mobility for those who are disabled. You will sit in the co-driver’s seat while an Arrow engineer drives you around a closed course testing acceleration, braking, and sharp cornering. You’ll get to experience a world-class innovation firsthand in this once in a lifetime experience!

Questions? Email girlexperience@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Earn Your Horsemanship Badge with Colorado Reining Heroes

Submitted by David Eason

Metro Denver

Parker

If you have ever considered learning about horses and how to ride them, you will definitely want to participate in the Reining Heroes program especially designed for Girl Scouts. Girl Scout Juniors can even earn their Horsemanship Badge in a warm, welcoming—and fun!—environment.

When you arrive at the stables and walk by the horses on your way to the tack shed, these gentle giants meet and welcome you as you pass by. The Reining Heroes horses love Girl Scouts and eagerly anticipate working with you. On the tour of the grounds, you will meet other horses, which might include a couple of adorable, friendly minis.

You will see and learn about different kinds of horses, their different colors, and the historical uses of some of them, such as for knights in shining armor of medieval times.

Your unmounted lesson will be hands-on: catching, haltering, leading, and grooming the horses—no standing around watching! When you are riding, the horse is yours, and you are the boss. When you are not riding, you will be helping another rider and her horse.

Lessons this year are every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 – 11 a.m. in May, June, July, and August. For more information about the program, refer to the Event List or Events Calendar on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/.

Reining Heroes has been conducting this program for Girl Scouts for more than three years, and more than 400 Girl Scouts have earned their Horsemanship Badges here.

To register, either email reiningheroes@yahoo.com or call or text the instructor, Paula Quillen, at (303) 877-0371. If you have any questions or want to tour the facility before deciding to participate in the program, you can email, call, or text Paula.

You can see more about Reining Heroes including photos of the facility, horses, and prior Girl Scout participants at https://www.facebook.com/ReiningHeroes/photos/?ref=page_internal.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Rocky Mountain PBS Drive-In Tour

Drive-in movies are not a thing of the past! Join the Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Club for a night of fun. The drive-in will include a screening of PBS Programming such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, and Odd Squad. There will be food trucks, family fun, prizes and each car will receive a PBS Kids Club Swag Bag.

All city, state, and public health guidelines will be enforced. All attendees will wear appropriate face coverings, and parking spaces will be distanced. Guests will watch the programming from inside their vehicles.

All programming starts at sunset.

Denver Metro — April 17

2000 Elitch Drive, Denver, CO 80204

Grand Junction – April 30

Mesa Mall, 2424 Old US Hwy 6 & 50, Grand Junction, 81505

Durango — May 1

Durango Mall, 800 S Camino Del Rio Durango, 81301

Colorado Springs — May 14

The World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd, Colorado Springs, 80906

Pueblo — May 15

3429 Dillon Drive, Pueblo, 81008

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

STREAM Girls in Spring 2021

 

STREAM Girls gives Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes the opportunity to serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists, in order to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. They can even earn a special patch while doing so! This outdoor watershed experience employs STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math) plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream.

Every person is a citizen of her watershed. Colorado Trout Unlimited (CTU) has partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado so girls can get the complete picture of what their stream could mean to them.

In this hybrid take home/virtual program, CTU will provide Girl Scouts with the necessary gear, a STREAM Girls Field Notebook, and a resource list with videos guiding Girl Scouts through six activities that they will complete over ten days. Additionally, girls are expected to join a virtual program kick-off on Thursday and a reflection meeting the next Sunday to discuss what they have learned. Activities include:

  • Stream Walk – Observing and documenting the stream/river and surrounding area
  • Go with the Flow – Calculating river flow rates using everyday tools and simple math
  • Macroinvertebrate Survey – Investigating the insect life that lives in the stream and support fish
  • Fly-Casting – Developing skills to fly fish and practicing in your own backyard/neighborhood park
  • Fly-Tying – Creating a “fly” to imitate one of the macroinvertebrates commonly found in Colorado
  • Scavenger Hunt/Bracelet Building – Testing your knowledge of healthy streams and creating a unique bracelet to represent your local watershed!

Activities are expected to take approximately six hours, in total, and can be broken up into several days. Colorado Trout Unlimited will provide the necessary gear and supplies associated with each activity. Gear will be picked-up and dropped off at the location mentioned in registration. Colorado Trout Unlimited has enough gear/supplies for 20 participants. Additional participants may be able to register, if using their own gear or sharing with another Girl Scout..

*Please note: this program is available for non-Girl Scouts. We encourage our Girl Scouts to invite a friend to join them!

Longmont, Starts April 1: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/april01_stream_girls.html

Larkspur, Starts April 29: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/april29_stream_girls.html

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Overcoming Bias: Journey Workshop for Older Girl Scouts

Join us for a special event on Overcoming Bias with Global Nomads Group where girls will explore how biases are formed, reflect on their own assumptions, explore the biases they encounter in their communities and media, and create an action plan for interrupting biases in themselves and in others. Through stories shared by youth from around the world, girls will deepen their understanding of their global peers and how biases impact people around the world.

Cadettes, April 18, 2021 https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/media_journey_overcoming_bias_virtual_04_18_2021

Senior and Ambassadors, April 25, 2021 https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/overcoming_bias_virtual_s_a_04_25_2021

** This special live virtual event has a limited capacity, so be sure to register today!

Girls will connect for a live event via Zoom facilitated by trained Global Nomads Group staff.  Starting as a whole group presentation, girls will learn about biases from trained Global Nomads Group facilitators and stories created by youth from around the world.  Then, they will move into small group facilitated discussions where they will have the opportunity to reflect on their learnings and share stories of their own. This whole group to small group sequence occurs multiple times throughout the live events giving all girls an opportunity to learn and contribute their voice.  After the event, girls will create an action plan to interrupt bias in themselves or others.  This short action plan assignment should be completed within one week of the event (by May 2, 2021) and shared via the link provided (email to follow event). By joining the live event and completing an action plan, girls will complete their MEdia (6th – 8th), GIRLtopia (9th -10th grade), or Your Voice, Your World (11th -12th grade) Journey!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Save The Date: Girl Scout University 2021

Submitted by Elizabeth Rouse

Metro Denver

Denver

Girl Scout University is back! Sponsored by the Alpha Phi Omega chapter at the University of Denver, Girl Scout University will take place on April 17, 2021! This provides your Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn two badges in one fun-filled morning!

Due to social distancing practices, this year’s event will be held online using the Zoom platform. We will be offering a few different badges for Juniors and Cadettes, who can pick one badge for the first session and another for the second session.

As this is our first year hosting this event virtually, we are working hard to put together a great event. Badges will be announced on March 27, and registration will open the same day.

For questions, please contact gsu@apo-alphaetaiota.org.

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We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Arrow Cookie Box Innovation Challenge

Have you been saving your empty cookie cases and packages? Put them to good use along with other recyclable materials in the Arrow Cookie Box Innovation Challenge this spring/summer! Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors will be challenged to design a prototype that addresses a problem in our community and beyond. Registration will open in early April and the program kicks off in mid-May. Submit your interest form now (https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/arrow_patch_program_interest_form), so you don’t miss out on this awesome experience! (PS – Prizes for the top innovations will be announced soon too!) 👩🏽‍🔬🥽📦♻️

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Pilot a NEW Resiliency Curriculum Program by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

Girl Scouts across Colorado are invited to pilot the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum’s new Resiliency Curriculum Program. The program is called, “Becoming Your Personal Best.” Click here to get started. Next, choose to pilot one or more curriculum module for students in grades 4-12, focusing on the following resiliency skills: self-identity, perseverance, mindset, relationships, problem solving, and/or confidence. Video components highlighting the life experiences of an Olympic or Paralympic role model are included with each resiliency skill. When the module has been completed, pilot participants should complete a survey about their reactions and feedback. Modules have been designed for maximum flexibility. Accelerated lessons will take 15-20 minutes and each full-lesson will take 45-60 minutes.

Now more than ever, students and teachers alike need resiliency in their lives. The newly opened United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs invites educators and students to provide critical feedback on a brand new, research-based resiliency curriculum curated by classroom teachers, resiliency experts, and informal education institutions. Before offering this free curriculum to all Colorado schools and after-school programs in fall 2021, the museum needs people to pilot one or more curriculum modules throughout the spring to ensure each activity achieves the exceptional desired learning outcomes we are striving to reach.

Questions? Email the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.