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Girl Scout Exploration Day for Juniors

Submitted by Melissa Gula

Metro Denver

Denver

Calling all aspiring gardeners! Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens on September 21, 2019 for our fourth annual Junior “Gardener” Girl Scout Exploration Day. Girl Scout Exploration Days offer girls the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities and take-home projects. Each Exploration Day offers several activity stations set up throughout the Gardens for groups to explore at their own pace. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

When: Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. To accommodate a larger number of Girl Scouts and improve your group’s experience, we are offering two admission times: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Activity stations will be available to your group from the admission time you choose until 2 p.m.

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, activities will take place outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved indoors.

Who: This program is designed for Girl Scout Juniors.

Through hands-on activities and explorations Girl Scouts will:

  • Explore the principles of garden design.
  • Design a seed experiment to take home.
  • Explore the practice of companion planting.
  • Plant and decorate an indoor garden planter to take home.
  • Explore the Gardens’ diverse showcase of plants.

Follow the link below to register either as an individual or as a troop. We look forward to seeing you at our Girl Scout Exploration Day!

Registration Link: https://catalog.botanicgardens.org/selection.aspx?sch=121694

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

Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Karole Campbell

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.

Karole Campbell is an entrepreneur, having founded Madwoman Marketing Strategies in 2013 to assist all sorts of organizations with their marketing, strategic planning, and advertising needs. Her award-winning creative style and innovative methods makes her the go-to person for organizations needing that fresh boost of energy in their marketing and presence. She is involved in multiple local boards and organizations, including those that specifically support and empower women, including Pikes Peak Women and Women Who Get Stuff Done. As Karole says, “[women] have a unique collaborative approach to problem-solving. We develop ‘win-win’ solutions.” Karole’s energy and enthusiasm is well-known in the community; she is active in crossfit and yoga, a paddle-boarder, crazy hiker, a world-traveler, and is the perfect partner to her exuberant Cattle dog, Ruxton.

Karole will be leading one of our Conversation Stations at Secrets to Success on November 9. In this role, Karole will be telling more than 100 girls about her work, why she loves it, and how she is changing the world with it. Karole 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 Karole join us for this awesome event!

State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara’s Nutcracker 2019

State Street Ballet – “Nutcracker” 12/16/16 GranadaTheatre

Girl Scouts are invited to take advantage of a discount on orchestra and balcony tickets at the 2 p.m. performance of the State Street of Santa Barbara’s Nutcracker at the Community Concert Hall at FLC in Durango on December 14, 2019! Tickets are $15 per Girl Scout and full price for adults on orchestra and balcony tickets.  Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson holds true to the original classical ballet in this Tchaikovsky masterpiece, creating a traditional “Nutcracker” set in Victorian times and suited for all ages. The ballet will be accompanied by a live orchestra, as the San Juan Symphony is set to perform.

To purchase tickets, call the Concert Hall at (970) 247-7657 and ask for Doug Gonzalez.

FBI Tour for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are invited to a special “mini teen academy” program at the Denver FBI office on  Friday, November 15, 2019 from 9 a.m. – noon. The traditional Teen Academy program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. This program will include a panel discussion with female FBI employees,  SWAT demo, tactical demonstration from the Evidence Response Team (ERT), and presentation on cyber safety.

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

This is a drop off event. Participants should arrive by 8:45 a.m. to start check-in. Girls will be required to submit a parent permission form, photo release, and indemnity form to participate. Girls ages 18 and older will be required to provide their date of birth, social security number, and full name to comply with FBI policies, and bring a photo ID on the day of the event. Two Girl Scouts of Colorado staff will accompany the group.

Capacity is limited to 40 Girl Scouts. Registration will close on Tuesday, November 5 OR when capacity is met.

Please be aware that the program is subject to change based on the needs of the FBI.

All attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

Street Smarts Tour for Girl Scouts

Submitted by Kristi Gemperline

Metro Denver

Lone Tree

The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Colorado Transportation YOU Committee presents Girl Scouts Street Smarts Day!

Join us for a “street smarts” day as we take you on a multi-modal tour through downtown Denver. Learn how transportation affects our urban environment and how it links communities by visiting various stations in downtown Denver that highlight transportation elements, including ADA, bikes, transit, and bridges.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Time: 8:45 a.m., Tour begins at 9 a.m.

Location: I-25 and Broadway Light Rail Station, 901 S. Broadway, Denver

Total number of participants (including parents/troop leaders): 65

Target age group: 4th, 5th, 6th grade Girl Scouts

Additional information: Lunch will be provided and Girl Scouts will earn patches. The entire tour is outdoors, please dress appropriately.

This event is free!

Please RSVP by September 14 at noon at the following: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wts-transportation-you-girl-scouts-street-smarts-day-tickets-71183071483

Questions? Please contact Kristi Gemperline at
transportationYOU.colorado@gmail.com.

I was a Girl Scout when I was younger. I love the Girl Scouts of the USA organization, and love the empowerment and opportunities that are presented to young ladies. This event is a glimpse into transportation engineering. There is so much around you yet to explore. This STEM opportunity is one not to miss.

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

NEW solar patch program

Solar United Neighbors (SUN) has developed the SUN Patch Program which can be implemented by any Girl Scout across the United States! While earning the SUN patch, Girl Scouts of all ages will learn about how solar works, discover solar energy at work around them, and become solar ambassadors to help grow solar in their communities.

Girl Scouts can start earning the Solar United Neighbors (SUN) Patch by downloading the patch program PDF. Reach out to Solar United Neighbors directly at getinvolved@solarunitedneighbors.org to let them know that your Girl Scouts will be working on the SUN patch! They can answer questions, offer ideas, and provide more ways to get involved with solar.

Follow the instructions in the “Reporting” section at the end of the patch program PDF to receive the SUN patches for your Girl Scouts.

Since its inception in 2018, more than 1,000 Girl Scouts from 104 troops across 26 different states have earned their SUN patch!

Interested in a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award projects related to solar energy? Reach our to Solar United Neighbors as a subject matter expert at getinvolved@solarunitedneighbors.org.

Don’t forget to share your SUN patch story on GSCO Blog!

GSCO Connections: September 2019

Be the difference! Participate in the 2019 Fall Product Program!

The Girl Scout Fall Product Program is a great way earn start-up money for the Girl Scout year. The Fall Product Program helps girls learn 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. It’s also a great way for your family and friends to renew their favorite magazines and order delicious nuts and chocolates that make great holiday gifts!

The Fall Product Program starts September 21. In-person and Nut Promise sales will run through October 13. Online sales end October 28. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too.  Girls who sell $175 in online orders, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch!

S’mores Club is back!

Our popular S’mores Club is back with new rewards! Girls and adult volunteers who rock both the 2019 Fall Product and 2020 Cookie programs will receive a special personalized patch and an exclusive hoodie and duffle bag!

Learn more

Earn your Trail Adventure badge

Pack your day pack, put on your sunscreen, and join fellow Girl Scouts for a trail adventure! September is the perfect time to check out the trails in Colorado with your family or your troop and complete some of the requirements for the new Trail Adventure badge. These badges are part of the 12 new Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures — giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature.

Join us in September for some fun on the trail with your troop or family! Register for this free event through our events page.

Girl Scout Cyber Challenge: Register Now

Saturday, October 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Arapahoe Community College, Littleton

Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 are invited to detect, decode, and defend! This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage 200+ girls in grades 6–12 in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics. A futuristic scenario — a  moon colony has been hacked — will be presented and girls will be prompted to respond. They’ll learn cybersecurity skills and team up to identify the hackers, trace the origin of the cyberattack, and secure the colony’s safety.

Come back for more camp memories in 2020

We had an amazing camp season! Girls sang songs around the campfire, challenged themselves to try new things, explored outdoors and created memories to last a lifetime. Be sure to join us for summer 2020 for another chance to make lasting memories. Registration opens January 23.

Learn more

Upcoming Events

We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be. Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Girl Scout Night with the Rocky Mountain Vibes

September 6, Colorado Springs

Girl Scouts of all ages, their family, and friends are invited to cheer on the Rocky Mountain Vibes as they take on the Grand Junction Rockies! Game Highlight: Friday Night Fireworks! Tickets are $16 and include a game ticket, meal voucher, unlimited youth fun zone passes, and parking.

Xcel Energy Day of Service

September 7, Lakewood

Girl Scouts in grades K-6 are invited to spend the morning with Xcel Energy employees to unravel energy mysteries. During the morning you will also participate in a service project as a way to help others in your community. It will be a special day of learning and caring, designed just for Girl Scouts, during Xcel Energy’s annual Day of Service.

Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

Discounted tickets at $29 per person.

Meadow Mountain Ranch Open House

September 22, Allenspark

Join us for our third annual open house at Meadow Mountain Ranch! Activities include s’mores, hike the MMR Nature Trail, hear from Songbirds Choir, meet GECCCOs, self-guided property tour, visit Homestead House and displays from the GSCO History Committee, and check out the mobile shop with brand new MMR merchandise. Event is free and open to the public!

Careers in Construction with G.E. Johnson

September 28, Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors are invited to learn about construction careers, work as a team to build a community library book stand that can be placed in your community, and participate in a behind-the-scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum.

Women of Distinction – Denver

October 30, Denver

New location for 2019 the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, community, and civic leaders.

Secrets to Success

November 9, Colorado Springs

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2019 Secrets to Success event. Girl Scouts of Colorado believes every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. Any girl in grades 6– 12 is invited to Secrets to Success.

STREAM Girls in Longmont and Montrose

Join us for STREAM Girls in Longmont and Montrose!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Izaak Walton Clubhouse, Longmont

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/stream_girls_14306547.html

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Ross Reels, Montrose

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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

This event gives Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn a patch as they serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists, in order to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. This outdoor watershed experience employs STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math) plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream.

Cost: $5/girl

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

At this event, TU volunteers will lead Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes in observing a stream, collecting flow data, sampling macroinvertebrates (aka aquatic bugs), fly tying, and fly casting. The day also gives girls time to explore the natural area and record their thoughts and observations in their handbooks. Each girl will receive a STREAM Girls patch at the end of the day.

Light snacks will be provided throughout the day and participants should bring a nut-free sack lunch with them. A detailed packing list, liability waiver for CO Trout Unlimited, and other pre-information will be provided for all participants via email one week before the event.

This is not a drop off event, all Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Girls attending with a troop leader must complete a Parent Permission form for a Girl Scout Activity that troop leaders will retain for their records. Adult-to-girl ratios must be met for girls attending as a troop. Parents, guardians, and troop leaders will supervise girls and assist with activities as needed.

Capacity for this event is 24 Girl Scouts. Registration will close on Tuesday, October 1 OR when capacity has been reached.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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Celebrate Colorado Women essay contest

The Center for Colorado Women’s History and the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame will host an essay contest to celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2019. Metro Denver Girl Scouts in third through eighth grades are invited to learn about women who have made a difference in history, so that they can use them as inspiration to create a better tomorrow.

The 19th Amendment was adopted in 1920, 99 years ago, to ensure that gender would not be a barrier to voting in the United States. Many women fought tirelessly for this amendment to the Constitution and the fight for equal voting rights continued after 1920.

Participants should submit a 250 to 500 word essay responding to this prompt:

Before the 19th Amendment was adopted in 1920, states could deny women the right to vote. Why do you think it is important for women to have the right to vote and why would voting be important to you?

A winner from each category will be invited to attend an afternoon tea with Denver’s Margaret “Molly” Brown to celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House.

Learn more and submit your essay online: https://www.historycolorado.org/dayofthegirl

Help GSCO win Xcel Energy Colorado’s social media contest

Calling all social media-savvy Girl Scout volunteers and supporters! In addition to participating in Xcel Energy Colorado’s 9th Annual Day of Service on Saturday, September 7, 2019, GSCO is also competing to win a grant of up to $5,000 and we need to your help! Xcel Energy Foundation will award grants to the participating nonprofits that earn the most points.

Each eligible post that follows the posting requirements below will be counted as one point for the organization mentioned in the post.

  • The points will be divided by number of project volunteers to account for project scale.
  • People will not be limited from posting more than once. On the contrary, Xcel encourages multiple original posts, but watch your frequency because Facebook has policies to protect from spammers!
  • Shares and multiple identical posts will not count for the contest.

Who can post: Volunteers, team leaders, friends, family – anyone! Recruiting other people to pitch in for your project is a best practice.

Where to post:

Posts must include the following four elements to be eligible:

  1. The hashtags #XEDOS and #contest;
  2.  Tag Xcel Energy Colorado
    • Facebook: post directly to the Xcel Energy Colorado Facebook page AND tag @Xcel Energy Colorado;
    • Instagram: post a photo or video about your project and tag @xcelenergy;
  1. Tag @GSColo and,
  2. Why you love the nonprofit/organization or project, what your Day of Service project is about, or volunteer activities to support the project.

*Shares and reposts and will not count towards points.*

Using photos and videos in posts:

  • In addition to the contest tagging requirements listed above, a photo or video is required to post on Instagram.
  • While not required to earn a point, including photos and videos on Facebook or Twitter posts is a great addition to help tell your story!

When to post: The contest begins at 12:00:01 a.m. MT on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. Midnight MT on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

2019 XEDOS Contest Examples