Keeping your girls engaged
Interested in learning how your girls can earn badges in a virtual setting? Let us do most of the work for you! Join Girl Scouts of Colorado staff on Wednesday, August 19 from noon to 1 p.m. to learn about our virtual Badge Series program. We will discuss what the program is for both girls and leaders, how you can blend it into your troop experience, and why it saves you time planning.
Going virtual and need help?
Check out the online resources for meeting virtually under our Girl Scouts at Home page.
We are excited to be offering badge series for the new badges! Be sure to register for one of these great programs. Make sure your girls’ memberships are renewed by Sept. 30 to have access to these free opportunities.
GSCO Subscription Kits
Another great reason to renew today, this fall Girl Scouts subscription kits are coming directly to your girls’ homes! Fill out the interest form to be the first to know when kits are ready for purchase! We will send you an email when they are ready to order.
Fall Product Program begins September 12
The Fall Product Program is a safe, easy, and fun way to earn funds for all these activities and more! By participating in this program, girls will also learn the five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
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 with $275 in combined orders, will earn a personalized avatar patch!
Troop volunteer training begins in early September.
For more information, visit the Fall Product Program page on our website or contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708.
Get your Girl Scout year off to a great start by attending a Leadership Summit!
This adult learning opportunity will be offered virtually this year. This means you get the skills and knowledge needed to provide a positive Girl Scout experience all from the comfort of your own home!
While we are unable to meet in-person right now, volunteers will still have the opportunity to learn new things, share and discuss ideas and connect with other volunteers. The training courses offered are designed to equip leaders with the tools for success!
There are four opportunities to attend each training course. You do not need to attend all of the courses offered each day, you can pick and choose the day and time that work best for you and register for each course individually.
- September 8 – 11 (weekdays)
- September 18 – 20
- September 26 – 28
- November 6 – 8
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Diverse. Inclusive. Together.
GSCO is partnering with Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Mountain College, Denver Public Schools, and Denver7 on a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion patch program, adapted from a program developed by our Girl Scout sisters in Minneapolis. The programming is designed to help participants start the conversation about race and racism by learning to appreciate diversity and honor and celebrate differences.
Grant funding will provide FREE patches to the first 750 Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members who complete all activity and reporting requirements. Use this online form to request your patch.
In addition, our “Conversation Starters: Let’s Talk Differences” virtual roundtables will give families the tools they need to begin talking about issues related to race and racism. Both parents and children will deepen their understanding and respect for people who may be different from them and learn how to better relate to others. The conversations are available on the GSCO Facebook and YouTube pages to be viewed at your convenience.
GSCO Recognizes Women’s Suffrage Centennial and Women’s Equality Day
GSCO Recognizes Women’s Suffrage Centennial and Women’s Equality Day. Join Girl Scouts of Colorado as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified on August 26 and granted women the right to vote. A special blog post explores the history of the women’s suffrage movement and outlines live virtual programs for all levels, patch programs, Colorado specific and national opportunities, and resources for Girl Scouts to learn more. Special thanks our partners at the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, League of Women Voters of Colorado, National Parks Service, and Girl Scouts of the USA for bringing together unique opportunities for Girl Scouts to recognize this moment in history.
Connect with volunteers through the Explore More Club!
Join the Explore More Club in September for the topic of self-care. Registration will open in August. Keep an eye on the Events Page for more information.
The Explore More Club is a program for volunteers to get a hands-on learning experience with the girl badge earning curriculum! It is for volunteers of Girl Scouts of Colorado, no matter your volunteer role. For more information check out the the GSCO blog.
Questions? Contact Kendy.Doolen@gscolorado.org
Information about upcoming topics and how to register is available on our blog.
For any questions, please contact us at email@example.com
Outdoor Program News
Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend
Girl Scouts love the outdoors, especially in Colorado! Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Parks & Wildlife have teamed up for Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend September 12-13, 2020. Girl Scouts and their families can participate in the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend virtually, in-person, or both. Girls can follow along with virtual programming hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA featuring interactive videos on outdoor skill building, highlights from state parks, virtual park tours, conversation with subject matter experts, and more. Girl Scouts, troops and families can also visit select Colorado State Parks in person for the opportunity to participate in a variety of self-guided programs. Programs vary by park but may include: self-guided nature trails, young naturalist books, junior ranger programs, nature journals, adventure activity backpacks, ‘Agents of Discovery’ augmented reality experiences, and more! All child and adult attendees agree to follow the most current GSCO COVID guidelines in relation to in-person events and have completed a GSCO COVID waiver.
RSVP for either virtual or in-person participation, and learn more about participating parks on the GSCO event calendar.
New! You could win a Colorado State Parks pass by participating in Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend and sharing your adventures with us on social media. Get the full details on our blog.
GSCO Properties open for family weekend rental
Some GSCO properties are now open for family weekend rental. See the blog for more information about how to rent a GSCO property with your family.
Leave No Trace Learner Series for Girl Scout Volunteers
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a leader in providing innovative education, skills, and research to help people care for the outdoors through the framework of the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace. In anticipation of the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend, Leave No Trace will be hosting a virtual mini-learning series for Girl Scout staff, troop leaders, volunteers, and other community members. The 45-minute sessions are all at 1 p.m. on August 18 and September 1. Register and learn more online.
GSCO shop now offering non-contact pickup!
The GSCO Shop in Denver is closed to in-person shopping, but free shipping statewide and non-contact pickup is available in Denver! Updated phased re-opening will be messaged when details are available.
Learn more about non-contact pickup.
GSCO retail associates are available by phone and email Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for orders.
NEW! You can now shop for GSCO specific merchandise online. Check out our council’s own online order form! Submit the order form and we will contact you for payment and shipping/pickup options. Items are added weekly.
As always, our online shop is open and available 24-hours a day. Check back often for GSUSA purchase and shipping promotions.
Get more information by downloading the shop closure FAQ.
To contact the shop call 303-607-4880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you reach voicemail, leave a detailed message.
Highest Awards News
Due to the current health crisis, GSUSA has given all troops a three-month extension to complete Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award projects in 2020. Troops and girls now have until December 31, 2020 to complete their projects and submit the Bronze and Silver Notification form.
Attention all Senior and Ambassador troop leaders! Now is the time to encourage your Girl Scouts to pursue their Gold Award. Don’t miss out on our upcoming virtual Gold Award training opportunities. To view and register for trainings in your area or online, visit the GSCO Events page.
Have girls who are working on their Gold Award projects? Remind them to email Highest Awards Manager, Kaitie LoDolce, when they submit their initial proposals through Go Gold. You can also always encourage girls to reach out to Kaitie at any stage of their projects for help at email@example.com.
GSUSA’s National Service Projects
Girl Scouts are always prepared to shine, especially during a crisis. From connecting with senior citizens to making masks and face coverings, see how you can make the world a better place right now. Now your troop can get involved too!
Girl Scouts Give Back: Citizen Science: Your troop can contribute to important scientific research by participating in one of our Girl Scouts Give Back citizen science projects. We’ve partnered with SciStarter, an online citizen science community, to help get you going!
Mask Making Service Project: With this nationwide mask-making campaign, all girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the country, to make it easy for your girls to amplify their efforts.
Letter Writing Service Project: The idea is simple: girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated staff and caregivers. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.
Visit the GSUSA National Service Projects page for full details on each project.
National Virtual Calendar
Check out awesome virtual experiences for Girl Scouts of all ages from Girl Scouts of the USA. You can also access past recordings through this calendar.
NEW Intro to Global Girl Scouts video
Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Global Action Team is excited to launch their new “Intro to Global Girl Scouts” video! Interest in the world has been an integral part of the Girl Scout movement and program since the very beginning. As Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of Girl Scouts in the USA stated, “Girl Guiding and Girl Scouts is the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.” This new video from the Global Action Team is the perfect way to start learning about the global aspects of Girl Scouts.
Crocs Come As You Are Patch™
Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Crocs to teach girls to Come As You Are™! Based in Niwot, Crocs’ proclamation to the world is to be comfortable in your own shoes. Everyone is unique in their own way and Crocs celebrates one-of-a-kinds and stand together with all kinds. This patch program teaches Girl Scouts to embrace who they are and accept others for who they are.
Please note: Girl Scouts from across the country are welcome to earn this special patch. To order patches please contact the Girl Scouts of Colorado shop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GSCO’s Stand and Be Counted Patch Program
Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to launch our “Stand and Be Counted” patch in honor of the 2020 Census! Did you know that every ten years, the United States Census Bureau tries to count every person living in the United States? Girl Scouts are invited to earn this patch to discover why we count everyone, what happens afterward, and how you can become involved.
Please note: Patches are now in stock. Contact the shop to place an order.