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News from the GSCO Retail Shop

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Retail Shop is excited to offer two new features:

  • Select Council’s Own merchandise available online with new items added every day
  • Non-contact pickup at our physical location in Denver

You can now place orders by phone, email, or via our new online form.  Statewide shipping is still free and customers may now choose to pick up merchandise at the GSCO Shop in Denver (Monday – Friday). In-stock items are available within 24-hours of payment, but special orders and Girl Scout Leadership Experience backordered merchandise may (still) be delayed due to manufacturing and delivery challenges nationwide.  GSCO Retail Associates will walk you through complete details of an order, just give them a call at (303) 607-4880.  You can also check out our FAQ.

Will the GSCO Shop ever open to in-person shopping?

We certainly hope so! For now, we are working on virtual opportunities, and looking ahead to the potential of appointment-only shopping when Denver City and County guidelines allow greater in-store capacity.

Questions? Email retail@gscolorado.org.

RENEW NOW for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Explore behind-the-scenes to see artifacts and exhibits not open to the public at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with this special, one-time video tour open ONLY to Girl Scouts renewed for the 2020-21 membership year! Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Denver Museum of Nature and Science for this special opportunity Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 4 p.m. DMNS is the premier natural history and science museum in Denver and the western United States. A museum tour guide will show us some of the museum’s collection not currently on display to the public. After the 30-minute tour, our guide will answer Girl Scouts’ questions.

If you haven’t signed up for another year, now’s the time! All girls renewed by June 30 will receive the invite to the DMNS special tour, an Explore More patch, and, of course, you’ll keep your Girl Scout adventures going for another year. And, you can now use Cookie Credits to renew girl membership! If you have Cookie Credits available from any previous Product Program incentive, you can put them to good use and pay your annual membership of $25.

Additional troop incentive

Troops that renew two Troop Leadership Team members, at least three girls, and complete the Annual Troop Report by June 30 also get a $25 credit to the Girl Scout shop, available for use in August.

Also, any troop that renews this week (between June 24 and June 30) will be entered into a contest for a chance to win a Zoom meeting a Tomahawk Ranch goat. Goats don’t always have the best Zoom etiquette but they can provide plenty of fun!

Girl Scouts at Home

We know it’s been a strange spring and early summer, and we’ve all had to make changes in our daily lives. We’ve been so impressed with the resiliency of Girl Scout volunteers and girls as you’ve once again proven that given a batch of lemons, Girl Scouts will make lemonade! To support you as you continue your Girl Scout Leadership Experience, we’ve launched a plethora of live and recorded online programming. There’s truly something for everyone – check out the Meet an Expert series, online storytime in English and Spanish, upcoming Summer Badge Series and Clubs, Campfire Chats for adults, additional training for volunteers(link), and resources at Girl Scouts at Home. More is coming – including a Diversity. Inclusion. Together patch program, and two panel discussions on race with our partners’ experts answering girls’ questions. Even as small groups begin to meet in person in July, we will continue to provide top-notch online programming and we’re exploring ways to deliver this programming across the digital divide because Girl Scouts is for ALL girls.

Show your support for Girl Scouts. Be the glue that keeps your troop together.

RENEW TODAY 

Platica en español Virtual de Girl Scouts

Únase en este día para platicar acerca de todo lo que tiene que ver con Girl Scouts. Hablaremos de temas como: dar oportunidades a nuestras hijas de STEM, arte, prepararlas para el colegio, y ¡mucho más!

También hablaremos de los retos que enfrentamos al ser sus guías en este mundo, como animarlas, como animarnos a nosotras mismas, y como podemos usar los recursos de Girl Scouts para salir adelante.

Invite a sus amigas, primas, tías, hijas, y a la familia a participar. No necesitan que ser miembros de girl scouts para unirse as esta platica. Simplemente queremos ver a nuestra comunidad unida en este tiempo de la pandemia del coronavirus.

Registrase y un día antes de la platica les mandare el enlace de Zoom para que puedan participar.

Si tiene preguntas o quieren platicar un poco más antes de esta fecha por favor llame a Korina Padilla al 303-607-4813 o mande un correo electrónico a: Korina.Padilla@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.

Storytime/Tiempo de Cuentos

Ready for some wonderful and diverse storytimes that you can enjoy this summer?

Starting June 18, 2020, Girl Scouts of Colorado will be having weekly storytimes offered in English, Spanish, and bilingual formats. We are so excited to bring you inspiring and creative stories filled with wonderful characters whom you will cherish. This storytime is open to current Girl Scouts and non-members. Spread the word and join in the fun!

Register online!

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html?q=Storytime+SEries

¿Lista para un tiempo de cuentos maravillosos y diversas que puede disfrutar este verano? Empezando el 18 de junio se ofrecerá un tiempo de cuentos cada semana en formatos de inglés, español, y bilingües. Estamos muy emocionados en traerle historias que inspiran y son creativas llenos de personajes maravillosos que atesoraran. Este tiempo de cuentos está disponible a Girl Scouts y también a niñas que todavía no son miembros. ¡Difunda la palabra y únete a la diversión!

¡Regístrate en línea!

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html?q=Storytime+SEries

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.

Get ready to meet in-person again July 1

We know it’s been a strange and difficult spring as we’ve all had to shelter in place. But we have watched you demonstrate amazing leadership skills and innovation by continuing the provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for your Girl Scouts! We are grateful to have such great volunteers.

Beginning July 1, 2020, Girl Scouts of Colorado is allowing small groups to begin meeting in-person as long as social distancing and safety requirements are met. Please read through the guidelines and chat with your troop families to see how this could work for your troop. It’s important to consider the concerns of all families so that no one feels excluded.

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.

Our Continued Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Girl Scout Movement has been about social justice, equity, and inclusivity from its very beginning. It’s written into the guiding principles of our Promise and Law. From the first call to offer something to all the girls, at a time when women didn’t even have the right to vote, to the first racially integrated troops long before schools and businesses were mandated to integrate, Girl Scouts has been at the forefront.

Girl Scouts look around their communities, see what needs fixing, and create sustainable solutions.

Right now, communities are hurting, especially Black communities, and we – as an organization that has always strived for racial equity  – stand with our Black Girl Scouts and all families of color as we push toward a future where no one has to face the fear and trauma seen by this and previous generations.

As our Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo said: “The problem of racism can feel enormous, but our individual responses don’t have to be.”

Our answer is greater civic engagement —  an area we know well.

Girl Scout programming has long had a focus on civic engagement. There are civic badges for all program levels, in addition the Junior level Agent of Change Journey and the Ambassador level Justice Journey both focus on sparking change. Additionally, identifying a societal problem and creating a sustainable solution is at the core of our Highest Awards program.

But these are not enough. The conversations of the past few weeks have motivated us to do more. We are:

  • Launching a new patch program this month to start the conversation of race and racism by learning to appreciate diversity and to honor and celebrate our differences in our local communities and around the world.
  • Reaching out to partner organizations with experts to guide conversations relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion for adults and children.
  • Creating safe spaces for Girl Scouts to have conversations on topics relating to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Developing resources and using our platforms to share resources for families and troops to engage and reflect on matters relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Continuing to create programming to educate and engage our girls and community in civic action and conversations around systemic racism.

Making the world a better place is our mission and we will continue to give girls the tools they need to do it. Watch the GSCO Blog for more details and how you can join us soon.

GSCO Event Cancellation Update

Girl Scouts of Colorado is extending the suspension of all in-person gatherings through June 30, 2020. We ask that you cancel or reschedule any meetings or activities planned for in-person and move to virtual when possible. This also includes all trips and travel for troops. We realize guidelines vary in counties around the state, but because we serve the entire state, our decisions are made for the council as a whole.

We will continue to monitor state health and governor guidelines, re-evaluate our status every two weeks, and are working toward a set of guidelines to allow troops to meet in person later in the summer.

Graduating Seniors Funds Extension Guidelines

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of many programs and activities that 12th grade Girl Scouts had planned for spring/summer 2020: extended travel, bridging-to-adult ceremonies, camping, Gold Award projects, and other Girl Scout activities. In response to this current situation, GSCO will allow a one-time extension for 12th graders to use Girl Scout money-earned funds to reschedule these cancelled activities into the next membership year.

  • To meet the needs of troops/groups or girls who had plans for spring/summer 2020 that were interrupted due to COVID-19, the deadline to use the funds will be extended to August 31, 2021.
  • All participants must maintain a current membership.
  • All activities and use of funds must be directly tied to the mission of Girl Scouts and be permitted by GSCO.
  • After September 30, 2020, these young alums may not participate in the Fall Product or the Cookie Program, and they may not do any additional money-earning to finance activities planned for the 2020-2021 membership year.

Gold Award Project Funds

The single exception to this guideline is money-earning for Gold Award projects: funds intended to be used toward Gold Award projects must be raised and used by December 31, 2020.

  • Girl Scouts is offering a three-month deadline extension from September 30 to December 31, 2020 for Girl Scouts who are graduating from 12th grade and who seek to earn the Gold Award this year. These Girl Scouts will bridge to adults officially on October 1, 2020 and, without this extension, would be no longer eligible to earn the Gold Award.
  • Funds intended to be used toward Gold Award projects must be raised and used by December 31, 2020. Girl Scouts should follow local GSCO guidelines and procedures for highest awards.

Download the full details from our website.

Going for Gold?

GSUSA has extended the timeline for graduating seniors to finish their Gold Award projects. Girls who graduated in spring 2020 now have through December 31, 2020 to complete their project.

The first Gold Award requirement is to attend an official Gold Award training. If you still need to take training, check out the GSCO Events page for upcoming in-person and webinar training dates.

Have you already taken official Gold Award training but have not yet submitted an initial proposal? Would you like to talk over your project idea with someone before you submit or ask questions about the proposal?  Reach out to Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org for help getting started on your project.

Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes new CEO

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors is excited to announce the selection of Leanna Clark as our new CEO. This appointment comes after a nationwide search and an extensive interview process. Leanna will begin leading the organization on May 26, 2020.

Leanna comes to Girl Scouts of Colorado with decades of experience in leadership positions and a robust background in marketing and communications, including 12 years as an owner of one of Denver’s largest marketing and public relations firms.  She’s held leadership roles in Denver’s corporate, foundation, and nonprofit communities, most recently as Vice Chancellor of University Communications for University of Colorado Denver.

“Leanna brings a wealth of experience to Girl Scouts of Colorado,” Girl Scouts of Colorado Chair of the Board Rae Ann Dougherty said. “She’s energetic, fresh, and dynamic. I’m certain she will continue the legacy of leadership and guide us to a bright future.”

Making a difference in her community, being an advocate for girls and women, and championing female ambition have long been traits Leanna values. She was named a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Colorado in 2009, co-chaired the signature event in 2014, and remained well-connected to the network of amazing women.

“I’ve had close ties to this organization and its mission for many years,” Leanna said. “Now, I’m excited to bring my skills and leadership to the table and be a bigger part of building the future generation of female leaders.”

Leanna currently serves on the board of directors for the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Forum of Colorado, Denver Public Schools Foundation, RISE Society for Women & Girls, and the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

She has been recognized as One of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado by the Colorado Women’s Chamber and has been honored twice by the Denver Business Journal as a “PowerBook” award recipient and one of the “Forty Under 40” top young business leaders. She’s received national recognition from the Universal Press Syndicate as part of its “Workwise” Awards, honoring innovation and creativity among workplace leaders. In addition, she was named a ‘Woman of Achievement’ by the Association for Women in Communications.

Leanna takes over from Stephanie Foote who is retiring at the end of May after 12 years with Girl Scouts of Colorado. Under Stephanie’s leadership, Girl Scouts of Colorado has reversed the trend of declining membership, made savvy financial decisions putting the organization on solid fiscal ground, increased programs to serve the most vulnerable populations, and elevated the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for all girls but especially those earning Highest Awards.

Leanna is excited to take the reins from Stephanie, a fellow Girl Scouts’ Woman of Distinction.

“The positive momentum for Girl Scouts of Colorado – even through this world pandemic – gives me the chance to build on a solid foundation and explore new ways to serve more girls and give them the tools to lead, break barriers, and create positive change in their communities,” she said.

Watch our website, blog, and social media for upcoming opportunities for girls, volunteers, and community members to meet Leanna virtually until we’re able to gather again for a traditional Girl Scout friendship squeeze.

Watch Now: 2020 VIRTUAL Highest Awards Celebration

Thank you to everyone who joined Girl Scouts of Colorado on Saturday, May 16, 2020 for our first-ever VIRTUAL Highest Awards Celebration! We honored more than 1,200 Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts across Colorado. Missed the live event? That’s OK! You can watch the video on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. A transcript of the celebration is below.

There’s still time to go to our KudoBoard to share congratulations for your troop and help our Highest Awards Girl Scouts feel even more proud of their huge accomplishments. Also, be sure to share photos and videos of your Highest Award Girl Scout with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

2020 Virtual Celebration Script Transcript