Tag Archives: COVID-19

Honoring Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Danielle Wilson

Northern & Northeastern CO

Greeley

With COVID-19 taking place, Tearyn wasn’t able to deliver Girl Scout Cookies to her Hometown Hero until now. She was so excited to call and set up a time to deliver the 30 packages she managed to get! The local military recruiting center was happy to receive the cookies.

I’m a go getter because I set high goals and I never gave up!

I’m an innovator because I changed up my greeting to potential customers and changed my booth set up, even adding lights for my night booths!

I’m a risk-taker because I didn’t know how many sales I would make, if any, at any of my booths, but I always put myself out there to do my best!

I’m a leader because after I hit my personal goal 2,020 boxes, I gave the extra sale credits to my troop, so every girl could reach their goals!

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.

In-Person Gatherings Guidelines: Update as of July 2020

Girl Scouts of Colorado is allowing in-person gatherings of troops and groups as long as they follow social distancing and safety guidelines. At this time, state guidelines allow groups of 10 to gather and maintain 6-feet of social distance between non-family members. COVID-19 has made different impacts in different locations. You may follow the current guidelines posted in your county, however gatherings should be limited to the size of one troop (no service unit in-person gatherings at this point). Please review this document with GSCO recommendations and links to county restrictions before planning your in-person activities. All minor and adult participants will need to have a COVID waiver on file with Girl Scouts of Colorado. We will continue to monitor local, state, and national guidelines, and re-evaluate our status every two weeks.

All GSCO property reservations are canceled through July 31. Refunds are being processed.

Note: These guidelines are in effect for all in-person Girl Scout gatherings, including those where girls might not be present. For more information about how Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to keep our community safe, visit our website.

Girl Scouts Continues

Submitted by Erin B.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

At the beginning of this pandemic, I delivered cookies to our Hometown Heroes- the people that work at our local Waste Management Recycling Center. They were stunned to find out that our troop chose them as our heroes. They truly are heroes, still working during the pandemic to collect recycling and doing what they can to help make our community and earth a better place for everyone. By recycling, they already do what Girl Scouts are taught to do.  After we delivered the cookies, they called my mom and I for an interview for their internal WM podcast for their employees nationwide. It was amazing to see how appreciative they were for being recognized as unsung heroes.

I’ve completed several badges and patches to keep me busy. I look forward to being together again with my troop. Some of us are attending the outdoor theatre hike put on by Theatre Across Borders. They have actors along a trail at the Fountain Nature Creek. Groups of ten or less leave at timed intervals to walk the trail. They encounter the actors and watch the scene at each play stop along the route. We are able to get outdoors, can socially distance, and still be together to do a fun hike with an outdoor play experience. I’m trying to keep active and remember that I’m not the only one stuck at home.

The pandemic is bad enough, but then to have the tragic death of George Floyd. I wanted to organize a peaceful protest with my troop and show support for justice in the George Floyd incident, and also show support for our local police officers. I organized a protest outside a local police station on Goddard Street. We showed our support for our police officers and showed our support for Justice for George Floyd. I wanted to show that even as a young tween, I too have strong ideas of how to make a difference and show support- without having to resort to violence.

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.

Virtual Summer Activities

Submitted by Bree Dulaney

Metro Denver

Centennial

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Juniors from Troop 61608 opted for continuity during this odd time and kept their semi-monthly meetings going, but virtually.

During the summer, we normally do a lot of outdoor activities, but since we were practicing social distancing, the girls voted on their favorite activities we could do while meeting online. Canvas & cupcakes, rock painting, chalk, and string art have been accomplished. Stargazing, glow sticks dance party, COVID-19 time capsule, and obstacle course are yet to come!

The girls have done great with adapting to “the new norm!”

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.

Game Ready

 

Submitted by Kimberly Foster

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Robyn is a Cadette in Troop 43530 and plays travel softball. She made 12 masks with the help of her grandmother, so that her team could play and be in compliance with the new COVID-19 guidelines.

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the United States, for a 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. Learn more.

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.

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 Scouting at Home: Make a COVID-19 Time Capsule

Your Weekend Challenge from GSCO Camp Staff is to make a COVID-19 Time Capsule! If you need some help getting started, use this printable:

COVID-19_Time_Capsule

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.

Community made masks

Submitted by Sasha Benner

Metro Denver

Lakewood

I work for Lutheran Hospice in Wheat Ridge. I am in charge of distributing PPE to my clinicians. We get any donated supplies from the hospital. When I was in yesterday, I came across some donated cotton masks– keep in mind we distribute these to our patients and families to keep our clinicians safe during home visits. Among the masks were three with familiar looking fabric! Now, I don’t know if these were made by a Girl Scout or not, but being a leader, I felt proud to see this particular fabric being put to good use! I just wanted to shout out to “Saving Humanity One Mask At A Time!”

Thank you!

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.