Wow. What a couple of months this has been! Let’s be honest. Life is very different right now, but one thing that you know will always be there for you is Girl Scouts. Here at Girl Scouts of Colorado we are creating innovative ways for you to stay active with Girl Scouts. From Girl Scouts at Home to exciting new career exploration events, we are here to say Girl Scouts is NOT canceled.
First time receiving CSA Times? Welcome! This quarterly communication was created to keep Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors, families, and troop leaders up to date on all the amazing opportunities across our state. We also invite you and your girl to join our Virtual Older Girl Network. This site will provide you with real-time updates and notifications on events, opportunities, or anything related to an older girl’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Girl Scouts at Home
New Badge Series
We are excited to launch our monthly badge series. Each series begins with a live webinar where you will learn about the badge activities and have breakout sessions with other Girl Scouts about the badge topics. You will then have access to gsRocks, a new Girl Scout program site, that will guide you through badge activities. At the end of the month we will come together online to reflect on what you have learned.
Check out the badges that we will offer each month.
Registration will open on the 15th of the month.
Meet an Expert
“Meet an Expert” webinars continue! These webinars are a great opportunity for you to meet women in different career paths. Most webinars in this series will relate back to a Girl Scout badge and all will include a moderated Q&A. Check our events calendar, blog, and social media for information on how to sign up! Upcoming webinars include a:
- Retail buyer for The North Face
- Meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
- National Park Ranger
New webinars announced each week!
GSCO 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 at Crocs, they celebrate 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. To order patches please contact the Girl Scouts of Colorado shop at email@example.com.
Stand and Be Counted Patch Program
June 14-20, 2020 is Census Summer Week in Colorado! If haven’t earned it yet, now is a great time for you to earn your Stand and Be Counted patch in honor of the 2020 Census. As a Girl Scout, you are invited to earn this patch to discover why we count everyone, what happens afterward, and how you can become involved. Just think, you’ll be participating in the next Census in 2030!
** Please note: Stand and Be Counted patches can now be ordered through the GSCO shop. Email firstname.lastname@example.org now to order your patches. **
Bored at home? Not anymore! We have a new patch program to keep you connected to Girl Scouts while giving you fun activities. This limited patch program must be completed by August 1, 2020.
GSUSA National Virtual Camp
This summer is different, but across the country Girl Scout staff and volunteers are planning ways for girls to participate in camp virtually! Girl Scouts will be able to visit a virtual camp marketplace hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA to register for virtual camps through sister Girl Scout councils nationwide. Keep an eye on the GSCO blog and Facebook page and we will let you know when the marketplace is live!
Note: GSCO camp staff are continuing to develop contingency plans for summer programming, stay tuned for more information later this summer.
Girl Scouts have always stepped up in times of need, and our current COVID-19 crisis is no different. All across our country and our world, Girl Scouts have leapt to the aid of others by engaging in wonderful acts of service and kindness. Now you can get involved too by joining the mask-making and letter-writing efforts.
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.
While we can’t gather in person with our troops or at camp, check out these links to practice your outdoor skills, work on outdoor badges, get outside with your family, and spend time in the great outdoors this summer. Make sure to stay safe by staying up-to-date on the current COVID -19 guidelines on travel, outdoor recreation, social distancing, and more by visiting the Colorado Department of Health website and reading the Leave No trace recommendations on recreating outside in a COVID-19 era.
- Pack some snacks, lace up your shoes, and head outside to unlock the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors patch! You’ll enjoy nature, channel your creativity, and learn fun new things.
- Need to get outdoors, but live in an urban area? Go Urban Hiking!
- Visit the Leave No Trace website for outdoor activity recommendations to do as a family, online learning resources, and lots of other resources.
- Check out Children & Nature Network for tips, tools, blogs and webinars in outdoor resources.
- Sign up for the Outside Every Day Challenge to receive emails with ideas, tips and resources for getting your family outside every day.
- Now is a great time to get your outdoor gear in shape for your next adventure! Check out 50 ways to get your gear in shape.
- Check out the National Park Trust website for at-home activities and distance learning opportunities to help bring the outdoors and parks to you.
- Visit a Colorado State Park. Select campground are now open for reservation. Learn more on their website.
Important Gold Award Deadlines and Information
Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors: Now is the time to get started on your Gold Award project! This is a great time to be working on your project research and development.
Attention Graduating Seniors! 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 email@example.com for help getting started on your project.
Older Girl Advisory Board
Hey Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors! Are you looking to grow your leadership skills while helping younger Girl Scouts? Yes?! Then the Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) is the perfect match for you. OGAB meets monthly online to discuss current and future Girl Scout programming. Twice a year we gather together for a retreat to connect and do some serious brainstorming sessions. If you are ready to have your voice heard, submit your application between July 20 – August 7.
Trailblazer and Mariner Troop Interest Form
Are you interested in forming Trailblazer or Mariner troops? Let us know! These are historic outdoor troops designed for Girl Scouts in 8th-12th grades who are looking for an opportunity to engage deeply in high-adventure outdoor activities. Trailblazer troops will develop skills in diverse hiking styles, camping, orienteering methods, outdoor preparedness, and high-adventure sports. Mariner troops will focus on skills such as swimming, safety and rescue, boating, weather, and navigation.
Sign up on the interest list to learn more when the program is launched.
Are you taking your troop meetings virtual? Make sure you check out these tips and new safety activity checkpoints.
All Destinations for summer 2020 have been postponed or cancelled. You should have heard from trip organizers with details on refunds and/or securing spots for next year. As of now, winter 2020-2021 Destinations are still happening. Reach out to your trip organizer If you have questions about your Destinations trip.
Troops who have trips scheduled beyond June 15, should begin building contingency plans. At this time for trips beyond June 15, you should follow the guidance of the CDC and Department of State and look into any travel restrictions both locally and where you are planning to travel.
Outdoor Adventure Club
We continue to evaluate the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and how it may impact our ability to get together for large in person events. We miss our adventurous older Girl Scouts and seeing everyone at OAC events! While we do not yet know what fall programs will look like, make sure you are signed up for our Outdoor Adventure Club interest list and you will receive email updates as soon as we are able to share more about fall events and registration.