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CSA Times: May 2020

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:

New webinars announced each week!

Watch previous sessions on our YouTube channel.

NEW Crocs Come As You Are™ Patch Program

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 retail@gscolorado.org.

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 retail@gscolorado.org now to order your patches. **

Girl Scouting at Home Patch

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.

GSUSA’s National Service Projects

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.

Download the full details from our website.

Get Outdoors

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.

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 highestawards@gscolorado.org for help getting started on your project.

Leadership Opportunities 

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.

Staying Safe

Virtual Meetings

Are you taking your troop meetings virtual? Make sure you check out these tips and new safety activity checkpoints.

Destinations

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.

Travel

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.

CSA Times: February 2020

With a new year brings new opportunities to continue to build yourselves as girls of courage, confidence, and character. Whether you have set some ambitious goals for yourself or you are continuing to celebrate your amazing self, Girl Scouts is here to support you every step of the way! In this quarterly communication, we have lots of great ways to engage in events, outdoors experiences, and trainings to get ready for your Gold Award.
Questions? Contact inquiry@gscolorado.org

First time receiving CSA Times? Welcome! This 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. As a quarterly email communication, we adjust the content to meet the needs and interests of girls, while also keeping adults engaged and up-to-date with Girl Scouts of Colorado. 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 Scout Week

Girl Scout Week is next month, March 8-14! To help you start planning what to do, we have created a calendar with some suggestions to complete activities that bring out your G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader).
Don’t forget to share your stories through social media by tagging @gscolo or sharing your story through the GSCO Blog.

Girl Scout Destinations

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime?! Check out Destinations opportunities at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Round 2 applications close on February 15, but many opportunities are still available after this round. Continue to check the Destinations website for updates on trip availability.  Already accepted to a Destinations trip? Apply for a D Pass Grant by March 6

Important Gold Award Information

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, now is the time to get started on your Gold Award project! Remember, you have only until May 1 of the year you graduate high school to submit your initial proposal.

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 options.

Have you already taken official Gold Award training, but have not yet submitted an initial proposal? Don’t forget that you must submit an initial proposal within ONE YEAR of taking Gold Award training. If you are having trouble with your project idea or the proposal itself, or you have taken training more than one year ago, please reach out to Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org for help getting started on your project.

Apply to be a GSCO Delegate

Girl Scouts of Colorado is requesting applications for delegates to attend the 2020 National Council Session. Apply online.

Requirements:

Delegates to the National Council Session must be registered Girl Scout members, at least 14 years of age, and be willing to serve a three-year term (2020-2023).

Delegates and Alternates must commit to participating in preparatory conference calls and webinars and attending all meetings of the National Council Session in Orlando, Florida, October 21-25, 2020.

Upcoming events for Older Girls

Save the Date: Mean Girls

April 10, Denver

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors save the date for a night out at Mean Girls! Limited discounted tickets available for Girl Scouts at the 7:30 p.m. performance on Friday, April 10. Limited tickets available for $54/person. Troops will be seated together. Tickets will go on sale through the GSCO events calendar late February 2020.

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

April 18, Greeley

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at 2020 Secrets to Success events. Any girl in grades 6 – 12 is invited to Secrets to Success. Girls interested in the event should email carol.griffin@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list.

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

Cadette Journey Weekend

May 29-31, Grand Junction

In this fun-filled weekend event, girls complete activities toward earning the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey. After the event, they only need to complete their Take-Action project to complete the Journey.

Cadette Day at the Capitol

June 19, Denver

Earn your Finding Common Ground badge at the State Capitol in Denver at the Cadette Day at the Capitol. Girls will explore civic debate, learn the art of compromise, and practice skills in mediation. Each of these skills will give them a broader understanding of how decisions are made in a democracy. Girls will receive a fun patch along with their Finding Common Ground badge. Space is limited- register today!

Save the Date: Cadette Journey Weekend

September 18-20, Tomahawk Ranch

In this fun-filled weekend event girls complete activities toward earning a Journey. After the event, they only need to complete their Take-Action project to complete the Journey.

Save the Date: Senior and Ambassador Journey Weekend

October 2-4, Tomahawk Ranch

In this fun-filled weekend event girls complete activities toward earning a Journey. After the event, they only need to complete their Take-Action project to complete the Journey.

Upcoming Outdoor Program Events

Trail Adventure Meet-Ups

May, Statewide

Say goodbye to winter and HELLO SPRING as you explore the outdoors with your fellow Girl Scout sisters. Girl Scouts of Colorado has organized a spring edition of our Trail Adventure meet-ups in May 2020 to encourage you to get out in nature and complete some of the requirements for the Trail Adventure badge. Girls also have the opportunity to earn the badge sponsored by the North Face.
Attend any of the Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored Trail Adventure meet-ups in May 2020 and complete all of the requirements to earn a Trail Adventure badge by July 1, 2020, and a Girl Scout is eligible to receive the badge.

Reach for the Peak August 7 – 9 at Sky High Ranch

Prove your outdoor skills and join Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops from around the state for a camping challenge! This fun competition includes camp cooking, knot tying skills, lashing, first aid, outdoor survival, nature identification and more. Download the Reach for the Peak packet for more information.

Summer Camp 2020

Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch both have tons of awesome sessions for older girls like a backpacking trip with white water adventure or a week-long road trip around Colorado! Plus, leadership opportunities as a CIT or Program Aide. See all the session details, registration information and more at the camp website.

Outdoor Adventure Club spring and summer events

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a staff-led program offering exciting adventures around the state. Girsl sign up for each event individually, events are either for OAC explorers (6th grade) or OAC trailblazers (7th – 12th grade). Registration opens two months prior to each event, girls can use Cookie Credits and grants are available. For more information on events details and registrationvisit the OAC page or the GSCO event calendar.

  • Meadow Mountain Ranch Winter Adventure (Trailblazers), March 14 or March 15
  • Snow Mountain Ranch Winter Overnight (Explorers), March 21 – 22
  • Environmental Service Projects (both groups), April 19, 25 and 26
  • Magic Sky Ranch Rock Climbing & Trail Adventure (Trailblazers), May 15 – 17
  • Turquoise Lake Primitive Campout (Explorers), June 5 – 7
  • “14-er” Hike (Trailblazers), August 11 – 12

Save the date for Girl Scouts Love State Parks, September 12 and 13!

Girl Scouts love getting outside, especially in Colorado! Share your love of the great outdoors and get to know your local state park with events in state parks across Colorado. Girls can attend as part of a troop or with their family. This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the fall weather, spend time in nature and get inspired for future outdoor adventures. Check out the GSCO event calendar this spring for more details.