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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.

CSA Times: September 2019

Are you ready for your best Girl Scout year yet?! In this edition of CSA Times, we will cover what is coming up for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors across the state. Join us for girl trainings, events, and amazing activities.

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.

Upcoming events just for older girls

Cadette Journey Weekend

September 14-15, Sky High Ranch

Are you ready to turn Sky High Ranch into a science lab? Join fellow Girl Scout Cadettes and complete activities from the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey. Grow your skills as a citizen scientist and learn how to better understand our environment through completing a citizen scientist project.

Senior and Ambassador Journey Weekend

October 5-6, Sky High Ranch

Are you ready to turn Sky High Ranch into a science lab? Join fellow Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors and complete activities from the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey. Grow your skills as a citizen scientist and learn how to better understand our environment through completing a citizen scientist project.

Girl Scout Cyber Challenge

October 19, Littleton

Register now! Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 are invited to detect, decode, and defend! This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage more than 200 girls in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics. A futuristic scenario—a moon colony has been hacked! — will be presented and girls will be prompted to respond. They’ll team up to identify the hackers, trace the origin of the cyber-attack, and secure the colony’s safety.

Secrets to Success

November 9, Colorado Springs

January 25, Grand Junction

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th is invited to Secrets to Success, so invite a friend to join you even if she is not already a Girl Scout.
Register now for our Colorado Springs event!

Go for your Gold Award

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors! If you are thinking about going for your Gold Award, don’t miss our upcoming Gold Award training opportunities. To look up and register for trainings in your area or online, visit theGSCO events page.

If you are working toward your Gold Award, remember you have until September 30 of the year you graduate high school to be approved. Graduates of the 2019 class have until September 30, 2019 to finalize and be approved for their projects.

Hey caregivers! Do you know any women in your life who are Gold Award Girl Scouts? GSCO is looking for Girl Scouts for our Gold Award Alum Network! For more information please contact Kaitie LoDolce athighestawards@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor Program

Attend an Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) event and meet girls from around the state as you experience the great outdoors and have amazing outdoor adventures! OAC Explorers is for girls in 6th grade and the OAC Trailblazers is for girls in grades 7-12.

Keep your eyes out for these registrations opening in September:

  • OAC Trailblazers Magic Sky Rock Climbing or Trail Running, October 18 – 20
  • OAC Explorers Sky High Wolf Sanctuary & Outdoor Skills, November 8 – 10

There are still opportunities to go to camp! Sky High Ranch is hosting a Harvest Moon Troop Camp September 27-29. Get set to live like a pioneer with your troop as you visit the farm to make butter, create your own corn husk doll, or practice your skills at archery. Then celebrate with us at our Harvest Dance complete with apple cider and more!

Jump into your next great adventure

Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for girls 11-years-old and older. Join us on September 21 from 10- 11 a.m. or September 26 from 6:30– 7:30 p.m. for an online information session.   Ready to apply? Round 1 applications are now open.

Upcoming Events

Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to join us at Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park! Tickets are $29 per person. Tickets are for adult and youth Funday Tickets, which includes a Gondola ride to America’s only mountain-top theme park! Also included are both walking cave tours and unlimited rides on the summer attractions.

Careers in Construction with G.E. Johnson

September 28, Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors are invited to join GE Johnson Construction Company for a “Build Like a Girl – Careers in Construction” event on Saturday, September 28! Girls will learn about construction careers, work as a team to build a community library book stand that can be placed in your community, and participate in a behind the scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum. Cadettes will work on requirements for the Woodworker Badge and Seniors will work on requirements for the Social Innovation Badge.

Cadette Woodworker Badge at JXN Station

November 9, Grand Junction

Professional Women in Building (PWB) of Western Colorado invites Girl Scout Cadettes to Junction Station to earn their Woodworker Badge! Girls will learn basic woodworking skills i.e. how to use a hammer, saw, level, screwdriver, and create a candy dispenser utilizing these skills.

 

CSA Times: April 2019

We hope you are having an amazing Girl Scout year! With the school year coming to an end, many girls and troops are thinking about what’s next. This edition of CSA Times highlights what’s next for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors, including exciting announcements to keep the fun, adventure going.

First time receiving CSA Times? Welcome! This communication was created to keep Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors  families, and troop leaders up-to-date on all the amazing opportunities across our state. We 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 experience.

Congratulations to the 2018-19 Gold Award Girl Scouts!

42 Girl Scouts from across Colorado earned their Gold Award during the past year! These girls worked hard, followed their passions and made the world a better place.

If you’re interested in achieving the highest honor in Girl Scouts and starting your Gold Award process, here is a checklist to get you started:

  • If you have earned your Bronze and/or Silver Award, you must first complete ONE Senior or Ambassador level Journey to start your Gold Award.
  • If you have not earned your Bronze or Silver Award, fear not! You can still go for your Gold Award, but you must first complete TWO Senior or Ambassador level Journeys.
  • Now it’s time for Gold Award Training! After you have finished the Journey pre-requisites, you’ll want to check out the GSCO Events Calendar to sign up for an upcoming Gold Award training to learn all about the Gold Award process.

If you have any questions, or would like to brainstorm your project idea reach out to Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Congratulations to the 2018-19 Silver and Bronze Award Girl Scouts!

If you are a Cadette interested in earning a Silver Award, remember that you can earn your Highest Awards as a troop or as an individual. Start by talking to your troop leader to brainstorm ideas and start the process!
To learn more about the Bronze and Silver Awards, you can visit the Highest Awards page of our website.

Outdoor Program

Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) 2019-20 information released in Spring 2019. Keep an eye on the OAC Website.

GSCO Summer Camps still have space available for older girl sessions, check out the summer camp session listings to find one that fits your interests!

Have your Program Aide (PA) award and want to use it this summer? Some day camps have spaces available for Program Aides. More information on how to get involved can be found on our Camp Leadership page.

Volunteer Opportunities

We’re looking for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and approved adult volunteers to run activity stations at our Daisy Flower Garden Journey at the Denver Botanic Gardens on April 27 and 28. Many spots are open for the Sunday morning shift. This is a great opportunity to earn those PA internship hours! Sign up today to help.

Older Girl Experience

All Cadette badges are now on the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK). If you haven’t used this resource before, log into VTK by using your myGS credentials and explore! Make sure you check out the resources tab to see what information is available for you.

In July 2019 Girl Scouts of the USA will be releasing more badges! We can’t tell you yet exactly what they are, but we can let you know that they are going to engage girls in new ways.

Think just because school is out, Girl Scouts should be out too? No way! Stay engaged with your troop this summer with our brand new Not a Bummer Summer patch program. Have questions about the requirements? Email  GirlExperience@gscolorado.org

Ask OGAB

Have some burning questions to ask other Girl Scouts? The Older Girl Advisory Board is now accepting questions about Girl Scouts and life as an older Girl Scout. Send your questions to emily.speck@gscolorado.org and OGAB will respond to your post on the GSCO Blog.

Does your girl want to receive this newsletter in her inbox? Girls 13 and older can fill out this form to have it automatically be sent to them!

Older Girl events

April 13

STREAM Girls, Longmont

April 27

Becoming a Girl: Preventative Health Workshops, Aurora

May 4

Annual Statewide Bridging at Royal Gorge Bridge, Canon City

May 11

STREAM Girls, Littleton

June 17 – 19

OAC Explorers (6th grade) Campout & Rafting, Arrowhead Camping Resort

 

 

CSA Times: August 2018

Do you dream of traveling far and wide?

Girl Scout Destinations, open to Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, whisk you to exotic places where you’ll meet girls from all over the world. Now is the time to start thinking about where you’d like to go! Maybe you are interested in hiking Machu Picchu and experiencing Incan culture in Peru  or maybe South Africa  is more your speed, where you can spend time in Cape Town and on wilderness safari!

Get more information, download the application and check out the 2019and 2020 trip listings here! Round 1 applications are due December 1.

New Gold Award rubrics

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to publish new Gold Award rubrics for girls around the state to use to make their Gold Award journey successful and rewarding. The document includes a rubric for initial proposal approval and final approval, so girls can understand exactly what is expected of them throughout their Gold Award journey.

Older Girl Leadership Summits

Keep an eye out for both Gold Award Training and Take Action & Highest Awards Training at the Leadership Summit events coming up across the state this fall. Any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award is required to attend training first, parents and leaders are welcome to attend as well. Highest Awards & Take Action is a general overview of Bronze, Silver, and a bit of Gold.
Girls will also have the opportunity to attend leadership enrichment workshops in:

  • Taking ownership of your Girl Scout experience– Whether you are ready to take a stronger leadership role in your troop or planning your experience as a Juliette, this course will take you through the steps to plan, budget and discover money-earning activities to make it all happen.
  • Let’s go on an adventure!– What better way to expand your horizons than through experiencing travel. Learn how to prepare yourself for the adventure, what opportunities are available, create a budget for you/your troop, and create a pitch to help gain interest and earn money.
  • Using your leadership skills for change – You have been developing leadership skills throughout your Girl Scouts experiences, now is the time to apply them to make the world a better place. Discover how to utilize the skills you have and connect with something you are passionate about to make a plan to create change.
  • “Selling” your Girl Scout experience – Participating in Girl Scouts is a unique leadership opportunity that can set you apart from the crowd. Identify those skills that put you at the top, learn how to apply them to your resume or scholarship essays and practice a formal introduction that identifies you as a girl of courage, confidence and character.

Check out our events page for information on registering for a Leadership Summit in your area!

Job shadowing opportunity

A local tech company Gusto has developed an exciting job shadowing opportunity for Seniors and Ambassadors. A lucky 10 girls will participate in a three-part shadowing experience where they will learn what it takes to build and manage a software launch by exploring engineering, product, and design. If this is something that your girl would be interested in, please email Emily Speck.
Application and more information

Show off your STEM skills

We are looking for girls and adults to record short how-to videos for some of the STEM activities. More information and how to participate can be found on the blog.

Upcoming deadlines

September 18: OGAB Applications
The Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) is seeking new members from all regions. OGAB is a group of 14 girls, grades 9-12, from across Colorado who participate in feedback around Older Girl programming statewide. We are looking for girls who are wanting to grow their leadership experience and turn their experience in action. Ready to apply?  Start your application today! Applications and 2 reference letters are due by September 18, 2018.
Questions? Contact Emily Speck​

September 30: Highest Award Notification
All girls who have bridged to Cadettes or Seniors have until September 30 to notify GSCO they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award, respectively. Fill out the online Bronze or Silver Award notification form  to let us know that your girls have earned a highest award.

What is your secret to success?

Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and more, of top women leaders in a fun and engaging format. Girls in grades 6-12 will connect with Pikes Peak-area professionals in a variety of industries including technology, construction, healthcare, public service, and entrepreneurship.  Conversation stations will introduce girls to more than 20 women, and breakout sessions will dive deeper into career options. Online registration and more detailed information coming soon! Contact debbie.swanson@gscolorado.org with questions.

SECRETS TO SUCCESS Connecting girls to professional women.
powered by Girl Scouts of Colorado
sponsored by AT&T
hosted by University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
October 20, 2018
8:30 am-12:30 pm
Centennial Hall, UCCS

Travel webinars

Are you interested in learning more about older girl travel opportunities? Join us on a fall travel webinar! Watch our events page and blog for more information on how to join these trainings.

  • General Travel Webinar: Tuesday, October 2, 6 – 7 p.m. Learn about the variety of travel opportunities available for troops and individual girls. Topics include: troop travel resources, GSUSA travel opportunities, money earning for travel and travel tips.
  • Destinations Webinar: Thursday, October 4, 6 – 7 p.m. Learn about the Destination options for 2019 and 2020, review the Destination application process and talk about what to expect on a Destination trip.

Ask OGAB

Have some burning questions to ask other Girl Scouts? The Older Girl Advisory Board is now accepting questions about Girl Scouts and life as an older Girl Scout. Send your questions to emily.speck@gscolorado.org and OGAB will respond to your post on the GSCO blog.

Does your girl want to receive this newsletter in her inbox? Girls 13 and older can fill out this form to have it automatically be sent to them!

Upcoming events

Girl Scout Day at the Colorado Rockies
August 26, Denver

Xcel Energy Day of Service
September 8, Lakewood

Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA – Path to the Stars Book Signing
September 11, Littleton
Sylvia Acevedo will discuss and sign Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist (Clarion Books), her inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Check out our events calendarfor more information.

Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Boating & Archery 
September 15
September 16

Older Girl Outdoor Journey Weekend
September 21-23, Sky High Ranch
Cadette spots are SOLD OUT, still openings for Senior and Ambassadors!

Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Mountain Biking & Canoe
September 22 
September 23

Careers in Construction Day
September 29, Colorado Springs

Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Magic Sky Overnight with Fishing & Climbing 
October 13-14

Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Hamp Hut Overnight & Rock Climbing 
October 26-27
October 27-28
November 3-4

Save the Date: 

Older Girl Leadership Summits
August 25, Colorado Springs
September 8, Loveland
September 29, Denver & Durango
October 13, La Junta
October 20, Grand Junction
Check the events page for more information!

Secrets to Success
October 20, Colorado Springs
January 26, Grand Junction
More details coming soon!

Engineering Day at Colorado School of Mines
November 10, Golden
More details coming soon!