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CSA Times: January 2021

Welcome to a new Girl Scout year! Whether this is your first year as a Cadette or you are completing your last year as an Ambassador, we are here to provide information that is fun and relevant to you as an older girl. We know we have said this before, but the theme for this year is definitely #GirlScoutsIsNotCancelled. Check out this newsletter to see what is coming up at GSCO and ways to get involved with your troop, family, and community.

Do you have a friend who would enjoy Girl Scouts? Invite her to join you! With her $25 membership she can participate in so many amazing programs to grow herself and her future.

Upcoming Events

2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program

We’ve got this! We are Girl Scouts. This cookie season presents us with new challenges, but we – girls, families, volunteers, and GSCO staff – are rising to the occasion right now!

GSCO is working with Little Brownie Bakers, GSUSA, and our key volunteers, as we consider girl and adult safety and the uncertainties before us. Know that for the 2021 cookie season, the core aspects of the Girl Scout Cookie Program will be the same, but how some things are done will be a bit different.

New This Year! – GSUSA and Grubhub have partnered to help Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors Girl Scouts meet their cookie program goals! Grubhub booths start Friday, February 12. All troops interested in participating in a Grubhub booth will need to fill out the interest form. Troops who complete the interest form will be selected through a lottery style process.

Interest Form

Check Out Our Clubs

Girl Scouts of Colorado has clubs for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors? These are programs that provide a space for you to connect with others your age around a topic that interests you. You can attend one meeting or make it a regular occurrence, whatever works for your schedule. Check out these clubs!

  • Creative Writing – Receive monthly writing prompts and share your work in this space.
  • Naturalist Club – For those who love nature and want to learn more about sustainability and how to be a steward for the environment.
  • Book Club – Each month we read a different book and discuss it.
  • Tools for Independence (JCSA or SA) – Learn skills that will help you be more independent and prepare you to be on your own.

Galentine’s Day is February 13

Celebrate your friendship with your favorite gal pals at our Galentine’s Day event on February 13 from 1:30- 2:30 p.m.  For this event, if you invite a non-Girl Scout girlfriend to join you, both will receive a free program kit with a patch! Registration space is limited so sign-up ASAP. Registration closes on January 31.

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Crea tu Camino patch

Want to get a global perspective and brush up on your Spanish? Join us in our Crea tu Camino/Make Your Path workshop. These happen once a month you can connect with girls in Spanish speaking countries, while also connecting with Latinx leaders in our community. After you have participated at least two times, you can earn this awesome patch!  Register today for a workshop that fits your schedule!

Register

How will you celebrate World Thinking Day?

World Thinking Day is February 22. You can celebrate this important day with at-home activities using guides from WAGGGS and GSUSA, or join our virtual program Meet an Expert: Girl Guide from Bangladesh. Make sure to also check out the GSCO blog and events calendar for live World Thinking Day programs.

Need to complete a Journey?

Check out our Badge Series in May to earn your Citizen Scientist Journey on your own. Registration will be available in the end of January.

Can’t wait until May? We also have the It’s Your World – Change It! Journeys available through our Google classroom.  Email Emily.speck@gscolorado.org to receive the classroom codes.

Trainings

Outdoor Program News

Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is returning in spring 2021! The OAC is a staff-led program offering outdoor adventures around the state beyond what you might do with your troop. Check out the spring event calendar and find more information online.

Spring Troop Days at Camp: registration now open!

Register for spring 2021 sessions of Troop Days at Camp! Troops can visit select GSCO properties and participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs.

Questions? Email property.reservations@gscolorado.org

2021 Summer Camp Update

GSCO is excited to be planning summer outdoor programs for 2021! Because safety of girls, staff, and volunteers is always our top priority, we must adapt to our current environment and consider how best to give girls an amazing summer experience and give caregivers and staff peace of mind. We are working closely with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the American Camp Association, Association of Camp Nurses, the CDC, and the Colorado Governor’s office as the COVID-19 regulations and guidance for 2021 camps are still being determined. We do know that session offerings, schedules, capacity, and design of our camp programs will be adapted this upcoming year for enhanced safety measures.

Registration for resident camp will open in 9 a.m. Jan. 28 and we will have very limited spots available. Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org for details on sessions, safety procedures, registration process, FAQs, and more.

Gold Award Information for Seniors and Ambassadors

Now is the time to get started on your Gold Award! The first requirement is to attend an official Gold Award training, which will soon be offered through Google classroom, allowing girls to work through training at their own pace. Make sure to check the Gold Award webpage after February 1 for the link to take training.

Have you already taken official Gold Award training but have haven’t 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 Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org for help getting started on your project!

*All current Gold Award girls have until March 1 to complete their projects and present for final approval to be included in the spring celebrations!

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CSA Times: October 2020

Welcome to a new Girl Scout year! Whether this is your first year as a Cadette or you are completing your last year as an Ambassador, we are here to provide information that is fun and relevant to you as an older girl. We know we have said this before, but the theme for 2020 is definitely #GirlScoutsIsNotCancelled. Check out this newsletter to see what is coming up at GSCO and ways to get involved with your troop, family, and community.

Do you have a friend who would enjoy our programs? Tell her about Girl Scouts! With her $25 membership she can participate in so many amazing programs to grow herself and her future.

Help us to congratulate Colorado’s National Gold Award Girl Scout, Julia Trujillo!

Julia is one of 10 teen activists to be named a 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout. As a senior at Arvada West High School, Julia tackled the lack of accessibility to menstrual products in Colorado public schools and the stigma of periods.

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

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Get Outdoors

We are excited to release the new GSCO Get Outdoors Challenge Patch! This is a checklist challenge full of fun outdoor activities for each season. Challenge yourself to get outdoors and complete the required number of activities at each Girl Scout level to earn the patch; one for the fall/winter season and one for the spring/summer season.

Troop Days at Camp!

There is a new way for troops to visit select GSCO properties and get outside together! Troops can use Cookie Credits to participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs. Review the Troop Days at Camp program options and FAQs. Please share the blog posting with troops in your area to help spread the word!

Upcoming Programs

Cadette Program Aide Training

Due to limitations with meeting in-person, we have taken our Cadette Program Aide training virtual! Register today to complete the training in the month of November. This training will be a blended experience where girls will attend a live introduction meeting on November 2, complete activities on their own, then practice their Program Aide skills in a live meeting on November 19.
There will be three meeting times on each of the live meetings to keep our number of girls per meeting lower. You can pick from the following times

  • November 2: 5-6 p.m.; 6:15-7:15 p.m.; or 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • November 19: 5-6 p.m.; 6:15-7:15 p.m.; or 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline is October 29.

Badge Series

Take your badge and Journey earning virtual! This is a great way to explore a badge that interests you, complete the requirements of a Journey for earning your Highest Awards, or engage with your troop or fellow Girl Scouts on a common theme. Registration is free for Colorado Girl Scouts. Check out what is being offered each month and register through our events page.

GSCO Clubs

Not ready to tackle a full virtual badge experience, but want to connect with other girls from across the state? Let us introduce Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Clubs!

Check one out in November:

Get Moving with Denver Broncos Cheerleaders

November 7, 9:30-10:15 a.m.

Girl Scouts and their families are invited to a special session to get moving with the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders! The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders promote self-esteem, pride, commitment, and discipline among young women in our community. This collaboration with Girl Scouts of Colorado offers a rare and truly special opportunity for young women to learn from the experts in dance, movement, and fitness!

Meet an Expert

While you might not be thinking about your future career quite yet, our Meet an Expert series is a great way to learn from women in a variety of fields on what it is like to have their career as well as what it is like to be a woman in those careers. Think of it as a way to get some insider information that you aren’t exactly going to get in your school counselor’s office.
Here is what is coming up:
Meet an Expert: Authors of When Women Vote
October 28, 5 p.m.

Career Roundtable with Lockheed Martin

November 18, 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of Colorado and Lockheed Martin Women’s Impact Network present a special opportunity for Girl Scouts to learn about goal setting, networking, and branding! Girls will hear from an amazing panel of women and participate in a live Q&A session.

Trail Adventure Recordings

Be prepared to earn your Trail Adventure badge by watching our Trail Adventure Kickoff webinar! Complete all your requirements for the Trail Adventure badge by February 1, 2021 and you are eligible to receive a free Trail Adventure badge AND a Girl Scout bandana! Complete this form AFTER you have earned the badge.

Save the Date!

We have more amazing programs coming your way, they are just not ready for registration quite yet. Subscribe to the GSCO Blog and check the events calendar to register when the events do go live.

  • December 2 – Meet an Expert: Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan
  • December 12 – Virtual Day of Dance with Colorado Ballet
  • December TBD – Financial Literacy with Morgan Stanley for Cadettes
  • January TBD – Healthcare Career Roundtables with HealthONE

Resources

Diverse. Inclusive. Together. Patch

Are you ready to have a conversation about race and racism to learn how to appreciate diversity and honor, and celebrate differences? Our Diverse.Inclusive. Together. patch program is designed to do that and much more. After you have completed the program, you can request your FREE patch by completing this form . Ready to move to the next step in engaging in social justice? Check out our Guide to Engaging Your Family in Social Justice Advocacy.

2021 World Thinking Day and Global Action Award guides are available now!

World Thinking Day is an internationally celebrated day where girls from 150 countries think globally around a common theme. The 2021 theme is “Peacebuilding.” Get together with your Girl Scout sisters to plan what you want to do for this day.
Each year the Global Action Award focuses on one of the Sustainable Development Goals set by leaders form around the world. This year, the award is focuses on SDG 13: Climate Action. Check out the guide to learn the five steps you need to complete to earn the award. What a great way to help not only your community, but the planet!

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.

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!