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Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scouts of Colorado excited to announce an update to the Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund!  Early in March 2020, GSCO reached out to Girl Scout supporters and military families with a challenge to raise a minimum of $10,000 needed to endow the fund. Thanks to support from many of you and a generous matching gift we have met this goal! Distributions from the endowment will provide Colorado Girl Scouts from military families with scholarships enabling them to experience the learning, joy, and camaraderie acquired through travel and adventure.

We are particularly proud to have achieved this during the Month of the Military Child. Girl Scouts across the nation are showing their support for military-connected girls, families, and volunteers through social media. Join us as we celebrate the Month of the Military Child by checking Girl Scouts of Colorado social media for ways to participate, tell your own story and honor our military families.

In order to continue the momentum that has been started, we are extending the fundraising campaign through April 30. Extending the campaign allows for more engagement and increased funding which ensures meaningful funds available annually for scholarships.

More information or to make a donation.

Help GSCO meet our goal for the Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

We are so close to reaching our goal, but we need your help!

On March 17, 2020 Girl Scouts of Colorado announced Elba Barr, Army Veteran and Lifetime Girl Scout, had issued a matching gift challenge to raise $10,000 needed to create the Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund.  Elba will match up to $2,500 for gifts received between now and April 4.  Thanks to the generosity of Girl Scout supporters we are almost there, needing only $425 more. GSCO hopes to announce the completion of this by April 4, during the Month of the Military Child, but can’t do it without you.

Make a donation today and invite family and friends to join the effort!

We look forward to sharing our progress toward this goal with you soon as well as additional details on the scholarships it will provide to Colorado Girl Scouts.

NEW INFORMATION about The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is excited to announce The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund!

The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund honors its namesake and the things she valued most. Carla grew up in a military family where service to one’s country and friendship to sister Girl Scouts were important values. She traveled extensively and had many meaningful experiences both personally and professionally, but her Girl Scout memories were among her most cherished.

The timing of this announcement coincides with the Month of the Military Child, which was established in 1986 and has been celebrated every April since. GSCO is proud of our commitment to military families and will be joining Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) by supporting local events in honor of the Month of the Military Child throughout April 2020.

We are inviting Girl Scout supporters to participate in a challenge to raise a minimum of $10,000 by April 4, 2020, allowing GSCO to complete the endowment started with a generous donation from Carla’s family.

And to help get this started, all gifts to the Carla Montana Fund received between March 13 – April 4, 2020 will be matched, up to $2,500, by Elba Barr, Army Veteran and Lifetime Girl Scout!

Distributions from the endowment will provide Colorado Girl Scouts from military families with scholarships enabling them to experience the learning, joy, and camaraderie acquired through travel and adventure. Additional details of the scholarship process will be made available once the endowment has been established. More information and online donations

“Secrets to Success” in the Northern & Northeastern CO region

“What is your Secret to Success? Girls have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders our first “Secrets to Success” event in the Northern & Northeastern CO region! It will be Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 9 a.m. – noon at Aims Community College (5401 20th St., Greeley, 80634).

Link to register: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/secrets_to_success_1616242345.html

Girls will connect with professional women in a variety of career fields, giving them a unique opportunity to directly engage with incredible women in our community. This program joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success.

** This program is open to all girls in grades 6-12. You do not need to be a Girl Scout to attend.**

Registration is $5 per girl and includes snacks. Financial assistance is available, including travel stipend if program site is more than 100 miles round trip from your home. Registration closes on April 14 or when event reaches capacity.

This is a drop-off event. In partnership with Aims Community College, we will host a separate, concurrent campus tour and information session for interested adults who wish to remain on campus during girl programming.

Completed permission forms are required at check in. Download here.

For more information, contact aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.


Look Wider for global friendships: Apply NOW for international travel grants

In 2019, four young women attended the WAGGGS-sponsored Juliette Gordon Low World Seminar with support from  Look Wider International Travel Scholarships.  All four secured global connections at this prestigious convening – including cultural adventures and the opportunity to make friends for life.

Older Girl Scouts and adult members (ages 12-30) who dream of traveling independently and meeting Girl Scout sisters around the world should apply! Awards range from $100 – $500 and support approved travel. Applicants must be a member of Girl Scouts of Colorado Girl Scout Council and a resident of Colorado.

Apply here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/scholarship-application.html

Look Wider International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard E. Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships for girls and young women to explore the world and the international sisterhood of Girl Scouts. Learn more about Girl Scout Destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel.

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Women of Distinction Corporate Champion Award: Nominations now being accepted

Do you know of a Denver business or corporate team who is dedicated to helping women and girls succeed through their volunteerism, mentorship, and philanthropic efforts? Nominate them now for the Women of Distinction Corporate Champion Award. Honorees will be announced in May 2020.

The 2020 Corporate Champion will be recognized at the 2020 Women of Distinction Thin Mint Dinner on October 1 in Denver. The annual Thin Mint Dinner recognizes Women of Distinction and Corporate Champions who serve as models of inspiration to Girl Scouts.

A nominated business should:

  • Demonstrate dedication to advancing women in their industry
  • Provide support and encouragement to women and girls in their industry, including a dynamic and inclusive working environment
  • Have a proven track record of community service/volunteerism to support girls’ and women’s issues
  • Raise awareness about the remarkable work of talented women in our community

Nominations are open through March 23 at https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/untitled_form_64. (to nominate a business, select Denver, and Woman of Distinction Corporate Champion)

Questions? Contact Heidi.Books@gscolorado.org or (303) 607-4833.


Girls learn “Secrets to Success” from Western Colorado businesswomen

More than 40 girls in grades 6-12 from Western Colorado gathered on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Colorado Mesa University for “Secrets to Success.” This annual event gives girls the unique opportunity to connect with professional women in a variety of career fields in a speed-dating format, giving them a unique opportunity to learn directly from incredible women. Girls personally engaged with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, law, healthcare, finance, skilled trades, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models that will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joined today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. The event’s keynote speaker, Kristen McGee, Lecturer of Business with Colorado Mesa University spoke to the girls about first impressions and positivity.

While girls attended the event, their parents and caregivers attended a Colorado Mesa University tour, scholarships workshop by Jana Thomas with Wild Peace, and a workshop on helping their student find work after graduation by Barbara Traylor Smith with Retirement Outfitters.

The professional women were excited to share their experiences and most said they wished they had had this when they were young. Caregivers also commented on how informative everything was and they want to come back next year. One parent, whose daughter has attended this event three times now, said her daughter learns something new every year. She loves the fact that the women change each year.

A special thanks to Alpine Bank and Colorado Mesa University, and KREX/Fox5 and KKCO-TV for covering the event and sharing the story with their viewers.

More Trail Adventure meet-ups in May 2020

Update as of March 16, 2020: These events have been cancelled. If we are able to reschedule, we will let you know.

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 a FREE* 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 her badge for FREE*.  Just have a parent/caregiver or troop leader fill out this online notification formThis form will close on July 1, 2020 and badges will be mailed to the address provided. Badges are earned by Girl Scouts and must be completed according to the appropriate program level. Check out the online Badge Explorer for specific badge requirements for each program level.

With a shared purpose of encouraging exploration, Girl Scouts and The North Face understand the importance of providing the next generation of girls, regardless of socioeconomic status, with outdoor adventure experiences. By giving girls the opportunity to experience the outdoors, Girl Scouts and The North Face hope to enhance leadership skills and confidence in young girls, while encouraging them to seek new challenges through outdoor adventure.

You can participate in more than one Trail Adventure meet-up and share this exciting opportunity with your Girl Scout sisters who haven’t attended meet-up or aren’t signed up to attend one. All upcoming Trail Adventures are listed below and open for registration on the GSCO Events Calendar.

Please complete one online form for each Girl Scout or group of Girl Scouts completing the badge on the same day. For example, one form for girls who complete their badge on May 10, 2020 and one form for girls who complete their badge on June 7, 2020.

* This opportunity is made possible by a generous grant from The North Face. Only registered Girl Scouts ages 5-18 may receive a free badge upon participation in a GSCO-sponsored Trail Adventure meet-up in May 2020 and completion all of program level-appropriate badge-earning requirements by July 1, 2020.  Troops may complete badgework together or Girl Scouts may earn individually.

Check the Events Page for registration

Saturday, May 2- Royal Gorge Overlook Loop (after National Bridging Event)

Sunday, May 3- Mica Mines Trail

Sunday, May 3- Mallory Cave

Saturday, May 16- Mount Falcon Park Upper Loop

Saturday,May 16- Red Rocks Canyon, Mesa/Greenlee

Sunday, May 17- Minnequa Lake Trail

Sunday, May 17- Washington Park Loop

Saturday, May 23- Holy Bucket Miramonte Rim Loop Saturday, May 23- Mount Margaret Trail

Saturday, May 23- Browns Creek Waterfall Trail Sunday, May 24- Pulpit Rock Park Loop

Sunday, May 24- Green Mountain West Trail

Daisy’s Circle Supporter Spotlight: Troop 61631

Did you know that Girl Scout troops are Daisy’s Circle members too?

Troop 61631 joined Daisy’s Circle in March 2018 and they made a video about it!   Watch their video!

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

The troop decided to join Daisy’s Circle because they value their Girl Scout experiences and the friendships they have made. They wanted to do something to help other girls that might not have the same resources.

What is the best thing about monthly giving?

It is easy because you don’t have to remember to write checks.

Why do you like being a Daisy’s Circle member?

“We are thankful for our community and the support we get to do Girl Scouts. It feels good to be able to give back and help others have the same experiences.”  – Ava D.

“It makes me feel good (to give to Daisy’s Circle). I feel like I’m doing something good for the sisterhood of Girl Scouts” – Liliene A.

“We are proud to help Daisy’s Circle because it lets us know there is good in the world!”  – Josie O.

If you or your troop are looking for a way to give back this holiday season, consider joining Daisy’s Circle!

Join Daisy’s Circle between now and December 31, 2019 and receive a coupon for a 40% discount and free shipping on your entire purchase in the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop! * Offer good for troops or individuals restrictions apply

Join as a troop

Join as an individual

* New members only who join between 12/1/2019-12/31/2019. Discount applies to transactions completed in-person at Girl Scout Shop in Denver, via phone at 1-855-472-7026, or email Retail@gscolorado.org. Coupon cannot be combined with other offers, used on prior purchases, transferred, copied, or used online or through Girl Scouts of the USA.  Offer limited to in-stock merchandise only based on availability. Expires 3/31/2020.