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Earn GSCO’s NEW Gardening patch

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s NEW Gardening patch program is a customizable program that covers topics surrounding biology, ecology, art, and naturalism, as well as lessons celebrating plant biodiversity and plant pollinators. There is even an extra lesson that teaches Girl Scouts about diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts through growing and celebrating the biodiversity of plants!

Complete at least four lessons to earn your patch or become a gardening whiz by completing all seven. Earn this patch on your own or with your troop. If you’d like to learn about gardening and all the wonderful things it can do for your community and the planet, this is the program for you. This patch is geared towards Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, but older girls are welcome to join in the fun. After completing the requirements for this patch, you can purchase it from the GSCO Retail Shop for $3/patch.

Join us Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 4 p.m. for the virtual kick-off of our Summer Gardening patch program (see details below). At this kick-off, we will introduce and explain the program. After the kick-off meeting, Girl Scouts will be granted access to Google Classroom which houses all the activities.

If you would simply like access to the Gardening patch program, you can head directly to the Google Classroom using this classroom code: 2cj5mlg

If you have never used Google Classroom, follow these steps to join:

  1. Make sure you have a Google account (gmail). You can create a free account if you do not have one.
  2. Sign into classroom.google.com or the Google Classroom app with your Google account.  Click the + to join your class using the classroom code.
  3. Click “Classwork” to see the activities to complete the requirements Gardening patch program.
  4. Register here for the virtual kick-off on June 16.

Whether you’re working to earn GSCO’s new Gardening patch or you just love gardening,  join us for an in-person Gardening patch activity meet-up. You’ll connect with other gardening enthusiasts and create a bee hotel to encourage pollinator activity, earning one part of your Gardening patch.

Denver Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

Colorado Springs Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

Grand Junction Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m., Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

Longmont Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

The patch is included in the price for the activity meet-ups.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Meet an Expert: Prosecutor

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado for our last Meet an Expert happening in Spring 2021! On Tuesday, May 25, we will talk with Jen Friedberg, a prosecutor in the Special Victims Unit at the Fourth Judicial District Office of the District Attorney (El Paso County). Before Jen became a lawyer, she was a photojournalist and multimedia producer for 12 years. She will talk about her education, switching jobs, and how to find a fulfilling career. After a short presentation, Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to ask Jen questions live through the chat box.

Register here by May 24: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meet_an_expert_prosecutor_webinar_05_25_2021

When registering you are telling us you will be logging in LIVE! Our expert will prepare based on registration numbers, so please make sure you log in on time. This program will be recorded and posted to GSCO’s YouTube channel. If you are interested in participating, please join us live! We will use Zoom to host this program. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed to registrants the day before the program.

Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Listen Now: Meet an Expert – Registered Dietitian

Listen now on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s YouTube Channel to our “Meet an Expert” session with Jessica Torro, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and teacher at Metropolitan State University (MSU) in Denver. Jessica talked about her education, background, and experience as an RDN. She also led girls through a live activity on healthy eating!

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/…​.

Don’t forget to check out upcoming “Meet an Expert” sessions on our events calendar!

Questions? Email girlexperience@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Conversation Starter: Speak Out About Mental Health

Girl Scout Leaders and Families –

From our conversations, trainings, surveys, and other touch points, we have heard loud and clear that you are concerned about the mental well-being of your Girl Scouts and youth in your life. On May 10, 2021 we are bringing together some experts from both the clinical and non-clinical side of mental health to answer your questions and provide some information to help.

Join us from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. for Conversation Starter: Speak Out About Mental Health as we talk with Debra Boedlt, deputy director, and Matt Vogl, executive director and co-founder, at National Mental Health Innovation Center, University of Colorado Medical Campus.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/conversation_starter_speak_out_about_mental_health_webinar_05_10_2021 If you have a specific question that you would like to ask our speakers, submit it with your registration. You can also ask a question during the conversation.

By completing registration, you are telling us you will be joining the conversation live on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Please mark your calendar and join on time. We will be recording the conversation so you can watch in the future. Please do not register if you are planning to watch the recording.

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Listen now: Meet an Expert – Police Commander

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Commander Suzette Freidenberger of the Grand Junction Police Department for participating in our “Meet an Expert” program on April 8, 2021.

Missed the program? Listen or watch now on our Meet an Expert playlist on YouTube.

More than 25 Girl Scouts from across the country joined the program to lean about police operations and the roles and responsibilities of a commander. Commander Freidenberger started off the session with a tour of a police car and a show-and-tell of everything she wears on her when she is in uniform. She also told the girls all about her experience in training and rising through the ranks in the police department and becoming a commander in 2020. After her presentation, she answered questions from the girls such as, “What is your favorite case you’ve worked on?”, and, “In your opinion, what is the silliest law in Colorado?”. Commander Freidenberger even spoke to the girls about what it is like being a woman in a male-dominated career and what girls who are interested in law enforcement can do today.

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html. Don’t forget to check out upcoming “Meet an Expert” sessions on our events calendar!

Questions? Email girlexperience@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Meet an Expert: Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre

 

Celebrate Month of the Military Child with a special “Meet an Expert” webinar with Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre on April 27, 2021 from 5- 6 p.m.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meet_an_expert_brigadier_general_linell_a_letendre_webinar_04_27_2021

Registration closes Monday, April 26.

Brigadier General Letendre is also the Dean of the Faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy and commands the 730-member Dean of Faculty mission element and oversees the annual design and instruction of more than 660 undergraduate courses for 4,200 cadets across 31 academic disciplines. She also directs the operation of five support staff agencies and faculty resources involving more than $350 million.

The general will talk about her career, education, and experience in the U.S. Air Force. She will also talk about robotics in the military and the ethics behind the use of robotics in conflict. After her presentation, Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to ask questions live in the chat box.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Outdoor Skills Patch Webinar

Thank you to all who joined Girl Scouts of Colorado for the Outdoor Skills Patch webinar! The recording is now available on the GSCO YouTube channel.

Thank you to the Reach for the Peak team for joining us to talk about their program as a great way to apply the skills learned through this patch program! Reach for the Peak is a competition-based program for Cadettes – Ambassadors and is hosted at Sky High Ranch every summer. Train as a troop to compete against other troops across the state in skills like knot tying, fire building, first aid, and more! For more information about Reach for the Peak, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Reach-for-the-Peak-246932074239/

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scout University 2021: Register NOW

Submitted by Elizabeth Rouse

Metro Denver

Denver

Registration for Girl Scout University is open! Sponsored by the Alpha Phi Omega chapter at the University of Denver, Girl Scout University will take place on April 17, 2021! This provides Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn two badges in one fun-filled morning!

Due to social distancing practices, this year’s event will be held online using the Zoom platform. We will be offering a few different badges for Juniors and Cadettes, who can pick one badge for the first session and another for the second session. Specifically, Juniors can select between Drawing, Staying Fit, and Savvy Shopper. Cadettes can select between Science of Happiness, Comparison Shopping, and Eating For You.

The cost of the event is $7.50 per badge or $15 for the whole morning. This event is a fundraiser for our organization. So, the price of the event includes the cost of badges, shipping (as we will mail the Girl Scouts the badges they earn after the event), and a small donation to Alpha Phi Omega. Registration will close on April 10.

You can register at the following link: http://cglink.me/2fC/r1060299

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

For questions, please contact gsu@apo-alphaetaiota.org.

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We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Celebrate Earth Day with Your Girl Scouts

Earth Day is just around the corner, April 22. Check out just a few of the ways your Girl Scouts can celebrate both in-person and virtually!

Join one of GSCO’s Naturalist Clubs at one of their biweekly meetings! Girls will complete an activity celebrating or preserving the natural world created specifically for them under the guidance and encouragement of Girl Scout staff. They will also receive ideas to continue to spark their creativity and learning in between sessions. Girls can choose to attend all sessions in April or pick a few to attend. Sign up once, and you’re ready to go for the season.

Schedule for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors:

  • April 14: Naturally Slow Fashion: Tips for being a Green Fashionista
  • April 28: All About Flowers

Register now!

Schedule for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors:

  • April 1: City Farming and Urban Agriculture
  • April 15: Eco-Friendly Yards
  • April 29: Flower Hour: Beauty and Impact

Register now!

Join Girl Scouts of the USA for a virtual Earth Day celebration that just might change the world! The Plant the Future with the Girl Scout Tree Promise event featuring Danni Washington on April 22 will give girls an opportunity to learn about the power of trees to keep our communities healthy and strong. Sign up today! Learn more about the Girl Scout Tree Promise here.

Participate in Girl Scouts of the USA’s Citizen Scientist service project and help scientists collect data for their studies and experiments. Learn more here!

Use Girl Scouts of the USA’s Badge Explorer to find a badge to earn or Journey to complete that’s related to the environment. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

  • Daisy Eco Learner
  • Brownie Household Elf- Learn some new household habits to help your family save energy, save water, and save the planet! GSCO Media Star Zoe explains in this video how Girl Scout Brownies can even earn their Household Elf badge. For more fun activities to earn this badge, watch this video by the GSCO Outreach team.
  • Junior Gardener- This series on the GSCO Blog by our Outreach team helps Juniors complete Step Five of their Gardener Badge, which is to grow their own garden.
  • Cadette Trees – Check out this series on the GSCO Blog by members of our Outreach team to help Cadettes find out all about trees: from the shade to the science, the fruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber.
  • Senior Eco Explorer
  • Ambassador Eco Advocate

Make seed bombs. This fun project can be done with mostly recycled materials. Learn how in this video by GSCO Media Star Myla from Arvada or in this video GSCO Media Star Bianca from Denver.

Make Fairy Bells. Learn how in this video by GSCO Media Star Lizzy from Littleton.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Celebrate Month of the Military Child

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado as we celebrate the bravery and achievements of our military, military-connected children, and their families. During Month of the Military Child in April 2021, we have several ways that you can appreciate their tremendous service and sacrifice at home in the United States and overseas.

April 15 – Purple Up! Show your support and celebrate military-connected children by wearing purple. Purple represents the joint environment of the military and encompasses all service branches, Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and veterans.

April 20- View from My Window Art Workshop for military-connected children

Celebrate Month of the Military Child through art! Each year the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) encourages military-connected children to express their creative side. This year’s theme is “The View from My Home,” showcasing the varying life experiences through the different military branches.

Register here

April 27- Meet an Expert: Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre

Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre is also a robotics lawyer and aeronautical engineering graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. She will talk about her career, education, and experience in the U.S. Air Force.

Register here

The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Carla grew up in a family where service to one’s country and friendship to sister Girl Scouts were important values. In honor of Carla’s military service, love of Girl Scouts and travel, Carla’s family has made a generous lead gift to establish The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. In March 2020, we reached out to Girl Scout supporters and military families with a challenge to raise a minimum of $10,000 to complete this endowment.  Thanks to donations from many of you and a generous matching gift we have achieved this goal.

Distributions from the endowment will provide Colorado Girl Scouts from military families with scholarships to experience the learning, joy and camaraderie acquired through travel and adventure.

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