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Pilot a NEW Resiliency Curriculum Program by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

Girl Scouts across Colorado are invited to pilot the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum’s new Resiliency Curriculum Program. The program is called, “Becoming Your Personal Best.” Click here to get started. Next, choose to pilot one or more curriculum module for students in grades 4-12, focusing on the following resiliency skills: self-identity, perseverance, mindset, relationships, problem solving, and/or confidence. Video components highlighting the life experiences of an Olympic or Paralympic role model are included with each resiliency skill. When the module has been completed, pilot participants should complete a survey about their reactions and feedback. Modules have been designed for maximum flexibility. Accelerated lessons will take 15-20 minutes and each full-lesson will take 45-60 minutes.

Now more than ever, students and teachers alike need resiliency in their lives. The newly opened United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs invites educators and students to provide critical feedback on a brand new, research-based resiliency curriculum curated by classroom teachers, resiliency experts, and informal education institutions. Before offering this free curriculum to all Colorado schools and after-school programs in fall 2021, the museum needs people to pilot one or more curriculum modules throughout the spring to ensure each activity achieves the exceptional desired learning outcomes we are striving to reach.

Questions? Email the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

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.

Save the Date: 2021 Highest Awards Celebrations

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to announce the date for our virtual Highest Awards celebrations for the spring of 2021!

Highest Awards Girl Scouts, troops, and families are all invited to attend to celebrate our 2020-2021 class of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award Girl Scouts in Colorado!

Sunday, May 16 – Virtual Highest Awards Celebrations

1 p.m. Bronze Award Celebration

2 p.m. Silver Award Celebration

3 p.m. Gold Award Celebration

These celebrations are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts who have earned their distinction in the last year. All troops and/or girls who have earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold since March 2019 are invited to participate in a celebration of their choice.

Anyone who filled out the Bronze and Silver Notification form prior to March 1, 2021 will receive the event link and detailed information to share with the rest of their troop via email the first week of March.

You do not need to register for this event! The celebrations will premiere live on our Facebook and YouTube channels at the event start time.

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 Scouts Celebrate Faith During Girl Scout Week

Are you curious about other faiths? Do you want to learn more about your own faith and how it connects to your Girl Scout leadership journey? Join your sister Girl Scouts and faith leaders to celebrate your own faith, learn about other faiths, and take steps to earn your My Promise, My Faith pin. The My Promise, My Faith pin invites Girl Scouts in grades 4-12 to experience a faith journey through exploration of the Girl Scout Law and teachings from their faith. You can earn this national pin each year.

An upcoming event series with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) will feature an interfaith celebration followed by Girl Scouts and faith speakers sharing their views on what makes their faith unique, and what we have in common. This series will also include fun, interactive activities. Try to attend all three sessions.

Register today to guarantee your spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/awesome-girls-girls-of-faith-celebrating-together-registration-140163927079

All faiths welcome!

On the event day, visit the online event page by following the link in your reminder email. From there, you’ll click the link for that day’s session.

Session One:

Thursday March 11, 2021 from 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. ET

  • Interfaith Celebration
  • Judaism speakers
  • Orthodox Christian speakers

Session Two:

Friday March 12, 2021 from 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. ET

Speakers from these faiths:

  • Buddhist
  • Catholic
  • Lutheran

Session Three:

Sunday March 14, 2021 from 4 – 5:15 p.m. ET

Speakers from these faiths:

  • Baha’i
  • United Methodist
  • Muslim

Questions? Contact 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.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day with Society of Women Engineers at Colorado State University

Register NOW for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day from 9:30 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. on April 3, 2021. This event is for middle school aged girls to explore different types of engineering through participating in engaging engineering activities. Meet and learn from collegiate and professional engineers and see how engineers can positively impact the world!. In response to COVID-19, this year’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day will be held virtually and boxes with needed supplies will be sent to participants!

Link to register: http://coloradostate.swe.org/introduce-a-girl-to-engineering.html ​Registration will close on March 10, 2021.

A parent education panel will also be part of this event where parents can ask engineering students and professionals questions to help give them more insight on how to encourage young women in STEM.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to iage.swe.colostate.edu@gmail.com.

Flyer_Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

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.

Virtual Spring Break Patch

Are you missing your Spring Break vacation plans? We’ve got you! Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a full month (March 15 – April 18, 2021) of on-the-go program activities to give you that Spring Break vibe from the comforts of home.

Your registration will include a limited edition GSCO Virtual Spring Break Vacation patch and access to a virtual travel brochure with information on how to attend each program and activities to do on your own time! Girl Scouts should plan to complete at least three activities to earn their patch. Here’s a list of just a few of the activities:

Live and Recorded Events:

  • March 15- Virtual Spring Break Kick Off
  • March 19- Travel Trivia Night
  • March 22- Let’s Make Unicorn Slime
  • March 30- Make a Travel SWAP
  • April 1- Packing Tips
  • April 5- Relaxation Night
  • April 9- Stretch it Out
  • April 12- Play Loteria
  • April 14- Plan Your Next Adventure
  • April 15- Photo Editing a Travel Photo

More events to be added as we get closer to the event! 

Events by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and other Girl Scout councils (unsure if recorded)

  • March 5- Goose Game at Our Chalet
  • March 15- Pax Lodge Birthday Celebration
  • March 17- Patreon Saints of Great Britain and London
  • March 18- Explore our Chalet
  • March 24- Namaste at Sangam
  • March 27- Oahu Ilima Island Crest Patch

We will also include a list of Anytime Activities for girls to explore and count towards their number of activities!

Note: Girl Scouts can select the programs they would like to participate in. Some programs may have an additional cost associated with them established by the program partner.

Girl Scouts must be registered by Thursday, March 11 to have access to the programming and receive a patch.

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/gsco_s_virtual_spring_break_vacation_2021

Questions? Email Program Director Emily Speck at Emily.Speck@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.

World Thinking Day: Let’s make a more welcoming world

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

Let’s get inspired by peace activists and celebrate World Thinking Day!

Our theme for 2021 is “Peacebuilding.”  

Let’s take the opportunity to:  

Since 1926, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world have celebrated World Thinking Day on February 22. It’s a special day when we explore the global dimensions of Girl Scouting and take action to make the world a better place. 

Today, and every day, practice peacebuilding and help create a more peaceful world! Happy World Thinking Day! 

Check out World Thinking Day activities for
Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors | Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

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.

World Thinking Day 2021: How to Participate

 

 

Submitted by Krista Beucler and Anna Beucler

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

What is World Thinking Day?

Since 1926, World Thinking Day on February 22 has been a day of international friendship for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world. February 22 is the birthday of Lord Baden Powell, founder of Boy Scouts, and his wife Olave Baden Powell, who was one of the founders of Girl Guides. On February 22, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts connect with each other and join together in global action to make the world a better place.

For the last two years, the World Association Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ (WAGGGS), World Thinking Day themes have set the foundation for peacebuilding: we have empowered leaders and explored why it is important for our communities to be rich in diversity, equity and inclusion. In this year’s activity pack, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 152 countries will become better peace builders so we can truly live out our global promise. You can find the Activity Pack here.

How to Earn Your Badge

Complete one activity from each section of the activity pack: Stand Strong, Stand-Up, Stand Together, then complete the Our Global Promise activity. Once you’ve completed the activities, you can get your WAGGGS World Thinking Day badge from the shop.

Join Anna and Krista

Anna and Krista are lifetime  Girl Scouts and have participated in international Guiding and Scouting opportunities including World Thinking Day events at Pax Lodge and Sangam World Centres, and the Juliette Low Seminar.

This year, because of COVID-19, most activities look a little different. Anna and Krista will be hosting World Thinking Day activities online. They welcome everyone to participate with them on TikTok or Instagram to earn the World Thinking Day badge!

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Follow the project on TikTok (@jls100girls) and Instagram (@jls100girls).
  2. Learn from an informational video about World Thinking Day.
  3. Participate in the three activities and the Global Promise activity.
  4. Like, comment on, and share the videos.

You can complete the activities and let us know in a variety of ways. On TikTok, you can duet, stitch, use our sounds, or make a new video, and tag us. On Instagram, you can post photos or videos and tag us. Or, if you’re uncomfortable sharing your photos or videos publicly, you can send them to us privately at jls100girls@gmail.com. Once you’ve completed all the activities, you’ve earned the World Thinking Day badge!

Did you enjoy World Thinking Day? Well, don’t go anywhere yet! Anna and Krista will be continuing to post activities you and your troop can do from home on TikTok and Instagram. These activities will focus on the WAGGGS Leadership Mindsets, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and how to build a Gold Award project!

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.

Countdown to World Thinking Day 2021

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Team

Hopefully, you have been busy finding out why we celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD), what this year’s theme is (peacebuilding), and the meaning of the World Pin or Badge.

Continuing our progress thru the Countdown to World Thinking Day document, it is time to find out about the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and where the Five World Centers are located.

My Experience

The Five (5) World Centers are our home away from home. I have been privileged to go to four of the World Centers. My first trip was with a patrol of girls from Mountain Prairie Girl Scout Council to a program at Our Chalet in Adelboden in the Swiss Alps of Switzerland. There were nine girls and two adults (including me) that left DIA for a four-week trip to include ten days at Our Chalet and quick trips into Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and a final stop in London with a visit to Olave House (predecessor of Pax Lodge). Well, I was hooked on international travel and visits to the World Centers.  I could talk on and on about how wonderful the World Centers are, but you have work to do to discover it yourself!

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts – (WAGGGS) – Countries

Did you know that each Girl Scout has nearly 10 million sisters?  Yes, and this sisterhood reaches to girls and young women from round the world and reside in the 152 member countries of the WAGGGS.

On a map of the world, mark the countries that have Girl Guides or Girl Scouts. Go to the WAGGGS website and Our World – Regions you will see all the Regions listed. Each Region lists its countries.

  • What are the five region names as indicated by the (?) marks above?
  • Choose a region and check out what member countries are there? Click on several of the countries.
  • Look at their pins. Are they similar to ours or different?
  • How many members do they have?
  • Do they have only girls or do they have boys too?
  • Compare their membership numbers to our Girl Scouts of Colorado membership of about 20,000.

World Centers

As a starting place for information, look in the “Our Girl Scout World section of your Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting Handbook” where there is lots of information about the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and the World Centers.

  • Check out the WAGGGS website for more information on each center.
  • What events does each host?
  • What are some of the other things you can do at while at each Center?
  • There are video tours of each World Center that are a must see!
  • For Our Chalet, there is a Birthday Blog that the Global Action Team did in July.
  • Which is the newest World Center? Why does it not have a building?
  • Which World Center do you want to visit and why?

Special World Center Announcement —  Virtual Programs with activities

As the World Centers are temporarily closed for 2021 and not hosting face-to-face events, teams at the centers have been busy developing a multitude of virtual programs in the following areas:

Global Adventures

Race across Europe completing mini challenges; travel through London while learning about our founders and those who have shaped Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting through time; learn what’s needed to take part in an international World Center adventure and hear first-hand  the amazing experiences of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts who have been there.

Cultural  Discoveries

Explore different cultural celebrations and skills from the countries our World Centers are located in. Take a virtual trip through the Swiss Alps, move virtually around the Africa Region, celebrate the Festival of Light with Sangam, and enjoy the Queen of England’s Birthday with Pax Lodge. Try out a new cultural skill from Bollywood dancing to cooking a traditional Indian dish and much more.

World Center Explorations

Join a virtual tour of a World Center, an information session, try some activities virtually, and learn about what makes our World Centers so special to our Movement. Meet members of the World Center Team members and ask the questions you have always wanted to ask!

International Connections

Be part of the Global sisterhood along with hundreds of other Guides and Scouts from across the whole Movement to celebrate World Thinking Day, International Women’s Day, and International Friendship Day.

These programs are scheduled to run through out the year. Check out the program dates by by registering for the events at the following site: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wagggs-world-centre-virtual-programme-32268147887

Thanks for joining our journey through The Countdown to World Thinking Day.  In the coming weeks, there will be more fun things to do in preparation for the BIG DAY – World Thinking Day on February 22.

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.

February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day! Now more than ever, people could use more kindness in their lives. Scientific evidence proves the positive effects of doing kind acts for others, as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life!

Girl Scouts of Colorado teamed up with the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, which is based in Colorado, to provide you with some activities and resources to spread kindness today and throughout the year:

  • Download this worksheet and list five day-to-day activities you do. Then, next to each activity, write a way you can do the same activity, but with an added element of kindness.
  • Print a poster to put up in your home, school, or place of work to help spread ideas of being kind.
  • Print coloring sheets to learn about acts of kindness.
  • Take action all year long with the activities suggested in this yearly kindness calendar.

Check out other activities and resources at https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

We would love to hear what random acts of kindness you do! Share your stories to inspire others to spread kindness here on the GSCO Blog or on social media. Be sure to tag us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or send us a private message. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #GirlScoutsGiveBack.

Celebrate Black History Month

Black history, achievements, and contributions to society should be celebrated every day, yet throughout history these have been overlooked or misrepresented. The designation of February as Black History Month aims to illuminate and celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and the impacts they have on shaping our culture and society.

In honor of Black History Month, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee compiled a list of resources that focus on supporting and celebrating Black History in Colorado in February and beyond.

Events Celebrating Black History Month

Learn through creativity! Register for a selection of workshops (in-person or virtual) facilitated by Black business owners. These workshops are great for families.

Celebrate Black Stories

“Black Women Who Made History,” a community project by Girl Scout Troop 70179 of Boulder: https://sites.google.com/bvsd.org/women-who-made-history/home

What does Black History Month mean to kids? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzt3gFgYVYk

Learn about Josephine Holloway, the first Black Girl Scout troop leader: https://gsmidtn.org/about-us/josephine-holloway/

Meet Olivia J. Hooker, the first Black woman in the Coast Guard: https://storycorps.org/stories/olivia-j-hooker-pioneer-and-first-black-woman-in-the-coast-guard/

There is a growing movement to locate places in Colorado where historic events happened, but were never recorded: https://www.cpr.org/2020/08/30/colorado-history-african-american-lgbtq-women-suffrage/

Learn about the story of Colorado’s historic all Black settlement: https://www.5280.com/2020/06/dearfield-the-story-of-colorados-historic-all-black-settlement/

Support Black Owned Businesses and Artists

The Black American West Museum and Heritage Center promotes an understanding of the role that African Americans played in the settlement and growth of the western Untied States through its collections, programs, and exhibits. GSCO Customer Care Specialist Eleise Clark-Gunnells is a board member, docent, reenactor, and long-time advocate for the museum: https://www.bawmhc.org/

One of Colorado’s newest Black-owned business is Tattered Covered Bookstore. Check out some of their events: https://www.tatteredcover.com/event

Speaking of bookstores, are you searching for something new to read? Check out this list of books by Black, Brown, and Indigenous authors: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/134693.Best_Books_Written_by_BIPOC_Authors

Want to start supporting local Black-owned businesses, but aren’t sure where to start? Follow these links to discover businesses in your area, as well as Denver and Colorado Springs:

Additional Resources

Regan Byrd is a Denver-based diversity trainer and organizer. She offers online trainings for anyone who is interested in exploring more about equity. https://www.reganbyrdconsulting.com/events

The Colorado Diversity Council is committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations and employees to grow and leverage their knowledge of diversity. http://www.coloradodiversitycouncil.org/events/

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.