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Happy Birthday Our Chalet: Activities for Thursday, July 30, 2020

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Committee

On Friday, July 31, Our Chalet celebrates its 88th Birthday! Girl Scouts of Colorado sends their best wishes to Our Chalet, one of the five World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  This is going to be an exciting and fun week with five days of celebration for this birthday! Do you like it when your birthday celebrations spread out over more than one day? If so, watch the GSCO Blog each day so you can celebrate with girls from all around the world.

On our fourth day, we would also like to mention the July birthdays of two other World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

Our newest World Centre is Kusafiri in Africa, which moves around from country to country for different events. Kusafiri celebrated its ninth birthday on July 15. To learn more about Kusafiri, watch a video about the Centre’s history and learn some African dances. You can also visit Kusafiri’s Facebook Page and see some of their activities! Kusafiri means “to journey” in Swahili, one of the many languages of Africa.

Our Cabana in Mexico is the second oldest World Centre. It celebrated its 63rd birthday on July 24. Let’s go a little closer to home and travel to Mexico and Our Cabana. Here is a great tour of the buildings and the gardens and the pool. Need a swim today?

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.

Explore More Club: Registration is Now Open for August 2020

Get ready for the August 2020 Explore More Club! This month, adult volunteers will explore the topics of ecology and the outdoors by basing projects and activities based off of the eco outdoor and animals badges of the girl program!

The Explore More Club is designed to give you, the volunteer, a hands-on experience with the girl badge earning program and curriculum! You will be completing your own projects and learning how one activity can span across multiple girl grade levels.

Register on the Events page now to attend the welcome meeting on either August 6 at 5:30 p.m. or August 7 at 4 p.m. where we will discuss and explain the activities for the month.  If you cannot attend the welcome meeting times, you may still register for a meeting time, the meeting will be recorded to watch at a later date.

After the welcome meeting you will have the month to complete the activity, closing out with our reflection meeting.

Once you are registered, you will receive a follow up email with more details about how to attend the welcome and reflection meetings, logging your progress on gsLearn, and how to connect on a Facebook page.

If you have questions, email Kendy at Kendy.Doolen@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration email, inquiry@gscolorado.org or call 877-404-5708.

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.

Suffrage Centennial with the Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY to offer girls a special virtual opportunity to learn about the Suffrage Centennial on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 3 – 4 p.m.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/suffrage_centennial_with_the_women_s_rights_national_historical_park_virtual_08_05_2020 Registration closes Tuesday, August 4.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20, 1848. It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, and equality, global struggles that continue today. The efforts of women’s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th century reformers remind us that all people must be accepted as equals.

A National Park Ranger will talk to girls live from the Wesleyan Chapel. The Wesleyan Chapel is the location of the First Women’s Rights Convention held on July 19 and 20, 1848, in which approximately 300 people gathered to attend. It is considered by many historians to the formal beginning of the Women’s Rights Movement in the United States.

Girls will learn about the history of women’s right to vote and have an opportunity for a live Q&A session with the National Park Ranger.

The session will be recorded and posted online for girls to listen to anytime.

We will use Zoom to host this opportunity. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Capacity is limited; each individual participant should be registered so we can track capacity. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

PLEASE NOTE – This program is one of several opportunities for Colorado Girl Scouts to celebrate the Suffrage Centennial. More opportunities are listed below and a full blog post on how to celebrate will be posted to the blog in early August 2020.

Suffrage Centennial Celebration with the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the League of Women Voters

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@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.

Three Reasons to Celebrate National Bridging Week: August 1 – 8, 2020

Throughout the year, Girl Scouts accomplish amazing things for themselves and the community around them. Let’s celebrate them during National Bridging Week (August 1 – 8, 2020) as they bridge to the next level in Girl Scouts and start their next adventure!

Bridging—that is, when a girl celebrates “crossing the bridge” from one Girl Scout level to the next—is one of the most important moments in a Girl Scout’s life. And although the COVID-19 pandemic may have us continuing to pause our in-person meetings and ceremonies, you can still find ways to honor all the good things your girl has done this year and get excited for everything you’ll experience next year!

Girl Scout Day at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Cañon City on Saturday, August 8, 2020 is a wonderful opportunity for your girl to bridge across the highest suspension bridge in the United States! Learn more here.

If you can’t organize an in-person ceremony, consider holding a virtual bridging celebration or taking part in one of GSUSA’s National Virtual Bridging Ceremonies, which will be held August 1 and 8.

Here are three reasons your troop will want to get in on the bridging fun:

  1. Keep the groove going. Everyone’s daily routine has been upended in recent months, and marking this incredible point in your troop’s Girl Scout experience is so important in helping everyone feel some forward momentum. Putting a virtual or in-person bridging ceremony on your calendar and counting down the days is going to feel so good!
  2. ALL 👏 YOUR 👏 SISTERS👏 Being a Girl Scout means having sisters across the country and around the world ready to cheer you on! Taking part in one of the bridging events is a powerful reminder that everyone in the troop is part of a big sisterhood made up of resilient girls and adults who are staying strong and doing good in their communities. Whatever comes our way, we’re never alone!
  3. Celebrate your achievements. The last few months have been challenging no matter where you live, but that’s all the more reason to lift up everything the troop has achieved this year! You earned badges and Journey awards, made our communities better, and continued to shine your brightest. Most importantly, we all stayed Girl Scout strong in the face of hardship—and that’s worth celebrating here and now.

The best part? You can bridge virtually and amp up the experience with an in-person event when it’s safe. Like everything in Girl Scouting, it’s all about what the girls want! And you can make the occasion even more special with an official bridging kit from the Girl Scout Shop.

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.

Happy Birthday Our Chalet: Activities for Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Committee

On Friday, July 31, Our Chalet celebrates its 88th Birthday! Girl Scouts of Colorado sends their best wishes to Our Chalet, one of the five World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  This is going to be an exciting and fun week with five days of celebration for this birthday! Do you like it when your birthday celebrations spread out over more than one day? If so, watch the GSCO Blog each day so you can celebrate with girls from all around the world.

Let’s learn a bit about the languages of Switzerland. There are actually four major languages for the country, but we will look at only three of them. (French, German, Italian)

                      FRENCH             GERMAN        ITALIA

Blue                  Bleu                   Blau                    Azzumo

Yellow            Jaune                 Gelb                   Giallo

White             Blanc                  Weiss                Blanca

Hello              Bonjour             Guten Tag       Salve or Ciao

Thank you  Merci                   Danke               Grazie

Can you try to use one of the languages as you make your friendship necklace today?

Make a craft – Our Chalet Friendship Necklace

It is always fun to have a new Girl Scout necklace! When you wear this one, you will remember your fun visit to Our Chalet and celebrating its birthday!

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.

Senior Sky Badge: Step Four of Five

The sky is a masterpiece. Every day it graces us with living art, whether through a glorious sunset, shifting cloud formations, or the stunning display of night stars. No wonder we take every opportunity to spend time outdoors. Girl Scout Seniors can earn their Sky badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program.

Air quality is an important factor to our health and the health of the earth’s plants, animals, and overall environment. When you’ve completed this part of earning the Senior Sky badge, you will be an active participant in helping to improve the earths air quality.

In the United States, cities like New York City and Los Angeles’ poor air quality is known to be a health threat to the people who live there. This is primarily due to the high levels of vehicle traffic, which burns fossil fuels resulting in a high quantity of emissions that contribute directly to air pollution.

Since the COVID-10 pandemic has tragically but temporarily halted people driving en masse in these cities, something WONDERFUL has happened. The air in those cities (and around the world) is A LOT cleaner. Los Angeles’ air is 20-30% cleaner, and LA citizens enjoyed the most “good” air quality days the city has seen since 1995. According to NASA, as of April 9 2020, New York and the northeastern region has also seen a reduction of 30% in air pollution.

These improvements are the direct result of the reduction in vehicle emissions. Fewer cars on the road means less air pollution. But ,it isn’t only vehicle emissions that cause poor air quality. Electricity generation also significantly add to air pollution.

So, what can YOU do to help this trend of improved air quality continue when things get moving once again? There are many small steps each of us can take that add up to have a larger impact in the improvement of air quality.

Step One: Drive or ride in single vehicles less to reduce emissions.

As you learned above, vehicle emissions cause air pollution. Choose at least three of the options suggested below to help reduce the toxic emissions generated by vehicles.

Drive smarter and drive less.

  • Organize a carpool for going to and from acitivities. Reach out to your friends and family to arrange for some of you to carpool at least three days/week. You may also want to offer a ride to friends who are all going to the same place. One adult can drop off and another can take everyone home. Explore Park and Ride options for your other family members and encourage them to carpool also.
  • Walk or bike for short trips! Pledge to walk or bike for trips that are a distance of one-mile or less whenever it is safe to do so. Encourage your family and friends to join you.
  • Be a good neighbor: when you do make a quick run for bread or milk or even when doing your regular shopping, ask your neighbors if you can pick anything up for them. This will reduce the amount of people making trips and help reduce emissions.
  • Use public transportation when possible. Taking the bus, shuttle, or other public transport greatly reduces pollutants. In many major cities, there are thousands of people who choose not to own cars because the public transportation options are so convenient and efficient. Explore what safe public transportation might be available to you and discuss this option with a parent or guardian.
  • Get in and GO! Encourage the adults in your house to only let a vehicle warm up for two or three mins before driving. Vehicles that sit idling for extended periods contribute to air pollution.
  • Drive or ride in an electric or hybrid vehicle. You may not be old enough to drive yet, but when you are you can choose an electric, hybrid, and/or a fuel-efficient vehicle. You can certainly suggest and encourage the adults in your life to choose these types of vehicles when it’s time for a replacement. If an electric or hybrid is out of the question, at least encourage the drivers in your home to maintain their vehicles. Properly maintained vehicles generate less CO2 which will reduce pollution and greenhouse gases.

Step Two: Shop smart! Put your shopping dollars to work to help the planet and your community.

Every online order requires air and/or ground transportation.Getting the items you order from the online retailer to your door means that the item must travel in at least one, but likely multiple vehicles. We all love the convenience and selection of online shopping. However, this does contribute to air pollution. Consider making at least two of these swaps instead.

  • Shop local. Oftentimes our local boutiques and shops have wonderful selections that are of high quality. When shopping for clothes, gifts, and accessories, consider shopping from an individual retailer over shopping online. This benefits the planet AND your community by providing a source of income to the local store owner and employees. If you don’t find what you’re looking for right away, ASK, these shop owners often have a list of suppliers who may have just the right item for you.
  • Eat local. Choose produce, meat, and dairy products that are sourced as close to home, but at least within a few hundred miles of your home will have the greatest impact! The less distance goods (foods, toiletries, etc.) travel, the result is less air pollution and greenhouse gases that contribute to sky pollution. Farmer’s markets in the summer, and food co-ops that provide farm to fork selections are great options. If these aren’t possible for you, at least read labels when at the supermarket and choose the item that was grown or manufactured closest to you.
  • Eat vegetarian at least one night/week. Meatless Mondays are a healthy and delicious way to reduce greenhouse gases while exploring new recipes.

Step Three: Conserve electricity.

Electricity is often generated by power plants that burn fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas).  These type of power plants contribute to sky pollution. Make some of these adjustments to your daily routine to help conserve energy and reduce emissions from power plants.

  • Turn off devices and appliances that you are not using. If you are not in the room, turn off TV’s, lights, and computers you aren’t using.
  • Unplug power cords when you’re gone during the day. One idea is to keep a power strip with multiple items plugged in, then simply unplug the power strip when these items are not in use.
  • Take shorter showers. Warm showers use electricity or gas to heat water in the hot water heater. Shorter showers will use less energy, and you’ll also help the planet by saving water. Try keeping your shower to five minutes or less most days. That’s about as long as it takes for two songs to play.
  • Explore and choose solar. Choose retailers and suppliers of goods that have solar and other green systems in place. There are many solar products on the market, including solar lamps and solar power sources, for charging cell phones or powering other small household appliances.

Bonus

Research and compile information about schools, businesses, and homes buying into solar power and solar rebates from local utility companies. Create a presentation, then ask to meet with facility managers at your school, job, or afterschool club to see if solar might be right for them as their primary source of power.

Badge Bonus: Plant trees.

Get a school club or neighborhood group together to perform this wonderful community service project. Volunteer with your local parks department or arbor day chapter and spend a day planting trees. Trees not only beautify our surroundings; they reduce greenhouse gases by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen during the process of photosynthesis.

Consider checking out these sites for scientific information about air pollution

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.

Happy Birthday Our Chalet: Activities for Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Committee

On Friday, July 31, Our Chalet celebrates its 88th Birthday! Girl Scouts of Colorado sends their best wishes to Our Chalet, one of the five World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.  This is going to be an exciting and fun week with five days of celebration for this birthday! Do you like it when your birthday celebrations spread out over more than one day? If so, watch the GSCO Blog each day so you can celebrate with girls from all around the world.

Activities from Monday, July 27, 2020

Welcome to our second fun day of exploring Our Chalet and Switzerland! You can review a little of the Our Chalet history by doing this word search. There are 16 statements with words bolded that you must find. How many can you find?

You can find out much more about Our Chalet if you go to their web site at www.wagggs.org/en/our-world/world-centres/our-chalet/. What was most interesting to you? Do you want to go to a session at Our Chalet?

Do you like to color pictures? Here are some pictures from Our Chalet and Switzerland that you might choose to color. Grab your crayons, colored pencils or markers and get started. You can do them all if you want!

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.

Zombie Camouflage: Part Two

Watch this video and Kitty from Tomahawk Ranch will show you how to transform your entire face so you can look like a zombie.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Zombie Camouflage Part Two

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 Animal Welfare Organization’s Executive Director

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Sarah Swanty for co-hosting our “Meet an Animal Welfare Organization’s Executive Director” webinar! More than 25 Girl Scouts from across Colorado participated in this webinar on July 22, 2020. Missed it? Listen to the recording here.

Sarah is the Executive Director for Animal Friends Alliance, a cat and dog shelter and clinic serving Northern Colorado and beyond. Sarah spoke to girls about her journey to leading an animal shelter, current role, and how the shelter works to keep pets in loving homes. She told girls all about the education required to become a veterinarian or vet tech and spoke about the business skills needed to run a successful shelter. After Sarah’s presentation staff at the shelter walked girls through a live intake of three kittens who were getting ready to go to foster homes! We learned about the intake process from beginning to end and how people can sign up to foster animals. Sarah’s favorite Girl Scout cookie is a Tagalong but her husband is a huge Thin Mint fan so she likes those too.

Here are some resources we talked about during the webinar:

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.

Happy Birthday Our Chalet: Activities for Monday, July 27, 2020

Submitted by the GSCO Global Action Committee

On Friday, July 31, Our Chalet celebrates its 88th Birthday! Girl Scouts of Colorado sends their best wishes to Our Chalet, one of the five World Centres of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. This is going to be an exciting and fun week with five days of celebration for this birthday! Do you like it when your birthday celebrations spread out over more than one day? If so, watch the GSCO Blog each day so you can celebrate with girls from all around the world.

Switzerland, a small mountainous country located in central Europe, is a lot like our home state of Colorado! While we are well-known for the Rocky Mountains, Switzerland is well known for their snow-covered mountains called the Swiss Alps. Like Colorado, most of their mountain peaks are more than 13,000 feet with the most famous one (The Matterhorn) standing 14,692 feet tall!

High up in these Swiss mountains, there lies a Girl Scout World Centre called Our Chalet. Our Chalet opened its doors in 1932 and has been providing adventure and friendship to Girl Scout troops, groups, families, and individuals of all ages ever since. Guests come from all of over the world to participate in activities like skiing and ice skating in the winter and hiking and climbing in the summer. Girl Scouts can even attend special programs throughout the year which focus on outdoor adventures, leadership development, and international friendship.

Traveling to Switzerland also brings opportunities to try many specialties including fondue, swiss chocolate, and more than 450 different kinds of cheeses! You might also get to see Black Nose Sheep high up in the Alps or hear Alphorn blowing or yodeling in a local mountain town. Did you know that the children’s book “Heidi” was from Switzerland? What fun facts do you know about Switzerland?

We are off on a great adventure this week at Our Chalet in Switzerland! First, we will take a virtual tour of the Centre. Watch at least the first 20 minutes of this video as they tour you around the chalet (house) and the grounds. The rest of the video is showing you what to take in your backpack for a week’s trip to Our Chalet.

Now, do you know where in the world Switzerland is? Check out this link and you will find the flag and map of Switzerland with an arrow to the general location of Our Chalet. For fun, check out the Switzerland Maze and see if you can find your way through the country! Can you locate Our Chalet on this map?

Did you know that each World Centre has its own special song? Well, Our Chalet’s song tells about the mountains and the big sloping roof on the building. Listen to the song here and then sing along. 

You can stay at Our Chalet for just one night or several weeks. No matter how long your stay, you’ll meet people from all over the world and experience Girl Scouting like never before. How exciting to know that Our Chalet has just been opened to a limited number of guests as restrictions are starting to be lifted in various countries of Europe. Get your passports ready and meet us at Our Chalet in Switzerland!

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.