Tag Archives: Girl Scouts at Home

Book Craft: “How To Put An Octopus To Bed”

This easy craft is perfect for younger Girl Scouts (or younger siblings) and is a great follow-up to “How to Put an Octopus to Bed” by Sherri Duskey Rinker.

Materials Needed:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Ruler
  • White paper or colored construction paper- If the construction paper is not available, shapes can be drawn on white paper and colored.

Color and decorate your paper, then measure three inches down and draw a horizontal line. The three-inch section is the octopus body.

Divide the larger section into eight pieces. These will be the tentacles. Draw and cut out lines.

Gently roll paper into a circle and apply the glue to the body section of your octopus. Hold in place and allow the glue to dry.

Once dried, roll the tentacles around a marker, for a curled effect, or leave as is.

Draw and cut out eyes. Glue on. Finished!

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.

Zoom Licenses for Troops and Service Units

Troops and service units can now purchase a discounted license for Zoom accounts through gsZoom. Zoom Licenses are $37 a year for each license ($36 for the license, $1 for CC fees). A year is defined as 12 months from the time the volunteer purchases the license.

Complete this form to purchase.

Holding meetings virtually? Check out our Resources to Meet Virtually including ice breakers and how-to videos on ways to adapt steps from specific badges and Journeys.

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 Survival Challenge Patch

We’ve been DYING to share our modified version of the Zombie Survival Challenge Patch program that was originally created by our Girl Scout sisters in Western Washington. While we wish we could be completing this patch together at one of our fun events, completing it on your own is still fun.

Natural disasters can be scary, but should not be feared if you are prepared! In this patch program, ghouls… we mean GIRLS… will complete activities to prepare themselves and their family if a natural disaster struck. This patch program is for all ages, including adults! And, as your girl(s) grow and advance, they can take on a new Zombie challenge for their new age level.

The first step of this challenge begins with girls identifying the types of disasters that are pertinent to their community. Girls will then work through the tools to help their Zombie (and their family) survive. These tools include:

  • Water
  • Light and Heat
  • First-Aid
  • Pets
  • Cooking
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Communications
  • Mutual Aid

As you work through this patch program, you will explore different tools that your Zombie needs to have to survive. Depending on your program level, you will need to complete a different number of requirements.

Download the patch guide here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/gsco_zombie_survival_challenge.pdf

Did you already complete the requirements? You can purchase the patch through Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s 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.

Tips for Troop Leaders LIVE: Bringing the World to Your Girls… From Home!

There’s a big, amazing world out there, and you can still experience it with your girls! In a webcast with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 6 p.m. mountain time, Girl Scout volunteers will discover what global Girl Scouting is all about, what global programming looks like right now, and how troop leaders can help their girls connect with the world throughout the year—yes, even if you’re meeting virtually!

Register now: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1372781&tp_key=c84086775f

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” Patch Now Available

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to launch a new patch for the “Meet an Expert” webinar series! You can purchase your patch through the GSCO shop online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

“Meet an Expert” webinars are opportunities for Girl Scouts of all ages to meet professional women in different career paths. Many webinars connect directly with an official Girl Scout badge. Each webinar starts with an introduction to our “co-host” followed by a different lesson or activity and a moderated question and answer session. In 2020, Girl Scouts have had the opportunity to meet a musician, meteorologist, designer for The North Face, judge, engineer, and so many more.

View and sign up for upcoming “Meet an Expert” sessions on the GSCO events calendar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html?q=meet+an+expert

Listen to past “Meet an Expert” webinars on the GSCO YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcfGCk7aMlu9zGoGXGbU234riSUKNIm8g

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.

Changing the Legacy of Race & Ethnicity: Conversations for One America

Across the United States, people are marching in the streets, demanding an end to police brutality and racial inequality. But, the issue of racism and violence against people of color runs deep. While we‘ve made progress over the years, this feels like a moment when people all over the country recognize that half-measures are not enough. This is a deep, centuries-in-the-making challenge that we face to undo racism, and we need decisive action.

Changing the Legacy of Race & Ethnicity (CLoRE) is a conversation series initiated by Colorado Humanities and implemented with partners to encourage understanding and discussion about the legacy of race in America, and how to make changes now for a more just future.

The first conversation, ‘How Did We Get Here?’ will be held on October 21, 2020 at 7 p.m. Acclaimed author Adrian Miller will moderate this panel exploring race and ethnicity in Colorado and in the United States from the perspectives of history, economics, criminology, psychology, and faith traditions. Featured panelists are:

  • Rachel Harding
  • Denise Maes
  • Wendell Pryor
  • Anthony Young

This series is free and will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook. Please register: https://coloradohumanities.org/programs/changing-the-legacy-of-race-ethnicity/

* Colorado Humanities designs all of their programs to be family friendly. All content should be appropriate for all ages.

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.

Awesome Girls: On My Own

Ready to start owning your future? Being financially savvy is the first step to getting started. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) invites you to the “Awesome Girls: Owning My Future” webinar on October 21, 2020. You’ll hear from financial management experts as you learn to build and practice smart budgeting habits, prepare for financial emergencies, navigate loans, and build good credit. You’ll jumpstart your budgeting habits with an interactive budget activity plus tips on what tools can help you track your budget.

Register here: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1381860&tp_key=73eecc77eb

This interactive event will connect you to two experts from RSM who will share their knowledge of personal financial management. You will have a chance to have your own financial management questions answered and hear questions from your Girl Scout peers.

RSM is a multi-national network of accounting firms, forming one of the largest financial professional services networks in the world, and they can’t wait to share their knowledge and experience with you!

This program is designed for teens plus young adults and alums who recently graduated. The event will put Girl Scouts on the path towards earning their Ambassador On My Own badge.

Please note, this event begins at 5 p.m. Mountain time. We acknowledge that the timing may not work with your schedule; you can register and view the playback when it is more convenient!

By joining us on October 21, 2020 you will also have a chance to be in a special drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to the Girl Scout Shop or an awesome tablet. Must be under 21 years of age at the time of entry to enter the drawing. All entries by entrants under 13 years of age, must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian on behalf of such Entrants.

This program is hosted by GSUSA.

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 – Former Lieutenant Governor and Girl Scout Alum, Donna Lynne

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks former Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne, DrPH, for co-hosting our “Meet an Expert” webinar. More than 40 Girl Scouts from across Colorado participated in this webinar on October 8, 2020. Missed it? Listen to the recording here.

Donna Lynne served as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of Colorado from 2016 to 2019. She also served in a dual capacity as the Chief Operating Officer of the State of Colorado. Prior to her appointment, she was an executive with Kaiser Permanente. Today, Donna is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the CEO of Columbia Doctors in New York, NY. She is recognized as one of the top women business leaders in Denver and one of the top 25 Women in Healthcare in the nation.

Donna spoke to girls about her education, career, and passions. We learned that Donna is an avid skier and hiker, and also has a passion for field hockey. Following the former Lt. Governor’s presentation, Girl Scouts had the opportunity to participate in a live Q&A session. We also learned about the American Mountaineering Center, Expedition Health, Spark the Change Colorado (formerly Metro Volunteers), and Electing Women – all groups and organizations that Donna has worked with throughout her career.

Participating in this webinar fulfills Step Two of the NEW democracy badges for all levels, find out about state government (https://www.girlscoutshop.com/BADGES-PROGRAM/NEW-FEATURED-ITEMS4/new-civics-badges).

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

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.

Listen now: Meet an Expert – The Energetic Side of Engineering

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Jill Tietjen for co-hosting our “Meet an Expert – The Energetic Side of Engineering” webinar. More than 20 Girl Scouts from across Colorado participated in this webinar on September 16, 2020. Missed it? Listen to the recording here.

Jill is an engineer, advocate, historian, lifetime Girl Scout, and champion of all women. As a professional engineer, Jill spent more than 40 years in the electric utility industry and was the national president of the Society of Women Engineers and the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League and its first female president. Jill was on the board of Girl Scouts – Mile Hi Council from 1999 – 2007 and was board chair from 2003 – 2007. She is also an inductee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame, and a Girl Scouts of Colorado Woman of Distinction. Today, Jill is an advocate for women and girls in STEM fields and the president and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc.

During this webinar, Jill spoke to girls about her education, career, and what life is like working as a woman in STEM. She also walked girls through a lesson on energy consumption and how the electric utility industry functions. After her presentation, girls had an opportunity to participate in a live Q&A.

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

Questions? 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.

Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshops

¡Girl Scouts of Colorado quiere dar gracias a Latino Outdoors, de la región de Colorado con Bianca Garcia, Natalia Ospina, y Nohemi Mora por ser coanfitriones de nuestro primer Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshop bilingüe! Se registraron 29 Girl Scouts para este programa virtual el 13 de octubre de 2020. Latino Outdoors tiene la misión de ellos es de “inspirar, conectar, y participar con comunidades Latinas al aire libre y abrazar la cultura y familia como parte de la narrativa al aire libre, asegurando nuestras historias, herencia, y liderazgo sea valorada y representada”. Los líderes de Latino Outdoors trabajan en una base voluntaria para planificar actividades al aire libre para la comunidad de forma gratuita y brindar a la comunidad oportunidades y recursos para disfrutar y conservar el aire libre y el ambiente de manera segura y responsable. La región de Latino Outdoors Colorado ha sido dirigida únicamente por mujeres latinas hasta hace poco, por lo que entienden lo que la hermandad puede hacer para unir su organización a través de su trabajo. Estamos muy emocionados de trabajar con ellos para proveer a las niñas de nuestras comunidades Latinx/Hispanas la oportunidad de añadir a su educación acerca de cómo conectarse a su cultura al aire libre.

En nuestro taller de los grados K-5 las niñas aprendieron acerca de la importancia de los arboles y el papel que desempeñan en nuestro entorno. Aprendieron como reconocer diferentes arboles incluyendo nuestro árbol estatal de Colorado el Abeto Azul, y como ser un ciudadano activo y aprender de las leyes actuales que protegen a los árboles. En nuestro taller de los grados 6-12 las niñas aprendieron como abogar por cambio y como se mira hacerlo. Aprendieron como trabaja una elección al repasar ejemplos y como trabaja la votación. Después las niñas en los talleres votaron en mandar el video que creamos a Venezuela como parte de nuestro programa de Pen Pals digitales. Creamos un video ensenando los dibujos de árboles y preguntándoles cual es la actividad favorita de ellas de Girl Scouts y al aire libre.

Mira más de la actividad de Latino Outdoors de #JuntxsAparte:

  • Aprende más acerca de la practica japones de baño forestal o terapia de árboles llamada shinrin-yoku en japones. Esta actividad de #JuntxsAparte con árboles es del 12-25 de octubre, se puede registrar aquí: https://latinooutdoors.org/eventbrite/

Aprende más de Latino Outdoors aquí: https://latinooutdoors.org/

Queremos oír como está usando sus habilidades de Girl Scouts su hija al tomar la iniciativa, cuidando de la comunidad, y haciendo Girl Scouts en su hogar. Puede mandar su historia aquí.

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Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Latino Outdoors, Colorado Chapter with Bianca Garcia, Natalia Ospina, and Nohemi Mora for co-hosting our first bilingual Taller Crea Tu Camino / Make Your Path Workshop! We had 29 Girl Scouts register for this virtual program on October 13, 2020. Latino Outdoors has a mission to “inspire, connect, and engage Latino communities in the outdoors and embrace cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented.” Latino Outdoors’ leaders work on a volunteer basis to plan outdoor activities for the community free of charge and provide the community with opportunities and resources to enjoy and conserve the outdoors and the environment safely and responsibly. The Latino Outdoors Colorado chapter has been led by Latina women only until recently, so they understand what sisterhood can do to bring their organization closer together through their work. We are so excited to partner with them to provide girls from our LatinX/Hispanic communities the opportunity to supplement their education about connecting with your culture in the outdoors.

In our K-5 grade workshop, the girls learned about the importance of trees and their role in our environment. They learned about how to recognize different trees including our own Colorado state tree the Blue Spruce and how to be an active citizen and learn about the current laws protecting trees. In our 6-12 grade workshop, the girls learned about how to advocate for change and how that looks like. They learned how an election works by going over examples and the ins and outs of voting. The girls in the workshops voted on sending the video we created to Venezuela as part of our Digital Pen Pal program. We created a video showcasing their tree drawings and asking them what their favorite Girl Scout activity and outdoor activity is.

Check out Latino Outdoors #TogetherApart activity:

  • Learn about the Japanese practice of forest bathing or tree therapy called shinrin-yoku in Japanese. This #TogetherApart with Trees activity is from October 12-25, you can register here: https://latinooutdoors.org/eventbrite/

Check out more on Latino Outdoors here: https://latinooutdoors.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.