Tag Archives: Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

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.

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.

Everything You Need to Know About “Driving My Financial Future” Virtual Events

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

It’s hard not to reflect on how women and girls have historically been deterred from focusing on finances because of societal norms and laws. If you want to help the girl in your life take charge of her financial future while having a blast learning new skills and building confidence, claim your spot today for our interactive virtual events developed with Toyota Financial Services!
Every event is focused on grade-appropriate topics that girls care about. And the best part? Your Girl Scout will get a chance to earn her Financial Literacy badges when she participates.
All events will be available for replay, so if you can’t make it live, no worries. Simply register and use the link in your email confirmation to tune in when you can.
Help Your Girl Take Charge of Her Financial Future
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 8:00 PM ET 

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Financial literacy is all about teaching your girl to set goals and create the future she wants for herself. And Girl Scouts can help her do it! In this webcast for parents and troop leaders, you’ll discover all the ways girls can become financially savvy through Girl Scouts and can approach saving, spending, and money management at any grade level.

2. Awesome Girls: Budgeting for a Birthday Bash
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET

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Join us as we use a budget to purchase items for a birthday party honoring Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low! Girls will learn about buying on a budget through fun hands-on experiences—no supplies needed! This event is for Girl Scout Juniors and non-Girl Scouts in fifth and sixth grades.

3. Awesome Girls: Check Out the Fine Print!
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET 

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It’s always important to read the fine print, especially when making purchases with a credit card! Learn how to use an online comparison-shopping chart to find the best deals to maximize your money. This event is for Girl Scout Cadettes and non-Girl Scouts in –sixth through eighth grades.

4. Awesome Girls: Buying Power!
Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET 

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Calculate the long-term costs of your wants and needs! Girls will complete activities to understand the true cost of their purchases, whether they’re buying a car or a new cell phone. By asking the right questions, girls learn to better evaluate their purchases and uncover hidden costs. This event is for Girl Scout Seniors and non-Girl Scouts in –ninth and tenth grades.

5. Awesome Girls: Building a Good Credit Score Score
Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 5:00 PM ET

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Girls will learn how to build their credit score to qualify to buy their first car! Through examples, girls see what they should and shouldn’t do to build strong credit. We will also discuss why having a good credit score helps people pay less monthly and have better interest on credit purchases. Most importantly, girls will hear from the experts themselves about the process of establishing healthy credit. This event is for Girl Scout Ambassadors and non-Girl Scouts in 11th and 12th grades.

Be sure to tag @gscolo and @girlscouts to show off your new badges and to let other Girl Scouts know how you liked the virtual events! You can also check out Girl Scouts at Home—our hub of online activities, including some for financial literacy.

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 and Celebrate Julia Trujillo, Colorado’s 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout

Julia Trujillo of Arvada has been honored with a national award from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)! She is one of 10 teen activists to be named National Gold Award Girl Scout. As a senior at Arvada West High School, Julia tackled the lack of accessibility to menstrual products in Colorado public schools and the stigma of periods. She partnered with Colorado State Representative Brianna Titone and led the high school’s Intersectional Feminist Club to create a legislative action committee, which introduced a bill to end period poverty and stigma, and advocated for students in Title One schools. Julia has also been selected to be GSUSA’s girl activist and representative at the United Nation’s Girls Speak Out Girl’s Rights Townhall. She will speak about her advocacy efforts for menstrual equity.

Both GSUSA and Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) have planned a few different ways for girls and volunteers to meet/connect with Julia directly.

Girl Scouts Change the World Event

Saturday, October 10 at 2 p.m.

Join GSUSA for a party to celebrate International Day of the Girl and meet the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts. Learn out how they earned the top award in Girl Scouts. Register here!

Meet an Expert: National Gold Award Girl Scout

Tuesday, October 27 at 5 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special webinar to meet Julia  Trujillo, Colorado’s 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout. Register here!

Intimate NGAGS Interview

Wednesday, October 28

Tune in to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel for an intimate interview with 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout Julia Trujillo and GSCO CEO Leanna Clark!

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.

Colorado Girl Scout Earns National Award for Addressing Lack of Menstrual Product Accessibility

Ahead of International Day of the Girl on October 11, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced Julia Trujillo of Arvada as a 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout—one of 10 teen activists nationwide who has shown extraordinary leadership and created change with sustainable impact. As a senior at Arvada West High School, Julia earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for tackling the lack of accessibility to menstrual products in Colorado public schools and the stigma of periods. As part of Julia’s research for her project, she found a 2017 BBC report that indicated 49% of 14-to-21-year-olds in the United States have missed an entire day of school because of their period and of them, 59% have made up an alternative excuse. Julia partnered with Colorado State Representative Brianna Titone and led the high school’s Intersectional Feminist Club to create a legislative action committee, which introduced legislation to end period poverty and stigma, and advocated for students in Title One schools. Even though Julia’s bill did not pass due to budget cuts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, her work inspired commitments from Jefferson County and Denver public schools to provide district-wide menstrual products. Julia also continues to advocate for ending period poverty and is currently interning for Rep. Tiptone.

In addition to being honored as a National Gold Award Girl Scout, Julia has been selected to be Girl Scouts of the USA’s girl activist and representative at the United Nation’s Girls Speak Out Girl’s Rights Townhall. She will speak about her advocacy efforts for menstrual equity. This event brings girl activists and policy makers together to discuss the gaps, challenges, and success in the girl’s rights agenda and how we can work together to build a more equitable world for girls.

Each year, thousands of Girl Scouts nationwide earn the Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout in high school can earn. These Gold Award Girl Scouts tackle an issue that is dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Annually, GSUSA recognizes 10 of these girls as National Gold Award Girl Scouts for completing projects that exemplify strong leadership and sustainable impact. Earning the Gold Award opens doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities—as well as skills that set girls up for success, like strategic thinking, communication, collaboration, problem solving, and time management.

“We are immensely proud of the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts! They are addressing issues that impact their community and matter to them,” said interim GSUSA CEO Judith Batty. “To earn the Gold Award, Girl Scouts must identify the source of a problem, develop a sustainable solution, and engage their communities in bringing about that solution. These ten remarkable girls are proof that Girl Scouts gives girls the tools to harness their inner power and make a meaningful difference in the world. In this difficult year and always, Girl Scouts are our hope for the future.”

This year, National Gold Award Girl Scout nominations underwent a rigorous multi-round review process, with finalist applications reviewed by a panel of previous National Gold Award Girl Scouts, leaders from a range of professional fields, GSUSA staff, Girl Scouts’ national volunteer partners, and representatives from the Kappa Delta Foundation and Arconic Foundation. The 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive a combined $100,000 in college scholarships from Susan Bulkeley Butler, founder of a women’s leadership development organization and a former member of the Girl Scouts of the USA Board of Directors. The Kappa Delta Foundation and Arconic Foundation also each generously contributed $50,000 in college scholarships.

On October 10, girls are invited to attend the Girl Scouts Change the World virtual celebration ahead of International Day of the Girl to meet the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts as they share their projects to inspire a new generation to step up in unique ways and transform the world around them. The event is powered by technology sponsor Microsoft. It is specially designed for Girl Scouts in grades 4-12 but is open to caregivers, volunteers, and girls who want to be inspired.

“Microsoft believes in inspiring girls to become the next generation of innovators and leaders,” said Olga Lymberis, Sr. Director, Community, Small Business, Education and Cloud Marketing, Microsoft. “For the second year, we are sponsoring the National Gold Award Girl Scout celebration because we know that closing the gender gap in fields like STEM requires tapping into girls’ creativity, providing encouragement, and highlighting real-world role models like these Gold Award Girl Scouts. By highlighting girls’ incredible achievements, Microsoft is continuing its efforts to promote diversity, inclusion and gender equality now and in the future.”

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend is Back

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

For information on Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend events in Colorado, click here.

Last year, thousands of Girl Scouts connected with nature in meaningful ways through adventure and exploration during the 2019 Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend. Your excitement and participation made it clear: Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend had to come back in 2020!

Despite many challenges posed by the global COVID-19 crisis, we are making it possible for Girl Scouts to still participate and have fun!

We’re proud to partner with the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD), so Girl Scouts can attend exciting activities at their local state park or enjoy virtual tours and resources from the safety of their homes!

Here are four things you need to know to participate and unlock your special patch for the 2020 Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend:

Choose your own state park adventure!

Choose how you want to participate—you heard us right! Celebrate Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend on September 12–13, 2020 by signing up for in-person events with your council. Check with your council to make sure they are participating and hosting in-person events. You can choose to opt-out of in-person events and explore state parks online from the comfort of your couch. But wait! There’s more: To help you discover the magic of state parks from home, we’ve created a special video interactive map—EPIC!

The Patch and the Passport

Whether you choose to participate in an in-person event or explore state parks virtually, you can earn your limited-edition 2020 Girl Scouts Love State Parks patch. Head to the Girl Scout Shop or a participating council store and claim your patch. Don’t forget, you can also print and work on your Girl Scout State Parks Passport.

Enjoy the Outdoors Responsibly

You may live in a state where it’s OK to enjoy the outdoors during the pandemic. Of course, as Girl Scouts, we always want to practice safety and be prepared. Here are a few tips for you to consider before going outdoors:

  1. Check with your council for guidance regarding event preregistration and requirements. These may vary from council to council.
  2. Pack snacks, water, and any essentials, such as hand sanitizer or sunscreen.
  3. If advised by your council or your state government, bring a face mask.
  4. Leave no trace! Respect your state parks and be sure to take your garbage back with you.
  5. Check the state park you’re visiting about which of their usual amenities might be closed. Call in advance to find out, for instance, if their restrooms are open for use—if not, make sure you go before you go!

Share! Share! Share!

Don’t forget to share the fun on social media! Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram and use #gscolo and #gsoutdoors. You can also share your stories on the GSCO Blog using the Share Your Stories Form.

Girl Scouts is about having life-changing experiences, building friendships, and making the world a better place by caring for our beautiful planet and those around us. And the outdoors is the perfect place to do it all! So, don’t wait! Get started on your Girl Scouts Love State Parks adventure.

The Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend is possible thanks to Johnson & Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson has been championing women and giving them the tools, resources, and opportunities to succeed at work and at home since its founding more than 130 years ago. Johnson & Johnson’s has generously supported the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors, which prepares girls to experiment, explore their environment, and push boundaries in healthy ways, all while learning how they can improve the world through STEM.

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.