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Register NOW for the Girl Scout Cyber Challenge

Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to detect, decode, and defend! The Girl Scout Cyber Challenge is Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Arapahoe Community College. This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage 200+ girls in grades 6–12 in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics. A futuristic scenario—a moon colony has been hacked! — will be presented and girls will be prompted to respond. Girls will learn cybersecurity skills and team up to identify the hackers, trace the origin of the cyberattack, and secure the colony’s safety.

Register online now! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_cyber_cha.html

For this event, girls will be working collaboratively in randomly assigned small teams. This is to mimic the type of work cybersecurity professionals do in the field.

This Cyber Challenge and the launch of Girl Scouts’ first national computer science program is made possible through a multi-year commitment from Raytheon, who is partnering with Girl Scouts to help close the gender gap in STEM fields by helping prepare girls to pursue careers in fields like cybersecurity, computer science, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Together, Raytheon and Girl Scouts are reaching girls during formative school years, where research shows peer pressure can sometimes deter girls from pursing their interest in STEM.

The cost is $5 per girl. All supplies, lunch, snacks, and event patch will be provided. Opportunity grants available upon registration. Girls should wear their Girl Scout vest or sash and we encourage them to bring a full, reusable water bottle.

This is a drop off event. Girls will be required to bring a completed permission form with them to submit at check in. Permission form is linked on the registration page and will be linked in your confirmation email and emailed out ahead of time. To expedite check in, we recommend filling out the form ahead of time and bringing a completed copy.

Registration closes Tuesday, October 8. Late registrations will NOT be accepted. Please confirm girl’s availability to attend the event before registering.

Questions? girlexperience@gscolorado.org. If you have any questions or trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

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Learn more about the NEW badges and Journeys in the Volunteer Toolkit

Have you heard the buzz about the 42 NEW Girl Scout badges and Journeys? Wondering where to find out more? The Volunteer Toolkit is the answer and FREE!

Accessing the Volunteer Toolkit

If you are a troop leader, you can access your troop’s Volunteer Toolkit through the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. You will have to have a membership for 2019-2020 to access this information. Not sure if you have renewed? Contact us, we can check and help you renew.

  1. Go to girlscoutsofcolorado.org
  2. Click on the “MY GS” tab at the top right of the webpage.
  3. Select “Volunteer Toolkit”
  4. Use your email and password for your MY GS account. Not sure what this is? Contact us, we can help!

Families, you can also access your girl’s troop’s Volunteer Toolkit the same way. You have view only privileges, but this is a great way to stay informed with the happenings in the troop!

Juliette Girl Scouts, hang tight, you will have access starting August 1, 2019. Questions? Contact GSCO Mission Delivery Manager Emily Speck at emily.speck@gscolorado.org.

Still have questions? Join us on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at noon for a Facebook LIVE event! Can’t attend live, but have a question to ask? Email Emily your question and we will answer it! You can access the recording of the Facebook LIVE on our Facebook page under videos.

Ready to explore the Volunteer Toolkit? Check out these quick and awesome videos to walk you through using the system.

Setting up your year plan: https://youtu.be/n0nrh4NJBFk

Setting meeting dates, times, and locations: https://youtu.be/R_nGzg4Ux3w

Customizing your year plan: https://youtu.be/uTdSFjJcFu0

Meeting plan overview: https://youtu.be/AHw9W6YyOPU

Not into digital planning? You can also purchase copies of the new badge booklets through the GSCO Retail Shop: https://www.girlscoutshop.com/BADGES-PROGRAM/ALL-PROGRAM-MATERIALS/BADGE-REQUIREMENTS

Have questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Change the world with 42 NEW Girl Scout badges

Choose your next adventure and earn one of 42 NEW badges! New programming released by Girl Scouts of the USA on July 16, 2019 enhances existing girl-led activities and offers girls everything from high adventure in the outdoors to learning how to use code to solve problems. Among the 42 new offerings are Outdoor High Adventure badges which feature, for the first time in Girl Scouts’ history, two distinct activity options, letting girls choose how they want to earn each badge.

In addition to existing badge offerings, girls in grades 6–12 can now pursue:

  • Nine Cybersecurity badges, through which girls learn about the inner workings of computer technology and cybersecurity and apply concepts of safety and protection to the technology they use every day. Activities range from decrypting and encrypting messages, to learning proper protection methods for devices, to exploring real-world hacking scenarios (funded by Palo Alto Networks).
  • Three Space Science badges, through which girls explore topics such as the universe and their place in it, properties of light, and inspiring careers in space science (funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute).
  • Think Like a Citizen Scientist, a Girl Scout Leadership Journey during which girls participate in interactive activities to practice observation techniques; collect data; and share their findings with real-world scientists through an online network. As with all of Girl Scouts’ Leadership Journeys, girls use their newly honed skills to take action on a community issue of their choosing (funded by Johnson & Johnson and The Coca-Cola Foundation).
  • To prepare girls in grades 6–12 to pursue computer science careers, Girl Scouts will launch the organization’s first Cyber Challenge on October 19 at sites nationwide, including Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. This program aims to prepare girls to pursue computer science careers in fields such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, robotics, and data science. Girls will test their cybersecurity skills, team up with other girls, and meet with cybersecurity professionals!

The new programming for girls in grades K–12 includes:

  • 12 Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures like backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and tree climbing—giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature. These are the first Girl Scout badges that members can earn by choosing one of two self-directed paths (funded by The North Face).
  • 18 Coding for Good badges, which not only teach girls the basics of coding but also detail how every stage of the coding process provides girls with opportunities to use their skills for good. Girls will learn about algorithms through age-appropriate, creative activities, such as coding positive memes to spread a message about a cause they care about, designing a digital game to educate people about an issue, and developing an app to promote healthy habits. Every Coding for Good badge includes a plugged-in and unplugged version, so that all girls can learn the foundations of coding, regardless of their access to technology (funded by AT&T and Dell Technologies).

“Girl Scouts has ignited the power and potential of girls for over a century, and we are committed to ensuring that today’s girls are the future of American leadership,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girl Scouts is where girls can explore new subjects, discover their passions, learn to take smart risks, and become their best, most confident selves—whether they want to become a NASA astronaut, an entrepreneur, a mountain climber, a coder, or a cybersecurity agent.”

GSUSA works with top organizations in fields that interest today’s girls. Combined with Girl Scouts’ expertise in girl leadership, these organizations and specialists advise and weigh in on content to provide the most cutting-edge programming available to girls. Content collaborators include codeSpark, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), SciStarter, and Vidcode. In true girl-led fashion, girls also tested the new offerings.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. With Girl Scouts, she’ll discover who she is, what she’s passionate about, and what she wants to achieve—both today and in the future. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

Girl Scouts painted state parks green! Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) teamed up with the National Association of State Park Directors to host Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend. More than 30,000 Girl Scouts across 48 states (and Puerto Rico) were expected to visit nearly 400 state parks July 13 and 14, 2019 to find adventure, explore nature, and learn what Girl Scouts is all about. Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to offer nearly 500 local Girl Scouts, along with their friends and family, special events/activities at ten state parks. They included:

  • Barr Lake, Brighton
  • Castlewood Canyon, Franktown
  • Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs
  • Lake Pueblo, Pueblo
  • Lory, Bellevue
  • Mueller, Divide
  • Ridgway, Ridgway
  • Rifle Falls, Rifle
  • Staunton, Pine
  • Sylvan Lake State Park , Eagle

Activities at each park varied, but many included fly fishing, ranger-led hikes, making nature crafts, learning about Leave No Trace, sing-alongs, disc golf, and geocaching.

Events nationwide offered Girl Scout families the opportunity to experience the outdoors, an integral part of GSUSA’s girl leadership program. Our cutting-edge environmental conservation; camping; and outdoor science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming is rooted in a passion for adventure and healthy risk-taking combined with taking action to protect the environment for present and future generations.

Join us at G.I.R.L. 2020

G.I.R.L. 2020 will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from October 21 – 25, 2020.

There are two amazing parts to G.I.R.L. 2020 and you will want to be there for both…

  • One is the National Council Session, which is the movement’s triennial business meeting. This happens from Wednesday, October 21 – Friday, October 23. G.I.R.L.s can see “democracy in action” during this meeting, and can experience the closing ceremony on Friday when the new national officers are elected and the parade of countries that have Girl Scouts or Girl Guides takes place.
  • The other is the G.I.R.L. 2020 program, which includes plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and G.I.R.L. 2020 Expo – A Hall of Experiences. This happens from Friday, October 23 – Sunday, October 25. All G.I.R.L.s who are Cadettes, Seniors, and/or Ambassadors and adults can experience amazing speakers, participate in interactive sessions crafted by our G-Team (a group of Senior and Ambassador G.I.R.L. Scouts convened nationally for the purpose of envisioning, planning, and implementing G.I.R.L. 2020) for G.I.R.L.s just like them, and immerse themselves in all things “G.I.R.L. Scout” in our largest expo hall ever!

Online registration and housing selection will open in January 2020. We have thousands of rooms (single- quad accommodations) reserved for our participants and the costs range from $99 – $239 per night. By booking with the hotels GSUSA has reserved (also known as within the housing block) you’ll have access to ground transportation, and other amenities that you won’t have if you use other housing.

For registration planning purposes, you will need to budget approximately $300 per G.I.R.L. for registration. This will include a Saturday evening celebration at one of the Orlando theme parks. Day prices haven’t been set yet for G.I.R.L. 2020 Expo – A Hall of Experiences. This option provides a wonderful opportunity to engage our Daisies, Brownies and Juniors and their families in the Girl Scout movement.

Additionally, keep your eyes open for our Troop and Family Travel Planning Guides which will be available to councils and members this fall and for our “What’s New” email series that will be shared movement-wide with our members. You can also check frequently on the G.I.R.L. 2020 website for more information and updates.

Can’t wait to see you in Orlando!

2019 – 2020 D-Pass Grant recipients

Congratulations to these seven Colorado Girl Scouts who received a 2019 -2020 D-Pass Grant:

  • Christine B.
  • Jenaya R.
  • Kaylee E.
  • Summer G.
  • Natasha C.
  • Sadie S.
  • Renata O.

The D-Pass Grant is awarded to girls who are accepted to a 2019 – 2020 Girl Scout Destination and meet the qualifications. Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older. Girls can apply to participate in a life-changing experience with Girl Scouts from across the country.

Interested in learning more about Girl Scout Destinations? Click here: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/take-a-trip/destinations/

Civics Education livestream

Update as of Monday, June 10, 2019: If you would like to re-watch or share the civic education event with others, a recording and discussion guide are available on the Girl Scouts of the USA website

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to join bipartisan leaders, including Chelsea Clinton, to discuss the importance of educating and engaging today’s youth in civics to preserve and strengthen our country’s democracy on June 3, 2019 from 8 – 10 a.m. This nonpartisan event is an opportunity for community leaders, public officials, and education experts to discuss how out-of-school civics programs can prepare the next generation to be involved citizens with a deeper understanding of their government-both now and for the rest of their lives.

Girls, parents, volunteers, and other Girl Scout supporters can  register for the livestream of this special event using this link: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/advocacy/event-civics-education.html

Do you want to be involved in future Girl Scout advocacy efforts? Join the Girl Scout Advocacy Network! Learn more here: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/advocacy/the-girl-scout-advocacy-network.html

Still time to apply for a gsDestination

Still thinking about going on a Girl Scout Destination? You’re in luck! There are still many Destinations that still have availability. As the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older, you have the opportunity to explore amazing locations around the world with Girl Scouts from different states and have life-changing experiences. Applications for these unique opportunities are open through April 2019 at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel:

  •  Advanced Space Academy, 6/16/19-6/21/19
  • Archaeology & Culture: Uncovering the Mysteries of Colorado’s Pueblo Communities, Durango, CO, 6/30/19-7/6/19
  • Ashland- Art of Theatre, 6/23/19-6/29/19
  • Athens and the Islands, 7/22/20-8/2/20
  • Biking Denmark and Sweden: Cycle the coast and castles of Scandinavia, 7/17/19- 7/24/19
  • CampHERO: Wisconsin, 7/21/19- 7/26/19
  • Caribbean Land and Sea: Puerto Rico, 7/28/19- 8/3/19
  • Catching Waves: Costa Rica, 6/29/19- 7/13/19
  • Channel Island Adventure: California, 7/7/19- 7/15/19
  • Costa Rica & Panama Service Challenge, multiple dates summer 2019
  • Curtain Call in London, 7/25/20- 8/5/20
  • Discover South Africa, 7/25/19- 7/7/19
  • Equitation Challenge: Georgia, 7/28/19- 8/4/19
  • Escape to Iceland, 6/11/19- 6/18/19
  • Ethiopia: An African Mountain Adventure, 6/11/19- 6/21/19
  • Germany- Castles in the Sky, 7/15/19- 7/24/19
  • Grand Tour of Italy, 7/21/20- 8/3/20
  • Greece- See Kayaking Kefalonia and Ionian Islands, 6/23/19- 7/2/19
  • Happy Trails: Georgia, 7/28/19- 8/4/19
  • Hollywood Dreamin’, 6/30/19- 7/6/19
  • Horseback Riding Mongolia, 7/3/19- 7/12/19
  • Japan- Land of the Rising Sun, 7/6/20- 7/16/20
  • Lake Erie Island Exploration, 7/28/19- 8/4/19
  • Majestic Alps: France, Switzerland and Italy, 7/26/19- 8/3/19
  • Native New Mexican Adventure, 6/1/19- 6/10/19
  • North Country Rock n Wilderness: Minnesota & Canada, several days July 2020
  • Orlando Adventure Quest, 8/4/19- 8/11/19
  • Rainforest, River & Reef: Costa Rica, 7/27/19- 8/10/19
  • Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure: Costa Rica and Panama, several dates summer 2019
  • Space Academy: Alabama, 6/16/19- 6/21/19
  • STEM: Energy Solutions in Germany, 7/19/20-7/30/20
  • The Great Panda Adventure- China, 7/2/19- 7/11/19
  • Wilderness Adventure Photography- Yosemite, 6/23/19- 6/29/19

Questions about paying for the trip or what an individual travel experience is like? Email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

Uncover the mysteries of Colorado’s Pueblo communities

Want to experience a Destination, but not quite ready to travel out of the state? You are in luck! This year, GSUSA is hosting an AMAZING Destination in Cortez from June 30- July 6, 2019.

Join archaeologists at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez to take part in hands-on fieldwork. You’ll help excavate great houses on a site located nearby on private land. When you’re not busy digging into the past of ancestral Pueblo great houses, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Four Corners region of the American Southwest, going to restaurants, museums, and sites such as Hovenweep National Monument, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and Mesa Verde National Park.

On the day you arrive, researchers will conduct an orientation and brief you on the work you’ll be doing. Fieldwork will begin on the second day, where you will:

  • Excavate ancient households and public architecture: Most days, you’ll arrive at the dig immediately after breakfast and spend much of the day working with hand trowels, brooms, buckets, and screens to remove and identify artifacts and other archaeological finds. Your work may focus on the excavation of homes, middens (trash deposits), and the great houses.
  • Survey for future excavation sites: Help with remote sensing surveys that identify likely areas of archaeological significance. Remote sensing tools are used to identify features beneath the ground that may have been overlooked by standard survey techniques.
  • Survey for future excavation sites: Excavate a site of the ancient Pueblo II community.
  • Lab Analysis: Process artifacts recovered from excavations—pottery, lithics (stone tools), ground stone, and animal bone—which includes washing, sorting, cataloging, and labeling them.

In the evenings, you’ll head back to the field station for dinner and time to relax. Additionally, you may attend programs, including an introduction to research at Crow Canyon, presentation by staff archaeologists, and guest lectures on current research in Southwestern archaeology.

Find more information and apply by March 31, 2019: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/archaeology-culture-uncovering-the-mysteries-of-colorados-pueblo-communities/

Celebrate Girl Scout Week: 7 Days of awesome

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Whether you’re a Girl Scout alum, current member, dedicated volunteer, or you simply have an extraordinary Girl Scout in your life, you’re an important part of the Girl Scout family. And you know what families do together? Celebrate!

Girl Scout Week is definitely something to celebrate—seven straight days to show off your Girl Scout pride and lift up all that this worldwide sisterhood has given you, your community, and the world. Join us in treating each day from Sunday, March 10, through Saturday, March 16, as a day of action focused on a powerful yet simple way to get involved.

Sunday, March 10

Girl Scout Sunday is a special day dedicated to thinking about your beliefs and how they’re reflected in the Girl Scout Law. Think of the things the two have in common and share your thoughts with others. 

Monday, March 11 

Give a big shout-out to your Girl Scout sisters! Whether you tag other Girl Scouts on social media or get creative and make a card or gift for a Girl Scout in your life, don’t be bashful about sharing the love. 

Tuesday, March 12

It’s Girl Scouts’ 107th birthday! Honor the Girl Scout Movement by sharing on social media an issue you’re passionate about and what you’re doing to make a difference. You’ve got this, Girl Scout! 

Wednesday, March 13

Get out your green gear—it’s Girl Scout Spirit Day! Whether you sport a Girl Scout tee under a blazer at the office or rock a trefoil sweatshirt at the gym, let everyone know you’re a G.I.R.L. at heart. 

Thursday, March 14

Perform an act of kindness. Whether you pay for a stranger’s cup of coffee or visit an elderly neighbor, every bit of positivity Girl Scouts put out there helps make the world a better place. 

Friday, March 15

Kick off the weekend by giving back to your community. Could the local park use a cleanup? Does the food bank need volunteers? As always, the best person for the job is a Girl Scout! 

Saturday, March 16

Besides reflecting on your beliefs and how they’re echoed in the Girl Scout Law, we urge you to take some time this Girl Scout Sabbath to learn something new about someone else’s faith. 

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating Girl Scout Week 2019 by hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form. Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Questions? Email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.