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International Day of the Girl: Call for submissions for Girls Speak Out 2019

** Deadline extended to August 25, 2019 **

Check out full details online and access consent form: http://dayofthegirlsummit.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IDG-2019-Call-Out-English-Extended.pdf

Attention girls of the world! YOU are being asked to celebrate the International Day of the Girl (IDG 2019)! Did you know that every October 11 the world celebrates GIRLS?! Help honor girls
like you by sending in your stories. Reflect on a moment in your life where you thought “THIS is what it means to be a girl where I live!” It could be a time when you or girls you know overcame an obstacle, shared a moment of connection, stood up for yourself, a life turning point, an act of bravery, or an adventure with friends!

IDG 2019 is looking for original stories, poetry, creative writing, videos, performances, photography, artwork, songs, or declarations about what it means to be a girl where you live! They will select a diverse collection of bold, inspiring, funny, and everyday stories written by girls, for girls to be performed LIVE at the United Nations in New York City on October 11 for the 2019 IDG Girls Speak Out! And guess what?! Everyone who submits her work will get a special shout out on the www.DayoftheGirlSummit.org website or during the IDG2019 webcast on October 11!

October 11 is our day to celebrate and SPEAK OUT about what it means to be a girl. Leaders at the UN and other girls need to hear your story. Help showcase the issues girls face and how powerful girls are. Submit your story and help make this year’s Girls Speak Out the best one yet!

Here is what you need to do:

  • Be a girl (or a group of girls) 18 years or younger.
  • Answer the question, what does it mean to be a girl where you live today?
  • Tell us your story. Send your original work and consent form to: IDGsubmissions@gmail.com with your name, age, country, and contact information no later than Sunday, August 25 11:59PM US EST!

Please make sure your submission is in one of these formats:

  • Poetry or monologue (maximum 300 words)
  • Video (maximum length of 2 minutes)
  • Photograph (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels)
  • Art or graphic design (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels)

Questions? Email IDGsubmissions@gmail.com

Girl Guide and Girl Scout Connections:  From Zambia to Colorado

Update as of August 15, 2019: A troop has been found for this opportunity.

** Girl Scouts of Colorado is looking for a troop of Girl Scout Juniors and/or Cadettes to continue communication with the Girl Guides in Zambia. Communication will be virtual via troop leaders and may be limited due to access to technology in Zambia. If interested, please email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. **

64 Girl Guides in Kabwe, Zambia recently learned about their American counterparts, Girl Scouts. The Zambian girls were pleased to hear that the Colorado Girl Scouts like many of the same activities as they do, such as reading, cooking, and hanging out with friends. They also share a commitment to service and aspire to become doctors, teachers, nurses, or entrepreneurs. Unlike Colorado girls, who might enjoy skiing, Zambian girls have never seen snow in their Texas-size country, which is about as far south of the equator as Honduras is north of it.

Seanna Silver, a lifetime Girl Scout, was honored to spend time with the Kabwe Girl Guides troop (or “company” as it is called in Zambia) on July 20, 2019. Seanna traveled to Zambia to visit her mother-in-law, Martha King, who’s serving there as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer working in HIV prevention. Martha was integral in reaching out to the Kabwe troop, coordinating with the Girl Guides leader, and setting up this special meeting.

Seanna shared information with the Kabwe girls about Girl Scouts and gave each one a special Colorado Tomahawk Ranch patch. She also taught them the Girl Scout Promise & Law and how to sing “Make New Friends.” The girls caught on quickly and sang beautifully. As a music teacher, Seanna was then delighted to learn a couple of the Zambian troop’s songs.

In the spirit of “making new friends,” the girls wrote letters to send to some Colorado girls, decorating them with colorful designs. Mwenzi, who’s 13 and in 9th grade, explained that “in our country we call Girls Scouts as Girl Guides, and I am so happy to write this letter to you.” She aspires to become a doctor, “so that I can help my country.”

15-year-old Anna wrote, “Please you should come in Zambia to see me, and I should like you to teach me English.” Although Zambia’s official language is English, most Zambians start home life speaking one of 72 indigenous languages or dialects. Most only begin to learn English once they attend school, and by fourth grade, they are taught exclusively in English. Many Zambians speak at least three languages.

Also 15, Charity would like to become a doctor or police officer, “so that there can be world peace.” She especially likes the good values and morals taught in her weekly Girl Guide meetings. Her 14-year-old friend, Rosemary, a chocolate fan, wants to become a nurse or a teacher. Rosemary enjoys singing the’ “Be Prepared” song, noting that their motto, like the Girl Scouts, is to “be prepared.” Doreen would like to know how Colorado girls learn about starting and growing a business. Her favorite pastimes include swimming, dancing, cooking, and singing Gospel songs.

The girls asked about what Colorado girls like to do, are eager to hear from some of them, and hope to make new friends!

Seanna was inspired to make this connection to carry on Eleanor Silver’s legacy with the Girl Scouts of Colorado. Special thanks to John Silver, Girl Scout volunteer, who had a big idea that became a reality.

Celebrate Father’s Day with Girl Scouts of Colorado

Bring the whole family to Meadow Mountain Ranch on Sunday, June 16, 2019 to celebrate Father’s Day AND World Environment Day!

In partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service, Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to offer Girl Scouts, along with their family and friends, a way to focus on and celebrate the environment. World Environment Day is a global occasion to highlight and discus the importance of environmental awareness and action. By celebrating World Environment Day, Girl Scouts honor Juliette Gordon Low’s legacy, by promoting respect and love of the great outdoors far and wide. Through Girl Scouts, girls see the Earth as their home. Whether they’re learning about endangered wildlife, developing creative recycling projects, or working toward a grade-level award, girls focus on care, conservation, and responsibility. They make sure the beauty and wonder of our planet endure for future generations to enjoy.

From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., girls, along with their friends and family, will have the opportunity to participate in several activities across the camp property. The event is open-house style and you’re welcome to come for the whole event, or part of it, and participate in whichever activities interest you. Activities include:

  • Activities from the Global Action Days Toolkit
  •  A hands-on activity from our awesome partner, the Colorado State Forest Service
  • A chance to meet with a Girl Scout alum about her career in forestry/environmental science and experiences as a wildland firefighter
  • Conservation related service projects on the property
  • Walk the MMR Nature Trail and earn your patch (patches for sale via GSCO Retail Shop)
  • S’mores station
  • Displays from the GSCO Global Action Committee & History Committee

You are welcome to bring a sack lunch and/or snacks for the day.

You can also pick up your FREE Global Action Days patch at this event. You have earned the Global Action Days patch by celebrating three of the Global Action Days during the year by completing at least one activity from the toolkit for each day. Because World Thinking Day has its own award, it cannot be used to earn the Global Action Days patch. You may use this World Environment day toward the patch requirements.

RSVP online by June 11: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/world_environment_da.html The RSVP will also ask how many Global Action Days patches you’ll be picking up that day. If you do not RSVP in advance, we cannot guarantee a patch for you that day.

This is not a drop off event. All girls must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Adult-to-girl ratios must be met. Girls attending with a troop leader should bring a completed parent permission form for a Girl Scout activity, which her troop leader should retain in case of emergency.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org

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World Thinking Day in Steamboat #TimeToLead

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

World Thinking Day was a #TimeToLead in Steamboat Springs this year. More than 70 girls from 13 troops participated in a girl-led event after school on a Friday!

The event was planned by an eighth grade Juliette and led by the Cadette troops. The Time Machine theme was inspired by the WAGGGS World Thinking Day curriculum to earn the Thinking Day Badge for #WTD2019. Stations to explore the past, present, and future of Girl Scouts and WAGGGS carried out the theme of “110 Years of Adventure!”

A special visit by GSCO Board Chair Rae Ann Dougherty and Rich Dougherty were a highlight of the event, as each girl had the opportunity to earn the special patch Rae Ann shares on her visits around the state.

These go-getter Cadettes led stations that were based on adventures in the World Centers. One was “Spot the Leader,” practicing some silent skills of a leader. Another was creating skits using recycled objects. And, “Fact or Fiction” involved learning more about the history of Girl Scouts and Girl Guiding. Innovation included using our dollars to donate to the World Thinking Day fund by voting on our passions. Girls can make healthy choices for themselves and others, stay safe online, and raise their voices and be heard! Our risk-takers learned and shared a WTD dance using the song, “Broken and Beautiful,” from the new movie Ugly Dolls. The dance was choreographed by Taylor Graham, the event organizer.
Leadership and Time To Lead were the theme of the day as more than 14 Cadettes from five troops led stations showcasing different aspects of leadership skills. As well, origami swaps were created under the lead of Cadettes in Troop 52622 and members of our local SuperTroop stepped up to lead the flag ceremony and the closing friendship circle.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

World Thinking Day in Southwestern CO

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Daisy Troop 26237 of Pagosa Springs was able to “think” more about the significance of the Girl Scout symbol and about Girl Scouts around the world during a World Thinking Day event in the Southwestern CO region.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Celebrate World Thinking Day in Colorado Springs

Submitted by Melissa Stamps

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Still looking to celebrate World Thinking Day with your Girl Scout sisters? Join Service Unit 413 for an around-the-world showcase of countries! You and your troop can choose to represent a country with a display of facts, art, artifacts, snacks, etc. or to be tourists and just come enjoy the fun!

When:

Saturday, April 27, 2019

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where:

Colorado Military Academy

Colorado Springs

Cost:

$1.50/per girl presenting

$5 per girl touring

Adults are free.

Questions? Contact Melissa Stamps at mcs9886@yahoo.com or (719) 551 – 0270 to choose a country and register, or with any questions.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Celebrate World Thinking Day in Durango

Girl Scouts are invited to celebrate World Thinking Day and learn about Girl Scouts around the world. Girls will “visit” the five Girl Scout World Centers and learn about each Center and do a craft or game from the area.

When: 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where:

Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church

Durango

Cost: FREE

This is not a drop-off event. Girl Scouts must attend with a troop leader, parent, or guardian. Adult-to-girl ratios must be met.

Register online by April 1 at: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/world_thinking_day_durango_sw_4_6_2019

Passport to the World of Global Girl Scouts

Global Girl Scout activities help boost girls’ awareness of the world through cross-cultural learning opportunities—and help her better understand important global issues, giving her the power, inspiration, and resources to make the world a better place. Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low once famously said, “Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding can be the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.” Troop leaders and parents are invited to learn how to enhance their Girl Scouts’ global experience at Passport to the World of Global Girl Scouts on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Heart of Longmont Church. There will be activities relating to badge, patch, and Journey requirements and an introduction to other Global programs for girls at every grade level.

Register online:

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/passport_to_the_world_of_global_girl_scouts_nc_05_04_2019

Registration ends Tuesday, April 30.

Cost: FREE

Audience: Troop leaders and parents

International Women’s Day 2019

The goal of International Women’s Day 2019 is to bring focus to the inequality of women throughout the world and how it impacts the progress of girls. 2017 Gold Award Girl Scout Kayleigh Cornell, sophomore at CU Boulder and intern for the Global Action Committee, created this video about what equality means to women and girls across the United States.

Celebrate World Thinking Day with GSCO

Take the lead on February 22, 2019 to celebrate World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!)

Promoted by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS for short) along with Girl Scouts across the USA, World Thinking Day originated in 1926. That’s when delegates from around the globe met at Camp Edith Macy—now called Edith Macy Conference Center—in New York State and agreed that February 22 would henceforth be known as a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide.

Every year since, World Thinking Day has called for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to join together and take part in activities that promote changing the world for the better. This year’s World Thinking Day theme is Leadership; check out our activity guides to explore many different ways girls can be leaders and create the change they want to see in the world—and celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides!

The GSCO Global Action Committee also wants to hear from you (VSS, Service Unit Managers, troop leaders, etc.) about the exciting plans you’ve been working on for World Thinking Day. If you are planning a World Thinking Day celebration, please fill out the form linked HERE so the Global Action Committee can compile data and help you make your celebration the best it can be!

More updates from the GSCO Global Action Committee!

Celebrate International Women’s Day with GSCO

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to celebrate International Women’s Day and we are asking YOU to help. For our part, GSCO wants to invite you to participate in a video project. On March 8, we are celebrating International Women’s Day with #PressforProgress and aiming to enhance gender equality. Full instructions on how to participate are on the blog!

New Global Girl Scout flyer available

The Global Action Committee is thrilled to launch an updated flyer about all the global opportunities available to Girl Scouts. Available online through the Global section of anytime activities.