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Centennial Patch Program: Resources for girls and volunteers


The Centennial Patch Program celebrates 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado.

The center patch is surrounded by add-on topics.  Each topic has suggested Discover, Connect, and Take Action activities. To earn an add-on, girls must complete at least one activity from each Discover, Connect, and Take Action area.

The patch and activity add-ons may be purchased from the GSCO Council Shop. To order yours, contact 303-607-4880 or retail@gscolorado.org.

Resources for Girls:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Centennial_Patch_Girl.pdf

Resources for Volunteers:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Centennial_Patch_Adults.pdf



Royal Gorge Centennial bridging

Girl Scouts of all ages had a great time at the Royal Gorge Centennial bridging  outside of Canyon City! More than 100 girls bridged with over 200 friends and family celebrating with them. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed a beautiful day!

Our group gathered at the entry of the bridge for the start of the bridging ceremony. The Royal Gorge staff closed the bridge for just our group for our time on the bridge. GSCO Volunteer Jody Clair led our ceremony. Each troop level was honored in a special section recognizing program levels.

Girls came from all over the state to participate. It was fun to have such a large Girl Scout group bridging and walking across the bridge at the same time! After crossing the bridge, Girl Scouts, friends, and family enjoyed a reception with cupcakes and lemonade. Many troops stayed and enjoyed hiking around the gorge and activities at the bridge’s park afterwards.

A big THANK YOU goes to Brook Sklenar for organizing such a great event! We also really appreciate Dona Basham and her team at the Royal Gorge Bridge for being top notch hosts. They were great to work with! Our amazing volunteers ensured we had a successful event. A big thank you goes out to:

Jody Clair

Dana and Elise Vandegrift

Kathy and Genevieve Nameika

Debbie Swanson

Jay Sklenar

Thank you for helping make it a great day!

Royal Gorge Centennial Girl Scout bridging ceremony


Join Girl Scouts across the state on the Royal Gorge Bridge for a very special centennial bridging event on Saturday, May 20, 2017! GSCO is organizing an official bridging walk at the bridge in Canyon City at 11 a.m. and will host a short reception afterwards. Cost is $5/Girl Scout and $3/friends and family, plus $16 per person for discounted entry to the park, which is good all day.

To Register: 

**Registration will be done in two parts. 

To participate in GSCO’s bridging ceremony and reception, please register at https://goo.gl/exHstj. The registration deadline for the reception is May 15, 2017. Each Girl Scout registration includes a special centennial event patch.

To purchase admission tickets, please contact the Royal Gorge Bridge directly at (719) 275-7507. Tickets can also be purchased at the bridge the day of the event. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family will need to purchase an admission ticket to enter the Royal Gorge for the bridging ceremony.

Girl Scout troops and families are also welcome to visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and enjoy discounted tickets, even if their troop or Girl Scout is not bridging.

Interested in camping near the Royal Gorge for this event? Check out these campsites:
• Royal Gorge Park – https://goo.gl/wXcUIX
• Other campsites on the hill close to the Royal Gorge – http://www.canoncitycolorado.com/camping

Questions? Contact Brook Sklenar at brook.sklenar@gscolorado.org or Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.


Centennial Campfire celebration at Tomahawk Ranch

More than 450 Girl Scouts, friends, and family gathered on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Tomahawk Ranch to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado at the second in a series of Centennial Campfire celebrations. Tomahawk Ranch is a Girl Scouts of Colorado property located southwest of Denver in Bailey. The next Centennial Campfire is planned for April 29-30 at the Grand Junction Service Center. A final celebration will be held May 21 at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Rocky Mountain National Park.

Despite the fire ban, Girl Scouts enjoyed s’mores by the fireplace inside Tomahawk Lodge, toured the property, and drank hot chocolate and apple cider. A Girl Scout history display and mobile Girl Scout shop attracted attention in the Dining Hall.

In addition to all the festivities, Girl Scouts of Colorado President & CEO Stephanie A. Foote and representatives from High Country Riders 4H group in Bailey cut the ribbon on the new indoor riding arena. The work, which started in the fall of 2016, was finished in February 2017 and is the result of an exciting partnership with GSCO and High Country Riders.

All Girl Scouts who attended received a free, fun patch honoring 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado. The first Girl Scout troop in Colorado got started in 1917 in the Colorado Springs area.

Cookie CEO search

As part of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in Colorado, we are celebrating amazing women who are Girl Scout alumnae, sold cookies as girl members, and attribute their business acumen to the skills they learned from Girl Scout financial literacy programs.

If this sounds like you, email Debbie Swanson at debbie.swanson@gscolorado.org. Be sure to include your name, current location, council/location of Girl Scout program, years in Girl Scouts, and a brief statement about how selling cookies contributed to your business success.

Your story will be shared in upcoming print and social media to inspire and encourage Girl Scouts of today!

Centennial Campfire celebrations: Register now

Register now for Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Centennial Campfires, featuring property tours, s’mores, sing-a-longs, history displays, camp merchandise, fun patch activities, and more!  All attendees will also receive a special 2017 Centennial patch.

Sky High Ranch

March 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Woodland Park

Registration link: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/skyhighranchcentennialcampfire03122017

Tomahawk Ranch

March 19, Noon – 2 p.m.


Registration link: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/tomahawkranchcentennialcampfire03192017

Grand Junction Service Center

April 29-30

580 24 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction

*Meet the CEO, mobile shop, activity stations, Highest Awards celebration

Link to register: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/grandjunctioncentennialcelebration04292017

Meadow Mountain Ranch

May 21, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.


Registration link: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meadowmountainranchcentennialcampfire05212017

Limited accommodations may be available at camp properties: http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.


Hundreds gather for Centennial Kickoff Celebration

** See more photos on our Flickr page:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums/72157670426020690

Submitted by Jacky Noden, Girl Scouts of Colorado Chief Operating Officer

The weekend of July 23-24 I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of history.  In Colorado Springs, more than 400 amazing girls, families, and volunteers joined together to celebrate and honor 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado, at our Centennial Kickoff Celebration kickoff.  I was lucky enough to have a front row seat for this great event and witness it all first hand.  In 1917, the first Girl Scout troop in Colorado, Troop 4, was formed in the Pikes Peak region with just a handful of girls.  In the nearly 100 years since then, we have steadily built a core of troops around the state that now serves more than 22,000 girls and 9,000 adults.  With a staff size of just over 100, serving these girls wouldn’t be possible without the work of our amazing volunteers, and there’s nowhere that this was better evidenced than at our Centennial event.  There, girls learned new skills and about the importance of our heritage through activity stations hosted by staff and volunteers working hand in hand.

The event itself was coordinated by a tremendous staff member, Elba Barr, who joined Girl Scouts staff with significant girl and volunteer experience.  Elba help ensure that all of the pieces were in place to provide girls with as many opportunities as possible to experience new things and learn together throughout the weekend.

I saw so many inspiring interactions during our event.  Interactions like girls learning about the importance of our international sisterhood by reliving the 1959 Roundup through the eyes of our volunteers  who were actually there, on almost the very same spot.  Or girls learning the Girl Scout Promise in sign language.  Or girls learning archery and spear throwing.  Or girls spiritedly participating in a traditional camp-style singalong.  On every foot of ground, I saw girls making incredible memories and incredible history.  I am so proud to be a part of such a strong organization that has provided us with countless opportunities like these to make incredible impacts on the lives of girls and women for nearly a century.  My thanks to all of the girls and women who joined together, in 1917 and everyday since, to make Girl Scouting possible.

Centennial Kickoff Celebration: Celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado

Written by Katy L. Wood

My family moved a lot when I was a kid so I never managed to stay in a Girl Scout troop–and they never managed to keep up a troop on their own–but what I did do was go to camp. There were summers where I’d go to three separate two week camps, sometimes one right after the other so I was away from home for a month. Those days at camp are some of the best memories of my childhood. I am who I am because of those days at camp.

I frequently got the chance to hang upside-down from rather precarious positions:


I learned how to shoot and gained a life long love of archery:


I went backpacking in some of the most beautiful wilderness out there:


I met a woman called Pink who was a HUGE influence on who I am today, dyed hair and crazy artist and all:


And while I went to a handful of different camps there was one that stood out above all the rest: Flying “G” Ranch Colorado. It was this beautiful place nestled up in the Rockies full of horses and platform tents and storms that made the ground rock and so much more. Not even the Haymen Fire that destroyed most of the area around it could bring it down.

Pink ran the art shed for every year I can remember going there. She taught us how to make candles and weave beads and paint and make friendship bracelets. I was even lucky enough to have her as a unit counselor on an art themed backpacking trip.

My mom went to Flying “G” when she was a kid. I started going when I was nine years old. But when I was 12 the camp was shut down. It broke my heart. 

I remember my last session there; it was the session with the art themed backpacking trip with Pink. I remember the very last flag ceremony the camp ever had:


I remember that there was a virus that was going around camp on the very last night so we had to cancel the big, final, closing campfire. But Pink, someone like me who was a second generation attendee of the camp, wouldn’t have that. She gathered all of our unit up into the outdoor kitchen in our unit, turned on her radio, pulled out her guitar, and started singing camp songs over the radio for the whole camp to hear.

We cried. Every single one of us. Every single girl in that unit was someone like me who’d been attending the camp for years and we were devastated. It was like losing our home. We were never going to come back and tell ghost stories about the Aspen Heart up on the mountain. We were never going to churn butter in the homestead house. We were never gonna have to pull our mattresses off of their metal frames because the lightning was so bad. We were never gonna sing in front of the lodge before meals. We were never gonna watch Pink dip her hand into a vat of boiling wax because she was determined to have a hand shaped candle. We were never gonna hike up to Lookout Rock before dawn and watch the sun come up over a valley full of clouds. It was over.

Sure, there are plenty of other great Girl Scout camps in Colorado. I’ve been to a handful of them, before and after Flying “G” closed. But it was never the same.

I’ve missed Girl Scouts like crazy ever since that camp closed, but I moved on. I had other things keeping me busy like high school and then college. I still hiked, I still practiced archery, I still told ghost stories. I still missed it, even if I’d moved on.

Then, about a month ago, Elba Barr contacted me wondering if I’d be interested in teaching comics at the Girl Scout Centennial Colorado celebration on the 23rd of July. She’d found me online when searching for women artists in Colorado. I wanted so much to say yes, but at the time I thought it would be out of the state that weekend for a family vacation. Then that vacation got canceled and I jumped at the chance to e-mail Elba back to say I would be available after all. I didn’t get my hopes up though, it had been about two weeks and I knew Elba might have found someone else to fill the position.

But she hadn’t, and she was ECSTATIC that I’d become available. So I sent her a list of supplies, packed up a collection of my favorite comic books and drawing resources–as well as my old Flying “G” bandanna–and headed down to Colorado Springs where the celebration was taking place.

I got there about two hours early because, for one, I’m terrible at planning, for two, I was ridiculously excited. I couldn’t WAIT to meet the girls and talk to them about comics. So I hauled out my box of books, set up under my little tent in the dusty field, and waited for things to get rolling at this delightful little get together that would be teaching the girls not only comics but other wonderful things like spear-throwing (something every girl should, obviously, know).

The celebration started off with a wonderful flag ceremony and some great speeches and, not gonna lie, I was quite proud of myself for remembering the Girl Scout pledge after about ten years. Then it was back to my tent to get things started. 

Technically the comic artist badge is a cadet level badge (around middle school age) but I had girls of all ages come to my tent, some as young as five or six. There were even girls from other countries. They were all so sweet and happy to draw and show me their comics and ask questions. Some of them even gave me little trinkets to take home, and one set of parents bought me a slushy to battle the heat of the day.

It was great. It was just straight up great. Yeah, I was getting to talk about and teach something I love doing, but more than that I was on the other side of it now. I was a counselor, even if it was just for a day. I was Pink, the woman who had such a huge, lasting influence on who I am today. It was a little surreal and it brought back so many amazing memories of being the little girl sitting in the dirt at camp with a homemade sketchbook and dreaming about being a successful artist one day. 

So thank you, Elba, for inviting me to this awesome event that gave me back something I’ve been missing for ten years; a little piece of Flying “G” ranch.


Having a great Centennial Kickoff Celebration

Submitted by Mickki Langston

We know you’re as excited as we are about the Centennial Kickoff Celebration! More than 300 Girl Scouts and their families are coming together for two days of traditions, outdoor activities, and sisterhood. Pre-sales end July 20, so snag your tickets now to join in one or both days!


Caption: Girl Scouts enjoying the outdoors at camp

We want you and your family to have a great time, so we have some suggestions for making this a great event:

  • Prepare for a summer, outdoor event with no shade. Bring umbrellas, hats, sunscreen, and lots of water. While our lunch-time food trucks will be selling water and other beverages, ensure you have enough to stay hydrated! Other comfort measures are encouraged, such as lawn chairs and blankets.
  • Lunch will be for sale via local food trucks during lunch on both days, and pizza will be provided to those who stay for dinner on Saturday night. You are encouraged to bring snacks and meals to support your family’s experience.
  • We’ll have nearly a dozen activity stations on both days, so be prepared to learn new skills and participate! Everyone who participates in the activities can earn the special badges as part of this event, which will be sent to participants 6-8 weeks after the event.
  • While we’ll have singing around the campfire and other fun Girl Scout traditions, don’t hesitate to bring SWAPS or other great stuff to share with your Girl Scout sisters.
  • Walk up registrations and all shop items are credit card only, so be prepared to get your extra Centennial Celebration swag and add any additional guests to your registration with your preferred plastic.

    More info can be found in our FAQ and event registration page. We are excited to see you this weekend!

Centennial Kickoff Celebration: Schedule of events

Centennial Social Graphic

The Centennial Kickoff Celebration is packed with great badge activities and special guests to help us celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado, and look forward to the next generation of making the world a better place. Two days will feature unique content for the whole family, with opportunities to earn up to 12 badges!

Check out our FAQ for more details about the event, and don’t forget to come prepared for an all day, outdoor event, with sunscreen, hats, snacks, and water bottles.


9 a.m. – Registration opens

10 – 10:15 a.m. Formal Flag Ceremony being done by Honorary Troop 4 with National Anthem sung by Girl Scout Mackenzie Balagot

10:15 – 10:20 a.m Opening remarks by Girl Scouts of Colorado President & CEO Stephanie Foote

10:20 – 10:25 a.m. Special guest Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers

10:25 – 10:45 a.m. Keynote address by Gabrielle Rochino of Think Like a Girl Engineering Kits

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Badge activities start with a rotation schedule at one-hour increments.  

·         First Aid (with our partners at Ft. Carson)

·         Athlete (Spear throwing with our partner Reebok Spartan)

·         Outdoor Adventures (including Zorb bubble soccer, rock climbing exposure and drywater rafting)

·         GS Way

·         Animals (full-size horse/interactive displays)

·         Sewing

·         Artist (outdoor painting and comic artist)

 11 a.m. – Food trucks on site (who will sell lunches and refreshments. Attendees may bring own lunch, snacks, and are encouraged to bring water)

6 – 6:30 p. m. Actress portraying Juliette Gordon Low

6:30 p.m. – Pizza dinner

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Musical performance by special guest Miguel Dakota

7:30 – 7:45 p.m. Retiring of the colors for the day


9 a.m. – Registration opens

10 – 10:15 a.m. Formal Flag Ceremony being done by Honorary Troop 4

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Investment/Rededication Ceremony

10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Badge activities start with a rotation schedule at one-hour increments. Badge activities today include:

·         First Aid

·         Outdoor Adventures (including Zorb bubble soccer, rock climbing exposure and drywater rafting)

·         GS Way

·         Animals (Meet miniature horses)

·         Archery

·         ASL Interpretation (Learn the Girl Scout promise in ASL)

·         Community Safety (with our partners from Red Cross)

·         Beekeeping

·         Aviation

·         Conservation

·         Artistry (Older girls learn about digital photography)

11 a.m. – Food trucks on site (who will sell lunches and refreshments. Attendees may bring own lunch, snacks, and are encouraged to bring water)

5:30 – 6 p.m. Formal Closing Ceremony