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Women in Politics Event

On behalf of El Pomar’s Forum for Civic Advancement, we are excited to invite Girl Scout Seniors, Ambassadors, and adult members to a virtual ‘Women in Politics’ event, co-hosted by Colorado Municipal League and Colorado 50-50 on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 4-6:30 p.m.

Recognizing that Colorado ranks 18th on the 2019 Gender Parity Index due to its successes in some areas, such as the second highest share of women elected officials in the state legislature, and challenges in other areas, such as local and federal representation, this event is designed to encourage more women in Colorado to run for elected office, clarify the process of running, and provide resources for them as they consider running for elected office. The event also honors that socializing the idea of leadership and elected office to young people is one way to increase representation.

You can view the event invitation with agenda details in the flyer linked below. If this sounds like something you or a Girl Scout in your life would enjoy, please register here.

Questions? Email Megan Sanders at El Pomar Foundation at msanders@elpomar.org.

Forum Women in Politics Invitation

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.

Summer 2021 Outdoor Program Updates

Girl Scouts of Colorado camp teams have been hard at work planning for ways to get more girls outside and at camp programs for Summer 2021! Check out the new Outdoor Skills Patch or Get Outdoors Challenge patch, and visit the GSCO Events Calendar to register for Troop Boating Days or the Rock Climbing Adventure Days.

Read on for other updates from the Outdoor Program team. Questions? Email Property.Reservations@gscolorado.org.

Resident Camp (Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch)

Currently, our camps are able to operate at 55% capacity due to sleeping-quarter capacity requirements per COVID-19 guidelines set by the state. Given that limited capacity, both resident camps are almost full with only a few camper spaces remaining! We now know the sleeping quarter requirements will be in effect all summer, so our capacity will not increase. While our camp team wishes we could have more girls at camp, we will not be opening any additional resident camper spaces this summer given state restrictions. If you are already registered for camp, look for more communication to come through your CampInTouch portal with camp welcome letters, packing lists, and COVID-19-related policies.

Day Camps

Day camps are now open for registration! Check out the camp sessions listings for more information. Our volunteer-run day camps will fall under a different and more restrictive sector in the state COVID- 19 guidelines than guidelines for troops. We are still awaiting final Colorado COVID-19 guidelines that will impact capacities or possibly restrict volunteer groups’ ability to run day camps. All day camps are run by volunteers, and many use their own volunteer-run registration system. Contact day camp directors for more information on registration timelines, cancellations, and refunds.

Outdoor Adventure Club

We have some exciting summer events coming your way like waterfall hikes and paddle days! Summer programs will be announced on the OAC website on April 26. Sign up for the OAC interest list to be the first to know when registration opens for the June event.

Troop Adventure Days

Given the current restrictions on troop overnights and additional State of Colorado COVID-19 youth overnight program requirements, we have decided that our staff-led troop programs will continue to be day-only for this summer. Visit us for a Troop Adventure Day at Magic Sky Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch, or Lazy Acres for a full day of programming with tons of options like our high ropes course, team-building, rock climbing, archery, nature programs, crafts, badge programs, and all kinds of camp fun and games! We know that troops may want to stay overnight in a cabin at the camp property before or after the program. Currently, registration is for the day program only and when troops are permitted to have overnights, troops will have the option to book a cabin and extend their stay at camp through the whole weekend.

Read more about Troop Adventure Days on our website here and check out all the program details and registration information on the GSCO Events Calendar. 

Properties and Troop Overnights

Troop Overnights

We know troops are eager to start planning summer camping trips or other overnights. While troops are now able to meet in person, overnights are not allowed yet for the following reasons:

  • GSUSA does not allow for councils to have overnights until the council’s state is in their final stage of reopening. Colorado is not there yet.
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released COVID–19 restrictions for youth-serving organizations for overnights, even if the overnight is exempt from childcare licensing and under 72 hours. This means that a troop overnight experience would fall under the “overnight camp” COVID-19 guidelines, even if that would typically not be considered a “camp.” These requirements could be quite burdensome on troops, including always having a registered nurse onsite during the overnight; having a communicable disease plan specific to the group that includes medical and isolation protocol, testing, and screening protocol; capacity limits; keeping groups in small cohorts; sleeping protocols; and many other requirements. We know meeting all these requirements could be challenging for the average troop, and we are continuing to work with the state to determine if it is possible for troop overnights to fall into a different category with fewer restrictions.

GSCO Property Reservations

While it may be a possibility for troops to have overnight experiences come summer, at this time we are PAUSING taking any new reservations on our properties until it is confirmed that troops can have overnights and our properties are available for troop overnight use. At this time, existing group reservations will not be canceled, but we are pausing taking any new reservations currently as we continue to work with the state on overnight guidelines. We understand this can be frustrating and thank you for your patience as we’re working hard with the state on this. We are hopeful to have an update in May and will share that in Volunteer View, on the GSCO Blog, and on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

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.

Badge in a Day at the Catamount Institute

 

Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors are invited to explore the outdoors with Catamount Institute’s trained naturalists and earn a badge at the same time! Come for the morning, afternoon, or both! This is not a drop-off program. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent,  caregiver, guardian, or troop leader. Girl to adult ratios must be met. Pack a picnic lunch if you plan on staying all day. The cost is $10 per session and badges are included in the cost of the program.

Brownie Badge Sessions: Senses, Bugs, and Outdoor Art Creator

Junior Badge Sessions: Space Science Investigator, Flowers, Gardener

Morning Session: 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Register now: https://www.catamountinstitute.org/scouts/

COVID-19 Guidelines

Here are some of the ways we are working to create a safer environment:

  • This event is for Girl Scouts only to keep our group sizes small. Siblings are not allowed.
  • Activities will encourage social distancing.
  • Temperature checks will be done upon arrival.
  • Staff and adults must wear masks at all times. Girl Scouts will wear a mask in close contact and not up and moving around.
  • There will be hand sanitation stations.
  • Staff will be disinfecting of high contact surfaces and materials daily.

Please do not come to the event if you have been in contact with someone who has experienced symptoms or you have experienced symptoms. Check out this symptom tracker from the Colorado Department of Public Health: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid19-symptoms.

Questions? Email info@catamountinstitute.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.

Celebrate Earth Day with Your Girl Scouts

Earth Day is just around the corner, April 22. Check out just a few of the ways your Girl Scouts can celebrate both in-person and virtually!

Join one of GSCO’s Naturalist Clubs at one of their biweekly meetings! Girls will complete an activity celebrating or preserving the natural world created specifically for them under the guidance and encouragement of Girl Scout staff. They will also receive ideas to continue to spark their creativity and learning in between sessions. Girls can choose to attend all sessions in April or pick a few to attend. Sign up once, and you’re ready to go for the season.

Schedule for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors:

  • April 14: Naturally Slow Fashion: Tips for being a Green Fashionista
  • April 28: All About Flowers

Register now!

Schedule for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors:

  • April 1: City Farming and Urban Agriculture
  • April 15: Eco-Friendly Yards
  • April 29: Flower Hour: Beauty and Impact

Register now!

Join Girl Scouts of the USA for a virtual Earth Day celebration that just might change the world! The Plant the Future with the Girl Scout Tree Promise event featuring Danni Washington on April 22 will give girls an opportunity to learn about the power of trees to keep our communities healthy and strong. Sign up today! Learn more about the Girl Scout Tree Promise here.

Participate in Girl Scouts of the USA’s Citizen Scientist service project and help scientists collect data for their studies and experiments. Learn more here!

Use Girl Scouts of the USA’s Badge Explorer to find a badge to earn or Journey to complete that’s related to the environment. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

  • Daisy Eco Learner
  • Brownie Household Elf- Learn some new household habits to help your family save energy, save water, and save the planet! GSCO Media Star Zoe explains in this video how Girl Scout Brownies can even earn their Household Elf badge. For more fun activities to earn this badge, watch this video by the GSCO Outreach team.
  • Junior Gardener- This series on the GSCO Blog by our Outreach team helps Juniors complete Step Five of their Gardener Badge, which is to grow their own garden.
  • Cadette Trees – Check out this series on the GSCO Blog by members of our Outreach team to help Cadettes find out all about trees: from the shade to the science, the fruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber.
  • Senior Eco Explorer
  • Ambassador Eco Advocate

Make seed bombs. This fun project can be done with mostly recycled materials. Learn how in this video by GSCO Media Star Myla from Arvada or in this video GSCO Media Star Bianca from Denver.

Make Fairy Bells. Learn how in this video by GSCO Media Star Lizzy from Littleton.

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.

Bird-Friendly Gold Award Project: Learn How to Save Our Feathery Friends

Submitted by Anna H., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Westminster

Hello everyone! My name is Anna, and I am an Ambassador currently working on my Gold Award. I have some free, educational webinars that Girl Scouts and their families can attend!

My project is on making the world more bird-friendly. With the forces of habitat loss and human-related dangers such as domestic cats, bird populations are declining at alarming rates. My goal is to educate high schoolers and adults on how they can:

  • Reduce bird-window collisions.
  • Let cats and birds coexist peacefully while fulfilling their respective needs.
  • Make their backyard more bird-friendly, including birdhouses, baths, and feeders.
  • Understand why planting native is so important.

I am conducting three separate presentations for this project. They will be hosted by the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and I, along with two other Girl Scouts, will be guest-speaking.

These presentations will interest anyone who has a passion for nature and/or the environment, and they’re free. Girl Scouts should attend to learn about the issues facing birds and how they can help. In order to save our feathery friends, everyone needs to do what they can to help birds. That includes you!

Age Range: Seniors, Ambassadors, and Adults (non-Girl Scouts are also welcome!)

When: March 31, April 7, and April 14, 2021 from 4 – 5 p.m. Note: you don’t have to attend every presentation, and there is separate registration for each presentation.

Where: Zoom- These are webinars!

The Top Two Threats to Birds: Windows and Cats

March 31 from 4 – 5 p.m.

Approximately three billion birds die each year from human-related threats. However, which threats are the largest? And, how can everyday people, not just organizations and businesses, help? Join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for an in-depth look at windows and cats, the statistics, why they’re problems, and convenient solutions to help them coexist.

Registration link: https://bird-conservancy-of-the-rockies.networkforgood.com/events/28172-the-two-top-threats-to-birds-windows-and-cats

The B’s: Birdhouses, Birdbaths, and Bird-Friendly Backyards

April 7 from 4 – 5 p.m.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to birdhouses—perch versus no perch, painted versus untreated wood, on a pole versus in a tree, etc. The same goes for birdbaths. Come join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies to learn what to do and what not to do when it comes to birdhouses and birdbaths! This presentation will also briefly touch on bird feeders and foods.

Registration Link: https://bird-conservancy-of-the-rockies.networkforgood.com/events/28173-the-b-s-birdhouses-birdbaths-bird-friendly-backyards

Why Should We Plant Native?

April 14 from 4 – 5 p.m.

You might have heard that you should plant native. But do you know why? “Because it’s good for the environment,” while correct, doesn’t do justice describing the complex role native plants play. It’s much more than that! Come learn about ecosystems, the advantages of native plants, and how invasive species disrupt the delicate balance of nature.

Registration Link: https://bird-conservancy-of-the-rockies.networkforgood.com/events/28174-why-should-we-plant-native

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Photos courtesy of Gary and Carlie Hartwick.

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.

Earn Your Horsemanship Badge with Colorado Reining Heroes

Submitted by David Eason

Metro Denver

Parker

If you have ever considered learning about horses and how to ride them, you will definitely want to participate in the Reining Heroes program especially designed for Girl Scouts. Girl Scout Juniors can even earn their Horsemanship Badge in a warm, welcoming—and fun!—environment.

When you arrive at the stables and walk by the horses on your way to the tack shed, these gentle giants meet and welcome you as you pass by. The Reining Heroes horses love Girl Scouts and eagerly anticipate working with you. On the tour of the grounds, you will meet other horses, which might include a couple of adorable, friendly minis.

You will see and learn about different kinds of horses, their different colors, and the historical uses of some of them, such as for knights in shining armor of medieval times.

Your unmounted lesson will be hands-on: catching, haltering, leading, and grooming the horses—no standing around watching! When you are riding, the horse is yours, and you are the boss. When you are not riding, you will be helping another rider and her horse.

Lessons this year are every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 – 11 a.m. in May, June, July, and August. For more information about the program, refer to the Event List or Events Calendar on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/.

Reining Heroes has been conducting this program for Girl Scouts for more than three years, and more than 400 Girl Scouts have earned their Horsemanship Badges here.

To register, either email reiningheroes@yahoo.com or call or text the instructor, Paula Quillen, at (303) 877-0371. If you have any questions or want to tour the facility before deciding to participate in the program, you can email, call, or text Paula.

You can see more about Reining Heroes including photos of the facility, horses, and prior Girl Scout participants at https://www.facebook.com/ReiningHeroes/photos/?ref=page_internal.

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.

2021 Statewide Bridging at Royal Gorge Bridge

Join your Girl Scout sisters on Saturday, May 8, 2021 as we celebrate accomplishments, reflect on the fun times, and bridge to their next level of Girl Scouts. We will symbolize this moment by crossing together as a sisterhood over Colorado’s Royal Gorge Bridge!

Girl Scouts and their families will have access to a reduced ticket price of $19 for the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. This will include participating in our Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony, access to the Royal Gorge Bridge, and all the other attractions, such as beautiful trails to explore the gorge.

By registering today, you are securing your spot to purchase tickets on May 8, 2021. Tickets will need to be purchased in-person at the park. You also have the option to purchase a patch for $3 that will be mailed to the provided address after the event.

Register:

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/annual_statewide_bridging_ceremony_at_royal_gorge_bridge_pp_05_08_2021

Event Schedule:

10 a.m. – Park Opens to the Public

11 – 11:15 a.m. Bridging Ceremony – Please ensure you arrive with enough time to participate in the ceremony.

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.- Cross the bridge, take pictures, etc.

11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.-  Enjoy the beautiful Royal Gorge Park!

Participants are expected to comply with Fremont County and Royal Gorge Bridge and Park safety and health guidelines.

Questions? Email inquiry@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.

Celebrate Month of the Military Child

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado as we celebrate the bravery and achievements of our military, military-connected children, and their families. During Month of the Military Child in April 2021, we have several ways that you can appreciate their tremendous service and sacrifice at home in the United States and overseas.

April 15 – Purple Up! Show your support and celebrate military-connected children by wearing purple. Purple represents the joint environment of the military and encompasses all service branches, Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and veterans.

April 20- View from My Window Art Workshop for military-connected children

Celebrate Month of the Military Child through art! Each year the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) encourages military-connected children to express their creative side. This year’s theme is “The View from My Home,” showcasing the varying life experiences through the different military branches.

Register here

April 27- Meet an Expert: Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre

Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre is also a robotics lawyer and aeronautical engineering graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy. She will talk about her career, education, and experience in the U.S. Air Force.

Register here

The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Carla grew up in a family where service to one’s country and friendship to sister Girl Scouts were important values. In honor of Carla’s military service, love of Girl Scouts and travel, Carla’s family has made a generous lead gift to establish The Carla Montana Distinguished Military Veteran Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. In March 2020, we reached out to Girl Scout supporters and military families with a challenge to raise a minimum of $10,000 to complete this endowment.  Thanks to donations from many of you and a generous matching gift we have achieved this goal.

Distributions from the endowment will provide Colorado Girl Scouts from military families with scholarships to experience the learning, joy and camaraderie acquired through travel and adventure.

Learn More

We want to know how #BecauseofGirlScouts and your dedication to your community you will be a #FutureHistoryMaker. Tag GSCO on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo. You can also submit your story and photos to the GSCO Blog.

Rocky Mountain PBS Drive-In Tour

Drive-in movies are not a thing of the past! Join the Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Club for a night of fun. The drive-in will include a screening of PBS Programming such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, and Odd Squad. There will be food trucks, family fun, prizes and each car will receive a PBS Kids Club Swag Bag.

All city, state, and public health guidelines will be enforced. All attendees will wear appropriate face coverings, and parking spaces will be distanced. Guests will watch the programming from inside their vehicles.

All programming starts at sunset.

Denver Metro — April 17

2000 Elitch Drive, Denver, CO 80204

Grand Junction – April 30

Mesa Mall, 2424 Old US Hwy 6 & 50, Grand Junction, 81505

Durango — May 1

Durango Mall, 800 S Camino Del Rio Durango, 81301

Colorado Springs — May 14

The World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd, Colorado Springs, 80906

Pueblo — May 15

3429 Dillon Drive, Pueblo, 81008

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.

Her Voice, Our Vote: Gold Award Film Showing

Submitted by Laura B.

Louisville, KY

Hi Colorado! I am a Girl Scout Ambassador, and for part of my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I created a film about the Suffrage Movement and one of its most famous leaders Alice Paul. There will be a nationwide showing of my Gold Award film on March 17, 2021 at 5 p.m. Girl Scouts who attend will receive a custom patch. I first became interested in suffrage when I visited the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument on a trip to Washington, DC. I realized I wanted to tell stories about the women’s suffrage movement because I knew there were girls like me who didn’t know enough about the movement, and more importantly, they could gain strength from its empowering message and lessons. I was on my way to creating a live staged performance before COVID-19 hit, then I pivoted to telling Alice Paul’s story on screen. Although not my original plan, this change has allowed me to show my film to reach you and audiences across the country who I hope will take something away from the women’s suffrage campaign.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/march17_her_voice_ou.html

I realized that I have had very few past and current female role models to look up to. I felt extremely empowered when learning about these women who fought hard to break the voting glass ceiling. They have now become my role models. These inspiring women made me want to educate the public and encourage female leadership and gender equality.

I hope female audiences will gain confidence after learning that women have been in situations just like the ones women face today. That’s the beauty of the Suffrage Movement, it provides role models and strategies that we can learn from as we face challenges with modern day glass ceilings.

I am a G.I.R.L.

I am a go-getter just like all the Girls Scouts who have had to work hard to pivot their Gold Award Projects during the pandemic.

I am an innovator. I wrote my own script and the lyrics to three songs for my short film.

I am a risk-taker. I had no idea how to create a film. I had performed in many musicals, so the stage is my comfort zone. With the film, I had to take on the responsibility of scouting locations, editing, and promoting it to audiences.

I am a leader. I have written, directed, and produced my first film.

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.