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Connections: December 2019





Colorado Gives Day is December 10

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. On December 10, 2019, you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. To make giving even easier, schedule your donation today.

By supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, your donation dollars go further than they would on any other day of the year. That’s because the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases all donations made on December 10! Every non-profit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Schedule your donation today or give on December 10.  Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.


Summer Camp Registration opens Jan. 23

Live. Love. Camp! Girl Scout Camp is where your girl is surrounded and supported by girls, where she can go beyond dreaming to actual doing! At camp she’ll try new things, step out of her comfort zone, and embrace her curiosity. Girl Scout Camp is a girl-led, girl-friendly place where everything girls do – whether it’s climbing to the top of a mountain, leading an all-camp performance, or gathering her courage to zip down the zip line – leads to leadership.

Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org to learn more about the awesome adventures we have in store for summer 2020.

Upcoming events at camp

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. or 12 p.m.

Cost: $15 (ages 4 and older), free for kids 3-years-old and younger
Bring your friends and family to Tomahawk Ranch for a delicious brunch, a visit with Santa and a fun visit to his barnyard. You can also savor sweets and lollies a plenty and warm up at the campfire with hot cocoa and cider. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa and his furry friends at the barn. When purchasing tickets for this event you will be able to register for your preferred time slot. An event itinerary will be provided after registration. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline for registration is December 9.

Expedition and Mini Expedition Antarctica

January 17 -19, 2020

Cost: $135/person

Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy! This Friday-Sunday excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing, shelter building, and ice fishing. If we don’t have enough snow, we’ll do more general survival skills and camp activities such as archery and farm. Our special guest instructor this year will be Jessie Krebs, head instructor at SERE Training. This camp is for girls and their significant male role model/guardian (age 18+) in her life. Girls should register with the adult male who will be attending. Adults can come with multiple girls, if desired. Limited accommodations are available for campers who wish to attend with a female adult instead.  Register now. Spaces are limited!

Is your Girl Scout ready to earn one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards

Do you know that Girl Scouts can earn one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards as early as fourth grade? Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. And the skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

Gold Award: The mark of the truly remarkable
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—and it’s only available through Girl Scouts! To earn this unique award, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good by tackling issues dear to their hearts while driving lasting change in their communities and beyond.

Girl Scout Silver Award

Girl Scout Cadettes flex their leadership muscles by doing research and taking action on issues of their choice. Through their commitment to their communities, girls gain confidence and skills that will catapult them to Gold Award success—all while creating positive change.

Girl Scout Bronze Award

By taking action with others to improve their communities, Girl Scout Juniors gain important leadership skills and learn that even seemingly small actions can make a big impact.

Learn more

2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program begins Feb. 2

When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than life-changing experiences and adventure. They also develop essential life skills—goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership the Girl Scout way to lift one another up and change the world, together.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program runs Feb. 2 – March 8.

Visit our website to find a training or cookie rally near you!

Upcoming Events

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout groups of 10 or more (including chaperones, friends, and family) contact Bobbie Fanchini at 800-320-1733 or bobbie@nutcracker.com to learn more about exclusive Girl Scout rates. All Girl Scouts will receive a Moscow Ballet Fun Patch with their ticket, and groups of 25 or more (all GS count as one group) are invited to a day-of-show meet and greet with a ballerina!

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2020 Secrets to Success events. Every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th is invited to Secrets to Success.

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City


Accenture Hour of Code event

Submitted by Kari Sue Tornow

Metro Denver


We live in a world surrounded by technology. And, we know that whatever field our children choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.

In celebration of Code.org’s global Hour of Code event, you and your family are invited to join Accenture and mindSpark on Friday, December 6, 2019 for a night filled with engaging STEM activities, from an hour of coding to experimenting with robots, drones, and electronic boards to the chance to win robots and exciting books. It will be a night your family won’t want to miss!

When: December 6, 2019


mindSpark Learning

455 S. Pierce St., Lakewood 80226


5:30– 8:30 p.m.

Dinner will be served!

Don’t delay! Join in on the fun and get your family registered here!: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqNAJehXCiisPXubQir4-j1Owwrio5rwV3UjDOAE0jFYpjVw/viewform

Click here to try one of the tutorials and for more information: http://hourofcode.com/us

I was a Girl Scout for more than 12 years, way before STEM was around, but Girl Scouts gave me the confidence to succeed in the male-dominated computer industry for more than 35 years.

Now, I share my knowledge and reach out to help girls and young women to dip into the world of computers.

This is an international event and we are very excited to bring it to Denver/Lakewood.

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

Join us on the GSUSA 2020 Destination to Morocco

Submitted by Lipica Shah

New York City

Girl Scouts USA is offering a summer 2020 Destination to Morocco co-chaperoned by two GSUSA National Volunteer Partners, Lipica Shah (NY) and Stefanie Argus (RI). This is the third international trip since 2018 to be chaperoned by trained and enthusiastic GSUSA volunteers, which makes this opportunity unique!

Do you know a girl who will be between the ages of 14 – 18 this summer? She can have the ultimate adventure while traveling with other teens from across the country to Morocco: Where the Mountains Meet the Sea!

Trip highlights: immersion in the history and culture of this beautiful country, while exploring its ancient cities (Casablanca, Marrakesh), mountain villages (Zawiya Ahansal), and beaches (Essaouira), and exercising our linguistic, cooking, community service, and camel riding skills. Plus surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, ziplining, and more!

Check out all the details, including an informational webinar, at: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/morocco-where-the-mountains-meet-the-sea/

Questions? Want to know more? Contact us at gsmorocco2020@gmail.com!

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

Register for TCM Cookie Program Training

Are you the troop cookie manager (TCM) for your troop? Excellent! Thank you for supporting girls and adults during the 2020 cookie program! New TCM training is required for all first and second year TCMs and experienced TCM training is required for all third year+ TCMs. Note that some trainings offered are “new” and “experienced” combined, to better serve rural communities.

Below is a list of statewide, in-person, TCM trainings by date. Register for TCM training today! Click on the title of the training and you’ll be directed to the registration page. All TCM training classes are FREE. A confirmation email will be sent to you after you register.  Service unit cookie managers, troop cookie managers, and troop leaders are also invited to attend TCM training.

During TCM training you will learn what to consider when placing your initial order and how to use eBudde to manage inventory through different phases of the program. New features in eBudde will also be highlighted, along with tips to make cookie booths a success, and how-to best support girls in your troop and their families. Attending in-person volunteer training also gives you an opportunity to have your questions answered, share your experiences, and connect with other volunteers.

Statewide, in-person Girl Scout Cookie Program training (listed by date)

New and Experienced TCM Training – Durango

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 6 – 9 p.m

Region: Southwestern Colorado

Location: Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church

New and Experienced TCM Training – Cortez

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 6 – 9 p.m

Region: Western Colorado

Location: First United Methodist Church

New TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Friday December 6, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Martin School of Early Education

New and Experienced TCM Training – Longmont – Morning

Date: Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Location: Heart of Longmont Church

New and Experienced TCM Training – Longmont – Afternoon

Date: Saturday, December 7, 1 – 4 p.m.

Region: Northern and Northeast Colorado

Location: Heart of Longmont Church

Experienced TCM Training – Colorado Springs

Date: Saturday, December 7, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Region: Pikes Peak

Location: Pikes Peak Library 21C

New TCM Training – Colorado Springs

Date: Saturday, December 7, 12:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Region: Pikes Peak

Location: Pikes Peak Library 21C

New and Experienced TCM Training – Frisco

Date: Saturday December 7, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Region: Mountain Communities

Location: Summit County Church of Christ

New and Experienced TCM Training – Rifle

Date: Monday December 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Western Colorado

Location: Rifle Library

New TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Martin School of Early Education- Ogden St

New and Experienced TCM Training – Montrose

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Western Colorado

Location: Montrose Library

New and Experienced TCM Training – Gypsum

Date: Thursday December 12,  6 – 9 p.m

Region: Mountain Communities

Location: Grace Fellowship Church

New TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Thursday December 12, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Martin School of Early Education- Ogden St

TCM Training

New and Experienced TCM Training – Denver Metro – Morning

Date: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Colorado Christian University – Leprino Hall

New and Experienced TCM Training – Denver Metro – Afternoon

Date: Saturday, December 14, 1 – 4 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Colorado Christian University – Leprino Hall

New and Experienced TCM Training – Loveland – Morning

Date: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Location: Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth and Community Building

New and Experienced TCM Training – Loveland – Afternoon

Date: Saturday, December 14, 1 – 4 p.m.

Region: Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Location: Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth and Community Building

New and Experienced TCM Training – Grand Junction

Date: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Western Colorado

Location: GSCO Grand Junction office

New and Experienced TCM Training – Pueblo

Date: Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Region: Pueblo

Location: Pueblo City/County Library – Rawlings (Main) Branch, 4th Floor

Experienced TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 7 – 9 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Smoky Hill Library, Room A

New and Experienced TCM Training – La Junta

Date: Saturday, January 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Region: Southeastern Colorado

Location: First Presbyterian Church, La Junta

Girl Scout racing derby coming up

Submitted by Sandi Knowles

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 is putting on a Girl Scout Racing Derby in Loveland on January 19, 2020. This event is open to all Girl Scout levels. Girls will create their own cars to race and may enter their design in the Girls’ Choice design competition.

Trophies will be awarded at each level for first, second, and third place, as well as best design. A grand prize trophy will be awarded to the overall race winner.

For more details and to register, visit: https://girl-scouts-racing-derby.cheddarup.com

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

“Star Wars Rise of Skywalker:” Movie screening

Submitted by Barbara Light

Metro Denver


Coming soon in a place not too far away, you can join your fellow Girl Scouts, families, and friends at a screening of “Star Wars Rise of Skywalker” on opening weekend. Let us come together on December 21, 2019 at Century Aurora (14300 E Alameda Ave, Aurora 80012) to see how the epic saga, which has spanned four decades and collected thousands of fans, will conclude.

Troop 71 will be using the proceeds toward their upcoming travel adventure. Tickets are $12 and there is a fun patch for purchase of $3. Everyone is welcome!

They are also using the opportunity to collect new socks to give to a local homeless shelter and spread some warmth this season. We look forward to sharing this opportunity with all of you. The link for payment to secure your ticket is: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/star-wars-rise-of-skywalker-movie-screening

Star Wars has always had strong female characters who have been empowering girls and bridging generations. Our fan theory is that they were all Girl Scouts at one time!

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

Petal in a Day event for Girl Scout Daisies

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Attention Daisy troops! Are you looking to earn your “Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout” petal in just one day? If so, we have an easy and no stress way for you to do just that. Let some older Girl Scouts do the work of leading. There are two options:

  • March 22, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the McKee 4H building
  • April 26, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m.at the McKee 4H building

Cost is only $10 per girl. Badge is not included as this comes in a set. Use this link to register: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cbPwP1lvzv7rO3kQojt50lN8gqbwHgwq/view?fbclid=IwAR0eZ1gbcELdAHf3klw_7PWMP1tJpTHMcIt6xXr–urUpzFk2S23g-qwpiI  Space is limited so register early!

Hope to see you there! Confirmation email will come to you within a week of sending out your registration. If you don’t see one, check in with us. The girl in charge of emails is extremely prompt and sends them out the same day that payments come in.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

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

Outdoor Adventure Club: Trailblazers Ice Climbing and Sky High overnight

Registration is now open for the Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers’ Ice Climbing and Sky High overnight event! This event is open too any Girl Scout in 7th – 12th grade to register individually.

  • Dates: Saturday January 11, 2020 11 a.m. – Sunday January 12,   5 p.m
  • Fee: $100 / girl- grants and discounts are available
  • Description: Try out the epic Colorado sport of ice climbing! You will use ice axes and special footwear to climb up a frozen waterfall, before returning to Sky High to spend the night in a heated cabin. In addition to ice climbing, we will go sledding, learning about fire mitigation with a tree felling demonstration, and enjoying other winter activities at Sky High.
  • Registration Instructions: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2856689-outdoor-adventure-club-registration-faqs
  • This session is listed as ‘OAC Trailblazers January’ in your CampInTouch account, Click here to register!

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a GSCO staff-led program for older Girl Scouts offering monthly high adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing. Visit the Outdoor Adventure Club website for more information, and sign up at the interest list below to be notified of future OAC events.

2020 Highest Awards Celebrations: Save the date

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to announce the dates for the 2020 Highest Awards celebrations statewide.

Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction

Friday, April 24, 6 p.m.

Penrose House Garden Pavilion

Colorado Springs

Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.

Embassy Suites


Friday, May 1, 4:30 p.m.

Giodone Library


Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.

Hyatt Regency DTC


Friday, May 15, 6 p.m.

Centennial Hall

Steamboat Springs

These celebrations are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts who have earned their distinction in the last year. All troops and/or girls who have earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold since March 2019 are invited to participate in a celebration of their choice.

Anyone planning to attend MUST RSVP online. The RSVP form will be made available on the GSCO events page in March 2020.

Gold Award Girl Scouts across the state will also be recognized at Gold Award Day at the Capitol on Monday, April 6. Each Gold Award Girl Scout is encouraged to participate in both regional celebrations, as well as Day at the Capitol.

Please note the deadline to notify GSCO you have earned your Bronze or Silver Award and participate in celebrations is March 1. Notify us now that your girls have earned their Bronze or Silver Award:

Questions? Email Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager, at highestawards@gscolorado.org.



Girl Scout Craft Fair

Submitted by Tiffany Stone

Metro Denver


Join Girl Scouts in Denver for our third annual Girl Scout Craft Fair on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  at Bethany Lutheran Church (4500 Hampden Ave.  Denver 80113). These entrepreneurs have been working hard creating, testing out, and finalizing their products! All items will be under $20.  All items are girl created, designed, and made!  Bring your friends and family to this fun event to start your holiday season.

*pictures are from last years craft fair.


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