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September 2020 Badge Series: STEM

For our September 2020 Badge Series, we will learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through badges and girls can start their first Journey of the year! Registration for both girls and leaders will open August 15 and close August 27. We will have our kick-off meeting for the girls on September 1.

Badges:

  • Daisy: Zinni Petal and Tula Petal
  • Brownie: NEW STEM Career Badge
  • Junior: NEW STEM Career Badge
  • Cadette: NEW STEM Career Badge

Journeys:

  • Daisy: Between Earth and Sky
  • Brownie: WOW! Wonders of Water
  • Junior: GET MOVING
  • Cadette: Breathe
  • Senior: Sow What?
  • Ambassadors: Justice

Want to know more about the Badge Series? Read our FAQ.

Leaders, want to learn more about blending the Badge Series with your troop experience? Register for this webinar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/blending_badge_serie.html

Questions? Email GirlExperience@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.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend 2020

Girl Scouts love the outdoors, especially in Colorado! Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have teamed up for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend September 12 – 13, 2020. This year, Girl Scouts and their families can participate in Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend virtually, in -person, or both.

Participate Virtually

Follow along with virtual programming hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) throughout the weekend featuring interactive videos on outdoor skill building, highlights from state parks, conversations with subject matter experts, and more. Girls can also visit an interactive map with 50 virtual tours of state parks from all 50 states!

Check the Girl Scouts of Colorado Events Calendar one month prior to the event for more information about how to participate in virtual programs. Be sure to RSVP even if you are participating virtually to make sure you receive all the information via email one week prior to the event.

Participate In-Person with Self-Guided Programs at Colorado State Parks

Get outdoors, enjoy the weather, connect with your troop/family, and explore your local state park! Girl Scouts, troops, and families are invited to visit select Colorado State Parks over the weekend of September 12 – 13, 2020 for the opportunity to participate in a variety of self-guided programs. Programs vary by park, but may include: self-guided nature trails, young naturalist books, junior ranger programs, nature journals, adventure activity backpacks, ‘Agents of Discovery’ augmented reality experiences, and more!

This is not a drop-off event; girls must attend as part of a troop or with a caregiver. Park entrance fees of $9 per car apply. All child and adult attendees agree to follow the most current GSCO COVID guidelines in relation to in-person events and have completed a COVID waiver. Read the most current in–person event guidelines here. Complete the GSCO COVID waiver online here.

RSVP here to receive an email one week prior to the event with more information on the specific self–guided activities at each park and where to pick up self-guided program resources when at the park.

Below is a list of participating parks who will have self–guided programs available:

  • Ridgeway State Park, Ridgeway
  • Eleven Mile State Park, Lake George
  • Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Colorado Springs
  • Mueller State Park, Divide
  • Sylvan Lake State Park, Eagle
  • Stagecoach State Park, Oak Creek
  • Staunton State Park, Pine
  • Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown
  • Boyd Lake State Park, Loveland

Girl Scouts Love State Parks patches are available for purchase online at girlscoutshop.com or through the GSCO Retail Shop by emailing retail@gscolorado.org. To use Cookie Credits to pay for your patch, be sure to tell the GSCO Shop Associate when ordering your patch.

Finally, don’t forget to share the fun on social media! Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram and use #gscolo and #gsoutdoors. You can also share your stories on the GSCO Blog using the Share Your Stories Form.

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.

Kick off your Girl Scout year by attending a VIRTUAL Leadership Summit

Leadership Summits, learning opportunities for adult volunteers, will be offered virtually  for Fall 2020. That means you will get the skills and knowledge needed to provide a positive Girl Scout experience all from the comfort of your own home!

While we are unable to meet in-person right now, volunteers will still have the opportunity to learn new things, share and discuss ideas, and connect with other volunteers. The training courses offered are designed to equip leaders with the tools for success!

There are four opportunities to attend each training course. You do not need to attend all of the courses offered each day. You can pick and choose the day and time that work best for you and register for each course individually.

  • September 8 – 11 (weekdays)
  • September 18 – 20
  • September 26 – 28
  • November 6 – 8 

Visit the Training Events page on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website for links to register! Please contact training@gscolorado.org for questions.

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.

LIVE! Awesome Girls: Engineer Your World

Join Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) for a show and tell with Mary Barra, Chairman & CEO of General Motors, and Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts. LIVE! Awesome Girls: Engineer Your World is Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 12 – 1 p.m. (MDT). Register now: http://girlscoutsathome.girlscouts.org/girlscoutsathome/detail/231/1596650400000

This Awesome Girls online event will bring together two of America’s boldest leaders. Mary Barra is Chairman and CEO of General Motors, our country’s biggest car maker. Mary is changing the automotive industry, making cars safer and better for our environment. Sylvia Acevedo is CEO of Girl Scouts. As an actual rocket scientist, she’s leading the way for girls to take on some of the world’s biggest challenges. This event is recommended for girls in grades K-5, but open to anyone interested in the conversation!

Mary and Sylvia will share stories and show photos, tools, and videos that tell their stories about becoming both engineers and leaders. They’ll tell girls how they can follow in their footsteps with the new Automotive Engineering three-badge series for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. The event will wrap up with a live Q&A for girls to ask Mary and Sylvia questions. Girls will leave with next steps to dive into automotive engineering!

Leading this amazing conversation is Robin Roberts, Good Morning America Co-Anchor.

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.

Explore More Club: Registration is Now Open for August 2020

Get ready for the August 2020 Explore More Club! This month, adult volunteers will explore the topics of ecology and the outdoors by basing projects and activities based off of the eco outdoor and animals badges of the girl program!

The Explore More Club is designed to give you, the volunteer, a hands-on experience with the girl badge earning program and curriculum! You will be completing your own projects and learning how one activity can span across multiple girl grade levels.

Register on the Events page now to attend the welcome meeting on either August 6 at 5:30 p.m. or August 7 at 4 p.m. where we will discuss and explain the activities for the month.  If you cannot attend the welcome meeting times, you may still register for a meeting time, the meeting will be recorded to watch at a later date.

After the welcome meeting you will have the month to complete the activity, closing out with our reflection meeting.

Once you are registered, you will receive a follow up email with more details about how to attend the welcome and reflection meetings, logging your progress on gsLearn, and how to connect on a Facebook page.

If you have questions, email Kendy at Kendy.Doolen@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration email, inquiry@gscolorado.org or call 877-404-5708.

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.

Suffrage Centennial with the Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY to offer girls a special virtual opportunity to learn about the Suffrage Centennial on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 3 – 4 p.m.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/suffrage_centennial_with_the_women_s_rights_national_historical_park_virtual_08_05_2020 Registration closes Tuesday, August 4.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20, 1848. It is a story of struggles for civil rights, human rights, and equality, global struggles that continue today. The efforts of women’s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th century reformers remind us that all people must be accepted as equals.

A National Park Ranger will talk to girls live from the Wesleyan Chapel. The Wesleyan Chapel is the location of the First Women’s Rights Convention held on July 19 and 20, 1848, in which approximately 300 people gathered to attend. It is considered by many historians to the formal beginning of the Women’s Rights Movement in the United States.

Girls will learn about the history of women’s right to vote and have an opportunity for a live Q&A session with the National Park Ranger.

The session will be recorded and posted online for girls to listen to anytime.

We will use Zoom to host this opportunity. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Capacity is limited; each individual participant should be registered so we can track capacity. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

PLEASE NOTE – This program is one of several opportunities for Colorado Girl Scouts to celebrate the Suffrage Centennial. More opportunities are listed below and a full blog post on how to celebrate will be posted to the blog in early August 2020.

Suffrage Centennial Celebration with the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the League of Women Voters

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@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.

Three Reasons to Celebrate National Bridging Week: August 1 – 8, 2020

Throughout the year, Girl Scouts accomplish amazing things for themselves and the community around them. Let’s celebrate them during National Bridging Week (August 1 – 8, 2020) as they bridge to the next level in Girl Scouts and start their next adventure!

Bridging—that is, when a girl celebrates “crossing the bridge” from one Girl Scout level to the next—is one of the most important moments in a Girl Scout’s life. And although the COVID-19 pandemic may have us continuing to pause our in-person meetings and ceremonies, you can still find ways to honor all the good things your girl has done this year and get excited for everything you’ll experience next year!

Girl Scout Day at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Cañon City on Saturday, August 8, 2020 is a wonderful opportunity for your girl to bridge across the highest suspension bridge in the United States! Learn more here.

If you can’t organize an in-person ceremony, consider holding a virtual bridging celebration or taking part in one of GSUSA’s National Virtual Bridging Ceremonies, which will be held August 1 and 8.

Here are three reasons your troop will want to get in on the bridging fun:

  1. Keep the groove going. Everyone’s daily routine has been upended in recent months, and marking this incredible point in your troop’s Girl Scout experience is so important in helping everyone feel some forward momentum. Putting a virtual or in-person bridging ceremony on your calendar and counting down the days is going to feel so good!
  2. ALL 👏 YOUR 👏 SISTERS👏 Being a Girl Scout means having sisters across the country and around the world ready to cheer you on! Taking part in one of the bridging events is a powerful reminder that everyone in the troop is part of a big sisterhood made up of resilient girls and adults who are staying strong and doing good in their communities. Whatever comes our way, we’re never alone!
  3. Celebrate your achievements. The last few months have been challenging no matter where you live, but that’s all the more reason to lift up everything the troop has achieved this year! You earned badges and Journey awards, made our communities better, and continued to shine your brightest. Most importantly, we all stayed Girl Scout strong in the face of hardship—and that’s worth celebrating here and now.

The best part? You can bridge virtually and amp up the experience with an in-person event when it’s safe. Like everything in Girl Scouting, it’s all about what the girls want! And you can make the occasion even more special with an official bridging kit from the Girl Scout Shop.

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.

Girl Scout Day at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Girl Scout Day at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Cañon City is Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Girl Fee:$19 for park access (normally $24)

Adult Fee:$19 for park access (normally $29)

More information: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/girl_scout_day_at_ro.html

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is a Colorado family attraction, but it’s more than just your average park. It’s an intricate part of Colorado’s history and a place to visit with your family. While bridge construction was completed in 1929, the Gorge itself is millions of years in the making. No act of nature or mankind can stop the fun and excitement from happening for years to come!

Take advantage of special Girl Scout Day pricing and spend the day enjoying all the park has to offer. Tickets will be offered at $19 per person (normally $29 per adult and $24 per child) and can be purchased day-of at the Visitor Center. Simply indicate that you are with Girl Scouts and the discount will be applied.

If your Girl Scout is bridging this year, this is also a wonderful opportunity for her to bridge across the highest suspension bridge in the United States! A bridging ceremony is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a girl celebrates her achievements and prepares for new adventures and responsibilities. Once a girl bridges to a higher level of Girl Scouting her leadership skills and the experiences she will have continue to grow. You can even purchase your Royal Gorge bridging patch online (https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html) to help celebrate this moment in Girl Scouting. Learn more about bridging online.

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Questions? Email aimee.artzer@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.

Tools for Independence: Self-Defense

Becoming an adult is full of sudden independence, responsibilities, uncertainties, and it can be frightening. If you are you a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador and want to learn how to take care of yourself once you’re out of high school and on your own, join Girl Scouts of Colorado Staff on the last Wednesday of the month to learn about topics important to your independence.  Tools for Independence – Older Girl Edition focuses on topics that high schoolers need to be successful when you are out making the world a better place.

Register NOW for “Tools for Independence: Self-Defense” on Wednesday July 29, 2020  at 3 p.m.

Because we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others, our first session will include a live self-defense demonstration by Mrs. Diana Hansen, V Dan.  Mrs. Hansen is a fifth level black belt in Taekwondo and teaches with Maum Sin Yong TKD and City of Aurora’s Recreation Department.

Please dress comfortably and make sure you have plenty of room to practice the moves Mrs. Hansen will be demonstrating.  You may find it helpful to have a friend or family member help by being a practice aggressor, but it is not required.  This class also meets the requirements for Step One of the Senior Safety Award.

Future topics will include:

  • First-Aid
  • Other safety-related topics
  • Budgeting and other financial needs
  • Finding (and keeping) an apartment
  • Finding a job
  • Car maintenance and basic repair

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.

Leave No Trace and Girl Scouts: Mini-Learning Series

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a leader in providing innovative education, skills, and research to help people care for the outdoors through the framework of the seven principles of Leave No Trace. In anticipation of Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend September 12 – 13, 2020, Leave No Trace will be hosting a virtual mini-learning series for Girl Scout staff, troop leaders, volunteers, and other community members.

This series of four, 45-minute webinars will explore the why of each of the Leave No Trace Seven Principles, including tips, tricks, and activities for teaching beyond just memorization. You will leave with new tools and nuggets to share with Girl Scouts and others both leading up to and beyond the Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend. Themes from the Girl Scouts’ Eco Badge program will also be woven throughout, as well as time to answer any questions you may have. The sessions are all at 1 p.m. MST on July 21, August 4, August 18, and September 1. Volunteers are welcome to attend as many sessions as they are able to!

See the session descriptions and register using this link: https://lnt.org/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm%2Fevent%2Finfo&reset=1&id=129

Save the Date for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend September 12 – 13! Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to participate in special self-guided programs at select state parks across Colorado in addition to virtual state parks programming with GSUSA. Look for more information on the GSCO Events Calendar by the end of July!

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.