Tag Archives: #gsoutdoors

Three Sets of Sisters Complete the Daisy Trail Adventure Badge

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Daisy Abbie has an older sister who is a Cadette. Daisy Elizabeth has an older sister who is a Senior. Daisy Summer has an older sister who is a Junior. All three Daisies set out to complete the requirements of the Daisy Trail Adventure badge with their sisters who were eager to assist. Elizabeth said the best part of her jog around the park was “being a unicorn.” Abbie’s favorite thing was “galloping like a horse.” Summer said the best part of her hike was the water.

Abbie and Elizabeth are new Girl Scouts and each also earned her Promise Center before planning their hike or jog.

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.

Listen Now: Trail Adventure Kickoff Webinars

Thank you to all who joined Girl Scouts of Colorado live for the Fall 2020 Trail Adventure Kickoff webinars! We hope you learned something new and are excited to work on your Trail Adventure badge.

You can view the recordings by following the links below:

Girl Scouts who complete all of the requirements to earn their Trail Adventure badge by February 1, 2021 are eligible to receive the badge and a Girl Scout bandana for FREE*. Use this online form to request your free badge and a GSCO bandana: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/trail_adventure_badge_request_form_fall_2020

Additional resources are also available to help you earn your Trail Adventure badge! Download these activity and resource packets.

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 Get Outdoors Challenge

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

How are you spending your fall?

Sage from Pagosa Springs is taking on the Girl Scouts Get Outdoors Challenge. Sage has visited a Colorado state park, helped harvest corn from the garden, learned about and explored the fall leaf colors, and visited a national wildlife refuge. Sage said, “it’s a really fun way to stay connected to Girl Scouts and get outdoors”.

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.

How to have a Great Nature Walk

Step One: Pick a Natural Space

Pick a natural space you want to visit. Nature is everywhere, so this can be as close as your backyard or as distant as another state or country. We recommend starting out with a space close to home to better understand the nature that you are surrounded by every day. After that, you can explore even more areas and have a piece of your own natural space to compare and contrast.

Step Two: Plan and Prepare

What are you hoping to get out of your time in mature? Do you want to be like many other naturalists and write down your thoughts in a journal? Do you want to learn about the ecosystem you are visiting by heading to a nature center? Are you just looking for peace in a chaotic time? These are all great reasons, so be sure to cater your trip to YOU.

Step Three: Observe and Connect

Use all of your senses while you are taking your nature walk. What do you see? Smell? Hear? Immerse yourself in the wonder and beauty that surrounds you! How many colors can you find? How many plants can you smell? Go all out and explore the different ways you can connect! (You can even use the Japanese art of forest bathing to do this.)

Step Four: Reflect

How did your nature walk make you feel? Did it help you to find a deeper connection to nature? Did it inspire you to take on an environmental project? Do you find you’re your time in nature made you happy? At Peace? The opposite?! You get to decide the outcome, so make it count!

Step Five: Share

Share your journey with other Girl Scouts, family, or friends to help them better understand the natural world as well. Sharing your story wont just help you discover why you want to be a naturalist. It might also help others who are far removed from natural spaces to connect to nature again or find an appreciation for the great outdoors that they might not have had before.

Now, get out there and be a naturalist!

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Naturalist Club meets twice a month. Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors meet every other week on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Register here. Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors meet every other week on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Register here.

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.

GSCO to Launch Trailblazer and Mariner Troop Programs

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Do you have an older girl troop that is craving to do more in the outdoors? Or, maybe you are a future adult volunteer who wants to get girls engaged in high adventure activities outdoors. Well, we now have the perfect troop programs for you: Trailblazers and Mariners. Both troop experiences encourage girls to participate in all the things we love about the Girl Scout program, but through an outdoor lens.

Girl Scouts of Colorado has reviewed the guidelines established by Girl Scouts of the USA and combined them with our own policies and procedures to create a training pathway to prepare you to be a leader or volunteer for these unique troop experiences.

So, what is your first step? You will need to log into gsLearn and take GSCO’s “Introduction to Mariners and Trailblazers” training. In this training, we will introduce you to both programs and provide a brief overview of the programs and what the experience is like to be the leader. After completing the introduction training, you will then fill out a request to start either a Trailblazer or Mariner troop, and a Girl Scouts of Colorado staff member will work with you to get everything started.

Can’t access gsLearn? Email Kendy.Doolen@gscolorado.org.

Have questions about either the Trailblazer or Mariner program? 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.

Fall Trail Adventure Kickoff

Ready to earn your Trail Adventure badge? We have a special guest ready to teach you how to gear up to hit the trails this fall! Join the GSCO Outdoor Program team and Aliyah Cohen, equipment designer at The North Face, on these virtual webinars to learn more about how to plan, prepare, and train for your outdoor adventure. We will walk you through each step of the Trail Adventure badge and give you special tips, tricks, and resources to help you earn your badge.

We are offering two Trail Adventure Kickoff webinars this fall. One is for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. The other is for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

To learn more and register for the Daisy/Brownie/Junior webinar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/fall_trail_adventure_Oct6.html

To learn more and register for the Cadette/Senior/Ambassador webinar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/fall_trail_adventure_Oct7.html

After the webinar, girls will have access to an activity packet to help them complete badge requirements. Girl Scouts who complete all of the requirements to earn their Trail Adventure badge by February 1, 2021 are eligible to receive the badge and a Girl Scout bandana for FREE*. A link to an online notification form will be sent to all webinar attendees and will be available on our website for parents/guardians or troop leaders to fill out.

Can’t make it to the webinar? No worries! We will be recording the webinars and posting them to the GSCO YouTube channel. We will also post the activity packet and the link to request a free badge on our website after the webinars.

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.

NEW Get Outdoors Challenge Patch

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce the NEW Get Outdoors Challenge patch! This is a checklist challenge full of fun outdoor activities for the fall/winter and spring/summer seasons. Complete the required number of activities for your Girl Scout level to earn each side of the patch. This patch is designed to be girl-led and to get girls outside and having fun!

Steps

  1. Check out the activities. Learn more about the Ged Outdoors Challenge patch here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/GSCO%20Get%20Outdoors%20Challenge%20Patch.pdf
  2. Be prepared. As Girl Scouts, we know the importance of being prepared! If you’re venturing to a local park or hiking trail, first make sure they’re open. Pack sunscreen, bug repellant, snacks, protective gear (sunglasses, hat), and water!
  3. Get your patch. Between September 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, complete the required number of activities for your level from the fall/winter list. Between April 1, and August 31, 2021, complete the required number of activities for your level from the spring/summer list.
  4. Share your story. As you work on earning this patch, be sure to share your photos with GSCO on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and here on the blog.  Be sure to tag GSCO, and Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #gsoutdoors.
  5. Purchase your patch through the GSCO Retail Shop.

Head to the GSCO website to find more links to practice your outdoor skills, work on outdoor badges, get outside with your family, and spend time in the great outdoors this summer.

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: Cherry Creek State Park

Submitted by Sara Smaling

Metro Denver

Englewood

Brownie Troop 67255 celebrated Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend by enjoying a hike along the Pipeline and Wetlands Trail at Cherry Creek State Park.

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: Boyd Lake State Park

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Jessica H.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Lupton

Lizzy, a Brownie from Ft Lupton, spent the day at Boyd Lake State Park, fishing with her dad and brother. We haven’t been able to get out to spend as much time at the state parks this year, so this was a great solution, and it got brother interested too. Lizzy used the Junior Ranger pamphlet and the Girl Scout Passport to help her explore nature!

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.

Celebrating Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend at Home

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Sage, a Brownie from Pagosa Springs, celebrated Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend by exploring and learning about different state parks and completing the Girl Scouts Love State Parks Passport all in the comfort of her home with the virtual option. Sage hopes to visit Ridgway State Park with her family to see and learn more about the wildlife that lives there.

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.