Tag Archives: #gsoutdoors

End of summer rollerblading fun

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

A few of the girls from Troop 70720 came out for a morning of some rollerblading. They did around five miles out on the bike trail. It was a beautiful morning and the girls skated their hearts out .

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On top of the world

Submitted Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

A few different girls from Troop 70720 conquered (summited) a 14er in the last couple of weeks! For two of them, it was their first! One was her second and second mountain and the other it was her fourth time summiting! One group did Mt. Bierstadt and the other Mt. Sherman. These are tough hikes.

Mt. Sherman is around 5.5 miles roundtrip, but it is all incline. There is no warm-up time. It’s just get out of the car and go! Also, the last mile is all rock-covered trail, which makes the ascent tougher.

Mt. Bierstadt is 6.9 miles and has a little more elevation gain. The trail is well marked. You get around one-mile of flat before you begin your ascent and then it’s all up hill from there. We did get to see some marmots and mountain goats though, which was very cool!

These girls are amazingly tough go-getters! They will forever have this accomplishment stay with them. Nice job ladies!

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Camping fun at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 had a really fun weekend tent camping at Meadow Mountain Ranch. They did all their camp set-up, meal planning, and cooking. They also hiked the Nature Trail, which is stunning this time of year with all the wildflowers. We also played some volleyball, geocache, and lots of games by the campfire. Of course, we also celebrated National S’mores Day by having s’mores! The girls had some great bonding time.

The girls also built one of the benches MMR was hoping to have built. Thanks to Fish for overseeing that! It was a great experience for all of them.

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Registration NOW OPEN for OAC September 2019 events

Registration for the Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers (6th grade) and OAC Trailblazers (7th- 12th grade) September 2019 events is now open!

At the OAC Trailblazers Paddle Day, girls will spend the day learning and practicing new skills in standup paddle boarding, kayaking, and sailing while splashing around and having fun out on the water.

At the OAC Explorers Archery and Canoe event, girls will spend half the day working on canoeing skills, and the other half practicing their aim and earning the Cadette “Archery” badge.

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a staff-led program offering adventures around the state that provide older Girl Scouts with exciting activities and skills beyond what they might do with their troop. To register for these events or learn more about the OAC, use this link: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/our-program/older-girls/outdoor-adventure-club.html

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Canoeing, paddle boarding, and kayaking, oh my!

Submitted by Jennifer Grosshans

Metro Denver

Parker

We have been very busy this summer. We went on a little end-of-the-year party and went to a local pool and let the girls swim and have some fun as a reward for selling lots of Girl Scout Cookies! They surpassed their goal as a troop by 2,000 packages!

Our next assignment was to clean up one of the local Parker trails. We all gathered up bags of trash along a Girl Scout maintained trail. The girls wanted to still clean up more even after all was said and done.

Our most recent excursion was heading to Barr Lake and hitting the water. We rented canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Each of the girls got to try the different activities to figure out the one that they enjoyed the most. Afterwards, we had a little picnic and enjoyed lunch. But, our fun didn’t in there, we headed out to do archery. All the girls did phenomenally! It was a long day, but it was a great day!

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Change the world with 42 NEW Girl Scout badges

Choose your next adventure and earn one of 42 NEW badges! New programming released by Girl Scouts of the USA on July 16, 2019 enhances existing girl-led activities and offers girls everything from high adventure in the outdoors to learning how to use code to solve problems. Among the 42 new offerings are Outdoor High Adventure badges which feature, for the first time in Girl Scouts’ history, two distinct activity options, letting girls choose how they want to earn each badge.

In addition to existing badge offerings, girls in grades 6–12 can now pursue:

  • Nine Cybersecurity badges, through which girls learn about the inner workings of computer technology and cybersecurity and apply concepts of safety and protection to the technology they use every day. Activities range from decrypting and encrypting messages, to learning proper protection methods for devices, to exploring real-world hacking scenarios (funded by Palo Alto Networks).
  • Three Space Science badges, through which girls explore topics such as the universe and their place in it, properties of light, and inspiring careers in space science (funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute).
  • Think Like a Citizen Scientist, a Girl Scout Leadership Journey during which girls participate in interactive activities to practice observation techniques; collect data; and share their findings with real-world scientists through an online network. As with all of Girl Scouts’ Leadership Journeys, girls use their newly honed skills to take action on a community issue of their choosing (funded by Johnson & Johnson and The Coca-Cola Foundation).
  • To prepare girls in grades 6–12 to pursue computer science careers, Girl Scouts will launch the organization’s first Cyber Challenge on October 19 at sites nationwide, including Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. This program aims to prepare girls to pursue computer science careers in fields such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, robotics, and data science. Girls will test their cybersecurity skills, team up with other girls, and meet with cybersecurity professionals!

The new programming for girls in grades K–12 includes:

  • 12 Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures like backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and tree climbing—giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature. These are the first Girl Scout badges that members can earn by choosing one of two self-directed paths (funded by The North Face).
  • 18 Coding for Good badges, which not only teach girls the basics of coding but also detail how every stage of the coding process provides girls with opportunities to use their skills for good. Girls will learn about algorithms through age-appropriate, creative activities, such as coding positive memes to spread a message about a cause they care about, designing a digital game to educate people about an issue, and developing an app to promote healthy habits. Every Coding for Good badge includes a plugged-in and unplugged version, so that all girls can learn the foundations of coding, regardless of their access to technology (funded by AT&T and Dell Technologies).

“Girl Scouts has ignited the power and potential of girls for over a century, and we are committed to ensuring that today’s girls are the future of American leadership,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girl Scouts is where girls can explore new subjects, discover their passions, learn to take smart risks, and become their best, most confident selves—whether they want to become a NASA astronaut, an entrepreneur, a mountain climber, a coder, or a cybersecurity agent.”

GSUSA works with top organizations in fields that interest today’s girls. Combined with Girl Scouts’ expertise in girl leadership, these organizations and specialists advise and weigh in on content to provide the most cutting-edge programming available to girls. Content collaborators include codeSpark, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), SciStarter, and Vidcode. In true girl-led fashion, girls also tested the new offerings.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. With Girl Scouts, she’ll discover who she is, what she’s passionate about, and what she wants to achieve—both today and in the future. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

Girl Scouts painted state parks green! Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) teamed up with the National Association of State Park Directors to host Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend. More than 30,000 Girl Scouts across 48 states (and Puerto Rico) were expected to visit nearly 400 state parks July 13 and 14, 2019 to find adventure, explore nature, and learn what Girl Scouts is all about. Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to offer nearly 500 local Girl Scouts, along with their friends and family, special events/activities at ten state parks. They included:

  • Barr Lake, Brighton
  • Castlewood Canyon, Franktown
  • Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs
  • Lake Pueblo, Pueblo
  • Lory, Bellevue
  • Mueller, Divide
  • Ridgway, Ridgway
  • Rifle Falls, Rifle
  • Staunton, Pine
  • Sylvan Lake State Park , Eagle

Activities at each park varied, but many included fly fishing, ranger-led hikes, making nature crafts, learning about Leave No Trace, sing-alongs, disc golf, and geocaching.

Events nationwide offered Girl Scout families the opportunity to experience the outdoors, an integral part of GSUSA’s girl leadership program. Our cutting-edge environmental conservation; camping; and outdoor science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming is rooted in a passion for adventure and healthy risk-taking combined with taking action to protect the environment for present and future generations.

Sailing and Paddling Day for older girls at Cherry Creek Reservoir

Submitted by Kristy Miller

Metro Denver

Aurora

Come join Troop 972 on July 25, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Sailing and Paddling Day, an older girl event (Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors), which will include sailing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding at Cherry Creek Reservoir. Bring a sack lunch, water bottle, closed-toed water shoes, sunscreen, towel. If you have your own life jacket, please feel free to bring it. Otherwise, one will be provided for you.

This is not a money earning activity. The total goes towards putting on the event. The cost is $65 per girl for the day. Although this is not inexpensive, the research I have done in trying to set this up for my own troop backs this up as a good deal. I hope the girls can have an enjoyable day on the water and spend some time getting to know each other.

We can take up to 10 more girls in addition to my five rising Ambassadors, but I need RSVP’s by July 11 to ensure that we have the proper amount of staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to call (860) 593 – 6868 or e-mail (kristy@miller-rascals.net) me. Looking forward to see you there!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F094DADAE229-sailing

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Troop 45192 camping in Estes Park

Submitted by Carla Archuleta

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Troop 45192 plans a camping trip every year with their cookie proceeds. This year, they planned to tent camp in Estes Park for the first time. The girls voted to also go whitewater rafting during our trip. However, the weather was not our friend and we were stuck in pouring rain, some sleet, and a little snow our first night. The tents leaked and some girls woke up in puddles. But, we still headed out to whitewater rafting. For many of the girls and some leaders, it was the first time! Even though some girls were a little scared, we all hopped in the raft and had an awesome time! We went out for pizza for dinner and the girls voted to use some cookie money for a room that night, as snow was in the forecast. So, we squeezed into a room, stayed warm and dry, and headed to the pool in the morning. The girls did an awesome job of staying positive despite all of our difficulties.

That first night we met the ranger and earned our “Space Investigator” badge. We also received a “Junior Ranger Night Sky” patch. We also had a surprise guest, a bat flew into the building and brought a little excitement to our night. What an adventure and the troop wants to go tent camping again very soon!

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Troop 2393 goes hammock camping

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Laura Clark

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Troop 2393 spent some of their cookie proceeds this year to buy each girl a camping hammock. Despite the frigid forecast, they went hammock camping, and had a blast! The girls went dispersed camping, chose their own campsite, set up the hammocks themselves, and enjoyed a laid back weekend with some pretty awesome campfire songs and Dutch Oven dinners. It even snowed! They had so much fun they’re planning on going again soon.

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