What did you do for throwback Thursday? Girl Scouts of Colorado staff sported vintage Girl Scout leader uniforms ranging from the 1940s through the 1980s as they honored Denver Metro key volunteers at the GSCO Appreciation Event on Thursday, May 19th. Not to be outdone, many of the volunteers showed up wearing components from their own vintage Girl Scout uniforms or clothing representing the period in which they were Girl Scouts.
The volunteer appreciation event was held to recognize volunteers who go above and beyond in demonstrating their dedication to the Girl Scout movement at both the local and council levels. Among these stellar volunteers were service unit team members and service unit managers, service unit product sales managers, trainers, mentors serving on the Gold Award Committee and members of the GSCO Membership Connection Committee. Most of these volunteers hold multiple roles beyond the troop level while continuing to serve girls on their troop leadership teams.
Seven phenomenal volunteers attending the event were recognized by GSCO President and CEO, Stephanie Foote, for receiving Girl Scouts of Colorado and Girl Scouts of the USA Volunteer Appreciation Awards. The honorees included:
GSCO Outstanding Volunteer
GSUSA Volunteer of Excellence
GSUSA Appreciation Pin
Congratulations to all these extraordinary volunteers who have demonstrated their commitment and passion for the success of Girl Scouting.
The uniforms staff were wearing and displays of Girl Scout memorabilia were made possible by the GSCO History Committee, a group of outstanding volunteers who collect and maintain these items.
The GSCO History Committee has a display at the Loveland Public Library during the month of February. The display highlights 100 years of Highest Awards in Girl Scouts. The Girl Scout Gold Award began in 1980, but Girl Scouts have been earning a highest award since 1916. This award has been called the Golden Eagle of Merit, Golden Eaglet, First Class, and Curved Bar. Posters showing information about these awards, along with Girl Scout handbooks and badge books through the years, are joined by some vintage uniforms and badge sashes showing earned badges. In addition to highlighting Highest Awards, there is a section advertising cookie sales.
The GSCO history committee hopes that if you are in the Loveland area during the month of February, you will stop by the library and see the display. The Loveland Library is located at 300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland, CO 80537 and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For more information on the GSCO History Center in Loveland email firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome troop visits as well as community visitors. The committee works on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-noon.
Want to find out what Girl Scouts did for fun in the past? Or what they needed to do to earn the top awards of their day? How about learning about the different badges that were available?
All of these things and much more can be learned by looking through Girl Scout books from the past. The GSCO history committee has put together a program called “Books in a Bag”.
This checkout program is made up of canvas bags of Girl Scout books to be used by troops and service units around the state. Each bag is made up of books from a specific program level or topic. Also included in the bags are some suggested ideas on how to use the books.
Each area will be able to decide the best way for members to check out, use the books and then return them to a central site in their area. These books are meant to be kept out in the various areas and should be used as often as possible by the membership.
Bags include Brownie, Junior, and Older Girl grade levels; historic pre-1963 books and books from the Contemporary Issues series from the 1980’s-1990’s. We hope to offer more topic related Books in A Bag in the future.
To find out more about this fun way to explore Girl Scout history please see the display at your local Fallapalooza or minipalooza this Fall.
For questions or comments please contact the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Committee at email@example.com.