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Learn more about the NEW badges and Journeys in the Volunteer Toolkit

Have you heard the buzz about the 42 NEW Girl Scout badges and Journeys? Wondering where to find out more? The Volunteer Toolkit is the answer and FREE!

Accessing the Volunteer Toolkit

If you are a troop leader, you can access your troop’s Volunteer Toolkit through the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. You will have to have a membership for 2019-2020 to access this information. Not sure if you have renewed? Contact us, we can check and help you renew.

  1. Go to girlscoutsofcolorado.org
  2. Click on the “MY GS” tab at the top right of the webpage.
  3. Select “Volunteer Toolkit”
  4. Use your email and password for your MY GS account. Not sure what this is? Contact us, we can help!

Families, you can also access your girl’s troop’s Volunteer Toolkit the same way. You have view only privileges, but this is a great way to stay informed with the happenings in the troop!

Juliette Girl Scouts, hang tight, you will have access starting August 1, 2019. Questions? Contact GSCO Mission Delivery Manager Emily Speck at emily.speck@gscolorado.org.

Still have questions? Join us on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at noon for a Facebook LIVE event! Can’t attend live, but have a question to ask? Email Emily your question and we will answer it! You can access the recording of the Facebook LIVE on our Facebook page under videos.

Ready to explore the Volunteer Toolkit? Check out these quick and awesome videos to walk you through using the system.

Setting up your year plan: https://youtu.be/n0nrh4NJBFk

Setting meeting dates, times, and locations: https://youtu.be/R_nGzg4Ux3w

Customizing your year plan: https://youtu.be/uTdSFjJcFu0

Meeting plan overview: https://youtu.be/AHw9W6YyOPU

Not into digital planning? You can also purchase copies of the new badge booklets through the GSCO Retail Shop: https://www.girlscoutshop.com/BADGES-PROGRAM/ALL-PROGRAM-MATERIALS/BADGE-REQUIREMENTS

Have questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Facebook LIVE Event: Navigating NEW badges and Journeys

Ok, so you might be thinking “Wait, there are MORE badges to navigate through?” We get it! There is a lot of amazing Girl Scout programming out there and we want to help your girls find the content that meets their interests. Join us on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at noon for a Facebook LIVE event as we answer your questions about the 42 NEW badges and Journeys released by Girl Scouts of the USA earlier in the month. We’ll also share some insider information about them.

Can’t attend live, but have a question to ask? Email Mission Delivery Manager Emily Speck with your question and we will answer it! You can access the recording of the Facebook LIVE on our Facebook page under videos.

 

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.

Donation to shelter to inspire mothers with family art project ideas

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

With help from her multi-level Girl Scout troop, Senior Makayla completed the Journey “Mission: Sisterhood.” As her sisterhood issue, she chose improving relationships between mothers and their children, specifically those under additional stress due to homelessness. She wanted family art projects to help children be calmer and more cooperative with their mothers by building their relationship. With her troop, she created a beautifully painted wooden container to install at the local domestic violence shelter, Arising Hope. The troop then filled the painted container with art supplies they purchased with funds they raised as part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. A set of laminated instructions for three art projects that would encourage mothers and children to bond were included, and Makayla wrote a personal cover letter explaining the goal of her project and inspiring mothers to do the projects together with their children as a family.

When asked “What have you learned from the troop that you can use in your daily life?”

Makayla responds “It’s easy to make friends.”

She said sisterhood is important because it’s nice to help people, and they will be there for you when you need help.

Makayla and her troop expanded their network when they visited a horse rescue and learned how a woman became the owner of a nonprofit and advocates for horses. She met Keith, who volunteers at the nonprofit Arising Hope shelter and happily agreed to accept donations of art supplies for Makayla’s project. Learning about these careers was eye opening for Makayla, who wants to be a baker. She said she would like to bake for a shelter to serve its residents. “Our project is meaningful because it will help other people.”

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

Girl Scout Brownies want you to save water for pupfish

Submitted by Jamie B.

Northern & Northeastern CO

As part of our Brownie “Wonders of Water” Journey, our troop created this video to teach others about how many people rely on the Colorado River, and to inspire them to save water. As we designed the video, we tried to share important facts that many don’t know, while keeping the video fun. The more people enjoy the video and share it with others, the better! Most of our girls learned to use WeVideo in school, and our service unit purchased a WeVideo license to use for Girl Scout projects. After learning about water, the girls adapted their leader’s research to the screenplay. Filming the pupfish and panda scenes was a highlight of the project! The girls also recorded the narration, and chose images, videos and music to complete the video. We hope you enjoy it!

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

Troop 2255 works towards Gold Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Janice Houston

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

As part of their requirements to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, Troop 2255 learned about food and food waste as part of their “SOW What?” Journey.

Community Food Share is an organization based in Louisville which works to fight hunger and food waste in our communities. They provide fresh, nutritious food to those in need, while also increasing the environmental health of the community by working to redistribute food instead of throwing it out. You can help them by donating food (any amount helps) or volunteering, either individually or with a group. Volunteering is a very fun experience for ages five and up. Girl Scout Troop 2255 recently volunteered at Community Food Share and enjoyed it immensely. They highly recommend it to others.

Info: https://communityfoodshare.org/about-us/how-we-work/

Volunteer sign-up: https://communityfoodshare.org/volunteer/individuals-families/

Girl Scout Troop 2255 has three Fairview freshman members: Lizzy N., Trinity P., and Claire T. Freshman Abbi S. of New Vista completes the troop. Cheryl Paulson is the troop leader and Janice Houston is the co-leader.

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

Complete the “Brownie Quest” or “Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden” Journeys

Submitted by Meredith Locke

Northern & Northeastern CO

Lafayette

Join Cadette Troop 2235 and multi-level Troop 4251 for a fun-filled time completing the Brownie Quest or Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journeys and help a great cause!

When:

April 28, 2019

1 – 4 p.m.

Price: $20 per girl. Badge Included.

Location:

Holy Comforter Episcopal Church

1700 W 10 Ave., Broomfield (About 10 minutes from downtown Lafayette)

We have the pleasure of working with the Passing Hats organization for our Take Action project by making bracelets for Race for the Cure-type events. In the future, we may also help the organization by knitting hats for cancer patients.

To register, go to https://brownie-brownie-quest-daisy-welcome-to-the-flower-garden.cheddarup.com

If you have any questions, please contact Meredith at mltlocke@gmail.com.

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

Daisy Petals and Journeys at the fire station

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Girl Scout Daisies from Steamboat Springs were treated to a visit with the Steamboat Springs Fire Department. We were working on our “Respect Authority” Petal AND parts of the “Three Cheers for Animals Daisy” Journey.

We learned that our firefighters eat dinner together, sleep for two nights at a time at the station, help people in car accidents, people that are hurt, put out fires, and help lots of animals!

We learned how to check our bedroom door with the back of our hand to feel if it is hot, if the fire alarm in our house goes off!

We learned about different trucks and all the tools they carry, and that firefighters wear special gear, so fire doesn’t burn them when they save people and pets in a fire.

We learned that firefighters can help pets of all different sizes if the pets have breathed in smoke.

We think you should be a go-getter to be a firefighter. It also helps to be innovative, a risk-taker, and a leader in this job.

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

Junior “aMuse” Journey

Submitted by Meredith Locke

Northern & Northeastern CO

Erie

Join Cadette Troop 2235 for a fun filled time breaking stereotypes and learning about roles of women around the world!

The event will take place on January 27, 2019.

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.

Location: Lafayette Senior Center, 103 Iowa Ave., Lafayette, CO

The badge is included.

To register, follow this link: https://junior-amuse-journey-12478.cheddarup.com

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

Multi-level Troop 65659 uses computational thinking to help oceans

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Girl Scout Cadette Elizabeth completed the “Think Like a Programmer” Journey with the help of her multi-level troop. She planned a web-site to raise awareness of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to inspire people everywhere to make lifestyle changes that can help solve the problem and protect our resources.

First, the girls made a list of local, personal, and global problems computers can solve. They learned about what programmers do and what computers do to solve problems. With input from the troop, Elizabeth chose a community to focus on for her Take Action project: the ocean community of people and animals. She narrowed down all the problems affecting the ocean community to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

They used computational thinking by taking a big problem, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and breaking it into steps. They learned how to apply user-centered design by identifying the concerns, interests, and needs of the users of the oceans: humans need healthy food, transportation, medicine, minerals, transportation, and a healthy climate, and sea creatures need a healthy, clean environment to live in.

Elizabeth’s solution was to educate and inspire people about the garbage patch,. She considered what might be important to our users: easy ways to take action and step-by-step instructions. Elizabeth used feedback to improve her solution by learning what current ocean clean-up projects tell the public that people can do to help.

Elizabeth wanted to reach others to teach them what she learned, so the troop hosted a Call to Action event for the whole community. During the event, troop members and attendees learned about the problem and created artwork to raise awareness and remind them of their pledge to Take Action. Elizabeth came up with the idea to create a website to share information about the garbage patch, so her project would be sustainable. She wanted the website to include information for visitors on how to contact their elected representatives and information on local recycling options.

The finished website includes art inspired by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch created by Elizabeth, her troop, and the event guests. It also includes instructions on how to make your own art and pledge to Take Action to ensure our oceans are protected! Please visit the site at https://garbagepatchcalltoaction.myvidmy.com/ and share the link with everyone you know to create lasting change!

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