Join Colorado Trout Unlimited (CTU) for STREAM Girls Thursday, September 10 – Sunday, September 20, 2020! This is a hybrid virtual/take-home program for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes.
- Virtual kick-off: Thursday, September 10 at 5 p.m. via Zoom
- Virtual reflection: Sunday, September 20 at 3 p.m. via Zoom
- Gear pick-up at Bear Creek Regional Park, Colorado Springs: Friday, September 11, 4 – 6 p.m.
- Gear drop off at Bear Creek Regional Park, Colorado Springs: Sunday, September 20, 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 per gear pick up OR $3 per girl if using your own gear
Register NOW: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/stream_girls_blended_09_10_2020
STREAM Girls gives Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes the opportunity to earn a special patch as they serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists, to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. This outdoor watershed experience employs STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math) plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream.
Every person is a citizen of her watershed, and Colorado Trout Unlimited (TU) has partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado so that girls will get the complete picture of what their stream could mean to them.
In this hybrid take home/virtual program, TU will provide Girls Scouts with the necessary gear, a STREAM Girls Field Notebook, and a resource list with videos guiding Girl Scouts through six activities that they will complete over ten days. Additionally, girls are expected to join a virtual program kick off on Thursday and a reflection meeting the next Sunday to discuss what they have learned. Activities include:
- Stream Walk – Observing and documenting the stream/river and surrounding area
- Go with the Flow – Calculating river flow rates using everyday tools and simple math
- Macroinvertebrate Survey – Investigating the insect life that lives in the stream and support fish
- Fly-Casting – Developing skills to fly fish and practicing in your own backyard/neighborhood park
- Fly-Tying – Creating a “fly” to imitate one of the macroinvertebrates commonly found in Colorado
- Scavenger Hunt/Bracelet Building – Testing your knowledge of healthy streams and creating a unique bracelet to represent your local watershed!
Activities are expected to take approximately six hours, in total, and can be broken up into several days. Colorado Trout Unlimited will provide the necessary gear and supplies associated with each activity. Gear will be picked-up and dropped off at Bear Creek Regional Park East. Colorado Trout Unlimited has enough gear/supplies for 24 participants. Additional participants may be able to register, if using their own gear or sharing with another Girl Scout. Please acknowledge any shared gear in registration.
Adults picking up gear on behalf of Girl Scouts will be required to complete a gear agreement upon pick up. Certificates of completion and patches will be distributed upon gear drop off. If using your own gear, certificates of completion and patches will be mailed after the program is complete. Please indicate if you are picking up supplies or using your own supplies.
As a self-guided event, Colorado Trout Unlimited and GSCO encourage Girl Scouts to complete this activity with their families. Please be sure to follow all state, county, and local public health guidelines surrounding COVID-19.
Registration will close on Monday, September 7 OR when capacity has been reached. All waivers, pre-information, and log in information for virtual meetings will be provided for all participants via email after registration closes.
If picking up supplies and gear, all supplies will be packaged as a set and available during the gear pick-up. Participants are welcome to use their own gear/equipment. Please use the list below when compiling your own gear/supplies. For participants not requiring a gear set, the Field Notebook and Macroinvertebrate Guide will be sent via email.
- Field Notebook and Macroinvertebrate Guide
- Writing Utensil (Colored pencils are great to have, as well)
- Wading Boots/Waders (If weather/water temperatures are warm enough, sturdy water shoes can be used)
- Stopwatch (smartphones work great)
- Something that floats (stick, ping pong ball, etc)
- Calculator (phone works great)
- Measuring Tape (at least 30’)
- Bug net (Kitchen Strainer will work)
- Collection Pan (Tupperware or small white buckets can be effective)
- Magnifying glass
- Small sorting tray (ice cube trays work well)
- Fly rod, reel, and line
- Fly tying vise
- Fly tying tools
- Fly tying materials for midge pattern including hook and thread.
- Extra fly line for bracelet (Other material will work, as well)
- Beads for bracelet activity
Questions? Email email@example.com.
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.