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Denver Leadership Summit: Register now for this training event

Join GSCO for a Leadership Summit on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the Community College of Aurora. This is your chance to connect with other GSCO volunteers, share ideas, take enrichment classes and essential volunteer training, and get your Girl Scout year off to a great start!

Event Highlights:

Program level 101 courses are available – Multi-level, Cadette and Older Girls, Junior, and Daisy/Brownie. Want to know how to best work with the girls in your troop and make it a girl-led experience? Take a 101 class and the enrichment class, Troop Management Simplified .

Want more support from the families in your troop? Register for the Engaging Families class and get the tools that you need to get the support that you want!

Not sure how to tackle planning an event for the troops in your area? Take the Event Planning: Tips and Tricks class.

Want to put your years of experience as a Girl Scout volunteer to good use and learn how to recruit girls and adults and start more troops in your community? There’s a class for that –Community and School Recruitment Strategies.

Are you a new leader who would like to learn Girl Scout Traditions and Ceremonies, Songs, and Games? Perfect! You will find those classes during the afternoon session at the Leadership Summit.

Register Now! All GSCO volunteers are welcome at this event.

Schedule for Saturday, September 29:

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Registration and displays in the southwest lobby
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Morning courses
*12 – 1 p.m. – Lunch
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. – Early afternoon courses
3 – 4:30 p.m. – Late afternoon courses

*The event registration fee includes coffee and snacks through-out the day, and a catered lunch. Please bring a water bottle.


Community College of Aurora

16000 East CentreTech Parkway

Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036


Click on the link below to read more information about classes offered and to register for the Denver Leadership Summit:


If you have any questions about this training or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708. Registration closes Tuesday, September 25 at midnight.

Leadership Summit training events

Want to encourage girls joined -at-the-hip in your troop, to make new friends, but keep the old? Learn how to clique proof your troop! Want more support during your troop year? Learn how to engage families in your troop! Want to know how to plan awesome events for your troop or service unit? Take the Event Planning enrichment class!

Come to a Leadership Summit. Take a variety of enrichment classes and essential required training. Meet and connect with your peers, enjoy a catered lunch, and start your troop year with the information you need to be successful!

Register Now!  Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs.


Register Now!  Saturday, September 8 at First United Methodist Church in Loveland.


Register Now!  Saturday, September 29 at Community College of Aurora in Metro Denver.


There are classes for older girls too!

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can participate in leadership enrichment courses to expand their skills and knowledge to prepare them for their future in Girl Scouts and beyond. Girls will sign-up for the entire day.  This is a FREE leadership development opportunity! Girls should bring a sack lunch and light snacks will be provided. Sessions include Gold Award, Highest Awards and Take Action, Taking Ownership of Your Girl Scout Experience, Let’s Go on an Adventure, Using Your Leadership Skills for Change, and “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience. Meet other teenage Girl Scouts and share your experiences.

To read class descriptions and register for older girl classes, go to our events page at:


Pike’s Peak Leadership Summit: Saturday, August 25, 2018

The 2018 Pike’s Peak Leadership Summit is Saturday, August 25 at Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs.

This is your opportunity to connect with other volunteers and take a variety of enrichment classes for new and experienced leaders, such as Engaging Families; Troop on a Shoestring Budget; Event Planning; Tips and Tricks: Clique Proof Your Troop; Proficiency Badges and Journeys (PB&J); as well as essential program level 101’s, Daisy/Brownie, Junior, and Cadette and Older Girl; and Multi-level 101.

Participants will enjoy a catered lunch with a chance to share ideas with fellow leaders.

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can participate in leadership enrichment courses to expand their skills and knowledge to prepare them for their future in Girl Scouts and beyond. Girls will sign-up for the entire day.  This is a FREE leadership development opportunity! Girls should bring a sack lunch and light snacks will be provided. Sessions include Gold Award, Highest Awards and Take Action, Taking Ownership of Your Girl Scout Experience, Let’s Go on an Adventure, Using Your Leadership Skills for Change, “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience. Read class descriptions and register for the older girl classes here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/older_girl_leadershi.html

Connect with other Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 at these exciting events!

Register Now: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/leadership_summit_in.html



What does “girl-led” mean?








Submitted by GSCO Board Chair-Elect Rae Ann Dougherty

The 2017 Leadership Summits have begun! The first was in Colorado Springs and a wonderful opportunity to obtain training, updates, as well as build our Girl Scout networks.  All are important as we begin a new Girl Scout year.  While in training, I reflected on some of my past experiences as a Girl Scout Cadette troop leader…

Back in the 1980’s, I served as a Cadette troop leader.  While the traditions of Girl Scouts were the same then as they are today, as leaders we did not use the phrase “girl-led” as much as we do today.  None-the-less the way troops were run were similar and the results were similar.

One spring, although not asked, the girls in my troop announced they wanted to go on an overnight trip that was NOT camping.  Fine. As their leader, I immediately began to facilitate the process by asking the questions associated with planning such an event.  After discussion, we considered going to a theme park and staying in a hotel. That started the girl’s minds going. Lo and behold, while I had not suggested that they do any between-meeting research, the next meeting they came prepared!  Girls had, unbeknownst to me, obtained hotel options, knew ticket prices, knew the distance and how many cars/adults would be required, set up a budget, and more. Mind you as this was decades before the convenience of the internet, cell phones, Google maps, or other technology to which we have become accustomed.  As such, the research was significantly more involved than it would be today.  No worries, they quickly figured out how to use 1-800 phone numbers for the various hotel chains, how to read a map, etc.!  Needless to say I was blown away, but so proud of them!

We continued to plan and ultimately went on the trip.  Since they had lead the process so well, while at the theme park I followed their lead making sure that they were safe, but doing what they wanted and joining with them on the rides that they wanted to go on.  Since we were following their lead, my co-leaders and I did not pay much attention … until I ended up on one of those roller coasters that did TWO upside down loop-deloops!  (This is NOT the type of ride I seek.)  After I recovered from that experience, I continued to follow them, but suggested that I wait for them whenever they then decided to go on any more thrill rides.  I guess they were fine as long as I went with them.  Ultimately, they enjoyed the rest of the day without more thrill rides.  (I have yet to go on another roller coaster like that!)

Along the way we added a few activities so they were able to earn the “Travel” Interest Project as well.

The non-formal learning the Girl Scout program offers continues to impress me.  This was a memorable experience for me and one that I remain proud of all that those girls accomplished.  Although this was not intentionally a “girl-led” experience, it certainly became one.  Why?  Because that is the way Girl Scouts is, it just naturally flows for the girls to grow and develop their leadership.

Do you have a “girl-led” story to share?  Use the Share Your Stories form.

Leadership Summits are here and coming to your area in the coming weeks (Metro Denver, September 16, 2017; Northern Colorado, September 23; Grand Junction, September 20; Pueblo, October 14).  My experience at the Colorado Springs event on Saturday, August 26 was fabulous.  I was even asked for  feedback and insight to enhance the service unit experience. To register or find one in your area, use this link: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/training-events.html



Leadership Summit in Northern & Northeastern CO moved

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Leadership Summit in our Northern & Northeastern CO region on September 23, 2017 in Fort Collins has been moved to Longmont. It is now at Front Range Community College – Boulder County Campus (2190 Miller Dr, Longmont, CO 80501). To learn more or register, use this link: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2017/northern_colorado_le.html

We appreciate your patience and understanding!



Gold Award and Highest Awards & Take Action trainings at Leadership Summits

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to offer both Gold Award and Highest Awards & Take Action trainings at the Leadership Summits across the state this summer and fall!

You may be asking, “What is a Leadership Summit?” Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Leadership Summits are learning conferences that offer volunteers (and girls!) the opportunity to get energized for the new membership year and check required trainings off the “to-do” list. In addition to offering trainings for new and experienced volunteers, we are offering Gold Award training for girls who are getting ready to “Go Gold”.

Gold Award training is required for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Parents and troop leaders are encouraged to attend as well.

Highest Awards & Take Action is the perfect opportunity to connect with other troop leaders about successful service projects and learn how to let girls take the lead in making a difference in their community with “Take Action” projects that girls will complete in their Journeys, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects.

August 26, Colorado Springs
September 16, Denver Metro
September 23, Northern Colorado
September 30, Grand Junction
October 14, Pueblo (Gold Award and Highest Awards Training TBD)

The full schedule for each event will be posted soon along with links for registration.

Questions about Highest Awards? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org