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Girl Scout Exploration Day for Juniors

Submitted by Melissa Gula

Metro Denver


Calling all aspiring gardeners! Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens on September 21, 2019 for our fourth annual Junior “Gardener” Girl Scout Exploration Day. Girl Scout Exploration Days offer girls the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities and take-home projects. Each Exploration Day offers several activity stations set up throughout the Gardens for groups to explore at their own pace. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

When: Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. To accommodate a larger number of Girl Scouts and improve your group’s experience, we are offering two admission times: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Activity stations will be available to your group from the admission time you choose until 2 p.m.

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, activities will take place outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved indoors.

Who: This program is designed for Girl Scout Juniors.

Through hands-on activities and explorations Girl Scouts will:

  • Explore the principles of garden design.
  • Design a seed experiment to take home.
  • Explore the practice of companion planting.
  • Plant and decorate an indoor garden planter to take home.
  • Explore the Gardens’ diverse showcase of plants.

Follow the link below to register either as an individual or as a troop. We look forward to seeing you at our Girl Scout Exploration Day!

Registration Link: https://catalog.botanicgardens.org/selection.aspx?sch=121694

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Juniors earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Randi Bangerter

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

We learned sending a message on a computer network is very complicated. Even short messages must travel through many other computers and networks. They don’t just go to directly to their destination.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

FBI Tour for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are invited to a special “mini teen academy” program at the Denver FBI office on  Friday, November 15, 2019 from 9 a.m. – noon. The traditional Teen Academy program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. This program will include a panel discussion with female FBI employees,  SWAT demo, tactical demonstration from the Evidence Response Team (ERT), and presentation on cyber safety.

Register online now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/fbi_tour_for_seniors.html

This is a drop off event. Participants should arrive by 8:45 a.m. to start check-in. Girls will be required to submit a parent permission form, photo release, and indemnity form to participate. Girls ages 18 and older will be required to provide their date of birth, social security number, and full name to comply with FBI policies, and bring a photo ID on the day of the event. Two Girl Scouts of Colorado staff will accompany the group.

Capacity is limited to 40 Girl Scouts. Registration will close on Tuesday, November 5 OR when capacity is met.

Please be aware that the program is subject to change based on the needs of the FBI.

All attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame “Women in STEM” event

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame “Women in STEM” event is October 3, 2019 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. Tickets range from $50 – $75. You can buy tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-stem-tickets-66475884159.

In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law, and business, why are there so few women scientists and engineers?

The technology sector realizes that it must move toward greater diversity and attract more women to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. While women have been instrumental in many technology achievements over the years, they also have been ‘hidden figures,’ largely ignored by the media, by business, and by educators.

The vision of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is to inspire women in STEM and women from other walks of life to consider learning and sharing the inspiring stories of our inductees in STEM fields to the lives of women they work with, their daughters, their friends, and even if considering a career move.

Featured Speaker:

Lt. Genl (Ret.), US Air Force, Susan Helms: 1st military woman astronaut in space and holds record for longest spacewalk.

Panel Discussion:

  • Moderator, Toi Massey: Physicist, Nuclear Engineer, Six Sigma Black Belt, Founder, the JEKL Foundation; CEO, ANMIS, LLC.
  • Panelist, Jill Tietjen, PE: Registered professional engineer and author; 40 years in electrical utility consulting and expert witness testimony.
  • Panelist, Dorothy Horrell, PhD: Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver and trailblazer, educator and community builder, with a history of transformational leadership in education and philanthropy. Expert on educational opportunities for women in STEM.
  • Panelist, Jo Ann Cram Joselyn, PhD: The first woman and the first American to serve as Secretary General of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) and the first woman to serve as Secretary General of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA).
  • Panelist, Patricia Gabow, MD: Former CEO and Medical Director of Denver Health and Hospital Authority, one of the nation’s most highly regarded, extensive, and integrated health care systems. Dr. Gabow is also Professor Emerita of medicine in the Division of Renal Disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Presenting Sponsor: RMPBS

Friends of the Hall Sponsors: The Doyle Group, IQWired/Wonderful Women of IT, Radman Communications, LLC, Regis University, Trinity Partners, and University of Denver

Sponsor: Denver 7

The CWHF is grateful to Rickenbaugh Cadillac Volvo for donating their parking lot for this event. This lot can be accessed directly off Santa Fe or the off the alley that runs behind the Rickenbaugh Collision Repair Center. Please note that overnight parking is not allowed. Free street parking is also available around the venue.

Street Smarts Tour for Girl Scouts

Submitted by Kristi Gemperline

Metro Denver

Lone Tree

The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Colorado Transportation YOU Committee presents Girl Scouts Street Smarts Day!

Join us for a “street smarts” day as we take you on a multi-modal tour through downtown Denver. Learn how transportation affects our urban environment and how it links communities by visiting various stations in downtown Denver that highlight transportation elements, including ADA, bikes, transit, and bridges.

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Time: 8:45 a.m., Tour begins at 9 a.m.

Location: I-25 and Broadway Light Rail Station, 901 S. Broadway, Denver

Total number of participants (including parents/troop leaders): 65

Target age group: 4th, 5th, 6th grade Girl Scouts

Additional information: Lunch will be provided and Girl Scouts will earn patches. The entire tour is outdoors, please dress appropriately.

This event is free!

Please RSVP by September 14 at noon at the following: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wts-transportation-you-girl-scouts-street-smarts-day-tickets-71183071483

Questions? Please contact Kristi Gemperline at

I was a Girl Scout when I was younger. I love the Girl Scouts of the USA organization, and love the empowerment and opportunities that are presented to young ladies. This event is a glimpse into transportation engineering. There is so much around you yet to explore. This STEM opportunity is one not to miss.

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

Brownies earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Amber Biviano

Metro Denver


Our girls were excited to earn their first cybersecurity patch. The Palo Alto-created activity was a simple and fun way to begin a discussion with our Brownies about layers of security. Starting with the creation of our “secure castles,”  we then moved into digital/cyber security with our phones, computers, tablets, etc.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Celebrate Colorado Women essay contest

The Center for Colorado Women’s History and the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame will host an essay contest to celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2019. Metro Denver Girl Scouts in third through eighth grades are invited to learn about women who have made a difference in history, so that they can use them as inspiration to create a better tomorrow.

The 19th Amendment was adopted in 1920, 99 years ago, to ensure that gender would not be a barrier to voting in the United States. Many women fought tirelessly for this amendment to the Constitution and the fight for equal voting rights continued after 1920.

Participants should submit a 250 to 500 word essay responding to this prompt:

Before the 19th Amendment was adopted in 1920, states could deny women the right to vote. Why do you think it is important for women to have the right to vote and why would voting be important to you?

A winner from each category will be invited to attend an afternoon tea with Denver’s Margaret “Molly” Brown to celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House.

Learn more and submit your essay online: https://www.historycolorado.org/dayofthegirl

Earn your “Horsemanship” badge

Submitted by Gabriella Grieve

Metro Denver


Girl Scout Juniors: Earn your “Horsemanship” badge with Inspiring Strides at a three-hour clinic on September 14, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. Learn everything horse-related and complete all requirements to earn your badge. The clinic will cover everything from grooming, handling, arena etiquette, horse anatomy, tack anatomy, horse behavior, and riding!

To register please email Gabriella Grieve at Inspiring Strides at inspiringstridesco@gmail.com. The registration process does include a liability release waiver, photo release, and safety rules form.

Cost: $50 /rider

Deadline: September 7 Class has limited space so please register early!

The clinic is held in an outdoor arena, so please wear weather-appropriate, as well as horse appropriate, attire. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Bicycle helmets are not appropriate for riding, so please only bring ASTM-approved helmets. If you do not have an ASTM-approved helmet, there will be some available for riders.

For more information about Inspiring Strides, visit us on Facebook or Instagram using the handle @inspiringstridesco.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out via email at the above address or call (303) 495-9259.

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

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge

Join GSCO for our annual Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Representatives from local STEM-focused organizations will lead hands-on activities for Girl Scouts and work toward earning badges! National Fossil Day is also October 16, so come learn about fossils and celebrate in honor of this special day.

Register online now! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_day_at_di.html


  • Advance Registration before October 15: $9/Girl Scout, $5/Adults and other youth.
  • Walk-Up Registration Day Of (walk up registration closes at 1 p.m.): $10/Girl Scout, $6/adults and other youth

A National Fossil Day patch is included in the price for Girl Scouts and patches will be given out at check-in on the day of the event.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 15. (after October 15 walk ups will be accepted day of the event until 1 p.m. at an increase of $1/person).

The event starts at 9 a.m. and Girl Scouts have until 3 p.m. to complete activities. Troops and families should allow at least two hours to complete activities and plan to arrive no later than 1 p.m.

This is not a drop off event. Girl Scouts and other youth must attend with a troop leader, parent, or guardian. Children are not permitted to attend without supervision.

Save on your ticket and time in line through registering NOW!

Things to bring:

  • Water, jacket, hat, sunscreen, and snacks.
  • Good walking shoes. Your camera. Your friends or family.
  • Wear your vest or sash to show off your Girl Scout pride!
  • A camera to document the day and share photos on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, using #GSColo.
  •  The desire to learn about the creatures that walked the earth millions of years ago.

Things to remember at Dinosaur Ridge:

  • It is an outdoor museum. This means that fossils, bones, and you are exposed to the elements. Please bring a jacket, hat, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
  • Dinosaur Ridge has water and soda available for purchase in the Main Visitor Center Gift Shop.
  • Dinosaur Ridge does not have an on-site restaurant. There will be a few local food trucks on site for this event and you can bring your own lunch or snacks if you will be hungry on the Ridge.
  • Dinosaur Ridge has several picnic tables in front of and behind the Main Visitor Center Gift Shop.
  • Please deposit all trash in our designated trash and recycling bins.
  • There are port-o-lets located on the Ridge (on the east side just uphill from the main tracksite).
  • No climbing or collecting
  • Hiking trail – Jefferson County Open Space maintains a trail on top of the Ridge.
  • Take advantage of interpretive signs along the Ridge to learn about the paleontology, geology, and natural history of Dinosaur Ridge and Colorado.
  • Although the Ridge is closed to vehicular traffic, we have many cyclists who enjoy Dinosaur Ridge along with pedestrian walkers. Please stay in the walking lane—the side closest to the Ridge during your journey.

Questions? For more information, please contact Aimee Artzer at Aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. If you have any questions about this event or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.orgor 877-404-5708.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Three years later

My name is Emily Walker and I am currently a senior completing my final semester at the University of Northern Colorado as an Audiology major. I grew up in the town of Castle Rock, where I was involved in Girl Scouts from elementary school to high school.  

It has been three years since I earned my Girl Scout Gold Award for my project “Community Comfort.” The focus of this project was to bring comfort to individuals and families involved in emergency situations. Teddy bears and blankets were originally provided to the Castle Rock Police and Castle Rock Fire and Rescue departments to be handed out to those in need of their services. Now, these items of comfort are being distributed by the emergency services of Castle Rock, the Help and Hope task force of Douglas and Elbert County, and the Denver Rescue Mission. The students involved in the BIONIC team of Castle Rock Middle School continue to host an annual fundraiser to purchase teddy bears and blanket materials for Community Comfort. 

The Gold Award has continued to impact my life in the past three years. I have been able to apply the life skills I have learned from completing my project to my studies at my university, especially time management, financial management, and public speaking. As I am preparing for graduate school, I know these skills, and many others I have gained through the Gold Award experience, will continue to benefit me in the future. My compassion for helping and serving my community continues to grow and I hope to inspire others to do the same for their own communities.