As an older Girl Scout, it takes a lot of dedication and perseverance to make it to this level, so it is no wonder the majority of girls who do have amazing leadership and problem solving skills, not to mention empathy and a great sense of responsibility. These are the traits that make a great Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) representative. As a representative, you get to take part in developing new programs and help to revitalize old ones. Over the past year on OGAB, I have helped to create an older girl newsletter, brainstormed ways to keep Juliette Girl Scouts involved, previewed the newest outdoor adventure badges, and in our upcoming August retreat, I will be meeting with the GSCO Highest Awards manager to review GSCO’s Highest Awards program. Being an OGAB representative is a great way to affect your own and others’ Girl Scout experience, but it is also a great opportunity to meet other like-minded girls from all across the state and get to share your experiences and opinions. The OGAB positions are each held for two years and there are monthly web-conferences and four in-person weekend retreats at Girl Scout Camp, such as Tomahawk Ranch and Twisted Pine. It is a great experience and I can’t wait to meet the newest representatives.
The Older Girl Advisory Board, also known as OGAB, is a group of 14 girls in grades 9-12 from across Colorado. Members provide feedback on projects ranging from mentoring to program development to older girl engagement to product sales. OGAB is currently recruiting new members in Pueblo, Western Slope/Southwest Colorado, and Metro Denver. Girls entering grades 9-12 for the 2017/2018 school year are encouraged to apply here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/ogab2017. Contact Katie Singleton with any questions and find more info on our webpage.
The Older Girl Advisory Board needs your help! OGAB is seeking a second adult chaperone for our upcoming overnight retreat on August 5-6 in the Metro Denver area. This volunteer opportunity is a great chance to connect with OGAB and get out to camp!
Volunteers need to be registered and background checked through Girl Scouts of Colorado. Contact Katie Singleton at email@example.com to volunteer.
Submitted by Katie Singleton, Girl Scouts of Colorado Older Girl Experience Manager
The GSCO Older Girl Advisory Board held their first retreat at Tomahawk Ranch on January 21-22, 2017. The board, which is currently made up of 12 girls from across the state, spent their time getting to know one another, discussing current programs available for older girls, and brainstorming for future programs. The girls on this board range from ninth to twelfth grades and represent Metro Denver, Northern & Northeastern Colorado, Pikes Peak, and the Western Slope.
The board is still seeking representatives from the Pueblo area and Southwestern Colorado. Girl Scouts interested in filling one of the remaining spots should email Katie Singleton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning in the 2017 membership year, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to apply to join a new Older Girl Advisory Board! This board will serve as the voice for Girl Scouts across Colorado. Advisory Board members will have the opportunity to provide direct feedback to staff regarding current and future programming and events, participate in leadership and professional development workshops, and connect with the GSCO Board of Directors.
Board members will participate in monthly web meetings and attend four camp retreats held at Tomahawk Ranch each year. The first camp retreat is scheduled for December 20-21, 2016. Transportation assistance may be available.
Girls interested in participating in this Advisory Board are invited to submit their application at https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/ogab2016. All applicants must provide contact information for two references who will be emailed a link to an online reference form. All applications and reference forms are due by September 5, 2016.