Tag Archives: older girls

Night on the Town

Submitted by Barbara Light

Metro Denver


Troop 71 decided to work on their “Urban Orienteering” badge, a badge exclusive to Girl Scouts of Colorado, which helps girls understand how to navigate the City of Denver. We learned a lot about how the city is set up and how to move around it. Then, we put our knowledge into practice by planning our route to go have a night on the town!

We definitely recommend doing this badge as a Cadette. We feel it will help us later when we travel other places. Oh, and Wicked was awesome!

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

Power of Cookie: Troop 74180 travels to Savannah

Submitted by Michelle Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

I wanted to share some of our experiences in Savannah and Tybee Island. We’ve saved cookie money for several years and the girls were finally able to plan and execute a trip to the East Coast to check out where Girl Scouts started. Our girls are first year Girl Scout Seniors from Fort Collins. We’re having an awesome trip and not only learning about the incredible history, but learning about each other as well. We’ve spent time at the beach, completed a program to earn the GA coastal badge at the Marine Science center, toured the historical Tybee Island lighthouse, went on a historical Savannah Carriage ride, completed the Old Fort Jackson Girl Scout militia experience, toured Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace, saw the Girl Scout First Headquarters, and the Andrew Low house. We’ve also had fun discovering the secrets of Savannah each day like Forsyth Park and River Street. We plan on visiting Skidaway Island State Park and doing some hiking, as well as some more beach time. The girls have worked together to plan, cook, and clean most of our meals and have worked hard to keep us on budget.

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

WeatherNation Tour with Meteorologist and Girl Scout alum Meredith Garofalo

Submitted by Tiffany Baker of  CadetteTroop 59

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch / Lone Tree

Cadettes from Highlands Ranch / Lone Tree were fortunate to meet with Meteorologist and Girl Scout alum Meredith Garofalo at WeatherNation.  Meredith is an inspirational G.I.R.L. in our community who had a busy day, covering severe April weather on the East Coast and then magnifying what great STEM career opportunities there are in meteorology with our Girl Scouts.  The girls had the opportunity to view live severe weather forecasts inside the studio; watch reporters and producers make quick changes in their reporting to communicate which weather related topics to cover; witness how some of the studio’s equipment works; and ad-lib their own weather forecasts maneuvering around the green screen.

Meredith also sat down with the girls and answered all their questions related to her career and how Girl Scouts has impacted her life.  She is a true inspirational leader in our community who took the time to explain to our young teens, they can overcome whatever adversity they might be dealing with in their lives right now;  stay focused on their dreams; and continue in Girl Scouts because our programing helps build a strong foundation for their lives.

Meredith ended our meeting sharing blooper videos of some funny moments of hers caught on live television.  It was important to her, that the girls know that it’s okay to make mistakes and sometimes mistakes can be embarrassing, but how you choose to recover builds character.  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

We are thankful for this opportunity to learn more about STEM careers in meteorology and to be inspired by a G.I.R.L.

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


AnneMarie, Feel free to edit.  This was a definite memorable experience.  Meridith is incredible and so are you for helping to make this happen.  Thank you! Thank you! – Tiffany


PA Training: Outdoor skills specialty

Submitted by Denine Dains

Metro Denver

Twisted Pine

Troop 3972 is excited to lead Girl Scout Cadettes/Seniors in a one-of-a-kind leadership experience! Join us at Twisted Pine, a cozy cabin, 20 minutes from Denver.

Oct. 19, 2019: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYQoy4AcMus8Bi6aI982flfxqrLzeZE5N0cDJrlJAX9Rp-Sg/viewform

Oct. 20, 2019: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegZpKDJ23n6wZuDO3TVL-499-E8O0j0F9QmkIBfTG8HpnEvQ/viewform

Learn valuable skills such as assisting younger Girl Scouts in a troop or small group setting. You will also specialize in leading larger groups in a camp setting.

You will learn how to:

  • Lead large groups of girl scouts in camp songs
  • Assist young girls in a flag ceremony
  • Assist young Girl Scouts with chopping food at camp while using a knife
  • Set up a propane stove
  • Make traditional camp foods, such as walking tacos and a foil wrapped dessert!
  • Follow the rules regarding fire and cooking with a dutch oven
  • Create a safe cleaning station for dishes
  • Lead yourself in a professional, safe manner while working with younger girls
  • Be a good role model to younger Girl Scouts

May PA Training Flier.docx

Troop 3972 is a dynamic group of go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders. Many of the girls have been together since kindergarten and help lead a day camp in the Denver metro-area for more than 100 campers.

By leading their Girl Scout sisters in leadership opportunities, they are reaching their own fundraising goals to fund a scuba diving trip to the Bahamas.

We are excited to meet your Girl Scouts and the future leaders in our community!

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

Community Egg Hunt / Búsqueda de los Huevos @ Athmar Park Branch Library

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado for a non-denominational egg hunt on Saturday, April 13th! Families of all faiths and identities are welcome. Search Athmar Park Branch Library’s Community Room with your girl for plastic eggs in every hiding spot that contain candy and a fact about Girl Scouts from 10 A.M to 11 A.M, then learn more about the Girl Scout leadership experience as your girls enjoy spring-themed activities from 11 A.M to 11:30 A.M. This event is designed for girls in grades K, 1, 2, and girls currently in PreK and entering Kindergarten in Fall 2019, but all girls in grades PreK-12 and their families are welcome.

As a Girl Scout, your girl will practice leadership with grit like a go-getter, problem solve like an innovator, embrace challenges like a risk-taker, and show empathy like a leader—in an all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment where she can work together with her peers to discover, connect, and take action.

Event will take place on Saturday, April 13th from 10  A.M. – 11:30 A.M. at Athmar Park Branch Library in the Community Room located at 1055 S Tejon St, Denver, CO 80223. 

To start your girl’s membership with Girl Scout of Colorado visit: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/join

¡Únete a Girl Scouts de Colorado para una búsqueda de los huevos no religiosos en sabado, 13 de abril! Familias de todos religiones y identidades están bienvenidos. A las 10 A.M – 11 A.M., busca en Athmar Park Branch Library (Biblioteca) en la sala de comunidad con sus niñas para huevos plásticos en todos de los lugares secretos –  los tienen dulces y un hecho sobre Girl Scouts. Después, aprenden más sobre la experiencia de liderazgo en Girl Scouts mientras sus niñas disfrutan actividades con la tema de la primavera. Este evento es para niñas en los grados K, 1, 2, y niñas que están en Pre-K (jardin de niños) ahora mismo y están entrando el Kindergarten en otoño 2019, pero todas niñas en grados PreK – 12 y sus familias están bienvenidos.

La experiencia de Girl Scouts está diseñada para ser guiada por las niñas. El tomar decisiones,el arreglo, y la comunicación son elementos esenciales para desarrollar lideres fuertes. Animamos a las niñas que aprendan haciendo. Les preguntamos que se arriesguen – quetraten y vean el resultado. Girl Scouts es una experiencia cooperativa – las niñas trabajan juntas para descubrir,conectar, y tomar acción en su comunidad.El evento está en sabado, 13 de abril a las 10 A.M – 11:30 A.M , en Athmar Park Branch Library en la sala de comunidad se encuentra a 1055 S Tejon St, Denver, CO 80223. 
A empezar la registración de su niña, hacer un clic a: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/2019_girl_registration_spanish

CSA Times: April 2019

We hope you are having an amazing Girl Scout year! With the school year coming to an end, many girls and troops are thinking about what’s next. This edition of CSA Times highlights what’s next for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors, including exciting announcements to keep the fun, adventure going.

First time receiving CSA Times? Welcome! This communication was created to keep Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors  families, and troop leaders up-to-date on all the amazing opportunities across our state. We invite you and your girl to join our virtual Older Girl Network. This site will provide you with real-time updates and notifications on events, opportunities, or anything related to an older girl’s Girl Scout experience.

Congratulations to the 2018-19 Gold Award Girl Scouts!

42 Girl Scouts from across Colorado earned their Gold Award during the past year! These girls worked hard, followed their passions and made the world a better place.

If you’re interested in achieving the highest honor in Girl Scouts and starting your Gold Award process, here is a checklist to get you started:

  • If you have earned your Bronze and/or Silver Award, you must first complete ONE Senior or Ambassador level Journey to start your Gold Award.
  • If you have not earned your Bronze or Silver Award, fear not! You can still go for your Gold Award, but you must first complete TWO Senior or Ambassador level Journeys.
  • Now it’s time for Gold Award Training! After you have finished the Journey pre-requisites, you’ll want to check out the GSCO Events Calendar to sign up for an upcoming Gold Award training to learn all about the Gold Award process.

If you have any questions, or would like to brainstorm your project idea reach out to Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Congratulations to the 2018-19 Silver and Bronze Award Girl Scouts!

If you are a Cadette interested in earning a Silver Award, remember that you can earn your Highest Awards as a troop or as an individual. Start by talking to your troop leader to brainstorm ideas and start the process!
To learn more about the Bronze and Silver Awards, you can visit the Highest Awards page of our website.

Outdoor Program

Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) 2019-20 information released in Spring 2019. Keep an eye on the OAC Website.

GSCO Summer Camps still have space available for older girl sessions, check out the summer camp session listings to find one that fits your interests!

Have your Program Aide (PA) award and want to use it this summer? Some day camps have spaces available for Program Aides. More information on how to get involved can be found on our Camp Leadership page.

Volunteer Opportunities

We’re looking for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and approved adult volunteers to run activity stations at our Daisy Flower Garden Journey at the Denver Botanic Gardens on April 27 and 28. Many spots are open for the Sunday morning shift. This is a great opportunity to earn those PA internship hours! Sign up today to help.

Older Girl Experience

All Cadette badges are now on the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK). If you haven’t used this resource before, log into VTK by using your myGS credentials and explore! Make sure you check out the resources tab to see what information is available for you.

In July 2019 Girl Scouts of the USA will be releasing more badges! We can’t tell you yet exactly what they are, but we can let you know that they are going to engage girls in new ways.

Think just because school is out, Girl Scouts should be out too? No way! Stay engaged with your troop this summer with our brand new Not a Bummer Summer patch program. Have questions about the requirements? Email  GirlExperience@gscolorado.org


Have some burning questions to ask other Girl Scouts? The Older Girl Advisory Board is now accepting questions about Girl Scouts and life as an older Girl Scout. Send your questions to emily.speck@gscolorado.org and OGAB will respond to your post on the GSCO Blog.

Does your girl want to receive this newsletter in her inbox? Girls 13 and older can fill out this form to have it automatically be sent to them!

Older Girl events

April 13

STREAM Girls, Longmont

April 27

Becoming a Girl: Preventative Health Workshops, Aurora

May 4

Annual Statewide Bridging at Royal Gorge Bridge, Canon City

May 11

STREAM Girls, Littleton

June 17 – 19

OAC Explorers (6th grade) Campout & Rafting, Arrowhead Camping Resort



Silver Award Girl Scout creates “Foster Love Bags” for children entering foster care

Silver Award Girl Scout Maddie G. of Grand Junction delivered 50 “Foster Love Bags,” which she created for children entering foster care, to Ariel Clinical Services on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Maddie knows first-hand about the needs children in foster care have because her own family has served as a foster family for three years. When children come to live with foster families through Ariel Clinical services, they come with nothing but the clothes on their backs. This bothered Maddie and she wanted to help. Foster families have to buy everything for these children from toiletries to toys and games. With these bags, children can immediately have their OWN belongings and have their basic needs met. Included in the bags are two books that Maddie selected specifically because they teach children it is OK to be different and that they can be who they are, because they are special. Also included is a toothbrush/toothpaste, comb, journal, playing cards, a blanket, lip balm, and stuffed animal. Maddie contacted local businesses and friends to help gather items for the bags. She hopes they give the children a positive start when they enter foster care.

Through this project, Maddie will earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scout Cadettes.

Thanks to 11News/KKCO-TV in Grand Junction for joining Maddie for the delivery and sharing the story with their viewers.



Silver Award project: Care Cabinet

Girl Scout Cadettes Katie and Maddie of Northglenn are building what they call a “Care Cabinet” to be placed in their community. The “Care Cabinet” is similar to a Free Little Library. However, instead of stocking their cabinet with books, Katie and Maddie plan to fill it with personal hygiene items, non-perishable foods, and other items that might help someone experiencing homelessness. Through this project, the girls hope to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scout Cadettes.

The Girl Scouts and their project were featured on Fox31/KDVR-TV in Denver. Watch the story here:  https://kdvr.com/2019/03/07/local-girl-scouts-using-cookie-proceeds-to-help-people-experiencing-homelessness/

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies at Standley Lake High School

In addition to being a Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Star, Girl Scout Senior Rhianna D. of  Westminster is a Pro Start student, a professional culinary prep program, at Standley Lake High School.  This year, GSCO challenged Media Stars statewide to come up with fun and creative ways to spread the word about the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Together, Rhianna and her teacher, Danielle McCracken, came up with the idea for a “Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies” competition. There were five groups of students who developed recipes using Girl Scout Cookies. The goal was to picture and share both the final product as a whole and the product plated (like for a restaurant).

Check out the recipes for these delicious desserts here:

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies 1

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies 2



Become a Program Aide for camp

Are you interested in becoming a Program Aide for Girl Scout Camp this summer? Here are some reasons why becoming a Program Aide is a great idea.

No matter what program or event you are assisting with, you will learn, focus on, and polish your skills in the following areas:

  • Teamwork
  • Effective communication
  • Problem solving and resourcefulness
  • Initiative
  • Setting achievable goals
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with children younger than you, your peers, and adults
  • Learning how to support others in a positive and meaningful ways
  • Learning how to give someone constructive feedback

When you are a Program Aide at a resident camp or day camp you will also gain valuable skills in the following areas:

  • Gathering and maintaining group attention
  • How to get younger kids excited about programs/camp
  • How to plan, prepare for, and facilitate programs and activities
  • How to effectively lead songs and games for small or large groups
  • Learn about debriefing an activity and why it is important

All of these skills are transferable into any aspect of life (school, work, home, relationships, etc …) and will help girls create a solid foundation that will aide them in their future endeavors.

This is a link to the GSCO Camp Website which outlines all the camps that are currently offering a PA/PAI program for summer 2019. Hurry and register now as these spaces will fill soon! http://www.camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/camp-leadership-for-girls

Here is the information on camp sessions where you can find information about registering.http://www.camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/session-list

Looking for the requirements to become a PA? Click here!https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/our-program/older-girls/Older_Girl_Leadership_Opportunities.html

Looking for upcoming PA trainings in your area? Check out the GSCO Events Calendar.https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events/events-calendar.html

Need more information or support? Contact Inquiry@gscolorado.org