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Wanted: PA Feedback

Did you or your girl participate as a Program Aide (PA) or Program Aide Intern (PAI) at Girl Scout Camp this year? We want to hear all about it! Girls can share their experience through this brief survey that will ask about training, prep, and time spent at camp: https://girlscoutsusa.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_77gRgOxTrcGGSZ7 

Girl Scouts of Colorado is constantly working to improve the girl experience and the more feedback we have from you, the better we can serve girls across the state!

Questions? Email girlexperience@gscolorado.org

Gold Award training webinar

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, troop leaders, and parents across Colorado! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss out on the upcoming training webinar on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m.

This is a free training. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. In this training, girls will learn the requirements, council procedures, and tips for making her Gold Award experience successful and rewarding.

Gold Award training is mandatory for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Troop leaders, co-leaders, and parents are encouraged to attend.

To register please visit the event page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/gold_award_training__1219329774.html

If you have any questions, contact GSCO’s highest awards manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

ChickTech is now accepting nominations

Do you know a 9th -12th grade Girl Scout who is interested in technology? Would she be excited to learn about robotics, 3-D printing, mobile app development, and more? Nominate her for ChickTech!

What is ChickTech?

ChickTech revolves around creating events that will get high schoolers interested and excited about technology. These events pose some interesting challenges, as we expect that most of our participants have never had a chance to do anything like what we are offering. Our goal is to reach the girls who would make great engineers, but because of stereotypes and a lack of opportunity, may not realize it until they are already doing something else, if at all. We also strive to show the relevance of each workshop to their lives–and help them to understand that they have the ability use tech to transform their world!

Why Nominate?

  • It’s free
  • Includes: food at events, transportation and childcare, if needed.


  • Kick-off event to be held late fall, 2018 with a choice of seven hands-on workshops!
  • Includes a take home technology item
  • Confirmed workshops include: web development, robotics, build a computer, soft circuits, and game development
  • Five additional tech workshops (one per month)
  • End of school year celebration and BBQ


  • Exposure to tech through hands-on activities
  •  The ability to meet and make friends from other schools

Participants are girls who:

  • (40%+) are eligible for free or reduced lunch
  • Have an above-average aptitude for math or science, along with creativity and willingness to learn new things
  • Would probably not consider a tech career without extra encouragement
  •  (70%+) have not created technology before (who are not already on a robotics team, etc.)

Please nominate up to 15 girls from your school or program who fall under these qualifications.

Nomination Link: https://airtable.com/shrNTKLcGALIRxX9c

Please feel free to review our FAQ (http://denver.chicktech.org/chicktech-high-school-faq/) or email me at melissa.schwass@chicktech.org if you have any questions.

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

Grand Junction and Durango Super Saturday training events

Kick-off the new Girl Scout year by meeting other volunteers, sharing your ideas, getting your questions answered, and enhancing your skills!

Take these enrichment classes that support your experience as a volunteer:

  • Engaging Parents and Caregivers
  • Difficult Conversations and Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Multi-level Troops

You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in new program badge activities.

There are classes especially for older girls too! Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can take multiple classes:

  • Taking Ownership of Your Girl Scout Experience
  • Let’s Go on an Adventure!
  • Using Your Leadership Skills for Change
  • “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience

Or girls can opt for taking alternative classes in the morning:

  • Option 1: Gold Award Training
  • Option 2: New Badge Activity and Difficult Conversations and Conflict Resolution – and then joining the Using Your Leadership Skills for Change and “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience in the afternoon.       ​

Super Saturdays

Sept. 29, 2018 – Durango – Register now!

Oct. 20, 2018 – Grand Junction – Register now!

All event attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership. Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org



Mission Sisterhood and aMaze! journeys

Submitted by Genia Babyak

Northern and Northeastern CO


Berthoud Girl Scout Senior Troop 71126 is hosting Senior Mission Sisterhood and Cadette aMaze! journeys! Earn your Journey and badge in an easy, fast, and fun way with your sister Girl Scouts! The Senior Mission Sisterhood Journey will focus on personal wellness for every girl and how to achieve your goals. The Cadette aMaze! Journey will focus on the twists and turns of getting along. Both journeys will be FUN!

This event will be held on October 21, 2018 and November 11 (attend only ONE day) from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Berthoud Elementary School. The address is 560 Bunyan Avenue, Berthoud, CO.

Cost is $40 per participant and payment must be made in advance.
Easy registration and payment should be made at:

OR make your check out to Girl Scout Troop 71126 and mail it to Megan Courtright, 108 Hummingbird Place, Berthoud, CO 80513. Please specify which Journey you will be taking.

Participants should bring a lunch and snack for this day-long activity.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan at (970) 980-7261 or courtrighttm@gmail.com.


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

Daniels Scholarship Program: Application period begins October 1, 2018

The application period for the Daniels Scholarship Program will open on October 1, 2018. The deadline is November 29. The Daniels Scholarship Program offers a comprehensive, four-year college scholarship that provides financial and personal support focused on helping Daniels Scholars succeed in college, and in life. The Daniels Scholarship can be used at any accredited non-profit college or university in the United States. Our goal is not only to help Daniels Scholars succeed in college, but to ensure that they thrive beyond their years in college.

Every year, Daniels Scholars are selected from a four-state region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Daniels Scholars currently attend more than 200 colleges and universities in 45 states.

As of March 2018, the Daniels Scholarship Program has provided more than $170 million in undergraduate scholarships to over 3,950 students.

Sister troops go backpacking

Submitted by Elizabeth Moore

Metro Denver


The Cadettes of sister troops 2064 and 8242 went backpacking in the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area the weekend before Memorial Day. Seven girls and two leaders went on this challenging six-mile loop.

The girls were greeted with a massive thunderstorm five-minutes from the campsite, leaving them to take shelter in the forest until the lightning subsided. Once at the campsite, the girls took turns holding a large tarp over each others’ tents until they could be fully pitched with the rainfly on, preventing the inside from becoming soaked. Then, they worked together to gather and dry wood for a campfire. These Cadettes showed amazing teamwork in a tough situation.

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

G.I.R.L. stories: Troop 63572 goes backpacking and earns new badges

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver


Girl Scouts from Troop 63572 completed their Primitive Camper (Cadette) and Adventure Camper (Senior) badges by backpacking to Sandbeach Lake in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. The girls worked on elements of the badges over the past few months building up to the trip. First, they learned what size and type of backpack works for them by visiting Jax in Broomfield. Then, they worked on learning about meal planning and cooking for backpacking, and how to find and reserve a location to camp. After a few trials with the backpacks, they did a day hike on the trail to Sandbeach Lake to gauge its difficulty. As the final step, they spoke to a ranger about safety in the trail area and learned about bear proof canisters for food and smellables.

Finally, the plan was executed and backpacking trip commenced. While the trip to the lake was a challenging 4.5 hours of uphill hiking, the views and beach at the lake were worth the effort. How often do you get to have dinner at the beach in Colorado? The group camping site is very close to the lake and far enough away from other camp sites to be quiet. It is absolutely beautiful!

Our troop recommends this hike for those who are interested in a personal physical challenge. Take your trekking poles, water filter, and binoculars and be prepared for an amazing trip!

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

“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge

Submitted by Lucy,  2018 recipient of the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

The summer of 2018 I had the opportunity to go on a life-changing trip to Costa Rica and Panama for a service challenge. I was able to go on this trip thanks to the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship. As a 13-year-old Girl Scout, this trip was a big deal to me and has changed my life and understanding of the world in many ways.

I am from Steamboat Springs, which is a small town with not a lot of diversity. This trip was a big deal for me because I got to experience so many different cultures from all around the world. Not just from the people who lived there, but the people who went to the same course I did. That was many of the great things I learned during my trip to Costa Rica and Panama.

One of the other great things I learned on my trip was about food. We got to try different dishes that I have never eaten. It was another way we got to experience their culture. In addition to eating local foods, we got to learn how to cook them. We got to help in the kitchen and learn new ways to cook things. For example, over a fire or with different ingredients than we would normally use.  It was very educational.

One of the most memorable things I remember learning is about all of the biodiversity in Costa Rica and Panama. They had many different types of wildlife from little frogs and lizards to manatees and leatherback sea turtles. As a part of trying to save the sea turtles, we got to learn about them, their life cycle, and many other facts about them. We also got to learn a lot about manatees which was also very educational.

On Outward Bound Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge, I learned and experienced many things that many people can’t in their lifetime. This trip was very life-changing and I know I will remember it for the rest of my life. Thank you “Look Wider” for for the scholarship, which helped me go on this life-changing trip.


“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

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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: