Tag Archives: older girls

Troop 61353 Crushing Period Stigma

Submitted by Sarah Benjamin

Metro Denver

Littleton

Troop 61353 designed a website about crushing period stigma for their Sisterhood Journey. The Girl Scouts are hoping to give insight and information about periods to help younger girls feel more comfortable with the topic and have a place to go to help find resources.

Check it out here:
https://breakingthestigma.webador.com/

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Troop 40294 Earns Archery Badge

Submitted by Dinah Campbell

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our Cadette troop earned their Archery badge at Cheyenne Mt. State Park Archery Range. The staff did a great job of keeping things clean and safe. They walked us through all the steps to teach us how to properly shoot the arrows, archery safety, and made it fun.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Art Club: Origami Kusudama Flower

CSA Art Club is back for Fall 2020! Join us twice a month on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. We’ll get creative together and work on new projects like origami lotuses, self-esteem paintings, and matchbox art! Upcoming Meetings: October 20; November 3 and 17; and December 8. Register here.

Join us in creating pieces like this origami kusudama flower.

  1. Gather five square pieces of paper.
  2. Using one sheet, fold into a triangle by folding the bottom corner to the top corner.
  3. Fold the triangle into a diamond by folding the left and right corners to the top.
  4. Take the flaps and fold them outward to the left and ridge edges of the diamond.
  5. Open one side and insert finger into pocket of flap and squash down. Do both sides.
  6. Fold down the corner tips and fold triangles in half.
  7. Gently glue to sides together, forming a petal.
  8. Repeat steps with remaining paper and glue petals together!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cadette Book Club: Ghosts, Spells, and Spirits- Just in Time for Halloween

Things are getting spooky in the town of St. Augustine. Our leading lady, 12-year-old Lucely Luna has completely accidentally, conjured malevolent forces forth from an old spell book. With the help of her best friend Syd, Grandma Babette, and Chunk the Cat, Lucely must try to save the town before time runs out. Fans of “Ghostbusters,” “Goonies,” and “Coco” will love this frightfully fun adventure. Sensitive readers beware, there are some scary sections.

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado staff on October 8, 2020 at 4 p.m. for Cadette Book Club as we discuss “Ghost Squad” by Claribel Ortega. Please read the book in its entirety before the book club and come prepared with your brilliant thoughts, poignant questions, and outstanding opinions.

Register Here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/october_2020_cadette.html

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Seniors of Troop 65659 Earn Sisterhood Award

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Seniors from Troop 65659 joined with two Juliettes to complete Mission: Sisterhood. They all came up with issues they cared about, and then, voted to focus on access to art instruction for youth who are living on the streets and in poverty. The girls believe that making art is a healing process that is truly a need for youth in challenging life circumstances.

They wanted to inspire art teachers of all mediums  (visual arts, theatre, music) to give time by volunteering with organizations that serve youth experiencing homelessness in their local areas. They created a video to explain their project and why it’s important. Then, they got help to create a new Facebook group and recruited art teachers nationwide to see the video and exchange information on how they can volunteer locally. Their group can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/groups/497354454462093 .

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

GSCO to Launch Trailblazer and Mariner Troop Programs

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Do you have an older girl troop that is craving to do more in the outdoors? Or, maybe you are a future adult volunteer who wants to get girls engaged in high adventure activities outdoors. Well, we now have the perfect troop programs for you: Trailblazers and Mariners. Both troop experiences encourage girls to participate in all the things we love about the Girl Scout program, but through an outdoor lens.

Girl Scouts of Colorado has reviewed the guidelines established by Girl Scouts of the USA and combined them with our own policies and procedures to create a training pathway to prepare you to be a leader or volunteer for these unique troop experiences.

So, what is your first step? You will need to log into gsLearn and take GSCO’s “Introduction to Mariners and Trailblazers” training. In this training, we will introduce you to both programs and provide a brief overview of the programs and what the experience is like to be the leader. After completing the introduction training, you will then fill out a request to start either a Trailblazer or Mariner troop, and a Girl Scouts of Colorado staff member will work with you to get everything started.

Can’t access gsLearn? Email Kendy.Doolen@gscolorado.org.

Have questions about either the Trailblazer or Mariner program? Email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

September 2020 Tools for Independence Older Girls: Healthy Relationships and Dating Safely

Are you curious about dating?

Do you watch romantic movies and wonder if dating is really that easy and simple?

Are you curious about how to spot red flags and get out safely, if you find yourself in an uncomfortable or unsafe situation?

Are you curious about what love really looks like?

Are you curious about the difference between love and romance?

Are you curious about how to see through some of the more common lies people tell in a relationship?

Are you curious about how to determine where your boundaries are, and how to communicate them to a partner?

Are you curious about healthy relationships?

Are you curious about how to date safely?

These are the topics Seniors and Ambassadors will be discussing in our third installment of Tools for Independence: Older Girl Edition Health and Safety Series on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 4 p.m.  Joining us will be Valerie Weaver LCSW, from Girl Scouts of Greater New York. Valerie is a social worker on the Troop 6000 team in New York City, where she helps girls ages five-17 living in homeless shelters. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to have her join us in this discussion.

Register here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/september_2020_tools.html

Participation in this discussion satisfies Step Four of the Ambassador Safety Award.

Parent Notes:

  • We are keeping the language/conversation as gender neutral as possible. We support ALL girls regardless of orientation, and we want ALL girls to be in safe and healthy relationships.
  • We are coming from a fact/evidence-based perspective.
  • It is not our intent to scare girls into not dating, but to give them tools they can use in high school, and adulthood, to make sure that when they do date, they are in safe, healthy, loving relationships.
  • We will stress that they need to stay within the boundaries that the adults in their household have set, in addition to setting their own boundaries.

If you have any questions about this club, email Amanda.Eckert@gscolorado.org. If you have trouble completing registration for this club or need assistance becoming a member of Girl Scouts of Colorado, contact our Customer Care team by emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org or calling 877-404-5708.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Register NOW for Build Like a Girl with GE Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update as of September 15, 2020: Registration for this event has ended. We have reached capacity.

GSCO and GE Johnson are excited to invite Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors to participate in our at-home, virtual “Build Like a Girl – Careers in Construction Day” on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 10 a.m. – noon.  Girls are invited to pick up supply kits to build their own bee house prior to the program date and join a live session on September 26 to learn how to build the habitat directly from GE Johnson employees. Supply pick-up is September 21-25 at various locations available. Girls will also get to learn from an animal expert at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo about pollinators and their habitats, and participate in the virtual tour of the new hippo and penguin exhibit recently built by GE Johnson Construction.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/build_like_a_girl_ca.html

Registration will close September 17 OR when the program reaches capacity.

Supply kits will be available to pick up at the locations below the week of September 21-25 OR participants are welcome to get their own supplies using the list provided. Detailed instructions regarding supply pick-ups will be provided closer to the program date. You must select your supply pick-up location upon registration.

Included with supply kits will be “Build Like a Girl” patches and T-shirts for Girl Scouts. Patches will be mailed to all girl participants after the program date. There is a $15 program fee for supply kits. Girl Scouts who are gathering their own supplies will be charged an $8 program fee and will receive their patches and T-shirts in the mail.

Supply pick-up locations:

  • GEJ Colorado Springs Office, 25 N. Cascade Ave., Suite 400, 80903
  • Vail Health, 181 W. Meadow Dr., Vail 81657
  • Cherry Creek – 240 St Paul St., Denver 80206
  • GEJ Greenwood Village Office: 5613 DTC Parkway, Suite 450, 80111
  • Ball Aerospace, 11 Longs Peak Dr., Broomfield 80021
  • Green Mountain High School, 13175 W Green Mountain Dr., Lakewood 80228
  • Sierra Nevada IAS, 12500 Belford Ave., Englewood 80112
  • ENT Credit Union New Headquarters, InterQuest Pkwy & Federal Dr., Colorado Springs 80921

Information about how to join the live session on Saturday, September 26 will be emailed directly to all participants by September 23.

Cadettes will work on requirements for the Woodworker badge and Seniors will work on requirements for the Social Innovator badge.

All participating Girl Scouts must:

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

GSUSA Campfire Chat: The Truly Great Outdoors

In a time that is full of unprecedented stress and anxiety for so many of us, we could all use the healing power of Mother Nature. Join the Girl Scout Network in partnership with The North Face from 1- 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 for an exploration of the mental wellness benefits of getting outside, as well as the importance of creating space for everyone to experience the power of the outdoors. Adults and high school girls (Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors) are all welcome to join us for this special live virtual event!

Panelists

  • Kim Moore Bailey, CEO of Youth Outside
  • Maureen Beck, Professional Climber
  • I Ling Thompson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Trust for Public Land

Moderator: Lauren Guthrie, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, VF Corporation

Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4488715947669510670?source=Campfire+Chat+Landing+Page_CC0922_Website_08272020U

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

G-TEAM TV Episode One Discussion Guide

Did you miss our G-TEAM TV Hangout? Want to have a chance to discuss the first episode of G-TEAM TV with your troop or girl? Use this discussion guide:

Icebreaker: Allarie, Ella, and Isabel got to know one another by talking about the animated characters they relate to. Which animated character do you connect with? Or, if animation isn’t your thing, who is your “shero”?

State of Mind—Mental Health

  • The world has experienced a lot of uncertainty during the COVID-19 global pandemic; what are some ways you cope with uncertainty?
  • What are some ways that girls can fight loneliness?

Alexis Jones Interview

  • What does the word “community” mean to you?
  • Alexis went on the reality TV show Survivor to amplify her program, I Am That Girl. What’s something you’re passionate about, and what’s something bold that you could do to draw attention to this issue?
  • Alexis’s piece of advice to girls is to have the audacity to love yourself. Why is it bold or daring to love yourself? How can you practice confidence and self-love this week?
  • Alexis described herself as loving, curious, and adventurous. Serena said she was also curious, as well as caring and flowing. How would you describe yourself on three words?
  • How do you envision yourself being involved in Girl Scouts after high school? Joining a Campus Girl Scouts group, volunteering, or something else? There are many ways to stay connected.

Girl Scouts Around the World

  • Which World Centre would you like to visit, and why?
  • What do you know about the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts? What interests you about Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world?
  • Do you feel part of a global community of girls? Why or why not?

Did your Girl Scouts love these topics? Why not take it further with these activities:

  • Celebrate your sisters. Sharing sisterhood is a part of the Girl Scout Way Badge at every grade level. You can earn part of this badge while connecting with and empowering your Girl Scout sisters!
  • Be a leader. Is sisterhood your passion? Go deeper with Girl Scout Journeys, like aMaze! for Cadettes or GIRLTopia and the Mission: Sisterhood for Seniors.
  • Take a virtual Trip. Want to learn more about the World Centres? Research each center and start planning your adventure! (Search “World Centre” in the month of May on our calendar to review recordings of tours.)
  • Develop your “survivor” skills, like Alexis Jones. Try out the Girl Scouts at Home videos to learn first-aid with the Cadette Trail Adventure Badge or make a stove with the Senior Adventure Camper
  • Help your community. Connect with others who might be feeling lonely by participating in Girl Scouts’ letter-writing service project.

Prefer to have this as a pdf? We’ve got your covered, download this resource here.

Questions? Email  GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.