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Registration NOW OPEN for OAC September 2019 events

Registration for the Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers (6th grade) and OAC Trailblazers (7th- 12th grade) September 2019 events is now open!

At the OAC Trailblazers Paddle Day, girls will spend the day learning and practicing new skills in standup paddle boarding, kayaking, and sailing while splashing around and having fun out on the water.

At the OAC Explorers Archery and Canoe event, girls will spend half the day working on canoeing skills, and the other half practicing their aim and earning the Cadette “Archery” badge.

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a staff-led program offering adventures around the state that provide older Girl Scouts with exciting activities and skills beyond what they might do with their troop. To register for these events or learn more about the OAC, use this link: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/our-program/older-girls/outdoor-adventure-club.html

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Cadette Troop 72091 travels to the California coast

Submitted by Shelby Railsback

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

The girls in Cadette Troop 72091 have been saving their money for about three years to take a very special trip to the California coast. They stayed at the HI-Point Montara Hostel just south of San Francisco, planned a sea kayaking trip, got to visit the city, meet some banana slugs, see some redwood trees, and explored some amazing tide pools. Throughout the trip, they displayed incredible teamwork and their positive attitudes made the trip a joy for everyone!

The girls were great hostel guests, not only cleaning up after themselves, but pitched in to clean up after other guests without saying a word. They were open to all kinds of new experiences, and embraced the spirit of adventure throughout the trip. These girls are going places!

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

Older girl volunteers needed for Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens

UPDATE as of July 8, 2019: All of these volunteer spots have been filled.

We are thrilled to have our annual Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens on July 19, 20, and 21, 2019!

We are hosting a Girl Scout activity table on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and are in need of older girl volunteers to run the table on both days from noon – 2 p.m. Volunteers should be in groups of at least two – five Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors with at least two adults present at all times. We will provide all supplies and instructions for the activity, as well as complimentary tickets to Elitch Gardens for the day of your volunteer shift. You are more than welcome to enjoy the park before and after your volunteer shift. Folks who are not volunteering for the day can also take advantage of the Girl Scout discount for tickets: https://www.elitchgardens.com/girl-scouts.

This opportunity is a great way for Girl Scouts to earn Program Aide hours, hours for your Community Service Bar, Service to Girl Scouting Bar, or service hours for school. We expect all volunteers to represent Girl Scouts, exhibit appropriate language, behavior, and act as a role model for younger girls.

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org with your name, troop number, number of girls volunteering, and number of adults accompanying girls.

Questions? aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org

Sailing and Paddling Day for older girls at Cherry Creek Reservoir

Submitted by Kristy Miller

Metro Denver


Come join Troop 972 on July 25, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Sailing and Paddling Day, an older girl event (Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors), which will include sailing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding at Cherry Creek Reservoir. Bring a sack lunch, water bottle, closed-toed water shoes, sunscreen, towel. If you have your own life jacket, please feel free to bring it. Otherwise, one will be provided for you.

This is not a money earning activity. The total goes towards putting on the event. The cost is $65 per girl for the day. Although this is not inexpensive, the research I have done in trying to set this up for my own troop backs this up as a good deal. I hope the girls can have an enjoyable day on the water and spend some time getting to know each other.

We can take up to 10 more girls in addition to my five rising Ambassadors, but I need RSVP’s by July 11 to ensure that we have the proper amount of staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to call (860) 593 – 6868 or e-mail (kristy@miller-rascals.net) me. Looking forward to see you there!


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

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