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Women in Politics Event

On behalf of El Pomar’s Forum for Civic Advancement, we are excited to invite Girl Scout Seniors, Ambassadors, and adult members to a virtual ‘Women in Politics’ event, co-hosted by Colorado Municipal League and Colorado 50-50 on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 4-6:30 p.m.

Recognizing that Colorado ranks 18th on the 2019 Gender Parity Index due to its successes in some areas, such as the second highest share of women elected officials in the state legislature, and challenges in other areas, such as local and federal representation, this event is designed to encourage more women in Colorado to run for elected office, clarify the process of running, and provide resources for them as they consider running for elected office. The event also honors that socializing the idea of leadership and elected office to young people is one way to increase representation.

You can view the event invitation with agenda details in the flyer linked below. If this sounds like something you or a Girl Scout in your life would enjoy, please register here.

Questions? Email Megan Sanders at El Pomar Foundation at msanders@elpomar.org.

Forum Women in Politics Invitation

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.

Cookie Box Innovation Challenge Powered by Arrow Electronics: Prize Announcement

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are gearing up to become innovators to make the world a better place through the Cookie Box Innovation Challenge powered by Arrow Electronics! Together with Arrow Electronics, GSCO will be challenging girls to design a prototype that addresses a problem in our community and beyond using Girl Scout cookie packages and other recycled materials.

Register now and join us for the virtual kickoff on May 14, 2021!

Throughout the program,  girls will be asked to attend workshops and complete activities to get their inner innovators thinking and creating. At the end of the program, all girls who complete the activities will earn their Cookie Box Innovation Challenge patch and be invited to enter the Arrow Innovation Fair and compete for amazing prizes thanks to Arrow Electronics!

First Place: $250 and a ride in the Arrow SAM Car!

Second Place: A ride in the Arrow SAM Car!

There will be one first and second place winner in grades 6-8 and one first and second place winner in grades 6-12. The SAM Car rides will be in the Denver Metro area in late October/early November. More details will be announced prior to the Arrow Innovation Fair.

You might be asking, what on earth is the Arrow SAM Car? The Arrow SAM Car is the only car like it in the world – a Corvette modified with advanced electronics so that a former race car driver with a disability can drive the car at racetrack speeds using only head controls and voice commands. You’ll learn how advanced electronics can expand mobility for those who are disabled. You will sit in the co-driver’s seat while an Arrow engineer drives you around a closed course testing acceleration, braking, and sharp cornering. You’ll get to experience a world-class innovation firsthand in this once in a lifetime experience!

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.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day with Society of Women Engineers at Colorado State University

Register NOW for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day from 9:30 a.m. – 1:40 p.m. on April 3, 2021. This event is for middle school aged girls to explore different types of engineering through participating in engaging engineering activities. Meet and learn from collegiate and professional engineers and see how engineers can positively impact the world!. In response to COVID-19, this year’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day will be held virtually and boxes with needed supplies will be sent to participants!

Link to register: http://coloradostate.swe.org/introduce-a-girl-to-engineering.html ​Registration will close on March 10, 2021.

A parent education panel will also be part of this event where parents can ask engineering students and professionals questions to help give them more insight on how to encourage young women in STEM.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to iage.swe.colostate.edu@gmail.com.

Flyer_Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

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 65659 Seniors complete Sow What? Journey

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Two Senior Girl Scouts in Troop 65659 teamed up with a Juliette Senior to complete the Sow What? Journey. They named their team the “Potato Deer Turnips” after local foods. They had an idea to do a Take Action project that would bring gardening to those experiencing  homelessness. However, when they met with staff from the Denver Rescue Mission and from the CSU Extension, they learned that what the shelter really needed was more volunteers to serve meals. They wanted to meet the need that was most pressing.

Meeting virtually, the girls explored hunger by watching a video about a photo exhibit called “Hunger Through My Lens.” The girls were inspired by the exhibit. They agreed to share their message using their own photography. They took photos of their own meals and then, paired the photos with a recorded a message to ask viewers to consider volunteering. The girls felt the best part of the project was all the community members they were able to network with virtually. “It is important because it can help others,” said Senior Girl Scout Donna.

The message and photos can be viewed at https://youtu.be/gbFnN6oGw98 .

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.

CSA Times: January 2021

Welcome to a new Girl Scout year! Whether this is your first year as a Cadette or you are completing your last year as an Ambassador, we are here to provide information that is fun and relevant to you as an older girl. We know we have said this before, but the theme for this year is definitely #GirlScoutsIsNotCancelled. Check out this newsletter to see what is coming up at GSCO and ways to get involved with your troop, family, and community.

Do you have a friend who would enjoy Girl Scouts? Invite her to join you! With her $25 membership she can participate in so many amazing programs to grow herself and her future.

Upcoming Events

2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program

We’ve got this! We are Girl Scouts. This cookie season presents us with new challenges, but we – girls, families, volunteers, and GSCO staff – are rising to the occasion right now!

GSCO is working with Little Brownie Bakers, GSUSA, and our key volunteers, as we consider girl and adult safety and the uncertainties before us. Know that for the 2021 cookie season, the core aspects of the Girl Scout Cookie Program will be the same, but how some things are done will be a bit different.

New This Year! – GSUSA and Grubhub have partnered to help Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors Girl Scouts meet their cookie program goals! Grubhub booths start Friday, February 12. All troops interested in participating in a Grubhub booth will need to fill out the interest form. Troops who complete the interest form will be selected through a lottery style process.

Interest Form

Check Out Our Clubs

Girl Scouts of Colorado has clubs for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors? These are programs that provide a space for you to connect with others your age around a topic that interests you. You can attend one meeting or make it a regular occurrence, whatever works for your schedule. Check out these clubs!

  • Creative Writing – Receive monthly writing prompts and share your work in this space.
  • Naturalist Club – For those who love nature and want to learn more about sustainability and how to be a steward for the environment.
  • Book Club – Each month we read a different book and discuss it.
  • Tools for Independence (JCSA or SA) – Learn skills that will help you be more independent and prepare you to be on your own.

Galentine’s Day is February 13

Celebrate your friendship with your favorite gal pals at our Galentine’s Day event on February 13 from 1:30- 2:30 p.m.  For this event, if you invite a non-Girl Scout girlfriend to join you, both will receive a free program kit with a patch! Registration space is limited so sign-up ASAP. Registration closes on January 31.

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Crea tu Camino patch

Want to get a global perspective and brush up on your Spanish? Join us in our Crea tu Camino/Make Your Path workshop. These happen once a month you can connect with girls in Spanish speaking countries, while also connecting with Latinx leaders in our community. After you have participated at least two times, you can earn this awesome patch!  Register today for a workshop that fits your schedule!

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How will you celebrate World Thinking Day?

World Thinking Day is February 22. You can celebrate this important day with at-home activities using guides from WAGGGS and GSUSA, or join our virtual program Meet an Expert: Girl Guide from Bangladesh. Make sure to also check out the GSCO blog and events calendar for live World Thinking Day programs.

Need to complete a Journey?

Check out our Badge Series in May to earn your Citizen Scientist Journey on your own. Registration will be available in the end of January.

Can’t wait until May? We also have the It’s Your World – Change It! Journeys available through our Google classroom.  Email Emily.speck@gscolorado.org to receive the classroom codes.

Trainings

Outdoor Program News

Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is returning in spring 2021! The OAC is a staff-led program offering outdoor adventures around the state beyond what you might do with your troop. Check out the spring event calendar and find more information online.

Spring Troop Days at Camp: registration now open!

Register for spring 2021 sessions of Troop Days at Camp! Troops can visit select GSCO properties and participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs.

Questions? Email property.reservations@gscolorado.org

2021 Summer Camp Update

GSCO is excited to be planning summer outdoor programs for 2021! Because safety of girls, staff, and volunteers is always our top priority, we must adapt to our current environment and consider how best to give girls an amazing summer experience and give caregivers and staff peace of mind. We are working closely with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the American Camp Association, Association of Camp Nurses, the CDC, and the Colorado Governor’s office as the COVID-19 regulations and guidance for 2021 camps are still being determined. We do know that session offerings, schedules, capacity, and design of our camp programs will be adapted this upcoming year for enhanced safety measures.

Registration for resident camp will open in 9 a.m. Jan. 28 and we will have very limited spots available. Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org for details on sessions, safety procedures, registration process, FAQs, and more.

Gold Award Information for Seniors and Ambassadors

Now is the time to get started on your Gold Award! The first requirement is to attend an official Gold Award training, which will soon be offered through Google classroom, allowing girls to work through training at their own pace. Make sure to check the Gold Award webpage after February 1 for the link to take training.

Have you already taken official Gold Award training but have haven’t submitted an initial proposal? Would you like to talk over your project idea with someone before you submit, or ask questions about the proposal? Reach out to Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org for help getting started on your project!

*All current Gold Award girls have until March 1 to complete their projects and present for final approval to be included in the spring celebrations!

GSCO Gold Award Page »

Announcing . .  Cookie Box Innovation Challenge, sponsored by Arrow

Create. Innovate. Make the world a better place.

Making the world a better place starts with innovation. Arrow is challenging Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to design a prototype that addresses a problem in our community and beyond by using Girl Scout Cookie packages and other recycled materials for the Cookie Box Innovation Challenge.

  • Connect with experts in innovation at Arrow Electronics
  • Let your imaginations run wild with possibilities
  • Put your cookie boxes to good use
  • Earn your Cookie Box Innovation Challenge patch!
  • Compete to win exciting prizes
  • Younger girls can save their boxes too! You can partner with an older girl troop in your area to collect recycled materials for their innovations.

Watch for a virtual kickoff in May, final designs will be submitted and judged at an Arrow Innovation Fair in October.

Fill out the online interest form and we will send you more details when they are announced.

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Register NOW for Tools for Independence- Older Girl Club

Starting off 2021, Tools for Independence- Older Girl Club will focus on the importance of understanding your sense of purpose. Register NOW to join GSCO staff on February 1: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/feb01_tools_for_inde.html
 
When transitioning into a next stage of life, the questions of “Who am I?” and “What will I do in life?” may be popping into your head. This workshop will give you the tools to start figuring out your personal why and how you can use that to be an independent, successful woman. During this workshop, you will find your personal strengths, values, and what career fields you would thrive in. Finding your why in life will empower you to be a confidant leader that makes the world a better place.
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 was at the can send in her story here.

OAC March 2021: Registration is Now Open

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is back and registration is now open for our first event of the Spring 2021 season. Space is limited so register now!

On March 13 or March 14, 2021, Girl Scouts will spend half a day rock climbing at Garden of the Gods and half the day hiking and exploring the park. Join us as we kickoff the Spring 2021 OAC season! Register and learn more at the links below:

• Option 1 – Saturday, March 13: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/mar13_oac.html
• Option 2 – Sunday, March 14: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/mar14_oac.html

For more information about the Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) and future events, check out the pages listed below:

• OAC website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/outdoors/outdoor-adventure-club.html
• OAC FAQ page: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.wixanswers.com/en/article/outdoor-adventure-club-faqs
• OAC Registration FAQ page: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.wixanswers.com/en/article/outdoor-adventure-club-registration-faqs

Questions? Email inquiry@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 was at the can send in her story here.

Grubhub Partnership for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program

A new national partnership between Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Grubhub has been established for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program! GSUSA and Grubhub have created a girl-led, hands-on experience in managing e-commerce for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Girls will track and fulfill orders placed at www.grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts, manage inventory, and more, all using back-end technology on a Grubhub tablet provided.

Older Girl Scouts will have Grubhub booths at regional Girl Scout office locations, to take contact-free pickup and delivery orders through Grubhub, starting February 12. Grubhub booth locations will operate Thursdays and Fridays from 4 – 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 8 p.m. Hours and dates are subject to change.

Grubhub booths will be located at council offices across Colorado in Grand Junction, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Loveland. All booths will be set up outside of the office buildings.

Per GSUSA and Grubhub policy, Grubhub booths are only permitted on council property, within Grubhub delivery service areas. Grubhub aims to service diners within a 20-minute drive from each location.

Older girl troops interested in participating in a Grubhub booth must fill out the interest form. Troops will be selected, lottery style, from the interest form.

Interest form: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.formstack.com/forms/grubhub_interestform

Troops that are selected to participate in Grubhub booths will work with their regional product program specialist to secure dates and times. Training will be provided to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and volunteers.

For more information about Grubhub booths, please review the FAQ’s: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/GRUBHUB%20FAQs_final.pdf

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Activity Boards for Alzheimer’s Patients

Submitted by Heather Browning

Metro Denver

Denver

Current conditions have provided both opportunities and roadblocks for our girls to reach out and help their communities. Despite difficult times, Alexis was able to collect enough donations to create 11 activity boards for Alzheimer’s patients at Juniper Village located in Aurora, Colorado. The boards were made for people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory disorders for the purpose of helping keep their minds active. The boards included items such as light switches, fabrics, beads, loops for stringing, and more.

By completing this project, Alexis earned the Silver Award, the highest honor for a Girl Scout Cadette.

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.