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Older Girl Newsletter: May 2018

Riley M. named 2018 Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence Winner

Riley Morgenthaler from Morrison received the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence at the annual Gold Award Day at the Capitol on April 9. She created a manager mentorship program and tool tubs to help close the gap that students living in low-resource areas face when participating in the STEM-based activity, Destination Imagination.

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2018-19 Outdoor Adventure Club calendar is now available

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is a monthly, staff-led program offering exciting outdoor adventures around the state. You can purchase an annual passport that allows you to attend as many events as you want, or you can attend events with a single event pass. Certain events have a limited number of single event spaces. Events next year include dogsledding, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking, a canoe trip, and more!

OAC Passports for the 2018-19 season go on sale on May 21! Visit the OAC page of the website for more information on fees, registration, program FAQs, and links to sign up for the single event interest lists.

Camp season is just around the corner!

There are still spots remaining for older girl sessions at Sky High Ranch, Tomahawk Ranch, and day camps. Register today!

  • Older Girl Session Spotlight:
    • Summer Heat Fire Camp: You’ll spend the week gaining hands-on experience in firefighting, leadership and teamwork while learning real firefighting skills and training from female firefighters in Colorado Springs. Day and Overnight sessions available. July 22-27.
    • Boating Day Camp: Spend the day out on the water earning the paddling badge and learning skills in canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding! June 18-22.
    • Horseback Day Camp: Calling all cowgirls! At this camp, you’ll get to learn all about horse grooming, handling and riding skills. Plus, lots of time for arena and trail rides. June 25-29 and July 16-20.

Visit the camp session listings for more information on the camps above, or to search for other sessions with space available like “TR39 Expedition WILD” where you get to go on an offsite adventure trip with trekking, fishing, rock climbing, and zip lining!

NEW resource: Outdoor Opportunities in Colorado

Colorado is one of the best places in the country for outdoor adventure and recreation. Check out this flier for places to go, things to do and program resources you can use in planning your next outdoor adventure!

Make your voice heard! Join OGAB!

The Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) is seeking new members from all regions. OGAB is a group of 14 girls, grades 9-12, from across Colorado who participate in feedback on Older Girl programming statewide. We are looking for girls who are wanting to grow their leadership experience and turn their experience into action. Ready to apply? Start your application today! Applications and two reference letters are due by Sept. 18.  Questions? Contact  Emily Speck.

New section: Ask OGAB!

Ever wonder how other girls balance Girl Scouts and school? Want to know about other regions in the state? 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 at emily.speck@gscolorado.org and OGAB will respond to your post on the GSCO blog.

Dates to Remember

May 21: OAC Passports go on sale
OAC May Trailblazers (7th– 12 grade) Campout: Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing and a campout at Cherry Creek State Park. Fee is $75/girl.

OAC June Explorers (6th grade) Campout: Whitewater rafting, horseback riding and a weekend camping at Cherry Creek State Park. Fee is $100/ girl.

Sept 18: Older Girl Advisory Board applications and references due.

OGAB expanded my Girl Scout experience

Submitted by Bailey Stokes

Mountain Communities

Buena Vista

I have been a Girl Scout since I was in the first grade. During the past 12 years, I have been heavily involved in Girl Scouts. I have completed multiple service projects including my Bronze and Silver Awards, and I am currently working on my Gold Award. I have also been going to camp since I was in the second grade, and most recently, I volunteered as a counselor in training. However, the Older Girl Advisory Board has been one of the most formative and impactful volunteer experiences I have had.

I decided to join the Older Girl Advisory Board because I was interested in expanding my Girl Scout experience. I was also looking for a way to make a difference in my Girl Scout community. In addition, I applied during the beginning of my junior year, and during that time I was looking for a way to find something that I could put on my scholarship applications that would set me apart from other applicants. Being a member of the Older Girl Advisory Board showed scholarship committees that I am dedicated to serving my community, and that I am a strong leader. I sincerely believe that it helped me be selected for the scholarships that I have earned.

Being a member of the Older Girl Advisory Board has enhanced my confidence in myself. It taught me how to confidently express my ideas. Due to the Older Girl Advisory Board, I also gained confidence in my ability to communicate with other people. It also taught me how to be assertive. Furthermore, the Older Girl Advisory Board allowed me to expand my Girl Scout experience outside of my own community and it gave me the opportunity to meet new friends. I enjoyed the opportunity to engage with other older Girl Scouts from all across the state.

Through the Older Girl Advisory Board, I was able to help make real life changes in the world and our Girl Scout community. For example, I was able to give my feedback about the cookie and Highest Awards programs. I also helped bring programs that focus on confidence building, and body image to new areas in Colorado. Through the Older Girl Advisory Board, I have also had the opportunity to inspire younger Girl Scouts. The highlight of my time on the Older Girl Advisory Board took place at one of our retreats.

We had just finished talking to the makers of Girl Scout Cookies about how we make a difference in the world, and when we walked inside the lodge at camp, we were all in our full Girl Scout uniforms. There was a group of younger Girl Scouts there, and I will never forget the look of amazement on their faces upon seeing all of us in our uniforms. I sincerely believed that I had inspired them. That moment was when I truly realized the difference that I am making on the world as an older Girl Scout.

Being a member of the Older Girl Advisory Board was an amazing experience that changed my life. I would highly encourage anyone to apply to be a member. It gives you the opportunity to make a difference, add to your resume, build confidence, expand your Girl Scout experience, and make new friends.

The Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) is a group of Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors from all regions of Colorado that provides feedback on projects that enrich the experience of Girl Scouts in Colorado.  Make your voice heard by applying today! Applications close on September 18,2018. https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/ogab2018

Care about the earth? Love art? Here’s an activity for you!

Submitted by Dawn Moon

Metro Denver

Denver

My name is Dawn Moon and I am a graduate student through Miami University and Denver Zoo! Yes, that’s right. I get to go to school at the ZOO! I wouldn’t have ever made it this far had it not been for my 14 years as a Girl Scout! I grew up in Wyoming, where my love of nature was able to flourish and now that I live in Colorado I want to share that passion with girls here!

For my masters, I am pursuing a MAZ (Master of Arts in Zoology) where I am combining my love for conservation and animals with my passion for photography. I have posted an activity on the Activities Board for 11th and 12th grade girls that are interested in working towards their “Photography” badge. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or potentially participating please contact me by email at moond@miamioh.edu or by phone at 307-797-4448!

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

May 1 Gold Award proposal deadline for graduating seniors

Starting in 2017, Girl Scouts of Colorado implemented a May 1 deadline for graduating seniors to submit their Gold Award project proposals. This means that any girl who is graduating from high school has until May 1 (annually) to submit her Gold Award project proposal via the Go Gold website. After May 1, girls who are graduating from high school will no longer be eligible to earn their Gold Award if they have not already submitted a project proposal.

OGAB kept me engaged and allowed me to grow

Submitted by Emma Lilly

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Almost two years ago, I received a postcard in the mail from GSCO announcing that they would be starting an Older Girl Advisory Board, and that they were looking for applicants for the program. I had been involved in Girl Scouts in a troop from 5th through 8th grade, and I became a Juliette in high school after my troop broke up. I loved going to summer camp, and but besides that, I did not know many other older Girl Scouts. I applied to the program because I figured it would be a good way to meet other active Girl Scouts as well as a chance for me to share my opinions and ideas with Girl Scouts.

Being on the OGAB has been a wonderful experience. I have made some really great friends, and not only do we have a ton of fun on our retreats (playing a lot of Spoons and other games), but I also feel we are contributing to some positive changes being made within Girl Scouts. During our retreats and web calls, we have discussed a variety of subjects from the CIT and PA experience, to cookie sales, to how we can keep older girls in the program.

When I came to the first OGAB retreat, I was pretty nervous because I felt like I wasn’t a “real” Girl Scout because I am not in a troop, but it quickly became apparent to me that my opinions and experiences were valuable to the group. As my confidence grew, I became comfortable sharing all of my ideas, and now I am one of the more talkative ones in our group.

Being a part of OGAB has added a lot to my Girl Scout experience because it has given me a group that feels almost like a troop and it has allowed me to reflect on my experiences in Girl Scouts and see how we could improve certain programs. It also has given me another leadership role within Girl Scouts, because we have essentially been representing girls all around the state. Of course, this is an experience that looks great on college applications and resumes, but it is also real experience that I believe has prepared me for college and beyond.

If you are a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador and have the opportunity to apply to OGAB, I would highly recommend it. It has added so much to my Girl Scout experience, and I have made so many good friends. I have so many fond memories from my time in OGAB, and as I go off to college next year, I will miss it so much.

The Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) is a group of Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts from all regions of Colorado that provide feedback on projects that enrich the experience of Girl Scouts of Colorado.  Make your voice heard by applying today! Applications close on September 18, 2018. https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/ogab2018

Questions? Contact Emily Speck, emily.speck@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4811

Working to earn the “Primitive Camper” badge

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

We got the girls together outdoors to start working on the “Primitive Camper” badge. The girls learned about plants that could be edible in the wild and also primitive shelter building. They built two very different structures based off what they could find around them. They had an amazing time and are talking about more they want to do outdoors!

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

Learning about cars

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Troop 73392 recently earned their Senior level “Car Care” badge with the help of Bowen Street Garage in Longmont. The girls learned about the different fluids used in a car, belts, engines, and how to check and add fluids, if necessary. The girls also learned about various motors, parts of the motor, and what happens if you don’t maintain appropriate fluid levels. Andreas, the owner of Bowen Street Garage, showed the troop the damage caused by low oil levels with an engine he was in the process of repairing as a result of low oil in the engine. But, the favorite part of the evening was learning how to change a tire and actually doing it!

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

Sisterhood of Strength

Submitted by Kristy Miller

Metro Denver

Aurora

Troop 60972 is hosting a free event as our Take Action project at the end of the “Mission Sisterhood” Journey. The girls have planned a morning of activities that they have titled a Sisterhood of Strength on Saturday, May 12, 2018. This event is geared toward older girls and a significant woman in their lives. We will have a panel of women in leadership, be teaching some basic self-defense moves, have a mindfulness/yoga session as a group, and then will have other self-directed activities for everyone to participate in while we strengthen ourselves and explore other relationships within our sisterhood. Registration is limited to the first 20 girls and we would love for you to be one of them. Please contact Kristy Miller directly at kristy@miller-rascals.net if you have further questions or to register. We look forward to seeing you there.

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

Grant funds available for 2018- 19 Destinations

Girl Scouts of Colorado has received a grant from Girl Scouts of the USA to support girls traveling on upcoming Destinations trips!

Girls must first apply to a Destination trip before apply for D-Pass grant funding. Grant Funds can be used for Destination trips occurring in Summer 2018, Winter 2018 or Summer 2019. In order for the D-Pass grant funds to be used for a Summer 2019 Destination, the grant funds must be applied to a trip balance by December 31, 2018.

Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate travel adventure for girls 11-years-old and older. Girls apply individually for trips sponsored by Girl Scout councils or Girl Scouts of the USA  to join Girl Scouts from around the world in the trip of a lifetime! Destinations for Summer 2018 still have girl spaces!  Try Native New Mexican Adventure, Saddle up Sycamore, Discover Cambodia, Rainforest, River & Reef, Germany- Castles in Sky, and many more! Visit http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/take-a-trip/destinations/ for more information and to apply.

D- Pass Grant Timeline

  • April 23: Application closes
  • April 30: Funding decisions announced
  • Post Destination: Applicant agrees to write a blog post, and create a short presentation about her Destination

Apply for the D Pass Here! https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/scholarshipapp_copy_copy

Questions? Contact anna.danila@gscolorado.org

Exploring the “Sow What?” Journey

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

The Girl Scout Seniors of Troop 73392 have been exploring food deserts and the difficulties many families face in our community to feed their families. In one activity, the girls compared the cost of food and other common household items at a local grocery store versus Wal-Greens versus a convenience store.

The girls also toured The OUR Center in Longmont and spoke with the Director of Volunteer Services regarding their food market and services provided to the community. Our troop learned The OUR Center distributes 4,000 pounds of food each day, serves 300 meals each day, and needs almost 300 volunteers each week to accomplish this amazing feat.

The girls help support The OUR Center by participating in the Bowls for Hunger project through Crackpots Pottery Studio every year. Additionally, many of the girls and their families participate in the Empty Bowls fundraiser held each year in March.

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