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VFW Scout of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by GSCO Highest Awards Manager Aimee Artzer

Some of the VFW’s earliest ties to the community involve youth groups and perhaps none are stronger or more lasting than the relationship between the VFW and America’s scouting organizations. In fact, their partnership with the Boy Scouts of America dates back to 1915 when VFW Post 2100 helped to establish Troop 1 in Everett, Washington.

The Scout of the Year program provides members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country with the opportunity to be rewarded with college scholarships of up to $5,000.

WHO CAN ENTER

Scouts who are registered, active members of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.

Scouts must be 15 years of age and have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and the community.

Scouts must be enrolled in high school at the time of selection.

Note: All applicants still in high school who reach their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified.

HOW TO ENTER

Scouts should download and submit a completed VFW Scouting Scholarship form, resume of high school activities, scouting record, community service record and letters of recommendation to a local VFW Post no later than March 1. Locate your local Post here.

Note: A Scout can enter through ONE VFW Post only.

HOW IT WORKS

Local VFW Posts submit all candidates with full entry criteria to their respective VFW Department (state) by April 1. From there, the Department selects a winner and forwards the
entry to the VFW National Headquarters by May 1 for national-level judging.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2018

ACCESS APPLICATION HERE: https://vfw-cdn.azureedge.net/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Scout-of-the-Year/ScoutoftheYearBrochureandEntryForm.pdf?la=en

2016/2017 WINNERS: https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/scout-of-the-year

 

Four badges Seniors can earn during the Girl Scout Cookie Program

From Girl Scouts of the USA

As a Girl Scout Senior (grades 9–10) taking part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, you’re helping lead the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world. You’re learning essential life skills, setting (and crushing!) impressive goals, and using your cookie earnings to go on epic adventures and make the world a better place!

Many of these incredible skills and accomplishments start with a Girl Scout badge—and we’re about to explore all of the badges Seniors can earn during cookie season.

Have you thought about where you’re headed after high school? Going to a state university? Community college? Trade school? Wherever your dreams take you, your future education will cost money—luckily, through the Financing My Future badge, you can learn how to plan for those expenses! First you’ll figure out your goals, then you’ll research the types of schools that will help you reach them. Once you have a few options in front of you, you’ll compare and determine which fits your wants and needs the best. Next, the fun part—making your dreams a reality. You’ll explore different financial aid options, including loans and scholarships (such as these!), and starting a savings account. Earn this badge. 

By earning the Buying Power badge, you’ll understand the long-term impact of making a big purchase and how to prepare for it. To get started with this badge, you’ll select an item like a car or new cell phone plan, then compare your options and look up consumer reviews. Next it’s time to dive deep into the numbers! You’ll be challenged to determine the long-term costs of your purchase. Does it require a down payment or payment plan? Should you wait and save more before jumping in? You’ll have to figure it out and build a plan to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. Earn this badge. 

When you earn the My Portfolio badge, you’ll learn to show how your cookie-selling skills benefit you every single day—and eventually help with college admissions and future job interviews! You’ll start with your cookie resume and portfolio, describing and showcasing all your amazing abilities and accomplishments during cookie season. Then you’ll practice sharing your hard work by role-playing an interview, get advice from experts on marketing yourself, and more! Earn this badge.

Through the Customer Loyalty badge, you’ll take what you already know as a consumer to help you engage customers and ensure customer loyalty during and after cookie season. And think about this: you already know that when you sell Girl Scout Cookies, the money you earn lets your troop participate in epic adventures—but do your customers know? One the best ways to build customer loyalty is by making them feel like a part of your business—and after all, thanks to their purchase, you get closer to your cookie goal. In earning this badge, you’ll also learn how to make your new customers repeat-customers by building your customer database, coming up with unique ways to say “thank you,” and maintaining connections beyond cookie season. Earn this badge. 

Have you earned one of these awesome badges but don’t know where to place it on your vest or sash? Our new visual guide to Girl Scout Senior uniforms can help!

And this cookie season, put your new skills to the test by entering Girl Scout Cookie Pro Contest 2018. Six winners—one per grade level—will be selected to win a trip to New York City for the ultimate Cookie Entrepreneur Experience and a spot on the iconic Girl Scout Cookie box! WHOA. Enter today.

Check out the other badges Girl Scouts can earn during cookie season by grade level:

Daisy Brownies | Cadettes | Juniors | Seniors | Ambassadors

 

Colorado 99s Aviation Patch Day

Submitted by Theresa Monroe

Metro Denver

Englewood

Juliette Gordon Low experienced her first flight eight years after the Wright brothers successfully flew the Wright Flyer I in 1903. The thrilling experience lead Juliette to introduce a Girl Scouts Aviation badge to the Girl Scouts Handbook.

Keeping with that tradition, on April 14, 2018, the Colorado 99s (an organization of all female pilots) is hosting Aviation Patch Day. This program is for Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors  interested in aviation-related activities. These include making and racing various paper airplanes, learning the language of aviation, understanding more about weather, hearing the history of aviation, and even sitting in the cockpit of an airplane.

Event details:
Saturday, April 14, 2018
1 – 4 p.m.
Centennial Airport’s Denver Air Connection
13000 E. Control Tower Road
Englewood, CO 80112

Cost of the event is $6 per Girl Scout
Use this link to register: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/_99_s_aviation_patch.html 
*** Last day to register is April 7, 2018.

Questions? Contact: 
Theresa Monroe
(719) 210-0890
monroetheresa@ymail.com

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

Banking on our Future: Financial literacy workshops

Are you saving for college, a car, or to take an awesome trip? Do you know what credit is or how to create a budget? Join us for Operation Hope’s Banking on our Future workshops for older Girl Scouts and gain valuable skills and tools for your financial future, also if you want to start earning money from your phone learn to trade on forex, visit learntotrade and get free foreign trading workshops. Operation Hope volunteers will lead sessions on budgeting, saving, planning for your financial future, and more! Girls will learn best ways to manage money and how to fund their dreams and goals.

Cadette Session – Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Montbello Branch Library, 12955 Albrook Drive, Denver, CO 80239. Register by February 14 at goo.gl/kv12BA to attend.

Senior & Ambassador Session – Thursday, February 22 at 6 p.m. at Montbello Branch Library, 12955 Albrook Drive, Denver, CO 80239. Register by February 14 at goo.gl/SV5DWu  to attend.

Contact inquiry@gscolorado.org with questions about registration.

 

 

GirlsGoCyberStart: Cybersecurity opportunity for older girls

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Chief Information Security Officer Deborah Blyth have joined with the SANS Institute to educate and inspire the next generation of female cybersecurity professionals. Through the GirlsGoCyberStart program, Colorado’s high school girls in grades 9 through 12, or a homeschool equivalent, are invited to discover their talents in cybersecurity and learn about the field through a no-cost, online game of fun technical challenges.

Participating students do not need to have information technology or cybersecurity knowledge or experience; all that is required is a computer and an internet connection. Girls may play alone or in teams of two to four.

Colorado girls will be participating alongside students from across the country. The girls or teams who solve the most problems within the designated time will have the opportunity to win computers and other “techy” prizes as well as a trip, along with a parent, to the 2018 Women in CyberSecurity Conference. Additionally, the winning girls’ schools will receive a cash prize.

Registration will begin on Jan. 29 and end Feb. 16, 2018. The first 10,000 young women in high school who have registered by then will play the game online from Feb. 20 through Feb. 25.

Answers to other questions, a description of the game, and a sample challenge may be found on the GirlsGoCyberStart website at girlsgocyberstart.com.

Cadettes work to complete the “aMAZE” Journey

Submitted by Girl Scout Cadette Troop 59

Metro Denver

Lone Tree

Troop 59 learned a lot from the “aMAZE” Journey.  We learned a lot about friendship, anti-bullying, self-confidence, cliques, stereotypes, and overall social well-being.  Over the winter, we took the “aMAZE” Journey a step further.  Some of the girls in Troop 59 wrote on sidewalks or left notes around school, to encourage people to be kind and happy.  Other girls gave flowers to students to put a smile on their face or passed out blue bows to wear in support of local law enforcement. The project made a positive impact across our community.  We did this to educate ourselves on friendship, make a difference, and prepare for the future.

To conclude, we learned a lot and helped our community in a fun way.  It was an interesting experience.

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

Test the new older girl STEM Journey

Girl Scouts of the USA and Raytheon have teamed up with Girl Scouts of Colorado to test the NEW Computer Science Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and multi-level (6th -12th grade) troops. We are looking for troops to volunteer  to test the NEW Computer Science Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Multi-Level (6th-12th grade) troops.

Why participate? Your girls will…

  • Be the first to use new STEM materials with fun and engaging activities.
  • Develop communication skills through providing feedback on the new program(s).
  • Help your troop earn a $100 Amazon gift card to support troop-related program expenses.
  • Help develop new STEM program, and be part of history!!

Selected troops would complete the program activities and surveys about the program between February 2 and April 1, 2018. Interested in participating? Fill out a brief form at www.tinyurl.com/6-12CompSciPilot no later than January 19, 2018.

Questions? Email Katie Singleton at katie.singleton@gscolorado.org.

Computer Science Journey Pilot Troop Recruitment Flier

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors from Aurora visit Challenger Learning Center

Submitted by Melissa Deal

Metro Denver

Aurora

Four Girl Scout Cadette and Senior troops from Aurora got together for a day of space exploration at the Challenger Learning Center in Colorado Springs. They participated in two space missions, and truly worked as a team to complete their mission! Good job Girl Scouts!

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

KPMG Scholarship Opportunity

Submitted by Aimee Artzer, GSCO’s Highest Awards Manager

KPMG is deeply committed to the advancement, development, and empowerment of women. As women break glass ceilings in the workplace and excel on the international athletic stage, the influence of women will only continue to grow and affect our society for the better.

Supporting this commitment, in 2015 KPMG, in collaboration with the PGA of America, the LPGA, and NBC, hosted the first ever KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, to elevate the game of women’s golf, and the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, to help advance the next generation of women leaders to senior leadership positions in business. Every year, accomplished women from around the country attend the Summit to participate in discussions about the advancement of women leaders in the workplace.

In 2016, KPMG launched the third pillar of the initiative, the KPMG Future Leaders Program in partnership with Dr. Condoleezza Rice, focused on developing future generations of women leaders. Funded by proceeds from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, the KPMG Future Leaders Program will “pay it forward” to future generations of women leaders by providing leadership training to top high school senior female students from around the country preparing for their college career. The KPMG Future Leaders Program will foster a strong foundation for young women to succeed in college and ultimately in their long-term careers.

The students selected will:

1) Receive a KPMG Future Leaders Scholarship of $10,000 per year for 4 years of college

2) Attend a three-day KPMG Future Leaders Retreat the summer before their freshman year of college, at Stanford University in Stanford, CA (July 15-17). Attendance is mandatory.

3) Actively participate in a one-year KPMG Future Leaders Mentoring Program

Applications are due via email to CRice_FutureLeaders@Stanford.edu by January 31, 2018.

Download the program description, eligibility criteria, and application below.

Learn more online: https://womensleadership.kpmg.us/charitable.html

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolordo.org.

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Apply NOW for a “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Kathleen, from Centennial, traveled to Mongolia.  Krista, from Fort Collins, visited Sangam World Centre in Pune, India. Allie made lifelong friends during an adventure in Costa Rica . All of these trips and many more have been made possible thanks in part to the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships.

Older Girl Scouts who dream of traveling the world and meeting their Girl Scout sisters should apply today for the 2018 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships.

Requirements:

  • Trip must be sponsored or endorsed by Girl Scouts of the USA or the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
  • The scholarship is for “girl” members only (based on WAGGGS guidelines – between the age of 12 and 30 at the time travel is completed).
  • The scholarship supports only individual girl, not troop, travel.
  • The scholarship should support international travel, although a compelling domestic trip may be considered.
  • Girls who have earned (or are working toward) a Girl Scout Highest Award will be given preference.
  • Recipients must agree to share stories and testimonials about the trip after their return to inspire girls to pursue similar adventures.
  • Must meet all application deadlines. Funds must be used for travel in the year in which the scholarship is received.
  • Must be a member of Girl Scouts of Colorado Girl Scout Council.

Apply here: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/scholarship-application.html

The “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are meant for individual girl travel. They’re 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 and girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

Look Wider Scholarship Flyer