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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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Southern

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Julie Southern of Arvada in the Metro Denver region currently volunteers with her daughter’s troop and the Outdoor Adventure Club. She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Julie to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

When my daughter joined Girl Scouts, I just naturally volunteered to be with her and experience the activities with her. I had not been a Girl Scout, so I was not sure what to expect. I continue to be overly impressed with the entire organization and lovely women in the program. The quality of programming and adventures that are planned for these young women is awesome. I am a middle school teacher and I truly appreciate that my own middle school girl has these opportunities. Therefore, I want to give back to this wonderful group and help out in anyway possible.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I volunteer with the troop and also with the Outdoor Adventure Club. When I volunteer with the troop, I take on many different roles from leading meetings, to traveling with the troop to Girl Scout properties and being a camp leader, and just being a support for our leaders.  

With the Outdoor Adventure Club, I have had the amazing opportunity to support the girls in the countless adventures they have been challenged to accomplish. I have lead small groups, games, night time discussions and recaps, and just been their to support the organization. Anna Danilla has planned such amazing opportunities for these girls. I have been by the Girl Scouts as they encouraged each other through small cave spaces, down the face of a mountain, bouldering up a rock field, biking through the field, dog sledding, swimming, wilderness survival skills, archery, and so much more. To witness the growth, leadership, and encouragement that these girls give to each other is an honor.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned as a Girl Scout volunteer that being able to be by the sides of these young women is an honor. If I can continue to turn the responsibility of the experience and problem solving on the girls, they will learn and grow. I have to be willing to step aside and let these girl’s thrive. They never cease to amaze me.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that the Girl Scouts learn that anything is truly possible if you keep trying. I also hope they learn to set personal goals, to try THEIR best, to do THEIR hardest, and to have FUN! By focusing on doing their own best, then they can achieve their goals.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

See answers above.  I know that working with Girl Scouts has challenged me as well. Trusting that the girl is going to safely handle a bow and arrow, a kayak, to hold the line as you mountain climb is truly being a risk-taker. Also, the Girl Scouts are so encouraging of each other and of the adults that are choosing to take the challenge by choice. In the cave, we all had to guide each other through the crevices and tunnels because you literally could not see what was up in front of you. This made me be very clear in the directions and questions to the girls around me to help me get through the experience as well.

In nature, you can make plans and be prepared, but sometimes you have to adjust to plan C and plan D.  I think that is when the natural innovator in me and the girls comes out. It is so great to have the girls modify and come up with solutions when the first ideas get washed away with the weather. It is such a great experience to be by these girls as well and I continue to learn from them.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Join the Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers at Keystone Science School

 

 

 

 

 

Join the GSCO Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers (6th grade) at Keystone Science School March 9-11, 2018!

The program will start at 7 p.m. on March 9 at Keystone Science School and run through Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. We will be cross country skiing, snowshoeing, competing in Winter Olympics-style games, having a snow photo scavenger hunt, astronomy, and more!

Registration ends Monday, February 26 at 5 p.m.  To register, please go to: https://girlscoutsco.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App

You can find instructions on how to register here: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2907212-how-do-i-register-for-an-outdoor-adventure-club-event-

If you have any questions related to the event and/or programming, email GSCO Outdoor Programs Coordinator Marissa Rooney at marissa.rooney@gscolorado.org.

Ski and Snowboard Day: Adult volunteers needed

The Outdoor Adventure Club needs adult volunteers to help with Ski and Snowboard Day at Arapahoe Basin on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Volunteers will be with another adult and a small group of girls with similar skill levels. Volunteers should be comfortable skiers/snowboarders on greens or higher and will not be responsible for lessons to the group. However, they should be comfortable supporting, supervising, and looking out for safety concerns while the group is skiing. GSCO will cover your lift ticket! For more information email Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org

 

Single event registration open for the Ski and Snowboard weekend

For all girls in 7th- 12th grade, registration is now open for single event passes for the Outdoor Adventure Club’s Ski and Snowboarding weekend with an overnight at Tomahawk Ranch on Jan. 26, 2018 at 7 p.m.  – Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.

What would a Colorado outdoor adventure program be without a ski day? We are excited to bring back this favorite event from last year’s OAC. This is one of our more ambitious events of the program year as we organize a charter bus, ski lessons, and manage our group of girls in a very busy public area.  Due to these factors, some of our registration processes and event details for this event differs from other events.

  • Registration Timeline: In order to reserve ski tickets, arrange lessons and order a charter bus for the correct number of participants, registration for will close on January 3. NOTE: After this point we will have reserved tickets, bus spots, and lessons.  Any cancellations of single event passes that occur after this date will be not be given a refund. After January 3, we will post a full event letter to your CampInTouch account.
  • Buddy Requests: We will honor one buddy request per girl for overnight cabin assignments, but ski/ snowboard groups will be determined by skill level and we can not guarantee girls will be with their buddy for ski groups – see below for more information.
  • Ski/Snowboard Group: On Saturday, ski/snowboard groups will be split up based on the information submitted in the “OAC Skill Level” form submitted in your CampInTouch account.  You are able to update this form at any point before January 3. Girls are welcome to snowboard, and should still rank their skill level of snowboarding on the form. NOTE: Girls attending with a single event pass MUST have ski experience of intermediate or higher, as we will not be providing lessons to single event pass purchases. Beginner lessons are being provided as part of the passport program. Due to the high cost of lessons, this is not an option for single event purchases.The intermediate and advanced ski/snowboard groups will be in small groups with two Girl Scout staff members or volunteers; all of whom are comfortable skiers/snowboarder and will be present for supervision and support. However, these volunteers are not trained ski instructors and will not offer professional instruction. As a reminder, the skill level options are:
    • Intermediate 1: Has skied/snowboarded 3-8 times and is comfortable going down green slopes with adult support, but minimal instruction.
    • Intermediate 2: Has skied/snowboarded 5 or more times and is comfortable going down blue slopes with adult support, but minimal instruction.
    • Advanced: Significant skiing/snowboarding experience and comfortable on black slopes.
  • Gear Rental: This is the only event of the OAC year where we require participants to provide their own gear. All participants will be required to bring their own ski or snowboard gear with them to drop off at Tomahawk Ranch on Friday night. If you do not have your own gear, please make arrangements ahead of time. The event letter posted on January 3 will include a complete packing list, as well as links to options for rentals.
  • Arrival/ Departure: All participants should plan to attend the full weekend: meet at Tomahawk on Friday night, travel to and from A-Basin on the group bus, and be picked up Sunday morning. We are not able to coordinate families meeting the OAC group at A-Basin on Saturday. We will only allow this in very special circumstances.

To Register: 

https://girlscoutsco.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App

Instructions on How to Register: 

https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2856689.

We also need adult volunteers who are comfortable chaperoning a group of girls on blues or above for Saturday only from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Your ticket to A-Basin is included!

We hope to see you there! Email Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org to volunteer or with any questions.

About the Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is GSCO staff-led program for older Girl Scouts offering monthly high adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing.  Passport sales for the OAC have closed, but girls can register for individual events with single passes. Single event passes for the OAC Explorers (6th grade) are $100/ girl, and single event passes for the OAC Trailblazers are $75/ girl. Sign up at the links below to be notified as soon as single event registration opens for a program:

For more information and to see a list of upcoming events: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/adventure

Outdoor Adventure Club weekend at Tomahawk Ranch: Single event registration is now open

Registration is now open for single event passes for a weekend at Tomahawk Ranch December 15- 17, 2017 with the Outdoor Adventure Club. At this event, girls will learn wilderness survival skills, practice outdoor cooking, tour the Tomahawk farm, and go mountain biking.

Registration closes December 1 and the fee is $100 for the weekend. To register or for more information, use this link: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2017/outdoor_adventure_cl_1805802475.html

Questions? Email Marissa Rooney at Marissa.Rooney@gscolorado.org

About the Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is GSCO staff-led program for older Girl Scouts offering monthly high adventure activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting, and skiing.  Passport sales for the OAC have closed, but girls can register for individual events with single passes. Single event passes for the OAC Explorers (6th grade) are $100/ girl, and single event passes for the OAC Trailblazers are $75/ girl. Sign up at the links below to be notified as soon as single event registration opens for a program:

For more information and to see a list of upcoming events: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/adventure

Hike a “13er” with Girl Scouts

Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts: It’s time to challenge yourself!  What better way than adventuring in true Colorado style, and hiking a “13er” with Girl Scouts! The Outdoor Adventure Club still has openings in our trek up the mountain October 13-14, 2017.  Girls will arrive at Keystone Science School on Friday night to enjoy an overnight with other older Girl Scouts from all across the state.  Then, wake up Saturday with the fresh mountain air and an amazing hike up the mountain.  All levels of hiking experience are accepted.  The registration deadline has been extended to October 2 at 2 p.m.  Visit our event posting for more details at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2017/outdoor_adventure_cl_606420463.html.

 

Join the GSCO Outdoor Adventure Club for mountain biking and rappelling at Red Rocks Canyon

Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts are invited to join the GSCO Outdoor Adventure Club in April 2017 for mountain biking and rappelling in Red Rocks Canyon, just south of Colorado Springs!  All gear will be provided, but girls will be responsible for coming prepared with appropriate clothing and bringing a bag lunch. A full event information letter will be sent out to families when registration closes two weeks before the event.

The Outdoor Adventure Club will be split into two groups for this event. Please choose between one of the following sessions:

  • Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 23 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Outdoor Adventure Club is set up as an individual girl experience, and will work on fostering new relationships between all participants in the program, as well as expanding boundaries and learning new skills. Due to this, the Outdoor Adventure Club will not be excepting buddy requests for any of our events, and cannot guarantee that troops will be able to participate together.

Register now via the GSCO Events Calendar:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2017/outdoor_adventure_cl_354273101.html

For more information regarding programming, please contact Anna Danila by email at anna.danila@gscolorado.org, or by phone at (303) 681-6079.

For assistance with completing your registration, please contact Annie Pierce by email at annie.pierce@gscolorado.org or by phone at (303) 607-4882.

Outdoor Adventure Club – First Weekend at MMR!

oac-tb-the-short-wallLast weekend the Outdoor Adventure Club had it’s first monthly event at Meadow Mountain Ranch!

The girls built a solid  support with each other while completing challenges together on our low ropes course.

The girls focused on building a foundation of outdoor cooking, fire building and campsite setup skills. This weekend, we have two more rounds of girls coming through the September program. We encourage girls who are in this program to “share their stories” on our blog.

Because of such high demand for this program, we have split weekends up into multiple events, and offered multiple weekend dates. This is a very exciting pilot program and we are thrilled at the response and feedback we will receive from girls and their families in order to work on future programs like this for older girls.