Bananas, a longtime camp counselor at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Tomahawk Ranch, spent the last three months in New Zealand on a work visa and visiting friends. As you can imagine, her family at camp and at home really missed her! When she came home, her Girl Scout family welcomed her in style at the Denver airport and even brought her some style to wear in the photo!
Want to go boating? If you’d like to take your Girl Scouts boating, you can register for the Small Craft Safety certification course. The Small Craft Safety certification is required to take any Girl Scouts boating. This one-day course will cover all the basics of canoeing and kayaking. The course will thoroughly cover boating equipment, paddle strokes, swamped boat rescues, and ways to keep boating fun and safe!
Cadette Troop 64098 from Aurora/Centennial volunteered at the Special Olympics of Colorado’s Summer Classic in Colorado Springs. They brought 200 packages of Girl Scout Cookies donated through the Hometown Heroes program. These young ladies assisted at opening and closing ceremonies and events of tennis, bocce ball, and cycling.
The 2018 Pike’s Peak Leadership Summit is Saturday, August 25 at Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs.
This is your opportunity to connect with other volunteers and take a variety of enrichment classes for new and experienced leaders, such as Engaging Families; Troop on a Shoestring Budget; Event Planning; Tips and Tricks: Clique Proof Your Troop; Proficiency Badges and Journeys (PB&J); as well as essential program level 101’s, Daisy/Brownie, Junior, and Cadette and Older Girl; and Multi-level 101.
Participants will enjoy a catered lunch with a chance to share ideas with fellow leaders.
Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can participate in leadership enrichment courses to expand their skills and knowledge to prepare them for their future in Girl Scouts and beyond. Girls will sign-up for the entire day. This is a FREE leadership development opportunity! Girls should bring a sack lunch and light snacks will be provided. Sessions include Gold Award, Highest Awards and Take Action, Taking Ownership of Your Girl Scout Experience, Let’s Go on an Adventure, Using Your Leadership Skills for Change, “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience. Read class descriptions and register for the older girl classes here:http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/older_girl_leadershi.html
Connect with other Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 at these exciting events!
Join us for an amazing night at the Cave of the Winds on Friday, August 24, 2018 or Saturday, August 25! Girl Scouts are going to have the time of their lives. Please come full of energy and ready for an adventure.
1) Cave tour
2) Bat room /maze
3) Wind Walker Challenge Course
4) Panning for gold
5) Stalactite Slide
6) Lazar show on canon walls
7) Movie – with popcorn
Everyone will receive a custom Girl Scout patch along with a grab and go continental breakfast. — **There is no age restrictions for the Wind Walker challenge course, however everyone will need to be at least 42″ tall to go with an adult or 48″ tall to go alone, and must also securely fit the harnesses. When registering please let me know if a Girl is shorter then 42″. We will provide a fun craft for her to do instead.
Please plan on arriving at 5 p.m. to check-in. Everyone needs to be cleaned up and out of the building by 7 a.m. All groups must provide girl-adult ratios
$50 if sleeping outside of the Cave – Open to everyone
$55 if sleeping in the Cave — older girls.
Submitted by Shelby, Girl Scout Ambassador, Troop 177
Our Girl Scout troop stayed at Hamp Hut in Garden of The Gods for a week this summer and it was so fantastic for the girls!
We were thrilled to stay in the heart of the park where we could enjoy all the trails, horseback riding, and become Junior Rangers. We went to all the suggested attractions, including Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, where we got to feed the giraffes, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Cave of the Winds, and so many more amazing places!
During our stay at Hamp Hut, we realized that there were some appliances that needed to be replaced. We couldn’t find a service project while we were in Colorado, so we decided to donate a new teapot and toaster instead.
Now, when another troop decides to come in and enjoy themselves, they have a toaster and teapot to enjoy as well! We really appreciate the hospitality of Girl Scouts of Colorado and we are honored to use part of our cookie money as thanks to them. This week was an amazing experience for our troop, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to stay at this Girl Scout cabin.
We hope many other troops will come and enjoy it too!
Nearly 20 older Girl Scouts from along the Front Range got the unique opportunity to learn hands-on firefighting, emergency, and leadership skills from female firefighters with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Summer Heat Fire was held on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Girls had the chance to put on bunker gear and SCBA (breathing apparatus), search and rescue in a fire tower, aerial climb, and do hose work and auto extrication.
Girl Scouts of Colorado now has a partnership with the Colorado Springs Fire Department and we hope to offer a WEEK-LONG version of this event in the summer of 2019.
Hey Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors! Are you ready to explore the night sky, learn wilderness first-aid skills, and meet some nocturnal animals all while hanging out with your new best friends?
All this is possible at the 2018 Older Girl Journey Weekend at Sky High Ranch September 21 – 23. Our focus this year will be on the new Outdoor Journey, which is perfect for Colorado Girl Scouts who naturally seek adventure!
Through a weekend of full of skill-building activities, you will complete all requirements, except for the Take Action project, to earn your Outdoor Journey. Your group will consist of other Girl Scouts from across the state that are in the same program level. Adults can also register as a chaperone that will assist with activities, but it is not a requirement!
So, what does this weekend look like?!? Here is a rough idea of all the awesomeness you will experience.
Friday: Arrive at Sky High Ranch by 9 p.m. for check-in. Fun welcome from the staff and other volunteers. Campfire (if no fire ban) and free-time to hang out with your new best friends.
Saturday: Skill-building workshops in the morning/early afternoon, such as survival skills, camp/tent set-up, wilderness first-aid. Weather depending, fun adventure activity (did someone say zip-line?!!?!). Nocturnal animal visit in the evening (yes, real animals!). Sleep outside under the stars!
Sunday: Final skill-building workshop and check-out around noon (don’t forget to exchange numbers with all the new people you met!).
“Savannah is known for so many things and one of them is being healthy. You can get 10k steps by seeing our historical sites! How many steps would you walk if you saw ALL this sites?? Head over to the Civic Center and take a picture upload with all of your team with your worn out sneakers for max 449 points.” – That is a great made up example of some of the “Quest” 23 Girl Scouts from Colorado handled and accomplished during our trip to Savannah. Oh and in case your wondering, 147,000 steps is the answer or 73.5 miles.
More than 28 states and two countries landed in Savannah for the second annual QuestFest and it was amazing! Our Girl Scouts interacted with so many troops, did swaps, played games, shared songs, but most importantly, supported each other. We toured the Birth Place and First Headquarters. We earned five of the council owns badges/pins and enjoyed the hospitality that Savannah offers. When we had a major glitch with our transportation, these girls embraced the local bus system like pros. When Google Maps decided Savannah was to hot to participate, girls whipped out their maps and navigated without using the mountains as a reference point!
We had adults who had never been Girl Scouts dive right in to traditions and ceremonies and help conduct one of the most stunning bridging ceremonies on a campus garden that was 125-years-old. I know for sure the Ambassador bridge to Adult will never forget that moment. The leaders efforts to make it G.I.R.L led made it one of the most successful travels I’ve been on.
It was amazing that our team placed THIRD out of the competition, but they gained so much more from Savannah. The opted to do a Take Action Project and with the proceeds they won from the competition, donate to the Oatlands Wildlife Sanctuary that was severely damaged from the hurricanes, and help fed the homeless population, who were insanely friendly to our girls and surprised the girls shared their food with them.
We had four troops represented in our travel troop from around our state. I can honestly say we didn’t know what to expect from Savannah, but Savannah didn’t expect so much from Colorado!! Our girls were praised for their generosity, energy, and teamwork. Four troops sold upwards of 27,000 packages of cookies to cover the entire cost in one year and at the airport when we got home I asked them where we were going next and with a fabulous Colorado cheer, I got “EUROPE!
I can’t wait for our next adventure with these amazing young ladies.
Join us for Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Switchbacks Soccer on August 4, 2018! Cheer on the Switchbacks as they take on the Oklahoma City Energy. All Girl Scouts attending will receive a special event patch. Enjoy discounted tickets and get ready for a fun night! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited!
The game will start at 5 p.m. and will be hosted at Weidner Field in Colorado Springs. Cost is $12 a person and tickets can be purchased at https://goo.gl/Z6Sc3e. The ticket deadline is Monday, July 30.