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Seniors of Troop 65659 Earn Sisterhood Award

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Seniors from Troop 65659 joined with two Juliettes to complete Mission: Sisterhood. They all came up with issues they cared about, and then, voted to focus on access to art instruction for youth who are living on the streets and in poverty. The girls believe that making art is a healing process that is truly a need for youth in challenging life circumstances.

They wanted to inspire art teachers of all mediums  (visual arts, theatre, music) to give time by volunteering with organizations that serve youth experiencing homelessness in their local areas. They created a video to explain their project and why it’s important. Then, they got help to create a new Facebook group and recruited art teachers nationwide to see the video and exchange information on how they can volunteer locally. Their group can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/groups/497354454462093 .

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.

September 2020 Tools for Independence Older Girls: Healthy Relationships and Dating Safely

Are you curious about dating?

Do you watch romantic movies and wonder if dating is really that easy and simple?

Are you curious about how to spot red flags and get out safely, if you find yourself in an uncomfortable or unsafe situation?

Are you curious about what love really looks like?

Are you curious about the difference between love and romance?

Are you curious about how to see through some of the more common lies people tell in a relationship?

Are you curious about how to determine where your boundaries are, and how to communicate them to a partner?

Are you curious about healthy relationships?

Are you curious about how to date safely?

These are the topics Seniors and Ambassadors will be discussing in our third installment of Tools for Independence: Older Girl Edition Health and Safety Series on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 4 p.m.  Joining us will be Valerie Weaver LCSW, from Girl Scouts of Greater New York. Valerie is a social worker on the Troop 6000 team in New York City, where she helps girls ages five-17 living in homeless shelters. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to have her join us in this discussion.

Register here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/september_2020_tools.html

Participation in this discussion satisfies Step Four of the Ambassador Safety Award.

Parent Notes:

  • We are keeping the language/conversation as gender neutral as possible. We support ALL girls regardless of orientation, and we want ALL girls to be in safe and healthy relationships.
  • We are coming from a fact/evidence-based perspective.
  • It is not our intent to scare girls into not dating, but to give them tools they can use in high school, and adulthood, to make sure that when they do date, they are in safe, healthy, loving relationships.
  • We will stress that they need to stay within the boundaries that the adults in their household have set, in addition to setting their own boundaries.

If you have any questions about this club, email Amanda.Eckert@gscolorado.org. If you have trouble completing registration for this club or need assistance becoming a member of Girl Scouts of Colorado, contact our Customer Care team by emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org or calling 877-404-5708.

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.

Tools for Independence Club for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Calling all Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors!

Do you want to be more independent when it comes to your clothes? Do you want to be able to fix a plumbing emergency on your own? Do you want to help more in the kitchen? Do you want to be able to do basic first-aid? Then, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Tools for Independence Club is the club for you!

Starting September 21, 2020, GSCO  staff will be teaching girls to be more independent by teaching laundry skills, toilet maintenance, household cleaning skills, and basic first-aid. In this biweekly virtual series, you will get to know yourself and what you are capable of by learning and practicing skills that are important for your independence. You will have fun and try new things in a safe, engaging environment. Each session will focus on a particular skill. Join us online every other Monday at 4 p.m.

  • September 21: Laundry Part One
  • October 5: Laundry Part Two
  • October 19: All About Toilets
  • November 2: Household Cleaning
  • November 16: First-Aid One
  • December 7: First-Aid Two

Participation satisfies some requirements for the Junior Independence and multi-level First-Aid badges.

Register here for all sessions, or just pick a few to attend.

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.

Register NOW for Build Like a Girl with GE Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update as of September 15, 2020: Registration for this event has ended. We have reached capacity.

GSCO and GE Johnson are excited to invite Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors to participate in our at-home, virtual “Build Like a Girl – Careers in Construction Day” on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 10 a.m. – noon.  Girls are invited to pick up supply kits to build their own bee house prior to the program date and join a live session on September 26 to learn how to build the habitat directly from GE Johnson employees. Supply pick-up is September 21-25 at various locations available. Girls will also get to learn from an animal expert at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo about pollinators and their habitats, and participate in the virtual tour of the new hippo and penguin exhibit recently built by GE Johnson Construction.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/build_like_a_girl_ca.html

Registration will close September 17 OR when the program reaches capacity.

Supply kits will be available to pick up at the locations below the week of September 21-25 OR participants are welcome to get their own supplies using the list provided. Detailed instructions regarding supply pick-ups will be provided closer to the program date. You must select your supply pick-up location upon registration.

Included with supply kits will be “Build Like a Girl” patches and T-shirts for Girl Scouts. Patches will be mailed to all girl participants after the program date. There is a $15 program fee for supply kits. Girl Scouts who are gathering their own supplies will be charged an $8 program fee and will receive their patches and T-shirts in the mail.

Supply pick-up locations:

  • GEJ Colorado Springs Office, 25 N. Cascade Ave., Suite 400, 80903
  • Vail Health, 181 W. Meadow Dr., Vail 81657
  • Cherry Creek – 240 St Paul St., Denver 80206
  • GEJ Greenwood Village Office: 5613 DTC Parkway, Suite 450, 80111
  • Ball Aerospace, 11 Longs Peak Dr., Broomfield 80021
  • Green Mountain High School, 13175 W Green Mountain Dr., Lakewood 80228
  • Sierra Nevada IAS, 12500 Belford Ave., Englewood 80112
  • ENT Credit Union New Headquarters, InterQuest Pkwy & Federal Dr., Colorado Springs 80921

Information about how to join the live session on Saturday, September 26 will be emailed directly to all participants by September 23.

Cadettes will work on requirements for the Woodworker badge and Seniors will work on requirements for the Social Innovator badge.

All participating Girl Scouts must:

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@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.

GSUSA Campfire Chat: The Truly Great Outdoors

In a time that is full of unprecedented stress and anxiety for so many of us, we could all use the healing power of Mother Nature. Join the Girl Scout Network in partnership with The North Face from 1- 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 for an exploration of the mental wellness benefits of getting outside, as well as the importance of creating space for everyone to experience the power of the outdoors. Adults and high school girls (Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors) are all welcome to join us for this special live virtual event!

Panelists

  • Kim Moore Bailey, CEO of Youth Outside
  • Maureen Beck, Professional Climber
  • I Ling Thompson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Trust for Public Land

Moderator: Lauren Guthrie, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, VF Corporation

Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4488715947669510670?source=Campfire+Chat+Landing+Page_CC0922_Website_08272020U

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.

Senior and Ambassador Book Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey high schoolers: what makes you who you are? Join Girl Scouts of Colorado on August 27, 2020 at 4 p.m. for Senior and Ambassador Book Club as we discuss “Piecing Me Together” by Renée Watson. In this month’s book, our fierce female lead, Jade, thrives in the high-intensity academic world of her new private school. But, throughout the novel, Jade struggles to find her voice as she grapples with a society that seems to view her as a problem to fix. “Piecing Me Together” elegantly explores the complicated ideas of race, privilege, gender, class, and community. While reading, consider the complexity of your own identity.

You can register using this link: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/senior_ambassador_book_club_virtual_08_27_2020.

Please plan to obtain a copy of the book. If this is cost-prohibitive for you, reach out using the email address listed below.

Please read the book in its entirety before the Book Club and come prepared with your questions, ideas, and opinions.

Are you a current member? If so, you’re all set to sign up. If not, we can help you join Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Questions? Email amanda.eckert@gscolorado.org or if you have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

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 61353 Surprise Senior Bridging Ceremony

Submitted by Sarah Benjamin

Metro Denver

Littleton

On June 30, 2020, the leaders of Troop 61353 in Littleton surprised their Cadettes bridging to Girl Scout Seniors with a drive-by bridging ceremony.  Each girl was greeted with a bin full of goodies, flowers, special hand-made keychain, bridging patches and pins, and badges earned at the end of the year and beginning of summer.  A mini-ceremony was performed with stating the Girl Scout Promise and Law, a special poem, and certificate. We ended each ceremony with an elbow bump, replacing the handshake to keep everyone safe.

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.

Senior Sky Badge: Step Five of Five

The sky is a masterpiece. Every day it graces us with living art, whether through a glorious sunset, shifting cloud formations, or the stunning display of night stars. No wonder we take every opportunity to spend time outdoors. Girl Scout Seniors can earn their Sky badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program.

Create a Moon Phase Wall Hanging

Check out this link to learn about the moon’s eight phases.

Supplies Needed:

  • String (enough for eight pieces, PLUS one longer one to hang)
  • Sick/Dowel Rod to tie the moon phases onto
  • Paper/Cardstock/Scrapbook Paper/Thin Cardboard from the recycle bin
  • Scissors
  • Glue/ Glue Stick
  • Markers/Crayons/Paint/Nail Polish to decorate your moons
  • OPTIONAL: Washi Tape or colorful yarn or embroidery floss to wrap around the stick for decoration. You may also want to add beads to the hanging strings.

Making the moon phase wall hanging:

  1. Draw and cut out the moons
    • Fold paper/ cardstock/ scrapbook paper/ thin cardboard in half.
    • Draw out eight circles onto your folded paper using a pencil and an empty tp-roll or any circle shape that is the size you want for your moons. Using the same template, draw over one of the two of the circles to make two crescent moons, then draw over two more to make the gibbous moons. 
    • Cut the moons out- to start, fold your paper in half if you didn’t do so before drawing the moon templates. You will have two of each moon phase that you will glue together (16** total). As you are cutting, keep those that you cut together ,so that when you glue them they fit together easily.
  2. PRE-CUT eight hanging string/ twine/ yarn for your wall hanging. Make sure you cut an extra two to allow for tying onto the stick and for ½”-3/4” to be glued in between the moons. They can be all one length, or you may choose to cut them varying lengths so that the moons will hang at graduating positions across the hanger stick. For this example, I cut my strings at graduating lengths and then played around with their positioning on the stick, so they’d all be a little bit different once the project was finished. 
  3. Place glue across the surface of your moons. On one side, add a little bigger glob of glue for the string. Put the string on the glue glob before pressing the two sides together to sandwich the string in between the two pieces. 
  4. Tie the strings onto the stick or wooden dowel rod.
  5. Once all the moon phases are tied on, add the “hanger string” onto the dowel tying it on either end of your stick. 
  6. Hang your beautiful finished project on a door, wall or in your garden.                                                              

**Optional: IF you prefer a smaller wall hanging you can choose a smaller stick and hang only some of the moon’s phases on it. For example, make one crescent and one gibbous moon to represent both the waxing and waning of these two phases and one quarter moon to represent both the first and last quarter moons. 

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.

Senior Sky Badge: Step Two of Five

 

The sky is a masterpiece. Every day it graces us with living art, whether through a glorious sunset, shifting cloud formations, or the stunning display of night stars. No wonder we take every opportunity to spend time outdoors. Girl Scout Seniors can earn their Sky badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program.

Step One: Watch the Skies

Step Two: Investigate the Science of the Skies

A constellation is a group of visible stars that form a pattern when viewed from Earth. Most constellations take the shape of an animal, mythical creature, person, or object. Let’s go outside and see what constellations we see!

If you have access to a smartphone, download the free app SkyView Lite. It will show you the constellations in the night sky. If you don’t have access to a smartphone, you’re going to need a pen and paper.

On a clear night sky, grab a pen and paper, and if you’re using SkyView Lite app, pull that out. What constellations do you see? If you can, draw them.

Go outside on a second night. What do you see now? Do you see anything that you couldn’t see on the previous night? Once again, draw what you see.

Make sure you watch out for shooting stars, which are actually meteors burning in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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.

Girl Scouts at Home: Senior Collage Artist Badge Part Four of Five

Earn the Senior Collage Artist badge at home with the help of GSCO’s Outreach Program team! This badge is an opportunity make art as unique as you are, so get ready to see the creative possibility in everyday objects.

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.