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MISSION: SISTERHOOD! Journey

Submitted by Meredith Locke

Lafayette

Northern & Northeastern CO

Girl Scout Seniors made a video as part of their MISSION: SISTERHOOD! Journey (https://bit.ly/3gGtfVT). Through this Journey, the Girl Scouts learned many things as they bonded and explored all sides of sisterhood. Their Take Action project was to ask Brownies and themselves through virtual activities what sisterhood is. Watch the video that is the completion of that project.

“Sisterhood sets girls up with a lifetime of support, friendship, and bonding. Having someone in your corner and being someone other people can turn to is really important to be successful. In this Journey, we learned all about these bonds and how to facilitate them. Sharing this experience with the girls in our troop brought us closer together and helped us get to know our sisters for life.”- Anonymous Girl Scout Senior

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.

Women in Politics Event

On behalf of El Pomar’s Forum for Civic Advancement, we are excited to invite Girl Scout Seniors, Ambassadors, and adult members to a virtual ‘Women in Politics’ event, co-hosted by Colorado Municipal League and Colorado 50-50 on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 4-6:30 p.m.

Recognizing that Colorado ranks 18th on the 2019 Gender Parity Index due to its successes in some areas, such as the second highest share of women elected officials in the state legislature, and challenges in other areas, such as local and federal representation, this event is designed to encourage more women in Colorado to run for elected office, clarify the process of running, and provide resources for them as they consider running for elected office. The event also honors that socializing the idea of leadership and elected office to young people is one way to increase representation.

You can view the event invitation with agenda details in the flyer linked below. If this sounds like something you or a Girl Scout in your life would enjoy, please register here.

Questions? Email Megan Sanders at El Pomar Foundation at msanders@elpomar.org.

Forum Women in Politics Invitation

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 65659 Seniors complete Sow What? Journey

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Two Senior Girl Scouts in Troop 65659 teamed up with a Juliette Senior to complete the Sow What? Journey. They named their team the “Potato Deer Turnips” after local foods. They had an idea to do a Take Action project that would bring gardening to those experiencing  homelessness. However, when they met with staff from the Denver Rescue Mission and from the CSU Extension, they learned that what the shelter really needed was more volunteers to serve meals. They wanted to meet the need that was most pressing.

Meeting virtually, the girls explored hunger by watching a video about a photo exhibit called “Hunger Through My Lens.” The girls were inspired by the exhibit. They agreed to share their message using their own photography. They took photos of their own meals and then, paired the photos with a recorded a message to ask viewers to consider volunteering. The girls felt the best part of the project was all the community members they were able to network with virtually. “It is important because it can help others,” said Senior Girl Scout Donna.

The message and photos can be viewed at https://youtu.be/gbFnN6oGw98 .

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.

CSA Times: January 2021

Welcome to a new Girl Scout year! Whether this is your first year as a Cadette or you are completing your last year as an Ambassador, we are here to provide information that is fun and relevant to you as an older girl. We know we have said this before, but the theme for this year is definitely #GirlScoutsIsNotCancelled. Check out this newsletter to see what is coming up at GSCO and ways to get involved with your troop, family, and community.

Do you have a friend who would enjoy Girl Scouts? Invite her to join you! With her $25 membership she can participate in so many amazing programs to grow herself and her future.

Upcoming Events

2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program

We’ve got this! We are Girl Scouts. This cookie season presents us with new challenges, but we – girls, families, volunteers, and GSCO staff – are rising to the occasion right now!

GSCO is working with Little Brownie Bakers, GSUSA, and our key volunteers, as we consider girl and adult safety and the uncertainties before us. Know that for the 2021 cookie season, the core aspects of the Girl Scout Cookie Program will be the same, but how some things are done will be a bit different.

New This Year! – GSUSA and Grubhub have partnered to help Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors Girl Scouts meet their cookie program goals! Grubhub booths start Friday, February 12. All troops interested in participating in a Grubhub booth will need to fill out the interest form. Troops who complete the interest form will be selected through a lottery style process.

Interest Form

Check Out Our Clubs

Girl Scouts of Colorado has clubs for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors? These are programs that provide a space for you to connect with others your age around a topic that interests you. You can attend one meeting or make it a regular occurrence, whatever works for your schedule. Check out these clubs!

  • Creative Writing – Receive monthly writing prompts and share your work in this space.
  • Naturalist Club – For those who love nature and want to learn more about sustainability and how to be a steward for the environment.
  • Book Club – Each month we read a different book and discuss it.
  • Tools for Independence (JCSA or SA) – Learn skills that will help you be more independent and prepare you to be on your own.

Galentine’s Day is February 13

Celebrate your friendship with your favorite gal pals at our Galentine’s Day event on February 13 from 1:30- 2:30 p.m.  For this event, if you invite a non-Girl Scout girlfriend to join you, both will receive a free program kit with a patch! Registration space is limited so sign-up ASAP. Registration closes on January 31.

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Crea tu Camino patch

Want to get a global perspective and brush up on your Spanish? Join us in our Crea tu Camino/Make Your Path workshop. These happen once a month you can connect with girls in Spanish speaking countries, while also connecting with Latinx leaders in our community. After you have participated at least two times, you can earn this awesome patch!  Register today for a workshop that fits your schedule!

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How will you celebrate World Thinking Day?

World Thinking Day is February 22. You can celebrate this important day with at-home activities using guides from WAGGGS and GSUSA, or join our virtual program Meet an Expert: Girl Guide from Bangladesh. Make sure to also check out the GSCO blog and events calendar for live World Thinking Day programs.

Need to complete a Journey?

Check out our Badge Series in May to earn your Citizen Scientist Journey on your own. Registration will be available in the end of January.

Can’t wait until May? We also have the It’s Your World – Change It! Journeys available through our Google classroom.  Email Emily.speck@gscolorado.org to receive the classroom codes.

Trainings

Outdoor Program News

Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is returning in spring 2021! The OAC is a staff-led program offering outdoor adventures around the state beyond what you might do with your troop. Check out the spring event calendar and find more information online.

Spring Troop Days at Camp: registration now open!

Register for spring 2021 sessions of Troop Days at Camp! Troops can visit select GSCO properties and participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs.

Questions? Email property.reservations@gscolorado.org

2021 Summer Camp Update

GSCO is excited to be planning summer outdoor programs for 2021! Because safety of girls, staff, and volunteers is always our top priority, we must adapt to our current environment and consider how best to give girls an amazing summer experience and give caregivers and staff peace of mind. We are working closely with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the American Camp Association, Association of Camp Nurses, the CDC, and the Colorado Governor’s office as the COVID-19 regulations and guidance for 2021 camps are still being determined. We do know that session offerings, schedules, capacity, and design of our camp programs will be adapted this upcoming year for enhanced safety measures.

Registration for resident camp will open in 9 a.m. Jan. 28 and we will have very limited spots available. Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org for details on sessions, safety procedures, registration process, FAQs, and more.

Gold Award Information for Seniors and Ambassadors

Now is the time to get started on your Gold Award! The first requirement is to attend an official Gold Award training, which will soon be offered through Google classroom, allowing girls to work through training at their own pace. Make sure to check the Gold Award webpage after February 1 for the link to take training.

Have you already taken official Gold Award training but have haven’t submitted an initial proposal? Would you like to talk over your project idea with someone before you submit, or ask questions about the proposal? Reach out to Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org for help getting started on your project!

*All current Gold Award girls have until March 1 to complete their projects and present for final approval to be included in the spring celebrations!

GSCO Gold Award Page »

Aurora Brownies Give Back During COVID-19 Pandemic

Troop 65343 of Aurora is bringing joy to residents at more than 30 nursing homes and hospice centers this holiday season! These ten Girl Scout Brownies are second graders at Rolling Hills Elementary School. They teamed up with Sun Tree Hospice of Colorado for a project called “Mail for Seniors.” The girls made and collected more than 150 cards to hang on garlands at the centers. Residents can now walk up and read the cards instead of touching them.

One of the girls in the troop talked with AuroraTV about the project. You can watch her interview here: https://www.auroratv.org/video/aurora-now-december-16-2020?jwsource=cl

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.

The CELL’s Virtual 365 Series: Radicalization and Violent Extremism Today

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are invited to attend The CELL’S Virtual 365 National Security Event Series: Radicalization and Violent Extremist Today on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 4 – 4:45 p.m. This program session is for Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 only. Girl Scouts from outside Colorado are welcome to participate.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/feb04_the_cell_s_vir.html Registration will close Thursday, January 28 OR when capacity is met.

The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL) is dedicated to the prevention of terrorism through education, empowerment, and engagement. As a nonprofit, non-partisan institution, its exhibit, speaker series, and training initiatives provide a comprehensive look at the threat of terrorism and how individuals can play a role in the prevention of terrorism, ultimately enhancing public safety.

This program has been adapted specifically for virtual learning. A CELL educator will take girls through a lesson and they will hear from Jesse Morton, former Al-Qaeda propagandist, and Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist. Their remarkable stories will address:

  • Violent extremist threat today
  • Who is vulnerable to radicalization and why
  • Ways to recognize and help prevent extremist recruitment tactics

Information on how to join the program online will be included in your confirmation email.

This program will be available to watch as a recording for one week after the program date. If interested in watching, please register and use the information provided in the confirmation email to watch the recording. The recording will not be available to those who do not register and will not be available past February 11.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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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.

Awesome Girls: Marketing Me!

This program is hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to Awesome Girls: Marketing Me! on December 1, 2020 from 4-5 p.m.

Register now: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7941283615771306251

You’re great. So, how do you share your accomplishments and talents with others without under selling your skills or seeming too conceited? It can be hard to talk about yourself, so we are here to help! Join us as we hear from three inspiring job recruiters about how to advocate for yourself, build your skills, and tell your story to colleges, employers, and even your cookie customers!

This interactive event will connect you to three experts from RSM who will share their career journey and a little about their past. You’ll learn what it means to think like an entrepreneur and how to market to your customers in the upcoming Girl Scout Cookie season. Then, you’ll have a chance to have your own career exploration questions answered and hear questions from your Girl Scout peers.

RSM is a leading audit, tax and consulting firm , and they can’t wait to share their knowledge and experience with you!

This program is designed for girls in middle and high school. The event will inspire you to get started on a Girl Scout badge, like Business Etiquette or My Portfolio, and prepare you to let your skills shine as you connect with cookie customers.

Please note, this event begins at 6 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Central, 4 p.m. Mountain, and 3 p.m. Pacific. We acknowledge that the timing may not work with your schedule; you can register and view the playback when it is convenient for you!

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.

Election 2020: Pizza, Cupcakes, and Badges

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Election season has been a learning opportunity for Girl Scouts in Steamboat Springs! Senior Troop 54538 has been using election season to discover more about the process. From a visit to the County Clerk’s Elections Office to researching how other countries vote, to creating our own campaigns, these innovative Girl Scouts have been finding out more about voting. Along with that, while learning more about various offices and running effective meetings, we recently created a pizza using parliamentary procedure ~ the Parli Pro Pizza!

The Behind the Ballot badge is a perfect way to educate future voters AND have fun too!  We ended our campaign season with an election-themed cupcake challenge. Tayla’s and Aylen’s creations represented the bipartisan system. Jacey’s cupcakes represented the Green party and the multi-layered nature of a political campaign. Catherine’s creation reminded us to think outside the box and do your homework when voting. Elizabeth got right to the point with the vote-themed cupcake!

These go-getters are finding out more about our election system, how the mail-in ballots work, and how accountable our counties are when it comes to voting. There are lots of checks and balances and safety nets to be sure all of our votes are counted! They realized that sometimes it takes being a risk-taker to get your voice heard.

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 Crushing Period Stigma

Submitted by Sarah Benjamin

Metro Denver

Littleton

Troop 61353 designed a website about crushing period stigma for their Sisterhood Journey. The Girl Scouts are hoping to give insight and information about periods to help younger girls feel more comfortable with the topic and have a place to go to help find resources.

Check it out here:
https://breakingthestigma.webador.com/

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.

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.