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Following the Girl Scout Promise & Law online

In response to concerns about online behavior that does not follow the Girl Scout Promise and Law, Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) has developed a series of guidelines for all members, including girls, volunteers, staff members, adult members, etc. Please keep in mind that the online world is constantly evolving, so this blog will be updated as often as needed to reflect those changes. If you have any questions/concerns, please consult a member of the GSCO Marketing and Communications Department or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Think before you type. When representing yourself as a GSCO member online, think about the messages you are putting forth and how they will be perceived. You are responsible for what you write or say online about GSCO, even if it is on your personal social media channels. The same rules that apply offline apply online. Use good judgment and common sense. Please do not write or post anything that would embarrass other members or reflect badly on our organization.

Some people just want to fight. We can’t control the message all of the time, so don’t connect/ follow people/organizations simply to monitor their activity/argue with them. If you encounter someone who is posting incorrect information about Girl Scouts, let GSCO know. We also monitor social media and respond to inaccurate reports and misinformation. Feel free to “set the record straight” from your personal account, but do not engage in a continuous argument.

Use hashtags appropriately. Be sure to research any hashtag before using it and check it regularly. A seemingly innocent hashtag may not be. You also want to make sure you are using hashtags correctly and associating Girl Scouts with the right groups. GSCO regularly uses the following hashtags:

Instagram: #GSColo, #gscolorado, #girlscoutsco, #girlscoutscolorado, #girlscoutsofcolorado, #gsGoldAward, #GirlScoutsGiveBack, #gsoutdoors

Twitter: #GSColo, #gsGoldAward, #GirlScoutsGiveBack, #gsoutdoors

Don’t know? Ask! Know what you are talking about when you engage with others. If you are unsure, ask! If someone has a question you can’t answer, ask them to email the question to inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Help GSCO win Xcel Energy Colorado’s social media contest

Calling all social media-savvy Girl Scout volunteers and supporters! In addition to participating in Xcel Energy Colorado’s 9th Annual Day of Service on Saturday, September 7, 2019, GSCO is also competing to win a grant of up to $5,000 and we need to your help! Xcel Energy Foundation will award grants to the participating nonprofits that earn the most points.

Each eligible post that follows the posting requirements below will be counted as one point for the organization mentioned in the post.

  • The points will be divided by number of project volunteers to account for project scale.
  • People will not be limited from posting more than once. On the contrary, Xcel encourages multiple original posts, but watch your frequency because Facebook has policies to protect from spammers!
  • Shares and multiple identical posts will not count for the contest.

Who can post: Volunteers, team leaders, friends, family – anyone! Recruiting other people to pitch in for your project is a best practice.

Where to post:

Posts must include the following four elements to be eligible:

  1. The hashtags #XEDOS and #contest;
  2.  Tag Xcel Energy Colorado
    • Facebook: post directly to the Xcel Energy Colorado Facebook page AND tag @Xcel Energy Colorado;
    • Instagram: post a photo or video about your project and tag @xcelenergy;
  1. Tag @GSColo and,
  2. Why you love the nonprofit/organization or project, what your Day of Service project is about, or volunteer activities to support the project.

*Shares and reposts and will not count towards points.*

Using photos and videos in posts:

  • In addition to the contest tagging requirements listed above, a photo or video is required to post on Instagram.
  • While not required to earn a point, including photos and videos on Facebook or Twitter posts is a great addition to help tell your story!

When to post: The contest begins at 12:00:01 a.m. MT on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. Midnight MT on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

2019 XEDOS Contest Examples 

 

 

Xcel Energy’s Day of Service: Social media contest

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to participate in Xcel Energy’s 8th Annual Day of Service! In addition to providing an exciting service and patch opportunity to girls on September 8, 2018, GSCO is participating in the Day of Service social media contest.

How to earn points:

• Each eligible post that follows the posting requirements below will be counted as one point for the organization mentioned in the post.

• The points will be divided by number of project volunteers to account for project scale.

• People will not be limited from posting more than once. On the contrary — Xcel encourages multiple original posts – but watch your frequency because Facebook has policies to protect from spammers!

• Shares and multiple identical posts will not count for the contest.

Who can post:

• Volunteers, team leaders, friends, family – anyone! Recruiting other people to pitch in for your project is a best practice.

Where to post:

• On the Xcel Energy Colorado Facebook page

• Your personal Instagram account

Posts must include the following four elements to be eligible:
1. The hashtags #XEDOS and #contest;
2. Tag Xcel Energy Colorado:
• On Facebook: post directly to the Xcel Energy Colorado Facebook page AND tag @Xcel Energy Colorado;
• On Instagram: post a photo or video about your project and tag @xcelenergy;
3. Tag @GSColo and,
4. Why you love the nonprofit/organization or project, what your Day of Service project is about, or volunteer activities to support the project.

*Shares and reposts and will not count towards points.*

Using photos and videos in posts:

• In addition to the contest tagging requirements listed above, a photo or video is required to post on Instagram.

• While not required to earn a point, including photos and videos on Facebook or Twitter posts is a great addition to help tell your story!

When to post:

The Contest begins at 12:00:01 a.m. MT on Tuesday, September 4, and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. Midnight MT on Saturday, September 8.

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Because of Girl Scouts…

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Ever since the first Girl Scout troop was formed more than 100 years ago, Girl Scouts has provided girls with transformative experiences. Because of Girl Scouts, millions of G.I.R.L.s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) have been prepared for a lifetime of leadership—from hiking under the stars to accepting a mission to the International Space Station; from lobbying the city council with their troop to holding a seat in Congress; from running their own cookie business to tackling cybersecurity.

Our girls are big thinkers, groundbreakers, and role models with access to plenty of unique girl-led experiences—yes, because of Girl Scouts.

We want to know what Girl Scouts has done for you! Share your story on social media using #becauseofGirlScouts—and be sure to tag @GSColo and @girlscouts on Instagram and Twitter!

Girl Scout Camp Social Media 2017

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The staff at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch is gearing up for another wonderful summer season. As in years past, we will share our fun on social media through the Girl Scouts of Colorado camp Facebook pages.

Tomahawk Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/tomahawkranch/

Sky High Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/gscoskyhighranch/

From time to time, photos and updates may also appear on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s other social media networks (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram)

We will also post photo albums from each session on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums. Look for albums a week after your girl’s session ends.

Please keep in mind, both camps are in remote areas, where internet service can be spotty. We will update as much as we can. However, making sure your girl has the best experience at camp is our top priority.

Happy Camping!

Celebrate National S’mores Day with GSCO

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Girl Scouts did not invent s’mores, but we were the first to publish the iconic recipe! It appeared under the name “Some More” in a 1925 issue of Girl Scout Leader magazine, and then as a “somemores” in an official 1927 Girl Scouts publication.

Aug. 10 is National S’mores Day, and we’re inviting you to celebrate with us! Share your favorite s’more photos, recipes, memories, and more on social media using #NationalSmoresDay and #GSColo! You can also post directly to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page or tag us on Twitter or Instagram using @GSColo. Finally, share your stories right here on the blog by using our Share Your Stories form.

Have questions? Want to learn more about sharing your s’mores stories or Girl Scout stories on social media? Contact Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Amazon Smile’s #StartWithaSmile campaign

When we think about Girl Scouts we smile! How can we not? Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, girls all across Colorado are building courage, confidence and character—all while making the world a better place.

That’s why Girl Scouts of Colorado is asking you to join us in participating in Amazon Smile’s #StartWithaSmile campaign. Launched in March, thousands of charities have already tweeted pictures of their organizations in action.

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Here’s how it works: Tweet a photo or video incorporating the #StartWithaSmile sign (download it here) and the following text:

When you #StartWithaSmile we can ______________________
#AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0410630

Be sure to tag @AmazonSmile and @GSColo on Twitter. Also, make sure you’re following both, so we can send you a direct message requesting permission to share your tweet if your photo is selected.

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Join the GSCO Social Media Team

Are you social media-savvy? Do you love sharing news about Girl Scouts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn? If so, then Girl Scouts of Colorado needs YOU to join our new social media team!

We’re looking for adult volunteers and girls (13 and older) to engage with us and share/retweet/repost Girl Scout stories, news of upcoming activities, support opportunities and more. We also need members of this team to share with us what they’re doing so all of our friends and followers can see and read about all the awesome things Colorado Girl Scouts do.

How to find GSCO on social media:

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On the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page, we share statewide Girl Scout news/stories, events/activities, photos and videos, and more.

The following camp Facebook pages are managed by camp staff:

These pages are primarily for camp news, photos and updates.

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Under the Twitter handle and Instagram username GSColo, we share news, photos and videos of Girl Scouts participating in Take Action projects, community events, enjoying camp, selling cookies and more.

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LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service, mainly used by professionals. The Girl Scouts of Colorado LinkedIn page focuses on making connections with volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors by showcasing how our organization gives young girls the confidence to become leaders. We also use LinkedIn to spread the word about the latest research regarding the health and well-being of girls in Colorado and across the country.

We encourage everyone to connect and engage with us on all of our social media networks. By becoming a member of the Social Media Team, you can help GSCO spread the word about our organization even further. To join the GSCO Social Media Team, email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org Please include your name, hometown, contact information and preferred social media network.

 

Join me for National Girl Scout Cookie Day Feb. 8th

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Me (right) doing an interview with Central City Girl Scout Ashley this last weekend on CBS 4 in Denver

Girl Scout Cookie time is here! I’ve already broken open a few packages and am enjoying every bite of these yummy treats.

But, being a lifelong Girl Scout, I also know these yummy treats benefit something really special here in our community. You see, Girl Scout Cookies help fund everything Girl Scouts, from our camps to our programs. Our Girl Scouts also use their money to travel the world, or to make a difference in their community through a take action project. Through all these experiences, girls are gaining lifelong skills, and most importantly become community leaders who will continue to make a positive difference in this world. I know for me personally Girl Scouts has made me the person I am today. I know I learned every one of the five skills that we teach girls during cookie time, and use each one of them daily — goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

On Feb. 8th, National Girl Scout Cookie Day, you can help Girl Scouts of Colorado spread the word on why Girl Scout Cookie time is so important to the girls. Just take to your (or your company’s) Facebook or Twitter that day, and talk about Girl Scout Cookie time. Share a personal story like mine, or talk about what you’ve learned about Girl Scouts and why you should support Girl Scouts by purchasing cookies. Link to the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org) for all the details on buying cookies. We will also be giving away free Girl Scout Cookies on Facebook and Twitter throughout National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

Thank you for your support of Girl Scouts of Colorado! And we look forward to celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Day with you on Friday!!

National Girl Scout Cookie Day – Feb. 8, 2013

f3a3935f92ba42049f634558dac8e3a9Girl Scouts of the USA has officially named February 8, 2013 as National Girl Scout Cookie Day! On this day we will celebrate Girl Scout Cookie time, teaching the community about the lifelong skills learned through selling cookies as well as spreading the word on how to purchase cookies.

These efforts will be supported nationally through media and public service announcement placements. Girl Scouts of the USA is also planning a social media campaign. They’ve also put together a fabulous new Girl Scout Cookie website (a Spanish version of the site will launch in January), which encompasses the themes that will be emphasized on National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will be marking the National Girl Scout Cookie Day with Cookie Social Media Day, which was previously announced on Nov. 30th (read that blog). We also are planning media and public service announcement placements for the Girl Scout Cookie season, which runs Jan. 27th through March 3rd.

We hope you will support Girl Scout Cookie time by getting involved in the National Girl Scout Cookie Day activities!