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Troop Cookie Manager Training Update

Troop cookie manager (TCM) live webinar trainings for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program were offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December 2020. Hundreds of volunteers attended the webinars, but not all volunteers were able to attend one of the events.

If you’re a TCM who needs to take cookie training, there are several options to choose from!

TCM training is in our online learning platform, gsLearn, which can be accessed through the GSCO website, myGS tab: https://mygs.girlscouts.org/. The course is divided into sections with a few short knowledge checks and resources to review as well.

However, only TCMs who are approved in their role – after submitting their TCM agreement and after their troop has submitted their ACH form – have access to the TCM training in gsLearn. TCMs are granted access to the training once they are approved, but since administrative processes can take a few days, there is now an alternative option.

Below is a link to watch one of the live webinar recordings on the Girl Scouts of Colorado YouTube channel.

2021 TCM Training – recorded webinar

If you opt to watch the TCM Training on the GSCO YouTube channel, please complete the training survey below. It will ask for your name and a few questions related to the training and take just a few minutes to complete. Once you submit the survey, GSCO will log that you completed the required training.

Here’s the link to the survey:

https://girlscoutsusa.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bfjkQTLcMegBUJn?Q_CHL=qr

Key Resources

Drop in for Cookie Chats on Wednesdays at noon or at 6 p.m.  They will be every Wednesday until the end of the Cookie Program. Our Product Program Specialists host the Zoom calls. The Cookie Chats are an open forum discussion/Q and A. No need to register, just click the link and join the team to talk about all things cookie.

There is now an electronic parent permission form for the cookie program! Parents/caregivers can complete the form and will be emailed a copy and they can click a request button on the form and have a copy of the permission form emailed to their TCM!

Here’s a link to the permission form: 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program Permission Form – Formstack Share it with the families in your troop!

Find other cookie program resources on our website under the “Cookies” tab:

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/resources.html

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Virtual Trainings for Leaders

Girl Scouts of Colorado is offering virtual trainings for leaders! Register now for Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette leader trainings to prepare for your troop’s next year or just to refresh and get new ideas. Leader training is required for volunteers at each level. Troop leaders will learn skills to support their troop at the next level, get questions answered, and connect with other volunteers.

Join an upcoming webinar:

May 26, 2020: Daisy Leader Training

May 27, 2020: Brownie Leader Training

May 29, 2020:  Junior Leader Training

May 28, 2020: Cadette Leader Training

Can’t make it to a webinar? Log in to gsLearn and complete Leader Training on your schedule.

Questions? Email training@gscolorado.org.

Virtual Highest Awards trainings

The GSCO Highest Awards program is offering virtual trainings, workshops, and Q & A sessions while we are at home! Join us for one of our upcoming virtual options.

Highest Awards & Take Action – Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from 11 a.m. – Noon

This training is for troop leaders who are interested in supporting their girls to earn their Bronze, Silver, and/or Gold Awards.

Gold Award Training – Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from 2 – 4 p.m.

This training is for Senior or Ambassador level Girl Scouts who are interested in pursuing their Gold Award. It is also appropriate for any troop leaders or parents who will be in a supporting role during the Gold Award process.

Highest Awards Q & A Session for Leaders – Wednesday, April 29, 2020  from 10 – 11 a.m.

The Q & A Session is for troop leaders who have already taken Highest Awards & Take Action training and have questions.

Gold Award Brainstorming Session – Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The brainstorming session is for girls who have already taken the full Gold Award training and would like support in developing their project idea and proposal.

For questions please email the Highest Awards Manager at highestawards@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.

NEW Courses are now available in gsLearn

Times are different now and Girl Scouts of Colorado is here support you! Use our online training platform, gsLearn, to stay engaged. Take courses at your leisure and check the library for new content.

For New Leaders

The Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Leader Training courses are temporarily available on gsLearn to meet the needs of leaders who are starting a new Daisy troop or preparing for their bridging troop. Older Girl and Multi Level courses are coming soon! The discussion boards are open, so you can post messages and get feedback from other volunteers and our training manager.

Leading Through Crisis

The Leading Through Crisis learning path was created especially for this time. Here you will find additional resources and courses about providing support for your troop and troop families, as well as courses for looking forward. We suggest starting with the Change Starts Here course, as it offers an overview of the entire learning path.

In “Mental Health in Times of Crisis,” you will find resources to help you manage your mental health and to support your troop and troop families.

“Running Virtual Troop Meetings” features resources to teach and support you in setting up and implementing virtual troop meetings. You’ll find information about Zoom Calls and Google Hangouts and Google Duo, as well as tips and tricks for running successful virtual meetings.

There are also courses you can take now, so you can hit the ground running when we can meet in-person again. The courses are optional and can be taken in any order. They include:

  • The Successful Leader Learning Series
  • Field and Day Trips
  • Overnights

We are working to create more courses, so check back soon!

Log into gsLearn through the MY GS tab on the GSCO website. If you are having issues please reach out to your volunteer support specialist or to Kendy Doolen, instructional design manager, for support.

 

 

 

Spring 2020: Completing your Cadette Program Aide Award requirements

On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and due to COVID-19, all Girl Scouts of Colorado in-person activities have been suspended at least through May 17, 2020. Read more here.

This decision may have affected your girl’s access to a Cadette Program Aide training, which she needed to complete before attending one of our resident camps or day camps. This training typically runs at least six hours and is filled with hands-on activities to get your girl ready to lead younger Girl Scouts through activities. GSCO has decided to not convert the training to an online course to keep the integrity of the award and ensure girls are acquiring the necessary skills. Instead, we are asking caregivers to guide their girls through earning this award.

Accessing Program Aide training

Leaders, day camp directors, and caregivers now have access to our Program Aide Facilitator training and resources through Girl Scouts of Colorado’s YouTube page. In this short video, we will walk you through the facilitator guide and how to lead the training with your girl. The training can be done all at once or you can complete it over several days – whatever works for you and your girl’s schedule! Please email girlexperience@gscolorado.org  if you have questions or need extra support.

Program Aide Facilitator Training: https://youtu.be/xvVcwwgE5bU

Program Aide Facilitator Guide: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/PA%20Facilitator%20Guide.pdf

Program Aide Girl Toolkit: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/PA%20Girl%20Toolkit%20022019.pdf

Completing the Program Aide Internship

The other part of a girl earning her Program Aide Award is for her to lead younger girls through six activity sessions, or the Program Aide internship. The goal in doing this is for girls to take what they have learned in the training and apply it in real life. We recognize that this might not be possible with social distancing or stay at home policies, but we are encouraging girls to try to find at least one opportunity to lead younger girls through a Girl Scout activity before they participate as a Program Aide.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is here to support you and your girl as you navigate through this programming. Please email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org with any questions or support that you or your girl might need.

Highest Awards Program: Virtual Options

In addition to GSCO’s regular online training options that are scheduled for the year, the Highest Awards program will be adding a few additional virtual trainings while everyone is at home in the next few weeks.

Please find the webinar info below and sign up if you are a Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troop leader, girl, or parent. The online registrations for these events will all be available soon on the Events page of the GSCO website.

Contact Kaitie LoDolce, Highest Awards Manager, at highestawards@gscolorado.org for questions.

Gold Award Training Webinar

Tuesday, March 31, 2020  from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This is our official Gold Award training requirement for girls who would like to pursue Gold. It is also recommended for troop leaders or parents who plan to support their girls through the process.

Highest Awards and Take Action Training Webinar

Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 11 a.m. – Noon

This training is for any troop leaders who would like more information on Take Action projects and/or the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award programs.

Gold Award Project Workshop

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from Noon – 1 p.m.

This is a workshop for any Girl Scout Seniors or Ambassadors who are at any stage of starting their Gold Award process but have not yet submitted an initial proposal.

Highest Awards training for leaders and girls in Pueblo

The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are the highest achievements in Girl Scouts.

Highest Awards training is an awesome training to help girls, parents, and troop leaders through the Highest Awards process. Highest Awards training is for parents and leaders who are interested in learning the basics of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards and how to get their girls on a path to a successful project.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the awards and get your girls ready to learn new leadership skills!

Join Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Giodone Library in Pueblo.

Register now:

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/highest_awards_train.html

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Gold Award training webinar

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, troop leaders, and parents across Colorado! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss the upcoming training webinar on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m.

This is a free training. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. In this training, girls will learn the requirements, council procedures, and tips for making her Gold Award experience successful and rewarding.

Gold Award training is mandatory for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Troop leaders, co-leaders, and parents are encouraged to attend.

To register, go to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Events page.
https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/gold_award_training__369976776.html

If you have any questions, contact GSCO’s highest awards manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

gsLearn to launch September 16, 2019

Get excited, Girl Scout volunteers! It is now easier to get the training and tips you need for your best Girl Scout year ever. Our new eLearning platform, gsLearn, is set to launch Monday, September 16, 2019.

gsLearn is resource for you to access courses that meet you where you are in your learning experience. This user-friendly platform allows you to take courses on your own time, be engaged in your learning progress, and verify completion of required courses.

Log in after September 16 by following these instructions:

  1. Go to girlscoutsofcolorado.org.
  2. Click on the “MY GS” tab at the top right of the webpage.
  3. Use your email and password for your MY GS account. Not sure what this is? Contact us, we can help!
  4. Select gsLearn from the options.

All troop leadership team members with a 2020 membership will have immediate access to gsLearn. If you are an existing troop leadership team member and have not yet renewed your membership for the 2020 year, go ahead and do so! Once you’ve completed your membership renewal you will receive access to gsLearn.

For all other volunteer roles, we are working hard to provide you access and will send a notification with instructions on how to log in soon. You will still see the option to log in from the MyGS tab on our website, however it will redirect you to contact your council to set up your account. If you hold a non-troop leader volunteer role and feel that you need immediate access, please contact us and we can help.

Still have questions? Join us Wednesday, September 25, for a Facebook LIVE event! Can’t attend live, but have a question to ask? Email Kendy and we will answer it! You can access the recording of the Facebook LIVE on the GSCO Facebook page under videos.

Need an in-person training? Check our training events page!

We are excited for our volunteers to have this resource in their toolboxes! See you online!

Gold Award training webinar

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, troop leaders, and parents across Colorado! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss out on the upcoming training webinar on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m.

This is a free training. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. In this training, girls will learn the requirements, council procedures, and tips for making her Gold Award experience successful and rewarding.

Gold Award training is mandatory for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Troop leaders, co-leaders, and parents are encouraged to attend.

To register, go to the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

If you have any questions, contact GSCO’s highest awards manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.