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Outdoor skills training

Looking for outdoor skills training to prepare you for a summer of fun?

We have two great trainings lined up to get you certified in archery and boating!

Archery and the Small Craft Safety certification courses are required, if you’d like to take girls to shoot archery or take them boating in any capacity (both Brownie-Ambassador).

Both certifications last for three years and will teach you all the basics of how to set up a class, instruct a fun and safe class, give you activity/game ideas, and make it impactful for girls!

The archery class is also open to girls 15-years-old and older, as well as adults! Small Craft Safety is only open for adults 18+.

Having this archery certification allows you to reserve our traveling archery gear set (bows, arrows, targets, protective gear) and take it to shoot anywhere you’d like!

There are zero requirements for taking the archery class. For Small Craft Safety, you need to know how to swim and tread water.

Archery Level 1 Certification

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Twisted Pine – Genesee

Price: $45

Registration Link: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/archery_level_1_cert_1758567911.html

Small Craft Safety Certification

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Bear Creek Lake Park – Lakewood

Price: $50

Registration Link: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/small_craft_safety_t.html

*Participants are responsible for paying for their own park entrance fee.

For further questions and information click the registration links.

eLearning and in-person volunteer training

Starting to plan your first overnight trip (1-2 nights) or your first extended trip (3 nights or more) with your troop?

Awesome! You’ll find the GSCO Overnight Trips and Extended Trips classes on our eLearning site. Both classes are designed to support your experience in planning the trips with girls and their families and include the information you need to know about safety, outdoor and travel progression, and resources. The Overnight trips class is a prerequisite for Extended Trips and for Cooking and Camping.

If your troop plans include camping outdoors and/or cooking outdoors, you’ll need to take the Cooking and Camping class. The class is taught in-person at outdoor settings around the state. Check our events calendar for classes in March, April, May, and June.

The class is fun, interactive, and covers all you need to know to teach girls outdoor skills, like setting-up camp, building fires and fire safety, cooking outdoors, knot tying, and knife safety.

For questions about online classes, please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager, at (303) 607 – 4897 or email her at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org.

For questions about in-person volunteer learning opportunities, please contact Brandi Martinez, Training Manager, at (303) 607 – 4856, or email her at Brandi.Martinez@gscolorado.org.

Cookie University is coming

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce additional training for troop cookie managers for the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program. If you’re planning to serve as a TCM this year, THANK YOU! We understand the time, commitment, and heart this volunteer role requires and we truly appreciate it. We will host a variety of Cookie University training sessions throughout the state.

Cookie University is an excellent opportunity for you to spend time with other troop cookie managers, get your required basic cookie training, and most importantly, ensure your troop’s initial order is well thought-out and meets the needs of your girl and troop. You can also participate in some exciting enrichment sessions, including Inventory Management, Digital Cookie, eBudde, and Program Etiquette.

You can register for Cookie University by going to the Events page (https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html?q=Cookie+University+) on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. If you can’t attend the training session in your area, feel free to attend one in another area.

2019 Cookie University Flyer

FREE training for adult volunteers: Youth Mental Health First Aid

Submitted by Wendy Anderson

Metro Denver


Important Note:  This is NOT a GSCO-sponsored training. It is a volunteer-run event. Please direct all questions and concerns to Wendy Anderson at girlscoutwendy@gmail.com.

Many of us know what to do if someone has a physical injury, if someone stops breathing, or if they have a bleeding wound, we would know what to do because we, or someone we know, likely took the time to complete a first aid class and learn the skills. What if someone you loved was having a mental health crisis? Are you confident that you would identify it in time and know what to do next?

With one in four Americans experiencing mental illness in their life time, the probability is very high that someday you may need the skills to help someone in a mental health emergency. Will it be someone in your family? Could it be one of the girls you serve as a Girl Scout volunteer? How will you get the skills you need to save a life?

Mental Health First Aid Colorado offers both adult and youth mental health first aid classes, and we are especially pleased that they are willing to offer a special class, Youth Mental Health First Aid,  for Girl Scout adult volunteers for FREE. It will take place December 8, 2018 at May Library (1471 S Parker Rd, Denver, CO 80231) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bring your own lunch (the listing says lunch may be provided, I don’t think it is.) Please find our listing http://www.mhfaco.org/findclass/attend/631, or another class in your area at http://www.mhfaco.org/findclass .

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking prevention program. The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges that are common among adolescents and young adults. YMHFA is implemented around the U.S. and the world. Research has shown that the training enhances behavioral health literacy, reduces stigma, increases knowledge of professional and self-help resources, increases participants’ confidence helping in a crisis situation, and improves behavioral health of participants.

With so many things to do on a Saturday, it is hard make the time to devote to one more training. However, it is certainly more hard to hear one more story about a life lost and ask, “Didn’t someone know? Couldn’t someone do something?” Be that someone who knows what to do. This holiday season give a gift to yourself and your loved ones by attending this class to be prepared! After all, “Be Prepared” is the Girl Scout motto. In the 1947 Girl Scout Handbook, the motto was explained this way: “A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever she is needed. Willingness to serve is not enough; you must know how to do the job well, even in an emergency.” We’ve seen too many victims of from mental health emergencies. Be the change our community needs.

Important Note:  This is NOT a GSCO-sponsored training. It is a volunteer-run event. Please direct all questions and concerns to Wendy Anderson at girlscoutwendy@gmail.com.

Grand Junction and Durango Super Saturday training events

Kick-off the new Girl Scout year by meeting other volunteers, sharing your ideas, getting your questions answered, and enhancing your skills!

Take these enrichment classes that support your experience as a volunteer:

  • Engaging Parents and Caregivers
  • Difficult Conversations and Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Multi-level Troops

You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in new program badge activities.

There are classes especially for older girls too! Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can take multiple classes:

  • Taking Ownership of Your Girl Scout Experience
  • Let’s Go on an Adventure!
  • Using Your Leadership Skills for Change
  • “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience

Or girls can opt for taking alternative classes in the morning:

  • Option 1: Gold Award Training
  • Option 2: New Badge Activity and Difficult Conversations and Conflict Resolution – and then joining the Using Your Leadership Skills for Change and “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience in the afternoon.       ​

Super Saturdays

Sept. 29, 2018 – Durango – Register now!

Oct. 20, 2018 – Grand Junction – Register now!

All event attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership. Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org



Updated Overnight Trips class available online

Some of the most memorable experiences girls have in Girl Scouts, begin with their first overnight trip! Having that first big adventure with their troop is an exciting time for the girls and for you.

To support your experience as a volunteer, Girl Scouts of Colorado offers training that guides you through the process of working with your troop to help them plan their progressive adventures.

One of those classes is Overnight Trips, newly revised and live on our eLearning site! New resources have been added to the class too. You will find a comprehensive list of best places to go, with links to websites and contact information. You can use it to jumpstart your brainstorm session with the girls in your troop about possible overnight venues or destinations. The class guide includes a sample itinerary and packing lists, along with additional information to support your troop planning process. There are links to Girl Scouts of Colorado properties and camp information, along with links to the forms you will need as well.

Overnight Trips is an essential and required training for volunteers planning a trip of one-two nights with their troop, and it is a prerequisite class for Extended Trips and Cooking and Camping.

To take eLearning classes, go to our online training site, http://training.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/login/index.php. If you need assistance accessing the site, please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager, at 303.607.4897, or email her at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org.

Revised Nuts and Bolts Training for New Leaders

Nuts and Bolts training has been revised! The course covers how to get your troop started, troop management, managing troop finances, and planning outings and field trips, along with what Girl Scouts is all about, and a message from Stephanie Foote, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Nuts and Bolts is divided into chapters, and each section includes additional resources to support and inform the volunteer experience – like, how to involve families in the troop and how to make the troop experience girl-led. Also included on the course page, are links to all the forms that volunteers need, and links to other training on our eLearning site, like Financial Literacy, Conflict Fluency and Girl Scout Songs and Games.

Nuts and Bolts is available for volunteers to take whenever it is convenient for them. It is one of three essential trainings, along with GS 101 and program level 101 classes, that we require new volunteers to complete.

To access the Nuts and Bolts course, or any of our other online training, go to our eLearning site:

If you have questions about online courses, or need assistance with accessing our eLearning site, please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org.

Gold Award training in Gunnison

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, troop leaders, and parents in Western and Southwestern CO! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss out on training in Gunnison on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Western State Colorado University. 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.
Register to attend online by Wednesday, September 6: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/gold_award_training_sw_9_10_2017

Gold Award and Highest Awards & Take Action trainings at Leadership Summits

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to offer both Gold Award and Highest Awards & Take Action trainings at the Leadership Summits across the state this summer and fall!

You may be asking, “What is a Leadership Summit?” Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Leadership Summits are learning conferences that offer volunteers (and girls!) the opportunity to get energized for the new membership year and check required trainings off the “to-do” list. In addition to offering trainings for new and experienced volunteers, we are offering Gold Award training for girls who are getting ready to “Go Gold”.

Gold Award training is required for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Parents and troop leaders are encouraged to attend as well.

Highest Awards & Take Action is the perfect opportunity to connect with other troop leaders about successful service projects and learn how to let girls take the lead in making a difference in their community with “Take Action” projects that girls will complete in their Journeys, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects.

August 26, Colorado Springs
September 16, Denver Metro
September 23, Northern Colorado
September 30, Grand Junction
October 14, Pueblo (Gold Award and Highest Awards Training TBD)

The full schedule for each event will be posted soon along with links for registration.

Questions about Highest Awards? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org


Denver Metro Gold Award training and brainstorming session


The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and we know it can be a challenging process for most girls. Here in Colorado, each girl is required to attend a Gold Award Training before she starts her Gold Award. While training is full of valuable information, we know that many girls need more hands-on guidance beyond training.

We are excited to offer Gold Award Training at the Denver office on Saturday, January 7, 2017 followed by a special brainstorming session! Any girls, parents, and troop leaders are welcome to attend the training, just the brainstorming session, or both! However, any girl attending the brainstorming session must have received Gold Award training prior.

The goal of the brainstorming session is for girls to leave with at least three concrete next steps for earning their Gold Award. This is also an opportunity for girls to get help with the Go Gold website, writing their project proposal, and more.

Register now for the Gold Award Training: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/gold_award_training_md_01_07_2017

Register now for the Gold Award Brainstorming Session: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2017/gold_award_brainstor.html

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org