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.
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.
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.
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.
The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are the highest achievements in Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts of Colorado offers two amazing trainings to help girls, parents, and troop leaders through the highest awards.
Highest Awards & Take Action is for parents and leaders who are interested in learning the basics of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold and how to get their girls on a path to a successful project.
Gold Award Training is required for any girl who is interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Parents and troop leaders are all encouraged to attend Gold Award Training as well.
We are thrilled to be offering both of these trainings in Grand Junction in October. These are fantastic opportunities to learn the ins and outs of the highest awards and get your girls ready to learn new leadership skills!
The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are the highest achievements in Girl Scouting.
Girl Scouts of Colorado offers two awesome trainings to help girls, parents, and troop leaders through the highest awards. Highest Awards & Take Action is for parents and leaders who are interested in learning the basics of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold and how to get their girls on a path to a successful Award project. Gold Award Training is required for any girl who is interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Girls, parents, and troop leaders are all encouraged to attend Gold Award Training.
I am thrilled that we are offering both Highest Awards & Take Action and Gold Award Training at the Leadership Summit in Northern CO on Saturday, September 17th. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the highest awards and get your girls ready to learn new leadership skills!
As a woman, why is it so hard to believe you’re beautiful? In interviews conducted by Dove, women were asked what they think is their worst physical feature. Their responses were rapid and almost passive as they poked at their bellies, frowned at their backsides, and pulled at their hair. However, when questioned on what they thought was their best feature–the women took a lot longer to respond. Some blankly stared off while others, bewildered, eventually managed to come up with one or two features. This is our norm. I challenge you: go stand in front of your mirror and pick out more than five physical features that make you beautiful…
It’s hard, isn’t it?
It starts when we’re young—whether it’s from body shaming by peers and family or from your childhood Barbies or that beautiful celebrity in a movie you saw or even the dreaded changing rooms in school. All it takes is one remark, one side comment, to tear down a girl’s confidence and negatively affect her for years to come.
This is where Free Being Me comes in. It’s a program created by Dove and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) that encourages body positivity and aids in the development of self-confidence in a safe space for girls all across the world.
Girl Scouts of Colorado will have an opportunity to partake in the first class of the year Saturday, April 23rd from 9am-12pm during the Travel Training Event. During the session we will discuss tough topics pertaining to beauty standards set both in our society and around the world, work in groups and individually to complete activities, and girls will be given the resources to teach Free Being Me to younger girls in their community.
Not only is Free Being Me an opportunity for girls to reach their fullest potential through body positivity and inner strength, it can also become a money earning opportunity. We will coach the older girls to create their own curriculum and teach the class to the ones who look up to them, who relate to them the most, and can instruct the class in their own creative way.
Are you crazy about canoeing? Girl Scouts of Colorado has the solution for you. This summer we will be offering several training opportunities!
Small craft safety in canoeing. This class is for participants 12+ years old. Participants will learn the basics of canoeing and canoeing safety.
The second training we will be offering will be an adult training for people who want to become a canoeing instructor. This week-long course will be held at Sky High Ranch and is available for participants 17+. Participants will learn how to successfully and safely teach canoeing basics. Please see details below and on the activity finder for more information.
Small Craft Safety in Canoeing for participants 12 years and older, weighing a minimum of 90 pounds. The cost is estimated to be $40-$50. It will include the ACA Beginning Canoeing Manual and the ARC Small Craft Safety Manual as well as Small Craft Safety in Canoeing. Maximum number of beginning participants is 20-24.
An adult course will be available if we have enough registered or enough room. This will be posted in Girl Scouts of Colorado website.
Also offered will be an Aide Course for those 14 years and older. This year, only those with prior training will be accepted. The cost is estimated to be $40-$50.
Must be a minimum of 17 years old and take the Canoeing pretest and required water test.
The cost of the course is $325 and includes 2 Red Cross Instructor Certificates, 6 manuals or books, 3 online Basic Water Safety/Small Craft Safety courses, room and board for the week and park fees.
A summer day camp will also be offering SCSIC courses June 24-28, 2013. This will also be a full certification canoe camp. Completion of these courses will provide basic canoeing skills and the girls will able to take one or both of the one day white water training trips which are being offered this summer. There will also be a 3-day white water trip. Details will be on the website.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is also excited to announce some amazing canoe trip opportunities this summer
As a volunteer organization, we are always in need of trainers to help provide the most accurate information to our new leaders. If you enjoy working with adults and love Girl Scouting, this is a great way to volunteer. Trainers are needed in all areas of the council to bring training closer to our volunteers. Train the trainer events are scheduled several times a year and rotate locations.
The next Train The Trainer will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in Colorado Springs.
This is an 8.5 -hour course to prepare volunteers and staff to become Adult Trainers for Girl Scouts of Colorado.
In order to become a Girl Scouts of Colorado Trainer, you will need:
1. a completed volunteer application
2. a completed background check (current leaders should have this on file)
3. to schedule an interview with Maureen Lienau, prior to attending this training
By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe at least 5 basic skills and knowledge needed to facilitate adult learning. The content will cover:
. Definitions of Adult Learning
. Roles and responsibilities of a Trainer
. Traits of a Successful Trainer
. How adults and groups learn
. Learning Preferences
. A sample of one GSCO Training design
. Managing group and individual behaviors
. “Must Dos” for a Trainer
Saturday’s materials, lunch, and snacks will be provided for a cost of $30.00. Please note in “Comments” any food allergies or avoidances or other ways Council Staff may accommodate you. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final Basic Program Aide training will be held March 9th at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo (www.natureandraptor.org ) with a special service project at the Raptor Center at the end of the training. Program Aides can mentor younger girls, help plan and run Girl Scout events or help at Day or Resident summer camps. You must be in the 7th -12th grade to attend this training. Questions? Contact Kim.Petau@gscolorado.org