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Free Being Me builds strong, confident girls with April 23rd training


Submitted by Demi Harvey


Denver Metro

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.

Registration & Details: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2016/travel_training_even.html

Or email demi.harvey@gscolorado.org

Girl Scouts: Are you crazy about canoeing?

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.


Red Cross Canoeing (ARC) Courses will be offered this year! The first round of the courses will be May 4th, 5th and 11th at Soda Lake from 9am – 4pm.

Offerings include

  • 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.

Red Cross Instructor Course in Small Craft Safety Instructor in Canoeing (SCSIC) Will be June 2June 7 at Sky High Ranch

  • 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

June 15th – One Day Canoe Trip

  • Start canoeing at 9am at a site on the Colorado River TBD by river conditions at that time. Cost is $90. Must have taken prior canoe training or have the permission of trip leaders.

July 20th – One Day Canoe Trip

  • Start canoeing at 9am at a site on the Colorado River TBD by river conditions at that time. Cost is $90. Must have taken prior canoe training or have the permission of trip leaders.

August 2 to 5 – 3 Day Whitewater Canoe trip on the Colorado River.

  • $400-$500 estimated cost for the trip. Section to be canoed will be determined by water conditions.
  • Must have prior white water training.
  • Required trip planning meeting will be held in June.

For more information about these trips and trainings, please contact Judy Moisey-Asay, Girl Scout volunteer, at Judy.Moisey-Asay@va.gov.

Cool Volunteer Opportuntity!


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 alli.oswandel@gscolorado.org.

The last Basic Program Aide training until September

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

Program Aide trainings coming soon


Become a Program Aide and sharpen your skills as an emerging young leader. 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 one of the basic trainings. Upcoming trainings:

November 10th, Basic Program Aide and service project at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo

December 7-8, Basic Program Aide and Camping Specialty, Tomahawk Ranch, in Bailey

Questions? Contact Kim Petau @ kim.petau@gscolorado.org