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PA Training: Day camp specialty

Submitted by Denine Dains

Metro Denver


Welcome to PA Training with a day camp specialty on May 18 and 19, 2019 at Twisted Pine. In addition to learning the valuable skills of assisting younger Girl Scouts in a troop or small group setting, you will specialize in leading larger groups in a day camp setting. You will learn how to:

  • Lead large groups of Girl Scouts in camp songs
  • Assist young girls in a flag ceremony
  • Assist young Girl Scouts with chopping food at camp while using a knife
  • Set up a propane stove
  • Make a foil packet lunch
  • Follow the rules regarding fire and cooking with a dutch oven
  • Create a safe cleaning station for dishes
  • Lead yourself in a professional, safe manner while working with younger girls
  • Be a good role model to younger Girl Scouts

Registration links:



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Upcoming volunteer trainings

Girl Scouts of Colorado has a variety of training offerings available year-round for new and existing volunteers. Learn how a troop can be girl-led, gain experience with the tools to manage conflict, and find the right resources to support your leadership experience.

Below are a few highlighted upcoming classes. To find additional in-person, volunteer trainings visit the Events Calendar on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

Daisy/Brownie 101- January 23,  2019 in Boulder

Get hands-on training for Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Learn how to plan and partner with your girls and network of support to make the troop experience meaningful and fun.

Super Sunday- January 27, 2019 in Gypsum

Join us for an afternoon of training! We have some fun and informative enrichment courses that will support your volunteer experience.

Wilderness First Aid- March 2, 16, and 23, 2019 in Colorado Springs

The purpose of the course is to provide individuals with a foundation of first-aid principles and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that are atleast one hour from advanced medical care.

Leadership Summit training events

Want to encourage girls joined -at-the-hip in your troop, to make new friends, but keep the old? Learn how to clique proof your troop! Want more support during your troop year? Learn how to engage families in your troop! Want to know how to plan awesome events for your troop or service unit? Take the Event Planning enrichment class!

Come to a Leadership Summit. Take a variety of enrichment classes and essential required training. Meet and connect with your peers, enjoy a catered lunch, and start your troop year with the information you need to be successful!

Register Now!  Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs.


Register Now!  Saturday, September 8 at First United Methodist Church in Loveland.


Register Now!  Saturday, September 29 at Community College of Aurora in Metro Denver.


There are classes for older girls too!

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can participate in leadership enrichment courses to expand their skills and knowledge to prepare them for their future in Girl Scouts and beyond. Girls will sign-up for the entire day.  This is a FREE leadership development opportunity! Girls should bring a sack lunch and light snacks will be provided. Sessions include Gold Award, Highest Awards and Take Action, Taking Ownership of Your Girl Scout Experience, Let’s Go on an Adventure, Using Your Leadership Skills for Change, and “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience. Meet other teenage Girl Scouts and share your experiences.

To read class descriptions and register for older girl classes, go to our events page at:


Small Craft Safety certification course

Want to go boating? If you’d like to take your Girl Scouts boating, you can register for the Small Craft Safety certification course. The Small Craft Safety certification is required to take any Girl Scouts boating. This one-day course will cover all the basics of canoeing and kayaking. The course will thoroughly cover boating equipment, paddle strokes, swamped boat rescues, and ways to keep boating fun and safe!

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Where: Sky High Ranch

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 6

Registration link:


Gold Award and Highest Awards and Take Action trainings

We are thrilled to be offering both Gold Award and Highest Awards and Take Action trainings at Leadership Summits across the state for the summer and fall of 2018!

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 “Older Girl Leadership Summit” tracks at each event where older girls can participate in training all day.

Gold Award Training is required for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award.

Highest Awards and Take Action is the perfect opportunity to connect with other troop leaders about successful 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.

Colorado Springs, Saturday, August 25
Older Girl Leadership Summit: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/older_girl_leadership_summit_pp_08_25_2018
Leadership Summit (for adults): https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/leadership_summit_in_colorado_springs_pp_08_25_2018

Loveland, Saturday, September 8
Registration links coming soon!

Denver, Saturday, September 29
Registration links coming soon!

Grand Junction, Saturday, October 20
Super Saturday event, Gold Award training only.
Registration link coming soon!

Questions about Highest Awards? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Planning for Highest Awards

As school kicks in to high gear, you might be planning your year with your Girl Scout troop. If you are a Junior, Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador or a parent or troop leader of a girl in these Girl Scout levels, Highest Awards should be on your brain!

The Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are the highest achievements in Girl Scouting and focus on identifying a community issue, researching the issue, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with a team of community members, establishing a global connection with others, and providing sustainability so the project can continue impacting people even after girls have earned their award.

More than 1,400 girls across the state earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award last year and we hope to see these numbers continue to grow year after year.

To support girls, parents, and troop leaders throughout the Highest Awards process, we have many helpful resources on our website and offer “Highest Awards and Take Action” trainings both in person and online.

In person trainings at upcoming Leadership Summits: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/training-events.html

Online Training October 9, 2017: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2017/highest_awards_take__1895293302.html

Online Training December 14, 2017: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2017/highest_awards_take__405167769.html

Questions? Visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards, http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Highest%20Awards%20Call%20to%20Action.pdf, or email highestawards@gscolorado.org


Girl Scouts of Colorado’s property challenges and creative solutions

Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) has nine camps/rental properties that are amazing assets but that also cost the council money every single day. Our fixed overhead costs include utilities, care and maintenance, water, insurance staff and other expenses.

  • Currently GSCO property occupancy and revenues are low, not coming anywhere near covering our costs.
  • GSCO is facing a $650,000 revenue shortfall due to closing Magic Sky Ranch and Sky High Ranch resident camp sessions this summer in the wake of devastating wildfires.
  • Nationally, both inside and outside of Girl Scouts, participation in resident camp programs is on a declining trend.
  • The popularity of volunteer and staff-led troop camp and family camp is increasing.

So what are we going to do about these challenges? We’re going to offer programs that match what people want to do and get more members and friends to enjoy these beautiful properties! Girl Scouts of Colorado is committed to being careful stewards of our resources on behalf of the girls we serve. We are being responsive to the circumstances we face and the trends in the industry. We’re committed to diversifying and increasing our property revenue streams. We must do this to preserve the quality and service of our leadership programs for girls.

Girl Scout councils around the country are facing similar challenges, and many have had to sell properties to help alleviate financial pressures. That’s not what we want to do. Girl Scouts of Colorado is trying other solutions to more strategically and creatively use our property resources.

Effective October 15, all GSCO properties are open for use by our members and families as well as other groups and organizations. If there is not an existing Girl Scout camp in session or reservation, properties will be available for others to rent and enjoy. Our properties can accommodate family reunions, trainings, outdoor education, retreats, weddings and more. We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time relaxing at our wonderful properties. Visit the property section of our website to learn more.