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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise the awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues, and help reduce the stigma that so many of our Girl Scouts and community members experience. Girl Scouts of Colorado has partnered with subject matter experts to develop new programs and resources to help you and your Girl Scouts reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.  See the resources below and stay tuned for more programs for both adult volunteers and girl members coming in Fall 2021.

Conversation Starter: Speak Out About Mental Health

Earlier this month, we spoke with Debra Boeldt, deputy director at the National Mental Health Innovation Center at University of Colorado’s Medical Campus. In this important conversation, we learned what new approaches there are in the mental health world and some tips to speaking about our own mental health while helping youth in our lives do the same.

Watch this conversation: https://youtu.be/XrIwvhKKz9E

Mental Health Awareness through a Girl Scout Lens

Another way to start talking about mental health is through activities in our National Program Portfolio. We have compiled activities for each program level that can be found in our badges and Journeys. Don’t worry if your Girl Scout already earned the badge or Journey, the activities are great on their own!


Research from GSUSA’s Research Institute

Deepen your understanding of the current state of our Girl Scouts by reviewing the Girl Scout Research Institutes 2020 report. https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/about-girl-scouts/research/GSUSA_GSRI_Girls-Speak-Out-Mental-Health-2020.pdf

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.

Conversation Starter: Speak Out About Mental Health

Girl Scout Leaders and Families –

From our conversations, trainings, surveys, and other touch points, we have heard loud and clear that you are concerned about the mental well-being of your Girl Scouts and youth in your life. On May 10, 2021 we are bringing together some experts from both the clinical and non-clinical side of mental health to answer your questions and provide some information to help.

Join us from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. for Conversation Starter: Speak Out About Mental Health as we talk with Debra Boedlt, deputy director, and Matt Vogl, executive director and co-founder, at National Mental Health Innovation Center, University of Colorado Medical Campus.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/conversation_starter_speak_out_about_mental_health_webinar_05_10_2021 If you have a specific question that you would like to ask our speakers, submit it with your registration. You can also ask a question during the conversation.

By completing registration, you are telling us you will be joining the conversation live on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Please mark your calendar and join on time. We will be recording the conversation so you can watch in the future. Please do not register if you are planning to watch the recording.

Questions? Email inquiry@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.

Celebrate National Women in Sports Day at CU Boulder

Celebrate National Women in Sports Day with the CU Women’s Basketball team on February 10, 2019 as they take on the USC Trojans at 1 p.m. at CU Event Center (950 Regent Dr., Boulder 80309). All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are welcome to join with discounted tickets starting at $7 and free tickets for all kids age 12 and under.

A full schedule for the day is linked below! Celebrations include skills and  fitness stations, autograph session, and the women’s basketball game. For more information, visit: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/national_women_in_sp.html


Girl Scouts take over Fiske Planetarium

Submitted by Rebecca “Zap” Lankford

Metro Denver


Troop 3572 of Broomfield hosted a scouts only event on Sunday, Oct. 29 at CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium. With the help of Claire, the presenter, and Spencer, the pilot, girls were shown a number of constellations and nebulae, went flying by the International Space Station, learned how to find the North Star, and floated in Saturn’s rings. The planetarium was almost full with 195 scouts and family members present. The ooohs, aaahhhs, and general excitement about space made for an exhilarating afternoon. The visit to the planetarium fulfills some of the requirements for badges for Cadettes and Seniors. Great job, girls!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Gold Award sustainability in action

Sustainability is one of the requirements of the Girl Scout Gold Award and is often the most intimidating component of a project. A sustainable project is one that lasts after the girl’s involvement ends. A focus on education and raising awareness is one way to make sure a project is carried on. Workshops and hands-on learning sessions can inspire others to keep a project going. Collaborating with community groups, civic associations, local government, or religious organizations is another way to ensure the project lasts beyond the girl’s involvement.

Recently, a Gold Award Mentor in Glenwood Springs went on a camping trip to O’Haver Lake Campground outside of Salida and saw Gold Award sustainability in action – years after the Gold Award was earned!

These photos are from Emily K.’s Gold Award project in 2013! Emily’s project, “Go Fish . . . Green!” was all about helping the environment. She noticed used fishing line was clogging up local lakes and hurting the wildlife. But, with a better way to dispose of used fishing line, this could be solved. She worked for several months with the Colorado State Forest Service and Division of Wildlife on installing fishing line receptacles around Chaffee County lakes. The Forest Service has since been maintaining the receptacles and is responsible for sending the used fishing line to a recycling plant.

This is sustainability! It can be simple, easy to understand, and impact people long after you earn your Gold Award!

Emily is a now senior at University of Colorado in Boulder. She is majoring in International Affairs and Anthropology with a focus on sustainable development and Latin America. This year, she is working on her senior honors thesis and all the research that goes with it. Emily grew up in the mountains of Colorado and has a passion for the outdoors. She spent her spring semester in Cusco, Peru, studying indigenous peoples, globalization, Spanish, and the impact of social programs in relation to malnutrition. She hopes to continue her travels after graduation with backpacking in South America. Her other hobbies include reading adventure novels, cooking  delicious gluten free food, skiing in the Colorado backwoods, hiking around Boulder, and general exploring of farmers markets and other gems around Colorado.

Questions about the Gold Award and sustainability? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Learn about pharmacy and OTC medication usage


Submitted by Amy Li


Denver Metro

My name is Amy and I am a third year pharmacy student at the University of Colorado. Being a pharmacy student, I believe it is part of my responsibility to educate the public on proper and safe medication usage. Especially since there are so many over-the-counter medications readily available to us. It can be extremely confusing!

Join me and my fellow pharmacy students from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy on April 17th to learn more about what it’s like being a pharmacist,and about safe and proper over-the-counter medication usage!

When: April 17th from 1-3pm

Where: Sam Gary Library 2961 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238

Who: Any Girl Scout and anyone else who would like to come!

Contact: Email amy.li@ucdenver.edu if you are interested

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CU Girl Scouts Day – Recycling with Ralphie

ralphie- 3 round

Submitted by Lori Thompson


Denver Metro

Girl Scouts, friends and family are invited to Girl Scout Day at the University of Colorado Men’s Basketball game on Feb. 28th. The Buffs will take on Arizona State at 2:30 pm and Girl Scouts are invited to a special Recycling with Ralphie workshop after the game to earn a special patch.

Girl Scouts and their families can purchase discount tickets to the game and badge event for $20 each and $5 will be donated back to Girl Scouts of Colorado. To order tickets, go to www.cubuffs.com/promo and use the code 2016GIRLSCOUTS.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Recycle with the Buffs!

Girl Scouts Flyer

Submitted by Erin Koon

Boulder, CO

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

The University of Colorado Buffaloes take on Arizona State at Coors Events Center, Sunday, February 28th 2016 at 2:30pm! All scouts will participate in a post-game event with Ralphie’s Green Stampede and will earn a unique Ralphie Recycling patch! Scouts of all levels will learn the benefits and importance of recycling/eco-products AND will be introduced to a college campus!

To attend this unique event purchase tickets at www.cubuffs.com/promo and enter the promo code 2016GIRLSCOUTS. The Buffs are looking forward to hosting the Girl Scouts of Colorado!

**Don’t forget $4 of every purchase will directly benefit the Girl Scouts!**

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.