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Volunteer View: June 2018

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Girl Scouts: preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure.

Check out our incredible new PSA ,”Lifetime of Leadership,” which celebrates notable Girl Scout alums and their amazing accomplishments and is narrated by Girl Scout alum, Queen Latifah.The incredible women featured in the video – including U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Susan Collins, Melinda Gates, Dolores Huerta, and Tyra Banks – serve as role models for today’s girls and young women, and they powerfully reflect the impact Girl Scouts have and what they are truly made of.

Please share it on your social media channels to show how @girlscouts and @gscolo have been taking the lead for more than a century.  Show it to your girls at a troop kick off – it’s truly inspiring! Be sure to use #becauseofGirlScouts when sharing your Girl Scout story.

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Volunteer Toolkit Access

Attention Troop Leaders: If you want to save any information from your 2017-18 year plan, or if you have started planning for your next troop year, please download and save or print all information (meeting plans, meeting or activity notes, badges/Journeys earned, attendance records) no later than Thursday, June 28.

The Volunteer Toolkit will automatically archive all information stored in the toolkit on July 1, but any year plans for the upcoming Girl Scout year will not be saved. It’s best to download and save or print all information that you want to keep.

You will not be able to access any tabs in your Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) from Friday, June 29 through Friday, July 13. During the same time period, all volunteers and family members will still have access to myGS, Member Profile, to renew memberships and update member information.

If you have any questions, please contact your Volunteer Support Specialist.

OGAB (Older Girl Advisory Board): Applications now open

We are seeking Seniors or Ambassadors interested in joining OGAB for the 2018-19 membership year. OGAB members have the opportunity to provide direct feedback of current and future programming, participate in leadership and development workshops and serve as the voice for Girl Scouts across Colorado.

Interested applicants can find more information and link to the application on the Older Girl Advisory Board section of our website. Questions? Contact Emily Speck, emily.speck@gscolorado.org 303-607-4811.

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Kick off fall with the Older Girl Journey Weekend

Strengthen your outdoor skills and ignite your passion for environmental stewardship at the 2018 Older Girl Outdoor Journey Weekend at Sky High Ranch on Sept. 21-23, 2018.

Girls will complete Outdoor Journey components* through a weekend full of incredible activities, such as night hikes, preparing for backcountry camping, creating outdoor art, and camping outdoors. All girls will be participating in the Outdoor Journey but will complete specific badge work depending on their program level.
Cost: $90/ girl, $50/ PA who are volunteering, $40/adult.

Register today before spots fill up!

*Girls should plan to complete their Take Action project on their own outside of Journey Weekend.

Outdoor Programs

Session highlights, see our camp website for more information! 

OAC 2018-2019 passports opened May 21.

Do you know of some families or troops who are still interested in camp? We still have some available spots!

Join the MCC at Leadership Summits this fall

When it’s time to return to troop in the fall, please join the Membership Connection Committee (MCC) at a Leadership Summit or Super Saturday Training. For more information please visit lasted blog post. 

eLearning Enrichment

Want to feel confident about handling conflict situations in your troop? Log-in to our online learning site to access our Conflict Fluency training. The class offers guided instruction on managing and resolving disagreements, along with a workbook that you can download, that offers a variety of situations and multiple solutions to equip you with how to handle issues as they arise.

Want to make managing troop funds easier? Cheddar Up partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado to create a custom collecting platform, and a class to show you how to use it! The platform helps troops move money collecting online, and you can use it for troop dues, payment for field trips, or to collect payment for troop special events. Having an online payment option makes the task of collecting payment significantly easier and more secure for troop leaders. Plus, there’s a built-in tool to send out payment reminders!

Go to our eLearning site today and check out the Cheddar Up Financial Literacy in a Digital World training video. Be sure to also take a look at the troop budgeting spreadsheets, found in the “resources” section of the course!

Questions about GSCO eLearning or the Volunteer Toolkit? Please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager.

Upcoming Events

June 30 – No Man’s Land Film Festival, Grand Junction. 
Cost: $15 Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited to the No Man’s Land Film Festival at the Avalon Theater in Grand Junction, June 30. The festival features films about women athletes and adventurers. A panel discussion is planned before the film screenings.

July 27-29 – Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens, Denver.
Join us for our annual weekend at the park for our best Girl Scout ticket price. Cost is $25.99/person.

August 26 – Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies, Denver
Cost: Tickets range in price depending on seat location. Come cheer on the Rockies as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Girl Scouts can participate in a pre-game parade and get a special event patch. Last year tickets sold out before the game, so get your tickets early this year here and use promo code GS2018. A portion of ticket sales will be donated back to GSCO.

Want event details delivered to your inbox weekly? Sign up for the Events email at gscoblog.org.

 

 

Volunteer Toolkit access

Troop Leaders ***Please Note*** If you want to save any information from your 2017-18 year plan, or if you have started planning for your next troop year, please download and save or print all information (meeting plans, meeting or activity notes, badges/journeys earned, attendance records) no later than Thursday, June 28, 2018. The Volunteer Toolkit will automatically archive all information stored in the toolkit on July 1, but any year plans for the upcoming Girl Scout year will not be saved. It’s best to download and save or print all information that you want to keep.
You will not be able to access any tabs in your Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) from Friday, June 29 through Friday, July 13.

During the same time period, all volunteers and family members will still have access to myGS, Member Profile, to renew memberships, and update member information.

If you have any questions, please contact your volunteer support specialist. Don’t know who that is? Please email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

Join the MCC at Leadership Summits in the fall

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Membership Connection Committee (MCC) would like to wish each and every Girl Scout volunteer a happy summer break – maybe the summer brings a chance to recharge your troop leader battery by hanging out at the pool or doing a few fun activities. Or, maybe this is the year for the big camping trip or European adventure. No matter your journey, enjoy it!

When it’s time to return to troop in the fall, please join the MCC at a Leadership Summit or Super Saturday Training. Leadership Summits provide a fantastic opportunity for newer volunteers to learn the ropes from more experienced volunteers. Or, if you’ve been a volunteer for a while, plan to come to share your knowledge with others and get some new ideas. It’s all about networking… Everyone kicks off the new year with the excitement gained by spending time with your peers whether you’ve been a volunteer for 10 years or 10 days!

The MCC will be at all Leadership Summits and select other training events to conduct Voices 2018 while surveying members on a range of topics designed to provide feedback to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors and senior council leadership. Your feedback is valued and important, please plan to stop by and visit with us and express your opinion!

Interested in learning more?  Search the GSCO Blog for “MCC” or visit us online at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/membership-connection-committee.html.  You can also contact the MCC Chair, Caroline Cornell at gsco.mcc@gscolorado.org for additional information.

 

Using your Cookie Credits is easier than you think

The 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program is in the books and now it is time to celebrate all of your hard work and dedication! One of the best ways to do that is with Cookie Credits. There are so many exciting ways to use Cookie Credits, including:

  • GSCO troop or service unit trip, event, or activity with a per girl fee
  • GSCO sponsored or hosted event or activity
  • EF Tours
  • Girl Scout destinations
  • Highest Awards materials and fees
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop (in-person or via phone). If the item you are looking for is not currently in stock, ask a retail associate if the item can be ordered.
  • Volunteer-run day camps or events with a per girl cost
  • GSCO summer camp (Important Note: In accordance with IRS guidelines, you cannot use Cookie Credits to attend Girl Scout camps in other states/councils.)

Troops and girls can be reimbursed for these activities using the Cookie Credit Reimbursement Form. When redeeming the credits use the Credit Redemption Form for Camp.

Cookie Credits may NOT be used to pay for/renew membership, pay fees to outside vendors for individual girls, purchase items that the Girl Scout shop does not carry or cannot order, or pay for travel expenses for adults or those not related to Girl Scouts of Colorado.

For questions about what Cookie Credits can be used for, please contact: financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can I use Cookie Credits to attend a Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored or hosted event/activity?

Yes, as long as there is a per girl cost.

Can I use Cookie Credits to host an event for Girl Scouts?

No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can troops use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?

No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can Juliettes use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?

No.

How can I find out how much I have in Cookie Credits?

You can verify the amount remaining on your cookie card by going to www.mercury-gift.com

I was previously told that I could use Cookie Credits to renew membership, so why is GSCO making this change? 

This change was made in 2016 to come into compliance with IRS regulations. Those regulations do not allow girls, volunteers, or others to pay for their membership with Cookie Credits.

Can troops pool their cookie credits together to pursue a troop activity? 

Yes, with the full consent of the girls in the troop, a troop may pool their Cookie Credits for reimbursement for a Girl Scout related cost that complies with the guidelines above.

USAA Archery Level 1 certification

Interested in becoming a certified archery instructor?  Registration is still open for GSCO’s USA Archery Level 1 Certification course! This course provides the necessary tools to maintain a high level of safety both on and off the archery range. Level 1 Instructors are prepared to teach beginner archery programs to people of all ages and abilities. You will learn about range safety, range setup, the steps of shooting, and basic equipment and repair.

When: Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 9 a.m. –  4p.m. at Twisted Pine Lodge in Genesee.

Registration deadline: Thursday, June 14

Cost: $45/person and the certification is good for three years!

Prerequisites: USA Archery or NFAA membership, successful range pass with background screen, successful completion of SafeSport training and PA Act 153 Background Clearances (all this will be discussed in class).

For more information, email Girl Scouts of Colorado Outdoor Programs Coordinater Marissa Rooney at  Marissa.Rooney@gscolorado.org or call 877-404-5708.

Daisy’s Circle: We met the challenge! 

One year ago, Kathy and Rick Ambrose issued a challenge that Girl Scouts of Colorado couldn’t refuse! They pledged to match new or increased Daisy’s Circle donations received (up to $25,000) between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 and we did it, you did it.

Thanks to you we met the full $25,000 goal and more.  As a result, Girl Scouts throughout Colorado will have the opportunity to become the G.I.R.L.s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker,Leader)™ that we know they can be.

Still not a member of Daisy’s Circle? What are you waiting for?Join online at www.gscodaisyscircle.org. Questions? Contact donor relations manager Carol Griffin at carol.griffin@gscolorado.org or (303) 607-4879.

Meet the GSCO Product Program Team

Jamie Haxton – Chief Product Program Officer

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Jamie oversees the entire Product Program Team statewide and sits on several national advisory boards. She is considered a thought leader, peer-to-peer mentor, visionary, and strategic planner across the Girl Scout movement.  Among her many duties here in Colorado, she secures, manages, and works with vendors for both the Fall Product Program and Girl Scout Cookie Program, supporting girls in reaching their goals and giving back to their communities. She has more than 20 years of experience with Girls Scouts, including eight years with Girl Scouts of Colorado. Jamie also served twelve years as Chief Financial Officer for Girl Scouts Sooner Council.

Beth Homeijer – Product Program Analyst

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Beth oversees the vendor software, uploads, event coordination, sales analysis, DOC, and many other internal logistical items.

Stephanie Sanders – Product Program Administrative Assistant

Stephanie is the admin for the entire team, overseeing Formstack databases, communication overflows, mailings, meeting coordination, and many other items that keep the department running smoothly.

Laura Aguon– Product Program Manager

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Laura oversees the Product Program Specialists.  Laura is the primary staff support and resource for product program issues and management.

Rychelle Arnold – Product Program Design Manager

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Rychelle oversees the training content, manuals, guides, training designs, printed materials, assists with overall product program designs.

Product Program Specialists are the main Product Program Support for regional staff teams as well as responsible for managing the volunteer needs.  They are responsible for the key volunteer recruitment and design for their regions.  Each is tasked with the success of the campaigns, material distribution, rewards distribution, trainings, communications, and many other items within each region.

Mary Ann Deard- Regions 1, 2, & 5

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Melissa Hall– Regions 3 & 4

Sharon Ewing- Region 6

Julie Gallagher- Region 7

 

** Note: This in no way is the extent of all of their responsibilities. Rather, a snippet to help you direct your questions appropriately. 

Early Bird registration ends June 15, 2018

As we head toward the finish line of a successful and memorable Girl Scout year, remember that your girls’ journeys have just begun. Come back next year for what promises to be another season full of unmatchable adventure at a place where girls can always take the lead, not stand in the background.

Any girl renewed by June 15, 2018 will receive a free Early Bird patch . Any troop that has completed the Annual Troop Report for this membership year and has two, unrelated Troop Leadership Team members renewed by June 15 will receive a $25 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

Volunteer View: May 2018

Renew now to claim your Early Bird incentives

Your unstoppable G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker,  Leader)™ spirit has the unlimited potential to change girls’ lives and make amazing things happen every single day. You have the strength to take on what others can’t, the determination to keep going, and the drive to accomplish what you never thought possible. Because you’re not just a volunteer—– you’re a Girl Scout! And it’s a G.I.R.L. like you who makes all the difference in your troop members’ lives as they embark on another year full of the one-of-a-kind leadership, success, and adventure that only Girl Scouts has to offer them.

Any girl renewed between May 1 and June 15 will receive a free Early Bird patch. Any troop that has completed the Annual Troop Report for this membership year and has two, unrelated Troop Leadership Team members renewed by June 15 will receive a $25 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

Renew today

Extended Year Memberships now available

Have you heard about the new extended year membership option? This makes it easy to add new girls to your troop now and have them join your troop/girls on your summer adventures. When girls sign up now, they can take advantage of the new extended year membership offer and get 17 months of Girl Scouts for $35 (new members only).

If you know of troops thinking about getting started in your area, spread the word so they can take advantage and get going this summer!

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Get outdoors with Girl Scouts and The North Face

Girl Scouts has been blazing the trail for girls’ leadership in the outdoors for more than a century, and our Outdoor badges (all 52 of them!) continue to be one of the most popular badge categories.

In April, Girl Scouts of the USA announced an exciting multiyear collaboration with The North Face in which girls will challenge themselves, learn about the natural world, and continue the Girl Scout tradition of having life-changing outdoor experiences.

To power the next generation of women who push boundaries and move mountains, The North Face has teamed up with us to support the development of 12 new Outdoor Adventure badges, with programming ranging from mountaineering and climbing to backpacking, hiking, and trail running. As part of Girl Scouts’ iconic outdoor experience, with The North Face’s support, Girl Scouts will introduce bold new programming that embodies both organizations’ shared mission to provide girls, regardless of socioeconomic status, with outdoor experiences that enhance their leadership skills and confidence and encourage them to seek challenges. Watch for more information this summer!

Cookie Program Rewards update

Rewards began shipping to all Service Unit Cookie Managers in mid-April. Cookie Credit cards were mailed beginning April 11 to any girl who selected the “Mailed directly to girl” option in eBudde. Any girl who selected her credits to be “Held at council for Camp” had those applied to their camp balances and remaining credits were also mailed out. Should a girl not receive her card by mid-May, please reach out to the Product Program Team to see if the card was returned to council. Any other issues regarding credits should also be directed to the Product Program Team.

Girls who reached the 750+ package level and selected one of the Top Seller events in eBudde should have received an email to RSVP for the event. This email was sent to the email address listed for the girl’s primary guardian in the GSCO membership database.

The Product Program Team is working to distribute all S’mores Club bracelets to those girls and volunteers who earned them. Should there be any question regarding the bracelets please reach out to your PPS for details. S’mores Club Avatar patches will be mailed during the month of May directly to the address each girl or volunteer provided in the M2 system for the 2017 Fall Program or the address listed for them in the GSCO membership database.

Upcoming Events

May 19 – Annual Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge Bridge, Cañon City. Cost: $17/person bridge entry and $5/Girl Scout or $3/family member for GSCO reception. Come join us for our annual bridging at this beautiful bridge! All Girl Scouts are invited. Bridging begins at 11 a.m. with a short reception following. Girl Scouts participating in the reception will receive a special event patch. Not bridging? Not a problem! Come enjoy our GSCO discount at the bridge all day long. Register here for the GSCO bridging reception. Bridge entry is paid the day of the event at the gate.

June 10 – Girl Scout Swim Party at Pirate’s Cove, Englewood.
Join us for our annual Girl Scout swim party at this fun water park!

June 15 – Girl Scout Bridging and Overnight with the Colorado Sky Sox, Colorado Springs. 
It’s our annual sleepover and bridging with the Sky Sox. Come enjoy the game and stay for the sleepover afterward. It’s 80s night, so get your big hair, neon colors, and big hoop earrings ready to wear to the game!

August 26 – Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies, Denver.
Cost: Tickets range in price depending on seat location. Come cheer on the Rockies as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Girl Scouts can participate in a pre-game parade and get a special event patch. Last year tickets sold out before the game, so get your tickets early this year here and use promo code GS2018. A portion of ticket sales will be donated back to GSCO.

Want event details delivered to your inbox weekly? Sign up for the Events email at gscoblog.org.

Volunteer Spotlight: Rusty Merill

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Rusty Merill of Woodland Park in the Pikes Peak region was nominated by a GSCO staff member as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Rusty to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I was a girl member for 10 years, started as a Brownie in 1948, and continued through INTERMEDIATES, and Seniors, receiving my Curved Bar award in 1957. I enjoyed Girl Scouting so much, I wanted to continue and share it with other girls.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

Assistant leader to an Intermediate troop, leader of one of the first JUNIOR troops in Jamestown, N.Y in 1963, then was leader of Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior troops, including being the Skipper of Mariner Ship 10 in Newport, R.I. Camping was was kept me in Girl Scouting, so became a camp counselor, unit leader, riding counselor at Tomahawk Ranch, program specialist, program director, and camp director at Girl Scout camps around the U.S. Have also been a Neighborhood Chairperson, Troop Consultant, Council Delegate to local council and national council meetings, and Master Council Trainer and curriculum design, a role I still hold.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

That you learn as much as the girls,  you make hundreds of lifetime friends, and you learn how to be FLEXIBLE and keep your sense of humor even in the middle of a disaster!

What do you hope girls have learned from you? 

That it really IS COOL to be a Girl Scout, no matter your age.  You get to experience wonderful opportunities, make lifetime friends, and learn skills that help you your entire life!

I recently reconnected with a former troop member on Facebook, and renewed a friendship after an absence of over 50 years!

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

G-I was very shy as a young girl, but being in Girl Scouting helped me gain confidence, that has carried over to my adult life. Now I am able to lead a group, teach skills, and speak to a large group.

I.Innovator-I have learned by trial and error, not afraid to learn from my mistakes, and how to be creative, especially in primitive camping, when you realize you don’t always have what you need. We devised an “architectural victory” on a backpacking trip, when we were on a 10 day donkey pack trip and it rained for 7 days, using our creative GS skills.

RISK TAKER-As a Girl Scout, you can be faced with a lot of challenges, either as a girl or adult, but the skills and experiences you learn as a girl or adult Girl Scout, helps you face new things with courage and confidence. I love trying new experiences!

LEADER-In the old program, troop government was the basis of all Girl Scouting, so I learned leadership when I became a PATROL LEADER, and eventually a TROOP PRESIDENT, and a member of the STATEWIDE SENIOR PLANNING BOARD. All these experiences continued to build on my leadership skills which continues in my adult life in and out of Girl Scouting.

As a retired teacher, and a current camp and outdoor professional, all my leadership skills have helped me in my varied careers of teaching, recreation, physical therapy, and above all camping and outdoor skills.
Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.