Whenever we see injustice, we all have a responsibility to confront it. Guiding our girls in learning to recognize and challenge structures and practices that fuel inequity and cause harm helps them play an active role in creating the positive change our society needs.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is launching a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion patch program, reaching out to partners with experts to lead community conversations, and creating safe spaces for girls to have conversations related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Watch for more details later this month. Learn more on the blog.
Help your kids take action against racism.
Get ready to meet in-person again July 1
We know it’s been a strange and difficult spring as we’ve all had to shelter in place. But we have watched you demonstrate amazing leadership skills and innovation by continuing the provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for your Girl Scouts! We are grateful to have such great volunteers.
Beginning July 1, Girl Scouts of Colorado is allowing small groups to begin meeting in-person as long as social distancing and safety requirements are met. Please read through the guidelines and chat with your troop families to see how this could work for your troop. It’s important to consider the concerns of all families so that no one feels excluded.
2020 Early Bird Renewal
Renew your troop now and be the stability your girls need in these uncertain times. Online membership renewal is open now for troops and families.
Early Bird incentive for Troops
$25 GSCO Shop Credit – All troops registered by June 30 and with a completed Annual Troop Report will receive a $25 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.
Early Bird Prizes for Service Units
Service units can earn up to $200 in Early Bird renewal incentives to support their local Girl Scout community.
- Service units that retain 35% of their 2019-20 members by June 15, 2020, will earn $100 to put toward their service unit activities.
- Service units that retain 45% of their 2019-20 members by June 30, 2020, will earn an additional $100 to put toward their service unit activities.
Service Unit Grand Prize
2021 Tomahawk Ranch Property Reservation
All Service Units that achieve 45% retention by June 30, 2020 will be entered into a drawing for a free property reservation at Tomahawk Ranch over either May 7-9, 2021, or August 20-22, 2021 (most popular weekends for service unit camping trips). Two service units will be drawn. Service Units will be responsible for paying for food service for their group and providing their own programming. Complete your Annual Troop Report now.
Earn the Early Bird Patch!
Girls renewed by June 30, 2020, will earn an Early Bird patch. Patches will be mailed directly to their home address.
Get outdoors with Girl Scouts
GSUSA Virtual Camp Marketplace
We may not be able to be at camp together in person this summer, but across the country Girl Scout staff and volunteers are planning ways for girls to participate in camp virtually! Girl Scouts are now able to visit a virtual camp marketplace hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA to register for virtual camps through sister Girl Scout councils nationwide. Explore the camps at the virtual marketplace to discover themed camps, live virtual events and plenty of activities to complete away from the screen, independently, or with a caregiver. Questions about specific virtual camps should be directed to the hosting council, which you can find through the camp marketplace. GSCO virtual programs are not included in this marketplace. Explore camps online.
Outdoor Resources on GSCO Website
While we can’t gather in person with our troops or at camp, check out the new ‘Outdoor Experiences’ section on the GSCO Girl Scouts at Home page for resources to practice your outdoor skills, work on outdoor badges, get outside with your family, and spend time in the great outdoors this summer. The outdoor experiences section includes more information on the Girl Scouts Loves the Outdoors Challenge patch, Guide to Urban Hiking and Leave No Trace activity resources.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to unveil a brand-new way for your girl to connect with Girl Scouts and for leaders to support their girls’ engagement. Starting June 2020, we will be offering monthly badge series to engage girls, Daisy through Ambassadors, in a virtual setting. Read more about it on our blog.
Our badge series for July will be the Space Science and Outdoor Art badges. Girls and leaders will need to register for each badge series separately. Registration closes June 28. Questions? Contact GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.
Global Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Global Action Team is excited to launch their new “Intro to Global Girl Scouts” video! Interest in the world has been an integral part of the Girl Scout movement and program since the very beginning. As Juliette Gordon Lowe, founder of Girl Scouts in the USA stated, “Girl Guiding and Girl Scouts is the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.” This new video from the Global Action Team is the perfect way to start learning about the global aspects of Girl Scouts.
On July 1, the Volunteer Toolkit will refresh, remove your year plan, and level up the grade or program level of your girls. With current circumstances, we understand that you may still be working through badges or Journeys with your girls before they bridge to the next program level. Please go into the Volunteer Toolkit and download the content that you are still working on. If you need any assistance, please reach out to GirlExperience@gscolorado.org
Coming Soon: Explore More Club for Volunteers!
Connect with volunteers through the Explore More Club launching in July! The Explore More Club with Girl Scouts of Colorado is a series of live sessions and activities developed specifically for you, the volunteer! Connect with the Girl Scout program and curriculum in a new way! Develop courage, confidence, and character as an active volunteer.
Each month will focus on a different program topic, starting in July with Space.
Stay connected through GSCO communications for updates about how to sign up as we develop the program throughout June.
For any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Older Girl Advisory Board
Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, have you been looking for a way to grow your leadership skills while helping local Girl Scouts? Join the Older Girl Advisory Board! Mark your calendars. The application window will be open July 20-August 7.
Celebrate Census Week
June 14-20 is Census Summer Week in Colorado! If your Girl Scout hasn’t earned it yet, now is a great time for her to earn her Stand and Be Counted patch in honor of the 2020 Census! Girl Scouts are invited to earn this patch to discover why we count everyone, what happens afterward, and how you can become involved.
Girl Scout Workshops with Microsoft
Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to partner with Microsoft to offer online workshops for girls of all ages. These one-hour workshops are offered each Thursday and Friday through June. These workshops focus on content from the Brownie Computer Expert badge but are open to Girl Scouts of all levels. Girls will get hands-on experience with the latest technology from Microsoft as they discover the versatility of computers, safe usage, and more.
The workshops are designed to be taken in consecutive order, so do not join a Friday session before taking a Thursday session! You do not need to take each session in the same week.
“Meet an Expert” webinar series
Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to webinars to meet professional women in different career paths. Many webinars will connect directly with an official Girl Scout badge. Each webinar will start with an introduction to our “co-host” followed by a lesson or activity and a moderated question-and-answer session. All webinars will be listed on the GSCO Events Calendar. Advance registration is required.
NEW Crocs Come As You Are Patch™
Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Crocs to teach girls to Come As You Are™! Based in Niwot, Crocs’ proclamation to the world is to be comfortable in your own shoes. Everyone is unique in their own way and Crocs celebrates one-of-a-kinds and stand together with all kinds. This patch program teaches Girl Scouts to embrace who they are and accept others for who they are.