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Red Cross Certification Extension Course

Did your American Red Cross First-Aid/CPR certificate recently expire? The American Red Cross is now offering a free, online-only 120 certification extension course. This is open to anyone, not just Girl Scouts of Colorado members! This enables a certificate holder to extend any base level certifications that expire between March 30 – September 30, 2020 which were acquired through instructor-led or blended learning classes.

To utilize this extension certificate, it must be presented with the expired certificate. To learn more about this extension course and register, view the class listing here: Red Cross 120 day Certificate Extension Course

** Please note this extension does not apply to instructor certifications, instructor trainer certifications, online only classes, or the recently released provisional certifications.

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.

Volunteer View: September 2020

Renew your Girl Scout membership for a chance to win rewards and prizes!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to offer membership renewal prizes for girls, troops, families, and service units! There will be drawings for prizes weekly in September and hourly on Girl Scout New Year’s Eve, September 30. The earlier you renew, the more chances you’ll have to win!

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GSCO Badge Series

Keep your girls engaged with badges and Journeys in a virtual setting. Our Badge Series program will continue for 2020-2021. Here is what is coming up this fall:

  • October: Civics
  • November: Independence
  • December: Entrepreneurship

Registration is open now! Questions? Contact GirlExperience@gscolorado.org

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Subscribe to our new Trefoil Trunks!

Does your girl love to get surprises in the mail? Of course, who doesn’t?! Girl Scouts of Colorado will be launching a new subscription pack that families can purchase, or girls can use their Cookie Credits.

Each month girls will receive a program level specific pack that contains:

  • Two activities with materials that are connected to a badge or Girl Scout theme
  • A fun Girl Scout item
  • A fun patch/badge
  • A printed information booklet
  • Access to additional activities to complete virtually
  • And other fun surprises!

At this time, subscriptions will be either three months or six months at $29.99 per month.

Questions? Contact GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

It’s not too late to participate in the Fall Product Program!

Fall Product Program combines educational activities with money-earning opportunities for troops. Fall Product Program is directed toward family and friends and can be done entirely online through the M2 operating system platform. The program enables troops to earn proceeds by selling magazine subscriptions as well as nuts and candy.

Girls participating develop skills in business ethics, financial literacy, and ecommerce. They learn how to set goals, make individual and group decisions, develop sales pitches, manage troop proceeds, and market their sale.

Sound familiar? That’s because the Fall Product Program introduces girls to the same entrepreneurial skills as the Cookie Program and enhances the development of those skills.

Those skills are more important than ever! Setting goals and problem solving go hand-in-hand with teaching girls how to chart a course and adjust to overcome the bumps along the way.

By participating in the Fall Product Program, troops earn 13% of their magazine subscription orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates. Girls also earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too.  Girl who send 15+ emails to family and friends via the M2 platform and sell $275+ in combined sales (online and/or in-person) during 2020 Fall Product Program, will earn a personalized avatar patch!

There are contests during the program for girls to enter too! Check out our GSCO blog for details.

The Fall Product Program began September 12 and runs through October 26. Girls can start at any time during the program!

For more information go to the Fall Product Program page on our website or contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708.

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Program and training guide

Want to see what is coming for 2020-2021? On September 15 we unveil our new Program and Training Guide on the GSCO Blog.  (Pro Tip: Subscribe to get a weekly summary of blog posts)

Membership Connection Committee

Want leader to leader tips to have a fabulous year no matter what? Join the MCC session at Leadership Summits this fall. You can learn more about virtual Leadership Summits and the How to Lead Today – You are NOT alone! session MCC is hosting on the GSCO blog.

Get your Girl Scout year off to a great start by attending a Leadership Summit!

This adult learning opportunity will be offered virtually this year. This means you get the skills and knowledge needed to provide a positive Girl Scout experience all from the comfort of your own home!

While we are unable to meet in-person right now, volunteers will still have the opportunity to learn new things, share and discuss ideas and connect with other volunteers. The training courses offered are designed to equip leaders with the tools for success!
There are four opportunities to attend each training course. You do not need to attend all of the courses offered each day, you can pick and choose the day and time that work best for you and register for each course individually.

  • September 18 – 20
  • September 26 – 28
  • November 6 – 8

Please contact training@gscolorado.org for questions.

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GSCO Shop Updates

The GSCO Shop in Denver is now open for shopping by appointment only! Sign up for a time to visit the shop.
Please Note:

  • There is a maximum of four customers at a time.
  • Appointments are available Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Free shipping and no-contact pick up is still offered as an alternative for our customers to get their Girl Scout gear should they need anything last minute, or they don’t feel comfortable in a public environment.
  • Credit cards and Cookie Credits are the only form of payment we can accept, and we are still unable to take returns.

Shop for GSCO specific merchandise online

Check out our new council’s own online order form! Submit the order form and we will contact you for payment and shipping/pickup options. Items added weekly.

As always you can still shop online anytime. Check back often for GSUSA purchase and shipping promotions.

See the FAQs for full details on the GSCO Shop

Contact: 303-607-4880 or retail@gscolorado.org. If you reach voicemail, leave a detailed message.

Day Programs at GSCO Properties

Starting in September, troops can visit select GSCO properties and participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs! Visit Twisted Pine in Genesee or Hamp Hut in Colorado Springs and spend a half day connecting with your troop and building your outdoor skills with programs in archery, Trail Adventure badge, guided hikes, outdoor art and others. Visit Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey or Sky High Ranch in Woodland Park and spend a full day with lunch included enjoying the beautiful camp properties and participating in programs ranging from Wizarding and Fun at the Farm to Life-Sized Games, Camp Fun Day and Adventure / Survival.

Check out all the details on how to reserve, pricing, available dates, program options, COVID -19 guidelines, FAQs and on the GSCO website.

Don’t forget: Girls can use Cookie Credits to pay for these amazing programs.

Questions? Contact property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Fall Trail Adventure Kickoff

Join us for a virtual webinar to kick-off the Trail Adventure Badge! In this virtual webinar, GSCO Outdoor Program staff and other trail running and hiking experts will walk you through each step of the Trail Adventure badge and give you tips, tricks, and resources to help you plan, prepare, and train for your outdoor adventure. Complete the remaining badge requirements this fall to be eligible to receive a free Trail Adventure badge and Girl Scouts bandana.

There will be two webinar events:

Daisies, Brownies, Juniors on October 6 at 5 p.m.

Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors on October 7 at 5 p.m.

Membership Connection Committee (MCC)

Want leader to leader tips to have a fabulous year no matter what? Join the MCC session at Leadership Summits this fall. You can learn more about virtual Leadership Summits and the How to Lead Today – You are NOT alone! session MCC is hosting on the GSCO blog.

October is Civics Month at GSCO

While we hope Girl Scouts are civically engaged throughout the year, we are excited to focus our virtual program offerings this October on civics, citizenship, and democracy! This October, our virtual Badge Series will provide Girl Scouts of all ages the chance to earn their citizenship or democracy badges. We will provide all Colorado Girl Scouts who complete the virtual badge series in October with their citizenship or democracy badge at no cost. Badges will be mailed out to Girl Scouts in November 2020.
We have also organized several opportunities for girls to learn about women in government in Colorado, women who advocate for living for Girl Scouts nationally, and women who work tirelessly to keep everyone civically engaged and vote at every opportunity.

2021 Activity Guides for World Thinking Day and Global Action Awards now available

Start planning now for your Girl Scout’s 2021 World Thinking Day and Global Action Awards! Activity guides are now available for 2021 for all Girl Scout levels.

World Thinking Day

Every year on February 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world come together to focus on one important topic that can change the world for the better. This year’s theme is Peacebuilding. Find out how you can participate and download our activity guides to spark some awesome ideas.

Global Action Award

The Girl Scout Global Action award recognizes girls’ commitment to improving the world as they discover, connect, and take action to address issues in their community and beyond. The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the focus, with this year’s award targeting Goal 13: climate action.

Upcoming Events

Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!

Meet an Expert: The Energetic Side of Engineering

September 16 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet an engineer, advocate, historian, lifetime Girl Scout, and champion of all women, Jill Tietjen. As a professional engineer, Jill spent more than 40 years in the electric utility industry and was the national president of the Society of Women Engineers and the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League and its first female president.

Daisy Day at Denver Botanic Gardens

September 19 — 9:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Explore the Gardens and discover how plants make the world a better place! This program is presented in partnership with Girl Scouts of Colorado and is adapted from the Daisy Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, “Rosie’s Story: A Better Beach for Everyone—Make the World a Better Place

Virtual Trivia with Denver Botanic Gardens

September 22 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts are invited to a fun, virtual info and trivia session with Denver Botanic Gardens! Discover how plants make the world a better place as you test your knowledge about different plants, flowers, and Colorado facts.

Create a Garden, Girl Scout Exploration at Denver Botanic Gardens

September 26 — 9:14 a.m.

This self-guided experience encourages Girl Scouts and families to explore the basics of garden design as they learn how to plan for a successful garden. This program is designed to meet the needs of the Girl Scout Junior Badge requirements. All Girl Scouts and community groups are welcome to attend.

International Observe the Moon Night

September 26 — 6 p.m.

Join us virtually to celebrate NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night. This family friendly event will be perfect for the moon enthusiasts or curious people who want to watch and learn about the moon when its shadows and details are most visible- on a full moon!

Meet an Expert, Special Edition: Former Girl Scout and Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne

October 8 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special, one-hour webinar to meet former Girl Scout and Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, Donna Lynne.

Badge in a Day at the Catamount Institute

October 10 — 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Explore the outdoors with Catamount Institute’s trained naturalists and earn a badge at the same time! Come for the morning or afternoon or both!

International Day of the Girl

October 11 — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

On October 11, the global community comes together to celebrate the power of girls and highlight, discuss, and take action to advance the rights of and opportunities for girls everywhere, or what is known as International Day of the Girl. This year’s theme is “my voice, our equal future” and aims to amplify girls’ voices and stand up for their rights.

Vote for me!

October 13 — 5:30 p.m.

Are you ready to run for office? While it might not be for President (YET), you can start to brush up on your public speaking skills, solidify your campaign slogan, and be inspired by amazing women in politics.

Meet an Expert, Special Edition: Women of Denver City Government –C/S/A

October 14 — 4 p.m.
Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to a special webinar to meet key women in Denver city government.

Meet an Expert, Special Edition: Women of Denver City Government — D/B/J

October 22 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors are invited to a special webinar to meet key women in Denver city government

Meet an Expert: GSUSA State Advocacy Manager

October 20 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to learn about how Girl Scouts of the USA advocates! A representative from the GSUSA Public Policy and Advocacy Office will talk to girls about how GSUSA works across party lines with Congress and the Executive Branch to raise awareness about issues important to girls and young women.

Get Prepped for Voting

October 20 — 5:30 p.m.

Voting is an amazing right that you get when you turn 18 years old. In this workshop we will explore the importance of your vote, explore and correct myths around voting, learn how to become an informed voter, and learn how to register to vote!

Register NOW to Attend a Virtual Leadership Summit



There is still time to register to participate in one of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Virtual Leadership Summits! Adult volunteers are invited to learn how to incorporate “plugged in” and “unplugged” activities in “Virtual Troop Meetings 101,”  or discover ways to help your troop stay connected no matter how you are able to meet in “Create a Girl Scout Sisterhood.”

Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with other volunteers across the state and hear creative ideas and tips for having an awesome troop year!

September 25 – 27, 2020


9 a.m. Global Girl Scout Roundtable

10:30 a.m. Clique Proof Your Troop

1 p.m. Virtual Troop Meetings 101


9 a.m. Virtual Ceremonies and Traditions

10:30 a.m. Membership Connections Committee (MCC) Roundtable

1 p.m. STEM Leader Lab


9 a.m. Create a Girl Scout Sisterhood

10:30 a.m. Product Program

1 p.m. Troop Finances

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.

NEW GSCO Program and Training Guide for 2020-2021

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to unveil the new Program and Training Guide for 2020-2021. GSCO offers a wide variety of programming and training for girls and adults throughout the year. This guide is here to help you and your girl(s) plan out your year with Girl Scouts and, of course, get excited for everything that is to come.

While this guide will be a great resource for planning both your girl’s and your year, registration for all events can be found on www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events . On this site you also will find the most up-to-date information about times, locations, and details about the event, as well as programs that are added throughout the year.

You will notice that many of the events do not have firm locations. We will update the Events Calendar once they have been established. Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for hosting program and training during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Events are subject to change up to the day of the event. The most up-to-date information can be found on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s events page.

Access the guide here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/our-program.html

You can also download your own girl planning worksheet to make your planning process girl-led!







Older Girls:


Questions? Email GirlExperience@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.

Kicking Off Another Amazing Girl Scout year with the Fall Product Program

Your Girl Scout can earn a personalized patch with her name and customized M2 avatar on it, while her troop earns 13% of magazine sales and a $1 for each nut/candy item sold. Participating is easy to do – girls can get started today!

Girls learn all aspects of running an online business by using the M2 platform. M2 makes the experience girl-friendly with an easy-to-navigate dashboard where they can create a video, set their goals, create messages for their customers, and the most popular feature, create their own avatar – which girls love!

There are M2 step-by-step guides for families available on our Fall Product Program resources page or click the links below. The M2 operating system (M2OS) is user-friendly and the guides explain what to do before, during, and after the program, making it easier for new users to navigate the platform.

Online and paper order card orders have the option of girl delivery. Girls can do “Porch Pixie” drop-off/delivery of products to friends and family, following current safety guidelines. Online orders with the girl delivery option are paid for through the M2 operating system.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as we monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To review the most current safety guidelines, go to the pink banner on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

  1. Beginning Saturday, September 12, 2020, girls/families can go to gsnutsandmags.com/gsco and follow the prompts to access the M2 system and set-up their storefront.

Please note that if your girl is a Juliette, her troop number will be her service unit number preceded by 99 (for example, a Juliette in Service Unit 755 would be listed under Troop 99755 in the system). If you are not sure what service unit she is in, please select the “I don’t know/see my troop or group#” option.


  • If your Girl Scout needs a membership, please go to join to renew her membership for the 2020-2021 year, please click here. You can also renew through myGS on the GSCO website.
  • Look for caregiver/family training and other postings on the GSCO Facebook page, YouTube channel, and here on the blog, for tips and how-to videos to support girls and families throughout the program.
  • Troop fall product managers will distribute order cards, money envelopes, and the Family Guide to girls/caregivers. You can also find all materials (except for money envelopes) on our website on the Fall Product Program page.
  1. Create an Avatar: Girl Scouts can create their own avatar to look just like them! As she moves through the online set-up creating her personalized storefront, she earns virtual rewards that she can view in her avatar’s room.
  2. Make and upload a video: Look for the “How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families” video, posted to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel. It covers all that you need to know to how to help your Girl Scout get set-up in M2OS and how to create and upload a video to their M2 storefront. On the dashboard in M2, you will also find a “Video Instructions” link, providing internet safety tips as well as a sample script.

If a girl uploads a video to her storefront, her customers will see that video. A personal video message is more impactful to customers, especially family and friends. If a girl does not add her own video, her customers will either see a troop video or the generic (default) video available.

  1. Launch Campaign Storefront: Once their storefront is set up, Girl Scouts can send emails to friends and family with a link to their storefront, inviting them to look at the nut and candy items and magazines available. It’s best for girls to communicate with customers early, to give family and friends plenty of time to support them. Your girl can increase her sales by announcing that her storefront is open on social media, too, post only to private pages.
  2. Girl Rewards: Girls can check their dashboard in M2 to see their progress in reaching their goals. They can also see the rewards they are earning during the program.

Make sure your Girl Scout has created her avatar exactly as she wants her to look. As soon as she meets the criteria for earning the personalized patch, it will be sent directly to the address entered in the M2 system. Double-check that the address is correct too!

Need help with registration or log-in? Email M2 Customer Service at question@gsnutsandmags.com  or call 1-800-372-8520.

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.

Attend a 2020 VIRTUAL Leadership Summit


Submitted by GSCO Membership Connection Committee (MCC)

Calling all Girl Scout Volunteers!

This year’s annual Leadership Summits are going virtual. We have some great training sessions lined up that include Clique-Proofing Your Troop, Virtual Troop Meetings 101 (which will provide tips on running virtual meetings), and Virtual Ceremonies and Traditions to name a few. Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Membership Connection Committee (MCC) will also be hosting a virtual roundtable.

Join the Membership Connection Committee to learn more about maintaining the membership voice in Girl Scouts of Colorado. MCC members will be joined by other Girl Scout leaders to host “How to Lead Today – You are Not Alone!” Ideas will be shared on how troops are meeting despite the unique circumstances to help answer your questions and motivate each other. Part of the roundtable discussion will include what has worked and what hasn’t. A sampling of the panel will include leaders that represent the following backgrounds:

  • Younger girl troop
  • Older girl troop
  • Multi-Level troop
  • Newer troop leader
  • Leader of troop that has earned a highest award during the pandemic

Together, we will brainstorm tips on keeping leaders and girls engaged and successful. Join us at one of the Leadership Summits. Dates are September 10 at 7 p.m., or September 19, September 26, and November 7 at 10:30 a.m. Attendees are asked to register online at https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html and there is no cost to participate.

Learn more about MCC, have your voice heard, and engage with other volunteers across the state to brainstorm!

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.

COVID Safety Pledge, Kits, and Safe Seats

Submitted by Kelly Davidson

Northern & Northeastern CO


On encouragement from a couple parents in my Brownie troop, I thought I’d share the troop’s COVID-19 safety pledge. Parents seem to really like how our safety expectations are clear and how the girls take on the responsibility.

I wrote it up and worked with my in-house designer (my husband 😉) to lay it out as an 11×17 poster for the girls. The girls received two copies: one color copy to sign and hang up, and one black/white to sign and return to the troop.

Using $7 fanny packs from Amazon, I made what I am calling COVID kits for the girls. I personalized the fanny packs with iron-on letters. Each kit includes new Girl Scout masks, a filter, refillable travel hand sanitizer,  mask clip, and snack. Plus, I made a laminated reminder card about self-screening at home, refilling hand sanitizer, etc.

Using $6 chairs from Walmart, I also made what I’m calling “Safe Seats” where, once positioned at our in-person outdoor meetings, the girls can go to take mask breaks as needed, or remove their masks to have a drink or snack. The idea is for them to feel they have control over their mask breaks. Since we are planning to stay outdoors or Zoom all year, the chairs will keep them off wet and cold ground, allowing us to meet outside as much as possible.

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.

GSUSA Campfire Chat: The Truly Great Outdoors

In a time that is full of unprecedented stress and anxiety for so many of us, we could all use the healing power of Mother Nature. Join the Girl Scout Network in partnership with The North Face from 1- 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 for an exploration of the mental wellness benefits of getting outside, as well as the importance of creating space for everyone to experience the power of the outdoors. Adults and high school girls (Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors) are all welcome to join us for this special live virtual event!


  • Kim Moore Bailey, CEO of Youth Outside
  • Maureen Beck, Professional Climber
  • I Ling Thompson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Trust for Public Land

Moderator: Lauren Guthrie, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, VF Corporation

Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4488715947669510670?source=Campfire+Chat+Landing+Page_CC0922_Website_08272020U

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.

Explore More Club for September 2020: Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open for the September 2020 Explore More Club! Girl Scouts of Colorado adult volunteers will explore the topic of self-care based on activities from the “It’s Your Planet, Love It!” Journey.

The Explore More Club is designed to give you, the volunteer, a hands-on experience with the girl badge earning program and curriculum! This is not necessarily a training, but more of a blended experience of program and training. Through live Zoom Meetings, interacting on a private Facebook Group, and a course assigned to you on gsLearn, you will have the opportunity to discuss and actively participate in similar activities that girls would do to complete parts this Journey. Think of this club as a way for you participate in the badge earning experience yourself!

Register NOW on the GSCO Events page to attend the welcome meeting and check out more upcoming events! If you cannot attend the welcome meeting times, you may still register for a meeting time, the meeting will be recorded to watch at a later date.

Questions? Email Kendy.Doolen@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.

Volunteer Opportunity: Join the GSCO Global Action Team

Are you passionate about Girl Scouts? Are you passionate about learning about other cultures and the world beyond the United States? The Global Action Team invites you to join us!

The concept of “global” is present in everything Girl Scouts do. From earning your Violet Petal as a Daisy and learning how to be a sister to every Girl Scout to celebrating World Thinking Day to completing the Justice Journey as an Ambassador and exploring global environmental issues. The mission of the Global Action Team is to bring awareness of and create action steps on global issues that impact the lives of girls and women to make the world a better place through the worldwide sisterhood.

The Global Action Team meets virtually once a month to take action and try to infuse global ideas and concepts into everything Girl Scouts of Colorado does. Over the last few months, the Global Action Team has:

As we embark on a new membership year, we look forward to planning a virtual program for International Day of the Girl and (hopefully!) planning an in-person World Environment Day program at Meadow Mountain Ranch.

As we work to serve Girl Scouts across Colorado, we also are looking for members from across the state and we want you to join us! This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the Girl Scout community and tap into your passion for all things global.

If interested, please review the position description and email the Global Action Team staff liaison, Aimee Artzer, at aimee.artzer@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.