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Celebrate the Recipients of the 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado Chief Executive Officer Leanna Clark on Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m. as she announces the recipients of the 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards. Everyone is invited to attend this virtual celebration to honor the many amazing volunteers across the state, who were nominated for—and received—a recognition award. You can get a notification that the event is starting by clicking the “Get Reminder” button on the bottom right of the Video Premiere post.

You can watch a live video premiere of the celebration on the GSCO Facebook page. Not on Facebook? That’s OK! Watch on our YouTube channel using this link: https://youtu.be/AvaVwxt1CsE. Please note this link will not work until the celebration starts at 2 p.m. If you log on early, you may need to refresh your screen at this time.

Service units that have virtual or socially-distanced special award celebration moments with their volunteers can share photos and videos on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

News from the GSCO Retail Shop

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Retail Shop is excited to offer two new features:

  • Select Council’s Own merchandise available online with new items added every day
  • Non-contact pickup at our physical location in Denver

You can now place orders by phone, email, or via our new online form.  Statewide shipping is still free and customers may now choose to pick up merchandise at the GSCO Shop in Denver (Monday – Friday). In-stock items are available within 24-hours of payment, but special orders and Girl Scout Leadership Experience backordered merchandise may (still) be delayed due to manufacturing and delivery challenges nationwide.  GSCO Retail Associates will walk you through complete details of an order, just give them a call at (303) 607-4880.  You can also check out our FAQ.

Will the GSCO Shop ever open to in-person shopping?

We certainly hope so! For now, we are working on virtual opportunities, and looking ahead to the potential of appointment-only shopping when Denver City and County guidelines allow greater in-store capacity.

Questions? Email retail@gscolorado.org.

Celebrate the Recipients of the 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado Chief Executive Officer Leanna Clark on Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m. as she announces the recipients of the 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards. Everyone is invited to attend this virtual celebration to honor the many amazing volunteers across the state, who were nominated for—and received—a recognition award. 

You can watch a live video premiere of the celebration on the GSCO Facebook page. Not on Facebook? That’s OK! Watch on our YouTube channel using this link: https://youtu.be/AvaVwxt1CsE. Please note this link will not work until the celebration starts at 2 p.m. If you log on early, you may need to refresh your screen at this time. 

Service units that have virtual or socially-distanced special award celebration moments with their volunteers can share photos and videos on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

RENEW NOW for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Explore behind-the-scenes to see artifacts and exhibits not open to the public at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with this special, one-time video tour open ONLY to Girl Scouts renewed for the 2020-21 membership year! Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Denver Museum of Nature and Science for this special opportunity Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 4 p.m. DMNS is the premier natural history and science museum in Denver and the western United States. A museum tour guide will show us some of the museum’s collection not currently on display to the public. After the 30-minute tour, our guide will answer Girl Scouts’ questions.

If you haven’t signed up for another year, now’s the time! All girls renewed by June 30 will receive the invite to the DMNS special tour, an Explore More patch, and, of course, you’ll keep your Girl Scout adventures going for another year. And, you can now use Cookie Credits to renew girl membership! If you have Cookie Credits available from any previous Product Program incentive, you can put them to good use and pay your annual membership of $25.

Additional troop incentive

Troops that renew two Troop Leadership Team members, at least three girls, and complete the Annual Troop Report by June 30 also get a $25 credit to the Girl Scout shop, available for use in August.

Also, any troop that renews this week (between June 24 and June 30) will be entered into a contest for a chance to win a Zoom meeting a Tomahawk Ranch goat. Goats don’t always have the best Zoom etiquette but they can provide plenty of fun!

Girl Scouts at Home

We know it’s been a strange spring and early summer, and we’ve all had to make changes in our daily lives. We’ve been so impressed with the resiliency of Girl Scout volunteers and girls as you’ve once again proven that given a batch of lemons, Girl Scouts will make lemonade! To support you as you continue your Girl Scout Leadership Experience, we’ve launched a plethora of live and recorded online programming. There’s truly something for everyone – check out the Meet an Expert series, online storytime in English and Spanish, upcoming Summer Badge Series and Clubs, Campfire Chats for adults, additional training for volunteers(link), and resources at Girl Scouts at Home. More is coming – including a Diversity. Inclusion. Together patch program, and two panel discussions on race with our partners’ experts answering girls’ questions. Even as small groups begin to meet in person in July, we will continue to provide top-notch online programming and we’re exploring ways to deliver this programming across the digital divide because Girl Scouts is for ALL girls.

Show your support for Girl Scouts. Be the glue that keeps your troop together.

RENEW TODAY 

Explore More Club: Registration for July 2020 is Now Open

Registration is open for the July Explore More Club! Please visit the GSCO Events Calendar and register for either the July 8 or July 9, 2020 welcome meeting! If you would still like to participate, but those dates conflict with your schedule, go ahead and pick a day for the welcome meeting and you will be able to watch a recording.

Please see the FAQs below for more information:

Can my girl register for this program? This program is for adult volunteers only. However, your girl can participate in a similar program for girls, our monthly Badge Series! If this is something your girl is interested in check out the informational blog post here!

If I’m not a troop leader, but still a volunteer, can I still do this? Absolutely! This program is for all Girl Scout of Colorado volunteers who want to learn Girl Scout badge curriculum in a hands-on way and have fun while doing it!

What does this experience look like? One thing our volunteers have often asked for is to have a way to learn the curriculum before having to teach it. This is that solution! Once you register for an Explore More Club monthly topic, you will be assigned a learning path on gsLearn, our online learning platform, and gain access to a private Facebook group to be able to discuss and share with volunteer peers! In the learning path on gsLearn, you will find a webinar to kick off the month to explain the topic and the activity you are to complete. You will then find a check list of action items to complete in the next couple weeks. We will close out the monthly topic with a reflection meeting and give you a sneak peek into what the next month’s topic is.

What are the monthly topics? Monthly topics are listed below:

  • July 20: Space and the Universe
  • August 20: Ecology and the Outdoors
  • September 20: Self-Care
  • October 20: Take Action
  • November 20: Hobbies
  • January 21: Business Ethics
  • February 21: Cookie Support
  • March 21: Women in STEM
  • April 21: Events
  • May 21: Humanitarianism

If I register for one month, do I have to participate in all the months? No, you do not. The Explore More Club is designed so you can participate in as many or as few monthly topics as you want. It does grant you access to the Facebook page for all months

Questions? Contact Kendy Doolen at 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.

Get Started Volunteering from Home with Girl Scouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you are a college-student, retiree, or anyone looking to give back to your community, Girl Scouts of Colorado has an exciting, new volunteer opportunity for you — from the comfort of your home!

Start your volunteer experience from home as a volunteer helping girls in our virtual troop program! Virtual troops meet six times  online and each meeting lasts 30 minutes to an hour. The meetings can be one to two times per week for three to six weeks. Volunteers would work alongside a Girl Scout staff person to lead girls through fun and creative activities during 30 minutes to an hour-long meeting, one to two times a week. The goal of the virtual troop program is to help transition participating family members into a troop leadership role.

If you think this sounds like a fun opportunity to give back to girls in your community, join us for an upcoming new volunteer chat!  This chat is geared toward new and interested volunteers to Girl Scouts of Colorado, living in the Denver metro area, as a way to learn more about our volunteering from home opportunity. During this online event, you will learn what our volunteering from home program looks like, what it means to be a part of a virtual troop and to be a virtual volunteer, and all the fun and exciting opportunities you can bring girls in your community through our virtual troop program!

At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we believe in giving girls the tools to empower themselves to take action, advocate for themselves and their communities, and to create the future they want to see.

By volunteering to be a positive adult role model in girls’ lives, you can make a lasting impact. Join today!

*This is an online event. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration. Please email Ellie Busch (ellie.busch@gscolorado.org) or Emily Corson (emily.corson@gscolorado.org) for questions. 

Volunteer View: June 2020

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.

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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.

Badge Series

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.

Volunteer Training

Volunteer Toolkit

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

Online Training-gsLearn

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 training@gscolorado.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.

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Upcoming Events

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.

Virtual Trainings for Leaders

Girl Scouts of Colorado is offering virtual trainings for leaders! Register now for Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette leader trainings to prepare for your troop’s next year or just to refresh and get new ideas. Leader training is required for volunteers at each level. Troop leaders will learn skills to support their troop at the next level, get questions answered, and connect with other volunteers.

Join an upcoming webinar:

May 26, 2020: Daisy Leader Training

May 27, 2020: Brownie Leader Training

May 29, 2020:  Junior Leader Training

May 28, 2020: Cadette Leader Training

Can’t make it to a webinar? Log in to gsLearn and complete Leader Training on your schedule.

Questions? Email training@gscolorado.org.

Annual Troop Report Made Easy

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Annual Troop Report is a great way to reflect on your Girl Scout year and make the year ahead the best one yet! But, what do you actually need to complete it? How long does it take to fill out? Why is it even important? Find out the answers to those questions and more with Volunteer Support Specialists Nicole and Lizz in this video! They’ll demystify the ATR and help your troop cinch that $25 Early Bird shop creditAll troops registered by June 30, 2020 and with a completed Annual Troop Report and ACH will receive a $25 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Retail Shop. Once you’re ready to fly, fill out your Annual Troop Report here!