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Connections: December 2019

 

 

 

 

Colorado Gives Day is December 10

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. On December 10, 2019, you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. To make giving even easier, schedule your donation today.

By supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, your donation dollars go further than they would on any other day of the year. That’s because the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases all donations made on December 10! Every non-profit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Schedule your donation today or give on December 10.  Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.

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Summer Camp Registration opens Jan. 23

Live. Love. Camp! Girl Scout Camp is where your girl is surrounded and supported by girls, where she can go beyond dreaming to actual doing! At camp she’ll try new things, step out of her comfort zone, and embrace her curiosity. Girl Scout Camp is a girl-led, girl-friendly place where everything girls do – whether it’s climbing to the top of a mountain, leading an all-camp performance, or gathering her courage to zip down the zip line – leads to leadership.

Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org to learn more about the awesome adventures we have in store for summer 2020.

Upcoming events at camp

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. or 12 p.m.

Cost: $15 (ages 4 and older), free for kids 3-years-old and younger
Bring your friends and family to Tomahawk Ranch for a delicious brunch, a visit with Santa and a fun visit to his barnyard. You can also savor sweets and lollies a plenty and warm up at the campfire with hot cocoa and cider. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa and his furry friends at the barn. When purchasing tickets for this event you will be able to register for your preferred time slot. An event itinerary will be provided after registration. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline for registration is December 9.

Expedition and Mini Expedition Antarctica

January 17 -19, 2020

Cost: $135/person

Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy! This Friday-Sunday excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing, shelter building, and ice fishing. If we don’t have enough snow, we’ll do more general survival skills and camp activities such as archery and farm. Our special guest instructor this year will be Jessie Krebs, head instructor at SERE Training. This camp is for girls and their significant male role model/guardian (age 18+) in her life. Girls should register with the adult male who will be attending. Adults can come with multiple girls, if desired. Limited accommodations are available for campers who wish to attend with a female adult instead.  Register now. Spaces are limited!

Is your Girl Scout ready to earn one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards

Do you know that Girl Scouts can earn one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards as early as fourth grade? Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. And the skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

Gold Award: The mark of the truly remarkable
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—and it’s only available through Girl Scouts! To earn this unique award, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good by tackling issues dear to their hearts while driving lasting change in their communities and beyond.

Girl Scout Silver Award

Girl Scout Cadettes flex their leadership muscles by doing research and taking action on issues of their choice. Through their commitment to their communities, girls gain confidence and skills that will catapult them to Gold Award success—all while creating positive change.

Girl Scout Bronze Award

By taking action with others to improve their communities, Girl Scout Juniors gain important leadership skills and learn that even seemingly small actions can make a big impact.

Learn more

2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program begins Feb. 2

When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than life-changing experiences and adventure. They also develop essential life skills—goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership the Girl Scout way to lift one another up and change the world, together.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program runs Feb. 2 – March 8.

Visit our website to find a training or cookie rally near you!

Upcoming Events

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout groups of 10 or more (including chaperones, friends, and family) contact Bobbie Fanchini at 800-320-1733 or bobbie@nutcracker.com to learn more about exclusive Girl Scout rates. All Girl Scouts will receive a Moscow Ballet Fun Patch with their ticket, and groups of 25 or more (all GS count as one group) are invited to a day-of-show meet and greet with a ballerina!

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2020 Secrets to Success events. Every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th is invited to Secrets to Success.

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

 

Get ready for Girl Scout Cookie Season

December is a busy time of year for all and preparations for the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program are well underway! For new troops and for those of you who are new to being troop cookie managers, you might be wondering what can do in December and January to get ready to support the girls in your troop through cookie season.

The checklist below will guide you through the steps to take to be prepared.

You will receive additional information and resources when you attend training. Also, know that you will have the support of peers – the service unit cookie manager (SUCM) and other key volunteers in your area, as well as GSCO staff. Your volunteer support specialist and product program specialist can answer your questions and guide you through the responsibilities of the TCM role.

  • Attend TCM training. Go to our events page to register for classes in your area or go to the TCM training blog article to see the list of trainings with registration links.
  • Submit your ACH authorization form and TCM agreement form for this new membership year (ACH and TCM forms are submitted annually.) TCM’s who have completed their ACH form and TCM agreement form, will gain access to eBudde on/after December 16, 2019.
  • Make sure that everything is current with your troop bank account and that all signers on the account are updated.
  • Once you have access to eBudde, verify bank account information.
  • Check the troop roster before January 10, 2020 to ensure that all girls who are active in your troop have a current membership. Girls must have a current membership to participate in the Cookie Program. If there are girls listed on your roster who are not active in your troop, contact your volunteer support specialist to have your roster updated. Girls cannot transfer between troops after January 10, 2020.
  • Submit your initial order of cookie inventory by January 13, 2020 8 p.m. MST. Reach out to your service unit cookie manager (SUCM) for assistance.
  • Check with your SUCM to see if there is a cookie rally happening in your area and plan for your troop to attend! It’s a great way for girls to meet other Girl Scouts and get ready for cookie season!
  • Collaborate with the troop leadership team to coach the girls to discuss their goals and what they want to do with their troop
  • Have a family meeting in January. Present the Cookie Program training. Have caregivers sign permission slips. Have girls talk about their goals. Ask for family support during cookie season. Create a group agreement so that everyone is clear on what’s expected and how they can contribute.
  • February 1 – Delivery Day! TCM’s plan for cookie inventory pick-up and distribution to girls and caregivers.

Have questions or need assistance? Please call GSCO Customer Care at 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

2020 Cookie Program service unit incentive: New this year

Girl Scouts of Colorado service units will receive an incentive of $.01 (penny) per package of Girl Scout Cookies sold, if the number of packages sold in 2020 are 3% over the number of packages sold in 2019.

If the number of packages sold in 2020 is 6% (or more) over the number of packages sold in 2019, service units will receive $.02 per package.

These incentives are not cumulative.

Incentives earned could help provide special events and activities for the Girl Scouts and volunteers in your community!

Service Units need to submit a current ACH form for the service unit bank account in order to receive the incentive deposit. Click on the link to complete an ACH form: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/ACH.html

There are some great new girl rewards too! Want to have a sneak peek? Click here to look at the girl incentives.

Register for TCM Cookie Program Training

Are you the troop cookie manager (TCM) for your troop? Excellent! Thank you for supporting girls and adults during the 2020 cookie program! New TCM training is required for all first and second year TCMs and experienced TCM training is required for all third year+ TCMs. Note that some trainings offered are “new” and “experienced” combined, to better serve rural communities.

Below is a list of statewide, in-person, TCM trainings by date. Register for TCM training today! Click on the title of the training and you’ll be directed to the registration page. All TCM training classes are FREE. A confirmation email will be sent to you after you register.  Service unit cookie managers, troop cookie managers, and troop leaders are also invited to attend TCM training.

During TCM training you will learn what to consider when placing your initial order and how to use eBudde to manage inventory through different phases of the program. New features in eBudde will also be highlighted, along with tips to make cookie booths a success, and how-to best support girls in your troop and their families. Attending in-person volunteer training also gives you an opportunity to have your questions answered, share your experiences, and connect with other volunteers.

Statewide, in-person Girl Scout Cookie Program training (listed by date)

New and Experienced TCM Training – Durango

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 6 – 9 p.m

Region: Southwestern Colorado

Location: Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church

New and Experienced TCM Training – Cortez

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 6 – 9 p.m

Region: Western Colorado

Location: First United Methodist Church

New TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Friday December 6, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Martin School of Early Education

New and Experienced TCM Training – Longmont – Morning

Date: Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Location: Heart of Longmont Church

New and Experienced TCM Training – Longmont – Afternoon

Date: Saturday, December 7, 1 – 4 p.m.

Region: Northern and Northeast Colorado

Location: Heart of Longmont Church

Experienced TCM Training – Colorado Springs

Date: Saturday, December 7, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Region: Pikes Peak

Location: Pikes Peak Library 21C

New TCM Training – Colorado Springs

Date: Saturday, December 7, 12:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Region: Pikes Peak

Location: Pikes Peak Library 21C

New and Experienced TCM Training – Frisco

Date: Saturday December 7, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Region: Mountain Communities

Location: Summit County Church of Christ

New and Experienced TCM Training – Rifle

Date: Monday December 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Western Colorado

Location: Rifle Library

New TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Martin School of Early Education- Ogden St

New and Experienced TCM Training – Montrose

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Western Colorado

Location: Montrose Library

New and Experienced TCM Training – Gypsum

Date: Thursday December 12,  6 – 9 p.m

Region: Mountain Communities

Location: Grace Fellowship Church

New TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Thursday December 12, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Martin School of Early Education- Ogden St

TCM Training

New and Experienced TCM Training – Denver Metro – Morning

Date: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Colorado Christian University – Leprino Hall

New and Experienced TCM Training – Denver Metro – Afternoon

Date: Saturday, December 14, 1 – 4 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Colorado Christian University – Leprino Hall

New and Experienced TCM Training – Loveland – Morning

Date: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Location: Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth and Community Building

New and Experienced TCM Training – Loveland – Afternoon

Date: Saturday, December 14, 1 – 4 p.m.

Region: Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Location: Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth and Community Building

New and Experienced TCM Training – Grand Junction

Date: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Western Colorado

Location: GSCO Grand Junction office

New and Experienced TCM Training – Pueblo

Date: Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Region: Pueblo

Location: Pueblo City/County Library – Rawlings (Main) Branch, 4th Floor

Experienced TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 7 – 9 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Smoky Hill Library, Room A

New and Experienced TCM Training – La Junta

Date: Saturday, January 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Region: Southeastern Colorado

Location: First Presbyterian Church, La Junta

Volunteer View: November 2019

We want your feedback

As GSUSA begins planning the second edition of the Girl Scout Family Connection/La Conexión Familiar de Girl Scouts, we would love your input. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.  Please respond by November 27.

Take the survey today

November 17 is National Take a Hike Day!

When Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912, hiking, camping, and being outdoors were key to the girls’ experience. These days, Girl Scouts are still hiking and earning new outdoor badges.

Help Colorado girls get outside and celebrate Daisy’s vision of getting girls outdoors by joining Daisy’s Circle with a monthly donation of $19.12

Named for our founder, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program.  $19.12 per month can provide nine girls with annual Girl Scout memberships. This means nine more girls can get hiking and growing through Girl Scouts!

More information or to join go to gscodaisyscircle.org

Volunteer Training

Get up to date training on gsLearn! New and existing troop leadership team members with a 2020 membership have access to gsLearn by logging in through their VTK. Login here!

For all other volunteer roles, we are working hard to get you access to the system and will send you a notification with instructions on how to log in soon.

A couple things to know upon your first log in:

  1. Your dashboard might not immediately load. Log out and after 30 minutes log back in, this should allow the system enough time to load your dashboard.
    2. The courses you will see in your dashboard are:
  • Successful Leader Learner Series
  • The Travel Peak. This is a learning pathway that houses all travel trainings available online.
  • How to Manage Your Volunteer Toolkit (Girl Scouts of Colorado)
  • Volunteer Toolkit Tutorials (GSUSA)
  • Girl Scouts in the Outdoors (GSUSA)
  1. There is also a course library which we are adding to all the time. Be sure to check it out!
  2. Please be patient as we work through the hiccups of rolling out a new platform. We appreciate your feedback as it really is a team effort to make gsLearn successful!

Have questions? Email Kendy Doolen!

Need an in-person training? Check our training events page!

We are excited for our volunteers to have this resource! See you online.

Volunteer Essentials has been updated

Volunteer Essentials, the encyclopedia to volunteering with Girl Scouts, is live on our website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/volunteer-essentials. You’ll find what you need to get started with your volunteer journey and answers to questions that come up throughout the year. This resource is updated annually by Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Colorado. Even if you’ve been volunteering a long time, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest Volunteer Essentials. Updates this year include:

  • A separate section for GSCO-specific troop and volunteer rules and guidelines. Go here first whenever you are unsure of expectations.
  • Clarified guidelines for troop financial management. Check this section whenever there are changes to your group’s bank account or you have questions about financial management.
  • Don’t forget to check Safety Activity Checkpoints when planning any Girl Scout activity. This comprehensive resource is updated every year and provides safety standards, guidelines, and other vital information.

Learn more

Product Program Update

Fall Product Program – Wrap Up!

We had a successful Fall Product Program! Thanks to all volunteers for supporting girls, caregivers, and other volunteers.

A few things to note:

  • Deliveries of nuts and candies to service units have started and will continue until all items have been distributed. Please encourage girls to deliver products to their customers within a week after receiving the items. Many people will want to have their goodies ahead of Thanksgiving!
  • There’s still time to enter the Giant Plush Rhino contest!
  • Girl rewards will be delivered to service units starting the week of December 2.

Cookie Program – Time to Get Ready!

  • Troop leaders and/or troop cookie managers please make sure your troop has submitted an ACH agreement form and a TCM agreement form.
  • Check your troop rosters now to make sure all girls participating in your troop have current memberships.
    • If there are girls on your roster who are not participating in your troop, contact your volunteer support specialist.
    • The deadline to transfer girls between troops or to note them as inactive in your troop is January 10.

Cookie Training beginning soon!

SUCM training begins mid-November. In-person trainings for TCM’s are available in areas all-around the state. Check the events page on our website, or see theattached cookie program training flyer with date information and register for training.

Please remember that no additional money-earning activities may take place during the 2020 cookie program – from February 2 (Cookie Program start) to March 18 (ACH debit).

If you have questions about either the Fall Product Program or the Cookie Program, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor Program News

Food service and activity request policies for troops using GSCO properties have been updated. Please read more on the blog.

Upcoming Events at Camp

Sky High Tree Lighting and Brunch

Sunday, December 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: $10 (Children); $15 (Adults)

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by joining us at Sky High Ranch for our Annual Tree Lighting ceremony. This community/family event is fun for all ages! We’ll have a buffet, family photos, ornaments, a visit to the Holiday Barnyard, hot drinks, and goodies! Brunch begins at 10 a.m. and the tree lighting ceremony will begin at noon.

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. or 12 p.m.

Cost: $15 (ages 4 and older), free for kids 3-years-old and younger
Bring your friends and family to Tomahawk Ranch for a delicious brunch, a visit with Santa and a fun visit to his barnyard. You can also savor sweets and lollies a plenty and warm up at the campfire with hot cocoa and cider. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa and his furry friends at the barn. When purchasing tickets for this event you will be able to register for your preferred time slot. An event itinerary will be provided after registration.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline for registration is December 9.

Expedition and Mini Expedition Antarctica

January 17 -19, 2020

Cost: $135/person

Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy! This Friday-Sunday excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing, shelter building, and ice fishing. If we don’t have enough snow, we’ll do more general survival skills and camp activities such as archery and farm. Our special guest instructor this year will be Jessie Krebs, head instructor at SERE Training. This camp is for girls and their significant male role model/guardian (age 18+) in their life. Girls should register with the adult male who will be attending. Adults can come with multiple daughters, if desired. Limited accommodations are available for campers who wish to attend with a female adult instead.  Register now. Spaces are limited!

Tomahawk Winter ‘Summer’ Camp

January 17-19, 2020

Cost: $210 per girl

This is a summer camp experience in the winter! Designed for the individual girl to camp at Tomahawk. All programming and staffing is provided by the Tomahawk Ranch staff. Come make new friends, sing around the campfire, and roast marshmallows, visit the barnyard animals, create crafts, learn winter survival skills, gaze at the stars and so much more! A perfect opportunity for first timers AND those who have camped with us for years! Accommodations are heated indoor cabins with bunk beds and fully equipped bathrooms. A commemorative T-shirt and all housing, meals, programming and supervision are included in the price. Drop-off on Friday is between 5:30-6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Pick-up on Sunday is after lunch between 2-3 p.m. For any questions please email Tomahawk Ranch at tomahawk.ranch@gscolorado.org

Upcoming Events

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout groups of 10 or more (including chaperones, friends, and family) contact Bobbie Fanchini at 800-320-1733 or bobbie@nutcracker.com to learn more about exclusive Girl Scout rates. All Girl Scouts will receive a Moscow Ballet Fun Patch with their ticket, and groups of 25 or more (all GS count as one group) are invited to a day-of-show meet and greet with a ballerina!

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2019 Secrets to Success event. Girl Scouts of Colorado believes every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th is invited to Secrets to Success.

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

 

2020 Highest Awards Celebrations: Save the date

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to announce the dates for the 2020 Highest Awards celebrations statewide.

Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction

Friday, April 24, 6 p.m.

Penrose House Garden Pavilion

Colorado Springs

Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.

Embassy Suites

Loveland

Friday, May 1, 4:30 p.m.

Giodone Library

Pueblo

Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.

Hyatt Regency DTC

Denver

Friday, May 15, 6 p.m.

Centennial Hall

Steamboat Springs

These celebrations are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts who have earned their distinction in the last year. All troops and/or girls who have earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold since March 2019 are invited to participate in a celebration of their choice.

Anyone planning to attend MUST RSVP online. The RSVP form will be made available on the GSCO events page in March 2020.

Gold Award Girl Scouts across the state will also be recognized at Gold Award Day at the Capitol on Monday, April 6. Each Gold Award Girl Scout is encouraged to participate in both regional celebrations, as well as Day at the Capitol.

Please note the deadline to notify GSCO you have earned your Bronze or Silver Award and participate in celebrations is March 1. Notify us now that your girls have earned their Bronze or Silver Award:
https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/bronze-and-silver-notification.html

Questions? Email Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager, at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

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Highest Awards training for leaders and girls in Pueblo

The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are the highest achievements in Girl Scouts.

Highest Awards training is an awesome training to help girls, parents, and troop leaders through the Highest Awards process. Highest Awards training is for parents and leaders who are interested in learning the basics of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards and how to get their girls on a path to a successful project.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the awards and get your girls ready to learn new leadership skills!

Join Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Giodone Library in Pueblo.

Register now:

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/highest_awards_train.html

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Tips for wrapping-up a successful Fall Product Program

The Fall Product Program ends Monday, October 28, 2019 MST. Here are some tips for girls, troop fall product managers, and service unit fall product managers to successfully wrap-up the program.

Girls and troops

There is still time to get those last orders in to help a girl reach her goal.

Here are some tips to reach online reward criteria: *

Magazine Store – Magazines have no shipping cost and make great holiday gifts for friends and family. There are hundreds of diverse options at reasonable prices to choose from. The troop earns 13% of magazine subscriptions!

Care to Share has no shipping cost and goes directly to the military to show our appreciation for all they do. Troops earn $1 back in proceeds for every Care to Share donation.

Nuts and Candy – Direct Ship – Sweet and savory treats make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends, and family and help troops fund adventures and activities throughout the year. Troops earn $1 back in proceeds for every item sold.

*The avatar patch and S’mores Club rewards are based on items sold online during the Fall Product Program. With $350 troop online sales, the troop receives an early booth selection for the 2020 Cookie Program.

Volunteer tips for close-out and support

Troop fall product managers, please refresh yourself on the troop training video that covers avatars, rewards, reports, and close-out processes. Cue the video to 5:50 minutes, to jump to the close out process. Click here to go to the M2 troop training video.

Be sure to pull reports, download and/or print and save! You want to be able to refer to reports after the program close-out. See specifics about reports in the training video and listed in this article below.

TFPMs

  • Make sure all girls have an address in for their avatar if they earned it.
  • Check that girls have made reward selections. Contact parents/caregivers of girls who haven’t and ask them to make the selections.
  • Download and/or print delivery tickets so you are ready when it’s time to pick up product from the SUFPM. You will find the delivery tickets report on your dashboard under “Product Management.”
    • Product will arrive to the SUFPM by November 12 if not sooner
  • On your dashboard under “Financials and Reporting,” you’ll find the “Banking and Payments” report, which breaks down all sales and payments received. The “Troop Summary” report will show all sales, money owed for product and troop proceeds.
  • Pull reports, download, print and save for Annual Troop Reports in May/June.

SUFPMs

  • Check the records of all troops in your service unit to see what troops are still needing help. Send out an email blast with reminders to troops and offer your support.
  • Don’t forget to create your own Avatar patch, you’ve earned it!
  • The M2 system is set up for the parents/girl to make reward selections, and for TFPM to alert parents/girl if selections are missing. SUFPM’s cannot make reward selections. Instead, reach out to TFPM’s.
  • Reports will show you everything that is happening in your service unit. If you see that a troop needs to complete information or steps in the M2 system before close-out, please contact them and offer your support.
  • Go to “Financials and Reporting” on your dashboard. Under the “Special Reports” tab is where you will find your troop information for products and girl rewards.
  • Download and/or print delivery tickets so you are ready to distribute sorted products when it’s time for troops to pick-up items for girl delivery. You will find the delivery tickets report on your dashboard under “Product Management.”

Troop and service unit fall product managers will have a few days after Monday, October 28 to close out.

Need assistance with the M2 system? Contact M2’s Customer Care team at 1-800-372- 8520 or email them at question@gsnutsandmags.com.

Volunteer View: October 2019

Happy Birthday Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low!

Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low. Named in her honor, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. As part of a month-long celebration of Daisy’s birthday, October 31, we are encouraging people to honor her and the founding of Girl Scouts by joining Daisy’s Circle. Join today and support Daisy’s vision of making Girl Scouts available to all girls.

Joining for $19.12/month provides Girl Scout memberships for nine girls!

More information or to join go to gscodaisyscircle.org.

Volunteer Training 

Get up to date training on gsLearn! New and existing troop leadership team members with a 2020 membership have access to gsLearn by logging in through their VTK. Login here!
For all other volunteer roles, we are working hard to get you access to the system and will send you a notification with instructions on how to log in soon.

A couple things to know upon your first log in:

  • Your dashboard might not immediately load. Log out and after 30 minutes log back in, this should allow the system enough time to load your dashboard.
  • The courses you will see in your dashboard are:
    • Successful Leader Learner Series
    • The Travel Peak. This is a learning pathway that houses all travel trainings available online.
    • How to Manage Your Volunteer Toolkit (Girl Scouts of Colorado)
    • Volunteer Toolkit Tutorials (GSUSA)
    • Girl Scouts in the Outdoors (GSUSA)
  • There is also a course library which we are adding to all the time. Be sure to check it out!
  • Please be patient as we work through the hiccups of rolling out a new platform. We appreciate your feedback as it really is a team effort to make gsLearn successful!

Have questions? Email Kendy Doolen!

Need an in-person training? Check our training events page!
We are excited for our volunteers to have this resource in their toolboxes! See you online!

What inspires you?  Share your thoughts today with MCC!

As the new Girl Scout year gets going, the Membership Connection Committee (MCC) connects with volunteers across Colorado to gather feedback for the Board of Directors and council. If you attended a Leadership Summit (or plan to) this fall – you’ve already had a chance to weigh in.  If not, now’s your opportunity!

MCC surveys membership about a different topic each year. In 2019, the MCC is surveying about your experience and the support you need. We’re seeking voices from all over Colorado to add to those able to attend a training event in person. The survey takes 5-7 minutes to complete.

The survey will remain open throughout October and will be used to keep making Girl Scouts of Colorado a great place to be a Girl Scout!

Questions about the MCC? Visit us online to learn more.

Highest Awards

High School Seniors Start Gold NOW

Any Girl Scout who is a senior in high school and considering earning her Gold Award needs to start the Gold Award process NOW! With less than six months to the Highest Awards celebration deadline (March 1) and a year until the final cutoff for Gold (September 30), seniors in high school are quickly running out of time to earn their Gold Award. Girls who are currently in grade 12, must submit aGold Award project proposal by May 1, 2020. After May 1, they are no longer eligible to earn the Gold Award.

Go Gold 2.0!

GSUSA is rolling out the new version of the Go Gold website on October 14! With many new changes and updates to the online system, Go Gold, will now be easier to use and navigate for Gold Award girls.

If you have any questions please contact Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor Program News

Outdoor Adventure Club

Registration is open for October and November Outdoor Adventure Club events! Find out more information on the OAC webpage.

Volunteer-Run Camps

Calling all camp directors! Troops and groups across Colorado are now planning summer 2020 volunteer-run camps. These camps get more Girl Scouts outdoors, give leadership opportunities to Program Aides, and are a money earning opportunity for troops/service units

Read about the summer 2020 volunteer camps information and timelines.

Contact anna.danila@gscolorado.org for more information.

Halloween Fun at Camp!

Sky High Halloween Party

When: Saturday, October 26. 1-4 p.m.

Cost: $10/girl, adults free

From zombies and princesses to s’mores and wizards, we have everything at the Sky High Ranch Halloween Party! Visit Yummy Candyland, Coco’s Ofrenda, and Witch’s World where you’ll play games, make crafts, and collect treats! This event is for everyone, even non-Girl Scouts! Families welcome!

Contact Kim.Petau@gscolorado.org with any questions.

Tomahawk Trick or Treat

When: Sunday, October 27, 5-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Come to Tomahawk Ranch on October 27 for a spooktacular time! Trick or treat on foot throughout camp and stop to enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa. The event is open to all ages and free of cost (donations of candy are accepted).

Gates open at 5 p.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Costumes are a MUST!

BOO you soon!

Brunch and Barnyard with Santa

Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m. or 12 p.m.

Cost: $15 (ages 4 and older), free for kids 3-years-old and younger

Bring your friends and family to Tomahawk Ranch for a delicious brunch, a visit with Santa and a fun visit to his barnyard. You can also savor sweets and lollies a plenty and warm up at the campfire with hot cocoa and cider. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa and his furry friends at the barn.

When purchasing tickets for this event you will be able to register for your preferred time slot. An event itinerary will be provided after registration.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline for registration is December 9.

Tomahawk Winter ‘Summer’ Camp

January 17-19, 2020

Cost: $210 per girl

This is a summer camp experience in the winter! Designed for the individual girl to camp at Tomahawk. All programming and staffing is provided by the Tomahawk Ranch staff. Come make new friends, sing around the campfire, and roast marshmallows, visit the barnyard animals, create crafts, learn winter survival skills, gaze at the stars and so much more! A perfect opportunity for first timers AND those who have camped with us for years!

Accommodations are heated indoor cabins with bunk beds and fully equipped bathrooms. A commemorative T-shirt and all housing, meals, programming and supervision are included in the price. Drop-off on Friday is between 5:30-6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Pick-up on Sunday is after lunch between 2-3 p.m.

For any questions please email Tomahawk Ranch at tomahawk.ranch@gscolorado.org.

Upcoming Events

We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be.  Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Women of Distinction – Denver

October 30, Denver

The new location for 2019 is the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, community, and civic leaders.

Girl Scout Engineering Day at Colorado School of Mines

November 2, Golden

The Society of Women Engineers at Colorado School of Mines is thrilled to invite Girl Scout Juniors to their annual Girl Scout Engineering Day! At this event, Girl Scout Juniors will explore engineering and design and build simple machines. Activities will meet some requirements for the “Think Like an Engineer” Journey and “Mechanical Engineering: Crane” badge.

Secrets to Success

November 9, Colorado Springs

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2019 Secrets to Success event. Girl Scouts of Colorado believes every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. Any girl in grades 6– 12 is invited to Secrets to Success.

Junior and Cadette Woodworker Badge at JXN Station

November 9, Grand Junction

Professional Women in Building (PWB) of Western Colorado invites Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes to Junction Station to earn their Woodworker Badge! Girls will learn basic woodworking skills like how to use a hammer, saw, level, screwdriver, and create a candy dispenser utilizing these skills.

Girl Scout Day at the Butterfly Pavilion

November 9, Westminster

Join us for a day of fun activities, crafts, and live animal encounters that will help you meet all the steps for your Brownie Bugs Badge, Brownie Eco Friend Badge or Daisy Make the World a Better Place Rosie Petal!

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout groups of 10 or more (including chaperones, friends, and family) contact Bobbie Fanchini at 800-320-1733 or bobbie@nutcracker.com to learn more about exclusive Girl Scout rates. All Girl Scouts will receive a Moscow Ballet Fun Patch with their ticket, and groups of 25 or more (all GS count as one group) are invited to a day-of-show meet and greet with a ballerina!

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

January 25, Grand Junction

April 18, Greeley

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2019 Secrets to Success event. Girl Scouts of Colorado believes every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. Any girl in grades 6th – 12th is invited to Secrets to Success.

Save the Date: Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge

May 2, Cañon City

 

 

2019 Fall Product Program volunteers and girls: Congratulations on a great start

Submitted by Shannon Calhoun, GSCO Service Unit Fall Product Manager

Metro Denver

Denver

The 2019 Fall Product Program is humming along! Sunday, October 13 at 8 p.m. MST is the last day for Nut Promise (girl delivery) and the in-person paper nut card sales. Direct shipped nut and candy purchases, and magazines subscription sales, are open until October 28 at 8 p.m. MST.

Here are a few things to keep in mind at this stage of the program:

  • Parents or troop fall product program managers may enter the Paper Nut Card Orders in the Girl Scouts’ online platform under the ‘Manage Paper Orders’ tab. Parents can enter these orders until 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 13.
  • Parents – In-Person/Nut Card Orders can be converted to online orders by entering them as a regular nut promise order (through the girl’s storefront) before Sunday, October 13 at 8 p.m., and paying for them with a credit card. Please remember to keep the Nut Card to know where orders go if you convert orders.
  • Parents can only use the ‘online’ work around method before the girl delivered online system closes Sunday at 8 p.m. MST.
  • TFPM’s have access to enter or edit Paper Nut Card Orders only until Tuesday, October 15 at 8 p.m. MST. After this time no paper Nut Card Orders can be added.
  • TFPM’s – Collect money from parents and deposit the required funds from nut promise/in-person orders into your troop account ASAP.
  • TFPM’s – Please let your troop families know about these deadline dates now!

Remember Fall Product Program continues until October 28, 2019! Customers can still purchase goodies from the Nut Convenience and Candy Store and have them direct shipped. There are even more products to choose from in the Nut Convenience store (then there were on the paper order card), and the sweets and treats available make great holiday gifts, especially for out-of-town friends and family. Troops earn $1 in proceeds for every nut and candy item sold.

Subscriptions can also be purchased through the Magazine Store until Monday, October 28 at 8 p.m. MST. The Magazine Store has hundreds of options for a diverse range of interests and ages at very reasonable prices and there are no additional charges for shipping. Remember that troops earn 13% of magazine subscriptions.

Encourage your Girl Scouts to follow-up with their customers now by sending them the information they need to know to purchase nuts, candy, or magazines through the girls’ online storefront – especially if the girls still need to meet the qualifications for the avatar patch or S’mores Club!

Good luck to everyone participating – Let’s make the 2019 Fall Product Program the best one yet!

Shannon Calhoun is a service unit fall product manager in Denver, and the mother of a Juliette. She shared other tips for parents, volunteers, and girls in a GSCO Facebook Live interview on September 11. To watch the video, click here.