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Volunteer View: August 2018

Leadership Summits and Super Saturday Training Events

Get energized for the new membership year! Meet other volunteers, share your ideas, get your questions answered, and enhance your skills by taking classes that support your experience as a volunteer!
Networking opportunities and a variety of volunteer training and enrichment classes will be offered for new and experienced leaders, along with classes for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

Volunteers are welcome to register and attend any of the Leadership Summits and Super Saturday training events.

Check the events calendar on the GSCO website to register.

Leadership Summits
Aug. 25 – Colorado Springs
Sept. 8th – Loveland
Sept. 29th – Denver
​Super Saturdays
Sept. 29 – Durango
Oct. 13 – La Junta
Oct. 20 – Grand Junction
Oct. 20 – Mountain Communities

 

Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at (303) 607-4897 or email.

Event List

OGAB Applications are now open

Looking for a way to grow your leadership skills? Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) applications are open! OGAB members play an integral role in the enrichment of girl experience across Colorado through planning retreats and monthly virtual meetings with council staff. Check out what graduating Seniors Bailey and Emma said about their experience in OGAB, then apply. Applications with two references are due by September 18.

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

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Fall Product Program Begins September 22 

The Girl Scouts Fall Product Program is a great way for troops to earn start-up funds for the year. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates. Don’t forget your Troop ACH form  must be filed to participate. Fall Product Program materials will be shipped directly to troops, and trainings for service unit fall product managers will be in early September.

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S’mores Club is Back!

Girls and adults who continue to achieve S’mores Club status will receive new charms for their bracelet special for the 2018-19 GSCO program year. New members to the S’mores Club will receive their bracelet along with the special charms unique to the 2018-19 GSCO program year.

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Outdoor Programs

OAC 

The Outdoor Adventure Club’s 2018-2019 season starts in September with our first events take girls canoeing, shooting archery, and mountain biking! Sign up for our single event interest list, see upcoming dates and get more information.

Volunteer Run Camps Summer 2018

​Is your volunteer group or older girl troop interested in running a day camp for girls outside of your service unit in summer 2019? Volunteer-run camps can be a money-earning or leadership opportunity for older girl troops, and help support the statewide outdoor program offerings. Camp submissions are due in early October (exact date TBA) to be included in the camp mailer. The first step for new or interested camp directors is to meet with Anna Danila, outdoor program manager. Email Anna  for more information

Small Craft Safety Training: September 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sky High Ranch

Small Craft Safety is an American Red Cross certification required for boating programs with your troop or Girl Scout group, per Safety Activity Checkpoints. At this course, you will learn the basic fundamentals of teaching girls how to safely canoe and kayak on flat water, while having fun. You will learn about all the fundamentals and equipment of each type of boating vessel. This certification is through the American Red Cross, and is valid for three years, course is $50/person. Questions? Marissa.Rooney@gscolorado.org

Highest Awards

Highest Awards deadline

All girls who have bridged to Cadettes or Seniors have until Sept. 30 to notify GSCO they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award, respectively. Fill out the online Bronze or Silver Award notification form to let us know that your girls have earned a highest award.

New Gold Award rubrics

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to publish new Gold Award rubrics for girls around the state to use to make their Gold Award journey successful and rewarding. The document includes a rubric for initial proposal approval and final approval, so girls can understand exactly what is expected of them throughout their Gold Award journey.

eLearning Enrichment

Look for Fall Product Program training on our eLearning site in September. Troops participating in the fall product program, can earn proceeds to fund their activities and meet the requirements for being part of the S’mores Club – earning special rewards

Questions about GSCO eLearning? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org

Join the MCC at Leadership Summits

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

Interested in learning more?  Search the GSCO Blog for “MCC” or visit us online. You can also contact the MCC Chair, Caroline Cornell for additional information.

Older Girl Journey Weekend

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

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

Register today before spots fill up!

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

Upcoming events

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

Xcel Energy Day of Service
September 8, Lakewood

Careers in Construction Day
September 29, Colorado Springs

Save the Date: Engineering Day at Colorado School of Mines
Saturday, November 10
More details coming soon!

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Gold Award and Highest Awards and Take Action trainings

We are thrilled to be offering both Gold Award and Highest Awards and Take Action trainings at Leadership Summits across the state for the summer and fall of 2018!

You may be asking, “What is a Leadership Summit?” Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Leadership Summits are learning conferences that offer volunteers (and girls!) the opportunity to get energized for the new membership year and check required trainings off the to-do list. In addition to offering trainings for new and experienced volunteers, we are offering “Older Girl Leadership Summit” tracks at each event where older girls can participate in training all day.

Gold Award Training is required for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award.

Highest Awards and Take Action is the perfect opportunity to connect with other troop leaders about successful projects and learn how to let girls take the lead in making a difference in their community with Take Action projects that girls will complete in their Journeys, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects.

Colorado Springs, Saturday, August 25
Older Girl Leadership Summit: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/older_girl_leadership_summit_pp_08_25_2018
Leadership Summit (for adults): https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/leadership_summit_in_colorado_springs_pp_08_25_2018

Loveland, Saturday, September 8
Registration links coming soon!

Denver, Saturday, September 29
Registration links coming soon!

Grand Junction, Saturday, October 20
Super Saturday event, Gold Award training only.
Registration link coming soon!

Questions about Highest Awards? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Pike’s Peak Leadership Summit: Saturday, August 25, 2018

The 2018 Pike’s Peak Leadership Summit is Saturday, August 25 at Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs.

This is your opportunity to connect with other volunteers and take a variety of enrichment classes for new and experienced leaders, such as Engaging Families; Troop on a Shoestring Budget; Event Planning; Tips and Tricks: Clique Proof Your Troop; Proficiency Badges and Journeys (PB&J); as well as essential program level 101’s, Daisy/Brownie, Junior, and Cadette and Older Girl; and Multi-level 101.

Participants will enjoy a catered lunch with a chance to share ideas with fellow leaders.

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can participate in leadership enrichment courses to expand their skills and knowledge to prepare them for their future in Girl Scouts and beyond. Girls will sign-up for the entire day.  This is a FREE leadership development opportunity! Girls should bring a sack lunch and light snacks will be provided. Sessions include Gold Award, Highest Awards and Take Action, Taking Ownership of Your Girl Scout Experience, Let’s Go on an Adventure, Using Your Leadership Skills for Change, “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience. Read class descriptions and register for the older girl classes here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/older_girl_leadershi.html

Connect with other Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 at these exciting events!

Register Now: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/leadership_summit_in.html

 

 

Help wanted: Girl Scouts to show off their STEM skills

Are you excited about the new STEM badges? Would you be willing to help your fellow Girl Scouts by recording a how-to video? If so, we need your help!

STEM is a subject area that not every leader, or girl, is completely comfortable with. Terms like programmer, robotics, or even scientist can make people nervous and prevent exploring what these badges or Journeys require. Let’s break down some of those nerves by showing everyone how easy it can be. Selected individuals or troops will record a five to ten-minute video that walks a viewer through a how-to on completing an activity that is part of one of our national leadership Journeys or badges.

Requirements:

• Excitement for STEM and experience leading/participating in the new Girl Scout STEM content

• Willingness to be filmed and have your video published by GSCO

• Able to clearly explain activity and follow a lesson plan

• Work with GSCO to have staff film the how-to video

Interested individuals or troops should email Emily Speck at emily.speck@gscolorado.org. Please include your name, who wants to participate, your city or region, and if you have an activity/subject you would prefer to teach.

Family Guide and 4 Her Promise

A new Girl Scout year is just around the corner! Whether making new friends, riding horses, building robots, traveling, or just having fun, she’ll find her place with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Troops rely on volunteer support for girls to have the best experience possible. While troop leaders are committed to provide the primary guidance and support, all families are asked to give what they can. GSCO encourages caregivers to become volunteers to ensure girls get the most out of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Parents, friends, and other family members can provide time, experience, and ideas. For resources, check out the Girl Scouts of Colorado Family Guide.

Girls who have family support and participation in their Girl Scout adventures are more likely to stay in Girl Scouts. Consider volunteering four hours this year for her! We are asking for your promise of 4 hours per family per year – 4 HER.  Learn more about the 4 Her Promise.

Volunteer View: July 2018

You’re more than a Girl Scout. You’re a G.I.R.L.

We believe there’s no such thing as too much. That there’s no excuse for making excuses. Our strength doesn’t come from how much we can lift, but from how often we can lift ourselves back up. We are everyday optimists. Adventure seekers. Problem solvers. We are girls, troop leaders, mentors, advocates, parents, Girl Scouts. We are G.I.R.L.s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader). We will not stop. In fact, we’re just getting started. If your troop is able to host a recruitment event in your area, please contact your VSS.

Renew today 

Outdoor Adventure Club

Passports for the 2018-2019 Outdoor Adventure Club season are available through August 8. Purchase your older Girl Scout’s passport now to attend year-round high adventure events across the state.

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Outdoor Programs

Sign up now for the Summer Heat Taster on Wednesday, July 25, 9 a.m – 5 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Fire Department Tower! Female firefighters volunteer their time to teach girls firefighting and leadership skills. Girls wear real firefighting gear while learning and working through a series of fire-related challenges.

This event is open to Cadette girls going into 8th grade in fall 2018 and Seniors and Ambassadors. Troops can attend together, but girls will register individually. Additional adults for supervision are not required at this event, but if interested can register as a volunteer.

Register today

Inside Scoop: Coming summer 2019, a week long summer heat fire camp! Want more than the taster? A full week of fun activities such as: an aerial ladder climb; search and rescue techniques; vehicle extrication; and working with hose lines while suited up in protective firefighting gear and breathing apparatus. The highlight of the week is a live fire exercise where the Summer Heat participants will extinguish a real propane fire! There is no physical requirement to participate in this camp.

Highest Awards

All girls who have bridged to Cadettes or Seniors have until Sept. 30 to notify GSCO they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award, respectively. Fill out the online Bronze or Silver Award notification form to let us know that your girls have earned a highest award.

Gold Award rubrics

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to publish new Gold Award rubrics for girls around the state to use to make their Gold Award journey successful and rewarding. The document includes a rubric for initial proposal approval and final approval, so girls can understand exactly what is expected of them throughout their Gold Award journey.

eLearning Enrichment

Want to feel confident about handling conflict situations in your troop? Log in to our online learning site to access our Conflict Fluency training.

The class offers guided instruction on managing and resolving disagreements, along with a workbook you can download, which offers a variety of situations and solutions to handle issues as they arise.

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

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

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

Leadership Summits and Super Saturday events

Networking opportunities, a variety of volunteer training, and enrichment classes will be offered for new and experienced leaders, along with classes for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Get energized for the new membership year by meeting other volunteers and enhancing your skills by taking classes that support your experience as a volunteer!

Volunteers are welcome to register and attend any of the Leadership Summits and Super Saturday training events.

Leadership Summits
Aug. 25: Colorado Springs
Sept. 8: Loveland
Sept. 29: Denver
Registration and full details coming soon!

Super Saturdays
Sept. 29: Durango
Oct. 13: La Junta
Oct. 20: Grand Junction
MCC will be at all Leadership Summits and select other training events to conduct Voices 2018 while surveying members on a range of topics designed to provide feedback to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors and senior council leadership. Your feedback is valued and important, please plan to stop by and visit with us and express your opinion!

Older Girl Journey Weekend

Ready for some outdoor fun?! Older Girl Journey Weekend is September 21-23 at Sky High Ranch. Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will strengthen their outdoor skills and ignite their passion for environmental stewardship as they earn components of the new Outdoor Journey. Cost is $90/girl and $40/adult chaperone. There are a  limited number of Program Aide (must have completed internship) spots at $50/girl. This is a drop-off event, registered adults will be expected to assist in supervision of girls.

Register today before spots fill up!

Apply for the Older Girl Advisory Board

Looking for a way to grow your leadership skills? Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) applications are open! OGAB members play an integral role in the enrichment of girl experience across Colorado through planning retreats and monthly virtual meetings with council staff. Check out what graduating Seniors Bailey and Emma said about their experience in OGAB, then apply with two references are due by September 18.

Safety Checkpoints updated

The 2018 Safety Activity Checkpoints are now available on our website. Please check this resource before planning activities with your girls. Read more about changes this year on the blog.

Upcoming events

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

Aug. 4 – Girl Scout Night with Colorado Switchbacks Soccer, Colorado Springs.  Girl Scouts, friends, and family can enjoy discounted tickets and cheer on the Switchbacks as they take on the OKC Energy.

Aug. 12 – Girl Scout Night with the Grand Junction Rockies Baseball, Grand Junction. Cheer on the Grand Junction Rockies as they take on the Helena Brewers! Registration information is coming soon!

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

Safety Activity Checkpoints: New rules impacting girl travel

Attention Girl Scout volunteers and families: Safety Activity Checkpoints has been updated. The revised version is available on our website at www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org under “Forms,” or click here to go directly to the guidebook. This resource provides instructions and recommendations for girls and adults to stay safe while participating in various activities.

Two new guidelines to be aware of regarding travel with girls are:

Transportation

Uber, Lyft, Curb, and similar ridesharing companies are not permitted to transport girls because the safety, credibility, and insurance of the drivers is far more difficult to qualify than that of traditional or well-known charter and rental companies. Complete auto insurance coverage is often not available or not sufficient for the majority of rideshare drivers. (SAC, Page 10)

Overnight Accommodations

The use of Airbnb and other private rentals is not permitted. The safety, credibility, and insurance requirements of private rentals are difficult to qualify compared to traditional commercial properties. For these reasons, the guideline is to stay away from private rentals such as Airbnb, VRBO, Flipkey, Romana, Homeaway, VayStays, Tripping, Wimdu, and Couchsurfing. (SAC, Page 11)

Read pages one-three in Safety Activity Checkpoints, to see which activities are included in the guide. It’s a good way to get ideas about different options for your troop or group. Once you decide what you are going to do, you can then consult the relevant section, and share the instructions with the other adults and the girls in your group before planning and engaging in the activity. For an overview of general safety rules for all Girl Scouts activities, review pages 4-15 in SAC.

Openings for Urban Trails Day Camp July 30 – Aug. 3

Submitted by Tiffany Stone

Metro Denver

Denver

There are still TWO more ADULT VOLUNTEER openings for the Urban Trail service unit’s upcoming day camp!

Details:
Urban Trails Day Camp
Cherry Creek State Park
July 30 – August 3, 2018

Perks:
A 90% DISCOUNT for your girl to go to this day camp. The whole week of camp will cost around $20!
Frappacinos galore
Canoeing
Awesome Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors to hang with all week
Free hat
Lessons and activities already planned
AMAZING PA helpers and AMAZING adults to work with

The Catch?:
You need to volunteer the entire week. It is a 830 a.m. – 3: 30 p.m. commitment.
You will need to bring your own lunch, as all campers do.
This camp is for Brownies/Juniors and PA’s/PAI’s (no Daisies for this camp)

IF you are interested in having your girl come to this camp with you as a volunteer, please contact me ASAP at (303) 204-4675 or urbantrailsdenver@gmail.com. This offer must close on July 16!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Volunteer View: June 2018

Then. Now. Always.

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

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

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

Learn more

Volunteer Toolkit Access

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

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

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

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

OGAB (Older Girl Advisory Board): Applications now open

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

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

Learn more

Kick off fall with the Older Girl Journey Weekend

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

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

Register today before spots fill up!

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

Outdoor Programs

Session highlights, see our camp website for more information! 

OAC 2018-2019 passports opened May 21.

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

Join the MCC at Leadership Summits this fall

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

eLearning Enrichment

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

 

 

Volunteer Toolkit access

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

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

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