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Update about new S’mores Club rewards

GSCO recently announced the 2019-2020 S’mores Club rewards would be a special hoodie and duffle bag, perfect for Girl Scout camping and travel, and we received a lot of positive responses!

Many people asked what colors the duffle bag and hoodie would be and what they would look like. We don’t have pictures of them to share just yet. But once we do, we certainly will! Do know that we are going with darker colors and durable fabrics, so both reward items will last through many Girl Scout adventures and many washings!

Along with the buzz around the new rewards, a few people also asked if Highest Awards charms for the bracelets that S’mores Club girls and adults earned in 2017 and 2018 would still be available. YES! Absolutely! To request a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award charm to complete girls’ S’mores Club bracelets, contact Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care by calling 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

For more information about the S’mores Club, go to:
https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/s-mores-club.html

Keeping older Girl Scouts engaged: Tips and Tricks

There are so many things competing for girls’ attention and keeping older girls excited about Girl Scouts can be a challenge! Denine Dains of Westminster in the Metro Denver regions leads a troop of Seniors and Ambassadors, many of whom have been together since Daisies and Brownies. She offers this advice for keeping older girls engaged in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

  • Have the girls create a plan for the upcoming Girl Scout year. Invite caregivers to a meeting and have the girls present their ideas. This helps not only a girl to be engaged in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, but the entire family as well. Once caregivers and siblings know what their girl wants out of Girl Scouts, they can support her in her journey!
  • Determine a troop goal, such as a big trip. While the goal may seem lofty at first, break it down into pieces or years. For example, “This year, our troop will earn/save specified dollar amount to put towards goal. Next year, we will earn/save…”
  • Participate in leadership opportunities. Earn one of Girl Scouts’ Highest awards or the Leader in Action (LIA) Award, complete PA Training, host a day camp, etc. The more girls take the lead, the more likely they are to stay in Girl Scouts.

Do you have any tips, tricks, “life hacks,” etc. to share? We would love to hear them! Just email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

 

Volunteer View: August 2019

Earn your Trail Adventure badge

Pack your day pack, put on your sunscreen, and join fellow Girl Scouts for a trail adventure! September is the perfect time to check out the trails in Colorado and complete some of the requirements for the new Trail Adventure badge. These badges are part of the 12 new Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures — giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature.

Join us in September for some fun on the trail with your troop or family! Register for this free event through our event page.

Back to Girl Scouts blog series

Back to school also means back to Girl Scouts! GSCO has a special blog series to help new volunteers, girls, and families get the most out of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience! Check it out!

Girl Scouts first Cyber Challenge – Register now!

Saturday, October 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Arapahoe Community College, Littleton

Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 are invited to detect, decode, and defend! This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage 200+ girls in grades 6–12 in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics. A futuristic scenario — a  moon colony has been hacked — will be presented and girls will be prompted to respond. They’ll learn cybersecurity skills and team up to identify the hackers, trace the origin of the cyberattack, and secure the colony’s safety.

2019 Leadership summits

This volunteer learning opportunity is your chance to get energized for the new membership year, grow your leadership skills, and check required classes off your list!

Each training location will feature NEW program level 101 classes!

August 24 – Colorado Springs

September 7 – Loveland

September 28 – Denver Metro

October 12 – Pueblo 

October 19 – Durango

October 20 – Frisco

October 26 – Grand Junction

Questions? Contact Brandi Martinez at brandi.martinez@gscolorado.org.

Registration will be open soon for all events. If you need assistance completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Additional training classes are added to the calendar frequently. To view upcoming classes and register for training, got to the events page on our website.

Fall Product Program begins September 21

Do you have lots of awesome activities planned for this Girl Scout year? The Fall Product Program is an easy and fun way to earn startup funds for all these activities and more! By participating in this program, girls will also learn the five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too.  Girls who sell $175 in online orders, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch!

Volunteer training begins early September. 

Note: Fall Product Program materials will be sent to area service units, not directly to troops.

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

Learn more

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.

Girl Scout Night with the Rocky Mountain Vibes

September 6, Colorado Springs

Girl Scouts of all ages, their family, and friends are invited to cheer on the Rocky Mountain Vibes as they take on the Grand Junction Rockies! Game Highlight: Friday Night Fireworks! Tickets are $16 and include a game ticket, meal voucher, unlimited youth fun zone passes, and parking.

Xcel Energy Day of Service

September 7, Lakewood

Girl Scouts in grades K-6 are invited to spend the morning with Xcel Energy employees to unravel energy mysteries. During the morning you will also participate in a service project as a way to help others in your community. It will be a special day of learning and caring, designed just for Girl Scouts, during Xcel Energy’s annual Day of Service.

Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

Discounted tickets at $29 per person.

Meadow Mountain Ranch Open House

September 22, Allenspark

Join us for our third annual open house at Meadow Mountain Ranch! Activities include s’mores, hike the MMR Nature Trail, hear from Songbirds Choir, meet GECCCOs, self-guided property tour, visit Homestead House and displays from the GSCO History Committee, and check out the mobile shop with brand new MMR merchandise. Event is free and open to the public!

Careers in Construction with G.E. Johnson

September 28, Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors are invited to learn about construction careers, work as a team to build a community library book stand that can be placed in your community, and participate in a behind the scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum.

Girl Scout Cyber Challenge

October 19, Littleton

Register now! Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 are invited to detect, decode, and defend! This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage 200+ girls in grades 6–12 in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics.

Women of Distinction – Denver

October 30, Denver

New location for 2019 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.

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.

Fall Product Program begins September 21, 2019

Do you have lots of awesome activities that you want to do this year? The Fall Product Program is an easy and fun way to earn start-up funds for all those activities and more! By participating in this program, girls will also learn the 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Nuts and candy are sold in-person using an order card or online and magazines are sold only online. Products that are ordered online can either be shipped or customers can select girl delivery. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too. All rewards are cumulative.

Important 2019 Fall Product Program dates:

September 21 – Fall Product Program Begins

October 13 – In-person sales end/Last day for Nut Promise orders

October 28 – Online storefront closes

In the Fall Product Program platform, M2OS, girls can create their own virtual storefront and market to friends and family through email. They have the option to create a personalized avatar for their virtual storefront too. Girls can also share their goals by recording their story, and the avatar will speak with their voice, representing them in the video!

By participating in the Fall Product Program and selling $175 in online orders, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch – choosing between lots of customizations – including special backgrounds and wearing their Girl Scout uniform or a safari suit!

Volunteer training begins early September at area service unit meetings. Please note: This year, Fall Product Program materials will be sent to area service units, not directly to troops. Volunteers and caregivers can pick-up the guide, order card, and other resources at trainings.

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

Tips and Tricks for new leaders and volunteers

You’re a new Girl Scout leader or volunteer? Awesome! Now, what? What can you do to make sure your girls and YOU get the most out of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience? Amy Caperton, Denine Dains, and Darby Petitt in the Metro Denver region are experienced leaders of troops with older Girl Scouts, many of whom have been together since Daisies and Brownies. They offer this advice for new troop leaders and volunteers.

Denine: Let the Girl Scouts do it! Girl Scouts is girl-led, so let girls make decisions, cook, clean up after meetings, etc. Even the littlest Daisies can clean dishes, get water, and put out snacks and supplies. As girls grow, let them struggle with the tent before immediately jumping in to help. You’ll be surprised the difference you’ll see in the girls and how it helps make things easier for you!

Amy: Have younger girls make a kaper chart for meetings and rotate the girls through them. When we were Daisies/Brownies, we had jobs like attendance, snack and snack helper, supplies, lead Pledge of Allegiance and Girl Scout Promise & Law, etc. The more jobs the better! It makes the girls excited for the meeting.

Darby:  Listen to what the girls want to do in Girl Scouts. For younger girls, offer lots of different opportunities for them to try things they might not have picked on their own. Let older girls do things that interest them, but also challenge them to try different activities. Most of all, let the girls do some of the planning. I think the “girl-led” aspect of Girl Scouting is the most important for them to feel invested. 

Do you have any tips, tricks, “life hacks,” etc. to share? We would love to hear them! Just email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

 

Girl-led without chaos

Having your girls’ experience be girl-led is one of the three processes in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, but how can this happen without everything spinning out of control? Join GSCO on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at noon for a Facebook LIVE event to chat about tips and tricks, answer your questions, and share why this process is important.

Can’t attend live, but have a question to ask? Send your question to girlexperience@gscolorado.org and we will address it. You can access the recording of this Facebook LIVE on our Facebook page under videos.

Ensuring a great Girl Scout year: Tips and Tricks

You’re a new Girl Scout leader or volunteer? Awesome! Now, what? What can you do to ensure your girls have a great Girl Scout year? Amy Caperton, Denine Dains, and Darby Petitt in the Metro Denver region are experienced leaders of troops with older Girl Scouts, many of whom have been together since Daisies and Brownies. They offer this advice for new troop leaders and volunteers.

Amy:

  • Hold a parent meeting to get their commitment for involvement and for signing permissions slips and medical forms signed.
  • Ask the GIRLS what they want to do, what is their vision for the year. This may take more guidance with younger girls.
  • If your troop is new, spend time at each of the first several meetings with “get to know you” activities.

Darby: Get together with your co-leader before the school year to discuss the year ahead. For younger girls, this might involve mapping out the year, leaving meetings for fun holiday stuff, Cookie Program learning, World Thinking Day prep, badges, Journeys, etc. For older girls, I still map out the major events, but leave a lot of meetings for the girls to plan. 

Denine: Have the girls create a plan for the upcoming Girl Scout year. Invite parents to a meeting and have the girls present their ideas. This helps not only a girl to be engaged in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, but the entire family as well. Once caregivers and siblings know what their girl wants out of Girl Scouts, they can support her journey!

Darby: We start out each year with a planning meeting. We welcome the girls back, find out how their summer was, and take suggestions/ideas for what they want to do and pencil them in. We bring all the badge requirements and have them look through to see what interests them. For girls who can earn one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards, they can also map out their two/three years for when they will start to work on the award. 

Do you have any tips, tricks, “life hacks,” etc. to share? We would love to hear them! Just email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Daisy’s Circle Supporter Spotlight: Karrie Adamson

Tell us about your connection to Girl Scouts.

I started as a leader when my oldest was in second grade. I had those girls until they graduated high school. When my girls were in school, I was the service unit manager for five years. I loved what the Girl Scout Cookie Program gave the girls, so I got heavily involved and loved watching the girls achieve goals and gain confidence. In 1994, I got talked into volunteering at day camp and found my place! I worked at Genesee the next year as a counselor and then moved to the urban team as the business manager and then took over as the director where I stayed until the program was eliminated. During the school year, I worked at a few different outreach programs until I found my passion for the Focus on Ability program where I have been for the last 20 years.

What is the most valuable thing that Girl Scouts gives girls today?

The ability to have self confidence! I love that it gives them a place where they can try new things and explore with safe boundaries and amazing mentors, My girls still attribute many of the leadership skills they have and self confidence to Girl Scouts.

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

I joined because as a leader and camp director, I saw many girls benefit from scholarships that allowed them the experience when money was not available for them. I would like to help girls have that experience.

What is the best thing about monthly giving?

It produces an ongoing, reliable source of income.

Named after Girl Scout founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. Funds raised through Daisy’s Circle provide financial assistance for girls and volunteers, support Outreach Programs and more.  For more information: https://www.gscodaisyscircle.org/

New S’mores Club rewards

 

You can join the Girl Scouts of Colorado S’mores Club by participating in both the 2019-2020 Girl Scout Fall Product Program and Cookie Program. Earn the new S’mores Club membership rewards for this year – a duffle bag and hoodie embroidered with the S’mores Club logo, and a special personalized patch – by meeting the criteria outlined below.

How to Qualify

GIRLS:

If you sell 15 items online during the 2019 Fall Product Program and 300 packages during the 2020 Cookie Program, you get:

  • A S’mores Club hoodie and duffle bag and personalized, S’mores Club avatar patch

TROOPS:

If the troop sells $350 in online sales during the 2019 Fall Product Program, you get:

  • An exclusive booth selection opportunity for the 2020 Cookie Program

And – If the troop has a 300 packages per selling girl average during the cookie program, the Troop Fall Product Manager and Troop Cookie Manager are eligible for volunteer rewards.

  • A S’mores Club hoodie and duffle bag, and a personalized S’mores Club avatar patch for the TFPM and TCM*

Please note – The troop per girl average (PGA) is calculated based on the total number of packages a troop sells, divided by the number of selling girls in that troop. *If the TFPM and TCM are the same person, only one reward will be given.

Also, the reward for adults is for troop participation only. Juliettes can qualify for S’mores Club and receive the personalized patch, duffle bag, and hoodie. However, caregivers of Juliettes cannot receive the duffle bag, hoodie, personalized patch, or an exclusive booth selection opportunity.

For a quick reference guide, check out the S’mores Club flyer and share it with girls and adults in your troop and service unit.

If you have questions, read our S’mores Club FAQ or contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Learn more about the NEW badges and Journeys in the Volunteer Toolkit

Have you heard the buzz about the 42 NEW Girl Scout badges and Journeys? Wondering where to find out more? The Volunteer Toolkit is the answer and FREE!

Accessing the Volunteer Toolkit

If you are a troop leader, you can access your troop’s Volunteer Toolkit through the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. You will have to have a membership for 2019-2020 to access this information. Not sure if you have renewed? Contact us, we can check and help you renew.

  1. Go to girlscoutsofcolorado.org
  2. Click on the “MY GS” tab at the top right of the webpage.
  3. Select “Volunteer Toolkit”
  4. Use your email and password for your MY GS account. Not sure what this is? Contact us, we can help!

Families, you can also access your girl’s troop’s Volunteer Toolkit the same way. You have view only privileges, but this is a great way to stay informed with the happenings in the troop!

Juliette Girl Scouts, hang tight, you will have access starting August 1, 2019. Questions? Contact GSCO Mission Delivery Manager Emily Speck at emily.speck@gscolorado.org.

Still have questions? Join us on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at noon for a Facebook LIVE event! Can’t attend live, but have a question to ask? Email Emily your question and we will answer it! You can access the recording of the Facebook LIVE on our Facebook page under videos.

Ready to explore the Volunteer Toolkit? Check out these quick and awesome videos to walk you through using the system.

Setting up your year plan: https://youtu.be/n0nrh4NJBFk

Setting meeting dates, times, and locations: https://youtu.be/R_nGzg4Ux3w

Customizing your year plan: https://youtu.be/uTdSFjJcFu0

Meeting plan overview: https://youtu.be/AHw9W6YyOPU

Not into digital planning? You can also purchase copies of the new badge booklets through the GSCO Retail Shop: https://www.girlscoutshop.com/BADGES-PROGRAM/ALL-PROGRAM-MATERIALS/BADGE-REQUIREMENTS

Have questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.