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Volunteer View: October 2017

We’ve got lots of exciting events coming up at our properties! Play games in your favorite costume, trick-or-treat, or light up the tree with GSCO at one of our fun parties. Sign up for our Halloween parties, and see the full list of upcoming events on the blog.

More events: http://gscoblog.org/2017/08/outdoor-programs-save-the-date-2017-2018/

Mark your calendars

  • Destinations round one applications are due Nov. 10 to Anna Danila.
  • Camp registration launches Jan. 19 at 9 a.m.

 

Help plan the older girl Journey weekend

Girl Scouts of Colorado is seeking girls currently in grades 6-11 to join a planning board for the next Older Girl Journey Weekend. This weekend retreat will take place at Sky High Ranch on Sept. 21-23, 2018. This girl planning board will plan every aspect of the retreat, including choosing the Journey and planning the activities.

An informational webinar will be held on Nov. 15 from 6-7 p.m. for any interested girls. Use this link to join online. Contact Katie Singleton with questions.

Work with the Membership Connection Committee

The MCC is collecting information about the service unit experience across Colorado. Make your voice heard by taking this five-minute survey.

Want to be part of the MCC? They’re seeking new members, particularly from the areas of Denver metro and northern Colorado.

Learn more: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/membership-connection-committee.html

Start earning your Gold Award now

Any girl who is a senior in high school and thinking about her Gold Award needs to start now!

 The Gold Award has a suggested minimum of 80 hours and last year, girls spent an average of 146 hours earning their Gold Award. With the March 1 deadline for Highest Awards celebrations less than six months away and final cutoff for seniors less than a year away, seniors in high school should not be waiting to start their Gold Award.

Questions about Highest Awards? Email our Highest Awards manager.

Upcoming events

Oct. 20: Girl Scout Night with CMU Women’s Soccer, Grand Junction
Come early and meet the team! No pre-registration required. Tickets can be purchased for family members at the gate.

Oct. 28: Girl Scout Day and Cheer Clinic with UNC Bears Football, Greeley
Girl Scouts are invited to Cheer Clinic hosted by UNC’s Division I Cheer Team. Girls will perform during the game and get a special cheer patch.

Nov. 4: Junior Animal Habitat Badge Workshop with Pueblo Zoo, Pueblo
Complete badge requirements for this fun Junior badge by learning about the animals at the zoo.

Nov. 5: Day of Dance with the Colorado Ballet, Denver
Come learn dances and techniques for Ballet, Brazilian, and Creative Modern Dance. Brownies can earn requirements towards the Dance Badge. All program levels welcome.

Nov. 11: Daisy and Brownie Day at the Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster
Brownies earn requirements towards the Bug Badge and Daisies will earn requirements towards the Rosie petal.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Fuller, MCC member

I joined Girl Scouts as a snaggle-toothed second grade Brownie (which was the age at which Girl Scouting began, back in the olden days of the early ‘60’s).  I’m not aware of any burning desire to be a Girl Scout.  At the time, there were few after-school activities and perhaps, my mother was glad to have me participate in one of them.  But, oh what a difference it made in my life!  Girl Scouting provided consistency and a safe place from a chaotic home life.  We moved a fair amount and I could always count on Girl Scouts to provide me an opportunity for new friends and adventures.  And soon after I relocated to Colorado with my husband and children, signing up as a Girl Scout allowed me to make friends quickly.  After nearly 30 years in Colorado, my friends are mostly Girl Scouts, with whom I gather, meet and greet, and travel.  Retiring from the staff of the former Mile Hi Legacy Council ten years ago, I continue to lunch with my former colleagues.  Now, who else can claim such a long-lived, inspiring network of former co-workers as friends?

I was retired, however, not willing to be left out of the loop of Girl Scout doings, hence my interest in the Membership Connection Committee (MCC).  What’s kept me involved with the MCC for the last 10 years?  Kept in the loop, indeed, with an understanding of the current direction and efforts of Girl Scouts in Colorado.  Able to make a small contribution on matters of governance and membership.  Meeting other Girl Scouts, girls and adults, with a responsibility to inspire, educate, and support.  My term will soon come to an end and I hope I’ll be welcomed back after the required hiatus.

I’ve served as a troop leader, trainer, service unit manager, event organizer, and now board member in my nearly 50 years of Girl Scouting.  I’m a Lifetime Member of GSUSA.  I currently support two troops and continue to train in leadership and outdoor skills.  Serving as an MCC member gives me a great deal of satisfaction since it allows me to share my skills and opinions in ways that influence the future of our organization and our members.  I have two sons [“huge, handsome and handy”, former Boy Scouts and “Girl Scout boys (until they became too distracting at Girl Scout events)”] and had, at one time, 26,000 ‘daughters’.  A terrific experience that enriched my world, provided me with adventures (around the state, the USA and the world) and made me a better person, trying to live by the Promise and Law.  Through my mentoring of young Girl Scouts, I know I’ve made a difference and that feels good.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is lucky to have a unique governance system with the Membership Connection Committee as the centerpiece of our democratic process and a way to give our members a strong voice in the issues they care most about. Would you like to be a voice for Girl Scouts of Colorado? Speak up and contribute our success together! To reach the MCC, e-mail GSCO.MCC@gscolorado.org

 

Qualify for an early Cookie Booth selection opportunity

Troop leaders, will your troop qualify for an early Cookie Booth selection opportunity?

The S’mores Club booth selection reward is back for the 2017-18 Girl Scout year and you don’t want to miss it!

To qualify for the S’mores Club, your troop must sell at least $350 in online sales during the 2017 Fall Product Program. The in-person delivery portion of the program ends Oct. 15 and the online portion of the Fall Sale Program ends on Oct. 30.

If your  troop sells $350 or more online during the 2017 Fall Product Program, you will be notified in December via the email provided through the Troop Fall Sale Manager agreement and permitted to select one Cookie Booth in eBudde ahead of the council booth selection process.

If you have questions regarding the requirements or details for the booth selection opportunity, please reach out to your SUFSM or PSS. For full details on the S’mores Club Reward, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/smores

Three winning ways to welcome new girls to your troop

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Your troop may already be up and running, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to welcome new members! Adding new girls to your troop—even midyear—can help energize your group, showcase the Girl Scout spirit of sisterhood and inclusion, and demonstrate by example how Girl Scouts is the best leadership development experience for girls in the world. Period.

After all, Girl Scouts is all about trying new things, building new skills, and getting to know new friends in a safe and supportive all-girl environment—with guidance from caring troop leaders like you, of course!

To smooth the transition for your newbies, incorporate these fun activities into your meetings, and new girls will feel at home in no time at all!

1. Set up a storytelling meet-and-greet!
One of the absolute best ways to connect with others is by swapping stories. Introduce newcomers at their first meeting, then have everyone else introduce themselves, covering the basics, like their first name, age, and years in Girl Scouts. Encourage your seasoned Girl Scouts to go a little more in-depth by sharing something about their families, pets, or interests. Maybe each girl can pick three things about herself she’d like her new Girl Scout sisters to know. Once all troop members have introduced themselves, ask new girls to share some of their own stories. 

Be sure to build in time for questions so the girls have even more opportunities to connect and share. Make it super interactive and fun by finishing up the meeting with a cool trivia game to see how much they remember about one another! 

2. Showcase what your troop loves to do most! 
At a new girl’s first or second meeting, work with the other girls to plan an activity around things the troop loves to do most, whether that be community service, outdoor adventure, photography, or science experiments. What better way to get a new Girl Scout’s experience off to an exciting and memorable start than to head straight into the action? 

At the beginning of the meeting, have a couple girls take the lead and explain the activity and why they love it so much. For subsequent meetings, give new girls the opportunity to choose activities they love most and help them plan something special to share with the troop! 

3. Encourage her to take the lead!

Girl Scouting is all about taking the lead and making things happen, so let newcomers do so early and often. You can start small, having them lead a simple activity, or go big by encouraging them to teach their Girl Scout sisters about an issue that really matters to them. You might also go around the room and have everyone share what taking the lead like a Girl Scout means to them, complete with real-life examples to help new girls really get a grasp of leadership and everything they have the power to accomplish as Girl Scouts. Allow them time to ask questions, too. Learning and leading, that’s how we Girl Scouts do it!

Tips for troop leaders: Videos now available

Being a Girl Scout volunteer is no easy task! That’s why Girl Scouts of the USA has created a few “quick tip” videos for troop leaders on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the best way to get girls’ attention to troop safety.  Watch and share the videos with your fellow volunteers by visiting the GSCO YouTube page or see below.

Controlling the Room

Tips for troop leaders on the best way to get the attention of the girls in their troop.

Leader-daughter Dynamic

Tips for how to manage when troop leaders have their daughter in their troop.

Positive Troop Environment

Tips for creating and maintaining a sage and positive troop environment.

Start-up Activities

Examples of successful activities for the girls to do at the beginning of the troop meeting.

Troop Safety

Tips for troop leaders to ensure they are following safety guidelines with their troop.

Welcoming New Girls

Tips for troop leaders to ensure new girls feel welcome as a new troop member.

Nancy Mucklow honored at bridging ceremony

Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

On the last warm Sunday of the summer of 2017, Girl Scouts in Steamboat Springs presented Nancy Mucklow with the “Thanks” badge. Nominated by Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors chair-elect Rae Ann Dougherty, Nancy did not expect the overwhelming number of endorsements that also supported the honor. Ms. Dougherty was unable to attend, but provided the following statement for the ceremony:

“Because of Nancy’s spirited devotion, Girl Scouts of Colorado is fortunate to have a strong and growing base of active Girl Scouts of all ages in Steamboat Springs, a key area of our Mountain Communities region! Not only does she share and invite girls from all over the state to participate in Steamboat events, her energy routinely spills out into other geographic areas throughout the state with a VERY positive impact. Without Nancy’s dedication, commitment, enthusiasm, and energy, I believe we would not have as strong, dynamic, and vibrant Girl Scout Program in Steamboat Springs. Even with her male dominated family, she shepherds many girls, as well as adult volunteers, through the program.”

You can read more about Nancy, this special honor, and her Girl Scout story in the Steamboat Pilot and Today.

Prior to the surprise presentation, many Girl Scouts bridged to Brownie through Ambassador level with a full rededication ceremony. Thank you everyone for a wonderful afternoon!

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

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Marti Shuster, MCC member

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

45 years

How long have you been on MCC?

Less than a year

What inspired you to join MCC?

Back in Michigan, I had been a part of a similar committee and wanted to play my part in keeping communication open between staff and volunteers.

What have you learned through being part of this committee?

This is a hard working group of people from all over Colorado who strive to make Girl Scouts a great experience for all girls.

Why would you recommend being a member of MCC to other volunteers?

It’s a great way to get involved and stay involved and make a difference to Girl Scouts in Colorado.

Tell us about yourself.

I moved to Colorado four years ago from Florida (and Michigan where I grew up). I truly believe in what Girl Scouts represents and what it teaches girls. That’s why I have stayed in so long. I am currently the leader of my granddaughter’s Daisy troop and I love working with these young girls. I can tell how they have grown in just one year. Can’t wait to see how they progress over the next eleven!

I am also a member of GSCO History Committee.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is lucky to have a unique governance system with the Membership Connection Committee as the centerpiece of our democratic process and a way to give our members a strong voice in the issues they care most about. Would you like to be a voice for Girl Scouts of Colorado? Speak up and contribute our success together! To reach the MCC, e-mail GSCO.MCC@gscolorado.org

What does “girl-led” mean?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by GSCO Board Chair-Elect Rae Ann Dougherty

The 2017 Leadership Summits have begun! The first was in Colorado Springs and a wonderful opportunity to obtain training, updates, as well as build our Girl Scout networks.  All are important as we begin a new Girl Scout year.  While in training, I reflected on some of my past experiences as a Girl Scout Cadette troop leader…

Back in the 1980’s, I served as a Cadette troop leader.  While the traditions of Girl Scouts were the same then as they are today, as leaders we did not use the phrase “girl-led” as much as we do today.  None-the-less the way troops were run were similar and the results were similar.

One spring, although not asked, the girls in my troop announced they wanted to go on an overnight trip that was NOT camping.  Fine. As their leader, I immediately began to facilitate the process by asking the questions associated with planning such an event.  After discussion, we considered going to a theme park and staying in a hotel. That started the girl’s minds going. Lo and behold, while I had not suggested that they do any between-meeting research, the next meeting they came prepared!  Girls had, unbeknownst to me, obtained hotel options, knew ticket prices, knew the distance and how many cars/adults would be required, set up a budget, and more. Mind you as this was decades before the convenience of the internet, cell phones, Google maps, or other technology to which we have become accustomed.  As such, the research was significantly more involved than it would be today.  No worries, they quickly figured out how to use 1-800 phone numbers for the various hotel chains, how to read a map, etc.!  Needless to say I was blown away, but so proud of them!

We continued to plan and ultimately went on the trip.  Since they had lead the process so well, while at the theme park I followed their lead making sure that they were safe, but doing what they wanted and joining with them on the rides that they wanted to go on.  Since we were following their lead, my co-leaders and I did not pay much attention … until I ended up on one of those roller coasters that did TWO upside down loop-deloops!  (This is NOT the type of ride I seek.)  After I recovered from that experience, I continued to follow them, but suggested that I wait for them whenever they then decided to go on any more thrill rides.  I guess they were fine as long as I went with them.  Ultimately, they enjoyed the rest of the day without more thrill rides.  (I have yet to go on another roller coaster like that!)

Along the way we added a few activities so they were able to earn the “Travel” Interest Project as well.

The non-formal learning the Girl Scout program offers continues to impress me.  This was a memorable experience for me and one that I remain proud of all that those girls accomplished.  Although this was not intentionally a “girl-led” experience, it certainly became one.  Why?  Because that is the way Girl Scouts is, it just naturally flows for the girls to grow and develop their leadership.

Do you have a “girl-led” story to share?  Use the Share Your Stories form.

Leadership Summits are here and coming to your area in the coming weeks (Metro Denver, September 16, 2017; Northern Colorado, September 23; Grand Junction, September 20; Pueblo, October 14).  My experience at the Colorado Springs event on Saturday, August 26 was fabulous.  I was even asked for  feedback and insight to enhance the service unit experience. To register or find one in your area, use this link: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/training-events.html

 

 

Announcing online payments for your troop

Did you raise your hand to collect payments for your troop? Hats off to you!

Girl Scouts of Colorado wants to make your life just a little bit easier. We’ve partnered with Cheddar Up to give troops all of the tools they need to create a payment collection page in minutes.

Creating a collection is easy. After you create your troop’s account at https://my.cheddarup.com/orgs/girlscoutsco/signup, you will have access to customized libraries created just for Girl Scouts of Colorado. You name it, you can collect for it: outing, event, dues, gear, fundraiser… the list goes on.

Even better? You can collect information as well. Have an event coming up and need to collect payments plus a waiver? Girl Scouts of Colorado has pre-loaded forms that you can add to your collection page.

Create an online collection for your troop and enjoy:

  • ONLINE PAYMENTS:
    Accept payments by credit card and cash or check. You’ll be able to track online and offline payments.
  • ONLINE FORMS:
    Add form fields to your collection to eliminate paper and move all information-collecting online.
  • AUTOMATIC TRACKING:
    Cheddar Up tracks all payments and information online. In one click, easily export to Excel.
  • COMPLETE OVERSITE:
    Securely transfer funds directly to your units bank account with an online record of all withdrawals.And, every volunteer’s dream:
  • EASY HANDOFF:
    Replicate collections year after year—with saved history for always-there online records.

To see these features in action watch the quick video tutorial: https://vimeo.com/226958020/9e5c78607e

Sign up for free and get started: http://go.cheddarup.com/girlscoutsco.

Volunteer Spotlight: Amy Bissell, MCC member

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

I have been a Girl Scout for 47 years.  Some of those were girl years, but most of them are adult years. I have  been a leader of every level except Girl Scout Daisies. My favorites were 30+ years as an older girl leader/advisor. Those were great years and I have kept in touch with many of “my girls.”  It is wonderful to see how they have changed from girl to woman.

How long have you been on MCC? 

This will be my second time to be on the MCC. My first time was in 2012 for two terms, I think.

What inspired you to join MCC? 

I love Girl Scouts and I want as many girls as possible to get to be a Girl Scout. My part of Colorado covers lots of miles and there are very few girls who participate in Girl Scouting in this area.  I want to make Girl Scouting available to girls in small towns.  I want to be able to help them achieve Highest Awards, travel abroad, and go on Destinations.  I also want to show girls and leaders that they can lead and that their dreams and goals can be met through Girl Scouting.  Lack of communication is a real problem here because so many do not have internet access and, since so much of Girls Scouting is now online, I would like to see more communications through other ways. I hope that progress can be made through MCC to help GSCO realize that there are big gaps in online communications that is not the girls’ faults.  There has to be another way to deliver program.

What have you learned through being part of this committee?

The more people work together to achieve a common goal, the better the experience and the outcome.  Working together is also a great example for girls to learn.  When they see what can happen with a group working together for a common goal, they will be more likely to use that in their lives, too.  Usually, the more people that share a goal and are willing to work for it, the better the committee will be in the future and the more likely that they will share their skills in team building with their troops who, in turn, will use it as they work for a girl-led troop and the more confidence that they will have to achieve it.

Why would you recommend being a member of MCC to other volunteers?

I have noticed, when I do trainings, that most of the leaders have no idea as to how GSCO works, how decisions are made, and what it takes to make Girl Scouting possible.  MCC is a good way to “get your feet wet.”  It does a lot of it’s work by phone, isn’t so expensive that most people could handle it.  You don’t have to travel a long way several times a year. An MCC member gets to know a lot of people in her territory as she talks to them about various concerns. I like it because I get to talk face-to-face with them and can answer questions, and, most of all, establish and a network of people who want to help the troop and the girl and the adult succeed, a relationship that can lead to better understanding of how GSCO works and they have someone they have met who is an person who really cares about girls and the Girl Scout program.

Tell us about yourself.

I am 71-years-old and my husband, Wayne, and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this summer.  I was born in Texas, went to school in Texas, married in Texas, lived for 2 1/2 years in Canada teaching in a coed boarding school while my husband was in Vietnam.  We have two children, a son, Terry (he and his wife Heather live in Broomfield) and a daughter, Beth (she and her husband Todd, live in Fort Worth and they have our three grandsons, Justyn, Jaxson, and Joshua.  Beth is a Gold Award recipient and Lifetime Girl Scout  and is the principal of an elementary school. Terry will be starting a new job in June.

Wayne and I love to travel.  We have been to almost all 50 states, all but two of the Canadian provinces, Europe, Africa, Ukraine, Vietnam, Ireland, and Central America.  Both of us are now retired and we were in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China in January and our anniversary gift to each other will be a trip to England and Scotland in August.

My Girl Scout experience began as a Brownie in Texas when cookies were around $1 a package.  I earned my First Class Award in high school.  I have been a day camp director, took girls to Macy Conference Center in New York, attended the WAGGGS international conference the year it was held at Macy. I was an alternate to the Vermont Round-Up and, as an adult was on the program staff twice  for a Wider Opportunity with 1,200 girls in   Tennessee. One year I was the music leader and another year I was the ceremonies director.  I was elected for two terms as the president of the Board of Directors for the Columbine Girl Scout  region here in southeastern Colorado.  I am currently a trainer, program resource person, on three different Gold Award Mentors committees right now, the GSCO History Committee,  GSCO Global Girl Scouting committee, and will begin my second time to be on MCC. I am also a Lifetime member of GSUSA and I am looking forward to 2020 to celebrate 50 years as a Girl Scout.  I was on the 100th GSUSA celebration state committee in 2012. I coordinated the library display here in Pueblo and did the Flat Juliette activities for the state event.  AND…I love being a Girl Scout!

I am the youth ministry leader at our church.  One of my duties with that is Vacation Bible School.  This is my  5th year to write my own curriculum and it’s a lot of fun!  I am responsible for the children’s classes at our church and I teach two classes every week.  I am retired from Dillards.  My favorite hobbies are reading and music.  I am currently trying to declutter our house and it should be finished some time in the next century! I love romance books and historical books and my favorite book is the Bible.  I have an Associate of Arts degree from Lubbock Christian University (College back then) and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Abilene Christian University (College back then).  I also did some post -graduate work at ACC, but, I never finished it.

I may have left something out, but, this is MORE than enough!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is lucky to have a unique governance system with the Membership Connection Committee as the centerpiece of our democratic process and a way to give our members a strong voice in the issues they care most about. Would you like to be a voice for Girl Scouts of Colorado? Speak up and contribute our success together! To reach the MCC, e-mail GSCO.MCC@gscolorado.org