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Creating a Family Agreement

Submitted by GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist Allison Ellington

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

We’ve all heard the quote, “It takes a village to raise a child.” As a mother and a part of the GSUSA sisterhood, I couldn’t agree more. I love the fact that our Girl Scouts are around so many positive influences. I’ve noticed the troops that seem to function the best are the ones that have many different family members involved in helping with the troop. There are so many ways to get involved, but we’ve heard troop volunteers say that it’s hard to ask for help and some don’t know what to ask for. On the flip side, we’ve heard families tell us they want to help, but leaders never ask for it or don’t have something for the adults to do when they do offer. GSCO recommends a family meeting to start the year off on the right foot. There are some great details on how to have one of these meetings, who to include, and what to cover in our newly released Volunteer Essentials. A parent/guardian/family meeting, or a meeting of your friends-and-family network (as encouraged in many of the leadership Journeys), is a chance for you to get to know the families of the girls in your group. This is also a time to get a Family Agreement in writing. Below is a great example of one you can use with your troop, but feel free to customize it to your needs. If you have any questions about the family involvement meeting or creating a group agreement, please reach out to your volunteer support specialist. Don’t know who that is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Group Agreement Example

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Victoria Gigoux, MCC member

How long have you been a Girl Scout volunteer?

Eight years

How long have you been a member of the MCC?

Three years

What inspired you to join MCC?

I was interested in staying connected and having a voice representing the Western Slope.

What have you learned through being a part of this committee?

I’ve learned that my voice does matter. I feel some of the things I have said and the subcommittees I have been a part of have helped shape the Girl Scout experience for both girls and volunteers.

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

It’s a fulfilling way to keep your finger on the pulse of where GSCO is going and have a voice that might impact that direction

Tell us about yourself. 

I am a full-time-working, mother of three girls; all Girl Scouts. I’ve been married to my husband, Gerald, since 2001.  We live in Grand Junction with our kids, dog, turtle, hamster, chickens, and turkeys and we also board two horses.  Outside of this craziness, I lead two multi-level Girl Scout troops, totaling around 50 girls each year from K-9th. I am a member of the Mesa County Service Unit leadership team and help with the President’s Council , in addition to being on the MCC and a rep to the board.  Outside of Girl Scouts, I volunteer for my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, as Finance Advisor for our collegiate chapter at CU and as a Province Chair supporting all alumnae chapters in five states, including Colorado.  In my “free” time, I love to read, cook and travel.

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

Volunteer View: August 2017

Leadership Summits set this fall

Connect with other volunteers at our upcoming Leadership Summits, and take a variety of leadership development and enrichment classes for new and experienced leaders, such as: Girl Scout History and Traditions Wide Game; Volunteer Toolkit – New Journeys and Badges; Global Girl Scouting; Clique-Proofing Your Troop, as well as essential Program level 101’s – Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Older Girls; and GS 201 – Take it to the Next Level – Girl Led!

Classes will also be offered for older girls – Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors – and leaders of older girl troops. Sessions include Gold Award, Highest Awards & Take Action, Extended Trips, Money-Earning Opportunities for Older Girls, and more. Connect with other Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 at these exciting events! Participants will enjoy a catered lunch with a chance to share ideas with fellow leaders.

Follow the registration links below to sign up for Leadership Summits now, and find out more about classes offered at each event. We can’t wait to see you there!

*(Note: this location was originally scheduled in Fort Collins but has moved to Longmont)

Fall Product Program Begins Sept. 23

The Girl Scouts Fall Product Program is a great way for troops to earn start-up money 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 Program materials will be shipped directly to troops and trainings for fall sale service unit managers will be in early September.

Learn more: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-sale.html

S’mores Club is back

The S’mores Club is back for girls and troops that rock both the Fall Product and the Girl Scout Cookie programs.

If a girl sells 15 items online during the 2017 Fall Product Program and 300 packages during the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program she will receive an exclusive Girl Scout designed sterling silver PANDORA bracelet with uniquely created charms and a personalized S’mores Club Avatar Patch.

If a troop has $350 in online sales during the 2017 Fall Product Program, they will receive an exclusive booth selection during the 2018 Cookie Program. If they then also have a 300 package per girl selling average during the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program the troop fall sale manager and troop cookie manager will each receive an exclusive Girl Scout designed Sterling Silver PANDORA bracelet with uniquely created charms and a personalized S’mores Club Avatar Patch.

Get outdoors with GSCO

Outdoor Adventure Club single-event passes open 30 days prior to the event, if space is available. Register here: https://girlscoutsco.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App

Camp registration opens this upcoming year on Jan. 18 at 9 a.m., mark your calendar now!

Reserve properties up to 365 days in advance here. If your troop has not planned that far out, watch the GSCO Facebook page for last minute cancellations. Reserve a property herehttp://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/

Equipment: You can also reserve limited equipment for your outing from the Denver office at this link: Reserve equipment: http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/

Reminders:

  • Girls bridging from Juniors to Cadettes or Cadettes to Seniors this summer have until Sept. 30 to submit online notification they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award.
  • Volunteer support specialists (VSS) are calling troop leaders through Sept. 15. VSS will be welcoming troops back for a new Girl Scout year. This is a wonderful time to update any troop information, ask questions, and get a lot of valuable information.
  • The Older Girl Advisory Board is recruiting new members (girls in grades 9-12 who provide feedback on projects including mentoring, program development, older girl engagement, and product sales). Applications are due Sept. 19. Apply today.
  • Find out more about travel with Girl Scouts and the Destinations program, attend this webinar.

Join Daisy’s Circle

Join Daisy’s Circle, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program, and get a $5 new member coupon to use at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop. Shop in person in Denver, by phone, or email.

Coupons are applied to in-stock merchandise only and cannot be transferred or copied.

This offer expires 10/15/2017, so join today!

It’s so easy to join! The bigger the circle, the bigger the impact!

Upcoming Events

Girl Scout Night with the Grand Junction Rockies
5 p.m. Aug. 27.  Girl Scouts in uniform get into the game free! Adults and other children can purchase tickets at the gate. Cheer on the Rockies as they take on the Orem Owlz. To help us set aside enough seats for our Girl Scout section, please let us know if you are interested here.

CU Football Scout Day – Boulder
12 p.m. Sept. 9.  Cost is $25/person. Girl Scouts get a special game patch. Cheer on the Buffs as they take on Texas State San Marcos. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated back to GSCO. Purchase tickets here and use promo code GIRLSCOUTS17.

Girl Scout Day with Colorado Rockies
6:10 p.m. Sept. 16. Tickets range from $16-$25. Come cheer on the Colorado Rockies as they take on the San Diego Padres! Girl Scouts get a fun event patch. A portion of each ticket sold through our GSCO promo code will be donated back to GSCO. The Rockies are having a great season, so tickets may go fast. Get yours today! Purchase tickets here and look for our GSCO promo code/link at the bottom of the page.

Advice for new leaders from seasoned leaders

Submitted by Allison Ellington, GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

Thoughts from some Western Slope volunteers

Why I volunteer:

• Because I was a Girl Scout and had great experiences

• To help teach girls and support their development in my community

• To make a difference and have fun

• It’s a great way to bond with my daughter and help develop confidence in young girls

• It’s important to role model volunteering and community involvement

• To keep me out of trouble, get new experiences and meet so many people

New skills developed as a Girl Scout volunteer:

• Patience, event planning, conflict resolution, getting on the girl’s level, and teaching the way they learn

• Camping and relating to girls

• Organizational skills

• The importance of delegating

• How to ask for help

• Dealing with diversity

• Learned to be a kid again

• Dealing with lots of different personalities with teenage girls. You can learn A LOT from these girls!

• Still learning

• Leadership and time management

• “I found a hidden confidence in myself that transferred to my job outside of Girl Scouts. I’m able to communicate better and multi-task better which earned me a promotion to a manager! 😊”

What advice would you give to a brand-new volunteer?

• It can be overwhelming at first. Breathe, relax, go at a pace you can handle, and use the help the staff provides. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for help!

• Don’t stress about being perfect

• Go to the trainings before you start

• Get your training, ask for help, and network with other leaders

• Remember, these girls are here to have fun while learning

• Be open-minded and have fun

• Reach out to other leaders – they have been through the same things you are going through

• Ask for parent volunteers – even for the small things

• Tap into the other leaders for information

• Attend trainings and service unit meetings! Meet other leaders and network for collaboration and ideas.

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

Leadership Summit in Northern & Northeastern CO moved

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Leadership Summit in our Northern & Northeastern CO region on September 23, 2017 in Fort Collins has been moved to Longmont. It is now at Front Range Community College – Boulder County Campus (2190 Miller Dr, Longmont, CO 80501). To learn more or register, use this link: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2017/northern_colorado_le.html

We appreciate your patience and understanding!

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Katie Krska

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Katie Krska in the Pikes Peak region was recently recognized for her outstanding work as a GSCO volunteer. She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Katie to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I grew up in San Diego where I was a Girl Scout for six years. My time in Girl Scouts as a child was both memorable and rewarding. One of the biggest reasons that I am a Girl Scout leader is that the adventurous and fun-loving Girl Scout in me is not ready to hang her vest up just yet. The opportunities for my current Girl Scouts are endless! I am forever seeking to find them the next exciting event that will excite them or teach them a great life lesson or skill. I am having just as much fun as they are! My favorite memory so far is canoeing at Camp Jackson last summer with my troop. Seeing the joy and excitement on the girls’ faces will forever remain in my heart. 

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I have been Girl Scout Troop 41983’s troop manager for the past eight years. I am our troop’s “super organizer” and wear many different hats. I plan the majority of our troop events and activities; I function as our treasurer; I am responsible for ordering all badges and patches for our troop; I keep our calendar and troop website up to date; I am our troop’s first aider (nurse); and I am our troop’s historian. 

This year, I became Service Unit 412’s co-manager with one of my leaders, Tracey Ruzicka. I have been responsible for planning our annual service unit camp that we will attend this August. It should be a blast!

I also lead my Girl Scouts in their Catholic Committee on Scouting badge work. I will be leading kindergarten Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts at the annual retreat that will be held in October 2017. I also will be leading our Cadettes this year as their mentor in earning their Marian Medals.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

As a Girl Scout Leader, I have learned how important it is to empower young girls to be the best version of themselves. Every girl has a different personality and has different interests. It is fun to watch them come together with all of their wonderful differences to make a positive impact in each other’s lives and in the community. Each of them has something to say and something to bring to the table. It is our duty as leaders to make sure that all of their voices are heard, and everyone has a chance to shine in their own way. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

In my career as a Girl Scout leader, my hope is to instill in my Girl Scouts that the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law are not just for Girl Scout meetings or events, but they are guidelines on how to live their lives.  

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

Volunteer View: July 2017

We’re excited to announce new Journeys and badges for you to explore with your troop, coming July 18!
These new Journeys and badges not only make timely additions and enhancements to our existing girl programming, but also create a more robust experience, including Take Action projects, for subject areas that are most compelling to today’s girls—– science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and outdoor activities.
Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming in life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges are designed to help girls unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ as they achieve the five outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience: sense of self, positive values, challenge seeking, healthy relationships, and community problem solving.
2017 Fall Sale Program
The Girl Scouts Fall Sale Program is a great way for troops to earn startup money for the year. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.
Centennial Campfire at Meadow Mountain Ranch
The Centennial Campfire has been rescheduled to August 27. Join us for an afternoon of fun at MMR!
Attend a Leadership Summit
A Leadership Summit is a fun-filled day that will get you energized for the new membership year and enhance your leadership skills! A variety of leadership development and enrichment classes will be offered for new and experienced leaders, as well as Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Each event will have a keynote speaker and networking opportunity.
  • August 26: Colorado Springs (register now!)
  • September 16: Highlands Ranch
  • September 23: Fort Collins
  • September 30: Grand Junction
  • October 14: Pueblo
  • October 15: Denver
Get outdoors with GSCO
Outdoor Adventure Club Passport sales have closed, but we will be offering single-event passes for purchase. Visit our OAC page for more information and to sign up to be notified when single-event sales open!
If you are interested in volunteer directing a camp or outdoor program in the 2017-2018 season, make sure you have connected with Anna Danila, Outdoor Program Manager, to be included in upcoming communications about timelines, outdoor program volunteer roles, and trainings. Submissions for the camp mailer are due on October 2.
Join the Older Girl Advisory Board
The Older Girl Advisory Board is recruiting new members in Pueblo, Western Slope/Southwest Colorado, and Metro Denver. The Older Girl Advisory Board, also known as OGAB, is a group of 14 girls in grades 9-12 from across the state who provide feedback on projects including mentoring, program development, older girl engagement, and product sales. Interested girls entering grades 9-12 for this school year can apply today.
OGAB volunteers needed
OGAB is also seeking 2-3 adult volunteers to help guide this high-level group of girls in making their voices heard. Adult volunteers would act as chaperones during periodic overnight camp retreats and commit to sitting in on one web call a month with the OGAB representatives. Volunteers need to possess strong organizational and communication skills and work well with teenagers.
Contact Katie Singleton for more information and to apply for one of these unique adult volunteer positions.
Share your G.I.R.L. Story
Girl Scouts are adventure seekers, problem solvers, and so much more! We are G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)!

Five ways to thank your Girl Scout volunteer during Volunteer Appreciation Month

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

We know it, you know it, but do they realize it?

Our extraordinary volunteers are what make the adventurous Girl Scout world go round. And during April, we’re ensuring they hear how much girls and parents appreciate that.

Here are five fun ways to show your favorite volunteer your love and gratitude during National Volunteer Appreciation Month (and beyond!):

1. Make something. Who doesn’t love a handmade gift from the heart? Show the one-of-a-kind Girl Scout volunteer in your life just how much they mean to you by breaking out those arts and crafts supplies and getting creative. They’ll love it!

2. Shout ‘em out on social media. What better way to make your favorite Girl Scout volunteer feel special than to broadcast your thanks far and wide? They’re the best, and you’ll shout it loud and clear: I love my Girl Scout volunteer!

Be sure to include a line about why this volunteer (or volunteers!) is so special to you, and include the hashtag #NVW2017 to call out National Volunteer Week, which runs April 23–29.

3. Write them a love letter. Imagine their surprise when they open their mailbox and find a love letter from you. Need a little inspiration? Check out the letter Girl Scouts put together for these amazing volunteers!

4. Send an eCard. Is your Girl Scout volunteer a digital genius? Get innovative and send them a personalized eCard! It’s easy; pick your favorite G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ design, type their name, and share the card on social media or through email. Get started today!

5. Have your girl decide. Girl Scouts is girl-led, after all! The relationships between a Girl Scout and her volunteers are precious, so her thank you can be, too! Ask your girl how she would like to give back to volunteers this month. Does she want to sing a song, cook a delicious meal, or save up to buy flowers? Get those creative juices flowing, and help her take the lead!

 

Volunteer View: March 2017

Nominate a volunteer for a national award

Do you know an outstanding Girl Scout volunteer? GSCO’s Membership Connection Committee invites you to nominate them by March 31 for a national award from GSUSA. All nominations and 2-4 supporting letters must be turned in by the deadline.

Learn more: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/

The MCC is seeking new members. Learn more and apply: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/membership-connection-committee.html

RSVP now for Highest Awards celebrations

Honor the hundreds of girls who have earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award this past year! We have celebrations in PuebloLovelandGrand JunctionColorado Springs, and Denver and cannot wait to see you there. All girls who have earned an award this year are welcome to attend whichever event is most convenient and bring family and friends.

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

*Please note capacity is limited at the Colorado Springs and Denver events. We ask that each girl bring only four or fewer guests.

Register for Girl Scout Camp now! Early bird pricing ends April 30.

Pay camp balances in full by April 30 at 11:59 p.m. to lock in the Early Bird discount. Apply Cookie Credits at any time with the Cookie Credit Redemption Form.

 Outdoor Adventure Club 

Information and registration details for the 2017-18 Outdoor Adventure Club is now available! Visit our OAC page to learn more. Registration opens April 17 at 10 a.m.

Come to a Centennial Campfire

Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado at Centennial Campfires around the state. Activities include property tours, s’mores, sing-alongs, history displays, camp merchandise, and more! All attendees will also receive a special 2017 Centennial patch.

Event dates:

Thank you for a great cookie sale

Wow! You all did an amazing job with this year’s Cookie Sale Program! We hope your girls had a fun time selling while learning the 5 Skills. The deadline to submit Money Problem Reports is March 17 at 5 p.m. If you have any questions about the end of the sale, contact your Product Sales Specialist.