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Volunteer View: June 2021

Register soon for summer outdoor adventures

Outdoor Adventure Club

We have some great summer events planned for the Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) like canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and working on the new GSCO Outdoor Skills Patch!  Programs are the same on Saturday and Sunday, girls choose one day to attend.

July Mountain Biking and Denver Audubon Center

August: Paddling Sampler at Chatfield State Park (Registration Opens July 1 at 9 a.m.)

Day Camps

Day camps are open for registration! Check out the camp sessions listings for more information. All day camps are run by volunteers, and many use their own volunteer-run registration system. Contact day camp directors for more information on registration timelines, cancellations, and refunds.

Rock Climbing Day

There are a few spots left for rock climbing days in Red Cliff and at Colorado National Monument. Join our vendor, Front Range Climbing, for a day of outdoor rock climbing to complete some of the requirements for the Climbing Adventure badge. No prior climbing experience is required, and this opportunity is open to all Brownies – Ambassadors. Sign up on the GSCO event calendar.

Troop Adventure Days at Camp – Summer 2021

New Lazy Acres dates July 31 and August 1 just added!

Join us for a Troop Adventure Day this summer! Troop Adventure Days are a full day of programming with options like high ropes course, team-building, rock climbing, archery, nature programs, badge program, and more! Troops can extend their stay for the whole weekend by booking a cabin on the property (GSCO COVID – 19 overnight guidelines must be followed).  Read more about program descriptions, pricing and FAQs. Find registration information on the GSCO event calendar.

Patches: Outdoor Skills & Get Outdoors Challenge

We are excited to announce the new GSCO Outdoor Skills Patch program! This is a progressive four-level patch that encourages girls to master several outdoor skills such as knot tying, fire building, outdoor cooking, navigation, outdoor gear, tools and more. It is designed for girls to work on and earn throughout their entire time as Girl Scouts.

Now is your chance to earn the spring/summer section of the GSCO Get Outdoors Challenge Patch! You can earn the patch this month by complete the required number of activities at each Girl Scout level.

Need another challenge? Summer the perfect time to head outdoors. Join Girl Scouts of the USA’s Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge—complete the designated number of activities and earn yourself a cool new patch. Use #gsoutdoors to share your story and to see how other girls are completing this fun outdoor challenge.

Colorado State Park Events

We are excited to continue our partnership with Colorado Parks & Wildlife and encourage Girl Scouts across the state to visit their state parks!

Earn GSCO’s new Gardening patch

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s NEW Gardening patch program is a customizable program that covers topics surrounding biology, ecology, art, and naturalism, as well as lessons celebrating plant biodiversity and plant pollinators. There is even an extra lesson that teaches Girl Scouts about diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts through growing and celebrating the biodiversity of plants!

Join us Wednesday, June 16 at 4 p.m. for the virtual kick-off of our Summer Gardening patch program.

Learn more on the blog.

Complete your ACH Forms and Volunteer Agreements

The Annual Troop Report (ATR) is the required end-of year-financial report for troops and service units. The ATR also provides GSCO information about a troop’s, service unit’s, or outdoor program group’s participation for the year and plans for the next year. Submit your ATR by June 15 to qualify for troop and service unit Early Bird incentives. The ATR may take 20-30 minutes to complete.

2022 ACH Form and Product Program Volunteer Agreements

In addition to renewing your membership, troops are asked to complete an ACH form at the start of each Girl Scout membership year.

Completing an ACH form is a necessary step to ensure your troop will be ready to participate in the 2021-2022 Fall Product Program and Girl Scout Cookie Program, and be eligible to receive troop proceeds and troop or service unit incentives.

Note: If the ACH form is completed ahead of participating in the Fall Product Program, the same ACH form will suffice for the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Having a current membership and ACH form on file is also a requirement for being approved in a troop or service unit product program volunteer role.

If you were a service unit fall product manager (SUFPM) or troop fall product manager (TFPM) last year and you will continue the role this year, please complete the volunteer agreement when you renew your membership and make sure your troop or service unit submits a new ACH form.

The same is true for renewing service unit and troop cookie manager roles (SUCM/TCM).

When you renew your membership, volunteer role, and ensure that a current ACH form is completed too, you check all the boxes at once! Doing so also meets all requirements for getting approved as a Fall Product or Girl Scout Cookie Program volunteer – streamlining the process.

You’ll gain access to M2 and eBudde as soon as it opens and be included in key volunteer communications right from the start!

Troop Overnights and Property Reservations

Once a county is in its final stages of reopening level clear/no restrictions, Girl Scout troops may participate in activities that include an overnight stay. Both the county of origin and the county where the overnight occurs should be in the clear stage. View the full list of guidance for overnights.

Property Reservations

We are excited to welcome troops and groups back to our properties. New reservations for property overnights will open on Monday, June 21. Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch will not be opening for new reservations while we evaluate COVID-19 guidelines at those properties. Any new group reservations will need to meet COVID-19 guidelines for GSCO property rentals, which includes limited group sizes to less than 10 girls, sleeping six feet apart, completing health screenings, and other limitations. Read more about those guidelines.

When you are ready to make our reservation, refer to the resources and links below.

Property Reservation Site

Visit this site to check the availability of our properties and book your stay. Start with setting the date range on the calendar at the top of the page and then selecting ‘see listings’ for the property you are interested in.

Property Information Guide for Girl Scout Groups

Summary of each property facilities, lodging, capacity, pricing, available programs, and more.

Non–Girl Scout/Outside User group inquiry form

Complete this form to request additional information about booking GSCO

Questions about booking GSCO properties?
Contact property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Activity Approval

Certain activities, events, and trips held by troops and service units are now subject to prior council approval. The Activity and Event Approval Form should be completed at least 30 days prior to your event, activity, or trip. Activities that require prior approval include any: troop or service unit hosting a money-earning event or activity, troop or group overnight or travel experience or any high-risk activity that requires approval per the Safety Activity Checkpoints. Read our FAQs and learn more below.

Learn More

Upcoming Events

Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!

Google Coding Workshop

July 22, 4-5 p.m.

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to join members of Google’s Women@ network for an introduction to coding! They will teach them how to build their own maze computer game on Scratch.

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens

July 30- August 1

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens is back! Join us for a fun Girl Scout activity to complete in the park. Discounted tickets are available .

GSCO Summer Swim Party at Pirate’s Cove

July 26, 6:30 p.m.

Join us at Pirate’s Cove for our annual Girl Scout Swim party! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Bring a friend and show them some of the fun that Girl Scouts has to offer! This is also a great opportunity to have a kickoff for your troop before the school year starts!

Rocky Mountain Vibes

August 27, 5:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are welcome to our Girl Scout Night and Camp Out at Rocky Mountain Vibes. For $20/person, they will receive a ticket to the game, parking, meal voucher (hot dog/chips/drink), post-game fireworks and the opportunity to camp out in a tent on the field. Girl Scouts, leaders, and their families must bring their own tent and sleeping materials. This is the perfect end of summer activity! Register soon before spots fill up.

2021 Women’s Week and Meadow Mountain Ranch 60th Anniversary Reunion

Women’s Week: July 22-26

Reunion Special Events: July 24

Women’s Week is open to all women ages 18 and older and the reunion on Saturday is open to all MMR alums, families, former campers, and friends.  For Women’s Week, you don’t have to be a registered Girl Scout or ever even been to camp before, just 18 years old or older!  It’s a great chance to go to the high country in Colorado and have fun in the outdoors as a camper yourself.  We are hoping to fill our event, while being aware during our planning that changes, or restrictions might apply.  Keep your fingers crossed and register early in case numbers are limited. Please contact Penny Roberts, very informal camp director, at (970) 586-1775 or email probertscolo@gmail.com if you have any questions. More information on the GSCO blog.

Save the Date

Girl Scouts Love State Parks returns September 11-12!

Volunteer View: May 2021

Congratulations to our Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Girl Scouts

Join us on the GSCO Facebook page on May 16 for a virtual, statewide Highest Awards Celebration honoring Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts from the past Girl Scout Awards Program year.

  • Bronze Award Celebration at 1 p.m.
  • Silver Award Celebration at 2 p.m.
  • Gold Award Celebration at 3 p.m.

Aren’t on Facebook? You can also watch the celebration on the GSCO YouTube channel.

Let us know how you celebrated your Highest Award Girl Scouts, submit your story.

COVID-19 Updates

Troop Overnights

Once a county is in its final stages of reopening level clear/no restrictions, Girl Scout troops may participate in activities that include an overnight stay. Both the county of origin and the county where the overnight occurs should be in the clear stage. Because COVID-19 is still present in our communities, troops are advised to take the necessary precautions, including mask-wearing, social distancing, limiting group size, and frequent hand washing. View the full list of guidance for overnights here.

Troops or service units wanting to host a “camp” must meet the guidance from the state for overnight resident camps. If you have questions, reach out to your volunteer support specialist. Don’t know who your volunteer support specialist is? Call 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

GSCO currently has property reservations on hold and is going through existing property reservations to determine which might meet the current guidance. We will reach out to those groups individually.

As vaccinations become available for children ages 12 and older, we continue to work with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to determine if being fully vaccinated will affect recommended precautions.

For more info see our COVID page.

2021 Early Bird Renewal

Strength, resilience, togetherness, and the support of community- that’s what Girl Scouts is all about. Throughout this year, you’ve been there for your troop, and GSCO has been here for you—today, tomorrow, together, we’ve got this! Troop leaders and caregivers can renew memberships for the 2021-2022 membership year in your new account on myGS. Renew by June 15 to qualify for these incentives:

  • Girls: Renew by June 15 and receive a FREE “We’ve Got This” patch
  • Troops: GSCO branded first-aid kit or $25 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado shop. (Selection made on ATR). To qualify, renew at least two troop leaders and three girls AND submit an Annual Troop Report and ACH by June 15
  • Service Units: Renew at least 45% of girl members for a $100 incentive. For every 5% girl retention over 45%, service unit will earn an additional $25. Example: 50% girl retention = $125, 55% girl retention = $150, etc. service unit ATR and ACH required by June 15.

Contact your volunteer support specialist with questions about Early Bird renewal. Don’t know who your volunteer support specialist is? Call 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Help Those Helping Others

Bring joy to community heroes and nonprofits on the frontline while investing in girls who change the world! Our Girl Scout entrepreneurs did an amazing job running their cookie businesses this year, but the pandemic made an impact on the number of girls selling and left us with some extra cookie inventory.

You can purchase a case of cookies at a discount (12 packages of cookies for $40 per case) that will be donated to your choice of four nonprofit organizations serving our communities. Don’t delay, this is a limited, one-time-only opportunity available only through June 15 to help Girl Scouts and the nonprofit(s) of your choice by helping those who help others.

Learn More

Celebrate Volunteer Award Recipients

We know Girl Scout volunteers change the lives of girls in their communities every day. Some volunteers go above and beyond all expectations and make a positive impact on their troop, service unit, region or sometimes the entire council. This past year especially, we have seen outstanding resilience, creativity, and determination from many volunteers as they helped their Girl Scouts navigate a world pandemic, all the while encouraging them to have courage, confidence and character no matter the circumstance.

Join us in celebrating the recipients of our 2021 Volunteer Awards with the premier of our Volunteer Award Recognition Video on the GSCO Facebook pageon May 27 at 7 p.m. Not on Facebook? That’s okay, you can also watch the celebration on the GSCO YouTube Channel.

Complete Your Annual Troop Report

The Annual Troop Report (ATR) is the required end-of year-financial report for troops and service units. The ATR also provides GSCO information about a troop’s, service unit’s, or outdoor program group’s participation for the year and plans for the next year. Submit your ATR by June 15 to qualify for troop and service unit Early Bird incentives. The ATR may take 20-30 minutes to complete.

2022 ACH Form and Product Program Volunteer Agreements

In addition to renewing your membership, troops are asked to complete an ACH form at the start of each Girl Scout membership year.

Completing an ACH form is a necessary step to ensure your troop will be ready to participate in the 2021-2022 Fall Product Program and Girl Scout Cookie Program, and be eligible to receive troop proceeds and troop or service unit incentives.

Note: If the ACH form is completed ahead of participating in the Fall Product Program, the same ACH form will suffice for the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Having a current membership and ACH form on file is also a requirement for being approved in a troop or service unit product program volunteer role.

If you were a service unit fall product manager (SUFPM) or troop fall product manager (TFPM) last year and you will continue the role this year, please complete the volunteer agreement when you renew your membership and make sure your troop or service unit submits a new ACH form.

The same is true for renewing service unit and troop cookie manager roles (SUCM/TCM).

When you renew your membership, volunteer role, and ensure that a current ACH form is completed too, you check all the boxes at once! Doing so also meets all requirements for getting approved as a Fall Product or Girl Scout Cookie Program volunteer – streamlining the process.

You’ll gain access to M2 and eBudde as soon as it opens and be included in key volunteer communications right from the start!

Activity Approval

Certain activities, events, and trips held by troops and service units are now subject to prior council approval. The Activity and Event Approval Form should be completed at least 30 days prior to your event, activity, or trip. Activities that require prior approval include any: troop or service unit hosting a money-earning event or activity, troop or group overnight or travel experience or any high-risk activity that requires approval per the Safety Activity Checkpoints. Read our FAQs and learn more below.

FAQs

Outdoor Program Updates

Troop Adventure Days at Camp – Summer 2021

Visit us this summer for a Troop Adventure Day at Magic Sky Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch, or Lazy Acres for a full day of programming with tons of options like our high ropes course, teambuilding, rock climbing, archery, nature programs, crafts, badge program, and all kinds of camp fun and games! Registration is for the day program only and when troops are permitted to have overnights, troops may have the option to book a cabin and extend their stay at camp through the whole weekend.

Outdoor Adventure Club

OAC June 12 and 13 Rivers and Lakes Hiking Event

Kickoff the summer season with a mountain hiking adventure! Choose between Echo Lake and Chicago Lakes at the base of Mt. Evans or Seven Bridges in North Cheyenne Cañon near Colorado Springs. Along the way we’ll work on parts of the Trail Adventure Badge and the Outdoor Skills patch, play fun trail games, and take some time to cool off by the water. Register and learn more though the GSCO event calendar.

We are working hard to plan the rest of the summer OAC events. Specific programs will be announced soon. Until then, save the dates below and be ready for more summer activities like canoeing, kayaking, and more outdoor fun!

  • July 24 and 25 (registration opens May 27)
  • August 28 and 29 (registration opens July 1)

Day Camps

Day camps are open for registration! Check out the camp sessions listings for more information. All day camps are run by volunteers, and many use their own volunteer-run registration system. Contact day camp directors for more information on registration timelines, cancellations, and refunds.

Rock Climbing Day

Get ready for an epic rock climbing adventure near you! Join our vendor, Front Range Climbing, for a day of outdoor rock climbing to complete some of the requirements for the Climbing Adventure badge. Sign up on the GSCO event calendar for a session in your region! There nine days across the state taking place in May, June, and July.

Day Camp Highlight: Boating Camps

Sign up now for this awesome volunteer run camp for older Girl Scouts (Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador) and have the opportunity to grow your boating skills and have a blast paddling around on the water! Girls will learn skills in canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, sailing and windsurfing.

  • June 21-25 at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood
  • July 19-23 at Rueter Hess Reservoir in Castle Rock.

For more information visit https://www.h20sportssampler.com/home or contact silver.bashaw@gmail.com

Cookie Box Innovation Challenge

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors, register for the GSCO Cookie Box Innovation Challenge powered by Arrow Electronics. Join us as we put our innovation hats on to innovate a design that make the world a better place. The kick off has passed, but you can still join the program!

Register

Upcoming Events

Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!

Meet an Expert: Forensic Scientist

May 19 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Meet an Expert session with Teresa Cheromcha, a forensic scientist in the biological sciences unit for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. She will talk about her education, career path, and what motivates her! After a short presentation, Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to ask Teresa questions live through the chat box.

Create a Garden: Girl Scout Exploration

May 22 — 1-2:30 p.m.

Head to the Denver Botanic Gardens for a self-guided experience that encourages Girl Scout groups and families to explore the basics of garden design as they learn how to plan for a successful garden! This program is designed to meet the needs of the Junior Gardener Girl Scout Badge requirements.

Meet an Expert – Prosecutor

May 25 — 4-5 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Meet an Expert session with Jen Friedberg, a prosecutor in the Special Victims Unit at the Fourth Judicial District Office of the District Attorney (El Paso County). Before Jen became a lawyer, she was a photojournalist and multimedia producer for 12 years. She will talk about her education, switching jobs, and how to find a fulfilling career. After a short presentation, Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to ask Jen questions live through the chat box.

2021 Women’s Week and Meadow Mountain Ranch 60th Anniversary Reunion

Women’s Week: July 22-26

Reunion Special Events: July 24

Women’s Week is open to all women ages 18 and older and the reunion on Saturday is open to all MMR alums, families, former campers, and friends.  For Women’s Week, you don’t have to be a registered Girl Scout or ever even been to camp before, just 18 years old or older!  It’s a great chance to go to the high country in Colorado and have fun in the outdoors as a camper yourself.  We are hoping to fill our event, while being aware during our planning that changes, or restrictions might apply.  Keep your fingers crossed and register early in case numbers are limited. Please contact Penny Roberts, very informal camp director, at (970) 586-1775 or email probertscolo@gmail.com if you have any questions. More information on the GSCO blog.

Volunteer View: April 2021

Renew Today to Attend Becoming Me

Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to announce the Becoming Me program, a special collaboration with Penguin Random House and Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama. The program follows the recent publication of Mrs. Obama’s book, Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers, and offers a unique opportunity for Girl Scouts to embark on their journeys to become their best selves and includes a FREE, members only virtual event with Mrs. Obama.

Girls who join Girl Scouts or renew their membership by April 30 can attend the event on May 6. This virtual experience will feature a conversation between Girl Scouts and Mrs. Obama during which she will explore the themes in Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers and how they relate to Girl Scouts’ and young people’s experiences today. To attend the May 6 virtual event, you must be renewed by April 30 for the 2021-22 membership year.

Membership renewal will be completed in your account on myGS.

Once you renew your membership be sure to register for the virtual event with Mrs. Obama. Register for the event.

2021 Early Bird Renewal Now Open!

Strength, resilience, togetherness, and the support of community- that’s what Girl Scouts is all about. Throughout this year, you’ve been there for your troop, and GSCO has been here for you—today, tomorrow, together, we’ve got this! Troop leaders and caregivers can renew memberships for the 2021-2022 membership year in your new account on myGS. Renew by June 15 to qualify for these incentives:

  • Girls: Renew by June 15 and receive a FREE “We’ve Got This” patch
  • Troops: GSCO branded first-aid kit or $25 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado shop. (Selection made on ATR). To qualify, renew at least two troop leaders and three girls AND submit an Annual Troop Report and ACH by June 15
  • Service Units: Renew at least 45% of girl members for a $100 incentive. For every 5% girl retention over 45%, service unit will earn an additional $25. Example: 50% girl retention = $125, 55% girl retention = $150, etc. service unit ATR and ACH required by June 15.

Contact your volunteer support specialist with questions about Early Bird renewal. Don’t know who your volunteer support specialist is? Call 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month

We see you there. Hauling supplies to a meeting in the rain, tracking down cookie forms, and finding ways to strengthen friendships even when your troop can’t be together in person.

We see you taking the time to build up the girl who isn’t so sure of her abilities. We see you giving girls space to test their ideas and express their feelings about our increasingly-complicated world.

We also see the result. The goals, the confidence, the “we’ve got this” troop energy that only you could inspire.

Because of you, we have community. Because of you, we have resilience. Because of you, we have Girl Scouts. So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for volunteering with us.

Check out some ways to say thank you to your fellow volunteers. Read about amazing GSCO volunteers throughout the month of April on the GSCO Blog.

Complete Your Annual Troop Report

The Annual Troop Report (ATR) is the required end-of year-financial report for troops and service units. The ATR also provides GSCO information about a troop’s, service unit’s, or outdoor program group’s participation for the year and plans for the next year. Submit your ATR by June 15 to qualify for troop and service unit Early Bird incentives.

Navigate to ATR form:
https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/annual_troop_report
The ATR may take 20-30 minutes to complete.

2022 ACH Form and Product Program Volunteer Agreements

In addition to renewing your membership, troops are asked to complete an ACH form at the start of each Girl Scout membership year.

Completing an ACH form is a necessary step to ensure your troop will be ready to participate in the 2021-2022 Fall Product Program and Girl Scout Cookie Program, and be eligible to receive troop proceeds and troop or service unit incentives.

Note: If the ACH form is completed ahead of participating in the Fall Product Program, the same ACH form will suffice for the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Having a current membership and ACH form on file is also a requirement for being approved in a troop or service unit product program volunteer role.

If you were a service unit fall product manager (SUFPM) or troop fall product manager (TFPM) last year and you will continue the role this year, please complete the volunteer agreement when you renew your membership and make sure your troop or service unit submits a new ACH form.

The same is true for renewing service unit and troop cookie manager roles (SUCM/TCM).

When you renew your membership, volunteer role, and ensure that a current ACH form is completed too, you check all the boxes at once! Doing so also meets all requirements for getting approved as a Fall Product or Girl Scout Cookie Program volunteer – streamlining the process.

You’ll gain access to M2 and eBudde as soon as it opens and be included in key volunteer communications right from the start!

Girl Scout Voices Count Survey

Girls, parents/caregivers, and volunteers are the heart of Girl Scouts—and we want to hear from you! Girl Scouts of the USA is conducting a national survey called Girl Scout Voices Count to find out what’s working and what’s not. The surveys opened on April 5, so be sure to check your email for the invitation to participate. (Service unit volunteers will be surveyed in May.) As a thank you, everyone who completes the survey will have a chance to win one of 20 $50 gift cards!

GSCO Annual Report

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Annual Report is now available.Take a look back at a year when Girl Scouts showed once again they are resilient, adaptable, and strong.

Outdoor Program Update

The weather is warming and we’re all thinking about the amazing adventures we can have with Girl Scouts in the great outdoors this spring and summer! Check out the latest Outdoor Programs news for details on resident camp, day camp, Troop Adventure Days, and more. Here are some highlights, but please click through to get the full story.

  • Resident camp capacity will remain at 55% this summer. We cannot open additional spots.
  • Day camps are open for registration, however we are still awaiting state guidelines that could affect capacities.
  • Summer Outdoor Adventure Club (Cadettes and up) events will be announced April 26.
  • New Troop Adventure Days announced for Magic Sky Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch, and Lazy Acres this summer – including tons of fun programs like the high ropes challenge course, rock climbing, team-building, archery, and more!

Resident Camp Employment Opportunity

Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch are each seeking a health supervisor for the 2021 summer camp season. Applicants must have at minimum a RN License for the State of Colorado. The position is responsible for the overall health care of the entire summer camp season of all campers and camp employees. The position requires provided on-site room and board. Dates of employment are April 30 – August 31. Additional GSCO benefits provided along with childcare and resident camp programming based upon availability. For the complete job description and more summer camp employment opportunities visit: https://gscolorado.workbrightats.com/jobs/

MMR Nature Trail open for troops!

The Meadow Mountain Ranch Nature Trail is now open for Girl Scout troops, groups and families for a day hike! The Nature Tail at Meadow Mountain Ranch is a 1.25 mile one-way trail with 21 stops along the way. There are four activities guides and accompanying patches for each season: fall, winter, spring and summer.
Read more on the blog.

Rock Climbing Day

Get ready for an epic rock climbing adventure near you! Join our vendor, Front Range Climbing, for a day of outdoor rock climbing to complete some of the requirements for the Climbing Adventure badge. Girls will learn about climbing equipment, techniques, knots, and other skills before exploring up the rock wall. No prior climbing experience is required, and this opportunity is open to all Brownies – Ambassadors. Sign up on the GSCO event calendar for a session in your region! There nine days across the state taking place in May, June, and July.

2021 Gold Award Day at the Capitol

GSCO CEO Leanna Clark presented the 2021 Debbie Haskins Spirit of Girl Scouting Award and 2021 Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize to Gold Award Girl Scouts on April 5. This year’s ceremony was a virtual celebration due to COVID-19. In past years, this special ceremony has been part of Gold Award Day at the Colorado State Capitol.

  • Inspired by her own experience with bullying, Lily Goudreau from Monument, Lewis Palmer High School, wanted to encourage self-confidence and self-worth in middle school students. She did this by painting positive affirmations around a local school and worked with the no-bully club to maintain and add to the affirmations each year. She also created a “lunch bunch” group that helps watch out for bullying and does not allow any student to eat alone. Lily is recognized with this year’s Debbie Haskins Spirit of Girl Scouting Award for her confidence, resilience, and courage in succeeding in life.
  • Elizabeth Gumper from Colorado Springs, Coronado High School, created a rich online resource website, www.mycareerconnections.com, that gives high school students a personal, insightful look at numerous careers available throughout society through personal interviews with professionals. Elizabeth is the 2021 Stephanie Foote Leadership Prize winner and will receive $1,000 cash gift to recognize her sustainable impact through leadership.
  • Charlotte Blish from Arvada, Arvada West High School, started a nonprofit, Watering Communities, to teach elementary-aged students about how the lack of clean water impacts socio-economic and education resources in developing countries. Charlotte was named 2021 Stephanie Foote Leadership Prize Honorable Mention and will receive a $250 cash prize for her project’s impact.

In addition, we celebrate all 33 Gold Award Girl Scouts in the 2020-2021 class! For more information on how to complete your Gold Award, please visit the Gold Award page of our website or reach out to highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Highest Awards Celebration

Be sure to join us on the GSCO Facebook page on May 16 for a virtual, statewide Highest Awards Celebration honoring Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts from the past Girl Scout Awards Program year. Aren’t on Facebook? You can also watch the celebration on the GSCO YouTube channel.

COVID Restriction Updates

Meetings

The state introduced a new version of the COVID dial  and the restrictions on personal gathering sizes have loosened under this new dialTroops can meet in private residences as long as their current county level is either green, blue, or yellow, they are following current CDC guidance on gathering, and they have submitted the Private Residence Notification form  through GSCO. Troops should continue to check in with their local county and other hosting locations for their most current guidance. If a troop is meeting in a county currently classified as orange or higher, they should follow the state guidance or any other guidance they receive from their local county as to what restrictions are placed on their meeting location.

Troop overnights

At this time, troop overnights are not allowed. GSUSA is not allowing councils to begin having overnights until the state is in its final stage of reopening, and Colorado is not there yet. However, in anticipation of getting there, GSCO is working with the state to determine what guidelines will impact troop overnights. For now, CDPHE categorizes troop overnights as “youth-serving organizations overnights” with restrictions that would be challenging for the typical Girl Scout troop to meet. We are continuing to work with the state to determine if another category might be a better fit. For more info see our COVID faqs page.

Property reservations

While it may be a possibility for troops to have overnight experiences come summer, at this time we are PAUSING taking any new reservations on our properties until it is confirmed that troops can have overnights and our properties are available for troop overnight use. At this time, existing group reservations will not be cancelled, but no new reservations will be taken.

Upcoming Events

Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!

Register now for the May Badge Series

What a better way to celebrate April as Citizen Scientist month, than to register for our May Badge Series to earn your Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey!

Meet an Expert: Dietician

April 22 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Meet an Expert session with Jessica Torro, a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) and teacher at Metropolitan State University (MSU) in Denver. Jessica will talk about her education, background, and experience as an RDN. She will also lead girls through a live activity on healthy eating! All girls who register will receive a list of ingredients and instructions on how to prepare for the program so you can participate along with Jessica from home. After Jessica’s activity girls will have an opportunity to ask her questions live in the chat box.

Meet an Expert: Brig. Gen. Linell A. Letendre, Dean of the Faculty, U.S. Air Force Academy

April 27 — 5 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Meet an Expert session with Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre, Robotics Lawyer and Aeronautical Engineering graduate from the US Air Force Academy. The general will talk about her career, education, and experience in the U.S. Air Force. She will also talk about robotics in the military and the ethics behind the use of robotics in conflict.

Meet an Expert: Educator, Citizen Science & Watershed Education

May 5 — 4 p.m.

Sarah R. Johnson, MAEd, a Gold Award and lifetime member of Girl Scouts is a freelance science educator of citizen science within the context of watershed studies; climate change, Arctic science, and public lands. She is currently an instructor for Western Colorado University’s Teacher Institute, a lead instructor for the US Naval Sea Cadets Arctic Buoy STEM Program, and coordinates a Colorado climate change professional development network.

Statewide Bridging Event

May 8

Celebrate with your Girl Scout as they bridge to the next Girl Scout year at our annual statewide bridging event at the Royal Gorge. Girl Scouts and their families receive discounted tickets for the day, participate in a bridging ceremony, and then have the day to explore the gorgeous park. Register now to reserve your spot.

Conversation Starter: Speak Out About Mental Health

May 10 – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join us as we talk with professionals from the National Mental Health Innovation Center about the clinical and non-clinical side of mental health and how to have these conversations with your youth. This is a conversation for adults and is open to non-Girl Scout members.

Cookie Box Innovation Challenge

May 14 — 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

GSCO Cookie Box Innovation Challenge powered by Arrow Electronics is now open for registration for the kick off. Join us as we put our innovation hats on to innovate a design that make the world a better place.

Meet an Expert: Forensic Scientist

May 19 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Meet an Expert session with Teresa Cheromcha, a forensic scientist in the biological sciences unit for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. She will talk about her education, career path, and what motivates her! After a short presentation, Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to ask Teresa questions live through the chat box.

Volunteer View: March 2021

Update COVID-19 Meeting Guidelines

Girl Scouts of Colorado has been working with state officials throughout the past year regarding COVID-19 guidelines. As positivity levels change and more of the population becomes vaccinated, the CDPHE has been able to re-evaluate the guidance they provided.

The state previously classified Girl Scout troop meetings as “personal gatherings,” but now only meetings or activities occurring in a private residence fall under the ”personal gatherings” category. This means Girl Scout troops have more options to meet in person as long as they follow the guidelines for indoor events, outdoor events, or outdoor recreation, depending on the location and activity planned for the meeting. Because COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines can vary, GSCO advises troops to check your local county guidelines and the hosting location/business’ guidelines prior to holding meetings, activities, or events.

We appreciate your patience as we’ve all tried to navigate these challenging and ever-changing times while making safety a top priority.

Visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/covid for the most up-to-date information. You can also use this document  to help you navigate where your activity might be categorized.

Learn More

Troop Excellence Program

Though this year has been tough, your Girl Scouts have continued to stay engaged with badges, virtual events, product program, community service and so much more. Check out our Troop Excellence guide to see if your troop has completed all the steps during a Girl Scout year. If so, complete the Troop Excellence form and receive a FREE patch for every Girl Scout!

Help Recognize Outstanding Volunteers

This past year especially, we have seen outstanding resilience, creativity, and determination from many volunteers as they helped their Girl Scouts navigate a world pandemic. Do you know a fellow Girl Scout volunteer who goes above and beyond the traditional volunteer role? Have you ever thought “What would we do without them?”

Honor outstanding volunteers by nominating them for a 2021 Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominations and all accompanying endorsements are due by March 31.

More information about the awards and the number of required endorsements for each award is listed on the volunteer appreciation page on our website and in the  Volunteer Recognition Award Guide. You can also learn more about how to write strong nominations and endorsements on the Volunteer Appreciation web page.

Questions? Please contact your volunteer support specialist or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

The 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program is Wrapping Up

Smart Cookie emails are sent to troop cookie managers every Monday during the Cookie Program and include news, updates and other information. The email is also posted to the GSCO Blog.

Find additional GSCO Cookie Program tip sheets, guides, and links to forms and other helpful materials on our Cookie Resources page.

Stay in the know – troop and service unit volunteers, parents and caregivers – look for short, just-in-time, videos to posted to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel each week.

Have questions or need assistance? Please contact GSCO customer care at inquiry@gscolorado.orgor call 1-877-404-5708.

Becoming Me Program with Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama

Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to announce the Becoming Me program, a special collaboration with Penguin Random House and Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama. The program follows the recent publication of Mrs. Obama’s book, Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers, and offers a unique opportunity for Girl Scouts to embark on their journeys to become their best selves and includes a virtual event with Mrs. Obama and activities centered on themes from the book that align with the Girl Scout mission.

The program will be available at no cost to any interested Girl Scout enrolled for the 2021–22 membership year.

Get ready to renew your troop starting April 1, 2021!
Renewals will be completed in your new account on myGS. Log in now to explore your account and get ready for renewal starting April 1.

Have questions or need additional assistance? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor Program News

GSCO Get Outdoor Challenge Patch

March is your last month to work on activities to earn the Fall/Winter section of the GSCO Get Outdoors Challenge Patch before we move on to the Spring/Summer section in April! You can earn the patch this month by completing the required number of activities at each Girl Scout level.

Outdoor Skills Patch

The GSCO Outdoor Skills Patch Program is a progressive four-level patch that encourages girls to master several outdoor skills such as knot tying, fire building, outdoor cooking, navigation, outdoor gear, tools, and more. It is designed for girls to work on and earn throughout their entire time as a Girl Scout. Join for a kick off webinar on Tuesday, April 6 at 5 p.m. to learn more about ways to start working on the patch activities together!

Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is back! The OAC is a staff-led program offering outdoor adventures around the state that expose older Girl Scouts to outdoor activities and skills beyond what they might do with their troop. More information can be found on the OAC webpage.

Highest Awards Celebrations

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce the date for our virtual 2021 Highest Awards Celebrations!

Highest Awards girls, troops and families are all invited to attend the Gold Award Celebration to honor the 2020-2021 class of Gold Award Girl Scouts.

Sunday, May 16 – Virtual Highest Awards Celebrations

  • Bronze Award Celebration 1 p.m.
  • Silver Award Celebration 2 p.m.
  • Gold Award Celebration 3 p.m.

These celebrations are an opportunity to recognize the outstanding Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts who have earned their distinction in the last year. All troops and/or girls who have earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold since March 2020 are invited to participate in a celebration of their choice. Anyone who filled out the Bronze and Silver Notification form prior to March 1, 2021 should have received the event link and detailed information to share with the rest of their troop via email the first week of March.

Questions? Email Kaitie Lodolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Walmart Round Up Program to Feature Girl Scouts

Now through March 30, you can round up your walmart.com or in-app transaction to the nearest dollar to benefit GSCO. Look for the Round Up option at checkout. These small donations can add up to make a BIG difference for Girl Scouts. Donations will go to the Girl Scout council associated with your billing ZIP code.

Cookie Box Innovation Challenge

Making the world a better place starts with innovation. Together, Arrow and Girl Scouts of Colorado are challenging Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to design a prototype that addresses a problem in our community and beyond by using Girl Scout Cookie boxes and other recycled materials for the Cookie Box Innovation Challenge.

  • Connect with experts in innovation with Arrow Electronics.
  • Let your imagination run wild with possibilities.
  • Put your cookie boxes to good use.
  • Earn your Cookie Box Innovation Challenge patch!
  • Compete to win exciting prizes.

Watch for a virtual kickoff in May. Final designs will be submitted and judged at an Arrow Innovation Fair in October. Fill out the online interest form and we will send you details directly as they are announced.

Rocky Mountain PBS Drive-In Tour

Drive-in movies are not a thing of the past! Join the Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Club for a night of fun. The drive-in will include a screening of PBS Programming such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, and Odd Squad. There will be food trucks, family fun, prizes and each car will receive a PBS Kids Club Swag Bag.

All city, state, and public health guidelines will be enforced. All attendees will wear appropriate face coverings, and parking spaces will be distanced. Guests will watch the programming from inside their vehicles.

All programming starts at sunset.

Denver Metro — April 17

2000 Elitch Drive, Denver, CO 80204

Grand Junction – April 30

Mesa Mall, 2424 Old US Hwy 6 & 50, Grand Junction, 81505

Durango — May 1

Durango Mall, 800 S Camino Del Rio Durango, 81301

Colorado Springs — May 14

The World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd, Colorado Springs, 80906

Pueblo — May 15

3429 Dillon Drive, Pueblo, 81008

It’s not too late to celebrate World Thinking Day

World Thinking Day was February 22, and the theme this year is peacebuilding. Girl Scouts of all ages can recognize this important day with at-home activities using guides from WAGGGS and GSUSA. Activity guides are now available for 2021 for all Girl Scout levels.

WAGGGS Virtual Programs

Did you know that the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) offers a ton of virtual programs for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the world? Learn Indian cooking with Sangam, the World Center in India! Celebrate the Pax Lodge birthday! Learn how to travel to a World Center as a visitor or a volunteer! We might not be able to travel right now but we can learn about the rich global community that Girl Scouts is a part of and plan for future travels.

Upcoming Events
Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!
April 7 — 4:30 p.m.
Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Meet an Expert session with Commander Suzette Freidenberger with the Grand Junction Police Department.
April 22 — 4 p.m.
Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Meet an Expert session with Jessica Torro, a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) and teacher at Metropolitan State University (MSU) in Denver. Jessica will talk about her education, background, and experience as an RDN. She will also lead girls through a live activity on healthy eating! All girls who register will receive a list of ingredients and instructions on how to prepare for the program so you can participate along with Jessica from home. After Jessica’s activity girls will have an opportunity to ask her questions live in the chat box.
April 27 — 5 p.m.
Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Meet an Expert session with Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre, Robotics Lawyer and Aeronautical Engineering graduate from the US Air Force Academy. The general will talk about her career, education, and experience in the U.S. Air Force. She will also talk about robotics in the military and the ethics behind the use of robotics in conflict.
May 5 — 4 p.m.
Sarah R. Johnson, MAEd, a Gold Award and lifetime member of Girl Scouts is a freelance science educator of citizen science within the context of watershed studies; climate change, Arctic science, and public lands. She is currently an instructor for Western Colorado University’s Teacher Institute, a lead instructor for the US Naval Sea Cadets Arctic Buoy STEM Program, and coordinates a Colorado climate change professional development network.
May 19 — 4 p.m.
Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Meet an Expert session with Teresa Cheromcha, a forensic scientist in the biological sciences unit for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. She will talk about her education, career path, and what motivates her! After a short presentation, Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to ask Teresa questions live through the chat box.
Check out awesome virtual experiences for Girl Scouts of all ages from Girl Scouts of the USA. You can also access past recordings through this calendar.

Volunteer View: February 2021

Help Recognize Outstanding Girl Scout Volunteers!

This past year especially, we have seen outstanding resilience, creativity, and determination from many volunteers as they helped their Girl Scouts navigate a world pandemic. Do you know a fellow Girl Scout volunteer who goes above and beyond the traditional volunteer role? Have you ever thought “What would we do without them?”

Volunteers, girls, and parents are asked to help recognize outstanding volunteers by nominating them for a 2021 Volunteer Recognition Award.

Nominations and all accompanying endorsements are due on or before March 31, 2021.

More information about the awards and the number of required endorsements for each award is listed on the volunteer appreciation page on our website and in the  Volunteer Recognition Award Guide.

You can also learn more about how to write strong nominations and endorsements on the Volunteer Appreciation web page.

Questions? Please contact your volunteer support specialist or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program Update

Smart Cookie emails are sent to troop cookie managers every Monday during the Cookie Program and include news, updates and other information. The email is also posted to the GSCO Blog.

Find additional GSCO Cookie Program tip sheets, guides, and links to forms and other helpful materials on our Cookie Resources page.

Stay in the know – troop and service unit volunteers, parents and caregivers – look for short, just-in-time, videos to posted to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel each week.

Have questions or need assistance? Please contact GSCO customer care at inquiry@gscolorado.orgor call 1-877-404-5708.

GSCO Systems Update

Have you explored the refreshed MY GS community of online resources? To get started you’ll need to reset your password.

We are aware of some bugs and system issues and are working to remedy these. A known issue is that email notifications are not being sent to troop leaders when a new girl joins a troop. Please log in to your account to review your troop roster in the Volunteer Toolkit and make sure that you reach out to any new families who may have joined your troop.

  • Need help managing your troop in the new MY GS? There is now a course in gsLearn! Log into gsLearn through MY GS and you will see a course on your dashboard titled GSUSA Managing My Troops from My Account.

Having trouble with your VTK and/or gsLearn? Please follow these steps:

  1. Clear browser cache and browsing history
  2. Ensure cookies are enabled
  3. Try a different browser (Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc)
  4. Add cdns.gigya.com as a safe URL to any privacy/security extensions or settings on your device and/or browser

If these steps don not resolve your issue please reach out to customer care or your VSS. Please note gsLearn is unavailable on mobile devices, so be sure you’re trying on a desktop or laptop.

Have questions or need additional assistance? Email  inquiry@gscolorado.organd/or call 877-404-5708.

Latinx Engagement

Make sure to check out all the Latinx events we have coming up in 2021!

Don’t miss our series for troop leaders interested in learning more about our Spanish resources and programs. This is open to all troop leaders.

You can register for all the events easily by finding them in our council events page.

Check out our new Spanish resources:

Outdoor Program News

Camp registration is open!

Unplug, reset and get away from it all to experience the awesome adventures of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s overnight camps. Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.orgfor details on sessions, safety procedures, registration process, FAQs, and more.

Family Reservations are open

Families can reserve Twisted Pine in Genesee. Reservations must be for the whole weekend and the fee is $300/weekend. Read more information and booking instructions here.

Spring Break Troop Days at Tomahawk Ranch

Troops on spring break in March are invited to participate in Tomahawk Ranch Troop Camp Days! Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are available throughout March.

Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is back! The OAC is a staff-led program offering outdoor adventures around the state that expose older Girl Scouts to outdoor activities and skills beyond what they might do with their troop. More information here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/outdoors/outdoor-adventure-club.html#SPRINGEVENTS

Highest Awards Update

Troops and girls have until March 1 to complete their Highest Awards projects and submit their Bronze and Silver Notification Form to be included in the spring 2021 celebrations!

Highest Awards training for troop leaders is now available on gsLearn! Please check the platform for training.

Gold Award training will soon be offered to take at a girl’s own pace through Google Classroom! Make sure to check the Gold Award webpage for the link.

The GSCO History Committee is collecting extra patches and badges from any year. If you have patches or badges that you’d like to donate, please contact highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Celebrate World Thinking Day

World Thinking Day is February 22! Thinking Day 2021 celebrates what it means to be a peacebuilder, an important component of our global Movement. Activity guides are now available for all Girl Scout levels. Additionally, we have some special programs to help girls celebrate from home. You can also check out the GSCO Global Action Team’s countdown to World Thinking Day blog series for tips on celebrating this special day.

World Thinking Day Resources and Programs

Learn More

NEW- Cookie Box Innovation Challenge

Making the world a better place starts with innovation. Together, Arrow and Girl Scouts of Colorado are challenging Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to design a prototype that addresses a problem in our community and beyond by using Girl Scout Cookie boxes and other recycled materials for the Cookie Box Innovation Challenge.

  • Connect with experts in innovation with Arrow Electronics.
  • Let your imagination run wild with possibilities.
  • Put your cookie boxes to good use.
  • Earn your Cookie Box Innovation Challenge patch!
  • Compete to win exciting prizes.

Watch for a virtual kickoff in May. Final designs will be submitted and judged at an Arrow Innovation Fair in October. Fill out the online interest form and we will send you details directly as they are announced.

Guiding and Scouting Movement Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The Guiding and Scouting movement, represented by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize . The nomination was submitted by Norwegian Liberal Party MP, Solveig Schytz, who is the former Chief Commissioner for the Norwegian Scout and Guide association, and Chair for The Guides and Scouts of Norway. The nomination comes in the same year that WAGGGS is focusing its World Thinking Day activities on peacebuilding, where we will celebrate and amplify the story of those in our Movement who are building peace within their communities.

Upcoming Events

Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!

World Thinking Day – Compassion Meditation and Yoga

Feb. 17, 4:30 p.m.

This program provides an opportunity for Girl Scouts of all ages to complete Step 3 of the World Thinking Day Award activities for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Step 3: Explore Peacebuilding in Girl Scouts, Choice 1: Practice compassion meditation. A professional yoga teacher will lead girls through beginner yoga and meditation.

Celebrate World Thinking Day – Meet an Expert: Girl Guide from Bangladesh

Feb. 22, 5 p.m.

In celebration of World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special “Meet an Expert” session with a Girl Guide from Bangladesh!

World Thinking Day Sessions with WAGGGS

Feb. 20, 21, or 22

Celebrate World Thinking Day 2021 and Stand Together for Peace, our theme for 2021. Come and join us as we take part in Stand Strong, Stand Up and Stand Together activities from the WAGGGS pack, you can even earn your World Thinking Day Badge with us!

Meet an Expert: Police Commander

April 7, 4:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Meet an Expert session with Commander Suzette Freidenberger with the Grand Junction Police Department.

Coming Soon

  • Celebrate World Thinking Day – Meet an Expert: Peace Corps Alum
  • Girl Scout Spring Break programs
  • Meet an Expert: Forensic Scientist
  • More Meet an Expert sessions!

GSUSA Virtual Calendar

Check out awesome virtual experiences for Girl Scouts of all ages from Girl Scouts of the USA. You can also access past recordings through this calendar.

Volunteer View: January 2021

Girl Scout Cookie Program runs January 31 – March 7

Cookie Rallies

Visit our events calendar to find a cookie rally near you or check with your service unit cookie manager about a rally in your area.

Download the Little Brownie Baker Virtual Rally Guide, rally modules, and activities on our Cookie Resources page.  Also available for download are the new Booth Guide, mini guides, and tip sheets.

Booth Selection Dates

January 25        Round One Booth selection (6-11:59 p.m.) – pick one booth

January 26        Round Two Booth selection (6-11:59 p.m.) – pick two booths

January 27        Round Three Booth selection (6-11:59 p.m.) – pick three booths

January 28        Round Four Booth selection (6-11:59 p.m.) – pick four booths

January 29        Round Five Booth selection (6 p.m.) – limit 100 total booths until February 8

Other Important Dates

January 30: Main Cookie Delivery Day

Troops will pick up cookies at the delivery site they select. Troops MUST HAVE submitted an ACH form for the 2020-2021 membership year in order to pick up their IO on delivery day.

January 31: First day of the 2021 Cookie Program

My Sales booth, select Council booths and door-to-door sales begin.

February 4: Cookie Cupboards open.

February 12: Other Council booths begin.

Reminder: No additional money-earning activities may take place from January 31 (Cookie Program start date) through March 17 (ACH debit date).

Online Volunteer Training

Troop cookie managers can take TCM Cookie Program training online on gsLearn! To access the training in gsLearn, TCMs must have completed a TCM agreement and been approved in their role.
If you need assistance accessing gsLearn, please contact Kendy Doolen, instructional design manager, at 303-607-4891 or email Kendy.Doolen@gscolorado.org.

Look for just-in-time training to post to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Spanish Language Cookie Resources

We have a lot of cookie resources on our website! You can download them from the website or email espanol@gscolorado.org if you need printed copies of resources in Spanish.

Have questions or need assistance?

Join the Product Program team for open discussions on different topics every Wednesday at noon and 6 p.m. Ask the questions you have and get them answered by GSCO staff. The link to join the Cookie Chats is on the GSCO Cookie Resources page. No need to register, just click the link to join the conversation and get your questions answered!

ACH Forms and TCM Agreements

All troops participating in the Cookie Program must complete an ACH form for the 2020-2021 membership year. Troops who have not submitted an ACH form prior to pickup will not be able to pick-up their cookie inventory Initial Order on delivery day.

  • Troop that submitted an ACH for the 2020 Fall Product Program, do not need to submit one again for the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
  • All TCMs must complete and sign a TCM agreement.
  • A TCM must fill out the TCM agreement, be approved by council, and have an approved ACH agreement in order to receive eBudde access. If a TCM did not receive a registration email from eBudde, they should reach out to their SUCM immediately.
  • TCMs should ensure all girls in their troop are registered and each girl has a valid email for their preferred contact in the membership database if they will be selling through the Digital Cookie (DOC).

Questions? Please contact GSCO customer care at inquiry@gscolorado.org or call 1-877-404-5708.

GSCO System Update

In early December, GSUSA released a refreshed new member management portal as part of the myGS community of online member resources. My Account makes it easier than ever to manage your household’s Girl Scout memberships and keep track of your Girl Scout experiences. To get started you’ll need to reset your password.

As with the launch of any new system, we are experiencing some bugs and system issues that we are working hard to remedy. At this time, a known issue is that email notifications are not being sent to troop leaders when a new girl joins a troop. Please log in to your account to review your troop roster on the Volunteer Toolkit and make sure that you are reaching out to any new families who may have joined your troop.

Need help managing your troop in the new myGS? There is now a course in gsLearn! Log into gsLearn through myGS and you will see a course on your dashboard named GSUSA Managing My Troops from My Account.

Have questions or need additional assistance? Email  inquiry@gscolorado.organd/or call 877-404-5708.

GSCO Clubs Starting Now

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s club program is a great way for your Girl Scout to connect with others, while also learning a new skill or participating in a fun activity. Clubs run from January until May and are for girls of every program level. Check out our offerings and register today!

Latinx Engagement

Make sure to check out all the Latinx events we have coming up in 2021!

Have you checked out our series for Troop Leaders interested in learning more about our Spanish resources and programs? This is open to all leaders – come check it out!

You can register for all the events easily by finding them in our council events page.

Check out our new Spanish Resources for anyone that needs it:

GSCO Day of Service

Participate in GSCO’s Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18! This is an opportunity for girls, volunteers, and their families to connect with their communities and give back, while following current public health guidelines in their community. Girls can even earn our limited GSCO Day of Service patch. We want everyone to continue to be safe*, so we have compiled a list of community service projects that you can safely do in any part of the state to connect and help your community.

Learn More

Camp Registration Opens January 28

GSCO is excited to be planning summer outdoor programs for 2021! Yes, we are planning for summer resident camp programs in 2021! While we are thrilled for resident camp to return, we know things will look different this summer. Because safety of girls, staff, and volunteers is always our number one priority, we must adapt to our current environment and consider how best to give girls an amazing summer experience and give caregivers and staff peace of mind.

Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org for details on sessions, safety procedures, registration process, FAQs, and more.

Registration is open for spring 2021 Troop Days at camp!

This winter and spring, troops can visit select GSCO properties and participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs like building outdoor skills, team-building, working on badges or just have fun together as a troop outside at camp! Read all about the updated spring 2021 program options, pricing and dates here. For more information on the registration process, COVID -19 safety guidelines, and what to expect on program review our Troop Day Programs FAQs. Questions? Email property.reservations@gscolorado.org

Family Reservations are open at select GSCO properties

Cozy up inside one of our GSCO cabin at Twisted Pine in Genesee with your family. Reservations must be for the whole weekend and the fee is $300/weekend. Read more information and booking instructions here.

MMR Nature Trail open for reservations!

The Meadow Mountain Ranch Nature Trail is now open for Girl Scout families! Due to COVID-19 troop meeting guidelines, reservations are currently only open to families or no more than two households, but troops will be able to reserve as soon as guidelines allow. Read more information about the nature trail and how to reserve here.

Highest Awards Update

Troops and girls have until March 1 to complete their Highest Awards projects and submit their Bronze and Silver Notification Form to be included in the spring 2021 celebrations!

As a reminder, girls have until they bridge to the next program level on October 1 to complete their projects. Any girls who finish their projects after March 1, 2021 will be included in the next year’s celebrations.

Have girls who are working on their Gold Award projects?

Remember to have them email Highest Awards Manger, Kaitie LoDolce, when they submit their initial proposals through Go Gold. Girls and troop leaders are encouraged to reach out at any stage of their projects for help at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Conversation Starter: Mental Health During COVID-19

Join us on January 26 at 6 p.m. as we talk with Dr. Laura Anthony, a child psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the Pediatric Mental Health Institute and an Associate Professor at the CU Anschutz School of Medicine. Dr. Anthony will offer advice on how to recognize warning signs that indicate your girl may be struggling due to the pressures of COVID-19. This live event is open to all adult members as well as any non-members from our community.

Register today

Earn Your 2021 World Thinking Day Award

Start planning now for your World Thinking Day 2021! This year, in an effort to bring more program opportunities directly to girls safely at home, we have complied a list of World Thinking Day programs across the country. Each program and Girl Scout council listed on this resource has opened their virtual doors to Girl Scouts from anywhere in the country. Do you have a Girl Scout friend or family member in another state? Give them a call and see if you want to participate in a World Thinking Day program together, no matter where you are!

Girl Scouts of all ages can also recognize this important day with at-home activities using guides from WAGGGS and GSUSA. Activity guides are now available for 2021 for all Girl Scout levels.

Upcoming Events

Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!

Meet an Expert: Women of the U.S. Space Force (C/S/A)

January 19, 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to invite girls of all ages to attend special “Meet an Expert” sessions with women in the U.S. Space Force (USSF). Girls will hear from an amazing panel of women and participate in a live Q&A session.

Virtual Cookie Cheer with Denver Broncos Cheerleading

January 23 — 9 a.m.

Girl Scouts and their families are invited to a special session to get moving and get excited for cookies with Denver Broncos Cheerleaders! The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders promote self-esteem, pride, commitment, and discipline among young women in our community. This collaboration with Girl Scouts offers a rare and truly special opportunity for young women to learn from the experts in dance, movement, and fitness! Denver Broncos Cheerleaders will lead Girl Scouts through activities focused on movement, stretching, dance. They will also teach girls a short cheer to get excited about cookie season!

Meet an Expert: 9-1-1 Center Manager

January 28, 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet Jennifer Kirkland, a 9-1-1 Center Manager at the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center. Jennifer will take girls on a virtual tour of the Grand Junction 9-1-1 Center, and then talk about the job, how to get started, and how rewarding being a 9-1-1 professional can be. This will be a behind-the-scenes look at a job that happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.

The CELL’s Virtual 365 Series: Radicalization & Violent Extremism Today

February 4, 4 p.m.

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are invited to attend The CELL”S Virtual 365 National Security Event Series: Radicalization & Violent Extremist Today. This program session is for Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 only. This program has been adapted specifically for virtual learning. A CELL educator will take girls through a lesson and they will hear from Jesse Morton, former Al-Qaeda propagandist, and Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist.

Avalanche Awareness & Snow Science  (Registration coming soon!)

February 8, 5-6 p.m.

We love skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, but what if we want to do those things outside of a resort? Knowing Colorado is highly prone to avalanches, how can we stay safe in the mountains in winter? Join us for this virtual event to learn more about avalanches including how to recognize avalanche territory and how to stay safe if you plan to recreate in avalanche prone areas.

Snow Badge Spectacular

February 10, 5-6 p.m.

Ready to earn your Snow badge? In this webinar, GSCO Outdoor Program staff and experts from The North Face will walk you through steps of the badge and give you tips, tricks, and resources to help you plan, prepare, and train for your winter adventure!

GSUSA Virtual Calendar

Check out awesome virtual experiences for Girl Scouts of all ages from Girl Scouts of the USA. You can also access past recordings through this calendar.

Volunteer View: December 2020

Get Ready for the 2021 Cookie Program

Cookie training wrapping up soon!

Only two more virtual training options remain for TCMs this December. Check the Events Calendar on the GSCO website to register.

Please remember that no additional money-earning activities may take place during the Cookie Program – January 31 (Cookie Program start date) to March 17 (ACH debit).

Cookie Program – Time to Get Ready!

Check out the cookie season prep checklist on the GSCO blog to see the steps to take in December and January to get ready for cookies.

  • Troop leaders and/or troop cookie managers be sure your troop has submitted an ACH agreement form and a TCM agreement form. eBudde is now open! TCM’s who have completed their ACH form and TCM agreement form, will gain access to eBudde as soon as they’re uploaded after approval.
  • Thank you to all troop cookie managers that have already attended a TCM training!
  • Check your troop rosters now to make sure all girls participating in your troop have current memberships.
    • If there are girls on your roster who are not participating in your troop, contact your Volunteer Support Specialist.

Have questions or need assistance?

Join a weekly Cookie Chat on Wednesdays at noon or 6 p.m. – hosted by the product program team. The link to join the Cookie Chats is on the GSCO Cookie Resources page. No need to register, just click the link to join the conversation and get your questions answered!

Please call GSCO Customer Care at 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts NEW Member Account Portal is HERE!

Our NEW member management portal is here! As part of the My GS community of online member resources, My Account makes it easy to manage your household’s Girl Scout memberships and keep track of your Girl Scout experiences. With so many new features, we’re choosing to highlight just a few for you today like:

  • The *NEW* Household Summary View: A scrollable list of all current and inactive Girl Scout members in your household along with troop affiliations and the status for all household memberships – renewing your girl has never been easier!
  • The *NEW* Troop Summary View: There to provide you with a quick look at basic information on the troops that your household members are a part of!
  • The *NEW* My Account Menu: Ready to take to you pages like My Household, My Troop, and My Profile, where you will be able to find more details and information – beyond the summary views on your landing page—and where you’ll go to update and edit your member account information!

Of course, there’s more but we wanted to save a few surprises for you to find! Be sure to check it out! We think you’re going to like what you find!

To get started you’ll need to reset your password.

From the GSCO website, click on My GS and follow the system provided prompts and guidance. Of course, if you have any trouble, be sure to reach out to inquiry@gscolorado.org and/or 877-404-5708 and we’ll be happy to support and welcome you to our refreshed Girl Scout member platform!

Have fun exploring!

2021 Summer Camp Update

GSCO is excited to be planning summer outdoor programs for 2021! Yes, we are planning for summer resident camp programs in 2021! While we are thrilled for resident camp to return, we know things will look different this summer. Because safety of girls, staff, and volunteers is always our No. 1 priority, we must adapt to our current environment and consider how best to give girls an amazing summer experience and give caregivers and staff peace of mind.

We are working closely with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the American Camp Association, Association of Camp Nurses, the CDC, and the Colorado Governor’s office as the COVID-19 regulations and guidance for 2021 camps are still being determined. We do know that session offerings, schedules, capacity, and design of our camp programs will be adapted this upcoming year for enhanced safety measures.

If summer were today, we could operate at less than 50% capacity and that is where we are allowed to set sessions when registration opens. Registration for resident camp will open in late January/early February and we will have very limited spots available. Registration dates will be announced in early January.

We are hopeful that we will be able to add capacity later this spring if things get better and it is safe to do so, but we also have to be realistic that summer 2021 will have many COVID-19 considerations. With that in mind, we are coming up with additional creative, safe ways to get Girl Scouts a summer camp experience through troop and day programming. Watch for more on that in the coming months. We appreciate your patience as we work through this ever-changing situation keeping what’s best for our girls top of mind.

Visit camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org for details on sessions, safety procedures, registration process, FAQs, and more.

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Girl Scout Destinations

Due to issues stemming from the pandemic and because we prioritize the safety of our girls, summer 2021 Girl Scout Destinations will not take place. Girls can receive more information and details about applying to 2022 Destinations here: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/

GSCO 2021 Day of Service

Participate in GSCO’s Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18, 2021! This is an opportunity for girls, volunteers, and their families to connect with their communities and give back, while following current public health guidelines in their community. Girls can even earn our limited GSCO Day of Service patch. We want everyone to continue to be safe*, so we have compiled a list of community service projects that you can safely do in any part of the state to connect and help your community.

Learn more

Outdoor Program News

GSCO Get Outdoor Challenge Patch

The winter break is a great time to get started on your GSCO Get Outdoors Challenge Patch! This is a checklist challenge full of fun outdoor activities. Challenge yourself to get outdoors and complete the required number of activities.

Registration is open for spring 2021 Troop Days at Camp!

This winter and spring, troops can visit select GSCO properties and participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs like building outdoor skills, team-building, working on badges or just have fun together as a troop outside at camp! Read all about the updated spring 2021 program options, pricing and dates here. For more information on the registration process, COVID -19 safety guidelines, and what to expect on program review our Troop Day Programs FAQs. Questions? Email property.reservations@gscolorado.org

Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is returning in Spring 2021! The OAC is a staff-led program offering outdoor adventures around the state that expose older Girl Scouts to outdoor activities and skills beyond what they might do with their troop. They also get a chance to make new friends from around the state! Check out the spring event calendar and find more information on the OAC page. Registration for our first event, rock climbing at Garden of the Gods, opens on January 14.

Family Reservations are open at select GSCO properties through the end of March!

As the temperatures drop in Colorado, cozy up inside one of our GSCO cabin properties with your family. Reservations must be for the whole weekend and the fee is $300/weekend. Read more information and booking instructions here.

MMR Nature Trail open for reservations!

The Meadow Mountain Ranch Nature Trail is now open for Girl Scout families! The Nature Tail at Meadow Mountain Ranch is a 1.25 mile one-way trail with 21 stops along the way. There are four activities guides and accompanying patches for each season: fall, winter, spring and summer. Due to COVID – 19 troop meeting guidelines, reservations are currently only open to families or no more than two households, but troops will be able to reserve as soon as guidelines allow. Read more information about the nature trail and how to reserve here.

Conversation Starter: Youth Mental Health During COVID

Join us on January 26 at 6 p.m. as we talk with Dr. Laura Anthony, a child psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the Pediatric Mental Health Institute and an Associate Professor at the CU Anschutz School of Medicine. Dr. Anthony will offer advice on how to recognize warning signs that indicate your girl may be struggling due to the pressures of COVID-19. This live event is open to all adult members as well as any non-members from our community.

Register today

2021 Activity Guides for World Thinking Day and Global Action Awards now available

Start planning now for your Girl Scout’s 2021 World Thinking Day and Global Action Awards! The theme this year is peacebuilding. Activity guides are now available for 2021 for all Girl Scout levels.

Upcoming Events

Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!

Day of Dance with Colorado Ballet

January 9 at 9:30 a.m.

Join the Colorado Ballet for a Day of Dance! Girl Scouts will experience three different dance genres throughout the program including ballet, jazz, and creative movement. Dancers will be exposed to the specific techniques as well as improvisation and dance concepts

Meet an Expert: Robotics Professionals at Arrow Electronics

January 13  at 4:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet two women in robotics at Arrow Electronics. Arrow Electronics is a technology company with a passion for innovation and transforming the way we look at technology. Make, manage and create are core values of Arrow Electronics. During this webinar we will be talking about a special robot Arrow is making to transform a girl’s life.

Our experts for the webinar will be Victoria Bohannon-Pea, project manager, and Anjelica Roman, business development manager.
Girl Scouts participating in the Robotics badge series in January are strongly encouraged to participate.

The CELL’s Virtual 365 Series: Radicalization & Violent Extremism Today

February 4, 4 p.m.

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are invited to attend The CELL”S Virtual 365 National Security Event Series: Radicalization & Violent Extremist Today. This program session is for Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 only. This program has been adapted specifically for virtual learning. A CELL educator will take girls through a lesson and they will hear from Jesse Morton, former Al-Qaeda propagandist, and Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist.

Avalanche Awareness & Snow Science  (Registration coming soon!)

February 8, 5-6 p.m.

We love skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling, but what if we want to do those things outside of a resort? Knowing Colorado is highly prone to avalanches, how can we stay safe in the mountains in winter? Join us for this virtual event to learn more about avalanches including how to recognize avalanche territory and how to stay safe if you plan to recreate in avalanche prone areas.

Snow Badge Spectacular (Registration coming soon!)

February 10, 5-6 p.m.

Ready to earn your Snow Badge? In this webinar, GSCO Outdoor Program staff and other snow sport experts will walk you through steps of the Snow Badge and give you tips, tricks, and resources to help you plan, prepare, and train for your winter adventure!

GSUSA Virtual Calendar

Check out awesome virtual experiences for Girl Scouts of all ages from Girl Scouts of the USA. You can also access past recordings through this calendar.

Volunteer View: November 2020

Is your Girl Scout a tough cookie?

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to partner with CBS4-KCNC TV to produce a GSCO commercial and YOUR GIRL could be in it! Enter to win by submitting a short video using this form of your Girl Scout answering the prompts “I love Girl Scouts because …” and “I’m a tough cookie because….” Please keep answers for each prompt to no more than 10 seconds.

Clips from several Girl Scouts will be chosen for the final commercial that will air on CBS in Denver, Grand Junction, and Colorado Springs in late January through mid-March. The deadline to enter is 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.

Submit Your Entry

Help Spread the Word about Girl Scouts

The No. 1 reason girls join Girl Scouts is because a friend invited them. Can you help spread the word? The GSCO blog has simple ways (like posting in your local Facebook groups or hosting a Zoom Robot-Building party for the kindergartners in your neighborhood) you can help new girls get connected to Girl Scouts.

Girls can also earn points toward a sloth Make New Friends patch (it fits together with the renewal patch!) by participating in fun and simple challenges that help get the word out and encourage other girls to join Girl Scouts. Check the blog for details!

Are you missing connecting with your girlfriends? Invite them to participate in one of our awesome virtual programs. Our clubs are a great way to participate in activities together and then meet separately, either in-person or virtually, to celebrate what you learned.

November Club Spotlight

Tools for Independence: How to Find a Job

Is your Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador looking to learn tips and tricks for applying and interviewing for a job? This is the club for her! In Tools for Independence Older Girls series, girls get to know themselves and what they are capable of by discussing topics that are important for their independence. The Older Girl series is created especially for Seniors and Ambassadors.

GSCO System Upgrade

We’re getting an upgrade! In early December, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) will release a refreshed member account management system. The upgraded system will provide increased visibility to your Girl Scout member account, make it simpler to manage and maintain household (and for troop leaders, troop memberships too!), and find more fun for your girl!

To prepare for the system upgrade, the myGS tab on the GSCO website will be inaccessible from November 18 – December 3. This means that you will be unable to access your member profile, the Volunteer Toolkit, and gsLearn.

GSCO staff is here to guide you through the transition from beginning to end! As we approach system downtime, we will reach out with additional details. Be on the lookout for emails and communication in the weeks to come to guide and support you throughout this time!

Things you can do prior to November 18 to help to make this upgrade go smoothly:

  1. Login to your myGS account and review the email addresses for your household. Are the parents/caregivers in your household using the same email address? If yes, provide a new email address for the secondary caregiver.
  2. Verify your troop’s roster and make sure all members are correctly listed. Contact your Volunteer Support Specialist (VSS) to assist you in renewing or adding members to your troop before the downtime. Don’t know who your VSS is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.
  3. Login to Volunteer Toolkit and download any meeting plans, planning materials, and resources you might need during the downtime.
  4. Take any gsLearn training that you need.

Support Girl Scouts of Colorado and Schedule Your Colorado Gives Day Donation

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. On December 8, you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving.

Donations made on Colorado Gives Day unlock additional funds for Girl Scouts of Colorado! All participating nonprofits will receive a portion of the $1 million incentive fund made possible by Community First Foundation, First Bank and other community members.

Whether you schedule your donation today or give on December 8, you are making a difference in the lives of Girl Scouts throughout Colorado and we can’t thank you enough!

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Volunteer Essentials/Safety Activity Checkpoints Update

Every year we update our critical volunteer resources: Volunteer Essentials and Safety Activity Checkpoints. You are encouraged to review these resources periodically to ensure you have the most up-to-date information as policies may have changed.

We also have a new process for council approval for activities, events, and trips held by troops and service units. Activities that require prior approval include any:

  • Troop or service unit hosting a money earning event or activity.
  • Overnight or travel experience.
  • High-risk activity or that requires approval per the Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Please complete the Activity and Event Approval Form at least 30 days prior to your event, activity or trip. Be aware that additional insurance may be required for your activity, event, or trip. Review the Insurance section of Volunteer Essentials for more information. Email insurance@gscolorado.org to purchase additional insurance.

Spring Troop Days at Camp: Registration Now Open!

Registration is open for spring 2021 Troop Days at Camp! This winter and spring, troops can visit select GSCO properties and participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs. Participate in programs building outdoor skills, team-building, working on badges and just having fun together as a troop outside at camp! Read all about the updated spring 2021 program options, pricing and dates here. For more information on the registration process, COVID -19 safety guidelines, and what to expect on program review our Troop Day Programs FAQs. Questions? Email property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Missed the Trail Adventure Webinars?

Girl Scouts who complete all the Trail Adventure badge requirements by February 1, 2021 are eligible to receive the badge and a Girl Scout bandana for FREE. Learn more about the Trail Adventure Badge requirements and resources to help you earn the badge on the recorded webinars.

Join us for Holiday Celebrations at Camp

Holiday Lights at Sky High Ranch

December 4, 5, 11 and 12

Come to Sky High Ranch for our drive-through holiday light display. Do you have a Cadette, Senior or Ambassador troop looking for service hours? We’re looking for troops to greet cars and help out with some farm animals during this event. Contact kim.petau@gscolorado.org if interested in a shift.

Holiday Fun with Santa at Tomahawk Ranch

Sunday, December 13

Bring your friends and family to Tomahawk Ranch for a visit with Santa and the barnyard. Even have the chance to savor sweets and lollies a plenty and warm up fireside. Don’t forget your camera for photos with Santa and his furry friends at the barn. Advanced registration is required. Time slots for registration are 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Social distancing requirements and the use of face coverings is mandatory at this event. Cost: $5 (ages 3-17); Adults and children under 3 are free. For more information please contact Tomahawk.Ranch@gscolorado.org or 303-816-1642.

Fall Product Program Wrap-Up

Thank you to all volunteers for making Fall Product Program a success!

A few things to note:

  • Delivery of nuts and candies to service units has started and will continue until all items have been distributed. Please encourage girls to deliver products to their customers within a week after receiving the items. Many people will want to have their goodies ahead of Thanksgiving!
  • There’s still time to enter the Giant Plush Sloth contest!
  • Girls who sold 15+ magazine subscriptions can still complete the form for a hammock!
  • Girl rewards will be delivered to service units starting the first week of December.

Cookie Program – Time to Get Ready!

  • Troop leaders and/or troop cookie managers please make sure your troop has submitted an ACH agreement form and a TCM agreement form.
  • Check your troop rosters now to make sure all girls participating in your troop have current memberships.
    •  If there are girls on your roster who are not participating in your troop, contact your Volunteer Support Specialist.
    • The deadline to transfer girls between troops or to note them as inactive in your troop is December 14, 2020.

Cookie training beginning soon!

SUCM training begins mid-November. Virtual trainings for TCMs will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December. Check the Events Calendar on the GSCO website to register.

Please remember that no additional money-earning activities may take place during the Cookie Program – January 31 (Cookie Program start) to March 17 (ACH debit).

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

Latinx Engagement

We are excited to announce a new workshop for our Latinx/Hispanic Girl Scouts. We will have a monthly sessions where girls will meet experts from one of our Latino partner organizations, connect to one of our digital pen pals from one of the 23 Spanish speaking countries around the world, and complete activities to earn a badge. Check out these upcoming events including new patch programs, Engage Hispanic Families Series for Troop Leaders, Latinas Taking the Lead and Make Your Path workshops!

To register for upcoming events please check out the events on the GSCO events page. All programs are run bilingually in Spanish and English.

Do you have any questions? Please reach out to Korina Padilla at espanol@gscolorado.org.

Upcoming Events

Meet an Expert, Special Edition: Lockheed Martin Women’s Impact Network

Daisy, Brownie, Junior session: November 17 at 4 p.m.

Cadette, Senior, Ambassador session: November 18 at 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of Colorado and Lockheed Martin Women’s Impact Network present a special opportunity for Girl Scouts to learn about goal setting, networking, and branding! Girls will hear from an amazing panel of women and participate in a live Q&A session.

Meet an Expert, Senator Kerry Donovan

December 3 at 4:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan.  From Senator Donovan: The presidential election is over, now we can take action on important policy that matters to you! There are lots of ways to impact the laws and policies that impact your life. Join me, Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan, a rancher and former teacher, to learn about how you can continue to make your voice heard!

Meet an Expert: National Park Ranger

December 8 at 5 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special, one-hour webinar to meet Park Ranger Laura from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is just one of many national treasures called “National Parks.” Join Ranger Laura and learn how national parks protect wildlife and nature, how Black Canyon protects the environment, what it’s like to be a park ranger, and learn how you as a Girl Scout can help park rangers protect the environment.

Meet an Expert: Robotics Professionals at Arrow Electronics

January 13  at 4:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet two women in robotics at Arrow Electronics. Arrow Electronics is a technology company with a passion for innovation and transforming the way we look at technology. Make, manage and create are core values of Arrow Electronics. During this webinar we will be talking about a special robot Arrow is making to transform a girl’s life.

Our experts for the webinar will be Victoria Bohannon-Pea, project manager, and Anjelica Roman, business development manager.
Girl Scouts participating in the Robotics badge series in January are strongly encouraged to participate.

Secrets to Success, Grand Junction

January 16 at 9 a.m.

Colorado Mesa University

Girls will have the opportunity to ask top local women leaders about their secrets to success in our fifth annual Secrets to Success event. We believe that every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders.

GSUSA Virtual Calendar

Check out awesome virtual experiences for Girl Scouts of all ages from Girl Scouts of the USA. You can also access past recordings through this calendar.

Volunteer View: October 2020

Help Spread the Word about Girl Scouts

The No. 1 reason girls join Girl Scouts is because a friend invited them. Can you help spread the word? The GSCO blog has simple ways (like posting on your local Facebook groups or hosting a Zoom Robot-Building party for the kindergartners in your neighborhood) you can help new girls get connected to Girl Scouts.

Girls can also earn points toward a sloth Make New Friends patch (it fits together with the renewal patch!) by participating in fun and simple challenges that help get the word out and encourage other girls to join Girl Scouts. Check the blog for details!

Girls can also invite friends to join Girl Scouts and participate in one of our awesome virtual programs. Our clubs are a great way to participate in activities together and then meet separately, either in-person or virtually, to celebrate what you learned.

Happy Girl Scout New Year!

All girls renewed for the 2021 Membership Year before October 1, can request a free Renewed Girl Scout patch. Troop leaders may request patches for all renewed members of your troop. Deadline to request patch is November 2.

Want to make sure you have a fun and engaging year? Have your girls use our new year planners to choose what activities they want to do this year.
Leaders- want to see what is coming for 2020-2021? Check out the Program and Training Guide on the GSCO Blog.  (Pro Tip: Subscribe to get a weekly summary of blog posts).

Highest Awards

Girl Scouts of Colorado is so proud to announce Julia Trujillo of Arvada is a 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout! Every year GSUSA chooses 10 girls nationally through an extensive selection process to earn a $20,000 scholarship to the college of their choice and the distinct honor of being a National Gold Award Girl Scout. We have many ways to celebrate Julia and allow girls to connect directly with her. Check out our blog for more information!

As a reminder, GSUSA has given all troops a three-month extension to complete the Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards in 2020. Troops and girls now have until December 31 to complete their projects and submit the Bronze and Silver Notification form.

Have girls who are working on their Gold Award projects? Remember to have them email Highest Awards Manager, Kaitie LoDolce, when they submit their initial proposals through Go Gold. Girls and troop leaders are encouraged to reach out to Kaitie LoDolce at any stage of their projects for help at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

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COVID-19 Update

GSUSA has updated its guidance for in-person gatherings and now requires a health screening questionnaire to be filled out and signed by the caregiver on the day of an in-person meeting or activity. If a participant answers “yes” to any of the questions, they should not attend the in-person activity. Troop volunteers can distribute paper forms to families and collect them at the event or share the link to the PDF and ask families to email it before the event. The forms do not need to be collected by GSCO, however troop volunteers should save paper or electronic files for one year.

There are also updates to face covering and carpooling sections of the COVID Guidance for Volunteers. Be sure to check the COVID page on the website for the most recent information. (You can also get there by clicking the pink banner on the home page.)

Zoom Licenses for Troops and Service Units

Troops and service units can now purchase a discounted license for Zoom accounts through gsZoom. Zoom Licenses are $37 a year for each license ($36 for the license, $1 for CC fees). A year is defined as 12 months from the time the volunteer purchases the license.

Complete this form to purchase.

Holding meetings virtually? Check out our Resources to Meet Virtually including ice breakers and how-to videos on ways to adapt steps from specific badges and Journeys.

Subscribe to Our New Trefoil Trunks!

Subscribe to Trefoil Trunks before October 31 to have your girl get her first trunk in November!

Does your girl love to get surprises in the mail? Of course, who doesn’t?! Girl Scouts of Colorado has a new subscription pack that families can purchase, or girls can be reimbursed if they use their Cookie Credits.

Each month girls will receive a program level specific pack that contains:

  • Two activities with materials that are connected to a badge or Girl Scout theme
  • A fun Girl Scout item
  • A fun patch
  • A printed information pamphlet
  • Access to additional activities to complete virtually
  • And other fun surprises!

At this time, subscriptions will be either three months or six months at $29.99 per month.

For information on how to subscribe visit: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/trefoil-trunks

Questions? Contact GirlExperience@gscolorado.org

Trailblazers and Mariners

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Do you have an older girl troop craving to do more in the outdoors? Or are you an adult volunteer who wants to get girls engaged in high adventure activities outdoors? Well, we now have the perfect troop programs for you: Trailblazers and Mariners. Both troop experiences encourage girls to participate in all the things we love about the Girl Scout program, but through an outdoor lens.

Questions? Contact GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

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Fall Product Program Update

Shipped nuts and candies, as well as magazine orders, are available until Monday, October 26 at 8 p.m., when the Fall Product Program ends.

Reaching Goals Before the Program Wraps Up:

There’s still time to participate through the M2 girl storefront! Girl Scouts sending emails to customers can share the following information:

  • Magazines have no shipping cost and make great holiday gifts. There are hundreds of options at reasonable prices.
  • Care-to-Share has no shipping cost and goes directly to the military to show our appreciation. Troops earn $1 in proceeds for every Care-to-Share donation.
  • Direct ship nut and candy treats also make great gifts and help troops fund adventures and activities throughout the year.
  • The troop earns 13% of magazine subscriptions and $1 in proceeds for every item sold.

Girl Rewards

Wednesday, October 28 at 8 p.m. is the reward selection deadline. Girls and caregivers or TFPMs can select girl reward options in the M2 operating system (M2OS).

Pro Tip: If girls/caregivers have not selected between an item or Cookie Credits by the deadline, TFPMs should choose the item. GSCO can always change it to Cookie Credits if that’s what the girl prefers. Girl reward orders are placed based on number of items selected; it is usually not possible to provide an item if it was not selected.

Close-Out Support

Families, troop and service unit fall product managers can review step-by-step close-out information in the Fall Product Program guides. All the guides are available on the Fall Product Program page.

Before the close-out and reward deadlines, look for short demo videos on the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel, on how to select girl rewards and pull and save reports in the M2 operating system as well.

2021 Cookie Program Update

We want to reassure you the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program is happening! We’ve got this! We are Girl Scouts. When presented with a challenge, we rise to the occasion and we – girls, families, volunteers, and GSCO staff – are doing that right now.

GSCO is working with Little Brownie Bakers, GSUSA, and our key volunteers, as we consider girl and adult safety and the uncertainties before us. Know that for the 2021 cookie season, the core aspects of the Girl Scout Cookie Program will be the same, but how some things are done will be a bit different.

eBudde will open in early November to approved service unit cookie managers and troop cookie managers (SUCMs and TCMs). Complete a TCM agreement and make sure your troop has submitted a 2020-2021 ACH form.

Service unit training will start mid-November. TCM training will begin in December. More detailed “just-in-time” training and information will be shared leading up to the start of the program in January and continue through February and March.

Look for more updates soon on the GSCO blog, website, and Facebook page.

Adult Programming/gsLearn

In November the Explore More Club is exploring the topic of hobbies, based off the girl Cooking, Science and Technology badges! The Explore More Club is an adult program for our volunteers.

Volunteer Experience

We ‘re getting an upgrade! In late November, the myGS tab on our website will be inaccessible for eight business days for a system update. You will be unable to access your Member Profile, the Volunteer Toolkit, and gsLearn. Please look for more communication in the coming weeks.

Volunteer Essentials/Safety Activity Checkpoints Update

Every year we update our critical volunteer resources: Volunteer Essentials and Safety Activity Checkpoints. As some policies may have changed, you are encouraged to review these resources periodically to make sure you are up to date.

We also have a new process for council approval for activities, events, and trips held by troops and service units. Activities that require prior approval include:

  • Any troop or service unit hosting a money earning event or activity.
  • Any overnight or travel experience.
  • Any high-risk activity that requires approval per the Safety Activity Checkpoints.

Please complete the Activity and Event Approval Form at least 30 days prior to your event, activity or trip. Be aware that additional insurance may be required for your activity, event, or trip. Review the Insurance section of Volunteer Essentials for more information. Email insurance@gscolorado.org to purchase additional insurance.

Latinx Engagement

Check out these upcoming events including new patch programs, Engage Hispanic Families Series for Troop Leaders, and Latinas Taking the Lead workshops! To register for upcoming events please check out the events on the GSCO events page. All programs are run bilingual in Spanish and English. Do you have any questions? Please reach out to Korina Padilla at espanol@gscolorado.org.

GSCO Get Outdoors Challenge Patch

We are excited to release the new GSCO Get Outdoors Challenge Patch! This is a checklist challenge full of fun outdoor activities for each season. Challenge yourself to Get Outdoors and complete the required number of activities at each Girl Scout level to earn the patch; one for the fall/winter season and one for the spring/summer season.

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International Day of the Girl Videos

October 11 was International Day of the Girl! This year’s theme was “My Voice, our equal future.” Girl Scouts of Colorado asked women leaders, “How do you raise the voices of women and girls?”. Check out our two compilation videos to see how women leaders in Colorado answered this important question.

October is Civics Month at GSCO

While we hope Girl Scouts are civically engaged throughout the year, we are excited to focus our virtual program offerings this October on civics, citizenship, and democracy!
We also organized several opportunities for girls to learn about women in government in Colorado, women who advocate for a living for Girl Scouts nationally, and women who work tirelessly to keep everyone civically engaged and vote at every opportunity.

2021 Activity Guides for World Thinking Day and Global Action Awards now available

Start planning now for your Girl Scout’s 2021 World Thinking Day and Global Action Awards! Activity guides are now available for 2021 for all Girl Scout levels. 2021 activity guides for the World Thinking Day Award and Global Action Award are now available online and in the Volunteer Toolkit. The 2021 World Thinking Day theme is “peacebuilding.” In 2021, the Global Action Award focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action.

Volunteer Opportunity – Global Action Team

Are you passionate about Girl Scouts? Are you passionate about learning about other cultures and the world beyond the United States? The Global Action Team invites you to join them!

The concept of “global” is present in everything Girl Scouts do. From earning your Violet Petal as a Daisy and learning how to be a sister to every Girl Scout to celebrating World Thinking Day to completing the Justice Journey as an Ambassador and exploring global environmental issues. The mission of the Global Action Team is to bring awareness of and create action steps on global issues that impact the lives of girls and women to make the world a better place through the worldwide sisterhood.

Upcoming Events

Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday Celebration

October 31 –12 p.m.

We will play some party games, learn about Juliette, giggle with fellow Girl Scout sisters, and participate in a rededication ceremony.

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to Girl Scout Engineering Day with CO School of Mines

Saturday, November 14 — 9 – 11 a.m.

Hybrid Take Home/Virtual

The Society of Women Engineers at Colorado School of Mines is thrilled to invite Girl Scout Juniors to participate in their annual Girl Scout Engineering Day on Saturday, November 14! This year, the program is virtual, and girls have the option to order a supply kit in advance or gather their own supplies. This virtual exploration of science and engineering will consist of a variety of STEM activities and a short panel discussion.

NEW GSUSA National Service Project – Promote the Vote

Since Girl Scouts’ founding in 1912, our members have created lasting, positive change through advocacy and civic action. And though some girls may be too young to cast a ballot, they can still mobilize their communities to take action like a Girl Scout.

As we mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which removed the gender restriction to voting, Girl Scouts is launching a national “Promote the Vote” initiative to engage Girl Scout troops in the democratic process.

Voting is arguably our most important civic duty—but barriers still exist. In many parts of the country, voting laws and protocols make it difficult for many people, especially people of color, to cast their votes in local and federal elections. In other words, there’s work to be done—and girls can play a part!

GSUSA Virtual Calendar

Check out awesome virtual experiences for Girl Scouts of all ages from Girl Scouts of the USA. You can also access past recordings through this calendar.

Volunteer View: September 2020

Renew your Girl Scout membership for a chance to win rewards and prizes!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to offer membership renewal prizes for girls, troops, families, and service units! There will be drawings for prizes weekly in September and hourly on Girl Scout New Year’s Eve, September 30. The earlier you renew, the more chances you’ll have to win!

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GSCO Badge Series

Keep your girls engaged with badges and Journeys in a virtual setting. Our Badge Series program will continue for 2020-2021. Here is what is coming up this fall:

  • October: Civics
  • November: Independence
  • December: Entrepreneurship

Registration is open now! Questions? Contact GirlExperience@gscolorado.org

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Subscribe to our new Trefoil Trunks!

Does your girl love to get surprises in the mail? Of course, who doesn’t?! Girl Scouts of Colorado will be launching a new subscription pack that families can purchase, or girls can use their Cookie Credits.

Each month girls will receive a program level specific pack that contains:

  • Two activities with materials that are connected to a badge or Girl Scout theme
  • A fun Girl Scout item
  • A fun patch/badge
  • A printed information booklet
  • Access to additional activities to complete virtually
  • And other fun surprises!

At this time, subscriptions will be either three months or six months at $29.99 per month.

Questions? Contact GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

It’s not too late to participate in the Fall Product Program!

Fall Product Program combines educational activities with money-earning opportunities for troops. Fall Product Program is directed toward family and friends and can be done entirely online through the M2 operating system platform. The program enables troops to earn proceeds by selling magazine subscriptions as well as nuts and candy.

Girls participating develop skills in business ethics, financial literacy, and ecommerce. They learn how to set goals, make individual and group decisions, develop sales pitches, manage troop proceeds, and market their sale.

Sound familiar? That’s because the Fall Product Program introduces girls to the same entrepreneurial skills as the Cookie Program and enhances the development of those skills.

Those skills are more important than ever! Setting goals and problem solving go hand-in-hand with teaching girls how to chart a course and adjust to overcome the bumps along the way.

By participating in the Fall Product Program, troops earn 13% of their magazine subscription orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates. Girls also earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too.  Girl who send 15+ emails to family and friends via the M2 platform and sell $275+ in combined sales (online and/or in-person) during 2020 Fall Product Program, will earn a personalized avatar patch!

There are contests during the program for girls to enter too! Check out our GSCO blog for details.

The Fall Product Program began September 12 and runs through October 26. Girls can start at any time during the program!

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

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Program and training guide

Want to see what is coming for 2020-2021? On September 15 we unveil our new Program and Training Guide on the GSCO Blog.  (Pro Tip: Subscribe to get a weekly summary of blog posts)

Membership Connection Committee

Want leader to leader tips to have a fabulous year no matter what? Join the MCC session at Leadership Summits this fall. You can learn more about virtual Leadership Summits and the How to Lead Today – You are NOT alone! session MCC is hosting on the GSCO blog.

Get your Girl Scout year off to a great start by attending a Leadership Summit!

This adult learning opportunity will be offered virtually this year. This means you get the skills and knowledge needed to provide a positive Girl Scout experience all from the comfort of your own home!

While we are unable to meet in-person right now, volunteers will still have the opportunity to learn new things, share and discuss ideas and connect with other volunteers. The training courses offered are designed to equip leaders with the tools for success!
There are four opportunities to attend each training course. You do not need to attend all of the courses offered each day, you can pick and choose the day and time that work best for you and register for each course individually.

  • September 18 – 20
  • September 26 – 28
  • November 6 – 8

Please contact training@gscolorado.org for questions.

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GSCO Shop Updates

The GSCO Shop in Denver is now open for shopping by appointment only! Sign up for a time to visit the shop.
Please Note:

  • There is a maximum of four customers at a time.
  • Appointments are available Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Free shipping and no-contact pick up is still offered as an alternative for our customers to get their Girl Scout gear should they need anything last minute, or they don’t feel comfortable in a public environment.
  • Credit cards and Cookie Credits are the only form of payment we can accept, and we are still unable to take returns.

Shop for GSCO specific merchandise online

Check out our new council’s own online order form! Submit the order form and we will contact you for payment and shipping/pickup options. Items added weekly.

As always you can still shop online anytime. Check back often for GSUSA purchase and shipping promotions.

See the FAQs for full details on the GSCO Shop

Contact: 303-607-4880 or retail@gscolorado.org. If you reach voicemail, leave a detailed message.

Day Programs at GSCO Properties

Starting in September, troops can visit select GSCO properties and participate in a half or full day of staff-led programs! Visit Twisted Pine in Genesee or Hamp Hut in Colorado Springs and spend a half day connecting with your troop and building your outdoor skills with programs in archery, Trail Adventure badge, guided hikes, outdoor art and others. Visit Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey or Sky High Ranch in Woodland Park and spend a full day with lunch included enjoying the beautiful camp properties and participating in programs ranging from Wizarding and Fun at the Farm to Life-Sized Games, Camp Fun Day and Adventure / Survival.

Check out all the details on how to reserve, pricing, available dates, program options, COVID -19 guidelines, FAQs and on the GSCO website.

Don’t forget: Girls can use Cookie Credits to pay for these amazing programs.

Questions? Contact property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Fall Trail Adventure Kickoff

Join us for a virtual webinar to kick-off the Trail Adventure Badge! In this virtual webinar, GSCO Outdoor Program staff and other trail running and hiking experts will walk you through each step of the Trail Adventure badge and give you tips, tricks, and resources to help you plan, prepare, and train for your outdoor adventure. Complete the remaining badge requirements this fall to be eligible to receive a free Trail Adventure badge and Girl Scouts bandana.

There will be two webinar events:

Daisies, Brownies, Juniors on October 6 at 5 p.m.

Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors on October 7 at 5 p.m.

Membership Connection Committee (MCC)

Want leader to leader tips to have a fabulous year no matter what? Join the MCC session at Leadership Summits this fall. You can learn more about virtual Leadership Summits and the How to Lead Today – You are NOT alone! session MCC is hosting on the GSCO blog.

October is Civics Month at GSCO

While we hope Girl Scouts are civically engaged throughout the year, we are excited to focus our virtual program offerings this October on civics, citizenship, and democracy! This October, our virtual Badge Series will provide Girl Scouts of all ages the chance to earn their citizenship or democracy badges. We will provide all Colorado Girl Scouts who complete the virtual badge series in October with their citizenship or democracy badge at no cost. Badges will be mailed out to Girl Scouts in November 2020.
We have also organized several opportunities for girls to learn about women in government in Colorado, women who advocate for living for Girl Scouts nationally, and women who work tirelessly to keep everyone civically engaged and vote at every opportunity.

2021 Activity Guides for World Thinking Day and Global Action Awards now available

Start planning now for your Girl Scout’s 2021 World Thinking Day and Global Action Awards! Activity guides are now available for 2021 for all Girl Scout levels.

World Thinking Day

Every year on February 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world come together to focus on one important topic that can change the world for the better. This year’s theme is Peacebuilding. Find out how you can participate and download our activity guides to spark some awesome ideas.

Global Action Award

The Girl Scout Global Action award recognizes girls’ commitment to improving the world as they discover, connect, and take action to address issues in their community and beyond. The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the focus, with this year’s award targeting Goal 13: climate action.

Upcoming Events

Check the events calendar for exciting events in your community. Girl Scouts of Colorado is always planning fun and educational events for girls across the state. Some of these events are highlighted below!

Meet an Expert: The Energetic Side of Engineering

September 16 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet an engineer, advocate, historian, lifetime Girl Scout, and champion of all women, Jill Tietjen. As a professional engineer, Jill spent more than 40 years in the electric utility industry and was the national president of the Society of Women Engineers and the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League and its first female president.

Daisy Day at Denver Botanic Gardens

September 19 — 9:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Explore the Gardens and discover how plants make the world a better place! This program is presented in partnership with Girl Scouts of Colorado and is adapted from the Daisy Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, “Rosie’s Story: A Better Beach for Everyone—Make the World a Better Place

Virtual Trivia with Denver Botanic Gardens

September 22 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts are invited to a fun, virtual info and trivia session with Denver Botanic Gardens! Discover how plants make the world a better place as you test your knowledge about different plants, flowers, and Colorado facts.

Create a Garden, Girl Scout Exploration at Denver Botanic Gardens

September 26 — 9:14 a.m.

This self-guided experience encourages Girl Scouts and families to explore the basics of garden design as they learn how to plan for a successful garden. This program is designed to meet the needs of the Girl Scout Junior Badge requirements. All Girl Scouts and community groups are welcome to attend.

International Observe the Moon Night

September 26 — 6 p.m.

Join us virtually to celebrate NASA’s International Observe the Moon Night. This family friendly event will be perfect for the moon enthusiasts or curious people who want to watch and learn about the moon when its shadows and details are most visible- on a full moon!

Meet an Expert, Special Edition: Former Girl Scout and Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne

October 8 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special, one-hour webinar to meet former Girl Scout and Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, Donna Lynne.

Badge in a Day at the Catamount Institute

October 10 — 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Explore the outdoors with Catamount Institute’s trained naturalists and earn a badge at the same time! Come for the morning or afternoon or both!

International Day of the Girl

October 11 — 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

On October 11, the global community comes together to celebrate the power of girls and highlight, discuss, and take action to advance the rights of and opportunities for girls everywhere, or what is known as International Day of the Girl. This year’s theme is “my voice, our equal future” and aims to amplify girls’ voices and stand up for their rights.

Vote for me!

October 13 — 5:30 p.m.

Are you ready to run for office? While it might not be for President (YET), you can start to brush up on your public speaking skills, solidify your campaign slogan, and be inspired by amazing women in politics.

Meet an Expert, Special Edition: Women of Denver City Government –C/S/A

October 14 — 4 p.m.
Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to a special webinar to meet key women in Denver city government.

Meet an Expert, Special Edition: Women of Denver City Government — D/B/J

October 22 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors are invited to a special webinar to meet key women in Denver city government

Meet an Expert: GSUSA State Advocacy Manager

October 20 — 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to learn about how Girl Scouts of the USA advocates! A representative from the GSUSA Public Policy and Advocacy Office will talk to girls about how GSUSA works across party lines with Congress and the Executive Branch to raise awareness about issues important to girls and young women.

Get Prepped for Voting

October 20 — 5:30 p.m.

Voting is an amazing right that you get when you turn 18 years old. In this workshop we will explore the importance of your vote, explore and correct myths around voting, learn how to become an informed voter, and learn how to register to vote!