Tag Archives: volunteer view

Volunteer View: June 2018

Then. Now. Always.

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

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

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

Learn more

Volunteer Toolkit Access

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

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

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

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

OGAB (Older Girl Advisory Board): Applications now open

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

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

Learn more

Kick off fall with the Older Girl Journey Weekend

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

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

Register today before spots fill up!

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

Outdoor Programs

Session highlights, see our camp website for more information! 

OAC 2018-2019 passports opened May 21.

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

Join the MCC at Leadership Summits this fall

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

eLearning Enrichment

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

 

 

Volunteer View: May 2018

Renew now to claim your Early Bird incentives

Your unstoppable G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker,  Leader)™ spirit has the unlimited potential to change girls’ lives and make amazing things happen every single day. You have the strength to take on what others can’t, the determination to keep going, and the drive to accomplish what you never thought possible. Because you’re not just a volunteer—– you’re a Girl Scout! And it’s a G.I.R.L. like you who makes all the difference in your troop members’ lives as they embark on another year full of the one-of-a-kind leadership, success, and adventure that only Girl Scouts has to offer them.

Any girl renewed between May 1 and June 15 will receive a free Early Bird patch. Any troop that has completed the Annual Troop Report for this membership year and has two, unrelated Troop Leadership Team members renewed by June 15 will receive a $25 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

Renew today

Extended Year Memberships now available

Have you heard about the new extended year membership option? This makes it easy to add new girls to your troop now and have them join your troop/girls on your summer adventures. When girls sign up now, they can take advantage of the new extended year membership offer and get 17 months of Girl Scouts for $35 (new members only).

If you know of troops thinking about getting started in your area, spread the word so they can take advantage and get going this summer!

Learn more

Get outdoors with Girl Scouts and The North Face

Girl Scouts has been blazing the trail for girls’ leadership in the outdoors for more than a century, and our Outdoor badges (all 52 of them!) continue to be one of the most popular badge categories.

In April, Girl Scouts of the USA announced an exciting multiyear collaboration with The North Face in which girls will challenge themselves, learn about the natural world, and continue the Girl Scout tradition of having life-changing outdoor experiences.

To power the next generation of women who push boundaries and move mountains, The North Face has teamed up with us to support the development of 12 new Outdoor Adventure badges, with programming ranging from mountaineering and climbing to backpacking, hiking, and trail running. As part of Girl Scouts’ iconic outdoor experience, with The North Face’s support, Girl Scouts will introduce bold new programming that embodies both organizations’ shared mission to provide girls, regardless of socioeconomic status, with outdoor experiences that enhance their leadership skills and confidence and encourage them to seek challenges. Watch for more information this summer!

Cookie Program Rewards update

Rewards began shipping to all Service Unit Cookie Managers in mid-April. Cookie Credit cards were mailed beginning April 11 to any girl who selected the “Mailed directly to girl” option in eBudde. Any girl who selected her credits to be “Held at council for Camp” had those applied to their camp balances and remaining credits were also mailed out. Should a girl not receive her card by mid-May, please reach out to the Product Program Team to see if the card was returned to council. Any other issues regarding credits should also be directed to the Product Program Team.

Girls who reached the 750+ package level and selected one of the Top Seller events in eBudde should have received an email to RSVP for the event. This email was sent to the email address listed for the girl’s primary guardian in the GSCO membership database.

The Product Program Team is working to distribute all S’mores Club bracelets to those girls and volunteers who earned them. Should there be any question regarding the bracelets please reach out to your PPS for details. S’mores Club Avatar patches will be mailed during the month of May directly to the address each girl or volunteer provided in the M2 system for the 2017 Fall Program or the address listed for them in the GSCO membership database.

Upcoming Events

May 19 – Annual Statewide Bridging at the Royal Gorge Bridge, Cañon City. Cost: $17/person bridge entry and $5/Girl Scout or $3/family member for GSCO reception. Come join us for our annual bridging at this beautiful bridge! All Girl Scouts are invited. Bridging begins at 11 a.m. with a short reception following. Girl Scouts participating in the reception will receive a special event patch. Not bridging? Not a problem! Come enjoy our GSCO discount at the bridge all day long. Register here for the GSCO bridging reception. Bridge entry is paid the day of the event at the gate.

June 10 – Girl Scout Swim Party at Pirate’s Cove, Englewood.
Join us for our annual Girl Scout swim party at this fun water park!

June 15 – Girl Scout Bridging and Overnight with the Colorado Sky Sox, Colorado Springs. 
It’s our annual sleepover and bridging with the Sky Sox. Come enjoy the game and stay for the sleepover afterward. It’s 80s night, so get your big hair, neon colors, and big hoop earrings ready to wear to the game!

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

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

Volunteer View: April 2018

In April, we celebrate our volunteers and all the amazing things you do for girls here in Colorado. Our appreciation gift this year is to have thousands of trees planted in areas around the state of Colorado that have been devastated by wildfires and floods. We believe that these trees will have a lasting impact in our state, just like your impact on girls.

Thank you for being a Girl Scout volunteer!

Watch a video message from Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote and read a letter from the Colorado State Forest Service about this donation.

Read it on the blog

Save the date: Early Bird renewal promotion May 1 – June 15

As we head toward the finish line of a successful and memorable Girl Scout year, remember that your girls’ journeys have just begun. Come back next year for what promises to be another season full of unmatchable adventure at a place where girls can always take the lead, not stand in the background.

Any girl renewed between May 1 and June 15 will receive a free Early Bird patch . Any troop that has completed the Annual Troop Report for this membership year and has two, unrelated Troop Leadership Team members renewed by June 15 will receive a $25 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

Mark your calendars and get ready to renew on May 1!

Outdoor Adventure Club is back

OAC 2018-2019 event information is here! Passport fees are $375 for OAC Explorers (grade 6) and $465 for OAC Trailblazers (grades 7-12). Find out about upcoming events, single event passes, registration information, and more on our website.

Get ready for adventure »

Lock in Early Bird pricing for Summer Camp by paying all balances by April 30. Still haven’t picked your session? Visit our session list to see the fun new options.

Lock in my EB pricing »

Riley Morgenthaler awarded Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence

Riley Morgenthaler from Morrison was selected to receive the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award excellence for the 2017-18 awards year. Riley realized students from low-resource schools participating in the STEM-based competition Destination Imagination were at a disadvantage because they didn’t have the same kinds of materials and support systems. To help close the gap for these students, Riley put together Creativity Tool Tubs containing various tools to help them successfully complete a Destination Imagination solution.

The Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize selection committee also chose Marieke van Erven from Brighton as Honorable Mention. Marieke partnered with the Adams County Elections Department to create VOTE (Voter Outreach Through Education), which takes education about the elections department into high school government classes.

Gold Award Day at the Capitol

Older Girl Advisory Board applications are now open

We are seeking Seniors or Ambassadors who are interested in joining the Older Girl Advisory Board for the 2018-2019 membership year. OGAB members have the opportunity to provide direct feedback of current and future programming, participate in leadership and development workshops and serve as the voice for Girl Scouts across Colorado. Questions? Contact Emily Speck.

Apply now »

New e-learning classes

Overnight Trips is newly revised and available on our e-learning site. New resources have been added to the class, including: a comprehensive list of recommended places to go, a class guide with a sample itinerary and packing lists, information to support your troop planning process, and more.

Our new and improved Program Aide (PA) facilitator training is also available now on e-learning. This training will prepare volunteers to facilitate Program Aide training to Cadette Girl Scouts as well as provide an overview of requirements and tips to make sure your training is fun and engaging for girls.

If you need assistance accessing the site, please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.

Start e-learning 

April 21: STEM Magic with the Theater of Mystery, Pueblo
Come learn about STEM with this fun magic show. Space is limited to 30 girls, so please register early for a spot!

April 28: Girl Scout Day at the Summit Interquest, Colorado Springs 
Come to our annual tree lighting and brunch family/community event. We’ll have a scrumptious buffet, family photo opportunities, crafts, sweets, and hot drinks.

May 5: Daisy Flower Garden Journey at the Denver Botanic Gardens
Daisies can complete this journey in the beautiful setting of the botanic garden. Choose between a morning and afternoon session and plan extra time to enjoy the gardens. This event has sold out the past two years, so spaces may fill quickly! Interested in volunteering? Sign up now.

May 5-6: Athlete Badge and Golf Workshops with Colorado Golf Association, Aurora
Join experts from CGA in this morning workshop to learn the basics of golf and earn the Brownie Fair Play badge or Junior Practice with Purpose badge. Daisies  will have a workshop geared specifically to their age group. Space is limited to 20 girls per session.

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

 

Volunteer View: March 2018

Know an amazing Girl Scout troop leader, service unit cookie manager, troop cookie manager, or service unit team member? Recognize the outstanding work of your fellow volunteers by nominating them for a volunteer award!

The Membership Connection Committee has challenged every service unit across Colorado to identify at least one outstanding volunteer and nominate them for an adult volunteer recognition award this year, so what are you waiting for?

Learn more about the award options

Tips on how to write a nomination or endorsement

Nominations and endorsements are due March 31. For questions, check out the Volunteer Appreciation Award Packet, or contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at shannon.weaver@gscolorado.org.

Find an award

RSVP now for Highest Awards celebrations

We cannot wait to celebrate the newest Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts across the state this spring! Every attendee must RSVP online for the event they are planning to attend. Information about how to prepare for the celebration will be included in your confirmation email. Register early as events may reach capacity and close before the posted RSVP deadline.

Outdoor Skills Extravaganza

Are you excited to get outdoors with your troop? The Outdoor Skills Extravaganza at Sky High Ranch will help you feel prepared to go on outdoor adventures with your girls. This unique adult training and enrichment event will include hands-on experiences and resources for troop volunteers to use in planning girl-led outdoor trips and adventures. There are also a limited number of spots for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

Camp registration round two is open
We’ve opened more spaces of popular sessions, and have a few new offerings. Search our session list today to learn more about camps like:

  • June 25-29 and July 16-20: Highlands Ranch Horseback Day Camp
    Girls will learn all about horses: grooming, handling, riding skills, equine knowledge, and arena and trail rides!
  • July 22-27: Summer Heat Fire Camp
    Girls will gain hands-on experience in firefighting, leadership, and teamwork over a week spent on real firefighting drills and training.

Pay camp balances by April 30 to lock in Early Bird Prices.

New Resources in VTK

Under the new Resources tab in the Volunteer Toolkit, you will find new Journey and badge content by program level, videos for new leaders, Highest Awards guidelines, and so much more! If you have questions about the Volunteer Toolkit, or need assistance in using it, please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.

Log into VTK »

Women’s Week at MMR

Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch is in its fifth year, and we are confident that this year will be even better than ever!  Have fun outdoors and be campers again! This program is open to all adult women at least 18 years of age. Attendees do not need Girl Scouting or camping experience to participate.

Learn more

 

Volunteer View: February 2018

Still looking for the perfect session for summer camp? Camp registration round two opens on March 1 at 9 a.m.! With round two, we’ll open up more spaces of popular sessions.
Can’t wait for summer? We’ve got lots of events coming up at our properties this spring, including:

More Camp

Highest Awards deadline is March 1

If your girls have completed their Bronze or Silver Award, submit the online notification to GSCO by March 1 to be invited to statewide Highest Awards Celebrations this spring. When you submit notification, you will also order pins, certificates, and letters of recognition for each girl. Online RSVPs for 2018 Highest Awards Celebrations will open in March.
Power Up Facilitator Training March 11
Learn to facilitate Power Up, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s anti-bullying program! Cadettes currently in grades 7-8, Seniors, Ambassadors, and adult volunteers can register for this training taking place at Sky High Ranch on March 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $25 per person and will close on March 5. Troops are asked to send no more than 4 representatives.
New Resources added to VTK
Under the Volunteer Toolkit’s new Resources tab, you will find all the new Journeys and Badges content by program level, how to videos for new leaders, information guides to share with families, and so much more!
The new VTK Help Menu lets you click on the help button, browse the list of how-to topics or type in your question, and it will walk you through every step!
Recognize an amazing volunteer
Girl Scout volunteers are changing the lives of girls in their communities every day. Some volunteers go above and beyond all expectations and have a definite impact on not only their troop, but also their service unit and sometimes, the whole council. Acknowledge an outstanding volunteer that you know by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award.
Nominations are due on or before March 31.
The Membership Connection Committee (MCC) has issued a challenge to every service unit across Colorado to recognize at least one outstanding volunteer who has gone above and beyond this year.
MCC is seeking members from across Colorado, especially in the Denver Metro and Fort Collins areas. Learn about MCC qualifications and commitments oremail the MCC Chair for more information.
Are you a smart cookie?
Smart Cookie emails come out every Monday during the cookie program, and contain all the information you need for success. Are you not receiving Smart Cookie? Contact your VSS.

Catch up on this year’s cookie news »

Upcoming Events
Feb. 23: Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets
It’s our annual Girl Scout night and sleepover at the Pepsi Center. Enjoy discounted tickets and fun fan experiences after the game. The top three troops with the most ticket referrals by Feb. 16 will choose from prizes, including a cookie booth at the Pepsi Center after the game.

March 2: Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Avalanche 
Come cheer on the Avs as they take on the Minnesota Wild. The first 80 Girl Scouts, friends, and family who buy tickets through our link will get a special co-branded Avalanche/GSCO beanie. The Avs are offering a cookie booth before the game to the troop with the most ticket referrals by Feb. 16.

March 9-11: OAC Explorers at Keystone Science School
Sixth-grade Cadettes are welcome to join the Outdoor Adventure Club for a winter wonderland weekend at Keystone Science School. Activities will include cross-country skiing, show shoeing, and snow activity Olympics.

March 10: Sky High Ranch Open House
Visit Sky High before summer and get to know this beautiful property. Meet staff who will be there for summer camp. No registration necessary.

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

Volunteer View: January 2018

Girl Scout Camp unleashes your inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader). Camp lets girls be bold, be curious, and embrace the unfamiliar in an all-girl world. Session listings are now online, and registration opens at 9 a.m. on Jan.18. Register early to secure your girl’s spot!

View sessions 

Can’t wait for summer camp? Check out upcoming events at our camps this spring.

2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program begins Feb. 4

It’s that time of year again! When girls sell cookies, they learn super useful life skills, gain a ton of confidence, and discover the leader inside to get amazing things done. Visit our events calendar to find a cookie rally near you.

Important dates to know:

  • Jan. 18: First round of booth selection
  • Jan. 26: Deadline to edit troop rosters in eBudde
  • Feb. 4: Cookie program and My Sales booths begin
  • Feb. 16: Council booths begin.

Check out the rest of our cookie program info and resources.

e-Learning can help you get ready for cookies

Our new enrichment classes, eBudde 101, Digital Order Card, Inventory Management, and Program Etiquette, complement your TCM Training by providing in-depth information on key topics. Be sure you have completed the 2018 TCM Training either online or in person prior to completing these enrichment classes.

Log in to e-Learning »

Our product programs team is also running webinars this month to help volunteers with a variety of topics. See the schedule »

Apply to pilot a new Older Girl STEM Journey

GSUSA and Raytheon have teamed up with Girl Scouts of Colorado to test the new Computer Science Journey for Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, and Multi-Level (6th -12th grade) troops. We are looking for troops to volunteer their time to test the new Journey. Selected troops would complete the activities and surveys about the program between Feb. 2 and April 1. Interested in participating? Apply by Jan. 19.

Apply now»

Help us Grow a Daisy Troop

Grow more Girl Scout Daisy troops in your area! We’re looking for experienced Girl Scout troops to host local Daisy recruitment events. Host an event before March 2 and receive $25 to the GSCO Shop.

Learn more and sign up at the GSCO Blog »

Complete your Highest Awards for the 2018 spring celebrations

March 1 Highest Awards Deadline
Don’t forget to notify GSCO that your girls have earned their Bronze or Silver Award! The deadline to notify council that your girls have earned their award is March 1.

Save the Date: 2018 Highest Awards Celebrations
Mark your calendars for the 2018 Highest Awards Celebrations! Girls who earn their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award by March 1 will be invited to participate in any of the celebrations across the state. Online RSVP forms will open in mid-March.

Questions? Email the Highest Awards manager.

Equipment rental policy change

As of Jan. 3, 2018, a small fee will be charged for all equipment rented through GSCO. Cost will vary depending on equipment, and will go to cover the cost of repairs and replacements.

Reserve equipment through our online booking system. Contact Marissa Rooney with any questions.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 18: Camp registration opens
Register your girl for a summer of fun! View sessions now to pick your favorites.

Jan. 28: National Girls and Women in Sport Day with CU Women’s Basketball, Boulder
Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with the CU Women’s Basketball team! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Come before the game and meet the women of Colorado Athletics.

Feb. 3: Girl Scout Day at Air Force Women’s Basketball, Colorado Springs
All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Come cheer on the Falcons as they take on San Diego State.

Feb. 13: I Said, She Said Conflict Resolution for Troops
Learn to navigate your way through conflict situations, clear away misunderstanding, set up group standards for cooperation, and establish group identity.

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

 

Volunteer View: December 2017

2018 Girl Scout Camp sessions are now online

What will your G.I.R.L. do at camp next summer? She’ll have the chance to try new things, explore the great outdoors, make incredible memories with awesome new friends, and SO much more.

Check out our 2018 camp sessions online now! Then mark your calendar for registration, opening on Jan. 18 at 9 a.m.

View sessions

Grow a Girl Scout Daisy troop

Help us grow more Girl Scout Daisy troops in your area. We’re looking for experienced Girl Scout troops to host Daisy recruitment events in January or February. Kindergartners and first-graders look up to older Girl Scouts, and your troop can help these girls get started on their path to leadership.

We’ll provide you with resources, ideas and a $25 gift card to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop as a thank you to any troop that hosts a Daisy recruitment event and submits the leads to their staff recruitment specialist. Any Daisy troops that get started by March 30 as a result of one of these recruitment events will receive a free Daisy-level Starter Pack to get them off to the right start.

Fill out this form to let us know you’re in!

Learn more

GSCO Office and Shop holiday closures

All Girl Scouts of Colorado offices and the GSCO Shop will be closed from Dec. 18 – Jan. 1 and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Happy holidays!

New e-learning opportunities

Visit our e-learning site to access these new courses:

  • Financial Literacy in a Digital World: GSCO partnered with Cheddar Up to create a custom collecting platform, and a class to show you how to use it. The platform helps troops collect money online,  making the task of collecting payment significantly easier and more secure. Plus, there’s a built-in tool to send out payment reminders!
  • Free Being Me: An e-learning course is now available to prepare adults and older Girl Scouts to lead Free Being Me, a body confidence program developed by WAGGGS and Dove. By taking this course, troop leadership team members will familiarize themselves with the Free Being Me curriculum and resources available to facilitators. Contact Katie Singleton, girl experience manager, with questions.
  • Updated Nuts and Bolts: Along with GS 101 and program level training, Nuts and Bolts is required training for new troop volunteers. The course covers all the essential information you need to know to manage your troop successfully!

Need assistance with logging into our eLearning site? Having difficulty accessing one of the courses? Contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.

Cookie program begins Feb. 4

The cookie program is coming soon! Make sure your troop has a current ACH and a signed TCM Agreement.

Check out our event list to find a training or Cookie Rally near you! Want to plan your own rally? Download the 2018 Rally Guide.

Apply for a computer science scholarship

CTA, Colorado Succeeds and Silicon STEM Academy have partnered on a $20,000 scholarship fund for 100 Colorado high school students statewide to jumpstart their future in tech through online coding classes. Funded by Silicon STEM Academy, the classes – available online – are just one piece of a multi-pronged approach to increase computer science education in our state. Applications are due December 20, 2017.

Learn more and apply »

Upcoming Events

Dec. 18 – Jan. 1: GSCO Office and Shop closure
Have a happy holiday! All GSCO offices and the GSCO Shop will reopen Jan. 2.

Jan. 9: Car Care Workshop, Arvada
Learn the basics of car care and maintenance so you can be road ready and safe when you hit the pavement.

Jan. 13: Car Care Workshop, Colorado Springs
Learn basics car safety and maintenance while completing your Car Care Badge.

Jan. 14: Girl Scout Day with DU Gymnastics, Denver
Come cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Air Force. Girl Scouts will get a special patch and get to meet the team! A portion of ticket sales will be donated back to GSCO.

March 10: Sky High Ranch Open House
We will be hosting a cookie rally before the game. Details and registration coming soon.

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

Volunteer View: November 2017

Grow your troop and you could win sweet prizes! Help us unleash the power in more G.I.R.L.s by pledging to add one or more new girls to your troop by March 1, 2018. Pledge takers who share how their troop is advancing the G.I.R.L. Agenda will be entered to win prizes, including the chance to be featured on GSUSA’s Facebook page!

The pledge closes November 15, 2017, so don’t wait!

Take the pledge

Camp sessions go live on Dec. 1

Get ready for another fun summer at Girl Scout Camp! Sessions go live on December 1, and camp registration opens on Jan. 18 at 9 a.m.

Can’t wait for summer? Check out events coming up through the winter and spring at our camp properties »

New activities in the Volunteer Toolkit

Troops can use the Volunteer Toolkit to plan out their whole year and have a roster of all troop member information, accessible via computer or mobile device, as well as tools to facilitate communication between parents and troop leaders. VTK now allows you to access 18 activities, including a Get Outside option.

For Daisy, Brownie, and Junior troops, VTK comes with pre-populated plans for every meeting. All new STEM and outdoor program content is available!

For Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops, a fully customized year is available, allowing older girls to take charge of the planning, along with program curriculum under the Resources tab.

Learn more

Get ready for cookie season

Thank you for an amazing fall product program! Girls should deliver fall product items this week, and rewards will be delivered to service units during the week of November 27.

Is your troop ready for the 2018 Cookie Program? Make sure you have a completed ACH and a troop cookie manager with a signed TCM Agreement. New TCMs should start their background check process as soon as possible as they can take up to four weeks to finalize.

Troops that sold at least $350 in online sales during the Fall Product Program will be eligible to join the S’mores Club and can earn Pandora™ bracelets if they have a selling girl average of 300 packages during the cookie program.

New! Conflict Fluency training

Want to feel confident about handling conflict situations in your troop? Log on to our e-learning site to access our Conflict Fluency training. The class offers guided instruction on managing and resolving disagreements, and will equip you with how to handle issues as they arise.

Go to e-learning »

Get outdoors with OAC this winter

The Outdoor Adventure Club has two events opening up to single-event registration this month:

Sign up to be notified when single-event registrations open for OAC Explorers or OAC Trailblazers.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 18: Packing for Impact with Project C.U.R.E.
Girls will fill Kits for Kids, engage in fun activities with medical personnel and other Girl Scouts, and learn about children around the world that they will be helping.

Dec. 2: Girl Scout Teddy Bear Toss with Metro State Hockey
Everyone is encouraged a bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal to toss on the ice when Metro State makes their first goal. Bears will be donated to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Denver and Aurora.

Dec. 3: Sky High Ranch Tree Lighting Ceremony & Brunch
Come to Sky High Ranch to help us celebrate our annual Tree Lighting. We’ll have a buffet, family photo ops, crafts, ornaments, hot drinks, and of course, goodies!

Dec. 10: Tomahawk Brunch at the Barnyard with Santa
Join us for brunch with Santa and meet his furry barnyard friends. Eat a delicious brunch buffet, savor sweets and lollies aplenty, take photos with Santa, and warm up fireside with hot cocoa and cider.

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

Volunteer View: October 2017

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

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

Mark your calendars

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

 

Help plan the older girl Journey weekend

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

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

Work with the Membership Connection Committee

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

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

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

Start earning your Gold Award now

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

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

Questions about Highest Awards? Email our Highest Awards manager.

Upcoming events

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteer View: September 2017

Fall Product Program begins Sept. 23

Get ready to explore your dreams! The Fall Product Program starts on September 23. In-person sales will run through October 15. Online sales will end October 30. All troops must have a completed ACH formfor the 2017-18 membership year in order to participate.
Our popular S’mores Club is returning this year, and girls and adult volunteers who rock both the 2017 Fall Product and 2018 Cookie Programs will receive special rewards! Make sure your troop participates in the Fall Product Program so you can join the club.
Deadline for Bronze and Silver Award notifications
Earning one of the Girl Scouts Highest Awards is a way for girls to change their corner of the world and beyond! Girls bridging to Cadettes or Seniors this summer have until Sept. 30 to submit online notification that they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award. Through submitting online notification, you will order letters of recognition, certificates, and pins, and girls will be invited to participate in our spring Highest Awards Celebrations.
Signup for a Leadership Summit
Meet fellow leaders, have your questions answered, learn new skills and gain lots of useful information to make your Girl Scout year a successful one at a Leadership Summit! Register today for one of four upcoming Leadership Summits around the state.
Visit the MCC at a Leadership Summit to provide your feedback during our Service Unit Survey. You’ll also have an opportunity to talk with GSCO National Council Session Delegates who will represent Colorado at G.I.R.L. 2017, the Girl Scout National Convention in Columbus, Ohio this October.
Check out the GSCO Family Guide
Share this guide with parents so they can see what Girl Scouts is all about!

Download now »
Girl Scouts’ partnership with JOANN
GSUSA and JOANN Stores will be teaming up to inspire girls, troops, and volunteers to explore their individual creativity and use it to make a positive influence on the world. Through a new reward program, JOANN will offer a discount to members of Girl Scouts and donate a portion of sales to GSUSA.
Some JOANN stores will allow troop leaders space to meet and may be open to troops selling cookies in front of their store during cookie season. Troop leaders should check with the District Manager to connect with a local store and should always check with the landowner as well.
Upcoming events
Sept. 29: Sky High Ranch Fall Rendezvous
Test your mettle at Sky High by flying over the canyon on our zip line, balancing on the low-ropes course, honing your archery skills, and more at our annual staff-led troop camp Rendezvous.

Oct. 1: Girl Scout Day with DU Womens’ Soccer
Come cheer on the Pioneers as they take on North Dakota State. Tickets are $7 per person with promo code GIRLSCOUT.

Oct. 7: – Engineering Day with Society of Women Engineers at Colorado School of Mines
Learn about Engineering with a fun project! We’ll be working on badge requirements for some of the new engineering badges.

Oct. 14: Air Force Football Scout Day and Camp Out
All Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, friends and family are invited to cheer on the Falcons as they take on the UNLV Rebels. Troops and families can stay after the game for the annual campout.

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