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Volunteer View: November 2018

Troop Recruitment Event Incentive

No one is better at recruiting new Girl Scouts than current Girl Scouts! Troops who host a recruitment event between October 22 and December 9, 2018, will be provided with recruitment resources and a $50 credit to the Girl Scouts of Colorado shop as a thank you.

In order to receive the $50 shop credit, troops need to complete four simple steps.

Learn more

Service unit growth incentive

Has your service unit grown over the last year? Girl Scouts of Colorado wants to reward you!

Service units who see a growth of at least 10% from March 4, 2018 to March 3, 2019, will receive $100 plus $0.25 per registered girl. Service units must have a bank account and a current ACH to receive their incentive. Service unit growth will be evaluated on March 4, 2019, and incentives will be deposited into the service unit’s bank account no later than April 1, 2019.

Contact your local Volunteer Support Specialist with questions and to find out how many girls your SU would need to have registered to earn this incentive.

Get ready for Cookies

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 26.

This is the time to decide who your troop cookie manager is going to be. They need to be a registered and background checked Girl Scout volunteer. One troop cookie manager per troop; the agreement can only be signed by oneperson. (Training is required for all TCMs.  First and second-year TCMs are required to attend in-person training either with SUCM or at Cookie University.  Experienced TCMs may take online trainings). Get more information about Cookie University!

In order for your troop to have access to eBudde (our cookie management program) you must have a TCM agreement on file as well as a current ACH form. You will not be able to complete your initial order or any other actions before this is completed! The IO is due January 14, remember the initial order is guaranteed!

Complete your TCM Agreement

Complete your ACH

Outdoor Programs

Join us at our upcoming Outdoor Program events! Visit our page to find all of the exciting year-round events. 

  • Sky High Ranch Tree Lighting and Brunch December 2, Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park: Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by joining us at Sky High Ranch for our annual Tree Lighting ceremony. This community/family event is fun for all ages! We’ll have a buffet, family photos, ornaments, a visit to the Holiday Barnyard, hot drinks and GOODIES!
  • Brunch and Barnyard with Santa December 9, Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey: A fun community event for all ages! Eat a delicious brunch buffet and visit and take photos with Santa. Listen to his tales of adventure while savoring sweets and lollies aplenty. Even warm up with hot cocoa and cider after a visit with the barnyard animals.
  • Expedition Antarctica Me & My Guy January 18-20, Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park: Are you ready to test your mettle against the elements?! Join us for an introduction to winter camping at Sky High Ranch for you and your guy! This Friday-Sunday excursion will introduce cold-weather tent camping, basic survival skills, and tips and tricks of the trade. Weather depending, we will practice snow skills such as snowshoeing, shelter building, and ice fishing. If we don’t have enough snow, we’ll do more general survival skills and camp activities such as archery and farm.
  • Me & My Gal January 18-20, Tomahawk Ranch, Bailey: An exciting two-night camping experience for individual girls and the significant female adult role models in their lives. Planned activities may include archery, crafts, hiking, stargazing, s’mores, barn visits, dance party, mattress surfing and more! Cost: $110 per person, this includes all activities, a two-night stay, five meals, and snacks.

Improved Volunteer Toolkit

Have you checked out the improved Volunteer Toolkit? Changes were released this summer to make accessing content easier for all experience levels. Use this handy guide to walk you through the new features. Insider tip: Check out the Resources tab for easy access to Cookie Program resources!

Complete your volunteer training

After taking GS 101 and Nuts and Bolts online, register for program level 101 training. Below is the upcoming training class calendar for volunteers. To register, click on the class title or go to our events calendar on the GSCO website, and select the class you want.

In-Person Volunteer Training

November 17, 9-12 p.m. Older Girl 101 (Grand Junction)

November 25, 2-5 p.m. D/B 101 (GSCO Corporate Office)

November 26, 6-9 p.m. Older Girl 101 (Castle Rock)

November 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. D/B 101 (Boulder)

December 1, 9-3 p.m. AMR First Aid/CPR (Centennial)

December 1, 1-4 p.m. Brownie 101 (Castle Rock)

December 6, 6-9 p.m. D/B 101 (Pueblo)

December 6, 10-1 p.m. Multi-level 101 (Littleton)

December 7, 9-12 p.m. D/B 101 (Loveland)

December 10, 10- 1 p.m. D/B 101 (Arvada)

December 10, 6-9 p.m. Older Girl 101 (GSCO Corporate Office)

December 10, 9-12 p.m. D/B 101 (Colorado Springs)

December 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Junior 101 (Colorado Springs)

December 15, 9-4 p.m. AMR First Aid/CPR (Arvada)

December 15, 2-5 p.m. Junior 101 (Pueblo)

December 15, 11-1:30 p.m. AMR Babysitting Class (Fountain)

Online Volunteer Training

November 27, 7-9 p.m. D/B 101 Webinar (Statewide)

December 13, 7-9 p.m. D/B 101 Webinar (Statewide)

Gold and Silver Award Change

Effective October 1, 2018 Gold and Silver award projects can be for the benefit of the Girl Scouts community. Please send anyone with questions directly to our highest awards manager at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Any troop that is considering a Silver Award project that would solely benefit theGS community should run their project idea by our highest awards manager prior to starting. 

Gold Award Girls to Attend Michelle Obama Book Tour! 

20 active Gold Award girls are attending an Intimate Talk with Michelle Obama on December 15 thanks to Stephanie Foote & GSUSA!

Gold Award Training: 

Wednesday, December 5 from 6-9 p.m. (webinar) – Registration is open through the event page.

Monday, December 10 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Castle Rock Library (in person) – Registration is open through the event page.

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!

LGBTQ+ Youth 101 and Alleyship 

Cadette, Senior and Ambassadors: Join Rainbow Alley youth leaders for LGBTQ+ Youth 101 and Alleyship training that will provide an understanding of LGBTQ+ terminology, current trends and statistics, the six spectrums of gender and sexual orientation, and to highlight the importance of demonstrating alleyship to their peers. While this training is geared towards youth, adults may attend virtually to receive the information.

There are two options for attending this training:

Registration is required for both options. Sign-up today before spaces fill up!

Register now for Packing for Impact!

Project C.U.R.E.’s Packing for Impact is back! Packing for Impact is an opportunity for Girl Scouts from all over Colorado to come together to change the lives of families around the world by filling Kits for Kids, engaging in fun activities, and learning about the children around the world that they will be helping. Multiple shifts are available throughout the day on December 1 at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. This is a great event for girls of all ages, from across the state to join together in making the world a better place! Registration closes November 27.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical Day Event for Girl Scouts

December 16, Colorado Springs

Save the Date: Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche

February 16, Denver

Details coming late 2018! Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list.

Secrets to Success

January 26, Grand Junction

Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2019 Secrets to Success event. Registration is now open.

 

Volunteer View: September 2018

Fall Product Program begins September 22!

Get ready to soar above and go beyond! The Fall Product Program  starts September 22. In-person order taking runs through October 14. Online order taking ends October 29. All troops must have a completed ACH form for the 2018-19 membership year in order to participate.

S’mores Club is exclusively for Girl Scouts of Colorado girls and adult volunteers who rock both the 2018 Fall Product and 2019 Cookie Programs! Make sure your troop participates in the Fall Product Program so you can join the club.

Learn more

Last Leadership Summit and Super Saturday Training Events

Get energized for the new membership year! Meet other volunteers, share your ideas, get your questions answered, and enhance your skills by taking classes that support your experience as a volunteer!

Networking opportunities and a variety of volunteer training and enrichment classes will be offered for new and experienced leaders, along with classes for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

Volunteers are welcome to register and attend any of the final Leadership Summit and Super Saturday training events.

Check the events calendar on the GSCO website to register.
Leadership Summits

Sept. 29 – Denver – Register Now!

Super Saturdays

Sept. 29 – Durango – Register now!

Oct. 20 – Grand Junction – Register now!

Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.

Event List

Outdoor Programs

OAC
The Outdoor Adventure Club’s 2018-2019 season starts in September with our first events taking girls canoeing, shooting archery, and mountain biking! Sign up for our single event interest list, see upcoming dates and get more information.

Volunteer Run Camps Summer 2019

​Is your volunteer group or older girl troop interested in running a day camp for girls outside of your service unit in summer 2019? Volunteer-run camps can be a money-earning or leadership opportunity for older girl troops, and help support the statewide outdoor program offerings. Camp submissions are due October 8 to be included in the camp mailer. The first step for new or interested camp directors is to meet with Anna Danila, outdoor program manager. Email Anna for more information.

Highest Awards
Highest Awards deadline
All girls who have bridged to Cadettes or Seniors have until Sept. 30 to notify GSCO they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award, respectively. Fill out the online Bronze or Silver Award notification form to let us know that your girls have earned a highest award.
High School Seniors Start Gold NOW
Any Girl Scout who is a senior in high school and considering earning her Gold Award needs to start the Gold Award process NOW! With less than six months to the Highest Awards celebration deadline (March 1) and a year until the final cutoff for Gold (September 30), seniors in high school are quickly running out of time to earn their Gold Award. Girls who are currently in grade 12, must submit a Gold Award project proposal by May 1, 2019. After May 1, they are no longer eligible to earn their Gold Award.
eLearning Enrichment
Fall Product Program training is live on our eLearning site. This training is for service unit fall program managers and troop fall program managers. The training consists of three parts: girl view access: volunteer view access; and council specifics, such as deadlines, proceeds, rewards, and the S’mores Club!  Volunteers must view the entire training video and pass the quiz at the end, in order to complete the course and get their certificate.
Troops participating in the Fall Product Program, can earn proceeds to fund their activities and meet the requirements for being part of the S’mores Club – earning special rewards.
Questions about GSCO eLearning? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org
Join MCC at Leadership Summits
Membership Connection Committee will be at all Leadership Summits and select other training events to conduct Voices 2018 while surveying members on a range of topics designed to provide feedback to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors and senior council leadership. Your feedback is valued and important, please plan to stop by and visit with us and express your opinion!

Interested in learning more?  Search the GSCO Blog for “MCC” or visit us online. You can also contact the MCC Chair, Caroline Cornell for additional information.

Join the GSCO Older Girl Network
We have created a BAND site for networking with older girls, families and leaders across Colorado. Request to join by completing a couple quick questions to check that you are affiliated with Girl Scouts.

 

Upcoming Events

Girl Scout Night with Colorado Mesa University Women’s Volleyball (Free!)
October 13, Grand Junction

Cheer on the The Mavericks as they take on Westminster College.

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge
October 13, Morrison

Representatives from local STEM-focused organizations will lead hands-on activities for Girl Scouts!

Secrets to Success
October 20, Colorado Springs

Girls ages 12-18 will connect with professional women in a variety of fields of work, giving them a unique opportunity to learn directly from incredible women in our community.

Volunteer View: August 2018

Leadership Summits and Super Saturday Training Events

Get energized for the new membership year! Meet other volunteers, share your ideas, get your questions answered, and enhance your skills by taking classes that support your experience as a volunteer!
Networking opportunities and a variety of volunteer training and enrichment classes will be offered for new and experienced leaders, along with classes for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

Volunteers are welcome to register and attend any of the Leadership Summits and Super Saturday training events.

Check the events calendar on the GSCO website to register.

Leadership Summits
Aug. 25 – Colorado Springs
Sept. 8th – Loveland
Sept. 29th – Denver
​Super Saturdays
Sept. 29 – Durango
Oct. 13 – La Junta
Oct. 20 – Grand Junction
Oct. 20 – Mountain Communities

 

Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at (303) 607-4897 or email.

Event List

OGAB Applications are now open

Looking for a way to grow your leadership skills? Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) applications are open! OGAB members play an integral role in the enrichment of girl experience across Colorado through planning retreats and monthly virtual meetings with council staff. Check out what graduating Seniors Bailey and Emma said about their experience in OGAB, then apply. Applications with two references are due by September 18.

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

Fall Product Program Begins September 22 

The Girl Scouts Fall Product Program is a great way for troops to earn start-up funds for the year. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates. Don’t forget your Troop ACH form  must be filed to participate. Fall Product Program materials will be shipped directly to troops, and trainings for service unit fall product managers will be in early September.

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S’mores Club is Back!

Girls and adults who continue to achieve S’mores Club status will receive new charms for their bracelet special for the 2018-19 GSCO program year. New members to the S’mores Club will receive their bracelet along with the special charms unique to the 2018-19 GSCO program year.

Learn More

Outdoor Programs

OAC 

The Outdoor Adventure Club’s 2018-2019 season starts in September with our first events take girls canoeing, shooting archery, and mountain biking! Sign up for our single event interest list, see upcoming dates and get more information.

Volunteer Run Camps Summer 2018

​Is your volunteer group or older girl troop interested in running a day camp for girls outside of your service unit in summer 2019? Volunteer-run camps can be a money-earning or leadership opportunity for older girl troops, and help support the statewide outdoor program offerings. Camp submissions are due in early October (exact date TBA) to be included in the camp mailer. The first step for new or interested camp directors is to meet with Anna Danila, outdoor program manager. Email Anna  for more information

Small Craft Safety Training: September 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sky High Ranch

Small Craft Safety is an American Red Cross certification required for boating programs with your troop or Girl Scout group, per Safety Activity Checkpoints. At this course, you will learn the basic fundamentals of teaching girls how to safely canoe and kayak on flat water, while having fun. You will learn about all the fundamentals and equipment of each type of boating vessel. This certification is through the American Red Cross, and is valid for three years, course is $50/person. Questions? Marissa.Rooney@gscolorado.org

Highest Awards

Highest Awards deadline

All girls who have bridged to Cadettes or Seniors have until Sept. 30 to notify GSCO they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award, respectively. Fill out the online Bronze or Silver Award notification form to let us know that your girls have earned a highest award.

New Gold Award rubrics

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to publish new Gold Award rubrics for girls around the state to use to make their Gold Award journey successful and rewarding. The document includes a rubric for initial proposal approval and final approval, so girls can understand exactly what is expected of them throughout their Gold Award journey.

eLearning Enrichment

Look for Fall Product Program training on our eLearning site in September. Troops participating in the fall product program, can earn proceeds to fund their activities and meet the requirements for being part of the S’mores Club – earning special rewards

Questions about GSCO eLearning? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org

Join the MCC at Leadership Summits

Membership Connection Committe will be at all Leadership Summits and select other training events to conduct Voices 2018 while surveying members on a range of topics designed to provide feedback to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors and senior council leadership. Your feedback is valued and important, please plan to stop by and visit with us and express your opinion!

Interested in learning more?  Search the GSCO Blog for “MCC” or visit us online. You can also contact the MCC Chair, Caroline Cornell for additional information.

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 September 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.

Upcoming events

Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies, Denver
August 26, 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.

Xcel Energy Day of Service
September 8, Lakewood

Careers in Construction Day
September 29, Colorado Springs

Save the Date: Engineering Day at Colorado School of Mines
Saturday, November 10
More details coming soon!

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

 

Volunteer View: July 2018

You’re more than a Girl Scout. You’re a G.I.R.L.

We believe there’s no such thing as too much. That there’s no excuse for making excuses. Our strength doesn’t come from how much we can lift, but from how often we can lift ourselves back up. We are everyday optimists. Adventure seekers. Problem solvers. We are girls, troop leaders, mentors, advocates, parents, Girl Scouts. We are G.I.R.L.s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader). We will not stop. In fact, we’re just getting started. If your troop is able to host a recruitment event in your area, please contact your VSS.

Renew today 

Outdoor Adventure Club

Passports for the 2018-2019 Outdoor Adventure Club season are available through August 8. Purchase your older Girl Scout’s passport now to attend year-round high adventure events across the state.

Learn more

Outdoor Programs

Sign up now for the Summer Heat Taster on Wednesday, July 25, 9 a.m – 5 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Fire Department Tower! Female firefighters volunteer their time to teach girls firefighting and leadership skills. Girls wear real firefighting gear while learning and working through a series of fire-related challenges.

This event is open to Cadette girls going into 8th grade in fall 2018 and Seniors and Ambassadors. Troops can attend together, but girls will register individually. Additional adults for supervision are not required at this event, but if interested can register as a volunteer.

Register today

Inside Scoop: Coming summer 2019, a week long summer heat fire camp! Want more than the taster? A full week of fun activities such as: an aerial ladder climb; search and rescue techniques; vehicle extrication; and working with hose lines while suited up in protective firefighting gear and breathing apparatus. The highlight of the week is a live fire exercise where the Summer Heat participants will extinguish a real propane fire! There is no physical requirement to participate in this camp.

Highest Awards

All girls who have bridged to Cadettes or Seniors have until Sept. 30 to notify GSCO they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award, respectively. Fill out the online Bronze or Silver Award notification form to let us know that your girls have earned a highest award.

Gold Award rubrics

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to publish new Gold Award rubrics for girls around the state to use to make their Gold Award journey successful and rewarding. The document includes a rubric for initial proposal approval and final approval, so girls can understand exactly what is expected of them throughout their Gold Award journey.

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 you can download, which offers a variety of situations and solutions 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.

Leadership Summits and Super Saturday events

Networking opportunities, a variety of volunteer training, and enrichment classes will be offered for new and experienced leaders, along with classes for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Get energized for the new membership year by meeting other volunteers and enhancing your skills by taking classes that support your experience as a volunteer!

Volunteers are welcome to register and attend any of the Leadership Summits and Super Saturday training events.

Leadership Summits
Aug. 25: Colorado Springs
Sept. 8: Loveland
Sept. 29: Denver
Registration and full details coming soon!

Super Saturdays
Sept. 29: Durango
Oct. 13: La Junta
Oct. 20: Grand Junction
MCC will be at all Leadership Summits and select other training events to conduct Voices 2018 while surveying members on a range of topics designed to provide feedback to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors and senior council leadership. Your feedback is valued and important, please plan to stop by and visit with us and express your opinion!

Older Girl Journey Weekend

Ready for some outdoor fun?! Older Girl Journey Weekend is September 21-23 at Sky High Ranch. Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will strengthen their outdoor skills and ignite their passion for environmental stewardship as they earn components of the new Outdoor Journey. Cost is $90/girl and $40/adult chaperone. There are a  limited number of Program Aide (must have completed internship) spots at $50/girl. This is a drop-off event, registered adults will be expected to assist in supervision of girls.

Register today before spots fill up!

Apply for the Older Girl Advisory Board

Looking for a way to grow your leadership skills? Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) applications are open! OGAB members play an integral role in the enrichment of girl experience across Colorado through planning retreats and monthly virtual meetings with council staff. Check out what graduating Seniors Bailey and Emma said about their experience in OGAB, then apply with two references are due by September 18.

Safety Checkpoints updated

The 2018 Safety Activity Checkpoints are now available on our website. Please check this resource before planning activities with your girls. Read more about changes this year on the blog.

Upcoming events

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.

Aug. 4 – Girl Scout Night with Colorado Switchbacks Soccer, Colorado Springs.  Girl Scouts, friends, and family can enjoy discounted tickets and cheer on the Switchbacks as they take on the OKC Energy.

Aug. 12 – Girl Scout Night with the Grand Junction Rockies Baseball, Grand Junction. Cheer on the Grand Junction Rockies as they take on the Helena Brewers! Registration information is coming soon!

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.

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!

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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