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Volunteer View: July 2019

Camp Photos

Looking for photos of your girl at Sky High Ranch or Tomahawk Ranch? Head to our Flickr page to see all the fun Girl Scouts are having this summer.

More badges and Journeys

We are very excited to announce that Girl Scouts of the USA will release MORE badges and Journeys for all levels this summer! Mark your calendar, troop leaders will be able to access this content in the Volunteer Toolkit starting on July 16! Stay connected with the GSCO Blog and GSCO social media to get updates on to get updates on what will be released and when.

OAC 2019 – 2020 fall & winter event calendar released

The September 2019 – January 2020 OAC events have been released.

This year registration of all OAC events will open two months prior to the event. Girls can use Cookie Credits for event. Grants and discounts are available. Events this year include sailing and paddle sports, archery workshops, outdoor skills, ice climbing, trail running, and more! Visit the OAC page on the GSCO website for more information.

Ready for Not a Bummer Summer?

Just because school is out, doesn’t mean that Girl Scouts must go on break! Summertime in Colorado provides some of the best opportunities for Girl Scouts to engage in activities in their community. To earn the Not a Bummer Summer patch, you must complete the following requirements:

  • Girls must be renewed for the upcoming membership year (2019-2020)
  • Participate in two summertime activities as a troop
  • Complete one service project
  • Plan to start regular meetings before October 31

Once you complete the requirements, you can purchase your patch in-person or over the phone from the GSCO shop in Denver. We’d also love to hear about the service project that your troop completes. Use the Share Your Stories form on theGSCO blog to let us know how your girls have left a positive impact on their community.

Save the date for Leadership Summits

This volunteer learning opportunity is your chance to get energized for the new membership year, grow your leadership skills, and check required classes off your list!

Each training location will feature NEW program level 101 classes!

  • August 24 – Colorado Springs
  • September 7 – Loveland
  • September 28 – Metro Denver
  • October 12 – Pueblo
  • October 19 – Durango
  • October 20 – Frisco
  • October 26 – Grand Junction

Registration will open soon. If you need assistance completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Questions? Contact Brandi Martinez at brandi.martinez@gscolorado.org.

Additional training classes are added to the calendar frequently. To view upcoming classes and register for training, got to the events page on our website.

Summer Fun with Girl Scouts

Spend your summer having fun with Girl Scouts of Colorado! We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be.  Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens

July 19, 20, & 21, Denver

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens on July 19, 20, and 21! Girl Scouts of all ages, family and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets. Each Girl Scout participating in our special Girl Scout Days will receive an event patch.

Pirate’s Cove Girl Scout Summer Swim Party

July 29, Littleton

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

Colorado Rockies – Girl Scout Day

August 4, Coors Field, Denver

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Rockies as they take on the San Francisco Giants. All Girl Scouts attending are invited to participate in pre-game parade and will receive a special event patch.

Girl Scout Day with the Grand Junction Rockies

August 18, Grand Junction

One of our very own Girl Scouts will be singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the game! When you purchase/RSVP for tickets, you’ll be asked to enter a Girl Scout troop number for a referral. The troop with the most ticket referrals will be the “field of dreams team” for the night! They will get to go on the field and meet the players, run out for the National Anthem, and pick a troop leader to throw the first pitch of the game!

Paw Patrol Live

August 25, Colorado Springs

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets to Paw Patrol Live at the Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts. Discounted tickets are only available for the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, August 25.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night with the Rocky Mountain Vibes

September 6, Colorado Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Switchbacks

September 28, Colorado Springs

 

Volunteer View: June 2019

Renew by June 26 for Early Bird incentives

Early Bird is your chance to be the first to renew for another exciting year of Girl Scouts! Whether she’s a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker or leader, when your Girl Scouts renew their memberships, they gets the chance to unleash their greatness for another year.  Renewing shows your Girl Scout you believe in the power of G.I.R.L. You understand the amazing opportunities she gets as a Girl Scout, and you’re committed to helping her continue her journey to greatness.

Girls and adults renewed by June 26, 2019 are eligible to earn an Early Bird Patch. Troops with at least two Troop Leadership Team members and three girls renewed and an Annual Troop Report submitted by June 26, 2019 are eligible to earn a $25 shop credit.

Learn more

Join us for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

Girl Scouts love getting outside, especially in Colorado! Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Parks and Wildlife have teamed up for Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend July 13-14. Special Girl Scout activities are planned in state parks! Read more about participating state parks and the fun event options.

Outdoor Programs

New outdoor adventures for girls 6th grade and older

If your girls are going into 6th grade or older, check out the September – January Outdoor Adventure Club. Registration for all OAC events will open two months before the event.

The Outdoor Adventure Club is staff-led programming and girls can attend on their own or with a buddy. Girls can use Cookie Credits to pay for events. Grants and discounts are available.

Activities this year include:

  • Sailing and paddle sports
  • Archery workshops
  • Outdoor skills
  • Ice climbing
  • Trail running
  • and more!

Visit the Outdoor Adventure page for more  information.

Going for Gold?

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, troop leaders, and parents across Colorado! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss out on the upcoming training webinar on Tuesday, June 18, from 5 – 7 p.m. This is a free training.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. In this training, girls will learn the requirements, council procedures, and tips for making her Gold Award experience successful and rewarding.

Gold Award training is mandatory for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Troop leaders, co-leaders, and parents are encouraged to attend.
To register please contact GSCO’s highest awards manager Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Learn more

Ready for the Not a Bummer Summer?

Just because school is out, doesn’t mean that Girl Scouts must go on break! Summer is a great time to spend more time with your Girl Scout sisters. For summer 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado has a NEW patch program to encourage you to participate in Girl Scouts over the summer. Troops can earn the patch between June 1 – August 31. Here are the requirements:

  • Girls must be renewed for the upcoming membership year (2019-2020)
  • Participate in two summertime activities as a troop
  • Complete one service project
  • Plan to start regular meetings before October 31

Sounds pretty fun right?! We think so! Once you complete the requirements, you can purchase your patch in-person or over the phone from the GSCO shop in Denver. We’d also love to hear about the service project that your troop completes. Use the Share Your Stories form on the GSCO blog to let us know how your girls have left a positive impact on their community.

STEAM For All Festival

Sunday, July 14

12 – 4 p.m.

Wings Over the Rockies

As part of Apollopalooza, a week-long regional celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and future human space exploration, the STEAM For All Festivalwill be filled with engaging and hands-on STEAM activities dedicated to getting EVERYONE involved in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. All children age 16 and under are free and adults are $5. The $5 adult fee will be waived for two adults accompanying groups of 5 or more Girl Scouts. To take advantage of this opportunity you must email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org with your troop number, number of girls, and number of adults by July 10. Special thanks to Lockheed Martin for partnering with Wings Over the Rockies and Girl Scouts of Colorado to make this opportunity available for Girl Scouts.

Summer Fun with Girl Scouts

Spend your summer having fun with Girl Scouts of Colorado! We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be.  Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Girl Scout Days at Water World

June 17 – 30, Federal Heights

Girl Scouts of all ages, friends, and family are invited to take advantage of special discounted pricing for Water World June 17-30.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Water World

June 20, Federal Heights

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to Water World to celebrate the World’s Largest Swim Lesson! Swim lesson 8 –10 a.m., park opens to all at 10 a.m.

Girl Scout Night at the Colorado Rapids

June 28, Commerce City

Join the Colorado Rapids for Girl Scout night! All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited! Each Girl Scout in attendance will receive a limited-edition Colorado Rapids patch at the game and access to the post-game fireworks show. The top three troops with the most ticket referrals will get to participate in a special in-game experience.

Women’s Week at MMR

July 15-18, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Allenspark

Women 18 years of age or older are welcome at Women’s Week. You don’t have to be a current or past Girl Scout, you just have to want to come and play in the outdoors with other like-minded friends. Some of the best experiences were had by a few women who had never been to camp before. Mom and daughter and granddaughter groups have had great family experiences and come back every year to be sure they don’t forget what it’s all about.

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens

July 19, 20, & 21, Denver

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens on July 19, 20, and 21! Girl Scouts of all ages, family and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets. Each Girl Scout participating in our special Girl Scout days will receive an event patch.

Pirates Cove Girl Scout Summer Swim Party

July 29, Littleton

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

Colorado Rockies – Girl Scout Day

August 4, Coors Field, Denver

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Rockies as they take on the San Francisco Giants. All Girl Scouts attending are invited to participate in pre-game parade and will receive a special event patch.

Girl Scout Day with the Grand Junction Rockies

August 18, Grand Junction

One of our very own Girl Scouts will be singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the game! When you purchase/RSVP for tickets, you’ll be asked to enter a Girl Scout troop number for a referral. The troop with the most ticket referrals will be the “field of dreams team” for the night! They will get to go on the field and meet the players, run out for the National Anthem, and pick a troop leader to throw the first pitch of the game!

Paw Patrol Live

August 25, Colorado Springs

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets to Paw Patrol Live at the Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts. Discounted tickets are only available for the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, August 25.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night with the Rocky Mountain Vibes

September 6, Colorado Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

Save the Date: Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Switchbacks

September 28, Colorado Springs

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to interest list.

 

 

Volunteer View: May 2019

Be an Early Bird

What’s next for your girls in Girl Scouts? Reserve your spot for the 2019-20 membership year today! Girls and adults renewed by June 26, 2019, are eligible to earn an Early Bird Patch. Troops with at least two Troop Leadership Team members and three girls renewed and an Annual Troop Report submitted by June 26, 2019, are eligible to earn a $25 shop credit.

Also, invite new girls to join your troop with the Extended Year Membership. For $35, girls get to participate for the remainder of this membership year (summer fun, anyone?) and enjoy a full year of troop activities for the 2019-20 membership year. These girls will also receive an Early Bird Patch.

Learn more

Outdoor Adventure Club for 2019-2020

Attention girls going into 6th grade and up, now is when Girl Scouts gets really exciting! Step your adventure up a level and get your adrenaline pumping at an Outdoor Adventure Club event. Troop leaders for Cadettes and up: Tell your girls about this awesome opportunity. Girls in 6th grade can participate in the Explorers events and girls in 7th and up go to Trailblazer events. Outdoor Adventure Club is a great way to give girls an added dose of outdoor adventure and keep girls engaged in Girl Scouting!

Sample activities include:

  • Ice climbing
  • Boating, paddling, and sailing
  • Camping trips
  • Trail running and more
  • Check the website for the full details on fall and winter events.

Volunteer Training

New eLearning platform launches in July

In July, Girl Scouts of Colorado will have a new, interactive online learning site that will host a variety of required and enrichment training to support your Girl Scout volunteer experience. In the meantime, Nuts and Bolts, Overnight Trips and Extended Trips are on our interim eLearning site. Each class page also has links to forms and additional resources. All classes are mobile-friendly and are an hour or less in length.

Volunteers can access the site by going to the Volunteer page -Training and Online Support, and clicking on “Visit Our eLearning Site.” Volunteers will receive credit for taking the class by completing a survey on the class page.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Emily Speck, mission delivery manager, at (303) 607-4811 or email her at Emily.Speck@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor Programs

Girl Scout Camp

Camp registration is still open! Visit our camp website for more information and to find available sessions.

Equipment Reservations

We have outdoor gear you can reserve for a very small fee! Check our website for more information.

Reservations must be made 15 days prior to when you need equipment (or the system won’t let you reserve it).

Please make reservations starting on the day you need to pick and return your equipment, not just the days you are using it. Equipment charges are priced per item not per day.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks: July 13 and 14

GSCO is joining Girl Scout councils across the country in partnering with our local state parks to encourage Girl Scouts, troops, and families to get outside and visit their local state park on July 13 or 14. We encourage Girl Scouts to visit state parks in each of their regions where there will be opportunities for hiking, environmental education, ranger programs, and special activities unique to each park. Park entrance fees of $8 per car apply, and a national “GS Love State Parks” patch will be available for purchase. Check out the GSCO event calendar for more information coming soon! Questions? Contact Anna Danila atAnna.danila@gscolorado.org

Upcoming Events

Junior Designing Robots Badge Workshop with Arrow Electronics

June 1, Centennial

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to earn their Designing Robots badge with Arrow Electronics. Arrow Electronics is an American Fortune 500 company headquartered in Centennial. The company specializes in distribution and value-added services relating to electronic components and computer products.

Civics Education: Preparing the Next Generation of Informed and Engaged Citizens

June 3

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to join bipartisan leaders, including Chelsea Clinton, to discuss the importance of educating and engaging today’s youth in civics to preserve and strengthen our country’s democracy. This nonpartisan event is an opportunity community leaders, public officials and education experts to discuss how out-of-school civics programs can prepare the next generation to be involved citizens with a deeper understanding of their government-both now and for the rest of their lives. Register for the livestream of this special event.   A recording will be available for those unable to participate the livestream. A discussion guide will also be provided for girls and troops to engage in the conversation.

World Environment Day

June 16, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Allenspark

In partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service, Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to offer members a way to focus on and celebrate the environment. Girl Scouts of all ages, families, and friends invited to this free, exciting event. This event is hosted by the GSCO Global Action Committee.

Girl Scout Days at Water World

June 17 – 30, Federal Heights

Girl Scouts of all ages, friends, and family are invited to take advantage of special discounted pricing for Water World June 17-30, 2019.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Water World

June 20, Federal Heights

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to Water World to celebrate the World’s Largest Swim Lesson! Swim lesson 8 –10 a.m., park opens to all at 10 a.m.

Women’s Week at MMR

July 15-18, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Allenspark

Women 18 years of age or older are welcome at Women’s Week. You don’t have to be a current or past Girl Scout, you just have to want to come and play in the outdoors with other like-minded friends. Some of the best experiences were had by a few women who had never been to camp before. Mom and daughter and granddaughter groups have had great family experiences and come back every year to be sure they don’t forget what it’s all about.

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens

July 19, 20, & 21, Denver

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens on July 19, 20, and 21! Girl Scouts of all ages, family and friends are invited to take advantage of discounted tickets. Each Girl Scout participating in our special Girl Scout days will receive an event patch. We are looking for creative Girl Scouts to submit their best design  by May 31 for the 2019 patch.

Colorado Rockies – Girl Scout Day

August 4, Coors Field, Denver

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Rockies as they take on the San Francisco Giants. All Girl Scouts attending are invited to participate in pre-game parade and will receive a special event patch.

Save the Date: Cyber Challenge

October 19, Littleton

Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scouts in 6-12 grade are invited to detect, decode, and defend! They will test their cybersecurity skills, team up with other girls, and meet with cybersecurity professionals! All day event at Arapahoe Community College. Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to the email interest list.

Save the Date: Secrets to Success

November 9, Colorado Springs

What is your Secret to Success? 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. Girl Scouts of Colorado believes every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, and giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders. All girls in grades 6 – 12 are invited to Secrets to Success. Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org to be added to the email interest list.

Volunteer View: April 2019

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month!

Without YOU, there is no US. So, thank YOU! Volunteers like you make all the difference in the quality of a girl’s experience and the amazing things she learns she is capable of accomplishing.

During Volunteer Appreciation Month — and every day — we thank you for all the AMAZING work you do! Because the work you do with girls is not just for a better today but also ensures the best tomorrow, Girl Scouts of Colorado has made a donation to the Restoring Colorado’s Forest Fund in YOUR HONOR. Our partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service is a perfect fit. The gift of seedling trees to be planted in areas impacted by wildfires and other natural disasters will make a difference for generations to come.

Together, we are preparing girls to lead, and we will see them make a difference in their world. This gift too will continue to grow and make an impact on our future.
Watch to learn more about the impact of the gift made in your honor.

Join us June 16 to celebrate World Environment Day

We will continue the celebration into the summer with a new event focused on our environment, hosted by the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Committee. Girl Scouts, families, and friends are invited to celebrate World Environment Day at Meadow Mountain Ranch. This is also a wonderful way to celebrate Father’s Day, as the whole family is invited to attend.

Girls will have the opportunity to participate in several activities across the camp property throughout the day. The event is open-house style and you’re welcome to come for the whole event, or part of it, and participate in whichever activities interest you.

Celebrating your dedication

Throughout April, Girl Scout lifetime membership will be available at a special 50% discount—— from $400 down to $200—— for volunteers who have served for ten years or more.

Lifetime membership is an investment that ensures girls have a place to reach their full potential and grow into the courageous leaders we need—— now and always. When you upgrade to lifetime membership through MYGS in April, you can expect:

  • Continuous membership in Girl Scouts
  • $25 of your dues to fund one year of Girl Scout membership for an underserved girl in Colorado
  • A lifetime membership card and pin
  • 10% off Girl Scout merchandise purchased from girlscoutshop.com
  • An invitation to join an annual call hosted by GSUSA’s CEO
  • A monthly enewsletter

Thank you for your years of service and all you’ve done to help create the next generation of female leaders. We couldn’t do it without you!

Become a Lifetime Member

Be a Super Early Bird

Now’s the time to talk with your girls about their next steps in Girl Scouts! Get them excited about what’s to come. Progression is a huge part of The Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Be a Super Early Bird!  Renew your troop between April 29 and May 1 for the 2019-20 membership year for a chance to win fantastic prizes. Families can win a Colorado family staycation and troops can win Girl Scouts of Colorado event passes! Renew your troop or family by logging into MyGS. Register by May 1 for a chance at these great incentives!

All girls renewed by June 26 will receive the Early Bird patch. Troops with at least two Troop Leadership Team members and three girls renewed and an Annual Troop Report submitted by June 26 are eligible to earn a $25 shop credit.

Your voice matters

You should have received a link to a Your Voices Count survey from GSUSA this month. We care about your experiences (good or bad). Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and help us make Girl Scouts the best it can be!

Cookie program rewards are coming

Cookie rewards will begin shipping to SUCMs on April 22. The last day to report any missing or damaged rewards to council is May 6 at 5 p.m. Cookie Credits will be mailed directly to girls starting today.

The shipping time frame for the S’mores Club rewards is still being determined and will be announced as soon as possible.

Volunteer Training

Passport to the World of Global Girl Scouts

May 4, Longmont

Troop leaders and parents are invited to learn how to enhance Girl Scout’s global experience with activities relating to global related awards and an introduction to other global programs for girls at every grade level.

Cooking and Camping

If your troop plans include camping outdoors and/or cooking outdoors, you’ll need to take the Cooking and Camping class. The class is taught in-person at outdoor settings around the state. Check our events calendar for classes in April, May, and June. For questions about in-person volunteer learning opportunities, please contact Brandi Martinez, Training Manager, at (303) 607-4856, or email at Brandi.Martinez@gscolorado.org.

eLearning

In July, GSCO will have a new, interactive online learning site which will host a variety of required and enrichment training. In the meantime, Nuts and Bolts, Overnight Trips and Extended Trips are on our interim eLearning site. Each class page also has links to forms and additional resources. All classes are mobile-friendly and are an hour or less in length. Volunteers can access the site by going to the Volunteer page -Training and Online Support, and clicking on “ Visit Our eLearning Site.” Volunteers will receive credit for taking the class by completing a survey on the class page.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager, at 303.607.4897 or email her at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org

Outdoor Trainings

Check out the event calendar for our upcoming outdoor trainings, including: Small Craft Safety certification – Kayak and Canoe, May 18 at Bear Creek Lake Park and Archery Level 1 Certification, May 11 at Twisted Pine Lodge.

Congratulations to Emily Kretschmer, who was awarded the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence!

For her Gold Award project, Emily addressed a lack of resources to support families of first responders. She created a documentary in partnership with the nonprofit Status: Code 4. Her documentary raises awareness of the hardships families of first responders can face and to start meaningful conversations between first responder families. She also created a comprehensive curriculum to help families address these issues with each other and start having open, honest conversations about the difficulties they face.

The Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize selection committee also chose Honorable Mentions:

  • Madeline Ford, who created a five-session, volunteer-run literacy program to promote a positive reading environment for children.
  • Maya Hegde, who addressed the stigmatization girls in some countries experience during their periods and taught girls to make, clean, and use reusable sanitary pads with materials they already had available.
  • Keaton Maring, who built a life jacket loaner station at Standley Lake. Along with the station, she created an educational sign and a sustainable loaning program for the life jackets to provide more people with lifesaving equipment.

Congratulations to Mykaela Ryan, who was awarded the Debbie Haskins Spirit of Girl Scouting Award!

Mykaela Ryan was awarded the Debbie Haskins Spirit of Girl Scouting Award. She drew on her personal experiences to create a video and educational presentation to inform high school students about how to interact with someone who stutters. Mykaela demonstrated bravery and pride by presenting her project directly to students at her own school, and beyond, to raise awareness and stop bullying. This award is given in memory of Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor Debbie Haskins, who had a passion for working with older Girl Scouts.

Highest Award Ceremonies

If your troop earned a highest award this year and wants to attend a celebration you must RSVP for the celebration through the GSCO Events webpage. The event registrations will be available in mid-March and all troop leaders with highest awards girls will receive an email reminder.

Register early as events may reach capacity and close before the posted RSVP deadline.

Questions? Contact Highest Awards Manager, Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

April 26 – Pueblo Highest Awards Ceremony at the Center for American Values, 6 p.m.

April 28 – Northern Highest Awards Ceremony at the Embassy Suites Loveland, 2 p.m.

May 3 – Pikes Peak Highest Awards Ceremony at the Penrose House, 6 p.m.

May 5 – Metro Denver Highest Awards Ceremony at the DTC Marriott, 2 p.m.

May 9 – Mountain Communities Highest Awards Ceremony at the Silverthorne Pavilion, 6 p.m.

May 19 – Western Slope Highest Awards Ceremony at Colorado Mesa University, 2 p.m.

Register for camp today

There are still sessions with available spots for GSCO summer camp!  Early Bird Pricing ends April 30, so don’t delay!

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Upcoming Events

Daisy Flower Garden Journey

April 27 and 28

Girl Scout Daisies will tour 10 activity stations and complete fun gardening-themed activities to meet Journey requirements.

Statewide Bridging at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

May 4, Cañon City

Celebrate national bridging week! Join Girl Scouts from across Colorado at our special statewide bridging ceremony on the Royal Gorge Bridge – the highest suspension bridge in the United States! We are organizing an official crossing of the bridge at 11 a.m. and will host a reception after. Can’t go to the bridging ceremony at the Royal Gorge? Here are some ideas to celebrate bridging with troop or service unit.

Golf Workshops with the Colorado Golf Association

May 4 and 5, CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora

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.

World Environment Day

June 16, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Allenspark

In partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service, Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to offer members a way to focus on and celebrate the environment. Girl Scouts of all ages, families, and friends invited to this free, exciting event. This event is hosted by the GSCO Global Action Committee.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Water World

June 20, Federal Heights

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to Water World to celebrate the World’s Largest Swim Lesson! Swim lesson 8 –10 a.m., park opens to all at 10 a.m.

Women’s Week at MMR

July 15-18, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Allenspark

Women 18 years of age or older are welcome at Women’s Week. You don’t have to be a current or past Girl Scout, you just have to want to come and play in the outdoors with other like-minded friends. Some of the best experiences were had by a few women who had never been to camp before. Mom and daughter and granddaughter groups have had great family experiences and come back every year to be sure they don’t forget what it’s all about.

Colorado Rockies – Girl Scout Day

August 4, Coors Field, Denver

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Rockies as they take on the San Francisco Giants. All Girl Scouts attending are invited to participate in pre-game parade and will receive a special event patch.

Volunteer View: March 2019

Volunteer Recognition Awards- Deadline March

Thank you to all of those who have nominated volunteers for the Rising Star Pin, Volunteer of Excellence Pin, Appreciation Pin, Thanks Badge (and Thanks Badge II) or the GSCO President’s Award. It means so much to volunteers to have their contributions acknowledged and celebrated by their peers!

There’s still time to submit nominations! Go to the volunteer appreciation page to nominate/endorse a volunteer. Review the volunteer recognition award guide.

Already nominated a volunteer but want to know if all requested endorsements have been submitted? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org or (303) 607-4897. All nominators will receive a call from our customer care team, to report the number of endorsements received.

The deadline to submit a nomination or endorsement is March 31.

If your troop plans include camping or cooking outdoors, you’ll need to take the Cooking and Camping class. The class is taught in-person at outdoor settings around the state. Check our events calendar for classes in March, April, May and June.

For questions about in-person volunteer learning opportunities, please contact Brandi Martinez, training manager, at (303) 607-4856, or email atBrandi.Martinez@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor program news

It’s not too late to register for camp

The second round of camp registration opens March 21. If the session your girl was interested in was full, or you couldn’t find the right fit, be sure to check out our additional spaces and new camps.

Sky High Ranch April Open House: Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Camp Highlight

Expedition Wild for Seniors and Ambassadors: July 7 – 18, $1550 if paid in full by April 30

This year girls are headed to South Dakota and will be doing a paddle trip, horseback riding, exploring caves, rock climbing, swimming, having fun at a chuckwagon show, camping and more.

Troop camp this spring

Looking for a fun troop activity this April? Check out our Race through Time Troop Camp, April 26 – 28! It’s a three-day, two-night adventure for Junior through Ambassador troops. Girls will get the opportunity to travel through time at Tomahawk Ranch.

Outdoor Adventure Club

Registration for our spring service projects opens March 28 for all girls in grades 6th – 12th. Activities are located around the state and girls will give back to the community and work on projects for local parks and locations. For more information, check out our event postings:

April 27 — Staunton Park

April 27 — Bear Creek Lake Park

April 28 — Sand Creek Regional Greenway

May 5 — Garden of the Gods

Space is limited and registration for Single Event Passes are $5 per girl.

Reach for the Peak

Prove your camping skills at the 32nd Reach for the Peak! Join Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador troops from around the state for a camping challenge! This fun competition includes camp cooking, knot tying, lashing, first aid, outdoor survival, nature identification, and more!

When: August 9-11

Where: Sky High Ranch, Woodland Park

Cost: $25 per person for girls and adults. Fee includes patch, awards, and fun! Save $3 by registering by the early bird deadline, May 3!
Registration deadline: July 12

Volunteer: Adults are needed as judges. Email RftP-Judges@outlook.com

Questions: Contact RftP@outlook.com or call Donna at (719) 244-5279

To register and for more information, visit https://reachforthepeak.wordpress.com/

Highest Awards

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts have challenged themselves and made the world a better place. Now it’s time to celebrate!

If your troop earned a highest award this year and wants to attend a celebration you must RSVP for the celebration through the GSCO Events webpage. The event registrations will be available in mid-March and all troop leaders with highest awards girls will receive an email reminder.

Register early as events may reach capacity and close before the posted RSVP deadline.

Questions? Contact Highest Awards Manager, Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

  • April 26 – Pueblo Highest Awards Ceremony at the Center for American Values, 6 p.m.
  • April 28 – Northern Highest Awards Ceremony at the Embassy Suites Loveland, 2 p.m.
  • May 3 – Pikes Peak Highest Awards Ceremony at the Penrose House, 6 p.m.
  • May 5 – Metro Denver Highest Awards Ceremony at the DTC Marriott, 2 p.m.
  • May 9 – Mountain Communities Highest Awards Ceremony at the Silverthorne Pavilion, 6 p.m.
  • May 19 – Western Slope Highest Awards Ceremony at Colorado Mesa University, 2 p.m.

National Bridging Week is May 4 -11

Join us for the statewide bridging ceremony, May 4 at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

A bridging ceremony is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. This an opportunity to progress as well as experience more adventures with your troop, learn new skills, and seek new challenges!

It’s a defining moment to celebrate girls’ achievements and prepare for new adventures and responsibilities. Once a girl bridges to a higher level of Girl Scouting her leadership skills and the experiences she will have continue to grow. Girl Scouts is not simply an after-school activity, it’s the Girl Scout Leadership Experience that builds as girls progress through the program that gives girls the skills they need to empower themselves to take their place as future leaders.

Bridging ceremonies celebrate her next steps to becoming a community leader and being a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader).

Troops can host their own bridging ceremonies, or service units might plan a celebration or join us for the statewide bridging event.

Upcoming Events/ Community Partnerships

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!

Habitat Badge Day at Pueblo Zoo

March 23, Pueblo

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to  Pueblo Zoo to work on their Habitat Badge!

Disney on Ice at the Broadmoor World Arena

March 23, Colorado Springs

Discounted tickets available at $18/person.

CSU Campus Tour with Kappa Delta

March 30, Fort Collins

Fun and educational event for Girl Scouts to learn more about CSU and college in general. Please RSVP to phiepsilonvpcs@gmail.com by March 23.

Daisy Flower Garden Journey

April 27 & 28

Girl Scout Daisies will tour 10 activity stations and complete fun gardening-themed activities to meet Journey requirements.

Passport to the World of Global Girl Scouts

May 4, Longmont

Troop leaders and parents are invited to learn how to enhance Girl Scout’s global experiences with activities relating to badge, patch, and Journey requirements and an introduction to other Global programs for girls at every grade level.

Volunteer View: February 2019

Product Program

Are you a smart cookie?

Smart Cookie emails are sent every Monday during the cookie program and contain all the information you need for success. Not receiving Smart Cookie? Contact your VSS.
Catch up on this year’s cookie news

Be booth ready

Council Booth sales start on February 15.

While girls are out and about selling Girl Scout Cookies, they often get asked about Girl Scouting in general, and we want everyone to know that Girl Scouts is about so much more than selling cookies! Let’s show all our cookie customers how the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial programprepares girls to lead, learn, and succeed all while making it possible for them to embark on amazing adventures, form a lifetime of memories, and unleash the power of G.I.R.L. (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)™ to change the world. Share this two-sided sheet  with girls and families for tips on how to answer “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro! Troop volunteers can also take a look at this Booth Essentials sheet to prepare for scenarios that sometimes come up while selling cookies.
Check out the rest of our cookie program information and resources.

GSCO eLearning

Online training classes are now available on your phone! Mobile accessible courses include Nuts and Bolts (for new leaders), Experienced Troop Cookie Manager training and cookie program enrichment classes. You can view the classes, take quizzes, and download class resources and completion certificates, all on your mobile device!

Head over to the GSCO eLearning site to complete your training classes.

If you need assistance accessing our eLearning site, please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at (303) 607-4897 or email her at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org.

Outdoor Programs

Join us at our upcoming Outdoor Program events! You can find all of our year-round events on the blog.

Free Camp Open Houses

Our free open houses are a great way to help your camper prepare for camp, and you too!  Take a staff-led or self-guided tour of camp, get those burning questions answered, and help little ones feel comfortable to attend camp this summer. Visit the different sleeping and program areas to get an idea of what the summer ahead looks like. Staff from Mountain Berry Culinary will also be available to answer any meal-related questions. Let’s bring on summer! Open to all ages.

Tomahawk Ranch Open House:  Sunday, February 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sky High Ranch Open House: Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sky High Ranch April Open House: Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Outdoor Adventure Club

Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Snow Mountain Ranch 

Our entire group will go dog-sledding and cross-country skiing on wintry trails. In the evening we will have a group pool party and roller-skating night. Everyone loved this event last year so much we are doing it again!

Dates: March 16-17

Program level: Cadette- Ambassador (7-12 grade)

Cost: $115/girl, free for Trailblazers Passport holders

Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Keystone Science School Snow Spectacular 

We partnered with Keystone Science School for a weekend of play in the snowy mountains! You’ll cross-country ski, snowshoe, use an astronomy telescope, and compete in a winter Olympics challenge.

Date: March 30-31

Program Level: Cadette (sixth grade).

Cost: $110/girl, free for Explorers Passport holders

Outdoor Program Training

Archery Training: This Level 1 USAAA Archery Training will allow you to lead your troop in archery and reserve the statewide archery set.

Date: Saturday, March 23

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

LocationTwisted Pines, Genesee,CO

Cost$45

Outdoor Skills Learning Events

Calling all Girl Scouts who want to increase their outdoor skills and abilities! Girls will learn or improve skills including knife-craft, using a compass, fire building, setting up camp, leaving no-trace, planning a camp out, and much more!

  • Program level: Girl Scouts first grade and older, no experience necessary.
  • Cost: $17/girl, includes hot lunch and outdoor skills patch.
  •  Three dates available

Highest Awards

Save the Date: Highest Awards Celebrations

Girl Scouts who are working on their Bronze or Silver awards have until March 1 to submit the Bronze and Silver Notification Form to be invited to the 2019 Highest Awards Celebrations. Find a celebration in your area.

Questions? Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager, at highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Upcoming Events

Harlem Globetrotters at CMU

February 28, Grand Junction

See event flyer on the online calendar for discounted ticket details. Deadline to order tickets is February 25 at 12 p.m.

Habitat Badge Day at the Pueblo Zoo

March 23, Pueblo

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to the Pueblo Zoo to work on their Habitat Badge!

Disney on Ice at the Broadmoor World Arena

March 23, Colorado Springs

Discounted tickets available at $18/person.

Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Colorado Nuggets

March 2, Denver

Cheer on the Nuggets as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans. Tickets are on sale now.

CSU Campus Tour with Kappa Delta

March 30, Fort Collins

Fun and educational event for Girl Scouts to learn more about CSU and college in general. Please RSVP to phiepsilonvpcs@gmail.com by March 23.

Volunteer View: January 2019

Get out and camp this summer

Summer camp session registration for overnight camp, day camp, troop camp, and family camp opens at 9 a.m. January 17.

Check the camp website www.camp.girlscoutsofcolorado.org for session descriptions, a day in the life at camp, beautiful photos of last year’s sessions, and a fun quiz to help girls’ identify their camping style!

Mark your calendar for Jan. 24 cookie booth sign up

The first round of council cookie booth selection begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 24; round two opens at 6 p.m. Jan. 25. Troops will be able to select one booth at one location during each of these rounds.

Visit our events calendar to find a cookie rally near you.

Important dates to know:

  • Jan. 24: First round of booth selection
  • Jan. 25: Second round of booth selection
  • Feb. 3: Cookie program and My Sales booths begin
  • Feb. 15: Council booths begin.

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

Cookie Program resources

Got a phone? Get trained!

Our online training classes are now accessible through your smartphone! Take online classes such as Nuts and Bolts (for new leaders), Experienced Troop Cookie Manager training, and cookie program enrichment classes, right in the palm of your hand! You can view the classes, take quizzes and download class resources and completion certificates, all on your phone!

If you need assistance accessing our eLearning site, please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at 303-607-4897 or email her at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org.

GSCO eLearning site

Celebrate World Thinking Day

Take the lead on February 22 to celebrate 2019 World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! (That’s one big celebration!) Girls also celebrate World Thinking Day throughout the spring. The theme for World Thinking Day in 2019 is leadership! Check out our activity guides online to explore many different ways girls can be leaders and create the change they want to see in the world—and celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides!

Is your troop or service unit planning a World Thinking Day celebration? Tell Us about it and get help from the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Committee!

Volunteer Recognition Awards: Recognize an Outstanding Volunteer!

The form to nominate a volunteer for an award will go live on January 31. The deadline to submit a nomination or endorsement is March 31.

Now would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements! Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award.would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements! Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award.

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

Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.  email: Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org  call: 303-607-4897

Outdoor Program Events

Come join us at our upcoming Outdoor Program events! You can find all of our year-round events at http://gscoblog.org/2018/10/2018-2019-outdoor-program-events/

  • Tomahawk Ranch Open House, February 24, Free. Take a staff-led or self-guided tour of Tomahawk Ranch at our Open House. Get those burning questions answered and help little ones feel comfortable to attend camp this summer. Visit the different sleeping and program areas to get an idea of what the summer ahead looks like. Staff from Mountain Berry Culinary will also be available to answer any meal-related questions. Open to all ages.
  • Sky High Ranch Open House, March 9, Check out Sky High Ranch at one of our Open House events this spring! Tour the property with one of our knowledgeable staff, learn about our summer program, and what kinds of activities we have, and let us answer any questions you may have about summer camp. Our open house is a great way to help your camper prepare for camp, and you too! Let’s bring on summer!

Outdoor Adventure Club

Sign up for our single event interest list, see upcoming dates and get more information here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/adventure

  • Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Snow Mountain Ranch, March 16-17. Our entire group will go dog sledding and cross-country skiing on wintry trails. In the evening we will have a group pool party and roller skating night. Everyone loved this event last year so much we are doing it again! Girls in 7th to 12th grade. Cost: $115/girl, Free for Trailblazers Passport holders.
  • Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Keystone Science School Snow Spectacular, March 30-31, We have partnered with Keystone Science School for a weekend of play in the snowy mountains! You’ll cross-country ski, snowshoe, use an astronomy telescope and compete in a winter Olympics challenge. Program Level: Cadette (6th grade). Cost: $110/girl, Free for Explorers Passport holders

Highest Awards

Save the Date: Highest Awards Celebrations

Troops working on their Bronze or Silver awards have until March 1 to submit the Bronze and Silver Notification Form to be invited to the 2019 Highest Awards Celebrations. Find a celebration in your area: http://gscoblog.org/2019/01/save-the-date-2019-highest-awards-celebrations/

Questions? Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager at  highestawards@gscolorado.org.

GSUSA 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 any questions directly to Kaitie LoDolce at highestawards@gscolorado.org.
Any troop considering a Silver Award project that would solely benefit the GS community must run their project idea by the Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce.

Gold Award Trainings: 

Training is required for girls pursuing their Gold Award:

  • Saturday, January 26 at 9 a.m., Denver office
  • Saturday, March 30 at  9 a.m., Colorado Springs office

Older Girls

OGAB (Older Girl Advisory Board)

The Older Girl Advisory Board will oversee the G.I.V.E. (Girls Investing in a Voice for Everyone) program. These girls are excited to apply their knowledge, experience, and dedication to serving girls across the state in developing opportunities to help their fellow Girl Scout sisters do more. With the addition of this program, girls interested in joining the OGAB can apply now through February 15 at https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/our-program/older-girls/older-girl-advisory-board.html

G.I.R.L Fest 

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond is excited to share information about 2019 G.I.R.L. Fest (formerly known as the Girl Scout Jamboree)! Celebrating all things G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader) from June 26-30, this event will create a powerful impact with the Girl Scout brand and will make this beloved event even more thrilling for Girl Scouts across the country. G.I.R.L. Fest is now featured on the GSUSA Getaways site for all girls in grades 4-12 (current Membership Year) in the Girl Scout Movement to consider. We’re so excited to host an opportunity for girls to experience high-adventure in the heart of beautiful southern West Virginia! Early Bird pricing ends January 19, so check it out today.

SheTech Explorer Day

GSCO can send fifteen 9th and 10th grade girl to the SheTech Explorer Day on February 8 from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. at the University of Denver – SIE Complex.

What is it? SheTech Explorer Day is a hands-on tech conference for high school girls. This day-long event will include hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and math. Our ultimate goal is to expose girls to technology in a fun atmosphere as well as meet STEM role models to learn more about opportunities in those fields. Girls who attend will have access to internships, receive a SheTech certificate, receive pathway information and become part of a community to help girls have opportunities in STEM. http://shetechexplorer.com/explorer-days/​​​​​​​ 

Cost? FREE! Breakfast, snacks and lunch provided.
Participants must arrange own transportation. Adults can attend for free as well as a chaperone.

How do I attend? Email Emily Speck at emily.speck@gscolorado.org with the subject line: SheTech. Provide girl’s full name, school and grade. This will be a first come, first serve opportunity. Deadline is January 31.

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!

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. 

Badge Workshop at Fort Morgan Museum

January 26, Fort Morgan

Join the staff at Fort Morgan Museum for a morning full of badge activities! The museum specializes in telling the stories of Fort Morgan and Morgan County through permanent and temporary exhibits, educational programs, and photos, documents, and artifacts from yesterday and today.

Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche

February 16, Denver

Ticket sales now open! Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche and cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the St. Louis Blues! The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold more than 500 packages at their booth.

Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Colorado Nuggets

March 2, Denver

All Girl Scouts are invited to cheer on the Nuggets as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans.  And, Girl Scouts can sleep at the Pepsi Center after the game! The game starts at 7 p.m.

Harlem Globetrotters at the Broadmoor World Arena

March 2, Colorado Springs

Discounted tickets for Girl Scouts.

Disney on Ice – Worlds of Enchantment at the Broadmoor World Arena

March 23, Colorado Springs

Discounted tickets for Girl Scouts at the 3 p.m. performance.

Outdoor Skills Days 

April and May

Hosted by Troop 70007, Outdoor Skills Days are planned in April and May for Girl Scouts in first grade and older. Learn about knife craft, compasses, fire building, campsite set-up, leave no trace, planning a camp out and much more! $17/girl, includes hot lunch and outdoor skills patch. To see dates and registration information:https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/

Volunteer View: December 2018

Try these winter outings to keep your Girl Scout experience cool

With the holidays and winter coming, many people want to retreat indoors … but not Girl Scouts!

Plan a trip with your girls to Aspen for the X Games on January 26! All Girl Scouts are invited to an exclusive viewing section for the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final and the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe. Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to meet and greet with the female athletes and find out which ones boosted their courage as Girl Scouts! Register today.

Or, older Girl Scouts can try the Outdoor Adventure Club through single-event registration for January adventures:

  • Sixth graders can spend a weekend at Tomahawk Ranch practicing primitive wilderness skills, outdoor cooking and working on their Cadette-level Trailblazing Badge, January 12-13.
  • Seventh grade girls and older will head to Sky High Ranch for snow-shelter building, snowshoeing and even some human curling on the frozen pond,January 26-27.
  • Or, Girl Scout families can get in on the winter action at Me and My Gal, January 18-20 at Tomahawk Ranch or Expedition Antarctica Me and My Guy, January 18-20 at Sky High Ranch.

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  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

The cookie program begins February 3! Are you ready?

Make sure your troop has a current  ACH  and signed  TCM Agreement .

Check out our event list to find a training or cookie rally near you!

Volunteer service awards: Recognize outstanding volunteers

Nominations are due on or before March 31 of each year. The form to nominate a volunteer for an award will go live in January. Now would be a great time to designate a service unit team member to coordinate nominations and endorsements!

Girl Scout volunteers change the lives of girls in their communities every day. Some volunteers go above and beyond all expectations and have a positive impact on their troop and/or their service unit and sometimes the whole council.

Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring that enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you, or you can contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.

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

Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager.  Email: Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org  Call: 303-607-4897

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!

Highest Awards celebrations

Troops working on their Bronze or Silver awards have until March 1 to submit the Bronze and Silver Notification Form to be included in the 2019 Highest Awards Celebrations.

Gold Award Training is required for girls pursuing their Gold Award:

Saturday, January 26 at 9 a.m., Denver office

Saturday, March 30 at  9 a.m., Colorado Springs office

Any Questions? Email Kaitie LoDolce, highest awards manager at highestawards@gscolorado.org

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!

Habitat Day at Pueblo Zoo

January 12, Pueblo

Girl Scout Juniors (4th and 5th grades) are invited to the Pueblo Zoo to work on the Habitat badge.

Cybersecurity 1: Basics with Coalfire

January 12, Westminster

Girl Scout Juniors will earn their Cybersecurity 1: Basics badge with Coalfire, a cybersecurity company in Westminster.

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. 

Badge Workshop at Fort Morgan Museum

January 26, Fort Morgan

Join the staff at Fort Morgan Museum for a morning full of badge activities! The museum specializes in telling the stories of Fort Morgan and Morgan County through permanent and temporary exhibits, educational programs, and photos, documents, and artifacts from yesterday and today.

Level 1 USAAA Archery Training 
February 2, Hamp Hut
Archery training is required for adults who wish to take Girl Scouts (Brownie through Ambassador) archery shooting in any way. You will be able to lead your troop in archery and reserve the statewide archery set. Questions? Marissa Rooney.

Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche
February 16, Denver
Ticket sales now open! Join us for Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche and cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the St. Louis Blues! The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold more than 500 packages at their booth.

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.