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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.

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.

Learn more

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.

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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.

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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.

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