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Openings for Urban Trails Day Camp July 30 – Aug. 3

Submitted by Tiffany Stone

Metro Denver

Denver

There are still TWO more ADULT VOLUNTEER openings for the Urban Trail service unit’s upcoming day camp!

Details:
Urban Trails Day Camp
Cherry Creek State Park
July 30 – August 3, 2018

Perks:
A 90% DISCOUNT for your girl to go to this day camp. The whole week of camp will cost around $20!
Frappacinos galore
Canoeing
Awesome Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors to hang with all week
Free hat
Lessons and activities already planned
AMAZING PA helpers and AMAZING adults to work with

The Catch?:
You need to volunteer the entire week. It is a 830 a.m. – 3: 30 p.m. commitment.
You will need to bring your own lunch, as all campers do.
This camp is for Brownies/Juniors and PA’s/PAI’s (no Daisies for this camp)

IF you are interested in having your girl come to this camp with you as a volunteer, please contact me ASAP at (303) 204-4675 or urbantrailsdenver@gmail.com. This offer must close on July 16!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Revised Nuts and Bolts Training for New Leaders

Nuts and Bolts training has been revised! The course covers how to get your troop started, troop management, managing troop finances, and planning outings and field trips, along with what Girl Scouts is all about, and a message from Stephanie Foote, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Nuts and Bolts is divided into chapters, and each section includes additional resources to support and inform the volunteer experience – like, how to involve families in the troop and how to make the troop experience girl-led. Also included on the course page, are links to all the forms that volunteers need, and links to other training on our eLearning site, like Financial Literacy, Conflict Fluency and Girl Scout Songs and Games.

Nuts and Bolts is available for volunteers to take whenever it is convenient for them. It is one of three essential trainings, along with GS 101 and program level 101 classes, that we require new volunteers to complete.

To access the Nuts and Bolts course, or any of our other online training, go to our eLearning site:
http://training.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/login/index.php

If you have questions about online courses, or need assistance with accessing our eLearning site, please contact Shannon Weaver, Adult Experience Manager at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org.

Volunteer Spotlight: Terry Henrickson, MCC member

How long have you been a Girl Scout volunteer?

Six years

How long have you been a member of the MCC?

Three years

What inspired you to join MCC?

I joined MCC to bring the concerns of rural troops to the council and to help the council’s message reach out to our area.

What have you learned through being a part of this committee?

I learned how much our staff and board put into making Girl Scouts of Colorado work.

Why would you recommend being a member of MCC to other GSCO volunteers?

MCC helps volunteers see how diverse the needs and offerings of other areas of the state are.

Tell us about yourself.

When I was a girl, I was raised with the ideal that I could do or become anything and that there were more opportunities out there beyond what I could see. This is what I want to instill in my daughter and her friends, and through Girl Scouts I’ve found a way to help them explore their world and find their passions.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is lucky to have a unique governance system with the Membership Connection Committee as the centerpiece of our democratic process and a way to give our members a strong voice in the issues they care most about. Would you like to be a voice for Girl Scouts of Colorado? Speak up and contribute our success together! To reach the MCC, e-mail GSCO.MCC@gscolorado.org

Leadership Summit in Northern & Northeastern CO moved

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Leadership Summit in our Northern & Northeastern CO region on September 23, 2017 in Fort Collins has been moved to Longmont. It is now at Front Range Community College – Boulder County Campus (2190 Miller Dr, Longmont, CO 80501). To learn more or register, use this link: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2017/northern_colorado_le.html

We appreciate your patience and understanding!

 

 

Gold Award Mentors needed for Northern CO and Pikes Peak regions

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Submitted by GSCO Highest Awards Manager Aimee Bianca

Arguably, the most impactful part of Girl Scouts is the earning of the Girl Scout Gold Award. This prestigious award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouts and challenges high school girls to initiate meaningful, sustainable change locally, nationally, and/or globally through unique “Take Action” projects of their own creation.
In Colorado, girls work individually with a Gold Award Mentor throughout their Gold Award journey to ensure they are well supported and their projects meet all the standards and expectations of a Gold Award. Mentors are all volunteers who are experts on the Gold Award and sit on their region’s Gold Award Committee in addition to working one on one with Gold Award candidates.

If you are strong woman with project management skills who is interested in building leadership skills with a young woman, you might be the perfect Gold Award Mentor!

Girl Scouts of Colorado needs new Gold Award Mentors in Northern and Northeastern Colorado and the Pikes Peak regions. With more and more girls “going Gold”, we need more mentors to work with candidates one-on-one!

Download and review the full position description and email highestawards@gscolorado.org if you are interested in this exciting volunteer position with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

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Grant available for Women’s Wilderness Summit Sisters retreat

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Submitted by Annie Pierce, GSCO Property and Outdoor Program Administrator

This year, Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to offer one of our adult volunteers a space at the Summit Sister’s Camp run by Women’s Wilderness. Women’s Wilderness is hosting this camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch June 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017. Women’s Wilderness’s mission is to strengthen the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of girls and women through the challenge and support of group wilderness and community based experiences. Summit Sisters focuses on a deep nature connection, connection to your body, inspiration and calling, and competence and outdoor skills. Presentations at Summit Sisters this year will include: The Call of the Earth, Self Confidence Formula, Wildlife Tracking in the Rockies, Inner Beauty Workshop, and so much more. For more information about Summit Sisters, please visit their website at https://www.womenswilderness.org/summit-sisters/.

We will choose one adult volunteer for a free space at the Summit Sister’s Camp – a $450 value! All meals, lodging, and programming are provided. To apply for this opportunity, click on the following link and complete the questionnaire no later than May 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. All applicants will be contacted on May 15 after the winner of the grant has been chosen. Applicants must have a current or lifetime membership with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The link to the application is  https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/grantforsummitsisters06042017_06062017.

 

Dragon Boat Festival: Volunteers needed

Submitted by Christine Slomski, GSCO Recruitment Specialist

Girl Scouts of Colorado will be a featured exhibitor at the 16th celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival at Sloan’s Lake on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, 2016. THANK YOU for your help! You’ll be a part of something BIG… the largest Asian/Asian-American celebration in Colorado drawing more than 125,000 people from all over the state!

The Girl Scout tent will be in Dragon Land, featuring Chinese-inspired masks and Zodiac-themed bookmarks for youth to create. Volunteers are needed to 1) run the activity table and 2) serve as ambassadors by talking about adult volunteering and helping adults fill out interest cards for their girls.

Adults and girls are welcome to volunteer. If this is your first year and want to know more details about activities, our staff will be there during the festival. It’s easy, fun, and one of Denver’s signature cultural events!

Contact Christine Slomski at christine.slomski@gscolorado.org for further information.

Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aa5a82fa6fa7-dragon

Thirteen years of fun as Girl Scouts

Submitted by Julie Lisco-Smith

Aurora

Denver Metro

In the 13 years of leading these wonderful girls we have done more than our share of fun stuff. Years ago, I started this troop with 15 kindergartners. Today I have 8 Ambassadors, 7 of which started with me 13 years ago. Through the years we have hiked, camped, sang, laughed, and cried as we lost of one our scouts in her sleep 6 years ago.

These girls have bonded in a way that most will only dream of. We have sat down and done the math, looking back over our last 12 years of cookie sales we have sold over 54,000 boxes of cookies, we have gone to Washington, D.C. for the Girl Scouts’ 100th Birthday Party, spent weekends in Glennwood Springs, gone whitewater rafting, and done community service projects every year.

I always told the girls to make a plan and set a goal and I would try to accomplish whatever you want to do. The last 3 years these girls have worked hard, we have been saving our Cookie money and by adding this years proceeds we will end our Girl Scout years with a mother daughter road trip to Disneyland!

One of our last and most heartfelt Community Projects was to supply sack lunches for the Samaritan House. The girls spent the night at my house and we made 150 sack lunches, stocked with fresh fruit, sandwiches, chips, cookies, chips, gum, Jolly Ranchers and granola bars. We woke at 5:00 am, packed up all of the cars, and headed to downtown to meet them and hand out our bags to the homeless at 6:00 am. The response we got was amazing, the girls felt so blessed to be able to help. So for our last year we have chose the Samaritan House as our Hometown Heros. A lot of the woman we fed told us of stories of when they were scouts and feel that this is a fitting cause to end our wonderful 13 years as Girl Scouts.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Share the Love: Celebrate the Special Volunteer in Your Life!

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Volunteers around the country are the extraordinary force that make Girl Scouting possible every day—and that is truly amazing. They give their time, spark, and hearts to make a difference in the lives of girls who in turn help make the world a better place. Now that’s a team effort!

Celebrate the special Girl Scout volunteer in your life, past or present, with this awesome shareable card during this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Week! Download it, bring a few printouts to an upcoming troop meeting, and ask everyone to include a note sharing the love for the amazing effort your own Girl Scout volunteer puts in month after month.

And don’t forget, today and every day, to let them know how appreciated they are. Share with them how they make a difference in your life, how they brighten your day, and how everything they do makes an impact—on girls and the world.

Why is your Cookie Dad the best?

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why this selling season we want to honor dads, who help cookie bosses all across Colorado meet their sales goals.

If your Cookie Dad is the best, write a short essay about what he does that is so awesome and submit it through Share Your Stories on the Girl Scouts of Colorado web-site. Be sure to include a photo of him, preferably involved in a Girl Scout Cookies-related activity. However, any photo will do. You may also submit a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video. All submissions must be received by March 27, 2015, which is also the end of the cookie sale.

The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks. We also have a special prize for the best submissions to show dad just how much we appreciate him for being part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team.

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.