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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.

Cookie bosses go digital

Submitted by GSUSA

Yes, you read that right! Digital Cookie is a groundbreaking new addition to the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program you know and love—the first-ever national digital platform in the program’s history. This enhancement takes the cookie program beyond the booth, creating another fun, safe, interactive space for girls to sell cookies. It’s a total game changer!

And this is just the beginning. The 2014 launch of Digital Cookie is only the first phase of a multi-year project to get Girl Scouts building their online cookie businesses—learning more, earning more, and having more fun. Future versions of Digital Cookie will provide improved user experiences for girls and cookie customers alike, and a more robust customer interface to make it even easier for customers to support girls through their cookie purchases.

Right now the majority of the 112 Girl Scout councils nationwide are participating in Digital Cookie during the 2014–2015 cookie season, and more are expected to be on board by the end of 2015, using an updated “version 2.0.”

Just like with our traditional cookie sale, all the money girls earn through Digital Cookie stays with their local council, and girls decide how to reinvest it back into their neighborhoods and communities. Like all Girl Scout Cookie consumers, Digital Cookie customers are not only getting a delicious treat—they are also making an important investment in their communities.

Keep in mind, though, that Girl Scout Cookies are still only available during Girl Scout Cookie season, so whether you stock up at a traditional sale or through Digital Cookie, make sure you get them before they are gone!

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers…

Will Digital Cookie be available in my area?

Visit www.girlscouts.org/digitalcookieto see if Digital Cookie is available in your market.

How will shipping be calculated?

All shipping costs associated with Digital Cookie are in line with industry standards set by many reputable delivery services. The cost associated is comparable to what a customer would pay when buying Girl Scout Cookies at a booth sale and shipping the cookies themselves.

Is this online option safe for girls? 

Digital Cookie emphasizes the safety of both girls and customers. There are specific safety requirements and regulations put in place that are in line with the traditional cookie program’s safety regulations, with the appropriate caregiver monitoring the cookie sale. As is true with the traditional cookie program, a parent, guardian, caregiver, or buddy (depending on the age of the Girl Scout) must be with the girl when she’s delivering cookies.

What about the girls who are not participating in Digital Cookie?

Girls not participating in Digital Cookie may call and send email messages to alert friends and family to product sales, and they can accept customer commitments via email or telephone. Girls who are 13 years of age or older may use social networking sites to market product, but must follow council and GSUSA guidelines.

Today’s girls are digital natives, and they wanted a cookie program that could teach them twenty-first-century skills in twenty-first-century ways—skills they’ll need to have in order to be leaders in today’s high-tech world. Well, that cookie program is now here, and we’re more excited than ever before!

Get Ready for Summer Checklist for Troops

It’s already that time of year when troops are planning end-of-year parties and bridging ceremonies!  Here are a few things you’ll need to do over the next few months to wrap up the 2013-2014 Girl Scout membership year. As soon as you complete your last activity for the year, follow these steps:

  • Annual Troop Report – Submit this form online within 30 days of your group’s last activity for the year. If you gather this information, you should be able to complete the report in 10 minutes! You’ll receive an email with a copy of your report and links to the other checklist items below.
  • ACH Authorization – When you submit your Annual Troop Report, the website will direct you to the ACH Authorization for next year’s Fall Product Sale and Cookie Program (the link will also be in your confirmation email). If you know your group is continuing, go ahead and submit this quick form!
  • Re-register for 2014-2015 – Starting May 1st, you can log in to your online Troop Management Tool to re-register all the girls and adult who plan to continue for the 2014-2015 membership year!
  • GS Voices Survey – Encourage the girls, parents, and volunteers in your troop to register to participate in the Girl Scout Voices survey. Registering ensures the Girl Scout Research Institute sends an age-appropriate survey that provides a chance to share thoughts and feelings about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Please complete the Get Ready for Summer Checklist by August 1st!  If you have any questions about completing this checklist, contact your Program Support Specialist – or you can contact the GSCO Customer Support team at inquiry@gscolorado.org or (877) 404-5708.  Have a great summer!