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Meet an Expert: Police Operations Commander

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a “Meet an Expert” session with Commander Suzette Freidenberger with the Grand Junction Police Department on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. MST. Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meet_an_expert_police_operations_commander_webinar_04_07_2021

Suzette will talk about how she got into law enforcement, started her career working in dispatch, and attended the Law Enforcement Academy. She worked her way from a patrol officer to a commander and will talk about what it’s like to work in a male-dominated career field. She will also talk about how women in this line of work bring a different and positive spin to law enforcement and how her job is challenging, rewarding, and exciting.

After the presentation, Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to ask questions live in the chat box.

When registering you are telling us you will be logging in LIVE! Our guest will prepare based on registration numbers, so please make sure you log in on time. The program will be recorded and posted to the GSCO YouTube channel. Do not register if you plan to watch the recording. We will use Zoom to host this program. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the program.

Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Registration will close Tuesday, April 6.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Stretching My Cookie Goal

Submitted by Cece V.

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

Last year, I sold more than 1,200 packages. This year, given the pandemic and safety provisions, I set my goal a little lower to 400 packages. But, after the first day of sales and I hit more than 120, we may have to rethink it. With masks and sanitizer, I went door-to-door selling cookies to those that may not want to go out to buy cookies. We got this!

This is my third year of Girl Scouts, with two older sisters that help show me the ropes. The minute I picked up my cookies I was making signs and hitting the pavement!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Listen now – Meet an Expert: 9-1-1 Center Manager

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Jennifer Kirkland, 9-1-1 Center Manager at the Grand Junction Regional Communications Center, for participating in our Meet an Expert program on January 28, 2021. More than 40 Girl Scouts from across the United States joined live. Jennifer told the girls about her career and previous experiences that led her to be a 9-1-1 center manager. She gave girls a live tour of the communications center and answered tons of awesome questions.

Missed the program? Listen or watch now on our Meet an Expert playlist on YouTube.

During this program girls learned how 9-1-1 calls are received, how emergency response teams are dispatched, and what the training program looks like to work in the emergency communications center. In addition to her presentation and live tour, Jennifer played a recording of a real 9-1-1 call for the girls, so they could hear an example of the kinds of calls the center receives. Girls were also able to ask Jennifer questions live and they asked questions about the training program, the most stressful and interesting calls Jennifer has received, and more details about the training program.

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Meet an Expert: 9-1-1 Center Manager

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet Jennifer Kirkland, a 9-1-1 Center Manager at the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center, on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 4 – 5 p.m. MST. Jennifer will take girls on a virtual tour of the Grand Junction 9-1-1 Center, and then talk about the job, how to get started, and how rewarding being a 9-1-1 professional can be. This will be a behind-the-scenes look at a job that happens 24-hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year!

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2021/jan28_meet_an_expert.html

After Jennifer’s presentation, Girl Scouts will have a chance to ask questions live through the chat box. By completing registration, you are telling us you will be joining the session LIVE on January 28. Please make sure to mark your calendar and join on time. We will be recording the session and posting to YouTube so you can watch in the future. Please do not complete registration if you are planning to watch the recording.

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed to registrants the day before the webinar. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Montrose Junior Spreads Joy with Bird Feeders

Submitted by Bonnet Riddles

Western Colorado


As a troop we had just finished up our Agent of Change Journey and were starting to brainstorm a Take Action project when COVID-19 hit. All of our initial ideas were no longer plausible with the new safety and health guidelines. We were back to the drawing board and this time, that drawing board was a virtual one.

We wanted to help senior citizens in our area. The girls pointed out that our high-risk senior population is extremely isolated and they wanted to do something special to encourage them. The idea of making and donating bird feeders to a local retirement home was born! This project was led and orchestrated by Girl Scout Kendyl L. She bridged to Cadette this year, but with the extension on award projects, she really wanted to earn her Bronze Award before the deadline.

Kendyl and her team started by contacting retirement homes. A hurdle that we did not expect was being able to find a location willing to accept the bird feeders. Most places did not even allow us to finish speaking before giving “no” as an answer. Eventually, we did find a place that loved the idea.

The bird feeders were built and painted at our recent bridging ceremony. Each family, (at their socially distanced tables), worked as a team in assembling and creating a bird feeder for the project, 10 beautifully crafted and painted feeders in total were created.
Kendyl’s team reached out to local businesses and were able to get birdseed donated for the project. The bird feeders were filled and placed along sidewalks and outside of resident windows at Montage Creek Living Facility in Montrose. The completion of this project gives me great joy as a troop leader.

The delight that the elderly residents can enjoy from watching the antics and activities of different birds is priceless. I am so proud of both Kendyl and also of my troop for supporting her in reaching her goal.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Bronze Award Project: The Fire Department Helps Us, so Let’s Help Them

Submitted by Ada M.

Western Colorado


While learning about our community, our troop found out that the local fire department was having a hard time getting the PPE (masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer) they need. My fellow Juniors and I decided helping them find this would be the perfect Bronze Award project during COVID.

First, we got permission and the details on what the fire department needed.

Next, we wrote a video script. We made a video to tell everyone why washing hands is important. It is especially important now, but it is always a good thing to do.

Then, we made posters and wrote an email.

We dropped the collection tote off at the fire department. It is outside, so people can drop items off at any time and remain socially distanced.

Now, with our parents’ help we are sharing the posters and email!

The fire department has already had items dropped off and we hope to see it grow.

Here is the email I wrote! Don’t forget to wash your hands and stay safe.


My Girl Scout troop and I are currently collecting masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer for the Lower Valley Fire Department. Lower Valley Firefighters and EMT use 30 boxes of gloves, 200 masks, and gallons of sanitizer each month. They especially need medium, large, and extra-large non-latex single use gloves, disposable single use masks (paper or something similar), and any type of hand sanitizer. COVID has made it hard to find this stuff. Let’s help them fight fire and mend broken bones by searching for the supplies they need.

Supplies can be dropped off in a tote outside the Lower Valley Fruita Fire Department.

We are looking for more drop-off locations. If you have a business that would let us place a donation tote out from, please call (970) 812-0154 or email anecookies@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Ada, Girl Scout Junior

Girl Scout Troop 17091

The girls were also interviewed about their project by KKCO-TV/NewsChannel 11.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

You could be in the new Girl Scouts of Colorado TV commercial

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to partner with CBS4-KCNC TV to produce a GSCO commercial and YOU could be in it! Enter to win by submitting a short video using this form  of yourself answering the prompts “I love Girl Scouts because …” and “I’m a tough cookie because….” Please keep your answers for each prompt to no more than 10 seconds.

Clips from several Girl Scouts will be chosen for the final commercial that will air on CBS in Denver, Grand Junction, and Colorado Springs in late January through mid-March. The deadline to enter is 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.

Here’s an example video by Morgan at CBS4: https://youtu.be/z_JxHLaTnBg

Helpful tips:

  • Think about what you plan to say before shooting. No need to write a long script, just speak from your heart. And remember to try to keep each of your answers to just 10 seconds.
  • Remember this is for TV. Wear your sash or vest or other Girl Scout apparel.
  • Shoot horizontal, not vertical. Recording your video on a smart phone is totally fine. Just hold it (or have someone else hold it or set it in a phone stand) sideways.
  • Turn lights on, don’t shoot in a dark room. It helps to be facing a window (be sure you don’t have your back to the window).
  • Talk directly to the camera for good audio. Speak clearly and don’t forget to smile!
  • No music or background noise.
  • Make sure your message is clear.

Submitting your video clip:

Use this form to submit your video. You’ll fill in your name and contact information and a caregiver will need to sign off that it’s OK for you to enter the contest.

  • If you have a photo of yourself in your Girl Scout uniform or doing a Girl Scout activity, please upload that as well (there’s a spot on the form).
  • Depending on your internet connection, it might take a minute for the file to upload and the form to submit. Don’t navigate away from that page until you see ‘Success! We’ve received your video’ message.
  • If you have technical difficulties when submitting your video clip, reach out to annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Note: This contest is open to girls in grades K-12 with a current Girl Scouts of Colorado membership (the Girl Scout membership year began Oct. 1, 2020). This contest is not open to Girl Scouts who are members in other councils, are non-renewed Girl Scouts of Colorado members, or adult Girl Scouts.


Secrets to Success in Grand Junction: Connecting Girls to Professional Women

Update as of December 21, 2021: This event has been canceled.

What is your secret to success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders our fifth annual Secrets to Success event in Grand Junction on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/secrets_to_success_connecting_girls_to_professional_women_ws_01_16_2021

** This event is open to all girls in grades 6-12. You do not need to be a Girl Scout to attend. **

Registration is FREE per girl and includes program materials and snacks.

Girl Scouts of Colorado believes every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders.

At this event, girls will connect with professional women in a variety of career fields, giving them a unique opportunity to learn directly from incredible women in our community. Girls will personally engage with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, law, healthcare, finance, skilled trades, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models who will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. While parents/guardians/troop leaders are not invited into the event with the girls, they are welcome to participate in separate, concurring programming such as a campus tour and info session about how to help students find employment after college. Adults must register with girl participant(s).

All girls will need to submit a COVID-19 online waiver prior to January 16 and completed permission form upon check in or in advance via email.

COVID-19 Waiver: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/covid19_waiver

Permission Form: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/STS_permission_form.pdf

Registration ends Tuesday, January 12.

Questions? Email cindi.graves@gscolorado.org.

Secrets to Success in Grand Junction

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

STREAM Girls: Grand Junction and Montrose

Register now for STREAM Girls programs and pick up your gear in Grand Junction or Montrose: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/stream_girls_blended_ws_10_22_2020

Registration will close on Monday, October 19, 2020 OR when capacity has been reached.

Virtual kick off: Thursday, October 22 at 5 p.m. via Zoom

Virtual reflection: Sunday, November 1 at 3 p.m. via Zoom

Gear pick up at Canyon View Park, Grand Junction: Friday, October 23 at 4 – 6 p.m.

Gear drop off at Canyon View Park, Grand Junction: Sunday, November 1 at 5 p.m.

Gear pick up at Ross Reels, Montrose: Friday, October 23 at 4 – 6 p.m.

Gear drop at Ross Reels, Montrose: Sunday, November 1 at 5 p.m.

STREAM Girls gives Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes the opportunity to earn a special patch as they serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists, in order to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. This outdoor watershed experience employs STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math) plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream.

Every person is a citizen of her watershed, and Colorado Trout Unlimited (TU) has partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado so that girls will get the complete picture of what their stream could mean to them.

In this hybrid take home/virtual program, TU will provide Girls Scouts with the necessary gear, a Stream Girls Field Notebook, and a resource list with videos guiding Girl Scouts through six activities that they will complete over 10 days. Additionally, girls are expected to join a virtual program kick off on Thursday and a reflection meeting the next Sunday to discuss what they have learned.

Activities include:

  • Stream Walk – Observing and documenting the stream/river and surrounding area
  • Go with the Flow – Calculating river flow rates using everyday tools and simple math
  • Macroinvertebrate Survey – Investigating the insect life that lives in the stream and support fish
  • Fly-Casting – Developing skills to fly fish and practicing in your own backyard/neighborhood park
  • Fly-Tying – Creating a “fly” to imitate one of the macroinvertebrates commonly found in Colorado
  • Scavenger Hunt/Bracelet Building – Testing your knowledge of healthy streams and creating a unique bracelet to represent your local watershed!

Activities are expected to take approximately six hours, in total, and can be broken up into several days. Colorado Trout Unlimited will provide the necessary gear and supplies associated with each activity. Gear will be picked-up and dropped off at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction OR Ross Reels in Montrose.

Please indicate your pick up/drop off location upon registration. Colorado Trout Unlimited has enough gear/supplies for 24 participants. Additional participants may be able to register, if using their own gear or sharing with another Girl Scout. Please acknowledge any shared gear in registration.

Adults picking up gear on behalf of Girl Scouts will be required to complete a gear agreement upon pick up. Certificates of completion and patches will be distributed upon gear drop off. If using your own gear, certificates of completion and patches will be mailed after the program is complete. Please indicate if you are picking up supplies or using your own supplies.

As a self-guided event, Colorado Trout Unlimited and GSCO encourages Girl Scouts to complete this activity with their families. Please be sure to follow all state, county, and local public health guidelines surrounding COVID-19.

Registration will close on Monday, October 19 OR when capacity has been reached. All waivers, pre-information, and log in information for virtual meetings will be provided for all participants via email after registration closes.

If picking up supplies and gear – all supplies will be packaged as a set and available during the gear pick-up; Certificates and patches will be presented upon gear return. Participants are welcome to use their own gear/equipment. Please use the list below when compiling your own gear/supplies. For participants not requiring a gear set, the Field Notebook and Macroinvertebrate Guide will be sent via email; Patches and certificates will be mailed to the address you provide upon registration.

Supply List:

  • Field Notebook and Macroinvertebrate Guide
  • Writing Utensil (Colored pencils are great to have, as well)
  • Wading Boots/Waders (If weather/water temperatures are warm enough, sturdy water shoes can be used)
  • Stopwatch (smart phones work great)
  • Something that floats (stick, ping pong ball, etc)
  • Calculator (phone works great)
  • Measuring Tape (at least 30’)
  • Bug net (Kitchen Strainer will work)
  • Collection Pan (Tupperware or small white buckets can be effective)
  • Magnifying glass
  • Small sorting tray (ice cube trays work well)
  • Fly rod, reel, and line
  • Fly tying vise
  • Fly tying tools
  • Fly tying materials for midge pattern including hook and thread.
  • Extra fly line for bracelet (Other material will work, as well)
  • Beads for bracelet activity
  • All girls must have current Girl Scout Membership

If you need to submit multiple registration forms, click the “back” button on your browser and make necessary edits and submit the form again for additional attendees.

There are no refunds for this event.

If you have any questions about this event or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Two pick up/drop off locations available:

  • Canyon View Park (730 24 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81505)
  • Ross Reels (1101 Mayfly Dr., Montrose, CO 81401)

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Grand Junction Girl Scouts Earn Bronze Award

Submitted by Jenni Grossman

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

Congratulations to McKenzie, Lauren, Abbie, Jolie, and Peyton from Troop 13497 in Grand Junction! They earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for a project to help seniors in nursing homes who may be feeling lonely due to visiting restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The girls made videos and special crafts, including photos, drawings, and activity sheets, for multiple nursing homes in their area. Two of the nursing homes were chosen because one of the girls has a family member living there.

The Girl Scouts started a different project to earn the Bronze Award in February 2020, but then had to do a 360 in March when COVID-19 hit. They thought the residents of the nursing homes would be so lonely due to visiting restrictions. The girls decided to make videos of their favorite children’s books so the activities directors could play them for the residents. The girls also wanted some activities for the residents. After the girls called multiple places, they learned they had to laminate whatever they picked, so it could be sanitized. They each made five to ten different sheets (drawings, word searches, mazes paintings, colored pictures with uplifting quotes) for the residents. The girls also made copies of their work and laminated each one. Each nursing home received 40 drawing/activity laminated sheets. We also gave the organizations a list of the videos that the girls made so they could access them whenever they wanted.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.