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Virtual programming resources

Ambassador Water Badge Workshop

Water is one of the essentials that all living creatures need. We use it as a resource, a mode of transportation, a recreational tool, and in many other ways. While we may take advantage of the power behind water, we also must respect and protect it along with everything that is in it. Many different groups have come together to do just that, such as the US Water Alliance, the Office of Water at the Environmental Protection Agency, and the World Wildlife Fund.

A workshop was designed to allow Girls Scouts of the Ambassador level to be able to take part in the programs listed out in order to earn their water badge. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, it was not able to be implemented. However, the workshop program that was written up is still available for use.

Don’t put Girl Scouts on pause

Feeling a little uncomfortable about in-person programs or troop meetings? Don’t worry, Girl Scouts doesn’t have to be put on pause, GSCO on the Go can keep your Girl Scouts engaged. We are gong to highlight our virtual programs coming up in January and February, but you can find all of our calendar listings on our events page.

Badge Series: On your own pace badge program that provide activities for badge requirements that can be completed anywhere with little resources. Activities are found on a program-level specific Google Classroom that Girl Scouts can complete by themselves, with a caregiver, or even as a troop.

  • January: Robotics Badges
  • February: Financial Literacy

Inspiring Futures presented by CollegeInvest: Live virtual program for Girl Scouts of all ages to engage with women in a variety of jobs, roles, and careers. Learn what a day in their life is like, how they got there, and whatever other questions you have for them! Daisy, Brownie, and Junior programs are from 5:00 – 6:00 PM MST, while Cadette, Senior, and Ambassadors are from 6:30- 7:30 PM MST.

  • January 12 – Travel Advisor
  • January 19 – Detective
  • January 26 – Toy Designer
  • February 10 – Paleontology
  • February 16 – Auto Racing Mechanics
  • … more programs in March, April, and May!

Hangouts: Informal, live virtual program for Girl Scouts to engage with each other around a theme

  • January 11- Junior Book Club “A Wolf Called Wander”
  • January 12- Junior Jam: Hobbies & Virtual Games
  • January 12 – Brownie Buddies: New Year Wishes Wand
  • January 12- Daisy Flower House: STEM Bubble Cups
  • January 12- DBJ Naturalist Hangout: New Year Wishes and Resolutions for Conservation
  • January 25- Naturalist Hangout: Wilderness Wise with Pinecone Firestarter January 26- Cadette Book Club “First Light”
  • January 26- Brownie Book Club “The Kingdom of Wrenly”
  • … More programs in February, March, April, and May!

Know Hows: Live virtual program to gain knowledge or skill in a specific area

  • January 10 – JCSA Tools for Independence: Cooking Spaghetti Dinner
  • January 11- DBJ Art: Resist Art Masterpieces
  • January 25 – Brownie/Junior STEM : Engineering an edible DNA model
  • January 25- Daisy STEM: Exploding Snow Buddy
  • February 7- JCSA Tools for Independence: Babysitting with DIY Sit-Kits
  • February 8- DBJ Art: Origami Monster Bookmarks
  • February 22- Daisy Stem: Robot Hand
  • February 22- Brownie/Junior STEM; Spectacular Planet Suncatchers

Questions? Contact us at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Earn an innovation patch during break!

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Since your brain will be on break from school, let’s use some of that brain power to innovate! This past summer we partnered up with Arrow Electronics to provide an in-depth program to walk Girl Scouts through the process of taking their passion to change the world and transforming it into innovative solutions to have an impact on their communities near and far. This program is now available on demand for Girl Scouts across Colorado!

To gain access to this program, complete this form and receive instructions in the confirmation email.

Make sure you save your idea and prototypes as late this spring will host an Innovation Fair with Girl Scouts across the state showcasing their ideas and competing for some amazing prizes. Start working on your innovation now to be ready!

Questions? Contact us at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Anna’s and Krista’s JLS 100 Girls Project: How to participate

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Submitted by Krista and Anna Beucler, Northern & Northeastern CO

In 2019, two sisters from Girl Scouts of Colorado attended the Juliette Low Seminar (JLS), a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) leadership seminar that took place at 18 hubs around the world. Krista attended JLS Thailand and Anna attended JLS Nigeria. You can read more about their experiences here. This opportunity was made possible for us by the Look Wider Scholarship and a generous donation from Diane Saber.

Every participant at JLS leaves with new leadership skills and a plan to share these skills with 100 girls, aged 12-18, in her community. Because of COVID-19, we’ve decided to combine our efforts and pivot our project to an online format. This curriculum can be completed by individual girls or troops working together.

Objectives: After participating in this badge girls will have an increased understanding of what leadership is in WAGGGS know the WAGGGS leadership model and mindsets and how to use these principles in their own life have an increased awareness of gender equality and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 feel more connected to WAGGGS as a global movement have a plan outlined for accomplishing their Gold Award should they choose to attain this award

Here’s how you can participate: Download the badge curriculum here. Follow the project on TikTok and Instagram: @jls100girls Learn from informational videos and posts about the WAGGGS Leadership Mindsets and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We’ll be posting a video on the first mindset on October 31st, 2021 (Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday!). Participate in activities we share Like, comment on, and share our videos. Earn this badge!

Here are the requirements to earn this badge: Complete at least 5 out of 6 Leadership Mindset activities. Complete at least 4 out of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goal activities. Complete at least 3 out of 6 Make a Change activities.

What are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?

In 2015, the United Nations decided on 17 Sustainable Development Goals intended to foster peace and prosperity in every country by 2030. The Goals are all interconnected and we’ll be discussing each one as it relates to one of the six WAGGGS Leadership Mindsets.

For more information on the STGs visit https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs.

You can complete the activities and let us know in a variety of ways. On TikTok, you can duet, stitch, use our sounds, or make a new video and tag us (@jls100girls) or use our hashtag (#jls100girlsproject). On Instagram you can post photos or videos and tag us and use our hashtag (same username and hashtag on Instagram and TikTok). Or if you’re uncomfortable sharing your photos or videos publicly, you can send them to us privately at jls100girls@gmail.com, or simply email us to let us know which activities you’ve completed. Once you’ve completed all the above activities, we’ll send you a badge!

If you’re working on a Gold Award, or you want to start working on one, we’ll be discussing how you can plan and carry out a project that has the most impact. Feel free to reach out to us with questions about your project. We’d also love to hear about your project once you’ve finished!

Earn GSCO’s NEW Gardening patch

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s NEW Gardening patch program is a customizable program that covers topics surrounding biology, ecology, art, and naturalism, as well as lessons celebrating plant biodiversity and plant pollinators. There is even an extra lesson that teaches Girl Scouts about diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts through growing and celebrating the biodiversity of plants!

Complete at least four lessons to earn your patch or become a gardening whiz by completing all seven. Earn this patch on your own or with your troop. If you’d like to learn about gardening and all the wonderful things it can do for your community and the planet, this is the program for you. This patch is geared towards Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, but older girls are welcome to join in the fun. After completing the requirements for this patch, you can purchase it from the GSCO Retail Shop for $3/patch.

Join us Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 4 p.m. for the virtual kick-off of our Summer Gardening patch program (see details below). At this kick-off, we will introduce and explain the program. After the kick-off meeting, Girl Scouts will be granted access to Google Classroom which houses all the activities.

If you would simply like access to the Gardening patch program, you can head directly to the Google Classroom using this classroom code: 2cj5mlg

If you have never used Google Classroom, follow these steps to join:

  1. Make sure you have a Google account (gmail). You can create a free account if you do not have one.
  2. Sign into classroom.google.com or the Google Classroom app with your Google account.  Click the + to join your class using the classroom code.
  3. Click “Classwork” to see the activities to complete the requirements Gardening patch program.
  4. Register here for the virtual kick-off on June 16.

Whether you’re working to earn GSCO’s new Gardening patch or you just love gardening,  join us for an in-person Gardening patch activity meet-up. You’ll connect with other gardening enthusiasts and create a bee hotel to encourage pollinator activity, earning one part of your Gardening patch.

Denver Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

Colorado Springs Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

Grand Junction Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m., Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

Longmont Gardening Patch Activity Meet-Up, Saturday, June 26, 10 – 11 a.m.

The patch is included in the price for the activity meet-ups.

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: Prosecutor

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado for our last Meet an Expert happening in Spring 2021! On Tuesday, May 25, we will talk with Jen Friedberg, a prosecutor in the Special Victims Unit at the Fourth Judicial District Office of the District Attorney (El Paso County). Before Jen became a lawyer, she was a photojournalist and multimedia producer for 12 years. She will talk about her education, switching jobs, and how to find a fulfilling career. After a short presentation, Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to ask Jen questions live through the chat box.

Register here by May 24: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meet_an_expert_prosecutor_webinar_05_25_2021

When registering you are telling us you will be logging in LIVE! Our expert will prepare based on registration numbers, so please make sure you log in on time. This program will be recorded and posted to GSCO’s YouTube channel. If you are interested in participating, please join us live! We will use Zoom to host this program. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed 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.

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 – Registered Dietitian

Listen now on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s YouTube Channel to our “Meet an Expert” session with Jessica Torro, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and teacher at Metropolitan State University (MSU) in Denver. Jessica talked about her education, background, and experience as an RDN. She also led girls through a live activity on healthy eating!

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/…​.

Don’t forget to check out upcoming “Meet an Expert” sessions on our events calendar!

Questions? Email girlexperience@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.

Listen now: Meet an Expert – Police Commander

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Commander Suzette Freidenberger of the Grand Junction Police Department for participating in our “Meet an Expert” program on April 8, 2021.

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

More than 25 Girl Scouts from across the country joined the program to lean about police operations and the roles and responsibilities of a commander. Commander Freidenberger started off the session with a tour of a police car and a show-and-tell of everything she wears on her when she is in uniform. She also told the girls all about her experience in training and rising through the ranks in the police department and becoming a commander in 2020. After her presentation, she answered questions from the girls such as, “What is your favorite case you’ve worked on?”, and, “In your opinion, what is the silliest law in Colorado?”. Commander Freidenberger even spoke to the girls about what it is like being a woman in a male-dominated career and what girls who are interested in law enforcement can do today.

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. Don’t forget to check out upcoming “Meet an Expert” sessions on our events calendar!

Questions? Email girlexperience@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: Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre

 

Celebrate Month of the Military Child with a special “Meet an Expert” webinar with Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre on April 27, 2021 from 5- 6 p.m.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meet_an_expert_brigadier_general_linell_a_letendre_webinar_04_27_2021

Registration closes Monday, April 26.

Brigadier General Letendre is also the Dean of the Faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy and commands the 730-member Dean of Faculty mission element and oversees the annual design and instruction of more than 660 undergraduate courses for 4,200 cadets across 31 academic disciplines. She also directs the operation of five support staff agencies and faculty resources involving more than $350 million.

The general will talk about her career, education, and experience in the U.S. Air Force. She will also talk about robotics in the military and the ethics behind the use of robotics in conflict. After her presentation, Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to ask questions live in the chat box.

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.

Girl Scout University 2021: Register NOW

Submitted by Elizabeth Rouse

Metro Denver

Denver

Registration for Girl Scout University is open! Sponsored by the Alpha Phi Omega chapter at the University of Denver, Girl Scout University will take place on April 17, 2021! This provides Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn two badges in one fun-filled morning!

Due to social distancing practices, this year’s event will be held online using the Zoom platform. We will be offering a few different badges for Juniors and Cadettes, who can pick one badge for the first session and another for the second session. Specifically, Juniors can select between Drawing, Staying Fit, and Savvy Shopper. Cadettes can select between Science of Happiness, Comparison Shopping, and Eating For You.

The cost of the event is $7.50 per badge or $15 for the whole morning. This event is a fundraiser for our organization. So, the price of the event includes the cost of badges, shipping (as we will mail the Girl Scouts the badges they earn after the event), and a small donation to Alpha Phi Omega. Registration will close on April 10.

You can register at the following link: http://cglink.me/2fC/r1060299

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

For questions, please contact gsu@apo-alphaetaiota.org.

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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.