Category Archives: Global Girl Scouts

Preventing Period Poverty

Girl Scout Orrin Jones is working towards her Gold Award. For her project, she decided to focus it around making feminine hygiene products more available. Coming out of COVID was already a challenge for numerous people, especially for women.

One of my greatest friends missed school for a few days; this was not usual for her, so I asked her if she was sick. She replied promptly and stated that she wasn’t sick, she only had her period. This confused me because I assumed that our school had recourses for menstruators. When I spoke to one of my school nurses, she told me that the sanitary napkins were bough quarterly and they ran out of materials to distribute. I further asked her if the district has a budget or lends the school money for these products, and she stated that the district does not do either of those things, and she has to use her salary for such products. This incident sparked my interest in this issue, which I came to find out was more common globally. 1 in 7 women cannot afford sanitary products, and 1 in 3 miss school, work, or other important events to stay home and tend to their cycles. On top of that, there is a Pink Tax that makes female items more expensive than male products.

All of prompted me to take action and try to spread awareness. I decided to create a nonprofit and website (both still in the process) called Prevent Period Poverty, and I have partnered with global nonprofit I Support the Girls to expand my business not only nationally, but in countries such as Pakistan, Germany, and Japan. My nonprofit collects donated sanitary products, creates reusable sanitary napkins, and pamphlets, and sends each item to numerous organizations that will distribute these items to women who need it, schools, and other institutions. I will be working on placing a category on my website where females can order their menstrual products for free and have them delivered to their location.

I am also spreading awareness on my website on the Pink Tax issue, how it is unconstitutional, and ways that each person can help fight against this injustice issue. Though I have just begun my journey, I am excited to see how far my organization can go to make this issue decrease and educate people on how to help and support menstruators.

Zoom fashion show, open houses coming up at Girl Scouts exhibit

Submitted by the GSCO History Center

Hello from the Girl Scouts of Colorado, GSCO, History Center located in Loveland, Colorado. Recently, our energies have been focused on curating and now sharing our special exhibit, Girl Scouts Impact the World.  Located at The Global Village Museum of Arts and Culture, 200 W. Mountain Ave., in Ft. Collins, this display is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on the first Fridays of the month, now until May 21, 2022. Admission for registered Girl Scouts is FREE!

This is an historical review of how 110 years of Girl Scouts’ services, dedicated efforts and skills have affected the world, locally and globally. The exhibit shows through uniforms, artifacts, hands-on activities, and even a scavenger hunt how Girl Scouting has continued to evolve into an organization with a global presence emphasizing how girls have and are using their passion and their skills of courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place.

On April 22 , 3-7 p.m. we will host an Alumni Open House at this exhibit. Members of the Green Hat Society will be meeting there that day at 2 p.m.  If you’d like more information about this alumni group, please join us.

Also, on Thursday, April 7, 6-7:30 p.m., the History Center, together with the museum, will present a Zoom vintage uniform fashion show “Girl Scouts in Style.”

This is open to all but registration is required. Sign up is on the Museum website: https://globalvillagemuseum.org.

In addition to the Alumni event and fashion show Zoom, we will  have Open Houses for the public and troops Saturday, April 9, and, May 14, from 11 a.m. to  5 p.m..  History volunteers will also be at the museum on the first Friday of May 5-8 p.m.  The Song Bird Choir will be singing the evening of May 6. There is no registration required for these dates.

These events are free for registered Girl Scouts.  All others will need to pay the Global Village admission fees.

Adults – $5; Seniors, Veterans and Students – $3; Youth 4 to 15 – $1; Youth under 3 – Free   Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11  a.m.-5 p.m.

Currently, Global Village Museum states that for the safety of the staff and participants, masks are suggested when visiting the museum. The Museum is reassessing each week.

Please share this information with anyone who you think would be interested in attending this exhibit.

Email the GSCO History Center at gscohistory@gmail.com

 

 

World Thinking Day 2022

Take the lead on February 22 to celebrate World Thinking Day with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 150 countries! This year’s World Thinking Day theme is Our World, Our Equal Future; check out our activity guides below 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!

Activity Guide for Daises, Brownie and Juniors: https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/For-Girls/think-global/DBJWorld_Thinking_Day_2022.pdf

Activity Guide for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors: https://www.girlscouts.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsusa/forms-and-documents/For-Girls/think-global/CSAWorld_thinking_day_2022.pdf

Tell us about your World Thinking Day celebration! In preparation for 2022 World Thinking Day, the GSCO Global Action Committee wants to hear from you about the exciting plans you’ve been working on for this time-honored event. The committee is also excited to offer support for events! If you are planning a World Thinking Day celebration with your troop or service unit, please let us know by filling out this simple online form.

Questions? Contact gscoglobal@gmail.com

You’re invited to a Girl Scout Europe trip in 2023!

The Cadette Girl Scout troop 70455 are heading to Europe in 2023 and they want YOU to join!
They have many great ideas for generating money for the trip, some by EF Tours and some by us, that will be educational, fun and fund producing.
The excitement to see International Girl Scouts and meet new Scout Sisters, is an experience you do not to be miss.
You will receive a $200 discount if you sign up before the end of 2021. This trip is open to all Girl Scouts of Colorado.
Sign up to join
Online: www.eftours.com/2451660HB
Phone: 800-665-5364
Christine Guy, Cadette leader 70455
Estes Park,  Colorado

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!

Celebrate World Environment Day on June 5

Submitted by Sarah R. Johnson, GSCO Global Action Team

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world join the United Nations each year noting World Environment Day by increasing our worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. It is celebrated on June 5 in more than 100 countries, and this year is particularly notable as it kicks off the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This ten year project aims to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change, and prevent a mass extinction. It will only succeed if everyone plays a part. 

The overexploitation and degradation of ecosystems is often linked to inequality, including unfairly restricted access to and control of natural resources by women. Integrate your restoration projects with steps to eliminate the exclusion of and discrimination against women and other disadvantaged groups so that sustainable development benefits everyone equally.  #GenerationRestoration and #GenerationEquality go hand in hand. 

Girls are encouraged to stand up for your now and your future by raising your voices so that policy makers hear the call to protect and restore ecosystems. Organize those discussions yourselves and invite environmental experts to speak and the wider public to listen so that awareness of the benefits of restoration can blossom. Match all the words with deeds by volunteering collectively to get your hands dirty in restoration projects, or devise and launch one of your own. One way Girl Scouts of the USA is encouraging girls to get involved in through tree planting with the Girl Scout Tree Promise

Participate in an online event; see the schedule here:  https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/latest/official-event-schedule 

Download the Playbook and find specific take action ideas for Colorado ecosystems: 

  • Mountains
  • Farmlands and grasslands
  • Towns and cities
  • Rivers and lakes
  • Forests and trees

How you can participate:

  • Volunteer for an existing restoration effort such as the Glenwood Canyon Restoration Alliance and other post wildfire restoration projects across Colorado
  • Clean up a lake, beach, park, or other natural area
  • Green your home, business, school, or a public space with indigenous trees or plants
  • Take the Girl Scout Tree Promise
  • Start a new diet based on seasonal, sustainable and plant-rich foods
  • Do the Girl Powered Nutrition Challenge from WAGGGS
  • Write a letter to your local newspaper, use Climate Generation’s tips for writing letters
  • Take pictures of your World Environment Day activities and post them on social media with the tag #GenerationRestoration and #WorldEnvironmentDay to maximize your contribution to the restoration movement. You can also tag Girl Scouts of Colorado on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

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.

World Thinking Day in Steamboat Springs

Submitted by Christine Kucera

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

On April 11, 2021, Steamboat Springs held their World Thinking Day event. We typically hold it late so the ski area is closed and the weather is nice. Girls ranging from Seniors to Daisies attended. We had a wonderful special guest, Lisa Renee Tumminello, talk about peace and working together. Combined Troops 54313 and 54959 led the songs, games, and a craft in a socially distanced outdoor environment. What impressed me the most, as the leader, was these Ambassadors’ growth. Samantha is a freshman in college and prepared ALL the materials for the event, including purchasing the craft supplies, and took over my normal role running the event. Grace encouraged shy Girl Scouts to raise their hand and share their ideas. Julia taught a game, while two years ago, she could not have spoken in front of an audience. Zofia and Gillian taught everyone how to build and decorate a pinwheel. A year ago, this was a very difficult task for these two girls. I watched incredibly shy Daisies come up to my incredible group of “big” Ambassadors to say thank you for running the event. A Senior came to our event on her bike, fully knowing that we were gearing the activities towards younger Girl Scouts, hoping that she might be able to help. While World Thinking Day is an event worth celebrating on its own, I am celebrating the growth of my girls and all the Girl Scouts in Steamboat. I saw the power of Girl Scouts and the leaders that it can develop from the lowest to highest levels. I am proud to be their leader.

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.

Saving the Animals by Saving the Climate

Submitted by Gracelyn R.

Mountain Communities

Cowdrey

My Take Action project for the Global Action Day Award stemmed from two facts. One, my mother is a veterinarian and strong believer in climate change, which means I am as well. Two, I had been recently reading The Story of Doctor Dolittle about one of my favorite characters in literature. The combination of these facts gave me the idea of my project, which talks about the Global Action topic this year: Sustainable Development Goal 13, Climate Action. As this is a large and complex topic, I chose to focus on only one facet: how climate change is affecting animals. I created a video explaining the dangers posed to certain species by a warming climate, and how doing small things like choosing a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one could change things, even if only a little. I also challenged myself to start doing things the green way, as I encouraged in my video. I intend to keep this going as long as I can, and I also hope to get other girls to join me. The full video can be found at my personal blog.

I sincerely wish you all will join me in my bid to save our beautiful animal neighbors. Remember, we are guests on this planet, not masters. It’s our job to give back to the planet for its hospitality toward us as a species. Best of luck.

I want to be one of those people who are remembered for their deeds and not their words. One of those people who stands up and leads their people to victory when the going gets tough. One of those people who is ready to leap off the edge because they believe in their cause, and ready to change the world, no matter how much they get knocked around in the process. I also think that every girl has that potential, if only we can show each and every girl how amazing she really is. I hope that, through Girl Scouts, every girl will have the potential to be a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader, In short, I hope that every girl will become a G.I.R.L.

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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Johnson

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Sarah Johnson of the GSCO Global Action Team is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Sarah to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer? 

I believe in the power of young women and girls to change the world both today and into their future. As a volunteer, I get to help propel this movement forward with my contributions of time, expertise, and energy. Volunteering with Girl Scouts expands my circle of strong amazing women to become friends with while sharing a common bond and goal to make the world a better place. 

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

Currently, I serve on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Action Team, the Gold Award Committee, and am a Gold Award Mentor. I am also a Lifetime Member, Gold Award Girl Scout, and member of Daisy’s Circle.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

As a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado, I am being reminded of how a diverse team of committed women can not only work together to advance the movement, but also inspire and support each other to live out the Promise and Law while growing in leadership and sisterhood. Serving on statewide committees, I am learning how Girl Scouts of Colorado operates at a council level and seeing opportunities for meaningful program advancement and engagement for girls across the state.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

While I only volunteer at the committee level and am a new Gold Award mentor (awaiting a mentee), I have not yet worked closely with the girls. I hope the movement (the committee work I serve in) has benefitted from my curious mind, constructively productive approach, critical thinking, preparedness, and readiness to see new ways to move forward together. I will be sharing experiences from my citizen science field work in the mountains and rivers with our girls through statewide programming in May and August. My hope for these programs is for girls to be inspired and confident to stay curious, full of wonder, and realize they can investigate anything they can observe, and that they share and celebrate their excitement and astonishment with the world. 

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

Listen now: Meet an Expert – Girl Guide from Bangladesh

Girl Scouts of Colorado extends a giant thank you across 7,891 miles from Colorado to Dhaka, Bangladesh to Proma, a Bangladeshi Girl Guide who participated in our “Meet an Expert” program on February 22 in celebration of World Thinking Day.

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

More than 60 Girl Scouts from across the country joined the program to learn about Girl Guiding and life as a young woman in Bangladesh. The program was moderated by two young women in Colorado, Cassidy Christian, a Gold Award Girl Scout and active member of the Global Action Team, and Bebe Lin, also a Gold Award Girl Scout, active girl member of the Global Action Team, and current member of the Older Girl Advisory Board. Proma answered questions that Girl Scouts submitted in advance and told the girls all about her Girl Guide traditions, activities, and structure. She also spoke about her favorite foods, hobbies, and her interest in studying biology and genetics.

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.