Outdoor Programs Survey – We Want to Hear from You!

The Outdoor Properties Advisory Committee has been working with an amazing volunteer from Northern Colorado, and is helping Girl Scouts of Colorado with exciting project. Information gathered in this survey help guide us in future resident camp and other Outdoor Program decision making.

This survey takes 15-20 minutes of your time. If you have a Girl Scout who is of camp age (Daisy through Ambassador) we’d love to hear from you.

Click here to complete the survey now.

Thank you for your time, we look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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2014 Convention Volunteer Opportunities with Global Girl Scouting

Does the international world of Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding interest you? Would you like to take part of the development of global education component? Do you like leading a project (work) team?

If you answered yes to the questions, do yourself a favor and read further. Here are some interesting opportunities that may interest you. The Girl Scouts will host the 53rd National Convention in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah! This exciting event will reunite alumnae and invigorate a global movement of girls, women and men around the theme, “Discover, Connect, Take Action: Girls Change the World.”

To add an international flavor to various aspects of the convention, Girl Scouts of the USA is seeking applications from young women volunteers to take on a project lead role in the development of three global education components for the upcoming 2014 National Girl Scout Convention.

These opportunities include:

  • Global Program Support Volunteer, WEBSITE CONTENT LEAD
  • Global Program Support Volunteer, LEARNING PAUSES LEAD
  • Global Program Support Volunteer, GLOBAL LOUNGE LEAD

For more information regarding these key roles, please review the Convention Position Descriptions in the GLOBAL EDUCATION PROJECT LEAD OPPORTUNITIES information and application form: GSUSA 2014 Convention_Global Education Leadership Opportunities _Pool Application Form.

To indicate interest, please e-mail the completed application to globalgirlscouting@girlscouts.org or fax to: 212-852-8183. All information should be titled: Global Education Project Lead. The deadline for submitting applications is May 2, 2014.

Those appointed will oversee volunteers (number dependent on the education component) from time of appointment, May 2014, through the 2014 National Convention. Applicants must be 18 years old at the time of application.

This is a great opportunity to share your interest and passion in the largest girl advocacy group in the world. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Dottie Deane, Littleton, “Bird Houses for the Sacred Heart Retreat House”


Dottie Deane

Dottie Deane
Regis Jesuit High School
Bird Houses for the Sacred Heart Retreat House

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I researched Colorado Birds and built 16 birdhouses for the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Sedalia. I also built a Purple Martin House that is 16 feet in the air.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

Sacred Heart Retreat House is a beautiful area and was in need of bird houses so visitors could enjoy the native birds that live on or near the property.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Provide homes for Colorado birds and allow visitors to enjoy the colorful species that inhabit the Sedalia area.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Project management, painting, woodworking, pipe fitting and time management.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

Finally seeing the Purple Martin House hoisted up in the air.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I developed skills that will stay with me forever. Such things as woodworking, painting, working with adults and other scouts, budgeting and planning.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

It was the culmination of all my years in as a Girl Scout. I loved being able to add lasting beauty to a place as special as the retreat house.

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GSCO Volunteers are Simply the Best!

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud and grateful for the opportunity to work with so many amazing men and women! Volunteering for Girl Scouts is a labor unlike any other, and today we honor both the outward evidence of your guidance, as well as the invisible work you are doing all the time to make sure girls get the leadership experience they deserve. I’m talking about those late nights preparing for the meeting, the quiet words of comfort and encouragement offered to a girl, and that moment when you’re just not sure what to do with these crazy kids! You tackle these challenges with grace and strength, and that’s what it takes to really make Girl Scouts impactful each and every day. Its our amazing volunteers that make it happen and we are forever grateful for you today, on this Volunteer Appreciation Day.

I was listening to the radio this morning, and they highlighted an artist who wrote a song of gratitude and joy for her child. My favorite line is, “So much of who we are comes from who taught us how to love.” Girl Scout volunteering offers us all the opportunity to impact girls in this way – to open their hearts and their minds. We here at Girl Scouts of Colorado look forward to many more years together with you, our volunteers, and we can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together for girls!



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Explore Global Girl Scouting with this great, new resource

When you are a Girl Scout, you’re in a sisterhood with 10 million girls from 145 countries across the world. Explore your world with this awesome new resource created by the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Girl Scouting Committee.

Click the link (Explore Global Girl Scouting Program Materials) to download the 72 page easy-to-use booklet that is full of facts about Global Girl Scouting, the Global Action Award, information on destinations and getaways, ceremonies for different program levels, activities and crafts, recipes, songs and games and much more. (Or use the virtual mag on your tablet!)

Guide your girls to understand that they are part of something much bigger than themselves! Global Girl Scouting continues the vision of Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low, whose dream was to spread Girl Scouting around the world — to promote goodwill and friendship among the world’s children, leading them, in turn, to work toward world peace. She said: “Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding can be the magic thread that links the youth of the world together.”

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Troop 2802 earns Bronze with P.O.M – Power of Me

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Submitted by Carmen Rivera
Silver Sage

After some thinking and talking about how long they have been together, things in school, and ways they would like to reach out to other girls in the area, the girls of Troop 2802 thought of “P.O.M” Power of Me! They wanted to create bags to take to a shelter to inspire other girls and let them know they are never alone! They worked on their journey and learned how one person can make a difference, but the “Power” of a group can be amazing. They began thinking of a way to work independently as well as a team. They decided to collect items that they felt a young girl can use and be able to express herself. They collected hygiene items, books, journals, drawing tablets and color pencils, hair accessories, and stuffed animals. While selling cookies, they made their project their “Hometown Hero” because in their eyes these girls are heroes to stay positive, strong, and successful. They collected enough to order drawstring bags to put the items in and make up any missing items. All together, 50 bags were assembled and delivered to a local youth shelter on behalf of the Girl Scouts of Colorado. They are so proud and excited to be part of such a successful and meaningful project.

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/share. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

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Girl Scout Troop 132 in Grand Junction donates Hometown Hero cookies to Colorado Dept. of Transportation

Girl Scout Troop 132 of Grand Junction delivered Hometown Hero cookies to three CDOT employees in recognition of their efforts this winter in plowing snow at Eisenhower Tunnel and on Vail Pass during the weekends (Jim Gammill TM-II, Janet Lindley TM-III, and Andre Pelletier TM-II from Region 3 Traffic Operations) and four employees for spending time in Greeley during the flood response (David Oldham EIT-II, Richard Sarchet PE-II, Sean Yeates PE-II, and Devin Drayton EPST-III). Girl Scout troops select a Hometown Hero and ask their customers to purchases boxes of cookies to be donated to their heroes. This year Troop 132 (Teresa Cerise-McBride, Royanna Crawford, and Carissa Crawford) chose CDOT as their Hometown Heroes.

Photos by Bill Crawford, CDOT

(From left) Carissa Crawford, Teresa Cerise-McBride, Royanna Crawford, Sean Yeats and Devin Drayton.

(From left) Carissa Crawford, Teresa Cerise-McBride, Royanna Crawford, Sean Yeats and Devin Drayton.

(From left)  Jim Gammill, Teresa Cerise-McBride, David Oldham, Royanna Crawford, Richard Sarchet, Janet Lindley, Andre Pelletier, and Carissa Crawford.

(From left) Jim Gammill, Teresa Cerise-McBride, David Oldham, Royanna Crawford, Richard Sarchet, Janet Lindley, Andre Pelletier, and Carissa Crawford.



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These girls truly shine – Congratulations Highest Award honorees

We’re so proud of all the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award honorees around the state this year. They put the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action and truly make the world a better place. They do this work throughout the year and we love to hear their stories year-round.

Each spring, ceremonies are planned around the state to recognize these girls and the difference they’ve made. Seeing the collective impact of this group of girls is amazing.

Read about each Gold Award project in the Highest Awards Program. In the digital version below you can click on each girl to read more about her project in her own words. At the back of the program, there’s a spot where you can leave congratulations and comments for the girls.

Also, check out the Take Action Wall of Fame for stories that include Bronze, Silver and younger girls Take Action projects as well.


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Sky High season extended — book it today!

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By popular demand, the Sky High Ranch fall season has been extended from September 15 to November 22, so book your fall stay today! Since Girl Scouts of Colorado devoted Sky High Ranch to volunteer-led individual troop camp and other group rentals, the popularity of this beautiful property near Woodland Park has soared.

More than 1,200 Girl Scouts made memories to last a lifetime at Sky High over the last year. We would love to have even more campers enjoy the property this year, so we’ve extended the season for guests to enjoy Sky High. It’s a wonderful place to hold camping programs for troops, service units or open to all girls. Plan a program to work on a Journey, earn badges or just have fun in the outdoors. If you want to plan an open Girl Scout camp, GSCO can even provide the resources to help you make it happen. To learn more, see pictures, and make your reservation, visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/sky-high-ranch.

If you have a youth, church, business or family group or event, we’d love to have you hold it at Sky High as well. Contact Cindy Saylor at 720-530-5059 or cindy.saylor@gscolorado.org for pricing and information.

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Pueblo Girl Scouts learning about STEM

From Carmen Valdez, Program Associate, Girl Scouts of Colorado

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More than 40 girls and their leaders took part in a Girl Scouts STEM Discovery Day in Pueblo on Saturday, April 12th. Girls took part in hands on presentations and experiments with Pueblo Community College Robotics, as well as CSU-Pueblo Chemistry Club, featuring budding young women scientists and their teacher. Girls made galaxy dough, mini bow and arrows and Girl Scout Cola Concoctions. They also created marbleized paper, explored tangrams, made their own Girl Scout constellations, and discovered groovy lava lamps and oceans in a bottle with a guest from Pueblo Library. A Girl Scout shout out to all the amazing volunteers and community partners who made this program a success!

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