You’re invited to a Girl Scout skating party


Submitted by Suzie Shride

Have you ever wondered what Girl Scouts do? Here’s your chance to find out! Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a “Join Night” and “Birthday Celebration for founder Juliette Gordon Low” on Oct 29, 2014 from 6-8pm at all Skate City locations in Denver and Colorado Springs!

For $6.50 (including skate rentals) you can enjoy birthday cake, earn fun patches, play games, skate, learn about our community service projects, and more! You don’t have to be a registered Girl Scout to come to the party. Friends and family are welcome!

While you are there, be sure to enter to win an iPod Shuffle and Girl Scout branded ear buds!

GSCO staff and current volunteers will also be there to answer questions about troops, volunteering, and what Girl Scouts do!

Contact Suzie Shride at suzie.shride@gscolorado.org for more information or just show up at your local Skate City!

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Outdoor Volunteers Needed – troop camps, dads &more!


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Every year, especially during the summer, there are many ways to get involved with Outdoor Programs. The statewide Outdoor Programs Team includes:

Betsy Till, Outdoor Programs Director
Haley Peel, Assistant Outdoor Programs Director (in charge of all volunteer-led outdoor programming!)
Monica Gray, Tomahawk Ranch Camp Director
Kim Petau, Sky High Ranch Camp Director.
We can’t do it without the help of volunteers like you! Here is a list of volunteer opportunities this summer (review them with your troop!)

Troop Camp Host Director:

  • Works with Haley Peel and the Troop Camp location on program, and logistics.
  • Once at the Troop Camp, works on-site with staff to make sure things are printed if needed (each Troop Camp location will have a digital download of health info, waivers, etc.).
  • This person may have meetings with Haley Peel and/or the Troop Camp location prior to the camp to make sure it is “Girl Scout-y”
  • This person receives free admission to camp along with their child
  • Haley Peel approves these Troop Camp Host Directors, and help get them registered for camp prior to January 13 with the appropriate discount. Deadline to apply for this is December 15.
  • Interested? Contact: Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org
  • The Needs for Troop Camp Host Directors:
    • Camp Jackson Troop Camp 8/9-11; needs host director in Rye

Troop Camp Host Troop:

  • Help do things like: create caper charts, welcome girls/leaders to camp, help with cabin assignments, lead Girl Scout songs/games.
  • They work with the Troop Camp Host Director and camp staff at the Troop Camp Location to make sure the schedule works, and there are girl-led opportunities at the Troop Camp.
  • They support the Troop Camp Host Director, help the girls lead their peers, and help coach first time campers/troops.
  • They receive a 20% discount to the Troop Camp for up to 6 girls on top of the camp fees, and must be Juniors or above.
  • Girls can also use cookie credits, and cookie volume discounts (5% if you sell 500 boxes, 10% if you sell 100 boxes, etc.) towards camp fees.
  • Haley Peel will gather and collect host troop payment info to enroll them in camp in CampInTouch prior to opening camp registration on January 13. Deadline to apply for this is December 15.
  • Interested? Contact: Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org
  • The Needs for Host Troops:
    • MMR June Troop Camp 6/12-14; in Allenspark
    • MMR July Troop Camp 7/10-12; in Allenspark
    • Gypsum Troop Camp 7/19-21; in Gypsum
    • MMR August Troop Camp 8/7-9; in Allenspark
    • Camp Jackson Troop Camp 8/9-11; in Rye

Day Camp Adult Volunteers

  • Adult volunteers are needed to help with Day Camps
  • They are approved by the individual day camp directors, and registered through CampInTouch by Haley Peel
  • They register their daughter for camp and pay their 10% deposit, then once the Day Camp Director gives their info to Haley she will give the 90% discount to their girl on the back end and also will enroll the adult
  • Interested, Contact the Day Camp Director to apply
  • The Needs For Day Camp Adult Volunteers:
    • Be Wild! 6/8-12; 10 adults in Aurora; heather.browning77@gmail.com
    • A Journey Through Time 6/15-19; 6 adults in Colorado Springs; mkeown1@gmail.com
    • Franktown Day Camp 6/15-19; 10 adults in Franktown; silver.bashaw@gmail.com
    • Boating Specialty Day Camps 6/22-26; 11 adults in Morrison, various boating specialties, may need additional training; silver.bashaw@gmail.com
    • H2O Sampler 7/20-24; 10  adults in Morrison, various specialties, may need additional training to volunteer; silver.bashaw@gmail.com
    • Horseback Riding Day Camp 8/10-14; needs 14 adults and 2 lifeguards in Morrison; christikcb@yahoo.com
    • More opportunities will be published to the GSCO website in the summer camp preview by December 19.

Outdoor Program Volunteer Directors

Camp Dad (or Mom!)

  • This is for dads (and moms) that may feel out of the loop when volunteering at other Girl Scout activities, but love the outdoors and want to share their experience with troops!
  • Camp Dads (and moms) are needed in every troop and service unit to help with camping experiences for the girls.
  • Recommended trainings: Overnight, and Cooking and Camping Trainings. Find them on the Activity Finder!
  • Interested? Contact your local troop or service unit!

Camp Buddy Troops

  • For troops who love camping, and want to share it by being buddies to other troops who may have less experience. Talk about a great opportunity for girl-led outdoor experiences!
  • Interested or want a buddy troop for your first camp experience? Contact: Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org

Resident Camps Volunteers

  • Four adult volunteers needed at Tomahawk Ranch
  • Two adult volunteers needed per week (about 12 total) needed at Sky High Ranch
  • Spaces for these volunteers are limited because campers fill our bed spaces and there are limited spaces for these additional adults to sleep (we love them though!); they receive 50% off their daughter’s resident camp registration.
  • They are never placed in the same unit as their daughter, so that the adult and the daughter get their own experience at camp.
  • Camp directors work to get them registered prior to the opening of camp registration on Jan. 13 as well. Deadline to apply for this is January 7.
  • Questions? Contact: Monica.Gray@gscolorado.org for Tomahawk Ranch, or Kim.Petau@gscolorado.org for Sky High Ranch. Resident Camp Adult volunteers complete the camp staff application found here after December 5. They also go through additional levels of background check according to our State Childcare Licensing Standards.

 

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Junior Girl Scout creates reverse trick-or-treat bags


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Submitted by Jen and Natalie Griffin

In 2006, Junior Girl Scout Natalie Griffin was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Since then she has had many doctors’ visits and even the occasional emergency room stay at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Natalie knows what it’s like to have a disease that you have no control over and doesn’t go away.

In April of this year, Natalie’s little brother, Jeremy, went to the hospital.  He didn’t come home for three weeks. Jeremy has cancer.  Natalie did everything she could to make Jeremy’s stay at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children better.  She came to visit whenever she could. She sent notes, pictures, and gifts. She also called him every day.  When Easter came, they dyed their eggs at the hospital and someone gave all the kids in the hospital, including big sisters, Easter baskets.  Jeremy eventually left the hospital, but still needs treatment.

Earlier this month, Natalie remembered the Easter baskets and she had an idea.  She approached her troop leader (who just happens to be her mom) about putting together reverse trick-or-treat bags for the kids who were stuck in the hospital on Halloween.  They would put together small goodie bags with treats and toys and hand them out on Halloween.  She contacted the Child Life Specialist at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and they put the plan into action.  Unfortunately, because the kids are so sick in the hospital, Natalie was unable to deliver the bags in her SuperGirl costume.  However, the bags will be delivered by hospital staff the entire week of Halloween so any kid that has to get treatment during the week of Halloween (including her own brother) will get one and know that someone wants them to get better soon.

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Time is running out to experience the best of Belize


Submitted by Jody Clair

Calling all Girl Scouts 5th- 12th grade! If you have been thinking about going to Belize with the GSCO in July 2015, then you need to hurry.  The deadline to turn in your application and deposit is November 1, 2014.

On this trip we hope to plant trees in the rainforest, snorkel, cave tube, and so much more! The cost is $3,025 per girl and includes airfare, shuttle, coaches, hotel, and most meals. We will have a couple of meetings to get to know each other before the trip and learn about safety, budgeting, and international travel.

If you have any questions, email Jody Clair or call her at 719-433-8489.

Link for Application

Link for Tour Information

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Girl Scouts of Colorado celebrates 10,000 adult members


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Girls need Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts needs volunteers.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce we now have 10,000 adult members, many of who are our valued volunteers. This new number of adult members is a significant jump over last year. However, what this means for girls is even more important. Our ratio of girls to adult members is now almost 2.5:1!

Adult members, especially volunteers, are crucial to our organization, and we are forever grateful for the support and leadership they provide for the nearly 25,000 Girl Scouts in Colorado. While many serve as troop leaders, others are service unit managers or cookie moms/dads, or pitch in at events when and where their schedules allow. Others provide much needed financial support and assistance. Without these adult members we could not fulfill our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Becoming an adult member doesn’t just benefit girls. Over the summer, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) conducted a pulse poll with more than 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in grades K−5. Ninty-four percent of volunteers said they have made new friends through Girl Scouts. More than two-thirds believe their life is better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts and their volunteer experience helped them professionally.

In a recent blog for Girl Scouts of Colorado, Michael McCarthy, who proudly wears a shirt that reads ‘Man enough to be a Girl Scout,’ wrote:

The best thing about being a Scouter is spending time with my kids. I am a Boy Scout leader, and now that my daughter, Isabel, is at the BSA-Webelos age equivalent, I chose to step up and become a registered Girl Scout Leader too. I know my daughter’s two primary leaders are great, and I thought I’d augment the team and offer my camping and outdoor activity experience and skills, and, more importantly, give the two primary leaders an extra registered and trained resource for doing more activities. All scouts deserve well trained leaders, and more than one level deep.”

Click here to read McCarthy’s blog in its entirety.

While GSCO has experienced a drop in girl membership in recent years, we’re hopeful that with this surge in adult membership, the girls will follow. We believe that more adult members also means we are sharing the joy of Girl Scouting with more people, both girls and adults.

To become an adult member of Girl Scouts of Colorado, start by filling out the interest form on our website. No experience is needed, because training and support is provided.

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Lost & found: Are these Brownie pins yours?


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Take a close look at these Brownie pins (front and back photos). A Good Samaritan found them on the west soccer field of Superior Community Park last week. Are they yours? Do you know whom they might belong to? If so, email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper. Help us reunite these pins with their Girl Scout!

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Juniors earn Bronze Award making I Spy Busy Bags


 

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Submitted by Anne Oberg
Niwot

After a lot of discussion about the needs in our community, the Girl Scouts of Junior Troop 2021 decided they would like to support There with Care in Boulder with one of their projects. There with Care helps families and children facing critical illness.

When we contacted There with Care, and asked how the girls could help, their wonderful Volunteer Director, Jodee Spalding filled us in on their awesome volunteer program, and asked if the girls would like to make I Spy Busy Bags for sick children, and their families. The girls not only helped make the bags, but they also made dream catchers, and light catchers to sell at a craft sale to raise the funds for some of the supplies needed, and also to create awareness for There with Care. There with Care also included a picture of three of the girls with the I Spy Bags in one of their campaign emails.

The girls were given a tour of all operations including the office, and the warehouse. The warehouse stored a wide range of items including Baby Care Bags, laundry detergent, toilet paper, house cleaning supplies, and now, I Spy Busy Bags. The I Spy Busy Bags are bags made out of fleece that have a clear vinyl window. The girls filled each one with various objects that can be found around the house, and rice. They printed out the items that they put in each bag, and that sheet goes along with the bag so the recipient can search for each item.

The volunteer that gave the girls the tours, and worked with them making the I Spy Bags, also taught the girls the importance of confidentiality regarding the privacy of their clients. They also talked to them about how to talk to other children, and adults that are critically ill, because sometimes it can be a little uncomfortable, and there are some things that are better to say than others. For instance, if you have a friend with cancer, and she¹s lost her hair, and wears a hat, you can say, “hey, I like your hat,” and not worry about saying something about her illness. The girls learned a great deal during their visit, and created a meaningful gift that brings cheer to a family facing a challenging time.

The girls feel they honored the Girl Scout Promise, and law in several ways. They used resources wisely by using items for the bags that they found around the house. They were responsible for what they said and did by keeping the confidentiality of the clients at There with Care, and they were considerate and caring by volunteering to help There with Care, and families in need. And, without a doubt, THEY MADE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!!

The girls are looking forward to continuing to support There with Care, and we would all highly recommend their volunteer program to any individuals, and troops interested in doing the same. For more information, please visit their website: http://therewithcare.org

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Including ALL girls: Girl Scout Braille materials distributed


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Submitted by Joy Henika

“Thank you so very much. This is the first I’ve heard of Girls Scout material being available in Braille. Braille opens so many doors for children and adults.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado, in conjunction with GSUSA, has made a commitment to foster the inclusion of girls with disabilities in the Girl Scout movement.  When Girl Scouts of Colorado made the decision to downsize its properties to help support more girl programming, it realized it could no longer house the plethora of Girl Scout materials it had in Braille. It was decided that GSCO should reach out to the visually impaired community and see if they could use the resources. Here are some of the responses GSCO got:

“Samantha is visually impaired. Samantha recently bridged to brownie level and she loves girl scouts! Me too! GS has helped my daughter become more social and confident amongst her peers.”

“I am SO moved, thank you thank you!!!! This is wonderful news.  I appreciate it so much. And we will “pay it forward.” “

“Resources in Maine are hard to come by and a child may be the only one in his/her district who is a Braille student. By having this valuable resource, it will be available to anyone in the state to borrow.”

“I’m the girl scout leader at Oklahoma school for the blind I just wanted to say thank you for the braille girl scout books the girls will be very happy we have a meeting tonight and I will start handing them out if you have any more we would love to have them we have a lot of new students this year and most want to be in girl scouts braille girl scout books we are having a hard time getting so we really appreciated what you send.  thank you for troop 11224.” 

Inclusion is a philosophy and  belief that individuals with disabilities have a right to belong and participate meaningfully and actively alongside their peers in everyday life. Inclusion practices have proven to be advantageous for everyone. It is a value that we must all advocate for and share. Inclusion is an open pathway to build girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.

Want to learn more about being inclusive? Check out the Inclusion of Girl Scout page on our website http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/inclusion and don’t forget about the Include All Girls patch program found here.

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Girl Scouts earn Bronze making bunnies very hoppy!


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Submitted by Carrie Oswald

Girl Scouts from Troop 3279 earned their Bronze Award by supporting the Colorado House Rabbit Society, a non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates homeless and abandoned house rabbits. The girls had visited the rabbit rescue as Brownies and because of their love for animals, decided to help them for their Bronze. They collected items the rescue needs and made lots of toys for the bunnies. One of the things needed is apple tree sticks. The bunnies chew on them to keep their teeth filed down and the rescue also sells them in their shop. Instead of just providing sticks, our girls used troop funds to buy two entire apple trees that would keep on giving. They planted the trees at the rescue themselves. Additionally, the girls participated in a shoe drive that would benefit the House Rabbit Society along with needy countries where the shoes would ultimately be sent. They also volunteered their time at the shelter and they learned all about bunnies in need.

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

 

 

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Father-daughter ‘cake off’ serves local nonprofits


Submitted by Juli Yeater
Castle Pines

Our 3rd grade Brownie troop held a “He & Me Cake-off” on Saturday, September 20. The event provided an opportunity for the Fathers and Daughters of our troop to spend an afternoon of fun together. In addition, they were able to participate in serving our local community.

Each participating father/daughter team decided upon their cake theme, submitted their idea to troop leadership and then brought an undecorated cake that they baked together as well as all of their decorating supplies to the event, which was held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock. The teams were not allowed to seek advice or assistance from any females with the exception of their daughters. The teams were given 1.5 hours to decorate their cakes at the event. The cakes were then scored by a team of five judges. Awards were distributed for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as People¹s Choice, Scout¹s Choice and a variety of other categories. At the culmination of the event, the cakes were donated to a local Senior Care facility and a Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Castle Rock.

Our Brownies Troop consists of 18 3rd grade girls, 17 attend Timber Trail Elementary School in Castle Pines and one Girl Scout attends elementary school in Castle Rock.

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

 

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