Thank YOU for making Girl Scout skating parties a success


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Submitted by Suzie Shride

Thank you everyone – volunteers, staff and girls– for making our first, statewide Girl Scout Join Night and Juliette Gordon Low Birthday Celebration a resounding success!

Nearly 1,800 girls and more than 700  adults and siblings joined GSCO staff and volunteers from Pueblo to Grand Junction for an evening of skating, games, birthday cake and fun!  470 girls brought non-Girl Scout friends to the events and host service units and troops earned more than $4,000 to better serve the girls in their areas! SWAPS were shared, 1,700 patches given out, and dozens of troops joined in a statewide community service project by providing birthday boxes for children and families in need! Juliette Gordon Low even visited the Aurora venue to receive the birthday boxes in her honor and girls in Westminster held a flag ceremony on roller skates! Some troops held short badge workshops to introduce new girls to the process of earning badges with Girl Scouts.

GSCO also gave away six iPod shuffles and Girl Scout branded earbuds to some very excited winners in a drawing at the Denver and Colorado Springs locations. Congratulations to the winners!

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Keep your eyes open for more giveaways this spring!

A special thanks to Skate City who provided the venues for the Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo events and to Spin City, which hosted the event in Grand Junction. Both companies were great to work with and provided superior support to the girls and leaders in attendance.

We are looking forward to a spring, “After the Cookie Crumbles” event, April 21, 2015.  If your service unit would like to host one of the events, please contact Suzie Shride.

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Celebrate Founder’s Day in Fort Collins


The Girl Scouts of Colorado Regional Center in Fort Collins is hosting a Founder’s Day Celebration and Open House on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 from 1-3pm.

Not a Girl Scout yet?  No problem.  This event is open to future Girl Scouts, their families, and anyone interested in learning more about how to join!

There will be activities ranging from crafts about Juliette Gordon Low, the history of Girl Scouts, Journeys, highest awards, and even Girl Scout cheers.  There will also be a SWAP station and contest.  Light refreshments will be provided. The best thing yet, this party is FREE!

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Regional Center in Fort Collins is at 1600 Specht Point Rd. Suite 105 Fort Collins, CO 80525.

For more information or to RSVP, email Gayle Worm or call her at (970) 493-5469.

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Join Girl Scouts at the Colorado Ballet for a Day of Dance


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***This event is now full. Thanks to everyone who signed up.

“Day of Dance” with the Colorado Ballet is Sunday, November 9, 2014. At this event, Girl Scouts will experience three different dance genres.

  1. Ballet class will consist of a warm-up at the barre and across the floor combinations.
  2. Jazz is a fun and sassy style developed heavily during the age of Broadway shows.
  3. Finally, modern dance and creative movement will be a very expressive technique in which dancers will be encouraged to move in their own way and try new things, showcasing their creativity.

Dancers will also be exposed to the specific techniques, as well as improvisation and dance concepts.

Age levels will be split into three groupings:  K-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th & up. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in! Ballet or jazz shoes are encouraged if you have them. Please bring a water bottle and snack as well! Parents are welcome to stay in our parent lounge throughout the day or explore the Santa Fe Arts District right in our new building’s neighborhood.

Sunday Nov. 9th – Colorado Ballet 1075 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, CO 80204

8:15-8:55am Check-in

9-10am Class 1

10-11am Class 2

11-11:10am Snack Break

11:10-12:10pm Class 3

12:10-12:30 Pick-up

To register or learn more about a “Day of Dance,” click here.

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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
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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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