January 2014 Statewide Service Unit Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Help girls who really need it. Adopt-A-Troop! We are looking for troops to provide at least 8 Girl Scout Troop meetings to elementary girls in need. Read more: http://gscoblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/introducing-adopt-a-troop
Girl Scouts of Colorado will start offering Red Cross Classes: GSCO and Red Cross have entered a partnership with the American Red Cross to offer training for our volunteers and girls on emergency preparedness and safety including First Aid/CPR. Contact Laura.Stroud@gscolorado.org for more details. Check out this presentation for details. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/assets/upload/files/GSCO%20and%20Red%20Cross_final.pdf
- We are currently looking for volunteer trainers who would be interested in partnering with us to offer these classes to our volunteers and girls
- If you would like to help GSCO organize training in your area in April or May, 2014, contact us soon!
Girl Scouts of the USA has set Feb. 7 and 8 as National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend across the country. Like last year, this will be an opportunity for Girl Scouts to join together and talk about the lifelong business skills learned by selling Girl Scout Cookies. When Girl Scouts talk in one collective voice about something, our voice is pretty powerful! http://gscoblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/national-girl-scout-cookie-weekend-2014-activities/
Read the 2014 Summer Program Guide to learn about:
- Resident Camps (Tomahawk Ranch and Magic Sky Ranch)
- Volunteer-Run Day Camps!
- Troop Camp
- Family Camp
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Travel Programs
- Other Girl Scouts Events
Camp registration opens at 9 a.m. January 22!
Highest Awards council notification due by March 1 for girl’s names to be printed in the spring celebration booklet (if you miss the 2014 deadline, you will be included in the spring 2015 printing as long as you meet the September 30 deadline for your award’s age level).
- Bronze: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/bronze-award
- Silver: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/silver-award
- Gold (Gold final presentations need to be completed by March 1 as well as final report submission): http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/gold-award
Statewide Events and Programs:
Pajama Jam: Join in the fun at the Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets! Top participants will get to sell cookies post game!! Enjoy the game against the Toronto Raptors, Post-Game shoot around on the Nuggets court, and sleepover at the Pepsi Center. When: 1/31/2014 to 2/01/2014 Time: 7pm – 8am Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO Cost: $22.00 (girl) / $22.00 (adult) To order online, please visit: http://www.nuggetstix.com/14girlscouts
World Thinking Day: Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. The theme for World Thinking Day 2014 is girls worldwide say “education opens doors for all girls and boys.” Learn more about the award and local events online: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/world-thinking-day
January Program Spotlight: The Cookie Program
- Girl Scout Cookies are way more than the tasty treats! Each purchase supports girls in developing five lifelong skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
- Girl Scouts began selling Girl Scout Cookies in 1917, and today the program has grown into a $790 million girl-led business. In 2013, Girl Scouts Colorado in earned over $2.5 million for their activities, including going to camp, traveling domestically or internationally, completing a take action project to benefit the community, taking a Girl Scout leadership Journey and/or earning a Girl Scout badge on a topic or two of interest.
- Girl Scout alumnae are shining examples of the lifelong impact of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Today, more than two-thirds of women business owners and CEOs, and United States senators and congresswomen, were Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts boasts a 59 million alumnae base, and many of these women tell us they learned their early business leadership skills through selling Girl Scout Cookies.
National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend – February 7-8!
This year National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend starts at the same time as the Winter Olympics starts in Russia. Because Colorado Springs is the home of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, we’ve joined forces with them and will be celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend by cheering for Team USA.
There are several opportunities for Colorado troops/Girl Scouts to get involved in the celebration:
- Bling your Girl Scout Cookie Booth to show your Team USA support and share your photos with us on social media.
- Sign up your family and friends to participate in the Short and Sweet Downtown Dash, a 1-mile family fun glow run held in conjunction with a Sochi Olympic Downtown Celebration in Colorado Springs (the home of the U.S. Olympic Training Center). The Short and Sweet Downtown Dash is at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. You are encouraged to dress up as your favorite Girl Scout Cookie, and you could even add gear from your favorite Olympic sport!
Girl Scouts of Colorado’s social media channels:
- Hashtags: #GirlScoutCookies #gscocookies #cookieboss #cookiebiz #onemorebox #TeamUSA #Sochi2014 #RaiseYourHands
- Twitter handles: @GSColo @girlscouts @USOlympic
- Free Girl Scout Cookie Giveaways taking place throughout the weekend on our social media channels!
Colorado Girl Scouts can earn a National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Participation Patch. More information can be found here: http://gscoblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/national-girl-scout-cookie-weekend-patch-program/
More Cookie Program Resources:
The Girl Scout Cookie Activity Pin 2013-2014: All girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program are eligible to earn the annual Cookie Activity Pin, which recognizes the “5 skills” learned and practiced during the sale. Girls can collect a different colored pin every year to recognize growth in these 5 skill areas. After she earns the pin, each girl should be able to discuss how she has earned it. Read more about the Cookie Activity Pin for Girl Scout Brownies to Ambassadors (PDF) – English | Spanish
Booklets, Toolkits, Videos, and Posters
- Girl Scout Cookie Program: 5 Skills for Girls Toolkit (single-page format) (PDF) — English | Spanish
- Financial Empowerment, the K-12 Program (single-page format) (PDF) — English | Spanish
- The 5 Skills—Shaping Your Girl’s Future (PDF) — English | Spanish
- The 5 Skills in Action (PDF) — English | Spanish
- The 5 Skills and Leadership Outcomes (PDF) — English | Spanish
- Coaching Your Budding Businesswoman (PDF) — English | Spanish
- Creating Cookie Success (PDF) — English | Spanish
- Girl Scout Cookie Activity Pin (PDF) — English | Spanish
- Safety Tips for Girls (PDF) — English | Spanish
- Girl Scout Cookie Program: What Grown-Ups Need to Know – English | Spanish
- Brownie Elf and Friends: Manage Money
- Daisies and Brownies: My Cookie Business and the 5 Skills (PDF) — English | Spanish
- Girl Scout Cookie Program Pins and Badges chart (PDF)