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Connections: March 2021

Don’t Miss Out on GSCO Summer Camps

Making summer plans? There is still time to secure a spot for your Girl Scout at a GSCO summer camp.

At summer camp, the adventure is high and the fun is big—like, really big. Girl Scouts will learn new things, explore the great outdoors, make incredible memories with awesome new friends, and so much more.Come ready to play, explore, discover, and have the time of your life. It’s going to be epic!

Spaces are still available for overnight camps. Don’t wait, reserve your Girl Scout’s spot today!

Family Reservations are open

Families can reserve Twisted Pine in Genesee. Reservations must be for the whole weekend and the fee is $300/weekend. Read more information and booking instructions here.

Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) is back! The OAC is a staff-led program offering outdoor adventures around the state that expose older Girl Scouts to outdoor activities and skills beyond what they might do with their troop. Registration opens on March 25 at 9 a.m. for the May MMR Spring Camp-in-a-Day! More information on the OAC page.

Help Recognize Outstanding Girl Scout Volunteers

Girl Scout volunteers change the lives of girls in their communities every day. Some volunteers go above and beyond all expectations and make a positive impact on their troop, service unit, region, or sometimes the entire council. This past year especially, we have seen outstanding resilience, creativity and determination on the part of many volunteers as they helped their Girl Scouts navigate a world pandemic, all while encouraging them to have courage, confidence and character no matter the circumstance.

Volunteers, girls, and caregivers are asked to help recognize outstanding volunteers they know by nominating them for a 2021 Volunteer Recognition Award.

Nominations and all accompanying endorsements are due on or before March 31. Nominators are responsible for ensuring that enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can verify nomination and endorsement submissions for you. More information about the awards and the number of required endorsements for each award is listed on the volunteer appreciation page on our website and in the  Volunteer Recognition Award Guide. You can also learn more about how to write strong nominations and endorsements on the Volunteer Appreciation web page.

Questions? Please contact your Volunteer Support Specialist or Customer Support at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Early Bird is Just Around the Corner

Raising kids today is essentially uncharted territory, which is why Girl Scouts is here for you and your family through it all. Cheering you on, lifting you up, celebrating your strengths. Today, tomorrow, together—we’re on your team. Amazing things happen when we stick together. We’ve got this.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Girl Scout membership renewal opens April 1.

Virtual Highest Awards Celebration is May 16

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s virtual Highest Awards celebration is scheduled to premier on our Facebook page on Sunday, May 16 Aren’t on Facebook? That’s OK!  Watch on GSCO’s YouTube channel!

We encourage families to make the live event feel special for their Highest Awards Girl Scout in any way possible! Dress up with your Girl Scout vest/sash, put a special sign in your yard or front window, or maybe bake something special. You can also share photos and videos from your celebration at home with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

Cookie Box Innovation Challenge

Making the world a better place starts with innovation. Together, Arrow Electronics and Girl Scouts of Colorado are challenging Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to design a prototype that addresses a problem in our community and beyond by using Girl Scout Cookie boxes and other recycled materials for the Cookie Box Innovation Challenge.

  1. Connect with experts in innovation with Arrow Electronics.

  2. Let your imagination run wild with possibilities.

  3. Put your cookie boxes to good use.

  4. Earn your Cookie Box Innovation Challenge patch!

  5. Compete to win exciting prizes.

Watch for a virtual kickoff in May. Final designs will be submitted and judged at an Arrow Innovation Fair in October. Fill out the online interest form and details about the challenge will be sent to you directly as they are announced.

Cookie Program Update

Due to the challenges of running a business during a pandemic, Girl Scout councils around the nation are extending their cookie programs, and Girl Scouts of Colorado has decided to give girls here the opportunity to take more time to meet and exceed their goals as well. The 2021 Girl Scout Cookie program will end Sunday, March 21.

Each week we’re seeing additional girls join the Cookie Program because they have seen how cookie sales can be done safely and want to join. The added time will give those Girl Scouts and others who may have gotten a slower start to their season a chance to reach their goals. Of course, each troop, girl, and parent/caregiver will decide whether or not they want to take advantage of the extension.

Upcoming Events

We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be.  View the events calendar for more exciting events in your community. Be sure to check out our selection of monthly Badge Series and GSCO Clubs.

March 15 – April 15

Are you missing your spring break vacation plans? We’ve got you! Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a full month of on-the-go program activities to get that spring break vibe from the comforts of your home.

April 6, 5 p.m.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce the release of the Outdoor Skills Patch! Join us for a presentation of this new program where we will walk you through how to get started on earning the patch. For the first half of the webinar, we will introduce the patch and offer ways to start working on it with your troop or on your own. And for the second half of the webinar, we will work on one of the patch activities together.

April 7, 4:30 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Meet an Expert session with Commander Suzette Freidenberger with the Grand Junction Police Department.

May 19 – 4 p.m.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Meet an Expert session with Teresa Cheromcha, a forensic scientist in the biological sciences unit for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. She will talk about her education, career path, and what motivates her!

Be sure to check the events calendar for more information coming soon on the following events:

  1. Meet an Expert: Dietician – April 22

  2. Meet an Expert: Brig. Gen. Linell A. Letendre, Dean of the Faculty, U.S. Air Force Academy– April 27

  3. Meet an Expert: Educator, Citizen Science & Watershed Education – May 5

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