Volunteer View: April 2022
Nominate an exceptional volunteer for a Volunteer AwardGirl Scout volunteers change the lives of girls in their communities every day. Some volunteers go above and beyond all expectations and have a positive impact on their troop and/or their service unit and sometimes the whole council. Recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominate an exceptional volunteer for a volunteer award by June 30!LEARN MORE
Find Your Adventure with Early Bird Renewal!
Members who renew before June 30 will receive these additional rewards:
Girls earn the Find Your Adventure Early Bird patch (pictured above).
Choice of $25 GSCO shop credit or Rededication Kit for troops renewing two or more leaders and three or more girls*
Service Units, earn $100+ $0.25/girl when you renew 50% or more of your unit membership*
Stay tuned for additional surprises and drawings to be announced during Early Bird!
*Annual Troop Report and ACH forms must be submitted by June 30, 2022 to qualify for troop and service unit rewards.
Complete your Annual Troop ReportThe Annual Troop Report (ATR) is the required, end-of-year financial report for troops and service units. The ATR also provides GSCO information about a troop’s or service unit’s participation for the year and plans for the next year. Submit your ATR by June 30 to qualify for troop and service unit Early Bird incentives. Navigate to ATR form: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/annual_troop_report The ATR may take 20-30 minutes to complete. Prepare for the ATR by collecting the following information before you start:
Bank account balance at the start of the membership year (October 1, 2021)
Estimated troop/service unit earnings/income for the 2021-2022 membership year
Product Program earning summary: Troop proceeds for the fall product and cookie programs
Estimated troop/service unit expenses for the 2021-2022 membership year
Current bank account balance
Estimated volunteer hours (adults and girls) for the 2021-2022 membership year
Reach out to your volunteer support specialist with any questions or if you need assistance completing your ATR.
GSCO National DelegatesDid you know that GSCO selects members to represent our council on the national level? Every three years, Girl Scouts of the USA holds the National Council Session and gathers delegates from all councils to review the past three years, elect the National Board and vote on important changes for the Girl Scout Movement. The next National Council Session will be in 2023. The selection process for the next group of delegates is now open.LEARN MORE
Know someone who would make a great Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors member?New members slated to start in September are typically voted in in July. Please send any potential candidates who are interested in serving in this way to CEO Leanna Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 6. Please be sure to gauge their interest before passing their contact information along. The Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors is the governing body of our council, and it sets strategic direction, provides oversight, and ensures necessary resources are available for the council to carry out its mission. We’re looking for representation outside of the Denver Metro Area and in underrepresented populations. Board positions are elected and serve a three-year term.
Summer ProgramsSummer is the perfect time to connect with friends and family through Girl Scout events. Check out all the amazing events happening this summer!
Build Like a Girl is back and better than ever!
Climb Up to CadettesBridging Event for 5th grade Girl Scouts Sunday, June 12 In this full day event in Castle Rock, Girl Scouts will discover more about themselves and their boundaries on the Epic Sky Trek ropes course, connect with older Girl Scouts to learn more about being a Girl Scout in middle school, and then take action by learning how to be an upstander in bullying situations. Cost is $5 per Girl Scout.
Caregivers and troop leaders, don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you! We will have an adult-only morning session so you can learn how to support your Girl Scout as they plan their “go, see, do” year.LEARN MORE
Outdoor Program News
Troop Adventure Days + Book your own cabin overnight Join us for a full day of troop adventures and then book an overnight on your own! Troop Adventure Days are held at Meadow Mountain Ranch in Allenspark ($35/Girl Scout), and at Lazy Acres in Rye ($65/Girl Scout). When troops register for a full-day program, they may choose to extend their stay by booking a cabin at the camp property the night before or after the program. Visit the GSCO events calendar and learn more about Troop Adventure Days.
Outdoor Adventure Club Calling all 6th – 12th graders! The next Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) event is our July boating campout at Cherry Creek State Park! Registration opens on Thursday, June 2 at 9 a.m. • Option 1: Friday, July 29 – Saturday, July 30 • Option 2: Saturday, July 30 – Sunday, July 31
Upcoming Camp Events
Tomahawk Ranch Open House Sunday, May 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Take a drive to the mountains and visit Tomahawk Ranch for a self-guided tour and a chance to meet the staff ask all the questions your heart desires! Bring family, friends, and your walking shoes. This is a great opportunity for your camper(s) to help them prepare for a fun experience this summer. No registration required for this free event. Learn more about the event.
Sky High Ranch Virtual Open House Monday May 30, 9-10 a.m. Join the Sky High team for a virtual tour and staff Q&A session! This is a great opportunity to see videos of the property and ask all your questions about summer camp. Click here for more information about this event.
Save the Date: Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, Sept. 10 – 11 Mark your calendars for this year’s Girl Scouts Love State Parks event! Much more information to come later this summer, keep an eye on the event calendar! In the meantime, check out the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Patchprogram to get a head start on earning patch rings for each 5 parks you visit while working through the state parks passport book.
2022-23 Product Program Volunteer AgreementsIf you were a troop fall product manager (TFPM) or troop cookie manager (TCM) last year and you will continue in this the role, please complete the volunteer agreement when you renew your membership. Make sure your troop or service unit submits a 2022-2023 ACH form too!
When you renew your membership, volunteer role, and ensure that a current ACH form is completed, you meet all requirements for getting approved as a Fall Product or Girl Scout Cookie Program volunteer. You’ll gain access to M2 and eBudde as soon as it opens and be included in key volunteer communications right from the start!
Have questions or need assistance? Please contact GSCO customer care at email@example.com or call 1-877-404-5708.
Inspiring Futures presented by CollegeInvestColorado Parks & Wildlife School Programs Coordinator May 23, 5 – 5:45 p.m., DBJ May 23, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., CSA Colorado Parks & Wildlife School Programs Coordinator, Erin Kendall will share information about her education, career and why she loves working for CPW! Erin will also speak to Girl Scouts about other job opportunities within Colorado Parks & Wildlife and show a short interactive example of what an environmental educator might do!LEARN MORE
Upcoming EventsFairy Gardens STEAM Patch At this event, Girl Scouts will flex both their STEM and artistic muscles by creating a fairy garden to add to their outdoor space. Let’s hope their creations “attract” fairies to their own gardens! Registration includes a fun patch.
Statewide Bridging at Royal Gorge Bridge May 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join your Girl Scout sisters as we celebrate accomplishments, reflect on the fun times, and bridge to the next level of Girl Scouts at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. We’ll have a Girl Scout bridging ceremony and symbolize this moment by walking together as a sisterhood across the highest suspension bridge in the United States! Then we’ll enjoy a celebration on the other side at Juniper Junction.
Space and Amateur Radio Camp with a Space Station Contact Day Camp – June 6-10 Space Camp with an optional live Space Station contact opportunity to ask questions to an astronaut! Yes, you read that correctly! ARISS, a group that puts together special amateur radio contacts between students around the globe and crew members on the International Space Station (ISS), has partnered with the Eaton Library and invited Girl Scouts to join in on the fun. This camp is for all ages and will cover the Night Sky Badge (Senior), Space Science Researcher (all levels), and a Radio and Wireless Technology Patch. The camp is held in three parts and lunch/snack provided:
June 6-10: Badge/Patch activities and contact with Space Station practice
June 13-17: Rehearsal for contact and more practice (optional for Girl Scouts that want to contact the space station)
June 20-26: Contact with Space Station (the exact date and time are not available yet)
GSCO Summer Swim Party at Pirate’s Cove July 28, 6 – 8 p.m. Join Girl Scouts of Colorado at Pirates Cove for our annual swim party. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Bring a friend and show them some of the fun that Girl Scouts has to offer. This is also a great opportunity for a troop kick-off party before the school year starts!
Save the Date
Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens June 24-26