Our Year – 2017

Celebrating 100 years, looking to 100 more

Stephanie Foote

Stephanie Foote

A message from Girl Scouts of Colorado
President and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Foote

This is not what I expected 100 years old to feel like! We’re energized, motivated, nimble, and strong.

In 2017, we celebrated 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado with Centennial Campfires at each of our major outdoor properties. These events attracted several hundred members each, and girls and volunteers spent time celebrating all things Girl Scouting in the great outdoors.

Big birthdays like this one give us the opportunity to take stock on where we’ve been and plan for the future. We’re proud of the heritage and history associated with Girl Scouting. Our organization has always been about providing girls with the best leadership experience. Girl Scouts has been on the forefront in history of being early adopters of integration, inclusion, and innovation.

Girl Scouts works. More than half of today’s female business women were Girl Scouts. Eighty percent of female tech leaders were Girl Scouts. Seventy-six percent of female U.S. Senators and 100 percent of female Secretaries of State were Girl Scouts. Think about it. Girl Scouts make up 8 percent of the population yet we’re half the female business leaders.

These numbers reflect the incredible societal impact Girl Scouts has had and will continue to have.

As we move into our second century of Girl Scouting here in Colorado, we feel some amazing momentum. Unlike other youth-serving organizations, our membership showed growth in 2017. Girls—with the support of our amazing volunteers– sold more than 4.5 million packages of cookies, making Girl Scouts of Colorado the number 2 cookie program in the country. These girls are the CEOs of the future. They have entrepreneurial spirit, and they embrace possibility thinking. Our summer camp programs filled to 90 percent of capacity, giving almost 3,000 girls that safe space experience where they take risks, fail, and get back up again. We expanded on our new Outdoor Adventure Club program for older girls, providing a way for girls in 6th through 12th grade to supplement their leadership experience with outdoor adventures like rock climbing, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting. We also celebrated 20 years since the start of our amazing Women of Distinction program, in which more than $2 million has been raised.

While we face a number of challenges to building and strengthening our service to girls, the possibilities are vast. In Colorado, we are focused on bringing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls in every zip code and giving all girls the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their family circumstances. We’re expanding our successful Outreach Program where we serve the most vulnerable girls, such as those in residential treatment facilities and low-resource schools.

Another significant way for Girl Scouts to make a positive, measurable impact on society is through earning their Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Our 2016 Stephanie Foote Leadership Prize winner, Sarah Greichen, was one of 10 young women around the nation honored as a National Young Woman of Distinction. Our Gold Award Girl Scouts and other highest awards honorees continue to amaze and inspire me. The extraordinary leadership they show is a testament to a brighter future for us all.

Girl Scouts prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership. Together we build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Thank you for being a big part of that.