The Girl Scout Movement is made up of individuals who hold beliefs as varied as our nation itself.
And because all girls have a home at Girl Scouts, we encourage each and every one in our Movement to form her own ideas, opinions, beliefs, and political ideology.
At our core, Girl Scouts aims to inspire girls to be leaders in their own lives by building the courage, confidence, and character to raise their voices and be advocates for the issues and ideas important to them.
In December, Girl Scouts from across the state took part in the Wreaths Across America program, a solemn experience that teaches youth about service to our country, helping others, courage, strength, and community. Also in December, another 70 Girl Scouts took part in the annual Packing for Impact with Project Cure.
In June, Girl Scouts of Colorado in partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service, offered Girl Scouts and their families a way to focus on and celebrate the environment. World Environment Day is a global occasion to highlight and discus the importance of environmental awareness and action. By celebrating World Environment Day, Girl Scouts honor Juliette Gordon Low’s legacy, by promoting respect and love of the great outdoors far and wide.
In September, 139 Girl Scouts participated in the annual Xcel Energy Day of Service.
Girls in Troop 64098 received a visit from Gov. Polis in April after her learned of their Silver Award project, in which they created kits filled with developmentally appropriate toys and activities for toddlers/preschoolers receiving early intervention support.
Giving back is integral to the Girl Scout program, and Girl Scouting’s Highest Awards give girls the chance to do big things while working on a cause they care about. Girl Scout Juniors can earn a Bronze Award when they work together to plan and implement a Take Action project in their community. Girl Scout Cadettes work alone or in small groups to create sustainable change in their community to earn the Silver Award. Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls – and the most difficult to earn. Earning the Gold Award requires a rigorous process that calls for leadership at the highest level. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers. In Colorado, this year 785 girls earned the Bronze Award, 390 girls earned the Silver Award, and 42 girls earned the Gold Award. The Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence in 2019 was awarded to a Colorado Springs Gold Award Girl Scout who produced a documentary in partnership with the nonprofit Status: Code 4. The purpose of her documentary is to raise awareness of the hardship families of first responders can face and start meaningful conversations amongst families themselves.
Girl Scouting gives girls a chance to practice important life skills through badge-earning but also through group dynamics. A troop may be preparing for an upcoming trip by planning an itinerary, making a budget and researching activities, but they’re also practicing communication skills, decision-making, problem-solving, conflict resolution, feedback skills and persuasion skills.
Girl Scouts prepare themselves for a lifetime of leadership, but they couldn’t do it without caring, adult role models; Girl Scout volunteers. Girl Scouts of Colorado serves more than 10,000 adult members, with almost 7,000 of those as approved volunteers. Our volunteers are truly at the heart of our organization.
This year, Girl Scouts of Colorado again donated to the Colorado State Forest Service to plant trees in honor of our volunteers, giving back to the environment that plays such an important role in the Girl Scout experience.
Improving the volunteer experience is always a goal at Girl Scouts of Colorado. In September, the new online learning experience gsLearn launched. This user-friendly platform allows volunteers to take courses on their own time, be engaged in their learning progress, and verify completion of required courses.
Girl Scout volunteers have the power to change girls’ lives. One volunteer wrote:
“My girls have taught me selflessness, and that no matter how small they are, given the chance, they will move mountains. I have also learned that giving these girls the world and encouraging them in a positive way is the best way to help them to reach their dreams and goals.”
Another volunteer said being a Girl Scout volunteer has taught her that anything is possible, and she hopes that message rings true for her girls:
“I hope they see that they can be anyone they dream of, that they can be fierce with their dreams, and kind to the world while they achieve their dream. I want all girls to know that the level playing field of life exists, if we as women dare to recreate the perception of ourselves into authors of our life and the story is our own unique one to tell. I hope that we can grow a kind generation, one that cares for all the resources on the planet!”
In July, 12 Outdoor High Adventure badges were introduced, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures like backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and tree climbing—giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature. These are the first Girl Scout badges that members can earn by choosing one of two self-directed paths.
To kick off this new programming, Girl Scouts painted state parks green on Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend July 13-14. Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to offer nearly 500 local Girl Scouts, along with their friends and family, special events/activities at ten state parks. They included:
Activities at each park varied, but many included fly fishing, ranger-led hikes, making nature crafts, learning about Leave No Trace, sing-alongs, disc golf, and geocaching.
In addition, Global Climbing Day activities got Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies up climbing indoor walls at various gyms in partnership with The North Face.
More than 4,300 campers participated in Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp programs, including overnight camp, day camp, troop camp, and family camp. The fill rate at overnight summer camp properties was 92 percent.
Girl Scouts in Colorado proved once again they are the entrepreneurs of the future. The 2018 Fall Product Program was steady with over $1 million in gross sales (showing a slight increase year-over-year), and the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program saw 4.6 million packages of cookies sold in the state, making Girl Scouts of Colorado the second largest Cookie Program in the nation.
During the Girl Scout Product Programs, not only are girls practicing the 5 Essential Skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics, but they are also earning the funds that power their Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This year, troops earned more than $3 million to support their troop activities and Take Action projects to make their world a better place.
In Colorado we want every girl to have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout.
Girl Scouts of Colorado expanded its Outreach Program to serve more than 1,500 girls at more than 50 sites in Denver, Colorado Springs and the Western Slope. Outreach is comprised of four main programs designed for girls in specific underserved communities: Focus on Abilities for girls with behavior and mental and physical disabilities; Girls are Great for girls entering middle school in underserved communities; Discover All You Can Be for girls living in low-income housing and/or attending low-resource schools; Girls Looking Forward for girls in juvenile correction facilities and treatment centers.