Highlights

STEM

This year, we hosted several popular skill-building STEM events including:

  • Engineering Day at Colorado School of Mines
  • A car care workshop in Colorado Springs
  • An intellectual property patch event with the U.S. Patent Office
  • Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge

The local events enhanced the rollout of 30 new badges and two new Journeys focusing on STEM. The new programming prepares girls to address some of society’s most pressing needs through hands-on learning in cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and space exploration.

Civic Engagement

In October, the Girl Scout year kicked off with the launching of the G.I.R.L. Agenda, a non-partisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action. Girl Scouts in Colorado stepped up to the challenge by:

  • Advocating for positive change in their communities
  • Mobilizing communities to donate or volunteer for causes.
  • Standing up for and supporting others.

Life Skills

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.

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 donated $11,000 to the Colorado State Forest Service to plant a tree for each of our volunteers as a volunteer appreciation gift, 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. Improvements to the online tool Volunteer Toolkit gave troop leadership easy access to resources to help guide their troop’s experience. Girl Scouts of Colorado also expanded its online learning platform and nearly 3,000 people took advantage of e-learning classes.

 

Outdoor Programs

Six new camping badges were introduced this year, giving girls more reasons than ever to get outdoors. From the Cabin Camping badge for Brownies, to Eco Camping for Juniors and Primitive Camping for Cadettes, the outdoor badges proved popular with Colorado Girl Scouts. Property reservations were up 11 percent as troops utilized our beautiful properties for outdoor adventures. The Girl Scouts of Colorado outdoor programs team also introduced badge-earning as part of the summer camp experience. Girls could earn their Outdoor Adventurer badge, Archery badge, Night Owl badge and even the Detective badge while participating in overnight summer camp sessions.

Attendance at Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp was up by nearly 1,000 girls and the fill rate at overnight summer camp properties was 94 percent.

More than 1,000 girls participated in volunteer-led day camp opportunities, and Girl Scouts of Colorado expanded its older girl Outdoor Adventure Club, offering a series just for 6thgraders to backpack, hike, mountain bike, whitewater raft, rock climb and more. Seventh through 12thgraders in the program added dog sledding, caving, survival skills and hiking a 14er to their adventures.

Entrepreneurship

Girl Scouts in Colorado proved once again they are the entrepreneurs of the future. The 2017 Fall Product Program saw a 20 percent increase in girl participation and over $1 million in gross sales, and the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program saw 4.9 million packages of cookies sold in the state. Girl Scouts of Colorado was first in the nation for digital order card sales with a 72 percent increase in online sales from the previous year. A group of innovative Girl Scouts on the Western Slope partnered with a local dairy and came away with a multi-case order. These girls practiced more than selling skills when they sat down, face-to-face, with a decision maker at a local company – they practiced leadership and were full of courage and confidence. 

 

Outreach Program


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.