A message from Girl Scouts of Colorado
President and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Foote
Leading the Girl Scout way
This year, we began to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado, and while we took time to celebrate our heritage and history, we’re firmly focused on the future.
We want to ensure Girl Scouting remains relevant for at least the next 100 years. As a council and national organization, we’re taking action to engage the public in Girl Scouts and increase awareness of the relevancy of our purpose—preparing girls to lead!
Everyone involved with Girl Scouting — from our longtime donors to corporate sponsors, volunteers, alumnae, monthly giving members, and staff — has a part in building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We prepare girls to empower themselves and encourage them to try new things, embrace failure as a learning opportunity, and take the lead.
That’s the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Our youngest Girl Scouts develop courage and confidence by trying new things. They soon begin to realize they have the power to make the world a better place. Then, they go out and do it – some of them earning Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.
Our girls lead the Girl Scout way. Taking the lead like a Girl Scout means being a go-getter who is bold, honest, and determined to succeed; an innovator who thinks outside the box; a risk-taker who is willing to try new things; and a leader who leads with empathy.
These are the traits that define girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. This is the Girl Scout DNA.
While some people still think of us as cookies, campfires, badges, and friendship bracelets, we know Girl Scouts are so much more.
Girl Scouts are groundbreakers, big thinkers, and role models. Giving back is in our blood. So is standing up to the challenge, no matter how big or small.
The world needs more female leaders. We know girls reach their full potential by practicing leadership the Girl Scout way. Thank you for making it happen.
A message from Board president
Michelle M. Rose-Hughes
Juliette Gordon Lowe was a dynamic woman who lived her life unrestrained by the social mores and gender stereotypes of her time. She led a life of outdoor adventure and international travel, rich with friends and, of course, Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts of Colorado is working hard to follow our founder’s lead, adapting to changing demographics, needs and interests of Colorado’s girls.
In the last year, with President and CEO Stephanie Foote leading the way, Girl Scouts of Colorado sought to increase our emphasis on the Gold Award, the most prestigious leadership award earned by high-school-age girls. Elevating the status of this award, both within the Girl Scout community and to the community at-large, motivates girls to continue on their Girl Scout journey and promotes the value of the Girl Scouting experience to the public.
Each Gold Award honoree spends countless hours designing and implementing a meaningful service project that can be replicated long after her own participation ends. She researches an issue she is passionate about, builds a team of community supporters, creates a plan and takes action. In the process she pushes herself outside of her comfort zone and gains fundamental life skills such as leadership, organization, collaboration and critical thinking.
Girl Scouts of Colorado pairs each participant in the program with community and business leaders who provide guidance and support throughout the process. In 2015, 50 Colorado girls earned the Gold Award, an increase of 6 percent over the prior year. In the coming year, we will continue to emphasize opportunities for older girls, including outdoor adventure programs and expanded mentorship opportunities.
Our Board is working to expand our leadership program to new communities, to girls and families who will add even greater depth and diversity to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. We seek to serve more girls in new and creative ways; to meet our families where they are and provide a transformative experience relevant to them. We envision a future where Girl Scouting can take many shapes, including: Traditional troops, extraordinary trips to camp, mentoring with community members who share a common passion, and countless other options.
The sky and a girl’s imagination remain our only limits.