Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Troops needed to Adopt-a-Troop! We are looking for troops to provide at least 8 Girl Scout Troop meetings to elementary girls in need. If you are interested please contact Joy Henika Joy.Henika@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4850. Give back to girls who really need it! This project would help your troop earn the awards: Leader in action (LiA) or Volunteer-in-Training (VIT)
Including ALL Girls - Patch Program - This patch program will heighten Girl Scouts’ awareness, understanding and acceptance of people’s differences and disabilities. There are helpful resource links in the Resource Guide section of this document located on pages 15-44.
Religious Recognitions - The national organizations listed in this document have created religious recognitions to encourage girls to grow stronger in their faith. The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has approved these programs and allows the recognition insignia to be worn on the official uniform, but each religious organization develops and administers its own program. Contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets.
GSUSA Print and Play Activities - Girl Scouts of the USA has a great "For Girls" website full of fun online and "print and play" activities.
ZisBoomBah - Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with ZisBoomBah to help girls learn about and practice healthy lifestyles! ZisBoomBah offers a fun and safe online environment. You can get started now by contacting email@example.com to request your troop be setup. Please include your troop number and level (daisy, brownie, etc.) with your request. Have fun learning about healthy living!
Songbird Girl Scout Choir - Do you love to sing? Do you remember Girl Scout songs from your younger days? Would you like to sing some more and learn newer, fun songs as well as the "oldies & goodies?" Then SONGBIRDS GIRL SCOUT CHOIR is for you! Open to anyone of any age at any time for free. Guitar classes are also available for ages 10 and up. We've been singing for 13 years now, and having a great time showing our love for Girl Scouts at special events, fund-raisers, community events, etc. We meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month, September through April, from 9am to noon. Contact Penny Roberts, director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970 577 2027.
Visit the Girl Scout History Collection - The Girl Scout History Collection is a privately-owned collection of memorabilia, in Denver CO, covering Girl Scouting from 1912 to the present. It is open to G.S. troops and other interested groups. Contact Carol Altvater at 720.941.0152 or email@example.com to schedule a visit.
Meet Juliette Low: an actor presents her story - INVITE JULIETTE LOW FOR A VISIT TO YOUR NEXT GIRL SCOUT EVENT! Help your Girl Scouts know about our beginnings and our amazing founder in a fun, interactive way. Charlotte D'Armond Talbert has been portraying Daisy Low for over a decade by visiting camps, service units, and special event during a 50 minute interactive program (the girls learn semaphores, and more) in an authentic costume with props, historical display and a chance to assist in fly-ups or other ceremonies. No special technical requirements needed – just two tables! Charlotte is a trained theatre performer and former Girl Scout and GS leader. Programs have included tea parties, Mother - Grandmother - Daughter day, Father-Daughter party, Thinking Days, Daisy's Birthday and others. Contact: Charlotte.Talbert@comcast.net 303-519-7772
Fight Like a Girl Scout: A safety awareness and protection class - We are hosting our second annual Fight Like A Girl Scout seminar for Douglas County Girl Scout Troops. For those of you who participated last year this is a brand new seminar with brand new techniques to learn to keep you safe. Fight Like A Girl is a proven fourteen year program developed by Kym Rock. She has partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado to produce this program for girls of all ages. The program teaches girls and women techniques that enable you to handle violent confrontations, as well as teaching you how think smarter and develop a level of awareness to keep you out of dangerous personal situations. The skills you will learn and practice will help you get away from an attacker and are targeted to each age group. We will also discuss preventative measures, zones of awareness and will talk through “what if” scenarios and bully-proofing. Sponsored through Peoples Kenpo Karate Highlands Ranch, all seminars are located in Douglas County Colorado. To register, please contact Susan Fujii via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 303-884-9991. For a detailed list of class times and information, click here.
Operation HOPE provides free financial literacy classes and tools that align with badges for Juniors, Cadette, Seniors, and Ambassadors. HOPE's instructors can set up a time to work with any number of girls at a location and time that works for you. For more information and to inquire about setting up classes, please contact MK Sagaria at email@example.com or 720-855-8870.
Live Audience Needed for The Homework Hotline on DPStv: DPStv hosts a television show for all middle through high school students to get help with homework. Every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Emily Griffith High School teachers Whitney McCabe and Becka Hendricks are available to help students through various assignments from history to geometry. All school subjects are welcome.
We are looking to build a live audience interaction. Each week we would like one small (no more than 15) boy or girl scout troop to join us in the studio to be a part of and watch our live show. We want a different troop each week. We are hoping to incorporate the troops as part of the show starting in February. The scouts would have a tiny bit of homework before the show. We would like each one of them to be prepared to ask one English and one Math question. We may not use all of the questions, but we would like them to be prepared none the less. They also need to have their parents sign the attached release form. They can bring it to the taping or if the leader can scan and email them to Nancy Snyder at NANCY_SNYDER@dpsk12.org.
The show can be found on Comcast Channel 22 in Denver and will be live streamed at http://bit.ly/1mYQnKx. Students can ask their questions by phone, Twitter, email or text, and now in person! You can text questions to 970-880-3371, call in to be live on air at 720-423-4980, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tweet @eghomework. DPStv is based out of Emily Griffith Technical College and serves both EG Tech and Denver Public Schools.
Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program and Art Contest: The Junior Duck Stamp Program (JDS) is in full flight in 2014, and all Colorado students (K-12) are welcome to participate. This free art and science program is designed to teach wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation to America’s youth. JDS participants employ scientific and wildlife observation principles to learn about the subject matter, and then communicate that knowledge visually by creating an entry to the JDS art contest. This non-traditional pairing of subjects brings new interest to both the sciences and arts to students throughout the state, while fostering a greater awareness of and conservation ethic toward our nation’s natural resources. The JDS contest begins each fall and proceeds through spring as students submit their artwork to their state coordinator. Students at the state level are then judged in four groups, according to grade level. Three first, second, and third place entries are selected for each group. A “best of show” is then selected by the judges from the first-place winners. Each state’s best of show is submitted to the Duck Stamp Office in Washington D.C., and entered into the national contest. The first-place design from the national contest is used to create the official Junior Duck Stamp for the following year. These stamps are sold by the U.S. Postal Service for $5 each. Proceeds from sales support environmental education, and provide awards and scholarships for the students, teachers, and schools that participate in the program. For the current contest, all entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2014. An award ceremony to honor the top 100 state winners and participating schools will be held at the Arvada Center on May 10, 2014. For more details on how Colorado students, teachers, and schools in your area can participate in this fun educational program, see these links.
Brochure - www.fws.gov/juniorduck/2013JDSPbroWeb.pdf
Two Ponds - http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Two_Ponds/
For further information, contact Colorado State Coordinator Seth Beres at (303) 289-0867 or email@example.com
Are you or your girls interested in participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Contest? If so, make sure you: 1.) Review and print contest rules and forms. 2.) Read the contest rules carefully and make sure you meet the requirements. 3.) Begin researching and preparing your entry. 4.) Fill in the entry form completely and affix it to the back of your entry. 5). Mail your entry to your state coordinator by the deadline. It's as simple as that! Deadline for the 2013/2014 contest is March 15, 2014.
Dances with Branches through Tree Climbing Colorado - Suitable for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Adults. Experience the beauty and wonder of your surroundings from the top of a tall tree. Girl Scouts will learn basic skills with ropes, knots, and climbing before being led up into the canopy on ropes using safe and easy-to-learn techniques with professionals. Partnered with GSCO, girls will earn their Trees Badge. There are several sites throughout Metro Denver and Northern Colorado to accommodate all groups. Cost is $30 per person. Please contact Harv "Ponderosa" Teitelbaum at Harv@treeclimbingco.com or 303-877-1870 for more information or to reserve a date for your troop.
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys - Located in a historic home just west of City Park in Denver, the museum features exhibits of artisan dollhouses, historic toys and antique and international dolls. Whether you are working Try-Its, Badges or Journeys or just looking for a fun outing, our staff can help you plan a great field trip for Girl Scouts of all ages at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. The museum offers craft workshops, guided tours and seasonal crafts for troops. We can work with your needs to help your troop meet the requirements of a particular badge or just create special memories in this unique setting. Field trips typically last 90 minutes and fees for workshops and admission start at $6 per girl. (Prices vary based on activities scheduled.) Our most popular workshops for Girl Scouts are finger puppets, folk dolls, and Gingerbread Houses in December. Contact the Assistant Director at 303-322-1053 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details and availability.
US Mint – Visit the US Mint in Denver for site tours and or contact them to schedule financial education outreach programming. Guided tours are 45 minutes in length. Tours start every 90 minutes beginning at 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday (excluding federal holidays). You are encouraged to make your reservation as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. Reservations are required for all tours. General tour information: 303-405-4761. You can register online here. To schedule financial educational outreach programming, complete and submit the attached request form or call 303-405-4755 for more information.
Mental Health Awareness Patch Program - All patch requirements can be found in the attached document. The program was designed by the International Bipolar Foundation. Here are some additional resources they have provided on mental illness:
For additional resources, guest speakers, and support in Colorado, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado (NAMI Colorado). They can help specifically with a guest presentation on the "stigma busting" activity and also host an annual walk that girls could be involved in. Learn more at www.namicolorado.org or contact email@example.com or Scott Glaser, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (303) 321-3104.
CPR/ First Aid Classes through GS Troop 50162 for C/S/A/A: CPR/ First Aid classes are offered about once a month in the Lakewood area, and the card you get is good for 2 years. You also get to keep the book and get lunch included in the price of $50.00 per person (Denver Metro area). Traveling prices vary, please call to discuss. To register or check availability of dates, contact Holly Hodges @ 720-208-8695 or email@example.com.
Competitive Cheer/ Tumbling with Diamond Elite All Star Cheerleading - Diamond Elite is a competitive all-star cheerleading program based out of Denver, Colorado but servicing the whole front range. Diamond Elite provides a championship caliber competitive cheerleading program for all levels ages 10 -18. In addition to their competitive training program, DEA provides personalized high school and recreational tumbling, stunting and choreography clinics. DEA emphasizes the importance of commitment, safety, conditioning, tumbling, and athleticism. The Diamond Elite Program is dedicated in providing the most positive all-star cheer experience from the beginner to the seasoned athlete. For more information call 303-955-0889 or visit them online at www.deallstarcheer.com
The Empowered Troop: Self-Defense for Girl Scouts - IMPACT Personal Safety provides experiential empowerment programming for students, ages 6 and up, of all genders and abilities. The Empowered Troop is a caregiver-child program that teaches participants to read and trust their intuition, find safety, problem solve, manage adrenaline, and defend themselves by setting verbal and physical boundaries. Cost is $20 per girl or adult, and we can come to you! Please contact EJ at 303-956-6643 to schedule a class for your troop!
Apron Strings Girl Scout Cooking Classes - Earn cooking badges and learn a foolproof, fabulous recipe in a fun, casual atmosphere with Heather at Apron String Cooking Classes in Monument, CO. Age specific classes are coming up Fall 2013. Find them on our Activity Finder or go directly to her website to search/register. If classes are full, please contact her and she can find another date that works for your troop.
Australian Animals & Art Program for Daisy Troops - Learn about Australia and its unique animals! These events are led by Jeanne Reinhardt, a retired school librarian who lived in Australia for one year through a teacher-exchange program. She will come to your troop meeting place and host a 45-minute talk covering basic information about koalas, kangaroos, echidnas, platypuses, and wombats and discuss how many of these animals are endangered because of loss of habitat. Girls will also learn some Australian songs, listen to an Australian folktale, and learn about the flag, school customs, language differences, etc. as time permits. We can schedule an art project, too, such as decorating a white cardboard boomerang in the Aboriginal style of art. Please contact Jeanne directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-666-7793 to schedule a date for your troop in the Louisville, Lafayette, Niwot, Boulder, and Superior area.
Four Mile Historic Park - Take a step back in time to where the frontier comes to life! The Four Mile House was the last stop coming west to Denver along the Cherokee Trail. Girl Scout groups can customize their Journey or Badge earning experience to include 3 activities in a 2 hour time frame. Choose from activities like Gold Panning, Butter Making, Prairie School, Pioneer games and many more! 2 week advance registration is required for group activities. Groups can also visit the park through regular admission. Call: 720-865-0814, or visit http://www.fourmilepark.org/ (click "education", then "scouts") or email email@example.com
Brownie Journey Day - Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch in Aurora: Dip into the wonderful world of water as you fulfill requirements for the WOW: Wonders of Water Journey. Learn about water around the world, the water cycle, where our water comes from and our role in conserving it and keeping it clean through a series of fun, interactive and engaging activities, including a chance to explore a creek and see what creatures in our neighborhood need clean water to survive. (weather permitting) $2 per scout, 10 scout minimum. Contact Joy at the Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch in Aurora, 303-739-2428, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details or to schedule your troop.
Daisy Between Earth and Sky Journey Day - Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch in Aurora: Celebrate the earth while completing your “between earth and sky” journey. Write a recipe for dirt, make a plant necklace, take a nature hike to discover colors, plants and wildlife, take a seed survey, and so much more. Be prepared for tons of hands-on fun! $2 per scout, 10 scout minimum. Contact Joy at the Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch in Aurora, 303-739-2428, or email@example.com, for more details or to schedule your troop.
Note: These opportunities can be tailored to meet Girl Scout Journey or badge requirements for the specific age level of girls attending (especially for Junior: aMUSE and Cadette: Breathe). For details and to schedule a program, contact the Museum Education Department at 303-360-5360 x116
Learn Robotics with Sphero - Orbotix, a company located in downtown Boulder, wants to work with Girl Scouts and their parents interested in learning how to program using Sphero robots. Sphero is a robotic ball gaming system and has several levels of programming - from beginner to expert. The class is about an hour and half long, and open to Girl Scouts of any age. Girls need no programming experience. This workshop can help girls earn their Digital Arts or Creative Play badge. To set up a time for your troop to experience Sphero robotics, contact Adam Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-817-1644
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The Plains Conservation Center - The Plains Conservation Center has great year round programming for Girl Scouts, including badge workshops and yurt overnights. Check out http://www.plainscenter.org/group-programs/scout-programs/ for more information.
Explorations in Arts: Sol-Via Modern Arts offers programming in Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Arts Technology, and Multicultural Arts for all age groups. Workshops are conducted at your troop meeting location. Visit their website for a list of potential workshop titles. http://sol-via.com/ They can customize a workshop to fit your troop's needs and areas of focus. There is a flat fee for each workshop for up to 25 participants. 60 minutes: $100, 90 minutes: $150, 120 minutes: $200. For more information, contact CEO Regina Dunda: Regina.Dunda@Sol-Via.com or call 720-213-4988
Learn about Archaeology and Indian Rock Art - The Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS) has developed a program to help children at third and fourth grade levels learn about the people that have lived near Denver for thousands of years. CAS has offered to present their program to our troops. The presentation includes a slide show and an activity where the girls will learn about these ancient people and their art while emphasizing the importance of avoiding damage to the art work. The program lasts for 1 ½ hours but it can be adjusted to the time available. For information or to schedule a presentation for your troop, please contact Betsy Weitkamp at 303-722-1656 or email@example.com
Helicopter Aviation Tour - Interested in learning about aviation or becoming a pilot? Former Girl Scout, Ronnie Johnson - a helicopter flight instructor with Front Range Helicopters - has offered to provide free tours of the airport and information about how to become a pilot to interested girl scouts and troops! The flight school is located at the Loveland/Fort Collins Airport, and Ronnie can setup a personal tour for up to 12 girls at a time. If interested, please contact Ronnie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATA FMA, Colorado's Premier Family Martial Arts Organization is offering Free Fitness and Safety Clinics for Colorado Girl Scout Troops. They offer customizable program formats for your needs and age level. Program material can include Stranger Danger, Abduction Prevention and Bully Proofing using nationally accredited curriculum. Clinics also provide basic self-defense techniques and fitness regimens. Each clinic is roughly an hour and a half in length and includes a snack and bottled water. Choose the nearest location to you: Aurora, Fort Collins, Louisville, Loveland or Summit County. Clinics are subject to availability. Call 303-690-0560 or visit their website at www.atafma.com.
Kid Proof Safety Programs - Offered by Advanced Care CPR, classes offered include: Stranger Smarts (2 hours) definition of a stranger, kid and parent promise, instinct, intuition and personal alarm, trick used where to go for help. I Wanna Walk (2 hours) planning a safe route, dealing with bullies, pedestrian, road traffic and road safety, dressing for success. Safe Sport (2 hours) winning and losing well, self-esteem, bullying - how to react dealing with aggressive players, healthy eating, for ages 8-11. For younger girls, Never Be Lost, Safe Kids (2 hours) steps to staying safe, who to choose to help, phone numbers, at home safety, electricity, poison, and fire safety, traffic, bikes, and playground safety. Home Alone and Child First Aid (4 hours). They are currently scheduling classes at group locations throughout the metro area. Please call 303 384-3696 or email email@example.com to register.
Safe Kids Classes - Safe Kids by Personal Body Safety Programs offers classes and workshops about Stranger Awareness, Abduction Prevention and Sexual Abuse Prevention. The curriculum can be customized per age group (ages 3-16) and subject matter. Go to www.girlsrite.com/safe-kids-class or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Growing up Girl: Surviving and Thriving in Adolescence - Girl's Rite offers workshops for girls approaching adolescence and for those already there. Our focus is on topics surrounding the physical, emotional and social aspects of growing up. Customize your class by choosing one or several of the following topics: -All About Periods (a favorite for 4th-6th grade girls!) -Body Parts from A to Z -Changing Bodies, Changing Emotions -Social Effects of Puberty *dating and relationships, bullying, changing relationships with parents, decision making skills -Reproduction and Childbirth. Go to www.girlsrite.com or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Horseback Riding - Below is a list of riding facilities and instructors throughout Colorado as a reference for Girl Scouts. Some locations may offer discounts to Girl Scouts or large groups – please confirm when registering. Note some of these are seasonal and are not open in winter. To keep the list from being too long, we have included two websites that are a general database for CHA certified instructors and for trail riding facilities.
Riding facilities and liveries:
Near Magic Sky Ranch
• Sundance Trail Guest Ranch / 17931 Red Feather Lakes Rd, Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545 / 970-224-1222 / www.sundancetrail.com
• Beaver Meadows Ranch Resort / 100 Marmot Dr. #1, Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545 / 970-881-2450 / www.beavermeadows.com
Near Meadow Mountain Ranch
• Sombrero Stables - Allenspark Livery / Allenspark Village, CO / 303-747-2551 (ask about the Happy Trails patch)
• Peaceful Valley Ranch / 475 Peaceful Valley Road, Lyons, CO / 303-747-2881
• Glacierview / 303-459-0771 / (may offer rides to public)
• Sombrero Stables / Hwy 34 Estes Park, CO / 970-586-4577 / (year round riding)
• Elkhorn Lodge - O’Dells Trail Rides / 600 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517 / 970-402-1486
Near Tomahawk Ranch
• Northfork Ranch / 55395 U.S. 285, Shawnee, CO 80475 / 303-838-9873 / www.northforkranch.com
• Bear Mt Stables / 11778 Wonder Drive, Conifer, CO 80433 / www.bearmtnstables.com
• Bear Creek Stables / P.O. Box 118, Morrison, CO 80465 / 303-697-9666 Office@BearCreekStablesColorado.com / www.bearcreekranchcolorado.com
Near Sky High Ranch
• Historic Triple B Ranch / 27640 Hwy 67, Woodland Park, CO 80866 / 719-687-8899 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.TripleBRanch.com
• Academy Riding Stables / 4 El Paso Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO / 719-633-5667 / www.academyridingstables.com
• Colorado Riding Academy / 7062 Rafter Road, Franktown, CO / 303 840 7105 / email@example.com / www.coloradoridingacademy.net
• Quintessential Arabians/Camp Kit’N'Kaboodle / 25935 Judge Orr Road Calhan, CO 80808 / 719-683-9043
• Milemakers – endurance riding / PO Box 282 /Larkspur, CO 80118 / 303-249-7630 / www.milemakers.com
• Equine 808 Horse Rescue Colorado / Ellicott, CO / 719-213-9144 / Horses@equine808.com / www.equine808.com
• CHA Certified riding instructors: http://cha-ahse.org/store/pages/42/Instructor-Recertification.html
• CDGRA Colorado Dude Guest Ranch Association / www.coloradoranch.com
• Sombrero Riding Stables - statewide locations / www.sombrero.com
• Dude Ranch Association / http://www.duderanch.org/colorado-dude-ranch
• Keystone Stables / West Keystone Keystone, CO 80435 / 800-354-4386 / http://www.keystoneresort.com/activitiesdetail/key+-+stables+summer.axd
• Gateway Canyons / 43200 Hwy 141, Gateway, CO 81522 / 970-931-2458 / www.gatewaycanyons.com
• Rim Rock Adventures / 927 HWY 340 Fruita, CO 81521 / 970-858-9555 / www.rradventures.com
• C Lazy U Ranch / 3640 Colorado 125, Granby, CO 80446 / 970-887-3344 / www.clazyu.com
• Elk Mountain Ranch / PO Box 910, Buena Vista, CO / 719 539-4430 / www.elkmtn.com
• Glenwood Adventure Company / 723 Cooper Ave / Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 / 970-945-7529 / www.glenwoodadventure.com
• Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch / 2939 N. County Road 31D Loveland, CO 80538-9763 / 970-667-3915 / firstname.lastname@example.org