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There are tons of fun things to do with your troop! Check out the lists below for some ideas:

Girl Scout Activities

Badges and Journeys

Council's Own Badge: Urban Orienteering in the Capital: As a Colorado Cadette Girl Scout you are ready to try new things and take risks. In this badge you will gain knowledge about Denver and learn how to explore our state’s capital.

GSCO Community Care Program: Participate in the Girl Scouts of Colorado Community Care Program. Each community giving month has a theme! Bring items to an organization of your troop’s choice and then purchase patches from the Girl Scouts of Colorado Retail Shop. Community Care patches cost $1.50 for the large patch and $.50 for each add-on patch!

History Book Bag Program: Girl Scouts of Colorado History Committee presents the "History Book Bag" Program. Borrow a bag of Girl Scouts books from your local Girl Scout office, and let the history adventure begin!Explore the books together using the enclosed activity ideas. Program meets requirements for "Girl Scout Way" badges, or are great inspiration for planning a "Its Your Story, Tell It" journey! 

Girl Scout Traditions and History

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 9 a.m. to noon. Email Penny Roberts, director, or call 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. Email girlscoutcollection@gmail.com or call 720-941-0152 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

Global Girl Scouting Activities: Check out the Global Girl Scouting Program Guide, jam-packed with information about Girl Scouts worldwide. The guide includes great global facts to share-- did you know what Daisy Girl Scouts in  New Zealand are known as Pippins? Check out the unique global activity ideas like the UK game called Silent Elephant, or the Chinese game Dragon's Tail! This resource guide, produced by the Girl Scouts of Colorado Global Girl Scouting Committee, is great for girls of all ages.

Other Activities

Religious Recognitions: Visit Girl Scouts of the USA to learn about Religious Recognitions and the "My Promise, My Faith" pin.

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 - 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 clicking here. Please email with any questions. The program directly links to the Healthy Habit Supplement books for the It's Your Planet Journey for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Have fun learning about healthy living!

Girl Scout Hiking Club - Are you looking to get outdoors? Join the Girl Scout Hiking Club. We will meet at 8 a.m. most Saturdays to hike different trails in the Pikes Peak region. There are 14 Saturdays planned with a culminating hike to the top of Pikes Peak! A list of hikes will be emailed out once you sign up. Hikes include: Garden of the Gods, 7 Bridges Trail, Section 16, Red Rocks Open Space, and many more!

Community Service

Opportunities

Remember: While Girl Scouts are encouraged to volunteer in their communities, they are not allowed to raise funds for other organizations.

  • Volunteer with Family Promise: Family Promise is a homeless shelter for Denver-area families. We need volunteers every weekday night or weekend day to help serve meals to the families, participate in craft activity and just spend time with the children and parents transitioning out of homelessness.
  • Tiny Free Library:  In cooperation with the Colorado Reads Initiative, the Tiny Free Library is a community project seeking volunteers to build small hyper local libraries which will house books and serve as a free book exchange. This project aims to promote literacy to low income and homeless families and individuals. The libraries will be placed on the sites of organizations that provide services to low income and homeless families and individuals. We are seeking volunteers who can both supply materials, build the libraries, and place them at designated organization sites. We will need the tiny libraries filled with both children and adult books. Books do not need to be new, just in good condition.

  • Memory Bag Program: Lil Things For Lil Ts Friends is looking for volunteers to help with their memory bag program for pregnancy and infant loss. This program is best suited for high school aged girl scouts and adults. There is a need to create items (mostly handmade) to go in the bags, as well as helping putting the bags together. The keepsake memory bags will then be distributed through hospitals to those who have suffered the loss of a baby. They are based out of the Pikes Peak region, but the program can be done anywhere statewide. To volunteer, please contact Amy Kincaid at lilThingsForLilTsFriends@yahoo.com.
  • Volunteer with RISE Early Literacy Program - Center for Hearing Speech and Language is a non-profit located in Denver, CO. One of the departments within the Center, called RISE, works with underprivileged toddlers to give them a chance at literacy. RISE is a free language and literacy program that supplements preschool curriculum working with children living in inner city public housing. We are looking for volunteers to help either leading the RISE sessions at the different sites as well as reading buddies to children ages 3-5 in our program. 

  • Project C.U.R.E.: Kits for Kids - The Kits for Kids program supplies families in the developing world with common "medicine cabinet" items.  Everyday supplies that we find in U.S. households like bar soap, antibiotic ointment, and bandages are very rarely found in clinics or homes in the developing world.  You can send Kits for Kids to clinics and households all around the world in five easy steps:

1. Fill out the Kits for Kids Request Form (Click  here to begin Step 1)
2. Donate your $5 per Kit for shipping and processing (Click here for Step 2). *Please select “Other” if you are donating a different amount than listed.
3. Fill bags: Please include ALL items listed on the website.
4. Drop bags: Please take completed Kits for Kids to our Centennial warehouse at 10377 E. Geddes Ave, Ste. 200 Centennial, CO 80112
5. Track your Kit(s) by using the tag on the bags if you would like to find out where they go!

For more information, please email kitsforkids@projectcure.org

  • NONPROFIT FINDER - Looking for a kid or family-friendly service project at your favorite non-profit?  Need to know who best to contact at your favorite organization? Here is a great resource from the Young Philanthropists Foundation that may help point you in the right direction. Also, are you curious about how best to create a meaningful service project? Here is a great brochure on the subject, also provided by YPF.
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Outside Group Activities

Tours

Interactive Walking Tours: Is your troop looking for a fun field trip, team-building, socializing or an educational tour, while having the opportunity to earn a badge?

Our team of tour guides is available seven days a week to lead Girl Scouts on tours showcasing the unique history, architecture, and landmarks of Denver at a cost of just $7 per Girl Scout with up to three parents and chaperones being 100% free. Specialty tours and customized tours are also available to meet your troops' interests.

Guides are trained in utilizing best practice youth engagement techniques  (role playing, open-ended questions, writing/drawing prompts, use of movement, utilizing all five senses for observation/exploration, pair sharing, etc.) in all of our children and teen tours. 

Click here to view our flyer with information on our tours available to Girl Scout Troops. More information can be found on our website: 
www.denverfreewalkingtours.com. Please reach out to Jill Collins at info@denverfreewalkingtours.com or 720-372-3849 to inquire about booking a tour or for help with any questions.

Dental Office Tour - Come tour a dental office and learn about all the exciting career paths you can take within the dental world. We can show you all our extensive and highly modern technology while also showing you the benefits of working within a dental office. There are many careers for women within this field, and we can always use more female dentists. Please contact Michaela Odenbaugh for locations and she can coordinate a day and time that works for your troop. Email: odenbaughm@pacificdentalservices.com Cell: (970) 381-1069

Athletics

Fencing Experiences for Girl Scouts: Learn about the Olympic Sport of Fencing! Instruction will be given by an enthusiastic coach from Front Range Fencing Club. Scouts will be trained on fencing safety and fundamentals in a group lesson. Scouts will learn about the history and basic techniques of modern sword fighting (weapons have plastic blunted tips, nothing sharp) and then they will spar or as fencers say, bout against one another! 

All fencing gear equipment is provided. Separate sessions for all levels. All registered Girl Scouts receive a Fencing Fun patch.

Registration link:
http://frontrangefencing.tripod.com/girl-scout-fencing-experiences.html

Troop/group discount for 10 or more in the same session. View the flyer for more information.

Find your Inner Warrior:  This one-hour session can easily help to fulfill the requirements for "Practical Life Skills" or the Make Your Own Badges for the Cadettes, Ambassadors and Seniors. Learn from a 3rd Degree Black Belt Martial Arts Instructor, Sensei Shawna (also a Certified Basic Archery Instructor) who grew up in the Girl Scouts. In addition to Basic Self Defense/Staying Safe Strategies, girls are taught how to use their voices with authority, how to walk with confidence, how to use fearful situations to empower themselves, and how to stick up for a friend who is being bullied. In addition, girls are encouraged to follow their dreams in potentially having their own business in a field that empowers others and encourages goal-setting, overcoming challenges (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually), "grace under pressure" and so much more. Come see a State-Of-The-Art Traditional Home Dojo for this Seminar (Highlands Ranch), or schedule this on-site. $19 per participant (8 yrs and up) with a 5 student minimum. Register by contacting Sensei Shawna at shawnaf@comcast.net or 720-290-7398.

Badges and Journeys

On the Trail to Health, Heritage, and Happiness™: This program fulfills requirements towards the Brownie Hiker Badge. To register, email wellness@poudreheritage.org to set up your invoice address and account. The cost is $25 per troop, per route. At poudreheritage.org/wellness-program you select from heritage hunt routes along the Cache la Poudre River. Along the route, the troops answers heritage-themed questions, which they answer by reading interpretive signs. The group also takes photos at certain points of interest. After the route is completed, all the answers and photos are uploaded to our website submission form.

Arts and Crafts Badge: Earn your painting, art, craft, sewing or create your own creative badge at Little Red Hen Studio!- A Girl Scout leader owned creative studio! Cost is $12-15 per girl scout depending on the project you choose. 

Book your day and time, ask questions and pick your project at littleredhenart.com or contact Jennifer at 720-938-9876

Climate Change Patch with Colorado Moms Know Best:  Girl Scouts can learn more about what causes climate change and what you can do to prevent it. Working to earn the patch means learning skills from research to presentations to organizing. There are activities for Girl Scouts of all ages. Any interested girl is welcome to participate and patches are available in the GSCO shop for purchase. Girl Scouts can work on patch requirements as a troop or on their own, too. To find details about the patch, check out http://coloradomomsknowbest.com/2017/03/introducing-the-climate-change-girl-scouts-patch /.

Colorado Moms Know Best is a network of parents standing up for our children by protecting Colorado’s outdoors and quality of life, especially our clean air. For questions contact Jen Clanahan at comomsknowbest@gmail.com or Lori Thompson at Lori.Thompson@gscolorado.org

Earn Your Comic Artist Badge!: Dan Conner, with Crazy Good Comics, is an educator and cartoonist based in the Metro Denver area. He is passionate about using artwork to impact our community and finds that comics are one of the best ways to do this!  With his series, My Gal, the Zombie, Dan uses our culture’s popular fantasy theme of zombies as a metaphor for diversity.  While not including scary content, he hopes that readers can draw parallels between this fiction and real life situations of discrimination. From brainstorming to publication, Dan can equip your girls to not only earn their Comic Artist badge, but to become cartoonist. They can also work on other badges, such as screen writing, drawing, and others. Workshops include advanced instructions geared specifically to their goals using skills with technology, collaboration, leadership, team building, artistic expression, and even bully prevention. He could also work with your troop to release their comics in a variety of formats. Workshops can be scheduled directly by contacting Dan. A minimum of 10 girls are required for a three hour session, and the cost of $12 per girl includes all materials. There is no additional charge for adults.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to collaborate with an award winning artist!

Earn your Jeweler Badge: What is your birthstone? What makes a diamond sparkle? Get the answers, learn about the tools used in jewelry making and make your own jewelry. The program is run by Conny Karman, a self-taught jewelry artist, a troop leader, and the founder of IDEA It Lab. Minimum 10 girls required. Parent helpers are free up to the required ratio. Workshops can be scheduled directly by contacting Conny Karman (info@IDEAitLab.com or ckarman31@yahoo.com or 262-352-4795). Click here to learn more. 

Xcel Energy STEM Badge: Join us for this Virtual program to earn your Xcel Energy STEM Badge. Appropriate for Brownie through Ambassador levels. Girls will complete 4 activities from each of the links, below. Troop leaders can print out activities and use the answer sheet to verify learning. Troop leaders should NOT order school classroom-oriented materials, as they are a duplication of the activities already on the links. Link 1 & Link 2

Learn and Earn with Key Bank: Take charge of your financial life. Learn and Earn is KeyBank’s comprehensive financial education and awareness program, designed to address the growing need and desire of consumers to improve their financial management skills. Our goal is to provide access to resources that create a strong foundation for economic stability and growth in the communities we serve. KeyBank’s classes are a great tie into Girl Scouts Financial Empowerment badge offerings. To schedule a class or to have a speaker come to your troop meeting, please contact your local KeyBank

  • Daisy (K-1)- Money Counts- Girls learn money basics, the different coins and bills and learn their worth.
  • Brownie (2-3) Money Manager- Girls learn what money does and how to use it.
  • Junior (4-5) Savvy Shopper- Girls learn the difference between wants and needs and learn how to make a savings plan
  • Cadette (6-8) Budgeting- Girls learn how to create a budget and save to support a cause they are passionate about.
  • Cadette (6-8) Financing My Dreams- Girls get a reality check and learn about how much their dreams cost and what they have to do to achieve them.
  • Senior (9-10) Financing My Future- Girls learn how to plan for their future whether it’s for school, buying a house or a travel trip.
  • Senior (9-10) Buying Power- Girls learn how to make big purchase that require an ongoing financial commitment.
  • Ambassador (11-12)- On My Own- Girls learn how to create a future budget to determine the cost of living on their own.
  • Ambassador (11-12)- Good Credit- Girls learn how to establish good credit and compare different ways to borrow money.

Scriptwriting and Digital Storytelling Cadette Badges:
Digistars moviemaking programs take scouts and/or troops through the filmmaking process. From storyboards to set building, acting, directing, filming, and editing, our trained instructors are professional filmmakers who will guide girls through the production process. Choose a stop motion animation (Claymation!) program or live action filmmaking using green screen technology – either one will satisfy the requirements of both moviemaking badges. Attend a scheduled program or book a private seminar for your troop at your convenience! Come to our studio in central Denver, or we can bring the program to your space! For more information, visit http://digistarsworkshop.com/ or call 888-611-5090

Classes

Pizza Dough from Scratch Cooking Class: Schedule a free DIY Pizza Dough Class at your local Pizzeria Locale to learn how to make delicious pizza dough. The class includes a dough making demonstration, hands on dough stretching and of course lunch! Class can be booked any day of the week except Friday from 10 - 11:30 am. Contact chris@pizzerialocale.com to register or with any additional questions.

Free Nutrition Education Classes: Earn your healthy living or eating for beauty badge! Rachel is a Nutritional Health Coach at Natural Grocers - Design District and is passionate about teaching the community about wellness and nutrition. The Design District store has a beautiful demo kitchen, where Girl Scouts and parents can come to enjoy an interactive nutrition class followed by healthy smoothies or fruit kabobs. Please contact Rachel at nhc.dd@naturalgrocers.com or on the store phone at 303-733-3033.

Babysitting CPR Training JEANius - My Babysitting CPR course (4+ hours), which I've taught for 15 years, is through the American Safety and Health Institute and I cover quality time babysitting, preventing injuries, first aid, choking skill, diapering, burping, shaken baby and more – and FULL CPR with 3 sizes of mannequins. Youth (age 11+) leave class with excellent training, a great babysitting book, a Certification Card and CONFIDENCE. 

On my website, I have a page called “Compare the Classes” listing how recreation centers and national agencies do not include CPR. I believe it is vital – you are MOST LIKELY to give care to someone you love (beyond babysitting jobs, at home, with friends, etc.) 

The class is $70 per student. I am a college teacher, professional actor, event manager and safety instructor and I make the class lively and value-packed. 

Please visit my website to learn more – EASYCPR-DENVER.com

Events

Scout Sundays with Your Soul's Movement: Join Your Soul's Movement for Scout Sundays every Sunday. Through dance, voice, music, and theatre we hope to help the girls build characters of courage and confidence.

Seminars and Programs

Skype Book Club: Princess Juniper Book Club – With the Author! Join a virtual book club reading of Princess Juniper of the Hourglass, by Ammi-Joan Paquette. Girls will read the book then gather for book discussion, crafts, follow-up activities and more. Includes a special Skype appearance by the author, with the chance for girls to have Q&A about the book and about author life. For additional information about the author and her books, visit www.ajpaquette.com. For registration, discounted book purchase information and Skype scheduling, contact SarahA@thebookingbiz.com

Career Talk or Web/Code Badge Activity: Women Who Code Boulder/Denver is interested in volunteering to work with troops in the Denver metro area either by doing career talks or assisting with Web/Code related badges. Please note that we are not tied down to dates/times. 

Custom Healthy Living Presentations at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage: Please contact your nearest Natural Grocers store and ask to speak with the Nutritional Health Coach. Talk to us about the healthy body or eating topic you'd like to focus on, and we will customize a presentation for your troop! You choose the nutrition topic that fits your needs. Minimum of 12 attendees per presentation required. Find your store's contact info here.

Explorations in Arts: Sol-Via Modern Arts offers arts programming and skill building badge workshops for every level such as Making Games, Book Artist, Business Owner, Dancer, Digital Photography, Public Speaker, Entertainment Technology, Musician, Scribe, Jeweler, Painter, and more. 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 Regina Dunda: Regina.Dunda@Sol-Via.com or call 720-213-4088

Museums and Learning Centers

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.)

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. 

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum Opportunities

  • Aviation Exploration: Tour of the museum with introduction to theory and aircraft propulsion. Includes access to cockpits of select aircraft.
  • Flight Adventure: In addition to the Aviation Exploration tour, learn basic functions of aircraft instruments and control systems and apply that learning using a computer flight simulator.
  • Flight Engineer: In addition to the Aviation Exploration tour, learn basic aerodynamics and aircraft control surfaces by constructing and test flying a model aircraft.
  • Project Pilot: A team challenge! Attend an aviation ground school to learn basic flight planning and navigation. Test your skill by flying your planned mission using a computer flight simulator. Includes a museum tour.

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

Outdoors

Shooting Sports: Anyone interested in Shooting Sports, specifically troop training and/or camps on rifle, shotgun, and archery, may contact Alissa Bishop-Skinner at 303-513-1537.

Junior Ranger Activity Books and Awards - Explore and celebrate the multiple uses of public lands. The BLM’s Junior Ranger Program allows you to engage in recreation, learning, and stewardship of your public lands. Junior Ranger on-site programs and online activity books and materials will motivate you, your friends, and family to visit BLM sites and join the adventure. Email orders to: blm_oc_pmds@blm.gov For materials ordering questions contact PMDS (303) 236-1975.

The BLM's Junior Ranger Program engages young people in recreation, learning, and stewardship on public lands in order to enhance awareness of the BLM's natural and cultural resource management mission. Junior Ranger programs, activity books, and other materials will motivate young people and their families to visit BLM sites.

For more information on the Junior Ranger program, please contact Derrick Baldwin, Division of Interpretation, Education and Partnerships, at dbladwin@blm.gov or 970-882-6805.

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 or email  education@fourmilepark.org

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Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships for Older Girls
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes - Girl Scouts are doing great things to help other people or the planet, and we want to honor them! This annual youth recognition award celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our environment. Each year, ten to fifteen winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline is April 15. For more information and to nominate, visit http://www.barronprize.org/ Questions? Contact Barbara Richman at ba_richman@barronprize.org