A sisterhood of support
When I reflect on what sets Girl Scouts apart from other girl-serving organizations, many things come to mind, but it's the community, the feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself -- what we like to call the sisterhood of support -- that really stands out to me.
That quality took center stage in several ways this year. When tragedy struck in December 2021 through the devastating wildfires that forever changed our community and took the homes of thousands of people, including at least 40 Girl Scouts of Colorado members, the support poured in.
Immediately Girl Scouts across the state, around the country and even the globe offered help to everyone impacted but especially their Girl Scout sisters. Troops immediately 'adopted' troops that lost their meeting place, their leaders' homes, their uniforms and all their supplies. Hundreds of Girl Scouts created S.O.S. (Sisterhood of Support) bags to be given to Girl Scouts impacted by this tragedy or other tragic situations.
The Girl Scouts of Louisville and Superior knew that they were resilient and they were strong and they were not alone.
Then, those very Girl Scouts who lost their homes, whose communities were ravaged, began their healing process and they rolled up their sleeves and got to work helping their communities.
They planted trees to replace the thousands that were lost. They created a community art project to show they're '80027 Strong!' They gave out Girl Scout Cookies to neighbors and they started houseplants to share. They honored the first responders who saved lives and property that windy December day. They sang the praises of lesser known heroes at their school districts and water districts.
They did what Girl Scouts do best -- they took action. They didn't wait around for someone to figure out what needed to be done or write a proposal; these girls -- Girl Scouts in elementary school, middle school, and high school -- took action.
That's another thing that sets us apart. Girl Scouts know you're never too young to make a difference for your community.
Another happy story born out of tragedy exemplifies both of these characteristics. When the Taliban took over the government of Afghanistan, an extended family with young girls struggled to get out -- along with many others -- knowing their girls' futures would be dramatically changed by this government. They suffered losses, serious injuries, separation, and more as they made their way to America. At the same time, a troop of Girl Scouts in Denver discussed what was happening in Afghanistan and they wondered aloud how they could help.
Eventually, the Afghan family settled in the Denver area and the Girl Scout troop became their sisterhood of support. They welcomed the two young girls into their troop, reminding them that girls can do anything they set their minds to.
This is what all girls -- all people -- need. A welcoming safe space, where you can be yourself, where differences are celebrated, where failing is viewed as a learning experience, and best of all, best friends are by your side and in your corner.
That's what Girl Scouts is about. It's a sisterhood of support. It's about being a part of something bigger than yourself.
Thank you for being an integral part of our circle of support!
Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO
By the numbers
of whom are volunteers
By Program level
packages of cookies sold by our young entrepreneurs
packages donated to heroes and helpers through Gift of Caring and Hometown Heroes programs
Girl Scouts ran their own business
packages sold on average per Girl Scout
earned by troops to support leadership, adventure and service activities
total sales Fall Product Program September 2022
Girl Scouts participated
Girl Scouts participated
Highest Awards Program
Girl Scouts served at overnight camp, volunteer-led day camp, staff-led day camp, Outdoor Adventure Club and Troop Days at camp
Girl Scout registrations for
Girl Scout registrations
Inspiring Futures events
Inspiring Futures attendees
earned partner patches
AT&T .... 77
Lockheed Martin ... 270
Inspiring Futures ...
youth served at
community program sites
Girl Scout experience for
She went out of her comfort zone and rocked the cookie booth! The way our troop leaders make her feel welcome and safe; so that she is comfortable speaking to new people.
What have you enjoyed most about being a troop leader?
Bringing our girls together in person. Covid and the isolation was devastating to our kids. Having them together again is critical. Our town also went through a natural disaster this year; and bringing the troop together throughout that has also been a blessing.
I like all the fun activities especially outdoor stuff. This year we got to go snowshoeing and that was a lot of fun. We also went ice skating and hiking
Girl Scouts fun
What new things did you try with Girl Scouts?
Hike a 14er,
go see the Maroon Bells in Aspen!
Product Programs (net) $11,472,017
Contributions and special events $4,536,728
Support and Revenue
Services to troops and girls $8,702,514
Events and camps $2,037,889
Management and general $1,747,877
Change in Net Assets
Change in Net Assets from Operations $4,177,054
Funding of National Girl Scout Retirement Plan ($560,214)
Gain on extinguishment of PPP loan $1,689,269
Other non-operating activity $21,454
Change in value of Beneficial Interests ($2,477,318)
held by other, including perpetual trusts
Change in net assets with Retirement Plan and
other non-operating activity $2,850,240
Net assets, beginning of year $31,473,949
net assets, end of year $34,324,194