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Color Guard needed at Budweiser Events Center

Girl Scout troops are needed for the color guard at several 2020 events at The Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.

Kicker Arenacross: January 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Kicker Arenacross: January 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Harlem Globetrotters: February 28 at 7 p.m.

Toughest Monster Trucks: April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Toughest Monster Trucks: April 18 at 12 p.m.

Toughest Monster Trucks: April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

If interested, please contact Group Sales Manager Hannah Kusmik at hannah.kusmik@spectraxp.com.

Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival

Girl Scouts are invited to the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival November 15 – 17, 2019! This is a three-day celebration of cinema with an opening night gala at the Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College followed by two full days of film screenings. Over the course of the weekend, approximately 40 films will be presented at five venues across the Colorado College campus. Guest filmmakers from across the country will be attending and Q&As will be offered at many of the screenings.

My visit to the GSCO History Center

Submitted by John Silver, GSCO Guest Blogger

Metro Denver

Denver

Hello Girl Scouts,

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog about my visit to the GSCO History Center in Loveland. There were so many exciting things to talk about that I couldn’t include everything in one post, so I am adding to it today!

The History Center has more than 600 vintage Girl Scout uniforms, sashes, vests, and other accessories.  If a troop is planning to participate in a parade, memorial, or similar event, girls can borrow uniforms and accessories to be worn by the Girl Scouts who will be participating.

Begin the process by giving the center a description and date of the event. The History Center will need to know the number of Girl Scouts who will be participating and their approximate clothing sizes as soon as possible. The volunteers at the center will gather uniforms and accessories matching the occasion. For example, for a Veterans Day parade honoring World War II veterans, uniforms from that era were lent to the troop participating in the parade. The center makes uniforms and accessories available for about 20 events each year, although this number is not an upper limit so check it out.  The lending is done on requests from individual troops.

For other occasions, the volunteers at the center will put together display tables containing Girl Scout artifacts or photos that are “themed” to the occasion.  Examples are Highest Award ceremonies, World Thinking Days, Women of Distinction events, local gatherings, memorials, or anywhere Girl Scout history is of interest.  Display tables can also be prepared for local libraries and for Girl Scout properties around the state.

To learn more or to request uniforms for an event, contact the GSCO History Center at 2004 West 15th Street, Loveland 80538 or email gscohistory@gmail.com.

If your troop plans to participate in a parade, ceremony, or other event, contact the center to see about borrowing uniforms and accessories, or about arranging for a themed display table!

John Silver of Metro Denver is proud to be an adult volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado. As the brother and son of Girl Scouts, John is now an adult seeing Girl Scouts through new eyes. John will be reporting on things he learns– that you might not know either! He will also be researching badge earning and other opportunities for Girl Scouts today.

“Think Like an Engineer” event for Brownies

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Come join Troop 70720! Bring your troop and participate in a “Think Like an Engineer” event for Brownies!

When: November 2, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. to noon OR 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: The Ranch in the McKee Building (5280 Arena Circle Loveland)

Cost: $20 per girl, includes badge

This is not a drop off event, please bring your leader or adult with you.

Register at: https://brownie-journey-in-a-day-think-like-an-engineer.cheddarup.com

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Daisy Troop 7228 and Wild Bird Rescue and Rehab

Submitted by Elizabeth Lacy

Metro Denver

Aurora

On October 8, 2019, our Daisies learned about Wild Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation and earned the “Three Cheers for Animals!” badge! The nonprofit organization is located in Wheatridge, and visited us at our Aurora location. The girls spent time with the program educator and two sweet baby pigeons, who were very excited to be picked up and held by our enthusiastic troop.

For information on how your own troop can be part of this program, please check out the website at https://wildbirdrehab.com, or email Julie at emailjulie@mac.com. They do great work!

We had a few girls who were afraid of birds and this was a perfect safe way for them to learn about birds and caring for animals!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Mentoring younger girls through Journeys

Submitted by Meredith Locke

Northern & Northeastern CO

Lafayette

Join Troop 2235 this year as they mentor younger troops through a variety of Journeys. The girls are excited to learn leadership skills and pass on the confidence they have learned to younger girls through the Junior Journey “aMuse!,” Cadette “Breathe,” and Brownie “Brownie Quest”Journeys!

October 20, 2019 aMuse! Journey

https://junior-amuse-journey-22112.cheddarup.com

November 17, 2019 Breathe Journey

https://cadette-breathe-journey.cheddarup.com

March 15, 2020 aMuse! Journey

https://junior-amuse-journey-94829.cheddarup.com

April 26, 2019 Brownie Quest Journey

https://brownie-brownie-quest-journey.cheddarup.com

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

“WOW! Wonders of Water” Journey in a Day

Submitted by Karen Marietta

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Calling all Brownies! Please join us on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 2 – 5 p.m. to learn all about water! Cadette Troop 64599 is hosting a “WOW! Wonders of Water” Journey in a Day event.

Girl Scout Brownies will explore the wonders of water by finding out more about its importance and how it’s used around the world. During this Journey, girls will learn how to LOVE water, SAVE water, SHARE water, and earn the “WOW! Wonders of Water” Journey by taking action to share their knowledge with others. Activities will include games, crafts, hands-on experiments, and snacks.

The cost per girl is $20 payable by credit card or e-check and will include the “WOW! Wonders of Water” Journey award set. The event location is the Broomfield Community Center located at 280 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020. Registration is limited to 100 Girl Scouts. Safety Wise adults are free. Please contact us at jkmar2@msn.com with any questions.

To register for this event, please visit https://wow-wonders-of-water-journey-in-a-day.cheddarup.com.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Girl Scouts learn about watershed conversation and the environment in Longmont

In partnership with Colorado Trout Unlimited (CTU) and Anadarko, a dozen Girl Scouts had the opportunity to serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Izaak Walton Clubhouse in Longmont. The goal of the event was to help girls develop an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. This outdoor watershed experience employed STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math), plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream. CTU volunteers led Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes in observing a stream, collecting flow data, sampling macroinvertebrates (aka aquatic bugs), fly tying, and fly casting. Girls also explored the natural area and recorded their thoughts and observations.

Colorado Trout Unlimited is dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring Colorado’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. With a grassroots base comprised of nearly 12,000 members in 24 local chapters across the state, CTU works both locally and statewide through advocacy, education, and on-the-ground restoration projects. For more information visit www.coloradotu.org.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker across Colorado

When Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker comes to a theatre near you, it brings nearly 40 world-class dancers, more than 200 dazzling costumes created in St. Petersburg, Russia, and beautiful backdrops painted by Russian artisans. It also comes with towering puppets, stunning props, and busloads of holiday magic.

Did you know, though, that the tour also brings a deep history of hard work, passion, and above all a commitment to the artistic integrity at the very core of every performance?

Russian ballet dancers are known for their focused practice and the sense of duty they bring to the ballet art form. They train from very young ages and with unmatched dedication. Think about going to ballet class every day… for hours! Above are some photos from one of the earliest Nutcracker performances in Europe in the late 19th Century, and a ballet class taking place in a Russian village during World War II in the 1940s.

The Moscow Ballet company jeté’ed onto American soil in 1993. Since then, the company has continued to grow, while always maintaining its roots in the classical world of ballet. Some of the characters you may recognize – the Arabian variation couple, the Kissy Doll with her beautiful ribbon candy tutu, and the iconic Dove of Peace (exclusive to Moscow Ballet) – have undergone beautiful transformations. You’ll also recognize changes in the backdrops as we look back at older images of the show.

2019 is the company’s 27th annual tour of the United States and Canada and the dancers will see audiences in more than 150 cities in November and December. We couldn’t do this without our dedicated patrons, and we are beyond delighted to welcome Girl Scouts just like you to performances every year. Thank you for joining us!

Here are some questions to think about… and we’d love to hear from you! Email bobbie@nutcracker.com with your answers and memories.

What’s your favorite scene, costume, or backdrop? How many times have you seen the performance? If you could dance any of the roles, who would you want to be?

Keep coming… there’s always something new!

Groups of eight or more get the best seats at the best prices.

Groups of 20 more get a free Meet and Greet day-of-show.

Each Girl Scout who comes with a troop gets a FREE fun patch.

Email groups@nutcracker.com or call (800) 320-1733 for more information on the following shows:

Colorado Springs, The Ent Center, November 26 and 27, 2019 – https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea.html and https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea1.html

Grand Junction, The Avalon Theatre, December 1, 2019 – https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea_929885023.html

Pueblo, Pueblo Memorial Hall, December 12, 2019 – https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea_2117563880.html

Denver, Paramount Theatre, December 13 and 14, 2019 – https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/moscow_ballet_s_grea_1955777699.html

The North Face presents Reel Rock 14 Boulder Fest Pro Clinics

REEL ROCK Fest is back at Movement Climbing + Fitness in Boulder, bringing you another awesome opportunity to learn from the very best. Join us on October 19, 2019 for this amazing clinic:

GRRRL POWER

with Maureen Beck

To celebrate the new climbing badge(s) from Girl Scouts of the USA, join Mo Beck for a fun filled clinic where you will climb with other girls, with tips and instruction from Mo. You’ll also be able to check some of your badge requirements off towards your climbing badge. Good for girls ages 10-16. You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to join in on the fun!

Skill Level / Equipment Needed: Youth beginner climbers; no special equipment needed

Date: October 19

Location:

Movement Climbing + Fitness

2845 Valmont Road

Boulder 80301

Time: 12 – 1 p.m. OR 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reel-rock-14-boulder-fest-pro-clinics-tickets-73602299459

Cost: $10/person

Girl Scouts of Colorado