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Girl Scouts can do anything and everything they set their hearts and minds to! You’ll find it all here.  From members sharing their adventures to Highest Award honorees describing their projects and news from council, cookie updates, travel opportunities, volunteer tips and much, much more.

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Cadettes from Troop 2551 help out at Terolyn Horse Rescue

Submitted by Jennifer Harrison

Metro Denver

Aurora

Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop 2551 wanted to earn their Silver Award by helping out animals, so we found Terolyn Horse Rescue in Elizabeth. Terolyn is run almost exclusively by Teri Allen, who rescues horses from dire situations, rehabilitates them, and finds them new homes. Teri works very hard and there were plenty of projects around her ranch for our girls. The girls decided to help by photographing and inventorying a trailer full of donations and building a set of obstacles to help Teri with training horses. The girls found plenty of time to love on some of Teri’s wonderful adoptable horses!

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

Colorado Springs Sky Sox bridging and overnight

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Join us for our annual Girl Scout Night, bridging celebration, and overnight with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Friday, June 9, 2017 in Colorado Springs! Come cheer on the Sky Sox at they take on the Iowa Cubs. Girl Scouts can participate in a bridging ceremony before the game and enjoy an optional overnight after the game. Friends and family are invited. The game starts at 7 p.m. with bridging at 6:35 p.m. The Girl Scout overnight starts after the game, with breakfast at 7 a.m. Each participating Girl Scout will get a patch.

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017. 6:30 p.m. for Girl Scout Bridging. 7 p.m. game start.

Cost:
• Game Tickets – $19/person, includes game ticket, parking, Fun Zone pass for kids, meal voucher, and bridging event.
• Overnight Tickets – $22/person, includes game ticket, parking, Fun Zone pass for kids, food voucher, overnight field access, and movie on the big screen!

The registration deadline has been extended to June 2. Please purchase your tickets by June 2 as we are not able to accept any late registrations after this date due to the preparations our hosts need to make for the bridging and overnight.

All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited! Not bridging this year? Not a problem! Come join the fun anyways. We hope to see you there!

Star Wars Camp at Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Melissa Ellenberger

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

SU 13 had a fabulous time at Sky High Ranch during their camp-out. The girls made tie-dye t-shirts, hiked to the Kyber Crystal Mine, made their own lightsabers, went through Jedi training, and delivered the Death Star plans to Leia and R2D2.

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

Silver Award with Shiloh House

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Submitted by Lisa Svede

Metro Denver

Centennial

Congratulations to Hailey L. of Cadette Troop 60762 for earning her Silver Award this year. Hailey was recognized at the Highest Awards Celebration in Denver on May 7, 2017 for the work she did partnering with Shiloh House. Shiloh House offers specialized 24-hour care for youth between the ages of 5 to 18 experiencing severe behavioral and emotional issues. Placed in home-like settings, youth receive intensive therapeutic intervention to address behaviors and issues that impact their daily participation in the community. When Hailey reached out to Shiloh House, she learned they were in great need of lightly used or new towels, blankets, sheets, and new socks. Upon learning this, Hailey reached out to her community with a video on her mother’s Facebook page; through community websites; by asking her school to put in a newsletter; by asking her church to put in the bulletin; and making the collection drive known to all of the troops in her K-8 sister troop. For several weeks, Hailey collected items from the community. She held a collection night with her sister troops where she spoke to the troops about Shiloh House and her Silver Award project. Hailey delivered the many donated items she collected to Shiloh House in February. Congratulations, Hailey!

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

Centennial Campfire Celebration at MMR rescheduled for August 27, 2017

The Centennial Campfire celebration at Meadow Mountain Ranch on May 21, 2017 has been postponed due to effects from the spring storm.  There is currently no power on the property, which presents safety concerns for the more than 600 guests we had registered.

The celebration has been rescheduled for August 27, 2017. Register now!

 

Silver Award project: Senior youth connection

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Submitted by Korrine Bishop

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Come join me the third Saturday of each month from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and help out at Parkwood Retirement Home in Fort Collins.

You could come once or every month!

You can sign up at www.senioryouth.wordpress.com

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

Cookie money has awesome rewards

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Submitted by Kathi Agnes

Metro Denver

Lakewood

Troop 942 sold 5,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies this year. We used the cookie money for fun and for good! We have so many animal lovers in the troop, we decided to go hang out with them. We went to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as a troop for their Wild Night. We had an educational zoo tour, which included feeding the giraffes. We learned how zoos across the U.S. work together to protect animals.  We have an awesome troop!

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

Hometown Hero Donation

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Submitted by Amy Caperton

Metro Denver

Littleton

Approximately 22 troops donated their Girl Scout Cookies to the South Jeffco Cupboard and then, many of them gathered to donate about 360 cases (that’s 4,230 packages) of cookies to Buckley Air Force Base. Four current soldiers came to speak to the girls and also gave them MRE’s (meals ready to eat) to try. Thank you to all the troops that donated!

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

Troop 64098 delivers cookies to Special Olympics

Submitted by Shannon Michel

Metro Denver

Aurora

Troop 64098 from Aurora, Colorado brought over 300 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Special Olympics, the troop’s Hometown Hero. Girl Scouts Chloe, Avery, and Emily and Troop Leaders Jennifer and Shannon volunteered their day helping at the Denver North Regional Track Meet. We all had a wonderful time and plan on doing more volunteering with Special Olympics!

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Audrey Jessen

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Audrey Jessen  of Troop #571 at Grant Ranch School has served as a troop leader for six years.  For the last two years, she has been involved with Girl Scout Cookies for the entire Grizzly Gulch area, training troop leaders and cookie managers on what to do.  Audrey was nominated anonymously as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community. Her nominator wrote, “Everything Audrey does she does for kids. She is a substitute teacher, treasurer of the PTO, our leader, a mom, and who knows what else. I don’t know where she finds the time for it all but she does and she puts her all into everything!”

GSCO asked Audrey to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

I have been a Girl Scout for six years, plus three years when I was younger.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I became a Girl Scout volunteer six years ago so I could start a troop for my daughter.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I started as a troop leader and cookie mom.  After my first year, I became a SUCM, which I have done for five years now.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer? What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I have learned to have patience and to roll with things because sometimes no matter how well planned something is, if the girls don’t want to do it, they won’t.

What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?

My favorite memory as a Girl Scout was going to the pumpkin patch after days of rain and tromping around in the mud, I can still feel how heavy my boots were when they were caked in it.

My favorite thing as a leader is being able to watch the girls interact and have fun…there is nothing better than a group of kids laughing.

What words of advice do you have for other volunteers?

Talk to other volunteers and most importantly find what works best for you, even if no one else does it that way. 

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

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