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Come have fun the Girl Scout way

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Submitted by Carolyn Decker

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Calling All Brownies and Juniors! Come have fun learning all about Girl Scouting from your older sister Girl Scouts. You’ll sing silly songs, celebrate a Girl Scout Birthday, play games, and learn some Girl Scout traditions. Best of all you will leave with your Girl Scout Way badge!

When: Saturday September 24, 2016 Brownies 9 – 11 a.m. and Juniors 12 – 2 p.m.

Where: Heart of Longmont Methodist Church 350 11th Ave Longmont.

Who: individual girls or troops

Cost: $15 includes badge

Register by Sept 11, 2016

Registration form and event flyer on GSCO EVENTS page or email cross.maria.e@gmail.com for registration form

 

Power Up your troop in time for Bully Prevention Month

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Submitted by Caroline Cornell

Metro Denver

Aurora

Ambassador Troop 2879 invites you to join them at one of their fall Power Up events scheduled for southeast metro Denver. Power Up is a girl-led course that trains girls how to recognize and stop bullying when they see it. It’s focused on the kinds of bullying that girls do most: excluding, ignoring, gossiping, and drama. Participants will explore:

• Who has the Power in relationships?

• The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of friendships.

• How to Change their World by figuring out what roles are played in girl dramas and how you can be more than a bystander when girls are teased or left out.

Adult leaders and chaperones will mix with the girls for lunch and some programming during the day, but have their own, separate program too.

It’s a great way to start off your Girl Scout year right!

Date Program Level Registration Link

September 11, 2016 Junior https://power-up-9-11-2016.cheddarup.com/

September 24, 2016 Junior https://power-up-9-24-2016.cheddarup.com/

October 9, 2016 Cadette https://power-up-10-9-2016.cheddarup.com/

January 14, 2017 Junior & Cadette https://power-up-1-14-17.cheddarup.com/

All programs are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are held in the Conference Center at Parker Adventist Hospital. Cost is $15 per girl and $10 per adult, including two healthy snacks.

Want to learn more about Power Up, but can’t make one of these dates? Sign up for the Power Up: Clique Proofing Your Troop session at the Leadership Summit on October 1, 2016 for a preview.

Have group and a space? We can travel to you! Please email us at Troop2879@gmail.com to ask about our availability to come to your venue.

Advice on a Journey

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Submitted by Amy Bissell

Pueblo

Pueblo and Southeastern CO

Amy Bissell is an experienced member of Girl Scouts of Colorado, a Gold Award Mentor, and Trainer throughout the Pikes Peak, Pueblo, and Southeastern Colorado regions. Below is her advice on the Girl Scout Journey experience.

As a long time Girl Scout volunteer I found an easy way to do a Journey that I want to share with you. I cannot say that these are only my ideas, because I’ve had the conversation with others, but this is great advice!

On the back cover of every Journey is a summary of the theme of the Journey. The book itself explains how to reach that theme. The girls can use the chapters in the book to decide how they want to experience that theme. They pick the things they want to do, decide on a Take Action project that reflects that theme, and you are done!

Journeys were never meant to be tackled at every meeting for nine months. Break it up with discussions, evaluations of their work, crafts, or field trips. Your girls will have made their Journey their own and will have developed the leadership skills to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

Tune: Brownie Smile Song
Title: Let’s Take A Journey

I am holding something special
that I want to share with you!
It’s not a great big secret;
Even you can hold it, too!

It’s made for girls all ages,’
As on a Journey they will go;’
There are SO many pages,
Oh, MY! It’s really not, you know.

Now look at the back side,
And what is there to see?
It tells the theme; It is MY guide!
I’m on MY Journey! Lucky ME

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

Silver Award Project: Blessing Bags For cancer patients

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Submitted by Kaylin

Region 6 – Metro Denver

Arvada

For my Girl Scout Silver Award Project, I made Blessing Bags for cancer patients at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center in downtown Denver. The people receiving these bags were people who were undergoing chemo treatment at the center.

My grandma got chemo treatment there and I remembered that she got a bag like this one time and she was so happy with it and it made her day. I wanted even more people to experience that light in their day also. I got the help from my community by getting donations to help make the blessing bags. I made 125 bags from the donations and delivered them on August 4, 2016. I was not able to deliver them directly to the patients, but I left them in the hands of Kelly, who is the office coordinator, and she was going to pass out 25 bags a day for a week.

I learned that by the help of many different people we can make 125 people smile in their time of darkness. I think the impact that my project had on my community is that I could make those people’s day and do it while earning my Silver Award. I am hoping that someone from the families of the people who got them would think about maybe doing the same thing that I did by making these bags. I learned that no matter how old you are that you can bring a group of people together to make something great happen.

Overall, this was an amazing project that I am very proud of. I will forever remember it and I’m very pleased that I could do this project. I think that I honored the Girl Scout Law by helping people at all times and helping them smile and have a good day. 

Stars for Heroes!

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Submitted by Carol Lucero

Thornton

Denver Metro

Girl Scouts from Thornton troops 63979, 62131 and 63687 got together last month for a ‘Star Party’. Working in partnership with North Metro Fire Rescue and Broomfield Police Department, these girls collect retired American flags and repurpose the stars- cutting, tagging and bagging them to be given to veterans and first responders as a “thank you for your service” memento. This project is headquartered in New York with www.starsforourtroops.org

Since July, the girls have collected enough cantons to bag over 8,000 stars! These stars have been passed out to veterans and first responders at Broomfield’s National Night Out event, as well as sent to Baton Rouge Police, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Travis County Sheriffs Office, San Diego Police, Kansas City Police and Tennessee Bureau of Investigations in honor of Officers murdered in the line of duty recently. Just this morning, 3,500 stars were personally delivered to Dallas Police- in honor of their Officers murdered last month. Dallas is humbled by and thankful for this show of support from girls in Colorado.

Its important for these girls to realize and recognize the sacrifices given by veterans and first responders, and to have an opportunity to work together with first responders in making this service project successful! Simply saying “Thank You” goes a long way to build bridges of support. These girls are our future leaders who may be empowered to also serve their communities- but respect starts here!

To continue this project, we’re more than happy to collect donations of flags if you’ve got any- please contact me to arrange delivery.

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

Happy 100th to the National Park Service – Get Your Girl Scouts Outside!

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Get your scouts outside this weekend!

In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, get your Girl Scouts outside during free entrance days to national parks this weekend!

When:
August 25-28
September 24 (National Public Lands Day)
November 11 (Veteran’s Day)

Learn more about free days at our National Parks!

Can’t get to a National Park? That’s ok, just get your Girl Scouts outside at a local park, open space, nature center or other local outdoor resource in your community!

 

Be a part of history

Submitted by Stacey Tone

Region 7 – Northern & Northeastern CO

Frederick

For their Silver Award Project, Troop 77911 is working with various community agencies to bring the ATTI traveling Vietnam Wall to Dacono, Colorado.

Please join Troop 77911 to be a part of several community events in the Carbon Valley area September 10 – 18, 2016. The public is welcome to attend.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

VFW Post 9741 Monthly Community Breakfast

8 – 11 a.m.

Prairie Greens Clubhouse

7781 Mountain View Drive, Frederick

Sons of The American Legion Squadron 1985 will host a Flag Retirement Ceremony beginning 6 p.m. at Town of Firestone Public Works Facility

7500 County Road 20

Sunday, September 11, 2016

This year marks the 15th anniversary since the attack on America, and each year the Frederick-Firestone Fire Protection District has joined 1st Responders across the country in the “Bells Across America” bell ringing ceremony to remember and honor those lives lost during the attack.

Immediately following the 9/11 Ceremony the Mile of Smiles Lineup will begin along the Frontage Road to greet the Honor Flight Motorcade. Bring your own flag. Line up starts at 8:15 a.m. on the West I-25 Frontage Rd. Meet at the fire station.

Be a part of Northern Colorado’s largest Honor Flight lineup. Join hundreds of supporters at the Mile of Smiles Lineup. Keep the tradition going!

Show your Pride | Show your Respect | Show your Honor

Following the Miles of Smiles join us at Furniture Row to pick up trash and help set up the flag field grid.

September 15 – 18, 2016

The Vietnam Traveling Wall will be on display!

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall will be on display at Furniture Row located on the East Frontage Road in Dacono. This 80-percent replica of the Vietnam Wall is 360 feet long and includes every name from the permanent wall in Washington, DC. Don’t miss this opportunity to Honor and Remember our Vietnam heroes.

Opening Ceremony is Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at 1 p.m.

National Anthem

Prayer by Military Chaplin

Speeches by Military Dignitaries

Flyover

Active Military, Veterans, and 1st Responders

Seating will be available for elderly and disabled

Reading of the names on the Wall will begin at 2 p.m. opening day and will be read until 8 p.m. each night the Wall is on display. We still need volunteers to read. The Wall will remain on display until Sunday, September 18, 2016Closing Ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information please visit www.ColoradoRemembers.com or email gstroop77911@gmail.com

GSCO’s first Council’s Own Badge

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to announce the availability of our first Council’s Own badge.  Each Girl Scout Council is permitted to develop up to six Council’s Own badges, which are earned awards completely unique to the council.

Our first badge, “Urban Orienteering in the Capital,” was developed by Cadette Girl Scout Troop 63573 from Denver.  Initially, the troop developed this project to help all girls learn to navigate an urban environment, as their Silver Award project.  At the end of the project, the troop was so enthusiastic about the opportunities that this project offered, that it decided to take it a step further and worked to develop a formal Girl Scout badge.

The 11 girls who worked on this project have big dreams for their badge. According to their leader, Kristin Coulter: 

We chose the topic of Urban Orienteering because we live in the city and because we love to travel.   We are 7th and 8th graders and we wanted to feel confident navigating a city safely while using different methods of transportation and we thought other girls would as well.  Our badge is ideal for any Cadette that wants to know her own city, or is traveling or moving to a city.  

We know that Girl Scouts emphasizes outdoor activities.  Our troop loves getting outdoors and enjoying nature.  We competed in Reach for the Peak this year and will do so again.  We have skied, hiked, and traveled to Costa Rica together but nothing has prepared us to manage the city.   

The Cadette Urban Orienteering in the Capitol badge is now available of purchase in the shop.  Badge activity instructions can be downloaded at no charge here:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Urban%20Orienteering%20in%20the%20Capitol.pdf

Girl Scouts of Colorado would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the tremendous work accomplished by Troop 63573.  We are honored that our first Council’s Own badge was developed by girls, for girls, and look forward to working with other girls, troops and volunteers on similar projects in the future.

Brownies looking for penpals to earn “Making Friends” badge

Submitted by Beth Bradshaw

Hello! My name is Beth and I am a co-leader for a Brownie troop in North Carolina. Our girls will be starting back soon and their first badge to earn will be the “Making Friends” badge. Well, we had a awesome idea/opportunity! We would like the girls to send and receive a postcard from every state and a few countries (which to our amazement we already have lined up!). Would this be something you would be interested in? If so, please email me at mbradshaw1984@yahoo.com

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