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Open House for Pikes Peak Region

Submitted by Debbie Swanson

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

The Pikes Peak Region office of Girl Scouts of Colorado will host an Open House on Tuesday, February 7, 2017  from 6 – 7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to meet the amazing staff of Girl Scouts of Colorado who serve and lead the 300 troops and 3,300 girls in Girl Scouting in the Pikes Peak Region. Stop by to get your Girl Scout Cookies and hear stories of the exciting and challenging activities that Girl Scouts are doing. Girl Scout Cookies sold during the event will help fund outreach troops in the Colorado Springs area. Girl Scout alumnae, friends, and community members are welcome to visit the local office of Girl Scouts to “make new friends and keep the old.” RSVPs are welcomed.

Please contact Debbie Swanson at Debbie.swanson@gscolorado.org or at 719-304-8322.

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

Are you ready to take the lead like a Girl Scout?

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Check out our new “I’m Prepared” PSA and get inspired to unleash a lifetime of leadership and positive change.

Ever get the feeling that a lot of people out there think Girl Scouts is just about cookies, badges, and friendship bracelets?

That’s why it’s time to show the world everything that Girl Scouts are capable of—designing robots and standing up to bullying, conserving the environment and finding sustainable solutions to other real-world problems. And of course, practicing leadership early and often.

When a Girl Scout sets her mind on a goal, there is absolutely no stopping her. She is a Go-getter. She’s an Innovator. She’s a Risk-taker. She’s a Leader. She’s a G.I.R.L.! And giving back is in her DNA. So is standing up to the challenge, no matter how big or small.

For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped transform millions of girls into the leaders and change-makers of today and tomorrow. How do we do it? Through a unique program that equips girls with the courage, confidence, and character to, first, realize they have the power to make the world a better place, and then go out and make it happen.

The best part? Whatever your age, gender, or background, Girl Scouts has opportunities for you to take the lead and make amazing things happen in your community and around the world. Yes!

Are you ready to realize the magic of your full potential and build a better world with Girl Scouts? Check out our brand-new public service announcement, featuring our also-new “Watch Me Shine” Girl Scout anthem. It will inspire you to stand up, think big, and take the lead like a Girl Scout!


Learn more about what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™!

“Banking on Our Future” workshop

Join us on December 10, 2016 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Your Soul’s Movement Performing Arts Studio in Denver for Operation Hope’s “Banking on Our Future” workshop for older Girl Scouts and gain valuable skills and tools for your financial future. Operation Hope volunteers will lead sessions on budgeting, saving, planning for your financial future, and more! Girls will learn best ways to manage money and how to fund their dreams and goals.

Register by December 8, 2016 at https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/operation_hope_s_banking_on_our_future_workshop_md_12_10_2016. Contact Katie Singleton at katie.singleton@gscolorado.org for more information.

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Troop 2510 bridges to Seniors

Submitted by Rachelle Trujillo

Metro Denver

Arvada

Four beautiful freshman from Troop 62510 bridged to Senior Girl Scouts last week. They bridged at Ralston Creek in Arvada, returning to the site where they bridged as Juniors.

While our troop has tightened up from the 20 girls we started with in kindergarten, my Seniors are dedicated and passionate about making the world a better place and going for their Gold.

My girls have grown to be a diverse group with different interests, yet I see them valuing the role each girl has played in their lives, the lessons learned, and the sisterhood that will always unite them through Girl Scouts.

I’m so proud to be an advisor to these young ladies and excited to see where their passion takes them!

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

My Gold Award project continues

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Submitted by Debra Zerr

Metro Denver

Arvada

When I received the news that my project was approved and I earned the Gold Award in March 2016, I leaped with joy. My favorite part was sharing the good news with all the military I worked with. They were ecstatic and couldn’t wait to celebrate with me at my private ceremony in August.

The greatest part about doing Gold or any project with Girl Scouts is you can easily fall in love with what you did or are doing. I love “Connecting & Protecting” so much. What it stands for, who stands behind it, and the stories of results. It feels so amazing to know I started it and people are noticing.

There’s so many exciting updates I have to share with all of you! “Connecting & Protecting” (aka me) took on the 22 Push-Up challenge for 22Kill and started a Youtube channel! I also launched the first C&P t-shirt to raise money for 22Kill! Finally, the most exciting news of all. I’ve been working hard on delivering more fun events/challenges. This past summer, I hosted the very first obstacle course and now, after speaking with people I have received ten requests for the obstacle course to occur summer 2017! Jeffco Libraries and my church will be hosting, so keep a look out!

I strongly encourage more girls to do projects they absolutely love with all their heart and soul. You will not ever regret it.

website: connectingprotecting.com

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

Songbirds Girl Scout Choir featured at World Singing Day

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Estes Park

October 22, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado was the setting for the 2016 World Singing Day, and the Songbirds Girl Scout Choir was one of several featured groups recruited to help lead the massive crowd of singers in uplifting songs.

World Singing Day was founded in 2012 by Boulder musician Scott Johnson and brings people together in their communities all around the world through the simple act of singing together.  It’s an opportunity each year to celebrate our global family through the international language of music.  “Our goal for 2016 is to have community sing-a-longs on all seven continents and reach over one million people through videos and social media,” said Scott.

Information about the Songbirds was prominently displayed in the lyric booklet passed out to all participants.

The famous Colorado acapella group FACE performed for the first half-hour and it was fantastic to be on stage with them when our turn came to lead our assigned songs.  They seemed happy to back up the Girl Scout Choir and were very energetic and engaging in their involvement with our singers as well as the whole crowd.

Other groups recruited to lead a total of twenty-two songs throughout the event were The Rocky Mountain Chorale, UNC’s Vocal Iron, and Up With People alumni.

The Girl Scout Choir stood out with their royal blue logo polo shirts, and were quite visible and distinctive in the crowd.  We also passed out programs at the beginning of the event and helped pick up and put away the booklets when the event was over.

The songs we were assigned to help lead everyone in singing were “What the World Needs Now,” “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Let It Be,” “La Bamba” (in Spanish!), and “America the Beautiful,” which spotlighted two additional newly written verses specific to Boulder.

Some special things happened throughout the event including some dancing among the crowd, some plastic blow-up guitars passed out to help folks get with the beat, and several professional photographers recording the entire event.  See Facebook for lots of involvement about World Singing Day 2016 in Boulder, Colorado.  Videos and photos can also be accessed on Twitter using #worldsingingday.

We hope to be invited back again next year and that even more choir members and others will join our group.  This was a great event for the choir and Girl Scouts of Colorado, as we were widely applauded and appreciated by those who came out for this great event.  It’s truly a great idea to unite the world in song.

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

Support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day

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Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character.  Next week, on December 6, 2016, you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. To make giving even easier, schedule your donation TODAY by using this link: https://www.coloradogives.org/GirlScouts/overview

By supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, your donation dollars go further than they would on any other day of the year. That’s because the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases all donations made on December 6!  Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Schedule your donation today or give on December 6 at ColoradoGives.org. Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.

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Flying, zapping, and girl power superhero camp

Submitted by Carolyn Decker

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Join us for a super-powered, superhero camp!!!

The Seniors and Cadettes of Troop 78527 are hosting an adventurous superhero camp for Brownies and Juniors. This camp is all about discovering what you are capable of and how to achieve it. There will be tons of fun games and activities, where each girl will discover her superpowers and learn to use them. She’ll get a chance to learn how to fight evil and get all kinds of creative with her secret identity. She will create her own jewelry with sparkling stones that represent her superpowers. Girls will also design their own mini-sidekick and flowing cape to wear to supercharge their fight for good. Girls will get to enjoy camping with their troop in heated cabins, and eat delicious food provided by Tomahawk Ranch and have a super time having fun with older girls winter camping.

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey, Colorado southwest of Denver

When: Friday, January 20 to Sunday, January 22, 2017

Arrive beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday for dinner and the start of all the fun festivities. Depart at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The deadline for registration is December 15, 2016. Please look on the GSCO event page for the registration form and flyer. Use superhero as a keyword!

Girls must attend with adults. The camp costs $100 for each girl attending and $55 for each adult. (Adults over safety-wise ratios must pay $100) Cost includes activities, lodging, five meals and snacks, and a Superhero fun patch.

Questions? Please contact Maria Cross at cross.maria.e@gmail.com or at 703-597-6188.

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

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Submitted by Tonya Toller

Metro Denver

Westminster

Troop 60493 from Westminster collected bags of candy from our school and put together “Thank You Candy Poem Bags” to thank the men and women in the police force. These two gentlemen were so nice and gave a us mini-tour of the police station. Thank you City of Westminster Police Department!

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

 

Give the gift of Girl Scout Camp

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When friends or family ask what your girl might want this holiday season, suggest the gift of Girl Scout Camp! Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. can order a Girl Scouts of Colorado Gift Card online or purchase one in person at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

Registration for Girl Scout Camp 2017 begins Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. GSCO is proud to offer a variety of sessions designed for girls entering first grade through seniors in high school at both Sky High Ranch near Colorado Springs or Tomahawk Ranch southwest of Denver. Overnight camp sessions are 3 days, 6 days, 9 days, or 12 days.

For summer 2017, your girl can rough-it survivor-style, summon the courage to zip down the zip line, sing and dance with new friends, or even paint a chicken’s toe nails! Sessions begin June 7 and include themes such as:

  • Pioneers at Tomahawk Ranch- Girls will travel back in time to the 1800’s! They’ll learn to cook over a fire, prepare food as their ancestors did, track animals, and make their own soaps and lotion.
  • Oopy Goopy Science at Sky High Ranch – Girls will learn how to launch pop and tea bag rockets, explode watermelons, and make fizzy lemonade to drink.
  • On Target at Tomahawk Ranch – Girls can become skilled archers while practicing on the range and field course and learning a new target activity called FLU-FLU (archery golf)! They’ll also get to whittle their own arrows and fashion them with arrowheads and fletching!
  • Water Fillies at Sky High Ranch – Cool off from a day at the barn with a dip in the pond! Girls will split their time between the pond and barn. They’ll canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddle board, as well as groom, feed and play with the animals.
  • Dream Team at Tomahawk Ranch – This is the ultimate girl-led adventure! Girls will design their own session by choosing from a variety of activities including: horseback riding, archery, outdoor cooking, hiking, crafts, stargazing, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, and spa nights!

Girl Scouts of Colorado will also continue to offer day camp, family camp, and troop camp adventures throughout the state.

A new Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp website will launch in early December (www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/camp). You’ll find all the session listings, information about camp properties, and more. Remember to register early. Some sessions fill in just a few hours!

 

 

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