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Record-breaking food drive in Berthoud

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Submitted by Jen Rotar

Northern & Northeastern CO

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Scouting for Food in Berthoud brings together Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to collect donations for the House of Neighborly Service. On April 1, 2017, the Scouts exceeded all previous records, raising a total of 6,292.13 pounds of food and other donations for the community. Approximately 40 Girl Scouts, along with their leaders and parent volunteers, helped with promotion, collection, and sorting donations.

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

Bronze and Silver Award recipients honored at Highest Awards celebration in Pueblo

Nearly one hundred Girl Scouts, families, and friends gathered at the Center for American Values in Pueblo on April 21, 2017, to honor the more than 1,400 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn. For the 2016-17 Girl Scout awards program year, more than 1,000 girls across the state and 24 in Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado earned the Bronze Award. Over the last two years, 18 girls across Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado earned the prestigious Silver Award.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote applauded the girls for having the courage and confidence to try new things and make their world a better place.

“Girl Scouts are groundbreakers, big thinkers, and role models. Giving back is in their blood. So is standing up to the challenge, no matter how big or small,” she said.

2016 Gold Award recipient and National Young Woman of Distinction Sarah Greichen served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked briefly about her journey to earn the Gold Award and how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.

“I cannot remember a day when Girl Scout flags, supplies, sashes, cookies, and girls planning events weren’t covering multiple floors of my house. We (the girls in my troop) each earned our Bronze and Silver Awards, while constantly practicing the leadership skills necessary to passionately lead, serve, and change the world,” she said. “Girl Scouts and in particular the Gold Award has given me unique opportunities to become courageous, caring, and confident, while actively practicing leadership skills that greatly impact the world. Girl Scouts also gave me the opportunity to identify and pursue my passion. I found that following your passion is the key to choosing and accomplishing highest awards projects.”

The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others, and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

 

SheTech Explorer Day

Submitted by Katie Singleton, Girl Scouts of Colorado Girl Experience Manager

Apply today to be one of nine Girl Scouts who will get to experience hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) alongside women professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries at the SheTech Explorer Day! Learn the ins and outs of cellular networks, hardware, software development, coding, web design, and much more alongside your peers! You’ll engage in three immersive technology workshops, 12 fun-filled TechZone activities, and a TechChallenge where you’ll collaborate with your team to solve a problem for a chance to win a scholarship stipend and admission to Colorado Technology Association’s Women in Technology Conference on June 9!

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: The Commons on Champa, 1st Floor
1245 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80204

Grade: Entering 9th or 10th grade in fall 2017

Application: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/shetech_explorer_day_06_08_2017
Application Close Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Cost: Free

Apply to be a part of this unique opportunity by Monday, May 15, 2017 at  https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/shetech_explorer_day_06_08_2017

Note: Spaces for this event are extremely limited, so we cannot guarantee all girls will be able to participate. After May 15, applications will be reviewed and we will email to let you know if you have been selected to participate.

If you have any questions about this training or have trouble completing registration, please contact Katie Singleton at katie.singleton@gscolorado.org.

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Hometown Heroes cookies delivered to Larimer Humane Society

Submitted by Jen Rotar

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

The girls of Troop 70700 donated their Hometown Heroes Girl Scout Cookies to the heroes who take care of animals every day at the Larimer Humane Society in Fort Collins. The girls delivered 30 packages of cookies along with a large bag of donated towels to the staff and volunteers. While visiting the shelter, they spent time with some of the special adoptable pets looking for their forever homes.

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

My Gold Award experience at the Colorado State Capitol

Submitted by Anastasia Rosen

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

On Monday, April 10, 2017, Gold Award recipient Anastasia Rosen attended Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Gold Award Day at the Colorado Capitol. The Kay Rugeley Shaw Gold Travelship helped to support her trip to Denver for this exciting and exclusive event!

Read more about Anastasia’s experience below.

My day at the Colorado State Capitol started out with a breakfast buffet at The University Club and pictures with Girl Scout Gold Award committee. We then walked to the capitol for more pictures on the West staircase. We started our tour of the capitol off in the Old Supreme Court Chamber. We then moved to the floor of The House of Representatives and said the Pledge of Allegiance, then we saw how they voted and passed bills.

After listening to the Representatives, we moved on to Mr. Brown’s attic, which is a really neat museum just below the dome. We toured the dome and took pictures and heard some interesting facts about the building as well as the surrounding suburbs. After coming down from the dome, we toured Mr. Brown’s attic and heard stories as well as some interesting facts about Mr. Brown, his journey into Denver, and the capitol. Throughout the day, I learned a lot of history about the capitol building and Denver itself.

After the tour of Mr. Brown’s attic, we went back to the Old Supreme Court Chambers and heard a great speech from our host, Representative Faith Winter. I had such a great time celebrating my Gold Award achievement with my sister Girl Scouts.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Nawal Shahril

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In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Nawal Shahril in the Pikes Peak region was nominated as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community. Although she is only in her second year of leadership, Nawal has been described by her co-leaders as a “dynamo,” who puts a tremendous amount of love and energy into leading her girls in the troop.  She is creative, fun, and works very hard.

GSCO asked Nawal to answer a few questions about her experiences as a Girl Scout volunteer. We hope you find her story as inspiring as we did!

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

Two years

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

It was a no-brainer when my girls expressed an interest in joining Girl Scouts. I always wanted to be one back in my hometown in Malaysia. When the opportunity of joining Girl Scouts with my kids came up, I jumped on it and embarked on this wonderful journey.

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

Before we start any badges or journey, I always question myself “What can I do/offer more to these girls to create an experience that they will never forget?” Activities don’t just limit to follow certain guidelines, but to go beyond what is expected in every facet of Girl Scouting. My team and I brainstorm, plan, and execute activities that excite, build confidence, are fun, and out of the norm to challenge the girl’s thinking and expose them to various cultures and aspects of life. I act as a planner, the go-to person, a buddy, and most importantly, a sister to every Girl Scout.

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

By just looking at the badges chart, I know instantly that we are going to learn so much and have the best adventure ahead. I’ve learned to be more creative in my approach and be a better planner and at time management. I’ve learned that different individuals have different needs and you just have to have different tricks up your sleeves. I hope that my enthusiasm, fun, and positivity inspire every girl that I met to be bold, brave, and not to be afraid to dream big. Girls can achieve anything that they have set to achieve.

What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?

I would say every event that brought the girls together is my favorite memory so far! Camping, World Thinking Day.. you name it! I just love the giggles, cheers, laughter, and fun time the girls had together. Reminded me of myself when I was that age 🙂

What words of advice do you have for other volunteers?

The moment you feel like quitting or giving up because Girl Scouts’ activities took almost 60% of your free time, just stop and reevaluate. Your kids will grow up pretty fast and you might not have the chance to be with them to do all sorts of activities. As long as they are enjoying and making a difference in their lives through Girl Scouting, you know that you are not going to quit just yet. Just enjoy the process and absorb as much as you can. It’s all worth it!

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

You’re more than a Girl Scout, you’re a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)

 

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We believe there is no such thing as too much. There’s no excuse for making excuses. Our strength doesn’t come from how much we can lift, but from how often we lift ourselves back up. We are everyday optimists. Adventure seekers. Problem solvers. We are girls, troop leaders, mentors, advocates, parents, Girl Scouts. We are G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders). We will not stop, in fact we’re just getting started.

Renew your Girl Scout membership TODAY to receive:

  • Every troop with two Troop Leadership Team members renewed by June 15, 2017 and a completed Annual Troop Report will receive a $25 Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop credit.
  • All girls renewed by June 15, 2017 will receive the Early Bird patch.

*Credit will be available no later than August 1, 2017 and may be redeemed on orders placed by phone or in person at our GSCO shop. There will be no charge for shipping on these orders.

**Patches will be mailed to girls’ families no later than August 1, 2017.

Got a question? We’re here to help!

Visit: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2791124-early-bird-faq, email us, or give us a call at 877-404-5708

#Grow with Steamboat: World Thinking Day celebration

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Celebrating Girl Scouts World Thinking Day was a BLAST and a badge earning opportunity for 14 troops in Steamboat Springs! Following the WAGGGS #Grow theme, a badge event was coordinated at the Strings Pavilion, in partnership with Strings in the Mountains, a local arts supporter, Colorado State Forest Service, and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

From an educational video about WAGGGS and our world centers (made by two Cadette troops) to the “When We Shine” dance choreographed by a Cadette troop, and badge and leadership stations led by Cadette and Senior/Ambassador troops as well as the Forest Service and Sustainability Council, all kicked off by our Silver Award Cadette troop’s flag ceremony, Steamboat Girl Scouts and friends participated in an afternoon session with Girl Scouts of all ages and a special visit from incoming GSCO Board of Directors President, Rae Ann Dougherty to earn the World Thinking Day Challenge badge.

In addition to earning the badge, girls went home with a tree to plant from CSFS AND a discount code to attend a Strings in the Mountains showing of James and the Giant Peach.

This event was sponsored by the Lufkin Family Fund for Girl Scouts in Routt County.

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

Daisy Troop 65874 donates cookies to Parker Task Force

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Submitted by Stephanie Rosauer

Metro Denver

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Daisy Troop 65874 delivered the second half of their Girl Scout cookie donations to Parker Task Force! The girls worked hard, and the reward was encouraging for next year! Nice job young ladies! I am very proud of you all!

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

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Rebecca Schmidt

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In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. For the past seven years, Rebecca Schmidt in the Pikes Peak region has served as leader for a large (50 girls) multi-level troop from K-12th grade! She also frequently organizes recruiting efforts and serves as Service Unit Manager, Service Unit Cookie Manager, and Site Delivery Manager. Rebecca is also an active member of the Region 4 Cookie Committee. 

Rebecca was nominated as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community. We asked her to answer a few questions about her experiences as a Girl Scout volunteer. We hope you find her story as inspiring as we did!

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

I was not a Girl Scout as a kid, but was a Jobs Daughter and Blue Jay and really felt I am who I am today because of being in these organizations. I became a Girl Scout in 2009.  It was after I retired from the U.S. Army and wanted to still mentor. 

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer? 

My granddaughter’s troop needed a troop leader. 

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

I serve as a troop leader for Troop 40969 and 43530. I am a backup leader for the groups and do all the admin for the troop. It is a multi-level troop for K-11 and we are very busy. The other leaders in the troop call me the leader of the leaders. I am also one of the TCMs for both troops. I am also the SU Manager/SUCM for SU418 and 423. I have also helped with the Cookie Team by hosting a cookie pick-up site and help with getting booths agreements signed.

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

Patience is a big one. I have never been good at this anyway, but I am getting better at it. I have found collaboration as a critical tool and without it is where most of our failures come from. I do love the girls at all the levels. I love what the girls learn from cookies and it just amazes me on what they come up with and how they grow. I hope the girls learn to never give up from me and that even though the world is flawed that they can be successful in it!

What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?

One of my favorites is when my granddaughter sold her first case of cookies. It was done due to the skills she had learned and to see her so confident was just amazing. Also, seeing the girls getting their Bronze and Silver Awards has been amazing. Just hoping we will see our first Gold real soon!

What words of advice do you have for other volunteers?

Communications is essential. Even if you have to double the effort to do it.  It is a must! This includes between leaders, parents, and Girl Scouts.  Girl Scouts is for the girls and we have to leave all the baggage and junk behind us so we can give the girls the solid programming that they need and deserve. I also feel that Girl Scouts helps the leaders grow as much as the girls and they need to just hold on and enjoy the ride!

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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