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Best Cookie Dad contest: Our “Cookie Man”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Troop 60071

Metro Denver

Aurora

We have nicknamed him “Cookie Man” and he is the best. He is our troop’s biggest cheerleader! He isn’t afraid to be silly and show us that it’s okay to do the same. He gives really good advice and is always trying to help us reach our goals, not just at cookie time, but always.

He gives a lot of his time and energy to our troop and Girl Scouts. He volunteers to help with cookie pick-up day at the cupboard getting other troops their cookies and then makes sure each of us is set up too. When we did our Powder Puff Derby, he helped us with our car designs and supported us while we ran the show. At our drive-thru cookie booth, he got all of us energized (the sign twirling he’s got down, but we’re helping him with his high kick).

We wanted to share how much we appreciate him because he genuinely wants all of us to succeed. It’s good to have someone like that in your corner.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!

Best Cookie Dad contest: My daddy is the best

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Brooklynn L.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

My daddy is the best! He comes to all of my Girl Scout cookie booths and he is my biggest supporter.

I love Girl Scouts! It is such an amazing opportunity to meet lifelong friends and teaches me so much! I love my troop leaders and all that they do for us through out the entire year!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!

Camp Registration Round 2!

After our camp registration launch on January 18, sessions are filling quickly! We look at sessions that are selling well, and sessions that are not a hit with campers. We maximize sessions and create new options, expand grade levels, and open more space in popular sessions. Here is a list of changes that launch March 1 at 9:00 a.m., register for one of these new spaces. Already registered in another session? Contact a registration specialist after March 1 at 9:00 a.m. at 877-404-5708 and they can transfer your camper(s) into the session of their choice.

Sky High Ranch Sessions!

SH02 Sky High Safari 6/10-6/15, ACCEPTING JUNIORS! Swing like a monkey on the low ropes course, swim like a fish at the pond, run like a zebra on the sports field! Get to know Sky High Ranch’s “wild and exotic” animals and create your own creature. Take a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Bring your favorite animal costume for Animals on Safari camp parade and dance party. There is time for other camp activities. This camp does not include zip line.

SH07 Ranch Hands 6/10-6/15, SPACES ADDED! Be a pioneer in the Old West! Turn back time and learn basics of homesteading. Spend your days caring for the farm animals and tending the garden. Collect eggs, make butter and ice cream, and take the miniature donkeys for a nature hike. Learn the basics of training animals. Plant and harvest herbs and other garden treats, and plant a garden-to-go! Use projects from the farm and garden to create DIY crafts. Includes an hour long, off-site horseback trail ride. There is time for general activities. This camp does not include zip line.

SH14 Night Howlers 6/17-22, SPACES ADDED! Forget bedtime – get ready to prowl camp at night while everyone is asleep! See what comes alive at night while you play games with glow sticks, star gaze, and create your own star map. Build your own “den” (shelter) and sleep in it for a night! Visit a habitat for endangered animals at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide. Protect wolf habitats by completing a service project. Groom the goats, take the mini-donkeys on a walk, and learn to take care of a barn. There is time for general activities. This camp does not include zip line.

NEW! SH17 Dream It, Design It, Do It! 6/17-22, ACCEPTING CADETTES TO AMBASSADORS! Are you a crafty, DIY guru? Do you have so many boards on Pinterest you can’t keep them straight?! Spend a week at camp trying everything you’ve ever wanted to explore – from woodworking and leather, to painting and crochet. This camp includes an optional trip on the zip line and other camp activities. Campers must be at least 60 lbs. to ensure they do not get stuck mid-zip.

SH18 Adventure Olympics 6/17-22, ACCEPTING CADETTES! Are you ready to run across fields like Alex Morgan and tumble like Simone Biles? Try the Sky High Adventure Olympics! Events include: the zip line dash, individual vertical crawl (rock climbing), and a trip with your team to compete in an equestrian event (a one-hour off-site horseback trail ride). Take aim at the archery range and hone your skills, preparing you to hit gold! At Upper Pond, you can swim laps and practice to be the next Katie Ledecky. Then, hop into a canoe to paddle your way to victory! There is time for general activities. Campers must be at least 60 lbs. to ensure they do not get stuck mid-zip.

NEW SH22 Water Fillies 6/24-29, ACCEPTING CADETTES! Sometimes a cowgirl just loves to cool off from a day at the barn with a dip in the pond! Split your time between the pond and the barn. You’ll canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard, and groom, feed and play with our animals. Learn basic farm care. Spend time doing farm crafts and activities like making butter, lucky horseshoes and more. There is time for general camp activities! This camp includes a one-hour off-site horseback ride. This camp does not include the zip line. Campers will earn their Trailblazing badge.

SH27 SHR Canoe Expedition 6/24-7/3, CHANGE IN REQUIREMENTS! The ultimate flat water adventure for experienced canoers (must have canoe trip experience such as Pond Hoppers). At this 9-day camp, we’ll spend the first few days at camp refreshing skills and pack our bags for a 6-day, out of state trip. Campers will get to do zip line, rock climbing, low ropes, and archery before they head out on this canoe adventure! Campers and their families will receive a detailed itinerary three-weeks before camp. Campers must be at least 60 lbs. to ensure they do not get stuck mid-zip.

NEW! SH32 Mischief Managed 7/1-3, FOR CADETTES! You’ve been accepted to the mystical and magical Sky High Ranch! Come ready for mischief and mayhem – learn to fly down the zip line, make your own enchanted cape, become a water Quidditch pro, and create your own potions and spells. Learn how to create fire, and enjoy a delicious treat. Remember to bring and wear your magical apparel! Campers must be a minimum of 60 lbs. to ensure they don’t get stuck mid-zip.

NEW! SH335 Muggle Adventure 7/1-3, FOR CADETTES, SENIORS & AMBASSADORS! For those of us no-majs who can’t fly or leap over buildings, join us for a short trip (3-day camp!) into the world of high adventure magic. Practice flying and vertical ascension like a Muggle, no magic required. Adventure Sampler: includes zip line, rock climbing, boating/swimming, must be at least 60 lbs. to ensure campers do not get stuck mid-zip.

SH36 Sky High Explorers 7/11-13, SPACES ADDED! Try Sky High Ranch! Explore camp and make new friends, sing around the campfire, visit the barnyard, create crafts, dabble in sports, take a nature walk, make s’mores and more! How much fun can we fit into three days? Does not include a zip line.

NEW SH44 Rustic Whitewater Adventure 7/15-20, FOR CADETTES, SENIORS & AMBASSADORS! Ready…set…let’s go backpacking! Not for the faint of heart! Be prepared for a journey along trails in Colorado. Start at Sky High, where you’ll do activities like low ropes and zip line. Then, you’ll strap on your backpack with your gear and food, and head out on the trail for a 3- to 4-night adventure. Culminates with a whitewater rafting trip down one of Colorado’s beautiful rivers! Campers must be at least 60 lbs. so they do not get stuck mid-zip. Campers should be prepared to carry a pack that weighs 25% of their body weight and hike five to seven miles/day. SHR can provide backpacking equipment.

SH45 Sky High Safari 7/15-20, ACCEPTING JUNIORS! Swing like a monkey on the low ropes course, swim like a fish at the pond, run like a zebra on the sports field! Get to know Sky High Ranch’s farm animals and create your own crazy creature. Take a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo learn about animals of the world. Bring your favorite animal costume for Animals on Safari camp parade and dance party. There is time for other camp activities. Does not include the zip line.

SH49 District 14 7/15-20, SPACES ADDED! Ensure that the odds are in your favor by honing your archery skills and learning new skills like canoeing and zip lining. Learn how to care for archery equipment, understand how to sight and aim, and shoot compound and recurve bows. Form alliances and help your team capture the cornucopia. A night under the stars increases your odds of becoming a victor. Must be at least 60 lbs. to not get stuck mid-zip.

SH53 #EpicQuest 7/22-27, ACCEPTING JUNIORS! Seeking adventure, mystery, and challenge? Take an epic quest! Use your senses to discover mysteries of camp, and learn survival and camping techniques. Listen to the world around you on a nature hike. Look at the beautiful night sky and sleep under the stars. Hug a nearby tree (will you find one that smells like butterscotch or vanilla?) Use your hands to build a shelter, and taste some delicious treats along the way. There is time for general activities. Does not include a zip line.

SH60 Mountain Wheelers 7/22-27, ACCEPTING CADETTES! What do you get when you cross a mountain bike, scooter and skateboard? A Diggler! Tackle Sky High’s terrain like you would on a mountain bike and carve turns like on a skateboard! Create an obstacle course, and test your Diggler skills. Spend time at the zip line! Foster your dare-devil instincts – take a trip to a nearby high ropes course and do team challenges! Campers must be at least 60 lbs. to ensure not get stuck mid-zip.

Tomahawk Ranch Sessions!

TR05 Designers 6/10-15, SPACES ADDED! Create works of art through fashion, woodworking, and cooking. Try upcycling to repurpose old objects into something new. Learn pottery skills and how to paint like a professional artist. Use food to enhance your decorating and garnishing skills. There is time for other camp activities. Campers stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse.

NEW! TR22 Amazing Treasure Race 6/24-29, FOR JUNIORS! Navigate with a compass, map, GPS, trail markers and the stars. Embark on an adventure to locate hidden treasures using orienteering skills. Design geocaches and create a course for future Tomahawk campers. There is time for other camp activities. Campers stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse.

NEW! TR27 Once Upon a Time 6/24-29, FOR SENIORS AND AMBASSADORS! Pirates, heroes, heroines, space explorers, princesses, mice, ducks, villains, and every character in between- spend the week dressing up in costume, braving your skills at archery, hiking to Totey Pride Rock, searching for Tomahawk treasure, exploring the stars, learning to waltz and more! Campers will go on an off-site trip to experience a local zip line tour. Gain grit, grace and celebrate the best mouse around! Campers stay in a cabin with equipped bathrooms and showers.

New Day Partner Camp!

Highlands Ranch Horseback Day Camp week 1 June 25-29, week 2 July 16-20, FOR JUNIORS AND CADETTES! Calling all horse lovers! GSCO is excited to partner with the Highlands Ranch Community Recreation Association (HCRA) Horseback Program to offer Girl Scouts a week of horseback camps. HCRA will offer a special “Girl Scout week” at their licensed horseback camp, where Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to learn about horses through horse grooming, handling, riding skills, equine knowledge and arena and trail rides! Girls will earn the junior horseback badge – no riding experience required. Fee: $420/week; camp runs from 9am to 4pm, Monday – Friday; for this first year, registration is through the HCRA. Questions? Contact anna.danila@gscolorado.org.

 

Best Cookie Dad contest: My hardworking dad

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Ella C.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

My dad, Chris, works at night driving a semi-truck. When he comes home, he takes me door-to-door to sell cookies. One time my mom wasn’t feeling well, so my dad took me and helped me sell lots of cookies. We even sold a whole case of Thin Mints. I love my Dad.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!

Best Cookie Dad contest: My dad is a cookie rockstar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Leah

Metro Denver

Littleton

Hi! My name is Leah and I am a 6th grader. My dad is a cookie rockstar. I’ve been selling cookies since kindergarten and he helps drive the cookies to the cookie booth and helps me set up my table and chairs. He likes to sing songs and dance around our cookie booth!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!

Join the Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers at Keystone Science School

 

 

 

 

 

Join the GSCO Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers (6th grade) at Keystone Science School March 9-11, 2018!

The program will start at 7 p.m. on March 9 at Keystone Science School and run through Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. We will be cross country skiing, snowshoeing, competing in Winter Olympics-style games, having a snow photo scavenger hunt, astronomy, and more!

Registration ends Monday, February 26 at 5 p.m.  To register, please go to: https://girlscoutsco.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App

You can find instructions on how to register here: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/2907212-how-do-i-register-for-an-outdoor-adventure-club-event-

If you have any questions related to the event and/or programming, email GSCO Outdoor Programs Coordinator Marissa Rooney at marissa.rooney@gscolorado.org.

BeHerd: Equine-assisted activities program

Submitted by Catherine Berra

Metro Denver

Littleton

Hello! What began as a new adventure in my own life, one of adopting and riding a rescue horse, has transformed into a program to assist others in finding their path to self-confidence. Horses are magical and magnificent creatures and offer a wonderful partnership in our journey as humans. One of the truly important parts of any successful endeavor is to assess our own herds, the people we choose to be in our life. The BeHerd program partners with horses and offers a forum for conversation regarding our own choices in our lives. Partnering with a horse on the ground, we discuss the herd mentality, vision and respect. Participants are able to verbalize their thoughts while grooming the horse and discussing their current and future “herds.”

This program will help Girl Scouts earn requirements toward their Junior Horseback Riding badge!

Contact BeHerdllc.com 720-421-5033

Amazing girls do amazing things! I believe our self-confidence stems from our choices. Horses listen and reveal to us like mirrors and I’m excited to share these lessons!

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

Best Cookie Dad contest: A spectacular cookie dad

Submitted by Hailey

Southwestern CO

Cortez

My dad is a spectacular cookie dad because he helps me with my cookie booths. He is even there with me through the cold and wind. He’s right there by my side when I’m selling door-to-door, helping me with the money, and hauling my cookies. My dad has been helping me with cookies since I started as a Daisy. He’s a wonderful dad because he doesn’t have to do it, but he offers to anyway. He is a spectacular dad and I love him.

I am a G.I.R.L in many ways because I am a free spirit. I face this world head on. I take of myself and others around me. I respect my leaders, friends, family, and other adults. I have many friends whom I care for and take care of. When I grow up I want to be a teacher because I want to teach children how to respect themselves and others around them. I am a G.I.R.L because of many things, but my main reason I am a G.I.R.L is because I love the Girl Scout experience!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!

Girl Scout Brownies: Earn your “Dancer” badge with Fearless Motion Dance Center

Submitted by Callie Frey, Fearless Motion Dance Center

Northern & Northeastern CO

Louisville

Dancer Badge for Brownies- Jazz Class

When: Sunday, March 18, 2018

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Louisville Rec. Center – Crown Room
900 West Via Appia Way
Louisville, CO 80027

Cost: $15

Jazz Class Description: Jazz class will focus on learning isolations of the body, turns, leaps, and improving performance quality. Class will consist of proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and a final combination presented at the end of class. Overall, jazz is an upbeat, energetic class leaving the dancer wanting more!

**Athletic clothes, leggings/tank tops would be suggested for “dress code” and jazz shoes or bare-feet work great**

Register: Head to www.fearlessmotiondance.com and click on GIRL SCOUTS to reserve your spot today or follow this link https://www.fearlessmotiondance.com/girl-scouts/

Any questions please call 303-204-6597 or email info@fearlessmotiondance.com!

Girl Scout Jazz Class Flyer- Final

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

You’re invited to the “Circus of the Girls” dance

Submitted by Nina Schulze

Metro Denver

Northglenn

Troop 60114 and The Woods service unit invite you to join us for Cirque Des Filles on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Waymire Dome, Adams County Fairgrounds.

Moms, grandmas, aunts, and Girl Scouts of all ages will enjoy a night of dancing, fortunes, games, and more!

Come dressed as the ringmaster of your troop, in your best circus attire, or regular, everyday clothes! Have a troop theme! Anything goes at the Circus of the Girls dance!

Tickets are on sale now at squareup.com/store/Thewoods646.

Advance prices are $17 per couple, $8.50 each additional girl and END Wednesday, April 18. Door price is $10 per person. Fun patches are included with the price.

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

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