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Last call for “Marine Life” tour

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

This trip is open to Girl Scouts and one adult as paid participants. The Girl Scout MUST be in 4th grade or higher (through 12th) at time of travel. That means anyone finishing 3rd grade now can apply. The closing date for new participants is June 5, 2017. Don’t delay! Send your deposit and the applications in ASAP before time runs out! See the flyer for more information: Marine_Life_tour

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Troop 42852 pool party

Submitted by Aundrea Findish

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our troop worked extra hard this year and sold more Girl Scout Cookies than planned, so we had an amazing pool party at Villa Sport. The girls all had so much fun sliding, splashing, and swimming!

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GSCO Shop update

May is swiftly coming to an end and so is the busy season at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.  May 20, 2017 was our last Saturday open until September and summer hours began on May 23. The retail store will be open Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Summertime means slower foot traffic in the store and we will be transforming the store front and back to incorporate the new “Made in the USA” badges. A transition from the original badges with cardboard packaging will phase out and the new badges will be replacing them. The badges themselves will have very little, if any, visible differences.  However, the packaging and pricing will be different.  For more info, or if you have questions or concerns, please refer to  http://gscoblog.org/2017/05/girl-scouts-made-in-the-usa-commitment/

June 1 will be the last day for returns on the original badges with the cardboard packaging, and  our standard return policy will apply.  Please remember all returns must be in original packaging with no writing or tearing.  If you have no receipt, or a receipt outside of 90 days, you can exchange or receive a store gift card.

Also, a quick reminder that trading posts at Sky High Ranch and Tomahawk Ranch will be open the day your camper arrives and the day they depart.  Only credit, gift cards, and Cookie Credit cards will be accepted as a form of payment.

We hope everyone has a happy and safe summer.  If you need to reach the retail store, our number is 303-607-4880 or email us at retail@gscolorado.org

Essay contest for flag retirement ceremony

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Submitted by North Metro Fire Rescue

Metro Denver

Broomfield

North Metro Fire Rescue District and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum are joining together to host the 13th Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Broomfield. This year, the organizations are adding an essay contest for Broomfield and Northglenn residents up to age 18. Winners from the contest will be invited to speak at this year’s ceremony.

The event will be held at North Metro Fire Station 61 at 1275 Midway Boulevard beginning at 11 a.m. A combined honor guard from North Metro Fire and Broomfield Police Department will be a part of the ceremony as well as representatives from North Metro Fire and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum. A bugler and local Boy Scouts will also participate in the service. Following the ceremony, there will be an open house at the fire station and patriotic hot dog cookout.

Essay Contest Rules

Young residents of the fire district up to the age of 18 are invited to submit an original essay or poem to North Metro Fire on the topic “What the American Flag Means to Me.” Entries can be up to 400 words and should be submitted to sfarris@northmetrofire.org, dropped off in person or mailed to North Metro Fire, Attn: Sara Farris, 101 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31. Participants should provide their name, age, address, phone number, email and school with their entry. Winners will read their works at the Flag Retirement Ceremony and will receive a $50 gift card as a prize.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with our community on this event and hope to see every generation out to celebrate the American flag and what it stands for,” said North Metro Fire Chief Dave Ramos. “We are especially excited to invite our area youth to participate in this year’s ceremony and to hear their voices regarding our nation’s symbol.”

Everyone attending may take part in the ceremony by helping cut up and properly retire flags that have been collected throughout the community.

Bring in your old flags

North Metro Fire Rescue District and Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum will be accepting retired flag donations at the following locations until 5 p.m. on June 8.

FLAG DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

North Metro Fire Rescue Headquarters
101 Spader Way, Broomfield

Monday—Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

North Metro Fire Station 62
10550 Huron Street, Northglenn

Monday—Sunday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

North Metro Fire Station 64
13515 Lowell Boulevard, Broomfield

Monday—Sunday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum
12 Garden Center, Broomfield

Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Girl Scout Night with the Grand Junction Rockies

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Save the date for Girl Scout Night with the Grand Junction Rockies on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017! The Rockies are generously offering free entry to Girl Scouts who come to the game in uniform. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited.

Friends and family can purchase tickets at the box office before the game. We’ll have more information closer to the game on how to purchase tickets for our Girl Scout section.

To help us plan, so the Grand Junction Rockies can set aside seats for our Girl Scout families, please let us know if you are interested at this link – www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904044BADA72AA57-girl2 . This does not obligate you to come, but does help us plan, so thank you for sharing your interest.

Game start is planned for 5 p.m. Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org. We hope to see you and your Girl Scouts there!

Girl Scouts honor heroes

Submitted by Carol Lucero

Metro Denver

Thornton

After the tragedy in Dallas, Thornton Girl Scouts collected 70 retired American flags and cut out the stars, packaging them with a note of thanks for every officer on the Dallas Police Force.

Since then, girls have continued to collect, cut/tag/bag almost 15,000 stars for veterans and first responders locally. 50 stars are also mailed to every department (fire, EMS, police, DOC) who suffers a line of duty death in the country- a staggering 208 heroes since Dallas.

The North Metro Fire Rescue Department is a main partner in this effort, as they collect retired flags from the public and donate them to our girls to continue this cause. All troops are invited to join us June 10, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Station 61 at 1275 Midway Blvd., Broomfield for their annual flag retirement ceremony. Help cut up flags and save stars for our program.

New this year is an essay contest on what the Flag means to you. The winner gets to read their essay at the Retirement and wins a $50 gift card. Enter here: http://bit.ly/2q6RqnK We hope to see you on the 10th!

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Girl Scout Day at the Air Force Academy

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A 300 foot long American Flag is unfurled on the field at Falcon Stadium during halftime activities as Air Force met the TCU Horned Frogs at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sep 10, 2011. The Horned Frogs defeated Air Force 35-19. Both teams are 1-1 in season play.  (Air Force photo/ Sarah Chambers)

Submitted by Ashley Gullett

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Air Force Academy Football will host Girl Scout Day on October 14, 2017 vs. UNLV. This is a wonderful event that many Girl Scouts have taken advantage of over the years and we hope to continue this great tradition! Tickets are just $20 each and include game admission, a commemorative patch, and camping to follow the game. A portion of the ticket sales will also be donated back to Girl Scouts of Colorado! You can purchase these online using the “SCOUT” promo at goairforcefaclons.com or by calling the ticket office at 719-472-1895. Please contact Ashley Gullett if you have any further questions and we hope to see you at Falcon Stadium October 14!

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Royal Gorge Centennial bridging

Girl Scouts of all ages had a great time at the Royal Gorge Centennial bridging  outside of Canyon City! More than 100 girls bridged with over 200 friends and family celebrating with them. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed a beautiful day!

Our group gathered at the entry of the bridge for the start of the bridging ceremony. The Royal Gorge staff closed the bridge for just our group for our time on the bridge. GSCO Volunteer Jody Clair led our ceremony. Each troop level was honored in a special section recognizing program levels.

Girls came from all over the state to participate. It was fun to have such a large Girl Scout group bridging and walking across the bridge at the same time! After crossing the bridge, Girl Scouts, friends, and family enjoyed a reception with cupcakes and lemonade. Many troops stayed and enjoyed hiking around the gorge and activities at the bridge’s park afterwards.

A big THANK YOU goes to Brook Sklenar for organizing such a great event! We also really appreciate Dona Basham and her team at the Royal Gorge Bridge for being top notch hosts. They were great to work with! Our amazing volunteers ensured we had a successful event. A big thank you goes out to:

Jody Clair

Dana and Elise Vandegrift

Kathy and Genevieve Nameika

Debbie Swanson

Jay Sklenar

Thank you for helping make it a great day!

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2017 Highest Awards booklet: Now available online

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Nearly 1,800 Girl Scouts, families, and friends celebrated this year’s 1,400 Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award recipients at five regional celebrations across the state throughout late April and early May. These young women have taken charge to identify issues in their community and develop and implement original plans to create positive change. We couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments!

Stephanie Foote, President and Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado, spoke at all five celebrations. These are some of her favorite events of the year because they are the only times she gets to be in the room with so many Highest Awards recipients at once.

Sarah Greichen, a 2016 Gold Award recipient, Stephanie Foote Leadership Prize winner, and National Young Woman of Distinction, was the emcee in Pueblo, Loveland, and Denver and a keynote speaker in Pikes Peak.

Jessica Mills, a 2016 Gold Award recipient, was the emcee in Pikes Peak while Shauna Clemmer, a Gold Award recipient and current member of the Western Slope Gold Award Committee, was the emcee in Grand Junction.

The Highest Awards Celebrations are incredibly special events where girls are recognized among their family and fellow Girl Scouts for their achievements. Additionally, this is a special time for younger girls to see older girls in action and get inspired to go for their Silver and/or Gold Awards.

Check out the electronic version of our 2017 Highest Awards booklet online (http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/GSCO_2017_HA_Booklet.pdf) and view our “Best of Highest Awards 2017” photo album on Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums/72157679203803063/page1).

Silver Award: Realities for Children

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Kit B. was excited about doing her Silver Award to try to do something that benefited abused and foster children. She was passionate about this as she was a former foster child.

She contacted various organizations asking what types of things they might need or need done.

She ended up deciding to set up an annual drive at her church for Realities for Children. This one was hopefully the first of many.

This first one was very successful. She received over $500 and also collected some toys, clothes, and school supplies.

This has inspired her to do more and she has a couple of organizations she plans to volunteer with this summer.

Great job Kit! We are so proud of you!

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