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Support Girl Scouts of Colorado in the Coloradoan’s Causes Giving Campaign

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is very honored to be voted a top non-profit by the community through the Coloradoan’s Causes Giving Campaign.

As a part of this campaign, the community is now being asked to give to Girl Scouts of Colorado. The Coloradoan will partially match these donations, making gifts more impactful.

So consider making a gift. Even small gifts go a long way! And let your family and friends know about this too. 2012 was a challenging year for Girl Scouts of Colorado, but through donation programs like this, we can continue to offer the best leadership opportunities for girls across Colorado!

For more information and to make a gift, click here.

Troop 1896 ornaments on US Capitol Christmas Tree

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Submitted by Tina Benner
Highlands Ranch

In September, Cadette Troop 1896 made recycled-material ornaments that reflect Colorado to be part of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament Exchange.  They received notice December 4th that the ornaments they made would adorn one of the 63 companion trees that are in the Capitol. Great job Claire, Elise, Audrey, Sydney, Taylor, Riley, Krista!

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

Troop 4451 pocket flag project a great success

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November 29, 2012 – Coronado Elementary School, Littleton, CO

The Girl Scouts of USA named 2012 The Year of the Girl for their 100th Anniversary and has spent the year focusing on a program which instills each Girl Scout with a sense of strength and responsibility in her community.

To celebrate The Year of the Girl, Troop 4451 from Coronado Elementary School in Littleton, brought together leaders and Girl Scouts from eight local troops, a total of 75 girls and 12 leaders, for a first-ever All Troop Meeting on November 29, 2012. The leaders and Girl Scouts of Troop 4451 wanted to utilize the gathering as a platform to provide a large-scale and meaningful community service. They pulled from the concepts behind The Year of the Girl and decided that the most inspiring image of women representing strength, bravery, and service would be the very women who sacrifice and serve our country so that our girls are free to be Girl Scouts.

Towards this end, Troop 4451 adopted the Pocket Flag Project, a project during which miniature flags are folded, bagged with a special note, and then shipped to the front lines, where they are worn in the pockets of active soldiers to remind them of their flag and home. The girls set a big goal: to fold 600 flags in one hour! As the project evolved, the troop realized that Girl Scouts were not often given an opportunity to learn about the American flag, how to take care of it, what it symbolizes, and what it means to them. To remedy this before the event took place, Troop 4451 distributed worksheets, taught how to fold and handle the flag in person, and asked all of the Girl Scouts to write essays about what the flag means to them. They were also asked to invite friends and family who had served our country to the event or to help their Girl Scout write the essay. We wanted to be sure that by the time the project was over, the portion of the Girl Scout Promise which reads “I promise to serve my country” became more than just a phrase and the flag on their uniform became more than just a patch.

Pooling the Troop’s resources, we were able to gain the support of two important groups: The Daughters of the American Revolution – Columbine Chapter (DAR) and the American Legion Auxiliary – Unit 103 (ALA 103). The DAR provided books about the Flag Code and the Pledge, and both the DAR and the ALA 103 provided very necessary financial support to cover the cost of flags, bags, printing, and postage to the front lines. A friend of the Troop, a retired high-ranking Army officer, now employed at the Department of Defense, helped us to put together a group of six strong and inspiring active servicewomen. The event’s sponsors, as well as the servicewomen, joined us for the event and helped the girls fold the flags.

At six tables, Troop 4451 divided the Girl Scouts, the sponsors, and the servicewomen so that each table represented various ages, multiple generations, of girls and women. Each table was encouraged to share stories, learn from one another, and help to enrich the experience. As baskets of pocket flags filled, the girls would ceremoniously carry the flag baskets across the big gym, to the symbolic mailing box, pour them in, and ring our American eagle wrought iron bell. Each girl had a turn and they were so excited to carry the basket and ring the bell- they rang the bell with such pride! The servicewomen were Girl Scouts in their youth and joined us in our closing circle, as did our sponsors, and veteran Girl Scouts who had attended to support the event. The first woman from the Army Coast Guard to be sent to Afghanistan told the girls that she received a pocket flag her first time being deployed and said it now hangs framed in her office. She enthralled the girls with her story of how she wore it in her pocket and it made her feel connected to home.

To make sure the project is not just a one-time event, Troop 4451 sent home letters to all of Coronado Elementary School’s students in November asking them if they’d like to send a personal pocket flag to a deployed solider in their family, neighborhood, or community. This project sought to turn the Girl Scout promise into an action and succeeded tenfold… in fact, it succeeded 600 fold!

Respectfully submitted by Shoshana Nash, Troop 4451 Co-Leader

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado to hold Cookie Social Media Day Feb. 8

I’m excited to announce that Girl Scouts of Colorado is launching a first-ever Cookie Social Media Day during the 2013 Cookie Program! So mark your calendar, share the information with friends and family, and we look forward to having you participate! (Cookie Social Media Day is part of National Girl Scout Cookie Day  on Feb. 8th.)

Cookie Social Media Day 2013 

On Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, which is the date for Cookie Social Media Day and the first day of Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales in Colorado, we want everyone, from our girl members, adult volunteers, families, donors, partners, alumnae, staff and friends to be talking about Girl Scout Cookie time on social media. Our goal is to show the community the real-life skills they are supporting when they buy Girl Scouts Cookies.

Participating is easy!  

1. Log on to Facebook or Twitter at any time on Friday, Feb. 8.

2. Post a personal message/story about Girl Scout Cookie time. You are encouraged to incorporate the 5 Skills Girls learn by selling Girl Scout Cookies (Goal-Setting, Decision-Making, Money Management, People Skills, Business Ethics). And feel free to share a photo or two if you want as well.  Sample messages:

Facebook: It’s @ Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie time! I very much credit my goal-setting skills to when I sold Girl Scout Cookies as a young girl (see the photo of me at age 8 here). Without those skills I don’t think I would have had what it takes to start my own business. Did you sell Girl Scout Cookies or know someone who did? What did you/they learn? See more about Girl Scout Cookie time in Colorado at www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Twitter: Girl Scout Cookies helped my daughter become a math whiz. What’s your #gscocookies story? girlscoutsofcolorado.org @GSColo

Update 1/23/13: If you don’t have a personal Girl Scout connection, you can still show support for Girl Scout Cookie time on National Girl Scout Cookie Day Feb. 8th by posting a message like this on your personal (or company) social media:

Facebook: Today’s National Girl Scout Cookie Day! I/We salute @ Girl Scouts of Colorado for the leadership skills they instill in girls. I/We look forward to supporting the biggest girl-led business in the world by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies, which are on sale in Colorado through March 3. For more information, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Twitter: It’s National Girl Scout Cookie Day! I/We am/are purchasing cookies from @GSColo to support a great girl leadership program #gscocookies

3. Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado in your post. (Facebook: facebook.com/girlscoutsofcolorado) (Twitter: @GSColo; #gscocookies)

4. You can also share a link to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s website, which will have more information about purchasing cookies: www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org

Win “cool free stuff”

Watch our social media channels throughout the day of Feb. 8 for contests we will be conducting for your chance to win items like free Girl Scout Cookies!

Flyer: Cookie Social Media Day 2013 

Troop 43760 gives back by volunteering at Care and Share

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Submitted by Hollie Hambly

This Holiday season Troop 43760 wanted to give back by packing food boxes for needy families for the holidays. The girls did a great job packing and ended up putting together a total of 8 pallets of food boxes (248 boxes). They even got a special visit from the Care and Share president (who was also a former Girl Scout). She spoke with them about all of the important life lessons you get from being a Girl Scout, and I agree!!!

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

Eagle Girl Scout Troop holds Healthy Food Drive

Submitted by Sarah Braucht
Eagle

Eagle Girl Scout Troop 3724 would like to thank the community that so graciously and generously supported its ³Healthy Food Drive!² The girls decided on this project to complete their Journey ³It’s Our World ‹ Change It² because helping families in need to eat healthy was very important to them. We are so proud of them for all the time and commitment they put into this effort! These girls are true leaders! Look for more greatness to come, and thanks again for your support!

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

Don’t forget to give to “Girl Scouts” on Colorado Gives Day Dec. 4th

24 Hours to Give Where You Live on Dec. 4, 2012

Give to Girl Scouts of Colorado in your community and the value of your gift will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund!

Last year, Coloradans donated $12.4 million to their favorite nonprofits during Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.

Make an online gift to Girl Scouts of Colorado this year!

  • 100 percent of every donation goes to charity! 100% of your gift will come directly to Girl Scouts of Colorado for local programs in your community.
  • The FirstBank Incentive Fund increases the value of every dollar donated.
  • Donate online! It’s easy, safe and secure!

Don’t wait! Schedule your gift now to be processed on Dec. 4, 2012!

And encourage your friends and family to give to Girl Scouts of Colorado too on Colorado Gives Day!

Give where you live! Click here to make your gift today!

12/4/12 5280 Blog about volunteering for Girl Scouts and donating during Colorado Gives Day

Troop 50548 Sponsors Girl Scout Self-Defense Workshop!

Submitted by troop leader, Judy Moisey Asay.

Troop 50548 had a great turnout for this year’s Girl Scout Self-Defense Workshop on November 7, 2012! Approximately 42 girls participated in the self-defense course at Z-Ultimate Defense Studios West Arvada; everyone had a great time and expanded their knowledge on ways to be safe in their community! Girls earned the Northern California Girl Scout Council self-defense badge for both Brownie and Junior levels. Daisies received a general self-defense fun patch.

Girls who are involved in Girl Scouts will also have the opportunity to learn more about martial arts at Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios West Arvada. Available is a free 30-day trial and free enrollment; this is a spectacular way to continue and learn about self-defense training through martial arts!

For more information regarding opportunities with the Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios West Arvada, contact:

Sensei Alton at (303) 463-8773 or westarvada@zultimate.com

Girl Scout earns Silver working with MaxFund

Submitted by Terri Coleman
Denver

Girl Scout earns Silver by Helping MaxFund with huge donations!

Courtney Coleman of Troop 918, has been working on her Girl Scout Silver award. On Sunday Nov 25th she delivered over 400 pounds of animal food as well as other items collected (beds, treats, leashes, gift bags, toys, etc) to the MaxFund, a no-kill animal shelter that relies solely on donations/grants from the community. The MaxFund is also going to be having its annual holiday party/fundraiser on December 8th and items she has made will also be used at the event to raise money.

In a season of giving, this Silver Award project (over 50 hours of community service) will help many animals in need and will continue to give throughout the year.

The Silver Award is the 2nd highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

Channel 9 and Channel 4 were there! Here are the links to the stories:

http://www.9news.com/news/local/article/301405/222/Girl-scout-earns-award-for-helping-animals

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/11/26/girl-scout-delivers-donations-to-maxfund-shelter/

The Highlands Ranch Herald also ran a story!

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