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Girl Scouts receives $15,000 grant from The Denver Foundation

Girl Scouts of Colorado recently received a $15,000 grant from The Denver Foundation to support the organization’s outreach programs for girls in underserved areas of Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Girl Scouts’ outreach programs in these areas serve 1,400 girls in low-resource schools, affordable housing communities and detention centers.

“Girl Scouts of Colorado’s outreach programs help us fulfill a vital role in our community — helping provide all girls, no matter their background or their resources, the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting,” said Stephanie Foote, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “We deeply appreciate The Denver Foundation’s long-time support of Girl Scouts and the programs we provide for girls in low-resource communities.”

The Denver Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving life in Metro Denver through philanthropy, leadership, and strengthening the community. Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $47 million in grants. The Denver Foundation has three primary roles: stewarding an endowment to invest in meeting current and future needs for the Metro Denver community; managing more than 900 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, nonprofit organizations, and business; and working with community and philanthropic leaders to address core challenges that face Metro Denver. For more information, visit denverfoundation.org.

Girl Scouts was founded nationally in 1912, and is today the premier all-girl leadership development organization in the country. Girl Scouts offers girls a variety of leadership-based programs and activities that promote self-esteem and confidence, life skills and academic skills, healthy lifestyles, team-building, community service and much more. This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, known as the “Year of the Girl.” There are many ways to get involved in supporting Colorado’s current 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers in fulfilling our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Learn more at girlscoutsofcolorado.org or by calling 1-855-726-4726.

Girl Scouts help with Waldo Canyon Fire relief efforts

From Girl Scout Alexa Huesgen Hobbs

I live 6 miles from the Waldo Canyon Fire – we are not in danger at this time and decided rather than sitting around watching the news we needed to do something!

I bet you have all heard about the Waldo Canyon Fire by Colorado Springs and all the countless people working to stop it. But do you know that Girl Scouts are involved? Yesterday Colorado Springs Girl Scouts from Troops 1947 and 863 collected water and Gatorade to give to the fire fighters. I went up with my fellow Girl Scouts from Troop 863 and delivered the days donations at Coronado High School where a buffet and lots and lots of coolers full of drinks were set out for the fire men and women. Also, there was a Q&A with Mayor Bach and others. Today we are going to walk and play with dogs at the All Breed Animal Rescue Shelter housing evacuees pets.  I really hope this fire will end soon, but I’m also glad I got to help.

Photos I’ve included:

1) View of fire first night from my house downtown: fire is orange glow center right (above Fine Arts Center Parking lot) and Pikes Peak is to left.

2) Bringing rehydration to the Firefighters at Coronado High School

3) In front of supply stash – we didn’t bring all of that!

4) Shopping for Gatorade and water

5) Mayor Bach

6) Media trucks

If your Girl Scouts or troop is interested in helping out with similar efforts, look for requests for help on the Waldo Canyon Fire Group on Facebook. Also, many of the local media outlets covering the fire are including information on how you can help. We’ve also heard Colorado Springs’ Care and Share is looking for non-perishable food items, especially looking for snack bars, cereal, crackers, butter and jelly. Please keep in mind that Girl Scouts can’t raise money for other organizations or causes, but can donate money from troop treasuries or personal accounts.

Online registration site browser compatibility issues to be resolved soon

After a recent update by GSUSA to our Online Registration system for Trainings and Memberships users began to experience some errors using our Ebiz site. GSUSA realized the problem and put up a temporary screen notifying users of incompatible browsers.

We apologize for the inconvenience and assure you that GSUSA is working on a fix so our site is compatible with all browsers and we will notify you when the update has been made. Currently the compatible browsers are Internet Explorer or Firefox. We expect Safari users to regain access by the beginning of next week.

For Mac Users: Firefox is compatible with MAC’s and the link to the information and instructions for installing Firefox on a MAC is here: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/install-firefox-mac

For PC users: if you do not have Internet Explorer to install Firefox on a PC, the directions are here: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/install-firefox-windows

We appreciate your support and patience as we hope to have this resolved soon.

Epcot – Bridging into the Next Century Ceremony

Submitted by Jody Clair

Colorado Springs

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If you have five minutes, check out this video created by Caryn Kessinger Co-Leader of Troop 3810 from CO Springs. She used video and photos to capture all the amazing moments of this trip of a lifetime. Flat Juliette, four girls and 2 leaders attended the ceremony at Epcot in Florida. Please join us on this journey!

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

It is finally long enough!

Submitted by Jeri Webb Greeley

Daisy Girl Scout, McKenna, has been waiting a long time for her hair to be long enough to donate to Locks of Love. Her older sister was able to do donate before and McKenna decided she wanted to be able to give her hair to help other people also! As a bonus- she really LOVES her new summer haircut : )

Here she is before and after.

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

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Magic Sky Ranch Update

Magic Sky is in no immediate danger, and the firefighters are making good progress.

However, as a precaution, Girl Scouts of Colorado has decided to cancel the July 1 – 3 Core Staff Troop Camp at Magic Sky Ranch. Girl Scouts of Colorado will be contacting troops who have registered for this camp soon to discuss options.

At this time, we plan to move forward with the resident camp sessions at Magic Sky Ranch July 8 and beyond.

As there are further updates, we will report them here. Thank you for your continued support!

Troop 2551 celebrates end of year with art show

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Submitted by Nikki Goethals
Aurora

Troop 2551 chose to complete their Brownie – World of Girls journey, and earn their Tell a Story badge, by hosting an art gallery of their work from throughout the year. For the art show, troop members invited friends, families, neighbors, co-workers and library patrons to come and see their displayed artwork and photography chronicling their journey and year as a Girl Scout.

The art show included pieces done while earning their Painting badge – including self portraits, still life paintings and paintings that expressed an emotion. The show also displayed the girls’ advertisement drawings that they worked on to showcase how media can be used to distort or stretch the truth. Some exhibits were created to highlight important aspects of their Girl Scout year including Disney princess artwork honoring their Disney on Ice field trip, decorated wooden houses to honor their Take Action project to feed the homeless and torn mosaic holiday tree artwork to celebrate last December’s holiday party. There were even pieces that focused on each girl’s individual strengths.

Combined with the art show, Troop 2551 also celebrated the end of their Girl Scout year and officially bridged to Junior Girl Scouts.

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

Northeastern Colorado Girl Scouts earn Cookie Top Seller honors

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We are proud of the efforts of four Cookie Top Sellers in Northeastern Colorado — Katie, Taylor, Jamine and Selena! Here are photos of the girls as they received their 2012 Top Seller medals. Each of these Girl Scouts sold 750+ packages of cookies.

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The annual Girl Scouts of Colorado Top Seller Cookie Dinner was held in Denver on Saturday, June 9th. Girls honored at the event had sold 750 or more packages of cookies during the 2012 Cookie Program. A fun evening of dressing up and dancing the night away was had by all!

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Girl Scouts of Colorado Sings simultaneously as Girl Scouts Rock the Mall

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On Saturday, June 9th, Girl Scouts of Colorado joined the nation to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting.

Dozens of Colorado Girl Scouts traveled to Washington, D.C. to join 250,000 from around the world at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall. (Read about their journeys on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog.)

And, at the same time, more than 300 Girl Scouts and their family and friends, as well as Girl Scout supporters and alumnae, joined the festivities from Colorado’s State Capitol at Colorado Sings. (Photos can be viewed above.)

The Colorado Sings event honored the state’s 100+ Girl Scout Distinguished Alumnae, as well as Colorado’s Oldest Living Alumnae. Edna Hollis and Vera Carucci, who are both 100 years old and live in the Denver area, were recognized as the oldest living alumnae. Our alumnae honorees also received the following media coverage:

We live blogged from both events thanks to the wonderful efforts of volunteers and staff.

And below is a video highlighting the sights and sounds of our memorable Colorado Sings event, including interviews with our oldest living alumnae.

If you were part of these festivities, we’d love to hear from you too. Share your story, photos and/or video with us.

It was fun to be part of this historic day for Girl Scouts!

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