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Letterboxer Brownies from Ireland and USA send out HitchHikers in anticipation of WTD

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A Brownie in CO, USA organizes a double set of HitchHikers between Ireland and USA and a Brownie in Ireland is designing a badge that only girls who complete the requirements listed in each respective LogBook, in their country, will be eligible to earn (because IGG does not have the “Letterboxer” badge to earn otherwise)

Understanding that we want to maximize the number of troops/Girl Scouts who get to participate fully we are sending this announcement out so everyone can be prepared when the “Pretty Irish hitchHiker” comes to them!

Our USA Brownie is collecting contact information for: ALL Troops (any level) who are interested in seeing and contributing to this HitchHiker Letterbox, ALL Brownie Level Girl Scouts interested in using this to meet their Letterboxer Badge requirements, ALL Girl Scouts interested in Earning the International Badge being offered!

Please contact her Mommy/Troop Leader/Guide 😉 as she is too young to have her own e-mail yet. The Irish HitchHiker will be sent in a First Come-First Served fashion as is appropriate to Letterboxing. (as opposed to a who-is-geographically closest-to-save-postage fashion) But a list to go by will ensure No One is forgotten in line 😉 Thank you for your support! All of Ireland’s Girl Guiding community is eagerly awaiting your support!

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Girl Scouts help soup kitchen with food donations

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Submitted by Dena Thomason
Cortez

The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. With this in mind, Girl Scout Troop 2619 is showing how important community involvement is to them.

In the weeks preceding, Friday, December 28th, we held a food drive to benefit Hope’s Kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Cortez. The amount of food collected by the young Girl Scouts was quite impressive. It completely covered an eight foot long table.

Mrs. Jody Chin, who is a former Girl Scout Leader herself, was so gracious to meet with our Girl Scout Troop and to accept the food donation. She sat right down and talked with the kids on their level and explained what Hope’s Kitchen does for the community and how important it is.

The Girl Scouts were very excited when she asked if they would like a tour of the kitchen where all the food was prepared, the kitchen got a remodelation recently from Austin’s Best Kitchen Remodeling Contractor / Kitchen Central. When asked later what stuck out in their minds the most about their project, several of the children said they were most moved with the large number, 103, of people that were fed earlier that day. That is quite a large number and it points out how vital a role Hope’s Kitchen fulfills in our community.

We were all very impressed with the responsibility that Mrs. Chin has and how dedicated the volunteers are who come and cook and help serve meals on a regular basis. The Girl Scouts came up with the idea of volunteering themselves during the summer vacation. They understood that they have to be 14 years old to be in the kitchen but came up with other ideas of how they can help out. They can help with the set up of the tables and chairs, they can carry the food to the tables for the guests and help to clean up afterwards. They’ve decorated the hall once and did such a good job promoting the event that it was published on sites like http://floform.com for their kitchen designs. They are looking forward to implementing their idea this summer. They wanted to do it earlier but they are in school when the meals are typically being served.

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

Girl Scouts sing carols to nursing home residents

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Submitted by Dena Thomason
Cortez, Colorado

On Friday, Dec. 21, the Cub Scouts of Den 519 and Girl Scout Troops 2619 and 3043 entertained the residents of Vista Grande Nursing Home by singing Christmas Carols. The residents enjoyed the young voices and were very appreciative, applauding after each song. The Scouts enjoyed visiting with the residents and said that it gave them a “good feeling” to be able to sing for them. We also submitted a story on what we did to our local paper.

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

National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover – Jan. 12th!

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We are getting excited about the upcoming National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover! How about you?!? If you haven’t heard about this event yet, it is going to be held on Saturday, Jan. 12th, at 8 p.m./MST. This event can be done anywhere where there’s an Internet connection. One girl or even a group of girls can participate in this event together (it doesn’t have to be a troop activity). All girls who participate will join girls from across the country who are having a sleepover/pajama party in their area. For more information and ideas to get ready from your sleepover/pajama party, check out Little Brownie Bakers website. And if we haven’t convinced you yet, check out the video below on this first-ever event that’s sure to be a hit. We hope to see you there! (We will also be live Facebooking throughout the event on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Facebook page, so be sure to join the conversation!)

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Girl Scouts: supercharge your cookie sales this holiday season!!

Shadow Girls NewColorsGirl Scouts of Colorado has a great Cookie Sales Opportunity for Juniors and above! GSCO board members and community partners will be hosting cookie parties during the 2013 Cookie Program. And we are looking for entrepreneurial Girl Scout troops who want to attend these events to sell cookies.

To apply, you need to come up with a cookie business sales presentation, video it and send it into us here: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/cookiepartytroops no later than Jan. 27. You can access tools for putting together your presentation on the Little Brownie Bakers website.

If you are looking for a way to supercharge your cookie sales this holiday season, this might be a great way to do it!

Troop 4288 sleeps at the fire station

The Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts of Troop 4288 in the Northern and Northeastern region held a slumber party at the fire station. Thirteen girls particpated. They had a gift exchange (as well as a gift collection for Toys for Tots), played games, had an art show for the Brownies to earn their painting patch, watched movies and really got to know one another. This was our first outing together as a troop, and the girls as well as the troop leaders, had a blast! As a community member, I had access to the center for which I made a small donation, and the food was a gift from the troop leaders as our holiday party! We just formed our troop this fall, so we are looking for inexpensive to free things to do…and this was just the thing to kick off our new troop!

Troop 2214 participates in Western Slope Parade of Lights

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Troop 2214 had its very first float in the Parade of Lights this year. They did Hansel and Gretl, the gingerbread house in the woods. They wore the Girl Scout cookie costumes to go with the “cookie” house and handed out candy on the parade route and were mentioned by the emcees as they drove past the judges’ booth.

“We had a good time and will do it again, for sure!”

Troop 3940 wraps presents for kids for community service project

Submitted by Anela Cronk

On Wednesday, November 21, Girl Scout Cadette Troop 3940 helped wrap Christmas presents at Canyon View Vineyard Church. The presents were donated by church and community members and will be delivered to children who may not otherwise get Christmas presents. The troop wrapped alongside church members, and the six girls and three leaders wrapped nearly 100 presents.

Our troop tries to do several service projects each year to give back to the community. This one was special because it helped us to realize how fortunate we are and it gave us a chance to help those in need. Like other service projects that we’ve done, this made us feel happy to give back to the community.

Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award by giving back to veterans in need

IMG_2963Giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our country during their time of need was on the minds and in the hearts of six members of 5th grade Girl Scout Troop 2510 this holiday season. The Wheat Ridge girls chose to help homeless veterans in Denver to earn their Bronze Award, the highest award Girl Scout Juniors can earn.

The girls learned about the homeless veteran population in the Denver area and went out into the community to see overnight shelters and day shelters. They saw permanent housing programs for homeless veterans and learned that there are solutions to homelessness. The majority of homeless veterans are single men who suffer from mental illness or alcohol and/or substance abuse. About one-third of the adult homeless population are veterans. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Many more veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

The Girl Scouts took action by holding a warm clothing drive at Prospect Valley Elementary School to collect hundreds of jackets, hats, gloves, sweatshirts, socks and shoes. They also created 27 care packages for homeless veterans that included toiletries, warm items, basic food items, candy and handmade cards expressing support and thanks. All items were distributed through the Community Resource and Referral Center in the VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veteran’s program. The Girl Scouts who learned about this important social issue and made a difference are Hannah F., Makayla K., Julia R., Daisy S., Julia T. and Kaylin V.

National Girl Scout Cookie Day – Feb. 8, 2013

f3a3935f92ba42049f634558dac8e3a9Girl Scouts of the USA has officially named February 8, 2013 as National Girl Scout Cookie Day! On this day we will celebrate Girl Scout Cookie time, teaching the community about the lifelong skills learned through selling cookies as well as spreading the word on how to purchase cookies.

These efforts will be supported nationally through media and public service announcement placements. Girl Scouts of the USA is also planning a social media campaign. They’ve also put together a fabulous new Girl Scout Cookie website (a Spanish version of the site will launch in January), which encompasses the themes that will be emphasized on National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will be marking the National Girl Scout Cookie Day with Cookie Social Media Day, which was previously announced on Nov. 30th (read that blog). We also are planning media and public service announcement placements for the Girl Scout Cookie season, which runs Jan. 27th through March 3rd.

We hope you will support Girl Scout Cookie time by getting involved in the National Girl Scout Cookie Day activities!