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Brownie Troop 1133 overnights at Denver Zoo


Submitted by Sara and Kristin
Centennial Troop 61133

On October 5th we had the wonderful opportunity to Bunk With the Beasts at the Denver Zoo! The whole trip was super cool and everyone had a great time.

Our tour guide, Maggie, was informative, sweet, patient, and fun. The girls had a private tour of the zoo at night, visited with a baby snow leopard, learned about the importance of enrichment and even played with some, used night vision goggles, and made a Shrinky Dink necklace.

We wrapped up the evening with some hot chocolate and popcorn and a visit from a beautiful bearded dragon and a very active tortoise.

In the morning they greeted us with another private tour with a trip to the commissary and a visit with a porcupine and two of our girls even got to feed him!

Overall, our first overnight as a troop was not only super fun but the girls demonstrated that they are in fact living by the Girl Scout Law. They were respectful, helpful, asked thoughtful questions, made connections to prior learning, were sisters to every Girl Scout, and giggled and whispered their way into the night.

We could not have been more proud.

They earned the Pets badge and a special Bunk With the Beasts fun patch and they are already thinking about their next overnight. Thank you Denver Zoo for putting on this awesome program!

At the end of the trip, the girls talked about how they’ve put their cookie money to good use: a big service project for a local preschool, a painting party at the Lone Tree Rec Center, new Journey books, membership dues  AND the Bunk with the Beasts overnight was mostly funded with cookie proceeds. Now the girls are even more excited to start selling cookies again in January!


Summit County Girl Scout recruitment event Sunday, Oct. 13th


Summit County Girl Scouts will be holding a fun recruitment event this Sunday, Oct. 13th. The event will be held at Senior Center in Frisco from 3-5 p.m. A group of older Girl Scouts will lead activities highlighting the Girl Scout program and leadership experience at the event, which is open to girls in grades K-12 and their parents.

Joan Jardon, a Troop Leader from Summit Cove, helped organize the event.  “It will be a fun and active afternoon for the girls.  The older girls who are running the activities are so excited to share their skills with new Girl Scouts, and meanwhile, we’ll have parents from a bunch of different schools to meet with new parents to answer all their questions.”

In addition to recruiting girls, the area is also seeking volunteers to help mentor girls on their Girl Scout journey. You don’t have to be a parent to be a Girl Scout volunteer. Any adult in the community who is 18 or older and wants to make a difference in the life of a girl is invited to volunteer.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday! For more information about Girl Scouts in Summit County, please contact Cricket Hawkins at 970-379-9059 or

Article on this event in the Summit Daily News

Sending Girl Scout love to flooding victims

Girl Scouts of Colorado was recently contacted by a Girl Scout troop in Arizona who wanted to send some kind notes they had put together for Girl Scout families who were victims of the flooding that hit Colorado in September, 2013.

Today we received this kind package of notes, which we plan to forward on to one of our service units in Northern Colorado to share with area families.

We know many Girl Scouts across the country want to know how they can help Girl Scouts and their families. We are still being advised that the best way to help is donate money to local relief agencies. There may be a time and place later on in the relief process where further projects may be organized. If you have any further questions about this, please contact Kristin Courington at or 303-607-4863. Another great reference for Girl Scouts is Girl Scouts of the USA’s “How Girl Scouts Can Help When Disaster Strikes”:

However, if your Girl Scouts want to do something now, we are happy to receive cards like the troop in Arizona created to share with local service units in the flood area. You can forward those cards to Girl Scouts of Colorado, Attn: Kristin Courington, 400 S. Broadway/P.O. Box 9407, Denver, CO, 80209-0407.

We’ve heard of many troops throughout the state and country who have organized projects to help the Colorado flooding victims. From sock drives to clothing drives, donating Girl Scout Cookies to volunteers helping flooding victims and more, Girl Scouts are stepping up in big ways to help the Colorado community and their sister Girl Scouts. If your troop has been doing something, let us know about it. Share your story with us for inclusion on our blog. And if you have community service project idea to benefit flooding victims, let Kristin know about it!

Girl Scouts announces first Grand Junction Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the 2013 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program in Grand Junction at a breakfast on Oct. 15 at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts. This year’s three Grand Junction honorees were chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. The Women of Distinction commit to supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado and serving Girl Scouts today.

This will be the first year Girl Scouts of Colorado has honored Women of Distinction on the Western Slope. The Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program is active in other parts of the state, including Colorado Springs and Denver. More than 400 women throughout the state have been recognized and honorees are dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs, with more than $2 million raised in the last 20 years. For more information on the Women of Distinction, including the names of Colorado honorees, visit Girl Scouts of Colorado’s website.

The Grand Junction event is sponsored by WPX Energy and hosted by Grand Junction resident Susan Alvillar. For more information, please contact Cindi Graves 970-201-3556 or

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Grand Junction 2013 Women of Distinction: 

  • Lois Dunn, Real Estate Broker, Invest in Colorado West, Inc.
  • Teresa Coons, Executive Director, Math and Science Center
  • Lisa Boyd, Co-Owner, No Coast Sushi


Story about the honorees and event on KJCT-ABC Grand Junction

Attention GS Leaders: eBiz updates

Attention all GSCO Troop leaders:  A new Girl Scout year launched on Oct. 1, meaning all eligible troop leaders and co-leaders are being reappointed in the eBiz registration system. The registration and Volunteer Management Services staffers are working together to get the appointments made as quickly as possible. The process should be completed by the end of the month.  If you are in the eBiz registration system and find Troop Management is no longer available and you need access right away, please contact

We apologize for any inconvenience.


We love adults who help tell the Girl Scout story!

Girl Scouts across the state are always out doing something great! So much so that it is always hard to be in every single place sharing how Girl Scouts are building their skills to be the leaders of tomorrow.

But that’s I’m really excited about what one of our supportive adults did for us over the weekend to help tell the Girl Scout story.

Laura Kelly attended the Colorado School of Mines Engineering Day with her daughter in Golden on Saturday, Oct. 5th. Throughout the event she Tweeted what they were doing and shared photos.

Today she blogged about the event and then shared it with us.

There are countless opportunities out there for us all to be sharing the greatness of Girl Scouts. I encourage and invite you to take Laura’s lead and share away. And I look forward to hearing your stories!

(Pictured below: Laura and her daughter Jordan, who is a 5th grader.)



This article was also featured in the Golden Transcript on 10/10/13

Help a girl shine as a Girl Scout volunteer

It starts with one day, one meeting and one role model that shows girls they can accomplish more than they ever imagined. It starts with volunteering for Girl Scouts. Imagine the difference you will make.

Hear from Colorado volunteers in this video on how volunteering for Girl Scouts has made a difference in their life:


Girl Scouts makes volunteering easy and fun. Sign up today at

Girl Scouts Community Breakfast held in Pueblo


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A crowd of 300  gathered at Pueblo Community College on Tuesday morning, Sept. 24th, for the Pueblo Community Bloomin’ Breakfast. The event raised $10,377 to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in the area. Co-chairs of the event were Cora Zaletel and Shelly Moreschini. Leadership testimonials were given by Angela Giron, Community Leader, Priscilla Lucero, President, Wells Fargo Bank, and Jen Mullen, Chief of Staff, CSU–Pueblo. Troop 31709 did the flag ceremony, Julie Kuhlman with Troops 34111 and 34112 gave the invocation and Patty Ervajec, President, Pueblo Community College, welcomed attendees to the event. Troop 32663 presented Dance Folklórico and Andrea Austin, with Troop 34112, talked about the impact of Girl Scouting in her life.

Special thanks to our sponsors of the event: Wells Fargo, El Pomar Foundation, Ent Federal Credit Union, Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo Community College and Southern Colorado Community Foundation.

Article in the Pueblo Chieftain about the event