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Colorado Springs troop sells 25K cookies, donates 140 cases of Girl Scout Cookies to local military

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This year Girl Scout Troop 931 from Colorado Springs sold an amazing 25,144 packages of Girl Scout Cookies! Girl Scout Troop 931 loves Girl Scout Cookie time, and with 12 of their parents actively serving, the girls also hold a special place in their hearts for our United States military.

A few weeks ago, Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 931 took a trip to Peterson Air Force Base, armed with 140 cases of Girl Scout Cookies. The girls were given a tour of the base from officers bound for deployment early the next morning. The girls were even allowed to board a C130 and learn some of the inner workings of the airplanes and highlights of navigation before shaking hands and thanking the soldiers for their service. The cases of Girl Scout Cookies were off the next morning, alongside the officers, bound for Afghanistan.

The girls of Troop 931 love setting high goals, and this year they were building on success, selling 22,931 packages last year. Girl Scout Troop 931 was extra motivated this year because they are saving to go on a cruise to Alaska in July, among other activities. These 21 girls gave up their nights and weekends from January through the second week in March, traveling all over the community selling cookies door-to-door, at sporting events and in front of supermarkets to reach their goal. In fact, the Colorado Springs Gazette recently profiled this troop and all they’ve gained through Girl Scouts and selling cookies.

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Activity Girl Scouts hone their goal setting, money management, decision making and people skills. They also discover more about business ethics and how to give back to their local community. Girl Scout Troop 931 teamed up with Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies for Booth Sales in front of retail locations, learning valuable leadership skills as they taught the younger girls how to sell cookies and count back change.

How else will Troop 931 celebrate their success? Hiking, camping, spelunking, slumber parties, movies, theme parks and overnights at the mall and aquarium. They will also use a portion of the proceeds to fund their Silver Award projects, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette in middle school can earn, and various community service projects for next year.

The Girl Scout Cadettes of Troop 931 would like to thank their parents for all of their hard work during cookie sales. They drove girls to booths, hauled cookies, and stood in the rain, wind and snow to help their daughters achieve their goals. The girls know couldn’t have done it without you!

Graffiti Fun

By Girl Scout Ellie Wroble from Girl Scout Senior Troop 448 of Denver

Being a Girl Scout isn’t just selling cookies and singing around the campfire. Being a Girl Scout means you get to change things into something more beautiful.

It took three tries for our Girl Scout troop to finally be able to help graffiti the Girl Scout of Colorado headquarters. After weekends cancelled because of horrible weather, we managed to get an absolutely spectacular day. We were assigned the piece of wall that goes down the stairs to the basement.

When we first arrived at Girl Scouts all we saw was a plain wall with blue outlines. Graffiti and tattoo artist Chris “PhEud” Bernal was the lead artist, working with Johnny Santos of the Gang Rescue and Support Project. Chris explained how to control the paint and the process that we were about to go though. We were allowed to choose our colors to take the flowers and butterfly outlines into vibrant beautiful colorful paintings. In a matter of less than four hours, the wall was transformed with countless colors and shapes using only cans of spray paint.

When you first think of spray paint, you don’t think of much except a can with paint in it that you can spray. Spray paint turns out to be way more complicated and interesting then we all first thought. It turns out that spray paint isn’t all the same. There is spray paint from America, Europe and more. We used spray paint on the wall mostly from Europe in order to get more vibrant, stunning colors. The European spray cans are much easier to spray and have colors that drip less. By directing the cans in certain directions and holding the cans different lengths away from the wall, we were able to change the painting style. It was incredible to see the transformation using only spray paint.

Painting doesn’t have to be with a brush on a canvas. It can be on a wall with spray paint. But the simple act of adding color to a blank space can transform it forever. Watching the Girl Scout building evolve and transform with color and beauty has been amazing. We as a troop consider ourselves to be very lucky to be able to help with the process to graffiti (legally!) the Girl Scouts of Colorado Denver office.

Read more about the Denver Girl Scout office mural project

Mural work continues at Denver Girl Scout office

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Despite the cold weather and rain, Girl Scouts have continued to be hard at work on the mural outside the Denver Girl Scout office at 400 S. Broadway during the month of May. However, due to the cool and wet spring weather, the unveiling of the mural has been moved from June 22nd to July 13th to allow for a few more weeks of mural work during, hopefully, a dry and warm weather build up to summer.

Troop 3322 worked on the mural on Saturday, May 21st, and troop member, Elisabeth, thought the experience was “like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Seeing the true beauty behind the incredible artwork and how much work really goes into it was astonishing. If I could do this again, I would.”

Troop 448 of Denver worked on the mural just this last Saturday, May 28th. Read about one of the troop member’s experiences.

After being plagued with repeated incidents of illegal tagging on their office building, Girl Scouts of Colorado has partnered with the Denver Police Department and a group of reformed taggers the police department works with from the Gang Rescue and Support Project to create a fun, girl-friendly mural to wrap their building, dissuade taggers and illustrate and embrace the Girl Scout mission and leadership programs. The lead artist on the project is Chris “PhEud” Bernal.

On Saturday, May 7th, Girl Scouts with the Family Crisis Center, a residential care facility, helped work on the mural. Many of the Girl Scouts from this program have been previously involved in illegal tagging activities and were anxious to learn how they can use tagging as a hobby or possible career and make a positive impact on the community.

“This project is helping bring out my true colors,” said one of the Girl Scouts from the Family Crisis Center as she displayed her hands covered in paint from the mural project. “Girl Scouts has taught me to be more patient and creative. I would like to be an artist in the future. I’ve spray painted before, and now know how to do it in a fun, legal way. This is something I will always remember. I’m learning a lot. This mural is awesome!”

The Girl Scout leader for the Family Crisis Center group, Ivana, also thought the project was a memorable experience. “The girls enjoyed themselves very much and learned a very positive way to experience and do graffiti art. It meant a lot to the girls and me. Thank you for all staff of Girl Scouts who gave me and them this opportunity,” she said.

Keep updated on the latest mural news and share it like others have been doing for weeks via Girl Scouts of Colorado’s website or blog or our Facebook and Twitter pages. Channel 7 (ABC, Denver/statewide) did a story on the mural project on several of their May 7th and 8th weekend newscasts, and there is a story about the project posted in the Denver Post’s YourHub.

Hundreds honored at Silver & Gold Celebrations

Congratulations to all the Girl Scouts who were honored this spring at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Silver & Gold Celebrations! Statewide celebrations events took place on April 25th in Denver and May 26th in Colorado Springs.  The Silver and Gold Awards are among the highest awards a Girl Scout can earn, with the Gold Award being the highest and most demanding award a Girl Scout strives toward.

Three hundred four middle school aged girls in Colorado earned their Silver Award this year, while 64 high school girls earned their Gold Award. While independent of each other, these awards require leadership skills, organizational skills, time management, perseverance and a sincere desire to be of service to the community.  

The Colorado Springs celebration also honored 25 area Girl Scouts who earned the Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout in 4th or 5th grade can earn.  

Read more about these outstanding Girl Scouts and these prestigious awards in the Celebration Program, as well as view photos and videos from the statewide celebrations below.

Event Photos and Video from Colorado Springs Celebration 

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St. Mary’s Brownies deliver cookies to soldiers at Fort Carson

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St. Mary’s 3rd Grade Girl Scout Brownie Troop 263. bottom row left to right: Caitlin E., Isabelle C., Caitlin W., Lindsey B. second row left to right: Allison N., Bridey S., Anika R., Katie H., Alyssa B., Kendall M. top row left to right: Becca P., Courtney C., Samantha M., Natalie P., Raegan B., Colette B., Sarah E. top row left to right: Troop Leaders Ila R. and Sheila M.

On May 10, 2011, members of St. Mary’s 3rd Grade Girl Scout Brownie Troop went to Fort Carson to deliver 291 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team – 4th Infantry Division! The 4th Infantry Division is a modular division of the United States Army based at Fort Carson, Colorado, with four brigade combat teams. It is a very technically advanced combat division in the U.S. Army.

Every year during Girl Scout Cookie Sales, troops are allowed to choose a non-profit organization to receive donated cookies. Some customers of Girl Scout Cookies do not want to buy cookies for themselves, but with the Hometown Heroes program, customers have a chance to give to others and support Girl Scouts at the same time. Girl Scout Troop 2635 chose the 3rd Brigade Combat Team – 4th Infantry Division as their Hometown Heroes.

We extend a special thank you to the leaders, Sheila Monkarsh and Ila Rosengarten, for their outstanding leadership to the girls, as well as our appreciation to Karyn Byrne for making the visit to Fort Carson and meeting Commander Lieutenant Colonel William Edwards with the troops happen. Commander Lieutenant Colonel William Edwards recently returned from his third tour of duty in Iraq, the most recent tour lasting 12 months. Great job Troop 2635!

Girl Scout Community garage sale June 25

It’s time for some spring cleaning! Register now for a booth at our June 25th Girl Scout Community Garage Sale.

This community service event supports our Forever Green environmental initiative program and gives families and organizations a chance to join us in helping to Reduce-Reuse-Recycle and raise funds. It also creates awareness in an underserved community that Girl Scouts is affordable and is here for them. Older girls are welcome to help as it will give them a leadership experience in connecting with their local communities.

We will have creative kid activities, including piñata games that go along with our theme of recycling.

Booth space is generously 15’ x 15’ at an affordable price of $5. We welcome licensed food vendors.

Bring your own blanket, table and chairs. It’s on Saturday, June 25th, at Manual High School parking lot, 1700 E. 28th Ave., Denver, 80205, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. An ARC truck will be available at 1 p.m. for any donations that didn’t sell.

Rain or shine, no refunds. Register here.

Hundreds of Girl Scouts cross Royal Gorge in traditional bridging

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Hundreds of Girl Scouts of all ages from across the state walked across the Royal Gorge Bridge in Cañon City on Saturday in a special Girl Scout bridging ceremony as they move up from one program level to the next.

Bridging ceremonies are anticipated by Girl Scouts nationwide and are steeped in rich, long-standing tradition. In fact, just last Saturday, May 7th, thousands of Girl Scouts from across the country crossed the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in a similar type bridging ceremony: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/incontracosta/detail?entry_id=88603.  

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Bright mural project brings color to Denver Service Center

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There’s an eye catching mural in the works at the Girl Scouts office on 400 S. Broadway in Denver. After being plagued with repeated incidents of illegal tagging on their office building, Girl Scouts of Colorado has partnered with the Denver Police Department and a group of reformed taggers the police department works with from the Gang Rescue and Support Project to create a fun, girl-friendly mural to wrap their building, dissuade taggers and illustrate and embrace the Girl Scout mission and leadership programs. The lead artist on the project is Chris “PhEud” Bernal.

Girl Scouts from the Denver area have been working with the artist on the mural for several weeks. On Saturday, May 7th, Girl Scouts with the Family Crisis Center, a residential care facility, helped work on the mural. Many of the Girl Scouts from this program have been previously involved in illegal tagging activities and were anxious to learn how they can use tagging as a hobby or possible career and make a positive impact on the community.

“This project is helping bring out my true colors,” said one of the Girl Scouts from the Family Crisis Center as she displayed her hands covered in paint from the mural project. “Girl Scouts has taught me to be more patient and creative. I would like to be an artist in the future. I’ve spray painted before, and now know how to do it in a fun, legal way. This is something I will always remember. I’m learning a lot. This mural is awesome!”

There is still several more weeks of mural painting to go. The community can keep up on the mural’s progress right here on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website as well as on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Channel 7 (ABC, Denver/statewide) did a story on the mural project on several of their May 7th and 8th weekend newscasts, and there is a story about the project posted in the Denver Post’s YourHub. The mural is set to be unveiled to the community on June 22nd.