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Winding Trails, Towering Pines, and Mt. Breeze Troop Night Out

Submitted by Theresa Redinger
Littleton

On Saturday, October 6th, Winding Trails, Towering Pines, and Mountain Breeze service units held the 4th Annual Troop Night Out at Lilly Gulch Recreation Center. The girls swam, did gymnastics, crafts, cake walk, played in the gym and had fun! Thanks to Amy Caperton and Kathy Nester for organizing!

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

Girl Scouting reaching Hispanic communities across Colorado

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In the last couple of weeks, I hope you’ve had a chance to learn more about how the Colorado Hispanic community is participating in Girl Scouts. If you’ve missed our other blogs, read them here (Blog #1, Blog #2).

To end our Hispanic Heritage Month Blog series, I wanted to share more information on how Hispanic girls and adults, serving as volunteers, are increasingly participating in Girl Scouting around the state of Colorado:

  • This summer Girl Scouts of Colorado received a grant from the MetLife Foundation, which has helped us bring, through the help of volunteers, the Girl Scout Journey program to Hispanic middle school students around the state.
  • In the both Summit and Eagle counties we’ve recently started new bilingual Girl Scout troops led by local volunteers.
  • In Northern Colorado we’ve participated in Ciñco de Mayo celebrations in Greeley and Longmont and partnered with local schools, City of Greeley Recreation Department and organizations, like the Boys and Girls Club, to offer volunteer-led Girl Scout programming, including our Power Up bullying prevention program. We have served more than 310 new girls! We recently started a neighborhood pilot program in Weld County where we are teaching adults involved in Adults Learning English as Second Language (ESL) classes about Girl Scouting and giving them opportunities to practice their skills by teaching a short-term Girl Scout program. We’ve also partnered with local radio stations, such as “El Tigre” KGRE/KRKY & KRYE Radio, to help us spread the word.
  • In Pueblo we started a Hispanic troop that is part of the Grupo Folklorico Dancers. Pueblo area Hispanic leaders have also started a Girl Scout Advisory Committee.

I also wanted to share with you a video we recently produced for the Hispanic community to invite them to be members or volunteers of Girl Scouts. The video is in Spanish, and I encourage you to share it if you have connections to Spanish-speaking communities.

¿Por qué Unirse a Girl Scouts? (Why join Girl Scouts?)

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I’ve enjoying blogging with you during Hispanic Heritage Month, and hope you will explore how you can support Hispanic/Latina Girl Scouts by contacting us at 303-607-4813 (1-855-726-4726 , ext. 4813) or preguntas@gscolorado.org.

For more info:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ or http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/espanol

What’s new with Girl Scouts of Colorado Summer Camp in 2013?

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Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is getting excited for the 2013 summer camp season!

Over the last few years, Girl Scout troop camping with staff-led programming has been one of our fastest growing camping segments, yet most opportunities have been outside of the summer camp season. For the summer of 2013 we are offering new summer camp programs to give our troops what they crave – a full group overnight summer camp experience with everything taken care of. You just bring your troop and have fun with them!

Girl Scouts of Colorado has nine camp properties across the state. While all these properties run camping programs year-round, here is a run down of what each property will offer for the summer of 2013:

Hamp Hut, Kiwa Korral, Lazy Acres, Pawnee Lodge and Twisted Pine

Offer a combination of troop camp, day camp and other group use.

Magic Sky Ranch

Magic Sky Ranch will focus on staff-led overnight camp for individual girls with a limited off-property horse program. Archery, high and low ropes, challenge and team building activities and activity center fun continues as just some of the available programs.

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Meadow Mountain Ranch will focus on staff-led high adventure overnight camp for individual older girls as well as “choose your own adventure” troop programming throughout the summer with a strengthened intensive horse program.

Sky High Ranch

Sky High Ranch will focus on staff-led overnight Girl Scout troop and group camp (a new offering for Girl Scouts of Colorado!) with horses, zipline, low ropes, archery, petting zoo, digglers swimming and canoeing.

Tomahawk Ranch

Tomahawk will focus on staff-led overnight camp for individual girls with horses, farm animals and archery.

Other summer camp and property news

  • Girl Scouts of Colorado will also offer more troop camp, family camp and day use opportunities throughout the summer, much of which will be at Sky High Ranch. Participation in these programs is on the rise, and we want to offer more of the experiences that our members crave.
  • All GSCO properties are now open for use by our members and families as well as other groups and organizations. If there is not an existing Girl Scout camp in session or reservation, properties will be available for other rental use. Our properties can accommodate family reunions, trainings, outdoor education, retreats, weddings and more. We hope that our members will take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy our wonderful properties. For more information, visit our website.
  • Watch for more details about all of GSCO’s summer camp opportunities in the Summer Program Guide, coming out in February 2013. Send additional questions to inquiry@gscolorado.org, or read our frequently asked questions on our website.

We look forward to having you camp with us in the summer of 2013!

Troop 4395 makes extra ‘mini-skirt’ tree skirts for seniors

Submitted by Kathe Koelliker

Eagle

Girl Scout Junior Troop 4395 in Eagle decided to make enough tree skirts to send one with the White House project and also donate some to the local Senior Center. One girl said “we’re making mini-skirts” and they all liked that idea. They learned how to make decisions as a team because each group of 2-3 girls was asked to come up with their own design theme and they quickly realized each of them had a strong opinion about what that design should be. They did a wonderful job working together and they were all very proud of their team’s “mini-skirt”.

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

Junior Troop 3501 creates two Christmas tree skirts

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Submitted by Erin Petersen

Creating Our Tree Skirts
We had a great time getting together for a couple of weekends to create our masterpieces. We went with 2 themes – 1 a tree with Girl Scout cookie ornaments and the other with two scenes of a summer and winter Colorado. Each scene showed different activities that can be done during the season.

Hope you enjoy our creations!
Junior Troop 3501

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

Girl Scouts hosts Day of the Dead event in Denver Nov. 1

Hi. It’s Marcela again. And I am here for blog #2 of our Hispanic Heritage Month blog series on how Colorado Hispanics are participating in Girl Scouts. If you missed our blog from earlier this week, read it here.

For this blog, I wanted to share information about an exciting event that the Girl Scouts of Colorado staff is planning in Denver around the Day of the Dead, which is primarily a holiday celebrated in Mexico by families to honor loved ones who have died.

Join Girl Scouts at Regis University in Denver for a Day of the Dead celebration on Nov. 1.

Please first call 303-607-4867 to sign up or email marcela.gaete@gscolorado.org (Or Register Online by Oct. 17th: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/643)

FREE cultural event sponsored by Girl Scouts and Regis University. Girls in grades K-12 and families are welcome.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to sign your daughter and special girl up for Girl Scouts where she discovers her interests and potentials! Adults are welcome to sign up too!

Bilingual mass at John Francis Regis Chapel 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Between 5-8 p.m., groups will have the opportunity to visit various stations:

  • Main Hall; Room 333: Altar, dream boards, dream catchers –  photos; food; memories of loved ones are welcome; no candles please (55 capacity)
  • Modular A 185 at Beach Field: Sugar Skull making and Day of the Dead craft sale (75 capacity – starting 5:30 p.m.; every half hour)
  • Science Center Amphitheater: poetry reading, drama interpretation, song, dance, music, talent to share (150 capacity – every 15-30 minutes beginning 5:30 p.m.)
  • Dayton Memorial Library – tour of Regis University’s Santos Collection (20 people capacity between 5-8 p.m.)
  • Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes – reflection garden; self-guided  tour;  outdoors

Free parking at 50th & Federal Boulevard. Shuttle service every 15-20 minutes.

Día de los Muertos  (information about the event in Spanish)

Check back next week for more information on how Colorado Hispanics are participating in Girl Scouts outside the Denver-metro area.

For more info:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ or http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/espanol

Steamboat girls decorate tree skirt to go to Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Sara Barry

Steamboat Springs

Teagan, Veronika, Eliza, Ella, Emily and Claire from Brownie Troop 14595 in Steamboat Springs had a great time decorating the tree skirt to be used on one of the 70 Christmas trees headed to Washington, D.C.

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

Colorado Girl Scouts create tree skirts for Washington, D.C.’s Christmas

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Steamboat Tree Skirt Photos

More photos/stories of this project on our blog

Girl Scouts of Colorado is honored to be chosen to participate in the 2012 Washington, D.C. Capitol Christmas Tree project! Girl Scouts from throughout the state have been hard at work over the last few weeks making 70 tree skirts for the companion trees that will be delivered to Washington, D.C. dignitaries, the Interior Department and Congressional Delegates for the holiday season.

This year the Christmas Trees for the Capitol in Washington, D.C. will be coming from the White River National Forest, Blanco Ranger District, in Meeker, Colo. For more information, visit www.capitolchristmastree2012.com.

Girl Scout ‘goes for the Gold’ in Hungary

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In mid-September, Girl Scout Paige Witter from Denver traveled to Hungary to compete for Team USA in the Modern Pentathlon Youth World Championships. Pentathlon includes competitions in fencing, running, shooting and swimming. A total of six USA athletes competed.

Paige’s journey to Hungary only began in the summer of 2011.

“I started pentathlon last summer when I began fencing,” said Paige. “My fencing coach heard that I had been swimming for seven years, so she sent me down to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for a Pentathlon camp. I competed in Nationals that summer, and continued to train throughout my junior year of high school. This past summer I again competed in the National Competition, and placed 2nd, and qualified for the Youth A World Championships in Tata, Hungary.”

Paige says she trains five to six times a week. Her training routine includes swimming three to five times, fencing and shooting three to four, and running every day she trains.

“I really like pentathlon because you can never get bored. By training for multiple sports, every part of your body is tested,” said Paige. “Swimming is very physical, but in a different way than running or fencing. Fencing is also very mental, while shooting requires concentration.”

Paige has also managed to find time for Girl Scouts in between school work and her pentathlon training. She got involved in Girl Scouts as a Brownie in first grade. Her troop is very active in service projects to benefit her community. In fact, in October Paige will be completing the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, which she earned by organizing a tutoring program between her high school, George Washington, and Smiley Middle School.

“I really like my troop and troop leaders,” said Paige, who is a senior in high school this year and been with the same Girl Scout troop since 3rd grade. “Through my Gold Award I have worked to not only help kids succeed in middle school, but to provide role models and examples of success in high school and beyond.”

Paige placed 60th at the 2012 Modern Pentathlon Youth World Championships in Hungary. For more information on Pentathlon visit pentathlon.org.

Girl Scouts of Colorado recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month

Hi. My name is Marcela Gaete, and I am a Membership Manager with Girl Scouts of Colorado based in our Denver, Colo. office. I’ve worked for Girl Scouts of Colorado for six years. I was also a Girl Guide in Chile when I was growing up. Girl Guides made a difference in my life by:

  • How to have strength in difficult times, overcome any situation and never give up.
  • Discipline, respect (everyone deserves respect and to be heard), knowledge about how to survive on my own, knowledge of the world, and how positive thinking would help me overcome anything, even if it seems impossible.
  • How to be a team player, socialize and how to identify that every individual has something to bring to the world.
  • How to be authentic, real and proud of my heritage.
  • How to always keep learning from the people around me, but also from the world.
  • Lastly, friends that would last forever, no matter the distance or the path your life takes.

And as a Membership Manager with Girl Scouts of Colorado, I am excited to be passing what I’ve learned through Girl Guides/Scouts to our next generation of Hispanic women leaders.

From September 15th through October 15th, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, which in part recognizes the positive contributions that the Hispanic population has made in this country.

Here at Girl Scouts of Colorado, I am planning to blog three times over the next two weeks showcasing how Colorado Hispanics are participating in Girl Scouting.

To start, I want to share this video we recently put together in partnership with Entravision, and assistance from the Beeler Community Garden. I think this video showcases very nicely how the Colorado Hispanic community is participating in Girl Scouting.

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Check back later on this week for more information on a Day of the Dead event, which is an important Mexican holiday, Girl Scouts of Colorado is planning in Denver on Nov. 1.

For more info:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ or http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/espanol