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Colorado Girl Scouts honor their heroes

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Girl Scout Troop 74372 from Louisville, Colo. is honoring a special group of heroes during this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Season, the Colorado National Guard.

When the Colorado floods hit last September, members of this fifth grade Girl Scout troop were on a school field trip to outdoor education center, Cal-Wood, above Jamestown. The floods trapped the girls and their classmates at the camp for several days as all roads in and out of the area had been washed out. Colorado’s National Guard was called in to rescue the group by helicopter.

The Colorado National Guard was a natural choice for this troop to honor during the Girl Scout Cookies Hometown Heroes Program. Through this program the troop has collected hundreds of packages of cookies, which they plan to deliver to their heroes in March.

This is a great story that highlights what many Girl Scout troops are doing throughout the state to recognize community heroes this Cookie Season. The goal in Colorado this year is to donate 200,000 packages to Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes.

Camp Corner – New Sessions Open for Girl Scouts This Summer

You have asked, and we have listened! Here are more summer camp opportunities with Girl Scouts of Colorado! Registration for these new and additional spaces will open up on Friday February 21 at 10am. For registration questions, please call M-F from 8:30am to 5:30pm 877-404-5708.

ARCHERY

  • Robin Hood (Junior) – Every archer gets her start somewhere – get yours at camp! Learn/grow your skills on our traditional and field archery ranges. Build and fortify your fort and then take a short sleeping in overnight. Plus time for other camp activities.
    June 15-20   MS52   (new session!)
    July 27- Aug 1   MS37    (more spaces!)
  • Bows and Arrows (Cadette) – Be brave and courageous and may the odds be ever in your favor. Spend this week becoming skilled at archery. Practice your skills on our archery range and field course. Have a survival experience when you sleep out in tents and shelters you get to build for a few nights. There will be time for other camp activities during the day.
    June 15-20   MS53   (new session!)
    July 6-11   MS58   (new session!)

ADVENTURE

  • Scout vs Wild (Cadette) – Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Test your survival skills while you hike, sleep under the stars in a fort you build, learn tracking skills (including archery on our range and field course) and tie knots (climb wall and ropes course).
    June 22-27   MS54   (new session!)
    July 13-18   MS59   (new session!)

ANIMALS

  • Barn Livin’ (Junior) – Spend time with animals at our barn and even have a barn overnight! Learn about animal care as you help with our small animal farm. Plenty of time for other camp adventures too.
    July 6-11   MS57   (new session!)
    July 27-Aug 1   MS36   (more spaces!)
  • Barn Divas (Junior) – Lights-camera-animals?! Spend a week getting to know furry friends at the barn. Learn about animals and their personalities. Release your inner diva as you create a production that will be shown on video at camp pickup. (Includes a 1-hour off-site horseback ride).
    June 15-20 TR02 (more spaces!)

3-DAY CAMPS

The 3-day camps at Magic Sky Ranch are now open to Brownies AND Juniors. Check out these camps for a fun 3-day camp experience. The Wednesday-Friday session of each week and session during the week of July 4 will not have an increase in price once Early Bird Pricing ends (they’ll stay at $265 vs the Sunday-Tuesday sessions that will jump to $290)

  • MS08 and MS09 – Camping Stars – June 15-17, 18-20
  • MS12 and MS13 – Moosekateers – June 22-24, 25-27
  • MS22 and MS23 – Dreams Come True – July 6-8, 9-11
  • MS28 – Black Pearl – July 16-18
  • MS34 and MS35 – Wild Wild West – July 20-22, 23-25
  • MS42 and MS43 – Muddy Maddness – July 27-29, July 30-Aug 1

TROOP CAMP – new at MSR!

In addition to the Rendezvous Weekends being offered, June 29 – July 1 Magic Sky Renaissance Carnival camp is open to troops!  Experience a renaissance carnival plus camp activities this summer.  Girls sign up for MS56 and adults sign up for MS55 (there is only space for adults for Safety Activity Checkpoints ratios, adults get a discounted price of only $150!).

FAMILY CAMP

  • FC01 – Work Weekend – there are a few more spaces available to help get camp ready for the summer.
  • FC02 – Magic Sky R&R Weekend – did you know that kids under 5 are free for this family get-away weekend? What a great way to start your summer as a family!

Girl Scout honored in Fort Collins for volunteer efforts

Submitted by Josephine Natrasevschi
Fort Collins

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, Josephine Natrasevschi a senior at Fort Collins High School was honored with the Violet Richardson Award by Soroptimist of Fort Collins. The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award recognizes and honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts this year Josephine Natrasevschi from Fort Collins High School was honored for her project, Protect Yourself.

I am a Girl Scout and have learned the importance of service. I have been an active participant in community service ranging from decorating bags for Meals on Wheels as a kindergartner to my Gold Award Project, Protect Yourself. In 5th grade my troop decided to adopt a nursing home. This was our first major project and we were excited as could be. Our mission was to go regularly and read to, sing to, bring art and visit with the residents of Columbine Nursing Home. They loved to hear about our lives and our adventures (or at least they humored our young and self-centered minds). I earned my Girl Scout Bronze Award through my service with the Columbine Nursing Home. I also learned the importance of SENIORS and how to treasure their stories. This is one of the reasons I am studying to be a certified nurse aid this year in addition to my studies.

At Lesher Middle School, I worked on a service project for the homeless with Northern Colorado Catholic charities ³The Mission² to earn my Girl Scout Silver Award. My service included collecting laundry soap, toiletries, crafts, school supplies, wrapping presents for Christmas and cleaning and organizing the mission. What I remember the most was helping teach crafts. I met kids much younger than me and those of my age without a home. They would catch the school bus daily at the shelter for school. I never knew this side of homelessness before and it made me very thankful for what I had previously taken for granted.

While attending Fort Collins High School; I have worked with National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Science Honor Society to aid the community. Still my most substantial and meaningful project has been with Girl Scouts. I researched, trained, blogged, developed, and taught a class to aid in Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention. I have taught this class in Fort Collins and Gunnison CO, Boston MA, and Providence, RI. I have influenced people in China, India, Australia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and England with my program. Some people have learned hands on from me. Others learn from the instructors I have taught but many have found the information in my blog http://protecty0urself.wordpress.com/ (interestingly enough this blog has formed a sort of community, one of trust and support). I have dedicated over 400 hours to this project and effected over 4500 people thus far.

I have been asked why I chose this project. Rape and Sexual Assault is something that touches all of us. 1 OUT OF 4 women are raped on a college campus and unfortunately I have witnessed the direct result of this statistic through family and friends. A couple of weeks ago President Obama signed legislation to study and help solve this problem. Last week college administrators from all over the nation met at the University of Virginia¹s campus for the first ever conference on sexual assault on college campuses. This is an important step. By sharing with each other and compiling a list of information regarding what works and what doesn’t a solution may be found?

I plan to continue my service to the community while in college. I hope to attend Brown University and would like to help establish a Sexual Assault program there. My goal is to provide education and prevention, rape kits on campus, advocates for victims, and therapy for victims. I also believe Student athletes can be used to help educate and prevent rape. I would like to establish this program at Brown and eventually share it with other Ivy League schools to test on their campuses.

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

 

GSCO Board Member receives national award

From Marlene Logan

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Girl Scouts of Colorado Board Member Rae Ann Dougherty recently received a very prestigious national Girl Scout award. Rae Ann was presented with the Juliette Low World Friendship Medal during the annual Friends of Our Cabana meeting in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The medal is “awarded to individuals who have enriched and leveraged the global understanding of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to grow responsible global citizens. This prestigious national award is approved by the GSUSA National Board of Directors.”

This is only the third time the award has gone to an adult Girl Scout from Colorado. The other two recipients were LaRae Orullian and JoAnne Busch. To receive this award you must be nominated. Marlene Logan, Katrina Jameson and Eloise Golden were instrumental in submitting Rae Ann’s application.

Rae Ann has been involved in Girl Scouting for years, and in the fall made a $25,000 lead gift with her husband, Richard, to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Endowment. This gift will provide scholarships to current or lifetime Girl Scouts of Colorado members between the ages of 12 and 30 for travel.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Elisabeth Collins, Highlands Ranch, “Improvisation Sensation!”

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Elisabeth Collins
Highlands Ranch
ThunderRidge High School
Improvisation Sensation!

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I founded and directed “Improvisation Sensation!” for five high schools in the Douglas County School District. The event consisted of an improvisation workshop, dress rehearsal, dinner and evening community performance attended by more than 100 people. I also prepared a booklet with the guidelines for improvisation and many improv games. I sent this booklet to the Girl Scout World Centers for them to use for evening programs.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

This Gold Award project allowed me to provide my peers with an opportunity to overcome public speaking anxiety and to perform spontaneously in a caring and supportive environment. It also allowed the students to perform in front of a live audience.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

The high school teams gained more confidence, gained knowledge about how certain improv games and developed certain skills (such as continuing a dialogue between improv players, building a scene quickly, learning to trust each other and working together as a team.)

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

The two leadership skills I gained were the ability to resolve problems/conflicts quickly and providing detailed and clear communication.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The most memorable part of my Gold Award project was the evening community performance and watching the teams show what they learned. Additionally, I will remember that even the best made plans still require some “improvisation” to overcome unforeseen problems.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

The Gold Award has helped me learn the steps necessary to develop a plan and learn what it takes to carry out an event. I can now take what I have learned and apply these skills to future events. When applying to one college, I was offered a scholarship, just because I had completed the Gold Award :).

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I started in Girl Scouts when I was a Daisy. Our troop learned about the Girl Scout Law and went on several field trips. As we got older, our troop earned the Bronze Award and the Silver Award. We enjoyed helping with Girl Scout Service Unit camps and learned that helping our community was an integral part of Girl Scouting. The Gold Award stretched my leadership skills, by planning and event all on my own. I learned that to accomplish everything on my plan, I needed to ask others for help and I learned that communication is essential. This project taught me that an individual can create change through a series of small actions to accomplish a larger project and goal.

 

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Lindsey Romig, Littleton, “Aware”

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Lindsey Romig
Littleton 

Dakota Ridge High School
Aware

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I chose to educate people about homelessness: what causes someone to be homeless and who the homeless are. I mostly focused on the population of panhandlers because I feel like they don’t get as much attention as the people who are getting help from shelters and food banks. I did a lot of research, and for my project I created a video, borrowed a video, and created a final result video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFF36kmdsQQ ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtJWkMrtlvo ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwnyqrbeSYs

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

In the last few years I have been surrounded by people and places attempting to help the homeless.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award introduced the program “Food Not Cash,” which is a way of helping panhandlers without giving them money.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Through earning my Gold Award I have become a better public speaker, I have become better at researching, and I have become a better leader.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

My project got amazing responses, and inspired many people; I believe this is what I will remember about my Gold Award project.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Because I have earned my Gold Award I hope that I will continue to learn about the issue of homelessness, continue to become a better public speaker, and to be completely honest, I hope that schools will see that because I have earned this award that I am a strong leader, and have a desire to learn.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I believe that the Gold Award is a way for a girl to “discover herself:” learn her limits, and learn where she can push herself. I think that knowing those things is invaluable in the “real world.”

Best door-to-door sale ever!

Submitted by Kristin Coulter
Denver

Troop 3573 Cadette Girl Scout Fiona Goe had a huge surprise while selling cookies February 1st. After a morning of mediocre door-to-door sales in her Park Hill neighborhood, she head out again after lunch hoping her luck would turn. She saw a customer shoveling snow in front of her house. This customer had purchased 6-8 boxes from her last year so Fiona was hopeful she would order again.

Boy did Fiona get a big order! She sold 3 cases to her customer and 7.5 cases to her father for a total of 10.5 cases of cookies!! It turned out that the woman’s father was recuperating from an illness at her house and was now well enough to go home. He normally buys Harry and David gifts for his business customers for the holidays. However since he was ill he did buy the gifts. He thought he would buy Girl Scout cookies instead. His 14 year old grandson Kilauea Tora, was so excited that he took some of the cookies out of the cases and surrounded himself with them.

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

 

Cold with a chance of Thin Mints

Submitted by Kristin Coulter
Denver

Cadette Girl Scouts, Morgan Ward and Fiona Shore from Park Hill Troop 3573 got a surprise visit from Channel 7 Weatherman Mike Nelson. The girls had been working hard to attract customers to their cookie booth in the pet grocery store, Green Buddies, parking lot on Colfax Avenue, Saturday, Feb. 1, when Mike Nelson stopped in for a Thin Mint fix.

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

 

Fort Collins Girl Scout named 7 Everyday Hero

Girl Scouts of Colorado is extremely proud that Fort Collins Girl Scout Lauren Schneider has been named a 7 Everyday Hero for her work in earning the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award! The 7 Everyday Hero is a community hero award program managed through ABC Channel 7 in Denver.

For her Gold Award project, Lauren created hundreds of Med-Bugs to give to children at area hospitals. The inspiration for her project was a hospital stay she had as a child. “I spent a month being treated at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City. I was terrified and many days the activities and small gifts made me feel less scared,” said Lauren.

The countless hours Lauren spent on earning this prestigious Girl Scout honor is chronicled on a Facebook page she put together.