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Red Feather Girl Scouts are keeping their community clean

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Submitted by Lisa Westrope
Red Feather Lakes, CO

On Thursday, June 13th, The Red Feather Lakes Girl Scouts, Troop 4288 helped clean up their community, by picking up trash around Parvin Lake! The girls wore gloves, carried bags, and hiked around Parvin Lake, sharing stories, admiring the wild iris and golden pea wildflowers, as well as cleaning up garbage along the way! Afterwords, we enjoyed popsicles and a craft for Father’s Day! The girls really enjoyed doing something nice for the community and look forward to doing it again soon!

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

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Girl Scouts Highest Awardees honored in Colorado Springs

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The beautiful grounds of the Penrose House Garden Pavilion are always a treat to visit annually when we hold our Highest Awards Celebration in Colorado Springs. On Tuesday evening, May 28th, we enjoyed a beautiful evening as we honored seven of this year’s Colorado Gold Award recipients as well as dozens of Silver and Bronze Award recipients. It was a great evening to hear how these recipients have gained leadership through earning one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards!

Learn more about our 2013 Highest Awards season on the blog we wrote after the Highlands Ranch event in April.

A video capturing the essence of the Colorado Springs event, especially personal remarks from each of the Gold Awardees honored, can be viewed below.

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Information compiled and posted by Amanda Kalina, Director of Public Relations for Girl Scouts of Colorado, with assistance, including the videography and photography work, from Rachelle Trujillo, Chief Marketing Officer.

Cocktails & Cookie Creations raises funds for Routt County Girl Scouts

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Our May 30, 2013, Cocktails & Cookie Creations event at Catamount Ranch & Club in Steamboat Springs was a huge success! More than 80 people attended this inaugural event and helped raise more than $8,500, which will be used to provide Girl Scout programming in the area and to send Routt County Girl Scouts to Keystone Science camp.

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks all event sponsors and chefs, Catamount staff and the many Routt County volunteers who made this possible. The chefs/restaurants involved included:

  • Catamount Ranch & Club, Golf Course, Chef Ben Hunt prepared Chicken Satay with Spicy Do-si-Dos Sauce
  • Catamount Ranch & Club, Lake House, Chef Dan Hoffman prepared Lamb Chop Thin Mint Mole
  • Creekside Café, Chef Joe prepared Ancho Tenderloin Crostini (Trefoils)
  • Moving Mountains, Chef Heather Craigen prepared Lemon & Almond Crusted Shrimp with Cilantro Pesto (Savannah Smiles)
  • Vista Verde Ranch, Chef Chol McGlynn prepared Shrimp Mole with Pineapple Salsa (Tagalongs)
  • Steamboat Grand, Chef Midnight Wahya prepared Samoa Crab Cakes

Lead sponsors for the event included Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation and Steamboat Motors. Beverage sponsors were South Side Liquors and Breckenridge Brewery.

In addition to fabulous creations made with Girl Scout Cookies, the evening included games, a silent auction and live entertainment by Todd Musselman. We are already looking forward to the 2nd annual event in Spring 2014.

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado, with assistance from Carol Griffin, Donor Services Manager, Girl Scouts of Colorado

Bringing toys to shelter animals for Bronze Award

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Submitted by Tina Saunders
Girls from Troop 2569 in Westminster earned their Bronze Award by making toys for animals in local adoption shelters. They also donated extra materials gathered for their projects. They made tug of war toys for dogs at the Boulder Humane Society which we delivered to our local PetSmart. The made happy socks for cats in a local adoption shelter called Almost Home for Cats. Lastly, they made toys for bunnies at the Colorado House Rabbit Society, which some of the girls learned about through a Take Action project last year for one of their Journeys.
This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form.  You can share your Girl Scout moments too.
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What is Perfect? – Cadette troop creates PSA

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 Our Cadette troop choose to work the MEdia Journey. Throughout the year we’ve learned a lot about how women are portrayed in the media and how those images affect how girls look at themselves (and how boys look at girls). We realized that the media is pushing an image of what “perfect” is, which then affects how friends influence each other through peer pressure to meet these standards. We went to a local middle school and conducted a survey of over 300 students to see how the pressure to be “perfect” affected them. We made a video about it and posted it on You Tube. You can find it by searching “What is perfect psa.”
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This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Take Action project for Troop 899 helps animals

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Submitted by Teri Lindsey
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Our troop of 13 Juniors made 162 fluffy cat beds and 88 cat toys to donate to the Denver Dumb Friends League as our Take Action project. The troop worked together to identify a need in our community, contacted the necessary people, found out how we could help and got to work!

We very much enjoyed our field trip to the Dumb Friends League to drop off the items – staff there told us that our donation was the largest they had ever received at one time! We were happy to learn how to work together as a team to meet a need in our community.

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

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Arvada girls deliver handmade comfort items, toys to area hospitals for Silver

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Submitted by Irene Zerr
Arvada
The four Cadettes of Girl Scout Troop 53124 spent their time gathering and making items for four local hospitals. They made and delivered 100 fleece blankets, 78 heart shaped pillows, and approximately 150 activity kits that they got from the my kid needs that website. They collected donations of diapers, wipes, games, puzzles, toys, and other baby items to give to these hospitals. It took 22 months and 400 hours of time to complete their Silver Project valued at $3,537. One volunteer told them they had delivered 202 miles of smiles. All four girls felt a great sense of satisfaction and joy when they delivered the items to the hospitals. They were surprised by how a seemingly small act of kindness made so many people so happy. Way to go, girls!
This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form.  You can share your Girl Scout moments too.
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Westminster Girl Scouts take babysitting course

 

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Submitted by Tina Saunders

Cadette Girl Scouts in Troop 20, 2569 and siblings took a babysitting course to become trained babysitters. Through this course the girls can start working on the Cadette Babysitter, Cadette First Aid and Cadette Entrepreneur badges. Great job girls and good luck on your businesses. They learned basic first aid, CPR for infants and children/adults, as well as some basic tools for babysitting.

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

Guest Blog: To Intervene or Not to Intervene

We are happy to feature a great guest blog by Signe Whitson on Bully Prevention for Parents. If you are interested in signing you or Girl Scouts up for Girl Scouts bully prevention program Power Up, please visit our website http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/power-up.

The world of little girls begins as such a lovely place. Heart and rainbow doodles adorn notebook covers, best friendships are formed within seconds, and bold, exuberant voices carry squeals of carefree laughter and brazen delight. Happiness is worn on a sleeve and anger is voiced with authentic candor.

Length-of-stay in this accepting, kindly world is time-limited for many girls, however. Seemingly overnight, sweet sentiments like, “I love your dress,” turn into thinly-veiled criticisms such as, “Why are you wearing that dress?” Yesterday’s celebratory birthday party becomes today’s tool of exclusion, as guest lists are used to enforce social hierarchies. Long before most school programs begin anti-bullying campaigns, young girls get a full education in social aggression.

What can parents do to help their daughters cope with inevitable experiences of relational aggression?

When Your Child is Bullied
To be forewarned is to be forearmed; when parents know what to look for when it comes to methods of social bullying, they are in the best position to help their daughters cope with it. Be on the alert for these telltale signs of relational aggression among girls such as:
• Purposefully leaving girls out of social interactions
• Starting rumors and spreading gossip
• Giving girls the “silent treatment”
• Threatening to take away friendship (“I won’t be your friend anymore if…”)
• Saying something mean and then following it with “just joking” to try to avoid blame.
• Using social media and technology to send cruel, embarrassing, humiliating messages

Encouraging girls to talk about their experiences with friends (and frenemies) is important. Sadly, many young girls choose not to tell their parents when they have been bullied because experiences of social exclusion are so humiliating and painful. Parents can encourage their daughters to talk about bullying through frequent, casual conversations about peer relationships. Low intensity conversations during the good times provide girls with a foundation of trust that makes it easier for them to open up to parents about struggles.

Open-ended questions about conflict (e.g. What do the girls at your school fight about? What kinds of things to they say to hurt each other?) are a great way to encourage dialogue and convey your genuine interest in your daughter’s experiences and point of view. Just as important as starting the conversation is being prepared to listen to any answers that you receive. Even if you think you’ve been there, done that, and heard it all, it can still be surprising how harsh girls’ language is, even at young ages. When your daughter realizes that you will listen without judgment, she is more likely to continue opening up about her life.

When Your Child is the Bully
We all want to believe that our daughter would never act like a bully. Clinging to this belief, however, prevents parents from engaging in important prevention discussions and/or confronting bullying behavior when it does occur. When parents talk with their kids about bullying and make it clear that this type of behavior will never be acceptable, they communicate important values and standards. What’s more, when their daughter does eventually follow the lead of a mean girl and start a rumor or use silence as a weapon, the parent can refer back to the conversation about how to treat others and use logical consequences to convey that the bullying will not be tolerated.

When Your Child is a Bystander
Teaching girls to be (s)heroes to their friends who are being bullied can be a real challenge for parents. Many young girls know that bullying is wrong when they see it, but they worry about what might happen to them if they intervene. Parents play a key role in teaching their daughters that it is never okay to do nothing about bullying. Girls who are given skills for intervening before, during, and after a bullying situation, are gifted with the competency to do the right thing, even in a sideways situation.

Should I or Shouldn’t I?
Parents often struggle with the question of, “Should I intervene in my daughter’s friendship problems?” The line between helicopter and hands-off parenting can get confusing, as adults waver between wanting to protect their daughters from any kind of hurt and believing that girl fighting is an inevitable rite of passage. The bottom line is this: young girls need skills for handling friendship dilemmas and they need a parent’s help to do it. When parents understand what girl bullying is all about and give their daughters opportunities to talk about it, they are in the best position to teach her enduring skills for healthy friendship development.

Signe Whitson is child and adolescent therapist, national educator on bullying, and author of three books, including Friendship & Other Weapons; Group Activities to Help Young Girls Cope with Bullying. For additional information, please visit www.signewhitson.com.

Highest Awards Overview

Has reading about all of the amazing Highest Awardees this year inspired you to learn more about how you can earn one of these prestigious awards?

Here is a great 2-page overview of the awards and how Girl Scouts help make the world a better place through their projects. Highest Awards Overview (2013)

For Bronze and Silver, your approval (to start your project and for final completion) comes from the troop level – just fill out the Final Report form online when you’re done so we have record of your project (and then you can purchase your pins!). http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/girls/awards 

For Gold, once you’ve finished your pre-requisites, submit the Gold Award Proposal online to get started. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/gold-award

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