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Troop 3940 wraps presents for kids for community service project

Submitted by Anela Cronk

On Wednesday, November 21, Girl Scout Cadette Troop 3940 helped wrap Christmas presents at Canyon View Vineyard Church. The presents were donated by church and community members and will be delivered to children who may not otherwise get Christmas presents. The troop wrapped alongside church members, and the six girls and three leaders wrapped nearly 100 presents.

Our troop tries to do several service projects each year to give back to the community. This one was special because it helped us to realize how fortunate we are and it gave us a chance to help those in need. Like other service projects that we’ve done, this made us feel happy to give back to the community.

Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award by giving back to veterans in need

IMG_2963Giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our country during their time of need was on the minds and in the hearts of six members of 5th grade Girl Scout Troop 2510 this holiday season. The Wheat Ridge girls chose to help homeless veterans in Denver to earn their Bronze Award, the highest award Girl Scout Juniors can earn.

The girls learned about the homeless veteran population in the Denver area and went out into the community to see overnight shelters and day shelters. They saw permanent housing programs for homeless veterans and learned that there are solutions to homelessness. The majority of homeless veterans are single men who suffer from mental illness or alcohol and/or substance abuse. About one-third of the adult homeless population are veterans. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Many more veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

The Girl Scouts took action by holding a warm clothing drive at Prospect Valley Elementary School to collect hundreds of jackets, hats, gloves, sweatshirts, socks and shoes. They also created 27 care packages for homeless veterans that included toiletries, warm items, basic food items, candy and handmade cards expressing support and thanks. All items were distributed through the Community Resource and Referral Center in the VA’s Health Care for Homeless Veteran’s program. The Girl Scouts who learned about this important social issue and made a difference are Hannah F., Makayla K., Julia R., Daisy S., Julia T. and Kaylin V.

National Girl Scout Cookie Day – Feb. 8, 2013

f3a3935f92ba42049f634558dac8e3a9Girl Scouts of the USA has officially named February 8, 2013 as National Girl Scout Cookie Day! On this day we will celebrate Girl Scout Cookie time, teaching the community about the lifelong skills learned through selling cookies as well as spreading the word on how to purchase cookies.

These efforts will be supported nationally through media and public service announcement placements. Girl Scouts of the USA is also planning a social media campaign. They’ve also put together a fabulous new Girl Scout Cookie website (a Spanish version of the site will launch in January), which encompasses the themes that will be emphasized on National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will be marking the National Girl Scout Cookie Day with Cookie Social Media Day, which was previously announced on Nov. 30th (read that blog). We also are planning media and public service announcement placements for the Girl Scout Cookie season, which runs Jan. 27th through March 3rd.

We hope you will support Girl Scout Cookie time by getting involved in the National Girl Scout Cookie Day activities!

Centennial Brownies visit with Air Force Colonel

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Submitted by Kristin Hamm
Centennial

The Girl Scout Brownies of Troop 61133, based at Willow Creek Elementary School, had a special visit from Cheryl Kearney, Colonel USAF, during their Dec. 13 meeting.

The Colonel was deployed to Iraq from June 2011 to May 2012 and was among a group who received Hometown Heroes Girl Scout cookies from the Brownie troop. Now stationed at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Col. Kearney reached out to the Brownie troop to thank the girls for the cookies.

“Being so far from home for almost a year was a tough situation, but fabulous people like you made our time go faster, especially as we enjoyed treats from home –especially Girl Scout cookies!” she wrote to the troop’s co-leader Sara Watson.

Col. Kearney showed the girls photo albums from her time in Iraq and talked to them about how they made a difference by showing their support for troops serving in Iraq and sending them a taste of home.

The visit was a perfect kickoff to the troop’s 2013 cookie activities as the girls were setting their fun and service goals and they all agreed they want to sell even more Hometown Hero packages this year.

Col. Kearney,  a former Girl Scout, is the Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy.

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

Don’t forget the Coloradoan’s Causes Giving Campaign

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There’s only a week left to participate in the Coloradoan’s Causes Giving Campaign.

We are very honored to be voted a top non-profit by the community through this campaign, but now need your help to make it a success!

Please consider making a gift to Girl Scouts of Colorado through this campaign. The Coloradoan will partially match these donations, making gifts more impactful.

Remember even small gifts go a long way! And let your family and friends know about this too. Donations made to Girl Scouts of Colorado help us provide leadership opportunities for girls across Colorado!

For more information and to make a gift, click here. Gifts need to be made by Friday, Dec. 21st!

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

Do you LOVE Girl Scout cookies?

cookie girlOur cookies do a lot more than just taste good, they provide our girls the opportunity to build their business savvy and hone their financial literacy skills. And this is where you come in! We are looking for volunteers to ensure that every one of our girls have the opportunity to gain these valuable skills through our product sales.

There are several flexible volunteer opportunities associated with our cookie program. Volunteers are needed to manage the cookie program for troops or individually registered girls around the state. We are also seeking volunteers to facilitate a series (or short-term program) such as Smart Cookies and It’s Your Business – Run It. Does a single day commitment fit your schedule better? We are adding 5 new Cookie Rallies to the schedule in Denver, Broomfield, Ft. Collins, Boulder and Eagle County (exact dates and locations TBA).

By participating in our annual cookie sale, you will be helping build our future business leaders.

For more information, view our Volunteer Match website at http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/?l=Colorado&k=girl+scouts, or contact Alli at alli.oswandel@gscolorado.org.

A Girl Scout Brownie Journey

Girl Scout Troop 4445 from Dolores has just completed their Girl Scout Journey, The Quest. This Brownie story is meant to inspire their own Take Action projects. Along the way they will earn three keys.

The Discover Key – To earn this award, each Girl Scout Brownie will discover herself and her values—as a Girl Scout and a member of her family.

The Connect Key – To earn this award, each Girl Scout Brownie will connect as a member of a Brownie team, with her family on a healthy-living activity, and, as a group with their community to increase healthy-living opportunities.

The Take Action Key – To earn this award, Girl Scout Brownies will team up to identify a community place where the team can Take Action. Then they join together to make a plan to Take Action and carry out their Take Action Project to improve their world.

The Brownie Quest Award – At the end of the Quest, the girls also earn the journey’s culminating award, the master lock that needs all three of their keys in order to open. Through this award, the Brownies will see that, together, their three keys—Discover, Connect, and Take Action—unlock the meaning of leadership.

They all successfully earned this award. Their Take Action project was to collect items and send them to troops overseas.

The Quest

Pictured left to right:
Nobel Traweek, Akima Edwards, Hailey Melvin, Alana Coley, Lizabeth Likes, Sharma Chaffee, Hazel Smith, Katalina Moran and Alana Nowlin

Story Submitted by Troop Leaders Amy Melvin & Susan Likes

Girl Scout carries on a family tradition of earning her Gold Award

Kim Crawford, a Girl Scout from Brighton, has earned Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award, for a project she did to collect 600+ toothbrushes and toothpaste for those in need in Africa. What makes this accomplishment even more special is Kim, who is a junior in high school, is developmentally delayed (she only reads at 1st grade level), but hasn’t let her disability hold her back. Additionally Kim’s inspiration for her project came from her cousin, Kerry, who earned her Gold Award when she was a Girl Scout and worked for the Peace Corps in Africa.

Kim spent months on her project and received a lot of support from her Brighton community. Everyone who donated to the project signed a poster, which Kim sent to Africa with the donations. And all the people who received her donations in Africa also signed the poster and returned it at the end of the project. When talking to Kim, she uses the words “happy and proud” to describe how it made her feel to help others through this project. In fact, helping others is one of the main reasons she likes being a Girl Scout.

Kim is part of the Special Olympics and other organizations in her community, but Girl Scouts by far is her favorite where she’s been able to interact with peers who are not like herself. Her mother, Jayne, has been with her every step of the way on her Girl Scout journey and currently serves as an organizer for Girl Scout groups in their community (or a service unit manager).

Kim and her mother Jayne were interviewed on 9NEWS on Monday, Dec. 10th, about this project. Watch the interview here.

Support Girl Scouts of Colorado in the Coloradoan’s Causes Giving Campaign

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is very honored to be voted a top non-profit by the community through the Coloradoan’s Causes Giving Campaign.

As a part of this campaign, the community is now being asked to give to Girl Scouts of Colorado. The Coloradoan will partially match these donations, making gifts more impactful.

So consider making a gift. Even small gifts go a long way! And let your family and friends know about this too. 2012 was a challenging year for Girl Scouts of Colorado, but through donation programs like this, we can continue to offer the best leadership opportunities for girls across Colorado!

For more information and to make a gift, click here.