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Holly Days Festival: Free event for the whole family

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton – Northglenn

Come one, come all to the Hillcrest Holly Days Festival! This is a FREE family event for all ages. You do not have to be a Girl Scout to attend! Bring nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and friends! There will be crafts, FREE pictures with Santa, vendors, food, door prizes, and a gift shop.

Troop 66742 will be hosting the crafts for the children and selling our own crafts at our table to earn money for our upcoming Costa Rica trip! Make sure to stop by! Follow us on social media #Journey2CostaRica

Where: 10335 Croke Dr., Northglenn, CO 80260

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Questions: 720-384-8420

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

Daisies learn how to keep a digital treasure safe

Submitted by Lorell Duteil

Metro Denver

Lakewood

Lakewood Daisy Troop 60711 recently completely the “Cybersecurity Basics” badge. The girls enjoyed brainstorming ways to protect real and digital “treasure” as well as learning and discussing about different types of computers. The girls protected their crystal gems by boxing, hiding, bubble wrapping, taping, tying it up, warning labels, and disguising the package.

The Daisies were really excited to share all the computers they know of and how they use computers to learn and ‘see’ the world. They are also working on the “Space Explorer” badge and liked talking about computers they could use in space. They are excited to take on the “Cybersecurity Safeguards” badge activities soon.

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

Troop 70720 gives back

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern and Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Some of the girls from Troop 70720 gave a few hours of their time the day before Thanksgiving to volunteer at our local food bank. It is one of our regular service projects. It’s a great way to give back to our local community.

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

Multi-level Troop 65659 uses computational thinking to help oceans

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Girl Scout Cadette Elizabeth completed the “Think Like a Programmer” Journey with the help of her multi-level troop. She planned a web-site to raise awareness of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to inspire people everywhere to make lifestyle changes that can help solve the problem and protect our resources.

First, the girls made a list of local, personal, and global problems computers can solve. They learned about what programmers do and what computers do to solve problems. With input from the troop, Elizabeth chose a community to focus on for her Take Action project: the ocean community of people and animals. She narrowed down all the problems affecting the ocean community to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

They used computational thinking by taking a big problem, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and breaking it into steps. They learned how to apply user-centered design by identifying the concerns, interests, and needs of the users of the oceans: humans need healthy food, transportation, medicine, minerals, transportation, and a healthy climate, and sea creatures need a healthy, clean environment to live in.

Elizabeth’s solution was to educate and inspire people about the garbage patch,. She considered what might be important to our users: easy ways to take action and step-by-step instructions. Elizabeth used feedback to improve her solution by learning what current ocean clean-up projects tell the public that people can do to help.

Elizabeth wanted to reach others to teach them what she learned, so the troop hosted a Call to Action event for the whole community. During the event, troop members and attendees learned about the problem and created artwork to raise awareness and remind them of their pledge to Take Action. Elizabeth came up with the idea to create a website to share information about the garbage patch, so her project would be sustainable. She wanted the website to include information for visitors on how to contact their elected representatives and information on local recycling options.

The finished website includes art inspired by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch created by Elizabeth, her troop, and the event guests. It also includes instructions on how to make your own art and pledge to Take Action to ensure our oceans are protected! Please visit the site at https://garbagepatchcalltoaction.myvidmy.com/ and share the link with everyone you know to create lasting change!

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

Girl Scout Daisies earn “Respect Authority” petal

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

At the after school Daisy Club, we have been getting familiar with the 10 parts of the Girl Scout Law. So far, we have earned five Daisy petals. The girls have also earned some “fun patches” for the various places we have toured and visited.

A recent session focused on the “respect authority” piece of the Girl Scout Law. We visited the Steamboat Springs Police Department to see how they help our community and how respecting the laws helps all of us.

The girls got to sit in the patrol car, turn on the lights, see all the tools needed for the job of police officer, and run a radar “gun.” They met a female officer, who shared her insights about her job. Officer Buttermore was a Girl Scout in Colorado when she was growing up!

These Girl Scout Daisies learned how our public service officers lead the way in modeling great behavior. They know that following the rules makes our community a safer place!

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

Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche

Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche is February 16, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Pepsi Center (1000 Chopper Circle Denver, CO 80204).  All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. Cheer on the Avalanche as they take on the St. Louis Blues.

The troop with the most ticket referrals will get to have a cookie booth at the game! Last year’s troop sold more than 500 packages at their booth. Ticket buyers will be contacted directly by the Avalanche Ticketing Office to provide a troop number for referral. All ticket buyers will be entered to win exclusive pre-game experiences.

Tickets range from $25 – $53. Purchase tickets ASAP as this offer is subject to change or sell out.

Questions? Contact Kiley Long with the Colorado Avalanche at (303) 405 – 7625 or Kiley.long@teamkse.com.

This is not a drop off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader.

Purchase tickets at: https://ticketing.axs.com/PickASection.aspx?t=6933BBBE8D64AF37C1F841D&og=-1

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Helping “stalemate” the beavers

Submitted by Lisa Herrmann

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

It is a tradition in our troop to help someone in our community. One such effort went to help lakes in the Pella Crossing area. After the flood, things changed in the way the lakes were made up, and some pesky beavers were trying to block the flow of water between the lakes, which in turn would have flooded newly planted vegetation. We helped their pipe system that keeps the water flowing!  Afterwards, a ranger took us to show how it all worked.

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

Colorado Gives Day is TOMORROW

Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  TOMORROW (December 4, 2018) you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. To make giving even easier, schedule your donation TODAY by using this link: https://www.coloradogives.org/GirlScouts/overview.

By supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, your donation dollars go further than they would on any other day of the year. That’s because the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases all donations made on December 4!  Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Schedule your donation NOW or give TOMORROW at https://www.coloradogives.org/GirlScouts/overview. Once you do, share one of these two images on your social media accounts and be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Girls Lead the Way conference at Colorado School of Mines

Help us spread the word for this year’s Girls Lead the Way leadership conference hosted by the Society of Women Engineers collegiate and professional sections at Colorado School of Mines!

During the conference, high school girls (grades 9-12) will interact with current Mines students and faculty in three, hour-long engineering and/or applied math and sciences activities designed to engage students with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors at Mines. The event also includes a majors panel, where the girls will hear highlights of each major from department representatives, a parents/guardians’ information session hosted by Mines Undergraduate Admissions (optional), and a campus tour (optional).

This year’s theme, “Boldly Go Where No Woman Has Gone Before,” reflects the conference’s goal of empowering young women with the knowledge that they are capable of pursuing and thriving in STEM education and careers.

When:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

(check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

(optional campus tour 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

Where: 

Colorado School of Mines

Student Center

1200 16th St.

Golden, CO 80401

Register today! Open until January 14, 2019 or when 200 registrants is reached. A waitlist will be added once capacity is met.

https://apply.mines.edu/register/GLTW2019

Cost – $30 per student

This covers a continental breakfast, lunch, and activities supplies.
There is no charge to parents/guardians for the optional sessions. Lunch is not included for parents/guardians.

We do not want program cost to be a barrier for participation. There are a limited number of scholarships available to cover the cost of this event. If you have a girl(s) in mind who could benefit from this scholarship, please contact Kelly Knechtel at knechtel@mines.edu , SWE Faculty Advisor at Mines, by Friday, December 14, 2018 for a code that can be entered on the registration form.

We look forward to interacting with your high school Girl Scouts on campus in February!

Girl Scouts honors 2018 Women of Distinction on the Western Slope

Thursday, November 8, 2018, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2018 Women of Distinction during a breakfast held at Two Rivers Convention Center. 2018 Women of Distinction for the Western Slope-area are:

  • Sister Barbara Aldrich SCL, VP of Mission Integration, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
  • Jeni Brown, Chief Financial Officer, J.G. Management Systems, Inc.
  • LeAnn Zetmeir, Philanthropist and Community Leader

A group of nearly 300 gathered at the event, which was chaired by Women of Distinction Stacey Mascarenas ’17, Community Development Administrator, Family Health West. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Sue Conry ’17, Director of Mesa County Family Resource Center. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

The morning’s keynote speakers were Gold Award Girl Scout Molly McPherson, and Silver Award Girl Scout, Anela Cronk.

Since 2013, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 18 Grand Junction-area women with this honor. More than $32,000 was raised at this year’s breakfast for Girl Scout programs.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit our website.