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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.

Girl Scout Night at Nuggets Game

Despite the snowy and cold weather on Friday night, Jan. 31st, hundreds of Girl Scouts and their family and friends from throughout Colorado enjoyed a Girl Scout night at the Denver Nuggets game. The event featured Girl Scouts leading a flag ceremony at the beginning of the game as well as a Girl Scout Cookie sale at the conclusion of the game. Troops selected for these honors were chosen based on their ticket sales for the event. Girl Scouts also had the chance to spend the night at the Pepsi Center following the festivities. Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks the Denver Nuggets for partnering with us on this great visibility event!

We will also like to give shout-out to the proskins team for sponsoring us!!

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients January 2014!

Silver AwardAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Silver Award Recipients January 2014

Troop 10020 – Lake City
Kayla Chambers
Troop 10120 – Grand Junction
Kalina Mow
Troop 10132 – Grand Junction
Carissa Crawford
Troop 50162 – Lakewood
Sydni Sich
Troop 51303 – Littleton
Anastasia Bowles
Troop 51435 – Golden
Ashley Dale
Clare Darling
Elizabeth Koch
Grace Kern
Katelyn Maher
Kathleen McMurtrey
Kaylee Coffman
Megan Feiner
Megan Higgins
Sophie Matthews
Troop 61292 – Parker
Alexandra Merrill
Isabelle Diranna
Natasha Diranna
Troop 69604 – Littleton
Kelsey Harry
Troop 70480 – Niwot
Ashlin Hult
Hailey Noterman
Mari Barrett
Troop 72580 – Superior
Emily Locker
Haley Patterson
Shelby Oke

Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients from January 2014!

Bronze_Award_Starburst_HRAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Bronze Award Recipients January 2014

Troop 10098 – Grand Junction
Johneth Price
Troop 14643 – Grand Junction
Kalea Potter
Troop 43592 – Monument
Cassidy Werner
Troop 60008 – Englewood
Marissa Moreland
Troop 60702 – Centennial
Abigail Johnson
Adrianna Johnston
Amberly Kroha
Anna Durr
Emma Gardner
Laura Greichen
Lauren Stephens
Lillian Richards
Rachel Lindell
Skye Martichuski
Troop 73323 – Superior
Abigail Mousseau
Ashleigh  Lightbody
Emily McGarry
Kaitlyn Alves
Taylor Johnston
Troop 73357 – Louisville
Annie Fowle
Astrid Borsholm
Ava McDonald
Caitlin Sagrillo
Celia Pacheco
Emmy Ayad
Gabriella Wyckoff
Lily Esterline
Mattie McKenna
Naomi Smith
Natalie Powers
Sara Pilot
Shannon Blanco

Show us your “Random Acts of Cookie Kindness”!

Girl Scouts of Colorado wants troops and Juliettes to show us their “Random Acts of Cookie Kindness”!

Partner with a business or organization that will buy cookies from your girls.  The organization must agree to give their cookies to others as a “Random Act of Cookie Kindness”.  This is also a great way for girls to gain confidence and learn leadership skills.

Your troop/Juliette can win:

*$75 gift certificate to the GSCO shop

*Free Shipping for 6 months on orders from GSCO shop – orders must be place by phone or email to qualify

*Pizza Party catered by Girl Scouts of Colorado staff

*One of a kind patch from GSCO

The organization will win:

*Recognition locally and statewide on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website blog, Facebook and Twitter

*Winning troop and partner organization will be showcased at a GSCO signature event

Keep track of the sales and submit a video or pictures of your troop or Juliette with a representative of the organization along with your “Random Acts of Cookie Kindness” form which can be found at 2014 RAOK Contest.  The top 7 troops/Juliettes with the most partnership sales will win. Entry deadline is March 2nd and the winner will be chosen on March 4th.

Girl Scouts advance bill for new Colorado State Cactus designation

Colorado is well on its way to having its own prickly pal, thanks to the advocacy of 6th-grade Girl Scout Troop 2518 from Castle Rock. The girls are working with State Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock, to work a bill through the legislature designating the claret cup cactus as our state’s cactus. In the process, the girls will also earn their Silver Award, the highest award for Girl Scout Cadettes. On January 27, HB 1024 passed the House Committee 11-0 to proceed to the House Floor.

The four girls conducted thorough online research and consulted with botanists at the Denver Botanic Gardens to select the claret cup in favor over the prickly pear, which is considered a weed by most.

“We learned that the claret cup is one of the most common cacti in Colorado, and it grows in low and high elevations,” said Paige Ferguson, 12. “It’s also really pretty with bright red flowers, and hummingbirds like them too.”

The claret cup is a small barrel-shaped cactus that grows in clusters with a red waxy flower. The cactus is found throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Arizona and Texas are the only other states that have designated official cacti.

The troop first contacted Murray in late 2012 to see if she’d be interested in sponsoring a bill to designate a state cactus. She readily agreed to help, and has also given the girls a behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol and a hand-on experience with how the legislative process works.

Megan Phibbs, 11, and Aspen Medberry, 11, did a remarkable job of testifying before the House Committee, with backup from troopmates Paige Ferguson, 12, and Jocelyn Tweddle, 11. They detailed their research and why the plant deserves this designation. To sweeten the bill, they also made cupcakes adorned with edible cacti for the committee members. Representatives from the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society also testified in support of the legislation.

Murray says she hopes the bill ends up on Gov. Hickenlooper’s desk with no controversy.

“It’s exciting to be a part of making history with a state symbol to earn our Silver Award,” said Megan.

The Silver Award is a leadership award culminating with a project led by a Cadette troop who build a purpose-based team to work with the larger community to meet a need. The focus of a Girl Scout Silver Award project is identifying and researching a community issue they are passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project.

Also love the spirit of Rep. Murray as the bill went for a final vote earlier in February:
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Girl Scout Cookie time in the news in Colorado!

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View more photos from Colorado Girl Scout Media Stars in action

Thanks to the hard work of Girl Scouts across the state, Girl Scout Cookie time is making the news! As we receive great web links to placements that are made, we will add them to this blog post so watch this post for updates. We will also be giving cookie media updates on our social media channels. Because not all media hits are added to the web (making them easy to share), this post doesn’t include all of the wonderful cookie placements we are receiving. We appreciate the media across Colorado supporting Girl Scout Cookie time!