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Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies Contest at the Colorado State Fair

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Girl Scouts of Colorado recently held a Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies Contest at the 2012 Colorado State Fair. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Best of Show – Jordan Dorsey, Whimsical Wonderland Mint Pops
  • Best Appetizer – Emily Pearman, Pumpkin Cheese Ball
  • Best Entrée – Lauren Pearman, Mater’s Morning Munchers
  • Best Dessert – Jesse Lopez, Faux Bon Bon

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado (Information courtesy of Marty Lockhart)

Sign up for Littleton’s Woof Walk Sept. 16 — idea of Girl Scout Troop 2198

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Earlier this spring it was announced that Littleton Girl Scout Troop 2198 had won a Disney Friends for Change grant, which was going to help the troop with their Girl Scout Silver Award project. (Read the earlier story.) Their story was featured on Denver’s 9NEWS (pictured above) as well.

Troop 2198 is passionate about helping end animal abuse. Their Silver Award project is centered around raising awareness of responsible pet ownership. After collecting items in the spring for Adoptions Angels, Troop 2198 is taking their Silver Award project a step further by helping initiate the first-ever Woof Walk during the Summerset Festival in Littleton’s Clement Park on Sept. 16th. The troop has been busy this summer organizing their efforts, and invites all Girl Scout dogs and their owners across the state to join them for a morning of fun! Registration materials can be downloaded here: 2012 Woof Walk Brochure-final.

Congratulations, Troop 2198, on a great project!

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado

My World, My Voice, My 2012 Election

With the November 2012 elections fast approaching, now is a great time to engage your troop or group in learning more about government and citizenship. Girl Scouts of Colorado has put together an activity guide to get Girl Scouts more involved in the elections while also giving them the skill needed to encourage other members of their community to become involved as well.

In this guide, you will see a list of suggested activities to help nurture your Girl Scouts into informed and responsible citizens by preparing them for the day they get their chance at the voting booth. Activities are broken down into three sections, Discover, Connect and Take Action. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your girls engaged in a discussion about leadership and government.

2012 Election Activity Guide

For questions, suggestions or guidance please e-mail myworld@gscolorado.org. (Important Note: Please keep in mind that Girl Scouts can’t advocate for one political party/candidate or another, or participate in a political rally as Girl Scouts, such as wearing their Girl Scout uniforms to a political rally. If you have further questions, please email rachelle.trujillo@gscolorado.org.)

Read about Girl Scouts’ adventures at home, abroad in Teen Scene

The fall edition of Teen Scene, a publication written by Girl Scouts 11 and older for Girl Scouts will be hitting mailboxes soon. But you can read it now online!
There’s great stuff in here – a 100th anniversary trip to D.C., a troop that experienced some high adventure in Switzerland, Girl Scouts helping the environment, girls giving back when fire threatens their community and more.

AmeriCorps position with Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girl Scouts of Colorado was selected as a host site for the 2012-2013 United Way of Larimer County AmeriCorps program!  So, together we are recruiting for a full-time, 11-month position with the title of Events & Series Coordinator.  This new position will begin on October 1, 2012.

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 women and men in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members work directly in their communities to build capacity, help people in need, and get things done!

In partnership with United Way of Larimer County Girl Scouts of Colorado will host one AmeriCorps member in our Fort Collins office who will work cross departmental to support volunteer services, membership, and the program department. The AmeriCorps member will:

  • Facilitate Girl Scout programs and events
  • Recruit and identify volunteers
  • Create a volunteer tracking system
  • Develop marketing materials
  • Maintain registration records
  • Collaborate with special initiative team to reach under-served girls
  • And so much more!

Benefits of AmeriCorps:

During their service AmeriCorps members will receive monthly professional development opportunities, health insurance with vision and dental coverage, and a stipend of $1,100 (pre-tax). After completion of 1,700 hours, members will receive and education award of $5,500 that can be used to pay off existing student loans or applied to future school expenses. AmeriCorps members will also benefit from an opportunity to network within the non-profit community in Larimer County, as well as an understanding of issues of poverty, health and education.

How can I apply?

You must be over the age of 17 and have a high school diploma to serve in Americorps State and National programs. Additionally, United Way of Larimer County is seeking applicants who have some previous experience volunteering with or working with non-profits. You must pass a federal and state background check.

Deadline to apply is Friday, August 24th.

For more information contact Kelly Burwell at: Vs.americorps@gscolorado.org

Xcel Energy awards STEM grant to Girl Scouts of Colorado

Kirk Scheitler with Xcel Energy presents a $15,000 grant check to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s president and CEO, Stephanie Foote, to support local Girl Scouts science, technology, engineering and math programs.

Xcel Energy recently awarded Girl Scouts of Colorado a $15,000 grant for its statewide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, with an emphasis on programming in the metro Denver area. The grant will support Girl Scouts of Colorado in providing STEM programs that contribute to girls’ academic achievement and encourage them to realize their potential and leadership capabilities in STEM fields.

Girl Scouts of Colorado incorporates fun and educational STEM activities into all aspects of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—from camp to badge projects, events and after-school programs. Girls are introduced to STEM-related careers that are generally under-represented by women, and to successful female role models who work in those careers. Girl Scouts, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012, has successfully engaged and cultivated girls’ interest in STEM subjects over the decades.

Through its focus area grants, Xcel Energy supports nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that: improve science, technology, engineering, economics and math education; improve and enhance the natural environment; help individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency; and that provide access to arts and culture. In 2011, the company contributed $3.9 million in focus area grants to organizations across its eight-state service territory. More information on Xcel Energy is available at xcelenergy.com.

To learn more on how to support Colorado’s 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org or call 1-855-726-4726.

Support girls reaching their full potential – join Girl Scouts

Rejoin the sisterhood that shaped your life
or join for the first time to show your support
Girls today are in even greater need of belonging; of being in an environment where their unique skills and interests are championed; that kind of support when they reach high and dream big.Did you know that Girl Scout membership isn’t just for girls? Share this with others who support girls reaching their full potential. Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and older siblings can join, too. Girl Scout alumnae can renew their commitment to girls by rejoining the sisterhood that shaped them into the women they are today.

When you join Girl Scouts, you honor your experience and help today’s girls transform their dreams into reality. Show your support by joining today!

  • For $12, declare your support for Girl Scouting by purchasing a 2012 annual membership.
  • For $25, declare your support for Girl Scouting and receive a 2012 annual membership, special 100th anniversary pin, and limited edition Year of the Girl tote bag.
  • For $300, declare your support for Girl Scouting and receive a Lifetime Membership and certificate.
  • For $325, declare your support for Girl Scouting and receive a Lifetime Membership, Lifetime Membership pin and certificate, and Girl Scouts: A Celebration of 100 Trailblazing Years hardcover book.
© 2012 Girl Scouts of Colorado. All Rights Reserved.

Girl Scouts Women of Distinction programs kicked off in Colorado Springs and Denver

At the beginning of August, Girl Scouts of Colorado officially kicked off the Women of Distinction season by holding private receptions to welcome this year’s honorees. The Colorado Springs reception was held at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak on Monday, Aug. 6th, and also included the announcement of a new honor we have started for women under the age of 40, Women to Watch. Denver held their reception on Wednesday, Aug. 8th, at the home of 1997 Woman of Distinction Barb Grogan.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, philanthropic, government, education and community leaders. They are committed to making the world a better place for the girls of today and tomorrow. They donate their time, talents and experience to Girl Scouting and also support Girl Scouts financially. Read more about this year’s honorees on our blog here: Colorado Springs and Denver.

Public events to recognize these women will be held later this fall. The Colorado Springs event is Sept. 13th, while the Denver event is Oct. 23rd . Both dinner events will feature food and drink items inspired by the world-famous Girl Scout Cookies. Also premiering at both events will be a feature film on healthy living created by Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 3810. Get a sneak peek of the video filming below.

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Troop 1751 of Castle Rock earn Silver Award

 

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Submitted by Dianne Iannone
Castle Rock

Girl Scout Troop 1751 of Castle Rock, have earned their Silver Award. They are working with Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus by providing toys and books for pediatric patients in the emergency department. In doing so, the hope is that it will help the child feel just a little bit better while in the hospital. The toys and books are stored in “Juliette’s Box of Smiles.”

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