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Did my Silver project fail?

Submitted by Hannah Clair
Pikes Peak area

Hi my name is Hannah and I just completed my Silver Award. From the very start I followed all the steps in the packet, everything was going great and I felt really confident. I made a few prototype beds for the National Mill Dog Rescue and had a few trial and error processes to go through. After I went through about four different types of beds I was ready to give up. I felt like nothing was working and that I wasn’t doing anything progressive.

My family and project advisors started to notice how frustrated I was getting. They helped me realize that even if something seems like it’s going nowhere, you still need to try your best and never give up. I ended up using all the money I earned for the beds and buying A LOT of much needed supplies for the rescue.

I don’t think that my project was a failure because I still helped the cause that I intended on helping. Also, I never gave up on myself and overcame a lot of obstacles. Even though my project didn’t exactly go the way I wanted it to, it still went well. So if you’re thinking about or are doing a Bronze, Silver or Gold award just remember that nothing will ever be a failure or waste of time unless you give up on yourself or the project

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

 

Historic and memorable Girl Scouts’ 100th in Colorado

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Wow! What a day Girl Scouts of Colorado had on Monday!

I had the pleasure of starting out my day Monday with an interview to celebrate Girl Scouts’ 100th on 9NEWS’ morning show, Colorado’s #1 news station in Denver. Two teenage Denver Metro area Girl Scouts joined me for the interview, and we had a great time! After that interview I quickly moved over to the State Capitol for the Honorary Capitol Troop 2012 festivities with the state’s female legislators.

Roughly fifty Girl Scouts and several dozen Girl Scout alumnae and supporters joined in on the events at the Capitol. Some of these attendees got to sit on the House and Senate floor, and four Girl Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the House session.

But the “memorable” events of the day took place when both the House and Senate passed Resolutions in honor of Girl Scouts of Colorado, our 100th anniversary celebrations and the lifelong leadership skills Girl Scouts has instilled in girls for generations.

The best part of these Resolutions were after they were read members of the Legislature offered their support of Girl Scouts, many sharing their memories of being involved in the organization. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“I can still change a tire in 17 minutes because of a Girl Scout badge!”

“I developed a love of camping because of Girl Scouts.”

“It was through Girl Scouts we developed the courage, confidence and character to be standing in front of you today.”

“I believe Girl Scouts is where we got our foundation from.”

“Girl Scouts is the glue that keeps women on track to be great leaders.”

“I learned to face my fears through Girl Scouts.”

After the festivities on the House and Senate floors, the female legislators joined Girl Scouts of Colorado for a lunch, sponsored by AT&T. At the lunch, these legislators were inducted in their Honorary Troop 2012 with a pinning ceremony. Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Board Chair Stephanie Foote, as well as Girl Scout Christina Bear spoke about local Girl Scouting.

“This is a momentous occasion for Girl Scouts, and AT&T is proud to sponsor this induction of Honorary Troop 2012,” commented the president of our sponsoring organization, Bill Soards of AT&T Colorado. “For 100 years the Girl Scouts have made it their mission to teach that next generation to take the reins and drive their own destiny. You have taught that through hard world and perseverance, you can make the world a better place for this and the next generation.”

Troop 2012 symbolizes that the leadership possibilities for girls and women in this country are endless. The Capitol Troop 2012 forms a partnership between Girl Scouts of Colorado and the women members of the state legislature to address issues that impact girls. It also broadens the presence of Girl Scouts of Colorado at the State Capitol to recognize the depth and breadth of our work.

Below we have a video of the event at the Capitol, and there is a link above to the photos taken from the day. We are also excited about the Girl Scouts who visited hospitals around the state to induct the baby girls born on Monday into the Honorary Troop 2012 as well. Check out those blog posts to learn more. (Blog #1; Blog #2) Additionally check our blog and Facebook Page for other posts on Colorado Girl Scouts 100th anniversary festivities.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honored Western Slope Generation Wow! Girl Scouts at a special ceremony with the Mayor of Grand Junction on Monday, March 12th. Here is a quote from one of the attendees of the event, Susan Alvillar, who is a supporter of Girl Scouts:

“Inspirational, impressive and fun! The girls each told the audience what inspired them to make a difference, which included things like being empowered to stop bullying, the honor of being in a troop with awesome sister Girl Scouts and making a difference in their community. The event was attended by two members of the City Council, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Pitts, who is the father of three former Girl Scouts and five granddaughter Girl Scouts, and Councilman Bennett Boeschenstein, who is the father of two former Girl Scouts. Parents and other family members snapped pictures and enjoyed cookies and milk at a reception following the event.”

We are also proud of the recent 100th anniversary media coverage Girl Scouts of Colorado has received. Here are some highlights:

I’ve been a Girl Scout for about as long as I can remember, and this is a day and moment in history I won’t soon forget. I’m glad I had a chance to be part of it!

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It’s A Girl! – Happy 100th Anniversary, Girl Scouts!

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In honor of Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, I was given the opportunity to celebrate with Troop 2227 by participating in the ‘It’s A Girl’ Service Project. More than 25 troops assisted in this project at different hospitals all over the state of Colorado. To participate, each troop adopted a hospital in their respective area, then made special items for the baby girls born on March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts’ official 100th anniversary. These gifts included care packages, blankets, hats, scrapbooks and more!

Troop 2227 adopted University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo. I was able to meet with the troop leader, Lynette Harper, her daughter Paige, fellow troop member Brianna Bullock and her mother, Toni. The Girl Scout Seniors showed up in their sashes with pink blankets to present to two newborn baby girls.

The Media Relations Coordinator at the University of Colorado Hospital, Dan Weaver, met us at the Inpatient Pavilion. Like us, he was very excited about this project. He even arranged for 9NEWS to come and interview the girls! After he walked us up to the Maternity section of the hospital, we walked into the first hospital room to meet newborn Jenise Williams and her mother.

With the 9NEWS cameras rolling, Brianna and Paige presented baby Jenise with her Honorary 2012 Troop certificate, which allows her to come to Girl Scouts when she is five years old and have a free year of membership as a Girl Scout Daisy. The girls also presented her with her new baby blanket. In the second room, they met baby Zareah Boulden and her family. Second time around, Brianna and Paige were pros at explaining the certificate and baby blanket!

I hate to sound cheesy, but being a part of this particular service project on Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary was truly magical. Being able to watch the girls present their gifts to the newborn baby girls was very humbling, and you could tell it made the families special day even MORE special. Also, I felt such a large sense of pride watching these Girl Scout Seniors show these families first-hand what an amazing organization Girl Scouts is. These newborn baby girls are being brought into the world with so much promise and possibilities, and the Girl Scouts will always encourage them to follow their dreams.

In addition, Troop 1944 visited Rose Medical Center in Denver and presented the newborns with fun gifts as well! These troops were lucky to be able to get a peek of these brand new baby girls too!

If your troop did a similar project, we’d love to see your photos. Submit them to us on our website.

Girl Scouts Drop Off New Baby Basket, meet new Mom and Baby

Submitted by Jeri Webb

Sunday, March 11, 2012: Senior/Ambassador Troop #70611 from Greeley dropped off a “New Baby Girl Scout Basket” they had made to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts to Northern Colorado Medical Center. As they were waiting for the nurse to come, a set of new grandparents came in. The girls were talking to them and found out the baby was a girl! Right there the girls decided they wanted to give their basket to this new baby girl (even though she was a day early!). The girls were just going to give the basket to the grandparents but found out that the new Mommy wanted to meet them. So, making it all all an even cooler experience- the girls got to go in and meet Mom and Baby and take some pictures with them. What a great experience for all involved! Troop 611 would like to officially welcome little Jillian Elizabeth to the world!

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

‘Be Nice’ event gets two thumbs up from Springs troops

Submitted by Deanna Dauten
Colorado Springs
On February 16th, my troop, 844, and our sister troop, 4043, went to the Paul Mitchell School to participate in their “Be Nice” Girl Scout event. Simply put, it was awesome!
The girls had a great time getting their hair, nails and makeup done. They also learned some cool new braids along with inner beauty and respecting others. All of the proceeds for this event was donated to one or more of the following charities: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Morris Animal Foundation, No Limits, the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Magic Johnson Foundation, Food 4 Africa, the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, the Cancer Schmancer Movement, and Best Friends Animal Society.
In 2011, this location (out of 140 national locations) raised $25,000 for these charities and their goal is to double that in 2012 by raising $50,000. Natalie is the contact person if you would like to find out more about this great event. We give it “2 thumbs up”!
This was submitted via our Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Cookies help pay way for trip to Our Chalet

Submitted by Wendy Hesse
Golden

Troop 2110 has been selling Girl Scout Cookies for nine years and they still have a great time getting dressed up in cookie costumes and talking to customers. For the past three years, our troop has been saving cookie money to go to Our Chalet in Switzerland June 2012.

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

Longmont Girl Scouts deliver Hometown Heroes Cookies

Submitted by Jennifer Mendoza

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Skylar Davidson and Isabella Mendoza representing Blue Mountain Elementary School Girl Scout Troop 3631 delivered Hometown Heroes cookies to the OUR Center in Longmont. They had 116 pounds of cookie and everyone at the center went out of their way to let them know how grateful they were for the donation and how happy the recipients would be.  The girls choose the OUR Center because they do so much for families in Longmont. Hospitality Manager, Rick Reiten, explained to the girls how donations go from entering the building to out the door to individual families.  He also offered to give the entire troop a more in depth tour that included a snack. The troop may go back for a tour, but the girls thought the snack should go to those who really need it.

Reflecting on my 50 years as a Girl Scout

From Girl Scout Colorado Alumna and Volunteer, Linda Fuller, a 50-year Girl Scout member and co-chair of Colorado’s 100th anniversary committee

Sometimes it seems I have always ‘bled green’. I’m sure working as a professional Girl Scout on staff for 18 years with the then legacy council, Mile Hi, reinforced those feelings. Girl Scouting was a constant in my life beginning in the second grade, which was the earliest one could become a Girl Scout at the time. Whenever I moved, I signed on with the Girl Scouts, because no matter where I went, as a girl or an adult – Maryland or Massachusetts or New Hampshire or Colorado – I could be assured of new friends and familiar activities. Girl Scouting was a place where I could learn and feel successful at what I did despite a difficult home life. We went camping, dug deep holes in the woods for latrines, lashed together chairs and tables, cooked over wood fires, and traveled on special field trips to New York and other places. As a Girl Scout Senior I went on two Wider Ops (or destinations as they are now known), a special career exploration event in New Jersey and a marine biology project at the University of Virginia. Encampments, long bike trips around Cape Cod, late nights giggling in a tent, canoe trips, serving as a Counselor-in-Training (CIT), sailing and international travel, all these adventures under the auspices of Girl Scouts have enriched my life and given it purpose and joy. I never had daughters, just two sons who I roped into volunteering to help me with Girl Scout activities from time to time. I do have a wee granddaughter, Bella, in my life now, and her mom is already prepared to start a Girl Scout troop when she’s old enough. (With my help of course. :)) And when I start Bella’s Girl Scout Daisy troop, it will be in addition to the girls I currently lead in my Girl Scout Junior troop. Once you are a Girl Scout, you are always a Girl Scout, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

As Girl Scouts celebrates our 100th anniversary “Year of the Girl,” we invite you to share your Girl Scout memories with us. Visit our website and share your Girl Scout stories today!