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Troop 70884 teaches 70145 fun stuff

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Submitted by Joyce
Fort Collins

Troop 70884 loves the meaning behind the World Association Pin and wanted to teach that to younger girls. Brownie Troop 70145 said that we could come and teach. We decided that it should be in a fun way. The girls came up with a game like musical chairs with passing (very quickly) a ball and when the music stopped the Brownie who had the ball had to answer a question about the pin, (with a little help from the Cadette). Then the girl got to tape part of the World Association Pin to a board. They did this until the World Association Pin was built. We all had a great time. We laughed lots.Thank you to Brownie Troop 70145 for allowing us to come and teach about our wonderful World Association Pin.

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

Troop 32189 makes Trinidad beautiful with flowers

 

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Submitted by Becky Buhr
Trinidad

The Daisy girls enlisted the help of the older Brownie girls in our troop and their parents to help the City of Trinidad look more beautiful. By planting these flowers the Daisy Girls earned their Golden Honey Bee Award to finish the Journey to the Daisy Flower Garden.

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

Girls get moxie to be President

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Can a woman be President? She can be President or anything else she wants, is the message that 75 Junior Girl Scouts went home with after spending the day at the Colorado State Capitol on June 1. The girls learned about the Women’s suffrage movement and the accomplishments of America’s most inspiring female politicians, including Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

“It was shocking to learn that women didn’t used to have a lot of rights,” said Dakota S. from Troop 2569 in Westminster. “I like the idea of women running for office, and I want to do it. Maybe I’ll be the first woman President!”

The girls had some lively debate during a mock election to decide whether cell phones should be allowed in school. Teams represented various constituents and lobbied for their position. The day ended with girls staging their own political campaign, with girls taking on the roles of candidate, campaign manager, press secretary, volunteer coordinator and finance director. This leadership experience was sponsored by AT&T.

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Troop 52131 honors our fallen soldiers

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Submitted by Nancy Gadbois

Thornton

The Girls Scouts put flags on fallen soldiers gravestones on May 26 to honor Memorial Day. It created an Avenue of Flags display off I25 and 104th. The flags have been donated to Highland Cemetery by families of deceased veterans. These flags were presented to the families for the dedicated service by our veterans to the United States of America. The girls return every year to provide this service. We feel honored to have our freedom in America and to be allowed to be part of organizations like Girl Scouts.

Colorado Springs hosts Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards Event

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The gorgeous El Pomar Foundation’s Penrose House Garden Pavilion in Colorado Springs was the setting for the final Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards event on Thursday evening, May 31st. Three hundred and fifty guests gathered to honor some of the more than 1,000 Girl Scouts from throughout Colorado who earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards (known as the Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards) during the 2011/2012 program.

Photos from the event can be viewed above, and a highlight video is below. View the photos and video from the April 30th Highlands Ranch Highest Awards Ceremony, as well as see the media coverage generated for this year’s Gold Award recipients here.

And also take a minute to check out the Celebration Program from the event on our website. You will surely be inspired by what our Girl Scouts who have earned our top honor, the Gold Award, have done! If you find a favorite project, vote for it on our blog here*, and share it with your friends on social media to spread the word on how Girl Scouts are making a difference!

*If you can’t find your favorite project on the list on the first page, look for the link at the bottom of the page to be routed to further honoree stories. Once you find the one you want, click on the link, and look for the stars at the top of the page to vote.

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GSCO and ZisBoomBah.com team up for healthy living

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Girl Scouts of Colorado and ZisBoomBah.com, an interactive healthy adventure game where kids are the heroes, have teamed up to offer girls, parents and troop leaders a creative way to connect with healthy living.
We all know how important it is to teach kids healthy habits but how to set the foundation for overall good health can sometimes be a challenge. ZisBoomBah.com, the leader in making food fun for families, has simplified that process through their virtual healthy gaming site. They have mastered the ability to “weave real life activities into the fun elements of gaming allowing kids to make healthy choices a part of their daily routine,” says Karen Laszlo, Founder of ZisBoomBah.com.
This is exciting news for Girl Scouts of Colorado.  Troop Leaders, you can register your troop or individual girl and have a wealth of resources at your hands, such as Quests designed by a team of nutritionists and fitness experts and that also meet the Girl Scouts National Leadership outcomes. The site incorporates the new Healthy Habits Journey supplements into the games and activities creating a unique customization that is right for your girls and your troop (find more details at supplementyouneed.com). With the added benefit of setting your own personal troop and badge goals through the Challenger Calendar it also allows you to keep your troop on track even when you’re not able to see each other face-to-face.
Each troop or individual is assigned a group code that will allow the troop leader or parent to register their girls through the Girl Scout Group section of the site. The site gives girls the power to make realistic choices that are right for them and creates a forum to have healthy discussions through their Girl Scout group page.
 Through the site, girls will gain a better understanding of what is healthy for their bodies by learning to create balanced meals with the “Pick Chow!” app, which was awarded grand prize in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Apps for Healthy Kids Campaign. In addition, there is an abundance of both online and offline activities that will help teach the girls to make responsible decisions regarding their health: helping to minimize unhealthy behaviors. With summer here what a great way to keep your girls connected and thinking about healthy habits.
Visit ZisBoomBah.com today to register or contact Amanda Aunko the Healthy Living Program Manager at amanda.aunko@gscolorado.org for further information.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors alumnae

On June 9th during Colorado Sings event at the State Capitol, Girl Scouts of Colorado will be recognizing 100+ Girl Scout Distinguished Alumnae from around that state.

Distinguished Girl Scout Alumnae have been involved in the organization in Colorado as girls, adults, volunteers or staff members, and were nominated based on exceptional leadership, a strong commitment and service to community, embracing diversity and embodying Girl Scout values.

In a recent study by Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scout alumnae, compared with non-alumnae, feel better about themselves, are more active as mentors and community volunteers, vote more regularly, are better educated and enjoy higher household income, proving involvement in Girl Scouting works.

Our 100+ honorees have distinguished themselves in so many ways!  From corporate executives to community volunteers, each embodies the spirit of Girl Scouts and serves as an outstanding role model for young women today. We’re honoring exceptional women (and one man!) throughout Colorado – from Fort Collins to Alamosa and from Grand Junction to Wray. The 100+ Girl Scout Distinguished Alumnae represent the largest cities (Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo) and some of the smallest towns (Merino, Eckley and Green Mountain Falls) in 23 counties throughout the state. All of these alumnae make a difference every day in their communities in diverse professions and volunteer activities in healthcare, education, finance, law enforcement, the environment and more. From age 27 to nearly 100, they are true examples of courage, confidence and character in action who freely give their time and resources to make the world a better place.

For a full list of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 100+ Distinguished Alumnae, see the event press release. If you are particularly proud of an alumna honoree on the list, or you are one of the proud Girl Scout alumnae honorees, we want to hear from you. Share your Girl Scout memories with us for inclusion on our blog.

Special thanks goes to Girl Scout alumna, volunteer extraordinaire and community leader, Pam Watson Korbel from the Denver metro area, who worked very hard to put together these and many other meaningful alumnae recognitions for Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary year! (We truly appreciate the passion you put into these projects, Pam!)

June 9th will also be the day where to introduce you to Colorado’s Oldest Living Alumnae. Girl Scouts from throughout Colorado searched high and low in their communities to locate these alumnae. We had originally thought this honor would be left to one alumna, but our research uncovered several women who deserved recognition! Names won’t be released until the June 9th event, but let’s just say that these women have been around just as long as Girl Scouts :). Be sure to check back on the blog after the event to learn more about Colorado’s Oldest Living Alumnae.

Congratulations to the alumnae who will be honored on June 9th! Follow all the action June 9th, and contribute to the conversation, on the Colorado Sings event live blog.

Troop 256 earns Bronze Award

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Submitted by Cindy Orton
Littleton

For their Bronze Award project, Junior Troop 256 built a potter’s bench for Jennifer, a woman they met who was left a quadriplegic (she has limited use of her arms and hands) after an unfortunate diving accident nearly three years ago. Through a very honest and open conversation with Jennifer, the girls learned that one thing she misses a lot is gardening. They were determined to do something to make her life a little nicer. With the help of Eric Orton (the troop leader’s husband), the girls learned many new skills. They made every cut, every drill hole, and every measure. They chiseled, sanded and varnished. They learned how to use a miter saw provided by MiterSawCorner.com, jigsaw, table saw and power drill. They also learned how to use a wood burning tool and they each initialed the bench. They learned how to use these devises safely and used every precaution to keep injury from happening. They finished the project with only one minor injury and all digits left in place!

It is a sturdy bench made out of recycled fencing. They made a sliding shelf that holds a container for her dirt. They made different sized templates for various sized pots so Jennifer doesn’t have to try to hold the pot steady, it’s held in place for her. They worked in shifts for three weeks (64 girl hours) to finish the project and had the distinct pleasure of presenting the bench to Jennifer at their annual Court of Awards ceremony in May.

“It was amazing to see the girls leave their comfort zone and successfully learn many new and scary skills. They all lead very busy lives, but each one found the time and dedication to build this bench. They kept Jennifer in the forefront of their mind and each one was pleased at the prospect of bringing a little joy to this woman’s life,” said Cindy Orton, their troop leader.

At the Award Ceremony, each girl was asked to speak about one thing she learned over the course of the project. One of the most profound answers came from Sophie…”I learned that you have to be a pretty amazing woman to break your neck, nearly die, end up in a wheelchair and still hold your head up high!”

The bench was delivered and Jennifer has already potted several flowers.

Girl Scouts of Colorado Sings & Rock the Mall

Saturday, June 9th, is going to be an exciting day for Girl Scouts across the country!

We are celebrating our 100th year yet again with the world’s largest sing-along, Rock the Mall, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Girl Scouts of Colorado has several groups who will be part of the estimated 200,000 attendees from across the world at the event.

But for those who can’t go, a local sing-along, Colorado Sings, will take place simultaneously at Colorado’s State Capitol. During this event Girl Scouts of Colorado will recognize local Distingused Alumnae, as well as the oldest living Girl Scout alumnae in Colorado.

If you can’t make it to either event, follow the events live on our blog. You can sign up today via this link for an email reminder about following the live event. We will be blogging about our local activities as well as about our Colorado delegation at the Rock the Mall in Washington, D.C.

And if you are attending one of these events, be sure to take some photos and/or video and share it with us on our blog, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn Alumnae Group Page. You can even follow our live event and share your thoughts and photos via these communications channels as well.

We look forward to having a fun day of celebration June 9th!

GIRL SCOUT TROOP IN AURORA ATTEMPTS TO BREAK WORLD’S RECORD FOR RECYCLING ELECTRONICS

Millions of electronics are carelessly tossed into landfills every year.  Girl Scout Troop 2879, from Aurora, Colorado, recognized this environmentally damaging situation and is striving to change the practice and break a Guinness World Record at the same time.  Aurora Troop 2879, partnered with a national electronics company, Metech Recycling, is spreading the word to other Girl Scout Troops across the country.  On June 3, 2012, Metech Recycling and Girl Scout troops across the United States are attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the most electronics recycled in a day.

In Colorado, Troop 2879 and Metech Recycling will be collecting electronics from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at three Denver Metro locations:

  • Aurora – Grandview High School, 20500 E Arapahoe Rd, Aurora, CO 80016 (along Arapahoe Road).
  • Denver – The Shops @ Northfield Stapleton (North of Off Broadway Shoes, East of Macy’s)
  • Lonetree – Sky Ridge Hospital (South parking lot near the ER, follow Emergency signs)

Troop 2879 and other Girl Scout troops selected Metech Recycling for this project because they are a Certified e-Stewards recycler.  That means Metech Recycling meets the highest environmental standards and ensures that personal data on electronic devices is securely destroyed to protect your identity.  Over 95% of all materials will be securely recycled for remanufacture.  No recycled materials will be incinerated, landfilled, or shipped abroad to be dumped.  For more detailed information, visit www.metechrecycling.com.

Responsibly recycling electronics requires some fees to cover processing costs. Referring to the appliance chart on https://appliancereviewer.co.uk we see that the fees for smaller computer monitors and TVs will be $10; televisions and monitors larger than 20 diagonal inches will cost $15.  Printers, fax machines, DVD players, VCRs, vacuums and other small appliances will cost $1 each.  Items such as desktop and laptop computers, iPads, iPods, mice, keyboards, VCR tapes, all types of power cords, etc. are recycled at no cost to the consumer.  Residents bringing electronics for secure recycling should be prepared to pay these fees by cash or check.

The Girl Scouts will also be accepting donations for Grants for Girls.  Grants for Girls assist girls who financially cannot join Girl Scouts as well as provide programming materials for girls with financial need.  Girl Scouts of any age are welcome to volunteer to help with this project.  Please contact Troop 2879 for more detailed information at Troop2879@gmail.com.