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A Snowy weekend at Meadow Mountain Ranch

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Submitted by Wendy Hesse
Golden

Two Golden troops joined together to spend a weekend of fun and laughter at Meadow Mountain Ranch. We arrived in the dark on Friday, Nov 9, and woke on Saturday to snow on the ground. The snow didn’t stop our troops from enjoying programs: Fire building- including an outside fire building contest, Geocache- The geocache 7-stop course around the ranch and Survival Skills- which included building survival shelters outside in the snow. We wrapped up the full day of programs with a dance party and chocolate fondue. Meadow Mountain Ranch proved to be a great year-round location for fun and learning.

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

Re-use Re-teach Re-learn- My Silver Award Journey

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Submitted by Jessica Mills
Colorado Springs

My Silver Award, a journey that I will treasure forever, all started with a simple act at the end of the school year. After my first experience, I never could get the idea out of my head that kids need essential school supplies to not only learn, but to thrive in this growing world. When I saw kids throwing perfectly good school supplies, including backpacks, in the trash at the end of the school year, I knew that I needed to take action. This was the beginning of Re-use, Re-teach, Re-learn — a program intended for student success and keeping supplies out of the garbage can.

I knew the perfect mentor for me, a devoted and passionate 6th grade teacher, and my math teacher. I had all the tools I needed, I was thriving. At the end of the school year, my Mom and I went on a ³shopping² trip to local King Soopers and Safeway grocery stores in search of apple boxes to collect gently used school supplies during the last few weeks of school.

My 6th grade year, we collected stacks of supplies, taking up a classroom wall, all sorted out by type. The supplies went to less privileged schools in our community, the counseling office at our school, and some shipped off to Mweruka Junior School in Uganda with a non-profit organization, Unite Our World (Learn more at Unite Our World.org). Creating a worldwide impact helped me realize that no goal is too big, and that if you have a dream, you can achieve your dream. This experience helped me realize how great Girl Scouts really is.

My 7th grade year went even better, with all of the quirks worked out, we were able to have an even more successful program. My previous mentor left for Australia for a year, coming back in December 2012, so I had to find a new mentor, my 7th grade science teacher. With the help of my friends collecting boxes and boxes of school supplies at lunch, and with the help of my teacher, I was yet another step toward achieving my goal. The school supplies we collected my 7th grade year went to a local school in need, and again, some stayed at the school counseling office for students in need.

This year, my 8th grade year, I will be handing off Re-use, Re-teach, Re-learn to a program at my school dedicated to the environment, while also helping students. Taking initiative helped me gain confidence in myself, and also helped me gain confidence in the world.

Thank you Ms. Lang, Mrs. Gaunce, my friends, Mom, Dad, Stephanie, and thank you Girl Scouts for helping me on my path to success.

Jessica Mills

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

ZisBoomBah is calling all Girl Scout Daisies

Attention, Attention, Attention… ZisBoomBah is calling all Girl Scout Daisies. Did you know that ZisBoomBah is for Daisies too, they have quests designed just for them! ZisBoomBah is a Daisy friendly online gaming site where girls can learn all about healthy living and have a blast while doing it. ZisBoomBah has lots of quests for girls to do but they also have Daisy specific quests. Quests are what ZisBoomBah calls their online games and activities. Girls will learn about how their bodies need energy, what foods give them energy, how to have fun with fitness, and many more. Here is a great example of a Daisy quest called The ABC’s of Eating…

What we’re learning:
Goal 1 – How do vitamins keep your body strong and healthy?
Goal 2 – Why is it important to eat a variety of foods?

Boom pulls Bah out of the kitchen and into the sun.

“Thanks for all the cooking, Bah, but it’s good for you to be outside!” says Boom.

“Why is that?” asks Bah.

“You get vitamin D powers for strong bones when you stand in the sun or drink milk,” explains Boom.

“Don’t forget all the vitamin powers you get from eating fruits and veggies, too!” adds Zis as she joins them.

“What kinds of powers?” asks Bah, who likes cooking very much.

“Leafy greens like spinach, meat, and eggs give you vitamin B energy power,” says Zis. “Vitamin B has a big family—B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12!”

“That’s a good one to know,” replies Boom as he jogs in place.

“Oh oh! Fruits and veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes give you vitamin A, which makes it easier to see at night in the dark!” says Zis excitedly.

“Ooo, I like that one,” says Bah.

“And fruits and veggies like oranges and broccoli have vitamin C. It helps your body heal if you get hurt!” adds Zis.

“Oranges are my favorite. Good thing, because I get a lot of scrapes,” says Boom. Zis and Bah laugh.

To check out this quest and more at http://www.zisboombah.com/. To sign your Girl Scout troop up or for more information, please contact sloan.moore@gscolorado.org. If your troop signs up by November 30th and completes two quests, they will receive the Brand New ZisBoomBah Patch for FREE! What are you waiting for? Sign up today!

How to help our Girl Scout sisters on the East Coast

Our thoughts are with our Girl Scout sisters on the East Coast as they deal with Superstorm Sandy aftermath!

As of Nov. 7, 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has lifted the fundraising restrictions to enable girls to raise money for Girl Scouting recovery efforts in the eight councils. (It is still not permitted for Girl Scouts to raise money for other organizations.) We encourage you to give to Girl Scouting for recovery in these eight councils. Contributions may be directed to a specific council or councils through their online giving sites. GSUSA also will establish a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund to help address the needs of councils affected by the storm, and these funds will be directed to those councils once they have assessed their needs.  To give, go to donate.girlscouts.org/hurricanerecovery where you will find links to the online giving sites for all eight councils, as well as the giving form for the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.

GSUSA and the councils on the East Coast thank everyone for the outpouring of support. For now, the affected councils ask for time to assess and focus on their specific needs and to get back up and running. While we know you wish to support the affected councils, please be patient and hold off on calling or contacting the councils directly, so they may keep their attention focused on the highest recovery priorities. Although material donations and Girl Scout troop offers of assistance are appreciated, the councils are not currently in a position to process and organize them. The moral support and encouragement has been appreciated. The GSUSA team will be in touch on how you can further assist councils/Girl Scouts in their recovery efforts as the time becomes right. Girl Scouts have displayed tremendous courage, confidence, and character during this trying time, and we know they will continue to do so as the region continues to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

Want to collect “stuff” for Sandy relief? Here are links to a couple of projects we recommend:

  • A collection in the Denver Metro Area of needed supplies for the Barrier Island communities, including Long Beach Long Island, NY. Organized by Troop Leader Jan Mazotti and her company ICOSA. Contact her at JanM@icosamag.com or janbo47@comcast.net for more information. Collections will go to the East Coast the week of Nov. 12th. They are also encouraging Girl Scouts to send “thinking of you notes” with the items.
  • Operation Be A Sister

Durango Fall Festival planned by Girl Scouts

Today was an amazing day! As an English teacher, I generally tell my students not to start their essays/articles/stories out that way, but this statement so beautifully embodies the truth that I can’t begin any other way. Today was an amazing day!

Over the past month, most of my Girl Scout Cadette troop was attending volleyball practice, while two dedicated girls attended our Girl Scout meetings. Alexis and Hailey faithfully showed up each week to plan our First Annual Community Fall Festival. They agonized over pricing, a ticket system, types of booths, how to advertise, etc. Then the sixth week of school, Holly (another of our Girl Scouts) was able to join us.  Together with the first two, they tackled advertising, dividing up who was going to do which tasks in order to spread the word. After all, we wanted the whole community to attend, not just Girl Scouts. The week of the festival, the rest of our nine girls joined the meeting, solidifying what they were going to do for their booths.

Throughout this last week of planning, we did everything we could to garner food and prize donations from local restaurants/businesses.  We asked businesses to put up posters. We got announcements put on the community calendars of our local radio stations, and we even got a local brief put in the newspaper.

My nails have never been shorter than they were as I chewed on them this week. I worried so much that things wouldn’t come together, that other Girl Scout troops might not show up with their booths, or that the weather would turn and it would snow. I was stressed out because at least two schools were holding their carnivals today, and so was a local neighborhood community. What if my own girls didn’t show up? What if no one came?

I needn’t have worried. More than 50 people attended our  First Annual Fall Festival on Oct. 27. Every single Girl Scout in my troop showed up, fully prepared to run her booth. All of the troops who committed to running booths were there. At one point, I looked over the green and saw families who didn’t know each other talking with one another over snacks. I saw children laughing and enjoying the creativity of all the booths: Alexis and Hailey with their Gross Bucket guessing  game, Leslie with her Wool Pets, Lilly and Jasmine with their Egg Race/S’mores, Bailey and Skye with their Paper Plate Ghosts, Holly’s Scarecrow Dressing/Picture booth, and Rachel’s Throw-Down Carnival game, along with all the other booths there.  What I saw was a community coming together to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather.

Yes, today was an amazing day!

Submitted by Kristen Gurzick, Troop Leader (Troop 1568, Durango)

Montrose Girl Scout earns Gold Award

Congratulations to Montrose Girl Scout Elizabeth Giles, who earned Girl Scouts’ highest award, the Gold Award over the summer of 2012. To earn the Gold Award Elizabeth made 13 quilts for the Bright Beginnings Preschool and Childcare Center, who was very excited to receive the finished project which they plan to use in their infant room. Elizabeth said the quilts “will remind the kids they were thought of and cared for.” Elizabeth learned to quilt when she was 8-years-old from her Grandma. Elizabeth is currently a freshman at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Through Girl Scouts, Elizabeth said she learned many valuable things and gained lifelong friends.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

Pictured is Elizabeth with Daycare Center Directors, Amber Gardner and Casey Best. The Montrose Daily Press also ran a story about Elizabeth’s Gold Award project on Nov. 22nd.

Girl Scouts learn about wildlife at Fountain Creek Nature Center

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Submitted by Hollie Hambly

We recently planned an outing at the Fountain Creek Nature center, where we were able to meet all the requirements for the Animal Habitats Badge. While we were there we had a great time cleaning trash from the river and learning all about wildlife.

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

Girl Scouts honor their founder on Day of the Dead

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Girl Scouts of Colorado recognized Day of the Dead with a community event at Regis University on Thursday evening, Nov. 1st. More than 100 girls and their families participated in the event, which celebrated the life of Girl Scouts’ late founder, Juliette Gordon Low, who would have been 152 on Oct. 31st. Activities during the event included Day of the Dead rituals such as sugar skull decorating and an altar for Girl Scouts’ founder and loved ones participants wanted to honor. Participants also enjoyed some Girl Scout activities, such as dressing up in vintage uniforms and making dream catchers and dream boards. Special thanks goes to Regis University for being the co-sponsor of this event.

Girl Scouts of Colorado belongs to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which boasts a membership of 10 million girls and adults in 145 counties. Girl Scouting strives to increase girls’ awareness about the world, promote cross-cultural learning opportunities, and educate girls on relevant global issues that inspire them to take action. Our goal is to promote a global voice for girls and foster responsible global citizens who make the world a better place.

Article on this event in YourHub Denver

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Happy Halloween Birthday Party celebrates founder’s birthday

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Submitted by Shelley Sherrill
Applewood Service Unit

On October 23rd, Cadette Troop 54341 from Prospect Valley Elementary School hosted a Halloween Birthday Party for Daisies and Brownies to celebrate Juliette Low’s birthday. They served birthday cake, made birthday party treat bags for everyone, and had four activity stations. The activities included: Girl Scout Bingo, Fun Patch Match Game, Juliette Low’s Story – Kim’s Game, and a Puppet Theatre with puppet making. They even got some Boy Scouts to help them out with Juliette Low’s story, to represent her involvement with Lord Baden Powell and his work with the Boy Scouts. At the end of the evening, a representative from the Horse Protection League gave a great presentation in honor of Juliette Low’s love for horses.

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