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Girl Scouts of Colorado awarded $10,000 STEM grant

Girl Scouts of Colorado was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation to fund environmental education programs for Lake, Chaffee and Eagle Counties in collaboration with the Keystone Science Camp. Read more about this grant and view photos from the check presentation on April 26.

Girl Scouts announces 2013 Denver metro-area Women of Distinction

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the 2013 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program in the Denver metro-area at a private reception on June 4 at the home of 2002 Woman of Distinction and 2013 Thin Mint Dinner co-chair Elaine Gantz Berman (photos from the June 4th event). This year’s eight Denver metro-area honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, Vice President of Government and External Relations at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and 2012 Woman of Distinction, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. The Women of Distinction commit to supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado and serving Girl Scouts today.

The Women of Distinction program began in the Denver area in 1997. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 395 women with this honor. The Women of Distinction is widely regarded as one of Denver’s premier philanthropic programs, bringing together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs. More than $2 million has been raised in 16 years.

Later this year, Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees at the 2013 Thin Mint Dinner in Denver. This event will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and will once again spotlight Girl Scouts’ Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative, focusing on self-esteem, good nutrition and exercise. Paula Herzmark, Executive Director of the Denver Health Foundation and 2002 Woman of Distinction, and Elaine Gantz Berman, Colorado State Board of Education and 2002 Woman of Distinction, are event co-chairs.

For more information on the Oct. 10 event, including how you can help, please contact Amy Myers at 303-607-4896 or amy.myers@gscolorado.org. You can also visit our website for more information or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorships at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/women-of-distinction-denver.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Denver metro-area 2013 Women of Distinction: 

  • Denise Burgess, President/General Manager, Burgess Services, Inc.
  • Michelle M. Lucero, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Karen Nakandakare, Diversity, Inclusion & Community Investment, CH2M HILL
  • Kristin Richardson, Community Volunteer, Smithsonian National Board, Smithsonian Science Education Board, Children’s Hospital Colorado & Foundation Boards, TBD Colorado Board
  • Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., Former Dean, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, Provost, University of Kentucky 
  • Mimi Roberson, President/CEO, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center & Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL
  • Regina M. Rodriguez, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • Shari F. Shink, Esq., Founder/President Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center

Media coverage of announcement: Denver Business Journal

Troop 75 delivers cookies to Dumb Friends League

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Submitted by Rachel Whitmire
Denver

In 2012, the Daisies and Brownies of Troop 75 visited the Denver Dumb Friends League for a class and tour. They learned about the incredible work the League does to help 25,000 homeless pets each year, and discovered that the shelter could not operate without its army of 1,200 extraordinary volunteers.

Inspired, the girls voted in January to make the volunteers of the Denver Dumb Friends League their Hometown Heroes for 2013. Throughout the cookie season, the girls asked friends, relatives and each of their cookie customers to buy an extra box to donate. The community response was amazing, and the girls were able to meet their goal of collecting one box of cookies for each of the 1,200 volunteers!

On April 2, Troop 75 delivered 1,200 boxes of cookies (plus a few extra cases for the hardworking staff!) to the Dumb Friends League, where they were gratefully accepted by League staff and Ambassador Dog Jezebel.

About Troop 75: Troop 75 is comprised of 23 Daisies and Brownies from the Ricks Center for Gifted Children. So far this school year, the girls have contributed their time, talents and troop funds to the following local organizations: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado, S.A.M.E. Cafe, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Sunrise Senior Center, Denver Dumb Friends League, and Denver Zoo.

About the Denver Dumb Friends League: Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is a national leader in providing humane care to lost and abandoned animals, rescuing sick, injured and abused animals, adopting pets to new homes, helping pets stay in homes, and educating pet owners and the public about the needs of companion animals. For more information, please visit http://www.ddfl.org.

Exploring Camp in Mud and Snow

This weekend was a much anticipated one for some Daisy troops and some Brownie troops. After being snowed out in March, Saturday and Sunday held wonderful weather for exploring camp in the mud, snow and sun!

Saturday was for the Daisys. Troops 50885, 52511, and 73209 enjoyed stomping down snow in the wind, exploring the cabins, practicing rolling sleeping bags, building candy fires, a yummy lunch, perfecting their pink tent pitching, designing their own bag to take home, and playing with every fun item – from hoola hoops to pom poms – they could.  They wrapped up the day with very messy oven s’mores.

You can see pictures from Daisy Troop Day here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/sets/72157633375586470/

Sunday was for the Brownies.  Troops 74376, 74160, 74159, 72996, and 50885 spent time in the cabin, showed off their packing expertise, a yummy lunch, and to prove they were not just there for the s’mores – accomplished a hike to and from Cliff Lake! The snow, mud, water, and wonderful spring time smells added to the fun as they identified track and scat from several resident wild life at camp.  They wrapped the day up with take home picture frames and s’mores.

You can see pictures from Brownie Troop Day here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/sets/72157633360176413/

Thank you so much to each of these troops – the girls and adults, who were patient and flexible and ready for any muddy snowy adventure at camp!  It was a muddy-fun weekend at camp, and we look forward to seeing you back at camp soon!   =)

Cadettes and older Girl Scouts! Meadow Mt Ranch Summer Camp Sessions – We’ve added some new sessions!

ATTENTION all older Girl Scouts Cadette and higher! Meadow Mt Ranch still has openings for Summer 2013!

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Still looking to come to camp? Meadow Mt Ranch has added some more sessions. We have added a Rodeo Rider I and Blazing Saddles I as well as Backpack 102! Another change we have made is those registered for Blazing Saddles II will be going on an overnite horsepack trip into RMNP!

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If you are an older Girl Scout and love adventure, then we are the camp for you! All horse camps will spend minimum of 6 hours with the horses! From arena to trail, overnites in back meadow and in RMNP, and much more!  Trailrides will take you deep into Wild Basin RMNP to some high alpine lakes, waterfalls, and meadows!

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If your interest is backpacking then be ready to see some amazing scenery and summit the continental divide!

We still have room in our Rocks and Ropes if climbing is your thing!  Come rock climb the Iron Clads and get an amazing view of the snow cap continental divide!

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There are still openings for our other camps as well!  Take a look and come spend an amazing summer with us in the Colorado Mountains!

Troop 3871 replants burn area

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Submitted by Linda Jester
Colorado Springs

Many people felt compelled to take action after seeing so many acres of beautiful forest land burn in last summer’s Waldo Canyon fire. The girls of Troop 3871 were especially affected by this tragic event. When the fire started, we were having a blast at Hamp Hut in the Garden of the Gods. A group of Brownies had just joined us for their first camping adventure; the girls had played a game of trust (one girl led a blind-folded girl through an obstacle course in the woods) and were enjoying a snack of home-made cheese sticks they cooked themselves, when I announced it was time to evacuate. Though we didn’t get everything as clean as we normally would, the girls responded amazingly. Talk about leadership! The girls knew what they had to do: they packed up not only their personal gear, but also all the badge work supplies we had scattered about the cabin (inside and outside), cleaned up the kitchen, helped the young Brownies with their things, and got everything packed into the vehicles. We were on the road to safety within 40 minutes!

As we watched the fire burn during our departure and the days that followed, the girls were painfully aware of the loss of so many trees. It really should have been no surprise that they quickly decided they wanted to help replenish the forests for their Bronze Award project. Though the Waldo Canyon burn area is still not safe for girls to start replanting, the US Forest Service offered another burn area on US Air Force Academy grounds. Last Sunday, our Girl Scout Juniors planted 40 Ponderosa Pine saplings! Thankfully we have been seeing rain in the area so are hopeful our year-old trees will someday be towering pines.

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

Check the latest list of summer camp availability

This is the most recent summer camp availability list as of Friday, April 26, for day camp and resident overnight camp. Click here for the latest and to register.

Camp Session Registered Capacity
Day Camp DC01-Kaleidoscope Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut-Colorado Springs 22 40
Day Camp DC01T-Kaleidoscope Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut-Colorado Springs 3 5
Day Camp DC01V-Kaleidoscope Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut-Colorado Springs 7 12
Day Camp DC02-Sports & Nature Sampler-Bear Creek Reg Park-CoSprings 46 50
Day Camp DC02V-Sports & Nature Sampler-Bear Creek Reg Park-CoSprings 4 14
Day Camp DC03-Make a Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church-Colorado Springs 18 40
Day Camp DC03T-Make a Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church-Colorado Springs 0 5
Day Camp DC03V-Make a Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church-Colorado Springs 2 12
Day Camp DC04-Show Stoppers-Sand Creek High School-Colorado Springs 35 100
Day Camp DC05-Dance Explorer-Rampart High School-Colorado Springs 27 80
Day Camp DC05V-Dance Explorer-Rampart High School-Colorado Springs 4 10
Day Camp DC06-Awesome Animals-Interlocken Park-Broomfield 27 70
Day Camp DC07-That’s Entertainment-Addenbrooke Park-Lakewood 62 70
Day Camp DC08-Monster Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen 18 40
Day Camp DC09-Neverland-Franktown Elementary-Franktown 44 80
Day Camp DC09T-Neverland-Franktown Elementary-Franktown 4 5
Day Camp DC10-Animal Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster 31 40
Day Camp DC10T-Animal Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster 2 5
Day Camp DC15T-Brave Games-Boulder Valley Church of Christ-Boulder 2 5
Day Camp DC15V-Brave Games-Boulder Valley Church of Christ-Boulder 14 10
Day Camp DC16-Princesses on the Prairie-Plains Conserv Center-Aurora 24 40
Day Camp DC16T-Princesses on the Prairie-Plains Conserv Center-Aurora 3 5
Day Camp DC17-Explorers-City Park-Denver 27 50
Day Camp DC18-Girl Power-Interlocken Park-Broomfield 51 70
Day Camp DC19-Art Explorers-Twisted Pine-Genesee 5 15
Day Camp DC24T-Among the Pines-Kiwa Korral-Lyons 4 5
Day Camp DC25-Wild in the Outdoors-Nature and Raptor Center-Pueblo 0 20
Day Camp PA01-Kaleidoscope Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut-Colorado Springs 4 8
Day Camp PA02-Sports & Nature Sampler-Bear Creek Reg Park-CoSprings 3 10
Day Camp PA03-Make a Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church-Colorado Springs 3 6
Day Camp PA04-Show Stoppers-Sand Creek High School-Colorado Springs 3 10
Day Camp PA05-Dance Explorer-Rampart High School-Colorado Springs 3 10
Day Camp PA08-Monster Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen 0 5
Day Camp PA09-Neverland-Franktown Elementary-Franktown 8 10
Day Camp PA10-Animal Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster 4 5
Day Camp PA15-Brave Games-Boulder Valley Church of Christ-Boulder 9 10
Day Camp PA16-Princesses on the Prairie-Plains Conserv Center-Aurora 3 5
Day Camp PA21-Oopy Goopy Science-DeKoevend Park-Centennial 4 5
Day Camp PA24-Among the Pines-Kiwa Korral-Lyons 6 10
Day Camp PA25-Wild in the Outdoors-Nature and Raptor Center-Pueblo 0 2
Day Camp PAI01-Kaleidoscope Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut-Colorado Springs 0 2
Day Camp PAI05-Dance Explorer-Rampart High School-Colorado Springs 1 2
Day Camp PAI06-Awesome Animals-Interlocken Park-Broomfield 4 5
Day Camp PAI07-That’s Entertainment-Addenbrooke Park-Lakewood 1 5
Day Camp PAI08-Monster Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen 0 5
Day Camp PAI10-Animal Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster 4 5
Day Camp PAI11-Art in the Park-DeKoevend Park-Centennial 4 5
Day Camp PAI21-Oopy Goopy Science-DeKoevend Park-Centennial 3 5
Day Camp PAI23-Science in Our World-Clement Park-Littleton 0 5
Day Camp – Bear Creek DC12-Canoeing-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison 2 10
Day Camp – Bear Creek DC14-Windsurfing-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison 13 20
Day Camp – Bear Creek DC20-Countries and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison 25 70
Day Camp – Bear Creek DC22-H2O Sports Sampler-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison 15 38
Day Camp – Bear Creek PA20-Countries and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison 0 5
Day Camp – Bear Creek PAI20-Countries and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison 1 5
MS Overnight Camp MS02-It’s Your Camp-Create it 6 24
MS Overnight Camp MS03-Brownie Discovery Camp 8 18
MS Overnight Camp MS04-Scientifically Speaking… 28 40
MS Overnight Camp MS06-Brownie Discovery Camp 5 18
MS Overnight Camp MS07-Crayons and Creativity 14 24
MS Overnight Camp MS08-Night Owls 35 64
MS Overnight Camp MS09-Moose Magic 85 100
MS Overnight Camp MS11-Best 3-Day Camp Ever 101 144
MS Overnight Camp MS12-Best 3-Day Camp Ever 126 144
MS Overnight Camp MS13-Moose Magic 77 100
MS Overnight Camp MS14-It’s Your Camp-Create it! 13 24
MS Overnight Camp MS15-Brownie Discovery Camp 7 18
MS Overnight Camp MS16-Night Owls 58 64
MS Overnight Camp MS17-All the World is a Stage 22 24
MS Overnight Camp MS18-CIT I 16 20
MS Overnight Camp MS19-CIT II 2 10
MS Overnight Camp MS20-Archery Adventures 8 20
MS Overnight Camp MS21-Archery Adventures 5 20
MS Overnight Camp MS22-Archery Adventures 7 20
MM Overnight Camp MM01-Becoming an Outdoor Scout 8 14
MM Overnight Camp MM03-Shooting Sports 11 12
MM Overnight Camp MM04-Backpack 101 9 10
MM Overnight Camp MM05-It’s Ur Wilderness 2 14
MM Overnight Camp MM06-Blazing Saddles II 6 10
MM Overnight Camp MM07-Rodeo Rider I 11 12
MM Overnight Camp MM09-Citikids Wilderness Expo 8 14
MM Overnight Camp MM10-Mountain Music 10 14
MM Overnight Camp MM11-Blazing Saddles I 0 10
MM Overnight Camp MM12-Backpack 101 7 10
MM Overnight Camp MM13-Backpack 102 1 10
MM Overnight Camp MM14-Wild Basin Sampler 9 10
MM Overnight Camp MM15-Rodeo Rider I 1 12
MM Overnight Camp MM19-Rodeo Rider I 11 12
MM Overnight Camp MM20-Digiscape 13 14
MM Overnight Camp MM21-Rocks and Ropes 1 10
TR Overnight Camp TR01-TR Camp 89 96
TR Overnight Camp TR04-Backpacker 3 6
TR Overnight Camp TR09-Bronze Bits N Bridles II 22 24
TR Overnight Camp TR10-Silver Spurs I 17 20
TR Overnight Camp TR12-Bronze Mustangs 17 20
TR Overnight Camp TR13-Hollywood & Broadway Bound 22 24
TR Overnight Camp TR14-Photography 4.0 15 24
TR Overnight Camp TR17-Golden Top Hand 12 20
TR Overnight Camp TR21-Backpacker 4 6
TR Overnight Camp TR22-Muddy Madness 7 10
TR Overnight Camp TR27-Silver Spurs I 22 24
TR Overnight Camp TR30-Program Aide 5 6
TR Overnight Camp TR32-Program Aide 3 6
TR Overnight Camp TR36-WIT II 3 4

Troop supporting troops

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Submitted by Heather Taormina
Arvada

While working on their Considerate & Caring Petal, kindergarten Daisy Troop 2527 adopted Team Red Legs, a team of soldiers depoloyed in Afghanistan. After learning about the sacrifices the soldiers made for our country, including being away from their families for the holidays, the girls decided to send each of the soldiers Easter goodie bags and handmade cards.

The soldiers were so touched that they flew a flag over their camp in honor of Troop 2527 and will be mailing that very flag to the girls! What a humbling experience for me as a leader and moreover, what an honor for the girls!

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

Thank you Girl Scout volunteers!

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This week, we are celebrating our nearly one million Girl Scout volunteers. Everyday, Girl Scout volunteers are providing the environment girls need to pursue their interests and practice the skills that will lead them to be the leaders they want to be, whether that’s an astrophysicist, a CEO, a stay-at-home mom or the President of the United States.

Thank you, volunteers, for changing the world for girls and everyone in it. We couldn’t do it without you!