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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.

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Girls Voices Need to Be Heard to Help Make Girl Scouts Even Better!!!

 The Girl Scouts of Colorado is honored to be one of only ten councils selected to participate in a study about how Girl Scouting benefits girls and how we can make scouting even better!    

WE NEED TO HEAR FROM ALL GIRLS!!

There are two easy steps to participate:

  1. Register for the Girl Scout Voices survey system at: www.GirlScoutVoices.org.
  2. In June, girls complete a brief survey about their experiences. 

 To thank girls for participating, we shall send several fun, thank-you, email surprises to girls as they complete each of the above stages.        

Please note:

  • Responses will remain completely confidential.  Surveys are solely for research purposes related to Girl Scouts of the USA.  Girls will not be marketed to, solicited or exposed to any form of advertisement as a result of participating in the series of surveys.
  • Girls under the age of 13 will need parental/guardian permission which is included as part of the registration.

My Gold Award- Many Steps Together for One Cure

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Submitted by Kaitlin Baker-Carr
Fort Collins

Multiple Sclerosis has affected my family deeply in the last few years in various ways. In particular, my aunt: Katie Kirkham, a former counselor in the Poudre School District, has lived with the difficulties and stress caused by MS for 29 years, both in her personal life as well as in her work. This inspired me to focus my Gold Award on Multiple Sclerosis and spreading awareness through various means to help those families living with MS.

I created a book, “My Mom, MS, and Me”, which was really time consuming and stressful, but well worth the addition to my project. It includes an information page about MS, word searches, a crossword puzzle, and a coloring book story for children about Multiple Sclerosis. The coloring book; “My Mom, MS, and Me”, informs children about MS through a story written from the point of view of a young girl just finding out her mom has been diagnosed with MS. The book demonstrates a fun, yet informational way for families to become educated and more familiar with the disease. It answers many questions families may encounter when having a connection to MS.

I gave a speech to the Key Club, a group of about 100 students who volunteer and help with various events and groups of people at my high school. In my presentation to them, I spoke about my project and how I would like their help. Many students signed up for the team I created for the MS Walk and were interested to learn more about Multiple Sclerosis. I then continued on to share about my story and promote more around the school about how to join the Fossil Ridge High School team through the daily announcements, and talking to other individuals around the school. With the FRHS team of 26 people and the help of my Girl Scout troop; I was ready for the big day – the MS Walk!

On Saturday May 5th, my team members finally were able to meet the inspiration of my project; my Aunt: Katie Kirkham. She was enormously impressed with the number of students who came out to support the event and learn about MS. It was an amazing experience seeing my aunt communicate with so many students, who just months ago, had no idea of what Multiple Sclerosis was or how it affects so many people.

When the many individuals and teams began to cross the finish line, I was eager to hand out my books to the various families and their children participating in the walk. Every child who completed the walk had an enormous smile as they crossed the finish line to the cheers of the crowd and with one of my books in their hand to keep! With cow bells, big cheers, and congratulations from my Girl Scout troop, myself, and others, everyone finished the walk with a sense of accomplishment. Seeing my team cross the finish line gave me an incredible feeling, every one ended with a smile and a high-five; all having had a great experience. After being introduced by the radio talk show host Scott James from “Big Country 97.9”, I gave another speech over the announcement system to thank everyone at the MS Walk. I then continued to manage our kid’s tent, where three fellow Girl Scouts and I face painted, applied temporary tattoos, and made balloon animals for the children, as well as provided crayons to color in the coloring book section of “My Mom, MS, and Me”. By the end of the day, all of the books had been taken home with a child, ready to learn more about MS!

My Gold Award has been an experience I will never forget. So far, I have put in over 160 hours in my Gold Award, and have exposed the entire Fossil Ridge High School student body, including other individuals and counting.

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Small town Girl Scouts explore big city

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submitted by Troop 10015
Gunnison

Small town girls visiting the big city. This is the real life story for Cadette/Senior Girl Scout Troop 10015 from Gunnison. Troop 10015 got an experience of the big city life by getting to ride a train called the “Light Rail” and going to a historical Girl Scout museum in the welcoming home of Ernie and Carol. Finally, we got go to the Buell Theater and see “Wicked,” the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda, the Good Witch. “Wicked” is a musical that catches and keeps you on the edge of your seats with anticipation until the end.

We would love to have this experience again or maybe even a farther journey. Hopefully in the close or distant future, we will get to see more musicals and more historical Girl Scout hotspots!! Thank you especially to Ernie and Carol, the amazing “Wicked” actors and Kelly, our leader.

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Troop 70884 plants flowers and grows smiles

 

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Submitted by Joyce Kohlmeier
Fort Collins

One of Troop 70884’s goals was to donate 100 hours of community service this year. The house next door to the leader’s house is a non-profit home for challenged adults. The folks who live there are wonderful and their caretakers are great.

During a meeting, one of our girls said maybe we could do something to help these folks. So we asked and the one thing that they needed most was to have their yard cleaned.

We decided on a Saturday and we were so excited. We got up to a gloomy morning of rain. We decided we can do this anyway it wasn’t that bad. The troop had bought some flowers and a parent donated a tree and flowers. We got all of our tools together and all of us. The parents helped, we had an older brother and a little sister. By the time we all got going there were 22 of us. What a crew we had.

We met with one of the caretakers and she taught us some sign language so we could communicate.

We cleaned out flower beds, made flower beds, planted a tree, moved roses, planted roses and, you know what, it stopped raining.

We had a great time. The kind folks in the house treated us to a pizza lunch.

They were so appreciative. We learned much this day about giving and sharing. The entire time we were there, many many times I heard from the girls and adults. I am so glad we did this. It is so wonderful. What started out as a community service project ended up touching us more. There was lots of laughter and the appreciation was so great there were some tears. My hope is that everyone at least once in their life can feel the way we felt that day.

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

Troop 70741 focuses on community service

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Submitted by Molly Fiechtl
Fort Collins

Our troop decided to focus our efforts this year on community service. Our 4th grade girls helped stuff backpacks for Pineridge Indian Reservation, sang carols at an Assisted Living Facility, volunteered at the Flying Pig 5k Race, donated 325 pounds of Girl Scout Cookies to the Food Bank for Larimer County through Hometown Heroes donations, and donated 10 percent of their 2012 cookie sale proceeds in cash to the Animal House, a local no-kill shelter. Wow! Great work, girls!

 

Cadette Troop 182 likes passing it forward

Submitted by Annette Alvarez
Centennial

The girls in Cadette Troop 182 from St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial haven’t stop doing service after earning their Bronze Award last year. Under the guidance of troop leader Annette Alvarez and assistant leader, Stephanie Conrad, the girls engaged in three different service projects this year.

The girls made birthday bags with donated paper goods from Celebrations in Parker along with cake mixes and frosting they collected. These bags were donated to the Parker Food Bank to be handed out to the needy to celebrate a birthday. The girls also prepared a complete dinner meal that was donated to the Boys Hope Girls Hope home in Centennial. Lastly, the troop volunteered at Vision World where they sorted clothes for three hours that was donated to 42 different countries. Several of the girls’ moms accompanied the troop in this endeavor to make it a great Mother/Daughter Service Day.

Troop Members are: Oksana Alvarez, Makena Baldwin, Elizabeth Brown, Kathryn Conrad, Gabrielle East, Sofia Gratton, Grace LaClaire, Catherine Schifano, Alyssa Schmidt, Clare Weisiger, and Ashley Wright.