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High Park Wildfire

As of late this afternoon, authorities report that the High Park Fire is about 2000-3000 acres, and still burning.  There are evacuations in the Rist Canyon area, with no evacuations (or stand by orders) for the Red Feather Lakes area.  The Red Feather Lakes area is in no immediate danger and County Road 74E is open, so we are looking forward to all sessions at Magic Sky opening tomorrow (June 10) unless circumstances change overnight. If this happens, we will contact you. Girl Scouts of Colorado is in close communication with the Larimer County Emergency Office. At this time, the smoke is visible from camp, and there is the possibility that smoke might blow this way (depending on wind directions, weather, etc.) during the session.

We will alert families if the authorities determine there is a need for evacuation in the Red Feather Lakes area. We have comprehensive emergency action plans in place, if an evacuation were necessary. We work with the Larimer County Sheriff Department, Larimer County Emergency Department and Forest Service, and other local resources to implement our plans of action. Please be assured that the safety of your girl is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s top priority. As updates are available, they will be posted to Magic Sky’s Facebook page, the GSCO Facebook page and the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

Travel safe and we will see you tomorrow afternoon. Get ready for the camping fun to start!

Full refunds or re-assignment to another session at Magic Sky or another Girl Scouts of Colorado camp (as space is available) will be offered to families who wish to cancel the June 10th through June 15th session at Magic Sky.  Please contact our registrar at christina.cubitt@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4878.

For additional information and updates on the High Park Fire, go to http://larimer.org/emergency/  and click on “High Park Fire.”

Update: Stuart Hole Fire

As of this morning, authorities report that the Stuart Hole Fire is becoming contained and all evacuations in the area closest to the fire have been cancelled. The Red Feather Lakes area is in no immediate danger and County Road 74E is open, so we are looking forward to all sessions at Magic Sky opening today (June 6) unless circumstances change later today. If this happens, we will contact you. Girl Scouts of Colorado is in close communication with the Larimer County Emergency Office, and as of 9:30 a.m., June 6, the Stuart Hole Forest Fire is moving away from Magic Sky Ranch.

We will alert families if the authorities determine there is a need for evacuation in the Red Feather Lakes area. We have comprehensive emergency action plans in place, if an evacuation were necessary. We work with the Larimer County Sheriff Department, Larimer County Emergency Department and Forest Service, and other local resources to implement our plans of action. Please be assured that the safety of your girl is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s top priority. As updates are available, they will be posted to Magic Sky’s Facebook page, the GSCO Facebook page and the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

Travel safe and we will see you this afternoon. Get ready for the camping fun to start!

Full refunds or re-assignment to another session at Magic Sky or another Girl Scouts of Colorado camp (as space is available) will be offered to families who wish to cancel the June 6 through 8 session at Magic Sky.  Please contact our registrar at christina.cubitt@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4878.

For additional information go to http://www.co.larimer.co.us/emergency/.

Please note that at this time there are no other fires burning near a Girl Scouts of Colorado camp property. If that changes, we will let you know.

Stuart Hole Forest Fire

Girl Scouts of Colorado is in close communication with the Larimer County Emergency Office, and as of 9:15 a.m., June 5, the Stuart Hole Forest Fire is moving away from Magic Sky Ranch. The Red Feather Lakes area is in no immediate danger and Highway 74 is open, so we are looking forward to all sessions at Magic Sky opening tomorrow (June 6) unless circumstances change. There are small amounts of smoke in the area, but no visible plumes of smoke or fire can be seen. Get ready for the camping fun to start!

We will alert families if the authorities determine there is a need for evacuation in the Red Feather Lakes area. Please be assured that the safety of our girls is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s top priority. As updates are available, they will be posted to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s website and social media channels.

Full refunds or re-assignment to another session at Magic Sky or another Girl Scouts of Colorado camp (as space is available) will be offered to families who wish to cancel the June 6th through 8th session at Magic Sky. Please contact our registrar at christina.cubitt@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4878.

For additional information go to http://www.co.larimer.co.us/emergency/.

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.