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Denver troop does Dublin-London-Paris

Submitted by Jody Allen-Smith

Senior Troop 1750 of Denver thanks all their Girl Scout cookie customers for helping them realize their dream of visiting Europe. In 10 short days during late June, the girls visited Dublin, Wales, London and Paris through an EF Girl Scout tour. The Colorado troop traveled with two other troops from Seattle and Virginia.

Girl Scout highlights included enjoying a cream tea at the Pax Lodge in London, and also having the opportunity to meet a Girl Guide troop while waiting in line for the London Eye. The Colorado girls are building an e-relationship with the English troop via email.

During their trip, the members of Troop 1750 mastered a range of transportation modes – plane, ferry, bus, train and subway. They learned to travel internationally…and they did not lose their passports or debit cards!

Most fun? Eating fruit-filled crepes under the Eiffel Tower at midnight.

Just a few photos – the girls outside Verailles gates; in the gardens of Anne Hathaway’s family home (Shakespeare’s wife) near London; 13th Basingstoke Guides and Brownies waiting for the London Eye.

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

Girl Scouts Thank Waldo Canyon Firefighters

From Girl Scout Alexa Huesgen Hobbs, Troop 1947


Recent headlines “The Waldo Canyon Fire has destroyed 346 homes and damaged more than two dozen others.  Two people have been confirmed dead…” KRDO news said the destroyed homes in one neighborhood were worth $110 million and there were at least 22 burglaries and 16 car break-ins of victims at hotels.

With all that horrible news swirling around don’t you think that we deserve some of that good old-fashioned happy news? Well, what about people thanking the firefighters that are trying to stop the thing that’s causing the bad news? Following are some things that you can do, something that was just amazing and a project I did.

Drive around and you’ll see signs everywhere in Colorado Springs – from windows to stop signs and even highway overpasses – ranging from a few scrawled words on cardboard to machine-made and even signs that stretch from one lamp-post to another saying “THANK YOU!”  Why don’t you try making some signs of gratitude for the firefighters too?

For inspiration check this out – amazing!

The firefighters fighting the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado receive thanks and applause during their return from fighting the fires:

Here is a little story about something I and my little sister, a Girl Scout Brownie (Zoe Huesgen Hobbs, Troop 863), did for the firefighters:

Recently, Couture Cupcakes made 65 dozen cupcakes for the firefighters, 911 dispatchers, Care and Share, all animal shelters taking evacuee pets for free and every organization which is helping with the fire for free, as a big thank you by “the Cupcake Lady” and owner, Joni McCoy. She does a lot of charity and loves giving back to the community and when her friends were evacuated and her sister almost lost her home, this was a no brainer – but she needed lots of help to do it.

Jodi designed Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Cupcakes and generously gave them free to any troop that asked for them in March. My and my sister’s troop had a party with those yummy cupcakes so we felt it was only right for our troops to give back and help her and do something for the firefighters and volunteers.

I joined a group of volunteers who came together through Facebook or news stories about the effort. We shaped fondant into hats, axes, hoses and fire hydrants – all designed by Joni – to be put on red or yellow iced cupcakes.

It was fun BUT the best part though was coming with 74 cupcakes in my mom’s car’s trunk. We drove to five different fire stations and gave them each a box of cupcakes. The first one we went to Station 6, which had firefighters from Golden covering for the local firefighters that were usually there, but at the moment were up at the fire. They were so welcoming and showed us around their truck and let us try the sound blocking head phones and the different hoses as well as gave us a fire safety lecture about our home.

Then we went over to the Station No. 2, the Old North End’s fire station that covers my home and school. It had firefighters from Arvada No. 8 also covering for the local crew that was usually there but at the moment were up at the fire. They were working a 72 hour shift so they had a kitchen, a room with fluffy recliners positioned around a TV, an exercise room with  even more TVs, and a big dorm like room with beds for when they wanted to sleep. I also got a tour of their firetruck except this one was only six months old and it is one of the newest firetrucks in all of Colorado. These trucks are expensive so that is why fire stations loan them out and help fight fires in other places.

Next we went to the other station downtown, No. 1, which had the local crew that had been in the thick of the fire on Tuesday. They explained how heartbreaking it was to have to decide which houses to save or not because of the intensity and speed of the fire. Also, how there were so many firefighters posted in a line along Hwy. 24 to beat back any flames that tried to come down the hill there. They showed us their firetruck and were especially grateful for the cupcakes.

Then we went to fire station 16 at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain that was manned by a crew from Stratmoor Hills while the locals were fighting the fire. This one had one of those poles from the bedrooms to the downstairs and three firefighters slid down it for us. They also turned on their sirens – it was really loud! Coincidentally, my school principal was there with her granddaughter delivering brownies!

Then I went to Cheyenne Mountain High School that was a Red Cross shelter for evacuees and their pets. We delivered our cupcakes to the dedicated volunteers who were caring for the evacuated pets. On the ground were chalk drawings. One especially caught my eye:  it said “Wait for the Miracle.” Then we headed inside the gym to see if we could be of help. There were rows and rows of cots with a few bags underneath. I saw a girl sitting on a cot with a dog crying.  I felt really bad for her –  I hope her house didn’t burn down.

After that, we visited our last fire station near the High School. The local crew was there and as specialists in trail fires and rock climbing rescues they had to stay and could not go out to the fire. They had several dirt bikes and a rock climbing wall.  They said people were coming by all the time with food and things and they were so grateful. If it was something the guys on the front would enjoy, they got it out there, such as buckets of Popeye’s Chicken someone brought by. (My ice skating coach is married to a firefighter, and she said one day her husband’s crew had only bread and a piece of lunch meat for lunch – they were pretty disappointed! But this isn’t always the case of course.)

The deliveries took about six hours because the firefighters were so friendly, grateful and excited to show us their stations. When all our deliveries were done, I  learned that my evacuated  aunt and her family could go back to their house. I am so happy the fire is going away!

Show the firefighters your thanks! Make cards and baked goods, give a hug (they fought hard and take it personally they couldn’t save all the homes), or show your support  during the shift change (7 a.m. or 7 p.m.) and join the crowds at Fontanero and 31st Street.

Thanks for reading!!

Girl Scouts of Colorado travels to Girls’ World Forum

From Rae Ann Dougherty

The Girls’ World Forum in Chicago is just days away! This is the last of the three Centenary World Forums addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and specifically focusing on the three of eight MDGs that were selected by girls for World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS):

  • MDG 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
  • MDG 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
  • MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability

This event is a part of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting in the USA and promises to be very exciting as there are scheduled to be 500 participants from 90 countries and 82 councils! Girl Scouts of Colorado will be well represented with a delegation of two girls, Abby Schmid and Leina Hutchinson, Heather Crandall as the Young Woman Chaperone, Rae Ann Dougherty as a Facilitator and Renee Meade as Volunteer.

The Girls’ World Forum is girl planned. You can watch it unfold through Facebook. The page was begun with the first World Forum in 2010 and will continue this year.

Please “like” the Facebook page and share it with all of your Girl Scout “sisters.”  You will then be able follow the energy and excitement that will begin on July 12th.

The Colorado delegation also plans to report back on their experiences after the event, which will be shared on this blog and via Girl Scouts of Colorado’s social media channels and publications.

Girl Scouts invited to participate in Crime Smart Kids Student Art Competition

Girl Scouts in Colorado are invited to participate in the 2012 FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Associations’ (FBINCAA) Annual Leadership Conference Student Art Competition for amateur artists. The competition promotes the goals and mission of the FBI and the FBINCAAA, including courage, sacrifice, responsible citizenship, justice, and being crime smart while recognizing talented young artists in the Denver Metro area.

The program partner for the Student Art Competition will be the Boys and Girls Club of Denver Metro, Girl Scouts of Colorado, and the Boy Scouts (Metro Denver). 

This local contest is being held in conjunction with the annual 2012 FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Associations’ (FBINCAA) Annual Leadership Conference.

The winning student will receive a $500 scholarship and an invitation to attend a VIP Reception during the conference for the official unveiling of their artwork. Second and third place winners will receive a $250 scholarship and invitation to a VIP Reception. All qualifying entries will be displayed at select events during the national conference.

Competition requirements with respect to general guidelines such as content, suitability, and framing are:

  • Only students in 8th to 12th grade who are active members of the Boys and Girls Club of Denver Metro, the Girl Scouts (Denver Metro) or the Boy Scouts – Denver Area Council may compete.
  • A student release form must be attached to the art work submitted (attached).
  • All artworks must be original and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
  • Students are encouraged to incorporate the mission of the FBI and the theme of this contest into their works of art.
  • All artwork must be two-dimensional.
  • For display purposes, all artwork must be framed. Artwork, including the frame, can be no larger that 30″ high x 30″ wide x 4″ deep.
  • Acceptable categories include: Paintings, Drawings, Collage, Prints, Mixed Media, Computer generated art, and Photography.
  • The deadline for submission is Sept. 1, 2012

Submit all artwork entries to:

FBICAAA- Denver Chapter
ATTN: Sue Smith
200 Fillmore Street, Suite 400, Denver, CO 80206

FBICAAA Art_Contest_Guidelines.doc

Troop 2090 helping out bluebirds

Submitted by Kylie Starrett
Castle Rock

Troop 2090 of Sapphire Point Girl Scout Cadettes have adopted the park known as Gem Stone Park and share it with the senior citizens. As being a part of the park we took on the role of caring for the native bird the bluebirds.

Taking care of the birds is easy but also a huge risk, of predators (none native birds, fox, coyotes, bears and more).We try our best to keep them safe.

Some people ask how do we do that, how do they make their nests? Here is how: they live on a box with a hole big enough to get into and then at the bottom is a hook to open the box so we can look inside to monitor. As a troop we know when they are building a nest, what size it is, if there is a none native bird living it, etc.

We Girl Scouts of Troop 2090 are in 7th grade and have been doing this since the 5th grade. We in that time have taken some amazing photos of theses birds and are a always looking out for them. As we care for the birds we take our role to take care of the park. We clean up the trash and plant the flowers that are donated to us by the organization called Post Partners from Lisa and Barbra (they also started the bluebird projects).

We have had some rough years on having bluebirds to take care of but this year we have three nests out of five boxes, we have seen one mother bird in the nest and two nests with eggs, all out of a total of five boxes! This means great news for our troop! We have so much in that we made it on the side of all their Post Partners trucks and signs, also the flowers!

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