Category Archives: Alumnae News

Centennial Campfire Celebration at MMR rescheduled for August 27, 2017

The Centennial Campfire celebration at Meadow Mountain Ranch on May 21, 2017 has been postponed due to effects from the spring storm.  There is currently no power on the property, which presents safety concerns for the more than 600 guests we had registered.

The celebration has been rescheduled for August 27, 2017. Register now!


Girl Scouts announces 2017 Pikes Peak Region Women of Distinction: Six extraordinary women honored


This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising support for Girl Scout leadership programs.

  • Rebecca Jewett, Executive Director, Palmer Land Trust
  • Noreen Landis-Tyson, President and CEO, CPCD…giving children a head start
  • Donna Nelson, Spirit of the Springs Program Coordinator, City of Colorado Springs
  • Susan Loo Pattee, CEO and Founder, Colorado Springs Materials Development, LLC
  • Beth Hall Roalstad, Executive Director, Homeward Pikes Peak
  • Brenda Smith, Co-Managing Member, Garden of the Gods Collection

Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees on September 21, 2017 at the Thin Mint Dinner. This year’s event will be held at The Antlers – A Wyndham Hotel. This year’s Event Chairs are Lindy Conter, Community Volunteer, Woman of Distinction ’13 and Barbara Winter, Executive Vice President, Ent Credit Union, Woman of Distinction ’13.

Thin Mint Dinner Bronze Presenting Sponsors are: Ent Credit Union and El Pomar Foundation.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit or contact Debbie Swanson at 719-304-8322 or at


Centennial Celebration in Grand Junction

More than 150 Girl Scouts, friends, and family gathered on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Grand Junction to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado at the third in a series of Centennial Campfire celebrations. A final celebration will be held May 21 at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Rocky Mountain National Park.

Girl Scouts participated in a “passport” full of fun activities, including archery with Cabela’s, crafts with GSCO camp directors Obi Joe and Ruddy, a scavenger hunt, and fun with sidewalk chalk. The National Park Service was on-hand to teach girls history about the Colorado National Monument, and the GSCO shop was there with all kinds of merchandise celebrating the centennial.

Each Girl Scout in attendance also had the opportunity to meet GSCO President and CEO, Stephanie A. Foote.

All Girl Scouts who attended received a free, fun patch honoring 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado. The first Girl Scout troop in Colorado got started in 1917 in the Colorado Springs area.

Girl Scouts announces 2017 Western Slope Women of Distinction: Three Extraordinary Women Honored


This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Susan Alvillar, Manager, Community Relations, Terra Energy Partners, Woman of Distinction ‘15, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

  • Carma Brown, Personal Lines Manager at Home Loan Insurance
  • Sue Conry, Director at Hilltop Home Care
  • Stacey Mascarenas, Community Development Director for Family Health West

Since 2012, including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 15 women on the Western Slope as Women of Distinction. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees on Nov. 2, 2017 at the annual Women of Distinction Breakfast. This year’s event will be held at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The 2017 Event Chair is Paula Reece, Marketing Director, Crossroads Fitness, Woman of Distinction ’16.

Event Sponsors include: Gold Presenting Sponsor, US Bank, and Silver Presenting Sponsor, Chevron.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit or contact Cindi Graves at 970-628-8003 or


Grant available for Women’s Wilderness Summit Sisters retreat


Submitted by Annie Pierce, GSCO Property and Outdoor Program Administrator

This year, Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to offer one of our adult volunteers a space at the Summit Sister’s Camp run by Women’s Wilderness. Women’s Wilderness is hosting this camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch June 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017. Women’s Wilderness’s mission is to strengthen the courage, confidence, and leadership qualities of girls and women through the challenge and support of group wilderness and community based experiences. Summit Sisters focuses on a deep nature connection, connection to your body, inspiration and calling, and competence and outdoor skills. Presentations at Summit Sisters this year will include: The Call of the Earth, Self Confidence Formula, Wildlife Tracking in the Rockies, Inner Beauty Workshop, and so much more. For more information about Summit Sisters, please visit their website at

We will choose one adult volunteer for a free space at the Summit Sister’s Camp – a $450 value! All meals, lodging, and programming are provided. To apply for this opportunity, click on the following link and complete the questionnaire no later than May 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. All applicants will be contacted on May 15 after the winner of the grant has been chosen. Applicants must have a current or lifetime membership with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The link to the application is


Horseback Destination Chaperone- One Spot Open!

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The outdoor programs team has an exciting volunteer opportunity to share!

This summer, GSCO is hosting a horseback destination trip. The destinations program is through GSUSA where councils open up a unique trip to fellow Girl Scouts across the country. This year, GSCO is hosting a Colorado Horseback Adventure with 18 girl scouts from across the country with white water rafting, living at a cowboy camp and a horsepack trip in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Read more about the trip here:

We have one spot left for a chaperone on this trip. Chaperones would attend  free of charge and responsibilities would include being a positive role model for the young women in your group and facilitating a meaningful experience in Girl Scout sisterhood. This trip will also be staffed by GSCO staff and a team a wranglers through our vendor Bear Basin Packtrips. We are looking for chaperones with horse experience, but also to support staff and wranglers and focus on girl interaction.

If you are interested in chaperoning please apply through the link below- and we urge you to do so ASAP as applications close May 1st but we would like to make the decision sooner.

Please direct any questions to

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Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado

Submitted by Bertha Koch

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

You’re invited to join fellow Girl Scout alumnae as we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado!

Join us for tea and treats on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mountain View Church of Christ at 1080 East La Salle Street in Colorado Springs.

$15 per person. Please contact to register by April 7, 2017.

Adult Girl Scout alumnae only please.

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


Troop honors 93-year-old Girl Scout

Submitted by Julie Gallagher

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

On February 22, 2017, World Thinking Day, Fort Collins Girl Scout Troop 72208 celebrated a long time Girl Scout that they met at Christmas time when they visited Turnberry Place Assisted Living.
At 93-years-young, Louise Jouard told the girls about being a Girl Scout. In fact, she was a Mariner Girl Scout from the state of Illinois and had her pins and membership cards dating back to 1932 for the girls to see.

Her pins were broken, but were still proud remembrances of years gone by. Troop 72208 honored Mrs. Jouard by giving her a new contemporary Girl Scout pin and WAGGGS pin in honor of World Thinking Day.

World Thinking Day has been celebrated by Girl Scouts since 1926, and is a day of international friendship, speaking out on issues that affect girls and young women around the world. Out of 196 countries, 146 countries have Girl Scout or Girl Guide programs.

Volunteer Support Specialist Julie Gallagher and Customer Care Specialist Gayle Richardson were also in attendance. Julie presented Mrs. Jouard with a Golden Girl Scout award to honor her being a Girl Scout for the past 85 years.

When the troop started to sing “The Brownie Smile Song,” Mrs. Jouard remembered the words half-way through and sang along. She also sang with the troop when they sang “Make New Friends.” The girls and their leader, Eva Wallace, were tickled pink that after all these years Mrs. Jouard still remembered the words!

The local newspaper, The Coloradoan, was also in attendance to capture this moment for all of Fort Collins read about.

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

Cookie CEO search

As part of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in Colorado, we are celebrating amazing women who are Girl Scout alumnae, sold cookies as girl members, and attribute their business acumen to the skills they learned from Girl Scout financial literacy programs.

If this sounds like you, email Debbie Swanson at Be sure to include your name, current location, council/location of Girl Scout program, years in Girl Scouts, and a brief statement about how selling cookies contributed to your business success.

Your story will be shared in upcoming print and social media to inspire and encourage Girl Scouts of today!

2017 Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch: July 17 – 20

Mark your calendar for 2017 Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch July 17-20!

Cost $180/ per person

Registration deadline, sort of 6/25/17, primarily for meal planning.

Women’s Week is in its fourth year, and we hope this time will be even better than ever!  We really love to go to the mountains, have fun in the outdoors. and be campers again! This program is open to all adult women at least 18 years of age:  GSCO staff, former MMR camp staff, leaders, volunteers, co-workers, adult daughters, and  granddaughters! (Spread the word; there’s plenty of room for everyone! Ladies need not have ever been to camp before or have a current Girl Scout connection!)  Bring your favorite program resources, come and play!  The peace and serenity of MMR’s mountain wilderness await you.

What’s included in the cost?     Site fees & food.  Some financial aid might be available.

Cooking and food:  We will probably be cooking out most of the time in the units. We can make accommodations for most special dietary needs.

Where will we stay?   Meeker’s Bluff, Larkspur, and Lyra units have been reserved for our group.  “Tabins” have wooden floors & roofs and ½ canvas sides with wooden bunkbeds. We can make accommodations for mobility restrictions.

What program is provided?     Only what we bring ourselves!  If you want to do crafts, bring enough to share.  If you want to take a hike, put up a notice of your plans.  If you can offer special programs, like ropes course or archery, bring your certifications with you.  Anyone up for a short backpack trip to the back meadow or the “shelf?”  If you want to lie in the grass in the meadow, fly a kite, sleep in late, paint a picture, sleep out under the stars, sing for hours – – – it’s all there for your enjoyment!

Can we come for only part of the time?     Absolutely, just let us know how many days/meals and we’ll price it out for you accordingly.

No pets are allowed on the property, and there will be no horses available for riding.


Send your check to P.O. Box 211, Estes Park, Co. 80517 along with your brief personal information, including e-mail, address, phone, etc.

Questions? Call Penny at 970-586-1775 or 970-577-2027.  New email address is