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Volunteer Spotlight: Toni Rath

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Toni Rath of Berthoud in the Northern & Northeastern CO region is  a troop leader, service unit manager, service unit cookie manager, and member of GSCO’s Membership Connection Committee.  She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Toni to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

My husband is retired Air Force so volunteering was just what we do as a family. My girls wanted to join Girl Scouts and the troop needed a leader so I said “Sure, why not!”

The girls were young so they would have no idea that I didn’t know at the time (or anytime we do something new!) what I was doing as long as we had fun.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

This list keeps getting longer.. troop leader, service unit manager, PA/VIT girl trainer, service unit cookie manager and trainer, day camp unit leader, and I just started on MCC.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

WOW, I have learned A LOT!!  When doing a badge or a patch with the girls, I learn more about them and how much I actually didn’t know about the topic of the badge. I think the girls teach me more than anything. They show me a new perspective and different ways something can be accomplished.  As a service unit manager, I have learned how important each and every volunteer in our area is, no matter how big or small their roll is. Each comes with a  gift or expertise that our girls can really learn from. I have also learned how important it is to know my fellow service unit managers in other areas to get troop ideas, information and support and hopefully able to do the same for them.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that the girls have learned to ask more questions of each other and of themselves and really listen to better know those around them, and know themselves. Activities really rule their lives these days and it is important to really listen and reflect on what is important to them. I also hope that they have learned how to be encouraging. A kind word and the ability to notice when someone has made the right choice can go a long way! They need to know if I am willing to be patient with them and go down the rabbit hole to learn to recover from a mistake, as they get older, they can do the same for themselves and their peers.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Well, those cookies aren’t going to walk to a booth and sell themselves! Ok, maybe they will as long as someone gets them there.. As the girls in our troop get older, it seems the push to get them to go and get gets harder. I have to model that for them.  If I want them to be a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and a leader, I have to do the same. They push me to at least try something new, make something better, and ask others to join me on my crazy journey. I can’t ask them to do something if I am not willing to do the same.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Erin Wogaman

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Erin Wogaman of Canon City in the Pikes Peak region has served as a troop leader and Product Program volunteer for many years. She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Erin to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I became a Girl Scout volunteer because of my daughter. She is the youngest of three and has two older brothers. I still remember my time as a Brownie, with my mom as my troop leader, making place mats, sit-upons, camping, and so much more. I knew that I wanted my daughter to have those memories to cherish. I did end up bridging to Junior, but we had moved and it wasn’t the same without my mom being involved. I promised my daughter that for as long as she is a Girl Scout, I will be one as well…possibly longer.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

After the role of parent to an amazing Cadette, I am a troop leader of a multi-level troop. I am in my 9th year as an adult volunteer and have started several troops in New Mexico and Colorado. My troop consists of nine Daisies, twelve Brownies, four Juniors, and five Cadettes. Next year, we will add Seniors to our troop family. I am a service unit manager and service unit product program manager. I love working with the other leaders in my service unit and we have become a second family. We have grown in the last year and have plans to continue that growth. I am also an adult advisory member for our older girl group called SPLAT. We are still in the beginning stages, as this is our first year. The SPLAT girls represent different troops in our service unit. The girls planned and led our Cookie Rally this year and will be planning summer and fall activities. I am a member of the Pikes Peak Region Cookie Committee, an adult trainer, and recruiter for my service unit.  

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

Working with girls of different ages and with different abilities requires patience and the understanding that all girls can do anything they set their minds to. Every girl, in every troop, brings something new to the troop and they need the opportunity to shine and lead to their ability. I have learned that Daisies can start campfires, cook meals, participate in a flag ceremony, and so much more. I have the ability to give girls an amazing experience of leadership, courage, and learning life skills. I have learned that I must provide them with the opportunities to be the girl-led troop that they are.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I want them to learn to take risks, to challenge themselves, and to try out for that sport, solo, or part in the play. I want them to know that Girl Scouts is something they should be proud of. This is their experience and that they each have a voice. I hope they have learned that living the Girl Scout Law every day will take them far and they will make the world a better place.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Being a Girl Scout volunteer has pushed me to challenge myself to be a better person and to put others first more often. Getting up in front of strangers has never been something I enjoy, other than with girls. This year, I challenged myself to take on new roles and those roles require me to break those walls, to take risks, to lead with other adults, and to challenge our service unit to grow and offer the best experience for our girls. As a leader, I will never ask my girls to do something that I am not willing to do. I even challenged myself (after much coaxing) to walk across the Royal Gorge Bridge. I have always said that I would be the one crawling down the middle of the bridge. I won’t say that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My heart was racing and my legs were shaking, but I did it. I want my girls to know that they have my support to try those scary things in life and I will be here to cheer them on.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Troop 60184’s Hometown Hero

Submitted by Jessica Jones

Metro Denver

Thornton

Troop 60184 donated 243 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to our Hometown Hero, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.

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

Gunnison troop sends special thank you to cookie customers

Submitted by Sharalee Pederson

Western Slope

Gunnison

Troop 13461 of Gunnison with 14 girls is celebrating their amazing cookie season. This is the thank you they are sending out to their customers. They sold 11,609 packages of cookies!

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

Girl Scout Cookies delivered to Justice League of Hope

Submitted by Anna Campbell

Western Slope

Grand Junction

Troop 17108 from Grand Junction passed on their cookie donations to their hometown heroes, the Justice League of Hope. As a thank you, Kid Pool and Hershel the Hobo did a magic show and helped us celebrate Kayla’s sixth birthday. This was a great day for our troop and we all hope our cookie contribution helps the Justice League of Hope pass on some unbreakable smiles.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Amy Caperton

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Amy Caperton of Littleton in the Metro Denver region has served as a troop leader and Product Program volunteer for many years. She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Amy to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I became a leader when my younger daughter started kindergarten. My older daughter was already involved in Girl Scouts, so I wanted to be sure my younger daughter also had an opportunity to do so. I was not sure I would have time to do it with working full-time and having three children, however it has been a great experience that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I would not change it for anything.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I started as troop cookie manager for my older daughter’s troop. I did that for 12 years. I was also my service unit’s cookie cupboard for two years. I moved on to service unit cookie manager, a role which I have done now for eight years. I have also been fall product program manager for my service unit for the last three years. Finally, and most importantly, I have been a leader for my troop since kindergarten, so this is my 11th year as their leader.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned that it is important to listen to what the girls have to say, be patient and understanding, and have lots of resources available to accomplish our troop goals.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope the girls in my troop, wether presently or not, have learned to stand up for what they believe in, speak for themselves, be accountable for their words and actions, not be afraid to take risks, think outside the box, and be kind to others– truly live by the Girl Scout Law.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

I have become a go-getter in figuring out what I needed to do to accomplish my troop’s goals. I had to be an innovator by rolling with the punches. When things don’t go as planned, I’ve learned you have to adapt.  I’ve had to be a risk-taker by trying new things and getting outside my comfort zone at times. My role as leader has benefitted me by helping me be more outspoken in other aspects of my life as well. I think overall it has benefitted me to know I can accomplish what I set out to do and also be more confident in myself.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Help wanted: Cookie delivery to Denver VA Hospital

Submitted by Marie Wright

Metro Denver

Denver

We have been given an opportunity to be able to donate a VERY significant amount of Girl Scout Cookies to Denver’s VA Hospital as well as the 13 VA clinics throughout Colorado. On Monday, April 2, 2018 from 2 – 4 p.m., we’ll be making the cookie delivery to the hospital. Girls will be escorted through the building with a volunteer to meet and greet veterans and pass out Girl Scout Cookies.

We will meet at the entrance off of 9th and Clermont St.

VA Medical Center
1055 Clermont St.
Denver, Colorado

Please let me know if you’d like to attend this awesome event! We have a limited number of spots available. It will be first come, first served. If you’re interested in joining, please email me or call with your troop number and the number of girls that would like to attend.

Thank you all for all you do!

Marie Wright
(303) 919-8303
riegrace@hotmail.com

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

Take your troop camping using cookie proceeds

Congratulations on an amazing cookie program! Are you looking for something to do with your cookie proceeds? Is your troop interested in staying at a Girl Scouts of Colorado property? We would love to host you! Check the list below for some available weekend dates at our properties through fall 2018, as of March 27. All reservations are first come, first served and can be booked at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.

Full availability can be found at our booking site.  There may be one-night stays or individual cabins not listed on this blog.

Tomahawk Ranch

Tom Tom Cabin: Oct 19-21
Kachina Cabin: Oct 19-21
Arrowhead Cabin:
 Oct 19-21

Sky High Ranch

Lodge: Aug 31-Sept 2, Oct 19-21
Lucky Circle Cabins: Aug 31-Sept 2, Oct 19-21
Greenwood Cabins:  May 18-20, Oct 19-21
Troop House: Aug 31-Sept 2, Oct 19-21
Citadel Cabins: Aug 31-Sept 2
Sawmill Cabins:  Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2
Arrowhead Tabins: Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2

Magic Sky Ranch

Old Lodge: May 11-13, May 25-27, Jun 15-17, Jun 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 14-16
All Season Cabins: May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Jun 15-17, Jun 22-24, Aug 3-5, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 14-16
Seasonals: May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Jun 15-17, Jun 22-24, Aug 3-5, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 14-16
Tent Sites: May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Jun 15-17, Aug 3-5, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 14-16

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Lodge: Aug 31-Sept 2
Larkspur Tabins: May 25-27, Sept 7-9
Lyra Tabins: May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9
Meekers Tabins: May 25-27, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9
Windridge Birdhouse Tabins: May 18-20, May 25-27, Jun 1-3, Jun 8-10, Jun 29-Jul 1, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9
Tent Sites: May 25-27, Jun 29-Jul 1, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9

Lazy Acres

Lodge: Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30
Forest Cabins: Jun 1-3, Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17, Jul 6-8, Jul 27-29, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30
Meadow Cabins: Jun 1-3, Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17,  Aug 3-5, Aug 10-12, Aug 17-19, Aug 24-26, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30
Mountain Cabins: Jun 1-3, Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17, Jul 6-8, Aug 17-19, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30


Looking to run a service unit camp or encampment? To run a camp at a Girl Scouts of Colorado property, you must reserve the full property. Full property reservations are available for the following dates:

Sky High Ranch: Oct 19-21
Magic Sky Ranch: Aug 17-19, Aug 31-Sept 2, Sept 7-9, Sept 14-16
Lazy Acres: Jun 8-10, Jun 15-17, Aug 17-19, Sept 7-9, Sept 21-23, Sept 28-30


Questions? Contact property.reservations@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Cookies donated to Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Girl Scout Troop 65659 donated Girl Scout Cookies to their Hometown Hero, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. The girls thanked the staff of the coalition for the work they do to help the less fortunate.

Troop 65659 is a multi-level troop in its first year. Girls voted to choose a Hometown Hero that does important work in our community.

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

Girl Scout Cookies delivered to Children’s Hospital Colorado

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

Girl Scout Troop 65889 donated 329 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Children’s Hospital Colorado, South Campus. During their cookie booths this season, the girls filled out donation slips for each customer with their name and amount they contributed. We made a banner to show how many people in the community support the hospital.

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