With help from her multi-level Girl Scout troop, Senior Makayla completed the Journey “Mission: Sisterhood.” As her sisterhood issue, she chose improving relationships between mothers and their children, specifically those under additional stress due to homelessness. She wanted family art projects to help children be calmer and more cooperative with their mothers by building their relationship. With her troop, she created a beautifully painted wooden container to install at the local domestic violence shelter, Arising Hope. The troop then filled the painted container with art supplies they purchased with funds they raised as part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. A set of laminated instructions for three art projects that would encourage mothers and children to bond were included, and Makayla wrote a personal cover letter explaining the goal of her project and inspiring mothers to do the projects together with their children as a family.
When asked “What have you learned from the troop that you can use in your daily life?”
Makayla responds “It’s easy to make friends.”
She said sisterhood is important because it’s nice to help people, and they will be there for you when you need help.
Makayla and her troop expanded their network when they visited a horse rescue and learned how a woman became the owner of a nonprofit and advocates for horses. She met Keith, who volunteers at the nonprofit Arising Hope shelter and happily agreed to accept donations of art supplies for Makayla’s project. Learning about these careers was eye opening for Makayla, who wants to be a baker. She said she would like to bake for a shelter to serve its residents. “Our project is meaningful because it will help other people.”
Junior Troop 60678 in Roxborough earned their Bronze Award by donating a “Spirit Rock” to Roxborough Intermediate School. The troop proposed the idea to the school’s PTA, determined an appropriate location on school grounds, and earned enough funds from selling Girl Scout Cookies to purchase the boulder from Pioneer Sand & Gravel.
The school will earn money for years to come by renting the rock for community messages and announcements. 100% of the money raised from the rock will go towards supplying the school with books, technology, and supplies.
Brownie Troop 66848 visited one of our Hometown Heroes, downtown Castle Rock Fire Station #151 a couple of weeks ago. Girl Scouts delivered Girl Scout Cookies and also earned their “First Aid” badge during the visit. It was very inspiring for our girls that one of the firefighters talking to them was a young woman, as most of the firefighters they usually meet are men.
Troop 43318 brought Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies to the volunteers at the Marian House Soup Kitchen in Colorado Springs. The girls worked hard to collect 60 packages for the volunteers. In past years, they have donated to the sheriff’s office, firefighters, and humane society volunteers.
I love that the troop came up with idea of the Marian House volunteers on their own.
Aurora/Centennial area Junior Troop 60047 held their annual mother-daughter weekend, which included bringing 13 cases of Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookie donations to the rangers of the Rocky Mountain National Park. As part of their Outdoor Journey, the girls wanted to thank the rangers for their commitment to protecting our beautiful Rocky Mountains. Rangers Maci McPherson and Christie Wilkins explained how they became rangers. Ranger Christie even told a story about meeting with her high school counselor, who told her that girls could not become rangers. That story truly reinforced that girls can be anything they put their minds too since she had overcome the stereotype and now gets to do a job she loves. The Girl Scouts also had the opportunity to complete a service project by picking-up trash at the East Inlet Trail before taking a hike to see Adams Falls. The entire weekend was filled with memories to last a lifetime.
Girl Scouts of Colorado recently received a beautiful thank you letter (see below) from Operation Gratitude, thanking Colorado Girl Scouts for donating more than 600 nut/chocolate items to military personnel around the world. These items were purchased as part of the Care to Share program during the 2018 Fall Product Program, in which more than 4,000 Colorado Girl Scouts participated.
Care to Share is similar to the Hometown Heroes program during the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Customers purchase virtual nut/chocolate items – a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats! Those items are then delivered to non-profit organizations, food banks, military, and other uniformed personnel who are so important to the community.
Troop 43893 in Colorado Springs delivered Girl Scout Cookies to their Hometown Hero, H.O.P.E. Worldwide- Colorado Springs. This amazing, multi-level troop collected donations during cookie season for over 200 packages. This Hometown Hero organization helps bring hope and change to the poor and needy in our community. Our girls met and chose HOPE after they had the opportunity to serve at a volunteer session. The girls made and served burritos and hot chocolate to our chronically homeless during the winter months. We look forward to serving with HOPE again in the future.
Girl Scout Junior Troop 61048 of Denver delivered 60 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Children’s Hospital Colorado Family Resource Center on April 19, 2019. The troop also delivered blankets, which the Girl Scouts made, to hospital volunteers to give patients during their stay at the hospital. We had an interesting tour and visit and are proud to support this great organization.
Girl Scout Troop 68145 visited the West Metro Fire Rescue Station #13 to deliver 76 packages of Girl Scout Cookies! The firefighters gave us a tour of their station and of their ambulance and fire trucks. We are thankful for their service to our community!
Our troop chose Loveland Community Kitchen as their Hometown Hero! We delivered 60 packages of Girl Scout Cookies and did a service project with the kitchen back in February where the girls packed more than 200 snack to-go bags.
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