Category Archives: Cookies

Troop 44429 honors Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Jennifer Jones

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

The girls in Troop 44429 picked the Security Fire Department for our Hometown Heroes this year. They were able to donate over 300 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to them.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Peggy Riordon

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Peggy Riordon of Arvada in the Metro Denver region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Peggy 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 wanted our daughter to have fun experiences and adventures with other girls.

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

I have been a troop leader for different troops for over 30 years. I was a service unit manager for nine years and planned many service unit events and camping experiences. I am the fall product program manager for two units, as well as the cookie service unit manager for two units. I have run the North JeffCo cookie cupboard for at least 26 years. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned many things about working with the girls. That is where my true passion lies. I have learned how to work with a variety of personalities to achieve the best outcomes. I have also learned more about organization and public speaking. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope the girls have learned to trust in themselves and their abilities. I also hope they have learned how to get along with and work with different personalities and attitudes. The most important thing, I hope, is that they learn that each and every one of them is GREAT! They all have strengths they didn’t realize they had. They all have weaknesses that they learn how to overcome or acknowledge which also gives them the ability to work past them. 

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

When I started as a leader all those years ago, I never dreamed that I would wind up organizing trips and units. I was never a public speaker and now I speak in front of large groups of people without my voice shaking with every word. I have learned so much from the girls and they have filled my heart. Now, I try to share my experiences and the knowledge I have gained with other leaders in hopes that their experience with Girl Scouts will be as great as mine has been. 

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

Girl Scout Daisies first Hometown Hero cookie delivery

Submitted by Brittany Smith

Northern & Northeastern CO

Windsor

Our Girl Scout Daisies made their first-ever Hometown Hero cookie delivery! They were able to donate over 100 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Fort Collins Rescue Mission. We are so lucky to have an organization to support our homeless neighbors. The girls really enjoyed giving back to the community.

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

Girl Scouts deliver 12,000 packages of cookies to veterans

As many as 20 Girl Scouts, along with their troop leaders and Girl Scout supporters, delivered 12,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora on Thursday, March 28, 2019.  Girls handed out a fraction of the cookies to veterans and staff. The rest will be delivered to VA hospitals and clinics throughout Colorado.

Making the world a better place is central to the Girl Scout mission. The Girl Scout Cookies that were delivered were purchased as part of Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program. Customers purchase a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service, and helping with service projects. Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program also honors non-profit organizations, food banks, military, and other uniformed personnel who are so important to the community.

Thank you to Reporter Shawn Chitnis of CBS4/KCNC-TV for joining us for this great event and sharing this story.

Troop uses cookie money to stay at Twisted Pine and visit Ice Castle

Submitted by Megan Cook

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

We stayed at Twisted Pine Lodge for our cookie rally this year. We were so happy to have the lodge that was warm. We learned at our cookie rally that because we sell cookies, Girl Scouts of Colorado can offer locations like this to troops for very reasonable rates. Because we had a location like Twisted Pine to stay at, we were able to go as a troop to the Ice Castle in Dillon. It was a long drive from Colorado Springs and being able to stay halfway helped our parent volunteers not have to drive both ways in one day. It was a long drive.

The Ice Castle was so much fun. We had a tour by the manager, who was a Girl Scout alum. She showed us the features of the castle and told us how it was made. We played in the caves and on the slides. We played until we were too cold to stay any longer. Because we sold cookies, we as a troop paid for this entire trip for 20 girls.

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

Snowshoe ecology walk

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Some of the girls from Troop 70720 did a ranger-led snowshoe ecology walk in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a great way to celebrate the end of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. We got to walk across the extremely safe part of Bear Lake and also slide down a snow chute, in addition to learning about some winter ecology of our area.

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

GSCO Photo Challenge: For the love of cookies

Submitted by Brandiy Blair

Metro Denver

Thornton

I love challenging myself by setting a higher goal each year. I work hard to meet and beat my goal, as well as donate cookies to the military and our Hometown Hero, CASA.

I love Girl Scouts because it gives me the chance to do things I haven’t done before and step out of my comfort zone.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Troop 65659 honors Maxfund as Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

The girls of multi-level Troop 65659 wanted to reward and support those in our community who help homeless animals. They selected Maxfund for Hometown Hero cookies this year. While they were there, they toured the cat shelter and gave the cats much needed love and attention. There are many, many cats at Maxfund in need of a loving home!

MaxFund provides emergency care and a home for injured animals until the owner is located or a suitable home is found. MaxFund is a TRUE no-kill shelter. They also provide low-cost vaccinations, pet food, and spay/neuter clinics for pets of low-resource families, and a Therapy Program. It takes pets to visit senior centers, the VA Hospital, and nursing homes.

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

Happiness is infectious

Submitted by Tracy E.

Pikes Peak

Canon City

This is our Daisy, Hailey! Hailey is one of our youngest members in our troop. Whether we are in a meeting or selling cookies in the snow, she is always smiling! Bad days do not exist when she’s around! She is the life of the party and always makes everyone laugh!

We are a new troop (46325) in Canon City. We have an amazing group of girls who want to have while changing the world!

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

Girl Scout Cookies for Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Katie DeBell

Mountain Communities

Kremmling

The Girl Scout Troop 50292 of Kremmling delivered their Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies at the school board meeting on March 12, 2019. The Hometown Heroes is a program in which the girls get to choose an organization in their community to donate cookies to, and this year the girls chose their teachers. They started with a pretty good list of well-deserving organizations, but their teachers won by an overwhelming majority. They were delighted to present their teachers with 204 packages of cookies, each of which had a sticky note on it thanking their heroes.

These girls love their teachers!

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