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Western Slope Girl Scout troop honored by Red Cross

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View more photos on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Flickr gallery

On April 29th, the American Red Cross Western Colorado Chapter honored an area Girl Scout troop with one of the organizations top honors – the Real Heroes Award.

During the spring of 2010, Girl Scout Troop 411 of Cedaredge joined Girl Scouts across Colorado as well as the nation in organizing a community action Girl Scouts Forever Green project in their community to benefit the environment.

For their project, the girls held a Lights Out contest at their school to see which class could keep their lights off the longest during one day, thus saving the most money. They made signs saying “Lights Out Please” to remind staff and students to keep the lights out when
they weren’t needed. In fact, these signs were so successful during this
project that they are still being used at the school today.

Seventeen out of eighteen classes at the school participated in this project. The only one class who didn’t participate did so because the class had no other light source. Eight classes were able to keep the lights out all day, and all others did so at least half the day. The winning classes received prizes. The school saved approximately 142 kilowatt hours in just the one day. And its estimated thousands of dollars would be saved if the school did it every day.

Delta Montrose Electric Association provided a grant to these Girl Scouts to offer information to all students about saving energy at home as well as at school. A pledge card was given to all 450 students who participated saying they would use less energy at home and school.

This troop’s story and honor gained area media coverage. One of the stories was done by KJCT-TV in Grand Junction.

Girl Scout license plate becomes law

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Girl Scout license plate becomes law, a set on Flickr.

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History was made on Friday morning, June 3rd, at the State Capitol as Governor Hickenlooper signed SB 197, officially creating a commemorative Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary license plate. Local Girl Scouts, as well as volunteers instrumental in making this idea a reality and Sen. Betty Boyd and Rep. Cindy Acree, bill sponsors, joined the Governor for the bill signing.

The Girl Scout Colorado license plate will be available for purchase without any special qualifications or donations starting in January 2012 through Colorado’s Division of Motor Vehicles. Those interested in the Girl Scout license plate pay a one-time, $50 fee, just like other state specialty license plates, and the cost is added to that of licensing a vehicle. There is no limited time for purchase, and unless the plate is “sunsetted,” by having too few on the active registration records,  there will be no ending date for production and distribution.

Several media outlets around the state covered this historic Girl Scout event. Here is a sample of some of that media coverage:

More than 3 million active Girl Scouts and volunteers are joining more than 50 million Girl Scout alumnae across the nation in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in 2012. Official celebrations in Colorado will begin this fall. This momentous occasion provides a unique opportunity to learn how Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Girl Scout license plate to be signed into law Friday

 

 

 

 

 

 

In honor of Girl Scouts upcoming 100th anniversary celebration, Girl Scouts of Colorado will join Governor Hickenlooper tomorrow, June 3rd, as he signs SB 197, the commemorative Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary license plate bill, into law. The bill signing will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the state capitol. Girl Scout volunteers instrumental in helping collect the 3,000 supporter signatures needed before legislators carried the bill at the state capitol, as well as local Girl Scouts of all ages who have also helped support the bill and Girl Scouts of Colorado’s President and CEO, Megan Ferland, will be present at the bill signing.

The Girl Scout Colorado license plate will be available for purchase without any special qualifications or donations starting in 2012 through Colorado’s Division of Motor Vehicles. Those interested in the Girl Scout license plate pay a one-time, $50 fee, just like other state specialty license plates, and the cost is added to that of licensing a vehicle. 

More than 3 million active Girl Scouts and volunteers are joining more than 50 million Girl Scout alumnae across the nation in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in 2012. Official celebrations in Colorado will begin this fall. This momentous occasion provides a unique opportunity to learn how Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Mural work continues at Denver Girl Scout office

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GSCO Denver Service Center Mural Project 2011, a set on Flickr.

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Despite the cold weather and rain, Girl Scouts have continued to be hard at work on the mural outside the Denver Girl Scout office at 400 S. Broadway during the month of May. However, due to the cool and wet spring weather, the unveiling of the mural has been moved from June 22nd to July 13th to allow for a few more weeks of mural work during, hopefully, a dry and warm weather build up to summer.

Troop 3322 worked on the mural on Saturday, May 21st, and troop member, Elisabeth, thought the experience was “like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Seeing the true beauty behind the incredible artwork and how much work really goes into it was astonishing. If I could do this again, I would.”

Troop 448 of Denver worked on the mural just this last Saturday, May 28th. Read about one of the troop member’s experiences.

After being plagued with repeated incidents of illegal tagging on their office building, Girl Scouts of Colorado has partnered with the Denver Police Department and a group of reformed taggers the police department works with from the Gang Rescue and Support Project to create a fun, girl-friendly mural to wrap their building, dissuade taggers and illustrate and embrace the Girl Scout mission and leadership programs. The lead artist on the project is Chris “PhEud” Bernal.

On Saturday, May 7th, Girl Scouts with the Family Crisis Center, a residential care facility, helped work on the mural. Many of the Girl Scouts from this program have been previously involved in illegal tagging activities and were anxious to learn how they can use tagging as a hobby or possible career and make a positive impact on the community.

“This project is helping bring out my true colors,” said one of the Girl Scouts from the Family Crisis Center as she displayed her hands covered in paint from the mural project. “Girl Scouts has taught me to be more patient and creative. I would like to be an artist in the future. I’ve spray painted before, and now know how to do it in a fun, legal way. This is something I will always remember. I’m learning a lot. This mural is awesome!”

The Girl Scout leader for the Family Crisis Center group, Ivana, also thought the project was a memorable experience. “The girls enjoyed themselves very much and learned a very positive way to experience and do graffiti art. It meant a lot to the girls and me. Thank you for all staff of Girl Scouts who gave me and them this opportunity,” she said.

Keep updated on the latest mural news and share it like others have been doing for weeks via Girl Scouts of Colorado’s website or blog or our Facebook and Twitter pages. Channel 7 (ABC, Denver/statewide) did a story on the mural project on several of their May 7th and 8th weekend newscasts, and there is a story about the project posted in the Denver Post’s YourHub.

Hundreds honored at Silver & Gold Celebrations

Congratulations to all the Girl Scouts who were honored this spring at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Silver & Gold Celebrations! Statewide celebrations events took place on April 25th in Denver and May 26th in Colorado Springs.  The Silver and Gold Awards are among the highest awards a Girl Scout can earn, with the Gold Award being the highest and most demanding award a Girl Scout strives toward.

Three hundred four middle school aged girls in Colorado earned their Silver Award this year, while 64 high school girls earned their Gold Award. While independent of each other, these awards require leadership skills, organizational skills, time management, perseverance and a sincere desire to be of service to the community.  

The Colorado Springs celebration also honored 25 area Girl Scouts who earned the Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout in 4th or 5th grade can earn.  

Read more about these outstanding Girl Scouts and these prestigious awards in the Celebration Program, as well as view photos and videos from the statewide celebrations below.

Event Photos and Video from Colorado Springs Celebration 

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2011 Silver & Gold Celebration – Colorado Springs, a set on Flickr.

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Event Photos and Video from Denver Celebration 

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Girl Scout Community garage sale June 25

It’s time for some spring cleaning! Register now for a booth at our June 25th Girl Scout Community Garage Sale.

This community service event supports our Forever Green environmental initiative program and gives families and organizations a chance to join us in helping to Reduce-Reuse-Recycle and raise funds. It also creates awareness in an underserved community that Girl Scouts is affordable and is here for them. Older girls are welcome to help as it will give them a leadership experience in connecting with their local communities.

We will have creative kid activities, including piñata games that go along with our theme of recycling.

Booth space is generously 15’ x 15’ at an affordable price of $5. We welcome licensed food vendors.

Bring your own blanket, table and chairs. It’s on Saturday, June 25th, at Manual High School parking lot, 1700 E. 28th Ave., Denver, 80205, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. An ARC truck will be available at 1 p.m. for any donations that didn’t sell.

Rain or shine, no refunds. Register here.

Bright mural project brings color to Denver Service Center

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There’s an eye catching mural in the works at the Girl Scouts office on 400 S. Broadway in Denver. After being plagued with repeated incidents of illegal tagging on their office building, Girl Scouts of Colorado has partnered with the Denver Police Department and a group of reformed taggers the police department works with from the Gang Rescue and Support Project to create a fun, girl-friendly mural to wrap their building, dissuade taggers and illustrate and embrace the Girl Scout mission and leadership programs. The lead artist on the project is Chris “PhEud” Bernal.

Girl Scouts from the Denver area have been working with the artist on the mural for several weeks. On Saturday, May 7th, Girl Scouts with the Family Crisis Center, a residential care facility, helped work on the mural. Many of the Girl Scouts from this program have been previously involved in illegal tagging activities and were anxious to learn how they can use tagging as a hobby or possible career and make a positive impact on the community.

“This project is helping bring out my true colors,” said one of the Girl Scouts from the Family Crisis Center as she displayed her hands covered in paint from the mural project. “Girl Scouts has taught me to be more patient and creative. I would like to be an artist in the future. I’ve spray painted before, and now know how to do it in a fun, legal way. This is something I will always remember. I’m learning a lot. This mural is awesome!”

There is still several more weeks of mural painting to go. The community can keep up on the mural’s progress right here on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website as well as on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Channel 7 (ABC, Denver/statewide) did a story on the mural project on several of their May 7th and 8th weekend newscasts, and there is a story about the project posted in the Denver Post’s YourHub. The mural is set to be unveiled to the community on June 22nd.