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Girl Scouts of Colorado recognizes 100 girls in honor of 100th anniversary

Girl Scouts is kicking off their 100th anniversary celebrations by naming 100 Colorado Girl Scouts as the leaders of tomorrow – the Generation Wow! Generation Wow! recognizes outstanding girls whose individual achievements in Girl Scouts, their schools and communities set them apart as leaders.

 

Girls who earned this honor exhibit a high level of volunteer achievement and make significant contributions to their community. They demonstrate strong leadership skills; participate in service and learning projects. They exhibit achievement in developing a healthy attitude, both mind and body, and demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills in teamwork, conflict resolution and goal setting.  They embody the vision of Girl Scouting. A committee of outside civic and community leaders from throughout Colorado helped select these recipients.

View the list of the 100 Girl Scouts who have been named to this honor as well as learn more about the activities they are participating in as well as the regional events where they will be recognized.

The Walmart Foundation awards grant to Girl Scouts

The Walmart Foundation recently awarded Girl Scouts of Colorado a $25,000 grant in support of Forever Green, Girl Scouts nationally-developed program that teaches girls how to lead their families, schools and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources. The program will be delivered statewide, and over the next year will coincide with activities Girl Scouts is planning around the organization’s 100th anniversary.

Girl Scouts of Colorado Forever Green activities this year will focus on three major projects—reduce plastic waste, Earth Hour and rain gardens. Through this program, Girl Scouts will develop and use their leadership skills to impact the environment by working with their schools and communities to improve energy use, water use and waste management—specifically recycling. Participants will take action on efforts to reduce the number of plastic bottles and bags in landfills, lower their CO2 footprints and encourage sustainable behavior change, increase green space and wildlife habitat, and improve water quality.

The Walmart Foundation initially seeded the Girl Scouts of Colorado Forever Green program in 2009.

Article about grant award in The Fort Morgan Times and the Sterling Journal-Advocate.

Pack your bags! Travel opportunities with Girl Scouts of Colorado

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Travel Opportunities for 2011-2013

Unless noted otherwise,
the contact person for all of these trips is Cathy Millon, cathy.millon@gscolorado.org or (720) 626-2643. Cookie Credits can be used for
all of these trips.

Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI)

Date: November 10-13,
2011

Where: Houston, Texas

Who: Girls 13-17, Adults

Sponsor: GSUSA

Deadline: July 25, 2011

Cost: $150 girls, $245 adults

Spots Available: 2 girls, 0 adults

Interested in attending the Girl Scout Leadership Institute in Houston, Texas, November 10-13? Learn how to become a great leader with Girl Scouts from around the nation. The Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) is a program based on the Girl Scout Leadership
Experience
. Girl leaders in Girl Scouting come together for interactive sessions and discussions on current issues impacting girls and the movement. More than 1,200 girls—girls from every Girl Scout council in the nation—will converge in Houston for the 2011 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) held parallel to the National Council Session from Thursday, November 10, to Sunday November 13. This year’s GSLI is themed “Leadership and Innovation, the Next 100 Years,” with a focus on interactive sessions
designed to excite, inspire, and prepare girls to become leaders and encourage them to take action in the world around them.

100th Anniversary Trip to Savannah, GA

Date: June 6-12, 2012

Where: Savannah, Georgia

Who: Cadettes and up at time of event, Adults

Sponsor: GSCO
Deadline: Passed – June
1, 2011

Cost: ~$850

Spots Available: 0

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a trip to
Savannah, GA, in June 2012 as part of our 100th anniversary
celebration. With a visit to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace on June 8th,
a ghost tour, dolphin cruise, a visit to the first Girl Scouts Headquarters and
more, this will be a Girl Scout experience you won’t want to miss! You can use
those Cookie Credits, but be sure to fundraise so you can go shopping, plan
meals, activities, visits to the beach, etc.

Rock the Mall National Sing Along

Date: June 7-10, 2012

Where: Washington, D.C.

Who: Girls completing 5th grade and
up at time of event, Adults

Sponsor: GSCO

Deadline: December 1, 2011

Cost: ~$500

Spots Available: 125 girls, 25 adults

To Apply: Watch the website for more
information

Want to “Rock the Mall” with thousands of your Girl Scout friends from across the nation?
Here’s your chance! Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington, D.C.,
where, on Saturday June 9, 2011, we will celebrate the 100th Birthday of Girl
Scouts of the USA with a special sing-a-long on the National Mall at the base
of the Washington Monument. Before and after the sing-a-long, Girl Scouts will
have the special opportunity to sight-see and to visit the many historical
sites. Don’t miss this fun, exciting and educational trip!

Any non-Girl Scout members may also attend, but are responsible for their own travel,
lodging, and meal expenses.

Do you have ideas what you would like to see while you’re there? (No travel plans have been made yet. You will hear more details as this trip is planned.) Join our
planning committee by contacting Penny Roberts at robertpm@co.larimer.co.us.

What’s Your Everest? Rocky Mountain
National Park

Date: Mid-July, 2012

Where: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes
Park, Colorado

Who: Girls ages 12-17, Adults

Sponsor: Global Explorers

Deadline: December 2, 2011

Cost: $440

Spots Available: 50 girls, 10 adults

To Apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZLDDNB5

The Global Explorers (an educational youth travel
organization out of Fort Collins, CO) What’s Your Everest? retreat will
teach girls to discover the leaders within themselves. In a world full of actual and
perceived obstacles, No Barriers Leaders are the ones pioneering new
possibilities. No Barriers Leaders focus on building a shared vision,
encouraging independence and teamwork, learning from mistakes, questioning
assumptions, promoting trust, thinking about the big picture and embracing
adversity. The No Barriers Leadership philosophy is based on the
leadership principles of world renowned climber and Global Explorers partner,
Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person to reach the Seven Summits. The GSCO What’s Your Everest Retreat is designed to highlight female leaders and guest speakers from the National Park Service and other partner organizations.

(Participants are responsible for getting themselves to RMNP. GSCO is working on setting up a bus/carpool/shuttle system to help make this accessible to more girls.)

From London to Lucerne

Date: June 30-July 10, 2013

Where: Europe

Who: Cadettes and up at time of the event,
Adults

Sponsor: EF Tours for Girl Scouts

Deadline: Early enrollment – Sept. 15, 2011;
Final – Dec. 30, 2011

Cost: ~$3200 girls, ~$3600 adults

Spots Available: 17 girls, 2 adults

To Apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HNN38LG

Interested in international travel? Join Girl Scouts of Colorado on a trip “From London to
Lucerne” through EF Tours, educational travel for students. This 11 day trip
throughout Europe includes visits to TWO Girl Scouts World Centers: Pax Lodge
and Our Chalet. Climb the Eiffel Tower, visit historical cathedrals, see Big
Ben, the Louvre, and so much more! Don’t miss this fun, exciting and
educational trip!

Every EF tour includes airfare, ground transportation, comfortable hotel accommodations,
breakfast and dinner daily, a full-time tour director and local guides, and the
most extensive safety and security regulations in the industry. EF also offers
the lowest prices, guaranteed, as well as unparalleled support for Girl Scout
Leaders, girls, and their parents, making it easy, safe, and affordable for
your girls to experience the very best historic, cultural and natural sights in
the world.

(Participants are responsible for getting themselves to the Denver International Airport. GSCO is working on a bus/carpool/shuttle system to make this more accessible to girls.)

Denver Girl Scout Office Mural Unveiled

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More photos from the 9NEWS event

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It was a memorable day at Girl Scouts of Colorado on Wednesday, July 13th, as we celebrated the completion of the Denver Service Center building mural with the community! We were excited that our celebration coincided with an all-state membership staff meeting in Denver so staff around the state could be present for this Girl Scouts of Colorado celebration. (Read more about this project, including viewing photos and videos, in previous blog posts.)

NBC 9NEWS based in Denver helped us cover the mural celebration live on their morning newscasts. View the news coverage.

Girl Scouts of the USA also shared the exciting news on their Blog and Facebook page.

If you haven’t had a chance to come by and check out the new mural, we invite you to our offices at 400 S. Broadway in Denver soon. This mural truly celebrates all Girl Scouting is and will be for centuries to come!

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Xcel Energy awards grant to Girl Scouts of Colorado

Xcel Energy recently awarded Girl Scouts of Colorado a $15,000 grant to support its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. The grant is specifically designed to help Girl Scouts of Colorado encourage girls to explore STEM and fuel the pipeline for the anticipated three million more scientists and engineers that America will need when today’s girls graduate from college. Programming will be delivered to girls statewide, with an emphasis on metro Denver and Colorado Springs. Girl Scouts of Colorado incorporates fun and educational STEM activities into all aspects of the Girl Scout experience from camp to troop activities, badge work, events and community outreach programs. One of the focuses of Girl Scouts’ STEM programming is introducing girls to women who work in STEM fields.

Pictured below is Kirk Scheitler with Xcel Energy (right) as he presents a $15,000 grant check to Girl Scouts of Colorado for science, technology, engineering and math activities. Girl Scouts of Colorado staff pictured are Megan Ferland (center), president and CEO, and Greg Movesian (left), senior vice president of resource development.

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Vintage Girl Scout uniforms available for parades

Going to be in a parade this summer? Or sometime next year? Want to
help celebrate Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary? There are a variety of
vintage uniforms available for girls to wear in a parade. Listen to “I
remember that uniform,” or “I wore that one” from the crowd watching the
parade. Everyone will enjoy reliving a moment in history. There will be
about 30 uniforms available to use. For more information contact Marty
Allison at marty_allison@juno.com.

Join us for our mural celebration!

Are you excited about the mural going up on the building walls outside of the Denver Girl Scout office? We certainly are! And we feel there’s no better way to celebrate its completion than to throw a party where you’re all invited! Please join us on July 13th from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at our office at 400 S. Broadway in Denver. There will be yummy Girl Scout Cookies, as well as ice tea and lemonade served.

RSVP to Jeanne Hughes at jeanne.hughes@gscolorado.org by July 11. View the event invitation here.

For more information on this project, including photos and videos of the project, read our previous blog posts.

Want to win free Girl Scout Cookies? We are conducting a mural photo and video contest via social networking for a chance to win free Girl Scout Cookies! Visit our Facebook page for all the details.

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.