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50 Colorado Girl Scouts earn Gold Award

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This spring 50 Colorado Girl Scouts will receive the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. These young women have demonstrated exceptional commitment to taking action to make the world a better place through their community service. The accomplishments of Gold Award recipients reflect extraordinary leadership and citizenship skills that mark them as valuable contributors to their communities and world.

This year’s Colorado Gold Award projects benefited communities across the world. Topics varied from helping animals and people in need to raising self-esteem and helping younger children develop an interest in STEM. Christina Bear from Golden organized a week-long summer program for Latino students at the Horizons Summer Program at Colorado Academy. Through informal learning in computer and robot programming and mini-science experiments, students were engaged and excited about technology. Colorado Springs Girl Scout Madeline McWhorter created a cookbook for Tri-Lakes Cares Food Bank, using ingredients that are primarily donated to food banks. In Fort Collins, Girl Scouts (and sisters) Rachel and Lauren Schneider each designed projects to help both children and adults feel more comfortable in the hospital. Kelsey Quick is the first Girl Scout from Salida to earn her Gold Award since at least 2000. She created a website where young victims of cyberbullying can share stories and connect. On the Western Slope, Mikayla TerLouw encouraged family literacy and increased the number of parents who participate in reading-related activities with their children. Sarah Santilli from Erie was inspired by her volunteer work at a local hospital to organize a blood drive, which saved 72 lives, and put together a list of potential future donors for Bonfils Blood Center.  To read more about these Girl Scouts, their incredible projects, or other Girl Scouts who have earned their Gold Award this year, please see the comprehensive list below.

The Gold Award culminates with a project led by one young woman between 9th and 12th grades who builds a purpose-based team to work with the larger community to meet a need. The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The Gold Award has been part of the Girl Scout program since 1916. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Stephanie Foote, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “They saw a need and took ownership of helping to develop a solution and took action to make it happen. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership is making the world a better place.”

The following Colorado Girl Scouts are among the 50 statewide who will be receiving the prestigious Gold Award for the 2014-15 Girl Scout year:

Elizabeth Acker from Monument, Palmer Ridge High School, built a six station “Fitness Course” around the perimeter of her high school. She wanted to create an energizing space where anyone could go and exercise for free.

Jordan Arnell from Centennial, ThunderRidge High School, organized, supplied, and decorated a library for children at St. Elizabeth’s School in Denver, a low resource private school.

Nina Asher from Greenwood Village, Cherry Creek High School, took children from the Boys and Girls Club in Denver on a hike near Boulder, Colo. They learned about weather, forest fires, animals, habitat and safety.

Linda Baker from Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain High School, encouraged girls to get excited about STEM subjects. She created Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter pages for the Colorado FIRST Lego League website.

Christina Bear from Golden, Colorado Academy, hosted a week-long summer camp to increase interest in STEM, especially among Hispanic students.

Alexandria Bellas from Colorado Springs, Pine Creek High School, organized a science event for girls in grades 6-8 that brought together exhibitors from across Colorado.

Kit Bernal from Falcon, Falcon High School, created supplementary art education and a curriculum for a local homeschool association.

Kayla Bernstein from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, planted a garden for all the residents of the Medallion Retirement Community.

Kirsten Brandes from Parker, Chaparral High School, designed the curriculum for a series of workshops that fostered self-worth and self-esteem in teenage girls. She presented the workshops to groups around the state.

Jonnae Byas from Colorado Springs, William J. Palmer High School, refurbished the garden at the Medallion Retirement Community.

Rebecca Clark from Colorado Springs, Rampart Range High School, organized a clinic to teach the basics of color guard to middle school students.

Emma Coffey from Thornton, Mountain Range High School, designed a video series, shown during the school’s weekly video announcements, to get kids thinking about topics like budgeting and savings.

Isabella Colosimo from Golden, Ralston Valley High School, assembled kits for children who, because they have Cystic Fibrosis, have to spend a lot of time in the hospital.

Mackenzie Crawley from Colorado Springs, Doherty High School, leveraged her love of learning and reading, and her experience volunteering at her local library to bring a sustainable tutoring service and a mini lending library to her church.

Madison Daniel from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge High School, captured and preserved the stories of what’s become known as the “Greatest Generation.”

Chiara Degenhardt from Ouray, Ouray High School, channeled her love for science and the outdoors into a project to benefit Ridgway State Park.

Bree Denbow from Arvada, Ralston Valley High School, used an old suitcase to start a book exchange at a local park.

Catherine R. Donohue from Broomfield, Broomfield High School, built a chicken coop to help people better understand chickens and their needs. She also helped improve the quality of life for these animals, an outcome that was evidenced when her chickens moved in and immediately started laying eggs.

Nelly Grantham from Thornton, Horizon High School, created a sustainable program for supplying personal hygiene items to homeless families and those in crisis.

Madison Haneke from Castle Rock, Castle View High School, made more than 100 blankets for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at three local hospitals.

Jessica Hild from Colorado Springs rebuilt benches at Camp Alexander. She also organized volunteers to help build five new benches.

Rachel Jeffries from Lone Tree, Valor Christian High School, carried out a food drive with an inspirational twist. After collecting food, she enlisted the help of volunteers to add stickers with a positive quote or saying to each item.

Mikayla Jewell from Colorado Springs, Vista Ridge High School, helped make a softball field safer not only for her team, but other athletes as well. She also taught younger athletes how to stay safe on the field.

Madison Keith from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge High School, created a sustainable food pantry for pets.

Katherine Ketcham from Gunnison, Gunnison High School, hosted a STEM Day at an elementary school. Students learned about biology, chemistry, and physics.

Megan King from Centennial, Grandview High School, organized a recycling program at Jackson Lake State Park. Her efforts resulted in the collection of 1,800 pounds of materials in the first year.

Sarah Kriner from Peyton, Falcon High School, matched her passion for reading with her love of nature. She designed a bird center at her local library. Her project draws birds, which adds to the appeal for children to go to the library.

Mattie McGarey from Louisville, Fairview High School, started a blog to help young girls (especially dancers like herself) recovering from eating disorders.

Madeline McWhorter from Colorado Springs, Pine Creek High School, created a cookbook for Tri-Lakes Cares Food Bank, using ingredients that are primarily donated to food banks.

Elise Melhado from Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain High School, created a reading-friendly environment in the Partners in Housing Colorado House. She redesigned a room to better suit the space for a children’s reading space, in addition to initiating a regular reading days with the children. 

Kelsey Quick from Salida, Salida High School, is the first Girl Scout from Salida to earn the Gold Award since at least 2000. For her project, she created a website and other materials to help children who have been cyberbullied.

Lyndsay Ruane from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, wanted members of her community to be better prepared when disasters strike, so she organized an emergency preparedness fair.

Dana Ruby from Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch High School, organized and ran a large clothing event at Warren Village, a transitional housing organization in Denver. At this event, the child residents could use tickets to “buy” clothing while in a store atmosphere.

Sarah Santilli from Erie, Erie High School, was inspired by her volunteer work ata local hospital to organize a blood drive, which saved 72 lives, and put together a list of potential future donors for Bonfils Blood Center.

Lauren Schneider from Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge High School, designed the Medbug, a small, stuffed creature perfect for snuggling. She directed teams of volunteers, who helped create and distribute 450 Medbugs to pediatric patients at local hospitals.

Rachel Schneider from Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge High School, provided area hospitals with 600 soft and comfortable pillowcases to make patients feel a little more at home.

Lesleigh Stabo from Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch High School, created a program to help students transferring to a new high school feel more comfortable and get information they need.

Brianna Talbot from Larkspur, Castle View High School, helped teach children in her community about poverty.

Mikayla TerLouw from Grand Junction, Palisade High School, worked to encourage family literacy and increase the number of parents who participate in reading-related activities with their children.

Vani Topkar from Lafayette, Fairview High School, taught people about Bharatanatyam, an Indian form of classical dance.

Madeline Walden from Larkspur, Castle View High School, built a vertical garden for the Douglas County Outdoor Education Facility.

Lydia Waterman from Littleton, Heritage High School, made kits to help patients at Littleton Adventist Hospital feel more at home.

Kelly Winn from Sedalia, Castle View High School, built a miniature library at the Sedalia Museum and Gardens for community members and visitors to exchange books, articles and magazines.

Girl Scouts of Colorado plans to honor this year’s Gold Award recipients as well as recipients of Girl Scouts other two Highest Awards, the Silver and Bronze, at several upcoming ceremonies around the state. These events include:

 

  • April 24th at 5:30 p.m. at The Ranch- McKee Building 5280 Arena Circle Loveland

 

  • April 26th at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Pl., Boulder

 

  • April 28th at 7 p.m. Faith Bible Chapel, Atrium 6250 Wright St., Arvada

 

  • May 1st at 6:30 p.m. at the Roper Ballroom 136 N. 5th Street, Grand Junction

 

  • May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs

GSCO celebrates 103rd anniversary of Girl Scouts

Thank you to all the Girl Scout Alumnae who joined us for our anniversary celebration on March 12! Together, we celebrated the 103rd anniversary of the Girl Scouts with lunch and a council update from GSCO President & CEO Stephanie Foote!

A special “Thank You” to the GSCO History Committee for putting together this wonderful display of Girl Scout memorabilia.

 

All of the photos from the celebration are on our Flickr page.

Girl Scouts honored in Highlands Ranch

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Time is running out to see this display of Girl Scout memorabilia at the James H. LaRue library in Highlands Ranch! It is only up  for the month of March.  For more details, check out this article in the Highlands Ranch Herald.

Thanks to the History Committee for taking the time to put together this special display!

 

 

Explore STEM in Longmont

Submitted by Courtney Howell, Girl Scouts of Colorado Gold Award candidate

Come have fun and explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at a hands-on expo designed especially for kids. Learn to solder, drive a robot, build a rocket, check out the Doppler on wheels weather radar, watch a liquid nitrogen demonstration, learn what it’s like to be an astronaut, and lots more!

“STEAM Day” is open to kids of all ages, and will be held on March 21, 2015 from noon-4pm at Silver Creek High School in Longmont ( 4901 Nelson Road). Admission is free. For more information about the event and its sponsors, check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/steamdaygs

 

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Travel to England, Ireland and Wales in 2016

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Submitted by LeEllen Condry

Travel gives you opportunities to learn about new cultures and meet new people. It is the mission of Global Girl Scouts of Colorado to provide unique opportunities for you to travel with your sister Girl Scouts to amazing destinations.

In 2016, you will be transported back in time and experience the old-world wonders of England, Ireland and Wales, where you can “Kiss the Blarney Stone” in Killarney,  marvel at the Gothic spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, and explore the bustling streets of London. From 16th-century Shakespearean works to the modern-day Harry Potter saga, it’s no wonder this corner of the world is rich in literary tradition.

Below is more information on how you can put your cookie funds to use this season and get started on an amazing adventure! Lead chaperone of Global Girl Scouts is LeEllen Condry. Please contact her with any questions on travel at: nemoursLM@yahoo.com

Pricing and Itinerary Information: (valid through March 31st)

2016 Tours:

*Additional $200 discount through March 31st!

England, Ireland, and Wales – Enrollment, Current Pricing, and Tour Website

England, Ireland, and Wales Itinerary

*Please note: Lunches (as noted on the itinerary) and a suggested tipping amount for the Tour Director, local guides, and bus drivers are not included.

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.

How to Enroll:

You can enroll online using the tour websites linked above. Each tour website has a pink button saying “Enroll On this Tour”. Click to start the online enrollment with EF now! Enrollment is $95 per person and locks in your total price.

Payment:

Travelers have the option to enroll with the manual payment plan or to sign-up for EF’s Automatic Payment Plan. This is a great way for families to make the trip more affordable!  I would recommend that your entire group enrolls on the Monthly Payment Plan – it is much easier to manage!

Automatic Payment Plan

-$95 Enrollment Fee

-Automatic Monthly or bi-weekly Withdrawals until a month prior to departure

-Can be supplemented with Fundraised Money to adjust Monthly Payment Amount

 

OR

 

Manual Payment Plan

-$95 Initial Deposit

-$50 maintenance fees

-$150 due 60 days later

-$150 20 months prior (fall 2014 for a 2016 summer tour)

-$300 14 months prior (late spring 2015 for a 2016 summer tour)

-$300 due 9 months prior (fall 2015 for a 2016 summer tour)

-tour balance due 110 days prior to departure

Money Earning:

We also know that money-earning is a large part of planning a trip! From learning about goal-setting and budgeting to team-building and event-planning, girls can learn life skills while preparing for their tour. We have gathered many fundraising ideas and resources from our years of working with Group Leaders and Girl Scouts and we invite you to take a look: www.eftours.com/gsfundraising.

 

 

 

My Promise – My Faith: Courageous & Strong

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Submitted by Girl Scout Troops 2214 & 10065

Western COlorado

The My Promise – My Faith pin is a Girl Scout Special Opportunity Award.  By earning this award, girls have explored how Girl Scouts and faith offer similar ideas about how to act and how Girl Scouts ties into all different faiths.  By choosing a different line of the Girl Scout Law each year, the award can be earned every year a girl is in Girl Scouts!

We have an annual all-troop (two troops as is the case now that our original troop became Cadettes!) sleepover.  Girls have to earn the privilege to attend this sleepover by showing they are capable of always living the Girl Scout Law, during troop meetings.  The girls earn stars for behavior and participation in our weekly meetings and all girls with a minimum number of earned stars are invited to the sleepover.

The sleepover is the best place to work on this pin, because we have a captive audience for an extended, uninterrupted period of time.  As the girls go to a religion-based school, this pin is a no-brainer for our troop. So, we have worked on My Promise – My Faith for the last 4 years during the sleepover and we always do our sleepover in a church.  All our girls go to the same Catholic School, but about 25% of them are not Catholic so, we have moved around from year-to-year to different churches in our town, so we are sure to, at least, hit the denomination of every girl in our troop.

There are 5 steps to completing this award.  The first is to choose a line from the Girl Scout Law, on which to focus.  This year we planned our entire evening’s events around being COURAGEOUS and STRONG.

When the girls arrived, they checked in at a table with a sign stating “The phrase DO NOT BE AFRAID is written in the Bible 365. That’s a daily reminder, from God, to live every day COURAGEOUS and STRONG!”, there they collected a keepsake button we had made with the phrase “Do Not Be Afraid” , with the year, that the girls could wear on their uniforms or pin on their school bags or anywhere they wanted DAILY reminding of what they learned while earning these pins.

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The second step to earning the pin is to interview a woman of faith who can talk about how she tries to act in her life based on our chosen line of the Law.  We chose a non-Catholic teacher from the girls’ school.  Mrs. H is a shining example of a woman of faith.  She lives every day exemplifying her faith and is a great role-model for our girls, in and out of school.  She spent a little over a year as a missionary, with her family, in Liberia during the beginning of that country’s Civil War, prior to being emergency evacuated as the war started to turn extremely violent.  The home in which her family lived is literally a crater in the ground now, where bombs hit within days of Mrs. H and her family being evacuated.  She talked at great length and answered questions about how living her faith and believing it gave her COURAGE and STRENGTH helped her get through a very turbulent time (and continues to do so)!

Mrs. H teaches 5th grade so many of the girls have had her as a teacher and those who haven’t still know and love her.  She is extremely unassuming and you’d think a group of rowdy girls would eat her alive.  But, Mrs. H has a gracious personality and commands attention.  The leaders of younger girls were extremely impressed by her character, demeanor and the girls were all captivated and extremely attentive!  She is an amazing women and we are extremely fortunate to have such an inspiration working so closely with our girls!!

 

 

The third step is to find three inspirational quotes by women that fit with the chosen line of the Law.  We had fruitful discussion about each one and the girls could (if they chose) use the quotes on an art project they completed later in the evening. Below are the quotes we chose and some of the meanings the girls came up with:

“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” – (Professor Dumbledore) aka J.K Rowling

  • Be who you are, no matter who you talk to
  • Stand up for yourself
  • Stand up for someone who can’t stand up for themselves even if you have to anger someone
  • Be honest

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

  • You can’t ever learn something new if you don’t take the first step
  • The outcome of doing something you are scared of can be amazing
  • What if you never tried ice cream?  How would you ever know it is the BEST food in the world!

“Courage is like a muscle, we strengthen it by use.” – Ruth Gordo

  • The more courage you have, the easier it gets
  • Baby steps lead to great things
  • Once you have courage to do something and you find you could, you can do it again and again

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At this point we had been together for a couple of hours so figured we should probably feed them 🙂  Dinner time….Thumbs up for pizza!

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After dinner we decided to put the girls to the test!  We wanted them to see how they COULD gather courage and strength to get through a series of activities.  So, we set up stations and had an evening of FEAR FACTOR (like the TV show)!!

Step one…sort into groups.  Sometimes it takes courage to try new things with NEW people, rather than always with our friends and staying in our comfort zone.

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All stations had labels.  The name of each event was sometimes enough to have girls questioning their resolve! 🙂

One station was called WORM PIE.  Here we had plates of whipped cream for each girl.  Hidden within the pile was a gummy worm.  The girls had to find their worm WITHOUT using their hands or any utensils.  Not knowing the worm was candy and not real, all but one girl tried this!

 

Another station was called CAN YOU GUESS.  Here we had several flavors of baby food.  We had taken the labels off the jars and the girls had to taste test all the flavors and guess what the flavors were.  We chose some easy foods, like applesauce and some baby food versions of the kids’ favorite foods, such as Mac-n-Cheese.  It was hilarious to see their faces and even better were the reactions when we gave them the answers afterwards and they realized every one of the pureed foods were foods they eat in its whole state!  All girls tried this event.  The girls with more than 50% guessed correctly won a yummy(er) treat!

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Ummmm….WHAT?!?!  Pretty sure we didn’t feed them THAT, but from these photos you’d think we did 🙂

 

PHEW….a smile…ish!!!

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One station we had to set up outside so we wouldn’t make a mess on the nice carpet in the parish Friendship Room.  This one was called ROTTEN EGG CHALLENGE.  Girls had to crack an egg into their hands and carry it from a starting point to a bucket several yards away.  Once they deposited their egg they had to crack an egg into a teammate’s hand who then walked back the other direction.  Every girl tried this event.

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The last event was called PIG GUTS KEY SEARCH.  This one got great reactions out of the girls.  First off, it stunk!  A leader had purchased a bunch of canned food items from the Dollar Store, such as Spaghetti-Os, applesauce, grape jelly, canned mushrooms and few other “gross” items.  Mix in some water and you get slop!  In the bucket we dropped 6 keys.  2 of the keys opened a pair of padlocks.  Each girl had to dig around for the correct key and when they opened the lock they dropped the keys back into the pig guts and handed the, now-relocked, padlock to the next girl in line.  They learned really quickly that if they pulled an incorrect key from the slop they shouldn’t put it back in (increasing their odds of finding the correct key sooner) and that both of the correct keys were interchangeable and would open either padlock so two girls could go at once!  All but one girl tried this event.  The one who flat-out refused was the youngest girl in her group and the older girls were REALLY sweet to her!!

 

 

The fourth requirement to earning the pin is to make something to remember what they’ve learned.  We made collages on canvas with the words COURAGOUS and/or STRONG on them.  Using magazines, markers and modgepodge we got some really pretty artwork!  As mentioned above, the girls were given the 3 chosen quotes to copy if they wanted, as well.

Leaders add some modge-podge and VOILA!  Beautiful art to take home!

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By this point, it is pretty late in the night….past usual bedtimes for our younger girls.  So, we usually wind down by watching a movie and having quiet time until they all crash.  Cookie season started the next day so we watched some GSUSA videos so the girls could get ideas on how to sell, sell, sell!

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Now….GO TO SLEEEPPP!!!!!  🙂  Well, first it’s like herding cats, then it was bedtime.  But, bright and early again, it is breakfast time….which, of course, is not possible without these bright-eyed-at-6am-lovely-ladies!

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A couple of years ago we started making homemade Belgium waffles, as each of the leaders had an iron.  So, it has become our tradition.  Add some bacon, fruit, yogurt, milk and breakfast is served.  YUMMY!!

After a quick game of “as soon as you round up all your things and pack them up we will put your name in a drawing for a fun prize” (you might call it bribery, we say PRETTY MUCH!!), we finished our event by discussing what we learned and making a commitment to live what we learned!  This is the last requirement for the pin.  So, in one activity packed evening a troop of over 40 girls can earn this award.

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As you can imagine it is an exhausting time.  But…the memories and photos are all the incentive we leaders need (well…that and the fact that a year passes before we do it again!)  The best part of the evening, is the sisterhood!

DAISIES

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JUNIORS

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A few weeks after our event, the girls received their pins which were blessed by Father Jaochim during Mass. The whole troop was honored in front of their entire school and parish community.

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Celebrate World Thinking Day in Jefferson County

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Each year Girl Scouts and Girl Guides celebrate World Thinking Day as a way to embrace sisterhood around the world and learn about other countries.  Join Girl Scouts from Jefferson County and Metro-Denver in the celebration this year at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  Troops will help girls look at the culture and lives of girls in these countries through music, food, games, and activities. Each troop participating will be expected to create a display about the country they choose.

Age: All

Where: Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Address: 15200 W 6th Ave, Golden, CO 80401

Date: April 12th, 2015

Time:1:00-4:00 PM

Price per booth: $15 per booth (every girl/adult in your troop gets in under the cost, patches/pins are not included in this cost.)

Price per Person with no booth: $3 per girl and $4 per Family members/friends/public, children under 3yrs old are free.

Register at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0F45AAAF2AA1FA7-world

Questions contact:  jeffcoworldthinkingday@gmail.com

Are there any Girl Scouts out there ready to YELL?

Submitted by Lily Barkau Lee
Fort Collins
Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Are there any Girl Scouts out there ready to YELL? We are looking for Girl Scouts ages 11 to 18 who would be interested in a brand new program called Youth Engaged in Learning about Leadership (YELL). After this 12-month program, girls will be able to demonstrate:

  • Personal leadership – encompasses a leader learning more about herself and developing life skills that strengthen self-image
  • Organizational leadership – engages girls in practicing skills for decision-making
  • Community leadership – focuses on girls organizing to create community change

During this year-long program, girls will have four (4) 3-day retreats where they will learn about:

self-esteem
leadership
goal setting
decision making
stress management and time management
communication
working with others
conflict resolution
engaging and empowering others
cultural competence
managing groups
team building (we will be doing a ropes course)
program planning and evaluation
leadership and service learning
leadership and youth-adult partnerships

To put what they’ve learned in to action, girls will then complete a final project of becoming the Directors of the annual Parent Daughter Camp held at Meadow Mountain Ranch in early August. Overall, our goal is for the girls to become empowered to be strong, confident leaders in their personal and professional lives in the future. Applications for this program are being accepted until May 15, 2015 and girls accepted into the program will be notified by May 31, 2015. Dates and locations for the upcoming program are:

The Class of 2016

Session Dates Location
#1 August 28-30, 2015 TBD
#2 October 9-11, 2015 Greeley (commuter retreat)
#3 January 22-24, 2016 Twisted Pine
#4 April 22-24, 2016 TBD
Directors Planning Weekend June 24-26, 2016 MMR
Parent Daughter Camp August 5-7, 2016 MMR

The cost of the program is $350.00 and includes lodging, activities, meals and learning materials. For more information or to request an application, please contact gscoyell@gmail.com or call Lily at (970) 218-2395.

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

Travel to Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef in 2017

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Submitted by Cortney Kern

Travel gives you opportunities to learn about new cultures and meet new people. It is the mission of Global Girl Scouts of Colorado to provide unique opportunities for you to travel with your fellow Girl Scouts to amazing destinations.

In 2017, you can visit Sydney’s Rocks District where European settlers first came ashore 200 years ago; travel the scenic coast; learn about Australia’s amazingly diverse marine biology; feed dolphins on Moreton Island; and see the Great Barrier Reef, nature’s largest living organism and home to 400 kinds of coral and 1,500 species of fish.

Below is more information on how you can put your cookie money to use this season and get started on an amazing adventure! Lead chaperone of Global Girl Scouts is LeEllen Condry. Please contact her with any questions on travel at: nemoursLM@yahoo.com

Pricing and Itinerary Information: (valid through March 31st)

2017 Tours:

Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef- Enrollment, Current Pricing, and Tour Website

Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

*Note: Lunches (as noted on the itinerary) and a suggested tipping amount for the Tour Director, local guides, and bus drivers are not included.

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.

How to Enroll:

You can enroll online using the tour websites linked above. Each tour website has a pink button saying “Enroll On this Tour”. Click to start the online enrollment with EF now! Enrollment is $95 per person and locks in your total price.

Payment:

Travelers have the option to enroll with the manual payment plan or to sign-up for EF’s Automatic Payment Plan. This is a great way for families to make the trip more affordable!  I would recommend that your entire group enrolls on the Monthly Payment Plan – it is much easier to manage!

Automatic Payment Plan

-$95 Enrollment Fee

-Automatic Monthly or bi-weekly Withdrawals until a month prior to departure

-Can be supplemented with Fundraised Money to adjust Monthly Payment Amount

 

OR

 

Manual Payment Plan

-$95 Initial Deposit

-$50 maintenance fees

-$150 due 60 days later

-$150 20 months prior (fall 2014 for a 2016 summer tour)

-$300 14 months prior (late spring 2015 for a 2016 summer tour)

-$300 due 9 months prior (fall 2015 for a 2016 summer tour)

-tour balance due 110 days prior to departure

Money Earning:

We also know that money-earning is a large part of planning a trip! From learning about goal-setting and budgeting to team-building and event-planning, girls can learn life skills while preparing for their tour. We have gathered many fundraising ideas and resources from our years of working with Group Leaders and Girl Scouts and we invite you to take a look: www.eftours.com/gsfundraising.

 

 

 

Red Rocks Community College presents: Cadette Woodworker Badge

The Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Skilled Trades departments at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) are very excited to work with Cadette Girl Scouts this spring to help them earn their Woodworker badge. Come join us in learning the basics of woodworking.  RRCC has a state of the art carpentry and woodworking lab, so this will be an excellent place to explore, learn, experiment and build.

We will start with the basics:  learning to use a hammer, screwdriver, level, wood saw, tape measure and other tools of the woodworking trade.  Then, put what you’ve learned into practice on a variety of projects.  We will culminate with a creative project you can take home.

But, you’ll be taking home more than just a project! You’ll take home the skills and confidence to start your own woodworking project!

When: April 3

Time: 5:00 PM

Where: Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood

Cost: $5 per girl

Register now: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/2737