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Top Sellers celebrate at Denver luncheon

 

50 Girl Scouts and their family members gathered on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in the Denver Tech Center to celebrate “cookiebosses” who sold 750 packages or more of Girl Scout Cookies. Top Sellers and their families enjoyed a sit down, plated lunch during which the girls were presented with their Top Seller medallions by the GSCO Product Sales staff. Once lunch and the ceremony were done, girls had the opportunity to dance to music by DJ Phil Soderborg, who has been providing entertainment and music at the Top Seller luncheon for years. This year’s luncheon was also attended by Paige Phelps, the state’s top seller for 2015. She sold 4,747 packages!

 What did becoming a Girl Scout trainer teach me?

Submitted by Patty Lowe

Northern Colorado

Does this sound familiar to you? You sign your daughter up for Daisies.  The leaders are friends and have saved a space for your daughter.  Then, a couple weeks before everything is supposed to start you get a call from another friend saying, “They’re not going to do it.  If you’ll do it with me, I’ll do it.”

That was me 28 years ago.  Even though I had been a Girl Scout into 7th grade and my mother was my Brownie leader, I never had any intentions of volunteering.  I had enough on my plate.  But, I couldn’t leave those little girls without a leader.

For someone who was never planning on getting back into Girl Scouts, my involvement has probably surprised me more than anyone.  I realized immediately how much I didn’t know about scouting even after five years in Brownies and less than a year as a Girl Scout.  My memory struggled as to what we did.  I remember “Twist me and turn me and show me an elf” and having to do a “good turn” before I could turn my pin right-side up.  I remember “flying up.”  I remember resenting having to tie our yellow scarves with a square knot while the Boy Scouts used sliders on theirs.  And, I remember badges for things like sewing and cooking, and areas I wasn’t interested in.  Badges!  Badges!  Badges!  I couldn’t understand why we had to do them accept that was what Girl Scouts did.  No wonder I found other interests.

That first year as a leader not only taught me the basics of Girl Scouts, but it also made me realize how much freshman leaders don’t know.  Because of that I volunteered to be the Daisy coordinator for the service unit the next year and started an orientation program for new Daisy leaders.  I have got to admit it worked well.  The leaders were more confident because they understood what Thinking Day was; the why and how a court of awards; and the importance of attending service unit meetings.  To my pleasure the service unit decided that an orientation was needed at all levels.  And, that is how I started training for Girl Scouts.

I do have to admit that the training program for Daisy leaders was not some type of inspiration or revelation.  Truth is for a period of time in my previous life before children I was a corporate trainer.  That orientation was more innate, but it allowed me to utilize skills I filed away.  And, the response the leaders gave me a different kind of feeling of worth.  To me, that made it a win-win situation.

I was surprised at the little fire that was burning in me.  I liked training.  I liked sharing what I knew and had learned with others.  With our move here to Colorado, I became very involved with the Louisville service unit, attended trainings, and generally developed a lot of experience in Girl Scouts.  Finally, I felt I had the time to volunteer as a trainer.  Initially, I was turned away because Mile Hi Council at that time required their trainers to go where the need was.  I couldn’t do that.  I had two children and a husband that traveled quite a bit.  That requirement eventually changed and I volunteered again.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is actually the beginning of the “Ann & Patty Show.”  Ann Palius, my service unit leader, friend, and co-coordinator for service unit’s events and I decided to go to Train The Trainer together and, hopefully, team train together.  We have a lot of fun training.  Why?  Because we enjoy meeting the leaders, learning about their Girl Scout experiences, and sharing the knowledge we have developed over the years.  We’re called “The Ann & Patty Show” because we try to be entertaining.  In many ways, we consider training performance art.  We want the leaders to understand they are not alone, Girl Scouts has benefits way beyond the awards received, and that we are their latest resource.  We hope for all the very serious conversations we have we also leave leaders with smiles on their faces and an excitement for Girl Scouts because we believe it is fun and exciting.

But, being a trainer isn’t only talking to a group.  For both Ann and I it has been beyond that.  We have been lucky enough to work with a great number of women in Colorado who have the same passion for sharing and education as we do.  We had the opportunity to work through many of the training adjustments that came with the merging of the Colorado councils into Girl Scouts of Colorado, work as a team to develop level specific trainings, expand and enhance programs in place, brainstorm with trainers both statewide and regionally,  and even develop programs for GSCO.

Had it not been for that one call, that one moment in time, that simple statement— “If you’ll do it with me, I’ll do it” —I never would have rekindled that fire in me.  Training is so much fun.  It is work, but it is satisfying.  You can’t help but feeling good when you know people in your class have learned something.  It is also fun when you talk with someone who has been in your class and used what you’ve taught them.

Curious? Is there a little fire burning in you?  Got questions, but not sure where to get the answers?  You can email me at troop1424@gmail.com   I’ll answer anything I can or find the person who can help you.

*** Girl Scouts of Colorado is currently seeking energetic volunteers to join the trainer ranks.  Experience in education and/or adult learning is a plus but NOT required.  The first step to becoming a trainer is to attend Train the Trainer. The next Train the Trainer class is:

August 8th: Arvada

Click here for details and to register

Girl Scout alumnae lend a helping hand

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Submitted by Heidi Books

Denver

Denver Metro

Girl Scout alumnae gathered at the Denver Bicycle Café to decorate special birthday cards for Project Angel Heart! Project Angel Heart delivers meals to community members with life-threatening illnesses and includes birthday wishes to their clients with special hand decorated birthday cards. We had a great time catching up with friends, chatting about the new things going on at Girl Scouts, and using our creative craft skills to make 50 handmade cards!

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

What I learned from being a Girl Scout trainer

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To help increase awareness about the need for adult volunteer trainers, Girl Scouts of Colorado is featuring blogs by volunteer trainers.

Marlene Logan, a volunteer adult learning trainer in Metro Denver, answered the following questions:

Why did you become a trainer?

I realized I had taken a lot of trainings—and it was time for me to give back.

Why do you like being a trainer?

The wonderful people I have met over the years.  When I used to do a lot of different trainings, I enjoyed the enthusiasm that new leaders generate.  Later, I became more specific with Extended Trips, a course where I encourage girls to also attend. I enjoy that inter-generational input and watching leaders and girls make plans and realize they can do this together.

How has being a trainer impacted you—personally, professionally, etc.?

I always enjoy meeting new people—and then seeing them again, later.  I learn a lot from the girls and adults who attend my classes. It really keeps me on my toes.  Being a trainer has opened a lot of doors for me with travel—and I am willing to go almost anywhere! Many of the pieces I use for training Extended Trips began with information I got from the trip training in Savannah, Georgia at the birthplace of our Founder Juliette Gordon Low and at a trainers’ conference in Houston.  Materials that I used for years with troops, service units, and my classroom came from the session I attended at Our Cabaña.

Why are trainings so important?

Leaders should be able to enjoy what they are doing—and if they have confidence in the program and what they are doing, they can enjoy Girl Scouts as much as the girls.

Do you have any favorite stories of Girl Scouts whom you have trained?

Most recently, seeing a leader and her girls, whom I had trained in Denver, at Pax Lodge, our world center in London.  What I enjoy about being a trainer is meeting leaders, whom I have trained years ago, who are still involved in Girl Scouts and they share their enthusiasm.

What would you say to other Girl Scouts to encourage them to be a trainer?

At some point you need to give back what was given to you.  I had a lot of really great trainers and I reached a point that I realized I had a lot to give new leaders.   It has also helped me keep current with the Girl Scout program and what is going on at the council level.  I am one of those adults who have been through changes in the promise and the law three times—and countless handbooks and programs.  Girl Scouts has been an ever changing organization and that keeps me on my toes!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is currently seeking energetic volunteers to join the trainer ranks.  Experience in education and/or adult learning is a plus but NOT required.  The first step to becoming a trainer is to attend Train the Trainer. The next Train the Trainer class is:

August 8th: Arvada

Click here for details and to register

Girl Scout alumnae visit Tomahawk Ranch

 

Submitted by Heidi Books

Denver

Girl Scout alumnae returned to Tomahawk Ranch for a fun day at camp! Our annual trip brought alums from across Colorado to tour the camp, enjoy lunch in the dining hall with the campers and make a fun camp craft! The trip brought back great memories and a peek at the new things going on at camp. We are already looking forward to our next trip back in 2016!

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

Gold Awardees invited to hear Malala Yousafzai speak

“When the Taliban attacked me, I think they thought it would silence me altogether. But they did the wrong thing because it only made me want to speak up more. They empowered me.” – Malala Yousafzai, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner

Seven Colorado Girl Scouts, who earned their Gold Award during the 2014-15 Girl Scout year, were among the 50 honored guests invited to hear Malala Yousafzai speak Wednesday night in Denver. 

Madeline McWhorter, who was awarded Honorable Mention for the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize, got to go backstage after the event, meet Malala and have a photo taken with her! 

As part of the event, Girl Scouts were asked to write down the one word that they think of when they think about Malala, her work and impact on the world. Words ranged from courageous to empowering to rare.

“I am Malala” was hosted by the Denver Post Community Foundation as part of the “Unique Lives & Experiences” lecture series. Click on this link to an article in the Denver Post to read more about Malala’s inspirational work and her message to the audience and world. 

** To see more GSCO photos from “I am Malala,” go to our Flickr page.

Why I became a Girl Scout trainer

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In December 2014 and January 2015, Girl Scouts of Colorado featured stories from volunteer trainers about their Girl Scout experiences and why they chose to become a trainer.

The first was by Jan Philpy, a volunteer adult learning trainer in Metro Denver.

I was a Girl Scout from Brownies through Seniors, so when I “retired” from full time work to start a family, I turned to Girl Scouts to occupy my time.  What fun it was to lead a troop!  We camped, completed badges, and took field trips. I had a wonderful experience.  This would be great preparation to work with my daughters, right?  Meantime, the council was looking for trainers and I thought I would enjoy that, so off I went to take Train the Trainer.  I loved training!  So, I added that to leading a troop and helping with the service unit.  First child arrived—a boy!  Oh well, he’ll tag-along.  My Girl Scout volunteering continued and I became service unit manager.  Child number two arrived—another boy!  Hmmm…

Soon parenting, Cub Scouts (how could I not?!) and life meant that Girl Scouting commitments had to be reduced.  What stayed?  Training!  Even during a stint on the council board of directors when I had to give up my leader training, I continued to train board members.   The end of that, a family move, and an empty nest led me to reconsider my Girl Scout involvement.  What was it I really wanted to do?  Training again!  That’s the way it has been for a very long time.  I love designing sessions, learning from my trainees, sharing ideas with them, and watching the “ah-ha” moments that occur at nearly every session.  Girl Scouts was and is an important part of who I am, and I want that legacy to continue to today’s girls (although not yet, maybe a granddaughter?).  So, I continue to train their leaders.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is currently seeking energetic volunteers to join the trainer ranks.  Experience in education and/or adult learning is a plus but NOT required.  The first step to becoming a trainer is to attend Train the Trainer.  The next Train the Trainer class is:

August 8th: Arvada

Click here for details and to register

Pirates Cove Girl Scout family & friends event

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Join Girl Scouts of Colorado for a family and friends night at Pirates Cove!

When: Sunday, August 2, 2015, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: 1225 W. Belleview Ave., Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 762-2683

Cost: $5.00 per person.  Payment must be by credit card in advance of event. No walkups will be permitted to attend. 

Preregister by July 23, 2015 at: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/piratescovereg

Every person entering the doors must pay in advance, even if they do not swim. Children under two are free.

You may bring sunscreen, towels and your own food and drink (no concessions provided). No alcohol or glass containers are permitted.

Questions? Email Keile Stewart at Keile.Stewart@gscolorado.org Please put “Pirates Cove”  in the subject line!

Pirates Cove Flyer

Get your tickets for Cocktails & Cookie Creations

There’s still time to get your tickets for Cocktails & Cookie Creations in Steamboat Springs on Thursday, May 28, 2015. This annual adult tasting event features savory appetizers made with Girl Scout Cookies, wine, specialty cocktails, a silent auction, and more.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect this year:

  • Rah-Rah Raisins: Chef Kate Rench from Café Diva will be preparing Rah-Rah Risotto Gyro Sushi Rolls
  • Do-Si-Dos: Chef Ben Hunt from Catamount Ranch & Club will be preparing Short Rib Do-Si-Do Pad Thai
  • Samoas: Chef Jacob Jaime from Catamount Ranch & Club will be preparing Samoa Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa
  • Tagalongs: Chefs Sarah Seguin and Chereen Leong from bistro c.v. will be preparing Caribbean Tag-A-Bobs
  • Trefoils: Chef John Faris from Steamboat Meat and Seafood will be preparing Duck Confit with Green Chilies
  • Thin Mints: Chef Greg Smith from Fireside Catering will be preparing The Chocolate BMT with Port Wine Sauce. Chef Smith describes this dish as, “The classic BLT meets The Thin Mint Cookie.  Fireside Catering starts out by making bread with the Thin Mint cookies and Butcherknife’s Buzzcock Mild Beer. Then Chef Greg dips Applewood Smoked Bacon into a Thin Mint chocolate mixture and topped it with fresh mint and tomatoes.  Right before serving we drizzle a port wine reduction over the sandwich and add more fresh mint. It’s a perfect match for dessert.  Chocolate, Beer, and Bacon all in one bite size sandwich.”

For more information on Cocktails & Cookie Creations in Steamboat Springs, email Carol Griffin.

BRONZE, SILVER AND GOLD CELEBRATED AT COLORADO SPRINGS HIGHEST AWARDS CEREMONY

 

*Click here to see more photos from the Highest Awards celebration in Colorado Springs.

More than two hundred Girl Scout families and friends gathered in Colorado Springs on May 15, 2015 to honor Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

14 girls were presented with the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout in grades 9-12 can earn. Girls who have earned this award demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. Several Bronze Award honorees (the highest award a girl in grades 4-5 can earn) and Silver Award honorees (the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn) also were presented with their awards.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote said the girls’ spirit and motivation inspires us all to think of the needs of others and take action to make the world a better place.

“You are strong role models for our community and our world,” she said.

Foote also presented the Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship to Kelsey Quick. Kelsey, from Salida, Colo., is the first-ever recipient of this scholarship, which was started in 2015. The Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship fund provides annual $500 cash prizes to any and all Gold Award recipients from Chaffee County, Colo. To earn her Gold Award, Kelsey created a website and other materials to help children who have been cyberbullied. She is also the first Girl Scout from Salida to earn the Gold Award since at least 2000. You can read more about her project here.

Other Gold Award honorees also described their projects and how working toward Gold impacted their lives.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

We are immensely proud of these inspiring young leaders in our community.