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Girl Scouts’ Highest Award Recipients Honored

2012 Highest Awards - Denver

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This year more than 1,000 Girl Scouts across the state of Colorado have received one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards (the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award).

A ceremony to honor some of these recipients took place on Monday evening, April 30th, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch.

Photos from the event can be viewed via the link above, and below is a highlight video from the event. And here is some of the media coverage we’ve placed on our Gold Awardees:

And also take a minute to check out the Celebration Program from the event on our website. You will surely be inspired by what our Girl Scouts who have earned our top honor, the Gold Award, have done! If you find a favorite project, vote for it on our blog here*, and share it with your friends on social media to spread the word on how Girl Scouts are making a difference!

*If you can’t find your favorite project on the list on the first page, look for the link at the bottom of the page to be routed to further honoree stories. Once you find the one you want, click on the link, and look for the stars at the top of the page to vote.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients Honored at State Capitol

2012 Gold Award Girls

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Seventy-two Girl Scouts are receiving Girl Scouts’ highest award, the Gold Award, this spring in Colorado. On Monday, April 9th, the Colorado House of Representatives honored these recipients on the House floor. Twenty-five of the recipients were present. Channel 4 TV (CBS – Denver/statewide) covered the event.

Read more about this year’s Gold Award recipients in the 2012 Highest Awards Program as well as in the press release prepared for the State Capitol recognition.

And there is no better way to capture the essence of this honor then by listening to some of this year’s Gold Award recipients on what earning this award means to them in the video below.

Congratulations 2012 Gold Award recipients! (This Gold Award alumna is proud of you :)!)

 
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Girl Scouts’ 100th celebrated on Western Slope

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Western Slope 100th party, a set on Flickr.

From Marilyn Calhoun

Girl Scouts on the Western Slope celebrated the 100th anniversary in a big way! The event was held at the Army National Guard Armory in Grand Junction on March 24. About 316 girls participated, along with leaders and specially invited alumnae. Ten Girl Scout troops created displays featuring the 10 decades of Girl Scouting. The girls participated in activities that related to the decades, such as learning semaphore as in the 1910-1930s, learning to tie knots as part of the 1940s & 1950s, environmental and outdoor activities represented the 1960s & 1970s, and technological comparisons represented 1980-present. Girls had a craft station where they made a keepsake of the celebration. There was a wonderful historical display and a special alumnae area. Alumnae received a button that said “once upon a time, I was a Girl Scout,” and they added ribbons listing where they had been a Girl Scout. They also put pins in a map and with yarn connected all the places that they had been a Girl Scout. The afternoon ended with a songfest, and ice cream and birthday cake.

Live Blog: Girl Scouts’ Earth Hour Celebrations

Girl Scouts of Colorado will be holding two Earth Hour Celebrations, in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, this Saturday, March 31st, from 5 (Fort Collins)/5:30 (Colorado Springs)-9:30 p.m. You can participate in these events live via the links below. And while you are participating live, we encourage you to do your part in honoring the Earth / the environment and participating in your own Earth Hour activities from wherever you are in Colorado (or the world). Then share your activities and/or photos with those participating in the events in Fort Collins and Colorado Springs via the live blog.

Let’s show the world how Girl Scouts are at the forefront of environmental sustainability and can make a huge positive impact on the environment in just one evening! (It’s just one more way to celebrate our 100th anniversary too)

Links to the live events:

Parker Girl Scouts lead successful Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary event

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Girl Scout Troop 1292 of Parker wanted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in a big way. So they worked for several months to put together a Flash Mob for Girl Scouts of Colorado to celebrate this historic occasion. The dance for the Flash Mob was to the popular Girl Scout song IGNITE by Lifetime Girl Scout Member Melinda Caroll, which will be sung/danced to at many Girl Scout events over the coming year including the Rock the Mall National 100th Anniversary Sing-Along event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in June.

On Saturday, March 17th, in the midst of the exciting St. Patrick’s Day festivities in downtown Denver, more than 100 Colorado Girl Scouts, who were decked out in green and grinning from ear-to-ear, gathered in Writer’s Square on 16th Street Mall for the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary Flash Mob. Girl Scouts, leaders, families, friends and alumnae traveled from all over Colorado to be at the event. There were girls from Aurora, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Denver, Lakewood, Monument, Parker, Superior, Thornton and Westminster.

Here is a video the troop created from the events. Nice work Troop 1292!

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‘Be Nice’ event gets two thumbs up from Springs troops

Submitted by Deanna Dauten
Colorado Springs
On February 16th, my troop, 844, and our sister troop, 4043, went to the Paul Mitchell School to participate in their “Be Nice” Girl Scout event. Simply put, it was awesome!
The girls had a great time getting their hair, nails and makeup done. They also learned some cool new braids along with inner beauty and respecting others. All of the proceeds for this event was donated to one or more of the following charities: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Morris Animal Foundation, No Limits, the Gary Sinise Foundation, the Magic Johnson Foundation, Food 4 Africa, the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, the Cancer Schmancer Movement, and Best Friends Animal Society.
In 2011, this location (out of 140 national locations) raised $25,000 for these charities and their goal is to double that in 2012 by raising $50,000. Natalie is the contact person if you would like to find out more about this great event. We give it “2 thumbs up”!
This was submitted via our Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Live Event: Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary March 12th

Next Monday Girl Scouts will mark their 100th anniversary. And we will be live blogging from events like the AT&T presents Capitol Troop 2012 Celebration at the Colorado State Capitol. This is an event where the state’s female legislators will be inducted into our Honorary Troop 2012. Mark your calendar and follow us live as Girl Scouts’ marks a historic occasion in our history! Click Here for all the details.

Also be sure to wear your Girl Scout pin and/or the color green on Monday, March 12th, to show your Girl Scout pride! And if you are marking Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary with your own celebration, share your stories, photos and videos with us on our website.

Longmont Museum opens Girl Scout exhibit on March 3

The Longmont Museum, in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Colorado, presents Girl Scouts Together for 100 Years, an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the Girl Scouts. The exhibition, featuring hundreds of objects spanning nearly a century of Girl Scout history, will run from March 3 through April 29, 2012.

When Juliette Gordon Low decided to found an organization for girls in 1912, she dreamed big – her first phone call described it as something for the girls of her hometown Savannah, for the nation, and for the world. Today, 100 years after that first call, the Girl Scouts have more than 3 million members in the U.S., and are part of a worldwide association in 145 countries.

“We are delighted to be working with the Longmont Museum to showcase the contributions Girl Scouts have made nationally and locally over the past 100 years,” said Girl Scouts of Colorado Board Chair Stephanie Foote. “We are looking forward to an impressive centennial showcase of Girl Scout history.”

The exhibit explores different eras in Girl Scout history with vintage uniforms, historic photographs and hands-on activities. Visitors will discover some of the unusual aspects of Girl Scouting, including Mariner Scouts, a sailing-based branch of Girl Scouting, and a 1940s recipe for s’mores, which included pineapple! A central camping area will include hands-on knot-tying activities, a “Chippewa kitchen” and a full-size tent.

Of course, the exhibit will cover Girl Scout Cookies, from their origins as home-baked goods in the 1920s to the varieties available today – historic boxes, posters and tins will be exhibited. A very rare survival – authentic quarter-century old cookies that somehow escaped being eaten and remain intact today – will highlight the cookie area.

Admission to this exhibit is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors (55+), and free for ages 11 and under. All Girl Scout troops receive free admission.

Public Programs

Exhibit Reception: Friday March 9, 7 p.m. (Admission: $5, Friends members free)

Girl Scout Memories!

  • Tuesdays, March 6 – April 24, Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Free with the price of exhibit admission
  • Every Tuesday at noon, a volunteer Girl Scout representative will talk about the exhibit and her experiences growing up as a Girl Scout.

Girl Scouts Sampler Days

  • Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, April 14, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Ages 5-11 (grades K-5)
  • $3 per participant/$5 with Event Patch
  • Edible fires, flat Juliettes, friendship bracelets, scavenger hunts, songs and more! Sample classic and contemporary Girl Scout activities throughout the Museum. Open to Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts. Space is limited. Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Please call 303-651-8374, or visit the Museum’s website at www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum.

Girl Scout Visits

  • March 3 – April 29
  • Free admission for Girl Scout troops
  • Girl Scout leaders will receive a tour packet complete with a leader’s guide that incorporates special hands-on exhibit interactives, activity and craft pages, and resources from the Longmont Museum and Girls Scouts of Colorado.
  • Girl Scouts planning to visit the Museum must make a reservation. To make a reservation, download the Self-Guided Tour form from http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum/exhibits , or call 303-774-4786.

General Information

The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center is located at 400 Quail Road in Longmont, Colorado. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact the Museum at 303-651-8374, or visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum.

Cocktails & Girl Scout Cookie Creations

This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary Year of the Girl, and as part of that celebration Grand Junction is hosting the 2nd annual Cocktails & Cookie Creations April 20th at The Chateau at Two Rivers Winery.

Eight of the valley’s most talented chefs will create one-of-a-kind savory appetizers using a famous Girl Scout Cookie as an ingredient. These creations will be formally paired with Colorado wine by Sommelier Monty Haltiner of Crossroads Wine & Spirits. The proceeds from this signature event provide programming for Girl Scouts throughout Western Colorado. It is the largest fundraiser for Girl Scouts on the Western Slope.

US Bank has generously agreed to serve as title sponsor for this event, but lesser sponsorship opportunities are now available. Please contact Cindi Graves, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Community Relations Manager on the Western Slope, at 970-628-8003 or cindi.graves@gscolorado.org for more information on how you can support Girl Scouts in our community.

Our Girls are struggling with Media Images

Did you know that most 8-18-year-olds spend an average of 10 hours of their day engaging with media? That is more than other activity besides school and sleeping. The messages from these media sources are powerful ones and can limit children’s ideas of what is possible in the world, being detrimental to their physical, emotional and social health. For girls, all of these facets of health are interrelated. A girl’s self-esteem and body image are a critical part of girls’ health and can often be manifested socially and physically.

According to the Geena Davis Institute, in the media girls are often depicted as sexualized objects valued only for their physical attributes and are often depicted as passive and submissive to men with limited aspirations. Even media images directed at children reinforce stereotypes that girls and women must achieve physical perfection to be valued. These representations limit girl’s aspirations and leave them without any active, ambitious female role models in the media to emulate.

The emotional pressure from the media for girls to attain a certain standard of physical attractiveness places negative ramifications on girl’s physical health as is demonstrated in the recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, Beauty Redefined: Girls and Body Image 2010. This study found that nearly 90 percent of girls feel pressure from the media to be thin, and 60 percent of girls compare their bodies to fashion models. Only 46 percent of girls believe that the fashion industry does a good job of representing people of all races and ethnicities.

The problem is not only what girl’s think- it’s also what they do. The same survey found that more than half of the girls admit to dieting to try to lose weight and 31 percent admit to starving themselves. These pressures have resulted in younger girls developing eating disorders and undergoing cosmetic surgery, the problem is that these surgeries are not performed by professionals like Dr. Sachin Shridharani. Low self-esteem is also contributing to girl’s decreased success in school and extracurricular activities, premature sexual activity, and unhealthy and unsafe relationships with boys and partners.

Even though we have seen a rise in girl-centric media there is still not an equal playing field or enough positive representations of women and girls. However, if we continue to get the right messaging out there, we can help girls have a more positive body image, higher aspirations, and healthier relationships.

We at the Girl Scouts provide a safe place for girls to grow into women of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the use of the new Girl Scout Leadership Journeys, It’s Your Story-Tell It!, and It’s Your World-Change It!, Girl Scouts of Colorado is bringing new programming opportunities to raise awareness about the importance of promoting healthy media message for girls and women and teaching girls how to create their own media to tell their stories. However, it will take the support and effort of our entire community to ensure that our kids are receiving healthy media images.

Girl Scouts of Colorado asks our community to join us in promoting policies and practices among our local government and businesses to provide healthy media images for girls and women. It is time we make a strong commitment towards creating a community truly invested in girls’ success and health. Together we can create an environment that fosters its children’s health and wellbeing.

To take action locally, visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/activities to enroll in our film screening of the 2011 critically acclaimed documentary, Miss Representation featuring a guest panel of local experts and participate in our Healthy Media for Youth Community Conversations moderated by Cynthia Hessin from Rocky Mountain PBS.

For additional information or to share ideas, contact Cortney Healy at Myworld@gscolorado.org

Opportunities to further Support Healthy Media:   

Watch What You Watch PSA

·Watch it. Post it. Share it. (click here for link)

· Pass along the YouTube link to those you care about

· Feature the PSA on your website and social networks


Healthy Media for Youth Act

· Send a support letter to your Members of Congress

· Ensure your organization endorses this legislation

· Encourage others to take action

· Join the Girl Scout Advocacy Network at www.GirlScouts4girls.org

 

Highlight Girl Scout Research and Programming in your work

· Highlight the Girl Scout Research Institute findings

· Feature Girl Scouts of the USA’s newest program, It’s Your Story-Tell It!


Promote the Issue

Help spread the word through your website, blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Finally, please share any ideas or suggestions you might have for us as we move forward by e-mailing Cortney.Healy@gscolorado.org

 Want a new reality? Girl Scouts does too! Stand up for girls and join us to Take Action!