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Girl Scouts’ memory honored with special high adventure gift for Meadow Mountain Ranch

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Since the fall of 2012,  39 Girl Scout teenagers of GECCCO (Girls Enjoying Camping, Canoeing and Cycling Outdoors) Troop 71106 from Northern Colorado (Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and Greeley) have been working on a special fundraising effort for their beloved Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) Girl Scout camp near Allenspark.

In 2011 this troop lost a cherished member of their group, Taite Pugh of Loveland. Taite had special needs and epilepsy and died unexpectedly. While in Girl Scouts, one of Taite’s favorite activities was zip lining, which she did on an international trip to Costa Rica. She also loved camping with her troop at MMR. And after learning MMR’s future plans of being a high adventure camp for girls, with a zip line being one of the wish list camp features, the girls knew they needed to help with the fundraising efforts and name the zip line to honor the memory of Taite.

On Thursday, March 28th, the troop made their first fundraising milestone, presenting a check to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO, Stephanie Foote, for $10,000 at a Fort Collins Service Center ceremony.

“We are really touched that the GECCCOs decided to keep her memory going through this project,” said Taite’s mother, Cheryl, who shed tears of pride along with her husband and Taite’s father, Mark, at the March 28th ceremony. “Taite left an impression on these girls. They always were good about including her. Girl Scouts opened many new doors. And the trip to Costa Rica was a trip of a lifetime.”

Troop 71106 needs to raise $70,000 for the project, so fundraising efforts are still ongoing. They have held fundraisers for this project, such as a pancake breakfast in the fall and selling bracelets. A part of all their fundraising efforts, including 2013 Cookie Program proceeds, also are dedicated to the zip line project. (The troop sold nearly 10,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies and is fundraising for travel adventures they are planning to Peru and Alaska, to name a few.) Additionally, the troop is in the process of researching and applying for community grants.

“We hope this project inspires other troops to do community service,” said one of the troop members, Krista Beucler, who also commented that the troop is learning a lot through this project.

Once Taite fell in love with zip lining in Costa Rica she was always the first in line pointing and saying “up, up.” The troop hopes to help more children like Taite with special needs and disabilities find a love for zip lining by starting an annual day for them on this new zip line.

“We really can’t wait to complete the project. The project will make a difference for thousands and thousands of Girl Scouts,” said Sarah Bales, another member of the troop.

For more information on the MMR zip line project and how you can make a contribution, contact Elizabeth Winn at 970-319-3037 or elizabeth.winn@gscolorado.org.

Fox 31 Denver covered this event and aired a story on their morning show on Friday, March 29th. The Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper also ran a short article and photo in their April 4th edition.

Girl Scouts: Are you crazy about canoeing?

Are you crazy about canoeing? Girl Scouts of Colorado has the solution for you. This summer we will be offering several training opportunities!

Small craft safety in canoeing. This class is for participants 12+ years old. Participants will learn the basics of canoeing and canoeing safety.

The second training we will be offering will be an adult training for people who want to become a canoeing instructor. This week-long course will be held at Sky High Ranch and is available for participants 17+. Participants will learn how to successfully and safely teach canoeing basics. Please see details below and on the activity finder for more information.

Training:

Red Cross Canoeing (ARC) Courses will be offered this year! The first round of the courses will be May 4th, 5th and 11th at Soda Lake from 9am – 4pm.

Offerings include

  • Small Craft Safety in Canoeing for participants 12 years and older, weighing a minimum of 90 pounds. The cost is estimated to be $40-$50. It will include the ACA Beginning Canoeing Manual and the ARC Small Craft Safety Manual as well as Small Craft Safety in Canoeing. Maximum number of beginning participants is 20-24.
  • An adult course will be available if we have enough registered or enough room. This will be posted in Girl Scouts of Colorado website.
  • Also offered will be an Aide Course for those 14 years and older. This year, only those with prior training will be accepted. The cost is estimated to be $40-$50.

Red Cross Instructor Course in Small Craft Safety Instructor in Canoeing (SCSIC) Will be June 2June 7 at Sky High Ranch

  • Must be a minimum of 17 years old and take the Canoeing pretest and required water test.
  • The cost of the course is $325 and includes 2 Red Cross Instructor Certificates, 6 manuals or books, 3 online Basic Water Safety/Small Craft Safety courses, room and board for the week and park fees.

A summer day camp will also be offering  SCSIC courses June 24-28, 2013. This will also be a full certification canoe camp. Completion of these courses will provide basic canoeing skills and the girls will able to take one or both of the one day white water training trips which are being offered this summer. There will also be a 3-day white water trip. Details will be on the website.

Trips:

Girl Scouts of Colorado is also excited to announce some amazing canoe trip opportunities this summer

June 15th – One Day Canoe Trip

  • Start canoeing at 9am at a site on the Colorado River TBD by river conditions at that time. Cost is $90. Must have taken prior canoe training or have the permission of trip leaders.

July 20th – One Day Canoe Trip

  • Start canoeing at 9am at a site on the Colorado River TBD by river conditions at that time. Cost is $90. Must have taken prior canoe training or have the permission of trip leaders.

August 2 to 5 – 3 Day Whitewater Canoe trip on the Colorado River.

  • $400-$500 estimated cost for the trip. Section to be canoed will be determined by water conditions.
  • Must have prior white water training.
  • Required trip planning meeting will be held in June.

For more information about these trips and trainings, please contact Judy Moisey-Asay, Girl Scout volunteer, at Judy.Moisey-Asay@va.gov.

ALL THINGS HORSES GIRL SCOUTS OF COLORADO UPDATE!

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CRAZY ‘BOUT HORSES!  OPEN TO ALL BROWNIES and JUNIORS

All Brownies and Juniors:  We’ve opened up the Crazy ‘bout Horses event May 4th to ALL BROWNIES!  Come watch a Horse Show and learn all there is to know about horses with us May 4th at the National Western Event Center in Denver!  Three very lucky Girl Scouts who attend will each win two hours of riding time at Tomahawk: you can use the two hours to go on trail ride with your mom and dad and siblings, or have a lesson or two – registration based on availability. The Colorado Classic Horse Show is a multi-breed horse show which features Arabians American Saddlebreds, and Morgans.  It is a three day show May 3-5th with two sessions daily, starting at 10 am and 6 pm.  The Classic Horse Show is a charity show and the proceeds from the show are donated to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Horse Program. Saturday the 4th at the show is Girl Scout Day.  Girl Scouts come to the show and watch the performance, then have a special three hour introduction to horses.  This introduction includes a hands- on period where the girls learn to groom and care for a horse.  A professional farrier teaches the girls about feet and shoeing and we also have a session where the girls learn about wild horses and famous horses. The Girl Scout event is $10 per person, adults welcome to attend as well, but the Classic Horse Show is free to watch. Come early and watch the show!  Registration opens at noon for the Girl Scout event.  The Girl Scout event will run from 1pm-4:30pm.  Come get an activity booklet to do as you walk through the stations, a fun patch, and chance to win two hrs or riding time at Tomahawk!

TOMAHAWK RIDING and Riding this Fall at MMR!

Our hourly riding sessions at Tomahawk are slowly ending, May 4th and 5th will be our final weekend for hour riding sessions. . .we will start offering rides again in August after resident camp is over.  If you missed out don’t fret, we will be offering rides at Tomahawk AND Meadow Mt Ranch in August and September! This coming fall you can come ride at both locations for the great Girl Scout price of $20 for members per hour or $35 for non members.  Starting in August Meadow Mt Ranch will offer lessons and well as trail rides into RMNP with great views of our 14ers and snow caps, as well as alpine terrain, waterfalls, and alpine lakes.  . . majority of our rides are 3-4 hrs.  Tomahawk will be offering trail rides for hour or 2 as well as lessons and games on horseback! Sessions will be posted soon for fall season!

Easter Brunch at Tomahawk Ranch!

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Looking for a delicious Easter brunch with an extra helping of family fun? Come join us for an “Eggventure” day at Tomahawk Ranch!

You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to participate in this fun event! It’s for the entire community!

You’ll spend the day enjoying a delicious brunch, creating Easter-theme crafts, meeting barnyard animals, participating in an Easter egg hunt and more!

Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 11 am – 3 pm (brunch will be served 11:30 am – 1:30 pm)
Cost: $15 (12 yrs and up); $10 (3-11 yrs); Under 3 yrs: FREE
Location: Tomahawk Ranch, near Bailey, Colorado
Attire: Dress for playing outside in the mountains!

Reservation deadline: March 25

Bring your own basket! The Easter egg hunt will start at 2 pm, all ages are welcome!

Brunch menu includes: Traditional eggs benedict with Canadian bacon and hollandaise, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, warm Danish and sweet pastries, Easter glazed ham, sweet potatoes and green beans, warm rolls with butter and homemade fruit cobbler!

For additional details or to register online, visit: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1258

For questions, email Cindy Saylor at cindy.saylor@gscolorado.org.

Colorado Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day

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Girl Scouts throughout the state of Colorado gathered for World Thinking Day events this last weekend. I attended an event held at Sky High Ranch near Woodland Park on Saturday, and also heard about a World Thinking Day celebration that took place in Parker on Friday via Twitter.

Roughly 150, which included Girl Scouts and their families, came to the World Thinking Day event at Sky High Ranch. The participants learned about the culture and lives of girls in the focus countries for World Thinking Day 2013, including the Republic of Ireland, Jordan, Malawi, Pakistan, Venezuela and the United States, through games and music. The participants also learned how to reduce child mortality, another focus of World Thinking Day 2013, by making oral rehydration solution and creating a water filter. The final activity of the event was learning how to improve maternal health by creating cards for new mothers at a local maternity ward and creating stress monsters to talk about the stresses our moms may face and how to protect ourselves.

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides throughout the world celebrate international friendship on Feb. 22nd’s World Thinking Day each year. Besides learning about the cultures of our Girl Scout and Girl Guide sisters around the world, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides also use the day to learn how they can take action to make a difference for women and girls around the world. Learn more about World Thinking Day on our website.

Did you do something for World Thinking Day? Share your story with us.

Cool Volunteer Opportuntity!

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As a volunteer organization, we are always in need of trainers to help provide the most accurate information to our new leaders. If you enjoy working with adults and love Girl Scouting, this is a great way to volunteer. Trainers are needed in all areas of the council to bring training closer to our volunteers. Train the trainer events are scheduled several times a year and rotate locations.

The next Train The Trainer will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in Colorado Springs.

This is an 8.5 -hour course to prepare volunteers and staff to become Adult Trainers for Girl Scouts of Colorado.
In order to become a Girl Scouts of Colorado Trainer, you will need:
1. a completed volunteer application
2. a completed background check (current leaders should have this on file)
3. to schedule an interview with Maureen Lienau, prior to attending this training

By the end of the session, participants will be able to describe at least 5 basic skills and knowledge needed to facilitate adult learning. The content will cover:
. Definitions of Adult Learning
. Roles and responsibilities of a Trainer
. Traits of a Successful Trainer
. How adults and groups learn
. Learning Preferences
. A sample of one GSCO Training design
. Managing group and individual behaviors
. “Must Dos” for a Trainer

Saturday’s materials, lunch, and snacks will be provided for a cost of $30.00. Please note in “Comments” any food allergies or avoidances or other ways Council Staff may accommodate you. For more information, please contact alli.oswandel@gscolorado.org.

Join me for National Girl Scout Cookie Day Feb. 8th

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Me (right) doing an interview with Central City Girl Scout Ashley this last weekend on CBS 4 in Denver

Girl Scout Cookie time is here! I’ve already broken open a few packages and am enjoying every bite of these yummy treats.

But, being a lifelong Girl Scout, I also know these yummy treats benefit something really special here in our community. You see, Girl Scout Cookies help fund everything Girl Scouts, from our camps to our programs. Our Girl Scouts also use their money to travel the world, or to make a difference in their community through a take action project. Through all these experiences, girls are gaining lifelong skills, and most importantly become community leaders who will continue to make a positive difference in this world. I know for me personally Girl Scouts has made me the person I am today. I know I learned every one of the five skills that we teach girls during cookie time, and use each one of them daily — goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

On Feb. 8th, National Girl Scout Cookie Day, you can help Girl Scouts of Colorado spread the word on why Girl Scout Cookie time is so important to the girls. Just take to your (or your company’s) Facebook or Twitter that day, and talk about Girl Scout Cookie time. Share a personal story like mine, or talk about what you’ve learned about Girl Scouts and why you should support Girl Scouts by purchasing cookies. Link to the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org) for all the details on buying cookies. We will also be giving away free Girl Scout Cookies on Facebook and Twitter throughout National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

Thank you for your support of Girl Scouts of Colorado! And we look forward to celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Day with you on Friday!!

Parent-daughter rustic camping weekends at Magic Sky Ranch in June, July

Spend a weekend with your daughter at beautiful Magic Sky Ranch near Red Feather Lakes. Bring your personal gear and camping equipment, including a tent, and we will provide the food and fun! The program includes campfires, cookouts, crafts, outdoor activities, songs and games. It is designed for one adult and one child.

Registration opens Feb. 12.

Parent/daughter events – $150/pair
Girls entering grades 1-12.

Magic Sky Ranch: 6/21-23; Deadline: 5/1

Contact Julie Perkins jumptc@comcast.net

Magic Sky Ranch: 7/26-28; Deadline: 6/1

Contact Heather McCarthy: hamztoy911@comcast.net

No tagalong children please. This camp is located in the lower portion of Magic Sky, which is designed for tent camping only, and there is no access to the resident camp. There is no running water or shower facilities, and campers may be required to walk a distance of 1/4 mile to the lodge for activities. Come prepared to “rough” it for the weekend. This camping event is staffed by registered volunteers. Join us for a weekend you will always remember! Note: Upon request, dome tents can be reserved prior to your arrival at no additional cost.

Summer Program Guidebook now available online

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Before you start out on your Cookie sales this weekend, spend a few minutes perusing the 2013 Summer Program Guidebook and imagine all the fun and adventure you can have at overnight camp, day camp, troop camp, family camp or through events, series, travel opportunities and virtual opportunities.

Don’t let your Girl Scout experience fizzle over the summer, pick your path to adventure.

Summer Program Guidebooks will be in mailboxes in early February.

Learn more about camping with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

National Girl Scout Cookie Day Patch Program

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The GSCO Program Team is excited about the upcoming National Girl Scout Cookie Day on Feb. 8th, and we’ve created a National Girl Scout Cookie Day Patch Program that all girls are encouraged to participate in to get involved in this exciting day! The focus of this patch program is on the five skills girls learn from selling Girl Scout Cookies (goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics). It also encourages selling activities on Friday, Feb. 8th, since there will be a lot of talk around the nation about Girl Scout Cookie time. If a girl participates, she can purchase the patch featured above in one of our council shops.

Best wishes for an exciting 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program!