Category Archives: Girl Scout News

I knew it would be hard

Submitted by Kari Walters

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

I knew it would be hard. I knew it would be loud. I knew it would be absolutely crazy. What caught me by surprise was it was an absolutely fabulous crazy.

Each time our leaders take our girls camping for a weekend I admire their courage. I silently say to myself, “How can they put up with the noise?” and then happily give my daughter a hug, tell her to behave, and go on home for a quiet weekend.

This time was different. This time, my weekend schedule happened to be clear and I happily volunteered to help with a weekend not just with our troop, but a very large weekend with 40 people total.

Before I knew what I was saying, the words “I’ll help wherever you need me” came out of my mouth. Who is this woman and why is she volunteering for this? Even my husband said, “are you sure?”

Now is a good time to say I also don’t like being cold. I don’t do snow sports and my perfect winter day is sitting at my computer working on family history, patiently waiting for springtime. I had volunteered to not only go to an overnight excursion with more than 25 young girls, plus our troop of teen PA’s, and a few other crazy moms, but I did it for a thing called “Winter Blast.”

Maybe, I wouldn’t have to go outside. Maybe, I could be useful in the lodge. I don’t own snowpants, so maybe that would get me out of the outdoor activities. Nope, nope, and nope. Our Winter Blast had four different rotating stations with different activities for each. One group would go snowshoeing, another group would do crafts, the third group did yoga, and the last group would go sledding. We’d do a 45 minute shift at each station and then rotate. My duty was to take the four groups outside for sledding.

I sledded right along with them, and it was SO MUCH FUN! We all giggled, we all screamed. We all hesitated when it was time to go back into the lodge for the next scheduled activity, even me. These girls provided me so much joy! They are all amazing in their own way. I saw a quiet girl sitting to the side not ready to sled until the squeals became so contagious she also joined the downhill fun. I saw a few little shy girls come out of their shells over the weekend too.

I could not have had this wonderful experience unless that crazy voice inside of me spoken up against all sane thoughts in my brain. After a week or so of being home and looking back at the previous weekend’s experience, I finally got the chance to ask our troop leader if this is what she feels. With a big smile on her face she responded “Yes!”

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

Uniform to Uniform: Senior Emily shares Tagalongs

Submitted by Shannon Michel

Metro Denver

Centennial

Girl Scout Senior Emily treats firefighters from the South Metro Fire Station #22 to Tagalongs to thank them for their service to the community.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Girl Scouts + heroes + cookies= A winning combination

Submitted by Natasha Armenta

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

Girl Scouts from Troop 35144 invited our local fire department to come see us at our cookie booth and purchase some cookies. We then let them know they are our Hometown Heroes and their station will be receiving donated cookies at the end of the season. They brought two firetrucks for us to see, answered our many questions, showed us their uniform, and demonstrated how quickly they have to put it on in an emergency. Thank you to our local heroes at Pueblo Main Rural Fire Department for all your assistance!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Troop 35367 and their Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Stacey Lee

Metro Denver

Englewood

Zosia L., Wilhelmina M., and Kiera K. from Troop 35367 got a chance to meet their Hometown Heroes, the Englewood Police Department, and sell cookies at a Charles Hay World School organized event, Cougar-Palooza, on Thursday, February 13, 2020. Lots of questions were asked from both the Girl Scouts and police officers!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Vote NOW in the 2020 Best Cookie Video contest

Thank you to everyone who entered our contest for “Best Cookie Video.” We are so impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of all of these cookie-bosses. Now, it is time to rally your friends and family to vote!

All of the entries have been uploaded to our YouTube Channel and are part of the playlist: Best Cookie Video Contest 2020. If you like a video, simply click the “thumbs up” icon beneath it. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 25 at 9 a.m. wins!

First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits

Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits

Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

Gold Award Girl Scout:  Avery Hendrick, Castle Rock, “McCabe Meadows StoryWalk Trail”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I constructed a StoryWalk Trail with 16 signs and six rotating stories at a nature trail in my hometown.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I measured the impact of my project through attendance at my opening event and overall trail attendance at the location. I also distributed posters at local businesses and flyers at local elementary schools.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My project is sustainable through the permanent nature of the signs and the rotation of the signs. I currently change the stories every two months, but after the first year the National Honor Society at Ponderosa High School will take over the rotating of the signs two or three times a year.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

My project is connected to the national and international StoryWalk program which has trails in all 50 states and 12 countries.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout this project, I learned how to be a better communicator in different situations with different types of people. I also learned how to be resilient in situations that required creative solutions.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

In my future, earning my Gold Award will make me a better leader and a better organizer. By doing this project, I have the experience to direct projects in the future that I might not have had the knowledge to direct in the past.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

To me, the Gold Award was the culmination of my Girl Scout experience as a whole. The project wrapped up every skill I have worked on since I was a Daisy, from the badges to the camps to the leadership projects I volunteered with. Without the entirety of Girl Scouts and all that it taught me I would never have been able to reach the levels I have.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Earning my Gold Award helped me learn how to be an innovator by teaching me how to dissect complex problems and come up with creative solutions that I had not originally thought of. For example, when coming up with a product to use for my signs, I used industrial cooking cutting boards in order to find a product that was both resilient and cheap enough for my budget.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Mancos marshal loves cookies

Submitted by Stephanie Carton

Southwestern CO

Mancos

Troop 27145 of Mancos participated in their first cookie booth of the season and had a repeat customer. Sgt. Brad Ray stopped by and purchased a few packages of cookies with the promise that he’ll be back. Not even an hour later, he returned as promised for cookies for his family and donated some packages once he learned that the troop decided that the teachers of Mancos RE6 were their Hometown Heroes!

Troop 27145 embodies the G.I.R.L. spirit! We have one Junior who loves to help organize and lead the troop in activities and our Brownies really dive in to anything they decide to do. They are fast on their feet and can problem solve as a team to accomplish their goal and have really bonded as a troop this year.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Shipwreck’d Camp

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton

The Woods Service Unit presents Shipwreck’d Camp April 24 – 26, 2020 at Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey. Join us for pirate-themed fun as girls participate in an escape room, geocaching, boat racing, sword fighting, and more!

Cost:

$80/Girl

$70/Leader

(Includes camp shirt, patch, food, and lodging)

Register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/shipwrecked_jr_csa_troop_encampment_md_04_24_26_2020

40963104_shipwrekd_encampment_flyer

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

Mentoring Monday for Gold Award Girl Scouts and candidates

The future glows brighter thanks to Gold Award Girl Scouts and those working to earn the highest honor in Girl Scouts! That’s why Girl Scouts of Colorado, along with Girl Scouts of the USA and the Denver Business Journal, is helping them connect with female business entrepreneurs in the Metro Denver region! Mentoring Monday, one of Denver’s most popular events, is Monday, February 24, 2020 from 7  – 9 a.m. at History Colorado Center (1200 N. Broadway, Denver 80203). Girls will choose from mentors who are the most influential women in the community, including Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote, for intimate 10 minute coaching sessions.

Girl Fee: $50

Adult Fee: $50

Register here:  https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/event/164406/2020/bizwomen-mentoring-monday#information Use code GSUSA15 for discounted tickets.

Conference cookies

Submitted by Gracyn B.

Metro Denver

Aurora

Hi! I’m Gracy. I had a booth sale at my brother’s high school during parent teacher conferences. It was super snowy, so when business was slow, we invited the resource officer over to talk about our cookies. It was cool. His daughter was a Girl Scout for years, and he told us funny stories about all the cookies they sold together. He asked about our new cookie, Lemon-Ups. We talked about them, but I couldn’t sell him those because we did so well that we had already sold them all!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/