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Berthoud Service Unit hosts self-defense class

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Submitted by Jen Rotar

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

On May 7, 2017, the Berthoud Service Unit welcomed retired police officer Kate Hudson for an informational session to share smart self-defense tips with all Berthoud-area Girl Scouts. Ms. Hudson was in law enforcement for over 22 years, a women’s self-defense instructor, a Rape Crisis Team counselor, and a member of the Larimer County Peer Support Team.

During the Daisy/Brownie session, girls and their parents learned about stranger danger and many tips for being safe at home and while playing outdoors or on troop outings. Juniors and Cadettes were presented with extra information about safety while babysitting and how to avoid being the victim of crime.

These important reminders reinforce good safety habits on a daily basis and teach girls how to protect themselves and others— and may inspire a girl to consider a career in law enforcement!

The event was organized by Jen Rotar for the Berthoud Service Unit and held at the Berthoud Athletic Club.

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Silver Award working with CASA

Submitted by Lisa Svede

Metro Denver

Centennial

Lauren, with Cadette Troop 60762 of the Green Meadows Service Unit, enjoyed earning her Silver Award by working with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children).

Over the summer, Lauren decided to go through her stuffed animal collection and donate over 50 like-new stuffed animals to a charity. Her younger sister volunteered to donate 20 of her own stuffed animals. When looking for a charity in which to donate the stuffed animals, she learned that the organization Love Does It was planning to donate 100 backpacks filled with supplies for the children of CASA. Lauren asked if she could donate her animals to the Backpack Project.

She then decided to contact her dentist and her parents’ dentist to see if they would donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss. Dr. Paul Miyamoto donated a large supply of toothbrushes, travel size toothpastes, and floss to Lauren’s cause.

Lauren then decided to go through all of her books and sister’s books; they donated close to 50 books for the Backpack Project.

Once Lauren had these supplies, she got together with the co-founders of Love Does It for an afternoon and helped to stuff the 100 backpacks with the supplies she provided and other supplies that were donated by generous people in the community.

A few days after stuffing all of the backpacks, Lauren and Love Does It donated over 100 backpacks to the children of CASA. While there, Lauren learned that CASA Colorado in Aurora works with more than 800 foster and kinship care children a year! While receiving a tour, she was shown the gift closet where children can come and select a gift from the closet on their birthday. Seeing that there were not 800 gifts in the closet, Lauren decided to hold a toy drive in her community and within her sister troop to see if she could collect new toys for the CASA children. In December, Lauren was able to donate over 75 new toys to CASA to be placed in the gift closet.

Finally, during cookie sales Lauren’s troop decided to make CASA their Hometown Hero after learning more about the organization from Lauren’s Silver Award work. The eight Girl Scouts in her troop who sold cookies donated and delivered 46 boxes of cookies to CASA in April.

Lauren enjoyed learning about CASA and meeting the hard-working and caring volunteers while earning her Silver Award. She enjoyed helping an organization that helps children.

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Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps congratulates Emma Albertoni, 18, of Arvada (center) and Breanna Remigio, 14, of Aurora (right) on being named Colorado's top two youth volunteers for 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Emma and Breanna were honored at a ceremony on Sunday, May 7 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, where they each received a $1,000 award. (PRNewsfoto/Prudential Insurance)

Gold Award recipient honored for volunteerism at national award ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps congratulates Emma Albertoni, 18, of Arvada (center) and Breanna Remigio, 14, of Aurora (right) on being named Colorado's top two youth volunteers for 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Emma and Breanna were honored at a ceremony on Sunday, May 7 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, where they each received a $1,000 award. (PRNewsfoto/Prudential Insurance)
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps congratulates Emma Albertoni, 18, of Arvada (center) and Breanna Remigio, 14, of Aurora (right) on being named Colorado’s top two youth volunteers for 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Emma and Breanna were honored at a ceremony on Sunday, May 7 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, where they each received a $1,000 award. (PRNewsfoto/Prudential Insurance)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Emma Albertoni of Arvada was honored in the nation’s capital on May 7, 2017 for her outstanding volunteer service during the 22nd annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. In February, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards named Emma one of Colorado’s top youth volunteers of 2017 and awarded her the title of State Honoree. Emma – along with more than 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country – received a $1,000 award and personal congratulations from Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Emma also received an engraved silver medallion, which Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie A. Foote presented to her a last month’s Highest Awards Celebration in Loveland. 

Emma, a senior at Ralston Valley Senior High School, earned the highest honor in Girl Scouting for her work to improve financial literacy education and ensure students across Colorado are prepared to make sound financial decisions when they graduate. The idea hit Emma one summer when she was working at a summer job, shopping for her first car, and looking at college tuitions. “I was dealing with larger sums of money than ever before and I realized I didn’t know anything about using it wisely,” she said. After discussing with her parents such foreign concepts as credit scores, loans, budgeting and taxes, Emma decided she and her peers needed help.

She began by researching financial education in Colorado and found large gaps. For example, “In Algebra II, students are taught how to calculate interest; what they are not taught is how interest could affect their credit scores or how to figure interest into the cost of a purchase,” she said. Emma discussed her concerns with her principal, who put her in touch with the teacher of her school’s Family Consumer Science class. Emma offered to develop a unit on financial safety online for the class, and then created presentations, videos, discussion outlines, and quizzes to use in the classroom. Next, she persuaded the local school board to strengthen the teaching of financial literacy throughout the district, and she is now working with state legislators on guidelines for educators across the state to follow in teaching students about financial topics.

Youth volunteers in grades 5-12 were invited to apply for 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards last fall through schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of the HandsOn Network. More than 31,000 middle level and high school students nationwide participated in this year’s program.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program was created in 1995 to identify and recognize young people for outstanding volunteer service – and, in so doing, inspire others to volunteer, too. In the past 22 years, the program has honored more than 120,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level.

For more information about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and this year’s honorees, visit  http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit.

 

 

Earning our Snacks badge at Rita’s Italian Ice in Colorado Springs

Submitted Desiree Minchow

Metro Denver

Thornton

Brownie Troop 61636 of Thornton took a little road trip over the weekend down to Colorado Springs. Our destination? Rita’s Italian Ice where we earned our Snacks badge and had an absolute BLAST with the staff!

An hour before they were set to open, we arrived for our behind-the- scenes tour with “Syd,” the store manager. The girls got cleaned up, read the recipe, measured everything out, mixed it, watched as it was poured into the machine, then went back out front for some taste testing while it became Cherry Italian Ice!

The taste-testing was an added bonus! The Cookie Dough Italian Ice was a popular request amongst our troop. The girls also got to slurp down a favorite amongst the Rita’s customers: Mango Italian Ice blended with Vanilla Frozen Custard!

Once the Cherry Italian Ice was completed and stored, Syd was sweet enough to let the girls know that if they served that batch later in the day, they’d be sure to let the customers know that Girl Scouts made it.

After, our troop decided to use some of our cookie money to buy a frozen treat and some awesome Rita’s Italian Ice shirts!

If any troops are interested in contacting Rita’s Italian Ice in Colorado Springs to request more information on Girl Scout tours, email kathy@ritascos.com.

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Skype Book Club with author Ammi-Joan Paquette

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Looking for something fun to read over summer break? Check out author Ammi-Joan Paquette’s Girl Scout-only book club for her Princess Juniper series. The series is perfect for Girl Scout Juniors or anyone who loves stories about strong girls leading. All interested Girl Scouts are invited to check this out.

What Would You Ask An Author?—Join This Summer Book Club and See!

Hi there!

Have you ever wondered what life would be like in a kids-only country? Do you like adventure, fantasy, smart, and determined characters? Have you ever wanted to talk with an author about a story they wrote? Well, here’s your chance! 

My name is Joan (Ammi-Joan Paquette, if we’re being formal!), and my most recent published books is the Princess Juniper series. This is the story of a spirited, headstrong princess who has just one birthday request: She would like a very small country to run, all for her own. Does it sound like she might end up getting more than she bargained for? You bet! There’s action and adventure and betrayal and friendship, all rolled up in this series starter which I hope you will enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing it! 

In honor of the third—and final—book in the series publishing this summer, I’m running a special Girls Scouts-only book club. Here’s how it works: 

• Your troop reads book #1, Princess Juniper of the Hourglass. 
• We provide you with a special Book Club booklet that includes crafts, activities, discussion questions, recipes, and more. 
• Then, you get an exclusive chance for a free Q&A with the author to get all your questions answered!

(Special bonus: For Girl Scouts who wish to purchase their own copies of Princess Juniper of the Hourglass, each girl will receive a signed and personalized book plate to stick inside the book.)

For anyone who likes stories about smart, strong girls, Princess Juniper could be the book for you. Girls who like to write and have questions about the author life are also welcome. I can’t wait to meet and hope I will see you soon on Skype.

For more info, follow this link http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/anytime-activities.html This Skype Book Club is listed under “Seminars and Programs.” 

Read more about Ammi-Joan Paquette and the Princess Juniper series at: www.ajpaquette.com

Questions? Use the contact form at http://www.ajpaquette.com/contact.php

 

Troop 71171 earns Bronze Award

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Submitted by Ericka Pilon

Northern & Northeastern CO

Firestone

We are Troop 71171 in Frederick/Firestone. Our Juniors have been working on their Bronze Award this year. In February, March, and April of 2017, our girls had events at our local senior center, including game and puzzle night, Easter egg coloring, and craft night. For their final event, they had a huge spaghetti dinner and bingo night.  We fed 37 seniors, 13 Girl Scouts, and eight adult volunteers. 😍

Our girls cooked and served  dinner (spaghetti, meatballs, salad, and bread), dessert (brownies and ice cream), and drinks (water, coffee, lemonade) all night long.  They led a rousing game of bingo as well. They were complimented left and right on their behavior and manners. They sent each senior home with a gift bag full of goodies donated by our community through a drive that the Girl Scouts led through their elementary schools. We are very proud of the work they have done this year.

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Cookie parody

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Submitted by Celeste Amarosa

Metro Denver

Westminster

Last year, our troop wrote a cookie parody. They enjoyed it so much that we decided we want to do it every year. The girls picked a song, then they re-wrote the lyrics to be about Girl Scout Cookies. They practiced the song and learned a dance to go with it and then we recorded the video for it. It was a lot of work and very time consuming, but it was so much fun and we think it came out super cute 🙂

The video from both years can be viewed at:
2017: https://youtu.be/TrK91hfJOwY
2016: https://youtu.be/5pfLU132al4

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I guess I’m doing something right

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Submitted by Marti Shuster

Metro Denver

Westminster

My kindergarten granddaughter has been in my Daisy troop for the past year. She had a school assignment to say what they want to be when they grow up. Most kids said doctor or police. This is what my granddaughter wrote. I guess I am doing something right.

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Loveland troop donates first-aid kits

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Submitted by Emily Prehm

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Brownie Troop 71020 from Loveland used a portion of their cookie proceeds to purchase supplies for first-aid kits. The girls worked together to assemble 20 kits, which will be donated to Kits for Kids and sent to children around the world. Each kit contains a message of encouragement from the troop. The troop decided to do this project after learning about the importance of taking care of themselves and others during the Brownie Quest Journey.

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The most fun ever: PA hours completed

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Submitted by Jessica Gentilini

Mountain Communities

Eagle

Girl Scout Cadettes Hailey Gentilini and Olivia Ferzacca from Service Unit 5 (Mountain Communities) recently completed their Program Aide (PA) hours by teaching brand-new Brownie Troop 56349 the Girl Scout Promise and Law and how they relate to us as Girl Scouts. They read the Brownie story and each girl got to take a turn identifying who the Brownie in the reflection was. After the story, the girls learned the Brownie Smile song, made a SWAP, and passed the silent hand-squeeze wish around the circle before twisting around and departing from their first meeting. As Olivia and Hailey reflected on how they thought they did, which was awesome by the way, they both thought working with the Brownies was the most fun ever and can’t wait to plan and run an event for more girls!

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