Category Archives: Girl Scout News

Girl Scouts in the annual Berthoud Day Parade

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Submitted by Jen Rotar

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

The Berthoud Service Unit was well-represented in the annual Berthoud Day Parade with girls from six different troops participating on the Girl Scout float. Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes rode and marched in the 63rd Annual Berthoud Day parade, a local community celebration.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Tara Szabo Maxson

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Tara Szabo Maxson of Troop 65477 in the Denver Metro region was recently recognized for her outstanding work as a GSCO volunteer. She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Tara to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

I was a Daisy and a Brownie as a child.  I have been a volunteer since 2015.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I wanted to get to know other families in our school community.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I lead a second grade Brownie troop and am starting a kindergarten Daisy troop in the fall.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer? 

I have learned that every girl is truly different and special.  It is amazing to see that even the little ones are already quite diverse in their strengths and talents.  It can be hard with a large troop, but I try to capitalize on this as much as possible.

I have also learned that your team of parents is invaluable.  I have three awesome co-leaders and an amazing cookie mom who make my life easier for sure!  We are surrounded by a fantastic group of parents.  We have had a waiting list to join our troop for the past two years and I attribute that to having a great group of parents who work hard to provide a positive experience for our kids and who also network on our behalf in the neighborhood and at school.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that girls live by (not just memorize) the Girl Scout Promise and Law.  We have focused a lot on learning how to take care of the earth and all of its inhabitants and also the importance of taking care of one another by being a sister to every Girl Scout.  I hope my girls do this outside of Girl Scouts throughout their whole lives.

What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?

As a child, I grew up in Aurora, so I camped at both Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch.  I recall the summer between second and third grade, walking back in the dark to our bunks after our evening campfire, holding hands with my life-long best friend and feeling a little scared of the dark woods, but safe with my camp buddy and my troop.  It was a special feeling of bravery and independence, but achieved in a safe setting, which is what I think Girl Scouts strives to provide all girls.

As an adult, it has been special to me to share Girl Scout activities with my daughter.  I cried a little when she was inducted into Girl Scouts during a ceremony led by a neighboring middle school troop.  I also recall fondly holding my own daughter’s hand while we hiked the trails behind the Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch for our troop’s second year Daisy Earth and Sky Journey.  Also, our troop brainstormed ideas for our Take Action plan this past spring and then voted on each other’s ideas.  My daughter suggested we take care packages to Children’s Hospital and her idea had the winning vote.  I was so proud of her thought process, as she really considered how we could use our cookie funds to “make the world a better place.”  I am proud of all that my older daughter has accomplished in Girl Scouts and I look forward to seeing what both of my kids do in in the future.

What words of advice do you have for other volunteers?

  1. Seek help if you need it.  The staff at council doesn’t always know what you need, so you must ask!  They will help you if they know the answer or find the answer if they don’t.  Also, attend your Service Unit meetings at least periodically to network. Leaders of older girl troops have already walked in your shoes and can give you the best practical advice.  You can also go to them if you have issues with girls or parents to ask how they handled similar things in their troop in the past.
  1. Plan your calendar out in advance for the school year.  I plan our troop’s events around our school’s master calendar when it comes out each May and then we can hit the ground running in September.  Even if you don’t know exactly what you might do on a given day, at least get it on the calendar for your families to plan ahead.  This will help with attendance and parent participation.
  1. Don’t be afraid to do things your own way.  Girl Scouts provides enough leeway that you can build your own curriculum and let your girls lead the way to do what they want to do. 
  1. Build your village.  Keep asking parents if they will sign up as support volunteers and encourage them to renew each year.  Get to know the people who manage the buildings where you host your meetings (and give them a few HTH packages each year for thanks for all they do for you!).  Recruit at your school’s “Back to School” night. Most importantly, find awesome partner leaders and cookie managers!  The more adult support you have, the better your experience will be and the richer the experience will be for the girls in your troop!

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Troop 73392 learns to kayak and paddleboard

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Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

The girls from Troop 73392 are learning to conduct and lead kayak and paddleboard workshops for Girl Scout Cadettes and older.

The girls have learned about different types of paddle boards and kayaks and some of the pros and cons of each type. Now, they are putting their knowledge into action by teaching others the skills necessary to enjoy this fun sport.

In June, the girls hosted their first workshop with a group of leaders and Girl Scout staff. They look forward to hosting their fellow Girl Scout Cadettes later this month.

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

Donations needed for Gold Award project

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Hello! My name is Aubree, and I am currently working on my Girl Scout Gold Award project, which is the highest award in Girl Scouting. In order to achieve this honor, I have chosen to examine a week in the lives of people from all over the world using photography, interviews, and their stories. The purpose of this project is to teach people about other cultures, daily challenges people face, as well as highlight what makes them happy. The goal for participants is to create understanding and acceptance of self and others, to see needs and take action in their communities, and inspire others to do the same.

To achieve my goals, I need your help. I am looking for people to donate digital and disposable cameras, SD cards, and batteries. These items are needed to bring my project to developing areas around the world who may not have the resources necessary to share their story. I have been working with Compassion International to deliver cameras to countries all over the world. You can see the stories and photos on my project FB page at: facebook.com/aweekinourlives. As of now, I have responses from six countries and the goal is to put everything in a book after I receive enough responses from a diverse group of participants. If you know someone who lives in another part of the world and would like to participate, please contact me.

My participant target this month is closer than you may imagine. I am working with the Rapid City, SD Girl Scouts to deliver cameras and supplies to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This is one of the poorest places in the nation and where your generous donations would be going as I join them on June 18, 2017. With your help, the kids will not only get to participate in my project, but they will also get their very own camera to use after my project is over.

If you can donate the listed items, or have questions, I can be contacted at: aweekinourlives@gmail.com. I hope to gather all donations by June 16, 2017.

Thank you for your consideration!

2017 Top Seller booklets: Now available online

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Electronic versions of our booklets celebrating Top Sellers from the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program are now online.

2017 Top 100 booklet:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2017_Top100_booklet.pdf

2017 Top Seller booklet:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2017_TopSeller_booklet.pdf

To see photos from all of our Top Seller events, go to our Flickr page (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums). Have a photo that you would like to add? Email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Five ways to celebrate Great Outdoors Month

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

Warmer weather, longer days, and endless adventures—sounds like the beginning of summer! And the best part about this beautiful month? June is also Great Outdoors Month!

You already know that Girl Scouts loves the outdoors. Whether we’re protecting the environment or just having fun, getting outside is one of our favorite things to do. Plus, it’s good for us! In fact, girls who participate in outdoor activities on a monthly basis are stronger challenge-seekers and problem-solvers, which benefits their futures and the world.

To kick off Great Outdoors Month, we put together our favorite outside activities that you can do to celebrate—like a Girl Scout!

1. Earn your Troop Camping badge. You voted for it, now you can earn it. Starting June 15, the requirements for the 2017 Girls’ Choice badge will be available for download in the Girl Scout Shop! The winning badge for 2017 is Troop Camping, which will be available for all Girl Scout levels—yes, even Daisies! Can’t wait until June 15? Try last year’s winning Art in the Outdoors badges.

2. Earn your Junior Ranger patch. Through Girl Scouts’ continued partnership with the National Park Service, we’ve made it easier than ever to visit your favorite national parks. Girl Scouts have the unique opportunity to complete Journeys, achieve Take Action or Highest Award projects, and even earn a patch along the way!

Hey, families with fourth-graders! Through National Park Service’s Every Kid in a Park program, fourth-graders and their families get free (yes, FREE!) access to national parks for an entire year. Find your park today!
3. Go camping. What’s a Girl Scout summer without camp? Making new friends, learning new skills, and overcoming challenges—plus, girls say camping is their most memorable outdoor experience in Girl Scouts. What’s not to love? Many camps are still accepting reservations, so find a Girl Scout camp near you today!
To help you and your girl prepare for her camping adventure, we’ve come up with some awesome summer camp hacks to stay light on hassle and big on fun. And don’t forget to freshen up on those favorite camp songs!
4. Care for the environment. It’s easy to be green, especially when you’re a Girl Scout! From the very beginning of Girl Scouting, caring for our world has been part of our DNA. Whether you’re learning about endangered species, planting trees in your local park, or taking the lead to recycle, girls develop a lasting commitment to the environment. It’s your planet—love it!
5. Have fun in your own backyard. Getting outside doesn’t have to be hard; you can explore the wonders of Mother Nature in your own neighborhood! Plant a garden, create a nature scavenger hunt, go for a walk, or have fun in your community park—the options are endless!

Whether you’re a nature pro or just starting out, you can help girls of all ages have a positive experience in the great outdoors. Check out these videos and other resources to make getting outdoors even more rewarding for both girls and adults, and get outside!

Cadette Troop 2551 does some urban orienteering

Submitted by Nikki Goethals

Metro Denver

Aurora

As we wrapped up our final year as Cadettes, the Girl Scouts were excited to do the new Urban Orienteering in the Capital badge offered by Girl Scouts of Colorado.

For many of the girls, it was their first time riding the lightrail or going to the 16th Street Mall.

They chose to have lunch at The Melt on the mall when we arrived, which was lovely. Then, they navigated quite a walk to the Little Man Ice Cream Shop.

We discussed pickpocketing and safety along the way while taking pictures of our adventure downtown.

On the way back, we split up and took two different light rail rides back home and met up again at the Nine Mile Station on Parker Road.

Everyone had a great time– easily one of our favorite badges to complete. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us!

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

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens and event patch contest

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Design the event patch for Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens! We’re looking for creative Girl Scouts to share their best design. The winning design will be the picture on our 2017 event pass. The Girl Scout who submits the winning design will win two Elitch Garden day tickets, VIP Rapid Ride passes, and two Attraction tickets (choice of XLR8R or Sling Shot).

The contest is open to all Girl Scouts. Entry forms can be found at https://goo.gl/qX9KqN . The registration deadline is June 27, 2017. Entries can be returned to your area GSCO office, the GSCO shop, or emailed to Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Save the date for Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens, August. 11-13, 2017! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. We’ll have special activities celebrating our GSCO Centennial on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for all Girl Scouts. Elitch Gardens is also hosting the band, “Forever In Your Mind,” in one of their season concerts, Saturday evening, which is included in park entry for the day.

Cost is $25.99/person. Tickets can be purchased at https://goo.gl/Ekz6Hx. Not able to make it? No problem. Elitch Gardens is offering a Girl Scout discount for daily entry of $29.99/person all season long that can be purchased through the same link. A portion of all tickets sold will be donated back to GSCO.

Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org. We hope to see you there!

Power of Cookie: 7,500+ cookies to Yellowstone National Park

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Submitted by Melissa Ellenberger

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Two years ago, the amazing girls in Troop 607 decided to go to Yellowstone National Park. To ensure every girl in the troop could attend, each girl had to sell 292 packages of Girl Scout Cookies, 5,500 packages. The girls surpassed this goal by 2,000 packages!

19 girls and 11 adults made the trip for four days and three nights. They stayed just steps away from Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs. The girls hiked and saw geysers, gorgeous hot spring pools, buffalo, bears, elk, and more.

The best part is there were no televisions, phones, very limited cellular service, or WIFI!

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

Girl Scout Camp Social Media 2017

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The staff at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch is gearing up for another wonderful summer season. As in years past, we will share our fun on social media through the Girl Scouts of Colorado camp Facebook pages.

Tomahawk Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/tomahawkranch/

Sky High Ranch: https://www.facebook.com/gscoskyhighranch/

From time to time, photos and updates may also appear on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s other social media networks (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram)

We will also post photo albums from each session on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums. Look for albums a week after your girl’s session ends.

Please keep in mind, both camps are in remote areas, where internet service can be spotty. We will update as much as we can. However, making sure your girl has the best experience at camp is our top priority.

Happy Camping!