Category Archives: Girl Scout News

S’mores Cookie Media Stars

Cookie Media Stars from Loveland to Colorado Springs talked with TV reporters on National S’mores Day (Wednesday. August 10, 2016) about our new S’mores Cookie. This crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallow-like filling will be available starting January 2017! It joins favorites: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Dos-Si-Dos, Savannah Smiles, and gluten-free Toffee-Tastic. Girl Scout Cookies go on sale across Colorado on Sunday, Jan. 29 and will be available through March 12.

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Ciara, Samantha, Quinn, and Evyn talked with Gary Shapiro and Corey Rose of 9News in Denver. These Media Stars also challenged Gary and Corey to a game of S’mores golf! Who won? Click here to find out.

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Girl Scout Katie and Troop Leader Melissa shared their favorite s’mores combinations with our friends at Fox21 News in Colorado Springs. Katie also talked about her Silver Award project which encouraged schools to serve more “braces-friendly” foods. Click here to watch their interview.

Girl Scout Media Stars are recruited every fall, typically in August and September. If you know a girl interested in being a Media Star for the 2016-17 Girl Scout year, please contact Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper. 

 

 

Colorado Girl Scouts to sell new cookie

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Colorado Girl Scouts are celebrating National S’mores Day in a big way! A new cookie— the S’mores cookie— will be available starting January 2017! This crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallow-like filling joins favorites: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Dos-Si-Dos, Savannah Smiles, and gluten-free Toffee-Tastic. Girl Scout Cookies go on sale across Colorado on Sunday, Jan. 29 and will be available through March 12.

Our new S’mores cookie not only celebrates the tradition of making and enjoying s’mores, it also marks 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies and 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado. Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in Savannah, Ga., in 1912. Girl Scouting came to Colorado in 1917 when the first troop formed outside Colorado Springs. Today, Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to serve nearly 25,000 girls across the state with the help and support of 10,000 adult volunteers! While Girl Scouts did not invent s’mores, Girl Scouts of the USA was the first to publish the iconic recipe under the name “Some More” in a 1925 issue of Girl Scout Leader magazine, and then as a “somemores” in an official 1927 Girl Scouts publication.

The last new Girl Scout Cookies, including the gluten-free Toffee-Tastic, were introduced in 2015. For the 2017 Girl Scout Cookies sale, our new S’mores cookie and gluten-free Toffee-Tastic will sell for $5/package. All other varieties are $4/package. Only limited quantities of the S’mores cookie and gluten-free Toffee-Tastic will be available, so stock up early!

Interested in joining Girl Scouts? Troops are forming now and we are always looking for volunteers to lead girls in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Learn more by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708, or emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Building benches: Silver Award project

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Region Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

With some searching, Madison and I found our Silver Award project at Our Lady of the Pines, a church which needed benches built for little children. Mrs. Vrooman, the director of the Youth Ministry, was our project advisor. She suggested the project to us because she thought the benches would help children focus better, and they could be useful in events such as Vacation Bible School and story time. The project is sustainable because after we finished the building, the benches can continue to be of use for many years.

Our first step in making the benches was to create our plans. We planned all of the steps that were required for making the benches from buying the materials to who would do the work. After buying the supplies, we hired our dads to construct the benches. They suggested a change to our design so the benches would be sturdier, and then we supervised them as they assembled the benches. I delivered our benches to the church, after we completed our Silver Award.

As Girl Scouts, Madison and I promise to “serve God”, which we have done by helping the church. We also live by the Girl Scout law, which says to “make the world a better place”, and the benches have created a better environment for children to learn. Both the promise and law say to be helpful, and building benches has helped the children by providing them with seating, and helped the church teachers by making it easier for the children to focus. During this project, we both discovered new things about ourselves as well as left a lasting change in the community.

Ride n’ Swim at Western Ridge

Submitted by Lisa Westrope

Region 4 – Pikes Peak

Red Feather Lakes

Our Red Feather Lakes troop enjoyed their annual ride n’ swim at Western Ridge last week, and we all had a blast! We even had a few siblings join us for the fun! We enjoyed a half hour horse ride, and then swam in the pool all afternoon. The girls look forward to this adventure every year. What a great place to live! Girls RULE!

Girl Scouts to take over Pueblo City Park

Submitted by Carmen Valdez

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

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For the 2016-17 membership year, we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in Colorado. You’re invited to join Girl Scouts in Pueblo for a special registration and recruitment event!

Where: City Park Rotary Pavilion

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016

Time: 1- 4 p.m. (drop in anytime, walk-ups welcome)

Click on link to see complete details and how to register!

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2016/new_girl_scout_regis.html

Girls in grades K-3rd grade can enjoy a Girl Scout story, finger puppets, meet the Daisy flower friends, discover Brownie ELF, and much more! Did someone say ice cream? The first 20 girls to RSVP will enjoy an ice cream sandwich. Adults– are you curious about what Girl Scouts can offer you and your girl? This is your chance to find out!

For more information, email Carmen Valdez at carmen.valdez@gscolorado.org.

Celebrate National S’mores Day with GSCO

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Girl Scouts did not invent s’mores, but we were the first to publish the iconic recipe! It appeared under the name “Some More” in a 1925 issue of Girl Scout Leader magazine, and then as a “somemores” in an official 1927 Girl Scouts publication.

Aug. 10 is National S’mores Day, and we’re inviting you to celebrate with us! Share your favorite s’more photos, recipes, memories, and more on social media using #NationalSmoresDay and #GSColo! You can also post directly to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page or tag us on Twitter or Instagram using @GSColo. Finally, share your stories right here on the blog by using our Share Your Stories form.

Have questions? Want to learn more about sharing your s’mores stories or Girl Scout stories on social media? Contact Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Hundreds gather for Centennial Kickoff Celebration

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Submitted by Jacky Noden, Girl Scouts of Colorado Chief Operating Officer

The weekend of July 23-24 I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of history.  In Colorado Springs, more than 400 amazing girls, families, and volunteers joined together to celebrate and honor 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado, at our Centennial Kickoff Celebration kickoff.  I was lucky enough to have a front row seat for this great event and witness it all first hand.  In 1917, the first Girl Scout troop in Colorado, Troop 4, was formed in the Pikes Peak region with just a handful of girls.  In the nearly 100 years since then, we have steadily built a core of troops around the state that now serves more than 22,000 girls and 9,000 adults.  With a staff size of just over 100, serving these girls wouldn’t be possible without the work of our amazing volunteers, and there’s nowhere that this was better evidenced than at our Centennial event.  There, girls learned new skills and about the importance of our heritage through activity stations hosted by staff and volunteers working hand in hand.

The event itself was coordinated by a tremendous staff member, Elba Barr, who joined Girl Scouts staff with significant girl and volunteer experience.  Elba help ensure that all of the pieces were in place to provide girls with as many opportunities as possible to experience new things and learn together throughout the weekend.

I saw so many inspiring interactions during our event.  Interactions like girls learning about the importance of our international sisterhood by reliving the 1959 Roundup through the eyes of our volunteers  who were actually there, on almost the very same spot.  Or girls learning the Girl Scout Promise in sign language.  Or girls learning archery and spear throwing.  Or girls spiritedly participating in a traditional camp-style singalong.  On every foot of ground, I saw girls making incredible memories and incredible history.  I am so proud to be a part of such a strong organization that has provided us with countless opportunities like these to make incredible impacts on the lives of girls and women for nearly a century.  My thanks to all of the girls and women who joined together, in 1917 and everyday since, to make Girl Scouting possible.

Girl Scout “star” search

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We’re searching for “star” Girl Scouts, who are interested in sharing their story and serving as Media Stars for the 2016-17 Girl Scout year.

What is a Media Star?

Before the Cookie Program each January, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from all across the state to be Media Stars. They deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about Girl Scout Cookies with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. These spokesgirls also help with other Girl Scouts of Colorado media interviews throughout the year.  Here are just some of the media interviews Media Stars participated in during the 2016 Cookie Sale.

To be a Media Star, a girl must be in 4th grade and above. From time to time, we need younger girls to help with media interviews. However, the Media Star program is reserved for girls in 4th grade and above.

How to get involved

Girls who want to be Media Stars should email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org Please include a brief essay (250 words or less) about why you want to be a Media Star and video (no more than a minute) of you giving your best Girl Scout Cookies “sales pitch.” Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Submissions from girls 13-years-old and older must be girl-done.

Potential candidates will be asked to participate in an individual, training session in November or December 2016. This training may be in-person, over the phone or via FaceTime. During this training, girls will learn everything needed to be a successful Media Star. Even if you have participated in this program before, you must be trained each year if you want to participate in the program again.

** Note: This is a very popular program, so spots will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

12 Leadership Secrets Inspired by the Most Adventurous Disney Princess Yet

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From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Disney Channel teamed up to inspire girls and their families to practice leadership! The collaboration brings GSUSA’s focus on leading like a G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM, the Girl Scout way, and Disney Channel’s recently launched animated television series Elena of Avalor into action with the debut of The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel.

GSUSA has been helping girls take the lead for more than 100 years, and we know leadership isn’t about who you are, but what you do. That’s why GSUSA joined forces with Disney Channel to change the conversation around leadership and help girls see that everyone has the potential to lead.

Like your girl, Elena might be young, but as crown princess of Avalor, she’s learning to be a collaborative, communicative, and confident leader. By following Elena’s adventures (and taking on a few of her own), your girl will uncover the leader within herself and feel empowered to help others do the same.

Featuring 12 simple but proven tips for enhancing your girl’s critical thinking, goal-setting, and problem-solving skills, the Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide is a must-read for any parent or caregiver looking to raise amazing girls.

So where can you get this awesome leadership guidance for the girl in your life? Right here, for free! That’s right—as part of Girl Scouts of the USA’s and Disney Channel’s commitment to helping all families practice leadership, we’re making the The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel available on our website, in both English and Spanish, at no cost to you.

So go check it out and explore what it means for your girl to lead like a Girl Scout today!

Top cookie sellers celebrate at CEO’s house

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Colorado’s top 17 Girl Scout Cookies sellers from 2016 were the guests of honor at a special dinner at the home of Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote on Saturday, July 23. The #cookiebosses arrived in style via a limo and spent the evening celebrating. These special girls came from as far away as Pueblo to attend this private dinner party. Congrats, girls!

Top 17 of 2016

Ciara, Lakewood — 7,118 packages

Paige, Thornton — 6,011 packages

Kaitlyn, Arvada — 4,618 packages

Joanna, Lochbuie — 3,585 packages

Emma, Castle Rock — 3,523 packages

Alycia, Lakewood — 3,514 packages

Paris, Bennett — 3,510 packages

Diana, Pueblo — 3,212 packages

Alexis, Littleton — 2,551 packages

Caroline, Loveland — 2,532 packages

Chanah, Fort Collins — 2,526 packages

Madison, Arvada— 2,525 packages

Isabelle, Fort Collins — 2,518 packages

Ada, Arvada — 2,516 packages

Brittany, Arvada— 2,500 packages

Erin, Fort Collins — 2,500 packages

Alexia, Colorado Springs — 2,500 packages

See all of the photos from the special evening on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums/72157668525471954