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Troop 64527 to host Brownie Pet Badge Day

Submitted by Mandy Geddes

Metro Denver

Denver

Junior Troop 64527 Presents:

Brownie Pet Badge Day at the Denver Animal Shelter

Girl Scout Junior Troop 64527 is teaming up with the Denver Animal Shelter to lead a Brownie Pet Badge event as part of their Bronze Award Project. We want to teach younger girls how to care for pets, and we want to bring awareness to the pets waiting for adoption at the shelter!

Where: Denver Animal Shelter
1241 W. Bayaud Ave
Denver 80223

When: March 18 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

How: Registration fee: $5 per Brownie (includes the badge!), plus a donation for the shelter from their wish list:
● Enrichment toys
● Canned wet food
● Dog or cat treats
● Peanut butter
● Blankets
● Towls
● collars/leash
● Puppy pads
● Clumping kitty litter

Please reserve your Brownie’s spot by emailing Mandy Geddes at hippo_25th@hotmail.com. Registration will be limited to 20 Brownies and 10 chaperones!

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Earn your World Thinking Day and Global Action Awareness badges

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

The 2017 World Thinking Day theme is “Grow”—– inspiring girls to explore, stretch, and take on new challenges. Girls can choose from a wide selection of ways to earn their World Thinking Day badges, from planting a garden to traveling abroad with their Girl Scout troop.

The theme for this year’s Global Action award is “Increasing Girls’ Access to Education.” At Girl Scouts, we believe every girl deserves the chance to get an education—– yet in many parts of the world, it’s hard for girls to go to school and finish their education, whether due to poverty, lack of schools, or cultural factors. This year, Girl Scouts at all grade levels can earn their award by addressing this worldwide problem, including by raising awareness about it.

Camp Cancellation: H2O & Horseback Day Camp

We regret to share that the Summer 2017 H2O & Horseback Day Camp is cancelled.

Unfortunately, we were unable to secure the contract with the horse stables to run camp this summer.  We have noticed a trend of local horseback stables expanding their summer programming to offer their own summer camps- making it difficult for the stables to contract with outside organizations like GSCO to camps. We are as disappointed as we know the girls hoping to attend camp will be! We can assure GSCO girls and parents that we will be working tirelessly to find a way to incorporate horseback programming into our day camps for summer 2018.

If you are interested in attending one of the day camps offered by the Metro Denver Stables, please see the information below. (Disclaimer:  These programs are not associated with GSCO)

Please direct any questions to Anna Danila, Outdoor & Travel Program Manager, anna.danila@gscolorado.org

12 Mile Stables at Cherry Creek Day Camp

http://horserentalsdenver.com/day-camps

Chatfield Stables Day Camp

http://www.chatfieldstables.com/horse-camps.html

Bear Creek Lake Park Stables Day Camp (information for 2017 not posted yet)

http://www.bearcreekranchcolorado.com/horsedaycamps.htm

 

 

Gold Award recipient named State Honoree by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

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Congratulations to Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Emma Albertoni of Arvada! Emma, a senior at Ralston Valley Senior High School, was named one of Colorado’s top youth volunteers of 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This is a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As a State Honoree, Emma will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C. She will join top honorees from other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2017.

Emma earned the highest honor in Girl Scouting for her work to improve financial literacy education to ensure that students in her school district and ultimately her entire state 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.

In 2016, Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Christina Bear of Golden was named a Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She received an engraved bronze medallion.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award. These Local Honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.

For information on this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit http://spirit.prudential.com.

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Mammoth

Join us for Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Mammoth, Sunday, March 12, 2017! Come cheer on the Mammoth as they take on the Vancouver Stealth for a great night of Lacrosse. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited.

The game starts at 7 p.m. Come early and watch the court change from an ice rink from the Colorado Avalanche’s game earlier in the day to the Mammoth’s Lacrosse field.

Cost is $22/person for an upper level ticket at the Pepsi Center. Each Girl Scout attending will get an event patch.

Tickets can be purchased here:  http://www.mammothtix.com/girlscoutsofcolorado.

A portion of ticket sales will be donated back to GSCO.

Questions? Please contact Ryan Hannegan at ryan.hannegan@TeamKSE.com

Hope to see you there!

Gold Award recipient becomes troop co-leader

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Submitted by Emily Mohlis

Northern & Northeastern Colorado

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How has your Gold Award experience impacted who you are today?

I did not realize it during, but earning my Gold Award gave me experience in leadership, time management, and basic people skills that I use almost every day earning my degree in Elementary Education at the University of Northern Colorado.

What inspired you to continue with Girl Scouts after high school and become a co-leader?

I have always dreamed of becoming a Girl Scout leader just so I could say I have had the experience of being a girl as well as a leader. However, after high school, I planned to continue my Girl Scout membership, but becoming a leader at such a young age never crossed my mind until a friend overheard me talking about Girl Scouts at work and asked if I was interested in co-leading a troop of elementary-aged girls. Without hesitation, I agreed and ever since then I have never once regretted saying yes. Being a leader is such a rewarding opportunity and especially starting so young has helped me know that my true passion is for teaching young children.

How did participating in the cookie sale as a girl help you grow and build skills?

As a girl, selling cookies taught me skills in handling money, greeting customers, and how to be successful in something as small as selling cookies, and I have used those skills to help further myself in my personal, school, and work environments.

What are you most excited about this cookie sale?

I am most excited about getting to experience the leader-side of cookie sales. I cannot wait to reflect on how the girls’ skills develop from the beginning of sales to the end of sales, and getting to be there to see both their challenges, but the moments when suddenly it all makes sense in their heads (aka “the lightbulb moments”)!

What skills do you hope to see in the girls in your troop develop through the cookie sale?

Since this is the first year my girls are selling cookies and around strangers they can be somewhat shy, I hope my girls will first and foremost build up their confidence to become strong leaders in our troop. The ages of my girls ranges about three years and so another skill I hope they acquire is to work as a team, having the older girls starting in the leadership role and slowly passing it on to the younger girls and allowing them the opportunity to lead as well!

 

 

 

 

New dates available for property reservations

We are so pleased to have so many wonderful troops reserve our sites for this year to come and enjoy the great outdoors.  Recently, we have had a few weekends open that were previously unavailable. We would love to share this opportunity with you, so that your troop may enjoy a stay at one of our properties.  The following weekends now have openings for troops to reserve:

Tomahawk Ranch: March 3 – 5, 2017* and March 24 – 26, 2017

Sky High Ranch: March 31 – April 2, 2017

Meadow Mountain Ranch: July 7 – 9, 2017

*Please note that if your troop would like to reserve March 3 -5, 2017 at Tomahawk Ranch, we are unable to provide food service for that weekend.

Reservations are first come, first-served and must be made through our booking site at http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/. We expect them to fill up quickly, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact the Property and Outdoor Program Administrator, at annie.pierce@gscolorado.org.

Power of cookie: Taking action

Submitted by Troop 41625

Pikes Peak

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Junior Girl Scout Troop 41625 from Monument, Colorado took some of their cookie money from previous years to help create a garden at the local elementary school. The girls started off by learning what pollinators can do.

Next, the  girls prepared a “lasagna” of cardboard and soil to plant seeds. They helped condition the soil and make it so the seeds they planted wouldn’t blow away.

Last, the girls planted local wildflower seeds that will support local bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

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

Brownie delivers sweet surprise to nursing home

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Submitted by Trisha Allen

Pueblo & Southeastern Colorado

Pueblo West

In honor of Valentine’s Day, this Brownie from Service Unit 338 wanted to share her love of the Girl Scout Thin Mint with people that may not be able to try them. So, she came up with a plan to donate them to a local nursing home. In addition to the boxes of Thin Mints, she also donated puzzles, games, and word search books.
The office staff thanked her for her kindness. She was very proud to do a charitable deed for the nice people at the nursing home.

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

Girls’ Choice Badges: Vote for your badge design

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

As we shared last month, the next Girls’ Choice badge will be Troop Camping—after all, camp life is the best life! Now it’s time to vote on the badge design, because remember, it’s her world.

Starting today, until February 17, girls can vote on their favorite design  for the Troop Camping badges. After choosing their grade level, they’ll see two designs for the badge they’ll be able to earn this coming fall. That means Junior girls currently in fifth grade will vote on designs for the Cadette badge. And, although girls in 12 grade will not technically be able to earn a badge this fall, we want to hear their voices, too! They can still join the fun and vote on the Ambassador badge.

Remember, Girls’ Choice is all about giving girls a chance to shape their experiences and build their world. So adults can vote for fun, but only girl votes will count toward the winner.

We want to hear from her and her and her! Please go out and encourage every Girl Scout you know to make her voice heard by voting today .