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See the “Great Russian Nutcracker” in December

Moscow Ballet will bring its 25th Anniversary North American tour to Denver’s Paramount Theatre on December 8 and 9, 2017 with three performances of its acclaimed Great Russian Nutcracker. They will have a performance in Grand Junction at the Avalon on Monday, December 11. Girl Scouts are invited to attend at discounted rates and receive a free fun patch with purchase of ticket. For a group of 25 or more (including chaperones, friends, and siblings), there will be a meet-and-greet with one of the dancers.

I’m Bobbie Fachini, Market Manager for Moscow Ballet. I had the chance to talk to the company’s co-founder and choreographer, Mary Talmi, about her experiences bringing international ballet to the United States and Canada.

BF: What was that first show like, 25 years ago? Where was it and how different was it than the show 250,000 patrons will see this year?

MT: The first show was very exciting. We started the six city tour in Reading, PA. At that time, if you wanted to see a Russian ballet company perform you had to travel to NYC or Washington, DC. We were one of the first groups to bring Russian ballet to smaller cities, so there was a great deal of anticipation. The interest is even greater now. Americans love dance and it is widely known that Russian ballet dancers are among the best in the world.

BF: You’re a choreographer. What is it like to envision these pieces and watch some of the world’s best dancers bring your vision to life on stage?

MT: I love working with these beautiful dancers. They can do just about anything you give them and they are hungry for new ideas. We have added new characters, props, and puppets to the traditional Russian choreography. The dancers have embraced the changes and that is very rewarding. This production is now a visual treat as well as great dance.

BF: What’s your favorite scene in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker and why?

MT: The Dance of the Snowflakes, or Winter Forest, is my favorite. Everything about it is gorgeous, the white and silver tutus, the lighting, and the dancers in precise formations is thrilling.

BF: Do you have any advice for children who want to dance professionally, or be more involved in the arts?

MT: My hope for children is that they can experience the arts as self-expression and fun… and as an exploration of what makes us human. I hope that they can bring a curiosity to their experiences that opens them up to what is possible in their own lives.

Learn more about Mary here:
http://www.nutcracker.com/about-us/directors

Troops can sign up for Girl Scout tickets here:
http://www.nutcracker.com/buy-tickets/girl-scout-groups

The contact for the performance in Grand Junction is tim@nutcracker.com.

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

Girl Scouts win first place float (Youth Division) at Evergreen Rodeo Parade

Submitted by Girl Scouts of Colorado Recruitment Specialist Sarah Scalise

Metro Denver

Evergreen

Blue Spruce volunteers worked together to create an amazing entry in the Evergreen Rodeo Parade! The float was a birthday theme, celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado. In addition to a spectacular float, more than 50 girls and adults dressed in historical uniforms dating back to the 1940’s. Girl Scouts are thrilled to have won first place in their division. Thank you Blue Spruce Girl Scouts for your energy, spirit, and dedication! Thank you to the GSCO Archives Committee for lending girls and volunteers the uniforms!

Link to pics: https://pix.sfly.com/yArjoK

Media coverage: http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/rodeo-parade-displays-best-americana

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

Power of Cookie: Girl Scouts visit NYC

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Several girls from Troop 73392 used their cookie money to visit New York City this month. Sophia led her fellow troop members in picking out accommodations, places to eat, and things to see and do in the city.

Highlights included mastering the public transportation system, visiting the National September 11th Museum, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Coney Island, and eating lots of yummy food.

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

Girls’ Choice badge requirements now available

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

Girls have spoken! The winning Girls’ Choice badge topic for 2017 is Troop Camping.  And, without further ado, we’re pleased to announce . . .

The 2017 Girls’ Choice badge requirements are now available for digital download. What a great way to kick off the summer and build go-get-‘em problem-solvers, encourage challenge-seeking, and expose girls to new experiences as they grow their skills, confidence, and character.

Daisies will get a first taste of the camping fun and excitement in their first-ever Girls’ Choice badge, and then the Brownie Ambassador badges will build on that foundation.

So head on over to the Girl Scout Shop today for your digital downloads; badges and printed requirements will be in council shops by August.  They’re chock full of opportunities for her to take the lead like a Girl Scout and unleash her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. And we can’t forget all the adventure, fun, and excitement great Girl Scout memories are made of! 

And girls, always remember, camp life is the best life!

Gold Award project: Entrepreneural Development in Haiti Part Two

Submitted by Lilli T.

Mountain Communities

Breckenridge

Through Girl Scouts, girls learn a plethora of skills including the encouragement to reach higher. My name is Lilli and I am no exception to the adoption of these skills as through Girl Scouts I was able to accomplish an honor I never sought possible.

Last year, I connected with the Haitian school of St. Paul’s and in doing so I began to learn about the education climate in Haiti. Haitian education rates are among the lowest in the western hemisphere with a literacy rate of 61% compared to America’s 86%. 88% of eligible Haitian students are enrolled in primary school while 20% are enrolled in secondary school. The Haitian government provides very little funds for public schools, with only 10% of the government’s budget spent on public schools. 21.5% of the population, age 5+, receive a secondary education, and 1% receive a university level education. 33% of children (ages 6-12) do not attend school. In acknowledgment of these statistics, and with an interest in business, I wanted to provide an extension to the 8th grade curriculum at the Haitian School of St. Paul’s by incorporating a business component into their education.

This past month, I partnered with the Colorado Haiti Project and from May 29-31, 2017 I conducted a three day business workshop for the 8th grade class of St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti. During the workshop the ten students learned the five fundamentals of business: how to create a business plan, what loans are, how to design a product, how to advertise it, and ultimately how to earn a profit. Through the workshop, the students learned about the concept of supply and demand, economic competition, etc. There were five product options in which the students were able to choose from; dominos, checkers, sak through, friendship bracelets, and a home garden bed. Students were able to work in groups of two, or individually. In an effort to manage the competition, no more than three groups, or people, were able to make a product. The students began by choosing a product and proceeding to fill out a business plan and create advertisements. The following day the students took out loans from the “Monopoly Bank” and then proceed to the wholesale store in which they purchased the necessary materials to make their product(s). For the duration of the second day, students sewed, painted, colored, and braided their products. On the final day, the students finished their products and a moc-market was held in which the administration of St. Pau’ls and I purchased the students product with Monopoly money. Following the market, the students payed back half of their loan and then were able to purchase the leftover materials from the wholesale store.

The aspect of the business workshop that was most humbling was the following day when St. Paul’s hosted a community wide agricultural festival. At the festival, the students that participated in my workshop sold friendship bracelets and other products that they had made the previous night from the material they were able to purchase with the profit they had made. Through the information and encouragement provided during the business workshop students were able to make a real profit. My primary goal in working to earn my Gold Award is to provide these 8th graders, whom some will not continue school after this year, with an enriched education that will help them in the workforce. Witnessing these 8th graders using the fundamentals that we focused on in class and putting them to use so quickly and successfully was a true accomplishment.

Another aspect I hope to cover in earning my Gold Award is to educate those in the United States and elsewhere about the education climate in Haiti and encourage them to get involved!

Girls leading girls

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

The girls from Troop 73392 led their fellow Girl Scouts in a fun evening of kayaking and paddle boarding. The weather was great, the water warm, and the view fabulous. Troop 73392 will be hosting another workshop on July 29, 2017 in Longmont for Cadette level and higher.

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

Silver Award project: Family shelter

Submitted by Lillian L.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

I created a cart filled with books and games to donate to a family shelter in Colorado Springs for my Silver Award. There were people there of all different ages, so I provided reading material for all different age groups.

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

Visiting Sangam on the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Submitted by Krista B., 2017 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship  winner

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Girl Scouts has been a part of my life since I was nine-years-old and trying on my first Brownie uniform. The opportunities afforded me by Girl Scouts have shaped my life and who I am. Through Girl Scouts, I have been able to do a significant amount of international travel and on these trips I have made lasting friendships with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world.

Most recently, I had the opportunity to visit Sangam World Centre in Pune, India with the assistance of the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship. Ever since returning home from a stint as the Programme Intern at Pax Lodge, I have been itching to visit another World Centre. The World Centres (there are five in all: Pax Lodge, Our Cabaña, Our Chalet, Sangam, and Kusafiri) have a peculiar magic about them. I have stayed in many international youth hostels, but I have found that the World Centres are so much more than a hostel. They are a welcoming environment that values international perspectives. The diverse staff, volunteers, and guests create an amazing and unique place. One of the best parts about Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting is how easy it is to make friends. Despite different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, we are all connected by our passion for moulding young women of courage, confidence, and character.

The event I attended at Sangam was a week-long event called “Be the Change: International Women’s Day.” The event was concerned with giving its participants the tools and knowledge to be the change they wish to see in the world. We also got to celebrate International Women’s Day with one of Sangam’s community partners, Maher, which is a home that takes care of orphans, women, and children who are victims of domestic violence, women with mental disabilities, and women who have been rejected by their families for any reason.

The participants represented five countries: India, Albania, Rwanda, Ireland, and the United States. I absolutely loved meeting the Guides and learning about their organizations and about amazing women from their countries. We explored Pune in small groups and Lata (from India) made sure that Viviane (from Rwanda) and I made it where we were supposed to go and didn’t overpay for rickshaws. I learned from Ardita (from Albania) that Albania’s Girl Guide organization is very new, and she is one of the first Guide leaders in her country. Manisha (from India) taught me to count to 10 in Hindi and showed us all a thing or two about Bollywood dancing. Viviane (from Rwanda) showed me the traditional dress from her country and Fiona (from Ireland) shared stories from her Guides in Dublin.

I found India to be an incredible place, nothing like I had experienced before. The culture is so rich and the country is thick with colors and scents that I found I didn’t have the vocabulary to name. I was struck most by the sense of community, both within Sangam and within the community partners they support. With the Green Tara Foundation, we visited one of the many slums in Pune and I loved learning songs and games from the young women they work with there. Green Tara focuses on educating young women, although they do not turn away anyone who wants to learn. I taught one of my favorite camp songs, Fred the Moose, and learned a new game from them.

At the end of the week, I was sad to leave. I had come 8,040 miles from my university to Sangam and now it was time to return so I could go class bright and early Monday morning. I loved the time I spent in India and I only wish I had been able to spend more time there. At Sangam’s gate, I leaned out the car window and waved to all of my new friends as they sang me off with “Happy journey, happy journey, happy journey, on you go…”

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved atgirlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

Cookie connoisseurs at Aspen St. Regis

Submitted by Cindi Graves

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

The Aspen St. Regis hotel was host to girls from Troop 13723 of Aspen and Troop 10065 of Grand Junction who acted as judges for a Girl Scout cookie dessert making contest. The St. Regis launched their inaugural Camp Astor, inspired by founder John Jacob Astor IV and his love for Lake St. Regis in upstate New York, as a summer offering packed with outdoor adventures. This event provided a sampling of the camp to a select party of journalists. Part of the fun was competing for the coveted “golden whisk” by creating the most mouthwatering dessert using Girl Scout Cookies as an ingredient. The girls, as a panel of cookie connoisseurs, examined, tasted, and deliberated as a group to determine the winner based on presentation, taste, and use of the cookie. The girls and their families were treated to a fabulous outdoor feast, tutorial on sabering champagne, and a sing-a-long by the pool, all with the beautiful backdrop of Aspen. Director of Marketing Jessica Young was a Girl Scout as a girl and when envisioning a camp event, thought it would be incomplete without Girl Scouts. We had a great time and hope to do more with our new friends at the St. Regis.

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

Relevant and Resonant: Girl Scouts ranks #2 on World Value Index

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

During the last year, Girl Scouts has reclaimed its ownership of and legacy in the leadership space for girls, showing the world that there is no better program to ignite the power of every girl. In addition to continuing to invest in technology to better deliver and influence new programming, Girl Scouts welcomed a new leader, CEO Sylvia Acevedo, who brings to the organization a background in entrepreneurship; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and innovation, as well as a lifelong commitment to advancing opportunities for girls. Under Sylvia’s leadership, the Girl Scout Movement has expanded its reach to populations that need it most and is enhancing its research-proven program offerings so more girls can develop leadership skills that aren’t cultivated in traditional school settings.

When the results of the World Value Index were released last week—showing Girl Scouts second out of 150 organizations ranked according to how audiences perceive and value the purpose and mission of the brand—it was apparent that Girl Scouts’ dedication to girls’ healthy development and education is being noticed in a BIG way. In fact, Girl Scouts scored at the top of four key areas: high awareness, relevance and resonance, a strong motivator in garnering active support, and an influential factor in spending.

“GSUSA is honored to be recognized on the 2017 World Value Index as the second most valued brand in the world,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “For more than a century, we have been cultivating girls to serve as female leaders poised to smash glass ceilings and stereotypes across all industries around the globe. We are proud of Girl Scouts who are making a difference in their communities and who have, thanks to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and our caring adult volunteers, gone on to assume leadership positions in the United States and around the world. It’s time to invest in girls—the future of female leadership.”