Category Archives: Girl Scout News

Girl Scout Synchronized Swimming Day

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Submitted by Julie Romney

Denver Metro

Aurora

Who wants to join these cute synchronized swimmers and learn the OLYMPIC sport of SYNCHRO! Have your girls been watching the Olympics and are ready to dive in and try it!!?? Rocky Mountain Splash is hosting their 11th annual Girl Scout Synchro Day on September 10, 2016 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. (at Range View High School in Aurora). This fun filled afternoon will give your Girl Scout an opportunity to MEET an Olympic Synchro swimmer, learn a routine in the water with our nationally ranked synchro team, discover the secret how synchronized swimmers keep their hair perfect in the water, and even get their hair and make-up done just like the Olympians! For just $25, you get three hours of fun, a healthy snack and a fun patch! Space is limited to the first 50 girls! Register now at njromney@gmail.com.

Family Movie Night with the Colorado Avalanche

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The Colorado Avalanche invite Girl Scouts, friends, and family to join their community Family Movie Night on Sept. 10, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Pepsi Center and an upcoming Colorado Avalanche Hockey game!  Here are the event details:

Date & Time: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Movie: “Inside Out” Pixar movie and will have some small concessions open. Seats are in the lower level of the Pepsi Center.

Additional Bonus: Ticket buyers can redeem an additional ticket for one of two Avalanche game choices on 10/28 or 1/6 (both weekend choices) in the upper level admission section.

Cost: $30/person (includes both the Family Movie Night event and the game ticket – 2 events for the price of one!)

Registration: Purchase tickets through this link – www.avstix.com/FMN2016

Questions?: Please contact Kiley Long at 303-405-7625 or Kiley.Long@TeamKSE.com

See this flyer for more info. Hope you enjoy these fun events!

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 Save the date for our own Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, January 14, 2017! More details about fun program opportunities and the game are coming soon!

 

Gold Awardee Receives Scepter of Light Award at Elena of Avalor’s Royal Debut

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Something magical happened at Walt Disney World. On Thursday, the Crown Princess Elena of Avalor—Disney’s first Latina princess and star of Disney Channel’s new animated series Elena of Avalor—made her royal debut at Magic Kingdom. And Girl Scouts of Citrus was there to give her a royal welcome!

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As part of the royal debut, the inaugural Elena of Avalor—Scepter of Light Award was presented at the Cinderella Castle stage to Orlando Girl Scout Ashley Chico, who recently received her Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest recognition a Girl Scout can earn, with recipients completing Take Action projects that demonstrate extraordinary leadership, including compassion, critical thinking, collaboration, and courage—the very leadership qualities that Elena of Avalor models.

For her project, 17-year-old Ashley developed the CHICO HealthCare app, which allows patients who are illiterate to share their personal and medical information via tablet, using voice recognition in any language, so that they can register to receive medical care. Ashley celebrated her incredible achievement by spending the day at Magic Kingdom with her sisters (who are also Girl Scouts!) where they met Jenna Ortega, the voice of Princess Isabel!

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Members of the Girl Scouts of Citrus council were on stage to represent Girl Scouts of the USA’s and Disney Channel’s new collaboration, a week after the two organizations announced they are teaming up to inspire girls and their families to practice leadership with the debut of The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel. Available in English and Spanish, the guide showcases activities and conversations parents and caregivers can engage their preschool through fifth-grade girls in to boost their everyday leadership skills and prepare them to create the future they imagine.

Check out more magical highlights from Thursday’s event below:

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Ready to help your girl take the lead and make the world a better place? Join the Movement.

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

Pueblo

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.