Category Archives: Girl Scout News

Songbirds Girl Scout Choir featured at World Singing Day

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Estes Park

October 22, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado was the setting for the 2016 World Singing Day, and the Songbirds Girl Scout Choir was one of several featured groups recruited to help lead the massive crowd of singers in uplifting songs.

World Singing Day was founded in 2012 by Boulder musician Scott Johnson and brings people together in their communities all around the world through the simple act of singing together.  It’s an opportunity each year to celebrate our global family through the international language of music.  “Our goal for 2016 is to have community sing-a-longs on all seven continents and reach over one million people through videos and social media,” said Scott.

Information about the Songbirds was prominently displayed in the lyric booklet passed out to all participants.

The famous Colorado acapella group FACE performed for the first half-hour and it was fantastic to be on stage with them when our turn came to lead our assigned songs.  They seemed happy to back up the Girl Scout Choir and were very energetic and engaging in their involvement with our singers as well as the whole crowd.

Other groups recruited to lead a total of twenty-two songs throughout the event were The Rocky Mountain Chorale, UNC’s Vocal Iron, and Up With People alumni.

The Girl Scout Choir stood out with their royal blue logo polo shirts, and were quite visible and distinctive in the crowd.  We also passed out programs at the beginning of the event and helped pick up and put away the booklets when the event was over.

The songs we were assigned to help lead everyone in singing were “What the World Needs Now,” “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Let It Be,” “La Bamba” (in Spanish!), and “America the Beautiful,” which spotlighted two additional newly written verses specific to Boulder.

Some special things happened throughout the event including some dancing among the crowd, some plastic blow-up guitars passed out to help folks get with the beat, and several professional photographers recording the entire event.  See Facebook for lots of involvement about World Singing Day 2016 in Boulder, Colorado.  Videos and photos can also be accessed on Twitter using #worldsingingday.

We hope to be invited back again next year and that even more choir members and others will join our group.  This was a great event for the choir and Girl Scouts of Colorado, as we were widely applauded and appreciated by those who came out for this great event.  It’s truly a great idea to unite the world in song.

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Flying, zapping, and girl power superhero camp

Submitted by Carolyn Decker

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Join us for a super-powered, superhero camp!!!

The Seniors and Cadettes of Troop 78527 are hosting an adventurous superhero camp for Brownies and Juniors. This camp is all about discovering what you are capable of and how to achieve it. There will be tons of fun games and activities, where each girl will discover her superpowers and learn to use them. She’ll get a chance to learn how to fight evil and get all kinds of creative with her secret identity. She will create her own jewelry with sparkling stones that represent her superpowers. Girls will also design their own mini-sidekick and flowing cape to wear to supercharge their fight for good. Girls will get to enjoy camping with their troop in heated cabins, and eat delicious food provided by Tomahawk Ranch and have a super time having fun with older girls winter camping.

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey, Colorado southwest of Denver

When: Friday, January 20 to Sunday, January 22, 2017

Arrive beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday for dinner and the start of all the fun festivities. Depart at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The deadline for registration is December 15, 2016. Please look on the GSCO event page for the registration form and flyer. Use superhero as a keyword!

Girls must attend with adults. The camp costs $100 for each girl attending and $55 for each adult. (Adults over safety-wise ratios must pay $100) Cost includes activities, lodging, five meals and snacks, and a Superhero fun patch.

Questions? Please contact Maria Cross at cross.maria.e@gmail.com or at 703-597-6188.

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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Submitted by Tonya Toller

Metro Denver

Westminster

Troop 60493 from Westminster collected bags of candy from our school and put together “Thank You Candy Poem Bags” to thank the men and women in the police force. These two gentlemen were so nice and gave a us mini-tour of the police station. Thank you City of Westminster Police Department!

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Give the gift of Girl Scout Camp

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When friends or family ask what your girl might want this holiday season, suggest the gift of Girl Scout Camp! Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. can order a Girl Scouts of Colorado Gift Card online or purchase one in person at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

Registration for Girl Scout Camp 2017 begins Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. GSCO is proud to offer a variety of sessions designed for girls entering first grade through seniors in high school at both Sky High Ranch near Colorado Springs or Tomahawk Ranch southwest of Denver. Overnight camp sessions are 3 days, 6 days, 9 days, or 12 days.

For summer 2017, your girl can rough-it survivor-style, summon the courage to zip down the zip line, sing and dance with new friends, or even paint a chicken’s toe nails! Sessions begin June 7 and include themes such as:

  • Pioneers at Tomahawk Ranch- Girls will travel back in time to the 1800’s! They’ll learn to cook over a fire, prepare food as their ancestors did, track animals, and make their own soaps and lotion.
  • Oopy Goopy Science at Sky High Ranch – Girls will learn how to launch pop and tea bag rockets, explode watermelons, and make fizzy lemonade to drink.
  • On Target at Tomahawk Ranch – Girls can become skilled archers while practicing on the range and field course and learning a new target activity called FLU-FLU (archery golf)! They’ll also get to whittle their own arrows and fashion them with arrowheads and fletching!
  • Water Fillies at Sky High Ranch – Cool off from a day at the barn with a dip in the pond! Girls will split their time between the pond and barn. They’ll canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddle board, as well as groom, feed and play with the animals.
  • Dream Team at Tomahawk Ranch – This is the ultimate girl-led adventure! Girls will design their own session by choosing from a variety of activities including: horseback riding, archery, outdoor cooking, hiking, crafts, stargazing, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, and spa nights!

Girl Scouts of Colorado will also continue to offer day camp, family camp, and troop camp adventures throughout the state.

A new Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp website will launch in early December (www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/camp). You’ll find all the session listings, information about camp properties, and more. Remember to register early. Some sessions fill in just a few hours!

 

 

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Kelsey Harry, Littleton, “Operation Eagle”

 

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created Operation Eagle which is a high school club that addresses the issues of the U.S. military’s need of supplies that give them some comfort from home, narrows the emotional gap between soldiers overseas and their community/home, and addresses the lack of military knowledge in our community.  Operation Eagle aims to send as many care packages as possible to troops overseas to help the soldiers feel loved and supported, as well as to spread awareness of our troops in the community. To involve more of the community, individual Operation Eagle members visited elementary schools to work with students to write positive letters of support that were mailed to troops overseas. The troops benefit from this project because they receive supplies that they desperately need and gain a feeling of love and support from the communities that they left behind. Communities also benefit because they gain knowledge about what military life is really like in parts of the world where there is life and death conflict and communities also receive satisfaction by knowing that they helped support the people that are constantly sacrificing in order to preserve our freedom.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience? 

Pictures of our smiling troops surrounded by packages collected by Operation Eagle efforts are extremely gratifying and proof of our immediate impact on U.S. soldiers. It is very apparent that our heroes know of the love and support from this community. The cards, letters, donated items, and shipping box decorating identify the care and concern from our community towards our troops.  This level of effort and love is a sure sign that the educational efforts provided by OE are having a positive and lasting effect on our military. It is also apparent that OE club members have gained skills as well, one being the ability to communicate with principals, teachers, students, and other club members.

How is your project sustainable?  How will your project continue to impact after your involvement? 

My project will be sustained since the teacher sponsor of Operation Eagle has committed to continue the club past my involvement. A current underclassman will be taking on the leadership position of this club once I have graduated. Long-term impact of Operation Eagle would be the continuation of the impact OE is currently having on our troops and on our community.  It would be the continuing education of students and community members of what military life is like, as well as the teaching on the needs of our soldiers.  It would also be continuing to collect cards, letters, and needed items for our military. But, the most important long-term impact of OE would be that our troops continue to feel the love and support from all of us, the people they choose to put their lives on the line for every day.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection? 

Sending letters and needed items to our soldiers connects us to our loved ones, even when they are thousands of miles away. The soldiers feel closer as well. The global link to my project is that Operation Eagle is connecting communities with overseas soldiers.  Communities are giving thanks and showing appreciation to our troops by sending care packages; and community members are also supporting fellow community members by supporting their loved ones in the military.

What did you learn about yourself?

Not only have I discovered so much about myself throughout my project, I have also discovered a great deal about the world around me, and how I can make the world a better place. I chose to start Operation Eagle because I saw a problem in the world that I wanted to help eliminate. After finding a worldwide problem and doing whatever I could to help extinguish it, I discovered that I will seek more world problems in the future and do whatever I can to help. I discovered the type of person that I want to be. I want to be someone who makes a difference in the world and perseveres to reach her goals. I want to be a person who seeks challenges to overcome.  I encountered many challenges during my project, but I always stayed true to myself and I always kept my goal in mind.  I discovered who I am through my project.  I am a leader, a helper, a problem solver, and a confident young woman.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

I have learned so much about myself during this process and the type of person that I want to be and I know that this project is only the beginning. Because of Operation Eagle I want to, and am going to, seek world problems and help solve them, because the feeling of helping others and being kind is truly invaluable.  I have become a leader and I know these skills will grow in the future.  I am going to continue to help others, be kind, be confident, and make the world a better place.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

Besides the great feeling of helping the community and giving back, I feel a sense of accomplishment. I think it is very important to finish something that you’ve started. The Gold Award sums up my whole Girl Scout experience. I have implemented all of the skills learned from Girls Scouts into this project.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Fall Sale success

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THANK YOU to all of the girls, adult volunteers, and customers who helped make the 2016 Fall Sale Program a huge success! We had a 66% increase in girl participation from 2015 and a 74% increase in sales. Also, more than 3,500 girls earned the Fall Sale portion of the GSCO S’mores Club. Remember: To earn the S’mores Club reward, girls must also sell at least 275 packages of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2017 Cookie Sale Program.

All Fall Sale product has now been delivered to Service Unit Fall Sale Managers. Girl rewards have been ordered and will be delivered to Service Unit Fall Sale Managers the week of December 5, 2016. If you have questions or concerns, please email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Troop 74394 honors our heroes on Veterans Day

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Submitted by Brooke Gibbs

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Loveland Girl Scout Troop 74394 spent Veterans Day in service to our American heroes. We rose early to serve breakfast at the VFW in Loveland. Then, we continued our day by walking in the Veterans Day parade in historical Girl Scout uniforms. We had such a good time we plan on returning again next year.

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Girl Scout display at 21c Library

THANK YOU to our partners at the Pikes Peak Library District! For nearly two months now, they have featured a very large Girl Scout display at the 21c (21st Century) branch in Colorado Springs. The display celebrates the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in Colorado. Many people have admired the display and several have even contacted the local GSCO office about joining Girl Scouts!

GSCO Runs in Coffin Race

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Every year in Manitou, there is a parade and coffin race to celebrate Emma. Her coffin was washed out many years ago and slide through the town. People dress up and decorate their coffins. Troop 43810 Cadettes and Seniors worked with staff members in the GSCO Colorado Springs office to get in on the fun. The girls got to walk in the parade and mingle with all the guests while talking about Girl Scouts with all the girls they met. Then, five staffers and volunteers actually ran in the race. We did not win the race, but we did win our heat! The girls cheered us on from the sidelines and have already asked if we can go back next year!

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Girl Scout Day of Dance

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Girl Scouts had a great time at Girl Scout Day of Dance with Colorado Ballet in Denver earlier this month! 74 girls learned how to do swing dance, contemporary expressive dance, ballet with Colorado Ballet instructors, and enjoyed a tour of the costume closet at the ballet’s studio. Cadettes also learned ballet techniques. It was great to see so many older girls at the event!

Here’s a video of Cadettes practicing their ballet moves:

Daisy dancers had fun learning different dance moves. What awesome energy! Here’s a fun video of Daisies learning their dance:

http://https://youtu.be/acm7C-oGK9A

A BIG THANK YOU to our volunteer event coordinator, Brandy Schauppner, and the Sunset Hills Service Unit for hosing this great annual event! Brandy and her team did a great job and our hosts at the Colorado Ballet appreciated the outstanding job they did this year!

Upcoming Events

Intellectual Property Patch Junior Girl Scout Event, Dec. 3, Denver

The Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation is hosting an Intellectual Property Patch for Junior Girl Scouts on Dec. 3 at the Rocky Mountain Region US Patent Office in Denver. Girl Scouts will learn about trademarks and patents from Intellectual Property lawyers and earn requirements towards their Junior Product Designer badge. 

Great Russian Nutcracker Ballet, Dec. 8, Grand Junction and Dec. 9, Denver

Moscow Ballet presents this great holiday classic. All Girl Scouts, GSCO staff, friends, and family can get the Girl Scout group rate. For Denver tickets check here. For Grand Junction tickets, please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org