I am so proud of the girls in Troop 62226! For their Silver Award project, they collected supplies and assembled over 100 backpacks and over 300 stuffed animals for kids involved in an incident in which the Aurora Police Department responds. The girls learned while doing this project that the Aurora PD responded to over 6,000 calls that involved someone under the age of 18 in 2016. The Chief of Police was even there to welcome the girls and thank them. The Aurora PD will be thanking them by having two officers attend the Highest Awards ceremony.
Girl Scouts in Troop 31747 from La Junta took the lead to make their world a better place and will receive two of Girl Scouts’ highest awards at an upcoming celebration in Pueblo.
Girl Scout Juniors Annie Clarke and Megan Lofing earned the Bronze Award for collecting more than 200 stuffed animals for children being treated at Ark Valley Regional Hospital in La Junta. One of the biggest lessons the girls learned from this project was goal-setting. When they started, their goal was to collect 50 stuffed animals. However, because they worked so hard, they surpassed that goal! The girls also realized that it feels good to do something that helps someone else, especially other children.
Girl Scout Cadettes Bethany Taullie, Alexi Nunez-Rebel, Mariana Marquez, and Kamryn Fisher will accept the Silver Award. They collected donations of personal care products, snacks, and other items and used them to create more than a dozen “Blessing Bags” for homeless members of their community. The girls even wrote personal letters of encouragement to put in each bag. The girls say this project taught them how to set a goal, break it down into steps, and achieve that goal effectively. They also learned about leadership because each girl was responsible for a different part of the project. The girls also shared their project and how they did it with members of the community, so the project can easily be repeated.
Six Girl Scouts from Highlands Ranch Troop 3453 participated in a wonderful “Day in the life of an artist” experience at Ouray Sportswear in Englewood on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The event, sponsored by the Ouray of Hope Foundation, provided an opportunity for troop members to collaborate with designers, production artists, and other members of Ouray’s creative team.
The Girl Scouts, along with participants from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, were guided through the creative process of contemplating shirt designs based on the “Bigfoot” or “Yeti” theme. Girls researched and designed a couple of small “thumbnail” sketches before refining concepts into their very own full-size design. Creative professionals offered meaningful insights and guidance along the way. “Ouray is honored to provide opportunities to young folks looking to learn more about ‘real life’ employment scenarios. We enjoyed being able to showcase our process and interact with the kids, it was a very enriching experience,” said event organizer, Bobby Small, Ouray’s VP of Information Systems.
Troop 3453 was also treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ouray production facility, including massive screen-printing, embroidery, and laser cutting machines. Each participant then presented her design concept to the entire group, receiving suggestions and constructive feedback from an Ouray creative director. At the conclusion of the event, each Girl Scout received a special, custom-designed Bigfoot t-shirt commemorating the fantastic outing.
The experience is part of Troop 3453’s Media Journey, with the girl’s planning to use their newly acquired insights to design and produce their very own troop logo shirts!
Submitted by Katie Singleton, Girl Experience Manager for Girl Scouts of Colorado
Join Girl Scouts of Colorado at the Colorado Girls Elevated Reach Your Peak Expo on Sunday, April 23, 2017. This event, which is specifically for girls ages 11-19 and their parents, will take place from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Arapahoe County Fair Grounds Expo Center. This annual event, which is produced by The Aurora Sentinel, Mix100 Radio, and KMGH Denver 7, is free to the public.
The event will feature powerful seminars, a runway fashion show, STEM activities, and inspirational speakers. There will also be a number of interactive exhibits and workshops focused on topics such as cyber safety, healthy relationships, body image, distracted driving, and more!
Katelyn Ibarra, a Girl Scout from Steamboat Springs who helped save lives after a city bus crashed, recently travelled to Washington, D.C. to be honored as a 2017 Citizen Honors Award winner by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
On March 29, 2016, Katelyn and her family were on their way to eat dinner when they came upon a city bus that had crashed on U.S. Highway 40 near CR 44. The roads were very slick and icy from a snowstorm earlier in the day. As soon as Katelyn saw the crash, she knew she had to help. After climbing up a slippery, muddy slope to reach the front of the bus, Katelyn climbed through the broken windshield and into the bus. Without hesitation, she helped the driver and numerous passengers, many of whom were in shock, bleeding, or had other serious injuries.
In addition to this award, Girl Scouts of the USA awarded Katelyn the prestigious Medal of Honor for “saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.”
We asked Katelyn to share her story about that fateful night and the events that have followed. Here is her story:
Recently, my life was changed forever after I did a simple deed that I thought was a no-brainer. In March 2016, my family and I came upon a head-on collision between an SUV and a city bus. I assisted the victims by climbing up a muddy embankment and through the broken windshield of the bus where I helped passengers who had facial injuries and were in shock. That night, I saw people from all characteristic spectrums. I saw people who didn’t slow down at all. I encountered people that had a weak stomach, but still tried to help. There were the others that helped like I did. In my mind, anyone and everyone would have done what I did, but on that night and the year to follow I learned otherwise. As I was once told, there are ordinary angels all over the place, it’s just a matter of them showing themselves. My biggest thought in the moment was, I would want someone to help me, so I made sure to help them!
After that night, the attention I received was way out of my comfort zone. I received the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Meritorious Service Award and Girl Scouts of the USA’s Medal of Honor. In addition, the local newspaper wrote articles, I was interviewed on the news, and it was all over social media. I felt like telling the story was bragging, but that all changed last month.
I was presented the Young Hero Citizens Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation in Washington, D.C. It was an amazing experience and so humbling! I visited monuments, Arlington National Cemetery, the Joint Mayer Military Base, and the U.S. Capitol. I even got to eat dinner in the Library of Congress. I met such a sweet and inspiring lady named Molly who was awarded a Citizen’s Medal of Honor for stopping a school shooting. I also met over 20 men who had received the Congressional Medal of Honor for Valor (for saving lives while in the military). They told their stories in a simple and kind way and would never shame anyone while telling their stories. I realized there is a way to talk about my story while staying humble. Receiving the award wasn’t the point, the main point was showing your character by spreading kindness, helping others, and passing on good qualities.
Men and women today and throughout history have sacrificed their lives everyday to keep us free. They are the reasons we are here today and can live the lifestyles we live now. When you see a veteran make sure to always thank them and to respect them. I’m still not really sure what to think about all this and how it will impact my life, but I’m definitely more comfortable about it now. You never know how your life can change in such a split second, both for the better or the worse. I’m thankful I was able to help that night.
The City of Centennial honored Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Sarah Greichen as one of six outstanding Centennial high school students with a Youth Achievement Award during a City Council meeting in April. The Youth Achievement Award honors and recognizes Centennial youth who have made a significant impact in the community through volunteer work or other special deeds that demonstrate exceptional leadership. All 2017 Youth Achievement recipients received a $500 scholarship.
Sarah, a senior at Front Range Christian School, was chosen for serving as an Adam’s Camp volunteer and as president of various unified sports clubs at both Heritage and Front Range Christian schools. She sits on the Special Olympics Youth Activation Committee and earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Her Girl Scout Gold Award project led her to create the Score A Friend, Inc., a nonprofit organization which works to include students of all abilities in school activities. Currently, there are Score A Friend clubs at Front Range Christian School, Louisiana State University, and Northern Arizona University. Sarah is also in the process of implementing nine new clubs in local area schools.
The Centennial Youth Commission and the City of Centennial’s Building Services provider, SAFEbuilt, provided $1,500 each to recognize these outstanding youth in the community.
Would your troop like to meet real-life cowgirls and their working horses? See a songbird up-close and watch it be released? Observe young craftswomen making handmade leather goods? Explore a vibrant grassland ecosystem AND camp under the prairie skies?
All of this can happen in ONE place, and that’s why the Chico Basin Ranch is the perfect spot for your next Girl Scout adventure!
The Chico is an 87,000-acre working cattle ranch that’s open to the public and focused on conserving land, wildlife, and western heritage. For the past 17 years, the Chico has invited visitors to experience how ranching can work to preserve our native Colorado rangelands while exploring scientific research and ecology first-hand through the ranch’s seasonal bird banding stations.
Appropriate for all ages, a visit to the ranch can include:
bird banding observation (April 12 – May 21, Sept 5 – Oct 5);
a prairie and pond ecology walk;
a visit to our working leather shop;
and a corral tour with a horse and rider demonstration.
We also welcome the opportunity to work with your troop on building certain skills for badges, customizing an overnight camping trip, and/or developing a service project.
Located between Colorado Springs and Pueblo in the high desert prairie just east of the Front Range, the Chico is easily accessible from I-25. We are booking Spring and Fall 2017 field trips for our seasonal bird banding station so now is the time to set your date! Please email email@example.com or call 719-683-7960 for scheduling. We look forward to hosting Girl Scouts from all over Colorado soon!
Join Girl Scouts across the state on the Royal Gorge Bridge for a very special centennial bridging event on Saturday, May 20, 2017! GSCO is organizing an official bridging walk at the bridge in Canyon City at 11 a.m. and will host a short reception afterwards. Cost is $5/Girl Scout and $3/friends and family, plus $16 per person for discounted entry to the park, which is good all day.
**Registration will be done in two parts.
To participate in GSCO’s bridging ceremony and reception, please register at https://goo.gl/exHstj. The registration deadline for the reception is May 15, 2017. Each Girl Scout registration includes a special centennial event patch.
To purchase admission tickets, please contact the Royal Gorge Bridge directly at (719) 275-7507. Tickets can also be purchased at the bridge the day of the event. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family will need to purchase an admission ticket to enter the Royal Gorge for the bridging ceremony.
Girl Scout troops and families are also welcome to visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and enjoy discounted tickets, even if their troop or Girl Scout is not bridging.
Submitted by Junior Troop 62215 (Savannah, Cali, Elyana, Tanes, Desiree, Kelsey, Aubry, Emily, Mia, Autumn, Izzy, Nevaeh, and Evelyn)
Hello! We are Juniors from Troop 62215. Our troop did our Bronze Award on Food Waste. We would like to share with others how bad food waste is. We made two videos to be shared to help others learn about it. Please share the videos with your troop and others in the world. We would like this message to be shared worldwide.
We are in the process of completing some bookmarks to share our message too. Please let us know if you would be willing to give a bookmark to your Girl Scouts, troop families, friends, family members, etc. They are free.
We would like to thank our troop leaders, Jordan and Michelle, for helping us with this project. We would also like to thank “Weird Al” for the song.
Girl Scouts is continuing our exciting partnership with the National Park Service and the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.
Through this program, girls are invited to play outdoors, learn about national parks and why they’re preserved, and develop essential leadership skills. Even better, girls have the opportunity to earn patches, complete journeys, and achieve Take Action and Gold Award projects!
So, how exactly do you earn your Ranger patch? It’s simple!
Choose a National Park Service site.
Visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm. Choose a national park, a monument, or any of 417 sites protected by the National Park Service. Explore nature, learn the history, and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.
Imagine Yourself in a National Park.
Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge, or a night sky project interests you.
Contact the park and make a plan.
Call the park (the phone number is on the park’s website under Contact Us). Identify yourself as a Girl Scout. Ask if there is someone who works with the Girl Scout Ranger program or a volunteer coordinator. Express your ideas to the coordinator. Together, plan a project to help the park and fulfill your goals.
Go to the park and Have Fun!
If your park does not have a volunteer program or is too far away to visit, create a Take Action Project.
Share the experience
Share your best shots on Instagram and Twitter using #FindYourPark and #NPS101 (don’t forget to tag @GirlScouts and @GSColo) and invite your entire troop to do the same!
Ready to learn more about becoming a Girl Scout Ranger? Click here to read FAQs!