On Sunday, December 11, 2016 eleven Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts came together in Stapleton to participate in a financial literacy workshop hosted by Operation HOPE. Operation HOPE’s “Banking on Our Future” program teaches students in middle and high school basic financial literacy skills and how financial management is tied to dignity.
The workshop started with a discussion about dignity, which is defined as being worthy of esteem and respect. Operation HOPE links financial literacy with dignity and the need to invest in yourself and your community. The girls then learned about budgeting and banking. In pairs, girls were given a profession and created a budget based on their specified income. There were intense debates on whether they could realistically live without electricity in order to afford Starbucks or if they could ride a bike instead of owning a car to save money.
During the section on banking, girls learned why banks are important, how banks protect your money, and why it is better to put your money into a bank than hiding it in your mattress. The girls learned about checking accounts and practiced writing checks.
One of the session facilitators was a Girl Scout who made sure the girls understood the connection between the financial literacy lessons they were learning with the business skills girls gain through the cookie sale. This event was held at Your Soul’s Movement Performing Arts Center in Stapleton who graciously supported us in supplying a location. This was a fantastic and engaging workshop and we look forward to offering a larger event in the spring!
Recently, the Cadettes of mega Troop 70274 went on a trip to Flatirons Reservoir for the day. The troop planned a hike to the dam at the front of the reservoir. The man-made body of water was being drained for routine maintenance. While walking across the muddy banks, the troop discovered many animal tracks, including sea birds, mule deer, and a bear! A ranger took the Girl Scouts back to the tracks with a book and lots of information to share about wildlife movements in the area. It was a fantastic experience! It was even a quip on 9News.com (http://www.9news.com/features/girl-scouts-find-impressive-bear-tracks-at-flatiron-reservoir/349356630). Oh, where Girl Scout adventures take us!
The Jays Service Unit in Aurora celebrated the holidays with a party and caroling at the Garden Plaza of Aurora Senior Living Center on Sunday, December 11. Garden Plaza gives the Jays SU free meeting space for our monthly Service Unit meetings. We were excited to be able to get to know some of the residents and strengthen this community partnership.
More than 30 Girl Scouts did crafts and played holiday games with the residents of the independent living center before going to the assisted living center to sing carols for the residents that could not attend the party.
It was wonderful to see members of different generations connect and to share some holiday joy!
Junior Troop 1001 and Daisy Troop 5685 contributed their own money from home by doing chores or good deeds and met at Stapleton’s Target to buy gifts for two families in need. We sponsored two families in our school and shopped for them with their holiday wish list. Girls paired up into two or three and had an item to find to help make two families’ holiday a little brighter. It was such a joy to see the girls shopping for someone else with their own hard earned money. Very proud of them!
The University of Colorado Athletic Department staff recently hosted GSCO staff for a tour of CU’s Champions Center. The center is the home for CU Football, Athletic Offices, and CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center. The center opened earlier this year and features state of the art work out facilities, football team locker room, and lounge. There are also historic displays featuring team trophies and uniforms as well as event space with lovely views of the Flat Irons.
GSCO staff was onsite to visit about upcoming Girl Scout winter events with CU Basketball. We’re making plans with both CU Women’s and Men’s basketball teams, so Girl Scouts will have a chance to see two CU games this year. Plans for our game with CU Women’s Basketball are coming soon. Save the date for Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 for Girl Scout Night with CU Men’s Basketball. Plans for both games will include a special ticket deal for Girl Scout troops and families and additional fun Girl Scout activities to be announced. For more information, please contact Lori Thompson at email@example.com.
A big thank you goes to CU Athletic Department staff for a great tour and for coordinating our upcoming winter Girl Scout events!
Sarah Greichen, 2016 Gold Award recipient from Centennial and Girl Scouts of the USA National Young Woman of Distinction, was recently interviewed by the New York Times for a feature article about Girl Scouts of the USA’s new brand platform, G.I.R.L. The goal of this initiative is to highlight how Girl Scouts prepares girls to take the lead to improve their world and the world around them.
Sarah, a senior at Front Range Christian School, was also awarded the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Inspired by her twin brother who has an autism spectrum disorder, Sarah started a non-profit organization, Score A Friend, to promote and support youth to lead school-based unified clubs for students of all abilities. Today, there are Score A Friend clubs in schools and universities across the country.
Our new Daisy troop is just beginning to learn the Girl Scout Law. At our last meeting, we met Lupe the Lupine and learned about what it means to be honest and fair. Then, we practiced being fair by sharing the special pink star beads when making friendship bracelets! It just takes simple lessons to teach our Daisies how to put the Girl Scout Law into practice.
My name is Serenity Christensen. I am proud to announce that our Cadette Troop 64393 with Sunset Hills Service Unit is hosting a Hollywood: Night at the Oscars-Red Carpet Family Dance on January 14, 2017. This epic event will take place at 9755 Henderson Road at the Adams County Fairgrounds in the Waymire Dome from 6 – 9 p.m. Dress for the occasion because you could be nominated for our very own special oscars award (if you want of course). There will be a photo booth, live DJ, refreshments, snacks, and even door prize opportunities. Troop 64393 has custom designed our own patch for this event as well. Please don’t miss this amazing opportunity to come out with your families and friends and have an amazing time. The cost is $7 pre-purchased or it is $8 at the door. Please use this link: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2017/hollywood_oscars_red.html
Troop 43592 participated in November’s 100 Acts of Service for the Pikes Peak Region. For their Act of Service, Troop 43592 decided to bake holiday breads and donate them to Tri-Lakes Cares. They baked 47 different packages of bread which were given out with holiday baskets in the Pikes Peak region.