Daisy Troop 65874 delivered the second half of their Girl Scout cookie donations to Parker Task Force! The girls worked hard, and the reward was encouraging for next year! Nice job young ladies! I am very proud of you all!
At Highline Academy S.E., Daisy Troop 65709 has taken on some of the responsibility of displaying the flag. The Daisies have learned the proper ways to raise/lower flags, secure the rope, as well as fold the American and Colorado flag in their unique ways. It’s a great way to commence our meetings with taking down the flag.
The outdoor programs team has an exciting volunteer opportunity to share!
This summer, GSCO is hosting a horseback destination trip. The destinations program is through GSUSA where councils open up a unique trip to fellow Girl Scouts across the country. This year, GSCO is hosting a Colorado Horseback Adventure with 18 girl scouts from across the country with white water rafting, living at a cowboy camp and a horsepack trip in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Read more about the trip here: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/colorado-horseback-adventure/
We have one spot left for a chaperone on this trip. Chaperones would attend free of charge and responsibilities would include being a positive role model for the young women in your group and facilitating a meaningful experience in Girl Scout sisterhood. This trip will also be staffed by GSCO staff and a team a wranglers through our vendor Bear Basin Packtrips. We are looking for chaperones with horse experience, but also to support staff and wranglers and focus on girl interaction.
If you are interested in chaperoning please apply through the link below- and we urge you to do so ASAP as applications close May 1st but we would like to make the decision sooner.
Submitted by Girl Scouts of Colorado Volunteer Support Specialist Carmen Valdez
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, GSCO staff celebrated and honored the accomplishments of superstar volunteers in Pueblo. The evening also featured an investiture for our newest stars by our vested Girl Scouts. Lively music filled the air, as volunteers created a one-of-a-kind of masterpiece on canvas. Fun, laughter, and sisterhood was shared by all!
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.