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Girl Scouts to take over Pueblo City Park

Submitted by Carmen Valdez

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

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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

** See more photos on our Flickr page:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums/72157670426020690

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.

Girl Scout “star” search

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We’re searching for “star” Girl Scouts, who are interested in sharing their story and serving as Media Stars for the 2016-17 Girl Scout year.

What is a Media Star?

Before the Cookie Program each January, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from all across the state to be Media Stars. They deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about Girl Scout Cookies with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. These spokesgirls also help with other Girl Scouts of Colorado media interviews throughout the year.  Here are just some of the media interviews Media Stars participated in during the 2016 Cookie Sale.

To be a Media Star, a girl must be in 4th grade and above. From time to time, we need younger girls to help with media interviews. However, the Media Star program is reserved for girls in 4th grade and above.

How to get involved

Girls who want to be Media Stars should email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org Please include a brief essay (250 words or less) about why you want to be a Media Star and video (no more than a minute) of you giving your best Girl Scout Cookies “sales pitch.” Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Submissions from girls 13-years-old and older must be girl-done.

Potential candidates will be asked to participate in an individual, training session in November or December 2016. This training may be in-person, over the phone or via FaceTime. During this training, girls will learn everything needed to be a successful Media Star. Even if you have participated in this program before, you must be trained each year if you want to participate in the program again.

** Note: This is a very popular program, so spots will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

12 Leadership Secrets Inspired by the Most Adventurous Disney Princess Yet

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From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Disney Channel teamed up to inspire girls and their families to practice leadership! The collaboration brings GSUSA’s focus on leading like a G.I.R.L (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM, the Girl Scout way, and Disney Channel’s recently launched animated television series Elena of Avalor into action with the debut of The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel.

GSUSA has been helping girls take the lead for more than 100 years, and we know leadership isn’t about who you are, but what you do. That’s why GSUSA joined forces with Disney Channel to change the conversation around leadership and help girls see that everyone has the potential to lead.

Like your girl, Elena might be young, but as crown princess of Avalor, she’s learning to be a collaborative, communicative, and confident leader. By following Elena’s adventures (and taking on a few of her own), your girl will uncover the leader within herself and feel empowered to help others do the same.

Featuring 12 simple but proven tips for enhancing your girl’s critical thinking, goal-setting, and problem-solving skills, the Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide is a must-read for any parent or caregiver looking to raise amazing girls.

So where can you get this awesome leadership guidance for the girl in your life? Right here, for free! That’s right—as part of Girl Scouts of the USA’s and Disney Channel’s commitment to helping all families practice leadership, we’re making the The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel available on our website, in both English and Spanish, at no cost to you.

So go check it out and explore what it means for your girl to lead like a Girl Scout today!

Top cookie sellers celebrate at CEO’s house

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Colorado’s top 17 Girl Scout Cookies sellers from 2016 were the guests of honor at a special dinner at the home of Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote on Saturday, July 23. The #cookiebosses arrived in style via a limo and spent the evening celebrating. These special girls came from as far away as Pueblo to attend this private dinner party. Congrats, girls!

Top 17 of 2016

Ciara, Lakewood — 7,118 packages

Paige, Thornton — 6,011 packages

Kaitlyn, Arvada — 4,618 packages

Joanna, Lochbuie — 3,585 packages

Emma, Castle Rock — 3,523 packages

Alycia, Lakewood — 3,514 packages

Paris, Bennett — 3,510 packages

Diana, Pueblo — 3,212 packages

Alexis, Littleton — 2,551 packages

Caroline, Loveland — 2,532 packages

Chanah, Fort Collins — 2,526 packages

Madison, Arvada— 2,525 packages

Isabelle, Fort Collins — 2,518 packages

Ada, Arvada — 2,516 packages

Brittany, Arvada— 2,500 packages

Erin, Fort Collins — 2,500 packages

Alexia, Colorado Springs — 2,500 packages

See all of the photos from the special evening on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums/72157668525471954

Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado

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For nearly 100 years now Colorado Girl Scouts have been making friends, trying new things, and learning leadership skills to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Colorado is inviting girls and adults to join the fun for the 2016-17 membership year in celebration of the 100th anniversary 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 of 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!

When girls are given a protective and supportive environment to take chances, despite the potential for failure, they’re able to experience the emotional impact of risk without damaging consequences. When children take chances, all aspects of their lives are improved—they become more independent and confident, and become better students. Shouldn’t every girl have the chance to experience these benefits? Through taking chances and being part of a girl-led program, girls become more active and engaged learners, develop a positive sense of self, and learn resourceful problem solving.

Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12. Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to be a Girl Scout volunteer. Girls cannot experience the positive impact of Girl Scouts without adult volunteers, and each adult who volunteer has the opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a girl. Girl Scout volunteers come from all walks of life. They are men, women, young professionals, retirees, college students, and more. Both girls and adult volunteers can join at any time of the year. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit: www.girlscouts.org/join.

Learn more about how you can be part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708, or emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

Centennial Kickoff Celebration: Celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado

Written by Katy L. Wood

My family moved a lot when I was a kid so I never managed to stay in a Girl Scout troop–and they never managed to keep up a troop on their own–but what I did do was go to camp. There were summers where I’d go to three separate two week camps, sometimes one right after the other so I was away from home for a month. Those days at camp are some of the best memories of my childhood. I am who I am because of those days at camp.

I frequently got the chance to hang upside-down from rather precarious positions:

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I learned how to shoot and gained a life long love of archery:

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I went backpacking in some of the most beautiful wilderness out there:

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I met a woman called Pink who was a HUGE influence on who I am today, dyed hair and crazy artist and all:

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And while I went to a handful of different camps there was one that stood out above all the rest: Flying “G” Ranch Colorado. It was this beautiful place nestled up in the Rockies full of horses and platform tents and storms that made the ground rock and so much more. Not even the Haymen Fire that destroyed most of the area around it could bring it down.

Pink ran the art shed for every year I can remember going there. She taught us how to make candles and weave beads and paint and make friendship bracelets. I was even lucky enough to have her as a unit counselor on an art themed backpacking trip.

My mom went to Flying “G” when she was a kid. I started going when I was nine years old. But when I was 12 the camp was shut down. It broke my heart. 

I remember my last session there; it was the session with the art themed backpacking trip with Pink. I remember the very last flag ceremony the camp ever had:

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I remember that there was a virus that was going around camp on the very last night so we had to cancel the big, final, closing campfire. But Pink, someone like me who was a second generation attendee of the camp, wouldn’t have that. She gathered all of our unit up into the outdoor kitchen in our unit, turned on her radio, pulled out her guitar, and started singing camp songs over the radio for the whole camp to hear.

We cried. Every single one of us. Every single girl in that unit was someone like me who’d been attending the camp for years and we were devastated. It was like losing our home. We were never going to come back and tell ghost stories about the Aspen Heart up on the mountain. We were never going to churn butter in the homestead house. We were never gonna have to pull our mattresses off of their metal frames because the lightning was so bad. We were never gonna sing in front of the lodge before meals. We were never gonna watch Pink dip her hand into a vat of boiling wax because she was determined to have a hand shaped candle. We were never gonna hike up to Lookout Rock before dawn and watch the sun come up over a valley full of clouds. It was over.

Sure, there are plenty of other great Girl Scout camps in Colorado. I’ve been to a handful of them, before and after Flying “G” closed. But it was never the same.

I’ve missed Girl Scouts like crazy ever since that camp closed, but I moved on. I had other things keeping me busy like high school and then college. I still hiked, I still practiced archery, I still told ghost stories. I still missed it, even if I’d moved on.

Then, about a month ago, Elba Barr contacted me wondering if I’d be interested in teaching comics at the Girl Scout Centennial Colorado celebration on the 23rd of July. She’d found me online when searching for women artists in Colorado. I wanted so much to say yes, but at the time I thought it would be out of the state that weekend for a family vacation. Then that vacation got canceled and I jumped at the chance to e-mail Elba back to say I would be available after all. I didn’t get my hopes up though, it had been about two weeks and I knew Elba might have found someone else to fill the position.

But she hadn’t, and she was ECSTATIC that I’d become available. So I sent her a list of supplies, packed up a collection of my favorite comic books and drawing resources–as well as my old Flying “G” bandanna–and headed down to Colorado Springs where the celebration was taking place.

I got there about two hours early because, for one, I’m terrible at planning, for two, I was ridiculously excited. I couldn’t WAIT to meet the girls and talk to them about comics. So I hauled out my box of books, set up under my little tent in the dusty field, and waited for things to get rolling at this delightful little get together that would be teaching the girls not only comics but other wonderful things like spear-throwing (something every girl should, obviously, know).

The celebration started off with a wonderful flag ceremony and some great speeches and, not gonna lie, I was quite proud of myself for remembering the Girl Scout pledge after about ten years. Then it was back to my tent to get things started. 

Technically the comic artist badge is a cadet level badge (around middle school age) but I had girls of all ages come to my tent, some as young as five or six. There were even girls from other countries. They were all so sweet and happy to draw and show me their comics and ask questions. Some of them even gave me little trinkets to take home, and one set of parents bought me a slushy to battle the heat of the day.

It was great. It was just straight up great. Yeah, I was getting to talk about and teach something I love doing, but more than that I was on the other side of it now. I was a counselor, even if it was just for a day. I was Pink, the woman who had such a huge, lasting influence on who I am today. It was a little surreal and it brought back so many amazing memories of being the little girl sitting in the dirt at camp with a homemade sketchbook and dreaming about being a successful artist one day. 

So thank you, Elba, for inviting me to this awesome event that gave me back something I’ve been missing for ten years; a little piece of Flying “G” ranch.

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Sundial dedication at Meadow Mountain Ranch

 

A special 55th Anniversary Reunion celebration was held during Meadow Mountain Ranch Women’s Week on July 27, 2016 At noon, a new sundial was officially dedicated. The sundial sits on top of the camp’s time capsule and is a generous gift from Alma Hix. Girl Scouts of all ages, along with alumnae, friends, and family, gathered for the ceremony, which was also attended by Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie A. Foote. The sundial was designed by artist Ted Schaal of Lovelend, Colo. and a new time capsule was installed underneath it. The time capsule will be opened in 2032.

In May of 1960, the Mountain Prairie Girl Scout Council purchased the 200-acre property, which is now known as Meadow Mountain Ranch, from Jack Coffee. The first Girl Scout camp summer season opened on June 25, 1961. Since then, MMR has been enjoyed by thousands of Girl Scouts attending resident camp, troop camp, Women’s Week, “Me & My Guy” events, and many more.

Friends of Mountain Meadow Ranch and members of the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Committee have prepared an official History of Meadow Mountain Ranch. for more information, email probertscolo@gmail.com.

Dragon Boat Festival: Volunteers needed

Submitted by Christine Slomski, GSCO Recruitment Specialist

Girl Scouts of Colorado will be a featured exhibitor at the 16th celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival at Sloan’s Lake on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, 2016. THANK YOU for your help! You’ll be a part of something BIG… the largest Asian/Asian-American celebration in Colorado drawing more than 125,000 people from all over the state!

The Girl Scout tent will be in Dragon Land, featuring Chinese-inspired masks and Zodiac-themed bookmarks for youth to create. Volunteers are needed to 1) run the activity table and 2) serve as ambassadors by talking about adult volunteering and helping adults fill out interest cards for their girls.

Adults and girls are welcome to volunteer. If this is your first year and want to know more details about activities, our staff will be there during the festival. It’s easy, fun, and one of Denver’s signature cultural events!

Contact Christine Slomski at christine.slomski@gscolorado.org for further information.

Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aa5a82fa6fa7-dragon