Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Good dog! Great girls!

Submitted by Alicia Doolin

Mountain Communities

Hayden

We invited Routt County K-9 unit Deputy Doolin and K-9 Murray to our booth sales at the airport. K-9 Murray is a good dog and brought even more attention to our booth.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Valentine’s Day night

Submitted by Arianna M.

Western Colorado

Rifle

These wonderful military men came in to City Market on Valentine’s Day night dressed in full uniform to do shopping. They were kind enough to pose with me to earn my Uniform to Uniform patch.

I love the adventure of being a Girl Scout, meeting new people, and trying new things.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

OAC March 2020 event registration is now open

Outdoor Adventure Club March 2020 event registration is NOW OPEN and closes on March 5, so register now to save your space!

On March 14 or March 15, the OAC Trailblazers (girls in 7th – 12th grade) are going to Meadow Mountain Ranch for a day of snowshoeing, outdoor cooking, snow archery, and winter survival. Optional transportation from north Metro Denver is available. Register and learn more at the links below:

March 21 – 22, the OAC Explorers (girls in 6th grade) are going to Snow Mountain Ranch for a weekend of snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snow tubing, ice skating, and more! Register and learn more here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/outdoor_adventure_cl_1016554950.html

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Westminster H.S. culinary students host cooking challenge featuring Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with Christopher Hill, ProStart/culinary arts teacher at Westminster High School, to host a cooking challenge featuring Girl Scout Cookies in February 2020. Students created dishes, which could not be desserts, and competed against each other in small contests with their classmates. On February 19, the winners of the class competitions competed in a final round. Students had one hour to prepare and present their dishes for judging. The winner was Trefoil Shepherd’s Pie (click link for recipe and see below for more recipes)! Students in the engineering department also used their 3D printer to create the trophies for the winners.

Thanks to CBS4/KCNC-TV, Fox31/KDVR-TV, and Colorado Community Media for joining us for the event!

Recipes:

Gold Award Girl Scout: Bella Lucero, Thornton, “I Can Ride”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I created and hosted a half day therapeutic horseback riding camp for kids with disabilities in my community, focusing on kids from low-resource families who would not otherwise have an opportunity to try horseback riding as a therapy option. I partnered with two existing schools, Bal Swan and Twice Exceptional, to identify kids that fit the audience I wanted to target, and then invited them to participate in this camp. I solicited donations from area businesses for camp day snacks and T-shirts for all participants. 2BG Equestrian School in Broomfield donated the use of their arena and horses to host my camp. I gathered and trained many volunteers who donated their time assisting the kids to be safe in the saddle.

Everyone worked together to ensure this camp was a success!

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

I measured the impact of my Gold Award project by having each rider fill out a before and after camp survey. I asked if they had any experience with horses and how comfortable they felt around horses and to rate their experience at camp. I also asked for feedback, their favorite and least favorite part of camp, and what I can do differently next time.

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

My project is sustainable as I have created a How-To Guide with directions and guidance on how to replicate my camp and shared this with several other riding barns throughout the Denver Metro Area. My project Advisor, Michelle L., has signed a Letter of Commitment agreeing to continue hosting this camp in the future. I have also created a Facebook page for my project, I Can Ride, to give it a platform on social media. Additionally, I shared my project at a recruitment event in my service unit as well as on Band, a leader discussion app.

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

My project’s global and national connection is not only evident in my Facebook page, but also by sharing my project with No Barriers Summit. This is a summer camp held every year in Colorado for participants with various disabilities to try new events. It is my hope they will add some aspect of therapeutic riding to their program. It is also not unrealistic to hope that GSUSA will hear about the ability to address the needs of kids with disabilities and begin implementing changes to Girl Scout summer camps to enable Girl Scouts with limitations to participate safely in riding programs.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout my project, I learned that I can persevere. Three years is a long time to keep working at something, trying to see it to completion, and I did it. I also learned that I am capable of talking to many different people, organizing and training volunteers, and most of all, overcoming obstacles. For example, I had to change the date of my camp twice due to uncontrolled circumstances! Although this was frustrating and delayed my project, keeping a positive attitude helped and everything worked out in the end.

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

I believe earning my Gold Award will impact my future by serving as a talking point on college, scholarship, and employment applications. I recently toured the University of Wyoming and discussed my project with the Equine Science Department and was excited to receive positive praise from them! Schools and potential employers will know that I can promote and host a big event and that I care about positively impacting those with disabilities, that I can create happiness and provide a challenge in their lives. I want to continue to connect with kids in my community at future camps and hopefully see them around the barn or hear about them continuing to pursue riding as a therapy option in their lives.

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

The Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scouting experience as it required all of the skills I have learned in the past 11 years: teamwork, leadership, initiative, goal setting, planning, and project implementation. So many of the community service projects I have been involved in because of Girl Scouting involved giving back to the community I live in, to serve others, and make the world a better place. The Gold Award is the capstone of all abilities and skills that Girl Scouting tries to teach a girl. I know I can achieve anything I put my mind to in the future because I earned the Gold Award.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Earning my Gold Award helped me become a risk-taker because it forced me out of my comfort zone. I had to coordinate volunteers for an event, speak in public with confidence, and trust that this big idea was going to have a positive impact on my participants. I’ve been riding horses for 12 years, I take some of the hard skills of riding and caring for horses for granted. Breaking it down to my audience and focusing on the fun to be had was a risk to me, as I didn’t want my riders to be nervous or scared from lack of experience. Undertaking any large project is risky, but so worth it!

**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

Westcott Fire Department visits Troop 45257

Submitted by Liz Meggett

Pikes Peak

Monument

These ladies set up a Valentine’s Day cookie booth and invited local fire departments to come visit and enjoy a package of sweet treats!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Cookie season check-in for parents/caregivers

Lots of great stories and photos have been sent in to the GSCO Blog and Facebook page showing all the fun and hard work that the girls and “grown-ups” are having at cookie booths and going door-to-door.

Thank you to all adults who support their Girl Scouts throughout the cookie program!

After a BUSY cookie weekend around the state, now is a good time for parents and caregivers to take stock of their cookie inventory, turn in cookie payments to your troop cookie manager, and talk with them about upcoming booths.

Some questions to consider:

  • Cookie Inventory – How much do you have? Is your Girl Scout scheduled to work upcoming cookie booths? Can you still make those dates?
    • If you need to change plans to work upcoming booths and/or you need assistance scheduling MySales Booths, talk about it with your troop cookie manager.
    • TCMs can help you submit MySales booths into eBudde for approval. (MySales booths are booths that you schedule at local businesses.)
    • MySales booths need to be approved by the service unit cookie manager to avoid duplicate booths at the same locations and so customers can find your booth in the Cookie Locator.
  • Turning in Payments – Give payments for cookies to your troop cookie manager as frequently as you can.
  • Questions about cookies or additional assistance needed – Reach out to your troop cookie manager for the help that you need. If you have a concern, it’s best to communicate it with them right away!
  • Talk with your Girl Scout and ask her what her experience in the Cookie Program has been like so far. Does she have any questions? Or, maybe a great idea for a place to have a MySales Booth? What has she learned so far?
  • Girl Rewards – Does your Girl Scout know which rewards she wants to earn, and if there is there are options, which one she would like?

Check out the GSCO Blog for all the amazing things Girl Scouts are doing around the state!

Be sure to also vote for your favorite Cookie Video! There are some great videos that were submitted! All of the entries have been uploaded to our YouTube Channel and are part of the playlist: Best Cookie Video Contest 2020. If you like a video, simply click the “thumbs up” icon beneath it. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 25 at 9 a.m. wins!

  • First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits
  • Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits
  • Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

My dad helps me sell cookies and so much more

Submitted by Kimberly Bungard

Pikes Peak

Penrose

My dad has been extra helpful with cookies this year. He helps by picking up more cookies when we run out at booths. He also helps find people to sell cookies to like at his work and at his Elks Lodge. My dad likes to teach me stuff like riding my bike and my quad. He takes me camping in the summers and teaches me how to use tools. My dad is a really hard worker and he teaches me why that is important.

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

A police officer visited our cookie booth

Submitted by Kassandra Kowalski

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

We had just started our cookie booth. A police officer was one of the first there to buy cookies and was happy to take a picture.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Great start to the season

Submitted by Karla Coronado

Metro Denver

Aurora

Our girls have been working hard selling cookies. Two girls decided not to sell cookies after the initial order was placed. The other girls told me not to worry that they will make up the difference and so far, they have. After two weeks of sales, the four of them have sold more than 1,500 packages and they do not seem be slowing down. I am so proud of them. At the end of the last cookie season, they had a per girl average of 400 packages, so far everyone is more than 300 packages. They had turned a challenge in to a great insentive to sell more cookies.

Our girls are older girls- 8th, 10th, and 11th grade. On top of their busy schedule, they have sold cookies at five different booths, always with a smile and willingness to do their best.

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