Each year the City of Greeley hosts the Festival of Trees during the week following Thanksgiving. Businesses, groups, schools and individuals participate by decorating a tree or donating items to a silent auction. the public can get reduced admission by bringing items to donate to the Weld County Food Bank.
The girls of Service Unit 702 participate by earning our display place through working with the children who visit the Festival at the Kids Kraft Korner. The city provides the supplies to make a craft project and a button and the Girl Scouts help the kids make their projects.
We also create ornaments for our tree that go along with the theme that the leaders decide at our Service Unit meeting. This year’s theme was “100 Years of Friendship.” As you can see, the girls came up with wonderful ornaments and had a great time decorating and viewing the ornaments. They also worked with hundreds of local children at the Kraft Korner.
Nicolle H.’s 100th Anniversary patch design was selected from 47 entries in the 100th Anniversary Patch Design Content. Nicolle is a member of Troop 2510 from Wheat Ridge and Nicolle lives in Lakewood. Congratulations, Nicolle!
This is a must-have keepsake patch for Colorado girls and will be available at the special price of 100 pennies! We’ll let you know as soon as they’re in the Shops.
The Senior Santa program was started about 25 years ago and has been run by different people. Troop 884 has always participated in this program. For the past 10 years, it has been run by a Troop 884 Girl Scout who graduated from high school in the year 2000.
The senior citizens that we help are seniors who are considered to “fall through the cracks” so to speak. They may own their own home and cannot get any help from other agencies because of that fact. The names come from a local church.
We are given a senior name and then we start collecting food and other household items through our troop. We talk about dietary needs of the seniors and what we could provide to make sure that dietary needs are met. We also spend time discussing the cost of different items and what might be a luxury item for our seniors that we would never think was a luxury item for ourselves.
This year, we were able to provide a couple eight boxes of food and household items. The seniors appreciated this very much and the girls felt good about being able to help someone in their community.
In March 2011, I experienced first-hand the leadership development and growth of many young women as a facilitator at a special event held at one of our World Centers, Our Cabaña. The four World Centers (Sangam in India, Our Chalet in Switzerland, Pax Lodge in the United Kingdom and Our Cabaña in Mexico) are an important resource for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). WAGGGS mission is to enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.
The Young Women’s World Forum (YWWF) 2011, the second in a series of three centenary projects for WAGGGS, took place simultaneously at all of the World Centers. 157 young women from 81 countries from every corner of the world was represented. It was exciting to have delegates from all five regions at every World Center at the same time! Myself and another volunteer with roots in Colorado (Eloise Golden) were the only Americans at the event held at Our Cabaña. For me it was a powerful experience. For the delegates it was life changing and enhancing!
The event began with the Opening Ceremony; thanks to technology all four World Centers were connected concurrently and Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from all over the world were able to join in the ‘virtual’ celebrations for the first time.
The focus for of this event was WAGGGS’ Global Action Theme, “Girls worldwide say together we can changeour world.” In doing so delegates addressed the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The YWWF 2011 program focused on the three following MDGs:
MDG 1 – “End poverty and hunger”
MDG 3 – “Promote gender equality and empower women”
MDG 7 – “Environmental sustainability”
These topics were selected in consultation with the young women. The program included the opportunity to develop advocacy skills, the design of a process plan for change by each delegate when they returned home, and field visits with partners.
On the last day of YWWF 2011 each participant made a pledge to implement a project in their own country. Before an emotional closing ceremony, everyone shared their personal pledges. For example:
I pledge to… empower girls to make a change no matter how small – Kerri (Guyana)
I pledge to… train and inspire girls and women to take action on MDGs in their communities – Dominica (Jamaica)
I pledge to… Inform. Inspire. Innovate. – Mandy (Canada)
I pledge to… share my love, knowledge and skills to give hope to other girls and
young leaders, and together we can build a better world. – Nurnuha (Malaysia)
I pledge to… save the environment! – Hanna (Belarus)
As a result of the Forum, each delegate is aiming to realize the following:
Implement a community project linked to the MDGs
Advocate about the MDGs to their governments and the international community
Thanks everyone dedicated to the mission, these young women are reaching their full potential (and more than they ever expected possible) as they are now motivated to change not just their own lives but the lives of their peers and their communities. Girl Scouting at its finest!
From Bonnie Ledet, Adviser, Girl Scout Cadette Troop 84074
For some little girls, a dress made out of a pillowcase and seam tape wouldn’t mean much. But for little girls living in poverty around the world, a pillowcase dress may be their most prized – and sometimes only – dress.
That knowledge spurred Yuma Girl Scout Cadette Troop 84074 to learn to sew. They made forty dresses complete with a handkerchief doll, a note wishing the recipient well, and a new pair of underwear tucked in the pockets of each dress. Four seventh grade girls, Brittany Ross, Tara Hickman, Destiny Sprouse and Jaeden Chavez, learned to thread a sewing machine, make straight and zigzag stitches, make a casing and insert elastic, sew on seam binding, attach a pocket, and add lace or rick-rack to make the dress a little prettier. This was quite an accomplishment for girls who had never sewn before!
With the help of their advisors, Brenda Ross and Bonnie Ledet, and mom, Liz Hickman, the girls started making dresses from pillowcases according to the directions from the Dress-A Girl organization. Dress-A Girl is a nonprofit Christian organization that offers templates and advice for making dresses out of pillowcases and seam binding. Dresses are then shipped to girls in Africa and countries in crisis, such as Haiti.
The girls soon switched from using pillowcases to making the dresses from new material donated by Pat Korf. Pat also gave many yards of rick-rack, lace and other notions. Center Pivot Irrigation made a donation that allowed the troop to purchase the other materials needed to complete the project. The girls very much appreciate the help provided that allowed them to make the dresses at very little cost to the troop.
The Girl Scout mission statement says that Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. It took courage for the girls to use a sewing machine for the first time. They gained confidence as they successfully completed the dresses and showed their character as they took the time to make the dresses and dolls to be sent out to other girls around the globe, making the world a better place.
Over 230 girls and 150 adults attended the Girl Scouts of Colorado, Western Slope, Mitten Tree at Mesa Mall on December 7. Eight boxes and 4 large bags of hats, gloves, scarves, mittens, food and toys were collected. Donations were taken to Kiddin’ Around Preschool, Homeward Bound, Housing Authority and Catholic Outreach.
For the holidays this year, two sister troops from Aurora, Colorado teamed up to celebrate together. Daisy Troop 4526 and Brownie/Junior Troop 2551 threw a party together to get to know one another better and to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season. During the holiday party the two Girl Scout troops came together to do some caroling for a local retirement community and spent some time putting together diaper cakes for a local Aurora charity, Every Child Counts.
The first part of the party was practicing together as carolers with festive songs like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The girls also adapted the popular Girl Scout tune, the Brownie Smile Song, into the Girl Scout Smile Song to encompass the various Girl Scout ages in the group. Once warmed up and ready to go, the two troops provided two performances in different areas of the Garden Plaza of Aurora community for residents.
With the caroling complete, the girls got together to create their diaper cakes. Every Child Counts serves children in need by providing clothing, toys, books and other items essential for a child’s well being. They cooperate with local Aurora hospitals to provide layette bags to new mothers and newborns, many of whom have nothing they need to care for the babies. The diaper cakes will be delivered to these new moms to help with the first few weeks of having a newborn.
The holiday party concluded with a hot chocolate bar and sugar cookie snack and a group of more than 20 Girl Scouts who had the opportunity to bond with each other and benefit the community at the same time.
Girl Scout Cadette Troops 1281 and 3036 from Aurora participated in a self-defense workshop sponsored as a community service by the National Martial Arts Academy (www.wushunmaa.com). Master Instructor Shifu Jerry Silva (far right, standing) led the fall workshop, based on the teachings of Kung Fu martial arts and basic techniques to empower the teens to improve their confidence, knowledge and self-esteem in a defense situation.
Written by Monica Hobbs, Colorado Springs Girl Scout Leader for Troop 863 and Troop 1947
Two Girl Scout Alumnae who served the United States were honored in the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade on November 5, 2011 by Girl Scout Daisy Troop 863 and Girl Scout Junior Troop 1947. Tina Solis, who was a Girl Scout Cadette and a Girl Scout Leader, served in the United States Air Force for 26 years and 7 months, retiring as a Colonel in 2000. Margaret Huard, also a dedicated Girl Scout in her youth, served in the Air Force, Operation Desert Storm and is currently an Operations Research Analyst for the Air Force Materiel Command. Solis reflected, “It was inspiring to see the young ladies show so much pride to be in Girl Scouts. I was humbled and honored to represent women veterans on the 100th Anniversary for Girl Scouts of the USA.”
Huard echoed Solis’s comments stating, “I had a great time. I have thought for years about trying to get involved somehow, so I was happy to get an invitation to join the girls and celebrate the 100th Anniversary and Veterans day. I was impressed with the thought and work that went into the float and was amazed at how many Girl Scouts were in the parade that day.”
The Girl Scout Alumnae/Veterans rode a Girl Scout 100th Anniversary float featuring Girl Scouts and Leaders from Troops 863 and 1947 around a campfire wearing historical uniforms from a 1920s Girl Scout Brownie to present day Girl Scout Daisy. The tailored look of the 1940s-60s proved to be the most popular among the girls who dreamily wished they were still the uniform of today. One Girl Scout Daisy was inspired to practice a “Pan Am” handbag walk in her 1940s Girl Scout Brownie outfit.
“It was so much fun to ride the float and get cheers from the crowd and to talk to our Vets about their experiences,” said Girl Scout Daisy Zoe Huesgen Hobbs.
The Girl Scout troops involved would like to send a special thanks to the individuals who helped with this event: Brenda at the Colorado Springs Service Center for such a great collection of uniforms; Bear Automotive for the trailer; Larry Vitagliano for the campfire; World Golf & Sand Creek GC for the haybales; and Chris Fallis and Boy Scout Pack 21 who helped construct and escort the float on the parade route.