Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Multi-level troop creates community garden to tie Journeys together

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Submitted by Rebecca Schmidt

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church

Troop 40969 is a multi-troop and has been going through the It’s Your Planet Journey series in all levels from Daisy to Senior. We selected a Community Garden to tie all of the Journeys together.

The Daisies started seedlings and assisted with the planting at the garden. The Brownies worked the plan for watering the garden by collecting recycled hoses and plastic bottles. The Juniors built a compost bin for the garden area. The Cadettes worked a garden protection plan. This was from weather hazards as well as animals. Lastly, the Seniors studied and started composting and then worked to get donations for the compost bin. All the girls were involved with plants and will continue to participate in the care of the garden.

The proceeds of the garden will go to families in need.

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Troop 4000 visits Great Harvest Bread Company

Submitted by Erin Sonnenberg
Colorado Springs

Great Harvest Bread Company opened their doors and ovens to Brownie Troop 4000 on Saturday, May 4th in Colorado Springs. The owners, Ainley and Mark, walked us step by step through the entire bread-making process, from grinding wheat all the way to warm, toasty bread, fresh from the oven. The girls each made their own “designer” rolls, bunnies, horses and flowers seemed to be the favorites. Parents, leaders and girls all voted Great Harvest Bread Company our favorite field trip!

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Girl Scout Daisies make lunch for Ronald McDonald House residents

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Submitted by Christina Bontempo
Denver

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Daisies made lunch for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House in Denver on Saturday, May 11. The girls chose RMH as their service action project and used funds raised by cookie sales to purchase lunch items. They made sandwiches and served fresh fruit and learned about the families who can stay at RMH for free while their children are in area hospitals.

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Troop 3712 helps kids in two service projects

Submitted by Jenifer Ramirez
Troop 3712

This year we did two service projects that we really enjoyed. First, we participated again in the Christmas Shoe Boxes (Operation Christmas Child). Our troop really enjoys making shoe boxes filled with fun and necessary stuff to give to children without around the world. One troop member said, “I know that we are helping somebody and making kids happy!”

Our second project that we really enjoyed was helping to support a local project called “Because of Bella.” We liked this project because prior to making blankets we got to learn about preemie babies and what NICU is. It was helpful because it made making the blankets more meaningful. “This project made us work together as a team.”

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Glenwood Springs Thinking Day event a great success

Submitted by Virginia Brown
Glenwood Springs Colorado

On April 27, 2013, I had the pleasure of attending a Thinking Day Event hosted by the Glenwood Springs Service Unit. The troops all picked countries from the continent of Africa. They also had a panty drive to support the girls at the Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre in Narok, Kenya. Mary Walker from Steamboat Springs came and talked to the girls about how the girls live and their customs and games they play in this rescue center. (For more information on Mary Walker’s work please see
www.marywalkerkenya.blogspot.com)

Girls also shared what they learned through a program called Beads for Life, including the typical layout of a 10×10 foot home of typical families, how to make the paper beads that are made by the young girls in the country they choose.

Another troop learned how to make banana cookies from their country (Mali), and had a hut set up for attendees to relax in and play a local game.

Of course, no study of countries of Africa would be complete without studying Eygpt. I was thrilled to see mummies and Eygptian princesses in attendance!

Way to Go Glenwood Springs! I can’t wait to see what next years Thinking Day event will be!

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Girl Scouts from Denver March in 26th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade on May 4, 2013

Girl Scouts from Denver marched in the 26th Annual Cinco de Mayo parade on Saturday, May 4 to invite more girls to join Girl Scouts for fun, friendship and leadership skills. The kindergarten to eleventh grade girls from troops 2520 and 2824 participated with Girl Scouts’ media partner, La Voz, Colorado’s Hispanic-owned bilingual publication. The girls were proud to wear their Girl Scout uniforms and share the fun that they have in Girl Scouting with others. Once the girls reached the end of the parade and were announced by presenters, everyone cheered for them! A great time was had by all. If you know of a girl or adult who wants to get involved with Girl Scouts, visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/girls/join

The parade took place at Civic Center Park in Denver, CO., and is the largest two-day Cinco de Mayo celebration in the United States. The park was filled with arts and crafts, Mariachi bands, Aztec and Folklorico dancers, three stages featuring traditional and contemporary Latino entertainment and a variety of Mexican culinary delights.

Daisies sell lemonade to provide water for Africans

Submitted by Patty Vinci
Evergreen

To earn their “Make the World a Better Place” petal, the Daisies of Troop 4452 sold lemonade through Blood Water Mission’s Lemon:Aid program at the annual Sock Hop.

For every dollar they raised Blood Water Mission can supply one African with clean water for one year.

The girls raised over $120!

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Parker Girl Scouts help with Arbor Day Event

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Submitted by Tammi McNeece

Parker

The Town of Parker held its annual Arbor Day event on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in the Arboretum at McCabe Meadows Park and the Parker Service Unit Girl Scouts were there to help!

Girl Scout Junior Troop 2531 sponsored this event for the Parker Service Unit in an effort to encourage support from our Girl Scouts to aid in such a worthy cause. Approximately 80 Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes from 20 troops along with a number of parents and other residents of Parker turned out to help the Town of Parker maintain its designation as a “Tree City USA.” “The Tree City USA® program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Parker has been named as a Tree City USA for 19 years!”

The volunteers helped to plant 60 elm, bur oak, white fir, pear and evergreen trees. It only took us about an hour to get all of the trees planted with a lot of support from the Town¹s Park and Forestry team. It was a great event and we all can¹t wait to ride our bikes or take a walk on the Cherry Creek bike trail past the trees we¹ve planted, enjoying them for many years to come.

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Inspirational evening honoring Colorado’s Girl Scout Highest Awardees

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What an evening we had in Highlands Ranch at St. Andrew United Methodist Church on Monday, April 29th, as we honored some of the 1,000 Colorado Girl Scouts who earned one of the Highest Awards in Girl Scouts in 2013.

One of the most inspirational moments of the evening for me was seeing several Gold Awardees (Kelsey Coker, Juliana Burton and Ellie Wroble) who I have known since I started working at Girl Scouts in 2004. I was also very touched by the speech given by Kim Crawford, with help from her older sister Cassidy. I’ve gotten to know Kim, who is developmentally delayed, and her family over the last couple of months as we’ve shared her Gold Award and Girl Scout story. Her spirit for Girl Scouts and her Gold Award project touches my heart! Seeing the leadership that all of these girls have gained through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience reminds me that this organization’s work makes a big difference. And I’m very proud to be part of this movement, both as a staff member and Girl Scout alumna (and proud Gold and Silver Award recipient too :)).

The best way to capture the essence of the evening is to view the photos (link above) and video (see below) we took at the event. Also, be sure to check out the 2013 Celebration Program, and vote for your favorite Gold Award project on our blog .

Congratulations to our 2013 Highest Award recipients! You are an inspiration to us all!

Media coverage on our Gold Awardees (as of 4/30/13):

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