Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Troop2375 delivers books to HOPE School

Submitted by Charlene Taylor

Aurora

Denver Metro

Brownie Troop 2375 held a book drive and collected 4 boxes of childrens books for the HOPE school, Lighthouse, in Aurora. They were able to personally deliver these books at the school’s Literacy Night.

It was amazing watching the children pick through the books to find a favorite, as each got to take one home for free. And even more amazing to the girls was that given the choice between ice cream or a free book, the book selection came first!

The girls had a great time connecting with their Aurora neighbors in such a fashion, and hope to be able to foster an ongoing relationship with the school.

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Journey in a Day – The creative way!

Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Edwards

Mountain Communities

Mountain Communities Girl Scouts earned journey requirements for “A World of Girls” and “aMUSE” in just one day through three arts-centered workshops taught by Master Artists from Sol-Via Modern Arts.

Sixty girls from around the region experienced their journey through dance, music, visual arts, and theatre on Saturday, May 16. Thank you to Regina Flores-Dunda and Sol-Via Modern Arts Center for organizing and providing this wonderful opportunity!

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Guest author helps Junior Troop earn “Scribe” badge

Submitted by Jennifer Shea

Steamboat Springs

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs-based author Sue Leonard shared a fantastic program with Junior Troop 52622 regarding the experience of an author and the creative process in conjunction with their Scribe badge. Ms. Leonard shared excepts from her fantastic book and the girls were enthralled with the characters and her personal history shared!

In addition to showcasing ‘a writers desk’ and her personal writing process, the girls were able to ask questions regarding her inspirations and challenges. The girls were also given a very special treat when Ms. Leonard gave them each a very special and meaningful paper flower, as referenced in the book excerpt shared with the girls. Additional details including the insightful questions asked by the girls can be found on the writer’s blog.

The girls had a wonderful time and Ms. Leonard was a fantastic and engaging presenter!

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BRONZE, SILVER AND GOLD CELEBRATED AT COLORADO SPRINGS HIGHEST AWARDS CEREMONY

 

*Click here to see more photos from the Highest Awards celebration in Colorado Springs.

More than two hundred Girl Scout families and friends gathered in Colorado Springs on May 15, 2015 to honor Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

14 girls were presented with the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout in grades 9-12 can earn. Girls who have earned this award demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. Several Bronze Award honorees (the highest award a girl in grades 4-5 can earn) and Silver Award honorees (the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn) also were presented with their awards.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote said the girls’ spirit and motivation inspires us all to think of the needs of others and take action to make the world a better place.

“You are strong role models for our community and our world,” she said.

Foote also presented the Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship to Kelsey Quick. Kelsey, from Salida, Colo., is the first-ever recipient of this scholarship, which was started in 2015. The Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship fund provides annual $500 cash prizes to any and all Gold Award recipients from Chaffee County, Colo. To earn her Gold Award, Kelsey created a website and other materials to help children who have been cyberbullied. She is also the first Girl Scout from Salida to earn the Gold Award since at least 2000. You can read more about her project here.

Other Gold Award honorees also described their projects and how working toward Gold impacted their lives.

Alexandria Bellas from Colorado Springs, Pine Creek High School, organized a science event for girls in grades 6-8 that brought together exhibitors from across Colorado.

Kit Bernal from Falcon, Falcon High School, created supplementary art education and a curriculum for a local homeschool association.

Kayla Bernstein from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, planted a garden for all the residents of the Medallion Retirement Community.

Jonnae Byas from Colorado Springs, William J. Palmer High School, refurbished the garden at the Medallion Retirement Community.

Rebecca Clark from Colorado Springs, Rampart Range High School, organized a clinic to teach the basics of color guard to middle school students.

Mackenzie Crawley from Colorado Springs, Doherty High School, leveraged her love of learning and reading, and her experience volunteering at her local library to bring a sustainable tutoring service and a mini lending library to her church.

Madison Daniel from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge High School, captured and preserved the stories of what’s become known as the “Greatest Generation.”

Madison Haneke from Castle Rock, Castle View High School, made more than 100 blankets for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at three local hospitals.

Jessica Hild from Colorado Springs rebuilt benches at Camp Alexander. She also organized volunteers to help build five new benches.

Mikayla Jewell from Colorado Springs, Vista Ridge High School, helped make a softball field safer not only for her team, but other athletes as well. She also taught younger athletes how to stay safe on the field.

Madison Keith from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge High School, created a sustainable food pantry for pets.

Lyndsay Ruane from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, wanted members of her community to be better prepared when disasters strike, so she organized an emergency preparedness fair.

Lesleigh Stabo from Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch High School, created a program to help students transferring to a new high school feel more comfortable and get information they need.

We are immensely proud of these inspiring young leaders in our community.

 

Local Osprey get help from Lake County Troops

Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Leadville

Mountain Communities

Lake County troops 52160 and 50840 recently enjoyed learning about Osprey with the Leadville Ranger District-USDA Forest Service staff. The girls, with Leaders Lisa Roeder and Liz Holm, listened to a presentation and learned about Osprey habitats including the importance of having a good place to build their nests. After this fabulous learning opportunity the girls decided to help the local Osprey and they created a project to build a nest platform.
The girls asked their Dads to take them to the local lumber supply store to help purchase supplies. Colorado Chapter No. 2, Order of the Easter Star, Leadville donated funds for the materials and Cutting Edge Woodworking of Leadville donated the use of their power tools and workshop. On April 11 the girls, with help from their dads and staff from Cutting Edge, built a wonderful nest platform that will soon be placed on top of a utility pole at Turquoise Lake just outside of Leadville. Stay Tuned for the installation!

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Brownie Troop 73033 Delivers HTH Cookies to Larimer Humane Society

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Submitted by Lisa Miller

Windsor

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Brownie Troop 73033 from Windsor delivered cookies last week to the their Hometown Heroes at the Larimer Humane Society! The girls voted to recognize the kind, caring people there who work to rescue animals in our community and help them to find a forever home.

While we were there, the girls were also able to tour the facility and visit with the animals. So much fun!

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Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship awarded to Kelsey Quick

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to announce Kelsey Quick is the first-ever recipient of the Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship. Kelsey from Salida, Colo., Salida High School, officially accepted her award on Friday, May 15, 2015 during the Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards Celebration in Colorado Springs.

Started in 2015, the Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship fund provides annual $500 cash prizes to any and all Gold Award recipients from Chaffee County, Colo. To earn her Gold Award, Kelsey created a website and other materials to help children who have been cyberbullied. She is also the first Girl Scout from Salida to earn the Gold Award since at least 2000. You can read more about her project here.

Johanna Farrar’s husband and children started this scholarship to celebrate all of her accomplishments, particularly those within the Girl Scout community. Born in London, England, raised in a small village on the south coast of England, Johanna was a Girl Guide in her childhood. She was also the youngest ever to have achieved the Queen’s Guide Award at that time, the English equivalent of a Gold Award.  After earning a software engineering degree from Loughborough University, Johanna moved to New Jersey to work for Bell Labs. In 1985, she accepted a position with FedEx in Colorado Springs, where she met and married Gene Farrar in 1990. Johanna and Gene lived and worked in the Colorado Springs area, moving to Monument in 1992 when their oldest daughter, Hannah was born. In 1995, after their second daughter, Rachel’s birth, Johanna retired from a successful career as a Technical Advisor at FedEx for an even more successful and rewarding career as a dedicated full-time mother.

Johanna introduced her daughters to Girl Scouts at the first opportunity and became a local leader in Monument, then again after relocating to Buena Vista.  When Johanna first arrived in Buena Vista, she learned Girl Scouts had all but disappeared in Chaffee County. Johanna believed so strongly in the values and skills that scouting develops, it became a passion to reestablish scouting for girls in the high Rockies. Known to many of her friends as the “Engergizer Bunny” because of her seemingly never-ending energy and indomitable spirit, Johanna provided the leadership and drive to rejuvenate scouting in the valley. Now, for the first time, there are troops for all ages.  Additionally, Johanna loved the outdoors, including skiing, hiking, biking, mountain climbing, and especially gardening – passions she loved to share and instill in young women.

Wildcat Mountain Daisy Bridging Ceremony

 

Submitted by Melissa Holmberg

Highlands Ranch

Denver metro-area

After all these horrible spring storms, there was a little bit of magic this weekend in the school gardens at Wildcat Mountain Elementary in Highlands Ranch, as Daisy Troops 1631 and 2537 held their bridging ceremony.  We had a traditional ceremony, and the girls had a memorable time.

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