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Kick off your Girl Scout year with Zis Boom Bah

It’s hard to believe our summer is coming to a close and the new Girl Scout year is right around the corner! There will be a lot of exciting programs coming out in the 2012/2013 year, but I am really excited to tell you about our healthy living offerings.

As Girl Scout leaders and/or parents, you are probably very aware of the self-esteem, good nutrition and exercise challenges our girls face. One of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s core program areas is healthy living, with the goal of reversing the childhood obesity epidemic among our 30,000 girls as well as preventing other serious ailments that affect girls.

Girl Scouts of Colorado recently partnered with Zis Boom Bah, an interactive healthy gaming site, to offer our Girl Scouts, their parents and troop volunteers a fun and creative way to incorporate healthy living into their Girl Scout program year.

We’ve tested the program with several Girl Scout groups, and they’ve found it to be a great way to get girls moving and choosing healthy foods while having fun.

For the troop/group volunteers, it is also a great way to stay organized. The Zis Boom Bah site allows you to set group goals for Journey and badge work and then track the progress.

We’ve also set up a Healthy Living Challenge for our Girl Scout Brownie and Junior girls. The Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Challenge incorporates related Girl Scout Journey and badge work into the Zis Boom Bah site. All Girl Scouts who complete the challenge will be invited to celebrate at a Live Healthy, Lead Healthy event next July.

I hope all Girl Scouts will commit to their own personal healthy living challenges and Brownies and Juniors in Colorado will sign up to participate in the Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Challenge! (And if you have a girl in your life who isn’t a Girl Scout yet, we hope you will register her and participate in this great program!) Further information on this challenge and all of our healthy living program opportunities are available on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. I’ve also included a promotional video we made on this program below.

Special thanks also goes to the Thiry O’Leary Foundation, the lead sponsor of our Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative.

And as your troop/group/Girl Scout works on this program and/or challenge, stay in touch with us by sharing your stories, photos and/or videos from your activities.

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Troop 222 bridging ceremony a great time

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Submitted by Carrie Chase
Pueblo

On June 22nd our troop held our bridging ceremony. The girls sang three songs for our guests. Ashley S. give a brief presentation on Juliette Gordon Low, and Brianna M. gave a brief presentation on what bridging was. Stacia S. (from troop 1122) assisted Brianna and Ashley with their bridging. Jordon P. and Larissa R. welcomed Elise W., Brooklyn S., and Amber C. into Brownies. Eve N. presented each of the girls with flowers as they bridged over.

When each girl bridged over we invited their parents to come and place their new pin on their sashes or vests (upside down for the Brownie pin!).

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Greenwood Wildlife Rehab Center donation drive

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Submitted by Teresea Jones
Longmont

Troop 72081 hosted a donation drive to collect items needed to help lighten the burden that was placed on Greenwood due to all the wildlife that was rescued/injured during the recent fires and brought to their Center on Highway 66 between Longmont and Lyons.

Greenwood recently took in 32 animals, including 16 ducklings, 5 fox kits and 11 birds from the High Park fires. They will stay with them until they are ready to release. They also received five baby bunnies from the fire in Estes Park. These additions bring the total number of animals at Greenwood to 414.

The service project idea was brought to vote by two of our troop members. They did a great job of preparing a presentation for our troop to make a deciding vote. Their mothers and the troop leaders coordinated the donation drive location, volunteer scheduling and donation drop off.

They collected four carts and a cooler full of various food and items that the center needs.

We are very proud of the effort our girls put forward to make this a successful donation drive.

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Follow-up from the Colorado delegation: Our Girls’ World Forum experience!

Written by Colorado’s Girls’ World Forum delegation

Hello from the Colorado contingent to the Girls’ World Forum!

All of us feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in a global Girl Scouting event – the Girls’ World Forum being hosted jointly by Girl Scouts of the USA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

While Abby and Leina were busy learning about the UN Millennium Development Goals related to poverty and hunger, gender equity, and saving our planet – I (Heather) participated in the Chaperone track, where we were able to learn new skills and share ideas to be of better support to the girls on our return to our homes.

It is only in Girl Scouting that one can sit next to someone new (Madagascar, Liberia, Costa Rica, Maine, Portugal, Alaska!), strike up a conversation and only remember half-way into the conversation to introduce yourself! This became a common experience among all the participants. Beyond these moments of sisterhood, it was encouraging to experience all the girl participants, including our own Colorado delegation, process and work through the information they were given all week-long. To see how all the girls were taking in this knowledge and turning it around into something they can use back home was incredibly inspiring! This event was not just a reminder, but a public declaration that all it takes to make a difference in the world, is a girl.

And as a side note, my favorite (and the only real) complaint from our Colorado girls was not having enough time to process and complete their Take Action plans. Way to go Colorado!

Abby and Leina also have some thoughts to share after the close of the forum.

Leina: My experiences at the Girls World Forum are some of the best in my life, and this event is something I will remember for the rest of my life. Personally, my favorite thing about this forum was getting to meet so many fantastic girls from all over the world. I have made some great friends from places I had never even thought about visiting. Now, it seems like wherever I go, there will always be someone there for me to contact. Another great thing about this forum were all of the amazing speakers and everything I learned from them. Every single speaker there was very inspirational and they all taught me something new. I also learned a lot during all of the breakout sessions I was in. It was really interesting and educational to listen to the problems that were in other countries. Some of the things I heard were very surprising. Despite some frustrating times, I loved every minute of this forum.

Abby: Participating in the 2012 Girls World Forum in Chicago was a once- in-a-lifetime experience. All the people I met and all the things I learned are part of a great experience I will never forget. Some of my best memories are the parties we attended, the international night and the closing party. Girl Scouts know how to party to say the least! I made friends all week, and when it was time to leave I felt like I was losing a big group of sisters. However, I now know I have sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world. Learning about the three Millennium Development Goals was not only informative, but inspiring. Hearing the speakers and going to the breakout sessions gave me great ideas and changed the way I think about these issues. Overall, the week was great and I will miss everyone I met and the experiences we shared.

We encourage everyone to find a way to be involved in our global sisterhood through WAGGGS! Your life will never be the same!

Ouray Girl Scout selected for Coastal Studies program

Chiara at the Gen Wow breakfast in Colorado Springs.

Submitted by Chiara Degenhardt
Ouray, Colorado

Hello, my name is Chiara Degenhardt, and I live in Ouray, Colorado. This past November, I participated in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute at the National Convention in Houston, Texas. There, in the exhibit hall, on the last day, I learned about a program called Coastal Studies for Girls.

CSG is a program on the coast of Maine, for sophomore girls only, that focuses on science and leadership. The science focus is on marine ecosystems, and leadership skills are developed in part through outdoor adventure activities. I was interested from the start!

After I got home, I started working on my application for the fall 2012 semester at CSG.

The application process was rigorous, but well worth it once I received my acceptance letter. Being a Girl Scout was an important part of my application, as CSG was interested in any all-girl experiences I might have had. I think my Girl Scout resident camp experience over the past several years was also something that helped my application succeed.

CSG is only for sophomore girls, and you can apply for either fall or spring semester. Freshman girls who are interested should start working on their application now. This is the CSG website: http://www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org/

I am the first girl from Colorado to be a CSG student, and I hope that others will follow. I am very excited for my experience, and I hope to have a challenging academic semester, learn more about myself as a leader, an make life-long friends at CSG.

Junior Troop 80572 earns new badges

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Submitted by Sherri Vance
Yuma

Yuma Girl Scout Junior Troop 80572 enjoyed a three-day outing starting with an overnight at Pawnee Lodge in Sterling on July 10th. While in Sterling, the girls learned the basics of geocaching, practiced using a GPS unit, and made trade items to place in caches. We then went geocaching around town, finding five caches with a couple of “Did Not Finds.” After placing and tracking a “travel bug” that we’re hoping to travel to Savannah, Ga., to visit Juliette Low’s birthplace, we’ll have earned the geocaching badge. The evening was spent making crafts and home-made ice cream. The next morning found us touring the Overland Trail Museum, learning about the history of the area. After a picnic lunch, we ended our stay in Sterling with a swim in the Sterling Pool. The troop then went to Eckley for an overnight at leader, Bonnie Ledet’s home. We stayed up late singing campfire songs and playing games about Leave No Trace. The next morning was spent learning how to lash. After practicing the various lashing methods, the girls lashed a workstation for preparing meals. Each girl practiced building and lighting a fire, and prepared a foil lunch of hobo dinners and campfire cones, completing the requirements for the camping badge. The girls had three great days of learning and fun.

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Girls’ World Forum 2012 – Our Sisterhood Taking Action with the UN Millennium Development Goals

Written by Rae Ann Dougherty, Girl Facilitator at the Girls’ World Forum

One day back and I just cannot get it out of my mind (I was not very productive at work today)! It is kind of like a song or jingle that keeps playing back. The energy, enthusiasm, excitement, and exhilaration that only 600 Girl Scouts can bring was all over Chicago for one week and is now spreading across the globe as all of the delegates and their chaperones make their way home.

The Girls’ World Forum 2012 (GWF) was the third, and best, of World Forums series conducted as a part of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). These world forums were designed to explode the leadership development of members and propel the progress in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It did and it will. Several years ago, WAGGGS listened to the girls and has been focusing on the three of eight MDGs that they selected. As a result of the first Young Women’s World Forum (YWWF 2010) our Girl Scout and Girl Guide sisters began making a difference with their projects. Two of the 100 delegates were American. The second Young Women’s World Forum (YWWF 2011) engaged more of our sisters when nearly 200 participated at the four World Centers, including two more Americans. The American impact exploded when 250 Americans, including three from Girl Scouts of Colorado, arrived in Chicago to study the MDGs, build their skills, develop their leadership and define their own Take Action Projects.

Oman, Rwanda, Qatar, Thailand, Namibia, Senegal, Belarus, Maldives, Slovenia, Paraguay, Taiwan, and more! Although I have been working in the international Girl Scouting arena for years, I had never met a Girl Guide or Girl Scout sister from these countries. To be able to start with a common foundation (the Girl Scout Promise and Law) and discuss unifying topics (the MDGs), a strong bond formed immediately. I have so many wonderful new sisters in 90 countries as a result of this single week. It was cool! I was able to learn about their countries, Girl Scouting program, culture, and the small things I take for granted. For example, one Liberian Delegate could not stop admiring the tall buildings that made up the Chicago skyline. She could not believe one could construct buildings so tall.

I was extremely honored to serve as a “Girl Facilitator.” In this role I led the breakout sessions designed for education, sharing, and processing. In getting to know the powerful, passionate, vitality, and insightful young leaders that were simultaneously growing as much as they were learning about the issues was an amazing and treasured experience! I can hardly wait to watch their Take Action Projects progress.

The best part is that this magical event was a girl planned and girl led event. A powerful team of 18 that were the same age as the Delegates (age 14 – 18) came together 15 months ago to plan the entire event, even the sessions I taught as a Girl Facilitator! Yes they can and they did … in a BIG way!

You too can be a part of the energy and excitement at www.Facebook.com/YWWFsite. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can follow the conversations and energy.

Perhaps I will be more productive at work….tomorrow!

Girl Scouts announces 2012 Pikes Peak Women of Distinction, Women to Watch

We are excited for Aug. 6th’s rescheduled private reception at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, where we will announce this year’s class of the esteemed Women of Distinction as well as our Women to Watch, a new honor for emerging leaders under 40. This event is graciously hosted by The Cliff House at Pikes Peak Executive Chef, Scott Savage.

We understand it has been a tough month for the people in the Pikes Peak region due to the Waldo Canyon Fire. Girl Scouts have been offering their support throughout the rebuilding efforts (Blog 1, Blog 2Blog 3, Blog 4). In fact, Colorado Springs’ Girl Scout Troops 1947 and 863 will be at the event collecting school supplies from event guests for a drive they are doing for students who have lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire.

The 2012 Girl Scouts of Colorado Women of Distinction, Pikes Peak class is as follows:

  • Claire Garcia, Ph.D.: Professor of English, Colorado College; President of the Board, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival; Board Member, Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Rosemary Harris Lytle: President, NAACP Colorado/Montana/ Wyoming State Conference; President, NAACP Colorado Springs Branch; Colorado Delegate to Vision 20/20
  • Dee Vazquez Sabol: Community Engagement and Outreach Officer, Pikes Peak Library District; Co-Founder, Pikes Peak Women’s Coalition; Board Member, Colorado Springs Diversity Forum
  • Mary Thurman, Ph.D.: Deputy Superintendent, Colorado Springs School District 11; Board Member, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region; Former Board Member, Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Linda Weise: Executive Director, Colorado Springs Conservatory; Board Member, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce; Regional Advisory Council for the Central City Opera Association

Girl Scouts of Colorado also is pleased to announce our first class of Women to Watch honorees:

  • Elizabeth (Liz) Denson – Marketing & Public Relations Specialist.  In addition to her volunteer work with Girl Scouts, she is involved with multiple committees and boards in Colorado Springs including Festival of Lights, Gazette Charities, Partners in Philanthropy, Peak Vista Breakfast of Champions, Pioneers Museum and The Chamber Rising Professionals.
  • Amanda Mountain – Executive Director of the Tim Gill Center for Public Media and Station Manager for Rocky Mountain PBS/KTSC-TV.  PBS started a program entitled Women and Girls Lead, a multiyear public media initiative amplifying the voices of women and girl leaders, expanding the understanding of gender equity, and engaging a network of citizens and organizations to tune in and get involved. She has been named one of the nation’s top 20 executives under 40 by PRESSTIME, is a graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak class of 2006 and received the Rising Star award by the national board of directors of American Women in Radio and Television.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction or Women to Watch. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, philanthropic, government, education and community leaders. They are committed to making the world a better place for the girls of today and tomorrow. They donate their time, talents and experience to Girl Scouting and also support Girl Scouts financially. Since 2000, 43 women have been named as Pikes Peak Women of Distinction and raised more than $300,000 for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The Women of Distinction Thin Mint Dinner to publicly recognize these honorees will take place Sept. 13 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. For more information, visit our website.

Media placements highlighting our honorees and/or upcoming event: Artemis Women 7/20/12, Fresh Ink/honorees places of business publications and websites, Colorado Springs Gazette and Colorado Springs Independent

Superior Girl Scouts celebrate the Fourth!

Submitted by Tamara Jones
Superior

Girl Scouts from the Blue Heron Service Unit participated in the Superior Fourth of July parade. Donning patriotic sunglasses, headbands and beads, about 40 girls (and 1 dog!) marched down Rock Creek Parkway in this annual parade, which culminates in Community Park with a pancake breakfast and town festival. The group included girls from Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops from Superior. Everyone had a lot of fun and the service unit plans to make this the start of a new tradition.

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