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Super Girl Scout Recruiter rescues non Girl Scouts to join at Move It!

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Submitted by Carmen Valdez

Pueblo

Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado

So all my Girl Scout sisters, you know how much I love to talk about our amazing organization! I believe every girl and woman should be Girl Scout! I was invited to the CSU-P Move It this past Saturday, April 25th. This was an event to promote healthy living. I met about 20 girls and their families, and they all took me up on getting interested to join! And wait for it  … 3 adults signed on the dotted line!

There were so many community organizations like Boys and Girls Club at this event. One of our Girl Scout partners in Pueblo, Menchies was there, she has got some moves! Pictured is me and my brand new Juliette Senior Girl Scout sans uniform. She invited girls and families to relay races to show Girl Scouts know how to “Move It” too! She also asked girls to join on my water breaks, LOL! She is super excited about getting her PA training and will be working on her Performer badge, it will be her first!

Girls who are already Girl Scouts are always the best recruiters!! The event was fun and was a great way to show off Girl Scouts with children and families. I am looking forward to being out and about at Books in the Park, City Park events asking everyone I know ” Are you a Girl Scout?” Thanks Hilary, this is pure gold! ‘Til next time, same channel, read about my awesome adventures of: is it a bird? is it a plane? no it’s Super Girl Scout Recruiter WHOO HOO!:)

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

Brownies celebrate Earth Day

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Lone Tree Brownie Girl Scout Troops 59 & 1226

Our Lone Tree Brownies chose to do a Tree Planting on their Troop Bucket List.  The tricky part was coming up with locations to plant the trees and then asking for tree donations from area garden centers to support the girls in their efforts.  We were able to plant one 7-foot shade tree at their home school, Acres Green Elementary, and three fruit trees at a brand new community garden in our neighborhood!

The weather started off sunny as the kids dug in to plant the tree at their school.  Then, the clouds opened up on them when small showers turned into rain pour, as we moved on to the 3-tree plantings in the community garden.  The Girl Scout motto is, “Be Prepared,” so we had ponchos, rain boots and weather applications running to deal with the rain and watch for more severe weather.  Kids were given the opportunity to wait out some of the rain while adults got gardening gear organized.  However, the Girl Scouts opted to jump in and got started wheelbarrowing dirt across the garden and compacting mud around newly placed trees.  Phrase of the day was, “Girl Scouts like to get dirty!”

Soaked and a little cold, we had to mark this memory with a group photo and then took shelter for snack and a creamy reward for the scouts’ efforts.  Earth Day snack was an old fashion Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, where the kids spit seeds and then the distance is measured.  The creamy reward followed, where each kid was given a Reddi Wip tin pie to smash in our Co-leaders’ faces.  The pies were originally planned for top cookie sellers only but all the kids earned with their perseverance in a wet situation.

The girls learned on Earth Day it is important to make extra effort to complete some kind of environmental project.  That they can turn rain into rainbows with their service and scouts know how to “Get Dirty!” and persevere.

Their next service project is putting together gift bags for up to 25 women at Denver Safe House to celebrate Mothers Day!

 

 

Broomfield Girl Scout awarded 2015 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is pleased to announce that Samantha G., a Broomfield Girl Scout, has been awarded the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship for an upcoming trip to Zziba, Uganda. To learn more about Samantha’s trip and her experiences as a Girl Scout, please read this portion of her application.

General trip details

While there (Zziba, Uganda), I will be working with orphaned and severely disadvantaged children, as well as children and families in the surrounding area. My responsibilities will include math, science and English tutoring, assisting with the health care programs at the local outpatient clinic, and visiting homes as part of community outreach. I’ll also be helping to run a “Kids Camp” for several hundred children, where they’ll play games, hear stories and learn life lessons. Many of the orphaned children are close to my age, and I look forward to learning as much as possible from them as we share our cultures and life experiences. I’ll also be contacting the Uganda Girl Guides Association to find out if there are Girl Guides in or near Zziba. If there are, I’ll make arrangements to meet with them.

Explain why you want to participate in this trip and how it is pushing you to “Look Wider.”

Since first grade, I’ve been reciting the Girl Scout Promise and Law. This trip is an opportunity to put those words, as well as the Girl Scout Mission, into action – to help people, be caring and make the world a better place, all while exhibiting courage, confidence, and character. Serving and helping people in Waco, Texas the past two summers has allowed me to “Look Wider,” and traveling to Uganda will enable me to look even wider. More than anything, my life dream and long-term goal is to help others, and more specifically women and children in developing countries. I don’t yet know whether this means through policy change and/or enforcement, grant writing to secure money, focusing on health/sanitation issues, hands-on support of people in villages, etc., but I’m hopeful that this trip to Uganda will help me find out. I want to learn what the greatest needs are so I can focus my college studies appropriately.

Explain how your trip will help you learn more about the sisterhood of international Girl Scouts.  What are your plans for relaying that message and enthusiasm to other girls?

I will thoroughly research and learn everything I can about Uganda and Africa and its people over the coming months in order to be as prepared as possible. I’ve read about the Uganda Girl Guides Association (UGGA), and plan to email UGGA to see if there are Girl Guides in the Zziba area. If there are, I will make arrangements to meet with them to learn as much as I can about the issues and challenges they face, their projects and service work, and some of their songs, traditions, and fun activities. I’ll also plan to share what I’ve learned as a Girl Scout, favorite memories, songs, etc.

 To relay their message and enthusiasm to other girls, as well as my message and enthusiasm from the trip, I plan to reach out and hope to stir in girls compassion and empathy for others, a passion for taking action to help other people, and a desire to pursue their dreams and know that they can do anything they put their mind to. Upon my return, I’ll put together a PowerPoint to share with area service units and troops. I would love to share the stories, songs, and traditions of the UGGA girls I meet, as well as share my experience traveling to Uganda. In addition, I plan to submit an article and pictures to be posted on the GSOC travel blog.

Final Remarks

Finally, I have a heart to want to serve and help others, and this passion was in great part developed through my Girl Scout experiences over the last ten years. I do my best to make community service a priority by volunteering 3 hours/week at Avista Hospital in Louisville and at local community and Girl Scout events as much as I can. I’m looking forward sharing so much of what I’ve learned in Girl Scouts when I’m in Uganda, and I also look forward to bringing my experiences back to Colorado to share with other Girl Scouts.

“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

 

Girl Scouts honor Hometown Heroes

Thank you to all the Girl Scouts who have shared stories with us about how they have honored Hometown Heroes this year. Here are just a few of the amazing examples we have seen so far about the world of good Girl Scout Cookies can do:

Troop 225 in Denver delivered 100 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. The story was even featured on  9News (KUSA).

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Cadette Troop 2510 donated more than 100 packages of comfort to families struggling with violence and hardship at the Ralston House in Arvada.

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Brownie Troop 1625 from Monument donated 170 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Ronald McDonald House of southern Colorado. 

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Girl Scouts in Western Colorado delivered cookies to the Grand County Sheriff’s office.

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In Pueblo, Amber from Troop 30222 and Skyler from Troop 3022 delivered more than 200 packages of cookies to patients at the Dorcy Cancer Center.

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Daisy Troop 40289 boxed up cookies to send to troops overseas.

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Daisy Girl Scouts in Troop 43483 in Colorado Springs delivered more than 120 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the 110th MP Company at Fort Carson. The company is deploying soon.

The Hometown Heroes program offers Girl Scouts the chance to honor non-profit organizations, food banks, military and uniformed personnel, who are so important to the community, during the cookie sale. Through this program, customers can buy a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service and helping with service projects. The 2015 goal for the Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program in Colorado is 200,000 packages. Last year’s statewide program netted 109,745 packages for hundreds of organizations.

Tell us about your Hometown Hero by using the Share Your Stories form.

Troop 367 loves Earth Day, reminds others to appreciate the planet

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Submitted by Jessica Bloom

Thornton

Denver Metro

Each year our troop invites friends and family to join us in cleaning up the grounds around our home school, the goal is for each person to collect one bag of trash. This year, we got more than 14 bags full! Afterwards, we invite everyone to help decorate the sidewalks around the school with earth day chalk art. This morning, as students and parents arrived at the school they were greeted with art reminding then to love their planet!

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

FREE Program Aide Training THIS Friday in Pueblo! Sign up TODAY

Submitted by Kai Clifford

Pueblo West

Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado

Yes THIS training is being offered for FREE! There are 20 spaces in this training! This is perfect for a no-school Friday: April 24th 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Are you a Girl Scout Cadette interested in working with younger Girl Scouts? Program Aide Training will teach the Cadettes how to work with younger girls in all types of settings! If you’ve ever wanted to be a mentor or role model, work at day camp, be a resource to a younger troop, or be a Program Aide at events, this training is for you!

In order to attend this training, girls must have completed at least one LIA (leader in Action) Award.

Here is the link to the Program Aide Requirements:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/program-aides/program-aide-vit-requirements

Here is the link to register for this event:

http://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/tabid/497/default.aspx?pid=23&ProductId=1571391622

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

Troop 1750 Finishes Up 12 Years of Scouting with Impact Colorado

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Submitted by Jody Allen Smith

Troop 1750 started as a Brownie Troop at Park Hill School – 12 years ago.  As seniors in high school at Denver School of the Arts and East High School, the girls decided to wrap up their scouting career with self-defense training provided by a local non-profit, Impact Colorado.  Through their Teen Workshop, troop members learned general awareness skills and physical self defense skills.  The girls also explored verbal strategies to establish boundaries with both strangers and people they know.  Troop 1750 thanked Impact Colorado’s staff and volunteers.  “Thank you so much for your time and efforts to help our troop.  Being empowered is really the greatest gift.”

The LEGO Americana Roadshow

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Tiffany Baker

Lone Tree Girl Scouts

Park Meadows Mall is hosting The LEGO Americana Roadshow April 11-26 in Lone Tree, Colorado.  This is the only stop for the roadshow in our state.  National Monuments are located on the lower level of the mall.  Have your children grab a scavenger hunt map inside the LEGO store and locate facts about each LEGO Monument.  Return to the LEGO store at the end of the hunt to submit the form for a small free poster.

There is also an area with multiple LEGO tables set up for free building fun and two racing ramps to race LEGO cars with friends.  You might be fortunate and be able to speak with a LEGO Expert visiting with the roadshow.

Our Lone Tree Brownies visited for a special “scouts only” tour on Saturday, April 11th and earned a “Block Building” fun patch (with graphics of LEGOS) that can be ordered from the Fun Patches Catalog.  There are a couple of contests open to the public, such as guessing the number of bricks used to build the Nations Capitol and for best Instagram photos taken at the event.  A free Lincoln Memorial Mini Build is scheduled for the weekend of April 18-19 (12:00-4:00).  Lines are expected to be very long (1-2 hour wait time).

Remember to visit the LEGO displays along the hallways of the upper level of Park Meadows Mall as well.  These models are smaller in scale from the monuments, but have more detail including the famous LEGOS movie characters and Mount Rushmore.  Enjoy!

Highlands Ranch Girl Scouts’ Commitment to Caring

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Submitted by Katy Herstein

Highlands Ranch

Denver Metro

For the 2014/2015 school year, SU 616 and SU 619 in Highlands Ranch developed a program called ‘Commitment to Caring’ for their troops to participate in. In the fall of 2014, the two Service Unit Managers picked seven different ‘themes’ for the Service Unit troops to care about.

September – Hygiene Drive for Project C.U.R.E.
October – Toy Drive for the Denver Santa Claus Shop
November – Book Drive for Colorado Reads
December – Ink Cartridges for Recycling
January – Blanket Donations to the Children’s Hospital Denver
February – Pet Supplies to the Humane Society
March – Food Drive for the Fresh Harvest Food Bank

Each month, items were dropped off at SU meetings and at the homes of the SUMs.

‘Commitment to Caring’ main patches were given to each girl participating in the program (even if it was for only one month) for $4. Add-on themed patches were handed out for the items that the girls donated.

Much to our surprise and excitement, the program was an overwhelming success and we will be running the program again in 2015/2016!

Contact us if you’d like to do something similar in your SU – we’d love to share our plans and our lessons learned, etc.

Download the flier.

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

Brownies earn Computer Expert Badge

 

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Lone Tree

Troops 59 & 1226

My Girl Scout daughters chose to work on their Brownies Computer Expert Badge at our local Microsoft retail store on Saturday, April 11, 2015.  Their thinking was that it might be fun to earn this badge while working with the latest technology.  They were right!

The Microsoft tech opened with sharing a little history about the evolution of computers with parent input.  Then, the girls learned how to paint a picture using a computer art program, take a world adventure picking different countries to explore, and how to play Mojang for more computer fun.  Girls learned about fun new computer programs and where some computer experts are that they can speak with if they have any questions.

As a Troop Leader, I would recommend troops with a few girls attend this event together or with their parents.  These classes are free and can have a number of participants requiring girls to share the technology.  Maybe speak with your local Microsoft store to see if they can schedule a private class, if attending with a larger troop.  The Computer Expert Badge was a two-hour class and adults were asked to remain in the store during the session.  Each participating Girl Scout received a completion certificate, Microsoft goodie bag, and fun patch.

Thank you Microsoft for providing these unique learning opportunities for our youth!