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Local EMTs help Grand Junction Girls Scouts with First Aid

Submitted by Melissa Wells

Grand Junction

Western Slope

Grand Junction Fire Department Station 3 EMS visited troop 10034 and troop 14638 to discuss first aid. EMT’s Stephanie Huston and Brandi Manuppella demonstrated the ambulance to the girls. The also showed them how the EKG machine works on one of the girls. The EMT’s also went through various ways to do first aid before the paramedics show up on scene. Example: Like how to put a broken arm in a sling.

Stephanie and Brandi also showed them how to splint a broken arm and leg. The girls got a very good lesson in first aid. We thanked them at the end of the session.

The troops were Juniors, brownies and 1 daisy.

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Girls from Brownie Troop 52633 in Eagle earn their Community Helper badge

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Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Eagle

Mountain Communities

Sage Sappenfield and Grace Aalto helped Leader Kristina Sappenfield pick up trash for the annual Eagle River Watershed Council’s Highway Cleanup on Saturday April 25. The team filled four large bags with trash found on Capitol Street and were then treated to a BBQ lunch for all volunteers at Arrowhead.

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Bronze, Silver and Gold Celebrated at Highest Awards  Ceremonies in Loveland & Boulder  

 

 

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More than two hundred Girl Scout families and friends gathered in Loveland on April 24 and Boulder on April 26 to honor Colorado Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Four 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.

Mattie McGarey, Sarah Santilli, Vani Topkar, and Devon Wilson spent a few minutes describing their Gold Award projects and how working toward Gold impacted their lives.

Mattie, from Louisville, started a blog to help young girls (especially dancers like herself) recovering from eating disorders.

Sarah, from Erie, was inspired by her volunteer work at a local hospital to organize a blood drive, which saved 72 lives, and put together a list of potential future donors for Bonfils Blood Center.

Vani, from Lafayette, taught people about Bharatanatyam, an Indian form of classical dance.

Devon, from Fort Collins, increase the interest and comfort level of budding musicians in grades 5 through 6 with band and orchestra instruments.  She partnered with her community to increase the support music teachers receive through a high school volunteer program for the summer band camp, and a new informative brochure to be distributed at band events

The ceremony in Boulder culminated with a bridging ceremony for all of the Girl Scouts present who were “bridging” or progressing to the next level of Girl Scouting.

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

 

Random Acts of Girl Scout Kindness

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Submitted by Kristin Coulter

Denver

Denver Metro

Being kind is a powerful thing. It is the look of astonishment and gratitude that you see in a person’s eyes or it is the satisfaction you feel in giving an anonymous gift. It makes you feel like you are making a difference in the world. The girls of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 3573 recently were able to feel that power. Their troop gave them each a box of Thin Mint cookies. The girls’ mission, which they chose to accept, was to give them away. Now this isn’t as easy as it might sound.

There were rules. Just what every sixth or seventh grade girl wants to hear, am I right? Like it or not, the girls couldn’t give their box as a gift to a friend or a family member. Bummer. The box was also not supposed to be a “hot potato” meaning something that they had to get rid of quickly. Double bummer. This was community service on a very personal level.

They had two weeks to look for an opportunity to be kind to someone that they either knew or that didn’t know. They needed to give it to someone who wouldn’t be expecting a gesture of kindness and they could accept anything in return. Below are some of their experiences.

“No one really likes substitute teachers so I gave my box of cookies to our substitute teacher.” Micaiah S.

“I gave my box of cookies to my house cleaner. I don’t know her well and thought that she and her family would enjoy them.” Jane K.

“I choose to give the box to my mailman because my dog has scared him and he has to deliver the mail no matter what.” Fiona S.

“A boy was sitting alone on the bus because his friends ditched him. He looked sad. To cheer him up I gave him the box of cookies.” Aspen R.

“I’m going to give my box of cookies to a girl that walks her dog past my house every day at 5 p.m. She just seems nice.” Lily L.

“I left my box of cookies in our milk box for our milkman. He has to work in the dark so I wanted to give him a treat.” Fiona G.

“I gave my box to a girl at school that helps me with guitar at lunch. She doesn’t have to help, but she does.” Hayley R.

“I live close to a fire station. I knocked on the door and gave the cookies to the fireman that answered. He didn’t really know what to say, so I just said ‘Thank you’ and left.” Ellie W.

“At school and I saw a boy who used to be my neighbor sitting by himself. I gave him the cookies and he just put them in his backpack. That’s okay because I know he liked them.” Waverly R.

“I gave my box to a boy I see everyday waiting at a bus stop. I thought he could use a picker upper.” Morgan W.

“I have a great math teacher so I gave my box of cookies to him.” Piper M.

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

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!:)

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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!

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