Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Share the Love: Celebrate the Special Volunteer in Your Life!

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Volunteers around the country are the extraordinary force that make Girl Scouting possible every day—and that is truly amazing. They give their time, spark, and hearts to make a difference in the lives of girls who in turn help make the world a better place. Now that’s a team effort!

Celebrate the special Girl Scout volunteer in your life, past or present, with this awesome shareable card during this year’s Volunteer Appreciation Week! Download it, bring a few printouts to an upcoming troop meeting, and ask everyone to include a note sharing the love for the amazing effort your own Girl Scout volunteer puts in month after month.

And don’t forget, today and every day, to let them know how appreciated they are. Share with them how they make a difference in your life, how they brighten your day, and how everything they do makes an impact—on girls and the world.

Colorado Girl Scout is a finalist in the national Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest

Colorado Girl Scout Crystal Schlueter is a finalist in the first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, sponsored by Taste of Home! Crystal, who is from Northglenn,  created this “German Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Torte.”

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Read how Taste of Home describes Crystal’s dessert:  “This delicious, gooey treat combines Samoas/Caramel deLites, with chocolate and butter pecan ice cream – WOW – for a sweet, nutty feast of heavenly proportions!”

To help you get to know Crystal, we asked her a couple of questions about the contest and her experiences as  a Girl Scout.

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Why did you enter the Taste of Home Recipe contest?

I have been a fan of Taste of Home for many years, and have had several recipes published in past issues, so when I saw the Girl Scout contest, I immediately decided to create a recipe. I LOVE making desserts. I’ll admit, I have quite the sweet tooth. Ice cream cakes are one of the first things I learned to make as a child, and since they are so easy, its a great way for beginning cooks to build confidence in the kitchen. It’s hard to improve on something as perfect as a Samoa, but I decided to combine them with ice cream, which everyone also loves. I created this recipe just for this contest, but I did take it to a birthday party, and everyone raved. I will certainly make it in the future. And, it looks much more difficult to make than it really is-which is always a bonus!

Tell us about your experiences as a Girl Scout.

My sister and I were both Girl Scouts as children. Our mom was one of the troop leaders, and it is a  very fond memory for all of us. I actually developed a love of cooking while in the Girl Scouts, and the valuable skills and friendships that I gained through the Girl Scouts will stay with me for a lifetime. The Girl Scouts were very important to me in my childhood, and to this day every time I see a girl selling cookies I have to stop and buy a few boxes. Its just a fun way to reconnect with my youth, I suppose. So when I saw an advertisement for this contest, I thought it would be really fun to try and come up with something. I never really thought I’d be a finalist, so I was extra thrilled! I did sell Girl Scout cookies growing up, and since I was a very shy child, I recall being nervous my first time selling. However, I went with several friends, and very quickly got over my fear of approaching people. I believe that the sales and people skills that I learned through the Girl Scouts helped me to become a top consultant at my first sales position. Also, my troop did a lot for the community, but I specifically recall helping to feed the poor, as well as visiting with residents of a nursing home and decorating the home for the holidays. It was amazing to see how grateful the community was towards our troop, and it made us feel like we were really making a difference, regardless of how young we were.

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I love all of the Girl Scout cookies, but I’d have to say the Samoas are my favorites. Thin Mints are a close second, and I always have to buy a couple boxes of the Tagalongs and Dos-i-dos as well. I have to say that as much as I loved Girl Scout cookies as a child, my favorite memory was when I was an adult-in a very different kind of troop. I was 22, and deployed to Iraq, serving as a military policeman. My unit’s morale was pretty low. One day, our unit received several large care packages. They were from a Girl Scout troop, and were filled with dozens of boxes of Girl Scout cookies! Wow, I couldn’t believe the excitement of everyone. Its amazing how a little box of cookies can brighten a person’s day! Even our unit commander (a very stern, tough, giant of a man) had a grin while holding his box of cookies. Everyone in our unit got their own box. Sometimes the little things are the best things, as right in that moment, a familiar little box of cookies gave us just the boost we needed.

Why should people vote for you?

Honestly, I would love some votes, but only if people truly believe my recipe is the best. I feel that often times people vote just because someone is their friend or they have an interesting story. However, this is a recipe contest and I hope that the very best recipe wins, regardless of whom it belongs to.

 

Voting in the National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, sponsored by Taste of Home, ends April 14.

 

Meet the GECCCOs

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Submitted by Marlene Logan

Meet the GECCCOs (Girls Experiencing Camping, Canoeing, and Cycling Outdoors)! They have traveled the world (they are pictured above in Peru) and will share how they do it!  They will be at the Travel and Outdoor Adventure Fair on April 18, 2015 from                   1 – 4 p.m. at WaterStone Community Church (5890 S. Alkire St. Littleton– just east of C-470 and Bowles). The GECCCOs will be presenting a class on travel budgeting, planning, and fundraising. They will also be available to answer questions.

Not sure what you where you want to go?  There will be information about the World Centers, including a council trip to Our Cabaña. You will also learn about GSUSA Destinations and Getaways and the scholarships available to help you with your travels.

Whether your troop, or you individually, want to travel the world; visit the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, Georgia; visit a Disney park and participate in programs for Girl Scouts; or want to stay closer to home—join us for an afternoon of fun, facts, and singing!

This event is Junior Girl Scouts and older, as well as adults.  Although this is a fair, there is a fixed schedule.

Earning your Gold Award: How to get started

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Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, Troop Leaders and parents in the Denver metro-area. If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss Gold Award Training on Saturday, April 18, 2015! This is a free training that is mandatory for Seniors and Ambassadors, who plan to submit a Gold Award proposal within 6-12 months.  Supporting adults are strongly encouraged to attend as well. The training starts at 9:00 a.m. and will be held at Waterstone Community Church in Littleton.

Register online HERE!

View on our activity finder HERE!

You may be asking yourself . . . What is the Gold Award? Why would I want to go for the Gold? Should I encourage the girls in my troop to go Gold?

The Gold Award training will answer all of these questions and more! At training you will learn about the benefits of earning your Gold Award, the steps you must take from beginning to end, how you will work with a Gold Award mentor, and get any and all of your questions answered.  Girls and adults will participate in different trainings, concurrently, which will provide valuable information to make your Gold Award experience successful.

 

You can also check out these awesome resources online:

 

 

If you have specific questions about the Gold Award feel free to contact your regional staff contact.

 

Girl Planned trip to Our Cabana 2016

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Submitted by Linda Robinson

Our Cabana 2016 is a girl planned trip to our closest World Center.  This trip is for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors.  We will be attending the Adventure at Our Cabana Summer Friendship Event in June 2016.  This event is 8 days long and includes girls from around the globe. Participants will have fun at Our Cabana swimming, playing tennis or volleyball, doing crafts in the well-stocked craft house, enjoying the beautiful gardens and participating in campfires, ceremonies, games, singing and much more.  There will be cultural activities planned by the Our Cabana staff as well as a service project for the local community.  We will also take day trips to Cuernavaca, Taxco, Tepoztlan and a traditional craft market.  Girls will also have the opportunity to plan additional sightseeing activities.

Girls interested in going on this trip should be experienced travelers who have taken a trip without a parent and have a passport that expires after December 2016.

Group leaders will be Marti Shuster and Linda Robinson.  We are longtime Girl Scout volunteers and former troop leaders.  We have both taken many national and international trips with girls and adults and are interested in taking a group of girls to Our Cabana.

Cost for this trip is around $1,400.00 plus airfare.  This includes the cost of the event and lodging before the event and transportation to and from the airport.  All lodging and transportation will be with reliable companies that work with Girl Guides of Mexico and Our Cabana.

To register, or for more information, please email Linda at gscocabana2016@gmail.com.  We will have several planning meetings beginning in soon.  Exact time and date to be decided.  Girls may attend meetings via conference or Skype type calls if they are unable to attend in person.

We will be at the Travel and Adventure Minipalooza on April 18, 2015.  Please register for our session Nuestra Cabana 2016 from 1:30 to 2:30 or stop by our table in the travel fair.

Daisies learn about ‘respecting authority’

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Submitted by Jennifer Gillespie

Dillon

Mountain Communities

Part of the Girl Scout Law is to respect authority. Our Daisy Troop 50262 got a visit from three local heroes to help drive the point home! Our local Police Dept and a local Firefighter made it an exciting meeting for the girls, packed with fun and lots of learning!

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

Why do you love your leader?

Leaders are the extraordinary force that make Girl Scouting possible every day—and that is truly amazing. They give their time, spark, and hearts to make a difference in the lives of girls who in turn help make the world a better place.

Volunteer Appreciation Day is April 22, 2015 and we want girls to help us honor outstanding leaders. Girls should write a short essay about why they love their leader. Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Girls 13-years-old and older should write their essay themselves. Submit your essay through Share Your Stories on the Girl Scouts of Colorado web-site and be sure to include a photo of your leader, preferably involved in a Girl Scout-related activity. However, any photo will do. You may also submit a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video. All submissions must be received by Thursday April 23, 2015.

The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks. We also have a special prize for the best submissions to show our leaders just how much we appreciate them.

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

 

Me & My Special Guy Dinner, Dance & Cake Decorating Contest a special time

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Submitted by Judy Curtis

Arvada

Denver Metro

When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr, Arvada

Theme:  Masquerade Ball – A Night to Dress to Impress

Dress Code:  Fancy dress (long or short), eye masks.  Shirt & tie or suit & tie

Cost:  $25 ($30 at the door) Please reserve & pay for your spot by April 28,.

*Also, please bring canned goods to be donated to the Arvada Food Bank.

This is a “sell out” annual event that is WAYYYY TOO MUCH fun! Girl Scouts and their friends attend a dinner catered by White Fence Farm, dance to music provided by Russell & Cameron from Notorious Sights & Sounds. The cake decorating contest are cakes that the girls have made and decorated and are judged by the other girls in attendance. Prizes flow freely and Door Prizes are everywhere! This year’s theme is “Masquerade”, so get those fancy dresses out, grab your special guy and put a tie on him! There is a special photo op spot for you to capture the “special” night with your “special” guy. Special guys can be dads, uncles, grandpas, special men in the girls’ life that will treat her to a “special” date!

To reserve your spot, please email Judy Curtis. Be sure to include a list of the girls attending and the name of their Special Guy. Make checks payable to:  Troop 3301 Send them to Judy Curtis at:  14237 W 58th Pl., Arvada, CO 80004

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

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Daisies  deliver cookies to soldiers at Fort Carson

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, which is the troop’s Hometown Hero, is deploying in a few weeks.

The girls delivered 121 packages of Girl Scout Cookies on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. One of the soldiers, SSG Ryan Davis, is the father of one of the girls in the troop. Several of the girls also have parents actively serving in the military, so supporting the company, which is made up of about  200 soldiers, was a natural choice for the girls.

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.

There are 10 Girl Scouts in Daisy Troop 43483. However, only eight could be there on the delivery day. For five of the girls, this was their second year selling Girl Scout Cookies. For the other five, this was their first year selling. The troop sold 2,610 boxes of cookies this year. Last year, they sold 1,241 boxes, so they more than doubled sales this year!  Most importantly, the girls have formed great friendships this year and working at cookie booths together helped strengthen those bonds.

 

 

Join Team Thin Mint: Run the Colfax Marathon with Girl Scouts

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Register for the Colfax Marathon (or 5K, 10-miler, Half or Relay) today and you’ll get this fun, custom Girl Scouts team shirt to show your GSCO pride! This shirt is in addition to the awesome official marathon shirt!

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We’re ordering shirts the week of March 30, so get signed up (along with your friends and family) NOW.  This is a great troop healthy living activity, and kids’ 5K registrations are only $20. Only the first 30 to register with GSCO as their charity get the team shirt for free!

For more information on the Colfax Marathon or to join Team Thin Mint, click here.  Don’t forget to select Girl Scouts of Colorado as your charity. Already signed up? Great! There’s still time to choose GSCO.