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Inspirational evening honoring Colorado’s Girl Scout Highest Awardees


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What an evening we had in Highlands Ranch at St. Andrew United Methodist Church on Monday, April 29th, as we honored some of the 1,000 Colorado Girl Scouts who earned one of the Highest Awards in Girl Scouts in 2013.

One of the most inspirational moments of the evening for me was seeing several Gold Awardees (Kelsey Coker, Juliana Burton and Ellie Wroble) who I have known since I started working at Girl Scouts in 2004. I was also very touched by the speech given by Kim Crawford, with help from her older sister Cassidy. I’ve gotten to know Kim, who is developmentally delayed, and her family over the last couple of months as we’ve shared her Gold Award and Girl Scout story. Her spirit for Girl Scouts and her Gold Award project touches my heart! Seeing the leadership that all of these girls have gained through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience reminds me that this organization’s work makes a big difference. And I’m very proud to be part of this movement, both as a staff member and Girl Scout alumna (and proud Gold and Silver Award recipient too :)).

The best way to capture the essence of the evening is to view the photos (link above) and video (see below) we took at the event. Also, be sure to check out the 2013 Celebration Program, and vote for your favorite Gold Award project on our blog .

Congratulations to our 2013 Highest Award recipients! You are an inspiration to us all!

Media coverage on our Gold Awardees (as of 4/30/13):


33 Girl Scouts earn First Aid badge in Pueblo workshop

Submitted by Debbie Fortune
Pueblo West
33 Girl Scouts in Pueblo West earned their 1st aid badges by attending a workshop in Pueblo West on April 29. Nurses from Parkview Hospital and volunteers from the American Red Cross shared their expertise. The Brownie Girl Scouts made First aid kits for nine troops in Sevice Unit 338.
This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scouts moments too.

Help Advance Literacy in Colorado

Tips for Running a Successful Book Drive with EPIC 

Click here to download the CBR Poster (in English and Spanish).

Key Dates

  • Book drive is April 22 – May 17
  • Start to pick up books around May 15 (or upon request if box is full)
  • Start to sort books around May 20
  • Book distribution is from May 21-June 14 (staggered depending on site)

Connections to Colorado Business Reads/EPIC

Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) is your partner to ensure you have the support you need for a successful book drive in your community.

  • Keep in touch with Marie Hueston (, 303-587-4223) and pass along Host Site information for each location that receives a box.  This is critical to maintain all contacts in one database and for thanking Hosts at the end of the book drive – we want to make sure we have a complete list.
  • Keep track of the number of books collected by each site and report the final numbers to the Host Sites and to Marie for the database.
  • Email and let us know about your project too!

Community Connections

Stay in contact with your community stakeholders listed below so they know what to expect throughout the book drive.

Host Sites:  These are the businesses hosting boxes at their site(s).   Check in on each site weekly and help support their efforts with the book drive.  If the box is full, please remove and store the books, or provide another box.

Book Sorting Volunteers:  Recruit volunteers who can sort through the books.  EPIC can support your efforts for a fun day for volunteers with music, beverages, food and a comfortable place in which do sort the books.

Distribution Sites:  Work with the Distribution Sites to make the book distribution a memorable event for the children.

Donors:  Always let people know that monetary donations are an option as well.  Any funds received, will receive a 50% match from Usborne books, which means more books for children in your community.

Finally, celebrate your success with all of your stakeholders and enjoy the opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives this summer!

Troop 75 delivers cookies to Dumb Friends League


Submitted by Rachel Whitmire

In 2012, the Daisies and Brownies of Troop 75 visited the Denver Dumb Friends League for a class and tour. They learned about the incredible work the League does to help 25,000 homeless pets each year, and discovered that the shelter could not operate without its army of 1,200 extraordinary volunteers.

Inspired, the girls voted in January to make the volunteers of the Denver Dumb Friends League their Hometown Heroes for 2013. Throughout the cookie season, the girls asked friends, relatives and each of their cookie customers to buy an extra box to donate. The community response was amazing, and the girls were able to meet their goal of collecting one box of cookies for each of the 1,200 volunteers!

On April 2, Troop 75 delivered 1,200 boxes of cookies (plus a few extra cases for the hardworking staff!) to the Dumb Friends League, where they were gratefully accepted by League staff and Ambassador Dog Jezebel.

About Troop 75: Troop 75 is comprised of 23 Daisies and Brownies from the Ricks Center for Gifted Children. So far this school year, the girls have contributed their time, talents and troop funds to the following local organizations: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado, S.A.M.E. Cafe, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Sunrise Senior Center, Denver Dumb Friends League, and Denver Zoo.

About the Denver Dumb Friends League: Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is a national leader in providing humane care to lost and abandoned animals, rescuing sick, injured and abused animals, adopting pets to new homes, helping pets stay in homes, and educating pet owners and the public about the needs of companion animals. For more information, please visit

Troop 3871 replants burn area

Submitted by Linda Jester
Colorado Springs

Many people felt compelled to take action after seeing so many acres of beautiful forest land burn in last summer’s Waldo Canyon fire. The girls of Troop 3871 were especially affected by this tragic event. When the fire started, we were having a blast at Hamp Hut in the Garden of the Gods. A group of Brownies had just joined us for their first camping adventure; the girls had played a game of trust (one girl led a blind-folded girl through an obstacle course in the woods) and were enjoying a snack of home-made cheese sticks they cooked themselves, when I announced it was time to evacuate. Though we didn’t get everything as clean as we normally would, the girls responded amazingly. Talk about leadership! The girls knew what they had to do: they packed up not only their personal gear, but also all the badge work supplies we had scattered about the cabin (inside and outside), cleaned up the kitchen, helped the young Brownies with their things, and got everything packed into the vehicles. We were on the road to safety within 40 minutes!

As we watched the fire burn during our departure and the days that followed, the girls were painfully aware of the loss of so many trees. It really should have been no surprise that they quickly decided they wanted to help replenish the forests for their Bronze Award project. Though the Waldo Canyon burn area is still not safe for girls to start replanting, the US Forest Service offered another burn area on US Air Force Academy grounds. Last Sunday, our Girl Scout Juniors planted 40 Ponderosa Pine saplings! Thankfully we have been seeing rain in the area so are hopeful our year-old trees will someday be towering pines.

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

Troop supporting troops

Submitted by Heather Taormina

While working on their Considerate & Caring Petal, kindergarten Daisy Troop 2527 adopted Team Red Legs, a team of soldiers depoloyed in Afghanistan. After learning about the sacrifices the soldiers made for our country, including being away from their families for the holidays, the girls decided to send each of the soldiers Easter goodie bags and handmade cards.

The soldiers were so touched that they flew a flag over their camp in honor of Troop 2527 and will be mailing that very flag to the girls! What a humbling experience for me as a leader and moreover, what an honor for the girls!

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

Troops send big thank you to Wheat Ridge Brownies and Cadettes

Submitted by Shelley Sherrill
Wheat Ridge

After having a retired Army Ranger and Purple Heart winner come and talk to the girls about what it’s like to be deployed, the Brownies in Troop 53137, and Cadettes in Troop 54341, wrote letters and sent care packages to this team that is serving overseas. The girls learned just how much the care packages mean to those recipients. The picture they sent lets our girls know that their good deed is appreciated. The Lieutenant Colonel’s e-mail also suggested that we may get some handwritten letters. The girls are excited to check the mailbox every day!

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

Navy men, women happy to receive Hometown Hero cookies




Submitted by Stephanee Estrella

Hometown Heroes – Sailors from Goose Creek, SC

Thought I would share these pics with all of you.

Here are some pictures of the Hometown Hero Cookies Recipients. These young men and women are in the Navy and are stationed out of Goose Creek, South Carolina.

Our sailor connection was Nathan. His mother, Karen Mozola, paid for the shipping for these cookies. Karen reported to me that Nathan was the HERO for the day when the boxes of cookies came in and were distributed.

It warmed my heart to see how happy these people were in their pictures. I hope you enjoy the pics as much as we did.

Stephanee and Sophee
of Troop 52402 – in The Pines Service Unit

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