Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Self-Image Video – “It’s Your World Change It”

Submitted by Katie Eaman
Broomfield

This self-image video created for the Journey Project “It’s Your World Change It.”
It was created to spread the word to girls… and boys about their self-image and their human rights that protect them.

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Silver project benefits hospitalized children

Submitted by Debbie Z
Denver

So far my troop and I have been working on our Silver Award. We are officially near the end. We decided to collect and make a bunch of items for children in a hospital. First we all had to make our own personalized flyer for advertising what we needed. We all collected enough for four hospitals. We also had to call the hospitals we wanted to do before doing our flyer. All of them accepted of course. After we got everything, we all sorted it between the hospitals. Then we had to make 100 fleece blankets and 80 pillows. We all had a blast! Now everything is done and ready to deliver to the hospitals. We can’t wait! One of the hospitals is gonna let us go up to a kid and give some to him. Each of us get to do one. Our troop really liked this project and we certainly can’t wait to continue doing community projects and other activities with the GSCO. 😀

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Troop 10107 learns about Stranger Danger

Submitted by Virginia Brown
Rifle

Troop 10107 and their parents from Rifle recently visited with the Garfield County Sherriff’s department about Stranger Danger. Corporal Megan, Community Relations Assistant Jennifer and Deputy Amy all spent time talking with the girls.

Girls learned it is OK to listen to the “tummy feeling” of something does not seem right. Corporal Megan told us, when our tummy says that to “Look Up, Look Around, and Look Down”. It is good to look people in the eye, and acknowledge that we see them. Apparently abductors don’t want a target that has a voice and isn’t afraid to use it. Abductors also don’t want a victim that might be able to identify them.

Girls learned about their personal “hula hoop” space, being aware of their surroundings, observation skills, and strangers aren’t always where danger comes from. Rather than walking home, talking or texting on their phones (appearing to be distracted to their surroundings) the girls were encouraged that if they must talk on the phone while walking that they put the phone on speaker and talk about the details of what they see. Such as “Oh, a guy in a grey sweatshirt just passed me” or “Mrs. Jones is out walking her dog.”

We also learned we should never ever help someone who says their dog is lost and can we help them find their dog. If someone asks you to help, it is OK to say “No.” Be sure to go tell an adult that someone lost their dog and asked for help. And, never ever give directions to someone who asks! Tell them to ask an adult!

What about those people that give gifts to kids without their parents knowledge or consent? What about “secrets”? We learned that children should never take gifts from anyone without their parents’ knowledge. Parents in attendance were told “If someone is giving your child presents that make you or your child uncomfortable, ask them to stop. People who are honest folks will understand you are protecting your child. People with dishonest intentions will come up with all sorts of reasons why they should be able to give your child presents.”

Can you keep a secret? No. We learned that children should be taught that there should not be secrets ever. “Don’t tell your parents, this is a secret.” Secrets make it so that people who need help can’t get it. Surprises are OK – such as “Next week we are going to Disney World. It is a surprise for your brother’s birthday”. A trust statement “Can I trust you if I tell you that I think that boy is cute?” is also OK.

Girls attending received a booklet titled “Your Child’s Personal Safety – Tips to prevent abduction” published by Prevent Child Abuse America; Child Identification kits for their parents to use, and a really cool backpack filled with a coloring book, water bottle and a Junior Deputy badge.

Thank You to Corporal Megan, Community Relations Assistant Jennifer and Deputy Amy for spending time with Troop 10107. Thank you also to Garfield County for supporting Girl Scouts.

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Cadette Troop 256 hosts Mardi Gras dance party

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Submitted by Cindy Orton
Littleton

Cadette Troop 256 hosted a Mardi Gras Dance Party for the Mountain Breeze Service Unit. The eighty girls in attendance made their own Mardi Gras Masks, learned about the history and tradition of Mardi Gras, cornonated a Mardi Gras queen and her court, ate scrumptious Mardi Gras snacks and danced to fun Mardi Gras and modern dance music.

Daisy Melissa, from troop 4549, was the fortunate Girl Scout to find a toy baby in her Mardi Gras cupcake, making her the Queen of Mardi Gras. Her coronation included the offical crowning, pinning her sash, adorning her with jewels and parading her around the room while the rest of the Mardi Gras krewe threw beads and chocolate coins.

It was a great party and we hope to see even more of you next year!

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Thin Mints make connections

Submitted by Marnie Walsh

Girl Scouts in Troop 50301 from Lakewood are making connections in their community to support the Outdoor Lab program in Jefferson County. Holly H. recently learned that Concordia Lutheran Church had a surplus of 60 used, metal, folding chairs. She is making arrangements to deliver the chairs to the Outdoor Lab Foundation. Holly explains, “Since I’m in Girl Scouts I can help other people more than if I weren’t in Girl Scouts because I know how to communicate with people and connect and take action for others. The chairs that are being donated to the Outdoor Lab Foundation have to do with taking action because I am taking the chairs from Concordia and finding them a home.”

Last Fall, the Girl Scouts spent about 15 percent of the Troop’s proceeds from their famous Girl Scout Cookie sales to use for Outdoor Lab. Several members of Troop 50301 delivered two “Thin Mint” laser pointers and a case of copy paper to the Outdoor Lab Foundation at the Education Center for Jefferson County Schools. The Outdoor Lab Schools were in need of laser pointers for their astronomy classes. The Outdoor Lab Foundation was in need of copy paper for ongoing communications and outreach. The Girl Scouts Troop 50301 provided just a few of the items from Outdoor Lab’s wish lists, but it made all of the difference.

The principals of Windy Peak and Mount Evans are excited to use the new “Thin Mint” lasers (named after the delicious, minty chocolate, cookies now available for sale from Girl Scouts throughout Lakewood) in their astronomy classes held on Mondays, all year round. When the principals showed the scouts the way the lasers worked, he explained how the beam of light bounces off of the water vapors in the air so vibrantly that it forms a line that looks like it reaches to the stars. Jolene J. comments, “The show was impressive, but we hear it is so much more amazing to actually see it in the sky at night.”

Troop 50301 is still trying help the Outdoor Lab Foundation locate 12- 18 stackable, padded, armless, banquet chairs for use at the Mount Evans Outdoor Lab School. Aisha C. remarked, “The chairs for the Lab are important so that the students in class could sit and enjoy the class rather than stand up.” To add to the need of chairs, Annie J. said, “We, our Troop, are hoping that by writing this article that hotels and/or other organizations will have it in their hearts to donate chairs because we haven’t been able to contact anybody yet who had been willing to give to the Outdoor Lab the chairs that they need.”

The Girl Scouts would like anyone with stackable, armless, padded, banquet chairs to please contact the Troop 50301 Leader, Marnie Walsh, 720-446-9257, so they can donate them to this amazing organization so children can continue to learn in this unique environment the Outdoor Lab Schools provide.

Article written by 8th grader, Jolene J.

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Girl Scout troop starts at VOA’s Brunetti Lofts

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Troop 1287 is a brand new troop of girls who are living at a local Volunteers of America facility, which is helping single-parent families on the road to self-sufficiency. The kindergarten-fifth grade troop of Girl Scouts meets weekly at Brunetti Lofts in downtown Denver.

On Sunday, Feb. 10th, the troop held a Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sale at the Brunetti Lofts and sold 100 packages. The girls have sights set on using the money they’ve raised through cookie sales to go to Girl Scout summer camp, among other activities, according to troop leaders, Jenifer Woods and Marcie Tidd.

One of the largest takeaways the girls are learning through Girl Scouting is how to give back to their community. Many of the girls have commented that they hope they can organize a project to give back to Brunetti Lofts.

This is one of the many Girl Scout groups in Colorado which provides programming to girls in underserved areas. Girl Scouts provides all girls the opportunity to learn how they can become a leader who makes a difference in the world.

Article in Denver’s YourHub

Blog submitted by Amanda Kalina, Director of Public Relations, and Amy Myers, Director of Development

Letterboxer Brownies from Ireland and USA

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Submitted by Jessica AlbrechtWalter
Brighton

Hello!

My Mommy has shared my story about my traded letterboxes here on the blog before: http://gscoblog.wordpress.com/?s=letterboxer

I am sharing today to tell everyone that the Irish Dathuil Letterbox HitchHiker came in the mail and my own troop launched it at our PAL Literacy Book Drive KickOff!

I am so excited about it! My Penpal and partner, Vicki is an Irish Girl Guide Brownie. Her Mam could not find a blank book so they had one made! It is really spectacular! Another IGG Leader knitted the book its own sweater and they put IGG Membership and friendship Badges on it and a neat tiny flag of Ireland.

I want to bless my new friends in Ireland Sevenfold and you can help me!

Please contact me (on my troop’s e-mail girlscouttroop51739@yahoo.com) and let me know if you would like to Find the HitchHiker. We will start passing it around after our PAL Literacy FieldTrip on Valentine’s Day and while mine is in Ireland getting so many wonderful pictures and stories from all their girls I hope we can start filling up their HitchHiker also!

Thank you for helping me with my PAL Literacy Challenge Take Action Project from GSCO and Colorado Reads!

~J

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