Generation Wow! Girl Scouts from Colorado met this last weekend, Aug. 20 and 21, in Colorado Springs and Denver to participate in a service project with Girl Scouts Women of Distinction, who are women leaders in the community. During this project the girls and women made worm composting bins that they plan to take back to their communities to help reduce landfill waste and produce a nutrient-rich soil good for fertilizing.
From Troop Leaders Kristen Simon and Crystal Fleming
I wanted to share the generosity and leadership of Troop 3874 of Westminster. Our Brownie troop (they are now Juniors) volunteered to take down the flag at the school before every meeting during the last school year. While folding the American Flag they noticed that it was rather ragged and decided to use their cookie money to purchase a new flag for the school. Knowing that the girls wanted to purchase the flag, I asked the principal if the troop could perform the opening flag ceremony on the first day of school this year. We met in front of the school in the summer so they could practice so they would be prepared on the first day. On Aug. 22nd, the first day of school, the principal announced that our troop would perform the opening ceremony in front of the entire school. We could not be more proud of our girls! Not only did they see a problem and solve it, they were confident and showed amazing leadership. Also, our girls have noticed that the school’s Community Garden is in desperate need of weeding. They are planning on meeting afterschool soon to pull the weeds.
From Judy Moisey Asay, one of the Girl Scout adult volunteers on the trip
A group of teen Girl Scouts from Colorado and Nebraska canoed the Boundary Waters of Minnesota from Aug 3rd-Aug 8th. Canoeing in the Boundary Waters is considered one of the ultimate canoe trips that one can canoe. The girls all took canoe classes from Girl Scouts of Colorado to prepare for the trip, which was a primitive camping trip as well as a test of skills and strength. The girls portaged (or carried) their 60 pound canoes on nine portages with distances of a quarter mile to a mile in length. They also carried all of the camping and personal equipment too. The trip was 44 miles in length, following the US-Canadian Border for most of the trip. The weather was great, the scenery gorgeous and a great time was had by all.
Where did your Girl Scout summer travels take you?
Girl Scouts is kicking off their 100th anniversary celebrations by naming 100 Colorado Girl Scouts as the leaders of tomorrow – the Generation Wow! Generation Wow! recognizes outstanding girls whose individual achievements in Girl Scouts, their schools and communities set them apart as leaders.
Girls who earned this honor exhibit a high level of volunteer achievement and make significant contributions to their community. They demonstrate strong leadership skills; participate in service and learning projects. They exhibit achievement in developing a healthy attitude, both mind and body, and demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills in teamwork, conflict resolution and goal setting. They embody the vision of Girl Scouting. A committee of outside civic and community leaders from throughout Colorado helped select these recipients.
Brittany Kowalski, a senior at Vista Ridge High School and a Girl
Scout since 2002, competed and earned a spot (only 40 girls nationwide received this honor) to go to Houston, Texas, to participate in a NASA program.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 1174 and their mothers recently made a delivery of new coats and other items to God’s Pantry in Fountain. The girls cleaned out their rooms to collect items to donate and also used a portion of their cookie sales proceeds to buy coats for the less fortunate. Pictured (l to r) are front row: Keirsten, Sophie, Mariah, Abby, Lauren and Kaylee; back row: Carey Adams, manager of God’s Pantry, Troop leader Amber King, Co-leader Christina Oursler, Brooke Cline and Michelle Lyson. NEWS PHOTO BY PATRICIA ST. LOUIS
The girls were thrilled to see themselves on the front page of the Fountain Valley Newspaper this week.
Two girls from the troop are not pictured here but they all worked very hard selling cookies and used some of the money they earned to buy coats for needy children. They also each brought a few items of their own to donate as well. They donated them to the God’s Pantry in Fountain. It is run by a great woman who spends about 80 hrs a week there getting things set up to help others. They have a program to give families free clothing for children each month, household items for a small price and boxes of free food for those that need it.
I am very proud of my troop. Each of the girls are very caring and truly want to help others. I can’t wait to see how much we will be doing this coming year.
[slideshow]The girls of Arvada’s Ambassador Troop 299 have been together for over a decade. Alyssa, Nicole G., Tara, Abby, Kaleigh, Karli and Nicole B. spent nine wonderful days in sunny California seeing the sights and experiencing life at the ocean. Two years of preparations went into this trip, including fundraising and doing prep-work on multiple Council’s Own Interest Project Awards. Some of the IPA’s earned on this trip were Lighthouses, Quake Safe, Ocean Discovery, Marine Life, Surfing and Smooth Sailing. Being prepared made the hands-on experiences richer and more meaningful.
Several days were spent in San Diego, walking the hills of the San Diego Zoo and visiting Shamu, dolphins and other sea creatures at Sea World. Then it was on to Anaheim where we stayed within walking distance of Disney Land. California Adventure and Disney Land parks were days filled with exhilarating rides and wonderful Disney productions, along with breathtaking evening water spectaculars and sensational fireworks. A day in Hollywood visiting the stars and eating on Sunset Boulevard was exciting. Many of the Girl Scouts had never experienced lazy days on sandy beaches and ocean activities. There were boat rides to Catalina Island with a morning of snorkeling in the coves and an afternoon of white sand beaches. Sailing lessons took place in Newport Beach where the girls maneuvered a 20-foot sailboat through the bay. The best day of all – surfing lessons!
Our Bridging Ceremony to Ambassador Scouting took place on the Catalina Flyer ship. It was a simple ceremony with flowers. The sea was rough and windy making the day even more memorable.
Throughout their years together, friendships have blossomed, leaders have been born and many adventures have taken place. The girls are looking forward to celebrating Girl Scouts 100thAnniversary together as they continue together on this adventure called Girl Scouting.
It was a memorable day at Girl Scouts of Colorado on Wednesday, July 13th, as we celebrated the completion of the Denver Service Center building mural with the community! We were excited that our celebration coincided with an all-state membership staff meeting in Denver so staff around the state could be present for this Girl Scouts of Colorado celebration. (Read more about this project, including viewing photos and videos, in previous blog posts.)
NBC 9NEWS based in Denver helped us cover the mural celebration live on their morning newscasts. View the news coverage.
Girl Scouts of the USA also shared the exciting news on their Blog and Facebook page.
If you haven’t had a chance to come by and check out the new mural, we invite you to our offices at 400 S. Broadway in Denver soon. This mural truly celebrates all Girl Scouting is and will be for centuries to come!
Girl Scout Juniors Troop 255 of Woodland Park, recently completed their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn. The Bronze Award requires the girls to express their leadership and planning skills as they follow through on their selected project, which is aimed at benefiting the community. Troop 255 demonstrated its commitment to helping others and helping the community by working with the Ronald McDonald House of Colorado Springs, which is a nonprofit organization that provides a home away from home for families whose children are seriously ill and hospitalized. Troop 255 has been working with the Ronald McDonald House since Daisies by collecting pop tops.
Starting in November 2010, the girls began learning about different types of wood for building and built five flower boxes that are now placed on the front porch and walkway leading into the Ronald McDonald House. In conjunction with earning their sewing badge and using a sewing machine, for many the first time, Troop 255 made care packages for the children who are staying in the house while their sibling is in the hospital. The girls then also hand-sewed teddy bears to match their care packages and stuffed the packages with handmade activity books and toys to help keep the children occupied. Working side by side with their elementary schools, Columbine and Gateway in Woodland Park, a donation drive was set up every morning for one week at their schools. Troop 255 collected more than $
500 in toiletry items, food items and cleaning supplies for the house. A 4’x3’ mural was designed, drawn and painted by all of the girls and depicted a scene of “Wishes of Hope and Love” that now hangs and brightens a hallway of the family living quarters at the house. On April 30, 2011, Troop 255 delivered all of these items, plus 25 pounds of pop tops, to the Ronald McDonald House and hosted a dinner for the families and volunteers of the house complete with a baked ziti dinner, table decorations and music.
I am the leader for Troop 40844 out of Colorado Springs. We are working on completing our Troop Excellence Program Patch. We got together on June 17 to celebrate everyone’s birthdays in our troop. Before the party, we performed community service by picking up litter in the park. The girls are left to right: Destiny U., Samantha M., Serena D., Alexis T., Alexzandria D. and Tatayana A.