Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Longmont girls tackle the Paddling Badge

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Longmont

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Girls from troops 73488 and 70710 came together on October 4th, to tackle the new Senior Outdoor Paddling badge. Cool weather and clouds were not a deterrent to the girls learning something new and having fun.

Dawn Wildes, owner of Growing a Branches Yoga and certified Paddleboard Yoga Instructor, provided instructions on water safety, paddleboard safety and paddleboard technique at McIntosh Lake in Longmont. Afterwards the girls had the opportunity to try out several different paddleboards and kayaks. The paddle board they liked the most was the inflatable one. If you want to check out what is the difference between a regular paddle board and an inflatable one – this comparison of inflatable sups should work good. Otherwise read inflatable paddle board reviews and see what other people say about their experience.

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Girl Scout Destinations: First round of applications are due Nov. 1

Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year, there’s always something amazing for you to experience. Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states; see and learn new things; and pack your bags full of inspiring,  life-changing experiences and memories.

For a look at 2016 trips, use this link:

http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/take-a-trip/destinations/

Be sure to click on the “gstravel” logo to see important application dates. If you have your heart set on a particular trip, make sure to apply by November 1, 2015!

Here are three reasons why you should you apply for Girl Scout Destinations:

  1. DO SOMETHING YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD DO. On Destinations trips, you get to try things you’ve always wanted to do—and do things you never imagined you would! There are so many different Destinations to explore that will offer the challenge you’ve been waiting for!                  GSports14_UT_-4157-Edit
  2. EXPERIENCE A NEW CULTURE.                                                                 Girl Scouts really ARE global. We love to get out there and connect with new people; try new food; and take in new sights, sounds, and stories.  Destinations trips also offer you a chance to use what you’ve been learning in school, too! You can immerse yourself in a new culture—and learn about yourself and your own culture in the process. camel
  3. MAKE NEW FRIENDS FROM NEAR AND FAR!                           You’ll arrive at the airport as girls from different states and countries, but you’ll end your trip as lifelong members of the Destinations Crew. Destinations trips are unique Girl Scout experiences because you travel with Girl Scouts from all over the country, and even with Girl Scouts from overseas. In short, the Destinations program is an awesome way to connect with your national and international Girl Scout sisters!            se;foe                                                                                                                                                                                           Once again, the deadline for the first round of applications is Nov. 1, 2015!

You don’t have to currently be a Girl Scout to take part in Destinations—you can become one when you apply! And if you have a friend who is interested in Destinations, tell her she, too, can register for Girl Scouts and apply for a trip!

Archery Days at Meadow Mountain Ranch – November weekend added

Golden Arrow

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Broomfield

Denver Metro

Pictured is Junior Girl Scout Julianne from Troop 74447. She was the winner of the Golden Arrow award at the October 4th Archery Day!

Friday – Saturday November 6-7 has been added for Archery Day at Meadow Mountain Ranch, with an overnight option available. Scouts can spend the night or come out on Saturday only. This event is suitable for Juniors and up.

For more information and to register please visit: http://www.planetreg.com/E923201147181394

This event is hosted by Troop 3572 RETROS.

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National Young Women of Distinction Livestream Tomorrow

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Submitted by Aimee Bianca

Denver

Denver Metro

Need a daily dose of inspiration? Look no further than Girl Scout Gold Award recipients! The Girl Scout Gold Award, which turns 100 in 2016, represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. And GSUSA’s ten 2015 National Young Women of Distinction represent the best of the best—their Gold Award projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, have had measureable impact (and are sustainable), and addressed a local, national, and/or global issue. Also, GSUSA is excited to announce the participation of Robin McGraw as master of ceremonies, Jessica Minhas as moderator, and Frances Hesselbein as special guests.

Girl Scouts will be hosting the ceremony tomorrow, October 7, at 4:30pm MDT via Live Stream and will be presenting a moderated in-depth discussion with each 2015 National Young Women of Distinction. Click here to join the National Young Women of Distinction livestream event: http://www.captureandreleasemedia.com/nywod15/.

Share your thoughts and support during the livestream on social media using the hashtag #NYWOD15. Click here to learn more about all about this year’s National Young Women of Distinction and their Gold Award projects. http://www.girlscouts.org/en/press-room/press-room/news-releases/2015-NYWOD.html?utm_campaign=NewsFromGS_20150830&utm_medium=email&utm_source=NYWODtext&spMailingID=8026152&spUserID=MTUwOTA0MjU4MTYS1&spJobID=743400774&spReportId=NzQzNDAwNzc0S0

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Golden Girl Scout works to earn Gold Award

Submitted by Meredith Greer

Golden

Denver Metro

Hi, my name is Meredith and I am excited to begin working on my Gold Award! I spoke at a Lakewood H.S. Key Club meeting Friday morning and the room was packed and overflowing. We are hoping to collect more than a hundred donated items to create personal hygiene kits for the JeffCo Action Center. These kits are intended to help both families and individuals maintain their physical health and make a good first impression, which is especially important for job interviews.

Looking to donate travel size shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, or any other hygiene supplies?  Donations can be dropped off at Lakewood H.S. for the month of October or directly to the Action Center at any time. I am working with both organizations to help create sustainable solutions.

 

Fall Sale is here!

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The Fall Sale is here! This year, Girl Scouts have a lot to be excited about, including new fun/interactive tools to help girls to reach their goals. Girls can choose to sell in-person or online only and girls can choose to participate online, even if their troop is not.

When:

Girls and parents/guardians should have received an email with a link to the Fall Sale system on Saturday, October 3, 2015 to set up their personalized storefronts. If a parent/guardian did not receive an email to sign in to the system they can go to www.girlscoutmagazines.com/gsco and follow the prompts to participate. If there are any questions, please contact your troop leader or M2 Media Group’s Customer Care at question@girlscoutmagazines.com or (800) 372-8520.

In-person order taking ends October 25, 2015. Girls will be able to sell online until November 13, 2015. Girls, who make any sales through that date, will earn rewards and proceeds.

Why should your girl/troop participate in the Fall Sale?

Girls can earn start-up money for their troop and rewards for themselves.

This year, participation in the Fall Sale is even easier for girls, parents/guardians, and volunteers! Troops and girls can participate by selling in-person and online. Or, if they choose, they can sell only online.

Most importantly, they start practicing the 5 Skills.

  • Goal Setting –Girls learn to set and reach goals
  • Decision Making –Girls learn to make their own choices
  • People Skills –Girls learn how to communicate with others and work as a team
  • Money Management –Girls learn to budget and handle money
  • Business Ethics –Girls learn to be honest and fair

 What’s new for the 2015 Fall Sale?

Those customers who prefer not to purchase nut products for themselves can make donations as part of “Project Thank You/Care to Share”.  Each $6 donation will send a can of nuts to our men and women in the military overseas.

Project Thank you

This year’s Fall Sale includes a variety of magazines and nut and chocolate products including:

Mint Trefoils in a Limited Edition Girl Scout “Branch Out” tin!

Branch Out Tin

Peppermint Bark in a decorative snowman tin; a perfect gift for the holidays!

Snowman Tin

The Giant Nut Mix that comes in a special Bow Box, perfect for business/corporate gift giving!

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Two new Snack Packs, perfect for lunches or snacks on the go!

Snack Pack 1Snack Pack 2

And, of course, chocolate choices, such as the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels and Peanut Butter Monkeys!

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  • As part of their personal storefronts, girls can build their own avatars!

Product Sales Avatars

They can also participate in online learning activities and earn virtual rewards.

  • Once your girl reaches $175 in online sales, she will get a personalized patch with her name and avatar on it.

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As soon as the goal is reached an email is sent to the parents/guardians to order the patch. Once ordered, the patch will be mailed directly to your girl.

  • Girls can also post pictures and videos to their online storefronts, send emails to prospective customers, and share their storefronts on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
  • Online customers can pay online and then choose to have their merchandise shipped or delivered in-person.

For any questions regarding participating in the Fall Sale, troop leaders should contact their Service Unit Fall Sale Manager.

Confidence, bravery, leadership!

Submitted by Angela Geissinger

Broomfield

Denver Metro

Girl Scout troop 54592 of Broomfield had a blast Learning self-defense techniques, anti-abduction techniques and anti-bullying techniques. Thank you so much Colorado Krav Maga of Broomfield for contributing your time to help build confidence, character and leadership skills to the Girl Scouts of Colorado. We of course ended the evening with a friendship circle/squeeze.

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“Read or Bust” – A Little Library Bronze Award Project

Submitted by Victoria Gigoux

Grand Junction

Western Slope

To earn their Bronze Award, four Juniors, Cate S., Olivia S., Elisa E. and Elena G., from Troop 2214 worked on a themed mobile library for a local rehabilitation and care center. They created a small video to summarize what they learned!

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Brownie Troop 61631 earns their First Aid Badge

Submitted by Melissa Holmberg

Highlands Ranch

Denver Metro

Brownie Troop 61631 of Highlands Ranch just finished earning our First Aid Badge. We had so much fun doing this and learning valuable life lessons on how we can help others that we wanted to share our story.

Our troop toured a local fire station where they discussed ways that they can prevent and avoid common injuries. Being a troop of independent 2nd graders, many are starting to question the need for sitting in booster seats. It was a great opportunity for the firefighters to explain why they have them and use them and what milestones they need to reach to outgrow them. They also got to call into 911 dispatch and practice a scenario with a real life dispatcher to have a better understanding on how to place a call to 911.

One of our troop volunteers is also a registered nurse and came to speak to the girls in greater detail. They watched kid-friendly video clips and used props to learn how to treat common things they might see like burns, asthma attacks, and allergic reactions. Like many troops, we have multiple girls that have food allergies, and we had a prop EPI-pen that they practiced with. There was even a play smartphone for the girls to practice “calling” 911 by pushing the Emergency button from a lock screen. They also made first aid kits for their backpacks and continued practicing reciting their home information in case of emergency.

We really enjoyed earning this award together, and the girls are more confident and feeling empowered that they would be prepared to handle a basic emergency. One of the best pieces of feedback we could receive was when a mom texted that her daughter, who has dietary allergies, is asking to carry her EPI-pen in her backpack as she is now confident in using it. That’s what these badges are about!

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Register now for “Packing for Impact”

Submitted by Keile Stewart, GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist

You can now register for “Packing for Impact” on November 21, 2015 at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Girl Scouts are once again joining forces with  Project C.U.R.E.  for this annual event which helps deliver health and hope to children around the world!  Use this link to register:

https://secure3.4agoodcause.com/project-cure/register.aspx?eventid=32

In addition to filling “Kits for Kids,” girls will also learn more about the kids and countries around the world that they will be helping, earn the Girl Scout Global Action Award, and get a patch.

Kits for Kids

The “Kits for Kids” program provides personal hygiene and basic “medicine cabinet” items that are scarce in the developing world.  Project C.U.R.E. developed the “Kits for Kids” program to give families in developing countries the supplies they need to provide basic care at home. All levels of Girl Scouts are welcome to participate.

Please bring ALL of the following items to fill your kit:

  1. Acetaminophen OR Ibuprofen (Jr. strength tablets preferred)
  2. Box of Adhesive Bandages
  3. Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  4. 1% Hydrocortisone Cream
  5. Toothbrushes (min. 4)
  6. Hand sanitizer (travel-sized)
  7. Elastic Bandage
  8. Safety Pins
  9. Comb
  10. Facial Tissues (travel-sized)
  11. Blunt Scissors
  12. Tweezers
  13. Nail Clippers (no manicure sets please)