[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.
Five girls in Troop 841 based in Littleton have earned their Bronze Award. The girls spent the year learning about serving others and cooking. For their project, they decided to cook a meal for the families at Ronald McDonald House in Aurora. Throughout the year they planned the meal and learned how they can serve others. They chose a recipe, determined how much food to buy to serve 70, shopped, prepared and served the food to the families. They also cleaned up.
The girls had to work together to make decisions during the project. They had to be considerate of each other and the families they cooked for. They showed caring with the time, thought and effort put into the meal. They chose to use the money they earned from cookie sales to fund the event. They were excited to be helping others.
Congratulations to Shaelee, Amber, Evalynn, Jocelynn and Kate.
The girls from Troop 3572 in Broomfield/Westminster are on a roll – this was the third year in a row that they volunteered at Broomfield’s Mini Ha Ha triathlon. On June, 12, the girls passed out water to runners at the halfway mark of the running portion of the race. But it’s not just about water – they cheered, sang, danced, rang bells and encouraged the runners as they passed by. With music from “Born to Run” and “Love Shack” to “Tonight’s Gonna be a Good Night” the girls kept their energy up for three hours while doing their best to make sure the runners stayed hydrated. Thankfully the weather was good this year – last year it rained and was cold, but the girls stayed for the entire race. Some of the girls would like to compete in the race when they are old enough, but in the meantime they will keep volunteering and helping the community.
Pictured: Annie (older sister), and Brownies: Emma, Azmiyn, Avery, Haley C, Hadley and Haley P.
In February, the Girl Scouts of Prospect Valley had a fun event that helped the girls learn more about their world. The event was World Thinking Day, and as such, got each of the girls thinking. Troop 3921 focused on learning about what it was like to be a Girl Scout in Japan. They learned about the limited area the people of Japan live in, the limited resources they have for food and some of the culture of Japan. On the night of the event the girls of Troop 3921 proudly showed what they had learned and helped educate the other girls about life in Japan.
On Friday, March 11 Japan was hit by two devastating blows, a 9.0 earthquake and a 23 foot Tsunami. By the time the waters settled and the waves stopped pounding the shore there were nearly 12,000 people dead and a nation shattered. The resources that barely meet the needs of those that live on the island of Japan are now nearly non-existent where the Tsunami and earthquake hit.
It is hard to imagine that just one month after our girls presented Japan at the Girl Scout World Thinking Day I would have to talk to them about what had happened. The girls were definitely upset but also very strong in their desire to help. The troop decided to make a donation to help the Girl Scouts of Japan from the money they earned selling Girl Scout Cookies. They had a choice to vote for $100, $200, $300 or $400 (the maximum they could give and still cover the costs they had planned for). It was a unanimous vote for the $400.
Still this wasn’t enough. The girls wanted to do more. They believed the need was greater than the $400 they could give. Thus the idea for a Movie Night fundraiser was born. Through a process of elimination a movie was picked. Troop 2510 offered to help out as well. They covered the food and drinks that would be sold at the event, their girls created posters to put up around the school and on the night of the event they worked hard selling the food that was donated to help raise funds.
In the end, the girls raised another $800. A check for a total of $1,200 will be going to the Girl Scouts of the United States earmarked for the relief aid to Japan. It truly is amazing what a group of young girls can accomplish when they really want to. The girls from Troop 3921 and 2510 along with some of the boys from Cub Scout Pack 736 exemplify the meaning of being a Scout.
This group of nine girls spent all year completing the Agent of Change Journey and planning a service project. After researching needs in our community, they selected the Ralston House, a safe place for kids who have been hurt or seen bad things. We visited for a tour and asked for input on their needs. In the end, the girls chose to hold a snack collection to fill the cupboards of the Ralston House. They like to offer kid-friendly snacks to the children and families who visit them to make them feel comfortable. After planning, the troop made a presentation to the principal of their school and gained approval to hold a week-long snack drive. Then they created flyers, classroom presentations, and shopped for sample snacks to direct their classmates on what to bring.
The snack drive was held the first week in April and was a huge success. The girl collected the following items:
54 cans of soda
84 juice boxes
32 hot/cold coffee cups
194 bags of chips
369 individual bags of fruit snacks
264 granola bars
32 bags of trail mix
69 servings of cookies
97 bags of crackers & goldfish
11 bags of small candy bars
188 water bottles
Plus 171 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and more than $100 in gift cards.
The names of the girls are: Elaina K., Allie W., Kenzie V., Sefra H., Kara D., Aleena G., Maleah A., Taylor C., Brenna G. Advisors and leaders: Marybel Good, Cindy Kelley, Susan Dobbs
Every year during the Girl Scout Cookie Activity, Girl Scouts across the state of Colorado adopt a “Hometown Hero” that they ask their customers to support through donations of Girl Scout Cookies.
One of the groups that many Girl Scouts select as their “Hometown Hero” is the military. The military love receiving shipments of Girl Scout Cookies, and often send letters of thanks like this back to Girl Scouts.
“I received the package with all those cookies yesterday! WOW!!! I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much that truly means to my fellow soldiers and I. It’s nice to hear from groups of people back in the states that really care about how were doing over here. And of course, everyone enjoyed the cookies! You have succeeded in brightening everyone’s day here I assure you that!”
“I believe I owe you a ‘thank you’ for more Girl Scout Cookies than I think I’ve ever seen in one box. I’d like to thank each person who purchased a box of cookies for us, as well as the young ladies selling the cookies. We had a brighter day thanks to each of you.”
“We just received the box of Girl Scout Cookies your organization sent. Those in my unit are on deployments from seven months to a year with no opportunity for RR leave. So any taste of home is much appreciated! As a fellow Coloradoan, I have seen first-hand on many occasions the great support our citizens have for men and women in uniform. Your generous gift allowed my fellow service members to see that great support also. Once again thank you!”
Are you excited about the mural going up on the building walls outside of the Denver Girl Scout office? We certainly are! And we feel there’s no better way to celebrate its completion than to throw a party where you’re all invited! Please join us on July 13th from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at our office at 400 S. Broadway in Denver. There will be yummy Girl Scout Cookies, as well as ice tea and lemonade served.