Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Meet the GECCCOs

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Submitted by Marlene Logan

Meet the GECCCOs (Girls Experiencing Camping, Canoeing, and Cycling Outdoors)! They have traveled the world (they are pictured above in Peru) and will share how they do it!  They will be at the Travel and Outdoor Adventure Fair on April 18, 2015 from                   1 – 4 p.m. at WaterStone Community Church (5890 S. Alkire St. Littleton– just east of C-470 and Bowles). The GECCCOs will be presenting a class on travel budgeting, planning, and fundraising. They will also be available to answer questions.

Not sure what you where you want to go?  There will be information about the World Centers, including a council trip to Our Cabaña. You will also learn about GSUSA Destinations and Getaways and the scholarships available to help you with your travels.

Whether your troop, or you individually, want to travel the world; visit the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, Georgia; visit a Disney park and participate in programs for Girl Scouts; or want to stay closer to home—join us for an afternoon of fun, facts, and singing!

This event is Junior Girl Scouts and older, as well as adults.  Although this is a fair, there is a fixed schedule.

Earning your Gold Award: How to get started

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Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, Troop Leaders and parents in the Denver metro-area. If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss Gold Award Training on Saturday, April 18, 2015! This is a free training that is mandatory for Seniors and Ambassadors, who plan to submit a Gold Award proposal within 6-12 months.  Supporting adults are strongly encouraged to attend as well. The training starts at 9:00 a.m. and will be held at Waterstone Community Church in Littleton.

Register online HERE!

View on our activity finder HERE!

You may be asking yourself . . . What is the Gold Award? Why would I want to go for the Gold? Should I encourage the girls in my troop to go Gold?

The Gold Award training will answer all of these questions and more! At training you will learn about the benefits of earning your Gold Award, the steps you must take from beginning to end, how you will work with a Gold Award mentor, and get any and all of your questions answered.  Girls and adults will participate in different trainings, concurrently, which will provide valuable information to make your Gold Award experience successful.

 

You can also check out these awesome resources online:

 

 

If you have specific questions about the Gold Award feel free to contact your regional staff contact.

 

Girl Planned trip to Our Cabana 2016

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Submitted by Linda Robinson

Our Cabana 2016 is a girl planned trip to our closest World Center.  This trip is for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors.  We will be attending the Adventure at Our Cabana Summer Friendship Event in June 2016.  This event is 8 days long and includes girls from around the globe. Participants will have fun at Our Cabana swimming, playing tennis or volleyball, doing crafts in the well-stocked craft house, enjoying the beautiful gardens and participating in campfires, ceremonies, games, singing and much more.  There will be cultural activities planned by the Our Cabana staff as well as a service project for the local community.  We will also take day trips to Cuernavaca, Taxco, Tepoztlan and a traditional craft market.  Girls will also have the opportunity to plan additional sightseeing activities.

Girls interested in going on this trip should be experienced travelers who have taken a trip without a parent and have a passport that expires after December 2016.

Group leaders will be Marti Shuster and Linda Robinson.  We are longtime Girl Scout volunteers and former troop leaders.  We have both taken many national and international trips with girls and adults and are interested in taking a group of girls to Our Cabana.

Cost for this trip is around $1,400.00 plus airfare.  This includes the cost of the event and lodging before the event and transportation to and from the airport.  All lodging and transportation will be with reliable companies that work with Girl Guides of Mexico and Our Cabana.

To register, or for more information, please email Linda at gscocabana2016@gmail.com.  We will have several planning meetings beginning in soon.  Exact time and date to be decided.  Girls may attend meetings via conference or Skype type calls if they are unable to attend in person.

We will be at the Travel and Adventure Minipalooza on April 18, 2015.  Please register for our session Nuestra Cabana 2016 from 1:30 to 2:30 or stop by our table in the travel fair.

Daisies learn about ‘respecting authority’

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Submitted by Jennifer Gillespie

Dillon

Mountain Communities

Part of the Girl Scout Law is to respect authority. Our Daisy Troop 50262 got a visit from three local heroes to help drive the point home! Our local Police Dept and a local Firefighter made it an exciting meeting for the girls, packed with fun and lots of learning!

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

Why do you love your leader?

Leaders are the extraordinary force that make Girl Scouting possible every day—and that is truly amazing. They give their time, spark, and hearts to make a difference in the lives of girls who in turn help make the world a better place.

Volunteer Appreciation Day is April 22, 2015 and we want girls to help us honor outstanding leaders. Girls should write a short essay about why they love their leader. Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Girls 13-years-old and older should write their essay themselves. Submit your essay through Share Your Stories on the Girl Scouts of Colorado web-site and be sure to include a photo of your leader, preferably involved in a Girl Scout-related activity. However, any photo will do. You may also submit a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video. All submissions must be received by Thursday April 23, 2015.

The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks. We also have a special prize for the best submissions to show our leaders just how much we appreciate them.

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

 

Me & My Special Guy Dinner, Dance & Cake Decorating Contest a special time

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Submitted by Judy Curtis

Arvada

Denver Metro

When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr, Arvada

Theme:  Masquerade Ball – A Night to Dress to Impress

Dress Code:  Fancy dress (long or short), eye masks.  Shirt & tie or suit & tie

Cost:  $25 ($30 at the door) Please reserve & pay for your spot by April 28,.

*Also, please bring canned goods to be donated to the Arvada Food Bank.

This is a “sell out” annual event that is WAYYYY TOO MUCH fun! Girl Scouts and their friends attend a dinner catered by White Fence Farm, dance to music provided by Russell & Cameron from Notorious Sights & Sounds. The cake decorating contest are cakes that the girls have made and decorated and are judged by the other girls in attendance. Prizes flow freely and Door Prizes are everywhere! This year’s theme is “Masquerade”, so get those fancy dresses out, grab your special guy and put a tie on him! There is a special photo op spot for you to capture the “special” night with your “special” guy. Special guys can be dads, uncles, grandpas, special men in the girls’ life that will treat her to a “special” date!

To reserve your spot, please email Judy Curtis. Be sure to include a list of the girls attending and the name of their Special Guy. Make checks payable to:  Troop 3301 Send them to Judy Curtis at:  14237 W 58th Pl., Arvada, CO 80004

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

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Daisies  deliver cookies to soldiers at Fort Carson

Daisy Girl Scouts in Troop 43483 in Colorado Springs delivered more than 120 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the 110th MP Company at Fort Carson. The company, which is the troop’s Hometown Hero, is deploying in a few weeks.

The girls delivered 121 packages of Girl Scout Cookies on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. One of the soldiers, SSG Ryan Davis, is the father of one of the girls in the troop. Several of the girls also have parents actively serving in the military, so supporting the company, which is made up of about  200 soldiers, was a natural choice for the girls.

The Hometown Heroes program offers Girl Scouts the chance to honor non-profit organizations, food banks, military and uniformed personnel, who are so important to the community, during the cookie sale. Through this program, customers can buy a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service and helping with service projects. The 2015 goal for the Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program in Colorado is 200,000 packages. Last year’s statewide program netted 109,745 packages for hundreds of organizations.

There are 10 Girl Scouts in Daisy Troop 43483. However, only eight could be there on the delivery day. For five of the girls, this was their second year selling Girl Scout Cookies. For the other five, this was their first year selling. The troop sold 2,610 boxes of cookies this year. Last year, they sold 1,241 boxes, so they more than doubled sales this year!  Most importantly, the girls have formed great friendships this year and working at cookie booths together helped strengthen those bonds.

 

 

Join Team Thin Mint: Run the Colfax Marathon with Girl Scouts

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Register for the Colfax Marathon (or 5K, 10-miler, Half or Relay) today and you’ll get this fun, custom Girl Scouts team shirt to show your GSCO pride! This shirt is in addition to the awesome official marathon shirt!

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We’re ordering shirts the week of March 30, so get signed up (along with your friends and family) NOW.  This is a great troop healthy living activity, and kids’ 5K registrations are only $20. Only the first 30 to register with GSCO as their charity get the team shirt for free!

For more information on the Colfax Marathon or to join Team Thin Mint, click here.  Don’t forget to select Girl Scouts of Colorado as your charity. Already signed up? Great! There’s still time to choose GSCO.

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Grace Atchison-Reynolds, Parker, “Happiness Through Music”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I organized concerts through Valor Christian High School, as well as Turnbull Piano Studios to be preformed at assisted living facilities.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this Girl Scout Gold Award because I believe in the healing attributes of music, as well as music’s ability to bring happiness.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project brought happiness to those who were in the assisted living facilities, as well as brought healing.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained many skills including coordination, leadership, organization, and communication.

How did you make your project sustainable?

My project is sustainable because it was through many different facilities, and is being continued through the community service organization at Valor Christian.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

My connection is through the national community because of my interest in helping people through music.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember the impact that the music had on the residents and the amount of joy they received.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

My Gold Award has helped develop my skills that I will be able to use the rest of my life.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I believe the Gold Award let me have my own impact on society as well as broaden my scope to all of the needs in society.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Linda Baker, Fort Collins, “Attracting Girls to STEM Using Social Media”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I encouraged girls in Colorado to get involved in FIRST Lego League by implementing Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter functionality on the Colorado FIRST Lego League website, as well as publishing an article on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Blog, encouraging Girl Scouts (both girls and adults) to start Lego Robotics teams. I linked this article to my Facebook page, and asked my contacts to share it on their pages. My project advisor, Ross Parrent, also shared the article on LinkedIn, and asked his network to help spread the word. In May, I participated in a panel discussion for new leaders and volunteers at the Microsoft store in South Denver. This presentation was recorded and posted on the ColoradoFLL website. I have also been responding to email inquiries about how to get involved. Finally, my FRC team continues to do outreach and recruitment at events and exhibits in northern Colorado.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I am passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and chose my Gold Award project to share this passion with young girls in and outside of Girl Scouts. Girls and young women typically lose interest in the STEM subjects, or “dumb themselves down” in order to appear more socially acceptable by their peers. This results in an insufficient number of young women attracted to careers in these fields.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award Project made a significant difference in several ways. One of my articles on the Girl Scout of Colorado blog was among the highest read and most favored articles posted in the last several years. My post on the Colorado FIRST Lego League website reached a potential target audience of several thousand young people. A talent scout from Los Angeles contacted me to recruit from both of these target audiences for the television series “America’s Junior Mind Challenge,” giving my readers access to an incredible opportunity. My Gold Award project reached far beyond the GSCO audience.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

When I began this project, I was new to web design, and merely a standard user of social media. Through my project, I learned a lot more about programming in HTML and incorporating plugin software components. My communication skills were enhanced by weekly planning meetings with adult partners in FIRST Lego League. I stretched myself quite a bit to take a lead in facilitating discussions among these individuals and consultants from third party software development companies. This experience has taken me far from my comfort zone and given me confidence to be a leader in an adult business world.

How did you make your project sustainable?

The World Wide Web is a persistent and enduring technology that will remain available to everyone. I created controls on the Colorado FIRST Lego League website that allow connections, likes, and shares through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

If COFLL is successful, that will enable USFIRST to leverage those both nationally and internationally. The work I have done should transport seamlessly to other HTML applications. Additionally, news of my project reached Hollywood, and the talent search articles continue to propel information to young audiences everywhere.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The most memorable aspect of my Gold Award project is my contact with the talent scout of Shed Media that was looking for smart young women. I did not realize that my Gold Award could reach so far from Girl Scouts, so that experience will always remind me of the ripple effect that my actions may have on the world.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I have become more confident in my ability to hold my own in business situations, and I have learned how to be more effective in quick response situations. There were times I doubted my ability to finish my Gold Award on time, but I managed to finish my project two days before I left for college, and today I have immense satisfaction that I saw it through to completion.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

My Gold Award Project was a product of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Throughout my experience, I developed a variety of skills such as problem solving and communication.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org