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Sisters Forever

Submitted by Bridget Gwyn

Littleton

Denver Metro

I have been a Girl Scout since 1st grade- that’s a continuous seven years. Although our troop has had people come and go, I’ve basically grown up with my fellow Girl Scouts. It was only now, after I was looking through a scrapbook given to us by our troop leaders when we became Cadettes, that I realized how much these girls are my sisters.

You always hear “You are a sister to every fellow Girl Scout”, but it doesn’t affect you that much when you are younger. The picture that triggered these feelings is when my troop went to Pueblo a few summers ago. We are all poolside, feet in the water, hair messed up, and our arms wrapped around one another’s shoulders as we look at the splashing children. It’s such a small act that others might dismiss it easily. But the thing is, we weren’t told to do that; we all immediately excepted each other, embraced each other. And that’s beautiful: it’s a kind of natural love that I know will last forever.

And it’s true, we have had our drama at trips- who’s being left out, who’s being unfair. But we always have some kind of unspoken agreement when we are planning our vacations (it was a unanimous vote to go to North Carolina this summer) or simple things like what songs we want turned up or what Rendezvous we want to plan or food we want to eat.

These girls -all different and unique and amazing in their own ways- have always been there for me and vice verse. It’s the kind of friendship you only read about in books, and I’m lucky enough to have found it. Maybe fate stuck us in the same Girl Scout troop, but I’m thanking you, GS. You gave me a love that only us Scout’s get, and I really appreciate that.

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

Travel to Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef in 2017

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Submitted by Cortney Kern

Travel gives you opportunities to learn about new cultures and meet new people. It is the mission of Global Girl Scouts of Colorado to provide unique opportunities for you to travel with your fellow Girl Scouts to amazing destinations.

In 2017, you can visit Sydney’s Rocks District where European settlers first came ashore 200 years ago; travel the scenic coast; learn about Australia’s amazingly diverse marine biology; feed dolphins on Moreton Island; and see the Great Barrier Reef, nature’s largest living organism and home to 400 kinds of coral and 1,500 species of fish.

Below is more information on how you can put your cookie money to use this season and get started on an amazing adventure! Lead chaperone of Global Girl Scouts is LeEllen Condry. Please contact her with any questions on travel at: nemoursLM@yahoo.com

Pricing and Itinerary Information: (valid through March 31st)

2017 Tours:

Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef- Enrollment, Current Pricing, and Tour Website

Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

*Note: Lunches (as noted on the itinerary) and a suggested tipping amount for the Tour Director, local guides, and bus drivers are not included.

Every EF tour includes airfare, ground transportation, comfortable hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, a full-time tour director and local guides, and the most extensive safety and security regulations in the industry. EF also offers the lowest prices, guaranteed, as well as unparalleled support for Girl Scout Leaders, girls, and their parents, making it easy, safe, and affordable for your girls to experience the very best historic, cultural and natural sights in the world.

How to Enroll:

You can enroll online using the tour websites linked above. Each tour website has a pink button saying “Enroll On this Tour”. Click to start the online enrollment with EF now! Enrollment is $95 per person and locks in your total price.

Payment:

Travelers have the option to enroll with the manual payment plan or to sign-up for EF’s Automatic Payment Plan. This is a great way for families to make the trip more affordable!  I would recommend that your entire group enrolls on the Monthly Payment Plan – it is much easier to manage!

Automatic Payment Plan

-$95 Enrollment Fee

-Automatic Monthly or bi-weekly Withdrawals until a month prior to departure

-Can be supplemented with Fundraised Money to adjust Monthly Payment Amount

 

OR

 

Manual Payment Plan

-$95 Initial Deposit

-$50 maintenance fees

-$150 due 60 days later

-$150 20 months prior (fall 2014 for a 2016 summer tour)

-$300 14 months prior (late spring 2015 for a 2016 summer tour)

-$300 due 9 months prior (fall 2015 for a 2016 summer tour)

-tour balance due 110 days prior to departure

Money Earning:

We also know that money-earning is a large part of planning a trip! From learning about goal-setting and budgeting to team-building and event-planning, girls can learn life skills while preparing for their tour. We have gathered many fundraising ideas and resources from our years of working with Group Leaders and Girl Scouts and we invite you to take a look: www.eftours.com/gsfundraising.

 

 

 

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Elizabeth Acker, Monument, “Project Fitness”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I built a six station “Fitness Course” around the perimeter of my high school campus. I raised all the money and I organized all the volunteers.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

Everyone wants to get fit and in shape, many people spend time reading the fat diminisher review but everywhere you can get in shape charges membership dues and fees. I wanted to create a space, a place where anyone could go and exercise for free. Schools are stressful places for the staff and teachers. I wanted to create a path and trail where they could go on planning time and de-stress and get fit at the same time.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I am most proud that we completed the course. The course looks great and it is a great gift to my community and to my school that I love. I made a difference for the staff and the students and my hometown.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I had to organize volunteers for the project. I learned to write grants and I learned to walk into businesses and ask for donations. I learned that I can direct a large scale project.

How did you make your project sustainable?

The equipment is maintenance free, but the school grounds crews have agreed to maintain the equipment if necessary and the grounds around the equipment. Mr. Christensen, the PRHS counselor, and track coach have also planned to continue the trail and course with future Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts looking for Eagle Scout and Gold Award projects. The future of the “Project Fitness” looks good.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I involved my community members, businesses and made sure to purchase everything right here in my hometown. The people that helped, the students, the parents and teachers/coaches are all from the community and all believed in me and my project. The course is a huge benefit to our school and our community.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I developed a stronger sense of self. I gained practical life skills.

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

I developed healthy relationships. I promoted cooperation and team building. I felt more connected to my community, locally and
globally.

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

This Gold Award is the culmination of my scouting experience. I started with my Daisy troop in kindergarten and stayed in my same troop throughout my scouting years. I am proud that I completed my Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. I am better able to organize my time and talents because of my experiences in Girl Scouts. I am using what I learned during the Gold Award in college and am proud to say that my new leadership skills allowed me to become one of the Manresa Orientation leaders at Xavier University during my sophomore year.

***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: Madison Haneke, Castle Rock, “Blankets for Babies”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I led volunteers in sewing just over 100 blankets for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units at three hospitals in my area: SkyRidge Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital (Anschutz) and Castle Rock Adventist Hospital.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I noticed that the majority of organizations put in place in hospitals target cancer patients and children (ages 5 and up). These are wonderful causes, but I wanted to bring attention to a bit of a less well-known department, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, so I formed my project around raising awareness for the families that have hospitalized infants.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I think my blankets brightened up the day of the families in the NICU and I definitely saw nurses get excited about the blankets, but I thought my impact on the volunteers who helped was amazing. I showed them that just a simple act of kindness can impact people you would never meet.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned how to ask for help, especially in front of a lot of people. Before, I was nervous to speak in front of people, but I learned that almost everyone is willing to help if you only ask. I also became a better collaborator. I gained the skill of incorporating others’ ideas to make my overall project better.

How did you make your project sustainable?

In every blanket package, there is a flyer with directions for making the blanket for future babies, and a link to my blog was included also, so that the families could learn about my project and maybe be inspired to make their own blanket to give to another family. Luckily, I came across EmbroideryWithStyle.com to help a few of ladies who love to sew, and one of the ladies have already received and delivered a donation for her blanket. I think their continued love of sewing and my connections could make the blankets a recurring donation to NICUs.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

My blog was my main connection to the larger community. So far, it has received nearly 200 views, which is way more than I could have reached alone.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The most memorable part of my project was definitely seeing the reactions of the nurses. They were immediately excited about the product and idea, and they started giving them out as soon as I delivered them.

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

Through earning my Gold Award, I learned that I can make a real difference in the lives of people that I wouldn’t otherwise meet if I’m passionate and dedicated enough. This confidence will help to drive me through any challenges I may face in the future, since now I know what I am capable of with help from others and a strong desire to make an impact.

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

I see the Gold Award as the culmination of what Girl Scouts is all about. It is a massive leadership and community service responsibility, and earning it was so important to me because I felt like I was taking all that I have learned in Girl Scouts and applying it to the real world.

***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

Red Rocks Community College presents: Cadette Woodworker Badge

The Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Skilled Trades departments at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) are very excited to work with Cadette Girl Scouts this spring to help them earn their Woodworker badge. Come join us in learning the basics of woodworking.  RRCC has a state of the art carpentry and woodworking lab, so this will be an excellent place to explore, learn, experiment and build.

We will start with the basics:  learning to use a hammer, screwdriver, level, wood saw, tape measure and other tools of the woodworking trade.  Then, put what you’ve learned into practice on a variety of projects.  We will culminate with a creative project you can take home.

But, you’ll be taking home more than just a project! You’ll take home the skills and confidence to start your own woodworking project!

When: April 3

Time: 5:00 PM

Where: Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood

Cost: $5 per girl

Register now: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/2737

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Kelsey Quick, Salida, “Say No to Cyberbullying”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I created a website for kids who are being cyberbullied where they can talk about their experience and get help. In addition, I created a unit of lesson plans for 4th – 6th grade teachers that teach what cyberbullying is, what to do about it, and how not to do it.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I came up with my project idea when I noticed that fights on social media started to carry over into my high school’s hallways as real fights. I also read stories about kids committing suicide because of cyberbullying. I wanted to do something to help.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Through my project, I taught younger kids how to be careful and safe on the internet. I have also given kids a safe place to go on the internet if they are cyberbullied. I hope this makes a difference for a lot of kids.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

By teaching lessons to elementary students, I increased my flexibility and adaptability which will help me as I pursue a teaching degree.

How did you make your project sustainable?

My project is sustainable because my Cyberbullying Unit lesson plans will be distributed throughout school districts in Colorado. Also, my website will continue indefinitely.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Cyberbullying is the fastest growing form of harassment in the world.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The thing I will remember most about my project is the impact it will have on people. The stories that the kids shared with me about their experiences with cyberbullying really touched my heart. Also, I will remember how enthusiastic teachers were when they were given the lesson plans to use with their students.

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

Since I hope to become a teacher, I hope my Gold Award project will help me get a teaching job some day.

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

The Gold Award is the top honor you can earn in Girl Scouts. It is the culmination of all the years of badges, projects, volunteer activities, and hard work.

***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

Seeking Girl Scout troops to help with book drive

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Submitted by Amanda Kalina, HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op
Englewood

It is time to announce the 2015 HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op Book Drive!

Every year we receive many requests from our Learning Centers for library books that are needed for group reading. And we’d love to get friends of HOPE involved in helping us meet this need. (In fact, we appreciate all the Girl Scout troops who have helped out with previous projects over the last year….you’ve been wonderful!!!)

If you have gently used, K-12 appropriate books, please bring them to the HOPE Online office (373 Inverness Parkway, Suite 205, Englewood) to be donated. If you know of anyone who is looking for a special project, perhaps a Girl Scout troop that needs a philanthropy or a Barnes and Nobl​e​ store that is throwing out books, we would like to be the beneficiary.

The purpose of this book drive is to place books into libraries of our Learning Centers. We encourage you to forward this information to anyone you think may be interested in helping. Thanks in advance for your donation and for helping to support HOPE students! This book drive runs through the end of March.

HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op is a blended online public k-12 charter school which delivers its curriculum through community-based Learning Centers from Denver to Greeley, Leadville, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Students attend Learning Centers five days a week and rotate between online lessons and face-to-face classroom instruction. The award-winning curriculum exceeds state standards. HOPE also offers low student-educator ratios and is an accredited high school diploma program, with graduates going on to attend college at institutions from the University of Denver to the University of Northern Colorado and beyond. We serve an at-risk student population, with 8 percent of our students considered homeless and 87 percent on free and reduced lunch. Additionally, HOPE provides character development programs, including physical education, music, the arts and extra-curricular activities such as competitive sports, specialty clubs, talent shows and more. To learn more about HOPE, visit www.HOPEonline.org.

Below is a list of books we are looking for specifically, however we will take nearly anything we are given!

(Any books in these series would be helpful, but we will take anything else!)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Magic Tree House
Junie B Jones
Goosebumps
Dork Diaries
Big Hero 6
Flat Stanley
Cam Jansen
The Notebook of Doom
Dragon Masters
Amelia Bedelia
Frog and Toad
Eerie Elementary
According to Humphrey
Dory Fantasmagory
Looniverse
Choose Your Adventure Dragonlarks
Kylie Jean
Pinky and Rex
Here’s Hank
Geronimo Stilton

OTHER BOOKS:
Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-Up
Easy Reader Books– Level 1, 2, 3 (sometimes called ” I Can Read”)
Step Into Reading Books
National Geographic leveled books
Nonfiction– books and materials
Any picture books

Questions?
Melanie Stone
HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op
Director of Activities and Athletics
373 Inverness Parkway, Suite 205
Englewood, CO 80112
Office: 720-402-3016
Cell: 303-727-0315
Front Desk: 720-402-3000
Fax: 303-484-7639
hopeonline.org

Book Drive 2015

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AMERICA’S JUNIOR MIND CHALLENGE: TV casting opportunity for 7-12 year olds!  

Submitted by Linda Baker

Young brainiacs across the country are invited to sign up for a new TV competition series that will test the mental agility of the nation’s smartest kids.

Applicants should be intelligent individuals that are gifted academically, performing above their grade level. The competition will be celebratory and supportive, showcasing great young minds and their remarkable abilities, at the same time raising discussion about the educational needs of these unique children.

Regional qualifying rounds will be held across the country this summer, with successful contestants progressing to a prestigious final round in the nation’s capital. The winner will be awarded a monetary prize to assist with future academic endeavors.

Emmy nominated producers Shed Media, creators of  ‘Supernanny’, the genealogy series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and ‘Child Genius’ have teamed up with a major broadcast network to make this exciting new series.

If you are interested to learn more or have questions about the competition, please contact: Tessa Gogol at Shed Media, email:  tessa.gogol@gmail.com or call: 310-801-6090

Loveland Juniors support literacy in early childhood

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Submitted by Lana Berning And Sierra Sikich
Loveland
Northern and Northeastern Colorado

We love reading! And we wanted to share that love with others.

We looked at our community and decided that the best way to instill the love of books was to start early, we knew that not every family could afford a lot of books, so we set out to give a book that they could keep to each preschooler in our school district.

We wanted to collect 1,500 books to give out. We met with the preschool team for the district to discuss what we wanted to do, They thought it was a wonderful way to help young children to love reading. We put together a donation letter and went to all the local bookstores asking for donations. With the help of friends, family and Book Haven (a used book store here in Loveland) We collected over 2,200 books.

WOW! we never expected to get that many. Our next step was contacting the preschools. We got a list from our contact at the school district and sent out email’s and made calls to set up days and times that we can go in to read a story to the kids and give them books. We went to all 14 preschools that are part of our school district and read Green Eggs and Ham to the kids, and since we had gotten so many more books than we set out for we were able to give each child 2 books of their own to keep.

We had many books left over which included quite a few chapter books. So we decided to donate them to Alternatives to Violence to build a library in their Safe house and to donate some to the School District to split between the preschools to have more books on hand for the kids to read and enjoy.

We had a lot of fun collecting books to share the love of reading with. It felt amazing to see all the excited faces of the preschoolers when the got their books and we told them they where theirs to keep. We hope that the many kids we read to will continue reading and enjoying all the places you can visit and adventures you can have through books.

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

You are “Our” Girl Scout

 

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Submitted by Kristin Coulter

Denver

Denver Metro

Erika was one of the customers Fiona always looked forward to seeing during cookie season. Even though they only saw each other once a year, Erika always greeted Fiona by name and rewarded her with a good size order of cookies. When Fiona started selling cookies she was a Daisy and Erika was pregnant with her first child. When she returned as a Cadette last year, Erika by now had two children – two girls – and also had the news that they might be moving. Fiona took Erika’s email address and this year she contacted her at the beginning of cookie season. Last night Fiona and her mom drove the very large order of cookies from Park Hill to Centennial. Ramona, Erika’s now 4 year-old, was enchanted with all of the badges on Fiona’s vest. She had watched the cookie selling video Fiona had made and sent her mother many times so Ramona felt like she knew Fiona too. Fiona thanked them for continuing to buy cookies from her to which they replied that they will always be loyal because “you are our Girl Scout.”

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