Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Festival of Trees in Greeley celebrates 100 years of friendship

Submitted by Marla DeJohn
Greeley
The Service Unit in Greeley decides on a theme for our Chritmas Tree decorations in the fall. This year our theme was “100 Years of Friendship”. The girls were given the task to think of ornaments that represent that to them- using the 100 in some way. They were very creative from 100 sequins to 100 beads to 100 loops in a chain! The tree is on display with the “adult” trees in the Festival of Trees after Thanksgiving. To earn our rent for our space- we have girls assist at the Craft Corner. All of the children who come through the exhibit are encouraged to stop by and make a craft. This year it was “Candy Cane Reindeer” out of pipe cleaners. A great time was had by all! >;

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Colorado Springs Girl Scouts make blankets for cats at Humane Society

Submitted by Janet Baratti
Colorado Springs

The 3rd grade Girl Scout Troop 4117 at the Humane Society to donate the knotted blankets they made for the cats there. They did this community service project as part of the Pet Badge and Give Back Badge.

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Letterboxer Brownies from Ireland and USA send out HitchHikers in anticipation of WTD

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A Brownie in CO, USA organizes a double set of HitchHikers between Ireland and USA and a Brownie in Ireland is designing a badge that only girls who complete the requirements listed in each respective LogBook, in their country, will be eligible to earn (because IGG does not have the “Letterboxer” badge to earn otherwise)

Understanding that we want to maximize the number of troops/Girl Scouts who get to participate fully we are sending this announcement out so everyone can be prepared when the “Pretty Irish hitchHiker” comes to them!

Our USA Brownie is collecting contact information for: ALL Troops (any level) who are interested in seeing and contributing to this HitchHiker Letterbox, ALL Brownie Level Girl Scouts interested in using this to meet their Letterboxer Badge requirements, ALL Girl Scouts interested in Earning the International Badge being offered!

Please contact her Mommy/Troop Leader/Guide 😉 as she is too young to have her own e-mail yet. The Irish HitchHiker will be sent in a First Come-First Served fashion as is appropriate to Letterboxing. (as opposed to a who-is-geographically closest-to-save-postage fashion) But a list to go by will ensure No One is forgotten in line 😉 Thank you for your support! All of Ireland’s Girl Guiding community is eagerly awaiting your support!

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Girl Scouts help soup kitchen with food donations

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Submitted by Dena Thomason
Cortez

The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. With this in mind, Girl Scout Troop 2619 is showing how important community involvement is to them.

In the weeks preceding, Friday, December 28th, we held a food drive to benefit Hope’s Kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Cortez. The amount of food collected by the young Girl Scouts was quite impressive. It completely covered an eight foot long table.

Mrs. Jody Chin, who is a former Girl Scout Leader herself, was so gracious to meet with our Girl Scout Troop and to accept the food donation. She sat right down and talked with the kids on their level and explained what Hope’s Kitchen does for the community and how important it is.

The Girl Scouts were very excited when she asked if they would like a tour of the kitchen where all the food was prepared, the kitchen got a remodelation recently from Austin’s Best Kitchen Remodeling Contractor / Kitchen Central. When asked later what stuck out in their minds the most about their project, several of the children said they were most moved with the large number, 103, of people that were fed earlier that day. That is quite a large number and it points out how vital a role Hope’s Kitchen fulfills in our community.

We were all very impressed with the responsibility that Mrs. Chin has and how dedicated the volunteers are who come and cook and help serve meals on a regular basis. The Girl Scouts came up with the idea of volunteering themselves during the summer vacation. They understood that they have to be 14 years old to be in the kitchen but came up with other ideas of how they can help out. They can help with the set up of the tables and chairs, they can carry the food to the tables for the guests and help to clean up afterwards. They’ve decorated the hall once and did such a good job promoting the event that it was published on sites like http://floform.com for their kitchen designs. They are looking forward to implementing their idea this summer. They wanted to do it earlier but they are in school when the meals are typically being served.

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Girl Scouts sing carols to nursing home residents

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Submitted by Dena Thomason
Cortez, Colorado

On Friday, Dec. 21, the Cub Scouts of Den 519 and Girl Scout Troops 2619 and 3043 entertained the residents of Vista Grande Nursing Home by singing Christmas Carols. The residents enjoyed the young voices and were very appreciative, applauding after each song. The Scouts enjoyed visiting with the residents and said that it gave them a “good feeling” to be able to sing for them. We also submitted a story on what we did to our local paper.

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Troop 4288 sleeps at the fire station

The Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts of Troop 4288 in the Northern and Northeastern region held a slumber party at the fire station. Thirteen girls particpated. They had a gift exchange (as well as a gift collection for Toys for Tots), played games, had an art show for the Brownies to earn their painting patch, watched movies and really got to know one another. This was our first outing together as a troop, and the girls as well as the troop leaders, had a blast! As a community member, I had access to the center for which I made a small donation, and the food was a gift from the troop leaders as our holiday party! We just formed our troop this fall, so we are looking for inexpensive to free things to do…and this was just the thing to kick off our new troop!

Troop 2214 participates in Western Slope Parade of Lights

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Troop 2214 had its very first float in the Parade of Lights this year. They did Hansel and Gretl, the gingerbread house in the woods. They wore the Girl Scout cookie costumes to go with the “cookie” house and handed out candy on the parade route and were mentioned by the emcees as they drove past the judges’ booth.

“We had a good time and will do it again, for sure!”

Troop 3940 wraps presents for kids for community service project

Submitted by Anela Cronk

On Wednesday, November 21, Girl Scout Cadette Troop 3940 helped wrap Christmas presents at Canyon View Vineyard Church. The presents were donated by church and community members and will be delivered to children who may not otherwise get Christmas presents. The troop wrapped alongside church members, and the six girls and three leaders wrapped nearly 100 presents.

Our troop tries to do several service projects each year to give back to the community. This one was special because it helped us to realize how fortunate we are and it gave us a chance to help those in need. Like other service projects that we’ve done, this made us feel happy to give back to the community.

Centennial Brownies visit with Air Force Colonel

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Submitted by Kristin Hamm
Centennial

The Girl Scout Brownies of Troop 61133, based at Willow Creek Elementary School, had a special visit from Cheryl Kearney, Colonel USAF, during their Dec. 13 meeting.

The Colonel was deployed to Iraq from June 2011 to May 2012 and was among a group who received Hometown Heroes Girl Scout cookies from the Brownie troop. Now stationed at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Col. Kearney reached out to the Brownie troop to thank the girls for the cookies.

“Being so far from home for almost a year was a tough situation, but fabulous people like you made our time go faster, especially as we enjoyed treats from home –especially Girl Scout cookies!” she wrote to the troop’s co-leader Sara Watson.

Col. Kearney showed the girls photo albums from her time in Iraq and talked to them about how they made a difference by showing their support for troops serving in Iraq and sending them a taste of home.

The visit was a perfect kickoff to the troop’s 2013 cookie activities as the girls were setting their fun and service goals and they all agreed they want to sell even more Hometown Hero packages this year.

Col. Kearney,  a former Girl Scout, is the Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy.

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