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Girl Scout “star” search

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We’re searching for “star” Girl Scouts, who are interested in sharing their story and serving as Media Stars for the 2015-16 Girl Scout year.

What is a Media Star?

Before the Cookie Program each January, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from all across the state to be Media Stars. They deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about Girl Scout Cookies with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. These spokesgirls also help with other Girl Scouts of Colorado media interviews throughout the year.  Here are just some of the media interviews Media Stars participated in during the 2015 Cookie Sale.

To be a Media Star, a girl must be in 4th grade and above. From time to time, we need younger girls to help with media interviews. However, the Media Star program is reserved for girls in 4th grade and above.

How to get involved

Girls who want to be Media Stars should email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org Please include a brief essay (250 words or less) about why you want to be a Media Star and video (no more than a minute) of you giving your best Girl Scout Cookies “sales pitch.” Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Submissions from girls 13-years-old and older must be girl-done.

Potential candidates will be asked to participate in an individual, training session in November or December 2015. This training may be in-person, over the phone or via FaceTime. During this training, girls will learn everything needed to be a successful Media Star. Even if you have participated in this program before, you must be trained each year if you want to participate in the program again.

** Note: This is a very popular program, so spots will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

 

Gold Award training comes to Pueblo and La Junta

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Submitted by Aimee Bianca, Highest Awards Manager for Girl Scouts of Colorado

Denver

Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, Troop Leaders and parents in the Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado region! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss Gold Award Training on September 19, 2015 in La Junta and September 26, 2015 in Pueblo. 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.

Use this link to register for September 19: https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=1722617155

Use this link to register for September 26:
https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=1722611675

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! 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 all 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:

Highest Awards Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Gold%20Award%20FAQ%20-%20Final.pdf

Gold Award Guidelines for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscouts-shared/template/documents/about/Girl_Scout_Gold_Award_Guidelines.pdf

GSCO Gold Award Quick Guide

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Gold%20Award%20Quick-Guide.pdf

Gold Award Checklist for Parents and Troop Leaders

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Gold%20Award%20Troop%20Leader%20%26%20Parent%20Checklist.pdf

If you have specific questions about the Gold Award email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

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

 

Highlands Ranch troop earns Bronze Award by helping homeless pets

 

 

Submitted by Susan Boggs

Highlands Ranch

Denver Metro

The Bronze Award taught Girl Scout Troop 2077 to be helpful.  We wanted to help the animals in the shelter because they can’t help themselves.  We decided to make goody bags for people adopting pets.  Our bags for dogs included homemade shampoo with a little recipe teaching you how to make shampoo, peanut butter treats shaped like dog bones and tennis balls.  For the cat bags, we made tuna treats shaped like fish and felt knot toys.  In all of the bags, we included tips on how to care for your new pet, recipes for the treats we made, vaccination info and a couple of cat flap reviews just in case. We donated 50 dog bags and 30 cat bags to the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley.  Delivering the bags was the best part!  We got to see and interact with the animals we would be helping.   We hope the pets and their new owners enjoy their treats!  We had a lot of fun making them!

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

 

 

Grand Junction Women of Distinction welcome Class of 2015

Submitted by Cindi Graves

Grand Junction

Western Slope

The 2013 and 2014 Classes of Grand Junction Women of Distinction welcomed the 2015 class: Karen Troester, Susan Alvillar, and Robbie Breaux. MCC Board Representative Victoria Gigoux hosted a lovely tea in her beautiful home.

We are excited to be able to publicly recognize these women for their contributions to our community an hold them in esteem for Girl Scouts to aspire to.

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

 

Celebrate the new Girl Scout year at the GSCO Shop

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Submitted by Jackie Peterson, Manager Customer Service and Retail for Girl Scouts of Colorado

The new membership season is upon us! What does this mean for the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop? New store hours, merchandise and mobile shop dates!  Beginning September 8, 2015, we will extend store hours and be open on Saturday.  The new hours will be:

Tuesday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

Not only have we extended our store hours, we have added mobile shops to our schedule! There will be a mobile shop at “Fallapalooza” events in Larimer County on September 12, Denver on September 19, Colorado Springs on October 3 and Western Slope on October 17, 2015.   At these events, the retail store will bring new GSCO-branded merchandise, along with helpful items for leaders.

Speaking of new merchandise, check out our online store:

http://www.girlscoutshop.com/COUNCIL-OWN-MERCHANDISE/COLORADO-COUNCIL

It has “council-own” items, which will continue to grow throughout the year as we bring in new clothing, accessories, leader tools and other fun stuff for members and volunteers. Best of all: its open 24/7!  This online store is partnered with GSUSA and orders will be processed thru GSUSA.  All proceeds from orders generated in Colorado stay with Girl Scouts of Colorado!

Don’t have time to surf the site?  GSUSA Catalogs are now available on girlscoutsofcolorado.org.  It will give you the latest information on all GSUSA branded merchandise.  Have questions?  Contact the store at 303-607-4880, email us at retail@gscolorado.org or stop on by!  We are here to help.

Christina Bear named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

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Congratulations to Christina Bear, 2015 Gold Award recipient from Golden! On August 28, 2015, she was named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award comes with a $2,500 prize to be used for education expenses. It is presented to an individual youth volunteer (18 and under) who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through his/her work in the community. This commitment and impact is demonstrated specifically through sustained activity over a period of time. The individual acts as a role model for other youth in the community and generates interest in volunteerism in other groups.

In April 2015, Christina was awarded the inaugural Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Christina earned her Gold Award for organizing a week-long summer program for Latino students at the Horizons Summer Program at Colorado Academy. Through informal learning in computer and robot programming and mini-science experiments, students were engaged and excited about technology.

Christina was not only recognized for her project to earn her Gold Award, but also for a project she completed with her younger brother, Eric, in 2010. Their Radon Awareness Project (RAP) was locally- and nationally-recognized as a program to educate the community on the dangers of radon. With input and support from the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, EPA, American Lung Association, Jefferson County Health Department, Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and CanSAR (Cancer Survivors against Radon), Christina and Eric created a targeted campaign to educate the community about radon and testing. Since inception, RAP has reached over 500,000 people via newspapers, TV, social media and rallies and more than 500 schools are contacted annually to participate in a Colorado radon poster contest. In 2012, Christina and Eric were invited to speak at the White House Summit on Environmental Education and at the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) where they discussed how youth can collaborate with public health officials to make a difference in environmental health, In addition, RAP has championed a Radon Resistant New Construction building code that has been adopted by 20 Colorado cities and contributed to writing HB 12-1165 which would require radon testing whenever a home is sold.

“Christina exemplifies courage, confidence and character. Her continued pursuit of excellence in all aspects of her life inspires her peers and community members to listen and follow, taking action to make their world a better place,” wrote Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Stephanie A. Foote, who nominated Christina for this prestigious award.

Christina will officially accept her award at the annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 13, 2015 at Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

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GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Meagan Prewitt, Colorado Springs, “Shining the Light on Special Needs”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project addressed the issue of inadequate accommodations  for children with special needs who attend Sunrise United Methodist Church.  My goal was to provide tools and/or a therapeutic area for these children.  While the scope of my project was scaled back from an entire room to a mobile chest, I feel children with special needs will benefit  greatly from the tools I put together for them.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I know that I made a difference because the children with special needs at SUMC are already using the tools I have provided to help them in their classes. The parents also feel more comfortable leaving their children now that they know they have ways to help with their disabilities.  My church community is now more aware, as are other churches, of the need for the appropriate area and tools for special needs programs. There are many people now willing to be volunteers to help continue to build on the project in the future and spread the word about it in the community. The children with special needs and their families are very happy that a program like this has started and the hope is that that will help them continue to attend church.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

I created a Special Needs Project Report booklet that outlines the life-cycle of the project.  It details what equipment is needed, how to make some of the projects, suggestions on how to expand the program and a list of resources (books) that can be used for study. My project will continue to make an impact because there are people at Sunrise who will continue to work on growing this project and letting the community know that they have a safe place for children with special needs.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

I presented my booklet to three other churches  (First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church and Wilson United Methodist Church).  It is my hope that this booklet will aid these churches in starting their own programs and become a growing force in the community so that even more people can be educated on the importance of a comfortable and safe environment for the special needs community.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that being in a leadership role is a big responsibility that requires good communication skills, but that I am capable of managing a project this size. I now have a better understanding of how to manage and coordinate a project start-to-finish  and have attained better skills in gathering requirements for a project. I also learned that I have the skills to present a project like this to a person or group of people.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

I am now more aware of those with special needs and working on this project has inspired me to want to do more for not only children with special needs, but anyone who is under-privileged.  I will strive in the future to make an impact in their lives.

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

Through my project, I have discovered ways to find challenges and overcome them. I have also gained practical life skills of communication through setting up meetings with various members of my church community. I found a way to promote cooperation and team building, as many members of my church came together to assist me on my project. I have many new relationships with these people and feel more connected to my community. I was able to identify a major community issue and can now identify more that I may be able to take action to resolve in the future. I know that I will be able to resolve more issues because I have gained a lot of confidence through this project, learned how to problem solve, discovered how to advocate for myself and those who can’t do it for themselves, and been able to inspire others to act and help me in my goals.

***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

Bridging Ceremony – zipline style!

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Submitted by Charlotte Blish

Arvada

Denver Metro

Arvada Troop 3301 bridged from Cadette to Senior Scouts across eight ziplines on Saturday, August 22.

Our Zipline Bridging Ceremony was an excellent example of what is means to be a Girl Scout. We had to be daring! We wanted to live life to the fullest as Girl Scouts and on Saturday we did all that and more. We lept into mid-air with nothing between us but six stories of time and space and flew screaming over white water rivers. And we had the time of our lives!

We are now Senior Girl Scouts – come join us on the adventure of a life time. Say “yes” to scouting!

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

Wacky Volunteers needed for bike ride in Douglas County

Submitted by Susie Wargin, Co-Event Director

OK, you don’t have to be totally wacky to volunteer, however the Wacky Bike Ride is looking for help on Sunday, September 13, 2015 in Highlands Ranch and other cities in Douglas County.  The Wacky Bike Ride benefits Douglas County Schools, specifically the Douglas County Educational Foundation and their Helping Hands program, which provides backpacks filled with school supplies for DougCo students in need.  Last year, the Wacky gave the program $10,000 – enough to fill 500 backpacks with supplies for student this fall.  Organizers were named the school district’s Apple Award winner for Community Partner. Staged out of Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch, the Wacky Bike Ride has courses of 6, 45, 62 and 100 miles with numerous locations and times for volunteers.  All volunteers receive a goodie bag, T-Shirt, boxed lunch and bottled water.  Parents are more than welcome to join their daughter on the course.

To see the list of positions visit: http://ow.ly/Roe4R

For any questions please contact Susie Wargin: susie@wackybikeride.com or 303-517-7484

For more information about the event visit www.WackyBikeRide.com

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

 

Troop 2214 says goodbye to summer

Submitted by Girl Scout Troop 2214

Grand Junction

Western Slope

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WOW!  Where does the time go?  We blink and an entire summer has passed us by.

In year’s past we have done an all-troop family camping trip.  It is a HUGE endeavor, with a ton of prep and expense.  After a not-as-good-as-usual cookie sale, we were less on funds when summer came than we had ever been in the past.  After much discussion, we opted to try a GIRL ONLY Day Camp this year and held it in our Girl Scout Council’s backyard area.  Anticipating the same activities, short of sleeping in a tent, it turned out to be a pretty good compromise.

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Our camping trips are always jam-packed with badge earning activities and even though we didn’t sleep away, this year was no different.

On our camping trips, we always do learned skills: knife safety, knots and fire starting.  This year, as our older girls have been doing this for years and years (and are at that age where eye-rolling comes standard!), we had the oldest girls teach knife safety and knot tying.  It was a great opportunity to shake things up a bit and get the girls working on their leadership and teaching skills.  We also showed the girls how to safely start a camp fire using matches and with steel wool and a 9-volt battery, which, of course, they thought was really cool!

This year, we taught the girls how to use a compass, too!

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After illustrating “magnetism” with a pin floating on water, we gave them actual compasses to follow some basic instructions around the yard. They worked in teams and did really well!

What’s a day camp without some games?  Being in the backyard made it really easy for us to do some fun games with water and pool noodles!  It was a fun way to break up the day and have the girls work on teamwork!

Additionally, we always make an art-to-wear project; usually a t-shirt and  piece of jewelry.  So, keeping with tradition we did just that, making a t-shirt with a stencil, bleach and water (don’t worry we were safe with masks and gloves!) and bracelet.  This year, we also used some of our knot skills to make water bottle carriers with the girls getting to decorate their own water bottles.

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Meal prep is always an important task, and even in the backyard we were able to teach the girls how to make easy snacks and do some campfire cooking.  They had edible bird nests for snack, made pizzaritos (a burrito stuffed with pizza fillings instead of beans!) on the campfire for lunch and they did some dutch-oven cooking by making corn bread for dinner to go with the chili the leaders made.

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YUMMY!

It was a REALLY hot summer day, so we moved inside during the peak of the heat to learn about how to read food labels, satisfying more badge earning requirements, and work on our bracelets in an air-conditioned room!

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Before dinner, towards the end of the day, we had a lesson in Leave No Trace.  It was a great way to teach the girls a valuable lesson AND get them to pick up the trash from the day, leaving the backyard better than we found it!

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To end the day, because we weren’t able to fit a bridging ceremony in our busy schedule earlier in the summer, we also did a troop bridging ceremony.  This is always a really special event for us.  Being a HUGE multi-level troop, we are able to do all required activities and the ceremony “in house.” Using the bridge in the council backyard was special too!

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These smiling facea and the lifetime bonds these girls are building are what keep us going!

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All in all, a great (and exhausting) day…topped off with cupcakes!

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