Submitted by Judy Moisey Asay
Troop 548 sold over 5,000 boxes of cookies this year and used the money to fund their summer trip. They voted to go rafting and explore southern Colorado by visiting the Sand Dunes and Zapata Falls.
The girls and moms rafted the Arkansas River with Arkansas River Tours and had a great time on the river in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Afterwards the troop headed for the Sand Dunes where they climbed High Dune, the 2nd highest dune in the park. We also went to the Visitor Center and watched the interpretive programs about the park. The troop attended an ice cream social at the campground center to finish off the evening.
The final morning, we hiked to Zapata Falls near the Sand Dunes Park. It was a very cold hike as we waded through the stream to get to the falls. The weather was great and the girls and moms had an awesome time. Who knows where we will go next??
We are now able to offer both “Ponies and Pals” and “Horse Fun in the Sun” events for troops and individuals at Colorado Riding Academy in Parker, CO. The events vary and are time dependent on the number of girls who attend. For troops and individuals who register through the facility, you will be provided 15-20 minute sessions, one including a short riding lessons. . . and sessions could vary from 3 – 5 depending on number in attendance. You should plan on being there for at least 30 mins to an hour for individuals, and hour or so if a large group. The sessions vary and include short riding lessons, grooming and tacking, making horse treats, or learning bout the facility and caring for horses. The cost is $15.00 per girl and the girls will receive a patch and glow in dark bracelet (while supplies last). The event for small groups and individuals is not 3-4 hours long – that time frame with the special GSCO events was due to the number registered. The facility will create a great session that will be a strong learning experience based on number attending – the girls will get the same information and plenty of hands on time with the horses. If you are interested or have questions, please feel free to contact Julie Fischer or Jessica Soucy –
Submitted by Virginia Brown
Twenty Girl Scouts along with 10 mothers attended the Glenwood Springs Service Unit Jamboree July 12-14th at the Jackson Ranch in Glenwood Springs. One of the girls came from Silt, while another girl came from Basalt to attend the event. Girls pitched tents, cooked outside, worked on various badges (artist, cooking, GS Ways) caught tadpoles, frogs, and toads!
Louise Jackson and other volunteers had actually started with weeklong day camps over 50 years ago. The tradition of Girl Scout events at the ranch continues with today’s girls and moms attending the Jamboree. A special part of each years event includes Louise coming down to the camp area, with her daughter Sandy Jackson. This year, Louise and Sandy also brought Sandy’s sister Patty to visit with the girls about Girl Scout history in not only the Glenwood Springs area, but all over the world. Patty shared stories of traveling to various World Centers, news of the new World Center in Africa; along with tales of canoeing in the Boundary Waters of the Great Lakes as girls themselves. Patty volunteers with the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians for both the Gold Award Committee and the WAGGGS.
Sandy shared about attending what was then called SOS – Scouts on Survival. SOS sounded like a version of today’s reality TV but just for Girl Scouts. Sandy and other Girl Scouts were dropped off on an island with a tea bag, two sugar cubes and a piece of rope. Needless to say, today’s Girl Scouts were enthralled with the chat and are all looking forward to attending their own destinations!
Girls worked on various badges, tying knots, building tarp tents and obstacle courses, making homemade ice cream, painting wonderful pictures to share (they used feathers as paint brushes!), learning about GS Ways and helping with kapers around camp. They even worked on some community service projects on the ranch.
The Girl Scout Brownie Event Horse Fun in the Sun was a great success. We had so many interested in attending and had a full event plus extras! The Brownies learned about caring for a horse, which included grooming, tack, nutrition and facility, and a short riding lesson in arena. The girls also got to make horse treats, which were fed to the horses at the end of the event, as well as got to try their hand at some roping! With the high interest from Girl Scouts for this event, we will have it available for troops and individual Girl Scouts to do year round. Those interested can contact Colorado Riding Academy to register. The rate will still be $15 per Girl Scout and the girls will receive a patch and glow in dark “I love Horses” rubber/elastic band bracelet.
The Girl Scouts of Colorado Daisies had a great time at the Ponies and Pals Event June 22nd in Parker, CO. They learned about caring for a horse, which included grooming, tack and a short riding lesson in arena. The girls also got to make horse treats, which were fed to the horses at the end of the event. With the high interest from Girl Scouts for this event we will be offering this event for troops and individual Girl Scouts to do year round. Those interested can contact Colorado Riding Academy to register. The rate will still be $15 per Girl Scout and the girls will receive a patch and glow in dark “I love Horses” rubber/elastic band bracelet.
Submitted by Lisa Westrope
Red Feather Lakes, CO
On Thursday, June 13th, The Red Feather Lakes Girl Scouts, Troop 4288 helped clean up their community, by picking up trash around Parvin Lake! The girls wore gloves, carried bags, and hiked around Parvin Lake, sharing stories, admiring the wild iris and golden pea wildflowers, as well as cleaning up garbage along the way! Afterwords, we enjoyed popsicles and a craft for Father’s Day! The girls really enjoyed doing something nice for the community and look forward to doing it again soon!
Cadette Girl Scouts in Troop 20, 2569 and siblings took a babysitting course to become trained babysitters. Through this course the girls can start working on the Cadette Babysitter, Cadette First Aid and Cadette Entrepreneur badges. Great job girls and good luck on your businesses. They learned basic first aid, CPR for infants and children/adults, as well as some basic tools for babysitting.
Has reading about all of the amazing Highest Awardees this year inspired you to learn more about how you can earn one of these prestigious awards?
Here is a great 2-page overview of the awards and how Girl Scouts help make the world a better place through their projects. Highest Awards Overview (2013)
For Bronze and Silver, your approval (to start your project and for final completion) comes from the troop level – just fill out the Final Report form online when you’re done so we have record of your project (and then you can purchase your pins!). http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/girls/awards
Submitted by Shoshana Nash
Coronado Elementary School – Littleton
You covered this awhile back on Facebook, but FYI… the project was chosen and submitted it for a Junior Citizen award and we won local, then state, and then national. Go Girl Scouts!
Despite the article, the win is definitely NOT only Troop 4451’s, it is the win of every Girl Scout and Girl Scout Leader at Coronado Elementary who made this event possible… without their support it wouldn’t have happened! Troop 4451 conceived and hosted, but over 70 girls and many leaders attended and donated to the cause!
For us, the best part was the end result. Troop 4451 shipped 600 flags overseas to deserving men and women. It was so great showing the girls that women can be strong and DO something. The servicewomen who joined us were nothing short of inspiring and having financial support from strong women groups, such as the ALA and DAR, further showed the Girl Scouts that strength. Finally, seeing all the different ages of Girl Scouts in one place, so many leaders, and supporters of Girl Scouts helps to make what we do at every meeting so much more amazing and enriches the experience. The girls know that they can continue on and they aren’t alone or uncool. The servicewomen were past Girl Scouts and the girls had stars in their eyes. But the end result was not empowering our group of girls, it was the work they did… it was significant, worthwhile, notable, and unexpected. Now, we hope they walk through their Girl Scout career trying to think of ways of making the world a better place in a large, tangible way.
We are thankful that it shines light on the good that Girl Scouts and the Coronado community are doing! We are also very thankful for the support of the school, the many Girl Scouts and leaders, and the ALA and DAR.