Submitted by Sara and Kristin
Centennial Troop 61133
On October 5th we had the wonderful opportunity to Bunk With the Beasts at the Denver Zoo! The whole trip was super cool and everyone had a great time.
Our tour guide, Maggie, was informative, sweet, patient, and fun. The girls had a private tour of the zoo at night, visited with a baby snow leopard, learned about the importance of enrichment and even played with some, used night vision goggles, and made a Shrinky Dink necklace.
We wrapped up the evening with some hot chocolate and popcorn and a visit from a beautiful bearded dragon and a very active tortoise.
In the morning they greeted us with another private tour with a trip to the commissary and a visit with a porcupine and two of our girls even got to feed him!
Overall, our first overnight as a troop was not only super fun but the girls demonstrated that they are in fact living by the Girl Scout Law. They were respectful, helpful, asked thoughtful questions, made connections to prior learning, were sisters to every Girl Scout, and giggled and whispered their way into the night.
We could not have been more proud.
They earned the Pets badge and a special Bunk With the Beasts fun patch and they are already thinking about their next overnight. Thank you Denver Zoo for putting on this awesome program!
At the end of the trip, the girls talked about how they’ve put their cookie money to good use: a big service project for a local preschool, a painting party at the Lone Tree Rec Center, new Journey books, membership dues AND the Bunk with the Beasts overnight was mostly funded with cookie proceeds. Now the girls are even more excited to start selling cookies again in January!
Girl Scouts across the state are always out doing something great! So much so that it is always hard to be in every single place sharing how Girl Scouts are building their skills to be the leaders of tomorrow.
But that’s I’m really excited about what one of our supportive adults did for us over the weekend to help tell the Girl Scout story.
Laura Kelly attended the Colorado School of Mines Engineering Day with her daughter in Golden on Saturday, Oct. 5th. Throughout the event she Tweeted what they were doing and shared photos.
There are countless opportunities out there for us all to be sharing the greatness of Girl Scouts. I encourage and invite you to take Laura’s lead and share away. And I look forward to hearing your stories!
(Pictured below: Laura and her daughter Jordan, who is a 5th grader.)
Colorado Riding Academy
303-840-7105 – office
303-243-1513 – cell
Come Ride with Us!
Girl Scouts Program
Events are hands on and include learning to groom, tack, and ride horses!
We want you to have fun, a great ride, and to understand overall horsemanship.
Get outside and enjoy yourself here at Colorado Riding Academy.
Patches are available upon completion.
Pricing is based on the number of girls attending
2 Hour Events
10 girls or less – $35 per rider
11 – 15 girls – $25 per rider
3 Hour Events
11 – 15 girls – $30 per rider
16 – 18 girls – $25 per rider
18 – 20 girls – $20 per rider
Daisies join us for the Ponies and Pals Program
Brownies join us for the Horse Fun in the Sun Program
These programs are offered year round; contact us to schedule your group!
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??
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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.
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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.
Jessica Soucy – Colorado Riding Academy
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.
Jessica Soucy – Colorado Riding Academy
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!
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