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Girl Scouts of Colorado Sings & Rock the Mall

Saturday, June 9th, is going to be an exciting day for Girl Scouts across the country!

We are celebrating our 100th year yet again with the world’s largest sing-along, Rock the Mall, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Girl Scouts of Colorado has several groups who will be part of the estimated 200,000 attendees from across the world at the event.

But for those who can’t go, a local sing-along, Colorado Sings, will take place simultaneously at Colorado’s State Capitol. During this event Girl Scouts of Colorado will recognize local Distingused Alumnae, as well as the oldest living Girl Scout alumnae in Colorado.

If you can’t make it to either event, follow the events live on our blog. You can sign up today via this link for an email reminder about following the live event. We will be blogging about our local activities as well as about our Colorado delegation at the Rock the Mall in Washington, D.C.

And if you are attending one of these events, be sure to take some photos and/or video and share it with us on our blog, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn Alumnae Group Page. You can even follow our live event and share your thoughts and photos via these communications channels as well.

We look forward to having a fun day of celebration June 9th!

GIRL SCOUT TROOP IN AURORA ATTEMPTS TO BREAK WORLD’S RECORD FOR RECYCLING ELECTRONICS

Millions of electronics are carelessly tossed into landfills every year.  Girl Scout Troop 2879, from Aurora, Colorado, recognized this environmentally damaging situation and is striving to change the practice and break a Guinness World Record at the same time.  Aurora Troop 2879, partnered with a national electronics company, Metech Recycling, is spreading the word to other Girl Scout Troops across the country.  On June 3, 2012, Metech Recycling and Girl Scout troops across the United States are attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the most electronics recycled in a day.

In Colorado, Troop 2879 and Metech Recycling will be collecting electronics from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at three Denver Metro locations:

  • Aurora – Grandview High School, 20500 E Arapahoe Rd, Aurora, CO 80016 (along Arapahoe Road).
  • Denver – The Shops @ Northfield Stapleton (North of Off Broadway Shoes, East of Macy’s)
  • Lonetree – Sky Ridge Hospital (South parking lot near the ER, follow Emergency signs)

Troop 2879 and other Girl Scout troops selected Metech Recycling for this project because they are a Certified e-Stewards recycler.  That means Metech Recycling meets the highest environmental standards and ensures that personal data on electronic devices is securely destroyed to protect your identity.  Over 95% of all materials will be securely recycled for remanufacture.  No recycled materials will be incinerated, landfilled, or shipped abroad to be dumped.  For more detailed information, visit www.metechrecycling.com.

Responsibly recycling electronics requires some fees to cover processing costs. Referring to the appliance chart on https://appliancereviewer.co.uk we see that the fees for smaller computer monitors and TVs will be $10; televisions and monitors larger than 20 diagonal inches will cost $15.  Printers, fax machines, DVD players, VCRs, vacuums and other small appliances will cost $1 each.  Items such as desktop and laptop computers, iPads, iPods, mice, keyboards, VCR tapes, all types of power cords, etc. are recycled at no cost to the consumer.  Residents bringing electronics for secure recycling should be prepared to pay these fees by cash or check.

The Girl Scouts will also be accepting donations for Grants for Girls.  Grants for Girls assist girls who financially cannot join Girl Scouts as well as provide programming materials for girls with financial need.  Girl Scouts of any age are welcome to volunteer to help with this project.  Please contact Troop 2879 for more detailed information at Troop2879@gmail.com.

Small town Girl Scouts explore big city

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submitted by Troop 10015
Gunnison

Small town girls visiting the big city. This is the real life story for Cadette/Senior Girl Scout Troop 10015 from Gunnison. Troop 10015 got an experience of the big city life by getting to ride a train called the “Light Rail” and going to a historical Girl Scout museum in the welcoming home of Ernie and Carol. Finally, we got go to the Buell Theater and see “Wicked,” the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda, the Good Witch. “Wicked” is a musical that catches and keeps you on the edge of your seats with anticipation until the end.

We would love to have this experience again or maybe even a farther journey. Hopefully in the close or distant future, we will get to see more musicals and more historical Girl Scout hotspots!! Thank you especially to Ernie and Carol, the amazing “Wicked” actors and Kelly, our leader.

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Troop 70884 plants flowers and grows smiles

 

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Submitted by Joyce Kohlmeier
Fort Collins

One of Troop 70884’s goals was to donate 100 hours of community service this year. The house next door to the leader’s house is a non-profit home for challenged adults. The folks who live there are wonderful and their caretakers are great.

During a meeting, one of our girls said maybe we could do something to help these folks. So we asked and the one thing that they needed most was to have their yard cleaned.

We decided on a Saturday and we were so excited. We got up to a gloomy morning of rain. We decided we can do this anyway it wasn’t that bad. The troop had bought some flowers and a parent donated a tree and flowers. We got all of our tools together and all of us. The parents helped, we had an older brother and a little sister. By the time we all got going there were 22 of us. What a crew we had.

We met with one of the caretakers and she taught us some sign language so we could communicate.

We cleaned out flower beds, made flower beds, planted a tree, moved roses, planted roses and, you know what, it stopped raining.

We had a great time. The kind folks in the house treated us to a pizza lunch.

They were so appreciative. We learned much this day about giving and sharing. The entire time we were there, many many times I heard from the girls and adults. I am so glad we did this. It is so wonderful. What started out as a community service project ended up touching us more. There was lots of laughter and the appreciation was so great there were some tears. My hope is that everyone at least once in their life can feel the way we felt that day.

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

Troop 70741 focuses on community service

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Submitted by Molly Fiechtl
Fort Collins

Our troop decided to focus our efforts this year on community service. Our 4th grade girls helped stuff backpacks for Pineridge Indian Reservation, sang carols at an Assisted Living Facility, volunteered at the Flying Pig 5k Race, donated 325 pounds of Girl Scout Cookies to the Food Bank for Larimer County through Hometown Heroes donations, and donated 10 percent of their 2012 cookie sale proceeds in cash to the Animal House, a local no-kill shelter. Wow! Great work, girls!

 

Cadette Troop 182 likes passing it forward

Submitted by Annette Alvarez
Centennial

The girls in Cadette Troop 182 from St. Thomas More Parish in Centennial haven’t stop doing service after earning their Bronze Award last year. Under the guidance of troop leader Annette Alvarez and assistant leader, Stephanie Conrad, the girls engaged in three different service projects this year.

The girls made birthday bags with donated paper goods from Celebrations in Parker along with cake mixes and frosting they collected. These bags were donated to the Parker Food Bank to be handed out to the needy to celebrate a birthday. The girls also prepared a complete dinner meal that was donated to the Boys Hope Girls Hope home in Centennial. Lastly, the troop volunteered at Vision World where they sorted clothes for three hours that was donated to 42 different countries. Several of the girls’ moms accompanied the troop in this endeavor to make it a great Mother/Daughter Service Day.

Troop Members are: Oksana Alvarez, Makena Baldwin, Elizabeth Brown, Kathryn Conrad, Gabrielle East, Sofia Gratton, Grace LaClaire, Catherine Schifano, Alyssa Schmidt, Clare Weisiger, and Ashley Wright.

Olathe Girl Scouts travel to statewide bridging ceremony

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Submitted by Nancy Lindsey
Olathe

Troop 54 is from Olathe. Yes, the home of the famous Olathe Sweet Sweet Corn!! We traveled over the Continental Divide to participate in the 2012 statewide bridging ceremony. We had five girls bridge from Juniors to Cadettes. Three of them had been a part of Girl Scouts since first year Daisies! It was an amazing event and we are so glad to have participated!

Here’s an article that the Cañon City newspaper wrote about the event.

This story was shared via our Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Breckenridge Girl Scouts Honored Statewide, Locally

Eight Breckenridge Girl Scouts were recently named to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Generation Wow! In celebration, Breckenridge Mayor John Warner presided over a ceremony at the Senior Center on May 2nd to recognize these Girl Scouts. The eight girls recognized were Geneva Ascher, Leah Carney, Nicole Choma, Littlepage Green, Savannah Halvorson, Kalina Macias, Natalia Niemckwicz and Lilli Tobias.

The girls, 6th graders at Summit Middle School, were among 100 girls chosen from around Colorado who are destined to be the leaders of tomorrow. Their advisor, Kari Killberg, praised their leadership, saying, “It’s been a wonderful experience watching these girls grow from little Brownies doing crafts to the lovely young ladies they are today. They have taken on responsibility for their meetings and service projects, and all the planning that goes along with it.  They are committed to making friends and making a difference in their world. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of them because it’s going to be amazing!”

County Commissioner Thomas Davidson, also in attendance for the May 2nd ceremony, was impressed with the girls’ confidence and accomplishments.  “I am so proud of Summit County’s Girl Scouts, and it is particularly impressive that our little county has eight girls of the 100 selected statewide,” he said.  “It’s a testament to how well we’re preparing our girls to lead in the future.”

The 100 girls of Generation Wow! – including the eight local awardees – were chosen from around the state to celebrate Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary this year. This distinction recognized outstanding girls between the ages of 5 and 18 whose individual achievements in Girl Scouts, their schools and communities set them apart as leaders. They exhibited a high level of volunteer achievement and made significant contributions to their community; demonstrated strong leadership skills; participated in a service learning project; and demonstrated exceptional teamwork, conflict resolution, and goal setting.

There are nearly 200 Girl Scouts in Summit County and 30,000 Girl Scouts statewide, all living the mission of becoming girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Girl Scouts in Summit County, please call Cricket Hawkins at 970-379-9059 or visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Check out the article about this event in the Summit Daily News.

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