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Ouray Girl Scout selected for Coastal Studies program

Chiara at the Gen Wow breakfast in Colorado Springs.

Submitted by Chiara Degenhardt
Ouray, Colorado

Hello, my name is Chiara Degenhardt, and I live in Ouray, Colorado. This past November, I participated in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute at the National Convention in Houston, Texas. There, in the exhibit hall, on the last day, I learned about a program called Coastal Studies for Girls.

CSG is a program on the coast of Maine, for sophomore girls only, that focuses on science and leadership. The science focus is on marine ecosystems, and leadership skills are developed in part through outdoor adventure activities. I was interested from the start!

After I got home, I started working on my application for the fall 2012 semester at CSG.

The application process was rigorous, but well worth it once I received my acceptance letter. Being a Girl Scout was an important part of my application, as CSG was interested in any all-girl experiences I might have had. I think my Girl Scout resident camp experience over the past several years was also something that helped my application succeed.

CSG is only for sophomore girls, and you can apply for either fall or spring semester. Freshman girls who are interested should start working on their application now. This is the CSG website: http://www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org/

I am the first girl from Colorado to be a CSG student, and I hope that others will follow. I am very excited for my experience, and I hope to have a challenging academic semester, learn more about myself as a leader, an make life-long friends at CSG.

Junior Troop 80572 earns new badges

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Submitted by Sherri Vance
Yuma

Yuma Girl Scout Junior Troop 80572 enjoyed a three-day outing starting with an overnight at Pawnee Lodge in Sterling on July 10th. While in Sterling, the girls learned the basics of geocaching, practiced using a GPS unit, and made trade items to place in caches. We then went geocaching around town, finding five caches with a couple of “Did Not Finds.” After placing and tracking a “travel bug” that we’re hoping to travel to Savannah, Ga., to visit Juliette Low’s birthplace, we’ll have earned the geocaching badge. The evening was spent making crafts and home-made ice cream. The next morning found us touring the Overland Trail Museum, learning about the history of the area. After a picnic lunch, we ended our stay in Sterling with a swim in the Sterling Pool. The troop then went to Eckley for an overnight at leader, Bonnie Ledet’s home. We stayed up late singing campfire songs and playing games about Leave No Trace. The next morning was spent learning how to lash. After practicing the various lashing methods, the girls lashed a workstation for preparing meals. Each girl practiced building and lighting a fire, and prepared a foil lunch of hobo dinners and campfire cones, completing the requirements for the camping badge. The girls had three great days of learning and fun.

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

Girls’ World Forum 2012 – Our Sisterhood Taking Action with the UN Millennium Development Goals

Written by Rae Ann Dougherty, Girl Facilitator at the Girls’ World Forum

One day back and I just cannot get it out of my mind (I was not very productive at work today)! It is kind of like a song or jingle that keeps playing back. The energy, enthusiasm, excitement, and exhilaration that only 600 Girl Scouts can bring was all over Chicago for one week and is now spreading across the globe as all of the delegates and their chaperones make their way home.

The Girls’ World Forum 2012 (GWF) was the third, and best, of World Forums series conducted as a part of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). These world forums were designed to explode the leadership development of members and propel the progress in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It did and it will. Several years ago, WAGGGS listened to the girls and has been focusing on the three of eight MDGs that they selected. As a result of the first Young Women’s World Forum (YWWF 2010) our Girl Scout and Girl Guide sisters began making a difference with their projects. Two of the 100 delegates were American. The second Young Women’s World Forum (YWWF 2011) engaged more of our sisters when nearly 200 participated at the four World Centers, including two more Americans. The American impact exploded when 250 Americans, including three from Girl Scouts of Colorado, arrived in Chicago to study the MDGs, build their skills, develop their leadership and define their own Take Action Projects.

Oman, Rwanda, Qatar, Thailand, Namibia, Senegal, Belarus, Maldives, Slovenia, Paraguay, Taiwan, and more! Although I have been working in the international Girl Scouting arena for years, I had never met a Girl Guide or Girl Scout sister from these countries. To be able to start with a common foundation (the Girl Scout Promise and Law) and discuss unifying topics (the MDGs), a strong bond formed immediately. I have so many wonderful new sisters in 90 countries as a result of this single week. It was cool! I was able to learn about their countries, Girl Scouting program, culture, and the small things I take for granted. For example, one Liberian Delegate could not stop admiring the tall buildings that made up the Chicago skyline. She could not believe one could construct buildings so tall.

I was extremely honored to serve as a “Girl Facilitator.” In this role I led the breakout sessions designed for education, sharing, and processing. In getting to know the powerful, passionate, vitality, and insightful young leaders that were simultaneously growing as much as they were learning about the issues was an amazing and treasured experience! I can hardly wait to watch their Take Action Projects progress.

The best part is that this magical event was a girl planned and girl led event. A powerful team of 18 that were the same age as the Delegates (age 14 – 18) came together 15 months ago to plan the entire event, even the sessions I taught as a Girl Facilitator! Yes they can and they did … in a BIG way!

You too can be a part of the energy and excitement at www.Facebook.com/YWWFsite. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can follow the conversations and energy.

Perhaps I will be more productive at work….tomorrow!

Girl Scouts announces 2012 Pikes Peak Women of Distinction, Women to Watch

We are excited for Aug. 6th’s rescheduled private reception at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, where we will announce this year’s class of the esteemed Women of Distinction as well as our Women to Watch, a new honor for emerging leaders under 40. This event is graciously hosted by The Cliff House at Pikes Peak Executive Chef, Scott Savage.

We understand it has been a tough month for the people in the Pikes Peak region due to the Waldo Canyon Fire. Girl Scouts have been offering their support throughout the rebuilding efforts (Blog 1, Blog 2Blog 3, Blog 4). In fact, Colorado Springs’ Girl Scout Troops 1947 and 863 will be at the event collecting school supplies from event guests for a drive they are doing for students who have lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire.

The 2012 Girl Scouts of Colorado Women of Distinction, Pikes Peak class is as follows:

  • Claire Garcia, Ph.D.: Professor of English, Colorado College; President of the Board, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival; Board Member, Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Rosemary Harris Lytle: President, NAACP Colorado/Montana/ Wyoming State Conference; President, NAACP Colorado Springs Branch; Colorado Delegate to Vision 20/20
  • Dee Vazquez Sabol: Community Engagement and Outreach Officer, Pikes Peak Library District; Co-Founder, Pikes Peak Women’s Coalition; Board Member, Colorado Springs Diversity Forum
  • Mary Thurman, Ph.D.: Deputy Superintendent, Colorado Springs School District 11; Board Member, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region; Former Board Member, Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Linda Weise: Executive Director, Colorado Springs Conservatory; Board Member, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce; Regional Advisory Council for the Central City Opera Association

Girl Scouts of Colorado also is pleased to announce our first class of Women to Watch honorees:

  • Elizabeth (Liz) Denson – Marketing & Public Relations Specialist.  In addition to her volunteer work with Girl Scouts, she is involved with multiple committees and boards in Colorado Springs including Festival of Lights, Gazette Charities, Partners in Philanthropy, Peak Vista Breakfast of Champions, Pioneers Museum and The Chamber Rising Professionals.
  • Amanda Mountain – Executive Director of the Tim Gill Center for Public Media and Station Manager for Rocky Mountain PBS/KTSC-TV.  PBS started a program entitled Women and Girls Lead, a multiyear public media initiative amplifying the voices of women and girl leaders, expanding the understanding of gender equity, and engaging a network of citizens and organizations to tune in and get involved. She has been named one of the nation’s top 20 executives under 40 by PRESSTIME, is a graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak class of 2006 and received the Rising Star award by the national board of directors of American Women in Radio and Television.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction or Women to Watch. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, philanthropic, government, education and community leaders. They are committed to making the world a better place for the girls of today and tomorrow. They donate their time, talents and experience to Girl Scouting and also support Girl Scouts financially. Since 2000, 43 women have been named as Pikes Peak Women of Distinction and raised more than $300,000 for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The Women of Distinction Thin Mint Dinner to publicly recognize these honorees will take place Sept. 13 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. For more information, visit our website.

Media placements highlighting our honorees and/or upcoming event: Artemis Women 7/20/12, Fresh Ink/honorees places of business publications and websites, Colorado Springs Gazette and Colorado Springs Independent

Superior Girl Scouts celebrate the Fourth!

Submitted by Tamara Jones
Superior

Girl Scouts from the Blue Heron Service Unit participated in the Superior Fourth of July parade. Donning patriotic sunglasses, headbands and beads, about 40 girls (and 1 dog!) marched down Rock Creek Parkway in this annual parade, which culminates in Community Park with a pancake breakfast and town festival. The group included girls from Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops from Superior. Everyone had a lot of fun and the service unit plans to make this the start of a new tradition.

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Troop 1667 holds canned food drive for fire relief

Submitted by Elizabeth Harrison

Longmont

Our girls were very concerned about all of the people affected by the fires in Colorado — firefighters and homeowners alike. After doing a lot of searching one of our moms found a donation center in Fort Collins that sends donations throughout all of the burn zones. Our girls worked very hard and gathered 3+ car loads of non-perishable, general cleaning, and personal supplies! They learned how it feels to help others in need and were able to do it as a troop celebrating sisterhood in the process. We, as the leaders and parents of these amazing girls, could not be prouder!

Troop 3279 displays their drawings at College Hill Library

Submitted by Cara Cansler

Westminster

Troop 3279 in Westminster has been working hard on their first Junior Badge! The Drawing Badge for Juniors requires the girls to learn to use different media, shading, perspective, and creating a cartoon character or logo. The final step in the badge is to display their art. The girls drew a picture of their choice in the medium that they preferred and also drew a small picture of a Girl Scout Badge, Pin, or Patch. The troop will be displaying their art at the College Hill Library in Westminster until the end of July.

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

Denver troop does Dublin-London-Paris

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Submitted by Jody Allen-Smith
Denver

Senior Troop 1750 of Denver thanks all their Girl Scout cookie customers for helping them realize their dream of visiting Europe. In 10 short days during late June, the girls visited Dublin, Wales, London and Paris through an EF Girl Scout tour. The Colorado troop traveled with two other troops from Seattle and Virginia.

Girl Scout highlights included enjoying a cream tea at the Pax Lodge in London, and also having the opportunity to meet a Girl Guide troop while waiting in line for the London Eye. The Colorado girls are building an e-relationship with the English troop via email.

During their trip, the members of Troop 1750 mastered a range of transportation modes – plane, ferry, bus, train and subway. They learned to travel internationally…and they did not lose their passports or debit cards!

Most fun? Eating fruit-filled crepes under the Eiffel Tower at midnight.

Just a few photos – the girls outside Verailles gates; in the gardens of Anne Hathaway’s family home (Shakespeare’s wife) near London; 13th Basingstoke Guides and Brownies waiting for the London Eye.

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

Girl Scouts Thank Waldo Canyon Firefighters

From Girl Scout Alexa Huesgen Hobbs, Troop 1947

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Recent headlines “The Waldo Canyon Fire has destroyed 346 homes and damaged more than two dozen others.  Two people have been confirmed dead…” KRDO news said the destroyed homes in one neighborhood were worth $110 million and there were at least 22 burglaries and 16 car break-ins of victims at hotels.

With all that horrible news swirling around don’t you think that we deserve some of that good old-fashioned happy news? Well, what about people thanking the firefighters that are trying to stop the thing that’s causing the bad news? Following are some things that you can do, something that was just amazing and a project I did.

Drive around and you’ll see signs everywhere in Colorado Springs – from windows to stop signs and even highway overpasses – ranging from a few scrawled words on cardboard to machine-made and even signs that stretch from one lamp-post to another saying “THANK YOU!”  Why don’t you try making some signs of gratitude for the firefighters too?

For inspiration check this out – amazing!

The firefighters fighting the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado receive thanks and applause during their return from fighting the fires: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LB4hxLCOQQ

Here is a little story about something I and my little sister, a Girl Scout Brownie (Zoe Huesgen Hobbs, Troop 863), did for the firefighters:

Recently, Couture Cupcakes made 65 dozen cupcakes for the firefighters, 911 dispatchers, Care and Share, all animal shelters taking evacuee pets for free and every organization which is helping with the fire for free, as a big thank you by “the Cupcake Lady” and owner, Joni McCoy. She does a lot of charity and loves giving back to the community and when her friends were evacuated and her sister almost lost her home, this was a no brainer – but she needed lots of help to do it.

Jodi designed Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Cupcakes and generously gave them free to any troop that asked for them in March. My and my sister’s troop had a party with those yummy cupcakes so we felt it was only right for our troops to give back and help her and do something for the firefighters and volunteers.

I joined a group of volunteers who came together through Facebook or news stories about the effort. We shaped fondant into hats, axes, hoses and fire hydrants – all designed by Joni – to be put on red or yellow iced cupcakes.

It was fun BUT the best part though was coming with 74 cupcakes in my mom’s car’s trunk. We drove to five different fire stations and gave them each a box of cupcakes. The first one we went to Station 6, which had firefighters from Golden covering for the local firefighters that were usually there, but at the moment were up at the fire. They were so welcoming and showed us around their truck and let us try the sound blocking head phones and the different hoses as well as gave us a fire safety lecture about our home.

Then we went over to the Station No. 2, the Old North End’s fire station that covers my home and school. It had firefighters from Arvada No. 8 also covering for the local crew that was usually there but at the moment were up at the fire. They were working a 72 hour shift so they had a kitchen, a room with fluffy recliners positioned around a TV, an exercise room with  even more TVs, and a big dorm like room with beds for when they wanted to sleep. I also got a tour of their firetruck except this one was only six months old and it is one of the newest firetrucks in all of Colorado. These trucks are expensive so that is why fire stations loan them out and help fight fires in other places.

Next we went to the other station downtown, No. 1, which had the local crew that had been in the thick of the fire on Tuesday. They explained how heartbreaking it was to have to decide which houses to save or not because of the intensity and speed of the fire. Also, how there were so many firefighters posted in a line along Hwy. 24 to beat back any flames that tried to come down the hill there. They showed us their firetruck and were especially grateful for the cupcakes.

Then we went to fire station 16 at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain that was manned by a crew from Stratmoor Hills while the locals were fighting the fire. This one had one of those poles from the bedrooms to the downstairs and three firefighters slid down it for us. They also turned on their sirens – it was really loud! Coincidentally, my school principal was there with her granddaughter delivering brownies!

Then I went to Cheyenne Mountain High School that was a Red Cross shelter for evacuees and their pets. We delivered our cupcakes to the dedicated volunteers who were caring for the evacuated pets. On the ground were chalk drawings. One especially caught my eye:  it said “Wait for the Miracle.” Then we headed inside the gym to see if we could be of help. There were rows and rows of cots with a few bags underneath. I saw a girl sitting on a cot with a dog crying.  I felt really bad for her –  I hope her house didn’t burn down.

After that, we visited our last fire station near the High School. The local crew was there and as specialists in trail fires and rock climbing rescues they had to stay and could not go out to the fire. They had several dirt bikes and a rock climbing wall.  They said people were coming by all the time with food and things and they were so grateful. If it was something the guys on the front would enjoy, they got it out there, such as buckets of Popeye’s Chicken someone brought by. (My ice skating coach is married to a firefighter, and she said one day her husband’s crew had only bread and a piece of lunch meat for lunch – they were pretty disappointed! But this isn’t always the case of course.)

The deliveries took about six hours because the firefighters were so friendly, grateful and excited to show us their stations. When all our deliveries were done, I  learned that my evacuated  aunt and her family could go back to their house. I am so happy the fire is going away!

Show the firefighters your thanks! Make cards and baked goods, give a hug (they fought hard and take it personally they couldn’t save all the homes), or show your support  during the shift change (7 a.m. or 7 p.m.) and join the crowds at Fontanero and 31st Street.

Thanks for reading!!