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Junior Troop 3501 creates two Christmas tree skirts

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Submitted by Erin Petersen

Creating Our Tree Skirts
We had a great time getting together for a couple of weekends to create our masterpieces. We went with 2 themes – 1 a tree with Girl Scout cookie ornaments and the other with two scenes of a summer and winter Colorado. Each scene showed different activities that can be done during the season.

Hope you enjoy our creations!
Junior Troop 3501

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Girl Scouts hosts Day of the Dead event in Denver Nov. 1

Hi. It’s Marcela again. And I am here for blog #2 of our Hispanic Heritage Month blog series on how Colorado Hispanics are participating in Girl Scouts. If you missed our blog from earlier this week, read it here.

For this blog, I wanted to share information about an exciting event that the Girl Scouts of Colorado staff is planning in Denver around the Day of the Dead, which is primarily a holiday celebrated in Mexico by families to honor loved ones who have died.

Join Girl Scouts at Regis University in Denver for a Day of the Dead celebration on Nov. 1.

Please first call 303-607-4867 to sign up or email marcela.gaete@gscolorado.org (Or Register Online by Oct. 17th: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/643)

FREE cultural event sponsored by Girl Scouts and Regis University. Girls in grades K-12 and families are welcome.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to sign your daughter and special girl up for Girl Scouts where she discovers her interests and potentials! Adults are welcome to sign up too!

Bilingual mass at John Francis Regis Chapel 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Between 5-8 p.m., groups will have the opportunity to visit various stations:

  • Main Hall; Room 333: Altar, dream boards, dream catchers –  photos; food; memories of loved ones are welcome; no candles please (55 capacity)
  • Modular A 185 at Beach Field: Sugar Skull making and Day of the Dead craft sale (75 capacity – starting 5:30 p.m.; every half hour)
  • Science Center Amphitheater: poetry reading, drama interpretation, song, dance, music, talent to share (150 capacity – every 15-30 minutes beginning 5:30 p.m.)
  • Dayton Memorial Library – tour of Regis University’s Santos Collection (20 people capacity between 5-8 p.m.)
  • Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes – reflection garden; self-guided  tour;  outdoors

Free parking at 50th & Federal Boulevard. Shuttle service every 15-20 minutes.

Día de los Muertos  (information about the event in Spanish)

Check back next week for more information on how Colorado Hispanics are participating in Girl Scouts outside the Denver-metro area.

For more info:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ or http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/espanol

Steamboat girls decorate tree skirt to go to Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Sara Barry

Steamboat Springs

Teagan, Veronika, Eliza, Ella, Emily and Claire from Brownie Troop 14595 in Steamboat Springs had a great time decorating the tree skirt to be used on one of the 70 Christmas trees headed to Washington, D.C.

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Colorado Girl Scouts create tree skirts for Washington, D.C.’s Christmas

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Steamboat Tree Skirt Photos

More photos/stories of this project on our blog

Girl Scouts of Colorado is honored to be chosen to participate in the 2012 Washington, D.C. Capitol Christmas Tree project! Girl Scouts from throughout the state have been hard at work over the last few weeks making 70 tree skirts for the companion trees that will be delivered to Washington, D.C. dignitaries, the Interior Department and Congressional Delegates for the holiday season.

This year the Christmas Trees for the Capitol in Washington, D.C. will be coming from the White River National Forest, Blanco Ranger District, in Meeker, Colo. For more information, visit www.capitolchristmastree2012.com.

Girl Scouts of Colorado recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month

Hi. My name is Marcela Gaete, and I am a Membership Manager with Girl Scouts of Colorado based in our Denver, Colo. office. I’ve worked for Girl Scouts of Colorado for six years. I was also a Girl Guide in Chile when I was growing up. Girl Guides made a difference in my life by:

  • How to have strength in difficult times, overcome any situation and never give up.
  • Discipline, respect (everyone deserves respect and to be heard), knowledge about how to survive on my own, knowledge of the world, and how positive thinking would help me overcome anything, even if it seems impossible.
  • How to be a team player, socialize and how to identify that every individual has something to bring to the world.
  • How to be authentic, real and proud of my heritage.
  • How to always keep learning from the people around me, but also from the world.
  • Lastly, friends that would last forever, no matter the distance or the path your life takes.

And as a Membership Manager with Girl Scouts of Colorado, I am excited to be passing what I’ve learned through Girl Guides/Scouts to our next generation of Hispanic women leaders.

From September 15th through October 15th, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, which in part recognizes the positive contributions that the Hispanic population has made in this country.

Here at Girl Scouts of Colorado, I am planning to blog three times over the next two weeks showcasing how Colorado Hispanics are participating in Girl Scouting.

To start, I want to share this video we recently put together in partnership with Entravision, and assistance from the Beeler Community Garden. I think this video showcases very nicely how the Colorado Hispanic community is participating in Girl Scouting.

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Check back later on this week for more information on a Day of the Dead event, which is an important Mexican holiday, Girl Scouts of Colorado is planning in Denver on Nov. 1.

For more info:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ or http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/espanol

Teepee camping for Troop 4545 in Norwood

Submitted by Jennifer Perkins

In August, 18 girls from troop 4545 in Norwood camped in teepees at Red Cone Retreat in Norwood, Colorado. Girls had fun taking on the roles of hops, mops and slops. The Juniors were team leaders, and helped show the younger Girl Scouts what needed to be done. Girls roasted hot dogs on a stick, had S’mores, and sang campfire songs. The girls loved the teepees, fully equipped with cots and air mattresses. There was a fully stocked kitchen, an outhouse, ping pong, swings, hammocks, a volleyball court and sandbox. The girls also identified wildflowers, and pressed flowers they found. We’d highly recommend this place to any troop. Cost was $17.50 per girl/per night.

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Ready to Quest?

By now you have most likely heard about ZisBoomBah and the Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Challenge! But you may be wondering what exactly is a “quest?” Quests are stories with goals that help the kids learn about health, nutrition, fitness and more. You can assign quests developed by ZisBoomBah to the members of your troop, and they earn rewards for completing their quests. ZisBoomBah and Girl Scouts have created customized Quests that work with the Girl Scouts of the USA journeys and badges. You also have the option of writing your own quests and assigning your own rewards!

Quests feature the ZisBoomBah mascots Zis, Boom and Bah in short stories that illustrate the quest topic, and then missions that are activities the girls can take on individually or as a group. Girls can check off the missions as they complete them, and get point rewards when they finish the quest.

If you’re ready to get started, contact Sloan Moore (sloan.moore@gscolorado.org) to get your troop signed up!

Learn more about ZisBoomBah.pdf

Fall Nut Rally helpers had a blast

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Submitted by Jody Clair

Colorado Springs Troop 3810 volunteered to work at the Region 4 Fall Product Sales Rally. They did everything from babysitting, playing games and teaching. They even got to learn an awesome new GS song and dance.Here are a couple of fun pics! Thanks to SU13 for having us!

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Girl Scouts of Colorado and FIRST Lego League!

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Announcing GSCO Participation in the FIRST Lego League Robotics Challenge!

“It’s the hardest fun you’ll ever have!”

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce that we have been awarded funding to support two teams in the *FIRST Lego League Robotics Challenge!

This year’s challenge? Come up with an innovative “Senior Solution” to a problem facing the elderly and aging in your community. Learn how to use technology to take action!

See more information about the challenge here: http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2012seniorsolutions

ONLY 20 girls will be chosen to participate in this highly respected international program.

A few requirements:

  • Participants will attend a mandatory kick-off event in Denver the evening of October 3rd.
  • Teams and coaches will agree to meet at least once per week in October and early November to get ready for competition in late November.  (Meeting location determined by mentor coach, teammates and parents).
  • Each team will share their innovative “Senior Solution” with the GSCO community in the spring of 2013.

Girls ages 9-14 are invited to apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P9JKMLP

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES! The Girl Scouts of Colorado is also looking for coaches and assistant coaches to help with the First Lego League Robotics Program! Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of girls? Do you want to help girls develop technology-based solutions to issues facing seniors in your community? Becoming a FLL coach is the ideal volunteer opportunity for someone really looking to roll up their sleeves and work directly with girls in a meaningful way!

Volunteers will be asked to give approximately eight hours a week to this program. YES – parents of participants can be coaches or assistant coaches! We will be hosting an introductory volunteer meeting at 5:30 PM on Tuesday 9/25. If you want more information or to get involved, please email beth.ryan@gscolorado.org.

*More information about FLL:

In FIRST LEGO League (FLL), children are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Through their participation, children develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning
Girls ages 9-14 are invited to apply. They will:

  • Create innovative solutions for challenges facing today’s scientists as part of their research project.
  • Strategize, design, build, program, and test a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology.
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts.
  • Develop employment and life skills including critical thinking, time management, collaboration, and communication while becoming more self-confident.
  • Become involved in their local and global community.
  • Choose to participate in official tournaments and local events.
  • Qualify for an invitation to World Festival.
  • Engage in team activities guided by FLL Core Values.

Montrose Girl Scout saves mom’s life

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In her mom’s eyes, Reanna is a hero.

For Reanna, she was just doing what needed to be done.

Earlier this spring, Michelle McKeehan, Reanna’s mother, awakened her daughter in the middle of the night because she wasn’t feeling well. Shortly after, Michelle collapsed. Being the only one at home, Reanna was quick to call 911 and communicate her mother’s condition, including checking for her pulse, monitoring breathing and checking for other injuries. When paramedics arrived, she was able to answer questions and give them her mother’s medications.

“Later when I saw my mom in the hospital, her first words to me were, ‘You’re my hero’,” said Reanna Lawhorn, 10, from Montrose.

Reanna credits the Girl Scouts for helping her learn how to handle emergency situations.

“I had earned Girl Scout badges where we practiced what to say when you call 911, how to answer questions as well as how to check someone’s pulse and see if they were breathing,” said Reanna.

On Friday, Sept. 7, Girl Scouts, with the help of Montrose Mayor Thomas Smits and representatives of the Montrose Fire Department, recognized Reanna’s heroic acts in saving her mom’s life by presenting her with the national Girl Scout Medal of Honor Lifesaving Award. This award has been presented only two other times in Colorado since 2009.

“It feels awesome that Girl Scouts has honored me,” said Reanna, who enjoys traveling and doing crafts and community service with Girl Scouts.

Reanna’s award has also been the “talk of the town in Montrose.” “My friends keeping asking me all about it,” commented Reanna.

“Reanna is a great role model and leader for our community, showing people you can step up to help someone else, no matter your age,” said Reanna’s mother, Michelle, who is also proud of the work her daughter has done in Girl Scouts with the town’s child advocacy center.

The Lifesaving Awards have been part of the Girl Scout program since the beginning of the movement in the United States. The Medal of Honor award recognizes Girl Scouts who have saved or attempted to save a human life under circumstances that demonstrate heroism without risk to their own lives. It is reserved for those Girl Scouts who have performed heroic acts beyond the degree of maturity and training to be expected at their age. For more information on the Lifesaving Award, contact your Membership Manager.

This award presentation generated media coverage in the Montrose Daily Press as well as on KJCT-TV (ABC).