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Sell 50 packages of cookies & get a free patch

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The Denver Broncos are Super Bowl bound and we couldn’t be more excited! To celebrate Super Bowl 50, we have a free, fun patch for any Girl Scout who sells 50 (or more) packages of Girl Scout Cookies Super Bowl weekend! You can let us know you sold 50 packages by filling out this online form. Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop! The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

Don’t forget about our Super Bowl spirit challenge with Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council (home of the Carolina Panthers)! Help us show them we have WAY more Super Bowl spirit by sharing photos and videos which showcase your Broncos and Girl Scout pride. You can post them directly to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page or tag us on Instagram or Twitter (@GSColo). Here are some fun ideas:

  • Snap of photo of you or your troop wearing your Broncos gear and Girl Scout vest/sash.
  • Make a video of you or your troop cheering on the Broncos. Be sure to wear your Broncos gear and Girl Scout vest/sash.
  • Create an “Orange & Blue: Broncos Cookie Bundle”—Do-si-dos and Trefoils—tied together with blue and orange ribbon. Take photos of the cookies around your community or at special Colorado locations. You can also pair your cookies with your favorite Broncos gear, like flags, sweatshirts, pennants, etc.
  • Spell out “Go Broncos” using boxes of Girl Scout Cookies—extra points if you use Do-si-dos and Trefoils!

 

We also want to know: What are you doing to do to increase your sales Super Bowl weekend? Do you have a fun or creative MySite planned? Are you going door-to-door, hoping to catch customers at home while they are watching the big game? Share Your Stories on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks.

 

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

 

Silver Award honorees make “Bags of Love”

 

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Submitted by Tracy Taullie

La Junta

Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado

Two Cadettes from La Junta Girl Scout Troop 31747 completed their Silver Awards by providing social services with ” Bags of Love.” Mali P. and Makayla T. worked for months gathering donations to accomplish their task.  In the end, they provided 20 backpacks with blankets, books, stuffed animals, bathroom supplies, water bottles, and much more to be given to children taken from their homes. The project was special to the girls, who love children and especially special to Mali who’s family has two foster children of their own.

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

Lazy Acres Winter Troop Camp- Snow Much Fun!

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Every year at Lazy Acres, the camp opens it’s door just once outside of the summer season- to welcome troops to the annual winter troop camp! Last weekend over 6 troops came together to take part in every type of winter activity- sledding, snowshoeing, snowball fighting, snowman making, even snow archery! Thanks to camp director Jill, there was plenty of indoor fun too with arts & crafts and making delicious snow ice cream. After troops spent the day outside frolicking in the snow, it was time to tuck into the lodge for indoor “s’more dip”, songs and games.

This summer, the dedicated volunteers and GSCO who love Lazy Acres will be throwing a 70th anniversary of the much loved camp. For more information contact Jill Marostica at jillmarostica@juno.com

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Ready for a snowball fight!
Snow archery!

 

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Magic Sky: Mission Spectacular camp May 20 -22, 2016

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Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Broomfield

Denver Metro

Magic Sky: Mission Spectacular camp

Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors only!
Friday, May 20 7 p.m – Sunday, May 22 1 p.m.

Camp at beautiful Magic Sky Ranch and be the first Girl Scouts to use the professionally designed field archery range! Arrive ready to show what you know and be spectacular!

Activities may include: survival games, cabin challenges, climbing wall, field archery (weather dependent), outdoor cooking competition, team building, orienteering, knife skills, sing-off, swap exchange and more!

Cost:  $80 per scout, $70 if paid in full by 3/1
$50 per safety ratio adult, $45 if paid in full by 3/1

$25 registration fee per person to reserve your spots – due no later than 3/1

Accommodations: heated cabins with bunk beds and mattresses, and indoor bathrooms. Cabins include couches, 2 large school cafeteria-style tables, and picnic tables on the porches. Each cabin will be responsible for cleaning up the cabin before check out on Sunday.

We hope you will join us at one of the most beautiful camps in Colorado!

For more information and to register: http://www.planetReg.com/gsmissionspectacular

Questions? For more information please contact Rebecca “Zap” Lankford and Cara “Mascara” Cansler at camplikeagirlscout@gmail.com

Camp must have a minimum of 50 participants pre-registered by 3/1 or it will be canceled.

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

 

 

Daisies bring the community together For a cause

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Submitted by Jessica Roeder

Arvada

Metro Denver

Daisy Troop 65526 is excited to announce the completion of their first service project! The girls chose to help make the world a better place by providing homeless children in the Arvada community with a sense of security and warmth, as well as education and entertainment. The girls worked with community partners and another national non-profit organization to make 15 Project Night Night bags for children under the age of 12. Each bag contained a stuffed animal, blanket, book, two toothbrushes, and mini pillow that was handmade by each girl. Each girl also made a personalized card to put in the bag she created. The girls enjoyed presenting the Arvada Police Department with the bags. Officers will be distributing the bags to homeless children in our local area over the next month.

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

 


	

New online training options for TCMs

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If you haven’t made it to an in-person training session for new and returning Troop Cookie Managers, please join us for one of the following online options:

  • 1/19 Tuesday – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 1/21 Thursday – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

No pre-registration is necessary, just follow the link below at any of the scheduled times.

Join the meeting: https://join.me/JamieHaxton
On a computer, use any browser. Nothing to download.
On a phone or tablet, launch the join.me app (https://join.me/app) and enter meeting code: JamieHaxton

Join the audio conference:
Dial 1.303.993.0071
Access Code: 710-989-496#

By computer via internet: 
Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required.

Fencing Experience for Scouts

Submitted by Kathryn Lewis-Salem

Colorado Springs

Southwestern Colorado

Girl Scouts! Do you want the thrill of experiencing an Olympic Sport?

Yes, the Olympics are coming up and Fencing will be a part of it. Learn the basics and impress your family and friends with your knowledge as you watch the fencing events at the Summer Olympics.

Front Range Fencing Club offers a Fencing Experience to all Girl Scouts at which you will receive a fun patch and you will work towards the requirements of a badge. The Experience is 1 ½ hours long and contains the preliminary instruction on form and feel of Fencing.

Front Range Fencing provides all of the equipment needed as well as certified instruction (certified by USA fencing, the US Fencing Coaches Association and Safe Sport). The classes are offered at our practice space: Chinook Trails Elementary School just off of Powers and Union in the North East region of Colorado Springs.

The list of current classes by age group can be found on our website. We promote skills and safety so we ask that all scouts wear long athletic pants and sneakers (no jeans or shorts, no boots or sandals) to the experience.

We have quite a few Girl Scouts who are fencers in our Club. They often participate in the class instruction. This is a sport that is particularly good for girls, improving physical and intellectual strengths as well as critical thinking and success.

En garde! Touché! Come and learn about this fascinating sport that combines the grace of dancing with the excitement of an action puzzle with the thrill of competition while cultivating the Girl Scouts traits of courage, character and confidence!

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Girls’ Choice Badges: Badge Design Voting Now Open!

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From Girl Scouts of the USA: 

In December we announced the second Girls’ Choice badge topic winner—Art in the Outdoors! Now we’re pumped to get to the next step in this awesome process. Ready?

As we gear up to offer girls fun new badges that will allow them to explore their creativity and stretch their imaginations in the beauty and restorative nature of the outdoors, we’re opening the polls up and asking girls to decide what the new badges will look like. We’re so excited, and we know you are too!

So let’s get to it. Now through January 22, girls can vote on their favorite design for the new Art in the Outdoors badges. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Based on their grade level, girls will be shown two design options for the badge they will be able to earn this coming fall. For example, Brownie girls currently in the third grade will vote on designs for the Junior badge.
  • Note that because this round of badges is for Brownies through Ambassadors only, Daisies will vote on the Brownie badge.Also note that though girls in the twelfth grade will not technically be able to earn a badge this fall, they can still join the fun and vote on the Ambassador badge!

Remember, Girls’ Choice is all about GIRLS and what they want from their Girl Scout experience—we’re here for them! So adults can vote for fun, but only girl votes will count toward the winner.

Now go forth and encourage every Girl Scout you know to make her voice heard by voting today!

Cadette Power Up-Spaces Available

Submitted by Jody Clair

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak

Calling all Cadettes! We are offering a Power Up for 6, 7 and 8th graders on February 27, 2016 9 AM-3 PM. Cost is $15 and will include a patch.
Location: Vista Ridge High School.

Power Up is an anti-bullying program ran by peers that are registered Girl Scouts. Must have 10 girls to make it a go, but can hold up to 25.

Please message me or email me: girlscoutjody

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My Personal Journey in Girl Scouting/Journey in a Day

Submitted by Regina Flores-Dunda

Centennial

Denver Metro

My how we have all grown up!

As you can see from my own 3rd grade photo, Brownie beanies were hip in the 80s. Seriously, though, I have so many fond memories of being a Brownie and a Junior as a kid–camping at Sky High Ranch, overnights at Garden of the Gods, staying up all night to learn about people who work the graveyard shift, learning basic first aid, selling cookies (of course!), and making friends. Most of all, I learned that girls can do anything. My leaders instilled in me a sense that no task is too great if you prepare and work hard. These leadership skills played a role in helping me reach my goals of becoming the first Hispanic to represent Colorado at the Miss America Pageant (’97) and eventually starting my own business, Sol-Via Modern Arts (’09).

Fast forward to present day where I now find myself the proud mother of two Girl Scouts and a co-leader to a super duper bunch of 3rd grade Brownies. As a parent, an educator, business owner, and a leader, I am so impressed with how much Girl Scouts curricula has evolved in the 21st century. What a great time to be a Girl Scout!

Among my favorite of the new learning experiences are the leadership journeys. Through hands-on activities, they help girls to identify and discover the strengths and skills they already posses to be successful leaders at home, at school, and in their community.

It’s been one year since my company began hosting the “Journey in a Day-the Creative Way” event for Girl Scouts in Colorado. Through this one-day workshop, girls can earn their journey award by participating in arts-centered activities. By the end of February, we will have helped nearly 1,000 girls earn their “It’s Your Story, Tell It” journey award or become a Leader in Action!

Something special happened at my November event–a sort of serendipity. One of the mothers turned out to be an old friend from my 3rd grade Brownie troop! It reminded me of how my journey as a Girl Scout has come full circle and how lucky I am to be a part of GSCO!

I sure hope your troop can join us for one of our Journey in a Day events!

Please see the activity finder for information about our March 12th and April 9th events.

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