Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Girl Scout Teddy Bear Toss with Metro State Hockey

Join us for the Girl Scout Teddy Bear Toss with Metro State University Hockey, Saturday, December 2, 2017. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited to cheer on the Roadrunners as they take on the CU Buffs. The game will start at 3:45 p.m. and will be played at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, the Roadrunners’ home ice. Come early for door prize drawings.

Bring a bear for the teddy bear toss! Everyone is encouraged a bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal to toss on the ice when Metro State makes their first goal. Bears must be clean, preferably new and brought in plastic bags to prevent them from getting dirty when tossed on the rink floor. Bears will be donated to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Denver and Aurora. Feel free to bring more than one bear. Let’s fill the rink’s floor!

Cost is $1 and a teddy bear or other stuffed animal per person. Cost without a bear is $5/person. To register, please email Victoria Fedorco at  msuvictoriaf@gmail.com with your troop number, number of Girl Scouts, adults and siblings, leader name and contact. Victoria will respond with instructions on where to mail payment and instructions for the day. Checks made out to MSU Hockey are the preferred payment. PayPal payments are available upon request -just note this in your email subject line. Please purchase tickets early as the rink has limited space and we think this may fill quickly.

Our event organizer, Victoria Fedorco, earned her Gold Award this past year and continues to volunteer to create great events like this for our Girl Scouts. A big thank you goes to Victoria! Questions? Please contact Victoria Fedorco at  msuvictoriaf@gmail.com.

Save the date: Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets

Save the date for this year’s Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets on February 23, 2018! Join us for this annual game and sleepover at the Pepsi Center and cheer on the Nuggets as they take on the San Antonio Spurs. After the game, participants will enjoy a post-game shoot on the Nuggets court, midnight snack, movie screening on Pepsi Vision, and breakfast. Girl Scouts will also get a special event patch.

This year, the Nuggets has expanded their prizes to include TWO cookie booths, giving another troop an additional chance to sell cookies after the game at the Pepsi Center. The top three troops that refer the most participants can choose from these booths or additional fan experiences.

Prices and more information are coming soon. To be notified when registration opens, please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org to be added to the event information list. We hope to see you and your Girl Scout there!

Junior Intellectual Property patch workshop with the U.S. Patent Office

Earn your Intellectual Property patch and a step towards your Product Designer badge on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017! The Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation and IPO Women in IP Committee invite Girl Scouts to join us for a morning of fun and creativity as you earn your Intellectual Property (IP) patch and a step towards your Product Designer Badge.

Through a series of hands-on activities and presentations, Girl Scout Juniors will explore the many ways in which inventors solve problems and use IP to protect their ideas and creations. Girls will also visit with volunteers from local law firms and corporations to learn how their organizations use IP to support innovation. Last year, Girl Scouts got to try inventions and visit with teams from 10 organizations that shared a variety of inventions.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. – noon at the United States Patent and Trademark Office Rocky Mountain Regional Office in downtown Denver. This event is open to only Juniors and is free thanks to the Intellectual Owners Education Foundation. Space is limited and this event could fill quickly.

Advance registration is required and limited to the first 50 Girl Scouts. Register your Girl Scout at https://goo.gl/3huyti Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Getting ready for the holiday bazaar

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Troop 73392 is eagerly anticipating the Fourth Annual Girl Scout Holiday Bazaar in Longmont on December 2, 2017. In addition to baked good items and beautiful handmade gift bags, the girls have been working to create Girl Scout Cookie jewelry.

The holiday bazaar in Longmont started four years ago with a total of six booths. The ensuing years have seen this unique event grow to almost 20 booths with troops or individual Girl Scouts from the Front Range selling a variety of hand-crafted items from jewelry to pet treats and everything in between. This event allows girls to showcase both their artistic and entrepreneurial talents while working towards individual and troop goals.

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

Girl Scout STEM Pledge: Bridging the STEM gender gap

From Girl Scouts of the USA

Studies have predicted that within the next decade, the U.S. workforce will need 1 million more STEM professionals than it can produce. Girl Scouts has already been expanding opportunities for girls to explore STEM and today we announced the Girl Scout STEM Pledge. This groundbreaking national initiative pledge seeks to reduce the STEM gender gap by raising $70 million, impacting 2.5 million girls by 2025.

Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, announced the pledge during Dreamforce, Salesforce’s annual gathering and the largest software conference in the world. GSUSA was honored to be selected as a “Trailblazer” and nonprofit of choice at this year’s conference. By selecting the organization, Salesforce acknowledged Girl Scouts’ work in STEM and its ability to transform the lives of millions of girls across the country, in virtually every residential zip code, preparing the next generation of female leaders.

“Girl Scouts has the largest pipeline of future female leaders available, and no place is this more important than in STEM fields,” said Acevedo. “By working with individuals and companies that understand the importance of investing in all girls, we can fundamentally change the STEM pipeline and the future of its workforce. Girl Scouts is the only organization for girls with the expertise and reach to help pave the way for any young girl—no matter if she lives in Middle America or a major city—to break barriers and achieve any dream she may imagine. For millions of girls, this means excelling in STEM—and I’m incredibly proud that the Girl Scout STEM Pledge will make that dream a reality and change the dynamics of women in these exciting fields.”

Our commitment to encouraging girls to discover and excel in STEM fields is already yielding real results: Girl Scouts are almost twice as likely as non–Girl Scouts to participate in STEM activities (60 percent versus 35 percent), and 77 percent of girls say that because of Girl Scouts, they are considering a career in technology.

To support the Girl Scout STEM Pledge through individual and corporate donations, visit www.girlscouts.org/STEMpledge.

Read more about Girl Scouts’ STEM programming and initiatives.

PA Training with a CAMP specialty

Submitted by Denine Dains

Metro Denver

Westminster

Cadette Troop 3972 is offering PA Training with a CAMP specialty this winter and summer. To register, use the links below:

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Twisted Pine from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBLW5jqJKOG5UsJF5rZpJVffiGGzkjQzjbw9NXFHrnD98kUg/viewform

Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Hamp Hut from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdYXuaDXjo73UZy-hhc5XdZaiG-nqwLRNGyAo6AfRw1AuncbQ/viewform

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

International Girls Day Celebration with Kappa Delta

Submitted by Mallory Wolff

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Saturday, November 11, 2017, Kappa Delta Sorority invites you and your Girl Scouts to join our last workshop of the fall semester from noon -3 p.m.

Kappa Delta Sorority created International Girls Day (IDG) as both an initiative and national holiday. With the theme “She Can Do Anything,” it’s a day to build confidence in girls and help them realize their potential (more information about IGD can be found at http://www.kappadelta.org/initiatives/international-girls-day/).
Our International Girls Day celebration will be held at our chapter facility (412 W. Laurel Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521). At this workshop, we will host several confidence-building activities. Girl Scouts will also have the opportunity to work with Kappa Deltas on writing their own stories based off the children’s book “When I Was A Girl… I Dreamed” by Margaret Baker. We will also provide tea, lemonade, and sandwiches for Girl Scouts, troop leaders, and guardians in attendance!

This event is open to Girl Scouts of all ages! If you are interested in joining us, please email me (phiepsilonvpcs@gmail.com) before Thursday, November 9 at 5 p.m. with the name and age of your Girl Scout. She will also earn an International Girls Day patch for participating in the workshop (link to the patch can be found at https://www.kappadeltaboutique.com/details/category/initiatives/girl-scouts/product/round-international-girls-day-patch/).

We look forward to having you join us, and thank you for your support of the Kappa Delta/Girl Scout collaboration!

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

Girl Scout Gold Award project: Makayla Kocher, Monument, “Art for the elderly”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I created an enjoyable program for the elderly at a nursing home. I developed a resource book of painting and craft activities. Also, I conducted and coordinated classes once or twice a month for all levels of care such as skilled nursing, independent, and assisted living.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I knew my project made an impact because of the constant increase in participants and the strong desire to have more classes for different levels of care throughout the facility.  Also, many families began to schedule their visit in order to come and participate in the classes.  Due to the popularity of the classes, the nursing home began to offer more variety of activities for the elderly.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My project will be sustainable because the nursing home I volunteered has added more resources, such as Programs Director and Assistant Direct, who will carry out and plan activities for the elderly to enjoy. Also, the nursing home’s community room, which is where most of the activities for the elderly take place, is now equipped with more supplies than before. The nursing home has many different volunteers, some of which who have visited my classes and even partook in classes. In this way, my project will continue to impact after my involvement because the volunteers have seen how an arts and craft class is carried out. Along with my resource book, the volunteers and Programs Director and Assistant Director will be able to conduct classes and activities for the elderly.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

My project has expanded beyond one nursing home. There are currently four other nursing homes interested in my resource book. I have reached out to different nursing homes through friends and the volunteers at the current nursing home. Also, I plan to give some of my resource books to other facilities in Colorado Springs and out of state.

What did you learn about yourself?

Through my Gold Award project, I have learned a great deal. I have learned that I am able to take on tasks that may seem difficult and terrifying. I know I can take charge of a project and keep it on track until it is complete. This experience has strengthened my love for the elderly. It has shown me that I have the ability to teach others. Ultimately through my project, I have gained a new sense of self-confidence.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

The Gold Award will impact me in the future because it has made me more aware of my community and issue within. It has also given me the confidence to take on an issue and make a difference. As a result of my Gold Award project, I hope to always have time to volunteer and give back to others.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I feel the Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience. It gave me the ability to take on a community issue and make a difference. I was able to take my love of art and share it with others. The Gold Award was truly a highlight of my Girl Scouts experience.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

By earning my Gold Award this helped me to become a go-getter. I identified an issue in nursing homes and developed a plan of action. By implementing my plan I was able to make a difference in the lives of others. My classes brought joy and new creative activities to the lives of the elderly, their families, friends, and the facility.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Brighton Girl Scouts celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday

Submitted by GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist Rebecca Lipman

Metro Denver

Brighton

Girl Scouts in Brighton’s Harper’s Ferry Service Unit gathered to celebrate the birthday of Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low and Halloween. In addition to the regular Halloween fun of dressing up, the girls decided to honor Juliette’s legacy and birthday by creating birthday kits that were donated to a local food bank! Knowing that birthdays can often be a difficult time financially for families, the birthday kits can be given to families in need to help relieve this burden. The birthday kits contained all the supplies needed to make a birthday cake, as well as cards made and signed by the Girl Scouts.

The girls also celebrated Halloween by dressing up, learning the Thriller dance, and having fun with some spooky science!

To make your own birthday kit you will need the following ingredients:

Cake mix
Icing
Candles
Disposable pan
Single serving applesauce
A gift bag it will all fit into

Happy Birthday Juliette Low!

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

Gold Award Girl Scout helps Brownies bridge to Juniors

Submitted by Chris Goodman

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

2017 Gold Award Girl Scout Rose Goodman took a break from her busy life as a college freshman to help local Girl Scouts bridge from Girl Scout Brownies to Juniors.

Rose’s mom writes:

College can be overwhelming and present a tunnel vision of what reality is – it centers around one’s dorm, classes, and college athletic and social activities. What Girl Scouts continues to offer my daughter, is a connection to something greater and more vast than what the typical freshman in college experiences. By being invited by younger troops (and having activities work with both schedules), she experiences so much more and sees her value and contribution can make an impact on the lives and the direction of others.

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