Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Alamosa Service Unit hosts valley wide cookie rally

by Cheryl Martinez
San Luis Valley – Alamosa

On Jan. 19, SU 301 in Alamosa hosted a valley wide cookie rally. There were 40 girls in attendance from various troops and including Daisies, Brownies and Juniors. Troop leaders and parents helped the girls at safety and goal activity stations. The girls participated in making goal clip boards, posters, learning how to describe the cookie flavors and ingredients and staying safe. After all their hard work, they enjoyed cake, punch and cookies! They all agreed that “Honey,” the cookie mascot, is the best and very cute!

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GSCO Literacy Challenge accepted, join PAL now!

Submitted by Sarah Albrecht-Walter
Brighton, CO

When Jessica, a 7-year-old Brownie in Brighton, saw the announcement for the statewide Literacy challenge with Colorado Reads and GSCO, she wanted to meet the Lt. Gov!

She immediately began brain storming ideas on how she could meet each of the nine requirements. She spoke with her troop leaders and all her troop sisters and while they wanted to help her, they were not sure about the planning… So Jessica started PAL! Now they just need to meet small goals for each part and make a BIG impact!

PAL: Promote an Advanced Learner is a her Girl Scout Take Action project to Improve Literacy here in Colorado thus meeting the Challenge, AND raise awareness and learning opportunities around the world for all our WAGGGS Sisters!

Jessica sent a HitchHiker Letterbox to Ireland (see the other Blog posts about the Dathuil) and she is already receiving notes on that everyone can read from girls in Ireland who are signing and stamping her book. Her Irish partner is designing a patch for both countries. Jessica has designed a patch for Girl Scouts that join her PAL, so in addition to the Patch and 9 bars from GSCO, each Scout will also get a Patch from PAL and one from Ireland!

Our KickOff Party is Feb. 7th 2013, 4:30 at 101 N. Main St, Brighton, CO 80601, upstairs at the Elks’ Scout Meeting Room, hope to see you there with your donations, plans for the challenge and entries for the HitchHiker Letterbox Ireland is sending for us! No fee, just SWAPs maybe, a generous heart, and a literacy mindset!

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Troop 53572 Hosts Cookie Rally for Brownies and Daisies


Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Troop 53572 in Broomfield held their first cookie rally on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Academy of Charter Schools in Westminster. The troop decided to have 10 stations to teach Girl Scout Brownies and Daisies about the different things they will need to know while selling cookies. Stations included: safety bingo, cookie songs, product info relay, goal necklace, cookie tasting, selling tips, making change, Hometown Heroes and goals and recognitions. The attendees’ troop parents and leaders were presented the cookie training in a separate room.

Troop 53572 has a high goal for cookie sales this year – they are saving for a trip to California this spring. Good luck, girls!

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Troop 921 creates nature-themed ornaments for Capitol Tree



Submitted by Holly Taylor

Colorado Springs

On October 1, 2012 Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 921 made ornaments for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which was provided from our great state, Colorado. The girls decoupaged plastic plates with pictures from books depicting the nature of Colorado, since the theme for the decorations was “Celebrating Our Great Outdoors.” The Girl Scout leaders brought books and magazines where the girls could pick pictures then glued them onto plastic plates. Since we decided to work outside, the girls even decoupaged leaves or items from “the great outdoors”! Our troops’ ornaments are now hanging on the Capitol’s Christmas tree! See photos of our girls decorating and the adorned tree at the White House.

Daisy Troop 4488 makes a difference for animals

Submitted by Nicole Eubanks
Highlands Ranch

Daisy Troop 4488 is working on their 3 Cheers for Animals Journey. This 1st grade troop wanted to support their state’s animal shelters as their Community Service Project.

Cindy Lee and The Wags and Menace Make A Difference Foundation came and taught a wonderful humane education class to the troop. In addition, they completed a large donation drive to benefit the Good Samaritan Pet Center Foster Care Program and Pet Aid Colorado Animal Hospital.

Daisy Troop 4488 would like thank Cindy Lee and The Wags and Menace Make A Difference Foundation.

To learn more about The Wags and Menace Make A Difference Foundation visit or visit their page on Wags and Menace Make A Difference Foundation on Facebook. The troop and foundation has helped make a difference to help so many animals in need and are true animal angels!

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Festival of Trees in Greeley celebrates 100 years of friendship

Submitted by Marla DeJohn
The Service Unit in Greeley decides on a theme for our Chritmas Tree decorations in the fall. This year our theme was “100 Years of Friendship”. The girls were given the task to think of ornaments that represent that to them- using the 100 in some way. They were very creative from 100 sequins to 100 beads to 100 loops in a chain! The tree is on display with the “adult” trees in the Festival of Trees after Thanksgiving. To earn our rent for our space- we have girls assist at the Craft Corner. All of the children who come through the exhibit are encouraged to stop by and make a craft. This year it was “Candy Cane Reindeer” out of pipe cleaners. A great time was had by all! >;

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Colorado Springs Girl Scouts make blankets for cats at Humane Society

Submitted by Janet Baratti
Colorado Springs

The 3rd grade Girl Scout Troop 4117 at the Humane Society to donate the knotted blankets they made for the cats there. They did this community service project as part of the Pet Badge and Give Back Badge.

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Letterboxer Brownies from Ireland and USA send out HitchHikers in anticipation of WTD

Juliette’s Circles’ Dathúil HitchHiker 2012

A Brownie in CO, USA organizes a double set of HitchHikers between Ireland and USA and a Brownie in Ireland is designing a badge that only girls who complete the requirements listed in each respective LogBook, in their country, will be eligible to earn (because IGG does not have the “Letterboxer” badge to earn otherwise)

Understanding that we want to maximize the number of troops/Girl Scouts who get to participate fully we are sending this announcement out so everyone can be prepared when the “Pretty Irish hitchHiker” comes to them!

Our USA Brownie is collecting contact information for: ALL Troops (any level) who are interested in seeing and contributing to this HitchHiker Letterbox, ALL Brownie Level Girl Scouts interested in using this to meet their Letterboxer Badge requirements, ALL Girl Scouts interested in Earning the International Badge being offered!

Please contact her Mommy/Troop Leader/Guide 😉 as she is too young to have her own e-mail yet. The Irish HitchHiker will be sent in a First Come-First Served fashion as is appropriate to Letterboxing. (as opposed to a who-is-geographically closest-to-save-postage fashion) But a list to go by will ensure No One is forgotten in line 😉 Thank you for your support! All of Ireland’s Girl Guiding community is eagerly awaiting your support!


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Girl Scouts help soup kitchen with food donations

Submitted by Dena Thomason

The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. With this in mind, Girl Scout Troop 2619 is showing how important community involvement is to them.

In the weeks preceding, Friday, December 28th, we held a food drive to benefit Hope’s Kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Cortez. The amount of food collected by the young Girl Scouts was quite impressive. It completely covered an eight foot long table.

Mrs. Jody Chin, who is a former Girl Scout Leader herself, was so gracious to meet with our Girl Scout Troop and to accept the food donation. She sat right down and talked with the kids on their level and explained what Hope’s Kitchen does for the community and how important it is.

The Girl Scouts were very excited when she asked if they would like a tour of the kitchen where all the food was prepared, the kitchen got a remodelation recently from Austin’s Best Kitchen Remodeling Contractor / Kitchen Central. When asked later what stuck out in their minds the most about their project, several of the children said they were most moved with the large number, 103, of people that were fed earlier that day. That is quite a large number and it points out how vital a role Hope’s Kitchen fulfills in our community.

We were all very impressed with the responsibility that Mrs. Chin has and how dedicated the volunteers are who come and cook and help serve meals on a regular basis. The Girl Scouts came up with the idea of volunteering themselves during the summer vacation. They understood that they have to be 14 years old to be in the kitchen but came up with other ideas of how they can help out. They can help with the set up of the tables and chairs, they can carry the food to the tables for the guests and help to clean up afterwards. They’ve decorated the hall once and did such a good job promoting the event that it was published on sites like for their kitchen designs. They are looking forward to implementing their idea this summer. They wanted to do it earlier but they are in school when the meals are typically being served.

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