Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Brighton troop visits Rocky Mountain National Park

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Submitted by Sadie Fowers

Brighton

After seeing details about the National Park Scout Badges, we arranged for our troop to spend a day with some Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers. We were excited to get out in the clear blue sky, clean air, and back to basics

Ranger Christie and Ranger Paige took us on an adventure. We started by talking about safety points, reviewing what was needed when out on our own, and then headed to the “wild” to study animals. We searched for what animals were not in hibernation by finding their tracks, scat, and habitats. We had lunch by the beautiful frozen lake taking in the peaceful picnic spot. We searched the area for what kind of conditions the animals survived during the winter and then we even made our own habitats for our “animals” to survive.

Each girl said that they had a great time. Our Girl Scouts behaved well and learned a lot. We cannot wait to go again. I love when learning and playing goes hand in hand.

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

Nominate a Girl Scout for the Girls’ Leadership Council

From the Women’s Foundation of Colorado

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s (WFCO) Girls’ Leadership Council (GLC) brings together 20 incoming juniors from high schools across Colorado for intensive week-long training in leadership and philanthropy to empower them to make an impact in their own communities. To learn more about GLC, use this link: http://www.wfco.org/girlsleadershipcouncil

Does this sound like it would appeal to a young woman in your life? Nominate her today by filling out the form hereA nomination is meant to encourage students to apply. It is not necessary for application nor is it a consideration in selection. WFCO will contact your nominee directly to invite her to submit an application.

Key Dates and Information

Eligibility: Any high school sophomore girl in Colorado who will be a junior in the Fall of 2016

Application Open: November 1, 2015

Application Due: February 1, 2016

Interview Day: April 16, 2016

Program Week: July 2016, TBD

Program Location: University of Denver Campus

 

Spreading the word about your Girl Scout event or activity

Hosting an event, such as a father daughter camp, archery clinic, or other money-earning activity? Collecting items for a troop service project? Need help getting the word out about your Gold Award or other Highest Awards project? Girl Scouts of Colorado is here to help. We have several ways to help you spread the news, especially to your Girl Scout sisters!

Events Calendar

One of the best ways to get started, particularly if you are hosting an event, is to list it in the Events Calendar on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. To post your event or learn which events qualify to be posted, use this link:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/activity-posting-request.html

Girl Scouts of Colorado blog

Write something for the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. Your blog must be at least 250 words and include all the important information about your event, such as:

  • Who is hosting it
  • When and where it is happening
  • Why Girl Scouts should attend
  • How people can sign up

You’re also highly encouraged to include photos. Make sure these are photos which you took or the photographer has given Girl Scouts of Colorado permission to share. To submit your blog and photos, use this link: www.gscoblog.org/share

All blogs are shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook and Twitter pages. Depending on the quality of the photos you submit, we may also share your story on Instagram.

Reach out to Service Units directly

Depending on the time of year, it may be possible for you to speak about your event/activity at a service unit meeting, where you could pass out fliers and talk directly with fellow Girl Scouts. To coordinate this, please contact your Volunteer Support Specialist. Don’t know who yours is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org, or call our Customer Support line at 877-404-5708 M-F, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

 

 

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Stephanie Huisingh, Colorado Springs, “Adaptive Party Planning Guide”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Unfortunately, many teens with special needs are not invited to as many social events as their peers. I decided to write a detailed guide that laid out the specific steps for how to throw a high school party and include students with special needs. I used the methods in my book to throw a summer barbecue for the students, both special needs and able-bodied, at my high school. After writing this book, I distributed it to several schools in two school districts and some local teenagers as well.

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

The impact was pretty obvious from the start. I was able to see how happy it made the children when they were invited to a party. I also spoke with the parents of some of the children with special needs and they also expressed that they saw a difference as well. Some other students at my high school were able to become closer and more connected with the special needs population there. Everyone showed a more positive attitude and higher level of acceptance following my project.

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

I wrote a book for my project, so it can be easily reproduced and sent across the country. I have distributed the book to two Colorado school districts and friends and family across the nation. It is also being implemented at my high school in their Peer Partner program. The lasting impacts on all of the students will last a lifetime.

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

I hope to see an increase in overall acceptance amongst the special needs and able-bodied populations. I feel that by inviting children to high school parties offers them the opportunity to make new friends and lasting memories. Over time, I hope to see a general trend of acceptance and I believe my book is a great tool to inspire this change. I was ale to distribute the book to schools both within and outside of my personal school district. I distributed to manual to a Washington school district as well. The schools are looking into using the manual to inspire inclusion amongst teens.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I can make something happen even if the odds are against me. My project had an extremely limited timeline, only about two months. Many girls spend upwards of a year on their projects and I had to achieve the same level of execution. In two months, I was able to write and distribute a book. I also learned that it is ok to ask for help from time to time, but I also have to rely on myself. My Girl Scout troop was extremely helpful when it came to coming up with ideas and execution of the project. I was able to organize and accomplish my Gold Award in two months and now other projects seem a lot less daunting.

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

Immediately, my Gold Award will help me in college. There are so many scholarships that are applicable to Gold Award recipients. Long term, having “Gold Award Recipient” on my resume can only benefit me. This achievement shows that I am a leader, organized, thoughtful, persistent, and hardworking. Those qualities can help present me in the best possible light to potential employers.

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

I have been in Girl Scouts for 14 years. Ever since I was a Daisy in Fort Monroe, Virginia, to when I was an Ambassador in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I knew that I wanted to go all the way and achieve my Gold Award. Having achieved the highest award in Girl Scouts means that I have distinguished myself amongst my peers. I have and will receive countless benefits from achieving my Gold Award.

**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

2015 Founder’s Day Celebration in Northern CO

Submitted by Gayle Worm

Loveland

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Northern Colorado hosted an extremely successful Founder’s Day on October 24, 2015. It wasn’t only the beautiful weather that contributed to the overall success of the festivities, but the volunteers and staff who contributed to this Girl Scout occasion.

The Girl Scouts and Tag-A-Longs were kept busy with many activities:
• The Recruitment team created a one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt that sent them on a windy path through the nature trails.
• The s’mores station manned by volunteers and the Volunteer Support team filled hungry bellies with a toasty marshmallow, melted chocolate and crisp gram cracker snack.
• The History Committee helped the girls create their own Flat Juliette; learning more about Girl Scout’s founder Juliette Low while fashioning their crafts.
• The People Bingo created by the Northern Colorado Team was also a big hit. The ‘ask around’ questions really got the girls gathering together and sharped their investigative skills. Needless to say, with the large group that attended the event, there were many black out Bingo cards.

Girls received patches, staff made s’more swaps and prizes for completing the day’s activities! Everyone had a fantastic time at this year’s event; the bar has certainly been raised for next year. The Northern Colorado Girl Scouts Office is up to the challenge because isn’t that what Girl Scouts are all about; the knowledge and ability to succeed? Job well done team!

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

Lessons learned from Girl Scouts helped me to be an entrepreneur

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Submitted by Cortney Kern

Denver

Over the past five years I had the honor to work for the Girl Scouts of Colorado as the Program Manager and Community Partnerships Manager. When I begun my journey with the organization, I started off working in the Grand Junction office. While there, I made some amazing friends at work and was able to explore the beauty that is the western part of Colorado. Grand Junction served as a good location for me at the time as I moved there right when I got out of the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Morocco. The slower pace of life helped settle me back in to living in the United States.

After about six months of living in Grand Junction, the Girl Scouts gave me the opportunity to move to Denver. This was a huge blessing and started out a chain of events that I would not have changed for the world. When I arrived in Denver, within only a week, I met my husband, even though at the time I did not know it. Now, five years later we have a brand new daughter who I hope will one day will be a Girl Scout.

Not only did Girl Scouts in help lead me to my family, I have also learned valuable lessons in communication with others and gained experience supporting and being a part of a team. Even though I am no longer an employee of the Girl Scouts of Colorado, I am still a Girl Scout at heart. Through my experiences, I have gained the courage and confidence to branch out on my own and follow my passion into wellness and business coaching. I am taking the lessons I was teaching younger Girl Scouts members and now living it out on my own by being a business owner with Kern Wellness. If it wasn’t for my time at Girl Scouts, I could not imagine being in a position in my life where I am now and could make this happen. So thank you Girl Scouts for believing in me from the beginning, letting me grow with you and supporting me in my next chapter.

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

GSCO Boating Program Receives Generous Kayak Donation

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The Girl Scouts of Colorado boating program is stronger than ever with the donation of kayaks and more in honor of a special volunteer. Early this summer Rocky Mountain Sea Kayak Club (RMSKC) members Marlene Pakish and Julie Rekart donated their first kayaks to the GSCO boating program  in honor of long-time RMSKC member Lou Ann Hustvedt, who recently lost her battle with cancer. Lou Ann, known as “Skipper” to the Scouts, had taught boating skills and knowledge to hundreds of young women in summer camps for more than two decades. Their generous donation included paddles, PFDs, spray skirts, cockpit covers and several other items. The boats were complete and ready to provide many years of service to the troop that Lou Ann loved and served. RMSKC’s Brian Hunter, called “Splash” while instructing at Girl Scout camp, picked up the kayaks from Marlene and Julie and gave them a good going-over before delivering them and other donated gear to the Scouts’ Summer Day Camp at Big Soda Lake in Bear Creek Park. Brian and Belle “Hedgehog” Bashaw (lead Girl Scout Kayak Instructor and a new RMSKC member) took the Carolinas for a test paddle. They agreed the boats were a perfect fit for the Girl Scout program: the kayaks accelerated quickly and were nimble on the water. They reported that they held an edge nicely and turned on a dime. In addition to the donations of the best inflatable boat for fishing, gear, and a RMSKC fund in Lou Ann’s name, Brian and Clark “Bald Eagle” Strickland taught for a week at Girl Scout Boating Camp this summer. Article written by Louise “Silver” Bashaw, Troop Leader and Volunteer Summer Day Camp Director, and Sue “Grendel” Hughes

Christina Bear named Congressional Award Gold Medalist

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Join Girl Scouts of Colorado in congratulating Gold Award recipient Christina Bear of Golden! She was recently named a Congressional Award Gold Medalist for 2016.

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds; young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

In 2015, Christina earned her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, for organizing a week-long summer program for Latino students at Horizons Summer Program at Colorado Academy. Through informal learning in computer and robot programming and mini-science experiments, students were engaged and excited about technology. Christina is the 2015 recipient of the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize. In November 2015, she will be awarded the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Christina has also won the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, Jefferson County Public Health Champions, Presidential Environmental Youth Service Award, Prudential Spirit of Community Award, Children’s Environmental Health Network Youth Leadership Award and International Action for Nature Eco-Hero Award.

 

Girls’ Choice Badges Are Back: Voting Is Open Through November 15!

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

That’s right! Girls’ Choice badges are back, and we’re SO excited. This year, girls get to vote for one of three awesome badge categories, and they’ll also get to select a badge topic of their choice. Here are this year’s choices, all full of big learning, fun, and adventure—they’re so Girl Scouts!

Outdoors
• Art in the Outdoors
• Camping Skills
• Outdoor Cooking

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
• Engineering
• Coding/E-textiles
• Life/Forensic Science

Financial Literacy
• Financing Your Fun Stuff
• Watching Your Dollars Grow
• Social Entrepreneurship

Now, the real fun begins. From October 31 through November 15, girls can vote for their favorite category. What will it be? Outdoors, STEM, or Financial Literacy? That’s a tough one! At the same time, girls will vote for their favorite topic under the category they choose. It’s going to be amazing.

Once the winner is selected, we will be working super hard alongside subject matter experts to develop the badge content and test the activities with girls before we make final decisions. This will help us make sure we create badge activities that truly resonate with girls, and get them really excited about joining in on all the fun and discovery.

Girls will also have a chance to vote on the design of their badge—cool! Stay tuned for info and dates around the design poll. But for now, we encourage you to empower every Girl Scout you know to vote, vote, vote! We need every adult to help girls make sure their voices are heard, and encourage them take advantage of the opportunity to create their very own Girl Scout experience—it’s such an important part of the magic! The time to vote is now.

Holiday angels needed

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Submitted by Amanda Kalina

Englewood

Denver Metro

If your Girl Scout troop is looking for a holiday community service project, we hope you might consider working with HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op. This holiday season we are collecting gifts for families in our school who are need. HOPE serves 2,000 students across Colorado, many of whom come from lower socio-economic homes. Last year this program helped 150 families (450 children). We are looking to match angel donors with families before Thanksgiving, so please be in touch ASAP if you are interested in participating.

Girl Scouts of Colorado has been a great partner of HOPE’s on several projects, including this one, over the last year. We look forward to continuing this relationship during the 2015 holiday season!

If you would like to support HOPE through this project, or something else, please reach out to Melanie.Stone@HOPEonline.org (303-727-0315).

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