Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

Daisies learn about ‘respecting authority’

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Submitted by Jennifer Gillespie

Dillon

Mountain Communities

Part of the Girl Scout Law is to respect authority. Our Daisy Troop 50262 got a visit from three local heroes to help drive the point home! Our local Police Dept and a local Firefighter made it an exciting meeting for the girls, packed with fun and lots of learning!

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

Why do you love your leader?

Leaders are the extraordinary force that make Girl Scouting possible every day—and that is truly amazing. They give their time, spark, and hearts to make a difference in the lives of girls who in turn help make the world a better place.

Volunteer Appreciation Day is April 22, 2015 and we want girls to help us honor outstanding leaders. Girls should write a short essay about why they love their leader. Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Girls 13-years-old and older should write their essay themselves. Submit your essay through Share Your Stories on the Girl Scouts of Colorado web-site and be sure to include a photo of your leader, preferably involved in a Girl Scout-related activity. However, any photo will do. You may also submit a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video. All submissions must be received by Thursday April 23, 2015.

The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks. We also have a special prize for the best submissions to show our leaders just how much we appreciate them.

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

 

Me & My Special Guy Dinner, Dance & Cake Decorating Contest a special time

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Submitted by Judy Curtis

Arvada

Denver Metro

When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Arvada United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr, Arvada

Theme:  Masquerade Ball – A Night to Dress to Impress

Dress Code:  Fancy dress (long or short), eye masks.  Shirt & tie or suit & tie

Cost:  $25 ($30 at the door) Please reserve & pay for your spot by April 28,.

*Also, please bring canned goods to be donated to the Arvada Food Bank.

This is a “sell out” annual event that is WAYYYY TOO MUCH fun! Girl Scouts and their friends attend a dinner catered by White Fence Farm, dance to music provided by Russell & Cameron from Notorious Sights & Sounds. The cake decorating contest are cakes that the girls have made and decorated and are judged by the other girls in attendance. Prizes flow freely and Door Prizes are everywhere! This year’s theme is “Masquerade”, so get those fancy dresses out, grab your special guy and put a tie on him! There is a special photo op spot for you to capture the “special” night with your “special” guy. Special guys can be dads, uncles, grandpas, special men in the girls’ life that will treat her to a “special” date!

To reserve your spot, please email Judy Curtis. Be sure to include a list of the girls attending and the name of their Special Guy. Make checks payable to:  Troop 3301 Send them to Judy Curtis at:  14237 W 58th Pl., Arvada, CO 80004

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

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Daisies  deliver cookies to soldiers at Fort Carson

Daisy Girl Scouts in Troop 43483 in Colorado Springs delivered more than 120 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the 110th MP Company at Fort Carson. The company, which is the troop’s Hometown Hero, is deploying in a few weeks.

The girls delivered 121 packages of Girl Scout Cookies on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. One of the soldiers, SSG Ryan Davis, is the father of one of the girls in the troop. Several of the girls also have parents actively serving in the military, so supporting the company, which is made up of about  200 soldiers, was a natural choice for the girls.

The Hometown Heroes program offers Girl Scouts the chance to honor non-profit organizations, food banks, military and uniformed personnel, who are so important to the community, during the cookie sale. Through this program, customers can buy a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service and helping with service projects. The 2015 goal for the Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program in Colorado is 200,000 packages. Last year’s statewide program netted 109,745 packages for hundreds of organizations.

There are 10 Girl Scouts in Daisy Troop 43483. However, only eight could be there on the delivery day. For five of the girls, this was their second year selling Girl Scout Cookies. For the other five, this was their first year selling. The troop sold 2,610 boxes of cookies this year. Last year, they sold 1,241 boxes, so they more than doubled sales this year!  Most importantly, the girls have formed great friendships this year and working at cookie booths together helped strengthen those bonds.

 

 

Join Team Thin Mint: Run the Colfax Marathon with Girl Scouts

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Register for the Colfax Marathon (or 5K, 10-miler, Half or Relay) today and you’ll get this fun, custom Girl Scouts team shirt to show your GSCO pride! This shirt is in addition to the awesome official marathon shirt!

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We’re ordering shirts the week of March 30, so get signed up (along with your friends and family) NOW.  This is a great troop healthy living activity, and kids’ 5K registrations are only $20. Only the first 30 to register with GSCO as their charity get the team shirt for free!

For more information on the Colfax Marathon or to join Team Thin Mint, click here.  Don’t forget to select Girl Scouts of Colorado as your charity. Already signed up? Great! There’s still time to choose GSCO.

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Grace Atchison-Reynolds, Parker, “Happiness Through Music”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I organized concerts through Valor Christian High School, as well as Turnbull Piano Studios to be preformed at assisted living facilities.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this Girl Scout Gold Award because I believe in the healing attributes of music, as well as music’s ability to bring happiness.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project brought happiness to those who were in the assisted living facilities, as well as brought healing.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained many skills including coordination, leadership, organization, and communication.

How did you make your project sustainable?

My project is sustainable because it was through many different facilities, and is being continued through the community service organization at Valor Christian.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

My connection is through the national community because of my interest in helping people through music.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember the impact that the music had on the residents and the amount of joy they received.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

My Gold Award has helped develop my skills that I will be able to use the rest of my life.

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

I believe the Gold Award let me have my own impact on society as well as broaden my scope to all of the needs in society.

***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

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Linda Baker, Fort Collins, “Attracting Girls to STEM Using Social Media”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I encouraged girls in Colorado to get involved in FIRST Lego League by implementing Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter functionality on the Colorado FIRST Lego League website, as well as publishing an article on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Blog, encouraging Girl Scouts (both girls and adults) to start Lego Robotics teams. I linked this article to my Facebook page, and asked my contacts to share it on their pages. My project advisor, Ross Parrent, also shared the article on LinkedIn, and asked his network to help spread the word. In May, I participated in a panel discussion for new leaders and volunteers at the Microsoft store in South Denver. This presentation was recorded and posted on the ColoradoFLL website. I have also been responding to email inquiries about how to get involved. Finally, my FRC team continues to do outreach and recruitment at events and exhibits in northern Colorado.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I am passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and chose my Gold Award project to share this passion with young girls in and outside of Girl Scouts. Girls and young women typically lose interest in the STEM subjects, or “dumb themselves down” in order to appear more socially acceptable by their peers. This results in an insufficient number of young women attracted to careers in these fields.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award Project made a significant difference in several ways. One of my articles on the Girl Scout of Colorado blog was among the highest read and most favored articles posted in the last several years. My post on the Colorado FIRST Lego League website reached a potential target audience of several thousand young people. A talent scout from Los Angeles contacted me to recruit from both of these target audiences for the television series “America’s Junior Mind Challenge,” giving my readers access to an incredible opportunity. My Gold Award project reached far beyond the GSCO audience.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

When I began this project, I was new to web design, and merely a standard user of social media. Through my project, I learned a lot more about programming in HTML and incorporating plugin software components. My communication skills were enhanced by weekly planning meetings with adult partners in FIRST Lego League. I stretched myself quite a bit to take a lead in facilitating discussions among these individuals and consultants from third party software development companies. This experience has taken me far from my comfort zone and given me confidence to be a leader in an adult business world.

How did you make your project sustainable?

The World Wide Web is a persistent and enduring technology that will remain available to everyone. I created controls on the Colorado FIRST Lego League website that allow connections, likes, and shares through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

If COFLL is successful, that will enable USFIRST to leverage those both nationally and internationally. The work I have done should transport seamlessly to other HTML applications. Additionally, news of my project reached Hollywood, and the talent search articles continue to propel information to young audiences everywhere.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The most memorable aspect of my Gold Award project is my contact with the talent scout of Shed Media that was looking for smart young women. I did not realize that my Gold Award could reach so far from Girl Scouts, so that experience will always remind me of the ripple effect that my actions may have on the world.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I have become more confident in my ability to hold my own in business situations, and I have learned how to be more effective in quick response situations. There were times I doubted my ability to finish my Gold Award on time, but I managed to finish my project two days before I left for college, and today I have immense satisfaction that I saw it through to completion.

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

My Gold Award Project was a product of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Throughout my experience, I developed a variety of skills such as problem solving and communication.

***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

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Emma Coffey, Thornton, “Money on the Mountain”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

The goal of my project was to provide my peers at Mountain Range High School with more access to financial education in a fun, interesting, relevant, and interactive way. I accomplished this by writing a video series to be shown on the weekly video announcements. The videos were given a question-and-answer format, and asked basic questions such as “What is a budget?” or “How much of your income should be put into savings?” I have also created a Facebook page called “Money on the Mountain” that is updated periodically with videos, money management articles, financial facts, and more.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I have always wanted to earn the Gold Award to make a difference in my community. I wanted to open the door for discussion of the lack of financial literacy being taught to teenagers. I also pursued my Gold Award to challenge myself to learn new things and develop my leadership skills. I am very satisfied with my decision to go for the Gold.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project addresses the lack of financial education among a specific group of people: teenagers. I believe that because of this project, more students will be aware of the importance of being financially savvy.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I am not the same person I was two years ago, and I can attribute this in a large part to earning the Gold Award. Communicating with other people was a large part of my project. It is also an extremely important life skill. Being a naturally shy person, it was difficult for me at first to approach others about my ideas. Now, without hesitation, I am able to clearly communicate my thoughts. I have also learned the value of tenacity and not giving up, even when it seemed like no one was on my side, or when it seemed like I would never finish. Having the ability to work with/lead a team is another skill that was improved by completing this project. Lastly, while educating others, I have also educated myself about financial literacy. Not only was this project designed to help other people, but an opportunity for myself to grow as an individual and as a leader. This project was all about the journey and the skills I learned along the way to achieve my final result.

How did you make your project sustainable?

My project will be carried on at Mountain Range High School through the Investment Club/DECA. The club will be responsible for posting regularly to the Facebook page and will work with the media department to ensure a replaying of the videos each year. Additionally, a binder will be left behind. This binder will outline all of the tasks and responsibilities that are important to the success of the project, such as when and what to post on the Facebook page, and when to show more videos on the announcements.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Financial literacy is a skill that is lacking throughout the world. This problem isn’t only seen in the United States. Low financial literacy rates have been reported in Australia, Russia, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Germany. Furthermore, teaching students how to manage their money more wisely will help them to become more responsible citizens, both locally and globally.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember the obstacles I faced and how I overcame them. While this may not seem like the happiest thing to remember, knowing that I overcame a lot of obstacles to reach this point makes me feel amazing.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Earning my Gold Award has assisted me in learning valuable, lifelong skills. These skills (communication, hard work, tenacity) will be very useful for when I enter a professional career. The Gold Award has impacted my life so much that it has even been a guide for my college search process. Because my project focused on financial literacy, I have become more aware about money. This includes becoming aware of the cost of college. Instead of waiting until I graduate college to figure out how to pay for it, I have chosen the school that has given me the best deal financially. Because of this project, my new goal is to graduate college without having any student loans.

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

The Girl Scout Gold Award exemplifies key qualities that define a Girl Scout. The mission of Girl Scouts is to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” The Gold Award teaches girls these qualities, and I feel that I have grown as a leader and a Girl Scout by doing this project. Girl Scouts has been a part of my life for 12 years, and I feel that earning the Gold award is a perfect way to demonstrate what I have learned over the years and a memory that will last for years to come.

***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

GSCO celebrates 103rd anniversary of Girl Scouts

Thank you to all the Girl Scout Alumnae who joined us for our anniversary celebration on March 12! Together, we celebrated the 103rd anniversary of the Girl Scouts with lunch and a council update from GSCO President & CEO Stephanie Foote!

A special “Thank You” to the GSCO History Committee for putting together this wonderful display of Girl Scout memorabilia.

 

All of the photos from the celebration are on our Flickr page.

Girl Scouts honored in Highlands Ranch

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Time is running out to see this display of Girl Scout memorabilia at the James H. LaRue library in Highlands Ranch! It is only up  for the month of March.  For more details, check out this article in the Highlands Ranch Herald.

Thanks to the History Committee for taking the time to put together this special display!