Love Girl Scouts? Love history? Treasure hunting? There is a FABULOUS trove that will satisfy all these interests and more. The little known History Museum and repository of all things Girl Scouts exists in Longmont, Colorado. This 6 room office space houses vast amounts of memorabilia, collectibles, documents, uniforms, badges, books and pictures! Staffed completely by volunteers and led by dedicated Girl Scouts Marty Allison and Mike Werner, the History Museum is open for troops to visit and learn about national and local Girl Scout history, try on Vintage uniforms, check out activity kits, etc. Additionally, these volunteers maintain the history of the Girl Scouts of Colorado which includes all documents, pictures, materials and other miscellaneous ephemera from the five councils that existed in Colorado prior to our consolidation in 2007.
Recently, Laura Aguon and I spent time volunteering with the History Committee to sort through a multitude of boxes from the original council in Colorado Springs. We were handling history—in fact, we saw the charter of the Council, signed by Juliette Gordon Low herself! How cool is that?
Next year, we celebrate our 100th year of Girl Scouting in Colorado. We challenge all of you adult and older girl Scouts to take some time and volunteer to maintain our heritage. Let’s try to reach over 100 hours of volunteering to support the History Committee. How can you do that? In the Denver area, you can signup to work a day at the Museum – there is PLENTY to do! If you are outside the area, you can request materials from the museum to host a badge earning event for the Girl Scout Ways badge and share our history with younger scouts. Our beloved Girl Scouts of Colorado History Committee is supported through donations of materials, time and money. Please follow your heart and support our heritage! Without these dedicated, life-long Girl Scouts, our history would be in a box on a shelf rather than lovingly displayed and shared!
The girls of Troop 2522, a multi-level troop based in Golden, have spent the last month collecting gently used coats, shoes, and toys for the African Community Center. This Denver area non-profit helps resettle refugees from not only Africa, but all regions of the world.
The troop was given a tour of the ACC, and learned how they provide much needed help to asylum seekers on every level, from basic clothing, toiletries, and housewares, to job training, placement, and financial education that enables them to become self sufficient. The girls also dropped off over a dozen large bags of donations, and have more on the way.
The ACC serves over 550 refugees a year who have fled persecution in their home countries and have received third country resettlement through the UNHCR and the U.S. State Department. Some of them arrive with only the clothes on their backs, so while it was a teeny bit emotional for some of the girls (and, ahem, leaders) to let go of toys that had cherished memories associated with them, they soon realized that their small sacrifices could be a great comfort to those that have had to leave everything behind them.
Troop 740 collected non-perishable foods, coats, gloves, hats, and other clothing for a local food pantry. In addition, the troop volunteered to help at the pantry. The scouts learned about implementing the Girl Scout law in every day life to be friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, and to make the world a better place. Connections for Life helps over 12,000 families every year.
The girls of Troop 864 wanted to help a young boy have a great Christmas, they took up a collection and parents went out and bought some presents. They collected enough presents and money to be able to bless 2 young boys from their school’s Christmas wish tree.
From a leader’s perspective, one of the great things about the journey program is adapting them for your troop. Our troop of 20 Cadettes loves to participate in STEAM activities so our mission with the “Breathe” journey was not only to learn about air quality but also to learn about air travel and engineering.
We recently had a visit from the Arvada Associated Modelers to learn about remote controlled airplanes. We are the first Girl Scout troop they have visited, so it was exciting for everyone. The girls had many questions for the club President, Ted Hughes and Chief Flight Instructor, Dewey Louderback.
AAM does training at their field in Golden and they reserve Thursday evenings late spring – Fall to train new pilots using the buddy fly system. It costs nothing to learn about flying! Check out http://www.arvadamodelers.com/ for more information. Now that we have had the introduction, our troop is anxious to develop a badge around remote control activities.
Other activities our troop hopes to do as part of this journey are to complete requirements from the old Aviation badge, visit Wings Over the Rockies, build kites to participate in the Arvada Kite Festival in April and go to the Balloon Festival in Erie.
Eagle Valley Troop 51727 hosted their 3rd annual Mother Daughter on Nov 8 at Larkspur Restaurant in Vail. The tea was a huge success with over 130 guests enjoying locally made desserts. The troop raised $1,738 to purchase items for the Vail Valley Salvation Army! Way to go girls – we are so proud of you!
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship Program. All applications are due to email@example.com no later than February 16, 2016.
The Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship awarded to 2 Gold Award recipients annually who have completed a STEM-related Take Action project and who will attend an accredited four year college or university as a freshman beginning in the fall 2016 to pursue and complete studies in a STEM-related field.
This year’s application is available below and includes all details regarding eligibility, structure of the scholarship, and application progress. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
As a Girl Scout, you are part of a special network of girls that stretches across the world. In partnership with the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides in 146 countries, World Thinking Day is celebrated annually on February 22. World Thinking Day is a global campaign to foster sisterhood around the world with one central theme, and for 2016 that theme is “connect”. This World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides will explore and celebrate the connections that make life happier.
There are lots of ways to participate in World Thinking Day (WTD) through Girl Scouts of Colorado! We hope you will join us for one of these great events:
The winning Girls’ Choice badge topic is in! And the winner is (drumroll please)… The second Girls’ Choice badge will be Art in the Outdoors. How much fun will girls have doing this?
Now the real fun begins as we work hard to write and design the new badges, which we will be testing with girls in January. We can’t wait to hear what they think. And remember, girls will also have the chance to vote on the design of their badge from January 11-22. Stay tuned for that link, coming in January.
Thank you so much to everyone who voted. We are thrilled to be working with girls on more girl-led programming—they’re our favorite partners!
In the meantime, start taking notice of that crisp blue sky or the abstract sculptures in your local park, and get ready to create some amazing Art in the Outdoors next year. Badge requirements will be available for download May 30, 2016 and in council shops by the summer!
As a reminder, these were the categories and topics girls had the opportunity to vote on in October and November.