Do hands-on fieldwork, engage in original research in marine science, expand your leadership potential, and earn a full semester of academic credit while living on the beautiful coast of Maine. “Coastal Studies for Girls” is a science and leadership semester school for 10th grade girls located in Freeport, Maine that attracts students from across the country. At CSG, students are immersed in experiential courses that draw inspiration from the beauty and intrigue of the Maine coast. At CSG, girls learn about the power of observation, what makes a community thrive, and how to use their passion to create change in the world. We are accepting applications from 10th grade girls for the remaining spots in our Spring 2017 semester and from current 9th grade girls interested in next year’s semesters. Financial aid is available for qualified students with demonstrated need. www.coastalstudiesforgirls.org
On June 14, 2016, representatives of Girl Scouts of Colorado had the exciting opportunity to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts Highest Award with Girl Scouts from across the country in Washington, D.C.!
Belle Bashaw, a 2016 Gold Award recipient from Parker, was selected as one of eight girls in the country to exhibit her project at this exciting event. Stephanie A. Foote, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado, Connie Campbell, former Board Chair and current Gold Award mentor, and Aimee Bianca, Highest Awards Manager, accompanied Belle on this exciting trip to our nation’s capital. Belle’s Gold Award focused on educating elementary school students on the importance of bees in the environment, what kinds of bees they might see outside, and how the students can make a difference for the bees. She also designed a bee house made from all recyclable materials and taught the students how to make the houses and the best places to set them up. Additionally, Belle was chosen as an honorable mention for the 2016 Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence.
While in Washington, D.C. Belle exhibited her project at an event organized by Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scout CEOs, Gold Award recipients, and members of congress were invited to the event to learn about the history of the Highest Award and the outstanding projects exhibited, mingle with Girl Scouts from across the country, and hear from special speakers about the importance of the Gold Award, women in leadership roles, and the power of Girl Scouts.
Speakers at the event included members of Congress, including senators Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia and Tim Kaine of Virginia, representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, Donna Edwards of Maryland, and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, among others, as well as Brigadier General Diana Holland, commandant of cadets at the United States Military Academy, and Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, which awards scholarships to Gold Award recipients.
Following the event, Girl Scouts of Colorado coordinated meetings with Senator Cory Gardner, Senator Michael Bennet, and Congressman Mike Coffman. Belle was able to speak about the amazing leadership skills that her and all Gold Award recipients develop, the importance of staying involved in Girl Scouts, and even got to provide some education on the importance protecting our native bees. She was also able to give Senator Gardner and Senator Bennet’s Chief of Staff one of the bee houses that she designed so they could provide a home for native bees in their own backyard!
In addition to celebrating the Gold Award and its history and meeting with members of Congress, Belle was able to visit some of the outstanding sights in Washington, D.C. She was able to take a ride on the U.S. Capitol Subway between the Russell and Rayburn Senate office buildings, visit the Lincoln Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Washington Monument, and the National Museum of American History.
After the trip, Aimee Bianca, Highest Awards Manger, said, “It was such an honor and joy to be able to travel to D.C. with Belle! She is an outstanding representative for both the Girl Scout Gold Award and Girl Scouts of Colorado. Senator Gardner, Senator Bennet, and Representative Coffman were very impressed with Belle’s project and how well-spoken she is. GSCO is lucky to have her and the 48 other 2016 Gold Award recipients as distinguished members!”
Our troop of six Seniors saved for over a year to take a high adventure vacation. After scads of car washes, bake sales, cookie sales, farmer’s markets, and 13 hours of driving, we arrived on June 23 to Hamp Hut. The view was breathtaking!
The Hut was well-equipped, clean, and perfect for our needs. Every morning we started the day hiking trails at the Garden of the Gods. We also went to a Rockies game, saw Mile High Stadium, Olympic Training grounds, Cave of the Winds, Pike’s Peak, and went horseback riding, and, our favorite, white water rafting down the Arkansas River. We also made it a daily challenge to find places who served sweet tea– we are southern, after all! We also made a friend at Hamp Hut– Doug the mule deer. He visited quite often! We had an amazing experience!
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:
On June 14th 2016, girls from Troop 52662 will be traveling to the Pax Lodge and Our Chalet, as well as other parts of London, Switzerland and Italy. This is a 19-day tour for only around $5000 and there is still time to join them. Contact tour group leader for further information, Kathy Nester at nesterestate
This trip is open to girls in all of CO, to explore and have some excitement this summer while getting some hands on education.Join us June 21st- June 28th for a California Adventure under the sun! We will spend 2 days at Disneyland, a day by the ocean investigating tide pools and whale watching, a sleepover at Sea World, a day at the San Diego zoo and more! Trip will depart and return from Denver.
All the details and deadlines are here in the activity finder.
The vastness of time and space is so large our feeble minds can’t even begin to process it. Trillions of stars and galaxies, planets and asteroids, all moving silently through a black void in a cosmic dance of beauty and perfected harmony. All is balanced. To us, living on what seems like a mere speck, an insignificant blip in the gaze of the stars above us, we must feel very small indeed. Our world is tiny. But it is just as beautiful and strange as all the cosmos. Complex, unique, and amazing, our world is something that can be explored and treasured. There are few humans, however, that ever get an opportunity to do so. It must not seem very important to those who have traveled often, but to me, my experience on a trip to China was one I can never forget.
Last summer, my mother suggested the idea of going on a destination trip. I looked carefully through the list, choosing from the trips I knew would take me out of the United States of America. I finally settled on four to apply for, got accepted to go on three, and chose to go on one: The Great Panda Adventure. It would take me to China with fourteen other girls to work at a panda base and explore several of the cities there. I was excited and I was nervous. I would have to meet my group in San Francisco, and then fly with them all the way to Beijing. Then from Beijing, we would fly to Chengdu. I would have to go on my first flight alone to make it to San Francisco.
Despite my qualms, the flights went smoothly and we were in Chengdu before I knew it. Exhausted from flying, my new friends and I dropped our things off in our rooms and hit the streets of Chengdu. I immediately forgot how tired I was. There were so many new things to look at. I could barely turn my head fast enough as the tour bus drove us to lunch and then to an older part of the city preserved for tourists. We charged through the gates and emerged in a dazzled place of elegant buildings and sizzling food stands. Gavin, our leader, gave us permission to separate and explore on our own, and so we did. I took more pictures than I could ever need. When the group finally made it back onto the bus, it was time to go to the panda base. It gave us exactly what we wanted to see: cute pandas. When we had seen all the pandas we could for the day, we went to our first dinner in China. The food was much different than anything I’ve ever eaten before. I cautiously nibbled on each dish that was presented to us before deciding on something and going with it. Full of heavy Chinese food and weary from the two days of excitement, I finally got back to hotel and stumbled into bed.
The next morning, it was time for the panda base. Before we even got on the bus, sweat was dripping down my face and back. A hot, humid climate is no place for me. I promised myself I wouldn’t let it get to me as the bus rumbled to the panda base. The bus pulled in, we rolled out, and the two days of work began. They had us sweep and hose down the pen, clean the enclosures, feed the pandas, and even pet them. I got many pictures to show off to my friends back home. I found out that pandas are not actually all that interesting. They eat, shamble around, and for the most part are lazy, spoiled, and grumpy creatures. They eat and sleep. Pandas are, however, still adorable. People enjoy them, and it is with the help of that appeal to human emotion that they have survived this long. Of course, it is humans who are putting them in danger. The great panda has few enemies, but the most powerful of these enemies is the destruction of their homes and our inability to coexist with these gentle, intelligent creatures. Through my journey to the panda research center, I have learned much about how we hurt pandas, but I have also learned how we can help them. True to what has been told to me throughout my years as a girl scout, we must be aware of the world around. Every move we make has an impact, positive or negative. We have to be sure our impact on this world is positive. As Girl Scouts, it is our duty to take care of the Earth and all creatures on it, including humans. Treating each other right is just as important as treating the environment right. I hate to sound preachy, but I want all who read this to understand how hurt the Earth is, and how our behaviors towards it and each other has to change. It’s the only way.
I have experienced so much through this trip. I am not the same teenager who anxiously awaited her first flight alone. Because of Destinations, and because of Girl Scouts, I am more confident in everything I do. My trip to China changed my life. It made me stronger, more open-minded, and less afraid. I owe my growth over the summer to Destinations. I strongly believe that every Girl Scout should go on one of these ATS Destinations at least once in her life. The world will be open to her, and the adventures she will have will change her life forever.
It took a year of planning, but we got a few Girl Scouts from different parts of Colorado to Belize this summer of 2015!
We had a wonderful time. We visited Mayan Ruins, trekked through the jungle, learned some jungle survival skills, went on a riverboat tour, snorkeled in the second largest barrier reef, swam with nurse sharks and huge stingrays and we went scuba diving under the sea. We took many modes of transportation: planes, water taxis, ferry, coach buses and more! We also had the opportunity to visit a Belizian school and took them much-needed supplies as community service.
Looking for a fun trip? Call or email Jody about The California Adventure coming in summer of 2016 at email@example.com or 719-433-8489
London Calling! Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting the first Girl Scout Alumnae trip to London in 2016. Come join us as we celebrate New Years in London, and visit sites such as Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. We will ride the London Eye and attend a theatre performance. Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Oxford, and Stratford are also on the itinerary. The trip is catered to alumni between the ages of 18-28, but all are welcome.
Here is information about the trip.
London in Depth Tour
When: December 28, 2016-January 3, 2017
Cost: Under age 20- $3,504; over age 20-$3,779 (the price of the trip excludes tips, lunches, and additional fees)
To enroll: http://girltrips.eftours.com. Scroll down to where it states “enter a tour number” and please enter the code 1678221FW and click “view tour”.
If interested in this trip, please email me and I will send you a London in Depth itinerary for your review.
If you have any further questions, please contact me at nemoursLM.
I hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate our first Girl Scout Alumnae trip in London, England in 2016.