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Essay contest for flag retirement ceremony

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Submitted by North Metro Fire Rescue

Metro Denver

Broomfield

North Metro Fire Rescue District and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum are joining together to host the 13th Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Broomfield. This year, the organizations are adding an essay contest for Broomfield and Northglenn residents up to age 18. Winners from the contest will be invited to speak at this year’s ceremony.

The event will be held at North Metro Fire Station 61 at 1275 Midway Boulevard beginning at 11 a.m. A combined honor guard from North Metro Fire and Broomfield Police Department will be a part of the ceremony as well as representatives from North Metro Fire and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum. A bugler and local Boy Scouts will also participate in the service. Following the ceremony, there will be an open house at the fire station and patriotic hot dog cookout.

Essay Contest Rules

Young residents of the fire district up to the age of 18 are invited to submit an original essay or poem to North Metro Fire on the topic “What the American Flag Means to Me.” Entries can be up to 400 words and should be submitted to sfarris@northmetrofire.org, dropped off in person or mailed to North Metro Fire, Attn: Sara Farris, 101 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31. Participants should provide their name, age, address, phone number, email and school with their entry. Winners will read their works at the Flag Retirement Ceremony and will receive a $50 gift card as a prize.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with our community on this event and hope to see every generation out to celebrate the American flag and what it stands for,” said North Metro Fire Chief Dave Ramos. “We are especially excited to invite our area youth to participate in this year’s ceremony and to hear their voices regarding our nation’s symbol.”

Everyone attending may take part in the ceremony by helping cut up and properly retire flags that have been collected throughout the community.

Bring in your old flags

North Metro Fire Rescue District and Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum will be accepting retired flag donations at the following locations until 5 p.m. on June 8.

FLAG DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

North Metro Fire Rescue Headquarters
101 Spader Way, Broomfield

Monday—Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

North Metro Fire Station 62
10550 Huron Street, Northglenn

Monday—Sunday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

North Metro Fire Station 64
13515 Lowell Boulevard, Broomfield

Monday—Sunday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum
12 Garden Center, Broomfield

Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Daisy Flower Garden Journey at the Denver Botanic Garden

Girl Scouts of Colorado hosted more than 250  Girl Scout Daisies from the Front Range at our annual Daisy Flower Garden Journey at the Denver Botanic Gardens recently. Girl Scouts learned about the Girl Scout Promise and Law through fun garden-themed activities! Girls visited ten tables where they heard important stories, learned Yoga, practiced the Girl Scout Promise and Law, created crafts to share with others, and planted a flower.

Daisies made Best Friends SWAPs to share. Girls also learned ways to be considerate and caring and made a thumbprint card to give to someone special.

Daisies also learned about being courageous and strong while practicing fun animal pose Yoga. Older Girl Scouts did a great job leading activities! Our Daisies had fun learning from them and our older girls were great role models for our younger girls!

Girl Scouts also learned about how to be responsible for they say and do by listening to Mari the Marigold’s story and hearing how Mari kept her promises. There was also time for extra fun! Girl Scouts enjoyed the garden and the beautiful surroundings, too. We lucked out with great weather and the garden had some beautiful spring blooms!

A BIG Thank you goes to our wonderful volunteers who made this great event possible. Girl Scouts and adults from these troops where a huge help!

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We’d also like to thank the Denver Botanic Gardens for being a great host! A BIG thank you goes to Melissa Gula and her team members and volunteers for all they did to ensure a smooth and successful event!

PA Training with a CAMP Specialty

Submitted by Denine Dains

Denver Metro

Westminster

PA Training with a day camp specialty is coming to Hamp Hut this fall! In addition to learning the valuable skills of assisting younger Girl Scouts in a troop or small group setting, you will specialize in leading larger groups in a day camp setting. You will learn how to:

  • Lead large groups of Girl Scouts in camp songs
  • Assist young girls in a flag ceremony
  • Assist young Girl Scouts with chopping food at camp while using a knife
  • Set up a propane stove
  • Make a foil packet lunch
  • Follow the rules regarding fire and cooking with a dutch oven
  • Create a safe cleaning station for dishes
  • Lead yourself in a professional, safe manner while working with younger girls
  • Be a good role model to younger Girl Scouts

Training will be held at Hamp Hut on Sunday, October 22, 2017. We will start promptly at 10 a.m. and finish at 2 p.m. Please dress in layers! Morning snack, lunch, and dessert will be provided. Bring a mess kit. Please pack separate food if you have any allergies.

Register using our Google Form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdYXuaDXjo73UZy-hhc5XdZaiG-nqwLRNGyAo6AfRw1AuncbQ/viewform

Send $20 payment to:
Troop 3972
P.O. Box 549
Broomfield, CO 80038-0549

Trainer: Denine “NY” Dains
email: daycampforscouts@gmail.com
phone: (303)931-1863 (text OK)

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

Cadette troops make shoes for Sole Hope

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Submitted by Lisa Svede

Metro Denver

Centennial

Cadette Troops 60762 and 60744 from the Green Meadows Service Unit gathered together with members of Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit to make shoes from denim for Sole Hope and children in Africa. A big thank you to the volunteers of Love Does It, who helped the Girl Scouts to collect over 200 pairs of jeans to be made into shoes.

The jeans are repurposed to make shoes for children in Africa. The shoes will protect the children from jiggers, a parasite that burrows into the webbing of their feet when they walk without shoes in unsanitary conditions.

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

Troop 720 celebrates Earth Day

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 720 of Fort Collins took the chance to celebrate Earth Day and did a trash clean-up at one of our local natural areas. The girls were able to get so much trash. It never ceases to amaze me how much they’re able to clean up there. They’re always happy to do the clean-ups and really feel like they are making a difference.

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

“What Camp Means to Me” : Words from a Camp Director

The following is a guest post from one of our volunteer Camp Directors, Penny Roberts. If you are interested in volunteering as a Camp Director and making a difference in the lives of young women through outdoor programs contact anna.danila@gscolorado.org

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WHAT CAMP MEANS TO ME 

By: Penny Roberts, CORE camp

“For the last 60+ years, camp has meant the world to me.  I stayed in Girl Scouting during my difficult junior high years because I was able to earn my way to camp every summer by selling Girl Scout Cookies!  My goal and my dream was to work at camp as a counselor and later on to take troops and family to camp to share in the experience.

So what’s so special about camp, particularly Girl Scout camp?  Hard to wrap it up quickly, but here are a few visuals – – – fresh air and sunshine, hot and cold and wet and dry, the smell of pine, flowers and grasses, horses to ride and pet, packs to carry over the peaks, water to play in and sit next to, peace and quiet beyond compare at night, sunrises and sunsets to take your breath away, stars beyond imagining, happy voices ringing out over the meadows, critters and birds and bugs to watch, fires to build and meals to cook, songs to sing all day every day, things to learn about growing up and getting along with others.  I could go on and on and on.

MOSTLY, it’s making new friends that may last a lifetime, cultivating a person-hood of confidence and patience and leadership and sharing.  Even MORE THAN THAT is having FUNTo be an older girl and then a woman with the ability to take others into the woods and on the trails and then into the wilderness to continue to live and grow outdoors.  Truly, our individual and collective mental, social and spiritual health depends on this time away from the pressures and confines of buildings and cities and jobs.  Except, of course, if you are lucky enough to have a real job working at camp!  Let’s DO IT, OK?!!  COME TO CAMP! “

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Princess Ball

Submitted by Dena Darling-McBean

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

On Saturday April 1, 2017 at the Eagles Club on South Prairie Ave. in Pueblo, 80 girls were made Scout Princesses at the Princess Ball. They invited guests and parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and more to this grand event. The County High School were the guards of the thrones as well as making the saber arches that each of the girls walked through up to the thrones. They danced the night away with many of the old time dances through the past 100 years. It was a wonderful evening for all who attended. The date is planned already for next year’s ball. The girls insisted on it.

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

Respecting authority

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Submitted by Claudine Norden

Mountain Communities

Frisco

Town of Frisco Community Service Officer Kyle visited our Daisy troop meeting and helped us learn about “respecting authority.” We did an activity on good and bad manners while we had snack. The girls shared examples of authority figures at home, school, and in our community. Then, Officer Kyle talked about the importance of rules and safety in our community.

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

Celebrate Girl Scout Week like a G.I.R.L.

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

Yay—Girl Scout Week is almost here! Let’s get ready for that special time of year when Girl Scouts of all ages celebrate and show the world what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

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Let’s make this year’s activities extra special. Here are a few ideas to get you started—one for each day of Girl Scout Week.

Sunday, March 12—Celebrate National Girl Scout Day by reconnecting with the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Learn more about Girl Scout history and our founder, Juliette Gordon Low; you could even hold a Girl Scout birthday party. (We’re 105 this year!) Do something to make the world a better place.

Monday, March 13—Be a go-getter and take action! You might launch a community service project or work toward a Girl Scout award.

Tuesday, March 14—Be an innovator and explore science, technology, engineering, and/or math (STEM)! You could create a fun project through Made with Code, meeting challenges head on and exploring new solutions.

Wednesday, March 15—Be a smart risk-taker and step out of your comfort zone! Get outside to explore and take action to protect our environment. Try a new outdoor activity with family or friends. Sign up for Girl Scout summer camp—or plan a different adventure. It could take place close to home, or around the world!

Thursday, March 16—Be a leader and show people you care! Commit “random acts of kindness” all day long. Be a good friend. Volunteer or donate to charity. Show the world your smile!

Friday, March 17—Get involved civically! Connect with your local (or school) officials and leaders. Learn about Girl Scouts’ legislative agenda. Work toward earning your Global Action award.

Saturday, March 18—Observe Girl Scout Sabbath: the perfect time to honor one’s faith. Attend a religious service. Think about earning your My Promise, My Faith pin. Learn more about faiths different from your own.

But don’t stop there! Learn more about Girl Scout traditions and ceremonies. Or…take the lead like a Girl Scout and come up with some fun and meaningful activities of your own!

And don’t forget to show us how you’re celebrating all week long, by sharing your activities on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, using the hashtag #GirlScoutWeek.

Not currently involved with Girl Scouts? Join, volunteer, or donate!

Above all, take the opportunity during Girl Scout Week, and throughout the year, to share your awesome—and show the world how your courage, confidence, and character make the world a better place.

Outdoor Adventure Club at Keystone Science School: Space Still Available!

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to join a program through the Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) this year- now is your chance!

Spaces are still available for single event registration for an  OAC event at Keystone Science School this March. The Outdoor Adventure Club is a monthly high adventure program for Girl Scouts Cadette and up.  For March, the OAC is heading to Keystone Science School for a weekend of snowshoeing, cross country skiing, outdoor education, winter Olympics and fun!Both weekend groups have spaces available at $75 for the single event.

For registration and more information about the March 18-19th weekend follow the link below

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2017/outdoor_adventure_cl.html

For registration and more information about the March 25th- March 26th weekend follow the link below

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2017/outdoor_adventure_cl_252952383.html

Questions? Contact Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org