Troop 53572 girls are on a roll with volunteer service

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

The girls from Troop 3572 in Broomfield/Westminster are on a roll – this was the third year in a row that they volunteered at Broomfield’s Mini Ha Ha triathlon. On June, 12, the girls passed out water to runners at the halfway mark of the running portion of the race. But it’s not just about water – they cheered, sang, danced, rang bells and encouraged the runners as they passed by. With music from “Born to Run” and “Love Shack” to “Tonight’s Gonna be a Good Night” the girls kept their energy up for three hours while doing their best to make sure the runners stayed hydrated. Thankfully the weather was good this year – last year it rained and was cold, but the girls stayed for the entire race. Some of the girls would like to compete in the race when they are old enough, but in the meantime they will keep volunteering and helping the community.

Pictured: Annie (older sister), and Brownies: Emma, Azmiyn, Avery, Haley C, Hadley and Haley P.

Prospect Valley Girl Scouts raise $1,200 for Japan relief

Some of the girls and boys who helped with the Movie Night fundraiser for Japan.

In February, the Girl Scouts of Prospect Valley had a fun event that helped the girls learn more about their world. The event was World Thinking Day, and as such, got each of the girls thinking. Troop 3921 focused on learning about what it was like to be a Girl Scout in Japan. They learned about the limited area the people of Japan live in, the limited resources they have for food and some of the culture of Japan. On the night of the event the girls of Troop 3921 proudly showed what they had learned and helped educate the other girls about life in Japan.

On Friday, March 11 Japan was hit by two devastating blows, a 9.0 earthquake and a 23 foot Tsunami. By the time the waters settled and the waves stopped pounding the shore there were nearly 12,000 people dead and a nation shattered. The resources that barely meet the needs of those that live on the island of Japan are now nearly non-existent where the Tsunami and earthquake hit.

It is hard to imagine that just one month after our girls presented Japan at the Girl Scout World Thinking Day I would have to talk to them about what had happened. The girls were definitely upset but also very strong in their desire to help. The troop decided to make a donation to help the Girl Scouts of Japan from the money they earned selling Girl Scout Cookies. They had a choice to vote for $100, $200, $300 or $400 (the maximum they could give and still cover the costs they had planned for). It was a unanimous vote for the $400.

Still this wasn’t enough. The girls wanted to do more. They believed the need was greater than the $400 they could give. Thus the idea for a Movie Night fundraiser was born. Through a process of elimination a movie was picked. Troop 2510 offered to help out as well. They covered the food and drinks that would be sold at the event, their girls created posters to put up around the school and on the night of the event they worked hard selling the food that was donated to help raise funds.

In the end, the girls raised another $800. A check for a total of $1,200 will be going to the Girl Scouts of the United States earmarked for the relief aid to Japan. It truly is amazing what a group of young girls can accomplish when they really want to. The girls from Troop 3921 and 2510 along with some of the boys from Cub Scout Pack 736 exemplify the meaning of being a Scout.

Junior Troop 50699 helps Ralston House and earns Bronze

Submitted by Marybel Good

This group of nine girls spent all year completing the Agent of Change Journey and planning a service project. After researching needs in our community, they selected the Ralston House, a safe place for kids who have been hurt or seen bad things. We visited for a tour and asked for input on their needs. In the end, the girls chose to hold a snack collection to fill the cupboards of the Ralston House. They like to offer kid-friendly snacks to the children and families who visit them to make them feel comfortable. After planning, the troop made a presentation to the principal of their school and gained approval to hold a week-long snack drive. Then they created flyers, classroom presentations, and shopped for sample snacks to direct their classmates on what to bring.

The snack drive was held the first week in April and was a huge success. The girl collected the following items:

54 cans of soda
84 juice boxes
32 hot/cold coffee cups
194 bags of chips
369 individual bags of fruit snacks
264 granola bars
32 bags of trail mix
69 servings of cookies
97 bags of crackers & goldfish
11 bags of small candy bars
188 water bottles

Plus 171 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and more than $100 in gift cards.

The names of the girls are: Elaina K., Allie W., Kenzie V., Sefra H., Kara D., Aleena G., Maleah A., Taylor C., Brenna G. Advisors and leaders: Marybel Good, Cindy Kelley, Susan Dobbs

Military thanks Girl Scouts for cookies

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Every year during the Girl Scout Cookie Activity, Girl Scouts across the state of Colorado adopt a “Hometown Hero” that they ask their customers to support through donations of Girl Scout Cookies.

One of the groups that many Girl Scouts select as their “Hometown Hero” is the military. The military love receiving shipments of Girl Scout Cookies, and often send letters of thanks like this back to Girl Scouts.

 

“I received the package with all those cookies yesterday! WOW!!! I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much that truly means to my fellow soldiers and I. It’s nice to hear from groups of people back in the states that really care about how were doing over here. And of course, everyone enjoyed the cookies! You have succeeded in brightening everyone’s day here I assure you that!”  

 

“I believe I owe you a ‘thank you’ for more Girl Scout Cookies than I
think I’ve ever seen in one box. I’d like to thank each person who purchased a box of cookies for us, as well as the young ladies selling the cookies. We had a brighter day thanks to each of you.”

 

“We just received the box of Girl Scout Cookies your organization sent. Those in my unit are on deployments from seven months to a year with no opportunity for RR leave. So any taste of home is much appreciated! As a fellow Coloradoan, I have seen first-hand on many occasions the great support our citizens have for men and women in uniform. Your generous gift allowed my fellow service members to see that great support also. Once again thank you!”

Join us for our mural celebration!

Are you excited about the mural going up on the building walls outside of the Denver Girl Scout office? We certainly are! And we feel there’s no better way to celebrate its completion than to throw a party where you’re all invited! Please join us on July 13th from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at our office at 400 S. Broadway in Denver. There will be yummy Girl Scout Cookies, as well as ice tea and lemonade served.

RSVP to Jeanne Hughes at jeanne.hughes@gscolorado.org by July 11. View the event invitation here.

For more information on this project, including photos and videos of the project, read our previous blog posts.

Want to win free Girl Scout Cookies? We are conducting a mural photo and video contest via social networking for a chance to win free Girl Scout Cookies! Visit our Facebook page for all the details.

Girl Scouts compete in robotics competitions

Savanna and Linda with their BUILD Award

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From Troop Leader Susan Baker

Linda Baker, 9th grade, and Savanna Inman, 10th grade, are Girl Scout Seniors in Troop 66 from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins. Linda and Savanna competed this year in two different robotics community teams in Northern Colorado.

Their VEX Robotics team built and programmed a robot that is under 18” in size, and competed in Berthoud, Loveland, Logan (Utah) and at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Orlando (Florida) April 13-17. Their team of five freshmen and sophomores competed with and against more 500 teams from around the world in matches and interviews over a period of three days. The team ended up winning the Build Award, which is presented by a panel of judges to the team that has constructed and programmed the best robot consisting of mechanical and electrical components.

The girls’ Lego Robotics team built and programmed a robot that is under 12” in size and is pre-programmed to perform missions autonomously to earn as many points as possible in 2 and half minutes. They also participated in a research project to measure and record gait disorders in elderly people. The team won the second-highest award at the Colorado Championship in Denver. Linda joined another team to compete in the North American Open at LegoLand in California against 76 teams from the United States and Canada May 21-22. Linda’s team there won the highest award for Gracious Professionalism, which encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

“My favorite part of robotics was getting the chance to teach programming to students who are younger than I am,” said Linda. “I really enjoy mentoring others in the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math. This year I have come to realize that I have a lot more to learn, as well as a lot that I can teach others. I would like to see more Girl Scouts involved in STEM subjects in school, as well as in extracurricular activities.”

“My favorite part was learning the fun ways of doing math, building things and making it all fit together,” said Savanna. “I also liked the new skills I learned, such as soldering and teamwork. I also really liked building the robot. I enjoyed working with everyone, brainstorming ideas and trying them out. It was fun to work as a team to decide what was better for whatever we needed at the time.”

Western Slope Girl Scout troop honored by Red Cross

red cross award girls

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On April 29th, the American Red Cross Western Colorado Chapter honored an area Girl Scout troop with one of the organizations top honors – the Real Heroes Award.

During the spring of 2010, Girl Scout Troop 411 of Cedaredge joined Girl Scouts across Colorado as well as the nation in organizing a community action Girl Scouts Forever Green project in their community to benefit the environment.

For their project, the girls held a Lights Out contest at their school to see which class could keep their lights off the longest during one day, thus saving the most money. They made signs saying “Lights Out Please” to remind staff and students to keep the lights out when
they weren’t needed. In fact, these signs were so successful during this
project that they are still being used at the school today.

Seventeen out of eighteen classes at the school participated in this project. The only one class who didn’t participate did so because the class had no other light source. Eight classes were able to keep the lights out all day, and all others did so at least half the day. The winning classes received prizes. The school saved approximately 142 kilowatt hours in just the one day. And its estimated thousands of dollars would be saved if the school did it every day.

Delta Montrose Electric Association provided a grant to these Girl Scouts to offer information to all students about saving energy at home as well as at school. A pledge card was given to all 450 students who participated saying they would use less energy at home and school.

This troop’s story and honor gained area media coverage. One of the stories was done by KJCT-TV in Grand Junction.

Troop 2692 earns Bronze Award with Xeriscape Garden project

Part of being a Girl Scout is learning the skills needed to plan, coordinate and execute projects that contribute to your community. Junior Girl Scout Troop 2629 displayed their leadership by planting a Xeriscape garden at Pine Grove Elementary to earn their Bronze Award.

The Bronze Award is the highest award possible for Junior Girl Scouts. The pursuit of this award began in early 2009 and finally came to fruition during Memorial Day Weekend. All 12 girls worked over the holiday to ensure this project was completed before summer break.

The girls selected a Xeriscape garden because part of the Girl Scout Law is to “use resources wisely.” The girls know that is the purpose of a Xeriscape garden and want their work to serve as a shining example of how lovely a Xeriscape garden can be.

The garden would not have materialized without the support of the Pine Grove staff and especially Principal David Minter. Over a 2 ½ year period, Minter championed this project with the Douglas County School District to gain district approval.

In addition to DCSD, several organizations made this project a success:

* A grant from Colorado Garden Show, Inc made this project possible

*Underground Sprinkler Corps donated the installation of our sprinklers

*Master Gardener, Julie Pfankuch, donated her expertise and countless hours

* Nick’s Garden Center donated plants

* Pine Lane Nursery Garden Center donated plants

* Tagawa Gardens donated plants

* Walmart supplied most of the compost

Troop 2629 is proud to be of service to the Parker community.

 

Row 1: Kelli M.; Meredity M.; Ashley L.; Mary D.
Row 2: Emily V.; Olivia R.; Abby U.; Lauren M.; Leah M.; Katelyn K.; Kristen H.; Macy D.
Row 3: Troop Leader Wendy R.; Troop Leader Suan H.; Troop Leader Kim L.

Troop 2251 makes a difference for dogs

Posted by Kim Q., Troop Leader 2251

I just wanted to let you and Girl Scout Council know what a good deed the Brownie girls of Troop 2251 out of Westminster did this weekend.

The girls thought “since we sell cookies, why don’t we make cookies…but for dogs.” So at their troop meeting the girls found a doggie treat recipe online, made and baked the treats, then donated the tasty treats to the German Shepherd Rescue of the Rockies Shelter.

Representatives from the Rescue Shelter arrived with one of their dogs and gave the girls a great introduction into what a Rescued Dog is and taught the girls important safety tips on being around dogs and dogs that they’re not familiar with.

The doggie treats were a huge success with all the dogs that got to have their cookies.

Note from Katie, who runs the shelter:

Janice, Me and Hayden were invited to speak at Brownie Troop #2251 about rescued dogs and safety.

We took Hayden to be our spokesdog and he was much loved and very well behaved – except when he decided to steal some dog cookies the girls baked for us right off the counter, but the girls thought that was pretty cute.

Janice is a natural with the kids and Hayden had a blast.

I also enjoyed all the excitment that “the little people” have to give.

Thank You

Katie – German Shepherd Rescue of the Rockies

www.gsror.com

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