Got Pets a great event for Girl Scouts

Submitted by Tina Saunders
Denver

Tonight we were able to attend an event where the girls got to learn about being a vet tech or veterinarian at an animal hospital. They learned about what schooling is needed for both, what some of the job duties are that a vet tech performs and how a vet examines a dog. The girls learned about preventative steps we can take as dog or cat owners. They got to see preserved things like a heart with worms (heartworms), stones from a cat’s bladder, a cat’s toe, and a couple of other things. To top off the event, the girls got to make a scrapbook about their pet(s).

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Give to Girl Scouts on Colorado Gives Day

24 Hours to Give Where You Live on Dec. 4, 2012

Give to Girl Scouts of Colorado in your community and the value of your gift will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund!

Last year, Coloradans donated $12.4 million to their favorite nonprofits during Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving.

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Western Slope Girl Scouts honored for earning Highest Awards

Twenty-five Western Slope Girl Scouts were joined by their families to celebrate the completion of their Bronze, Silver and Gold Award projects at Allen Unique Autos, in Grand Junction, on Nov. 5.

Girls were pinned by their parents and then enjoyed cake, punch and a tour of the auto museum. Girl Scouts of Colorado congratulates all the Girl Scouts who received this distinguished award. We also thank Tammy Allen for allowing us to use her unique venue.

SAT NOV 17th!!!! ZIP LINE FOR TAITE – PANCAKE BREAKFAST & SILENT AUCTION

JOIN GECCCO GIRL SCOUT TROOP 71106 ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17th from 8 – 10 a.m. at the Fort Collins Applebee’s located at 4306 S. College. Only $7/ticket, all you can eat!

Silent Auction will be held from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Make sure to bring your checkbook or cash!

All proceeds benefit the Zip Line for Taite project at Girl Scouts’ Meadow Mountain Ranch and will be matched by an anonymous donor.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE

Contact Krista Beucler for tickets or to donate to the silent auction: tsunami3799@gmail.com or 970-215-3991.

What one Girl Scout troop had to say about ZisBoomBah

ZisBoomBah asked a Multi level troop from Colorado Springs what they thought about ZisBoomBah, here is what they had to say…

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To find out more information or to sign up, visit ZisBoomBah.com or email MySelf@gscolorado.org If your troop signs up and completes two quests by November 30th, you will recieve the Brand New ZisBoomBah Fun Patch for FREE!

Girl Scouts serve at Capitol Tree event in La Junta!

Written by Donna DeVries-Hestand, Membership Manager of Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girls from four troops from Rocky Ford, LaJunta and Lamar helped serve the attendees of the Capitol Tree event with samples of Girl Scout cookies. Several hundred people gathered in the cold evening air to view the People’s Tree, sing Christmas carols, watch the Koshare Indian Dancers, drink hot chocolate, eat cookies and visit with Santa. The drivers of the 14 vehicle caravan were given boxes of cookies to take with them as a thank you.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event in Denver brings holiday cheer!

Written by Jordan Alvillar, Marketing Coordinator for Girl Scouts of Colorado

On Sunday, November 11, I had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event in Denver. Before I begin to tell you what a fantastic time I had, let me give you a background on this event and why it’s so special:

According to the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree website (www.capitolchristmastree2012.org), for nearly five decades, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree has been selected from a National Forest to be presented to the American people. Also known as the “People’s Tree”, the tree that is chosen will be placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. This year, the tree that was selected came from the White River National Forest from the Blanco Ranger District near Meeker, Colorado. This tree will visit dozens of cities across the country, where the public can make homemade ornaments to send along with the tree and sign the travel banner. This impressive Engelmann Spruce stands at 73 ft. tall and is 74 years old.

The fact that the tree came from a Colorado national forest was what made this event so meaningful for me. Though I’m always proud to be a Colorado native, this event really made it stick. Let’s be honest: Colorado has had a rough year. Between the summer fires and other devastating events, it has been a somber time for many. What an honor it is for our state to provide the American people with such a beautiful gift! While at this event, I was bombarded with a many emotions: pride, honor and thankfulness.

A wonderful time was had by many! I watched as Girl Scouts and other children participated in making ornaments for the tree depicting this year’s theme, ‘Celebrating Our Great Outdoors.’ Youth age 5-19 who submit ornaments could be entered to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to light the tree with House Speaker John Boehner in early December. The public were invited to visit multiple booths at the event, which included donations stations for Hurricane Sandy victims and Toys for Tots. I also beamed with pride while Girl Scout troops passed out hot chocolate, Girl Scout cookies and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Among special guests were Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Miss Colorado Hannah Porter. I would also like to add that I got to catch up with Santa Claus and Smokey the Bear!

Even with such a difficult year behind us, the citizens of Colorado never cease to amaze me. Whether it’s donating time to a cause or someone in need, Coloradans really know how to show they care. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event was a fantastic way to show Colorado pride and look forward to the better things ahead while also remembering our struggles this past year.

Take a look at our Flickr album to see what else went on at the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event in Denver!

Capitol Christmas Tree

Girl Scouts of Colorado was honored to be chosen to participate in the 2012 Washington, D.C. Capitol Christmas Tree Project. The Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested from the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest near Meeker, Colo. Girl Scouts from throughout the state have been hard at work making 70 tree skirts for the companion trees that has been delivered to Washington, D.C. dignitaries, the Interior Department and Congressional Delegates for the holiday season.

Girl Scout Troop 2619 of Mesa Verde Service Unit of Southwestern Colorado created something very special as a gift to the Citizens of the United States. We made Christmas tree skirts AND ornaments for the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree project. Our Troop had a lot of fun with this historic project as well as earning their Painting Badge. Each of the girls hand painted a scene depicting “The Great Outdoors,” which was the theme of the year. They used recycled wood discs donated to the troop. They painted scenes with horses, scenes with rainbows and scenes with trees. It was fun for them, but, more importantly, they were excited to be contributing to something bigger than their own community.

On Friday, Nov. 9th, when the beautiful tree cut from the White River National Forest came to Cortez, Troops 2619 and 1199 was there to add our Christmas wishes to the wrapped tree going to Washington, D.C. We arrived there on-time, but soon found that the Capitol Christmas Tree had been delayed a little because of snow coming from Montrose and had to be re-routed a longer but safer route to be able to get to Cortez. So we had a little extra time, but that wasn’t a problem for us. There were lots of fun things going on in the crowd. We got to meet Smokey the Bear and took our picture with him. We ate homemade cookies and drank hot apple cider provided free by one of our local businesses. The Girl Scouts played their own version of Duck, Duck, Goose…calling it Girl, Girl, Scout!  So much fun! The fellow onlookers had fun watching the girls play their games which was entertaining for all. There were also firemen to visit with. The Fire Department was helping out that day and were also were collecting food and toy donations for the holidays.

As the delay grew a little longer, our troops were invited up on the stage. The Mayor of Cortez introduced us and said that he understood that the Girl Scout motto was to “Be Prepared.”  It couldn’t have been more true in this case since we hadn’t know that we would be onstage this afternoon. And all of the Girl Scouts rose to the occasion. We recited our Promise and Law to the large crowd gathered to see the tree. When asked if there were any Girl Scouts Alumane that would be willing to come up on stage in honor of our 100 year Anniversary, we had several women proudly came up to join us. As a whole, Daisies, Brownies, adult volunteers and alumnae, we sang Girl Scout songs to the appreciative audience and were clapped loudly and roundly by everyone. We were a hit! Afterwards, our lovely alumnae shared stories of when they were Girl Scouts and/or leaders of their own troops. It was a wonderful occasion!

And finally, the big moment arrived! The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree had arrived. The excitement in the Girl Scouts’ eyes were evident for all to see. There was a big excited cheer when we saw the first escort lights. First you saw the State Patrol escorts lights flashing. Then you see the Cortez Fire Department escort that had ushered the tree through the town’s Main Street lined with proud and excited onlookers. Then….finally…you see that huge Mack Truck pulling the big box behind it that we all know is carrying our special tree. Seeing that beautiful tree come around the corner was wonderful. The U.S. Capitol Tree logo was emblazoned on the box as big as can be. The same logo that now adorns our Tree Skirts that we made for our project.

We had some wonderful speakers on the stage to welcome the tree to Cortez. They included our Cortez Mayor Dan Porter, our former Mayor Orly Lucero, Congressman Scott Tipton, Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell, Cortez Fire Department Chief Jeff Vandervoode and Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane. The tree was welcomed with enthusiasm and pride to know that it was our state that was providing such a time honored tradition to the nation’s capitol. Former Senator Nighthorse Campbell and a representative from the U.S. Forest Service were invited on the stage as soon as they could get their big truck parked. As they exited the truck, the clouds started to sprinkle rain on us. I do believe that they brought some much needed moisture to our region with that big tree. As they spoke the rain got a little harder. But no one from the crowd left. Not one person. Everyone was too excited at the chance to be able to add their Christmas wishes to the tree that no one left for the shelter of their vehicles despite the rain.

As the speakers finished, the crowd was invited  to add their wishes to the tree. Everyone wrote their names and a wish. The Girl Scouts provided permanent markers for those who didn’t come “prepared.”  The Girl Scouts met Santa and Mrs. Claus and took pictures with them. We also had the chance to meet the driver of the truck, Former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. What an honor to have met someone so helpful to our state in his former capacity as a representative and now as a citizen. His joke to the crowd earlier was that he was getting paid zero dollars to drive the truck. And that when he got back to Washington, D.C. that they were going to double his pay. The crowd chuckled at his wit. What a good man to donate his time.

As the crowd started thinning out, so did the rain. This beautiful tree brought some rain to us and the next morning we woke up to snow on the ground. What a priceless present that was brought to us.

Thank you so much from the Girl Scouts in our region to have been invited to participate in such a grand occasion. It was such a good feeling to know that we were part of a fun historic project that went all the way to Washington, D.C. Thanks!

Dena Thomason, Girl Scout Troop 2619

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Idea for a Brownie WOW! Journey – make a Fairy Garden

Submitted by Jody Clair
Colorado Springs

This week Brownie Girl Scout Ella, has been working hard on fun things with her WOW! Journey. As her leader, I am super proud of her. She wanted to share this week’s idea with other Girl Scouts. She made a Fairy Garden, learned how to help plants in need of attention, how rocks on the bottom help drainage and make room for roots and how plants will help clean the air so water falling through the air will be cleaner. Here is a photo of her super proud of her work and hoping that a Fairy Queen will visit her garden.

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