Multi-level troop creates community garden to tie Journeys together

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Submitted by Rebecca Schmidt

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church

Troop 40969 is a multi-troop and has been going through the It’s Your Planet Journey series in all levels from Daisy to Senior. We selected a Community Garden to tie all of the Journeys together.

The Daisies started seedlings and assisted with the planting at the garden. The Brownies worked the plan for watering the garden by collecting recycled hoses and plastic bottles. The Juniors built a compost bin for the garden area. The Cadettes worked a garden protection plan. This was from weather hazards as well as animals. Lastly, the Seniors studied and started composting and then worked to get donations for the compost bin. All the girls were involved with plants and will continue to participate in the care of the garden.

The proceeds of the garden will go to families in need.

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2013 Cookie Season Wrap Up

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks you for a great cookie season.

Girl Scouts in Colorado, with the support of their leaders, families and friends, sold 4.19 million packages of Girl Scout Cookies this season! Congratulations to the girls for their success and to the volunteers for guiding girls to discover the 5 Essential Skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

The total sale was down about 5 percent from last year, however there were about 6 percent fewer selling girls, so the per girl average actually increased.

The top seller in the state, Madison Walker of Arvada, sold 4,200 packages of cookies! Fifteen girls sold 2,500 packages of cookies or more across the state. Last year, only seven girls reached that goal.

This year, girls earned $245,000 in Cookie Credits to pay for camp, events, travel, Girl Scout merchandise and more.

As a team, parents, volunteers and staff improved inventory management procedures, which helped to reduce the amount of cookies remaining at the end of the sale by more than half. Thank you for working hard to manage your inventory and meet return deadlines.

We’re looking forward to another great year in 2014.

After 17 years of service to Girl Scouts in Colorado, Dorothy Gregory, former Vice President of Product Sales, has retired. Her product sales leadership has been instrumental in funding the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for generations of girls in Colorado — a priceless contribution! Angel Haxton is the new statewide product sales team leader for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

And check out these great cookie sales pitches done by our 2013 cookie sellers! These girls are learning a lot of business skills through the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

http://youtu.be/G1zMqXnqinM (Colorado Springs, #3810)
http://youtu.be/1YZXloU-R7U (Denver #51435)
http://youtu.be/d8GO7shx0cY (Denver #52316)
http://youtu.be/H1PwS1JXYp8 (Aspen, #53919)
http://youtu.be/s8ZmFBwDb24 (Parker #61292)
http://youtu.be/q4aQb_mwQSs (Denver #51058)

Troop 4000 visits Great Harvest Bread Company

Submitted by Erin Sonnenberg
Colorado Springs

Great Harvest Bread Company opened their doors and ovens to Brownie Troop 4000 on Saturday, May 4th in Colorado Springs. The owners, Ainley and Mark, walked us step by step through the entire bread-making process, from grinding wheat all the way to warm, toasty bread, fresh from the oven. The girls each made their own “designer” rolls, bunnies, horses and flowers seemed to be the favorites. Parents, leaders and girls all voted Great Harvest Bread Company our favorite field trip!

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Girl Scout Daisies make lunch for Ronald McDonald House residents

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Submitted by Christina Bontempo
Denver

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Daisies made lunch for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House in Denver on Saturday, May 11. The girls chose RMH as their service action project and used funds raised by cookie sales to purchase lunch items. They made sandwiches and served fresh fruit and learned about the families who can stay at RMH for free while their children are in area hospitals.

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Feeding children in other countries with cookie money

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Submitted by Tina Saunders
Westminster

Kids Against Hunger

Junior girls from Troop 2569 in Westminster packaged food to help feed children in places like Haiti, Uganda, South Africa and Syria. We started doing this about three years ago and every year the girls continue to want to go and give back. They love doing it so much that they don’t even realize that they are there for 2 hours. If you would like to learn how you can help please go to www.wefeedfamilies.org. It says that they are in Erie, but their packing facility is moving to the Westminster/Broomfield area very soon.

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Troop 607 creates Geocaching Kit for Sky High

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Submitted by Melissa Ellenberger
Colorado Springs

Troop 607 in Service Unit 13, enjoyed earning the Junior Geocaching badge so much, that they decided to make it a part of their Bronze Award Project. The second year Juniors, created and followed a budget. They had to choose which GPS units would be easy to use for girls of all ages, learn how to effectively use those units to issue directions for other girls, decide what kind of geocaches to place and where to place them.

Then came the fun part! The girls created swaps to share in one of the geocaches and placed the geocaches at Sky High Ranch.

The 2nd year Juniors can’t wait to have troops that go to Sky High learn how much fun geocaching can be.

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Reach for the Peak – Calling Cadette / Senior / Ambassador Troops!

CALLING ALL CADETTE / SENIOR / AMBASSADOR TROOPS!!!!

IT’S TIME TO SIGN UP FOR OUR OUTDOORS SKILLS COMPETITION.

  • Don’t know much about the competition? Come learn more at our Tickler at Sky High Ranch on June 1st. Register online for the tickler. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1300
  • Reach for the Peak has early bird Registration. Register by May 31st and get a discount.
  • Would you like to contribute to your experience at Reach for the Peak? There is a competition for each Cadette/Senior/Ambassador to design the T-Shirt for this year.

Need more info?

-Email haley.peel@gscoloardo.org (subject RftP)

-Register online!

-Visit our website!

-Like us on FACEBOOK: Reach for the Peak

Troop 3712 helps kids in two service projects

Submitted by Jenifer Ramirez
Troop 3712

This year we did two service projects that we really enjoyed. First, we participated again in the Christmas Shoe Boxes (Operation Christmas Child). Our troop really enjoys making shoe boxes filled with fun and necessary stuff to give to children without around the world. One troop member said, “I know that we are helping somebody and making kids happy!”

Our second project that we really enjoyed was helping to support a local project called “Because of Bella.” We liked this project because prior to making blankets we got to learn about preemie babies and what NICU is. It was helpful because it made making the blankets more meaningful. “This project made us work together as a team.”

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Glenwood Springs Thinking Day event a great success

Submitted by Virginia Brown
Glenwood Springs Colorado

On April 27, 2013, I had the pleasure of attending a Thinking Day Event hosted by the Glenwood Springs Service Unit. The troops all picked countries from the continent of Africa. They also had a panty drive to support the girls at the Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre in Narok, Kenya. Mary Walker from Steamboat Springs came and talked to the girls about how the girls live and their customs and games they play in this rescue center. (For more information on Mary Walker’s work please see
www.marywalkerkenya.blogspot.com)

Girls also shared what they learned through a program called Beads for Life, including the typical layout of a 10×10 foot home of typical families, how to make the paper beads that are made by the young girls in the country they choose.

Another troop learned how to make banana cookies from their country (Mali), and had a hut set up for attendees to relax in and play a local game.

Of course, no study of countries of Africa would be complete without studying Eygpt. I was thrilled to see mummies and Eygptian princesses in attendance!

Way to Go Glenwood Springs! I can’t wait to see what next years Thinking Day event will be!

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More than 700 hit the road for Grace’s Race

8712287027_3c204e0208_z 8713419130_4a9cfa89b9_z 8713420350_14cea0263e_z 8712291855_805df3332c_zCongratulations to the Girl Scouts in Troop 2540 for hosting a successful 5K on Sunday, May 5, in the Homestead neighborhood of Centennial. Grace’s Race, a 5K walk/run, was the idea of Girl Scout Grace Petroff who wanted to give back to children with cancer.

In December 2010, Grace noticed a numbness in her right foot a few times a day. She went to Children’s Hospital thinking she had a pinched nerve, but doctors diagnosed Grace with a malignant brain tumor in the motor cortex of her brain. She endured an 8-hour surgery and 30 days of intense radiation and chemotherapy and then two different chemotherapy treatments each week over the next year. The process was tough, but in April 2012 she was declared cancer-free.

She and her mother began planning Grace’s Race a year ago, and members of her Girl Scout troop took up the cause too, helping to plan the details, seeking sponsors, marketing and publicizing the race. The race became their Silver Award project.

All the girls shined as they watched more than 700 participants crowd around the starting line on Sunday.  Grace blew the starter horn and all the girls knew they’d achieved something special.

“It feels really good to be helping my friends and the families at Children’s Hospital, especially those who are still in treatment,” Grace said.

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