Local Girl Scout receives honor from NASA

Brittany Kowalski, a senior at Vista Ridge High School and a Girl
Scout since 2002, competed and earned a spot (only 40 girls nationwide received this honor) to go to Houston, Texas, to participate in a NASA program.

Congratulations to Brittany!

Read more about her in this Colorado Springs Gazette article. http://www.gazette.com/articles/kowalski-122368-spot-miss.html

She is in Girl Scout Troop 23 in Colorado Springs and is in Service Unit 13.

The Walmart Foundation awards grant to Girl Scouts

The Walmart Foundation recently awarded Girl Scouts of Colorado a $25,000 grant in support of Forever Green, Girl Scouts nationally-developed program that teaches girls how to lead their families, schools and communities in improving the environment and protecting natural resources. The program will be delivered statewide, and over the next year will coincide with activities Girl Scouts is planning around the organization’s 100th anniversary.

Girl Scouts of Colorado Forever Green activities this year will focus on three major projects—reduce plastic waste, Earth Hour and rain gardens. Through this program, Girl Scouts will develop and use their leadership skills to impact the environment by working with their schools and communities to improve energy use, water use and waste management—specifically recycling. Participants will take action on efforts to reduce the number of plastic bottles and bags in landfills, lower their CO2 footprints and encourage sustainable behavior change, increase green space and wildlife habitat, and improve water quality.

The Walmart Foundation initially seeded the Girl Scouts of Colorado Forever Green program in 2009.

Article about grant award in The Fort Morgan Times and the Sterling Journal-Advocate.

Pack your bags! Travel opportunities with Girl Scouts of Colorado

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Travel Opportunities for 2011-2013

Unless noted otherwise,
the contact person for all of these trips is Cathy Millon, cathy.millon@gscolorado.org or (720) 626-2643. Cookie Credits can be used for
all of these trips.

Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI)

Date: November 10-13,
2011

Where: Houston, Texas

Who: Girls 13-17, Adults

Sponsor: GSUSA

Deadline: July 25, 2011

Cost: $150 girls, $245 adults

Spots Available: 2 girls, 0 adults

Interested in attending the Girl Scout Leadership Institute in Houston, Texas, November 10-13? Learn how to become a great leader with Girl Scouts from around the nation. The Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) is a program based on the Girl Scout Leadership
Experience
. Girl leaders in Girl Scouting come together for interactive sessions and discussions on current issues impacting girls and the movement. More than 1,200 girls—girls from every Girl Scout council in the nation—will converge in Houston for the 2011 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) held parallel to the National Council Session from Thursday, November 10, to Sunday November 13. This year’s GSLI is themed “Leadership and Innovation, the Next 100 Years,” with a focus on interactive sessions
designed to excite, inspire, and prepare girls to become leaders and encourage them to take action in the world around them.

100th Anniversary Trip to Savannah, GA

Date: June 6-12, 2012

Where: Savannah, Georgia

Who: Cadettes and up at time of event, Adults

Sponsor: GSCO
Deadline: Passed – June
1, 2011

Cost: ~$850

Spots Available: 0

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a trip to
Savannah, GA, in June 2012 as part of our 100th anniversary
celebration. With a visit to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace on June 8th,
a ghost tour, dolphin cruise, a visit to the first Girl Scouts Headquarters and
more, this will be a Girl Scout experience you won’t want to miss! You can use
those Cookie Credits, but be sure to fundraise so you can go shopping, plan
meals, activities, visits to the beach, etc.

Rock the Mall National Sing Along

Date: June 7-10, 2012

Where: Washington, D.C.

Who: Girls completing 5th grade and
up at time of event, Adults

Sponsor: GSCO

Deadline: December 1, 2011

Cost: ~$500

Spots Available: 125 girls, 25 adults

To Apply: Watch the website for more
information

Want to “Rock the Mall” with thousands of your Girl Scout friends from across the nation?
Here’s your chance! Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington, D.C.,
where, on Saturday June 9, 2011, we will celebrate the 100th Birthday of Girl
Scouts of the USA with a special sing-a-long on the National Mall at the base
of the Washington Monument. Before and after the sing-a-long, Girl Scouts will
have the special opportunity to sight-see and to visit the many historical
sites. Don’t miss this fun, exciting and educational trip!

Any non-Girl Scout members may also attend, but are responsible for their own travel,
lodging, and meal expenses.

Do you have ideas what you would like to see while you’re there? (No travel plans have been made yet. You will hear more details as this trip is planned.) Join our
planning committee by contacting Penny Roberts at robertpm@co.larimer.co.us.

What’s Your Everest? Rocky Mountain
National Park

Date: Mid-July, 2012

Where: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes
Park, Colorado

Who: Girls ages 12-17, Adults

Sponsor: Global Explorers

Deadline: December 2, 2011

Cost: $440

Spots Available: 50 girls, 10 adults

To Apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZLDDNB5

The Global Explorers (an educational youth travel
organization out of Fort Collins, CO) What’s Your Everest? retreat will
teach girls to discover the leaders within themselves. In a world full of actual and
perceived obstacles, No Barriers Leaders are the ones pioneering new
possibilities. No Barriers Leaders focus on building a shared vision,
encouraging independence and teamwork, learning from mistakes, questioning
assumptions, promoting trust, thinking about the big picture and embracing
adversity. The No Barriers Leadership philosophy is based on the
leadership principles of world renowned climber and Global Explorers partner,
Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person to reach the Seven Summits. The GSCO What’s Your Everest Retreat is designed to highlight female leaders and guest speakers from the National Park Service and other partner organizations.

(Participants are responsible for getting themselves to RMNP. GSCO is working on setting up a bus/carpool/shuttle system to help make this accessible to more girls.)

From London to Lucerne

Date: June 30-July 10, 2013

Where: Europe

Who: Cadettes and up at time of the event,
Adults

Sponsor: EF Tours for Girl Scouts

Deadline: Early enrollment – Sept. 15, 2011;
Final – Dec. 30, 2011

Cost: ~$3200 girls, ~$3600 adults

Spots Available: 17 girls, 2 adults

To Apply: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HNN38LG

Interested in international travel? Join Girl Scouts of Colorado on a trip “From London to
Lucerne” through EF Tours, educational travel for students. This 11 day trip
throughout Europe includes visits to TWO Girl Scouts World Centers: Pax Lodge
and Our Chalet. Climb the Eiffel Tower, visit historical cathedrals, see Big
Ben, the Louvre, and so much more! Don’t miss this fun, exciting and
educational trip!

Every EF tour includes airfare, ground transportation, comfortable hotel accommodations,
breakfast and dinner daily, a full-time tour director and local guides, and the
most extensive safety and security regulations in the industry. EF also offers
the lowest prices, guaranteed, as well as unparalleled support for Girl Scout
Leaders, girls, and their parents, making it easy, safe, and affordable for
your girls to experience the very best historic, cultural and natural sights in
the world.

(Participants are responsible for getting themselves to the Denver International Airport. GSCO is working on a bus/carpool/shuttle system to make this more accessible to girls.)

Troop 1174 donate coats to God’s Pantry in Fountain

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Members of Girl Scout Troop 1174 and their mothers recently made a delivery of new coats and other items to God’s Pantry in Fountain. The girls cleaned out their rooms to collect items to donate and also used a portion of their cookie sales proceeds to buy coats for the less fortunate. Pictured (l to r) are front row: Keirsten, Sophie, Mariah, Abby, Lauren and Kaylee; back row: Carey Adams, manager of God’s Pantry, Troop leader Amber King, Co-leader Christina Oursler, Brooke Cline and Michelle Lyson. NEWS PHOTO BY PATRICIA ST. LOUIS

The girls were thrilled to see themselves on the front page of the Fountain Valley Newspaper this week.

Click here to take a peek.

http://www.epcan.com/community/in-the-community/2740-girl-scouts-show-their-generosity.html

Two girls from the troop are not pictured here but they all worked very hard selling cookies and used some of the money they earned to buy coats for needy children. They also each brought a few items of their own to donate as well. They donated them to the God’s Pantry in Fountain. It is run by a great woman who spends about 80 hrs a week there getting things set up to help others. They have a program to give families free clothing for children each month, household items for a small price and boxes of free food for those that need it.

I am very proud of my troop. Each of the girls are very caring and truly want to help others. I can’t wait to see how much we will be doing this coming year.

Amber King
Troop #1174 Colorado Springs

Arvada Girl Scouts bridge to Ambassadors on the Catalina Flyer ship in California

[slideshow]The girls of Arvada’s Ambassador Troop 299 have been together for over a decade. Alyssa, Nicole G., Tara, Abby, Kaleigh, Karli and Nicole B. spent nine wonderful days in sunny California seeing the sights and experiencing life at the ocean. Two years of preparations went into this trip, including fundraising and doing prep-work on multiple Council’s Own Interest Project Awards. Some of the IPA’s earned on this trip were Lighthouses, Quake Safe, Ocean Discovery, Marine Life, Surfing and Smooth Sailing. Being prepared made the hands-on experiences richer and more meaningful.

Several days were spent in San Diego, walking the hills of the San Diego Zoo and visiting Shamu, dolphins and other sea creatures at Sea World. Then it was on to Anaheim where we stayed within walking distance of Disney Land. California Adventure and Disney Land parks were days filled with exhilarating rides and wonderful Disney productions, along with breathtaking evening water spectaculars and sensational fireworks. A day in Hollywood visiting the stars and eating on Sunset Boulevard was exciting. Many of the Girl Scouts had never experienced lazy days on sandy beaches and ocean activities. There were boat rides to Catalina Island with a morning of snorkeling in the coves and an afternoon of white sand beaches. Sailing lessons took place in Newport Beach where the girls maneuvered a 20-foot sailboat through the bay. The best day of all – surfing lessons!

Our Bridging Ceremony to Ambassador Scouting took place on the Catalina Flyer ship. It was a simple ceremony with flowers. The sea was rough and windy making the day even more memorable.

Throughout their years together, friendships have blossomed, leaders have been born and many adventures have taken place. The girls are looking forward to celebrating Girl Scouts 100thAnniversary together as they continue together on this adventure called Girl Scouting.

Denver Girl Scout Office Mural Unveiled

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More photos from the 9NEWS event

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It was a memorable day at Girl Scouts of Colorado on Wednesday, July 13th, as we celebrated the completion of the Denver Service Center building mural with the community! We were excited that our celebration coincided with an all-state membership staff meeting in Denver so staff around the state could be present for this Girl Scouts of Colorado celebration. (Read more about this project, including viewing photos and videos, in previous blog posts.)

NBC 9NEWS based in Denver helped us cover the mural celebration live on their morning newscasts. View the news coverage.

Girl Scouts of the USA also shared the exciting news on their Blog and Facebook page.

If you haven’t had a chance to come by and check out the new mural, we invite you to our offices at 400 S. Broadway in Denver soon. This mural truly celebrates all Girl Scouting is and will be for centuries to come!

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Woodland Park Girl Scout Juniors complete Bronze with Ronald McDonald House projects

Submitted by Amy DeLarm
Troop 255

Girl Scout Juniors Troop 255 of Woodland Park, recently completed their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn. The Bronze Award requires the girls to express their leadership and planning skills as they follow through on their selected project, which is aimed at benefiting the community. Troop 255 demonstrated its commitment to helping others and helping the community by working with the Ronald McDonald House of Colorado Springs, which is a nonprofit organization that provides a home away from home for families whose children are seriously ill and hospitalized. Troop 255 has been working with the Ronald McDonald House since Daisies by collecting pop tops.

Troop 255 are group of wonderful, adventurous, young leaders and they are: Taylor A., Hanna C., Saralyn C., Ashley D., Tess K., Jaclyn K., Emily H., Maia P., Autumn P., Tabatha R. and Reagan W.

Starting in November 2010, the girls began learning about different types of wood for building and built five flower boxes that are now placed on the front porch and walkway leading into the Ronald McDonald House. In conjunction with earning their sewing badge and using a sewing machine, for many the first time, Troop 255 made care packages for the children who are staying in the house while their sibling is in the hospital. The girls then also hand-sewed teddy bears to match their care packages and stuffed the packages with handmade activity books and toys to help keep the children occupied. Working side by side with their elementary schools, Columbine and Gateway in Woodland Park, a donation drive was set up every morning for one week at their schools. Troop 255 collected more than $

500 in toiletry items, food items and cleaning supplies for the house. A 4’x3’ mural was designed, drawn and painted by all of the girls and depicted a scene of “Wishes of Hope and Love” that now hangs and brightens a hallway of the family living quarters at the house. On April 30, 2011, Troop 255 delivered all of these items, plus 25 pounds of pop tops, to the Ronald McDonald House and hosted a dinner for the families and volunteers of the house complete with a baked ziti dinner, table decorations and music.

Way to go Troop 255! You all are awesome!

Xcel Energy awards grant to Girl Scouts of Colorado

Xcel Energy recently awarded Girl Scouts of Colorado a $15,000 grant to support its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. The grant is specifically designed to help Girl Scouts of Colorado encourage girls to explore STEM and fuel the pipeline for the anticipated three million more scientists and engineers that America will need when today’s girls graduate from college. Programming will be delivered to girls statewide, with an emphasis on metro Denver and Colorado Springs. Girl Scouts of Colorado incorporates fun and educational STEM activities into all aspects of the Girl Scout experience from camp to troop activities, badge work, events and community outreach programs. One of the focuses of Girl Scouts’ STEM programming is introducing girls to women who work in STEM fields.

Pictured below is Kirk Scheitler with Xcel Energy (right) as he presents a $15,000 grant check to Girl Scouts of Colorado for science, technology, engineering and math activities. Girl Scouts of Colorado staff pictured are Megan Ferland (center), president and CEO, and Greg Movesian (left), senior vice president of resource development.

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Vintage Girl Scout uniforms available for parades

Going to be in a parade this summer? Or sometime next year? Want to
help celebrate Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary? There are a variety of
vintage uniforms available for girls to wear in a parade. Listen to “I
remember that uniform,” or “I wore that one” from the crowd watching the
parade. Everyone will enjoy reliving a moment in history. There will be
about 30 uniforms available to use. For more information contact Marty
Allison at marty_allison@juno.com.

Colorado Springs troop celebrates birthdays with service

Submitted by Deanna Dauten

I am the leader for Troop 40844 out of Colorado Springs. We are working on completing our Troop Excellence Program Patch. We got together on June 17 to celebrate everyone’s birthdays in our troop. Before the party, we performed community service by picking up litter in the park. The girls are left to right: Destiny U., Samantha M., Serena D., Alexis T., Alexzandria D. and Tatayana A.

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