Girl Scouts all smiles at Cookie Rally in Broomfield

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Eighty Girl Scouts gathered in Broomfield Monday night for a Cookie Rally to gear up for the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program that begins in Colorado Jan. 27th. During the event the girls worked on goal-setting and making posters for their Booth Sales. They also learned about all the cookies they will be selling with some taste testing and how to stay safe while selling cookies. There was lots of singing and games throughout the event, including a fun cheer made up by our Program Manager Joy Henika:

“1, 2, 3, 4, we sell cookies door-to-door! 5, 6, 7, 8, we sell cookies that taste great!”

Our program team live blogged from the rally. View the recap, with some more event photos, here.

Blog posted by Amanda Kalina, Director of Public Relations, Girl Scouts of Colorado (with help from Girl Scouts of Colorado Program Team Members Beth Ryan, Joy Henika and Sarah Mannie)

Colorado Girl Scouts join nation in Virtual Cookie Sleepover

I don’t know about you, but I had a blast Saturday night in my fuzzy slippers and warm blanket hearing from Girl Scouts across Colorado as they participated in the first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover put on by our cookie bakery, Little Brownie Bakers! The National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover was a fun event where Girl Scouts gathered with their girlfriends in their community and then connected with Girl Scouts doing the same thing across the nation online, with the evening’s goal to connect and exchange ideas and learn what it takes to have a successful Girl Scout Cookie season. Some of the interactive activities for the evening included singing, games, goal-setting and making items to prepare for the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program, such as Booth Sale posters.

In Colorado Springs, Girl Scouts gathered for an event at the YMCA. There was another event that took place, despite the frigid temps, at a nearby camp, Sky High Ranch, as well. Fort Collins Girl Scouts held a cookie rally, with many of the teen Girl Scouts from the area leading the younger girls in activities. And many Girl Scouts in the Denver-metro area and on the Western Slope gathered in small groups in homes for the sleepover event. Girl Scouts across Colorado shared their stories and photos from Saturday night with us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have photos or stories to share, post them to our social media channels, or share your stories here.

We hope Saturday night got you pumped up for the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program. I know we can hardly wait!

Festival of Trees in Greeley celebrates 100 years of friendship

Submitted by Marla DeJohn
Greeley
The Service Unit in Greeley decides on a theme for our Chritmas Tree decorations in the fall. This year our theme was “100 Years of Friendship”. The girls were given the task to think of ornaments that represent that to them- using the 100 in some way. They were very creative from 100 sequins to 100 beads to 100 loops in a chain! The tree is on display with the “adult” trees in the Festival of Trees after Thanksgiving. To earn our rent for our space- we have girls assist at the Craft Corner. All of the children who come through the exhibit are encouraged to stop by and make a craft. This year it was “Candy Cane Reindeer” out of pipe cleaners. A great time was had by all! >;

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

Alumna Blog: Girl Scouts teaches lifelong lessons on education, career and community

By Girl Scout Alumna Sherri Vasquez of Denver (Girl Scout Woman of Distinction 2007)

Girl Scouts has just finished celebrating its 100th anniversary year, a testament to its enduring tradition of teaching young girls good old-fashioned values that never go out of style.

The heart of the Girl Scout philosophy centers on respect for self, others and the environment, core beliefs that will move this valuable organization forward during the next 100 years.

Encouraging girls to do their best is especially relevant today because so many are facing overcrowded classrooms at school, depleted finances at home and over-exposed celebrities promoting instant fame and fortune over honesty and fairness.

Time-tested for a century, Girls Scouts is a wonderful way for girls to learn valuable skills and lessons that will help them grow into responsible adults with ethics, moral and standards.

When I became a Girl Scout 42 years ago, little did I know how much the experience would affect my adult life, especially my education, career and community involvement.

Becoming a Girl Scout was my first experience in goal-setting. Although I was only five years old, I vowed to achieve my dream, waiting impatiently to reach the second grade so I could join Girl Scout Brownies.

My father wore an Army uniform and my brother a Boy Scout uniform, so I wanted the honor and privilege of wearing one too. The independence of becoming part of something outside of school and family was a new and exciting concept for me.

The anticipation of joining an organization “just for girls” was just too much for a first grader to bear, so I joined the Camp Fire Girls to help me “practice” to be a Girl Scout Brownie.

When I finally put on my Brownie uniform, I was so proud of it and what it stood for that I wore it everywhere, including my second-grade class picture.

Little girls have lots of energy, and Girl Scouts was an incredibly positive outlet for an active kid like me. I loved it because I had the opportunity to meet new friends, create arts and crafts, take field trips to local businesses and enjoy outdoor adventures. My mother, by then a working single parent, loved Girl Scouts because it gave me a safe, caring place to go after school.

During my five years as a Girl Scout, I learned important lessons about being responsible for myself and respectful of others. Together, my troop learned to care about the environment.

Girl Scouts also provided a valuable place to learn about group dynamics, especially how to interact with peers and authority figures. That sense of sisterhood later motivated me to join the girls’ gymnastics team, cheerleading squad and eventually a college sorority.

Earning badges at a young age evolved into achieving higher goals as I grew up, such as graduating from high school, applying to college, and participating in a study-abroad program in Spain. Finding the courage to leave home and travel to a faraway country seemed easier because Girl Scouting had instilled a sense of independence and stirred my intellectual curiosity.

Not only did it teach my young mind how to travel in new directions and find creative ways to reach those destinations, it gave me the confidence to explore my passion for fascinating places and topics, plan strategies to learn more about them, and persist in those efforts.

These early lessons came into play once again when finishing a bachelor’s degree, starting a career in journalism, and completing a master’s degree.

Even selling Girl Scout Cookies was a useful tutorial, teaching business basics and helping develop a taste for community spirit and entrepreneurism that continues in adulthood.

Although it has been decades since I first donned a Girl Scout uniform, I still try to live by the Girl Scout Law of helping people at all times, whether it be as a journalist shining light on inequities or as a community activist involved in worthwhile causes like education and youth development.

Since Girls Scouts provided such a strong foundation in my early years, I would like to express my heart-felt gratitude for its amazing influence on my life, education and career. Because it offers hope to generations of girls to come, I wish it continued success and growing ranks in the 21st century and beyond.

Sherri Vasquez is the host and producer of Latin View.

Colorado Springs Girl Scouts make blankets for cats at Humane Society

Submitted by Janet Baratti
Colorado Springs

The 3rd grade Girl Scout Troop 4117 at the Humane Society to donate the knotted blankets they made for the cats there. They did this community service project as part of the Pet Badge and Give Back Badge.

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

Letterboxer Brownies from Ireland and USA send out HitchHikers in anticipation of WTD

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A Brownie in CO, USA organizes a double set of HitchHikers between Ireland and USA and a Brownie in Ireland is designing a badge that only girls who complete the requirements listed in each respective LogBook, in their country, will be eligible to earn (because IGG does not have the “Letterboxer” badge to earn otherwise)

Understanding that we want to maximize the number of troops/Girl Scouts who get to participate fully we are sending this announcement out so everyone can be prepared when the “Pretty Irish hitchHiker” comes to them!

Our USA Brownie is collecting contact information for: ALL Troops (any level) who are interested in seeing and contributing to this HitchHiker Letterbox, ALL Brownie Level Girl Scouts interested in using this to meet their Letterboxer Badge requirements, ALL Girl Scouts interested in Earning the International Badge being offered!

Please contact her Mommy/Troop Leader/Guide 😉 as she is too young to have her own e-mail yet. The Irish HitchHiker will be sent in a First Come-First Served fashion as is appropriate to Letterboxing. (as opposed to a who-is-geographically closest-to-save-postage fashion) But a list to go by will ensure No One is forgotten in line 😉 Thank you for your support! All of Ireland’s Girl Guiding community is eagerly awaiting your support!

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

Girl Scouts help soup kitchen with food donations

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Submitted by Dena Thomason
Cortez

The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. With this in mind, Girl Scout Troop 2619 is showing how important community involvement is to them.

In the weeks preceding, Friday, December 28th, we held a food drive to benefit Hope’s Kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Cortez. The amount of food collected by the young Girl Scouts was quite impressive. It completely covered an eight foot long table.

Mrs. Jody Chin, who is a former Girl Scout Leader herself, was so gracious to meet with our Girl Scout Troop and to accept the food donation. She sat right down and talked with the kids on their level and explained what Hope’s Kitchen does for the community and how important it is.

The Girl Scouts were very excited when she asked if they would like a tour of the kitchen where all the food was prepared, the kitchen got a remodelation recently from Austin’s Best Kitchen Remodeling Contractor / Kitchen Central. When asked later what stuck out in their minds the most about their project, several of the children said they were most moved with the large number, 103, of people that were fed earlier that day. That is quite a large number and it points out how vital a role Hope’s Kitchen fulfills in our community.

We were all very impressed with the responsibility that Mrs. Chin has and how dedicated the volunteers are who come and cook and help serve meals on a regular basis. The Girl Scouts came up with the idea of volunteering themselves during the summer vacation. They understood that they have to be 14 years old to be in the kitchen but came up with other ideas of how they can help out. They can help with the set up of the tables and chairs, they can carry the food to the tables for the guests and help to clean up afterwards. They’ve decorated the hall once and did such a good job promoting the event that it was published on sites like http://floform.com for their kitchen designs. They are looking forward to implementing their idea this summer. They wanted to do it earlier but they are in school when the meals are typically being served.

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

Girl Scouts sing carols to nursing home residents

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Submitted by Dena Thomason
Cortez, Colorado

On Friday, Dec. 21, the Cub Scouts of Den 519 and Girl Scout Troops 2619 and 3043 entertained the residents of Vista Grande Nursing Home by singing Christmas Carols. The residents enjoyed the young voices and were very appreciative, applauding after each song. The Scouts enjoyed visiting with the residents and said that it gave them a “good feeling” to be able to sing for them. We also submitted a story on what we did to our local paper.

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

National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover – Jan. 12th!

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We are getting excited about the upcoming National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover! How about you?!? If you haven’t heard about this event yet, it is going to be held on Saturday, Jan. 12th, at 8 p.m./MST. This event can be done anywhere where there’s an Internet connection. One girl or even a group of girls can participate in this event together (it doesn’t have to be a troop activity). All girls who participate will join girls from across the country who are having a sleepover/pajama party in their area. For more information and ideas to get ready from your sleepover/pajama party, check out Little Brownie Bakers website. And if we haven’t convinced you yet, check out the video below on this first-ever event that’s sure to be a hit. We hope to see you there! (We will also be live Facebooking throughout the event on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Facebook page, so be sure to join the conversation!)

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