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.

A minute or less — Troop 256 addresses bus emissions issue

Submitted by Cindy Orton
Littleton

Troop 256 embraced the Breathe Journey and addressed the Jefferson County and Douglas County School Boards regarding diesel emissions from idling school buses.

The girls spent two months gathering data on the habits of school bus drivers who drop students off at their schools.  What they found was that several buses idled for more than three minutes in front of the school buildings, exposing students, parents and school employees to harmful diesel emissions.

They made a recommendation of enforcing a policy that allows buses to idle for only one minute or less in front of a school.

“By reducing the idling time to less than a minute, the districts could see a minimum of $230 in fuel savings per school per year.:  Both the Jeffco and the Dougco boards received the public comment from the girls with interest and promised to further investigate the practices of their school bus drivers.

Furthermore, the girls were approached by several officials of Jefferson County to continue a project and possibly help with writing policy next year.

Girl Scouts from Denver March in 26th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade on May 4, 2013

Girl Scouts from Denver marched in the 26th Annual Cinco de Mayo parade on Saturday, May 4 to invite more girls to join Girl Scouts for fun, friendship and leadership skills. The kindergarten to eleventh grade girls from troops 2520 and 2824 participated with Girl Scouts’ media partner, La Voz, Colorado’s Hispanic-owned bilingual publication. The girls were proud to wear their Girl Scout uniforms and share the fun that they have in Girl Scouting with others. Once the girls reached the end of the parade and were announced by presenters, everyone cheered for them! A great time was had by all. If you know of a girl or adult who wants to get involved with Girl Scouts, visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/girls/join

The parade took place at Civic Center Park in Denver, CO., and is the largest two-day Cinco de Mayo celebration in the United States. The park was filled with arts and crafts, Mariachi bands, Aztec and Folklorico dancers, three stages featuring traditional and contemporary Latino entertainment and a variety of Mexican culinary delights.

Daisies sell lemonade to provide water for Africans

Submitted by Patty Vinci
Evergreen

To earn their “Make the World a Better Place” petal, the Daisies of Troop 4452 sold lemonade through Blood Water Mission’s Lemon:Aid program at the annual Sock Hop.

For every dollar they raised Blood Water Mission can supply one African with clean water for one year.

The girls raised over $120!

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Centennial Brownies deliver Take Action project to preschool

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Submitted by Kristin Hamm
Centennial

The Girl Scout Brownies from Troop 61133 at Willow Creek Elementary School completed the Brownie Quest Journey by delivering a Take Action project to the preschool students at Summit Elementary School. The Brownies spent much of their year learning how to Discover, Connect and Take Action. For their Take Action project, the girls brainstormed places and people in their community who needed help. They advocated for their favorite causes and voted to help preschool students in a Head Start program. The 2nd grade girls set a budget based on a percentage of their cookie sales proceeds and were able to spend $300 to purchase playground equipment for the preschool program.

All 12 girls in the troop got together on a day off from school on Friday to deliver the new balls, hula hoops, bean bags and much more to the preschoolers. The preschoolers were thrilled. Dan Wray, director of Early Childhood Education and Special Education for the Cherry Creek School District, met the Brownies and shook their hands, telling them what a wonderful thing they had done.

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Sign your Girl Scout up for camp!-Session Availability

Our first Girl Scout Summer Day Camp registration deadlines are coming up on May 6! Is your Girl Scout registered for camp yet? To learn more about Day Camp or Resident Camp options with Girl Scouts of Colorado, please visit our website or contact our registrars at 877-404-5708.

To learn more about these Girl Scouts of Colorado Camps, check out our Summer Camp Program Guide.

Colorado   Springs Day Camps
DC01-Kaleidoscope   Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut Partially Open
DC01V-Kaleidoscope Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut Partially Open
DC02V-Sports   & Nature Sampler-Bear Creek Reg Park Partially Open
DC03-Make a   Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church Partially Open
DC03T-Make a   Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church Open
DC03V-Make a   Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church Open
DC04-Show   Stoppers-Sand Creek High School Partially Open
DC05V-Dance   Explorer-Rampart High School Partially Open
DC05-Dance   Explorer-Rampart High School Partially Open
PA01-Kaleidoscope   Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut- Partially Open
PA02-Sports   & Nature Sampler-Bear Creek Reg Park Partially Open
PA03-Make a   Mess-Faith Presbyterian Church Partially Open
PA04-Show   Stoppers-Sand Creek High School Partially Open
PAI01-Kaleidoscope   Fairy Adventure-Hamp Hut Open
PAI05-Dance   Explorer-Rampart High School Partially Open
PA05-Dance   Explorer-Rampart High School Partially Open
Denver Metro   Area Day Camps
DC06-Awesome   Animals-Interlocken Park-Broomfield Partially Open
DC07-That’s   Entertainment-Addenbrooke Park Partially Open
DC08-Monster   Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen Partially Open
DC09-Neverland-Franktown   Elementary-Franktown Partially Open
DC10-Animal   Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Partially Open
DC10T-Animal   Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Partially Open
DC16-Princesses   on the Prairie-Plains Conserv Center Partially Open
DC17-Explorers-City   Park-Denver Partially Open
DC19-Art   Explorers-Twisted Pine-Genesee Partially Open
DC18-Girl   Power-Interlocken Park-Broomfield Partially Open
PA08-Monster   Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen Open
PA10-Animal   Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Partially Open
PAI06-Awesome   Animals-Interlocken Park-Broomfield Partially Open
PAI07-That’s   Entertainment-Addenbrooke Park-Lakewood Partially Open
PAI08-Monster   Camp-Dedisse Park-Evergreen Open
PAI10-Animal   Planet-Nottingham Park-Westminster Partially Open
PAI11-Art in   the Park-DeKoevend Park-Centennial Partially Open
PAI21-Oopy   Goopy Science-DeKoevend Park-Centennial Partially Open
PAI23-Science   in Our World-Clement Park-Littleton Open
Lyons/Boulder   Area Camps
PA15-Brave   Games-Boulder Valley Church of Christ-Boulder Partially Open
PA24-Among the   Pines-Kiwa Korral-Lyons Partially Open
DC24T-Among   the Pines-Kiwa Korral-Lyons Partially Open
Pueblo Day   Camps
DC25-Wild in the Outdoors-Nature and Raptor Center-Pueblo Open
PA25-Wild in   the Outdoors-Nature and Raptor Center-Pueblo Open
Bear   Creek-Lakewood-Aquatics and other Camps
DC12-Canoeing-Bear   Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
DC14-Windsurfing-Bear   Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
DC20-Countries and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
DC22-H2O   Sports Sampler-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
PA20-Countries   and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Open
PAI20-Countries and Cultures!-Bear Creek Lake Park-Morrison Partially Open
Magic Sky   Overnight Camps
MS02-It’s Your   Camp-Create it Partially Open
MS03-Brownie   Discovery Camp Partially Open
MS04-Scientifically   Speaking… Partially Open
MS06-Brownie   Discovery Camp Partially Open
MS07-Crayons   and Creativity Partially Open
MS08-Night   Owls Partially Open
MS11-Best   3-Day Camp Ever Partially Open
MS12-Best   3-Day Camp Ever Partially Open
MS13-Moose   Magic Partially Open
MS14-It’s Your   Camp-Create it! Partially Open
MS15-Brownie   Discovery Camp Partially Open
MS18-CIT I Partially Open
MS19-CIT II Open
MS20-Archery   Adventures Partially Open
MS21-Archery   Adventures Partially Open
MS22-Archery   Adventures Partially Open
Meadow   Mountain Ranch Overnight Camps
MM01-Becoming   an Outdoor Scout Partially Open
MM05-It’s Ur   Wilderness Open
MM06-Blazing   Saddles II Partially Open
MM09-Citikids   Wilderness Expo Partially Open
MM10-Mountain   Music Partially Open
MM11-Blazing   Saddles I Open
MM13-Backpack   102 Open
MM14-Wild   Basin Sampler Partially Open
MM15-Rodeo   Rider I Open
MM21-Rocks and   Ropes Open
Tomahawk Ranch   Overnight Camps
TR04-Backpacker Partially Open
TR12-Bronze   Mustangs Partially Open
TR14-Photography   4.0 Partially Open
TR17-Golden   Top Hand Partially Open
TR21-Backpacker Partially Open
TR22-Muddy   Madness Partially Open
TR32-Program   Aide Partially Open
TR36-WIT II Partially Open

Parker Girl Scouts help with Arbor Day Event

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Submitted by Tammi McNeece

Parker

The Town of Parker held its annual Arbor Day event on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in the Arboretum at McCabe Meadows Park and the Parker Service Unit Girl Scouts were there to help!

Girl Scout Junior Troop 2531 sponsored this event for the Parker Service Unit in an effort to encourage support from our Girl Scouts to aid in such a worthy cause. Approximately 80 Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes from 20 troops along with a number of parents and other residents of Parker turned out to help the Town of Parker maintain its designation as a “Tree City USA.” “The Tree City USA® program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Parker has been named as a Tree City USA for 19 years!”

The volunteers helped to plant 60 elm, bur oak, white fir, pear and evergreen trees. It only took us about an hour to get all of the trees planted with a lot of support from the Town¹s Park and Forestry team. It was a great event and we all can¹t wait to ride our bikes or take a walk on the Cherry Creek bike trail past the trees we¹ve planted, enjoying them for many years to come.

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Grand Junction’s Cocktails & Cookie Creations event raises funds for Girl Scouts

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Our April 19th Cocktails & Cookie Creations event at Two Rivers Winery and Chateau in Grand Junction was a huge success! More than 200 people attended and helped raise more than $19,000, which will be used to provide Girl Scout programming in the area.

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks all the event sponsors and chefs who participated, particularly our presenting sponsor U.S. Bank. Also congratulations to Christopher Boyd and Michael Aschmann of No Coast Sushi who won fan favorite with their lobster quiche with 118 votes!

We also received a lot of great media coverage of the event, including from one of our media sponsors KREX-TV (CBS) (Clip 2).

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado with assistance from Cindi Graves, Fund Development Manager for Girl Scouts of Colorado on the Western Slope.

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