Castle Rock Girl Scouts designate new state symbol

Girl Scout Troop 2518

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This afternoon, Friday, March 7, at a ceremony at the State Capitol, Gov. Hickenlooper signed in to law the claret cup as the state’s official cactus. This designation was made possible by the hard work of 6th grade Girl Scout Troop 2518 from Castle Rock. They have been working for several years with State Rep. Carole Murray to have Colorado adopt this new state symbol. The troop has learned a lot about the legislative process and even testified, along with their project consultants from the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society, in front a House Committee in January. Their work has also earned the girls the Girl Scout Silver Award, which is a leadership award earned by working to meet a community need. It is not the first time in recent history that Colorado Girl Scouts have worked to name a new state symbol. In 2004 a Girl Scout troop from Lakewood designated Yule Marble as the state rock.

(The best moments of the ceremony: The Girl Scouts brought the Governor homemade “cactus cupcakes” (a big hit) and one of the Girl Scouts also asked to take a “selfie” with the Governor after the signing (wonder if we can get retweeted 3 million times ;)).)

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Monica Weller, Westminster, “Exchange Student Community Program”

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Monica Weller
Westminster
Denver Center for International Studies
Exchange Student Community Program

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I planned and participated in monthly events alongside Rotary Youth Exchange students.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

As a former exchange student, I wanted to create a fun environment in which students can feel comfortable and safe.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Not only did I create a community get-together for students to connect at, but I also made students more aware of what Colorado has to offer. I’d like to think that these students will be inspired to start communities of their own when they go back to their own countries.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained a better sense of time-management, leadership abilities, how to interact with a diverse range of individuals, and the knowledge of how to set up, plan, and make reservations for events.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The friendships. I love meeting new people, and being able to create a community that allows this to happen is fantastic!

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I’ve learned how to better interact with all kinds of people! I now have a better idea of how to manage planning and knowing how to improvise when plans go awry. This project taught me the importance of creating communities that can bring people together, which is something I want to continue promoting in the future. Whatever I end up doing, I will have stronger leadership skills to support me.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

It gave my Girl Scout experience something to focus around. Rather than a mishmash of activities, the Gold Award brought a central idea of responsibility to my experience. In turn, this helped me to take more pride (if that’s possible!) in myself as a Girl Scout Ambassador.

Task Force Schedules Town Hall Meetings – Northern Colorado & Denver Metro

The Outdoor Property Evaluation Task Force will be holding a Town Hall meetings to hear feedback about Girl Scout properties.

Denver Metro (Twisted Pine, Tomahawk Ranch, general properties):
When: Saturday, March 22, 2-3:30pm
Where: Denver Service Center, 400 S Broadway Denver, CO 80010

Northern Colorado (Pawnee Lodge, Meadow Mountain Ranch, Magic Sky Ranch):
When: Monday, March 24, 6:30-8pm
Where: Harmony Library Community Room, 4616 S Shields St, Fort Collins 80526

These are the is the third and fourth of four meetings that are designed to collect feedback on the usage of and demand for Girl Scouts of Colorado outdoor properties. The first meeting was held on December 19 in Colorado Springs and focused on Sky High Ranch. The second meeting is for Saturday, March 8 at the Pueblo Service Center focusing on Lazy Acres, Hamp Hut, and Sky High Ranch.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Brianne Azuero, Aurora, “Passion for Pets”

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Brianne Azuero
Aurora
Rangeview High School
Passion for Pets

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I did pet education nights to educate people about what it means to take care of a pet and not just to own a pet.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I love animals, and I have had many pets. But it saddens me to think that animals are neglected and abused because people don’t understand what it takes to take care of them.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project made a difference because it educated people about pets and what it takes to take care of them. It has taught people how to be responsible pet owners.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained leadership skills while earning my Gold Award. I gained leadership skills because I learned that in order to get something done you have to take charge. I also gained the skill of speaking in front of an audience. I am typically terrified to speak in front of an audience, but my Gold Award has made me gain confidence.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember most not to procrastinate. I procrastinated a lot during my award and I didn’t enjoy having to rush at the end.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

My Gold Award will help me in the future because it has taught my not to procrastinate and has helped me learn how to speak in front of an audience.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award is important to my Girl Scout experience because it has taught me that although being in a group is great you have to take charge sometimes and have your voice heard.

Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients from February 2014!

Bronze_Award_Starburst_HRAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Our annual spring celebrations are now in full swing! Friends and family are invited to attend any of the following celebrations. Please RSVP for all events online: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards-rsvp

  • Fort Collins, April 25. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 11.
  • Denver, April 29. Silver and Gold Recognition (Bronze encouraged to attend), RSVP before April 15.
  • Boulder, May 4. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bridging Celebration, RSVP before April 29.
  • Colorado Springs, May 29. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before May 22.

Bronze Award Recipients February 2014
 
Troop 40551 – Colorado Springs
Anjelina Castrejon
Essence Ward
Morgan Hebert
Shakyra Blue

Troop 41979 – Colorado Springs
Caitlin Lebakken
Emily Sandlin
Hope Arnold
Julia Schooley
Lauren Thoman
Makhaila Keown
Mariel Maione
Rayna White
Sarah Rasmussen
Sophia Schooley

Troop 41979 – Peyton
Isabella Albin

Troop 42111 – Colorado Springs
Alaisha Lemay
Arianna Tucker
Bryanna Doonan
Danielle Turner
Dionna Canty
Miquela Smith

Troop 43422 – Colorado Springs
Dana von Lehmden
Danielle de Leon
Emily Culbertson
Nicole Miller
Robin Lasswell

Troop 43479 – Colorado Springs
Hannah Svarverud

Troop 43580 – Colorado Springs
Aydenlee Stabel
Emily Tetrault
Jade Sablan
Missy Walker

Troop 44579 – Colorado Springs
Amelia Weldon
Brigid Hennessey
Brooke Ashbridge
Cara O’Leary
Erin Roderick
Hannah Sheridan
Holly White
Irelynn Parker
Kayleigh Von Hoene
Victoria Pappert

Troop 50596 – Arvada
Ashley McFarland
Lauryn Oldenburg

Troop 51564 – Littleton
Devin Keith
Kara Lerudis
Kennedy Solheim
Kiley Lawrence
Libby Matkins
Madison Bergman
Marisa Ross
Meghan Erbeck
Morgan Morrell
Riley Rosene
Sophia Drager
Summer Gehman
Taylor Chaplin

Troop 51823 – Arvada
Celia McNulty
Makayla Kinard

Troop 52493 – Evergreen
Megan Esterl

Troop 53185 – Littleton
Alexis Praska
Ella Myers
Grace Miller
Grace Ptak
Isabella Phippen
Jaxynn Simons
Kaitlyn Shepherd
Lilian Howerton
Madison Morrin
Prasamsha Kaini

Troop 53449 – Lakewood
Alexis Becker
Alycia Vigil
Amelia Carrillo
Brooklyn Niemi
Ciara Leal
Elaina Martinez
Jennifer Arredondo
Jessica Jimenez
Nzana Thillot
Rachel Medina-Gomez

Troop 62201 – Parker
Anita Silva
Caitlynn Carter
Kennedy Breda
Rachael Hamilton
Tyanna Fox

Troop 62521 – Parker
Sadie Krause

Troop 62856 – Highlands Ranch
Asha Kakuda
Ava Mount
Brianna Hughes
Elle Haller
Emily Sullivan
Georgia Hoekstra
Lauren Studdard
Sydney Collins

Troop 63505 – Highlands Ranch
Abigail Ulrich
Allison Miller
Elise Cary
Emily Lucker
Madison Weitzel

Troop 63888 – Parker
Ashlee Taylor
Carissa Wecker
Emily Salter
Hailee Collier
Hannah Reynolds
Megan Kane
Stella Hostin
Taylor Ellison

Troop 71382 – Louisville
Josette Hauser
Rory Sweedler

Troop 72469 – Johnstown
Alanna Daniel
Brinley Smith
Hope Jackson
Joya Haskin
Lainey Lowery
Michalyn Genau
Skylar Daniel

Troop 73265 – Erie
Camille Arnold-Mages
Jasmyne Williams

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients February 2014!

Silver AwardAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Our annual spring celebrations are now in full swing! Friends and family are invited to attend any of the following celebrations. Please RSVP for all events online: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards-rsvp

  • Fort Collins, April 25. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 11.
  • Denver, April 29. Silver and Gold Recognition (Bronze encouraged to attend), RSVP before April 15.
  • Boulder, May 4. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bridging Celebration, RSVP before April 29.
  • Colorado Springs, May 29. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before May 22.

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Silver Award Recipients February 2014
 
Troop 34105 – Pueblo
Jasmine Hollingsworth
Mariah Cordova
Megan Mayo
Morgan Patton

Troop 40144 – Colorado Springs
Amani Monroe
Doris Carroll
Emily Ouellette
Laura Livelli
Lillian Vandeweghe
Madyson Craver
Makenna Sauer
Maria Carrero
Megan Hennessey
Sarah Wettemann

Troop 40551 – Colorado Springs
Alexia Lucero
Alexys Townsend
Emily Grant
Lydia Donahue
Mercedes Melendez

Troop 42086 – Colorado Springs
Adrielle Baker
Elysia Tuttle
Faith Parker
Kearra Hahne
Mollie Metts
Victoria Grossman

Troop 50031 – Thornton
Anika Malone
Apoorva Seth
Bethani Hartman
Carissa Flores
Hailey Bickford
Josephine Martin
Madchen Craig
Olivia Johnson
Quinn Halgrimson
Samantha Martin
Shaela Burkert
Stephanie Hardee

Troop 51303 – Littleton
Claire Gibson
Lillian Mullen

Troop 53302 – Golden
Lucy Bennett

Troop 60054 – Aurora
Gracelyn Gutierrez
Mariana Zerr

Troop 60193 – Littleton
Anna Poelma
Ashley Mcferrin
Daphne Salisbury

Troop 61059 – Aurora
Addison Meyer
Aubrey Berger
Brooklin Banks
Jenice Bates
Keiondra Wilkerson
Kennedy Soureka
Sunsiray Fields

Troop 61791 – Highlands Ranch
Abrianna Desmond
Justine Monsell

Troop 61951 – Highlands Ranch
Alexis Brooker
Allyson Story
Fiorella Carlassare
Kaitlyn Krason

Troop 62573 – Centennial
Annie Morrison
Elizabeth Kahalley
Emily Fairbairn
Gwyneth Ormes
Jenna Link
Rachel Moes
Victoria Delate

Troop 62677 – Highlands Ranch
Jillian Holladay
Rachel Flin

Troop 62699 – Aurora
Alyson Ranucci
Mariah Byers
Sydne Wiederspan
Tatyana Bull

Troop 69619 – Highlands Ranch
Hannah Moore

Troop 70480 – Niwot
Kayleigh Limbach

Troop 70552 – Frederick
Hannah Stewart

Troop 71245 – Fort Collins
Annie Nay
Jenjira Siripachana
Jessa Salvador
Katherine Carlson

Troop 71619 – Lafayette
Claire Hankla
Emily Moore
Hannah Topliss
Jessica Shuler

Congratulations to Look Wider Travel Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce that three girls have been awarded a “Look Wider” scholarship for their upcoming international travel. Congratulations to Annie D., Emily K., and Ashley S.! Annie, from Boulder, CO, will be taking a European Adventure to Our Chalet in Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain.  Emily, from Howard, CO, will be going on the destination “Adventure Down Under” to Sydney, Australia. Ashley, from Lafayette, CO, will be visiting Tollymore, Ireland on the destination “Ireland Multi-Sport Adventure”.

“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

Colorado Girl Scouts celebrate 102 years and a business transformation

As Girl Scouts nationally celebrate the 102nd anniversary of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of Colorado is marking a transformation in its business model that has brought the organization back in the black.

It has been a year of transition for Girl Scouts of Colorado. The organization’s leadership made strategic business decisions thanks to the advice and experience from Supple, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of GSCO that has resulted in the audited financial statements showing a positive change in net operational assets for the first time since 2010.

In building a leaner, grassroots organization focused on serving girls and volunteers, Girl Scouts of Colorado has:

  • Reduced expenses by 9% (or $1.1 million).
  • Increased contributions from grants and donations by 27%.
  • Improved fundraising efficiency, spending 20 cents less per dollar raised.
  • Taken staff out of the office and into the community, thereby lowering bricks and mortar property costs and investing more in people.
  • Planned a move this summer Girl Scouts of Colorado’s corporate offices in Denver to a smaller, more efficient office space on South Colorado Boulevard.
  • Completed a move of the Pikes Peak Service Center in Colorado Springs to a smaller, more efficient space.
  • Reduced the size of the office space at the Northern Colorado Service Center in Fort Collins.

Other GSCO news:

  • Girl Scouts of Colorado was recently awarded a $100,000 grant for operations from the Daniels Fund.
  • This month Stephanie Foote, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO, is launching the Legacy of Leadership Challenge Campaign to the organization’s new endowment fund through the Rose Community Foundation. The endowment began with a $25,000 lead gift from Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty of Golden.  GSCO established the endowment to fund the long-term stability of Girl Scouting in Colorado so the organization can focus on delivering strong programs and services to its members.
  • GSCO surpassed its budgeted goal for the cookie sale and is on track to meet its organizational goals for 2014 girl and adult volunteer membership.

The ongoing transformation of Girl Scouting in Colorado will continue to have a positive effect on the financial future of the organization.

Regional celebrations        

Colorado Springs Open House: Thursday, March 6, 2014, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 5353 N. Union Blvd., Suite 101, C. Springs

  • Check out the new office space and Girl Scout memorabilia, meet local staff, learn how to join or volunteer for Girl Scouting and hear a council update from CEO Stephanie Foote.

Denver Open House: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, all day, 400 S. Broadway, Denver  

  • 7:30-9 a.m.: Breakfast Briefing with CEO Stephanie Foote
  • 1-3 p.m.: Girl Scout Alumnae Birthday Celebration, with a council update from CEO Stephanie Foote
  • 3-6 p.m.: Girl Scouts of Colorado Information Fair – If you want more information on how to get involved in Girl Scouting in Colorado, this is your opportunity! Come learn how to join or volunteer for Girl Scouts or sign up for a Girl Scout summer camp. There will be a Girl Scout memorabilia Road Show, hands-on activities such as a make-your-own-gorp station and crafts. Supporters will have their last chance to buy Girl Scout Cookies, and the Girl Scout Shop will offer discounts all day.
  • 5-6:30 p.m.: Evening Reception with a council update from CEO Stephanie Foote

Grand Junction Open House:  March 12, 2014, 1-5 p.m., 580 24 ½ Rd, Grand Junction

  • Celebrate the 102nd birthday of Girl Scouts with the Girl Scout staff in Grand Junction. Join the birthday activities and learn more about getting involved in Girl Scouts, both for girls and adult volunteers.

Pueblo Open House: March 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Camp Lazy Acres, near Rye

  • Enjoy a day of celebration in the outdoors, including games, snow sculpting, sledding and more for the whole family. Information on how to join Girl Scouts will also be available. For directions to camp email puebloSEinfo@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Alexa Stringer, Boulder/Lafayette, “Free to be You”

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Alexa Stringer
Boulder/Lafayette
Fairview High School
Free to be You

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I wrote curriculum for and ran a counseling group for middle-school aged girls to raise self-esteem. My group provided peer support and resources to help improve body image and general self-esteem as well as how to rise above the images the social media suggests.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this project because insecurity is an issue many young girls experience and struggle with. In my project I wanted to help girls who deal with insecurities about themselves. My goal was that this group of girls will go on to help create a generation of adolescents who do not struggle with issues that hinder their relationships with themselves and others and help create a society where they are celebrated, not beaten down.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

The main impact my project made was the education of adolescents and providing the tools and resources necessary to be successful. I believe that after the group’s last session, girls became continually more aware that they were in control of their life. They gained knowledge of how to deal with stressful situations, unhealthy relationships, and how to better themselves and help others. One of the participants wrote on her evaluation that she was so glad she participated in the group and that she was considering taking on a project of her own along the lines of my curriculum. To hear that was so cool for me because that’s when I really knew for sure that I made an impact on these girls and they would be passing it on to their community.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Through my project, I have gained countless useful skills. One of the most important, though, was problem-solving. I feel that I learned how to encounter and overcome obstacles very well during my project. I also drastically improved my communication skills through this group. I had to learn to advocate for myself when I needed something instead of trying to take everything on by myself. The helpful skills I developed in running this group have since come to use in many situations in my daily life.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I think the thing I’ll remember most will be the girls’ reactions. It was really cool for me to see how much their opinion of themselves really changed throughout the group and how it positively affected their relationships with themselves and their families and friends. When I presented my Gold Award project to my peers, it was really cool for me to see that people were interested in my project and what I did. In addition, seeing how many of my peers reacted positively to my project made me feel like I had more power to
make a change.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

My project really gave me some good experience and a great start in psychology, which is what I plan to get my degree in at Colorado State University this fall. I learned a lot about working with others and how to overcome issues I may come across.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

Not only did it teach me to be organized and manage my time well, my project really showed me what I can do when I set my mind to something. I learned how powerful I can be with my words and leadership and how big of an impact I can make. Since the group has ended, I also feel more connected to my community. I have never really interacted much with anyone too far apart in age than me, but this group helped me connect with some younger girls and see the world through their perspective.

Task Force Schedules Town Hall Meeting for Southern Colorado

The Outdoor Property Evaluation Task Force will be holding a Town Hall meeting to hear feedback about Girl Scout properties in the southern part of our state on Saturday, March 8, 3:00-4:30 at the Pueblo Service Center (21 Montebello Rd, Pueblo, Colorado 81001). The discussions will focus on Lazy Acres and Sky High Ranch properties. This is the second of four meetings that are designed to collect feedback on the usage of and demand for Girl Scouts of Colorado outdoor properties. The first meeting was held on December 19 in Colorado Springs and focused on Sky High Ranch. Future meetings will be held in Northern Colorado and Denver later this month. Dates, times and locations for those meetings will be announced via this blog once they are confirmed.

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