Eagle Valley Girls hand out 6,720 cookies!

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Submitted by Cricket Hawkins
Avon, Beaver Creek Resort

Five Girl Scouts from Eagle Valley troops 11810, 14520, and 10155 handed out 6,720 Thin Mints to skiers in 30 minutes at Beaver Creek Resort on Saturday, March 9. Beaver Creek/Vail Resorts purchased 60 cases of cookies for the girls to hand out during their “Cookie Days” over the next three weekends. The resort normally treats skiers to chocolate chip cookies and thought Thin Mints would be a fabulous new treat for the skiers! Isabelle, Kalista, Alicia and Maddie and Shelby (pictured here) had a blast wearing the resort’s Cookie Chef costumes and handing out the cookies! Special thanks to Beaver Creek/Vail Resorts for purchasing the cookies and supporting all of the girls in the Eagle Valley Service Unit!

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Thanks to you, we’re building the leaders of tomorrow

Thanks to our donors, volunteers, members and community supporters, Girl Scouts of Colorado is helping girls reach their leadership potential. Because of you, girls are gaining courage and confidence, discovering the joy of service and growing as leaders every day.

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Colorado Springs Girl Scouts deliver cookies to Westside Cares

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Great work to Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 2705 who recognized their Hometown Heroes for the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program, Westside Cares, last Thursday, March 7th. The troop collected more than 100 packages from their customers during the cookie sale for this organization, which helps those in need in the community. Additionally, the troop, which meets in the area, plans to do further community service projects for the organization, including a toothbrush/toothpaste drive. Fox 21 News in Colorado Springs/Pueblo as well as KKTV-CBS 11 News covered this troop’s presentation of cookies.    

Even Girl Scouts and leaders make mistakes – but have courage to make it better

Submitted by BraveMoon Troop Leader
Brighton

This week, one little Brownie is struggling to complete a big project, a Respect project. Something she has no GSUSA booklet mapping the requirements for, because she felt her actions toward her sisters and leaders were much less than respectful and she takes her Promise seriously.

She had just been hurt emotionally by someone after making an immense charitable effort on their part, as the cynical saying goes: No good deed goes un-punished. In her pain she lashed out, making poor choices, despite loving her troop sisters and her leaders.

As soon as the poor choices were made she yearned to take them back, but alas, words spoken cannot be unspoken, sand cannot be put back into the glass.

This little Brownie however knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that she was wrong and that it is her duty to make amends to those she hurt. To study and learn again to ‘Respect [herself] and Others’ even to the point of publically denouncing herself, sacrificing her own personal goals and accomplishments, only to seek forgiveness, because she does respect herself and knows she respects no one who does not take ‘Responsibility for what they say and do’.

I know her troop immediately forgave her unconditionally, as her troop has grown to have the deep sisterhood that is intended to be shared amongst Girl Scouts everywhere, but she still feels it neccessary to make the formal effort.

She told this leader that “if we assume everything will be OK we will have no one to lean on when it is not,” I took it to mean “you never fully appreciate what you have until it is gone” and when she asked me if I had ever made a “bad choice” before, that broke a promise I had made, I told her in complete honesty: “Yes, I have. I had to work hard to fix it and I remember every day what happened because of my poor choice so that I hopefully will not make it again. Even Leaders make mistakes, what makes you a good leader is what you do when you realize you have lost your way, made a mistake.”

This little Brownie asked me to write a blog submisson, she wishes not to be named or her troop number be mentioned, as she does not seek recognition from others. She wants to help others who may have made a mistake “to gain the courage to make it better,” even if they are embarrassed. Her troop sisters will recieve her Respect Project at their next Troop meeting.

As one of her adult leaders I am glad her troop sisters have such a good leader in their midst, it will be a blessing when she receives their forgiveness and she earns their respect back.

Thank you for allowing me to share her learning experience.

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Troop 4097 delivers cookies to their Hometown Hero

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Submitted by Carrie Berry
Colorado Springs

Troop 4097, Brownies from Discovery Canyon Campus, chose the Colorado Springs Police Department as their Hometown Hero this year. They wished to show appreciation for the outstanding service from the police during the Waldo Canyon fire. The girls received a tour of the station, instruction from the officer about stranger and gun safety, sat in a holding cell and in a brand new cruiser. The officer was overwhelmed by the generosity of the troop and the community.

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Self-Image Video – “It’s Your World Change It”

Submitted by Katie Eaman
Broomfield

This self-image video created for the Journey Project “It’s Your World Change It.”
It was created to spread the word to girls… and boys about their self-image and their human rights that protect them.

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Day and Overnight Camp registration opens tomorrow

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Overnight Camp and Day  Camp registration begins tomorrow, March 5,  at 7 a.m.! The Outdoor Program team is very excited for this summer, and all the awesome programs we will offer at Day Camps and Overnight Camps around the state. If you haven’t had a chance to look at the Summer Program Guidebook yet, we recommend you check it out. There is something for everybody!!

Feel like trying out your acting skills? Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook over a campfire, or perhaps you’ve just wanted to try sleeping under the stars? Can you see yourself riding a horse with your hair blowing in the mountain air while you ride through aspen groves, up hills, down valleys, and across camp? You could be the adventurous type and want to try rock climbing, rappelling, and high ropes courses. Or, are you a mad scientist who wants to learn some new scientific facts and techniques. We offer many different opportunities for any kind of camper. We have backpacking, photography, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor living skills, rock climbing, high and low ropes courses, and many other options for just trying something new. Not all programs are offered at all of our properties.  The 2013 Summer Program Guidebook has all the program information listed by location. If you have not received one in the mail, please feel free to view it online at: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/summer-program-guide .

Summer camp is a great opportunity for any child. Summer camp – both Day Camp and Overnight Camp — teaches independence, social skills, practical living skills, personal values, leadership, teamwork, strength, perseverance, a love of nature and the outdoors, and it’s a fun way to learn! Girl Scout camp has a way of creating a camaraderie and sisterhood among campers that lasts a lifetime. Camp is an environment unlike any other learning opportunity. Campers learn to respectfully interact with peers, and adults. Campers also learn the values of living by the Girl Scout Law and Promise.

A few additional programs to look for are our Troop and Family Camping options that can be found on the Activity Finder. Programs include, but are not limited to: Day archery programs; Reach for the Peak at Sky High Ranch; and troop and family camping at Lazy Acres, Tomahawk Ranch, Magic Sky Ranch, Meadow Mountain Ranch and several other locations across the state.

We look forward to this summer and all the great opportunities Girl Scouts of Colorado is offering. We are super excited to meet all the new campers, and see all returning campers again.

So don’t forget to check out the Summer Program Guidebook now and be ready to register tomorrow morning. Some camps fill fast, so don’t delay.

– Girl Scouts of Colorado Outdoor Programs Team

 

Silver project benefits hospitalized children

Submitted by Debbie Z
Denver

So far my troop and I have been working on our Silver Award. We are officially near the end. We decided to collect and make a bunch of items for children in a hospital. First we all had to make our own personalized flyer for advertising what we needed. We all collected enough for four hospitals. We also had to call the hospitals we wanted to do before doing our flyer. All of them accepted of course. After we got everything, we all sorted it between the hospitals. Then we had to make 100 fleece blankets and 80 pillows. We all had a blast! Now everything is done and ready to deliver to the hospitals. We can’t wait! One of the hospitals is gonna let us go up to a kid and give some to him. Each of us get to do one. Our troop really liked this project and we certainly can’t wait to continue doing community projects and other activities with the GSCO. 😀

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Colorado Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day

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Girl Scouts throughout the state of Colorado gathered for World Thinking Day events this last weekend. I attended an event held at Sky High Ranch near Woodland Park on Saturday, and also heard about a World Thinking Day celebration that took place in Parker on Friday via Twitter.

Roughly 150, which included Girl Scouts and their families, came to the World Thinking Day event at Sky High Ranch. The participants learned about the culture and lives of girls in the focus countries for World Thinking Day 2013, including the Republic of Ireland, Jordan, Malawi, Pakistan, Venezuela and the United States, through games and music. The participants also learned how to reduce child mortality, another focus of World Thinking Day 2013, by making oral rehydration solution and creating a water filter. The final activity of the event was learning how to improve maternal health by creating cards for new mothers at a local maternity ward and creating stress monsters to talk about the stresses our moms may face and how to protect ourselves.

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides throughout the world celebrate international friendship on Feb. 22nd’s World Thinking Day each year. Besides learning about the cultures of our Girl Scout and Girl Guide sisters around the world, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides also use the day to learn how they can take action to make a difference for women and girls around the world. Learn more about World Thinking Day on our website.

Did you do something for World Thinking Day? Share your story with us.

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