Kick off your Girl Scout year with Zis Boom Bah

It’s hard to believe our summer is coming to a close and the new Girl Scout year is right around the corner! There will be a lot of exciting programs coming out in the 2012/2013 year, but I am really excited to tell you about our healthy living offerings.

As Girl Scout leaders and/or parents, you are probably very aware of the self-esteem, good nutrition and exercise challenges our girls face. One of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s core program areas is healthy living, with the goal of reversing the childhood obesity epidemic among our 30,000 girls as well as preventing other serious ailments that affect girls.

Girl Scouts of Colorado recently partnered with Zis Boom Bah, an interactive healthy gaming site, to offer our Girl Scouts, their parents and troop volunteers a fun and creative way to incorporate healthy living into their Girl Scout program year.

We’ve tested the program with several Girl Scout groups, and they’ve found it to be a great way to get girls moving and choosing healthy foods while having fun.

For the troop/group volunteers, it is also a great way to stay organized. The Zis Boom Bah site allows you to set group goals for Journey and badge work and then track the progress.

We’ve also set up a Healthy Living Challenge for our Girl Scout Brownie and Junior girls. The Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Challenge incorporates related Girl Scout Journey and badge work into the Zis Boom Bah site. All Girl Scouts who complete the challenge will be invited to celebrate at a Live Healthy, Lead Healthy event next July.

I hope all Girl Scouts will commit to their own personal healthy living challenges and Brownies and Juniors in Colorado will sign up to participate in the Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Challenge! (And if you have a girl in your life who isn’t a Girl Scout yet, we hope you will register her and participate in this great program!) Further information on this challenge and all of our healthy living program opportunities are available on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. I’ve also included a promotional video we made on this program below.

Special thanks also goes to the Thiry O’Leary Foundation, the lead sponsor of our Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative.

And as your troop/group/Girl Scout works on this program and/or challenge, stay in touch with us by sharing your stories, photos and/or videos from your activities.

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Troop 1751 of Castle Rock earn Silver Award

 

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Submitted by Dianne Iannone
Castle Rock

Girl Scout Troop 1751 of Castle Rock, have earned their Silver Award. They are working with Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus by providing toys and books for pediatric patients in the emergency department. In doing so, the hope is that it will help the child feel just a little bit better while in the hospital. The toys and books are stored in “Juliette’s Box of Smiles.”

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

Global Action Award

Over a decade ago 193 United Nation States and 23 international organizations came together to form eight goals that seek to improve the conditions of the world’s poorest countries by 2015. These goals launched by the United Nations include:

  1. Ending hunger and poverty
  2. Providing universal education
  3. Empowering girls
  4. Helping children survive
  5. Keeping mothers healthy
  6. Preventing diseases
  7. Saving the planet
  8. Promoting peace through partnership

Noticing how important these goals are to us all, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Girl Scouts of the USA came together to create the Global Action Award that seeks to engage our Girl Scouts, Daisies to Ambassadors, to help the United Nations reach their goals by 2015.

Girl Scouts of Colorado wants to make sure we do our part too and has partnered with a local partner, Bead for Life, to help girls understand what life is like for many women and girls worldwide, with a focus on Uganda. Working together, Girl Scouts of Colorado and Bead for Life have combined the two stellar curriculums, Global Action Award and Eradicating Poverty One Bead at a Time, to bring a program unique to Colorado.

This program corresponds with the It’s Your World-Change It Journey.

Sign up now for an event in your area now! girlscoutsofcolorado.org/activities

If you do not see one, contact myworld@gscolorado.org to learn how to bring this program to your area.

BeadforLife is a Colorado non-profit that works to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. BeadforLife helps its members by teaching them how to make jewelry to support their families while learning the skills to become business owners and entrepreneurs as well as reaching out to teach youth about global poverty and how they can make a difference in the world.

Cookie Top Sellers Turn and Burn South Dakota trip

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Last Thursday, July 26th, nine of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2,000+ Package Club Top Cookie Sellers traveled to South Dakota for the Cookie Top Seller Turn and Burn trip. This trip was one of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2012 cookie recognitions. While the trip was only 24 hours, the group managed to visit Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore, as well as took a cave tour and went on the zip line at the Mount Rushmore Caves.

Troop 222 bridging ceremony a great time

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Submitted by Carrie Chase
Pueblo

On June 22nd our troop held our bridging ceremony. The girls sang three songs for our guests. Ashley S. give a brief presentation on Juliette Gordon Low, and Brianna M. gave a brief presentation on what bridging was. Stacia S. (from troop 1122) assisted Brianna and Ashley with their bridging. Jordon P. and Larissa R. welcomed Elise W., Brooklyn S., and Amber C. into Brownies. Eve N. presented each of the girls with flowers as they bridged over.

When each girl bridged over we invited their parents to come and place their new pin on their sashes or vests (upside down for the Brownie pin!).

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

Girl Scouts of Colorado 100th Anniversary Celebration Time Capsule Placed at Tomahawk Ranch, 7/28/2012

Submitted by Belle DiRanna, Time Capsule Committee, Troop 1292

Girl Scouts from across Colorado continued their celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting when they gathered to place a time capsule at Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey on Saturday, July 28th. The time capsule will be opened in 2062, 50 years from now. The girls hope to show girls in the future what is was like to be a Girl Scout today.

The Time Capsule Committee began working on the project in February, 2010. Items placed in the time capsules were suggested and donated by Girl Scouts from across Colorado. Time capsule contents include a Cadette sash complete with patches and pins, a copy of “The Hunger Games” book, Angry Bird erasers, a sheet of “100 Years of Scouting” stamps , magazines, Girl Scout Cookie order form, cookie boxes, Girl Scout 100th anniversary memorabilia, and a Droid smart phone loaded with hundreds of photos, videos, Angry Birds app, and popular music.

The stainless steel time capsule was buried during the Camp S’more weekend with more than 140 Girl Scouts and alumnae in attendance. The Time Capsule Committee dedicated the time capsule during a ceremony complete with Girl Scout songs and wishes for the Girl Scouts of the future. The time capsule location is marked with a capstone in the shape of a trefoil that has been etched by the girls in the Time Capsule Committee. The capstone marks the date the time capsule was committed and the year it is to be opened, and includes an image of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts.

Click below to watch a video of the ceremony on YouTube. For more pictures of this event and Camp S’more, see our Flickr gallery.

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Girl Scout alum shares her memories

Estes Park Girl Scout alumna Penny Roberts recently submitted a great story to the Estes Park News reflecting on her Girl Scout memories as she celebrates our 100th anniversary year. Read the article here, and thank you Penny for sharing with your community what Girl Scouting means to you!

Have Girl Scout memories to share? Share them with us on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!  

Girl Scouts announces 2012 Denver metro-area Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the 2012 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program in the Denver metro-area at a private reception on Aug. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of 1997 Woman of Distinction Barb Grogan. This year’s seven Denver metro-area honorees were selected by their peers and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. The Women of Distinction commit to supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado and serving Girl Scouts today.

The Women of Distinction program began in the Denver area in 1997. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 387 women with this honor. The Women of Distinction is widely regarded as one of Denver’s premier philanthropic programs, bringing together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs. More than $2 million has been raised in 15 years.

Later this year, Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees at the Women of Distinction Thin Mint Dinner in Denver. This event will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and will spotlight Girl Scouts’ Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative, focusing on self-esteem, good nutrition and exercise that will help prevent health issues and other serious ailments that affect girls and women. The event will be a three-course dinner featuring the creative use of Girl Scout Cookies. Honorary chair for the event is Former First Lady of Colorado Jeannie Ritter (2009 Woman of Distinction). Sue Knox with Cricket and Katherine Peck (1998 Woman of Distinction) with The Gill Foundation are event co-chairs.

For more information on the Oct. 23 event, including how you can help, please contact Amy Myers at 303-607-4896 or amy.myers@gscolorado.org. You can also visit our website for more information or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorships at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/women-of-distinction-denver.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Denver metro-area 2012 Women of Distinction: 

  • Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis: VP of Government and External Relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado; Board Member, University of Colorado & University of Colorado Foundation; The Denver Foundation; Women’s Forum; Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce & Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation
  • Peg Bradley-Doppes: Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations, University of Denver;  Board Member, Denver Metro Sports Commission; Member of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee
  • Juanita Chacon: Realtor/Community Activist, RE/MAX Alliance Central; Board Member, Community Corrections City and County of Denver; Founder, Latinas First; former Board Chair, Family Star Montessori
  • Tricia Downing: Speaker, Author, Athlete, and Founder and Director of Camp Discovery
  • Melba “Mel” Johnston: Community Volunteer and Lifetime Service to Girl Scouts; Former President, Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council; Chair, Alumnae Committee, Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • Denise O’Leary: Corporate Director/Private Investor, US Airways, Medtronic, Inc. and Calpine Corporation; Board Member, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Maren Stewart: President & CEO, LiveWell Colorado; Board Chair, Aurora Economic Development Council; Board Member, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

Media placements about the honoree announcement and/or upcoming event in the Denver Post, Our Colorado News (Penny Parker), Colorado Expression October/November, Villager (Glory Weisberg), YourHubs with the Denver Post/honorees places of business newsletters and websites, and 9NEWS.

Greenwood Wildlife Rehab Center donation drive

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Submitted by Teresea Jones
Longmont

Troop 72081 hosted a donation drive to collect items needed to help lighten the burden that was placed on Greenwood due to all the wildlife that was rescued/injured during the recent fires and brought to their Center on Highway 66 between Longmont and Lyons.

Greenwood recently took in 32 animals, including 16 ducklings, 5 fox kits and 11 birds from the High Park fires. They will stay with them until they are ready to release. They also received five baby bunnies from the fire in Estes Park. These additions bring the total number of animals at Greenwood to 414.

The service project idea was brought to vote by two of our troop members. They did a great job of preparing a presentation for our troop to make a deciding vote. Their mothers and the troop leaders coordinated the donation drive location, volunteer scheduling and donation drop off.

They collected four carts and a cooler full of various food and items that the center needs.

We are very proud of the effort our girls put forward to make this a successful donation drive.

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

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