Xcel Energy awards STEM grant to Girl Scouts of Colorado

Kirk Scheitler with Xcel Energy presents a $15,000 grant check to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s president and CEO, Stephanie Foote, to support local Girl Scouts science, technology, engineering and math programs.

Xcel Energy recently awarded Girl Scouts of Colorado a $15,000 grant for its statewide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, with an emphasis on programming in the metro Denver area. The grant will support Girl Scouts of Colorado in providing STEM programs that contribute to girls’ academic achievement and encourage them to realize their potential and leadership capabilities in STEM fields.

Girl Scouts of Colorado incorporates fun and educational STEM activities into all aspects of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—from camp to badge projects, events and after-school programs. Girls are introduced to STEM-related careers that are generally under-represented by women, and to successful female role models who work in those careers. Girl Scouts, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012, has successfully engaged and cultivated girls’ interest in STEM subjects over the decades.

Through its focus area grants, Xcel Energy supports nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that: improve science, technology, engineering, economics and math education; improve and enhance the natural environment; help individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency; and that provide access to arts and culture. In 2011, the company contributed $3.9 million in focus area grants to organizations across its eight-state service territory. More information on Xcel Energy is available at xcelenergy.com.

To learn more on how to support Colorado’s 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org or call 1-855-726-4726.

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Girl Scouts Women of Distinction programs kicked off in Colorado Springs and Denver

At the beginning of August, Girl Scouts of Colorado officially kicked off the Women of Distinction season by holding private receptions to welcome this year’s honorees. The Colorado Springs reception was held at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak on Monday, Aug. 6th, and also included the announcement of a new honor we have started for women under the age of 40, Women to Watch. Denver held their reception on Wednesday, Aug. 8th, at the home of 1997 Woman of Distinction Barb Grogan.

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, philanthropic, government, education and community leaders. They are committed to making the world a better place for the girls of today and tomorrow. They donate their time, talents and experience to Girl Scouting and also support Girl Scouts financially. Read more about this year’s honorees on our blog here: Colorado Springs and Denver.

Public events to recognize these women will be held later this fall. The Colorado Springs event is Sept. 13th, while the Denver event is Oct. 23rd . Both dinner events will feature food and drink items inspired by the world-famous Girl Scout Cookies. Also premiering at both events will be a feature film on healthy living created by Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 3810. Get a sneak peek of the video filming below.


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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


Submitted by Carrie Chase

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.

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