Girl Scouts gives girls a readymade resume

From Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA

As the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, I have the best job in the world because I get to travel across the country, talk about Girl Scouts all day, and tell everyone about all the awesome things girls are doing.

I also get to meet some incredible Girl Scouts—true go-getters, innovators, risk takers, and leaders—and see firsthand their G.I.R.L. spirit and ingenuity in action.

I recently met Ellie, an amazing Girl Scout from our California’s Central Coast council, when she came to visit GSUSA in New York, and wow did she impress me. A freshman in high school who has earned her Silver Award and is currently working on her Gold Award. Ellie told me about how she was trying to get a job, but she didn’t have any work experience yet and the job she was trying to get required a resume. So she decided to build her resume around all the skills she’d cultivated over the course of her ten years as a Girl Scout. That’s right—Girl Scouts enabled this G.I.R.L. to have a readymade resume. Talk about go-getting and innovating!

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In her resume, Ellie talked about how at Girl Scouts she learned effective leadership and communication skills, and that through the cookie program she built entrepreneurial and business skills while selling up to 500 boxes of cookies a year. She also listed her work as a Program Aide at a Girl Scout summer camp for three years, leading groups of kindergarten, first-, second-, and third-grade girls. And she detailed her Silver Award Take Action project, for which she organized and created “Barton Boxes” of art supplies that she donated to the Red Cross for children affected by the 2017 hurricane.

She got the job and has already been promoted!

I was so inspired by Ellie’s story, and it really drove home for me what Girl Scouts does for today’s girls—just as it did for me when I was a young Girl Scout.  

Girl Scouts builds the complete girl, offering her activities and experiences that will ensure she can thrive in whatever path she chooses to pursue. Girl Scouts learn how to solve problems, they learn teamwork, they learn the power of collaboration. They learn how to identify and seize opportunities. How to be prepared so they can create their own luck. And how to persevere—to create a plan, to regroup when things go off-course, to learn from failure and try again.

It’s enterprising and ambitious Girl Scouts like Ellie who make me so excited and hopeful about the next generation of girls who will lead us into the future. We are in great hands.

Job shadowing opportunity for 10th, 11th and 12th grade Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Colorado is partnering with Gusto, a Silicon Valley- and Denver-based technology company, to teach girls entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades what it’s like to write code that solves a real world problem! Gusto will host a group of girls for three (on November 16, 2018 and April 12 and June 28, 2019) four-hour (from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) “jam with software developers, product managers, and designers” sessions with lunch included.

In each session, girls will get a taste of an average day as a developer – from creating a feature to finding and fixing bugs in the code. Over the three sessions, we’ll go through a design sprint to define a problem to tackle with software and design a solution. We hope to inspire a future cohort of computer scientists!

Interested? Apply by October 1: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/gusto_job_experience_opportunity

Questions? Contact Emily Speck, girl experience manager, emily.speck@gscolorado.org

Cave of the Winds sleepover

Submitted by Rose Rundell

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Join us for an amazing night at the Cave of the Winds on Friday, August 24, 2018 or Saturday, August 25! Girl Scouts are going to have the time of their lives. Please come full of energy and ready for an adventure.

1) Cave tour
2) Bat room /maze
3) Wind Walker Challenge Course
4) Panning for gold
5) Stalactite Slide
6) Lazar show on canon walls
7) Movie – with popcorn

Everyone will receive a custom Girl Scout patch along with a grab and go continental breakfast. — **There is no age restrictions for the Wind Walker challenge course, however everyone will need to be at least 42″ tall to go with an adult or 48″ tall to go alone, and must also securely fit the harnesses. When registering please let me know if a Girl is shorter then 42″. We will provide a fun craft for her to do instead.

Please plan on arriving at 5 p.m. to check-in. Everyone needs to be cleaned up and out of the building by 7 a.m. All groups must provide girl-adult ratios

$50 if sleeping outside of the Cave – Open to everyone
$55 if sleeping in the Cave — older girls.

Daisy (K-1)
Brownie (2-3)
Junior (4-5)
Cadette (6-8)
Senior (9-10)
Ambassador (11-12)
Adults/Volunteers

The address of Cave of the Winds is 100 Cave of the Winds Rd, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

For more information or to register please email Rose at froggerrr@hotmail.com.

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Silver Award project: Capes with “healing powers”

Submitted by Jennifer Redmond

Metro Denver

Aurora

We are creating “capes with healing powers” for our Silver Award project! We are designing a sewing class in conjunction with JOANN Fabrics where Girl Scouts and community members alike can learn to sew and create capes for sick kids in the hospital. We will hand deliver all of the capes along with care packages of crafty and fun things to do in the hospital.

Make a child’s day! Help them feel strong and have fun. Anyone can help. We created packets with sewing instructions and a pattern to hand out to people in the community who can sew. We will collect all of the capes and deliver them to the hospital. We have a goal of collecting 100 capes by January 1, 2019!

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Continuing the Journey

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Troop 73392 has weeded, tilled, and planted their garden plot in the 11th Avenue Community Garden in Longmont. The girls have learned a great deal about the time and commitment required to grow food. They have learned how too much water, as well as too little water, can affect plants. Last week, the girls harvested tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions.  As the season progresses, they will also harvest carrots, peppers, and squash.

The girls have been documenting their project on the GSCO blog. Follow the Journey: http://gscoblog.org/2018/05/were-sowing/

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Brownie badge workshop and mini-golf

Submitted by Cassidy C.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Hi! I’m Cassidy and my troop would love to have Girl Scout Brownies come and start their new school year by attending our workshop. Earn your “Brownie Fair Play” badge and learn about golf! The First Tee of Denver and Troop 62967 will host a “Brownie Fair Play” badge workshop at Aqua Golf in Denver (501 W Florida Avenue, Denver, CO 80223) on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

Come join Girl Scout Ambassadors and girls from a local high school golf team to learn about the great sport of golf. Have fun, learn about The First Tee of Denver, and some golf basics and then go try your skills at mini-golf. The “Brownie Fair Play” badge will be earned and pizza will be served!

Cost will be $10 per Brownie and includes the badge, mini-golf, and pizza/drink. Adults are free unless playing mini-golf. Mini-golf is $5 per adult.

Space is limited to 30 Girl Scouts and is open to Brownies only. Please sign up to secure your spot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4da9aa2d6-brownie

Leaders and parents, please plan to attend to maintain GSCO troop safety ratios.PLEASE no tagalongs. Reservation is not set until payment is received. Payment can be via PayPal to catandcass@aol.com or check can be sent to Cathy Christian c/o Troop 62967 10138 Astorbrook Lane Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. Check should be made out to Girl Scout Troop 62967 Questions can be sent to catandcass@aol.com.

I have been a member of both Girl Scouts and The First Tee since kindergarten. I’m not a great golfer, but I love the sport. I’ve been on my high school golf team for the past two years. I have a lot of fun at practice and at the tournaments with my teammates. I’ve had one moment of glory…I did a hole-in-one at a high school tournament this spring! I would like to have other girls try the sport and see if it’s something they would like to do. Golf is a life-long sport and an amazing skill. There are many opportunities open to girls that play golf. The First Tee of Denver offers classes for all skill levels and they have leadership and scholarship opportunities for older girls. I’ve been fortunate to go to two national leadership conferences sponsored by The First Tee. Take a risk, try something new and come have a good time.

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G.I.R.L.s paint inspirational messages on bathroom stalls for students

Submitted by Adrienne Prince

Metro Denver

Parker

Update: On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, the troop was interviewed by Karen Morfitt of CBS Denver. Watch the story: https://cbsloc.al/2BhY16d 

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 4664 from Parker wanted to send encouraging messages to students at Mammoth Heights Elementary School in Parker, their former elementary school. They painted bathroom stalls with encouraging and inspirational messages, such as “You are brave,” “Good vibes only,” ‘”Dream, strive, become,” “Drive with purpose,” “Be kind,” and “You are enough.” In all, six Girl Scouts painted 42 stalls in a girls’ and boys’ restrooms in May and June of 2018.

This was all part of their project to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for a Girl Scout Cadette. The girls wanted to do this because they have all experienced bullying and not being included. They wanted to share something encouraging and positive with younger students. The girls are proud to have earned their Silver Award because it allowed them to give back to their school and be role models. They want to show their community that teenagers and girls can be leaders!

Congratulations Lois P., Sophia S., Caitlyn S., Madison G., Eliza A., and Rachel T.!

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Synchronized swimming with Rocky Mountain Splash

Submitted by Wendy Anderson

Metro Denver

Aurora

Girl Scout Cadette Devin Johnson has been very busy this year. Not only has she earned her Girl Scout Silver Award, but she also traveled to Ohio in June for the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Junior Olympics.

We all know how important it is to keep children physically active. Like many girls, Devin tried many different sports, dance, ice skating, gymnastics, swim lessons, just to name a few. While she liked each sport well enough, she didn’t become passionate about any sport until she tried Girl Scout Day with Rocky Mountain Splash just a couple years ago. After trying synchronized swimming, she found her real passion! Devin’s Girl Scout troop held swim parties in the past, and they were always a huge hit, but Devin and her friends were ready to take their swimming skills to a new level.

What is synchronized swimming? First, it is synchronized, usually eight girls on a team carefully choreograph and precisely time their movements. And of course, it is swimming! Girls never touch the bottom of the pool during their routines, and they must hold their breath while upside down underwater, requiring expert breath control. It is the grace and beauty–not to mention the leaps and twirls– of dance, ice skating, or gymnastics on the unstable platform of water. It is definitely a great workout!

Devin says she loves the challenge of synchronized swimming. Her parents love to see how Devin is living the Girl Scout Law as part of the team. Many team sports instill values of fair play and helping teammates, and Rocky Mountain Splash is no exception. It certainly takes courage and strength, both physically and mentally, to perform in front of an audience, especially at Junior Olympics. Devin has also become increasing responsible for her own gear and managing her time to juggle synchronized swimming, school, and Girl Scouts. While being a sister to every Girl Scout, or connecting with a members of her synchro team, having a group of girls to depend on is so important to Devin, as it is to all girls.

Do you know someone who is ready to try some synchronized swimming? Rocky Mountain Splash offers a special discount to Girl Scouts who attend their event who want to try synchronized swimming. This year’s synchronized swimming event with Rocky Mountain Splash Event is taking place at Rangeview High School Aurora at 1:15 p.m. on September 8, 2018. Please find more information about the event, including how to register, on the GSCO Events webpage at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/syncronized_swimming.html you can also check out the Rocky Mountain Splash webpage at http://www.rmsplash.org/ or their video at https://vimeo.com/111368763

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G.I.R.L.s collect school supplies to earn Bronze Award

Submitted by Melissa Holmberg

Metro Denver

Littleton

Girl Scout Junior Troop 1631 from Highlands Ranch, which has 14 girls, is currently working to earn their Bronze Award by collecting school supplies for low-resource students. The girls identified a need for school supplies an elementary school in Evans. Next, they reached out to schools in their own community, and asked to place boxes in the lobby to collect supplies.  A dozen schools agreed to participate, and the girls worked with the schools to publicize their project through posters, an e-newsletter to parents, and the schools’ announcements.

On July 12, 2018, the girls met to merge and sort the donated supplies. They include pencils, markers, glue, scissors, binders, paper, and books. Additionally, some of the girls reached out to Office Depot in Highlands Ranch, which agreed to place another collection box in the front of the store. The girls hope people buy and donate additional supplies on the spot. On August 12, the girls will deliver the donated supplies to Union Colony Elementary School in Evans.

Earlier this summer, the girls completed their biggest girl-led project yet! Many of the girls were in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as babies, or have overcome some sort of medical challenge, so when completing the “Agent of Change” Journey, they wanted to do something to help children and families in the NICU at UCHealth. The girls assembled 20 NICU Care Kits and delivered them to the hospital in June. The full story, along with a few photos and thank you letters from parents who received the kits, is here: https://bit.ly/2usUFXc.

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Hamp Hut: An amazing experience for our troop

Submitted by Shelby, Girl Scout Ambassador, Troop 177

Oklahoma City

Our Girl Scout troop stayed at Hamp Hut in Garden of The Gods for a week this summer and it was so fantastic for the girls!

We were thrilled to stay in the heart of the park where we could enjoy all the trails, horseback riding, and become Junior Rangers. We went to all the suggested attractions, including Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, where we got to feed the giraffes, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Cave of the Winds, and so many more amazing places!

During our stay at Hamp Hut, we realized that there were some appliances that needed to be replaced. We couldn’t find a service project while we were in Colorado, so we decided to donate a new teapot and toaster instead.

Now, when another troop decides to come in and enjoy themselves, they have a toaster and teapot to enjoy as well! We really appreciate the hospitality of Girl Scouts of Colorado and we are honored to use part of our cookie money as thanks to them. This week was an amazing experience for our troop, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to stay at this Girl Scout cabin.

We hope many other troops will come and enjoy it too!

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