Navy men, women happy to receive Hometown Hero cookies




Submitted by Stephanee Estrella

Hometown Heroes – Sailors from Goose Creek, SC

Thought I would share these pics with all of you.

Here are some pictures of the Hometown Hero Cookies Recipients. These young men and women are in the Navy and are stationed out of Goose Creek, South Carolina.

Our sailor connection was Nathan. His mother, Karen Mozola, paid for the shipping for these cookies. Karen reported to me that Nathan was the HERO for the day when the boxes of cookies came in and were distributed.

It warmed my heart to see how happy these people were in their pictures. I hope you enjoy the pics as much as we did.

Stephanee and Sophee
of Troop 52402 – in The Pines Service Unit

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It’s Volunteer Week, April 21-27


Next week is Volunteer Appreciation Week! Don’t forget to show our Girl Scout volunteers just how much you appreciate them!

Do you love to shop? We have some fantastic items in our shop you can pick out for that special leader:

How about an electronic greeting card? Most greeting card companies have online tools for you to send free e-cards for any occasion. You can send your e-cards by e-mail, or post to Facebook. Here are a just few examples of e-card sites: Blue Mountain, American Greetings, Hallmark and e-Greetings.

Or you could send virtual flowers – they’re free and they never wilt –, iflowers and 123greetings.

For some other great ideas go to:

How will you thank a Girl Scout volunteer? Share your ideas with us!

Because of Girl Scout Camp…

Camp…the word has special meaning to anyone who has gone to camp…

I was a Girl Scout that never went to camp as a kid. I was young for my grade with a late birthday, and was always a shy, self conscious, late bloomer among my peers. I wanted to work at a camp the summer after graduation, like all of my friends, but was only 17 at time so instead, worked at the ice cream shop at the mall.

After my first year in college, I finally got my camp experience as a counselor at YMCA Camp Surf. It was the first time I felt like I had found the ultimate job, I found what I was meant to be doing. The job had perks for sure: learning to surf and how to teach it, living in cabins with screen walls and hearing the ocean pounding away each night, and wearing flip flops all day long as the mandatory footwear in a sandy environment.

But it wasn’t the perks that drew me in. It was at camp that I had found a place where I could truly be myself. I could explore and try new things without pressures that I’d experienced in all other areas of life. I learned how to use my voice among my peers. I became an expert at “repeat after me” songs. I was caring for kids each week and seeing amazing growth in them. It was the first place where I really learned how to appreciate myself and become comfortable in my own skin. I had been a closeted extrovert, not knowing or having the confidence to know how to express myself. That all changed at camp!

At camp, I realized that I was not on the right career path and that making the big bucks does not equal happiness. I found that happiness could happen anywhere, it just depended on your state of mind. I was able to blossom into the person I am today. My favorite people and memories involve camp songs, drives up to the ropes course, and sitting on the old camp stage, waiting for campers or weekend groups (usually Girl Scouts!) to arrive.

Camp is about opportunity. The opportunity for a girl to achieve something for the first time. The opportunity to make connections with “camp friends” who will be her friends for life. I am excited to work with an organization that creates opportunities for all girls to get to camp, to experience the outdoors, and have a chance of feeling how I feel when I am at camp!

Tomahawk Ranch Camp made this video, “because of camp girls will…” (check it out!)


Volunteer Opportunity of the Week


Why volunteer at Girl Scout Camp? First time camp volunteer, Kass Kohmnan, tells us “I decided to volunteer at Day Camp this year because I got hooked on the crazy happy vibe that was so evident when my daughter participated last year! Every day I came a bit earlier and stayed a bit later just to be a part of things. So many excited kids! They started each day happy and full of energy and finished happy and exhausted! You know it was a good day when even the grownups were smiling!” Want to have that happy vibe? We have opportunities all over the state, especially Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. Contact Alli Oswandel at to find out how! “I love volunteering at camp because it is my daughter’s very favorite thing about summer! She loves it and looks forward to it every year!” says long time camp volunteer, Jan Leary.

Western Slope Girl Scouts make record Hometown Heroes donation


On Tuesday, April 16th, the Western Slope’s largest Girl Scout Troop 12214 of Holy Family Catholic School made a Hometown Heroes donation of more than 500 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Catholic Outreach. This was the largest Hometown Heroes donation made by a troop on the Western Slope this year.

The troop blogged about their effort, which included some local media coverage, on their troop’s blog. Read the blog here.

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado

Troop provides donations to the Humane Society

Submitted by Carrie Berry
Colorado Springs
Troop 4097 of Colorado Springs completed their Brownie Quest Take Action project by collecting donations for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. They also used some of their cookie proceeds to purchase a monogrammed “Thundershirt” for anxious dogs since the girls are from Discovery Canyon Campus, home of the Thunder. They learned about how the Humane Society helps pets find new homes, toured the facility and were able to hold a Guinea pig.
This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too

Girls turn T-Pain lyrics into something to be proud of

Submitted by Heide Schumm

After working on our Media Journey, we wanted to make a change to some of the negative stereotyping of women in the media so we turned the lyrics to T-Pain’s song “Booty Wurk” into something we all can be proud of “School Work.” We hope you enjoy our video!


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

New and Additional Camper Spots at Girl Scout Summer Camp!

You’ve asked, we’ve listened.  Check out these great new and additional camper spots at Meadow Mountain Ranch and Magic Sky Ranch!

These openings will be posted on Tuesday April 16 at 9am, and you can sign up via the link on our website:

Magic Sky Ranch

NEW: Archery Adventures,  Cadettes, $550 June 23-28 or June 30-July 5 or July 28-August 2
Have you recently discovered that you love archery? Do you think you might like Archery? Come help us to break in our new field archery course at Magic Sky Ranch. Spend time working on your archery skills, and enjoying the adventure of the outdoors. There will be plenty of opportunities for other fun camp activities too.

ADDITIONAL SPACES: Best 3-Day Camp Ever, $265  July 14-16 or July 17-19
Imagine having just a few days at camp-what would you do with them? Have the Best 3-Day Camp Ever! Squeeze in as much as you can, possibly including: archery, climb wall, high ropes (4th grade & up), arts, nature, hiking, singing, campfire. Now  you can answer that question: “What did you do today?” – “Play at camp!”

Meadow Mountain Ranch

NEW: Troop Camp for Juniors! 3 days/$150 per person; 6 days (consecutive)/$200 per person
Troop Camps are now open for Junior Troops too! Program choices include: Scouting, Nature, Homesteading, and Wilderness Survival.
Prices are deeply discounted if your troop wants a longer and more amazing experience at Meadow Mountain Ranch!

NEW: Wilderness Rangers, Blazing Saddles II, and Rodeo Riders II for Cadettes!

Blazing Saddles II:  6/23-6/28; $800

Campers are introduced to advanced trail riding in Rocky Mountain National Park, horse care and first aid on the trail as well as intro to horse packing, Leave No Trace camping, and other camping skills. Campers will also learn about edible plants common to the Rocky Mountains. Previous experience: Blazing Saddles I or equivalent, handle own horse with minimal assistance.

Wilderness Rangers:  7/7-7/12; $800

Covers intermediate trail riding into Rocky Mountain National Park, wilderness horse packing, overnights, wilderness survival skills, Leave No Trace camping skills, advanced horse care/first aid on the trail. Previous experience: Must have completed Blazing Saddles II or intermediate horse camp, or proven equivalent experience, handle own horse with no assistance, riding for long periods of time on extremely rocky trails.

Rodeo Riders II: 7/14-7/19; $800

Camper will learn more advanced riding skills at a trot and lope such as side passing, pivots, more advanced drill team patterns, and gymkhana games. Previous experience: Advanced gymkhana riders, must be have attended Rodeo Princess or equivalent intermediate resident horse camp, control horse at a walk/trot/lope, and be able to handle own horse with minimal to no assistance.

Global Girl Scouting Webinar

Please join us on Wednesday, April 17 from 5:30-6:30pm to learn more about the Global Girl Scouting initiative and how you can get involved. This webinar/conference call is for Girl Scout adults/volunteers and Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador girls.

Click here to Join online meeting

Join by Phone: Toll-free number: 866-232-8977, Toll number: 678-981-8055 or Find a local number

Phone Participant code: 1799340851

First online meeting? Click here for software download and connection info.

Girl Scouts of Colorado