Longmont Museum opens Girl Scout exhibit on March 3

The Longmont Museum, in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Colorado, presents Girl Scouts Together for 100 Years, an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the Girl Scouts. The exhibition, featuring hundreds of objects spanning nearly a century of Girl Scout history, will run from March 3 through April 29, 2012.

When Juliette Gordon Low decided to found an organization for girls in 1912, she dreamed big – her first phone call described it as something for the girls of her hometown Savannah, for the nation, and for the world. Today, 100 years after that first call, the Girl Scouts have more than 3 million members in the U.S., and are part of a worldwide association in 145 countries.

“We are delighted to be working with the Longmont Museum to showcase the contributions Girl Scouts have made nationally and locally over the past 100 years,” said Girl Scouts of Colorado Board Chair Stephanie Foote. “We are looking forward to an impressive centennial showcase of Girl Scout history.”

The exhibit explores different eras in Girl Scout history with vintage uniforms, historic photographs and hands-on activities. Visitors will discover some of the unusual aspects of Girl Scouting, including Mariner Scouts, a sailing-based branch of Girl Scouting, and a 1940s recipe for s’mores, which included pineapple! A central camping area will include hands-on knot-tying activities, a “Chippewa kitchen” and a full-size tent.

Of course, the exhibit will cover Girl Scout Cookies, from their origins as home-baked goods in the 1920s to the varieties available today – historic boxes, posters and tins will be exhibited. A very rare survival – authentic quarter-century old cookies that somehow escaped being eaten and remain intact today – will highlight the cookie area.

Admission to this exhibit is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors (55+), and free for ages 11 and under. All Girl Scout troops receive free admission.

Public Programs

Exhibit Reception: Friday March 9, 7 p.m. (Admission: $5, Friends members free)

Girl Scout Memories!

  • Tuesdays, March 6 – April 24, Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Free with the price of exhibit admission
  • Every Tuesday at noon, a volunteer Girl Scout representative will talk about the exhibit and her experiences growing up as a Girl Scout.

Girl Scouts Sampler Days

  • Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, April 14, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Ages 5-11 (grades K-5)
  • $3 per participant/$5 with Event Patch
  • Edible fires, flat Juliettes, friendship bracelets, scavenger hunts, songs and more! Sample classic and contemporary Girl Scout activities throughout the Museum. Open to Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts. Space is limited. Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Please call 303-651-8374, or visit the Museum’s website at www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum.

Girl Scout Visits

  • March 3 – April 29
  • Free admission for Girl Scout troops
  • Girl Scout leaders will receive a tour packet complete with a leader’s guide that incorporates special hands-on exhibit interactives, activity and craft pages, and resources from the Longmont Museum and Girls Scouts of Colorado.
  • Girl Scouts planning to visit the Museum must make a reservation. To make a reservation, download the Self-Guided Tour form from http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum/exhibits , or call 303-774-4786.

General Information

The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center is located at 400 Quail Road in Longmont, Colorado. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact the Museum at 303-651-8374, or visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum.

Colorado Springs Girl Scouts create Cookie videos

Troop 3810 from Colorado Springs created three videos about the Girl Scout Cookie Program to earn their Marketing, Think Big and Loyal Customers Badges.

Have a cookie video you want to share with us? Share it via our website.

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Daisies collect food for local pantry

Submitted by Tiffany Green

Daisy Troop 4641 coordinated a food drive in our neighborhood to gather food for the local food pantry. In their efforts to make it a more successful drive and cover more area they invited other troops and invited the local Cub Scout pack to help out. With close to 30 kids taking donations (at night in the cold!) they were able to donate 681 food items to the food pantry!

10-year-old Girl Scout writes cookie rhyme for booth time

Abby, Julia T. and Julia R.

Submitted by Rachelle Trujillo

Julia T., 10, Troop 2510 in Wheat Ridge, wrote a cookie jingle for her troop’s first booth sale this Sunday:

You can buy a box or 2 or 3 or 4
but it would be even better if you go for more!

They’re sweet, they’re yummy, they’re tasty, they’re round
and it does no harm to just have ’em around!

You can freeze ’em, you can give ’em, you can eat ’em right there.
They make great gifts, they show that you care.

And if you’re wonderin’ what we’re describing in this small little rhyme,
what we’ll tell you is everybody get ready, it’s Girl Scout Cookie time!

 

Two students from Girl Scouts of Colorado Named Semifinalists for Daniels Scholarship

 

 

 

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado announced today that two students involved in its program have been named semifinalists for the Daniels Scholarship.

Amanda Dugan from Pueblo and Angela Natrasevschi from Fort Collins were nominated for the scholarship by Girl Scouts of Colorado. For the last 100 years, Girl Scouts has been building girl leaders of courage, confidence and character, who help to make the world a better place.

Both Amanda and Angela will earn the highest award in the Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, this spring for projects creating sustainable change in their communities. Amanda, who is a swimmer for her high school, planned a project focused on vocal cord disorder education, especially among athletes. After watching her 17-year-old cousin destroy his life due to his meth addiction, and learning how large of an issue meth addiction is in Colorado, Angela set out to make a change in these statistics by putting together a meth addiction education project for her Gold Award.

These students are among the approximately 700 semifinalists in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming entering the final selection phase for the Daniels Scholarship. In early April, 250 Daniels Scholarships will be awarded to finalists.

In establishing the Daniels Fund, cable pioneer Bill Daniels directed the program to seek out promising students who demonstrate strength of character, a well-rounded personality, potential to give back to the community and other characteristics.

The Daniels Scholarship has grown from a small pilot program with 32 students launched in the year 2000, to awarding some 250 scholarships each year in the spring. To date, 2,262 Daniels Scholarships have been awarded, allowing students to attend colleges and universities across the United States.

The Daniels Scholarship is not “full ride,” but is supplemental to all other financial aid resources available to the student. By requiring students to apply for other readily available financial resources, such as Pell Grants, the Daniels Fund is able to provide even more scholarships to deserving young people seeking to attend college.

Bill Daniels, a cable pioneer known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. When he died in the year 2000, his estate transferred to the Fund, making it the largest foundation in the Rocky Mountain West.

For more information about Girl Scouts of Colorado, call 1-877-404-5708 or visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Fort Collins Girl Scout Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Girl Scouts of Colorado got some exciting news today! One of our Fort Collins Girl Scouts, Angela Natrasevschi, has been honored as a Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Only six youth in the state have earned this honor, which recognizes outstanding volunteerism across the United States. (Read more about this award and the other honorees.)

Angela’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, which is the highest award in Girl Scouts, helped earn her this honor.

After watching her 17-year-old cousin destroy his life due to his meth addiction, and learning how large of an issue meth addiction is in Colorado, Angela set out to make a change in these statistics for her Gold Award project. Through a multi-faceted project that included presentations and an artwork display, Angela reached 2,000 people in Colorado who “pledged to be meth free.” Angela began her project in the fall of 2011 by attending the New West Fest in Fort Collins, where she had a booth displaying her meth-related artwork and collected 1,000 “pledge to be meth free” signatures. Her booth also included information she collected from her partner in this project, the Colorado Meth Project. Additionally, in the fall, the Denver Civic Arts Theatre Gallery in Denver featured Angela’s artwork. In the future, the Colorado Meth Project plans to use her artwork in schools.

Angela’s accomplishments don’t stop with her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Angela, as well as her sister Josephine, are two of the 100 Girl Scouts recently honored by Girl Scouts of Colorado as Generation Wow! Girl Scouts in honor of our 100th anniversary this year. They were selected for this honor based on the leadership skills they demonstrate through their work in Girl Scouts, their communities and schools.

Angela is also very excited to be  interviewing with Yale University on Thursday afternoon! She is planning to major in Fine Arts in college with a Spanish emphasis, and wants to teach and travel after completing college. Angela’s also recently earned the Comcast Future Leaders scholarship, as well as the local Soroptimist scholarship. Additionally, President Barack Obama honored Angela with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Girl Scouts of Colorado couldn’t be prouder of this truly remarkable young lady. Angela is an excellent example of where leadership through Girl Scouting can take you. Congratulations, Angela!

Cocktails & Girl Scout Cookie Creations

This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary Year of the Girl, and as part of that celebration Grand Junction is hosting the 2nd annual Cocktails & Cookie Creations April 20th at The Chateau at Two Rivers Winery.

Eight of the valley’s most talented chefs will create one-of-a-kind savory appetizers using a famous Girl Scout Cookie as an ingredient. These creations will be formally paired with Colorado wine by Sommelier Monty Haltiner of Crossroads Wine & Spirits. The proceeds from this signature event provide programming for Girl Scouts throughout Western Colorado. It is the largest fundraiser for Girl Scouts on the Western Slope.

US Bank has generously agreed to serve as title sponsor for this event, but lesser sponsorship opportunities are now available. Please contact Cindi Graves, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Community Relations Manager on the Western Slope, at 970-628-8003 or cindi.graves@gscolorado.org for more information on how you can support Girl Scouts in our community.

Our Girls are struggling with Media Images

Did you know that most 8-18-year-olds spend an average of 10 hours of their day engaging with media? That is more than other activity besides school and sleeping. The messages from these media sources are powerful ones and can limit children’s ideas of what is possible in the world, being detrimental to their physical, emotional and social health. For girls, all of these facets of health are interrelated. A girl’s self-esteem and body image are a critical part of girls’ health and can often be manifested socially and physically.

According to the Geena Davis Institute, in the media girls are often depicted as sexualized objects valued only for their physical attributes and are often depicted as passive and submissive to men with limited aspirations. Even media images directed at children reinforce stereotypes that girls and women must achieve physical perfection to be valued. These representations limit girl’s aspirations and leave them without any active, ambitious female role models in the media to emulate.

The emotional pressure from the media for girls to attain a certain standard of physical attractiveness places negative ramifications on girl’s physical health as is demonstrated in the recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, Beauty Redefined: Girls and Body Image 2010. This study found that nearly 90 percent of girls feel pressure from the media to be thin, and 60 percent of girls compare their bodies to fashion models. Only 46 percent of girls believe that the fashion industry does a good job of representing people of all races and ethnicities.

The problem is not only what girl’s think- it’s also what they do. The same survey found that more than half of the girls admit to dieting to try to lose weight and 31 percent admit to starving themselves. These pressures have resulted in younger girls developing eating disorders and undergoing cosmetic surgery, the problem is that these surgeries are not performed by professionals like Dr. Sachin Shridharani. Low self-esteem is also contributing to girl’s decreased success in school and extracurricular activities, premature sexual activity, and unhealthy and unsafe relationships with boys and partners.

Even though we have seen a rise in girl-centric media there is still not an equal playing field or enough positive representations of women and girls. However, if we continue to get the right messaging out there, we can help girls have a more positive body image, higher aspirations, and healthier relationships.

We at the Girl Scouts provide a safe place for girls to grow into women of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the use of the new Girl Scout Leadership Journeys, It’s Your Story-Tell It!, and It’s Your World-Change It!, Girl Scouts of Colorado is bringing new programming opportunities to raise awareness about the importance of promoting healthy media message for girls and women and teaching girls how to create their own media to tell their stories. However, it will take the support and effort of our entire community to ensure that our kids are receiving healthy media images.

Girl Scouts of Colorado asks our community to join us in promoting policies and practices among our local government and businesses to provide healthy media images for girls and women. It is time we make a strong commitment towards creating a community truly invested in girls’ success and health. Together we can create an environment that fosters its children’s health and wellbeing.

To take action locally, visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/activities to enroll in our film screening of the 2011 critically acclaimed documentary, Miss Representation featuring a guest panel of local experts and participate in our Healthy Media for Youth Community Conversations moderated by Cynthia Hessin from Rocky Mountain PBS.

For additional information or to share ideas, contact Cortney Healy at Myworld@gscolorado.org

Opportunities to further Support Healthy Media:   

Watch What You Watch PSA

·Watch it. Post it. Share it. (click here for link)

· Pass along the YouTube link to those you care about

· Feature the PSA on your website and social networks


Healthy Media for Youth Act

· Send a support letter to your Members of Congress

· Ensure your organization endorses this legislation

· Encourage others to take action

· Join the Girl Scout Advocacy Network at www.GirlScouts4girls.org

 

Highlight Girl Scout Research and Programming in your work

· Highlight the Girl Scout Research Institute findings

· Feature Girl Scouts of the USA’s newest program, It’s Your Story-Tell It!


Promote the Issue

Help spread the word through your website, blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Finally, please share any ideas or suggestions you might have for us as we move forward by e-mailing Cortney.Healy@gscolorado.org

 Want a new reality? Girl Scouts does too! Stand up for girls and join us to Take Action!

Girls of Service Unit 702 participate in Festival of Trees

Submitted by Marla DeJohn

Each year the City of Greeley hosts the Festival of Trees during the week following Thanksgiving. Businesses, groups, schools and individuals participate by decorating a tree or donating items to a silent auction. the public can get reduced admission by bringing items to donate to the Weld County Food Bank.

The girls of Service Unit 702 participate by earning our display place through working with the children who visit the Festival at the Kids Kraft Korner. The city provides the supplies to make a craft project and a button  and the Girl Scouts help the kids make their projects.

We also create ornaments for our tree that go along with the theme that the leaders decide at our Service Unit meeting. This year’s theme was “100 Years of Friendship.” As you can see, the girls came up with wonderful ornaments and had a great time decorating and viewing the ornaments. They also worked with hundreds of local children at the Kraft Korner.

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