Troop 75 shares Halloween fun with seniors

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Submitted by Rachel Whitmire
Denver

On October 24th, 21 girls from Daisy/Brownie Troop 75 paid a visit to Sunrise Senior Living in Cherry Creek. The girls were hard at work the previous meeting, creating Halloween gifts, treats and decorations for each of the 87 residents. The youngest Daisies arrived first for our visit. They learned about the special needs of seniors, then jumped right in, handing out ghost lollipops to residents. A lively game of Halloween bingo was soon underway, and as the older girls arrived, they joined in the fun. Many of the girls teamed up with residents, while others helped to call out the numbers or hand out their homemade prizes. When bingo came to an end, each girl was individually recognized for her contribution and, of course, her adorable, scary or funny costume. Once the residents were seated for dinner, the girls passed out mummy treat cups, sang songs and paraded through the dining room showing off their costumes. There were smiles all around and it was hard to tell who was having a better time – the Girl Scouts or the residents! Troop 75 is grateful to Sunrise at Cherry Creek for the opportunity and hopes to make a return visit soon!

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Girl Scouts honor 2012 Denver Women of Distinction at Thin Mint Dinner

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A capacity crowd of 550+ joined Girl Scouts of Colorado at the Sheraton Denver Downtown for an exciting Thin Mint Dinner to honor the 2012 Denver-metro class of Girl Scout Women of Distinction. The event raised $200,000+ for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

The event spotlighted Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative, focusing on self-esteem, good nutrition, exercise and reducing childhood obesity. Premiering at the event was a video on healthy living created by Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 3810. (View the video here.) Lead sponsor for this initiative is the Thiry O’Leary Foundation.

Emcees for the event were Cheryl Preheim, 9News anchor, and Marcelo Balboa, Hall of Fame Colorado Rapids player and Monarch High School coach. Troop 3449 opened the event with a flag ceremony and instrumental musical assistance provided by Girl Scouts of Troop 1472, Victoria Shead (violin) and Melissa Cardenas (cello). The emcees also led an inspirational panel discussion at the event with this year’s Women of Distinction honorees on women’s leadership. (View the video here.)

The three-course dinner featured the creative use of Girl Scout Cookies. (View the recipes here.) Honorary event chair was Former First Lady of Colorado Jeannie Ritter (2009 Woman of Distinction). Event co-chairs were Susan Knox with Cricket and Katherine Peck (1998 Woman of Distinction) with The Gill Foundation.

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. Since 1997, 387 women have been named as Women of Distinction in the Denver-metro area and raised more than $1.5 million for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

2012 Denver-metro Women of Distinction are: Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, Peg Bradley-Doppes, Juanita Chacon, Tricia Downing, Melba “Mel” Johnston, Denise O’Leary, Maren Stewart (Learn more about these women here.)

Special thanks goes to the following major sponsors of this event: DaVita, Comcast, UMB Bank, Wagner Equipment Company, Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, FirstBank and Delta Dental of Colorado.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Women of Distinction program, visit our website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/donors/women-of-distinction. And watch the local press in the next few weeks for articles about this event (we will post links to the stories here too).

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Girl Scouts are in love with ZisBoomBah!

In case you have not heard about ZisBoomBah, the amazing program that Girl Scout troops are raving about. ZisBoomBah is an online gaming program for Daisy-Junior Girls Scouts that is centered on Healthy Living. This FREE program for Girl Scouts of Colorado members takes girls through healthy living quests that are fun, interactive, and educational. Troops love this program and here is what they had to say about what they thought about the site. Hollie Hambly a Colorado Springs Girl Scout Junior troop leader loves ZisBoomBah and so do her girls. “Girls are creating obstacle courses, trying new food and recipes at home with their families; they look forward to going on the site and completing the quests.” Hollie’s troop does 30 min of healthy living each troop meeting, “the girls really look forward to that part of the meeting,” said Hollie. A local Denver Girl Scout Brownie troop is planning on using ZisBoomBah to help them complete their Brownie Quest by working with their families around healthy living. “Our troop is earning our Family Star and is planning on using ZisBoomBah to help earn this award,” said Kristin Hamm a Girl Scout Brownie troop leader in the Denver area.

“ZisBoomBah is a creative and fun way for girls to learn about Healthy Living and it is less work for the leader because the activities are already created,” said one leader when asked about the site. Troops also have the freedom to create their own quests that apply to exactly what their troop and girls are working on. “My girls inspired me to write quests for our troop, I wanted ones that the girls could help create,” said Hollie who has created quite a few quests for her troop to complete. When a girl completes a quest she earns points, which she can use to buy accessories for her Antvatar.

What are girls saying…

“I love my Antvatar, I created it, and I get to use my points to dress her up,” said one Girl Scout Junior in Hollie’s troop. My girls love the message boards; they get to talk to each other in a safe and fun environment, stated Hollie. “I really like the Pick Chow program; right now I am trying to get all my stars so I can win my dessert,” stated Hollie’s daughter. Pick Chow is an online quest where girls learn about portions and what we should be eating at each meal. The Girl Scout Juniors and their families love the recipes that they find on the site, and the recipes give families a fun way to try new foods and the girls earn points for their quests in the process.

Are you and your girls ready to sign up? Any girl in a troop or a Juliette can join ZisBoomBah. Whether you just want to do a few quests or want to do 50, you will fall in love with this site. ZisBoomBah really is for everyone! This is a fun, free and amazing resource just for Girl Scouts of Colorado, and you do not want to pass this up. Also, if your troop or individual girl member signs up by November 30th and completes two quests, you will receive the ZisBoomBah fun patch for Free! Check out ZisBoomBah at www.zisboombah.com.

If you are ready to get started or have questions, contact Sloan Moore sloan.moore@gscolorado.org  to get your troop or Girl Scout signed up!

Program Aide trainings coming soon

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Become a Program Aide and sharpen your skills as an emerging young leader. Program Aides can mentor younger girls, help plan and run Girl Scout events or help at Day or Resident summer camps. You must be in the 7th -12th grade to attend one of the basic trainings. Upcoming trainings:

November 10th, Basic Program Aide and service project at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo

December 7-8, Basic Program Aide and Camping Specialty, Tomahawk Ranch, in Bailey

Questions? Contact Kim Petau @ kim.petau@gscolorado.org

Troop 12214, a multi-level group of 44, does it all

Submitted by Victoria Cardamo
Grand Junction

Troop 12214 at Holy Family Catholic School, in Grand Junction, is a multi-level troop of 44 girls. The troop started with 14 Daisies in 2009 and has grown since. 12 of the original members are still part of the troop! The troop is led by 10 volunteers and has 2 product/cookie sale parents. They meet weekly for 1 1/2 hours from September through May. This is a very active troop who tries to participate in most Council and SU events, such as Thinking Day and the annual Christmas Mitten Tree. Troop leaders have been on SU teams to coordinate and plan an annual Thinking Day, Spring Dance and Fall Event. Their Head Leader is also the SU Treasurer. Troop 12214 participates in the Grand Junction Veteran’s Day Parade each year, a family camping trip every Summer and does a hygiene and/or food drive each Fall for a different local charity. They have made it their goal to collect 100 pony tails for Locks of Love, by December 31st, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Girls Scouts. They are planting a community garden at their school and have started an age appropriate, all troop, Self Esteem program based, in part, on the documentary Miss Representation.

The photo was taken in September in the backyard of the Grand Junction Service Center, immediately following the troop’s annual Investiture and Rededication Ceremony.

Troops capture a moment in time at Hamp Hut time capsule project

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Submitted by Kathryn Leslie

Cadette Troop 3401 was asked to come to Hamp Hut on a beautiful Saturday to help a Junior troop make time capsules. We taught the girls about Juliette Low and then about time capsules. Each girl made a time capsule, they were all very nice.

We taught them Girl Scout songs and we learned how to sing in round. The Junior Leader taught us all how to sing “Make New Friends” in sign language. Our troop had a great time with the Juniors!

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Troop 2569 donates AED, girls get training

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Submitted by Tina Saunders
Westminster

When the girls were 2nd & 3rd grade Brownie Girl Scouts they worked on the cooking Try-It badges and served the meals to the members of the American Legion hall that we are sponsored by. With the money we raised through these dinner events the girls were able to buy the legion hall an AED machine. The machine was delivered to the legion hall in May 2012 and we finally had training in October 2012. All girls in the troop received free training for CPR and how to use an AED. The girls continue to do cooking events for the legion hall to connect with the members and work on more cooking badge work.

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Evergreen Girl Scouts host 9-11 commemoration

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Submitted by Colleen Butler
Evergreen

At Marshdale Elementary in Evergreen, we had a 9-11 Commemoration. We all gathered at the front of the school and all the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts gathered around the flag pole and said the Pledge of Allegiance and two of my Girl Scouts sang the National Anthem. Our principal said a very moving speech about the importance of this day and to not forget it. We also had police officers, fire fighters and ambulance there to honor them. I gave the Girl Scouts a great 9-11 patch for this morning. We really had a great day! Troop 2495 Juniors


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Troop 3810 has family fun at Anderson Farms to supplement Sow What Journey

Submitted by Jody Clair

The girls had a family day at Anderson Farms in Erie. The Senior Girl Scouts are working on the Sow What Journey. They went to the pumpkin patch and corn maze to tie the trip to the journey. Lunch, wagon ride and beautiful weather shows “thinking outside the box” for journeys can be a lot of fun!!

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Junior Girl Scouts learn about rabbits

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Submitted by Tina Saunders

Westminster

Some of the girls from Junior Troop 2569 are trying to earn the Summit Award. Over the summer they worked on the Agent of Change Journey. All the girls had left was to do was their Take Action. They wanted to do something related to animals, but finding an organization that will work with girls under the age of 13 or 14 was our biggest challenge. We learned of the Colorado House Rabbit Society and were able to schedule a tour, learn about rabbits, make toys for them and learn how we can spread the word for protecting, caring for and adopting of the bunnies. To learn more, please visit http://www.coloradohrs.org/.

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