It was a memorable day at Girl Scouts of Colorado on Wednesday, July 13th, as we celebrated the completion of the Denver Service Center building mural with the community! We were excited that our celebration coincided with an all-state membership staff meeting in Denver so staff around the state could be present for this Girl Scouts of Colorado celebration. (Read more about this project, including viewing photos and videos, in previous blog posts.)
NBC 9NEWS based in Denver helped us cover the mural celebration live on their morning newscasts. View the news coverage.
Girl Scouts of the USA also shared the exciting news on their Blog and Facebook page.
If you haven’t had a chance to come by and check out the new mural, we invite you to our offices at 400 S. Broadway in Denver soon. This mural truly celebrates all Girl Scouting is and will be for centuries to come!
Girl Scout Juniors Troop 255 of Woodland Park, recently completed their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn. The Bronze Award requires the girls to express their leadership and planning skills as they follow through on their selected project, which is aimed at benefiting the community. Troop 255 demonstrated its commitment to helping others and helping the community by working with the Ronald McDonald House of Colorado Springs, which is a nonprofit organization that provides a home away from home for families whose children are seriously ill and hospitalized. Troop 255 has been working with the Ronald McDonald House since Daisies by collecting pop tops.
Starting in November 2010, the girls began learning about different types of wood for building and built five flower boxes that are now placed on the front porch and walkway leading into the Ronald McDonald House. In conjunction with earning their sewing badge and using a sewing machine, for many the first time, Troop 255 made care packages for the children who are staying in the house while their sibling is in the hospital. The girls then also hand-sewed teddy bears to match their care packages and stuffed the packages with handmade activity books and toys to help keep the children occupied. Working side by side with their elementary schools, Columbine and Gateway in Woodland Park, a donation drive was set up every morning for one week at their schools. Troop 255 collected more than $
500 in toiletry items, food items and cleaning supplies for the house. A 4’x3’ mural was designed, drawn and painted by all of the girls and depicted a scene of “Wishes of Hope and Love” that now hangs and brightens a hallway of the family living quarters at the house. On April 30, 2011, Troop 255 delivered all of these items, plus 25 pounds of pop tops, to the Ronald McDonald House and hosted a dinner for the families and volunteers of the house complete with a baked ziti dinner, table decorations and music.
Xcel Energy recently awarded Girl Scouts of Colorado a $15,000 grant to support its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. The grant is specifically designed to help Girl Scouts of Colorado encourage girls to explore STEM and fuel the pipeline for the anticipated three million more scientists and engineers that America will need when today’s girls graduate from college. Programming will be delivered to girls statewide, with an emphasis on metro Denver and Colorado Springs. Girl Scouts of Colorado incorporates fun and educational STEM activities into all aspects of the Girl Scout experience from camp to troop activities, badge work, events and community outreach programs. One of the focuses of Girl Scouts’ STEM programming is introducing girls to women who work in STEM fields.
Pictured below is Kirk Scheitler with Xcel Energy (right) as he presents a $15,000 grant check to Girl Scouts of Colorado for science, technology, engineering and math activities. Girl Scouts of Colorado staff pictured are Megan Ferland (center), president and CEO, and Greg Movesian (left), senior vice president of resource development.
Going to be in a parade this summer? Or sometime next year? Want to
help celebrate Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary? There are a variety of
vintage uniforms available for girls to wear in a parade. Listen to “I
remember that uniform,” or “I wore that one” from the crowd watching the
parade. Everyone will enjoy reliving a moment in history. There will be
about 30 uniforms available to use. For more information contact Marty
Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am the leader for Troop 40844 out of Colorado Springs. We are working on completing our Troop Excellence Program Patch. We got together on June 17 to celebrate everyone’s birthdays in our troop. Before the party, we performed community service by picking up litter in the park. The girls are left to right: Destiny U., Samantha M., Serena D., Alexis T., Alexzandria D. and Tatayana A.
Here are some shots from our garden at the Durango Service Center that I took today. It feels like a “Secret Garden”. Looking forward to sharing it with everyone. – Karen Rose, membership Manager, Region 2.
Five girls in Troop 841 based in Littleton have earned their Bronze Award. The girls spent the year learning about serving others and cooking. For their project, they decided to cook a meal for the families at Ronald McDonald House in Aurora. Throughout the year they planned the meal and learned how they can serve others. They chose a recipe, determined how much food to buy to serve 70, shopped, prepared and served the food to the families. They also cleaned up.
The girls had to work together to make decisions during the project. They had to be considerate of each other and the families they cooked for. They showed caring with the time, thought and effort put into the meal. They chose to use the money they earned from cookie sales to fund the event. They were excited to be helping others.
Congratulations to Shaelee, Amber, Evalynn, Jocelynn and Kate.
The girls from Troop 3572 in Broomfield/Westminster are on a roll – this was the third year in a row that they volunteered at Broomfield’s Mini Ha Ha triathlon. On June, 12, the girls passed out water to runners at the halfway mark of the running portion of the race. But it’s not just about water – they cheered, sang, danced, rang bells and encouraged the runners as they passed by. With music from “Born to Run” and “Love Shack” to “Tonight’s Gonna be a Good Night” the girls kept their energy up for three hours while doing their best to make sure the runners stayed hydrated. Thankfully the weather was good this year – last year it rained and was cold, but the girls stayed for the entire race. Some of the girls would like to compete in the race when they are old enough, but in the meantime they will keep volunteering and helping the community.
Pictured: Annie (older sister), and Brownies: Emma, Azmiyn, Avery, Haley C, Hadley and Haley P.
In February, the Girl Scouts of Prospect Valley had a fun event that helped the girls learn more about their world. The event was World Thinking Day, and as such, got each of the girls thinking. Troop 3921 focused on learning about what it was like to be a Girl Scout in Japan. They learned about the limited area the people of Japan live in, the limited resources they have for food and some of the culture of Japan. On the night of the event the girls of Troop 3921 proudly showed what they had learned and helped educate the other girls about life in Japan.
On Friday, March 11 Japan was hit by two devastating blows, a 9.0 earthquake and a 23 foot Tsunami. By the time the waters settled and the waves stopped pounding the shore there were nearly 12,000 people dead and a nation shattered. The resources that barely meet the needs of those that live on the island of Japan are now nearly non-existent where the Tsunami and earthquake hit.
It is hard to imagine that just one month after our girls presented Japan at the Girl Scout World Thinking Day I would have to talk to them about what had happened. The girls were definitely upset but also very strong in their desire to help. The troop decided to make a donation to help the Girl Scouts of Japan from the money they earned selling Girl Scout Cookies. They had a choice to vote for $100, $200, $300 or $400 (the maximum they could give and still cover the costs they had planned for). It was a unanimous vote for the $400.
Still this wasn’t enough. The girls wanted to do more. They believed the need was greater than the $400 they could give. Thus the idea for a Movie Night fundraiser was born. Through a process of elimination a movie was picked. Troop 2510 offered to help out as well. They covered the food and drinks that would be sold at the event, their girls created posters to put up around the school and on the night of the event they worked hard selling the food that was donated to help raise funds.
In the end, the girls raised another $800. A check for a total of $1,200 will be going to the Girl Scouts of the United States earmarked for the relief aid to Japan. It truly is amazing what a group of young girls can accomplish when they really want to. The girls from Troop 3921 and 2510 along with some of the boys from Cub Scout Pack 736 exemplify the meaning of being a Scout.
This group of nine girls spent all year completing the Agent of Change Journey and planning a service project. After researching needs in our community, they selected the Ralston House, a safe place for kids who have been hurt or seen bad things. We visited for a tour and asked for input on their needs. In the end, the girls chose to hold a snack collection to fill the cupboards of the Ralston House. They like to offer kid-friendly snacks to the children and families who visit them to make them feel comfortable. After planning, the troop made a presentation to the principal of their school and gained approval to hold a week-long snack drive. Then they created flyers, classroom presentations, and shopped for sample snacks to direct their classmates on what to bring.
The snack drive was held the first week in April and was a huge success. The girl collected the following items:
54 cans of soda
84 juice boxes
32 hot/cold coffee cups
194 bags of chips
369 individual bags of fruit snacks
264 granola bars
32 bags of trail mix
69 servings of cookies
97 bags of crackers & goldfish
11 bags of small candy bars
188 water bottles
Plus 171 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and more than $100 in gift cards.
The names of the girls are: Elaina K., Allie W., Kenzie V., Sefra H., Kara D., Aleena G., Maleah A., Taylor C., Brenna G. Advisors and leaders: Marybel Good, Cindy Kelley, Susan Dobbs