Arvada Girl Scouts bridge to Ambassadors on the Catalina Flyer ship in California

[slideshow]The girls of Arvada’s Ambassador Troop 299 have been together for over a decade. Alyssa, Nicole G., Tara, Abby, Kaleigh, Karli and Nicole B. spent nine wonderful days in sunny California seeing the sights and experiencing life at the ocean. Two years of preparations went into this trip, including fundraising and doing prep-work on multiple Council’s Own Interest Project Awards. Some of the IPA’s earned on this trip were Lighthouses, Quake Safe, Ocean Discovery, Marine Life, Surfing and Smooth Sailing. Being prepared made the hands-on experiences richer and more meaningful.

Several days were spent in San Diego, walking the hills of the San Diego Zoo and visiting Shamu, dolphins and other sea creatures at Sea World. Then it was on to Anaheim where we stayed within walking distance of Disney Land. California Adventure and Disney Land parks were days filled with exhilarating rides and wonderful Disney productions, along with breathtaking evening water spectaculars and sensational fireworks. A day in Hollywood visiting the stars and eating on Sunset Boulevard was exciting. Many of the Girl Scouts had never experienced lazy days on sandy beaches and ocean activities. There were boat rides to Catalina Island with a morning of snorkeling in the coves and an afternoon of white sand beaches. Sailing lessons took place in Newport Beach where the girls maneuvered a 20-foot sailboat through the bay. The best day of all – surfing lessons!

Our Bridging Ceremony to Ambassador Scouting took place on the Catalina Flyer ship. It was a simple ceremony with flowers. The sea was rough and windy making the day even more memorable.

Throughout their years together, friendships have blossomed, leaders have been born and many adventures have taken place. The girls are looking forward to celebrating Girl Scouts 100thAnniversary together as they continue together on this adventure called Girl Scouting.

Denver Girl Scout Office Mural Unveiled

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More photos from the 9NEWS event

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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!

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Woodland Park Girl Scout Juniors complete Bronze with Ronald McDonald House projects

Submitted by Amy DeLarm
Troop 255

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.

Troop 255 are group of wonderful, adventurous, young leaders and they are: Taylor A., Hanna C., Saralyn C., Ashley D., Tess K., Jaclyn K., Emily H., Maia P., Autumn P., Tabatha R. and Reagan W.

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.

Way to go Troop 255! You all are awesome!

Xcel Energy awards grant to Girl Scouts of Colorado

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.

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Vintage Girl Scout uniforms available for parades

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 marty_allison@juno.com.

Colorado Springs troop celebrates birthdays with service

Submitted by Deanna Dauten

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.

Five girls in Troop 841 earn Bronze

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.

Troop 53572 girls are on a roll with volunteer service

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

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.

Prospect Valley Girl Scouts raise $1,200 for Japan relief

Some of the girls and boys who helped with the Movie Night fundraiser for Japan.

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.

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