GSCO Media Stars recently got a special opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at WeatherNation in Centennial. Girl Scouts were the special guests of Meredith Garofalo, Girl Scout alum and meteorologist for the network. During the tour, girls had the opportunity to do their own weather forecast on the green screen, watch a live weather cast, and see how weather casts are put together for television stations around the United States and in the Caribbean. After the tour, Meredith answered questions about her Girl Scout experience, how she got started in meteorology, how she has overcome obstacles in her personal life and career, and how Girl Scouts helped her become the G.I.R.L. she is today.
Gold Award Girl Scout Bailey Stokes of Buena Vista is the 2018 recipient of the Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship. She earned her Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts, earlier this summer for creating a nature program that will be sustained by teachers in her community.
Johanna Farrar’s husband and children started this scholarship in 2015 to celebrate all of her accomplishments, particularly those within the Girl Scout community. Born in London, England and raised in a small village on the south coast of England, Johanna was a Girl Guide in her childhood. She was also the youngest ever to have achieved the Queen’s Guide Award at that time, the English equivalent of the Girl Scout Gold Award. After earning a software engineering degree from Loughborough University, Johanna moved to New Jersey to work for Bell Labs. In 1985, she accepted a position with FedEx in Colorado Springs, where she met and married Gene Farrar in 1990. Johanna and Gene lived and worked in the Colorado Springs area, moving to Monument in 1992 when their oldest daughter, Hannah, was born. In 1995, after their second daughter, Rachel, was born, Johanna retired from a successful career as a Technical Advisor at FedEx for an even more successful and rewarding career as a dedicated full-time mother.
Johanna introduced her daughters to Girl Scouts at the first opportunity and became a local leader in Monument, then again after relocating to Buena Vista. When Johanna first arrived in Buena Vista, she learned Girl Scouts had all but disappeared in Chaffee County. Johanna believed so strongly in the values and skills that Girl Scouts develops, it became a passion to reestablish Girl Scouts for girls in the high Rockies. Known to many of her friends as the “Engergizer Bunny” because of her seemingly never-ending energy and indomitable spirit, Johanna provided the leadership and drive to rejuvenate Girl Scouts in the valley. Now, for the first time, there are troops for all ages. Additionally, Johanna loved the outdoors, including skiing, hiking, biking, mountain climbing, and especially gardening – passions she loved to share and instill in young women.
Girl Scout alumnae, donors, and friends gathered on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 to celebrate the dedication of the Pinecrest Memorial Unit Shelter at Meadow Mountain Ranch. Women’s Week camper Deb Allison McDonough beaded a necklace in Morse code. She used the chorus of Girl Scout favorite “I want to be strong.”
It’s not too late to sign up for the fifth annual Women’s Week July 23 – 26, 2018 at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark. Summer is blossoming in the Colorado high country, and the wild iris and soon the columbine will be blanketing the meadows and woods at our home-away-from-home.
Open to any gals at least 18 years of age, Women’s Week has brought together ladies from all over the country – – from Maine and Connecticut to Washington, Oregon, Utah and Nevada – – friends who tell friends, and moms who bring daughters and grand-daughters. It’s a spectacular, easy, and fun way to get away from everything that tugs and pulls at us these days and just go to camp and play. Participants don’t need to be Girl Scouts or even ever attended camp. Friends, co-workers, camp alums, GSCO staff members, board members, let’s all come and join the fun!
What do we do there? ANYTHING WE WANT ! If you can imagine it or remember it or bring it with you to share, we can fit it into the schedule. Fly kites? Make crafts? Take a hike? Sing into the night? Sleep out in the back meadow? Do archery? Help with cooking and firebuilding? Can you lead a session of yoga, drumming, dancing, drama, art? We’ll gather a group for you most any time of day.
Where do we sleep? In the regular units in the “tabins,” close in or farther away from main camp. Larkspur is our headquarters, but you can stay in Lyra or Meeker’s Bluff for a little more peace and quiet.
Food? Of course, and it’s great! Our food service gals go all out to create delectable delicacies not always imagined out in the woods. We’ve cooked rhubarb jam, baked cakes in dutch ovens, held a chili cook-off just like on TV, taken a progressive “jungle breakfast” hike, and dug a bean hole! We can accommodate dietary restrictions easily. We’ll try to cook out most meals in the unit over an open fire and have fun experimenting with more advanced cooking techniques (per fire restrictions, of course).
Some new and firm friendships have been made and some old old old acquaintances rekindled at Women’s Week.
Of special note is that on Wednesday morning, July 25, we will hold a special dedication ceremony for the new Pinecrest Memorial Unit Shelter. We’ll “cut the ribbon” and talk about the creation of this new addition to MMR, which will hopefully attract groups large and small to this outpost-type setting. Donors will be on hand as well as some staff and board members to celebrate this milestone.
Below is the information flyer and additional details can be obtained from the very informal camp director, Penny Roberts, at email@example.com.
The GSCO History Committee has set up a display at the Loveland Public Library (300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland, CO 80537) featuring the 2018 cookie program. The display will be up for the entire month of January.
It is a colorful display of cookie packages, prizes, and information on the program. The committee highlighted this year’s program and The 5 Skills to help educate the public about all that goes into the Girl Scout Cookie Program. It is so much more than girls selling cookies and getting prizes. It is about girls learning goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making, and business ethics. Be sure to check out the bottom shelf for some history of the Girl Scout Cookie Program and see some vintage cookie cases.
If you’d like more information on the history of the cookie program or would like to see some of past year’s prizes and themes, please contact the GSCO History Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since this display will only be up during the month of January, it will be available for use in another community during the cookie program. Let the History Committee know if you have a place in your area for this display.
We have several programs available for troops to do while visiting the GSCO History Center in Loveland and several take out programs. The History Committee works on Tuesdays and is open by appointment on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.
The GSCO History Center is located in Loveland. We have a dedicated group of volunteers who meet every Tuesday and give tours by appointment. Due to the popularity of troop visits, we have decided to dedicate the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month starting January 13, 2018 for troops to set up appointments for a visit. We are also available by appointment during the week while school is out.
We have several programs for troops, including working on the “Playing the Past” badge, “Girl Scout Way” badge, and GSCO Centennial patch. Each program can also include trying on vintage uniforms, as well as a scavenger hunt to find items in the unique areas of the center.
Whichever activity troops choose, please plan on a one and half to two-hour visits. We will be scheduling one visit in the morning and one in the afternoon. Common start times are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., but we are flexible with start and end times as we understand that some troops travel from around the state.
At the History Center, girls and adults will get to see many different vintage items ranging from uniforms and books to camping equipment, jewelry, and cameras. We have more than 600 uniforms and at least that many books dating back to the early days of Girl Scouting. All the items at the History Center belong to Girl Scouts of Colorado. Many have been donated by individuals around the state over the course of many decades.
Our committee works hard to preserve and protect our Girl Scout history as well as making sure that today’s Girl Scouts have a place to experience what Girl Scouting in the past was all about.
We offer out-based programs and loan uniforms for local parades and events. We only ask that we get pictures of your group in uniform and that they get back to us in a timely manner. Out-based programs include Books in a Bag. These bags are specific to grade level or topic and include vintage books and a program for their use. Contact us for more information. We also have a vintage fashion show complete with uniforms and a script. Please contact us at email@example.com to set up an appointment or arrange for an out based program or uniforms to be sent to your area.
Don’t have a troop, but would still like to visit? Please send us an email and come join us on a Tuesday work day. There’s always something to do and we can provide on-site training if you’d like to help out for a bit.
This summer, the fourth year of Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch brought together new and returning friends from nine different states to the Colorado high country. Women’s Week is open to any women/ladies/girls who are at least 18 years of age, who may or may not be Girl Scouts presently, or who may or may not ever have attended camp at any time anywhere. In other words, come one, come all – – – the more the merrier!
The best part about Women’s Week (WW for short) is that the sky is truly the limit! There is no preplanned program or schedule, except as determined by the menus and meals. More about food a little later! If you would like to do a particular thing, just make a request and we’ll try to see that it happens. If you would like to offer a special activity or program, just hang up a sign saying where and when it will happen, and bring with you the tools or materials to share with others.
There is plenty of time in our three-night/four-day event to rest and relax, explore, visit, sing, laugh, cook, sleep, read, hike, etc. Do you like to get up early in the morning? Coffee is always on its way before breakfast and a few of us enjoy the still morning solitude to listen to the birds, feel the breeze, and watch the sun come up over the hills. Like to stay up late? Campfires are always on the agenda, so we can give you “a place where people gather to make friends of all kinds,” and then we can help you “sing your way home at the close of the day.”
Women’s Week usually begins with a Big Circle Tour of MMR, which will take you to see most of what’s on the property for your further exploration. Up to the east past the C.I.T. house under restoration at this time, maybe up as far as Vista Spur to see the panorama of peaks that tower over us, back across by “The Shelf,” out to the Back Meadow, and around through the fire break along the back trail and over to Pinecrest where the Memorial Unit Shelter is under construction. The new steel buildings are going to be built by the agency from https://greatwesternbuildings.com/Steel_buildings/aviation, give them a visit if you need their services.
Cooking is a big part of Women’s Week, and the patrol assigned to be chefs will have guidance from Susan Baker and her growing-up girls to offer a delicious variety of cuisine, carefully planned to allow for dietary needs as well as experimentation. We’ve done bean-hole cooking, stick cooking, reflector oven baking, and dutch oven offerings. We’ve cooked on charcoal, open fires, or propane stoves, depending on the preference of the cooks or the (hopefully not!) fire restrictions. We once made rhubarb jam in the main camp kitchen to share with everyone. No, Women’s Week food is not always like regular camp food, as we’ve included a chili cook-off, stir fry to die for, fresh fruits and veggies prepared many different ways, and special surprises along the way. Ever made a “Fluffernutter?” or a “Darn Good/Dough Boy”? Do you have special culinary requests you’d like to see us try?
So, here are some highlights from summer 2017 at Women’s Week: A climb up Meadow Mountain. Crafts of bark painting, Morse-Code beading, monkey fists, tile mosaics. Yang or Taijiguan style of Tai-Chi in the mornings to relax the body and soul. “Tajer Tales” and “The Thirteen Clocks.” Sunrise hike to Vista Spur. Self-guided Nature Trail. A bog explore to see “the tufas” in the lower meadow. Service projects to help with fire mitigation and stripping logs for the new unit shelter at Pinecrest.
Summer of 2018 will feature a special dedication ceremony for the new Pinecrest Memorial Unit Shelter. Completion of this project will allow for more complete use of this larger more remote unit on the southern boundary of the camp. Contact Penny Roberts if you’d like to be involved in creating a memorial to special people who helped bring you personally through Girl Scouting to be the woman you are today.
So, dates are set for the fifth Women’s Week for the summer of 2018. MARK YOUR CALENDAR, SAVE THE DATES, OR REGISTER RIGHT NOW! Monday, July 23 (first meal is lunch) through Thursday, July 26 (last meal is champagne brunch).Cost is $180 for the entire event or $60 for any daily increments including three meals. Contact the very informal camp director, Penny “Pan” Roberts, PO Box 211, Estes Park, Co. 80517, firstname.lastname@example.org by phone at (970) 586 1775.
It’s great when moms and daughters and granddaughters come, or when MMR camp staff alums make connections with previous campers from decades ago, or when friends who never got to go to camp ever can join this wonderful experience. It’s great when we take time out, get away, unwind, unplug, or just generally recreate ourselves. We take good care of each other and come away with peace and satisfaction that comes from just being outdoors. At camp, where life is more real. Hope to see you then.
On the last warm Sunday of the summer of 2017, Girl Scouts in Steamboat Springs presented Nancy Mucklow with the “Thanks” badge. Nominated by Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors chair-elect Rae Ann Dougherty, Nancy did not expect the overwhelming number of endorsements that also supported the honor. Ms. Dougherty was unable to attend, but provided the following statement for the ceremony:
“Because of Nancy’s spirited devotion, Girl Scouts of Colorado is fortunate to have a strong and growing base of active Girl Scouts of all ages in Steamboat Springs, a key area of our Mountain Communities region! Not only does she share and invite girls from all over the state to participate in Steamboat events, her energy routinely spills out into other geographic areas throughout the state with a VERY positive impact. Without Nancy’s dedication, commitment, enthusiasm, and energy, I believe we would not have as strong, dynamic, and vibrant Girl Scout Program in Steamboat Springs. Even with her male dominated family, she shepherds many girls, as well as adult volunteers, through the program.”
Edna “Skipper” Hollis. What an amazing woman, and I am so very proud and lucky to have had her as a Girl Scout leader. She taught valuable life lessons and remains an inspiration.
My fondest memory was of a 17-day, 4,000 mile bus trip in 1962 with 27 Girl Scouts, four leaders, and an intrepid bus driver, “Daddy Jim”. We camped through five states and Canada with a four-day stopover at the World’s Fair in Seattle. What adult in their right mind takes this on? Skipper Hollis!
With four patrols responsible for daily cooking, clean-up, log keeping, photography, programs, and other tasks, we learned more that summer than can be imparted in this simple missive.
Skipper always hand-wrote annual messages to me through her 103rd year. I especially cherish a note she wrote at the end of the afore-mentioned trip: “…but-in in my way- if I’ve helped you to know personally the true values that Scouting should unveil, then I’m happy to have been an interpreter of its realness. Scouting is a very fine guide to living. May it always be an enrichment to you…”
May Skipper’s legacy live on as it has for members of Troop 362 and may Girl Scouts continue to inspire young women.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to celebrate the legacy of one of our most cherished alumnae, Edna “Skipper” Hollis. In 2016, Skipper passed away at the age of 104, leaving a 94-year history of Girl Scouting as a girl and an adult volunteer. Skipper touched the lives of hundreds of girls, families, and volunteers and will be remembered for her love of the outdoors and the annual troop gathering she hosted at her Colorado cabin for more than six decades.