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Who wants to organize a 5th year and running, 5K fun run!?

Submitted by Judy C.

Metro Denver


Maria C. is a Girl Scout who has organized and facilitated a 5K fun run for the last four years and is graduating this year. She is not able to facilitate this event anymore, and it has been a benefit to a local elementary school through Community Table in Arvada to provide birthday cake, frosting, and candles for every kid in the school on their birthday. This elementary school is a low-resource school and has backpacks they give away on the weekend with food and the cake is to ensure that every kid gets a cake on his/her birthday! The event was called Run for Cake and ran on Van Bibber Creek sidewalk open space for the last four years. Are there any Girl Scouts or troops out there interested in continuing to organize this fun run, which could help benefit this elementary school, so they can continue to receive cakes from the Arvada Food Bank?

Contact Judy, assistant Girl Scout leader of Troop 3301, at             (303) 524 – 5838.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Peggy Riordon

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Peggy Riordon of Arvada in the Metro Denver region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Peggy to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I wanted our daughter to have fun experiences and adventures with other girls.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I have been a troop leader for different troops for over 30 years. I was a service unit manager for nine years and planned many service unit events and camping experiences. I am the fall product program manager for two units, as well as the cookie service unit manager for two units. I have run the North JeffCo cookie cupboard for at least 26 years. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned many things about working with the girls. That is where my true passion lies. I have learned how to work with a variety of personalities to achieve the best outcomes. I have also learned more about organization and public speaking. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope the girls have learned to trust in themselves and their abilities. I also hope they have learned how to get along with and work with different personalities and attitudes. The most important thing, I hope, is that they learn that each and every one of them is GREAT! They all have strengths they didn’t realize they had. They all have weaknesses that they learn how to overcome or acknowledge which also gives them the ability to work past them. 

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

When I started as a leader all those years ago, I never dreamed that I would wind up organizing trips and units. I was never a public speaker and now I speak in front of large groups of people without my voice shaking with every word. I have learned so much from the girls and they have filled my heart. Now, I try to share my experiences and the knowledge I have gained with other leaders in hopes that their experience with Girl Scouts will be as great as mine has been. 

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Keaton Maring, Arvada, “Dress for Success, Grab a Jacket!”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I built a life jacket loaner station at Standley Lake where people who visit the lake can borrow life jackets for kids 12-years-old and younger for the day. I also spoke to 7th and 8th graders at Excel Academy Charter School about water safety and the importance of wearing a life jacket. I completed this project because Colorado law is that children 12 and younger must wear a life jacket while on the lake, but there are numerous people who ignore the importance of water safety. In the United States, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1-14, according to the CDC.  The CDC says “potentially, half of all boating deaths might be prevented with the use of life jackets.”

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I created a survey about the life jacket loaner station with five questions, asking how people felt about the station being there, if they thought it was beneficial, if and how many times they used the station, and if they’d like to see more stations like this one around the community and in other places. The survey will be attached to the permits for the 2019 season, so I will have more detailed information about the impact. So far, there have been more than 10 life jackets donated from members of the community, bringing them in when they visit the lake. Overall, people were very excited to see the life jacket loaner station become a reality.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

The life jacket loaner station is a stand alone structure at Standley Lake Regional Park and will be sustained by the park rangers working there, as well as Carmen Babcock, head coach of Jeffco Hurricanes swim team in Arvada. Ms. Babcock has committed to talking about my project and its importance in the summer newsletters sent out to the team and will continue asking for life jacket donations as well. The rangers will also continue asking people who visit the lake about donating any life jackets they no longer use to the station, so the station remains full even though people have been bringing them in on their own.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

I have emailed and been speaking to several parks and recreation districts around Colorado and neighboring states like California and Utah. I also made a “how to” manual that gives details about the project and how it was completed. It includes what materials were used for the station at Standley Lake Regional Park, how we got the supplies, pictures before, during and after the build, statistics on drowning, and more.

What did you learn about yourself?

From this project, I learned that drowning is a bigger problem than I had initially thought. I knew from growing up in Colorado and being a swimmer that drowning is a big problem all over the world and is preventable in most cases. But looking at the statistics, I was shocked. I also learned how to communicate with people of all ages using a variety of mediums. I learned that I am capable of so much more than I previously thought. I know now that I can achieve anything I want if I give it my best effort and want it enough.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Achieving the Gold Award has been an incredible experience I have been looking forward to since I was very little. I will be proud to tell people about my project and all the work I put in to achieve the Gold. Because few girls earn the Gold Award, I can put it on my resume because it distinguishes me from other candidates and makes me stand out as a hard worker..

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

My troop leader, Jan Shoup, who is a Gold Award Girl Scout as well, always pushed us to go on and get our Gold Award so I am very proud that I have achieved this great honor. Girl Scouts has had such a positive impact on my life and has provided me with numerous opportunities to grow as a person. Completing the Gold Award was definitely one of those opportunities that has allowed me to go out of my comfort zone and expand my abilities while also making a difference in the community and hopefully inspiring other young women to do the same.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

I definitely became a better leader and a more confident risk- taker. I had to put myself and my idea for this project and sometimes, when asking for donations or about growing the project outside of the Arvada community, I was rejected. I also learned how to talk on the phone and email adults with different backgrounds and careers which I never would have done without completing this project. By putting my idea out there and asking others to contribute to this project, I took a risk. By organizing people into teams and composing numerous emails, letters, flyers, presentations, etc I became a better leader.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Girl Scout Gold Award candidate helps teens with celiac disease

Girl Scout Gold Award candidate Emma G. of Arvada started a support group for teens with celiac disease. Dr. Mary Shull of Children’s Hospital Colorado is helping Emma earn the highest honor in Girl Scouts. Watch their story with Reporter Karen Morfitt and Photojournalist Mark Neitro of CBS4 Denver/KCNC-TV here: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/03/12/support-group-children-celiac-disease/

The Denver Celiac Support group will hold a Celiac panel discussion on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Belmar Library in Lakewood.

Power of Cookie: Learning life skills

Submitted by Tricia Pearson

Metro Denver


Some of the girls from Troop 66517 were able to go to the bank and make deposits all on their own. They counted their own money, filled out their deposit slips, and turned it into the tellers. We talked about how important it is to write neat and clear. They were very nervous at first going up to the tellers, and very proud of themselves after.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: My dad is the best Cookie Dad

Submitted by Ainsley C.

Metro Denver


My dad always buys Girl Scout Cookies from me. His favorite cookies are Samoas! I also like going to his work to sell cookies. He’s helped me the past three years in a row. He always supports what I do in Girl Scouts. That’s why I think my dad is the best dad ever.

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Cookie Dad on furlough

Submitted by Eavan, Girl Scout Brownie

Metro Denver


My dad is the best cookie dad! He took on the role of cookie manager and then the government shutdown happened, so he was not working for 35 days! During that time, he worked so hard to make our cookie sales a success. He helped set up booths, including fun cookie sales at our school pick-up car line and at a locally owned restaurant! He’s been a great leader and I am proud of my dad!

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Girl Scouts Information Night – Arvada

Please join us to learn all about what it means to be a Girl Scout, and the wonderful volunteer opportunities available. Inviting K-12th grade girls and an adult to learn more. New troops are forming today!

As a Girl Scout, your girl will practice leadership with grit like a go-getter, problem solve like an innovator, embrace challenges like a risk-taker, and show empathy like a leader—in an all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment where she can feel free to let her full, magnificent personality shine through every single time.

Event will take place on Thursday, January 31st from 5:00-6:00pm at The Arvada Library, 7525 W 57th Ave, Arvada, CO 80002.

Girls Scouts and the Arvada Center Dance Company

Submitted by Jessie Rember

Metro Denver


Girls Scouts have a great opportunity to see the Arvada Center Dance Company perform on October 26 and 27, 2018.

Shows are held in the Main Stage at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO 80003.

Both shows are at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available for $10 each. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Call the box office at (720) 898 – 7200 for more information.


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