Cadette Troop 64098 from Aurora/Centennial volunteered at the Special Olympics of Colorado’s Summer Classic in Colorado Springs. They brought 200 packages of Girl Scout Cookies donated through the Hometown Heroes program. These young ladies assisted at opening and closing ceremonies and events of tennis, bocce ball, and cycling.
Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors have a chance to try golf and earn badges at a workshops on September 15 and 16, 2018 planned by the Colorado Golf Association.
Brownies can earn their Fair Play badge on Saturday, September 15 and Juniors can earn their Practice with Purpose badge on Sunday, September 16. Daisies won’t earn a badge or petal, but will have a workshop specifically designed for their age group on Sunday, September 16. All workshops will be taught by instructors through Colorado Golf Association.
Cost is $15 per Girl Scout for all workshops. Badges are included in the cost for the Brownie and Junior workshops. CGA will host the workshops at Common Grounds Golf Course in Aurora. Space is limited and we anticipate these workshops will fill fast, so register now.
Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 60789 in Aurora were recently special guests at a Colorado Rockies baseball game. On August 7, 2018, the girls were recognized by UCHealth as part of the organization’s “Moments to Shine” program. They were on the field before the game, taking pictures with Dinger and catcher Tony Wolters. The announcer told the crowd about their project and the girls were shown on the jumbo screen.
“FANS, PLEASE DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE FIELD. THE COLORADO ROCKIES WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME A GROUP OF SPECIAL GUESTS WHO ARE HERE AS PART OF U-C-HEALTH’S “MOMENTS TO SHINE” PROGRAM.
TODAY, WE ARE EXITED TO WELCOME AURORA GIRL SCOUT TROOP 6-0-7-8-9. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THIS GROUP OF YOUNG WOMEN WERE ABLE TO ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN BY WORKING WITH THE AURORA CITY COUNCIL TO PASS AN ORDINANCE BANNING ADULTS FROM SMOKING IN VEHICLES WHEN PASSENGERS YOUNGER THAN 18 ARE PRESENT. THE BAN IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN COLORADO, AND WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE HARD WORK OF MAKENNA, AMELIA, MICAELA, JULIANNA AND SOFIA TO LEND A VOICE TO THE VOICELESS. U-C-HEALTH SALUTES TROOP 6-0-7-8-9 FOR THEIR DETERMINATION, COMPASSION AND INSPIRING JOURNEY TO MAKE A CHANGE.
FANS, LET’S GIVE IT UP FOR THIS GROUP OF YOUNG WOMEN AND WELCOME THEM TO COORS FIELD FOR TODAY’S GAME!”
After the National Anthem, the girls went to their seats to enjoy the game. Unfortunately, the Rockies lost, but the girls were fortunate enough to be recognized for their efforts in passing the law.
We are creating “capes with healing powers” for our Silver Award project! We are designing a sewing class in conjunction with JOANN Fabrics where Girl Scouts and community members alike can learn to sew and create capes for sick kids in the hospital. We will hand deliver all of the capes along with care packages of crafty and fun things to do in the hospital.
Make a child’s day! Help them feel strong and have fun. Anyone can help. We created packets with sewing instructions and a pattern to hand out to people in the community who can sew. We will collect all of the capes and deliver them to the hospital. We have a goal of collecting 100 capes by January 1, 2019!
Girl Scout Cadette Devin Johnson has been very busy this year. Not only has she earned her Girl Scout Silver Award, but she also traveled to Ohio in June for the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Junior Olympics.
We all know how important it is to keep children physically active. Like many girls, Devin tried many different sports, dance, ice skating, gymnastics, swim lessons, just to name a few. While she liked each sport well enough, she didn’t become passionate about any sport until she tried Girl Scout Day with Rocky Mountain Splash just a couple years ago. After trying synchronized swimming, she found her real passion! Devin’s Girl Scout troop held swim parties in the past, and they were always a huge hit, but Devin and her friends were ready to take their swimming skills to a new level.
What is synchronized swimming? First, it is synchronized, usually eight girls on a team carefully choreograph and precisely time their movements. And of course, it is swimming! Girls never touch the bottom of the pool during their routines, and they must hold their breath while upside down underwater, requiring expert breath control. It is the grace and beauty–not to mention the leaps and twirls– of dance, ice skating, or gymnastics on the unstable platform of water. It is definitely a great workout!
Devin says she loves the challenge of synchronized swimming. Her parents love to see how Devin is living the Girl Scout Law as part of the team. Many team sports instill values of fair play and helping teammates, and Rocky Mountain Splash is no exception. It certainly takes courage and strength, both physically and mentally, to perform in front of an audience, especially at Junior Olympics. Devin has also become increasing responsible for her own gear and managing her time to juggle synchronized swimming, school, and Girl Scouts. While being a sister to every Girl Scout, or connecting with a members of her synchro team, having a group of girls to depend on is so important to Devin, as it is to all girls.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Elan Robinson of Aurora in the Denver Metro region was nominated by a GSCO staff member as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.
GSCO asked Elan 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 became a Girl Scout volunteer because I wanted to spend more time with my granddaughter. I was a Girl Scout for seven years as a child and remembered all the interesting things I learned. I wanted my granddaughter to have those same experiences. Now, four granddaughters later I’m having the time of my life! I’ve never regretted the decision to become a leader.
Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.
I’ve been a leader for four different troops. I’m a GSCO trainer, I especially love doing PA training. I’m also part of the service unit leadership team, helping to plan service unit events. I’m the service unit fall product program manager, as well as the TCM and FSM for my own troop,
What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?
As a volunteer, I’ve learned that anything is possible as long as you’re following your heart and your dream. I’ve never expected that my girls would do anything that I wouldn’t do. I’ve learned that I can do anything because of that. I’ve learned to be comfortable talking in front of a group. I’ve learned that it’s okay for things to not go exactly according to plan and it will be fine. I’ve learned that as long as you keep exploring you keep growing.
What do you hope girls have learned from you?
I hope my girls have learned to be compassionate. I hope they’ve learned that they can do anything that they set their mind too. I hope they have learned that they can and will make a difference as long as they set their mind to it. I hope they’ve learn to explore the world around them to try to make a difference. I hope they’ve learned to look around them at what needs to be done and do it because they want to make a difference in someone else’s life or the world that they live in. I’ve watched my older girls look at their world and decide how they can make a difference in their high honor projects. I’ve watched my Brownies look around their immediate world and make a difference by seeing what needs to be done and do it without guidance or question.
How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?
As a volunteer I’ve learned to just step into the moment and make it happen. I’ve learned that not all things are going to go exactly as planned, and that’s okay. I’ve learned that most things that are worth doing require some risk. Whether that risk is simply getting in front of a group of people or trying something that I never thought I would or could do. I’ve learned to be the best person I can be so I can be the best leader I can be.
Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at email@example.com.
Daisy/Brownie Troop 43483 in Colorado Springs donated 192 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora. The troop has a special connection with Children’s Hospital as two younger siblings of girls in the troop have been patients there this year and their families experienced first-hand the wonderful resources Children’s provides.
The troop honored their Sister Scout siblings by donating cookies plus “craft gift bags” to be handed out to patients. The cookies are already being enjoyed by patients in the hospital’s family resource room.
A representative from Joshua Station in Denver came to one of our troop meetings to discuss their facility, a renovated hotel now used as housing for homeless families until they can transition back into their own housing. Our Brownie troop was SO moved by this idea that they chose to sponsor the new playroom that had been created in the basement of one of the buildings.
We did a donation drive with our families to collect new items such as board games, movies, and toys. That didn’t feel like enough so we made them our Hometown Heroes this year. Our girls weren’t playing around. We sold 489 packages of donated Girl Scout Cookies for the families and staff at Joshua Station!
In April, the troop visited the campus to drop off the 489 packages of Girl Scout Cookies AND $489 worth of toys, games, and decor for the shared play space. The troop got a wonderful tour of the grounds, almost entirely maintained by volunteers, AND we might have stuck around to play some games with the locals.
The troop was so inspired by this Take Action project that they are hoping to be able to do even more for Joshua Station next year.
On May 10, 2018, three Girl Scout troops from the Denver Metro region delivered more than 18,000 packages of Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies to military and personnel at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora. While three troops helped with the delivery, the cookies themselves were donated by at least a dozen troops, including: 62589, 65412, 61281, 60900, 65486, 13461, 61414, 65478, 60238, 65431, 64522, and 61053. Some of the cookies will also be delivered to Military Family Assistance programs.