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Girl Scouts Support a Community Resource

Submitted by Jennifer Redmond

Metro Denver

Aurora

Troop 4235 chose Families First, a community resource branch of Shiloh House, to donate Girl Scout Cookies to. The cookies will go to kids who otherwise would not get a sweet treat like a Girl Scout Cookie. We also paired our cookie donation with a service project, collecting protein bars and hygiene products such as soaps and combs to further help the families in need.

These girls wanted to help a local women’s shelter. They also like helping other kids. They found a way to be leaders and do both at the same time. They made a difference in their community and learned more about a local resource while doing it.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Silver Award Projects

Submitted by Maggie Donohue

Metro Denver

Aurora

In Troop 64473, we had three different Silver Award projects. One was called Back the Blue K-9 Unit where the girls supported the Arapahoe Sheriff Department’s K-9 Unit. The second Silver Award project was called Building a Book House for the Homeless. This group collected books to fill the book house. They spent many weekends building the bookcase. Once they finished, they took the books and the bookcase to the Comitis Crisis Center. The third Silver Award project was called Sensory Carts. The girls in this group made two sensory carts for the students at Pine Lane Elementary School. On the carts were an assortment of sensory things the children could touch and play with. On the inside of the carts their were two different weighted blankets, fidget toys, weighted stiff animals, and games.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Wendy Anderson

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Wendy Anderson of Aurora 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 Wendy 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 when I was in college. Unbelievably, that was over 25 years ago! I was a Girl Scout since second grade and I wanted to be the person other girls could look up to, the way I looked up to the Girl Scout volunteers and Girl Scout staff in my life growing up. I led troops in Wisconsin and Colorado before I had my own children, and I thought I was done being a Girl Scout volunteer once I got pregnant with my daughter. Then, one day when my daughter was in preschool, we were walking out of King Soopers and there was a Girl Scout troop selling cookies at a booth sale. My daughter said, “Mom, what are  they doing?  I want to do that!” So, we started the first Girl Scout troop anyone could remember at our elementary school that next fall.

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

I’ve been a troop leader, cookie manager, service unit manager, event organizer, council trainer, and most recently, I have appointed myself service unit camp director. I love camping and worked at Girl Scout day camps and resident camps through college. I’m excited about all the badges and Journeys GSUSA has launched focused on camping and the out of doors.  I’m looking forward to giving other troop leaders a progression of outdoor experiences to help girls get excited about camping in safe incremental steps. Different growth happens in girls when we get them away from their usual life and get them outside! Our service unit has never done a service unit camp before, and I thought that giving our unit an intentional structure to get troops ready for a unit camp, and leading our first service unit camp is something I could get excited about.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

There is always something new to try in Girl Scouting. The girls have great ideas on things they want to do, and there is a lot of adult support to help you learn new things to help your girls reach their goals. There have been times when the girls’ ideas have taken me out of my comfort zone. There have been times when I thought to myself, “That idea is absolutely ridiculous, how are we going to do that?” But, it turns out those experiences ended up being the best in the end.

For instance, during our first Daisy year, I learned that our usual meeting place was going to be unavailable during our using resources wisely petal.   I thought I had a perfectly planned solution of visiting the library during this meeting.  After all, libraries were a great example of using resources wisely we can share books instead of buying them, what could be more appropriate.   The girls thought that was an awful idea.  After talking about what it meant to use resources wisely, the girls decided they wanted to see where their trash goes.   I made a few calls and we found there was a field trip to a Waste Management education center that fit perfectly.  

Later in fifth grade, we had some girls who wanted to focus on breast cancer for their bronze award project.  Again, I didn’t know what to do; this certainly wasn’t an interest of mine. The girls were able to discover, connect, and take action by learning more about breast cancer from a health care provider and connecting with a Susan G. Komen volunteer who taught us more about how their organization supports people with breast cancer and about Scouting for the Cure events that are held in other states.  This time I didn’t make the calls to find resources like I needed to do when they were kindergartners.  It is so great when girls fly with ideas on their own. The girls took their bronze project in one direction, and this topic actually became a new interest of mine.   I used some of the other ideas we learned about to host breast cancer awareness events for our service unit.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

It’s always good to try new things. Things might not always go right, and that’s okay. Evaluate what was good and not so good in each experience, and aim for something better next time.   

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

By trying new things, and allowing girls to try their new ideas, I can set that example of someone the girls can look up to, just like I set out to do 25 years ago. It is harder to go after girls’ ideas, especially when it means setting aside ideas that seem so perfect, at least in my own head.  It is harder to innovate new ways to be a Girl Scout that don’t always fit into a badge. Trying new things is inherently risky and messy, but nothing we can’t clean up.  Leading girls to take over leadership in their own troop takes tiny steps and time, and we never feel like there is enough time.  Being an example of how to be a G.I.R.L brings out the G.I.R.L in all the members of my troop.  

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

The nomination deadline for 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards is April 30. GSCO invites members statewide to take this opportunity to recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you. Learn more.

Silver Award Girl Scouts deliver “snuffle mats” to Aurora Animal Shelter

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Cadettes Jordan, Tanvi, and Ananya of Troop 60846 in Aurora delivered 20 “snuffle mats,” which they made, to the Aurora Animal Shelter on Saturday, March 7, 2020. “Snuffle Mats,” fun, engaging, stress-reduction tools for dogs and other animals, are made by tying fleece strips to industrial mats. Food is sprinkled over the mat and the animals search through the fleece strips to find it.

The Girl Scouts created the “snuffle mats” as part of their project to earn the Silver Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Also, as part of their project, the girls are encouraging people across the country to make “snuffle mats” for local animal shelters. They even created a “how to” video and posted it on YouTube. Fellow Girl Scouts who make a “snuffle mat” for their local animal shelter can earn a patch, which will be sent by Troop 60846. Learn more here.

Thanks to 9NEWS/KUSA-TV for sharing this story with their viewers.

Uniform to Uniform in Aurora

Submitted by Amber Brady

Metro Denver

Aurora

Our Brownie and Daisy were excited to meet an Arapahoe Sheriff’s officer at our cookie booth. He stopped and joked around with the girls and gave them each a junior deputy badge.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Women in uniform

Submitted by Alysha Koumantakis

Metro Denver

Aurora

We had a cookie booth at Torchy’s Tacos! A woman that works for Flight for Life came in on her lunch break, and she was so sweet to our Daisies! We were so excited to meet a woman in uniform!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Great start to the season

Submitted by Karla Coronado

Metro Denver

Aurora

Our girls have been working hard selling cookies. Two girls decided not to sell cookies after the initial order was placed. The other girls told me not to worry that they will make up the difference and so far, they have. After two weeks of sales, the four of them have sold more than 1,500 packages and they do not seem be slowing down. I am so proud of them. At the end of the last cookie season, they had a per girl average of 400 packages, so far everyone is more than 300 packages. They had turned a challenge in to a great insentive to sell more cookies.

Our girls are older girls- 8th, 10th, and 11th grade. On top of their busy schedule, they have sold cookies at five different booths, always with a smile and willingness to do their best.

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

Conference cookies

Submitted by Gracyn B.

Metro Denver

Aurora

Hi! I’m Gracy. I had a booth sale at my brother’s high school during parent teacher conferences. It was super snowy, so when business was slow, we invited the resource officer over to talk about our cookies. It was cool. His daughter was a Girl Scout for years, and he told us funny stories about all the cookies they sold together. He asked about our new cookie, Lemon-Ups. We talked about them, but I couldn’t sell him those because we did so well that we had already sold them all!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

FREE fun patch: Snuffle mats for shelter dogs

Submitted by Sarah Stocking

Metro Denver

Aurora

Jordan, Tanvi, and Ananya from Troop 60846 are making snuffle mats for Aurora Animal Shelter, and they need your help. If anyone makes a snuffle mat for an animal shelter and emails us a picture, then we’ll send you a FREE FUN PATCH! And, you’ll know that you’ve helped a dog in need.

Snuffle mats are enrichment tools for dogs, and other animals, too! They’re made by tying fleece strips to industrial mats, so they’re sturdy and machine washable. Sprinkle food or treats over the mat, and the dogs enjoy searching through the fleece strips for their treats. This is a fun, engaging, stress-reduction tool for the dogs. They love it!

Supplies:

  • 12″x 12″ industrial rubber mat
  • 112 fleece strips cut 1.5″x 12″ each

We bought the TrafficMASTER 36″x36″ commercial floor mat from Home Depot (cut into 9 pieces). Cost is $26, but that makes 9 snuffle mats.

We got fleece donations such as pajamas, blankets, and material from our neighborhood, so the fleece was free.

How to assemble:

  • Copy and paste this link into your browser to watch our video for instructions: youtu.be/UWr4612mqcY
  • Double knot each strip of fleece between each pair of adjoining holes in a grid pattern (both vertically and horizontally).
  • Send us a picture of you or your troop donating your snuffle mats to a local animal shelter, then we’ll send each of you a FREE FUN PATCH! Send pics, number of patches needed, and your address to: snstocking@msn.com

Thank you for helping dogs in need! Have fun making snuffle mats!

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

An Opportunity of a lifetime

Submitted by Serenity C.

Metro Denver

Aurora

Hello,

My name is Serenity C. and I am 15-years-old. My troop has a question for you…Is your troop or your Girl Scout interested in traveling and will be age 11 by July of 2021? Well, we have an opportunity of a lifetime awaiting for you if the answer to any of these questions is yes 😉 My mom is working with EF Tours to host an all-inclusive ten day trip to Costa Rica in July of 2021. What makes this program special? Delve into an ecological paradise, walk amid lush rainforests and beneath towering volcanoes in enchanting Costa Rica. Transport your troop deep into a misty cloud forest, get up close to the world’s most magnificent plant and animal habitats, and see sensational waterfalls and hot springs. From beginning to end, experience natural beauty and thrilling adventures beyond what you ever imagined. Registration is $95 per person. Multiple payment options are available and best of all is you can sell Girl Scout Cookies this year and next year to help earn money for the trip 😉 Use this link to see the full itinerary and all the amazing details of this adventure: https://girltrips.eftours.com/2218043ye 

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