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A Girl Scout truly LIVING by the Girl Scout Law

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Submitted by Colleen Trapp

Metro Denver

Aurora

My daughter Elizabeth is in Troop 64257 in Aurora. Elizabeth has a twin brother, Joel, who has special needs. There’s a girl in her troop, Emily, who truly epitomizes what it means to be a Girl Scout. Emily always treats Joel with such dignity and respect. When you read the Girl Scout Law, you know that she TRULY takes it to heart and is leading by example. Today, after I picked up Joel from school, we were waiting for his sister to come out and he lit up when he saw Emily. Emily checked to make sure it was safe to cross the street, walked over to the car, and gave Joel a big hug, MADE HIS DAY! With so many kids being bullied, Emily is a strong leader and really shows how to treat others!

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Scout Night at the Denver Zoo

Submitted by Charon Dyer

Metro Denver

Aurora

Girl Scout Troop 60287 got together and attended the Scout Night at the Denver Zoo where we watched hula dancers, painted our own faces, learned about water pollution, and much much more. This event is a great one for scouts from all walks of life!

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Power Up your troop in time for Bully Prevention Month

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Submitted by Caroline Cornell

Metro Denver

Aurora

Ambassador Troop 2879 invites you to join them at one of their fall Power Up events scheduled for southeast metro Denver. Power Up is a girl-led course that trains girls how to recognize and stop bullying when they see it. It’s focused on the kinds of bullying that girls do most: excluding, ignoring, gossiping, and drama. Participants will explore:

• Who has the Power in relationships?

• The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of friendships.

• How to Change their World by figuring out what roles are played in girl dramas and how you can be more than a bystander when girls are teased or left out.

Adult leaders and chaperones will mix with the girls for lunch and some programming during the day, but have their own, separate program too.

It’s a great way to start off your Girl Scout year right!

Date Program Level Registration Link

September 11, 2016 Junior https://power-up-9-11-2016.cheddarup.com/

September 24, 2016 Junior https://power-up-9-24-2016.cheddarup.com/

October 9, 2016 Cadette https://power-up-10-9-2016.cheddarup.com/

January 14, 2017 Junior & Cadette https://power-up-1-14-17.cheddarup.com/

All programs are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are held in the Conference Center at Parker Adventist Hospital. Cost is $15 per girl and $10 per adult, including two healthy snacks.

Want to learn more about Power Up, but can’t make one of these dates? Sign up for the Power Up: Clique Proofing Your Troop session at the Leadership Summit on October 1, 2016 for a preview.

Have group and a space? We can travel to you! Please email us at Troop2879@gmail.com to ask about our availability to come to your venue.

Girl Scout Synchronized Swimming Day

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Submitted by Julie Romney

Denver Metro

Aurora

Who wants to join these cute synchronized swimmers and learn the OLYMPIC sport of SYNCHRO! Have your girls been watching the Olympics and are ready to dive in and try it!!?? Rocky Mountain Splash is hosting their 11th annual Girl Scout Synchro Day on September 10, 2016 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. (at Range View High School in Aurora). This fun filled afternoon will give your Girl Scout an opportunity to MEET an Olympic Synchro swimmer, learn a routine in the water with our nationally ranked synchro team, discover the secret how synchronized swimmers keep their hair perfect in the water, and even get their hair and make-up done just like the Olympians! For just $25, you get three hours of fun, a healthy snack and a fun patch! Space is limited to the first 50 girls! Register now at njromney@gmail.com.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Lauren McBeth, Aurora, “House of Words in Tierra Park”

 

Lauren McBeth

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my project I built a Little Free Library for Tierra. The library can be used by anyone who wants to read. The goal for my project was to encourage people of all ages to read more.

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

Within one week of planting the library, there were new books and all the Dr. Seuss books were gone. I have also received responses from people on the Facebook page I created.

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

The Aurora Libraries is committed to working with the Aurora Parks and Recreation District for the security of the “House of Words in Tierra Park”. The Interact Club (High School Rotary) at Cherokee Trail High School has committed to checking and restocking the house quarterly.

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

Nationally, I will be connecting through the House of Words in Tierra Park Facebook page and the Little Free Library organization registration and map of world-wide locations.  Globally, I will be traveling to three countries via Girl Scouts and will visit a local library in London where I will place books with my Facebook connection and leave bookmarks with the links to the Facebook page “House of Words in Tierra Park” and the “Little Free Library” site.

What did you learn about yourself?

Without a commitment to Girl Scouts I might not have learned the strength and tenacity it takes to survive challenges.

I also learned that I am smart, strong, able to organize and direct others, I am sensitive to the needs of my community, able to adapt to challenges, and perfectly capable of making the world a better place. I am proud to represent the Girl Scouts of Colorado.

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

I am currently nominated to the United States Naval Academy and while I wait to hear about a future with the Academy, I know that the Gold Award allowed me to truly embody the meaning of serving others. This will always be carried forward.

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

I have been in Girl Scouts for 12 years now and I have had many opportunities through Girl Scouts. The Gold Award was a great way to wrap up my Girl Scout experience because I was able to use all that I have learned in Girl Scouts in my project. Also, finishing my senior year out with my Gold Award Project has meant a lot because I was able to give back to a community that has given me so much.

**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

Encouraged by another troop

Submitted by Maggie Donohue

Aurora

Denver Metro

My name is Maggie and I am a Junior.  I was doing door-to-door sales with my parents.  We had walked 12 blocks.  I was close to finishing the route and my sales were not as great as I hoped.  1 in every 10 houses would buy cookies.  I wanted to sell at least 10 more boxes but had only two houses left.  I was a little sad.  I rang the last doorbell and met another troop mom.   She had a garage full of cookies but bought one box of do-si-dos.  Then she smiled and gave me an “encouragement gift”!  A small painted milk jug to drink from when I had cookies at my house!  This cheered me up so much!  On the bottom of my jug it says Laura and Kelly!  Thank you Laura and Kelly and your troop mom for helping my heart feel better!

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Thirteen years of fun as Girl Scouts

Submitted by Julie Lisco-Smith

Aurora

Denver Metro

In the 13 years of leading these wonderful girls we have done more than our share of fun stuff. Years ago, I started this troop with 15 kindergartners. Today I have 8 Ambassadors, 7 of which started with me 13 years ago. Through the years we have hiked, camped, sang, laughed, and cried as we lost of one our scouts in her sleep 6 years ago.

These girls have bonded in a way that most will only dream of. We have sat down and done the math, looking back over our last 12 years of cookie sales we have sold over 54,000 boxes of cookies, we have gone to Washington, D.C. for the Girl Scouts’ 100th Birthday Party, spent weekends in Glennwood Springs, gone whitewater rafting, and done community service projects every year.

I always told the girls to make a plan and set a goal and I would try to accomplish whatever you want to do. The last 3 years these girls have worked hard, we have been saving our Cookie money and by adding this years proceeds we will end our Girl Scout years with a mother daughter road trip to Disneyland!

One of our last and most heartfelt Community Projects was to supply sack lunches for the Samaritan House. The girls spent the night at my house and we made 150 sack lunches, stocked with fresh fruit, sandwiches, chips, cookies, chips, gum, Jolly Ranchers and granola bars. We woke at 5:00 am, packed up all of the cars, and headed to downtown to meet them and hand out our bags to the homeless at 6:00 am. The response we got was amazing, the girls felt so blessed to be able to help. So for our last year we have chose the Samaritan House as our Hometown Heros. A lot of the woman we fed told us of stories of when they were scouts and feel that this is a fitting cause to end our wonderful 13 years as Girl Scouts.

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Troop 2375 visting with the local police

Submitted by Charlene Taylor

Aurora

Denver Metro

“We are Troop 2375.
We chose the Southlands Aurora Police Department to be our Hometown Heroes. We chose you because you keep our community safe from bad people. We think that it’s important for people to always listen to the police. We know that you are the good guys, and are always there to help us.
The community that bought cookies from us at booths chose to support you as well, which is where the money for these cookies came from. Thank you for volunteering to protect and serve us, and Aurora.

Signed, Troop 2375”

This was the card and speech the girls from Brownie Troop 2375 made to the Aurora Police Department when delivering their 48 boxes of hometown hero cookies.

The girls chose the local police department to be their Hometown Heroes after discussing Ferguson. Some of their classmates were pulled out of school to go participate in the civil disobedience there, and they were curious what that was about. As we talked about it, they wanted to express their support of what you do as peace officers, and to affirm that if people would just stop and do what the police say, like “Stop”, or “Kneel down, please”, we wouldn’t have all these problems.

As a troop, we wanted to express our thanks to the police for presenting a safe presence to the City of Aurora, and letting our girls grow up in an environment where they trust their police force.
Also, we wanted to make sure they knew that as we sold cookies at booths throughout Aurora, several people donated only after we told them the cookies were going to the local police. They have the support of our Aurora community! (And so do these cute little Brownies!)

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Troop2375 delivers books to HOPE School

Submitted by Charlene Taylor

Aurora

Denver Metro

Brownie Troop 2375 held a book drive and collected 4 boxes of childrens books for the HOPE school, Lighthouse, in Aurora. They were able to personally deliver these books at the school’s Literacy Night.

It was amazing watching the children pick through the books to find a favorite, as each got to take one home for free. And even more amazing to the girls was that given the choice between ice cream or a free book, the book selection came first!

The girls had a great time connecting with their Aurora neighbors in such a fashion, and hope to be able to foster an ongoing relationship with the school.

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