Join us Monday, October 9, 2017 from 5 – 7 p.m. at The GrowHaus (https://www.thegrowhaus.org/) for a program, tour, and hands-on service project at their indoor farm. Learn about food networks, nutrition, and local farming. Cost is $7 per Girl Scout. There are 12 spots available.
Senior Troop 1096 is working on their “Sow What” Journey and arranged a field trip to The GrowHaus, which has worked with GSCO in the past. The tour can accommodate 20 Girl Scouts and we only need eight slots, so we want to open this opportunity to other troops or Juliettes.
Colorado Girl Scouts can now earn 23 new badges, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the outdoors! With the introduction of these new badges, which marks the largest programming rollout in almost a decade, girls can design robots and racecars, go on environmentally conscious camping trips, write code, collect data in the great outdoors, try their hand at engineering, and so much more. Through hands-on and age-appropriate experiences for girls as young as 5, Girl Scouts is both enhancing the important outdoor opportunities we are known for and addressing the lack of exposure many girls have to STEM. In fact, Girl Scouts are almost twice as likely as non–Girl Scouts to participate in STEM (60 percent versus 35 percent) and outdoor activities (76 percent versus 43 percent).
This new Girl Scout programming builds girls’ skills and encourages their interest in STEM and environmental conservation from an early age, increasing their confidence in these areas—in an all-girl environment where they feel comfortable trying new things, taking appropriate risks, and learning from failure. Importantly, what girls gain through Girl Scouting positively affects all areas of their lives. For example, Girl Scouts do better than their non–Girl Scout peers in the classroom, earning better grades and aspiring to higher educational attainment, and are more likely to seek careers in STEM, law, and business—industries in which women are underrepresented. And the benefits of Girl Scouting are not exclusive to any particular demographic, which means that no matter where girls live or what their age or background, Girl Scouts can help them develop to their full potential and excel in all aspects of life.
At a time when 81 percent of American voters think preparing girls for leadership roles should be a national priority, Girl Scouts of the USA—the preeminent leadership development organization for girls—offers girls even more opportunities to learn skills and empower themselves with the experiences they need to succeed in life. And as the Girl Scout Research Institute releases new findings that confirm the outstanding leadership outcomes that Girl Scouts exhibit compared to their non–Girl Scout peers, there has never been a better time to join.
We’re 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.
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Girls have spoken! The winning Girls’ Choice badge topic for 2017 is Troop Camping. And, without further ado, we’re pleased to announce . . .
The 2017 Girls’ Choice badge requirements are now available for digital download. What a great way to kick off the summer and build go-get-‘em problem-solvers, encourage challenge-seeking, and expose girls to new experiences as they grow their skills, confidence, and character.
Daisies will get a first taste of the camping fun and excitement in their first-ever Girls’ Choice badge, and then the Brownie Ambassador badges will build on that foundation.
So head on over to the Girl Scout Shop today for your digital downloads; badges and printed requirements will be in council shops by August. They’re chock full of opportunities for her to take the lead like a Girl Scout and unleash her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. And we can’t forget all the adventure, fun, and excitement great Girl Scout memories are made of!
And girls, always remember, camp life is the best life!
Aurora Cooks is excited to present their first Brownie Girl Scout cooking class to fulfill all the requirements of the “Legacy Cook: Snacks” badge! Aurora Cooks is a recreational program through the City of Aurora. They have a beautiful professional teaching kitchen and create fun, healthy, and engaging cooking classes for all ages. They offer many practical classes in a warm and welcoming environment. In the summer and fall they have an on-site culinary garden where they harvest herbs, vegetables, and a few fruits for use in their classes.
In the Brownie Snack Badge workday, girls will discuss packaged food labels and make several sweet and savory snacks. Come play in the kitchen!
Stay tuned for more cooking classes for other levels of Girl Scouts. Check out all of their youth, family, and adult cooking classes at www.auroragov.org/cooking.
Here’s info on the Brownie Snack Badge workday:
Mon., Jan. 23rd, 2017
$22.50 per Girl Scout
Expo Recreation Center: 10955 E. Exposition Ave. Aurora, CO 80012
Call (303) 326-8656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to register. Spots are limited, so register soon to reserve your Brownie’s spot.
Cadette Troop 73392 of Longmont hosted a potluck dinner Sunday to celebrate earning the New Cuisines badge. To earn this badge, Girl Scouts must sample dishes, which are from another:
Region of the United States
They must also try a dish that “makes a statement.”
Troop Leader Sharon Manning wanted her girls to take this badge one step further. Instead of simply trying each one of these dishes, the girls had to make all four of them and then present them at a potluck dinner. It wasn’t an easy task. However, in the end, the girls learned not only about cooking, but about themselves and their family’s heritage.
Bebe, who is Asian-American, made a traditional Taiwanese noodle-dish. She also cooked sweet-potato chips, an interesting twist on the popular sweet potato fry. Along with the help of her mother, Ashley made homemade bread. The two used an old family recipe and tips and tricks passed down for generations.
Earning the New Cuisines badge is just the beginning for this troop. They have many more exciting activities planned for the 2015-16 Girl Scout year, including hosting the Second Annual Holiday Bazaar on November 21 in Longmont.
The My Promise – My Faith pin is a Girl Scout Special Opportunity Award. By earning this award, girls have explored how Girl Scouts and faith offer similar ideas about how to act and how Girl Scouts ties into all different faiths. By choosing a different line of the Girl Scout Law each year, the award can be earned every year a girl is in Girl Scouts!
We have an annual all-troop (two troops as is the case now that our original troop became Cadettes!) sleepover. Girls have to earn the privilege to attend this sleepover by showing they are capable of always living the Girl Scout Law, during troop meetings. The girls earn stars for behavior and participation in our weekly meetings and all girls with a minimum number of earned stars are invited to the sleepover.
The sleepover is the best place to work on this pin, because we have a captive audience for an extended, uninterrupted period of time. As the girls go to a religion-based school, this pin is a no-brainer for our troop. So, we have worked on My Promise – My Faith for the last 4 years during the sleepover and we always do our sleepover in a church. All our girls go to the same Catholic School, but about 25% of them are not Catholic so, we have moved around from year-to-year to different churches in our town, so we are sure to, at least, hit the denomination of every girl in our troop.
There are 5 steps to completing this award. The first is to choose a line from the Girl Scout Law, on which to focus. This year we planned our entire evening’s events around being COURAGEOUS and STRONG.
When the girls arrived, they checked in at a table with a sign stating “The phrase DO NOT BE AFRAID is written in the Bible 365. That’s a daily reminder, from God, to live every day COURAGEOUS and STRONG!”, there they collected a keepsake button we had made with the phrase “Do Not Be Afraid” , with the year, that the girls could wear on their uniforms or pin on their school bags or anywhere they wanted DAILY reminding of what they learned while earning these pins.
The second step to earning the pin is to interview a woman of faith who can talk about how she tries to act in her life based on our chosen line of the Law. We chose a non-Catholic teacher from the girls’ school. Mrs. H is a shining example of a woman of faith. She lives every day exemplifying her faith and is a great role-model for our girls, in and out of school. She spent a little over a year as a missionary, with her family, in Liberia during the beginning of that country’s Civil War, prior to being emergency evacuated as the war started to turn extremely violent. The home in which her family lived is literally a crater in the ground now, where bombs hit within days of Mrs. H and her family being evacuated. She talked at great length and answered questions about how living her faith and believing it gave her COURAGE and STRENGTH helped her get through a very turbulent time (and continues to do so)!
Mrs. H teaches 5th grade so many of the girls have had her as a teacher and those who haven’t still know and love her. She is extremely unassuming and you’d think a group of rowdy girls would eat her alive. But, Mrs. H has a gracious personality and commands attention. The leaders of younger girls were extremely impressed by her character, demeanor and the girls were all captivated and extremely attentive! She is an amazing women and we are extremely fortunate to have such an inspiration working so closely with our girls!!
The third step is to find three inspirational quotes by women that fit with the chosen line of the Law. We had fruitful discussion about each one and the girls could (if they chose) use the quotes on an art project they completed later in the evening. Below are the quotes we chose and some of the meanings the girls came up with:
“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” – (Professor Dumbledore) aka J.K Rowling
Be who you are, no matter who you talk to
Stand up for yourself
Stand up for someone who can’t stand up for themselves even if you have to anger someone
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
You can’t ever learn something new if you don’t take the first step
The outcome of doing something you are scared of can be amazing
What if you never tried ice cream? How would you ever know it is the BEST food in the world!
“Courage is like a muscle, we strengthen it by use.” – Ruth Gordo
The more courage you have, the easier it gets
Baby steps lead to great things
Once you have courage to do something and you find you could, you can do it again and again
At this point we had been together for a couple of hours so figured we should probably feed them 🙂 Dinner time….Thumbs up for pizza!
After dinner we decided to put the girls to the test! We wanted them to see how they COULD gather courage and strength to get through a series of activities. So, we set up stations and had an evening of FEAR FACTOR (like the TV show)!!
Step one…sort into groups. Sometimes it takes courage to try new things with NEW people, rather than always with our friends and staying in our comfort zone.
All stations had labels. The name of each event was sometimes enough to have girls questioning their resolve! 🙂
One station was called WORM PIE. Here we had plates of whipped cream for each girl. Hidden within the pile was a gummy worm. The girls had to find their worm WITHOUT using their hands or any utensils. Not knowing the worm was candy and not real, all but one girl tried this!
Another station was called CAN YOU GUESS. Here we had several flavors of baby food. We had taken the labels off the jars and the girls had to taste test all the flavors and guess what the flavors were. We chose some easy foods, like applesauce and some baby food versions of the kids’ favorite foods, such as Mac-n-Cheese. It was hilarious to see their faces and even better were the reactions when we gave them the answers afterwards and they realized every one of the pureed foods were foods they eat in its whole state! All girls tried this event. The girls with more than 50% guessed correctly won a yummy(er) treat!
Ummmm….WHAT?!?! Pretty sure we didn’t feed them THAT, but from these photos you’d think we did 🙂
One station we had to set up outside so we wouldn’t make a mess on the nice carpet in the parish Friendship Room. This one was called ROTTEN EGG CHALLENGE. Girls had to crack an egg into their hands and carry it from a starting point to a bucket several yards away. Once they deposited their egg they had to crack an egg into a teammate’s hand who then walked back the other direction. Every girl tried this event.
The last event was called PIG GUTS KEY SEARCH. This one got great reactions out of the girls. First off, it stunk! A leader had purchased a bunch of canned food items from the Dollar Store, such as Spaghetti-Os, applesauce, grape jelly, canned mushrooms and few other “gross” items. Mix in some water and you get slop! In the bucket we dropped 6 keys. 2 of the keys opened a pair of padlocks. Each girl had to dig around for the correct key and when they opened the lock they dropped the keys back into the pig guts and handed the, now-relocked, padlock to the next girl in line. They learned really quickly that if they pulled an incorrect key from the slop they shouldn’t put it back in (increasing their odds of finding the correct key sooner) and that both of the correct keys were interchangeable and would open either padlock so two girls could go at once! All but one girl tried this event. The one who flat-out refused was the youngest girl in her group and the older girls were REALLY sweet to her!!
The fourth requirement to earning the pin is to make something to remember what they’ve learned. We made collages on canvas with the words COURAGOUS and/or STRONG on them. Using magazines, markers and modgepodge we got some really pretty artwork! As mentioned above, the girls were given the 3 chosen quotes to copy if they wanted, as well.
Leaders add some modge-podge and VOILA! Beautiful art to take home!
By this point, it is pretty late in the night….past usual bedtimes for our younger girls. So, we usually wind down by watching a movie and having quiet time until they all crash. Cookie season started the next day so we watched some GSUSA videos so the girls could get ideas on how to sell, sell, sell!
Now….GO TO SLEEEPPP!!!!! 🙂 Well, first it’s like herding cats, then it was bedtime. But, bright and early again, it is breakfast time….which, of course, is not possible without these bright-eyed-at-6am-lovely-ladies!
A couple of years ago we started making homemade Belgium waffles, as each of the leaders had an iron. So, it has become our tradition. Add some bacon, fruit, yogurt, milk and breakfast is served. YUMMY!!
After a quick game of “as soon as you round up all your things and pack them up we will put your name in a drawing for a fun prize” (you might call it bribery, we say PRETTY MUCH!!), we finished our event by discussing what we learned and making a commitment to live what we learned! This is the last requirement for the pin. So, in one activity packed evening a troop of over 40 girls can earn this award.
As you can imagine it is an exhausting time. But…the memories and photos are all the incentive we leaders need (well…that and the fact that a year passes before we do it again!) The best part of the evening, is the sisterhood!
A few weeks after our event, the girls received their pins which were blessed by Father Jaochim during Mass. The whole troop was honored in front of their entire school and parish community.