On May 7, 2017, the Berthoud Service Unit welcomed retired police officer Kate Hudson for an informational session to share smart self-defense tips with all Berthoud-area Girl Scouts. Ms. Hudson was in law enforcement for over 22 years, a women’s self-defense instructor, a Rape Crisis Team counselor, and a member of the Larimer County Peer Support Team.
During the Daisy/Brownie session, girls and their parents learned about stranger danger and many tips for being safe at home and while playing outdoors or on troop outings. Juniors and Cadettes were presented with extra information about safety while babysitting and how to avoid being the victim of crime.
These important reminders reinforce good safety habits on a daily basis and teach girls how to protect themselves and others— and may inspire a girl to consider a career in law enforcement!
The event was organized by Jen Rotar for the Berthoud Service Unit and held at the Berthoud Athletic Club.
Scouting for Food in Berthoud brings together Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to collect donations for the House of Neighborly Service. On April 1, 2017, the Scouts exceeded all previous records, raising a total of 6,292.13 pounds of food and other donations for the community. Approximately 40 Girl Scouts, along with their leaders and parent volunteers, helped with promotion, collection, and sorting donations.
The girls of Troop 70700 donated their Hometown Heroes Girl Scout Cookies to the heroes who take care of animals every day at the Larimer Humane Society in Fort Collins. The girls delivered 30 packages of cookies along with a large bag of donated towels to the staff and volunteers. While visiting the shelter, they spent time with some of the special adoptable pets looking for their forever homes.
On September 23, the Cadettes of Berthoud Troop 70700 set out on a tent camping trip at Jackson Lake State Park. Arriving just at sunset, lightening was flashing in the distance and a brief storm showered the girls as they unloaded gear from the cars. Setting up tents in the dark and wind required a full team effort. With gusts reaching over 40 miles per hour, the 6th grade Cadettes each grabbed a corner and had their tents staked down securely before they blew across the lake. With exceptional teamwork, they set up three tents and had their basic camp set up before bedtime. In the morning they were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise, a gorgeous day at the beach, and a fun weekend adventure. The Cadettes earned their Girl Scout Way badge, cleaned up trash from a section of the beach, sang campfire songs, made S’mores, took a nature walk, explored the visitor center, and practiced all their outdoor cooking and camping skills. We loved our trip to Jackson Lake (except the wind) and can’t wait to do it again!
8th grade Cadettes in Troop 70487 from Berthoud wanted to promote reading and recycling for younger people. We decided to to make a Little Library, which is a “Take a Book, Leave a Book” idea for our Silver Award. Since we were going to put it on a street corner, we had to do a site plan and map it out all according to scale. When we had finished that, we had to take that plan to the city planners to get the plan approved and they did! Then, we were all cleared to start building the Little Library. The troop found a local carpenter to build it for us and he used all recycled wood and handles. We had to take off the doors to be able to paint the Little Library, then we primed all the parts, then painted it with exterior paint. Next, we shingled the turrets and roof with recycled shingles. The Little Library is painted it to look like Hogwarts, from Harry Potter, with the Tardis, from Doctor Who, in front of it. As we were digging the post hole, people were walking by and asking questions about what it was and how it worked. Our troop knows this was a great success because only after a couple of days, it was already being used. Once we had built it, we registered the Little Library on LittleFreeLibrary.org so check us out on the world map! Autumn, Alexa, and Kathryn had a great time working on this project and we thought it was a lot of fun!!