Tag Archives: Broomfield

Girl Scouts take over Fiske Planetarium

Submitted by Rebecca “Zap” Lankford

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Troop 3572 of Broomfield hosted a scouts only event on Sunday, Oct. 29 at CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium. With the help of Claire, the presenter, and Spencer, the pilot, girls were shown a number of constellations and nebulae, went flying by the International Space Station, learned how to find the North Star, and floated in Saturn’s rings. The planetarium was almost full with 195 scouts and family members present. The ooohs, aaahhhs, and general excitement about space made for an exhilarating afternoon. The visit to the planetarium fulfills some of the requirements for badges for Cadettes and Seniors. Great job, girls!

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Earn badges with Elite Dance Academy

Submitted by Meghan Sullivan

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Elite Dance Academy would like to host troops looking to fulfill badge requirements for My Best Self, Dancer, Staying Fit, and Practicing with a Purpose. Elite has locations in Boulder and Broomfield, and can provide classes/workshops in either location. Please let us know if there’s any other way we may serve you and your troop! We would love to invite all Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors to come and dance with us. Please call our studio for additional information.

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Journey weekend Dec. 1 – 3, 2017: Looking for partners

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Hello leaders and older girls!

Our troop of Cadettes and soon-to-be Seniors are planning a weekend at Tomahawk Ranch to work on a journey. We would love to partner with some other Cadette and Senior troops for the planning so that we can all be successful in completing a journey and meet some new scouting friends.

We have not selected the journey yet, but we do have three cabins reserved. You can make your own food or purchase the food at the camp. If you make your own food, you will need to bring your own gear, plates, etc.

The only fees would be to cover the cost of the cabin and your food (which you either bring or you purchase from GSCO). This is not a money-earning activity for our troop, just an opportunity for the troop to work with other girls.

Our troop will take up the better part of one cabin. We need to cancel the reservation for the other two cabins two-months in advance, so the deadline to commit will be October 1.

If you are interested in working with us on a journey please contact us at troop53572@gmail.com.

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Essay contest for flag retirement ceremony

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Submitted by North Metro Fire Rescue

Metro Denver

Broomfield

North Metro Fire Rescue District and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum are joining together to host the 13th Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Broomfield. This year, the organizations are adding an essay contest for Broomfield and Northglenn residents up to age 18. Winners from the contest will be invited to speak at this year’s ceremony.

The event will be held at North Metro Fire Station 61 at 1275 Midway Boulevard beginning at 11 a.m. A combined honor guard from North Metro Fire and Broomfield Police Department will be a part of the ceremony as well as representatives from North Metro Fire and the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum. A bugler and local Boy Scouts will also participate in the service. Following the ceremony, there will be an open house at the fire station and patriotic hot dog cookout.

Essay Contest Rules

Young residents of the fire district up to the age of 18 are invited to submit an original essay or poem to North Metro Fire on the topic “What the American Flag Means to Me.” Entries can be up to 400 words and should be submitted to sfarris@northmetrofire.org, dropped off in person or mailed to North Metro Fire, Attn: Sara Farris, 101 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31. Participants should provide their name, age, address, phone number, email and school with their entry. Winners will read their works at the Flag Retirement Ceremony and will receive a $50 gift card as a prize.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with our community on this event and hope to see every generation out to celebrate the American flag and what it stands for,” said North Metro Fire Chief Dave Ramos. “We are especially excited to invite our area youth to participate in this year’s ceremony and to hear their voices regarding our nation’s symbol.”

Everyone attending may take part in the ceremony by helping cut up and properly retire flags that have been collected throughout the community.

Bring in your old flags

North Metro Fire Rescue District and Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum will be accepting retired flag donations at the following locations until 5 p.m. on June 8.

FLAG DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

North Metro Fire Rescue Headquarters
101 Spader Way, Broomfield

Monday—Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

North Metro Fire Station 62
10550 Huron Street, Northglenn

Monday—Sunday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

North Metro Fire Station 64
13515 Lowell Boulevard, Broomfield

Monday—Sunday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum
12 Garden Center, Broomfield

Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Girl Scouts honor heroes

Submitted by Carol Lucero

Metro Denver

Thornton

After the tragedy in Dallas, Thornton Girl Scouts collected 70 retired American flags and cut out the stars, packaging them with a note of thanks for every officer on the Dallas Police Force.

Since then, girls have continued to collect, cut/tag/bag almost 15,000 stars for veterans and first responders locally. 50 stars are also mailed to every department (fire, EMS, police, DOC) who suffers a line of duty death in the country- a staggering 208 heroes since Dallas.

The North Metro Fire Rescue Department is a main partner in this effort, as they collect retired flags from the public and donate them to our girls to continue this cause. All troops are invited to join us June 10, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Station 61 at 1275 Midway Blvd., Broomfield for their annual flag retirement ceremony. Help cut up flags and save stars for our program.

New this year is an essay contest on what the Flag means to you. The winner gets to read their essay at the Retirement and wins a $50 gift card. Enter here: http://bit.ly/2q6RqnK We hope to see you on the 10th!

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Broomfield/Westminster day camps: Last chance to register

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Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Cadette Troop 63572 is hosting two day camps this summer as part of their leadership progression. The two primary outcomes chosen for these camps are confidence and courage. The campers will work together through some traditional scouting activities like songs and games, and challenge themselves while learning new skills.

Buttercup Bootcamp will be at East Interlocken Park in Broomfield from June 26 – 30, 2017 and She’s Crafty will be at the Westminster campus of Front Range Community College July 17 – 21, 2017. Information and how to register can be found at: https://scoutingforfun.com/

Registration will close on May 15, 2017. Don’t wait to register!

Each camp is $175 and is completely volunteer-run. Our troop has held many successful events and the girls are excited to work with younger girls at these fun camps.

Interested in volunteering or helping as a PA or PAI? Info is available on the camp website! The number of campers we can have will be dependent on the number of adult volunteers.

Contact us at camplikeagirlscout@gmail.com with questions.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Heather Gardner 

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In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Heather Gardner, leader of Troop 675 in the Mountaineers Service Unit,  was nominated as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community!

For the last three years, Heather has led her high school troop to plan a girl empowerment event, Perfectly Imperfect, Perfectly You!, with a great guest speaker. Last year, it was 9News Traffic Reporter and pilot Amelia Earhart. This year, it will be celebrity mountain climber Meghan Martin. Heather is described as “articulate and passionate about giving 5th-8th grade girls the tools for self esteem, confidence building, and more as they either enter or are in the middle school years.”  

We asked Heather to answer a few questions about her experiences as a Girl Scout volunteer. We hope you find her story as inspiring as we did!

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How long have you been a Girl Scout?

This is my 10th year being a Girl Scout leader/volunteer.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I became a Girl Scout volunteer to allow my daughter the opportunity to be in Girl Scouts. When I was 6-years-old, I tried to join Girl Scouts, but there were no troops or volunteers in my area. When my daughter was in first grade, we went to an orientation meeting and they did not have any available troops or volunteers for our area. I did not want her to miss out on Girl Scouts as I did, so I started a troop. 

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

Girl Scouts allows so many different volunteer roles and growth as a leader. Just a few of the roles I have had the privilege to fill are leader, cookie manager, troop secretary, finance advisor, volunteer coordinator, community outreach, overnight troop camping, CPR/First aid training, event planner, website designer, a second mom, friend, etc. There are so many ways to contribute as an individual, your strengths can always be utilized. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer? What do you hope girls have learned from you?

The sky’s the limit! Don’t be afraid to think big, and never be afraid to ask. I truly try to set the example that everything is possible. When I first started to suggest ideas to the troop for events and/or guest speakers, I think my girls thought I was crazy. They never thought we could get so much support from our community, celebrity role models, other troops, etc. I believe I have inspired the girls to think big and that anything is possible.  

What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?

There are so many Girl Scout memories to choose from! Three of my favorite and most memorable moments were: 1.) Our troop was planning for our next girl empowerment event, and I had just flown in from a week-long business trip the day prior and was super tired. We were brainstorming for our event’s activities and completely got off topic. Some of the silliest things were said and laughed about that night. I truly believe you have to have those moments with your girls! If you ask any of them about it, they will know exactly what I’m talking about. 2.) One of the proudest moments of being a volunteer, was at our very first troop hosted the girl empowerment event. I remember that one of the younger attendees was having some anxiety issues, and one of my older girls took her under her wing and spent time just talking to her. I can’t tell you how proud I was of that moment, and how I felt that everything I did as a volunteer completely paid off then. 3.) Our troop went to Magic Sky Ranch for our annual family camping trip. This was the first time we had been to MSR, and we were in awe when we watched a lightning storm from our cabin window. We all sat there for about an hour in complete darkness, just enjoying the spectacle and each other’s company. 

What words of advice do you have for other volunteers?

Ask for help! I am somewhat controlling, and have really had a tough time listening to my own advice. Over the last couple of years, I have asked for more help than ever – from my co-leader, parents, community, and girls. Surprisingly, people really do want to help, you just have to be specific with what you need. It can be as simple as asking to host a troop sleepover, picking up cookies and running cookie booths, helping with sewing on patches, sending out meeting reminders, going to monthly leader meetings, coming up with volunteer ideas, etc. If you try to do everything yourself, it no longer feels like a troop and you will tire fast. Ask for help and everyone feels involved and has a happier 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.

Troop 66764 uses cookie money to help CASA

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Submitted by Brandy Blair

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Our troop of Brownies voted on a charity or foundation to help with the money they earned from selling Girl Scout Cookies.  The girls agreed on Broomfield/Adam’s County CASA to help the children in our communities. Great job girls!

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Girl empowerment event

Submitted by Heather Gardner, GS Troop 675 Leader

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Cadette and Ambassador Troop 675 is hosting a girl empowerment event called “Perfectly Imperfect, Perfectly You” on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 5 – 9 p.m. at Good News Community Church in Broomfield. Last year, we held a similar overnight event with Amelia Earhart as our guest speaker. This year, we plan to have another special guest speaker, possibly from 9News. This event is meant for 5-8th graders, and will cover several topics including body and self image, identity, and confidence. These are real struggles girls at this age face, and it’s our hope this event has a very positive impact on them. Registration is now available, and limited to the first 80 girls and 10 adults. This is our third time hosting an event similar to this, and it always fills up fast. Hope to see your Troop there!

Registration: https://perfectly-imperfect-perfectly-you-event.cheddarup.com

NOTE: Photos are from last year’s event.

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Fun, new day camps looking for volunteers

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Cadette Troop 63572 is helping to organize two day camps in the Broomfield area this summer. We are looking for PA’s, PAI’s and adult volunteers to help with the camp.

Our site is open for registration for volunteers now! Visit us at www.scoutingforfun.com.

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