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Volunteer Spotlight: Erin Wogaman

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Erin Wogaman of Canon City in the Pikes Peak region has served as a troop leader and Product Program volunteer for many years. She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Erin 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 because of my daughter. She is the youngest of three and has two older brothers. I still remember my time as a Brownie, with my mom as my troop leader, making place mats, sit-upons, camping, and so much more. I knew that I wanted my daughter to have those memories to cherish. I did end up bridging to Junior, but we had moved and it wasn’t the same without my mom being involved. I promised my daughter that for as long as she is a Girl Scout, I will be one as well…possibly longer.

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

After the role of parent to an amazing Cadette, I am a troop leader of a multi-level troop. I am in my 9th year as an adult volunteer and have started several troops in New Mexico and Colorado. My troop consists of nine Daisies, twelve Brownies, four Juniors, and five Cadettes. Next year, we will add Seniors to our troop family. I am a service unit manager and service unit product program manager. I love working with the other leaders in my service unit and we have become a second family. We have grown in the last year and have plans to continue that growth. I am also an adult advisory member for our older girl group called SPLAT. We are still in the beginning stages, as this is our first year. The SPLAT girls represent different troops in our service unit. The girls planned and led our Cookie Rally this year and will be planning summer and fall activities. I am a member of the Pikes Peak Region Cookie Committee, an adult trainer, and recruiter for my service unit.  

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

Working with girls of different ages and with different abilities requires patience and the understanding that all girls can do anything they set their minds to. Every girl, in every troop, brings something new to the troop and they need the opportunity to shine and lead to their ability. I have learned that Daisies can start campfires, cook meals, participate in a flag ceremony, and so much more. I have the ability to give girls an amazing experience of leadership, courage, and learning life skills. I have learned that I must provide them with the opportunities to be the girl-led troop that they are.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I want them to learn to take risks, to challenge themselves, and to try out for that sport, solo, or part in the play. I want them to know that Girl Scouts is something they should be proud of. This is their experience and that they each have a voice. I hope they have learned that living the Girl Scout Law every day will take them far and they will make the world a better place.

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

Being a Girl Scout volunteer has pushed me to challenge myself to be a better person and to put others first more often. Getting up in front of strangers has never been something I enjoy, other than with girls. This year, I challenged myself to take on new roles and those roles require me to break those walls, to take risks, to lead with other adults, and to challenge our service unit to grow and offer the best experience for our girls. As a leader, I will never ask my girls to do something that I am not willing to do. I even challenged myself (after much coaxing) to walk across the Royal Gorge Bridge. I have always said that I would be the one crawling down the middle of the bridge. I won’t say that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My heart was racing and my legs were shaking, but I did it. I want my girls to know that they have my support to try those scary things in life and I will be here to cheer them on.

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

Royal Gorge Girl Scout Bridging

Join Girl Scouts across Colorado for our annual Girl Scout Bridging at the Royal Gorge Bridge on Saturday, May 19, 2018! GSCO is organizing an official bridging walk at the bridge in Canon City at 11 a.m. and will host a short reception afterwards. Cost is $5/Girl Scout and $3/friends and family, plus $17 per person for discounted entry to the park, which is good all day.

Registration will be done in two parts. To participate in GSCO’s Bridging Ceremony and reception, please register at https://goo.gl/35nkcT . Registration deadline for the reception is May 15. Each Girl Scout registration includes a special Centennial event patch.

Admission tickets for the bridge can also be purchased the day of the event at the bridge’s admission center. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting the Royal Gorge Bridge directly at (719) 275-7507. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family will need to purchase an admission ticket to enter the Royal Gorge for the bridging ceremony.

Not bridging, but still want to enjoy the Royal Gorge Bridge? Not a problem! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are welcome to enjoy the discounted admission for the day. Just arrive before 11 a.m. to purchase tickets.

Interested in camping near the Royal Gorge for this event? Check out these campsites:

•Royal Gorge Park – https://goo.gl/wXcUIX
•Other campsites on the hill close to the Royal Gorge – http://www.canoncitycolorado.com/camping

For more information about the bridge, go to http://royalgorgebridge.com/Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Save the date: Royal Gorge Bridging

 

 

 

 

 

Save the date for GSCO’s statewide Girl Scout Bridging at the Royal Gorge Bridge on May 19, 2018! The bridge, located outside of Canyon City, is one of the most majestic backdrops for a Girl Scout Bridging with it’s breathtaking scenery. Last year, we had more than 300 Girl Scouts, friends, and family cross the bridge during the ceremony and enjoy a cupcake reception afterwards.

Admission to the park for the bridging ceremony is good for the day, so many Girl Scouts and troops plan extra time to enjoy the bridge and the different attractions onsite. The bridge has a lot of picnic tables and different hiking trails available for use as well as food onsite. There’s also several campsites close by.

Information about this year’s ceremony and reception is coming soon. To be notified when bridging registration opens, please contact GSCO Community Partnerships Manager Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org. For more information about the Royal Gorge Bridge, please go to http://royalgorgebridge.com.

Troop 45305 has your back

Submitted by Dezarai Eason

Pikes Peak

Canon City

Troop 45305 was recently published in the local newspaper for their “Troop 45305 has your back” packs. The troop ranging from Daisies to Cadettes has made packs for domestic violence victims, containing toiletries and other items that they thought a victim might need. These packs were donated to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and accepted by Sheriff Beiker himself and placed in squad cars to be given out during calls. The second set of packs were donated to firefighters and contained water, gum, socks, snacks, and other items they might need while battling fires. The troop plans on continuing this project for other sets of local organizations that may need their help.

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

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Angel Potter, Canon City, “Operation Literacy”

Angel Potter

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I addressed the issue of underdeveloped reading skills in the community involving children from low-resource families. I had hoped that by donating, working with a children’s center, and giving them books to read and keep that they would become more excited to read. In turn, the Loaves and Fishes Ministries of Fremont County benefited greatly by gaining a newly renovated lobby, including an area for children to play while their parents are in meetings or filling out paperwork.

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

During the project my team and I came across many thanks and encouragement, which I feel made me even more motivated. I received many compliments from the staff, people using the facility, and the community. People who read the story and those who I personally came in contact with would spread the word about my project, and I would hear stories about people donating just to be able to see my work.

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

My project is being continued in a partnership between Loaves and Fishes Ministries of Fremont County and the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) of Canon City High School. The students of that group, who are being led by Mrs. Deb Crockett, will hold drives throughout the school to donate newer books, toys, or stuffed animals to the shelter, so the children may always have those items to enjoy.

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

My main connection is through Loaves and Fishes’ newsletter that is sent out every quarter to people in the community and further. The newsletter contains before and after photos of my project, and information about what I accomplished. I have sent information about my project to various other shelters in the state encouraging them to do something similar to what I have accomplished. My hope is that shelters and businesses will create an area in their building similar to mine and help more people.

What did you learn about yourself?

I am not quite as shy, I am independent, and I can do whatever I desire! My project brought me out of my comfort zone and helped me learn new things I may have never learned otherwise! I know that sounds cheesy or cliché, but it’s true!

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

On a serious note, it has helped me develop a work ethic, positive attitude, critical thinking process, and many other things that will help me get through college now, and through jobs and life later down the road. It could also lead to scholarships, job opportunities, and many other things!

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

I feel that it was important because I got to see a different side of Girl Scouts. Of course, I love going to camp, the activities like World Thinking Day, or Bridging ceremonies, but the Gold Award was different. It encourages girls to follow through to the end of scouting and to do an amazing project in their community, which is needed even though many people won’t ever know who filled that need. Girls can learn so many things from doing a project on this scale, and I really appreciate the opportunities is has given me.

**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

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Katie Abbott, Canon City High School, “Creative Corner Courtyard”

Katie Abbott 2

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I beautified a courtyard on the northwestern corner of the Progressive Care Center nursing home in order to give the residents in the adjacent wings a more uplifting view of the outside world.

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

Through interviews with the residents, as well as before and after pictures of the courtyard.

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

I created a website to promote awareness of my project at ktbuggles626.wix.com/goldaward2015 as well as creating a leaflet for the local library to file in their archives for anyone wanting to know more about doing a project like mine. There were also articles in the Daily Record and Pueblo Chieftain about my project. The Progressive Care Center has also agreed to continue maintenance on the courtyard, so their residents may continue to enjoy it for years to come.

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

My website.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I have very good people skills in not being afraid to ask for what I need to get done and I am also very good at delegating.

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

It is a point of pride that I have completed such a difficult challenge. I wear it as a badge of honor that I have joined the ranks of so many, yet so few, girls who have surmounted such a daunting obstacle. It also gave me an immense sense of closure to finish this project, and in essence my Girl Scout career, just before I left for college. It was like getting to graduate all over again. The experience has given me confidence in my abilities to take an idea of mine and see it become a reality.

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

For all of the reasons listed above and also because it was a goal, a reason to stay in Girl Scouts until I was finally old enough to do it.

**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

Alumna Blog: Girl Scout license plates kick off 100th anniversary celebration year

By Penny Roberts, Colorado Girl Scout alumna and volunteer leader behind creating the Girl Scout license plate

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The Girl Scout license plate project began over two years ago, and followed a complicated and circuitous route to completion this last week, when the plates themselves were delivered to County Clerks’ offices across the state. The plates are a visual expression of our pride in our 100-year heritage of Girl Scouting and the impact it has had on girls and women all over the world.

If you are or ever have been a Girl Scout, if you are a leader, grandmother, businessman or anyone who recognizes the value of this important organization, you can display that support by registering the plates to any of your vehicles, including motorcycles.  The cost is a one-time extra fee of $50, and there are no additional costs or qualifications to obtain the plates.

The Promise Partners Northern Colorado alumnae group’s organizing committee toured the Territorial Correctional Facility this fall to watch the original issue of license plates being manufactured.  From the ink printer that put the colors onto the plastic roll at the beginning of the process to the plastic computer photo graphic of the design and numbering system through to the slipping of the plates into the plastic storage sleeves, the committee saw all aspects of production at the facility in Cañon City. An 80-foot-long machine eventually combined the colored plastic piece, the aluminum metal and the clear-coat cover, welding them together and then cutting them into separate sets of plates for distribution.

The committee was also privileged to see other aspects of production in the Colorado Correctional Industries, including the sign shop, the print shop, the machine shop and more. Most interesting and exciting is the part of the facility that is beginning to make custom motorcycles for sale. Yes, more than just license plates are manufactured here! In all, more 35 different products are manufactured, farmed or produced in prisons across the state.

So, you can see from the photos here that I finally helped complete the process by registering and installing the plates on my own car this past week. To find out more information about obtaining Girl Scout license plates, contact any County Clerk’s office. If supplies run low, ask them to order more. Help us celebrate Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary year in 2012 and watch for many more Girl Scout activities to highlight this exciting year in Girl Scouts!