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Silver Award working with CASA

Submitted by Lisa Svede

Metro Denver

Centennial

Lauren, with Cadette Troop 60762 of the Green Meadows Service Unit, enjoyed earning her Silver Award by working with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children).

Over the summer, Lauren decided to go through her stuffed animal collection and donate over 50 like-new stuffed animals to a charity. Her younger sister volunteered to donate 20 of her own stuffed animals. When looking for a charity in which to donate the stuffed animals, she learned that the organization Love Does It was planning to donate 100 backpacks filled with supplies for the children of CASA. Lauren asked if she could donate her animals to the Backpack Project.

She then decided to contact her dentist and her parents’ dentist to see if they would donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss. Dr. Paul Miyamoto donated a large supply of toothbrushes, travel size toothpastes, and floss to Lauren’s cause.

Lauren then decided to go through all of her books and sister’s books; they donated close to 50 books for the Backpack Project.

Once Lauren had these supplies, she got together with the co-founders of Love Does It for an afternoon and helped to stuff the 100 backpacks with the supplies she provided and other supplies that were donated by generous people in the community.

A few days after stuffing all of the backpacks, Lauren and Love Does It donated over 100 backpacks to the children of CASA. While there, Lauren learned that CASA Colorado in Aurora works with more than 800 foster and kinship care children a year! While receiving a tour, she was shown the gift closet where children can come and select a gift from the closet on their birthday. Seeing that there were not 800 gifts in the closet, Lauren decided to hold a toy drive in her community and within her sister troop to see if she could collect new toys for the CASA children. In December, Lauren was able to donate over 75 new toys to CASA to be placed in the gift closet.

Finally, during cookie sales Lauren’s troop decided to make CASA their Hometown Hero after learning more about the organization from Lauren’s Silver Award work. The eight Girl Scouts in her troop who sold cookies donated and delivered 46 boxes of cookies to CASA in April.

Lauren enjoyed learning about CASA and meeting the hard-working and caring volunteers while earning her Silver Award. She enjoyed helping an organization that helps children.

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

Cadette troops make shoes for Sole Hope

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Submitted by Lisa Svede

Metro Denver

Centennial

Cadette Troops 60762 and 60744 from the Green Meadows Service Unit gathered together with members of Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit to make shoes from denim for Sole Hope and children in Africa. A big thank you to the volunteers of Love Does It, who helped the Girl Scouts to collect over 200 pairs of jeans to be made into shoes.

The jeans are repurposed to make shoes for children in Africa. The shoes will protect the children from jiggers, a parasite that burrows into the webbing of their feet when they walk without shoes in unsanitary conditions.

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

City of Centennial honors Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Sarah Greichen

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The City of Centennial honored Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Sarah Greichen as one of six outstanding Centennial high school students with a Youth Achievement Award during a City Council meeting in April. The Youth Achievement Award honors and recognizes Centennial youth who have made a significant impact in the community through volunteer work or other special deeds that demonstrate exceptional leadership. All 2017 Youth Achievement recipients received a $500 scholarship.

Sarah, a senior at Front Range Christian School, was chosen for serving as an Adam’s Camp volunteer and as president of various unified sports clubs at both Heritage and Front Range Christian schools. She sits on the Special Olympics Youth Activation Committee and earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Her Girl Scout Gold Award project led her to create the Score A Friend, Inc., a nonprofit organization which works to include students of all abilities in school activities. Currently, there are Score A Friend clubs at Front Range Christian School, Louisiana State University, and Northern Arizona University. Sarah is also in the process of implementing nine new clubs in local area schools.

The Centennial Youth Commission and the City of Centennial’s Building Services provider, SAFEbuilt, provided $1,500 each to recognize these outstanding youth in the community.

Get to know the Gold Award

 

Date: Friday April 7, 2017  from 7 – 8 p.m.

Location: Euclid Middle School Cafeteria, Littleton

Level: Cadettes, Ambassadors, Seniors, Adults

Ambassador Girl Scout Sarah Greichen will describe her experience earning her Gold Award! Learn about her journey and participate in a Q & A session.

From Sarah:

I am so excited to present my Gold Award project to area Girl Scouts to encourage and inspire girls to take on a Gold Award project and change the world! For my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I created a non-profit organization, called Score A Friend, that supports unified clubs for children building inclusion in schools and communities throughout the world. I will be presenting the details of my three-year long project, including community connections and awards earned (Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize, National Young Women of Distinction Award, Colorado Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy). I will also talk about how I turned my Gold Award project into a nonprofit organization, as well as how it impacted my choice of college programs and future career aspirations. I will be discussing lessons learned and give advice to other girls who are interested in or are in the process of earning their gold awards. I am excited to have a Q&A at the end along with the GSCO Highest Awards Manager Aimee Bianca.

*Note: A film crew from The Foundation for a Better Life also plans to attend this event. The pictures and video could be used in printed materials, internet videos, TV commercials, etc. While Sarah is the focus of their project, anyone who attends the event may also be on camera or may be asked to participate in an interview. If you have questions or concerns, please contact GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

 

Cookie video contest: Take a Cookie

Submitted  by Lily 

Centennial

Metro Denver

This is my submission for the Best Cookie Video contest. I wrote the song myself. I hope to sell 275 boxes of cookies.  I’m working to earn my Silver Award. My project helps babies born too early by giving them books for their parents to read to them in the NICU. I have personal experience because my brother was born too early and I read to him. I hope you like it!

This video was submitted for the 2017 Best Cookie Video contest.

Save the date: Centennial Campfires

SAVE THE DATE for Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Centennial Campfires, featuring property tours, s’mores, sing-a-longs, history displays, camp merchandise, fun patch activities, and more!  All attendees will also receive a special 2017 Centennial patch.

Sky High Ranch

March 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Woodland Park

Tomahawk Ranch

March 19, Noon- 2 p.m.

Bailey

Grand Junction Service Center

April 29-30

580 24 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction

*Meet the CEO, mobile shop, activity stations, Highest Awards celebration

Meadow Mountain Ranch

May 21, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

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Admission is free and registration will start in February 2017!

Limited accommodations may be available at camp properties: http://girlscoutsofcolorado.checkfront.com/reserve/.

 

Centennial Girl Scout featured in New York Times article

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Sarah Greichen, 2016 Gold Award recipient from Centennial and Girl Scouts of the USA National Young Woman of Distinction, was recently interviewed by the New York Times for a feature article about Girl Scouts of the USA’s new brand platform, G.I.R.L. The goal of this initiative is to highlight how Girl Scouts prepares girls  to take the lead to improve their world and the world around them.

Sarah, a senior at Front Range Christian School, was also awarded the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Inspired by her twin brother who has an autism spectrum disorder, Sarah started a non-profit organization, Score A Friend, to promote and support youth to lead school-based unified clubs for students of all abilities. Today, there are Score A Friend clubs in schools and universities across the country.

To read a copy of the article, use this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/11/business/media/girl-scouts-marketing-campaign.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

 

 

Sarah Greichen named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

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Sarah Greichen, 2016 Gold Award recipient from Centennial and Girl Scouts of the USA National Young Woman of Distinction, has been named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award comes with a $2,500 prize to be used for education expenses. It is presented to an individual youth volunteer (18 and under) who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through his/her work in the community. This commitment and impact is demonstrated specifically through sustained activity over a period of time. The individual acts as a role model for other youth in the community and generates interest in volunteerism in other groups.

Sarah, a senior at Front Range Christian School, was also awarded the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Inspired by her twin brother who has an autism spectrum disorder,  Sarah started a non-profit organization, Score A Friend, to promote and support youth to lead school-based unified clubs for students of all abilities. Today, there are Score A Friend clubs in schools and universities across the country.

“Sarah exemplifies courage, confidence, and character. Her continued pursuit of excellence in all aspects of her life inspires her peers and community members to listen and follow, taking action to make their world a better place,” said Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie A. Foote, who nominated Sarah for this prestigious award.

Sarah will officially accept her award at the annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 10, 2016 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

National Philanthropy Day® brings thousands of people around the world together to celebrate giving, volunteering, and charitable engagement and to highlight the accomplishments of those involved in the philanthropic process, both large and small. In Colorado, the official day and grassroots movement is led by the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

“Philanthropy shows the love of humankind,” says Cory Andersen, CFRE, National Philanthropy Day® Luncheon Chair. “We are blessed to have so many people in Colorado that give their time, talent and treasure to make a difference and create impact in their communities.  It is an honor to recognize these extraordinary individuals and organizations.”

 

 

Join Miguel Dakota around the campfire at the Centennial Kickoff Celebration

Submitted by Mickki Langston

Signing is a joyous part of the Girl Scout experience. For many girls, learning and signing songs is one of the most memorable experiences at camp. Singing Girl Scout songs brings us together and weaves tradition throughout the many generations of Girl Scouts.

The first Girl Scout song book was published in 1925! Singing can be used to open and close meetings, punctuate ceremonies, and make work more pleasurable.

Here’s a great photo of Senior Girl Scouts singing in 1959.

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President Obama and the First Lady recently joined Girl Scouts in singing around a campfire.

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If you’re looking for great resources for Girl Scout songs, check out the Girl Scout Pocket Songbook for purchase from the GSUSA shop, and the many songs found on the Girl Scouts Songs youtube channel.

Not everyone has to have a songbird voice to have a good time, however. That’s why we’re excited Miguel Dakota, a Colorado singer who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent, is joining us for the Centennial Celebration on July 23, 2016. He’ll be singing around our campfire at 6:30 p.m. Here’s a video of Miguel covering “Do I Wanna Know” in the Garden of the Gods.

The event is less than a month away, so use this link to get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/1snj0uw 

Spread the word to all your Girl Scout sisters using our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1786101614959355/ 

See you around the campfire!

Centennial Kickoff Celebration: Honoring our past and looking to the future

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Submitted by Mickki Langston

The July 23 and 24 Centennial Celebration kicks off Girl Scouts of Colorado’s year-long celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts in our State. In 1917, the first Girl Scout council West of the Mississippi was formed in Colorado Springs, known as the Wagon Wheel Council. As we enter our 100th year in 2017, we are thrilled to celebrate the many accomplishments of Girl Scouts and look forward to the next century of growing girl’s leadership and making the world a better place.

The Centennial Kickoff Celebration takes place near the site of the 1959 Senior Roundup, a spectacular event which brought 10,000 girls from all over the world to Colorado Springs to share in the Girl Scouts sisterhood.  A total of six Roundups have been held in various locations around the world, and were considered the highlight of a Girl Scout’s career. Here are a few photos of that event, which had a lasting impact on the lives of attendees:

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Senior Girl Scouts at the 1959 Roundup in Colorado Springs

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Another photo from the 1959 Roundup in Colorado Springs

Magazine Cover Featuring Roundup Followup

Magazine Cover Featuring Roundup Followup

Special Pin from 1959 Roundup

Special Pin from 1959 Roundup

Current sign which commemorates site of 1959 Roundup

Current sign which commemorates site of 1959 Roundup. The Centennial Kickoff Celebration event will take place steps from this sign.

At this summer’s event, attendees will learn more about the history of Girl Scouts in Colorado and share in our current sisterhood, which includes more than 24,000 girl and 10,000 adult members across the state. Badge activities across two days will focus on outdoor skills and legacy badges, and all attendees will receive Centennial Celebration t-shirts and patches.

Connecting to our past is an important part of understanding who we are. Very few organizations have the rich history and tradition of Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts are a part of more than a century of intentional sisterhood and the development of girl’s leadership. We look forward to seeing what today’s Girl Scouts will accomplish, as we continue to weave the story of Girl Scouting and the impact we have on ourselves, our fellow Girl Scouts and our larger communities.

All past, current and former Girl Scouts are invited to participate in this event with their families, in the biggest Girl Scout festival we’ve hosted in years. Find out more about lodging options and get your tickets now. We’ll post more information about our planned badge activities and other festivities in the coming weeks.

Let us know you’re attending the event by joining our Facebook event and inviting your Girl Scout sisters.