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Last call for “Marine Life” tour

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

This trip is open to Girl Scouts and one adult as paid participants. The Girl Scout MUST be in 4th grade or higher (through 12th) at time of travel. That means anyone finishing 3rd grade now can apply. The closing date for new participants is June 5, 2017. Don’t delay! Send your deposit and the applications in ASAP before time runs out! See the flyer for more information: Marine_Life_tour

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Troop 42852 pool party

Submitted by Aundrea Findish

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our troop worked extra hard this year and sold more Girl Scout Cookies than planned, so we had an amazing pool party at Villa Sport. The girls all had so much fun sliding, splashing, and swimming!

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Girl Scout Day at the Air Force Academy






A 300 foot long American Flag is unfurled on the field at Falcon Stadium during halftime activities as Air Force met the TCU Horned Frogs at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sep 10, 2011. The Horned Frogs defeated Air Force 35-19. Both teams are 1-1 in season play.  (Air Force photo/ Sarah Chambers)

Submitted by Ashley Gullett

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Air Force Academy Football will host Girl Scout Day on October 14, 2017 vs. UNLV. This is a wonderful event that many Girl Scouts have taken advantage of over the years and we hope to continue this great tradition! Tickets are just $20 each and include game admission, a commemorative patch, and camping to follow the game. A portion of the ticket sales will also be donated back to Girl Scouts of Colorado! You can purchase these online using the “SCOUT” promo at goairforcefaclons.com or by calling the ticket office at 719-472-1895. Please contact Ashley Gullett if you have any further questions and we hope to see you at Falcon Stadium October 14!

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Royal Gorge Centennial bridging

Girl Scouts of all ages had a great time at the Royal Gorge Centennial bridging  outside of Canyon City! More than 100 girls bridged with over 200 friends and family celebrating with them. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed a beautiful day!

Our group gathered at the entry of the bridge for the start of the bridging ceremony. The Royal Gorge staff closed the bridge for just our group for our time on the bridge. GSCO Volunteer Jody Clair led our ceremony. Each troop level was honored in a special section recognizing program levels.

Girls came from all over the state to participate. It was fun to have such a large Girl Scout group bridging and walking across the bridge at the same time! After crossing the bridge, Girl Scouts, friends, and family enjoyed a reception with cupcakes and lemonade. Many troops stayed and enjoyed hiking around the gorge and activities at the bridge’s park afterwards.

A big THANK YOU goes to Brook Sklenar for organizing such a great event! We also really appreciate Dona Basham and her team at the Royal Gorge Bridge for being top notch hosts. They were great to work with! Our amazing volunteers ensured we had a successful event. A big thank you goes out to:

Jody Clair

Dana and Elise Vandegrift

Kathy and Genevieve Nameika

Debbie Swanson

Jay Sklenar

Thank you for helping make it a great day!

Colorado Springs Sky Sox bridging and overnight


Join us for our annual Girl Scout Night, bridging celebration, and overnight with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Friday, June 9, 2017 in Colorado Springs! Come cheer on the Sky Sox at they take on the Iowa Cubs. Girl Scouts can participate in a bridging ceremony before the game and enjoy an optional overnight after the game. Friends and family are invited. The game starts at 7 p.m. with bridging at 6:35 p.m. The Girl Scout overnight starts after the game, with breakfast at 7 a.m. Each participating Girl Scout will get a patch.

Date: Friday, June 9, 2017. 6:30 p.m. for Girl Scout Bridging. 7 p.m. game start.

• Game Tickets – $19/person, includes game ticket, parking, Fun Zone pass for kids, meal voucher, and bridging event.
• Overnight Tickets – $22/person, includes game ticket, parking, Fun Zone pass for kids, food voucher, overnight field access, and movie on the big screen!

The registration deadline has been extended to June 2. Please purchase your tickets by June 2 as we are not able to accept any late registrations after this date due to the preparations our hosts need to make for the bridging and overnight.

All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited! Not bridging this year? Not a problem! Come join the fun anyways. We hope to see you there!

Star Wars Camp at Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Melissa Ellenberger

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

SU 13 had a fabulous time at Sky High Ranch during their camp-out. The girls made tie-dye t-shirts, hiked to the Kyber Crystal Mine, made their own lightsabers, went through Jedi training, and delivered the Death Star plans to Leia and R2D2.

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Cookie money has awesome rewards



Submitted by Kathi Agnes

Metro Denver


Troop 942 sold 5,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies this year. We used the cookie money for fun and for good! We have so many animal lovers in the troop, we decided to go hang out with them. We went to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as a troop for their Wild Night. We had an educational zoo tour, which included feeding the giraffes. We learned how zoos across the U.S. work together to protect animals.  We have an awesome troop!

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Girl Scouts announces 2017 Pikes Peak Region Women of Distinction: Six extraordinary women honored


This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising support for Girl Scout leadership programs.

  • Rebecca Jewett, Executive Director, Palmer Land Trust
  • Noreen Landis-Tyson, President and CEO, CPCD…giving children a head start
  • Donna Nelson, Spirit of the Springs Program Coordinator, City of Colorado Springs
  • Susan Loo Pattee, CEO and Founder, Colorado Springs Materials Development, LLC
  • Beth Hall Roalstad, Executive Director, Homeward Pikes Peak
  • Brenda Smith, Co-Managing Member, Garden of the Gods Collection

Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees on September 21, 2017 at the Thin Mint Dinner. This year’s event will be held at The Antlers – A Wyndham Hotel. This year’s Event Chairs are Lindy Conter, Community Volunteer, Woman of Distinction ’13 and Barbara Winter, Executive Vice President, Ent Credit Union, Woman of Distinction ’13.

Thin Mint Dinner Bronze Presenting Sponsors are: Ent Credit Union and El Pomar Foundation.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodpp or contact Debbie Swanson at 719-304-8322 or at debbie.swanson@gscolorado.org.

Earning our Snacks badge at Rita’s Italian Ice in Colorado Springs

Submitted Desiree Minchow

Metro Denver


Brownie Troop 61636 of Thornton took a little road trip over the weekend down to Colorado Springs. Our destination? Rita’s Italian Ice where we earned our Snacks badge and had an absolute BLAST with the staff!

An hour before they were set to open, we arrived for our behind-the- scenes tour with “Syd,” the store manager. The girls got cleaned up, read the recipe, measured everything out, mixed it, watched as it was poured into the machine, then went back out front for some taste testing while it became Cherry Italian Ice!

The taste-testing was an added bonus! The Cookie Dough Italian Ice was a popular request amongst our troop. The girls also got to slurp down a favorite amongst the Rita’s customers: Mango Italian Ice blended with Vanilla Frozen Custard!

Once the Cherry Italian Ice was completed and stored, Syd was sweet enough to let the girls know that if they served that batch later in the day, they’d be sure to let the customers know that Girl Scouts made it.

After, our troop decided to use some of our cookie money to buy a frozen treat and some awesome Rita’s Italian Ice shirts!

If any troops are interested in contacting Rita’s Italian Ice in Colorado Springs to request more information on Girl Scout tours, email kathy@ritascos.com.

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Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award recipients honored at Highest Awards celebration in Colorado Springs

Nearly 300 Girl Scouts, families, and friends gathered at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion in Colorado Springs on May 5, 2017 to honor the more than 1,400 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote applauded the girls for having the courage and confidence to try new things and make their world a better place.

“Girl Scouts are groundbreakers, big thinkers, and role models. Giving back is in their blood. So is standing up to the challenge, no matter how big or small,” she said.

Jessica Mills, 2016 Gold Award recipient, served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked about her own journey to earn her Highest Awards and encouraged all the girls to continue to make a difference in their communities.

“I encourage you to reflect on the person you were at the beginning of your project, and look at the person you are today. I hope you find that you have grown confident in your ability to make a difference in the world,” she said. “Completing my Gold Award project made me find who I truly was – it defined my character. Gold Awardees, I encourage you to look back on your experiences in Girl Scouts. Your commitment to making the world a better place has instilled courage, confidence, and character within you.”

2016 Gold Award recipient and National Young Woman of Distinction Sarah Greichen was the celebration’s keynote speaker. She talked briefly about her journey to earn the Gold Award and how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.

“I cannot remember a day when Girl Scout flags, supplies, sashes, cookies, and girls planning events weren’t covering multiple floors of my house. We (the girls in my troop) each earned our Bronze and Silver Awards, while constantly practicing the leadership skills necessary to passionately lead, serve, and change the world,” she said. “Girl Scouts and in particular the Gold Award has given me unique opportunities to become courageous, caring, and confident, while actively practicing leadership skills that greatly impact the world. Girl Scouts also gave me the opportunity to identify and pursue my passion. I found that following your passion is the key to choosing and accomplishing Highest Awards projects.”

The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others, and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.