Tag Archives: Colorado Springs

Still room to explore Costa Rica

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

If you or your Girl Scout will be entering 6th grade or higher at travel time in June of 2020, there is still room for you! Check out the amazing, educational itinerary by emailing Jody Clair at girlscoutjody@gmail.com. I am so excited we have eight people signed up at this time and would love to get to 14 or more! Please email me BEFORE registering with EF Tours.

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

GSCO Photo Challenge: Swimming is my favorite

Submitted by Jordan Cook

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our troop had a swim party with our service unit. I love to swim. It is my favorite thing to do. Swimming is great exercise. When it is winter in Colorado, we have to swim at indoor pools because it is too cold outside. In the summer, we go to outdoor pools.

Girl Scouts of Colorado hosts a pool party at Pirates Cove each year. We try to go every time. The games we play in the lazy river are my favorite. It is the best when we are able to meet friends or bring a group because we have more girls to play with.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Mackenzie Block, Colorado Springs, “Treasure Closets and Boredom Buster Kits”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a treasure closet and toy check-out system at the Ronald McDonald House to give residents a more positive and developmental atmosphere.  The pre-assembled kits directed towards different age groups in the treasure closet and gifts new residents receive, provide long term entertainment, comfort, and growth. These systems made the Ronald McDonald House more home-like to scared residents. I also painted the area with fish and marine life to display a kid-friendly under-the-sea feeling which gave immediate comfort to new residents.

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

The Ronald McDonald House has handed out 463 toys since my project began.  The kits are checked out daily.

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

My project is being sustained at the current Southern Colorado Springs Ronald McDonald House.

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

My project is addressing the comfort of patients and the healthcare crisis currently happening in the United States, as millions are insecure with constant care and comfort in their daily lives. To reach others across the country, I had my advisor at the Ronald McDonald House send the brochure of my project to all RMH volunteer coordinators across the nation in order to show how this project made a big impact to her location.  My project is also currently being implemented into the new North Colorado Springs Ronald McDonald House and at TESSA, a battered women’s shelter in Colorado Springs.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned many things about myself and how to differently approach the world through my project. I had to think critically to overcome the storage issues in the treasure closet, as well as gained time management skills, and how to relate my time management skills to my team in order to complete the “construction” phase of my project.

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

Earning my Gold Award will continue to impact my life until I can no longer remember my project. I have proved to myself what I am capable of, and how to find and to address the needs of anyone and everyone I can.

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

I believe that the Gold Award was essential to my Girl Scout career, applying all the principles I had learned about from Daisies to Ambassadors. I also felt it necessary to give back to my community, and found that my Gold Award was the perfect opportunity.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

My Gold Award has helped me become a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and a leader as I worked through my project. I became a leader on day one as I lead my team of over 20 people in order to complete my project. I became a go-getter on that same day as it was a huge leap of faith I was taking. Innovation was essential to the logistics and “construction” of my project and was gained as I worked through my project. I was a risk-taker through those innovations as well, using non-conventional solutions, proving myself a Gold Award recipient.

**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

G.I.R.L. Stories: First year in Girl Scouts

Submitted by Rhiannon M.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

This is my daughter Khloe! This is her first year in Girl Scouts. She is 9-years-old and a Brownie from Troop 45189. She was a little nervous when it came to setting her goal for cookie sales, so we went conservative and set it at 125 packages! She sold that on her very first day! We set up two My Sites at our local Walgreens where she sold over 40 packages at each booth! We’ve had an awesome time selling cookies. It’s been such an amazing learning experience for her getting to do the math with money, handling money, and learning people skills she’ll have for the rest of her life!

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

Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame: History of Women

Submitted by Jordan Cook

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

I want to be a pilot. I appreciate that Girl Scouts provides the opportunities for me to learn about women who are already pilots and working in the industry.

I am looking forward to attending a program given by the Colorado 99’s again. Hope there is another one soon.

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is excited to partner with Girl Scouts of Colorado to provide girls across the state an opportunity to learn the stories of women who have shaped our state and the nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, and creativity. Girl Scouts are future female leaders of Colorado and the Hall of Fame recognizes and preserves the accomplishments of past and present Colorado women. – M.L. Hanson, Founder of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Uniform to Uniform: Local law enforcement loves Girl Scout Cookies

Submitted by Conni Jensen

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Maddie from Troop 551 had her dad help her attract customers to her booth. It worked! One of our local law enforcement officers stopped by to say hi and try some Thin Mints.

Invite uniformed personnel, such as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, etc., to visit you at your cookie booth as part of Uniform to Uniform! Learn all about this new patch program on the GSCO Blog: https://bit.ly/2VaYX1a

Troop 46327 accepts the Colorado Women Inspire challenge

Submitted by Erin Wogaman

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our troop of 33 Girl Scouts (Daisy-Senior) divided into teams and completed the requirements on the scavenger hunt, researched Susan Helms, and watched Marion Downs’ film. The girls had so much fun learning about these strong leaders and it gave them hope about their own futures. My troop knows that they can overcome obstacles and push themselves to be the best they can be. We really enjoyed this fun patch and do recommend that younger girls partner with older girls.

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is excited to partner with Girl Scouts of Colorado to provide girls across the state an opportunity to learn the stories of women who have shaped our state and the nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, and creativity. Girl Scouts are future female leaders of Colorado and the Hall of Fame recognizes and preserves the accomplishments of past and present Colorado women. – M.L. Hanson, Founder of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Thanks to Erin for sharing her story earning this special patch with Girl Scouts of Colorado!

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Cookies and beyond

Submitted by Gretchen S.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

My Dad is Woody B. and he’s a great cookie dad! My mom is the TCM for our troop and he’s helped her with picking up cookies, sorting them, and triple counting both cookies and money when she starts to get stressed. He’s also taken me around our neighborhood several times to sell and deliver cookies even after a long day working at the Air Force Academy. He’s been running around on weekends to get our troop more cookies to sell and helped out at a few booths, too.

He’s a great Cookie Dad, but also a great supporter of our Girl Scout troop. He’s helped us earn our first-aid badge, engineering badge, and Outdoor Journey and taken us on hikes and is going to help us on our first overnight camping trip! I’m so proud that he’s my dad!

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Uniform to Uniform: Firefighters

Submitted by Adrianna Crawford

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Braving the cold and snow, we invited our local firefighters to join us at our cookie booth in front of King Soopers!

Invite uniformed personnel, such as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, etc., to visit you at your cookie booth as part of Uniform to Uniform! Learn all about this new patch program on the GSCO Blog: https://bit.ly/2VaYX1a

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: The winners are…

Thank you to all the Girl Scouts who entered this year’s contest for Best Cookie Video. We received nearly two dozen entries from across Colorado and are so impressed by your creativity and enthusiasm.

Third Place- $50 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scout Ashla is selling Girl Scout Cookies, so she can go Girl Scout Camp.

Second Place- $100 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scout Junior Vivienne of Colorado Springs is working to sell 2,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies, so she can go to space camp in Alabama.

First Place- $200 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scout Daisy Maible Grace is a member of Troop 77904 in Longmont. She loves Girl Scouts because, “We do it all, from crafts, robotics, and tea parties to day hikes and weekend campouts.” Maible and her troop plan to use their cookie money for new adventures, including more campouts and an overnight at the Denver Zoo!