From Troop Leader Jody Clair
To help out with fire relief efforts, Colorado Springs Girl Scout Troop 3810 donated Girl Scout Cookies to Care and Share, a local food bank.
From Girl Scout Alexa Huesgen Hobbs, Troop 1947
Recent headlines “The Waldo Canyon Fire has destroyed 346 homes and damaged more than two dozen others. Two people have been confirmed dead…” KRDO news said the destroyed homes in one neighborhood were worth $110 million and there were at least 22 burglaries and 16 car break-ins of victims at hotels.
With all that horrible news swirling around don’t you think that we deserve some of that good old-fashioned happy news? Well, what about people thanking the firefighters that are trying to stop the thing that’s causing the bad news? Following are some things that you can do, something that was just amazing and a project I did.
Drive around and you’ll see signs everywhere in Colorado Springs – from windows to stop signs and even highway overpasses – ranging from a few scrawled words on cardboard to machine-made and even signs that stretch from one lamp-post to another saying “THANK YOU!” Why don’t you try making some signs of gratitude for the firefighters too?
For inspiration check this out – amazing!
The firefighters fighting the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado receive thanks and applause during their return from fighting the fires: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LB4hxLCOQQ
Here is a little story about something I and my little sister, a Girl Scout Brownie (Zoe Huesgen Hobbs, Troop 863), did for the firefighters:
Recently, Couture Cupcakes made 65 dozen cupcakes for the firefighters, 911 dispatchers, Care and Share, all animal shelters taking evacuee pets for free and every organization which is helping with the fire for free, as a big thank you by “the Cupcake Lady” and owner, Joni McCoy. She does a lot of charity and loves giving back to the community and when her friends were evacuated and her sister almost lost her home, this was a no brainer – but she needed lots of help to do it.
Jodi designed Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Cupcakes and generously gave them free to any troop that asked for them in March. My and my sister’s troop had a party with those yummy cupcakes so we felt it was only right for our troops to give back and help her and do something for the firefighters and volunteers.
I joined a group of volunteers who came together through Facebook or news stories about the effort. We shaped fondant into hats, axes, hoses and fire hydrants – all designed by Joni – to be put on red or yellow iced cupcakes.
It was fun BUT the best part though was coming with 74 cupcakes in my mom’s car’s trunk. We drove to five different fire stations and gave them each a box of cupcakes. The first one we went to Station 6, which had firefighters from Golden covering for the local firefighters that were usually there, but at the moment were up at the fire. They were so welcoming and showed us around their truck and let us try the sound blocking head phones and the different hoses as well as gave us a fire safety lecture about our home.
Then we went over to the Station No. 2, the Old North End’s fire station that covers my home and school. It had firefighters from Arvada No. 8 also covering for the local crew that was usually there but at the moment were up at the fire. They were working a 72 hour shift so they had a kitchen, a room with fluffy recliners positioned around a TV, an exercise room with even more TVs, and a big dorm like room with beds for when they wanted to sleep. I also got a tour of their firetruck except this one was only six months old and it is one of the newest firetrucks in all of Colorado. These trucks are expensive so that is why fire stations loan them out and help fight fires in other places.
Next we went to the other station downtown, No. 1, which had the local crew that had been in the thick of the fire on Tuesday. They explained how heartbreaking it was to have to decide which houses to save or not because of the intensity and speed of the fire. Also, how there were so many firefighters posted in a line along Hwy. 24 to beat back any flames that tried to come down the hill there. They showed us their firetruck and were especially grateful for the cupcakes.
Then we went to fire station 16 at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain that was manned by a crew from Stratmoor Hills while the locals were fighting the fire. This one had one of those poles from the bedrooms to the downstairs and three firefighters slid down it for us. They also turned on their sirens – it was really loud! Coincidentally, my school principal was there with her granddaughter delivering brownies!
Then I went to Cheyenne Mountain High School that was a Red Cross shelter for evacuees and their pets. We delivered our cupcakes to the dedicated volunteers who were caring for the evacuated pets. On the ground were chalk drawings. One especially caught my eye: it said “Wait for the Miracle.” Then we headed inside the gym to see if we could be of help. There were rows and rows of cots with a few bags underneath. I saw a girl sitting on a cot with a dog crying. I felt really bad for her – I hope her house didn’t burn down.
After that, we visited our last fire station near the High School. The local crew was there and as specialists in trail fires and rock climbing rescues they had to stay and could not go out to the fire. They had several dirt bikes and a rock climbing wall. They said people were coming by all the time with food and things and they were so grateful. If it was something the guys on the front would enjoy, they got it out there, such as buckets of Popeye’s Chicken someone brought by. (My ice skating coach is married to a firefighter, and she said one day her husband’s crew had only bread and a piece of lunch meat for lunch – they were pretty disappointed! But this isn’t always the case of course.)
The deliveries took about six hours because the firefighters were so friendly, grateful and excited to show us their stations. When all our deliveries were done, I learned that my evacuated aunt and her family could go back to their house. I am so happy the fire is going away!
Show the firefighters your thanks! Make cards and baked goods, give a hug (they fought hard and take it personally they couldn’t save all the homes), or show your support during the shift change (7 a.m. or 7 p.m.) and join the crowds at Fontanero and 31st Street.
Thanks for reading!!
We are proud of all the efforts local Girl Scouts have done to help with the relief efforts around the Waldo Canyon Fire.
As a reminder, Girl Scouts CANNOT raise money for fire relief efforts. They can collect ITEM donations, such as food, water, clothing, etc. Or make a monetary donation from a Girl Scout troop treasury or personal funds to a relief agency such as the Red Cross or the Salvation Army. Girl Scouts are also encouraged to volunteer at organizations looking for helping hands.
There are many fire relief activities happening in the Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak area where Girl Scouts can offer their assistance (see list below). These activities change minute by minute, so please check with the organization first to find out the needs. We are also posting relief agency updates on our Pikes Peak Regional Facebook Page.
If you have further questions, please let us know. Thank you for supporting your community!
From Girl Scout Alexa Huesgen Hobbs
Yesterday at the All Breed Rescue & Training, located at 20 Mount View Lane, Suite C, in Colorado Springs, I helped with some of the 57 animals temporarily housed there. Seven cats, three dogs, one gecko and one bunny were evacuees, and the rest came from the Humane Society to make room there for more evacuated pets. Just like anyone of any age can do, I walked, fed and loved the dogs and cats.
I interviewed some of the staff while there was a rare moment of rest (the dogs where napping) and asked what they needed. “We need volunteers of all ages, but we also need animal food, blankets, towels, treats and toys for the cats and bunnies. We already have enough for the dogs, but we are especially low on things for the bunny. All he has is cardboard as a toy,” one staff member said. They also need people to take sheets and towels to the laundromat and wash food / water bowls.
Phew! Those dogs are a lot of work! We gave them kongs, splashed in wading pools, took walks and cooled them down with ice placed in front of fans. One puppy named Madeline was so happy she was doing back flips! At least Madeline was happy. Many dogs “cried” and hunkered down in their kennels – like the dogs I walked, named Midori and Samurai. Now imagine those sad, lonely dogs at night – even worse! But you can help! A maximum of 10 people (any age) can stay the night (a troop?) and comfort the dogs. So if you want to assist in fire relief, try feeding, walking, playing and possibly spending the night with evacuee pets. Dog walking shifts are 6 a.m., noon, 5 p.m., with play and naptime in between. Call 719-264-6460 and then go to 20 Mount View Lane, Suite C. I hope to see you there!
Note: All Breed Rescue & Training fosters out pets (in close relationship with the Humane Society) and doesn’t normally house the pets. They now have 57 animals and could take up to 120, so they need lots of help. Speak with Office Manager Sara Simon, or any of the other helpful staff on what they currently need. Email: email@example.com; Website: www.HaveANiceDog.org.
From Girl Scout Alexa Huesgen Hobbs
I live 6 miles from the Waldo Canyon Fire – we are not in danger at this time and decided rather than sitting around watching the news we needed to do something!
I bet you have all heard about the Waldo Canyon Fire by Colorado Springs and all the countless people working to stop it. But do you know that Girl Scouts are involved? Yesterday Colorado Springs Girl Scouts from Troops 1947 and 863 collected water and Gatorade to give to the fire fighters. I went up with my fellow Girl Scouts from Troop 863 and delivered the days donations at Coronado High School where a buffet and lots and lots of coolers full of drinks were set out for the fire men and women. Also, there was a Q&A with Mayor Bach and others. Today we are going to walk and play with dogs at the All Breed Animal Rescue Shelter housing evacuees pets. I really hope this fire will end soon, but I’m also glad I got to help.
Photos I’ve included:
1) View of fire first night from my house downtown: fire is orange glow center right (above Fine Arts Center Parking lot) and Pikes Peak is to left.
2) Bringing rehydration to the Firefighters at Coronado High School
3) In front of supply stash – we didn’t bring all of that!
4) Shopping for Gatorade and water
5) Mayor Bach
6) Media trucks
If your Girl Scouts or troop is interested in helping out with similar efforts, look for requests for help on the Waldo Canyon Fire Group on Facebook. Also, many of the local media outlets covering the fire are including information on how you can help. We’ve also heard Colorado Springs’ Care and Share is looking for non-perishable food items, especially looking for snack bars, cereal, crackers, butter and jelly. Please keep in mind that Girl Scouts can’t raise money for other organizations or causes, but can donate money from troop treasuries or personal accounts.
Submitted by Jody Clair
If you have five minutes, check out this video created by Caryn Kessinger Co-Leader of Troop 3810 from CO Springs. She used video and photos to capture all the amazing moments of this trip of a lifetime. Flat Juliette, four girls and 2 leaders attended the ceremony at Epcot in Florida. Please join us on this journey!
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Submitted by Deanna Dauten
Troop 844 held their awards ceremony on May 30, 2012 at Springs Ranch Park. To better serve their community, they picked up litter in the park after the ceremony.
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The gorgeous El Pomar Foundation’s Penrose House Garden Pavilion in Colorado Springs was the setting for the final Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards event on Thursday evening, May 31st. Three hundred and fifty guests gathered to honor some of the more than 1,000 Girl Scouts from throughout Colorado who earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards (known as the Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards) during the 2011/2012 program.
Photos from the event can be viewed above, and a highlight video is below. View the photos and video from the April 30th Highlands Ranch Highest Awards Ceremony, as well as see the media coverage generated for this year’s Gold Award recipients here.
And also take a minute to check out the Celebration Program from the event on our website. You will surely be inspired by what our Girl Scouts who have earned our top honor, the Gold Award, have done! If you find a favorite project, vote for it on our blog here*, and share it with your friends on social media to spread the word on how Girl Scouts are making a difference!
*If you can’t find your favorite project on the list on the first page, look for the link at the bottom of the page to be routed to further honoree stories. Once you find the one you want, click on the link, and look for the stars at the top of the page to vote.
Colorado Springs Pride recently gave Girl Scouts of Colorado their 2012 Organization of the Year award, an honor bestowed based on a community vote.
Colorado Springs Pride Organization stated “Award recipients are the public ambassadors of what we consider Excellence In Pride. They represent a mix of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the LGBT community and have demonstrated their work to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people within the city of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Region to achieve civil and social equality.”
Cynthia Doty, Girl Scouts of Colorado Woman of Distinction, and Sandy Taylor, Executive VP of Membership for Girl Scouts of Colorado, accepted the award at the Pride Awards event in Colorado Springs on April 7th. Picture below provided courtesy of Rachael Pulscher.
Submitted by Jody Clair
Troop 3810 in Colorado Springs met with Cimarron Hills Fire Dept. As our Hometown Heroes, they received 123 packages of GS cookies as well as a Milk & Cookie party. The girls brought milk and additional boxes of cookies to share. During that time, the amazing firefighters chatted and answered questions for the Cadette troop about their jobs. They were very nice and offered a tour of the station. But to our amazement…since they were our HTH they decided to take it one step further. They pulled a fire truck out in the drive area and all the girls (including a sister Daisy and Brownie) had a chance to go into the truck, wear uniform gear AND help pull out the hose and put out a pretend fire on the tree with water shooting from the hose. Emma (our sister Brownie) stated “that water is intense”.