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Uncover the mysteries of Colorado’s Pueblo communities

Want to experience a Destination, but not quite ready to travel out of the state? You are in luck! This year, GSUSA is hosting an AMAZING Destination in Cortez from June 30- July 6, 2019.

Join archaeologists at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez to take part in hands-on fieldwork. You’ll help excavate great houses on a site located nearby on private land. When you’re not busy digging into the past of ancestral Pueblo great houses, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Four Corners region of the American Southwest, going to restaurants, museums, and sites such as Hovenweep National Monument, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and Mesa Verde National Park.

On the day you arrive, researchers will conduct an orientation and brief you on the work you’ll be doing. Fieldwork will begin on the second day, where you will:

  • Excavate ancient households and public architecture: Most days, you’ll arrive at the dig immediately after breakfast and spend much of the day working with hand trowels, brooms, buckets, and screens to remove and identify artifacts and other archaeological finds. Your work may focus on the excavation of homes, middens (trash deposits), and the great houses.
  • Survey for future excavation sites: Help with remote sensing surveys that identify likely areas of archaeological significance. Remote sensing tools are used to identify features beneath the ground that may have been overlooked by standard survey techniques.
  • Survey for future excavation sites: Excavate a site of the ancient Pueblo II community.
  • Lab Analysis: Process artifacts recovered from excavations—pottery, lithics (stone tools), ground stone, and animal bone—which includes washing, sorting, cataloging, and labeling them.

In the evenings, you’ll head back to the field station for dinner and time to relax. Additionally, you may attend programs, including an introduction to research at Crow Canyon, presentation by staff archaeologists, and guest lectures on current research in Southwestern archaeology.

Find more information and apply by March 31, 2019: http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/archaeology-culture-uncovering-the-mysteries-of-colorados-pueblo-communities/

Best Cookie Dad contest: A spectacular cookie dad

Submitted by Hailey

Southwestern CO


My dad is a spectacular cookie dad because he helps me with my cookie booths. He is even there with me through the cold and wind. He’s right there by my side when I’m selling door-to-door, helping me with the money, and hauling my cookies. My dad has been helping me with cookies since I started as a Daisy. He’s a wonderful dad because he doesn’t have to do it, but he offers to anyway. He is a spectacular dad and I love him.

I am a G.I.R.L in many ways because I am a free spirit. I face this world head on. I take of myself and others around me. I respect my leaders, friends, family, and other adults. I have many friends whom I care for and take care of. When I grow up I want to be a teacher because I want to teach children how to respect themselves and others around them. I am a G.I.R.L because of many things, but my main reason I am a G.I.R.L is because I love the Girl Scout experience!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!

Best Cookie Dad contest: Dinya’s cookie partner

Submitted by Dinya

Southwestern Colorado


My dad is the best helper. When we sell cookies, he’s always helping me haul them around and set up booths. This year on Super bowl Sunday, we walked the neighborhood before the big game. I sold a lot with his help delivering the cookies and keeping track of the money. My dad has always been a big helper when I do cookies every year. Last year, he sat with me at the booths when I sold even though it was cold. Last year, he made my booth a cool cookie banner. I loved it. This year, we are signed up for lots of booths. My dad will be with me there to sell. I know I will hit my goal with his help. He has been an awesome Girl Scout dad since I started as a Daisy.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!

Educating About Education

Submitted by Alexx Earley


Southwestern Colorado

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach maybe we should teach the way they learn”. These are the famous words of educator Ignacio Estrada who understood the meaning of learning. My name is Alexx Earley and I have been working on my Girl Scout Silver Award Project.

My project was based on education and our education system, along with the options our system needs. I hosted an Education Fair on September 8th and addressed the school board that same evening. I spent 42 hours total on this project sharing resources and information with others, researching and talking to professionals, in addition to interviewing and planning with our superintendent. Thanks to all of my Girl Scout sisters and our local School Board I was able to share my project with others.

The reason for all of this is simple: I wanted to change our system, so why not start local? I wanted to raise awareness of the single curriculum system and of all the different learners there are. Three of these learners types are audio, which means learning from sound, visual, which means learning through sight, and kinesthetic, which means learning hands on. These are only three of nine different learning styles according to examinedexistence.com, and they are not all going to learn the same. They need variety. They are not like Renaissance learners that indicated they can do all three, but that is what our system is based on.

Our education could be better; we could love learning and give our students an actual education, instead of going step by step, but we choose to hold ourselves back. There are tools for your child to learn, we do have resources and they can be used. Give options to our classrooms and we will acquire a desire for education; we will learn.

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

Local Girl Scout inspires troop to aid hospitality house

Alison Freeman Girl Scout Press Realease Pic

Submitted by Alison Freeman


Southwestern Colorado

Nine-year-old Alison Freeman is a Junior Girl Scout in the Cortez Girl Scout Troop #2619. In April 2015, she completed a community service project as part of attaining her Bronze Award. The Bronze Award is the highest possible award that can be achieved for a Junior Girl Scout. In her own words, the following outlines her experiences during this project:

“I chose to help the Rose Hill Hospitality House in Grand Junction for my bronze award project because my mom, my dad, my brother and I stayed there in our time of need. They helped us a lot when my grandpa Gary Crouse was in the hospital.

I presented my plan to my Girl Scout sisters and they all liked the idea, so my next step was to call the hospitality house and see what was needed. They said that they were in greatest need of toothbrushes and toothpaste.

The next time I met with my troop I asked each one of them to ask their dentists if they could donate toothbrushes and toothpaste. I was looking for 10-20 from each of them. I had a dentist appointment the following week and got 10 toothbrushes and 10 toothpastes and 10 flossers from my dentist, Dr. Carlson, who does all sorts of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. Members of the First United Methodist Church, where we hold our Girl Scout meetings, left donations in our Girl Scout room, after I wrote a letter to them. We also received donations from members of the community, in response to requests posted on social media. I asked my orthodontist, Dr. Shafer he is one of the best orthodontist in Murrieta and my Alpharetta GA dentist, and he thought I wanted a check but then I told him that we needed toothbrushes and toothpaste and he gave me a whole box of each.

One other girl went to her dentist, Dr. Vreeken, and asked. She got 20 of each! Another girl went to the store and bought some toothbrushes and toothpaste, and another bought mouthwashes and flossers.
It was hard to keep calling over and over as well as also reminding everyone to do it. It stressed me out a lot. I had a great feeling about this project, and it turned out to be a great success. My team came through at the last minute, with 100% participation, and Rose Hill Hospitality House benefitted.

We went to Grand Junction to the hospitality house on Sunday April 29th and they gave us a tour. We presented well over 200 toothbrushes and toothpaste for their facility. It felt great to help!

How I lived out the Girl Scout law is I helped people at all times. I am honest, fair and friendly and helpful, caring, courageous and strong. I respect myself and use my resources wisely. I can make the world a better place and be a sister to every Girl Scout.”

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

My dad is the BEST Cookie Dad!


Submitted by Jayden Thomason


Southwestern Colorado

My dad is the BEST Cookie Dad! Ever since I became a Girl Scout, my dad has been the my cookie boss sales coach. For the last three years my dad has even helped me to achieve my goal of going to the Top Seller Events which are a blast. One year I got to go rock climbing in Durango and last year we went to the amusement park in Glenwood Springs. Glenwood Springs was a lot of fun. I am going there again this year we liked it so much!

As soon as cookie season starts, my dad and I load up the back of our van with cookies and we are off to town. We leave early in the morning and are out selling just like a regular job. He says that he loves to take me around to all the local businesses, his clients and our family and friends to show off how proud of me he is. He tells me that he is going to show me what going to a regular job is like. I am only allowed to take short breaks and we have a regular lunch hour. (I get to pick where we eat out…yumm!) As for me, I just love to spend this time with my dad. Our time selling cookies is special to me and I really love my dad. My dad is really friendly and he knows a lot of people in our hometown. He encourages me to not be so shy and is trying to help me so that I am more comfortable talking to people and asking them if they would like to buy cookies. This is sometimes hard for me.

After my dad helps me to achieve my Top Seller Goal then he somehow manages to find time to help the other Girl Scouts in my troop to achieve their goals too and to make sure that our troop doesn’t get stuck with unwanted cookies at the end of the season. He is teaching me about helping my sister Girl Scouts and what teamwork is all about.
I have the BEST Cookie Dad ever!!

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

Girl Scout troop honors founder with gift to newborn baby

Submitted by Dena Thomason
Happy Birthday to Juliette Gordon Low! The Girl Scouts of Troop 2619 donated a gift basket to the first baby girl born on Halloween in honor of our Founder whose birthday was on Halloween. We met a sweet new mom and her beautiful baby girl at Southwest Memorial Hospital.
She was very gracious and allowed the entire troop into her room to see her newborn daughter. Our gift basket included many fun and useful baby items, including a handmade blanket. We hope that they like the gifts and the Girl Scout cookies. Our troop also gave some cookies to the nurses and staff at the hospital for doing such a great job.
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Girl Scouts help soup kitchen with food donations

Submitted by Dena Thomason

The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. With this in mind, Girl Scout Troop 2619 is showing how important community involvement is to them.

In the weeks preceding, Friday, December 28th, we held a food drive to benefit Hope’s Kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Cortez. The amount of food collected by the young Girl Scouts was quite impressive. It completely covered an eight foot long table.

Mrs. Jody Chin, who is a former Girl Scout Leader herself, was so gracious to meet with our Girl Scout Troop and to accept the food donation. She sat right down and talked with the kids on their level and explained what Hope’s Kitchen does for the community and how important it is.

The Girl Scouts were very excited when she asked if they would like a tour of the kitchen where all the food was prepared, the kitchen got a remodelation recently from Austin’s Best Kitchen Remodeling Contractor / Kitchen Central. When asked later what stuck out in their minds the most about their project, several of the children said they were most moved with the large number, 103, of people that were fed earlier that day. That is quite a large number and it points out how vital a role Hope’s Kitchen fulfills in our community.

We were all very impressed with the responsibility that Mrs. Chin has and how dedicated the volunteers are who come and cook and help serve meals on a regular basis. The Girl Scouts came up with the idea of volunteering themselves during the summer vacation. They understood that they have to be 14 years old to be in the kitchen but came up with other ideas of how they can help out. They can help with the set up of the tables and chairs, they can carry the food to the tables for the guests and help to clean up afterwards. They’ve decorated the hall once and did such a good job promoting the event that it was published on sites like http://floform.com for their kitchen designs. They are looking forward to implementing their idea this summer. They wanted to do it earlier but they are in school when the meals are typically being served.

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

Girl Scouts sing carols to nursing home residents


Submitted by Dena Thomason
Cortez, Colorado

On Friday, Dec. 21, the Cub Scouts of Den 519 and Girl Scout Troops 2619 and 3043 entertained the residents of Vista Grande Nursing Home by singing Christmas Carols. The residents enjoyed the young voices and were very appreciative, applauding after each song. The Scouts enjoyed visiting with the residents and said that it gave them a “good feeling” to be able to sing for them. We also submitted a story on what we did to our local paper.

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Capitol Christmas Tree

Girl Scouts of Colorado was honored to be chosen to participate in the 2012 Washington, D.C. Capitol Christmas Tree Project. The Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested from the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest near Meeker, Colo. Girl Scouts from throughout the state have been hard at work making 70 tree skirts for the companion trees that has been delivered to Washington, D.C. dignitaries, the Interior Department and Congressional Delegates for the holiday season.

Girl Scout Troop 2619 of Mesa Verde Service Unit of Southwestern Colorado created something very special as a gift to the Citizens of the United States. We made Christmas tree skirts AND ornaments for the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree project. Our Troop had a lot of fun with this historic project as well as earning their Painting Badge. Each of the girls hand painted a scene depicting “The Great Outdoors,” which was the theme of the year. They used recycled wood discs donated to the troop. They painted scenes with horses, scenes with rainbows and scenes with trees. It was fun for them, but, more importantly, they were excited to be contributing to something bigger than their own community.

On Friday, Nov. 9th, when the beautiful tree cut from the White River National Forest came to Cortez, Troops 2619 and 1199 was there to add our Christmas wishes to the wrapped tree going to Washington, D.C. We arrived there on-time, but soon found that the Capitol Christmas Tree had been delayed a little because of snow coming from Montrose and had to be re-routed a longer but safer route to be able to get to Cortez. So we had a little extra time, but that wasn’t a problem for us. There were lots of fun things going on in the crowd. We got to meet Smokey the Bear and took our picture with him. We ate homemade cookies and drank hot apple cider provided free by one of our local businesses. The Girl Scouts played their own version of Duck, Duck, Goose…calling it Girl, Girl, Scout!  So much fun! The fellow onlookers had fun watching the girls play their games which was entertaining for all. There were also firemen to visit with. The Fire Department was helping out that day and were also were collecting food and toy donations for the holidays.

As the delay grew a little longer, our troops were invited up on the stage. The Mayor of Cortez introduced us and said that he understood that the Girl Scout motto was to “Be Prepared.”  It couldn’t have been more true in this case since we hadn’t know that we would be onstage this afternoon. And all of the Girl Scouts rose to the occasion. We recited our Promise and Law to the large crowd gathered to see the tree. When asked if there were any Girl Scouts Alumane that would be willing to come up on stage in honor of our 100 year Anniversary, we had several women proudly came up to join us. As a whole, Daisies, Brownies, adult volunteers and alumnae, we sang Girl Scout songs to the appreciative audience and were clapped loudly and roundly by everyone. We were a hit! Afterwards, our lovely alumnae shared stories of when they were Girl Scouts and/or leaders of their own troops. It was a wonderful occasion!

And finally, the big moment arrived! The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree had arrived. The excitement in the Girl Scouts’ eyes were evident for all to see. There was a big excited cheer when we saw the first escort lights. First you saw the State Patrol escorts lights flashing. Then you see the Cortez Fire Department escort that had ushered the tree through the town’s Main Street lined with proud and excited onlookers. Then….finally…you see that huge Mack Truck pulling the big box behind it that we all know is carrying our special tree. Seeing that beautiful tree come around the corner was wonderful. The U.S. Capitol Tree logo was emblazoned on the box as big as can be. The same logo that now adorns our Tree Skirts that we made for our project.

We had some wonderful speakers on the stage to welcome the tree to Cortez. They included our Cortez Mayor Dan Porter, our former Mayor Orly Lucero, Congressman Scott Tipton, Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell, Cortez Fire Department Chief Jeff Vandervoode and Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane. The tree was welcomed with enthusiasm and pride to know that it was our state that was providing such a time honored tradition to the nation’s capitol. Former Senator Nighthorse Campbell and a representative from the U.S. Forest Service were invited on the stage as soon as they could get their big truck parked. As they exited the truck, the clouds started to sprinkle rain on us. I do believe that they brought some much needed moisture to our region with that big tree. As they spoke the rain got a little harder. But no one from the crowd left. Not one person. Everyone was too excited at the chance to be able to add their Christmas wishes to the tree that no one left for the shelter of their vehicles despite the rain.

As the speakers finished, the crowd was invited  to add their wishes to the tree. Everyone wrote their names and a wish. The Girl Scouts provided permanent markers for those who didn’t come “prepared.”  The Girl Scouts met Santa and Mrs. Claus and took pictures with them. We also had the chance to meet the driver of the truck, Former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. What an honor to have met someone so helpful to our state in his former capacity as a representative and now as a citizen. His joke to the crowd earlier was that he was getting paid zero dollars to drive the truck. And that when he got back to Washington, D.C. that they were going to double his pay. The crowd chuckled at his wit. What a good man to donate his time.

As the crowd started thinning out, so did the rain. This beautiful tree brought some rain to us and the next morning we woke up to snow on the ground. What a priceless present that was brought to us.

Thank you so much from the Girl Scouts in our region to have been invited to participate in such a grand occasion. It was such a good feeling to know that we were part of a fun historic project that went all the way to Washington, D.C. Thanks!

Dena Thomason, Girl Scout Troop 2619

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