Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes are invited to spend the morning with Xcel Energy employees to unravel energy mysteries and earn an energy patch on September 8, 2018. Learn about windmills and how it’s important to call Xcel before you do any digging or construction on your property. In the morning, you will also participate in a service project to help others in your community by making cards to share with veterans. It will be a special day of learning and caring, designed just for Girl Scouts, during Xcel Energy’s annual Day of Service!
All 14 Girl Scout Juniors of Troop 1631 from Highlands Ranch recently completed their biggest girl-led project yet! Many of the girls were in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as babies, or have overcome some sort of medical challenge, so when completing the “Agent of Change” Journey, they wanted to do something to help children and families in the NICU at UCHealth. During the Journey, the girls talked about ways that they could make a difference individually, but with the help of their community, they could make an even bigger impact.
The project started with the intent of helping babies, and the girls invited a labor and delivery nurse to a meeting to talk with them about what happens when a baby is in NICU and what parents might experience. Afterwards, the girls decided they wanted to make NICU Care Kits with the hopes of providing comfort to the parents, so they could focus on caring for their babies, and this nurse served as a consultant through the process. The girls broke into three committees. One group was in charge of researching hospitals, and working with staff to coordinate logistics. Another group researched items a parent might need and made suggestions on what should be included in the kits. The third brainstormed ways to fund this project and obtain the items.
Once they narrowed down logistics, they delegated items for each girl to be responsible and were challenged to go out to the community and let others know what they were doing and ask for donations. Many businesses respectfully declined, but the girls were persistent and 85% of the items in the kits were donated. This included pillows, toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss, shampoo/conditioner, preemie clothes, snack bars, note pads (so parents could journal the experience), and a few other comfort items. The girls even found someone to knit and donate preemie hats. They also chose to use a portion of their cookie money to purchase items they felt they were missing from the kits and still needed. In the end, the girls assembled 20 NICU Care Kits, and had about 30 more partial kits of extras.
In alignment of the “Agent of Change” Journey, not only were the girls able to get their community involved, but they also learned more about the community. For example, some of the snack bars were donated by Don’t Go Nuts, a local company that produces snacks that are completely nut-free, from the moment the ingredients are grown until they are produced in the facility. They learned that this company was founded by a 14-year-old girl, not much older than them. Because she had life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies, she wanted wholesome snacks that you didn’t have to fear were contaminated. This was relatable to the girls, and an opportunity for them to see another girl not much older or different from them making a difference.
The girls began this project in November 2017, but between research and planning, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and other troop events, they completed it when the kits were delivered to UCHealth on June 20, 2018. The girls have already received thank you letters from parents who received their kits.
I have a baby in the NICU in Denver. I received the sweetest care package from Junior Girl Scout Troop 1631 out of Highlands Ranch. It was amazingly thoughtful and practical. Thought you should know about the awesome work they’re doing.
I’m also staying at the Ronald McDonald House Aurora while my baby is in the NICU. Every time we see the Girl Scouts on the volunteer list we get excited. They are always great dinners that you can tell the girls were helping to create ( not just adults doing it all). The troops I know about serving us dinner are Troop 2246 and Troop 3687. There was another and I’m sorry I don’t know what troop they were with. They made kabobs that were cooked to perfection.
I just wanted to reach out so you can tell them we really do appreciate all they have done for us during this time.
Annie and JD (and baby Joey)
I received the sweetest care package today from your Girl Scout group and I just wanted to say thanks. I wasn’t able to meet the girls because I was holding my baby, but I was truly blessed by their effort and thoughtfulness. It really made my day. Please let them know that I’m so thankful they were here today, and to keep caring for others.
There are still TWO more ADULT VOLUNTEER openings for the Urban Trail service unit’s upcoming day camp!
Urban Trails Day Camp
Cherry Creek State Park
July 30 – August 3, 2018
A 90% DISCOUNT for your girl to go to this day camp. The whole week of camp will cost around $20!
Awesome Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors to hang with all week
Lessons and activities already planned
AMAZING PA helpers and AMAZING adults to work with
You need to volunteer the entire week. It is a 830 a.m. – 3: 30 p.m. commitment.
You will need to bring your own lunch, as all campers do.
This camp is for Brownies/Juniors and PA’s/PAI’s (no Daisies for this camp)
IF you are interested in having your girl come to this camp with you as a volunteer, please contact me ASAP at (303) 204-4675 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This offer must close on July 16!
Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies can earn a “Responsible Cat Owner” patch from the International Cat Association (TICA) at the Denver County Fair, July 14 and 15, 2018. Patches are earned after completion of TICA’s Cat Care 101 lesson, an interactive tutorial that covers how to choose a cat and the responsibilities that go with having a kitty in your life. Girl Scouts will practice how to groom and care for a cat on plush kittens. Lessons take about 15 minutes and girls who participate will get certificate and patches.
There is no charge to earn the patch, but participants must buy an entry ticket to the fair. General Admission tickets are $10/adults and $3 for kids 3-11. Tickets can be ordered at http://www.denvercountyfair.org . For more information about the patch lesson schedule, please contact Jackie Rose at email@example.com.
The fair will be held at the National Western Event Complex at 4655 Humboldt Street in Denver. TICA is the world’s largest registry of pedigreed and household cats. TICA will host a variety of family-friendly feline activities at the fair including cat shows, feline agility demonstrations, painting classes and more. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Brianna, a Girl Scout Junior from Littleton, for submitting the winning patch design for our Elitch Gardens patch contest! Brianna’s design will be featured on the event patch that will be given to each participating Girl Scout during our Girl Scout Days with Elitch Gardens July 27-29, 2018.
All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited to Girl Scout Days. Cost is $25.99/person. Tickets can be purchased at https://goo.gl/Ekz6Hx. Not able to make it? No problem. Elitch Gardens is offering a Girl Scout discount for a daily ticket all season long that can be purchased through the same link. A portion of all tickets sold will be donated back to GSCO.
Troop 63787 decided they wanted to honor multiple Hometown Heroes this year. The girls delivered half their donations to thank the Thornton Police Department for their service. In return, they were treated to a tour of the police department by two female officers. Girl power!
The girls had also wanted to give Girl Scout Cookies to children with cancer, but Children’s Hospital said they could not give food donations to their patients. As an alternative, we came up with the Ronald McDonald House of Denver. On delivery day, each of our girls invited a friend and teamed up for a friendly baking competition. Along with the HTH cookies, they baked yummy homemade cupcakes and made sandwiches for the staff and residents of RMH. They had a great time and learned how they were able to make someone’s day sweeter–Girl Scout Cookies AND cupcakes are so much sweeter.
A representative from Joshua Station in Denver came to one of our troop meetings to discuss their facility, a renovated hotel now used as housing for homeless families until they can transition back into their own housing. Our Brownie troop was SO moved by this idea that they chose to sponsor the new playroom that had been created in the basement of one of the buildings.
We did a donation drive with our families to collect new items such as board games, movies, and toys. That didn’t feel like enough so we made them our Hometown Heroes this year. Our girls weren’t playing around. We sold 489 packages of donated Girl Scout Cookies for the families and staff at Joshua Station!
In April, the troop visited the campus to drop off the 489 packages of Girl Scout Cookies AND $489 worth of toys, games, and decor for the shared play space. The troop got a wonderful tour of the grounds, almost entirely maintained by volunteers, AND we might have stuck around to play some games with the locals.
The troop was so inspired by this Take Action project that they are hoping to be able to do even more for Joshua Station next year.
Design the Elitch Gardens Girl Scout Days event patch! GSCO is looking for creative Girl Scouts to share their best design. The winning design will be the picture on our 2018 event patch. The Girl Scout who submits the winning design will win two Elitch Gardens Day Tickets, VIP Rapid Ride Passes, and two Attraction Tickets (choice of XLR8R or Sling Shot).
The contest is open to all Girl Scouts. Entry forms can be found at https://goo.gl/rEtG7N. Registration deadline is June 1, 2018. Entries can be returned to your area GSCO office or the GSCO shop or emailed to Lori Thompson at email@example.com.
Save the date for Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens, July 27-29! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Cost is $25.99/person. Tickets can be purchased at https://goo.gl/Ekz6Hx. Not able to make it? No problem. Elitch Gardens is offering a Girl Scout discount for daily entry tickets all season long that can be purchased through the same link. A portion of all tickets sold will be donated back to GSCO.
This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Tasha Jones, Woman of Distinction ‘15, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are shining examples of corporate, civic and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising support for Girl Scout leadership programs.
Janine Davidson, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Ruth Fountain Eide, Community Leader
Therese Ellery, Senior Program Officer, Aging Program, Rose Community Foundation
Gretchen Hammer, Medicaid Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
Tinesha Ross, Government and Commercial Programs, Manager, System Safety & Quality, United Launch Alliance
Becky Takeda-Tinker, Ph.D., President & CEO of Colorado State University-Global Campus; and CEO of Beyond Campus Innovations, Inc. an entity of the CSU System Foundation
Girl Scouts of Colorado will welcome the Class of 2018 honorees with a private reception on June 21, 2018 at the Colorado Auto Dealers Association from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The celebration concludes with the Thin Mint Dinner on October 2, 2018 at Denver Marriott Tech Center from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event includes Thin Mint Cocktails and dessert made with Thin Mints, three-course meal, and event program. Event co-chairs are Brook Kramer, Senior VP, Senior Regional Fiduciary Manager, Philanthropic Services, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Woman of Distinction ‘16 and Pat Cortez, Senior VP, Community Affairs Manager, Community Relations and CRA Risk Management Department, Wells Fargo Government and Community Relations Group, Woman of Distinction ’04.
Troop 65698 in Denver delivered 163 packages of donated Girl Scout Cookies to their Hometown Hero, Denver Dumb Friends League, to say thank you to the staff and volunteers who care for and find homes for animals. We also earned our Brownie “Pets” badge here earlier this spring, so the troop voted to spend a third of their cookie sale earnings to buy $500 worth of supplies for the DDFL. They donated cookies, pet food, treats, toys, and other wish list items.