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Top Sellers celebrate at Elitch Gardens

185 Girl Scouts and guests gathered on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Elitch Gardens in Denver to celebrate Top Sellers who sold 750 packages or more of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program. Top Sellers and their guests enjoyed the park’s many rides and attractions while also being treated to a cookout inspired lunch buffet, during which the girls were presented with their Top Seller medallions by the GSCO Product Sales staff. The event at Elitch Gardens was attended by 19 of the state’s top 100 sellers for the 2017 sale, including Ciara Leal, the state’s #1 top seller.



Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Emma Deutsch, Denver, “Feline Family Fix-Up”


What did you do for your Gold Award project?

The Feline Family Fix-Up project was designed to draw greater attention to, and promote adoption, of the adoptable cats at the Denver Animal Shelter. Every year approximately 6-8 million animals are brought into shelters. Of those, about 25% will be adopted, but about 70% of the cats will be euthanized. Of those euthanized, approximately 80% are healthy, treatable, and could have been adopted into new homes. (Source: American Humane Society, 2013) By highlighting the cat rooms with bright decorations, I will be able get more people to notice and look closer at the cat rooms. Some people will choose a cat quickly based on looks alone. Color can be attractive and can greatly affect people’s moods and actions. By creating inviting and happy environments, I could help potential adopters fall in love. The playful decorations will allow people to visualize the cats in a more positive light, and even imagine the cat in their own home. This helps more cats find their forever home by increasing the number cat adoptions and ultimately save more cats lives.

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

I looked at the adoption data reports from the Denver Animal Shelter over the course of three years. Each report showed how many cats were adopted out of the shelter over the course of three years since I did my project. For example, in the first year the adoption rate increased 12.38%. While the following year it increased by 33.89%. There seemed to be a more positive view on cats.

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

Other volunteers and interested community members learned how to continue to decorate and brighten up other rooms/areas of the shelter to increase adoptions. By sharing information and pictures on how to improve other rooms, there have been increased animal adoptions at the Denver Animal Shelter. I extended my reach out to a wider community by sharing my project, including information on how to create rooms in other facilities. Community education and inspiration was done during a presentation at school during Academic Showcase. I created tri-fold display board, included pictures, and prepared and delivered a speech about my project, needs, and the good work of the DAS. I created a detailed instruction sheet on how to apply the decals.  Also, the volunteer coordinator at the shelter helped spread the word via social media and other methods.

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

Homeless animals exist in every community, every city, every state, and every country in the world. Homeless animals are uncared for and do not receive the medical care they need to live healthy lives. They are also freely able to breed at will, creating and multiplying the problem exponentially. If more people are made aware of adoptable animals at neighborhood shelters, they are less likely to buy pets. As people are made aware, they will look to do the right thing and adopt. This will decrease the sheer numbers of homeless and sickly animals. It also helped to increase personal wellness in the owners as it has been proven that pets decrease stress and increase happiness and content feelings in people. I also connected my project to other shelters with the help of the volunteer coordinator at DAS.

What did you learn about yourself?

From this project, I have learned that when I set out to help someone, I will not stop until it is done. If what I am doing is meaningful to me, then chances are the cause will be meaningful to others. Because of this project, I have learned that I am a strong leader. I advocated for myself and I can get a task done on my own, as well as being able to talk to other people and tell them my ideas.

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

Because of this project, I can talk with more confidence when speaking publicly.  While leading a project, I learned how to be more adaptable and work within changing time frames and demands from complete strangers. I discovered a new determination within myself that I did not know I had.

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

I feel like the Gold Award was an important part of this journey because it not only had me step out of my comfort zone on multiple occasions, but it also helped me find who I am as a person and know what my role is not only in Girl Scouts but in other parts of my life as well.

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

Earning the Gold Award has helped me to become a go- getter. I had to become persistent when talking to people to get the permission that I needed to start the project. Learning to become a go-getter has taught me that I can get anything done if I put my mind to it.

**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

Colorado Rockies Scout Day

08 Jun 2015: The Colorado Rockies play the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field in Denver, CO. Michael Pierce/Clarkson Creative

Submitted by Lori Thompson

Metro Denver


Join us for the Colorado Rockies annual Scout Day on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Cheer on the Rockies as they take on the San Diego Padres.

The Rockies are having a great season! We expect tickets to sell quickly, so get your soon so you don’t miss out. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 16th

Game Start: 6:10 p.m.

Location: Coors Field, Denver

Discounted Ticket Options:

$25 Outfield Box
$25 Corner Outfield Box
$18 Right Field Mezzanine
$16 Upper Reserved, Infield

Your Scout Day Ticket Package includes:

•A ticket to watch the Rockies take on the Padres
•A Colorado Rockies Scout Day Patch

Ticket Link: www.rockies.com/scoutday. Look for our GSCO promo code GS2017 at the bottom of the page. A portion of each ticket purchased through this link will be donated back to GSCO!

Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

We hope to see you there!

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

Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens and event patch contest


Design the event patch for Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens! We’re looking for creative Girl Scouts to share their best design. The winning design will be the picture on our 2017 event pass. The Girl Scout who submits the winning design will win two Elitch Garden 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/qX9KqN . The registration deadline is June 27, 2017. Entries can be returned to your area GSCO office, the GSCO shop, or emailed to Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Save the date for Girl Scout Days at Elitch Gardens, August. 11-13, 2017! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. We’ll have special activities celebrating our GSCO Centennial on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for all Girl Scouts. Elitch Gardens is also hosting the band, “Forever In Your Mind,” in one of their season concerts, Saturday evening, which is included in park entry for the day.

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 of $29.99/person all season long that can be purchased through the same link. A portion of all tickets sold will be donated back to GSCO.

Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org. We hope to see you there!

Water World Patch Contest winner


Congratulations to Abigail W. of Troop 40923 in Colorado Springs! She designed the patch for Girl Scout Days at Water World! Abigail has won four Water World day passes and meal vouchers and her design will be the picture on our event patch.

Choosing a winner was tough for our friends at Water World. We had 23 great entries from Girl Scouts across the state. A big thank you goes to Water World for hosting the contest and providing the prize pack and to our Girl Scouts who entered!

Girl Scout Days at Water World is planned for June 24 and 25, 2017 and all Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited! Water World is offering a generous discounted price of $25.99/person for our special Girl Scout weekend and will donate part of tickets sales back to GSCO.

Not able to make it that weekend? No problem! Water World is also offering Girl Scout families a $30.99/person daily ticket for the entire season and donating a portion of these tickets sales back to GSCO, too. You can purchase tickets at www.thcalyspsoclub.com and enter “Girl Scouts” for the store name. Discounted meal vouchers are also available.

Hope to see you there!

Pizzeria Locale adventure

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Submitted by Beth and Jennifer of Troop 62027

Metro Denver


Earning our Girl Scout “Pizza” badge was both educational and fun. Pizzeria Locale opened its doors early to entertain our wild pack of girls, who learned that pizza in its simplest form is healthy, and that only four ingredients are needed to create the perfect dough: flour, yeast, water, and a pinch of salt. Steven and the crew at Pizzeria Locale welcomed us into the restaurant with kindness, smiles, and great enthusiasm. They were prepared for our arrival with dough making stations and ingredients perfectly laid out for the girls to work with. Our troop found kneading the dough to be quite enjoyable (how patient the team was with the mess they made), and the girls learned to shape dough properly for consistent baking. Some of the girls even tried creative designs, like oversized donuts, but learned that to cook dough evenly in Pizzeria Locale’s 800˚F brick oven in three minutes, it must be formed and flattened in the traditional Neapolitan style. There was intense concentration and much giggling, and following the lessons on pizza making we all enjoyed a fabulous lunch, with a wide selection of pizzas and fresh toppings. Oh, and let’s not forget the best part. Dessert! If you haven’t tried the Budino, you should. There is simply no way to describe this hand-crafted dessert. It’s amazing! Thank you everyone at Pizzeria Locale for making our visit such a delicious and educational adventure for our girls. You’re the best!

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

Girl Scouts Today, Emergency Managers Tomorrow with FEMA

Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes are invited to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Girl Scouts Event, “Girl Scouts Today, Emergency Managers Tomorrow”, the morning of Friday, June 16, 2017. Girl Scouts can earn a Disaster Readiness patch and learn how to better prepare for, protect themselves and their families, respond to, and recover from emergency hazards. The American Red Cross will host their Pillowcase Project, where girls will learn how to assemble a quick emergency kit to share with others. Girls will also explore careers in emergency management.

The event is hosted by FEMA staff from the Region VIII office and will be held at the Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) in Denver. Here are the event details:

Date: Friday, June 16, 2017

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: FEMA, Building 710, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225

Cost: Free

Registration: Please pre-register here – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044bada72aa57-girl3

Space is limited to 40 Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts, so please register early.

Registration deadline is June 9, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Host families needed

Submitted by Linda Fuller

Metro Denver


Do you have a daughter between the ages of 10 and 15? Would you consider being a host family for a girl of a similar age from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) July 14 – August 1, 2017?

We’re looking for Girl Scout families as our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, saw a stranger as a friend she hadn’t yet met. The girls are participants in a Chinese program known as Capable Teens, modeled on American Boy Scouting. You do your usual weekend family stuff and introduce a young girl from China to a sampler of an American way of life. During the week, the girls will be at Girl Scout Camp at Sky High Ranch in Woodland Park. The girls are excited (and nervous!) about spending time with your family in this immersion into American life.

Expectations of American families:

  • Be willing to live your normal lives with the addition of a young female guest from China as well as being welcoming, loving, offering fun experiences and opening your lives to her.
  • Provide normal American opportunities for her to practice her English, be a part of your family, and gain an understanding of Girl Scouting.
  • $300 stipend available to help.

By opening your door, you open a girl’s eyes to the real America: real people, experiences, and life. At the same time, your generosity of spirit creates a positive view of the United States that crosses borders—and lasts a lifetime. Your values as a Girl Scout will create a bond with a youth in a way you never expected, make a difference in the life of a girl, and help your children to learn and grow as they open their lives to another culture.

For more information, please contact Linda Fuller, Girl Scout Program Coordinator, Capable Teens USA
linda.j.fuller@hotmail.com 303-909-2264

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

Girl Scouts to celebrate 20th anniversary of Women of Distinction in Denver: 426 extraordinary women honored









Join Girl Scouts of Colorado in celebrating “20 years of Amazing Women” by honoring all of the Women of Distinction of the Denver-metro region. This year’s Event Chairs are Maria Garcia Berry, Woman of Distinction ’97; Jean Galloway, Woman of Distinction ’97; and Arlene Hirschfeld, Woman of Distinction ’97.

Since the Women of Distinction program began in 1997, Girl Scouts has honored 426 top women leaders in our community based on their remarkable achievements as business, community, and civic leaders. 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.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of the Women of Distinction program with a private reception on June 20, 2017 at the Colorado Auto Dealers Association from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The celebration concludes with the Thin Mint Dinner on October 19, 2017 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.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/woddenver or contact Heidi Books at 303-607-4833 or at heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

SheTech Explorer Day: Deadline extended

The deadline for this amazing older girl opportunity has been extended to May 24, 2017! Submit your interest form today!

Apply today to be one of nine Girl Scout Seniors who will get to experience hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) alongside women professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries at the SheTech Explorer Day! Learn the ins and outs of cellular networks, hardware, software development, coding, web design, and much more alongside your peers! You’ll engage in three immersive technology workshops, 12 fun-filled TechZone activities, and a TechChallenge where you’ll collaborate with your team to solve a problem for a chance to win a scholarship stipend and admission to Colorado Technology Association’s Women in Technology Conference on June 9!

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: The Commons on Champa, 1st Floor
1245 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80204

Grade: Entering 9th or 10th grade in fall 2017

Interest Form: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/shetech_explorer_day_06_08_2017

Interest Form Close Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cost: Free

If you have any questions about this training or have trouble completing registration, please contact Katie Singleton at katie.singleton@gscolorado.org.