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Brownies learn the importance of cybersecurity and STEM

Submitted by Courtney Ryan

Metro Denver

Denver

The internet and media are a daily part of our Girl Scouts’ lives and we felt it was important to arm them with the knowledge and understanding of how to stay safe while engaging with these sources. This is why we selected to pursue the cybersecurity badges and patches for our troop! Please enjoy the story about defending our castles, but tread carefully, you may find an alligator, a bear trap, or a grenade disguised as candy…

One high-energy afternoon, a bunch of Girl Scouts in Troop 65709
eagerly awaited the starting tune to learn how to keep themselves safe
in cyberland, all while running a race from alligators, bears, and secret predators.

They brainstormed and created elaborate defenses to keep out enemies pretenses, creating trap doors, moats, secret entrances, invisible castles, and candy tricks.

They discussed and debated the best shields and learned how it related  to keeping them safe in daily practice fields.

These G.I.R.L.s are armed and ready to take on the world and be safe when it comes to cyberland!

The girls came up with very creative ideas on defending their castles, family, and friends. They learned about how to layer defenses and how that relates to online defenses with passwords and safeguards they use every day. It was a great start to arming them with the knowledge to keep themselves safe while online! Our troop is pursing the cybersecurity trifecta of badges: Basics, Safeguards, and Investigator.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Girl Scout Craft Fair

Submitted by Tiffany Stone

Metro Denver

Denver

Join the Urban Trails Service Unit and Troop 66711 for the second Denver Girl Scout Craft Fair on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. More information is in the flyer below.

All vendors are Denver Girl Scout troops and all crafts are handmade by girls.

This event is open to the public. Bring your girls and your family to get some inspiration, meet other Girls Scouts, AND start your holiday shopping, all while SUPPORTING local Girl Scouts!!

Note: Registration to be a vendor is closed for this year.

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

Older girl volunteers needed for Project C.U.R.E.’s Packing for Impact

Older girl volunteers are needed for Project C.U.R.E.’s Packing for Impact on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Multiple shifts are available.

Sign up to volunteer at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044caea72fabf85-2018

Project C.U.R.E.’s Packing for Impact is an opportunity for Girl Scouts from all over Colorado to come together to change the lives of families around the world by filling Kits for Kids, engaging in fun activities, and learning about children around the world that they will be helping.

This year, we are also looking for five Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador troops or groups to lead activity stations. Girls are welcome to design their own activities or lead activities designed by Girl Scouts of Colorado. If interested in volunteering at this event, please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044caea72fabf85-2018

While this event is in Denver, it is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for older girls across the Front Range! Girls can complete community service hours, Program Aide internship hours, or work on earning the Service to Girl Scouting Bar.

Register NOW for Packing for Impact with Project C.U.R.E.

Packing for Impact with Project C.U.R.E. is Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

Register at: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/save_the_date_2019_p.html

Registration deadline: November 27

Project C.U.R.E.’s Packing for Impact is back! Packing for Impact is an opportunity for Girl Scouts from all over Colorado to come together to change the lives of families around the world by filling Kits for Kids, engaging in fun activities, and learning about the children around the world that they will be helping. Troops can use this customizable flyer to help collect supplies for their kits before the event.


Please include your troop number and how many girls will attend when registering! $6/kit (troops can choose how many kits they’d like to pack)

Multiple shifts available throughout the day:

First shift: 9 – 11 a.m.

Second shift: 12 – 2 p.m.

Third shift: 2:15 – 4:15 p.m.

This year, we are also looking for five Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador troops or groups to lead activity stations. Girls are welcome to design their own activities or lead activities designed by Girl Scouts of Colorado. This is a wonderful opportunity for community service, Program Aide internships, and/or to earn the Service to Girl Scouting Bar. If interested in volunteering at this event, please email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

 

Girl Scout Senior earns Harvest Award

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

With the help of other girls in her troop, Girl Scout Senior Makayla earned the Harvest Award as part of the “Sow What?” Journey and created lasting change by educating and inspiring youth to appreciate local food and the impact of the food print on the environment.

The girls did many activities including art, games, stories, and videos to learn about food prints, commit to new food habits, learn about hunger, and give thanks. Then, they made a poster detailing why they should change the world for the better. Makayla created a goal: use her love of baking to educate others about buying local food!
The girls then dug deeper and tapped the knowledge of community experts. Armed with clipboards, they visited a local farmer’s market and asked important questions of the farmers while experiencing the amazing produce they had to offer.

Makayla’s plan involved creating a video to educate others about buying local food and food prints. While baking a gluten-free cake, girls took turns telling viewers what a food print is, how they will change their own habits, the importance of their project, and the wisdom passed on to them by the farmers. The girls pledged to improve their food network at the end of the video.

Makayla delivered the finished cake and video to Urban Peak, a homeless shelter for youth. She encouraged them to use the video to educate staff and youth at the shelter about their food prints!

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

Celebrate the holidays across Colorado with the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker

Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian snow maidens, and jubilant nesting dolls, Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in more than 100 cities across North America. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!

Colorado Springs

Monday, November 12, 2018

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/great_russian_nutcra.html

Denver

Friday, December 7

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/moscow_ballet_s_grea.html

Grand Junction

Monday, December 10

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2018/moscow_ballet_s_grea_1928500668.html

Reserve your tickets now before performances are sold out!

Badge in a Day at Wings Over the Rockies

Badge in a Day at Wings Over the Rockies is Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Register at: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/badge_in_a_day_at_wi.html

Have you ever wondered how and why your computer works? Have you ever wanted to know what it takes to make a machine listen to you?

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is hosting a Badge in a Day event to help you answer those questions and explore the wide world of robotics. Girl Scouts will learn what a robot is, how they function, and why they are so important in our daily lives. Through a series of hands-on stations, girls will get experience in coding, designing, and building their own robots. By the end of the day, Girl Scouts can earn their Robotics 1 badge* (Robotics 3 for Daisies) and all will receive a Wings Over the Rockies Badge in a Day patch.

Questions? Please contact Aimee Artzer at aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org

Brownies earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Sheri Wanamaker

Metro Denver

Denver

Girl Scouts from newly formed Brownie Troop 67615, from Denver’s High Tech Elementary School, were introduced to the concept of cybersecurity earlier this month. The girls drew castles and designed security systems. The girls were very creative and included modern biometric security features, such as facial recognition and fingerprint scanning. The girls combined medieval security concepts such as, moats with alligators, dragons, knights, and tall walls with digital security that included usernames, passwords, motion sensors, and video cameras. The girls discussed ways that security affects their daily life when using computers, tablets, smartphones, and keyless entry. The girls are looking forward to more STEM related activities!

Learn how you (or your troop) can earn this special cybersecurity patch. 

Girl Scouts honors 2018 Women of Distinction

Tuesday, October 2, 2018, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2018 Women of Distinction during the Thin Mint Dinner at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. The 2018 Women of Distinction for the Denver metro-area are:

  • Janine Davidson, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Ruth Fountain, Community Leader
  • Therese Ellery, Senior Program Officer, Aging Program, Rose Community Foundation
  • Gretchen Hammer, Medicaid Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
  • Peggy E. Jennings, CPA, Partner, Eide Bailly LLP
  • Lisa Zúñiga Ramirez, Principal, Senior Portfolio Manager, Segall Bryant & Hamill
  • Meshach Rhoades, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale LLP
  • Terri Richardson, MD, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
  • Tinesha Ross, Government and Commercial Programs, Senior 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

A group of nearly 450 gathered at the event, which was chaired by Women of Distinction Pat Cortez ’04, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs Manager, Community Relations and CRA Risk Management Department, Wells Fargo Government and Community Relations Group; and Brook Kramer ’16 Senior Vice President, Senior Regional Fiduciary Manager, Philanthropic Services, Wells Fargo Private Bank. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Tasha Jones ’15, Director of Marketing, Forest City. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Gold Award Girl Scout Riley Mogenthahler, recipient of Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence.

Since 1997 Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 436 Denver-area women with this honor. More than $2 million has been raised in 20 years by Women of Distinction for Girl Scout programs.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit our website.

Day of Dance with Colorado Ballet

Day of Dance with Colorado Ballet

Sunday, December 2, 2018

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

$15/girl

Register at: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/day_of_dance_with_th.html

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado at Colorado Ballet for Day of Dance! Girl Scouts will experience four different dance genres throughout the day including ballet, creative/modern, folk, and a form of world dance. Dancers will be exposed to the specific techniques as well as improvisation and dance concepts. Brownies can work on the requirements for the “Dancer” badge.

Girls: Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in! Colorado Ballet recommends anyone under the age of seven to be barefoot as it helps to integrate plantar reflexes. Otherwise, barefoot is great for all ages, unless girls have ballet slippers or socks they would like to wear in ballet class.

Bring a water bottle, snacks, and lunch. Girls will be asked to eat snacks and lunch in the hallway and not in the studios. Water bottles are OK in the studios.

Parents, troop leaders, and guardians: This is not a drop off event. Adult to girl ratios for events must be met (link tohttp://gscoblog.org/volunteer-essentials/safety-wise/). Please do not enter rooms while classes are in session. There is a waiting space and time to be with girls during breaks and lunch.

Parking: Park at the lot on 11th and Santa Fe.

Special thanks to the Sunset Hills service unit for helping execute this wonderful event this year and in many years past! All attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership.

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