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Girl Scouts advance bill for new Colorado State Cactus designation

Colorado is well on its way to having its own prickly pal, thanks to the advocacy of 6th-grade Girl Scout Troop 2518 from Castle Rock. The girls are working with State Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock, to work a bill through the legislature designating the claret cup cactus as our state’s cactus. In the process, the girls will also earn their Silver Award, the highest award for Girl Scout Cadettes. On January 27, HB 1024 passed the House Committee 11-0 to proceed to the House Floor.

The four girls conducted thorough online research and consulted with botanists at the Denver Botanic Gardens to select the claret cup in favor over the prickly pear, which is considered a weed by most.

“We learned that the claret cup is one of the most common cacti in Colorado, and it grows in low and high elevations,” said Paige Ferguson, 12. “It’s also really pretty with bright red flowers, and hummingbirds like them too.”

The claret cup is a small barrel-shaped cactus that grows in clusters with a red waxy flower. The cactus is found throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Arizona and Texas are the only other states that have designated official cacti.

The troop first contacted Murray in late 2012 to see if she’d be interested in sponsoring a bill to designate a state cactus. She readily agreed to help, and has also given the girls a behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol and a hand-on experience with how the legislative process works.

Megan Phibbs, 11, and Aspen Medberry, 11, did a remarkable job of testifying before the House Committee, with backup from troopmates Paige Ferguson, 12, and Jocelyn Tweddle, 11. They detailed their research and why the plant deserves this designation. To sweeten the bill, they also made cupcakes adorned with edible cacti for the committee members. Representatives from the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society also testified in support of the legislation.

Murray says she hopes the bill ends up on Gov. Hickenlooper’s desk with no controversy.

“It’s exciting to be a part of making history with a state symbol to earn our Silver Award,” said Megan.

The Silver Award is a leadership award culminating with a project led by a Cadette troop who build a purpose-based team to work with the larger community to meet a need. The focus of a Girl Scout Silver Award project is identifying and researching a community issue they are passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project.

Also love the spirit of Rep. Murray as the bill went for a final vote earlier in February:
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Girl Scouts celebrate Day of the Dead

Girl Scouts in Colorado Springs and Denver celebrated Day of the Dead at events on Nov. 2nd and Nov. 4th.

The Colorado Springs event was attended by 140 and was the first event put on by the Girl Planning Group (GPS).

For the second year in a row Denver Girl Scouts partnered with Regis University for a Day of the Dead event held on the Regis campus with 100+ attending.

Both events featured traditional Day of the Dead activities, such as face painting. The events also recognized the life and legacy of Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette Gordon Low, and helped participants learn more about the significance of the Day of the Dead, or celebrating the lives of family and friends who have passed away.

Fresh Ink story about Colorado Springs event

YourHub story about Denver event

Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities – Bear Creek Lake

Flood conditions have created unique volunteer opportunities for Girl Scout Troops at Bear Creek Lake Park.


Bear Creek Lake Park has been a dedicated supporter of Girl Scouts of Colorado, we have had many day camps there over the years. They were on the news today about the catastrophic flooding at the park. The park was originally designed as a backup system to catch water flowing down from the mountains to protect Denver and the neighboring areas from flooding.

Lucky for residents downstream, the park reservoirs did their job but the park is flooded. Bear Creek Lake Park is having an initial cleanup for the park on October 2nd 2013. This is one of many future volunteer opportunities at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood.

The park is in a holding pattern untill the water recedes for any cleanup or help. They will be looking for groups, etc in the spring and next summer to help with cleanup and repairs.

Volunteer run day camp directors’ contact information will be published with their camps in the camp catalog so that parents can ask them directly regarding location changes due to flooding.

Contact Bear Creek Lake Park here: http://www.lakewood.org/ContactUs/

Thank you to Judy Moisey-Asay, a dedicated boating volunteer, who brought this to our attention.

Girl Scouts Volunteer Camp Planning Meeting

Join us at a Volunteer Run Camp Planning Meeting!

This meeting will give information and timelines regarding council support to volunteers wanting to run either a day or overnight camp in 2014.

Where: 400 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80209
When: August 14, 6pm-7pm

Call in options available! We will be recording the meeting and sharing documents and information from it via this blog in the future.

Please send interest to be on the invite list for call in-options and to receive meeting attachments to Betsy.Till@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts participate in Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Girl Scouts of Colorado once again participated in the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival at Sloan’s Lake in Denver on July 27 & 28. Despite the abnormally cool and wet weather over the weekend, this was a great opportunity to introduce Girl Scouting to the community. We received lots of interest from both new girl and adult volunteer members. Additionally our booth, which was in the children’s Dragonland area, gave participants the opportunity to color dragon masks, learn their Chinese zodiac symbol and spin the wheel for prizes (in addition to warm up a little from the cool weather :)).

Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who helped make this booth successful. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado, with help from the Denver Recruitment Specialists for Girl Scouts of Colorado 

Hundreds enjoy Girl Scouts Healthy Living Expo


View more photos from the event

Hundreds of Girl Scouts and their families and friends joined Girl Scouts of Colorado for our Healthy Living Expo at the DaVita World Headquarters in Denver on Wednesday evening, July 10. The event was sponsored by DaVita, ZisBoomBah, Anthem, Waterpik, Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, Delta Dental, Sports Authority and Big 5 Sporting Goods.

Participants discovered more about healthy living through hands-on activities in a fun carnival setting. Activity booths included information about nutrition, exercise, strong bones, heart health, self-esteem, fitness and more. There were also prizes given away, including iPods and restaurant gift cards. Booths and activity stations were courtesy of Girl Scouts of Colorado and our community partners, including ZisBoomBah, Live Well Colorado, Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, DaVita, United States Olympic Committee, Mary Lee Chin – Dietician, BYOU “Be Your Own You!” Magazine, Juice Plus+, MELT Bath & Skincare, and Body & Brain Holistic Yoga.

Recognition was also given to Girl Scouts who had completed Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Challenge during the past year.

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director with Girl Scouts of Colorado, with help from Rachelle Trujillo, Chief Marketing Officer with Girl Scouts of Colorado, and Sloan Gonzales, Program Support Specialist with Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top cookie sellers


View more photos of the Top Cookie Seller Luncheon in Denver

Over the last month Girl Scouts of Colorado held several events throughout the state to honor the more than 400 Colorado Girl Scouts who sold 750 packages of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2013 sale. (View the program of this year’s top cookie sellers)

On Saturday, June 22nd, I had the honor of attending the ever-popular Top Seller Luncheon at the Denver Marriott Tech Center with roughly 95 of this year’s top sellers from around the state. Girl Scouts of Colorado’s President and CEO Stephanie Foote as well as retired Vice President of Product Sales Dorothy Gregory, the new Director of Product Sales Angel Haxton and Denver Product Sales staff, Jordan Alvillar and Dana Harrod, also joined me at the event. I always love seeing the girls of all ages dressed up in their fancy attire with smiles ear to ear! The luncheon includes a presentation of the top cookie seller medals, voting on next year’s cookie recognitions and dancing with the yearly conga line through the banquet hall.

Also on Saturday a rock climbing top seller event near Durango took place. Volunteer Dena Thomason snapped these photos at the event to share with us. Looks like fun was had by all!

Other cookie top seller events this month included the Glenwood Caverns and Pueblo Dinner Theatre on June 8 and coming up on June 29 is high tea at Victoria’s Tiny Tea Room in Eaton. Did you attend one of these events? Please share your photos and stories with us so we can showcase them here on the blog as well .

Congratulations to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2013 Cookie Top Sellers!

Crazy ’bout Horses Event Pictures and Summary – What a Success – look for it next year!


Girl Scouts get Crazy ‘Bout Horses at the Colorado Classic Horse Show

Photos and story by Alice Hughes, event organizer and volunteer, Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered once again with the Colorado Classic Horse Show to offer the 7th annual Crazy ‘Bout Horses event on May 4, 2013 at the National Western Events Center in Denver, Colorado.  More than 150 Girl Scouts, ages 10-12, attended the 37th annual Colorado Classic Horse Show to learn about horse health, horse care and the horse show industry.

The Girl Scouts watched the horse show to learn about the Saddlebred, Morgan and Arabian breeds. After the show, the girls rotated through 10 educational stations with topics such as: horse behavior, horse health, safety around horses, trail riding and packing, grooming, horse shoeing, adopting wild mustangs, barn tours and a horse trivia game.

A perennial favorite is the grooming station where troops get hands-on experience brushing a very furry white Shetland pony named Godzilla belonging to David and Cindy Vogels of Andover Farm.

“Horses are very gentle creatures and are really fun to take care of,” said Lauren, 8, from Troop # 3591 from Monument, Colorado. “ My grandparents have horses and I get to ride their Shetland pony.”

New to the event this year was the Girl Scouts sponsored pack station where girls could learn how horses will carry their camping gear and supplies at summer camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Rocky Mountain National Park.

“I’ve never seen pack equipment and it looks pretty complicated,” said Quinn, 10, from Troop #3584 from Highlands Ranch. “I just love horses and I really liked watching the horse show too.”

At the veterinary station, Laura Wilhelm from Aspen Creek Vet Hospital, explained the background to the saying “never look a gift horse in the mouth.” She showed the Girl Scouts how you can tell a horse’s age by looking at their teeth and correctly identified the demonstration horse as 11 years old. Girls also used a stethoscope to listen to the horse’s heartbeat while learning more about the horse’s respiratory system.

Farrier Del Slaugh fired up his forge to show the Girl Scouts how he can transform a straight piece of steel into a fully functional horse show. Heating the steel up to an astonishing 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit, Del shaped the red hot metal into a horse shoe shape, added a Fullering groove and nail holes. To the delight of the girls, each group got to take home a lucky horse shoe from the demonstration.

At the horse behavior station, Girl Scouts from Troop 2762 from Colorado Springs were learning  how horses express their likes and dislikes and their unique personalities. Charming the crowd was half Arabian gelding “Toi Talent” who gladly accepted a peppermint and a pat from Madison, 11.

“Horses are so beautiful and fun to ride. Even though I own a horse, I’ve learned so much today!”

Presenter and trainer Nancy Goodwin from Finesse Farms from Erie, Colorado gave useful tips on safety around horses so that Girl Scouts could be prepared for horse camp in the summer. She even let the girls find a special scratching spot on the neck of demonstration horse Hottie, an American Saddlebred gelding.

After the event, girls could continue their education with a special take-home notebook filled with horse facts, fun activities and equine industry contact information.

Keep an eye out for next year – we plan on it being BIGGER and BETTER!

Denver Metro Girl Scouts – International Campers Needing Host Famlies!

Calling on Colorado Girl Scouts in the metro Denver area!

Do you have a daughter between the ages of 11 and 13?

Would you like to be a host family for a girl between these ages (11 – 13) from the People’s Republic of China?

Five girls, participants of the CAPABLE TEENS program in China, are coming to the Denver for three weeks 17 July – 4 August 2013, chaperoned by Capable Teens representatives.  Host families in the metro Denver area are needed to provide room and board for a Chinese girl for approximately 10 days before and after Girl Scouts of CO (GSCO) resident camp during the three weeks.  By spending time with your family, these girls from the Suzhou area of China (near Shanghai) are hoping for a thorough immersion into American life.  The Chinese girls are already signed up for GSCO resident camp at Magic Sky  (“Moose Magic”, July 21-26) and for Girl Scout day camp (“Science in Our World”, Clement Park, Littleton, July 29-August 2).  Either girls will bring their own equipment or it will be provided by Capable Teens USA.

CAPABLE TEENS, modeled on the Boy Scouts of America scouting program, are bringing these young Chinese girls for an American girl experience as an American Girl Scout.  We need your help in welcoming these young girls to CO and the US and introducing them to the GSUSA way of Girl Scouting.  Small stipend per family available.

For more information and for an application, please contact:

Linda Fuller
Girl Program Coordinator, Capable Teens USA




Girl Scout Daisies make lunch for Ronald McDonald House residents

Submitted by Christina Bontempo

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Daisies made lunch for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House in Denver on Saturday, May 11. The girls chose RMH as their service action project and used funds raised by cookie sales to purchase lunch items. They made sandwiches and served fresh fruit and learned about the families who can stay at RMH for free while their children are in area hospitals.

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