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Christina Bear named Congressional Award Gold Medalist


Join Girl Scouts of Colorado in congratulating Gold Award recipient Christina Bear of Golden! She was recently named a Congressional Award Gold Medalist for 2016.

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds; young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

In 2015, Christina earned her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, for organizing a week-long summer program for Latino students at Horizons Summer Program at Colorado Academy. Through informal learning in computer and robot programming and mini-science experiments, students were engaged and excited about technology. Christina is the 2015 recipient of the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize. In November 2015, she will be awarded the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Christina has also won the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, Jefferson County Public Health Champions, Presidential Environmental Youth Service Award, Prudential Spirit of Community Award, Children’s Environmental Health Network Youth Leadership Award and International Action for Nature Eco-Hero Award.


Holiday angels needed


Submitted by Amanda Kalina


Denver Metro

If your Girl Scout troop is looking for a holiday community service project, we hope you might consider working with HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op. This holiday season we are collecting gifts for families in our school who are need. HOPE serves 2,000 students across Colorado, many of whom come from lower socio-economic homes. Last year this program helped 150 families (450 children). We are looking to match angel donors with families before Thanksgiving, so please be in touch ASAP if you are interested in participating.

Girl Scouts of Colorado has been a great partner of HOPE’s on several projects, including this one, over the last year. We look forward to continuing this relationship during the 2015 holiday season!

If you would like to support HOPE through this project, or something else, please reach out to Melanie.Stone@HOPEonline.org (303-727-0315).

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


Join GSCO for Boo at the Denver Zoo

Get your Girl Scout spirit on this weekend at Boo at the Zoo at the Denver Zoo! Girl Scouts of Colorado will be have a presence on Saturday, October 31, with a tent featuring face painting,  trick-or-treat candy station, great giveaway prizes for those interested in Girl Scouts, and vintage Girl Scout uniforms, worn by the Girl Scouts Staff! And, don’t forget—it’s Juliette Gordon Low’s 155th birthday!

Boo at the Zoo offers more than 25 trick-or-treat stations, “creepy crawly” animal demonstrations, and family-friend entertainment for all! Activities are held beneath the Mile High City’s colorful foliage from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. “Boo After Dark” is from 6:30 p.m – 9 p.m., which is for evening trick-or-treaters who prefer to see the animals and lights at night.

All activities include the price of admission. $17 for adults, $12 for children, free for children 2 years and younger.

To volunteer for “Boo After Dark” at the Girl Scouts tent handing out candy, please contact Christine Slomski, 303-607-4803 or Christine.slomski@gscolorado.org.

Westernaires Annual Horse Show


Submitted by Elizabeth Stroup


Denver Metro

We are three sisters amoung the over 1000 girls and boys who make up Westernaires, a volunteer, non-profit youth organization in Jefferson County. Westernaires promotes self-respect, responsibility and leadership through horsemanship and family participation. For 66 years, Westernaires has proudly trained young people to use their talents and skills in the best traditions of the West.

Every Summer the Westernaires precision mounted drill teams travel the western states to perform shows at rodeos, parades, and fairgrounds as well as performing dozens of acts at the National Western Stockshow each January.

We all especially look forward the last weekend in October when we get put on our Annual Horsecapes Show right here in Denver where we can showcase our riding abilities and all our great acts. These shows include Precision Drill at speed, Trick Riders, Steppes Riders, Bullwhips, Chariots, Flaming Baton Twillers, Roman Riders, and many other great acts. The shows are 2 hours with over 200 horses. If you love the west or love horses, this is the show for you.

The shows are Saturday Oct 24th at 10am, 2pm, and 7pm and Sunday Oct 25th at 2pm at the National Western Stockshow Complex. The cost is just $10!

As a special offer for girl scouts, we are giving a behind the scenes tour through the barns to meet the riders and their horses after the 10am Saturday show.

This is great family fun and all proceeds from the shows go to support the organization and to feed and care for our 200 horses and ponies.

For tickets, please contact us at: westernairestickets or
(303) 333-8723

We hope to see you all at the show!

Katherine, Josephine, and Elizabeth

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Street Smarts Light Rail and Transportation Tour

Submitted by Jennifer Brown

Wheat ridge

Denver Metro

Girl Scouts from multiple troops attended the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Street Smarts Day!
To spark girls’ interest in all modes of transportation, Transportation YOU presented the Girl Scouts with a multi-modal tour of downtown Denver. They learned how transportation affects our urban environment and how it links communities by visiting various stations in downtown Denver that highlight transportation elements, including light rail, bikes, and bridges. The girls met a dozen women who are transportation engineers and are responsible for important jobs such as building bridges, traffic management, timing signals, designing bike trails, utility relocation and designing interchanges. The girls also learned how people with disabilities rely on public transit and some of the challenges they face everyday.

This program did a wonderful job of encouraging girls to make courses in math, science and technology which are stepping stones to exciting careers in engineering that can change the face of the transportation industry. Check out this coverage of the tour from 9News!

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Jump start your Gold Award


The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and is no easy project to complete! We know how difficult it can be to come up with an idea, explore your community, and write up a Gold Award project proposal. If you are experiencing any of these difficulties come on out to one of our “Jump Start Your Gold Award” sessions on Saturday, October 24th.

“Jump Start Your Gold” is being offered in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction on October 24th from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Our Gold Award Mentors will be available to help you sort through your ideas, explore areas of interest, and decide on next steps. Each session is at a different location, so check out the registration form here to pick which one you’d like to attend and register. We ask that anyone planning to attend registers in advance so we can be well prepared. This is not a Gold Award training, please come prepared to explore areas of interest.

Additionally, if you’d like to brainstorm your Gold Award project with someone and are unable to attend one of these sessions you can email highestawards and we will help you out.

Earning your Gold Award is an awesome accomplishment that you will benefit from the rest of your life! Girl Scouts of Colorado wants to ensure that any girl interested in earning her Gold has the necessary support and guidance to successfully #GoGold!

Confidence, bravery, leadership!

Submitted by Angela Geissinger


Denver Metro

Girl Scout troop 54592 of Broomfield had a blast Learning self-defense techniques, anti-abduction techniques and anti-bullying techniques. Thank you so much Colorado Krav Maga of Broomfield for contributing your time to help build confidence, character and leadership skills to the Girl Scouts of Colorado. We of course ended the evening with a friendship circle/squeeze.

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Register now for “Packing for Impact”

Submitted by Keile Stewart, GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist

You can now register for “Packing for Impact” on November 21, 2015 at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Girl Scouts are once again joining forces with  Project C.U.R.E.  for this annual event which helps deliver health and hope to children around the world!  Use this link to register:


In addition to filling “Kits for Kids,” girls will also learn more about the kids and countries around the world that they will be helping, earn the Girl Scout Global Action Award, and get a patch.

Kits for Kids

The “Kits for Kids” program provides personal hygiene and basic “medicine cabinet” items that are scarce in the developing world.  Project C.U.R.E. developed the “Kits for Kids” program to give families in developing countries the supplies they need to provide basic care at home. All levels of Girl Scouts are welcome to participate.

Please bring ALL of the following items to fill your kit:

  1. Acetaminophen OR Ibuprofen (Jr. strength tablets preferred)
  2. Box of Adhesive Bandages
  3. Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  4. 1% Hydrocortisone Cream
  5. Toothbrushes (min. 4)
  6. Hand sanitizer (travel-sized)
  7. Elastic Bandage
  8. Safety Pins
  9. Comb
  10. Facial Tissues (travel-sized)
  11. Blunt Scissors
  12. Tweezers
  13. Nail Clippers (no manicure sets please)


Girl Scouts holds annual Women of Distinction event in Denver Oct. 20


WHO: Girl Scouts of Colorado honors ten extraordinary women as 2015 Women of Distinction:

  • Shirley Amore, Retired City Librarian, Denver Public Library
  • Kim Bimestefer, President & General Manager, Cigna Mountain States
  • Laura J. Davis, Former Director of Environmental, Health & Safety and Systems Safety Engineering, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
  • Cheryl Haggstrom, Executive Vice President, Community First Foundation
  • M.L. Hanson, President, Idyll Cravings, LLC
  • Djuana Harvell, PhD, be well/be EPIC Project Manager, The Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities
  • Tasha L. Jones, Director of Marketing, Forest City Stapleton, Inc.
  • Loretta P. Martinez, General Counsel & Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Vicki Scott, Program Manager, Aurora Youth Options, Aurora Mental Health Center
  • Debbie Trujillo, Community Relations Director, KeyBank

WHAT: This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Alice Kelly, 2002 Woman of Distinction, 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 Oct. 20 event includes a three-course dinner and creative dessert featuring Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scout Christina Bear, who recently earned the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, is the Keynote Speaker. Event co-chairs are Luella Chavez D’Angelo, Chief Communications Officer, The Western Union Company, 2005 Woman of Distinction; and Donna Lynne, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado, 2006 Woman of Distinction.

 WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Place, Denver

For more information, contact Heidi Books at 303-607-4833 or heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

For media, RSVP by Oct. 7 to AnneMarie Harper at 303-607-4844 or annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Western Union is this year’s presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include: UMB, Lockheed Martin, Arrow Electronics, Davita HealthCare Partners, Delta Dental, EKS&H Management LLC, Forest City Stapleton, Hogan Lovells, Molson Coors and Volunteers of America.

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Help organize clothing bank for HOPE


Submitted by Amanda Kalina


Denver Metro

Annually HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op, which is a charter school in Colorado that serves at-risk youth, organizes a back-to-school clothing bank to assist their families who may be homeless or struggling financially. The clothing bank is in a warehouse in Aurora near Children’s Hospital Colorado. We are looking for Girl Scout groups who would like to volunteer the weekend of Aug. 21-23 to help us organize the clothing we’ve collected to give away Aug. 28-29 to our families. We so appreciate the Girl Scout troops who have helped HOPE with projects over the last year, including the organizing of the clothing bank last August (photos included)!! If you are interested, please contact Melanie Stone at HOPE. She can be reached at melanie.stone@hopeonline.org or 303-727-0315.

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