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
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.
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!
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:
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.
Girl Scout Troop 3573 chose to help Alzheimer’s patients as their Bronze Award project. Several of the girls had personal experiences with family members with the disease. The girls had planned to make scrapbooks for the residents of the Alzheimer’s center but when they visited the center they noticed that the patients were cold. Even though the center was quite warm the residents were wearing sweaters and coats. Older people can feel cold easily. They often have little body fat or take medications that can lower their body temperature. The girls worked together to make 35 fleece blankets for the patients. They visited the center as often as they could. They also brought cookies, sang songs and made friends. They were able to complete this project through teamwork, using their cookie money and donations. Thank you to everyone who supported them on their journey to make the world a better place!
This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the 2013 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program in the Denver metro-area at a private reception on June 4 at the home of 2002 Woman of Distinction and 2013 Thin Mint Dinner co-chair Elaine Gantz Berman (photos from the June 4th event). This year’s eight Denver metro-area honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, Vice President of Government and External Relations at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and 2012 Woman of Distinction, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. The Women of Distinction commit to supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado and serving Girl Scouts today.
The Women of Distinction program began in the Denver area in 1997. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 395 women with this honor. The Women of Distinction is widely regarded as one of Denver’s premier philanthropic programs, bringing together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs. More than $2 million has been raised in 16 years.
Later this year, Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees at the 2013 Thin Mint Dinner in Denver. This event will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and will once again spotlight Girl Scouts’ Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative, focusing on self-esteem, good nutrition and exercise. Paula Herzmark, Executive Director of the Denver Health Foundation and 2002 Woman of Distinction, and Elaine Gantz Berman, Colorado State Board of Education and 2002 Woman of Distinction, are event co-chairs.
Ninety Girl Scouts of all ages gathered at the Denver Girl Scout Service Center on Sunday, April 21st, for an Earth Day event. The participants learned how they can play a part in helping their planet Earth with activities including building a miniature “petal-powered” car out of recycled materials, learning about plants and the water cycle, constructing a water filtration system, conducting an energy audit of the Girl Scout office, and building solar ovens and mini-wind turbines. All activities were part of the It’s Your Planet – Love It! Journey program. Volunteers with the Energy Service Corps. helped plan and carry out this event. View more photos from the event here. Girl Scouts of the USA also was there filming footage for their video collection.
Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado. Photos by Wendy Kent, Art Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado.
CRAZY ‘BOUT HORSES! OPEN TO ALL BROWNIES and JUNIORS
All Brownies and Juniors: We’ve opened up the Crazy ‘bout Horses event May 4th to ALL BROWNIES! Come watch a Horse Show and learn all there is to know about horses with us May 4th at the National Western Event Center in Denver! Three very lucky Girl Scouts who attend will each win two hours of riding time at Tomahawk: you can use the two hours to go on trail ride with your mom and dad and siblings, or have a lesson or two – registration based on availability. The Colorado Classic Horse Show is a multi-breed horse show which features Arabians American Saddlebreds, and Morgans. It is a three day show May 3-5th with two sessions daily, starting at 10 am and 6 pm. The Classic Horse Show is a charity show and the proceeds from the show are donated to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Horse Program. Saturday the 4th at the show is Girl Scout Day. Girl Scouts come to the show and watch the performance, then have a special three hour introduction to horses. This introduction includes a hands- on period where the girls learn to groom and care for a horse. A professional farrier teaches the girls about feet and shoeing and we also have a session where the girls learn about wild horses and famous horses. The Girl Scout event is $10 per person, adults welcome to attend as well, but the Classic Horse Show is free to watch. Come early and watch the show! Registration opens at noon for the Girl Scout event. The Girl Scout event will run from 1pm-4:30pm. Come get an activity booklet to do as you walk through the stations, a fun patch, and chance to win two hrs or riding time at Tomahawk!
TOMAHAWK RIDING and Riding this Fall at MMR!
Our hourly riding sessions at Tomahawk are slowly ending, May 4th and 5th will be our final weekend for hour riding sessions. . .we will start offering rides again in August after resident camp is over. If you missed out don’t fret, we will be offering rides at Tomahawk AND Meadow Mt Ranch in August and September! This coming fall you can come ride at both locations for the great Girl Scout price of $20 for members per hour or $35 for non members. Starting in August Meadow Mt Ranch will offer lessons and well as trail rides into RMNP with great views of our 14ers and snow caps, as well as alpine terrain, waterfalls, and alpine lakes. . . majority of our rides are 3-4 hrs. Tomahawk will be offering trail rides for hour or 2 as well as lessons and games on horseback! Sessions will be posted soon for fall season!
So far my troop and I have been working on our Silver Award. We are officially near the end. We decided to collect and make a bunch of items for children in a hospital. First we all had to make our own personalized flyer for advertising what we needed. We all collected enough for four hospitals. We also had to call the hospitals we wanted to do before doing our flyer. All of them accepted of course. After we got everything, we all sorted it between the hospitals. Then we had to make 100 fleece blankets and 80 pillows. We all had a blast! Now everything is done and ready to deliver to the hospitals. We can’t wait! One of the hospitals is gonna let us go up to a kid and give some to him. Each of us get to do one. Our troop really liked this project and we certainly can’t wait to continue doing community projects and other activities with the GSCO. 😀
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