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Girl Scout Days at the Colorado Rockies

Girl Scouts of Colorado invites you to join us for a summer of fun with the Colorado Rockies! Join us at these following games to cheer on the Rockies and help support our Girl Scout program!

  • Saturday, June 11th, 2:10 pm, Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres
  • Saturday, June 25th, 2:30 pm, Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona D-Backs
  • Saturday, August 6th, 6:10 pm, Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins

There are 3 different ticket options to choose from. A portion of ticket sales will go back to GSCO to help support our Girl Scouting program.

  • $25 Outfield Box
  • $20 Mezzanine
  • $15 Upper Reserved Outfield

To purchase tickets, please use this special link: www.rockies.com/gsoc and the promo code GS2016.

When purchasing tickets, you can add the promo code and a specific ticket page/map will open. The highlighted sections are the special Scout Day sections and you can purchase tickets with our special GSCO deal in those sections.

Girl Scouts, friends, families, neighbors, and anyone wanting to help support GSCO and these events are welcome.

The Scout who refers the most tickets to the game will be able to present the Color Guard at the game.

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

Hope to see you at a game!

Girls create “Council’s Own” badge from Silver Award

Submitted by Kristin Coulter

Denver

Metro Denver

“I’ve never seen so many women bosses in one room!” That was the reaction one of the eleven members of Park Hill Girl Scout Troop 3573 had after the troop presented its Silver Award project to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors. On presentation day, May 12th, the girls had found the board meeting room filled with more than 20 professional women, from around the state, eager to learn how the middle school troop was able to create a Girl Scouts of Colorado Council’s Own badge as a part of its Silver Award project.

What is the Silver Award? The Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette-level (6th-8th grade) Girl Scout can earn. The troop did their Silver Award project on urban orienteering. While the girls love getting outdoors and exploring nature, their reality is that they live in the city. As city dwellers, as well as being girls soon to be entering high school, they needed to know how to get around independently. They had lots of questions. Which side of the street has even numbers and which has odd? How can I tell which direction I’m traveling by the street signs? Given where I’m going, should I take the bus or light rail? How can I best keep my valuables safe? What’s my Plan B if my phone is out of power and I get separated from my friends or family? Completing the badge explores all these issues and more.

So the 7th and 8th grade troop members created a badge. But how did it get to be a Council’s Own badge and what is that anyway? A Council’s Own badge is a badge that is specific to the state in which it is created but it may also be earned by scouts outside of the state or council. To create the badge, the troop had to indicate to Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) what Cadette scouts will learn by completing the badge. Following the format of every Girl Scout badge, the troop wrote five distinct badge step requirements as well as designed three detailed activity options for each requirement. The troop did all of this and submitted their application to GSUSA. The Girl Scouts of the USA approved it! The diamond-shaped badge depicting the downtown Denver skyline and the requirement to earn it will soon be available in the GSCO Council Shop.

After the presentation, the troop members reflected on their accomplishment. They took great pride when they realized that no one asked them to create a badge, especially not a statewide badge that got national approval. Seeing a need and filling it, that’s leadership. That’s how you get to be one of the women bosses in a room.

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

Girl Scouts announces 2016 Denver Metro Women of Distinction: 10 Extraordinary Women Honored

 

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This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Gin Butler, Woman of Distinction ‘03, 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.

  • Rose Andom, President/CEO Rosmik, Inc. and The Rose Andom Charitable Foundation
  • Nikki Cady, Founder, Heart & Hand Center for at risk youth and families
  • Stephanie Donner, Galvanize Chief Legal and People Officer
  • Kim Easton, CEO, Urban Peak
  • Jena Hausmann, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Gloria Higgins, President, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC)
  • Brook Kramer, Vice President and Relationship Manager, First Western Trust
  • Cheryl Lucero, Director, Capital Campaigns & Major Gifts, Denver Health Foundation
  • Christine Marquez-Hudson, President and CEO, The Denver Foundation
  • Mary Noonan, Board Trustee Delta Dental of Colorado, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation and the Center for Women’s Health Research at CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Since 1997, including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 426 Denver area women with this honor. The Women of Distinction program 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 19 years.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these women at the 2016 Thin Mint Dinner in Denver. This event will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Event co-chairs are Jandel Allen-Davis, VP Government, External Relations and Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region, Woman of Distinction ’12; and Kristin Richardson, Philanthropist and Community Volunteer, Woman of Distinction ‘13.

2016 Event Sponsors include: Silver Presenting Sponsor, Lockheed Martin. Bronze Presenting Sponsors, CoBiz Financial and Kristin Richardson.

For more information on the Oct. 13 event or to purchase tickets and sponsorships contact 303-607-4833 or heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

48 Colorado Girl Scouts earn Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts

 

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This spring 48 Colorado Girl Scouts will receive the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. These young women have demonstrated exceptional commitment to taking action to make the world a better place through their community service. The accomplishments of Gold Award recipients reflect extraordinary leadership and citizenship skills that mark them as valuable contributors to their communities and world.

This year’s Colorado Gold Award projects benefited communities across the state. Topics varied from protecting the environment to helping low-resource children develop a love of reading to encouraging more people to participate in unified sports teams and clubs. Inspired by her twin brother who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sarah Greichen from Centennial started Score A Friend, Inc., a new non-profit organization, which encourages schools to offer and have students participate in unified sports clubs and teams. Three other Gold Awardees from the Denver metro-area, Emma Hesse, Grace Dorgan and Meredith Greer, are in the same troop. Emma and Meredith’s projects focused on helping The Action Center in Jefferson County. Grace worked with low-resource children to teach them about nature and foster a love for the environment. Brittany Jaros from Boulder developed a program to educate middle school students about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. Amy Nelson from Colorado Springs created a cookbook that teaches the basics of a healthy, nutritious diet while on a small budget. While on a diet, it would be best to continue doing exercise, especially with the Best Kettlebells and gallbladder supplement to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle for yourself.

The following Colorado Girl Scouts are among the 48 statewide who will be receiving the prestigious Gold Award for the 2015-16 Girl Scout awards year:

  • Katelyn Abbott from Cañon City, Cañon City High School, renovated the courtyard outside of Progressive Care Center, which offers nursing care, rehabilitation therapies, and Alzheimer’s care.
  • After learning a local school was wasting money on trash disposal and recyclable items were being thrown away, Tristina Altman from Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Christian School, developed a recycling program for the school.
  • Belle Bashaw from Parker, Douglas County High School, developed a curriculum to teach elementary school students about the importance of bees, which bees they might see, and how they can help the bee population thrive.
  • To expand homeowners’ knowledge of crevice gardens and reduce outdoor water use, Carrie Bishop from Golden, Ralston Valley High School, added an educational aspect to the Apex Community Heroes Crevice Garden in Arvada.
  • Madison Block from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, engaged elementary school students in science and other STEM-related topics through a fair attended by more than 300 people.
  • Hadley Bowles from Denver, Saint Mary’s Academy, worked with Metro Caring, one of Denver’s largest food assistance programs, to teach low-resource children where healthy food comes from and about eating healthy.
  • Allison Caperton from Littleton, Dakota Ridge High School, coordinated a gymnastics camp for children with special needs. Her camp was four weeks long and open to children of all ages with special needs.
  • Inspired by her own passion for music, Tierra Carter from Castle Rock, Colorado Springs Early Colleges, brought music to children in the hospital. She visited with more than 300 patients under the age of 8 and offered to teach them simple songs on a keyboard or play for them.
  • Hannah Clair from Colorado Springs, Springs Studio for Academic Excellence, worked to give students at her school a place to discover new friends. She designed and built a weatherproof bench that also stores many toys and games to play while making a new friend.
  • Kellyn Dassler from Parker, Chapparal High School, increased students’ respect for teachers and educators. She also worked to encourage teachers throughout the year and made working conditions better for staff by taking items off their “to-do” lists.
  • Sarah Depew from Colorado Springs, The George Washington University: Online High School, wrote an almost 80-page booklet that included original chemistry experiments for homeschool students, along with a parent manual for educators.
  • Grace Dorgan from Golden, Colorado Academy, designed a free, hands-on natural science curriculum and taught it to low-resource elementary school students in Denver, through a program called Horizons.
  • Katelyn Eaman from Broomfield, Broomfield High School, designed raised garden beds so students at her school could learn about gardening and the impact it can have on communities worldwide.
  • Delaney Fitzsimmons from Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista High School, created a list of books intended for 5th to 8th grade readers with the purpose of providing a resource for students to find engaging books they will enjoy and finish.
  • Cailin Foster from Colorado Springs, Palmer Ridge High School, encouraged more girls to get interested in STEM by creating a robotics team at her school and helping other school districts with their robotics teams.
  • Martina Gilbert from Castle Pines, Rock Canyon High School, created a more welcoming, aesthetically pleasing, wheelchair-accessible outdoor area for Fisher House, a home for veterans and their families.
  • Jenni Golbuff from Fort Collins, Windsor High School, designed and built tables for a local summer camp. Her project started at Sky Ranch, but has expanded to camps around the nation.
  • Ashlin Gray from Colorado Springs, Palmer Ridge High School, created a learning and play area specifically for children at the new Family Day Center, which helps low-resource families.
  • Meredith Greer from Golden, Lakewood High School, worked to provide personal hygiene items to clients of The Action Center in Jefferson County.
  • Inspired by her twin brother who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sarah Greichen from Centennial, Front Range Christian School, started a new non-profit organization to encourage more schools to offer and have students participate in unified sports teams and clubs.
  • Maniyah Hart from Colorado Springs, Cornado High School, partnered with Zach’s Place and the Manitou Art Center to develop an opportunity for children with autism to experience ceramics.
  • After noticing the garden at Black Rock Elementary School was incomplete and neglected, Emma Hassman from Erie, Erie High School, revitalized the space and got the community involved in the process and maintenance.
  • Emma Hesse from Golden, Lakewood High School, revitalized the clothing area of The Action Center in Jefferson County, specifically the area for teens. Her work helped raise the self-confidence of teens served by the center.
  • Courtney Howell from Niwot, Silver Creek High School, organized a science, math, and engineering exploration day for middle and elementary school to show them that science can be fun.
  • Stephanie Huisingh from Colorado Springs, Discovery Canyon Campus High School, wrote a detailed guide that lays out the specific steps for how to throw a high school party and include students with special needs.
  • Brittany Jaros from Boulder, Holy Family High School, developed a program to educate middle school students about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention.
  • Cassidy Klein from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge High School, collected more than 2,900 children’s books, which she used to create a library for Joshua Station, a transitional housing facility for families.
  • Helen Landwehr from Colorado Springs, Air Academy High School, refurbished and redecorated the Severe Special Needs room at Air Academy High School to make it a safe, welcoming, and effective learning environment.
  • Kimberly Levine from Longmont, Niwot High School, created a food drive tutorial, which was geared toward English and Spanish-speaking communities who are interested in making a difference.
  • Ashley Marttila from Colorado Springs, Doherty High School, created a choir at her church to bring children together and give them the confidence to perform in front of a large audience.
  • Lauren McBeth from Aurora, Cherokee Trail High School, built “House of Words,” a little free library, in newly renovated Tierra Park in northern Aurora.
  • Kelsey McKenna from Colorado Springs, Air Academy High School, spread publicity for non-profit junior golf organizations by organizing a junior golf scramble where high school golfers came as mentors for younger girls.
  • Jessica Mills from Colorado Springs, Air Academy High School, introduced basic engineering design skills to middle school students to spark an interest in STEM.
  • Emily Mohlis from Elizabeth, Elizabeth High School, organized the music, school-owned instruments, and accessories scattered throughout the band room and director’s office at her school.
  • Lauren Moran from Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain High School, started a music program at a local retirement community, where high school musicians performed monthly and visited with residents.
  • Amy Nelson from Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain High School, created a cookbook that teaches the basics of a healthy, nutritious diet while on a small budget.
  • Olivia Noakes from Thornton, Thornton High School, developed a multi-media presentation about opportunities in middle and high school music that was geared toward 4th and 5th grade students.
  • Angel Potter from Cañon City, Cañon City High School, worked with local non-profits to collect books so children from low-resource families could discover the joy of reading.
  • Meagan Prewitt from Colorado Springs, Coronado High School, created a mobile chest of activities for children with special needs who attend Sunrise United Methodist Church.
  • Nieca Robinson from Aurora, Eaglecrest High School, worked to make it easier for teenagers, specifically those at her school, to find help and resources specifically for them regarding domestic violence.
  • Sanskriti Saxena from Highlands Ranch, Douglas County High School, founded a youth chapter for a non-profit organization that works for the cause of underprivileged children around the world.
  • Alyssa Scaduto from Colorado Springs, Doherty High School, brought books to low-resource families by teaching schools how to hold a used book fair, which can be supported by a book drive.
  • Alessandra Smith from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, created a program that provides residents of care facilities access to iPads and resources to Skype and use other apps to stay in touch with loved ones.
  • Emily Walker from Castle Rock, Castle Rock High School, created a project that provides teddy bears and handmade no-sew blankets to first responders in order to comfort people involved in traumatic situations.
  • Catherine Welch from Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch High School, helped senior citizens at a local retirement center stay in touch with loved ones by teaching them how to use iPads and other technology.

This year Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest award. The Gold Award culminates with a project led by one young woman between 9th and 12th grades who builds a purpose-based team to work with the larger community to meet a need. The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Stephanie Foote, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “They saw a need and took ownership of helping to develop a solution and took action to make it happen. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership are making the world a better place.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado will honor this year’s Gold Award recipients as well as recipients of Girl Scouts other two Highest Awards, the Silver (the Highest Award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn) and Bronze (the Highest Award a Girl Scout Junior can earn), at upcoming ceremonies around the state. These events include:

  • April 17th at 2 p.m. at Fort Collins Marriott., 350 E. Horsetooth Rd., Fort Collins
  • April 22nd at 6 p.m. at Center for American Values, 101 S. Main St. #100, Pueblo
  • April 24th at 2 p.m. Mountain View Methodist, 355 Ponca Pl., Boulder
  • April 24th at 2 p.m. Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction
  • May 1st at 2 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver
  • May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs

Girl Scouts On Air with Slacker and Steve

Submitted by Brihanna Crittendon

Thornton

Denver Metro

With only 30 seconds to prepare a sales pitch, I jumped into my mom’s car, where she had been on hold with 105.9 the radio station after calling in over and over for 20 minutes trying to get me the chance to sell 100 boxes of cookies. Slacker and Steve have done this live sales pitch with Girl Scouts for 10 years and I finally got on the air this year. “Roses are Red, Violets are blue, Girl Scout Cookies are the BEST and you owe me money for 100 boxes and that is true”. I was the second caller and I was the first in history to wow the radio station. On Thursday, my troop and I were able to deliver the boxes and take a tour of the station. It was awesome!

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

My Girl Scout Troop brings different girls together

Submitted by Amber Billig

Denver

Denver Metro

Our Girl Scout Troop is made up of 9 very different young ladies. We have spent a lot of time learning about and embracing each others differences. We have a few athletic girls who like sports, a few girls who like dancing, and a few that like animals. We plan to spend our cookie money on going up to the mountains for a few nights and earning our hiking patch, sleepover patch, and horseback riding patch.

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

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Hadley Bowles, Denver, “Sustainable Secrets”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Usually people have some resources to get food but do not know enough about healthy eating. For my Gold Award Project I focused on helping kids learn where food comes from and about healthy options. To do that, I created an educational program for Metro Caring that was geared to teach kids about food and sustainable crafts. Metro Caring is one of Denver’s largest food assistance programs. It has a fresh food shopping market for low income people at no charge. To help it have available fresh food, it also has gardens for vegetables. Every day Metro Caring distributes food, baby items and personal care products to an average of 70 people.

In 2015, Metro Caring completed construction on n a new building. The new building includes a learning area for kids, as well as a classroom for Metro Caring to teach adults about healthy foods. My program is to provide kids a learning activity while their parents are either shopping in the food market or attending a class at Metro Caring.

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

Hunger is a world problem. By starting with kids at a young age you can teach them how to work with what they have or learn to improve things to eat a little at a time. Once they understand healthy eating, they can spread the word to their parents and others. They may even grow to help others learn what they did. Hunger is everywhere but with these classes maybe a few more people will be able to improve their eating.

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

My project will be sustained by volunteers at Metro Caring. I have prepared 15 lesson plans for Metro Caring to use for children’s activities and put together supplies for the activities. I copied the lesson plans and put them into three notebooks to make it easy for volunteers to use and add new ideas. I wrote an article about my project for the Metro Caring newsletter so that their volunteers and supporters can learn more about the work I did for my Gold Award. The article was published and is a way to let volunteers know how they can help with the program. I am going to also write a similar article for the Kirk (my church) newsletter for members who might want to do something more at Metro Caring. When the supplies were delivered, Metro Caring was excited and the new volunteer coordinator believed there were several volunteers who are retired teachers that would be interested in doing the classes. In addition to my article in the Newsletter, the coordinator plans to recruit volunteers to teach.

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

Around the world there is approximately 925 million people who are under nourished on a daily basis. This means they get less than 2,100 calories a day. This despite world being able to produce enough food to feed everyone. Closer to home, more than 200,000 children in Colorado live below the poverty line. Also, more that 25% of working families in Colorado do not have enough food by the end of the month. Although Metro Caring is working to address these food needs, they do not have a program to help children understand food, what is good for them and how they can create things from other things. My Gold Award project focuses on children and their understanding of food.

What did you learn about yourself?

My Gold Award project taught me about what I could do—to have courage to lead and to learn at the same time. It also taught me the importance of self-confidence. This was a big project. I put it off for a long time because I did not know what to do. Once I got started though, I figured out I could do it as long as I kept things moving forward. Also, I learned the importance of communication. I needed to keep Metro Caring more informed of my progress. Then when I taught the kids, I learned I had to adjust my lessons based on the age of the kids or if they spoke English. Finally, it taught me that I can make a difference in the world.

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

Having made this project work, I suspect I will be more open to leadership positions because of the self-confidence I gained while working on my Gold Award. I learned to accomplish new things, such as new projects to help others, and I may even find a new idea that I want to develop further in my future.  Earning my Gold Award, has given me a sense of pride that I will not hesitate to mention to others.  I also think it will help open doors to other opportunities.

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

Ever since I joined Girl Scouts, I have wanted to get my Gold Award. The reason being that my brother was a Boy Scout and was doing a ton of fun things. So I though in Girl Scouts I could do the same things and I did. We went backpacking, canoeing, camping, spelunking and more I had a ton of fun. But then my brother started working on his Eagle project and I wanted to do one to. So I looked at what Girl Scouts had to offer and I found the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. So I started working on them. The Bronze was fun and we did it as a troop. The Silver was more interesting doing it on my own with help from my mom. Then it was time I was old enough to do my Gold Award. I choose something that I wanted to have an impact on and change. The experience was great and it taught me a lot. It was a lot of fun and was a good way I felt to graduate from Girl scouts to being a Counselor.

**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

Olympic Swimmer Kara Joyce Inspires Girl Scouts

Submitted by Christine Slomski

Denver

Denver Metro

The lights dimmed as girls, volunteers and parents alike quickly shuffled into their seats at the Arapahoe Crossings movie theater on Wednesday, February 3. With arms full of popcorn, sodas and sweet treats galore, a sense of excitement and hometown pride permeated the audience of Girl Scouts who came to see a special screening of “Touch the Wall”, the story of Colorado’s own Missy Franklin who attended Regis Jesuit High School and became an Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

As familiar images of Aurora, Colorado, displayed on the big screen, a small “Woohoo!” came from the audience. For the next two hours, Aurora Girl Scouts and volunteers laughed, cried and cheered as they watched Missy train for winning the Gold and breaking several world records.

At the film’s end, a surprise guest took the stage to greet the girls–it was Kara Lyn Joyce, Missy’s teammate and co-start in the film! At 6-feet tall wearing her official “Team USA” Olympic jacket, Kara fielded questions from the girls in the audience, ranging from “Why’d you get a tattoo of the Olympic rings?” to “Was it weird to be followed by camera all the time?”. And before the evening came to an end, Kara met with troops, signed movie stubs and took photos with every girl until the last of the Girl Scout left the theater.
“What a great evening!” and “What an inspiration!” volunteers and parents echoed upon leaving the theater.

Certainly, the “Touch the Wall” screening was an event to remember along with the personal time spent with an Olympic athlete. The Girl Scouts of Colorado would like to thanks its community partners, volunteers, its Girl Scouts in Aurora, and Kara Lynne Joyce for coming together to create such a meaningful, inspiring event!

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

Troop 2522 Donates Coats, Shoes, and Toys to Denver Area Refugee Aid Organization

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Submitted by Sarah Nelson

Denver Metro

The girls of Troop 2522, a multi-level troop based in Golden, have spent the last month collecting gently used coats, shoes, and toys for the African Community Center. This Denver area non-profit helps resettle refugees from not only Africa, but all regions of the world.

The troop was given a tour of the ACC, and learned how they provide much needed help to asylum seekers on every level, from basic clothing, toiletries, and housewares, to job training, placement, and financial education that enables them to become self sufficient. The girls also dropped off over a dozen large bags of donations, and have more on the way.

The ACC serves over 550 refugees a year who have fled persecution in their home countries and have received third country resettlement through the UNHCR and the U.S. State Department. Some of them arrive with only the clothes on their backs, so while it was a teeny bit emotional for some of the girls (and, ahem, leaders) to let go of toys that had cherished memories associated with them, they soon realized that their small sacrifices could be a great comfort to those that have had to leave everything behind them.

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

Engineering and Space Exploration Merit Badge Workshop at Colorado Adventure Point!

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Submitted by Andi Salinas

Denver

Denver Metro

Did you know that the largest water reservoir ever discovered was in space? Pretty amazing, right? If you’d like to learn crazy fun facts like these, and anything else related to engineering or space exploration, join us at Colorado Adventure Point for our Engineering and Space Exploration Merit Badge Workshop! And no, you don’t have to be a Girl Scout to take this class. It’s open to girls and boys, ages 11-17.

This two-day course is taught by a team of AIAA educators trained in Colorado Adventure Point educational methods. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. The AIAA is the leading publisher of cutting-edge aerospace articles and books, and has over 30,000 members. Many of the members teaching this CAP workshop are active or retired engineers from Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance, and other local aerospace companies. They will introduce our participants to the exciting world of engineering and space exploration through discussion topics, experiments, and creative projects. Some of the topics include satellite and transfer orbits, satellite communications, reverse engineering and current space missions, ending in an out of this world space cook-off!

The class is January 16th and 17th, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The price is $45 per participant and everyone that completes the course will receive physical merit badges to recognize their work! Sign up at www.coloradoadventurepoint.org. The class will be held at our facility at 10455 W 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80215.

Colorado Adventure Point is Denver’s newest indoor adventure facility, featuring over 20,000 square feet of adventure! We teach everything from rock climbing and archery to robotics and life skills using our proprietary theory of Adventure Education, which combines adventure activities, rigorous academics, and intentional character development into incredible learning experiences. Come check us out today!

If you have any questions, contact us at 720-266-2179 or visit our website at www.coloradoadventurepoint.org!

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