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Volunteer Spotlight: Becky Woodbridge

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Becky Woodbridge of Durango in the Southwestern Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Becky to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

My daughter was the main reason why I volunteered for Girl Scouts. However, I became a leader because I wanted to support as many girls as I can in my community. I am an advocate for women to use their voice and live with dignity. Beliefs are formed when we are young and I feel strongly that girls need support early on, so they grow into being a strong leader and to build the belief that they have the right to use their voice and what they say and do matters. I was a Girl Scout and it was a tremendous foundation for my morals, values, and character.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout. 

I am the troop founder and leader of 26243 in Durango. We started in July 2018 and currently have 12 girls: Daisies, Brownies, and a Junior. We are expanding our troop in the fall and adding a third co-leader. I am a very active troop leader and we are very involved in the community events.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

Oh boy where do I start… I had wonderful memories of Girl Scouts, but mostly it was Girl Scout Camp, selling cookies (1970’s), and doing a craft at a meeting. Beyond that, I was not really familiar what a Girl Scout meeting was all about. There was so much to learn and especially all of the new products, learning tools and resources like the Volunteer Toolkit. I have learned how to listen to what the girls want in a meeting, structure a meeting, and manage different age groups. The Daisies operate so differently than the Brownies.

What do you hope girls have learned from you? 

I hope girls have learned by my example. Leadership has many different facets. Listening to concerns and addressing them. Be polite and treat everyone of all ages with respect and follow the Girl Scout Law. To be adventurous, enjoy the journey, and take risks.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

I’ve been a leader of my own real estate company, a lead purser with American Airlines, and now Girl Scouts. Applying it to children with the right degree of go getting, inspiring innovation, taking risk in new territory has pushed me to be better and more effective leader. Without a doubt Girl Scouts is playing a very important role for me as a leader with my new start up business. It’s making me stronger!

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

 

Celebrate World Thinking Day in Durango

Girl Scouts are invited to celebrate World Thinking Day and learn about Girl Scouts around the world. Girls will “visit” the five Girl Scout World Centers and learn about each Center and do a craft or game from the area.

When: 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where:

Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church

Durango

Cost: FREE

This is not a drop-off event. Girl Scouts must attend with a troop leader, parent, or guardian. Adult-to-girl ratios must be met.

Register online by April 1 at: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/world_thinking_day_durango_sw_4_6_2019

‘The Nutcracker’ performed by State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara in Durango

‘The Nutcracker’ performed by State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara is performing on Sunday, December 7-9, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Community Concert Hall at FLC (1000 Rim Drive) in Durango. Girl Scouts receive a 15% discount on Sunday, December 9 for the 2 p.m. performance.

To purchase tickets and receive the group rate, contact the box office at (970) 247 – 7657. Let them know you are with Girl Scouts of Colorado to receive the 20+ group discount.

Grand Junction and Durango Super Saturday training events

Kick-off the new Girl Scout year by meeting other volunteers, sharing your ideas, getting your questions answered, and enhancing your skills!

Take these enrichment classes that support your experience as a volunteer:

  • Engaging Parents and Caregivers
  • Difficult Conversations and Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Multi-level Troops

You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in new program badge activities.

There are classes especially for older girls too! Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can take multiple classes:

  • Taking Ownership of Your Girl Scout Experience
  • Let’s Go on an Adventure!
  • Using Your Leadership Skills for Change
  • “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience

Or girls can opt for taking alternative classes in the morning:

  • Option 1: Gold Award Training
  • Option 2: New Badge Activity and Difficult Conversations and Conflict Resolution – and then joining the Using Your Leadership Skills for Change and “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience in the afternoon.       ​

Super Saturdays

Sept. 29, 2018 – Durango – Register now!

Oct. 20, 2018 – Grand Junction – Register now!

All event attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership. Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org

 

 

Girl Scout goes for Gold and BEYOND

Submitted by Molly McPherson, 2017 Gold Award Girl Scout

Durango

Southwestern Colorado

I am excited to share where my Gold Award project, “Saving the World One Bottle at a Time,” has taken me. I was contacted by Polar Bottle and they have recruited me as a brand ambassador. I am now sponsored by the company, and they have shared my information on their website, which is really cool and some extra good publicity.  Here’s the link if you want to check it out: https://polarbottle.com/ambassador/molly-mcpherson-insulated-water-bottle-ambassador/

Secondly, I finished the video that I was planning to make! It took a considerable amount of time, planning, and energy. I have had fairly good success with the promotion of it!  Here is the link for it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv9Pow5mXKE&t

I am now living in Durango, and going to school at Fort Lewis College, but I am hoping to do more presentations about the harmful effects of plastic bottles, as well as team up with our environmental center and do some more projects! I am looking forward to where this project will be taking me, and I will keep you updated with the success of it!

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

Trails 2000 Girl Scout Trailwork Day

Submitted by Trails 2000

Southwestern CO

Durango

Trails 2000 is pleased to invite Girl Scouts of all ages to join us for Trailwork at Overend Mountain Park near Durango on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Leyden Street trailhead, with lunch to follow at 12:30 p.m. No experience is necessary for Trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew.

Waivers can be found on local service unit Facebook pages. If you are not part of these pages, please contact GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist Amy Moscowitz at amy.moscowitz@gscolorado.org for a waiver. Please complete one waiver for each participant; parent or guardian must sign for participants under the age of 18.

For directions to the worksite, meet at Leyden Street Trailhead; from Durango, take Main Street to Montview. Turn right on Forest Ave to Leyden St; take a left on Leyden and park at the end of the cul de sac. Directions.

Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water, and snacks.

Questions? Please contact Amy Moscowitz at amy.moscowitz@gscolorado.org.

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

Girl Scout fundraiser in Durango raises $1,500

Thank you to everyone who attended our Durango fundraising event on Friday evening, Oct. 18th. This fun event called “Betty Girl Scout Happy Hour” paired Girl Scout Cookies with beer crafted by our location hosts, Ska Brewing Company. Nearly 40 community members, including Girl Scout alumnae, attended and helped raise $1,500+ for Girl Scout programs in the area. The event also featured a silent auction. Ska Brewing Company looks forward to partnering with Girl Scouts on future events!

Durango Fall Festival planned by Girl Scouts

Today was an amazing day! As an English teacher, I generally tell my students not to start their essays/articles/stories out that way, but this statement so beautifully embodies the truth that I can’t begin any other way. Today was an amazing day!

Over the past month, most of my Girl Scout Cadette troop was attending volleyball practice, while two dedicated girls attended our Girl Scout meetings. Alexis and Hailey faithfully showed up each week to plan our First Annual Community Fall Festival. They agonized over pricing, a ticket system, types of booths, how to advertise, etc. Then the sixth week of school, Holly (another of our Girl Scouts) was able to join us.  Together with the first two, they tackled advertising, dividing up who was going to do which tasks in order to spread the word. After all, we wanted the whole community to attend, not just Girl Scouts. The week of the festival, the rest of our nine girls joined the meeting, solidifying what they were going to do for their booths.

Throughout this last week of planning, we did everything we could to garner food and prize donations from local restaurants/businesses.  We asked businesses to put up posters. We got announcements put on the community calendars of our local radio stations, and we even got a local brief put in the newspaper.

My nails have never been shorter than they were as I chewed on them this week. I worried so much that things wouldn’t come together, that other Girl Scout troops might not show up with their booths, or that the weather would turn and it would snow. I was stressed out because at least two schools were holding their carnivals today, and so was a local neighborhood community. What if my own girls didn’t show up? What if no one came?

I needn’t have worried. More than 50 people attended our  First Annual Fall Festival on Oct. 27. Every single Girl Scout in my troop showed up, fully prepared to run her booth. All of the troops who committed to running booths were there. At one point, I looked over the green and saw families who didn’t know each other talking with one another over snacks. I saw children laughing and enjoying the creativity of all the booths: Alexis and Hailey with their Gross Bucket guessing  game, Leslie with her Wool Pets, Lilly and Jasmine with their Egg Race/S’mores, Bailey and Skye with their Paper Plate Ghosts, Holly’s Scarecrow Dressing/Picture booth, and Rachel’s Throw-Down Carnival game, along with all the other booths there.  What I saw was a community coming together to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather.

Yes, today was an amazing day!

Submitted by Kristen Gurzick, Troop Leader (Troop 1568, Durango)