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Memories of Skipper and Troop 362

Submitted by Peg Goodwin Merrill

Metro Denver


When one enters their 70’s it is common to do a lot of reflecting back on the life you have lived thus far. For me the seven years I spent as part of Denver Troop 362 were definitely ones that taught me a lot and contributed to the woman I became. I was privileged to have had Edna “Skipper” Hollis as a troop leader during those years. As I prepare to come to Denver for her final “Scouts Own” I have been reflecting a lot about my experiences with that troop and the things I learned from Girl Scouting.

My love of the outdoors and camping began with our troop’s many trips to Lake Eldora. Winter or summer the lake called us. There wasn’t a ski area in the late fifties and early sixties, so we had to hike up the hill. I remember one time when we went winter camping and had to climb thru very deep drifts of snow. Our leader “Skipper” forged ahead and made a tow rope for us to pull ourselves up the mountain through the deep snow carrying our gear and sleeping bags. Once we reached the cabin, it was quite a task to get it warm, so we created a rotation system to take turns staying awake and feeding the fire all night. Most likely it was experiences like this in my youth that taught me perseverance.

Skipper was great at getting our mothers involved too, and many of them taught us a variety of merit badges, so there was always something to work on and no one was ever bored. Troop 362 was also where I learned to knit under the tutelage of Mrs. Crockett (whom we nicknamed “Davy”).

Perhaps, one of my fondest memories was the trip we took to Seattle, Washington for the World’s Fair in 1962. We spent a few years raising money for the trip by putting on plays, hosting spaghetti dinners, babysitting, etc. In addition to funds that the troop raised, each girl had to earn some of the money for the trip herself. So, we learned about planning, budgeting, and having a goal to look forward to. Our fathers even got involved and built large wooden boxes for each patrol to hold all of our cooking supplies. Each box was painted a different color. We chartered a big bus and camped out along the way, so again there was a lot of planning and preparing involved, as each patrol had to have all the food they needed to prepare meals.

That same summer I was fortunate enough to have been chosen as a delegate from Denver to the Girl Scout International Round-up in Button Bay, Vermont. It was Skipper’s encouragement that got me to apply – don’t think I would have had the courage to do that without her help. Going to Round-up was a wonderful experience and it saddens me that that opportunity no longer exists for girls today.
Another thing I learned in Scouting that I still use to this day is my love of music and all the songs we learned both at summer Girl Scout Camp and with my troop. Many of those songs I would sing to my children as lullabies, and just recently I was singing to a new grandbaby and my son came in and joined me in a duet singing “Mountains High” to his new baby, as he remembered me singing it to him.

Skipper also taught us about the stars and the wildflowers. She encouraged us all to earn the “Curved Bar” award, and many of us achieved this.

I am really looking forward to our annual troop reunion on July 29, 2017 and seeing old friends. It will be hard to say “good-bye” to Skipper, but I know her memory and the memories of Troop 362 will live on in each of us whose life she touched.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to celebrate the legacy of one of our most cherished alumnae, Edna “Skipper” Hollis. In 2016, Skipper passed away at the age of 104, leaving a 94-year history of Girl Scouting as a girl and an adult volunteer.  Skipper touched the lives of hundreds of girls, families, and volunteers and will be remembered for her love of the outdoors and the annual troop gathering she hosted at her Colorado cabin for more than six decades.

To make a gift in honor of Skipper, which will support opportunity grants to ensure any girl is able to attend camp, or  to honor an alum who has made a difference in your life, go to the Girl Scouts of Colorado website: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/support-us/alumnae.html 

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Congratulations to Look Wider Travel Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce that three girls have been awarded a “Look Wider” scholarship for their upcoming international travel. Congratulations to Annie D., Emily K., and Ashley S.! Annie, from Boulder, CO, will be taking a European Adventure to Our Chalet in Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain.  Emily, from Howard, CO, will be going on the destination “Adventure Down Under” to Sydney, Australia. Ashley, from Lafayette, CO, will be visiting Tollymore, Ireland on the destination “Ireland Multi-Sport Adventure”.

“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

Doughertys make $25,000 GSCO Endowment lead gift

ImageInvesting in girls’ leadership is now smarter and more secure than ever thanks to a new Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) Endowment at Rose Community Foundation, established through a lead gift of $25,000 from Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty of Golden.

The Rae Ann and Richard E. Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund will provide current or lifetime Girl Scouts of Colorado members between the ages of 12 and 30 with grants for meaningful, independent travel. Members can apply for scholarships for travel programs approved or sponsored by Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) or the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).  All gifts are welcome to help grow the Look Wider Endowment fund.

The GSCO Endowment is now open for unrestricted gifts of $5,000 and above as well as general operating gifts at any level. A CEO challenge will be announced in 2014 to encourage growth of this fund, which will support Girl Scouts and the future leaders of our community and our world in perpetuity.

“We are very pleased to provide the GSCO Endowment fund as a great option to give our donors greater confidence about investing in Girl Scouts, knowing that their dollars will be professionally managed and growing at maximum rates,” said Stephanie Foote, CEO and President of Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Rae Ann and Richard E. Dougherty are both long-time lifetime Girl Scouts and are driven to advance the status of women worldwide by helping girls reach their full potential via building their skills and realizing their natural talents. Since marrying in 1979, Rae Ann and Richard have traveled to many of the countries that are members of WAGGGS.

“With each experience, we have come to realize how much is to be gained from international journeys and the friendships forged during these travels. It is so valuable to understand the strength of our Girl Scout sisterhood!” said Rae Ann. “In fact, we have seen how these types of opportunities have proven to be life changing for girls. Rich and I want to afford the same life-changing experiences to the top Girl Scouts and future leaders in Colorado.”

Lord Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Girl Guide movement (precursor to the Girl Scouts founded by Juliette Gordon Low), was a prolific writer and artist. Among his writings, one quote “Look Wide, Look Wider Still” has become foundational to the Girl Scout movement, and inspired the name for the endowment fund.

Rae Ann has been involved in Girl Scouting since joining as a Brownie in 1963. She has participated as a girl member and adult volunteer in five councils — Greater Minneapolis (MN); Taconic (NY); Mile High and Girl Scouts of Colorado (CO); Tejas (TX); and Chaparral (NM) and as a member of the Board of Directors of Tejas, Chaparral and currently Girl Scouts of Colorado.  Richard has been involved in Girl Scouts since he met Rae Ann 40 years ago.  As a result he is just as invested in the Girl Scout Movement, as he supports girls learning and growing as they blossom to become wonderful young women leaders.

Besides earning the highest award at each girl level in Girl Scouting, including First Class and the 8 Indispensables, Rae Ann has served as a Cadette Troop Leader, an “I Take the Lead” national facilitator, a GSUSA national delegate, Young Women’s World Forum representative, Girl Facilitator for the Girls World Forum, first National Coordinator for the Olave Baden-Powell Society, and a member of the USA’s World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Rae Ann holds BS and MS degrees in engineering and environmental sciences and an MBA in engineering management. After 30 years of executive leadership in environmental health and safety operations at Fortune 100 companies, Rae Ann founded Green Cleaning Products LLC, a company that specializes in safe, effective, environmentally friendly and cost-competitive cleaning products for the home and business.

For more information about the GSCO Endowment, contact Amy Myers, Director of Development, at amy.myers@gscolorado.org.

About Rose Community Foundation

Compelled by their guiding principles and mission to make the Greater Denver community a better place for all people, Rose Community Foundation uses leadership, grant making and donor engagement to invest in strategic and innovative solutions to enduring problems and emerging issues. Endowment funds at Rose Community Foundation allow organizations to build long-term, revenue-producing endowments without the burden and expense of in-house administration. Contributions to nonprofit organization endowment funds are for the exclusive benefit of the specific organization designated by the donor or donors. Foundation staff provides experienced advice and training, and administrative, investment and planned-giving expertise to each organization housing and building an endowment fund at Rose Community Foundation.