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Girl Scouts Celebrate Bridging to Cadettes

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Estes Park

On a perfect fall afternoon at Stanley Park with a backdrop of clouds, sun, and a herd of elk, family and friends gathered to help Troop 70264 celebrate the bridging of four Girl Scout Juniors to the next program level of Cadettes.  Cadettes are in grades sixth through eighth and are very capably led by leaders Christine Guy and Amanda Hoskins.

This ceremony celebrated two whole years of activities, fun, and community service for a very committed group of girls who have their futures clearly in mind.  The current world situation has done nothing to quench their accomplishments or douse their enthusiasm for Girl Scouts with a strong support of all their families.  Yes, they sold cookies in the spring, getting that accomplishment just before schools closed and their summer was changed from in-person trips and activities to online and special group projects.  Yes, they are selling Fall Products right now.

Help me recognize each girl individually for her accomplishments.

Angelina.:  18 badges, one Journey, and her Bronze Award.  Angelina reports that First-Aid was her favorite badge and their visit to the Denver Zoo was her favorite activity.

Haven:  16 badges, one Journey, and her Bronze Award.  Haven says that Playing the Past was her favorite badge because it let them visit the History Center in Loveland, dress up in period uniforms, and learn to relate to Girl Scouts from past years.  Her favorite activity was the glassblowing workshop with local artists.

Sarah:  22 badges, two Journeys, and her Bronze Award.  Sarah loves the out-of-doors and naturally, the Camping badge was her favorite.  She loves Meadow Mountain Ranch and can have a good time “even if it’s snowing,” according to Sarah.  Add sledding and sand surfing at the Great Sand Dunes and you can see where her optimistic outlook comes from.  She also reports that horseback riding was another favorite activity.

Paige:  13 badges, one Journey, and her Bronze Award. She was not present at the ceremony to tell us about her favorite badges and activities, but she’s an active Cadette now by virtue of meeting requirements for advancement through program levels.

Other girls expressed their love for Girl Scouts with a long list of accomplishments even through the summer program restriction due to COVID.  “Breathe” is a favorite Journey program, focusing on air pollution, environmental issues, and the relationship between trees and the air we breathe.  “Animal Helpers” including therapy dogs, horses, dolphins and even rats spark inspiration in girls to learn more about how training and national programs match people with their creature friends.

A field trip to the Noosa Yogurt Factory allowed the girls to see the farm where the special organically-fed cows give their milk.  They watched the very “happy cows” ride the “Cowasell,” the automated system that harvests the milk daily without ever being touched.

The Community Garden also allowed this troop to be involved this summer in planning, planting, cultivating, and harvesting Plot #66.  Perennials included a large amount of mint, sage, chives, strawberries, and rhubarb.  Deciding to specialize in plants to attract pollinators, the girl added blanket flowers, marigolds, sunflowers, a blueberry bush, and several other perennials.  Even a little bee house was built.

The girls are very quick to relate their future plans to travel when the situation in the world allows it. The financial profits from the past two years of cookie and product sales are safely stored away in the bank to help support their travel plans. As Girl Scout Cadettes, the girls will make all the decisions and plans, including research of places to go, schedule for the trip and, of course, all financial and budgetary activities. They first would like to travel through Colorado by train, and ultimately set their sights on an international trip to Scotland.

Congratulations to all the girls who bridged as well as to those who will continue with the troop.  THANKS to all the leaders and family support systems who make this group so special.  To join Girl Scouts on any level or to become a new adult volunteer, please contact Recruitment Specialist for Girl Scouts of Colorado, Cherie Schonfeld, at cheri.schonfeld@gscolorado.org.  Or contact me, Penny Roberts, Service Unit Manager, at probertscolo@gmail.com or by phone at (970) 586-1775.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Calling All Girl Scout Alums

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Estes Park

Calling all Girl Scout alums! It’s gorgeous in the fall in Colorado, and this is a great time to “pick up our toys” and get back to more direct involvement with a variety of activities, groups, and events available to all adults age 18 and older.

The following is a list of many different ways you and your family can express your support of Girl Scouts of Colorado in general and your own personal interests in particular. If you have seen or heard of these items before, let this serve as a reminder. They are listed in no particular order of importance. Please contact me for further information on any of the following listings.

Girl Scout License Plates

In 2012, GSCO had a taskforce that created a Girl Scout license plate in time for the 100th birthday of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). The procedure took almost three years to complete, involving obtaining more than 3,000 signatures, getting the legislation drafted and through the Colorado government processes, and then watching the production of the first run of plates at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Canon City. These license plates are available for most any vehicle and provide ongoing awareness of how long-lasting and visible Girl Scouts are in our communities. The cost is an extra one-time fee of $50, and plates can be purchased at any county clerk’s office in the state.

Songbirds Girl Scout Choir

Beginning at the 90th Anniversary Roundup event in 2002, the Songbirds Girl Scout Choir was created to keep traditions alive through learning, singing, and performing a huge variety of both Girl Scout songs from back to the beginning to campfire songs, clapping games, folk music, graces, international songs, etc.  While the choir is currently (sadly) on hiatus because of the pandemic restrictions, we usually meet on the second Saturday of every month at Berthoud Elementary School. The choir is open to adults, children, troops, families, and friends of all kinds. There is no registration required and no cost involved. It’s great when alums can bring daughters, granddaughters, and others to help keep everyone “Happy All the Time!”

Meadow Mountain Ranch Fund Drive

Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) is held very closely to our hearts and our precious mountain property near Allenspark always needs financial support to continue to provide troops, families, and other groups the opportunity to come explore the high country in all seasons of the year. Contributions can be made directly to GSCO earmarked specifically for Meadow Mountain Ranch, or watch in the mail and through other media outlets for a newsletter three or four times per year.  This newsletter gives updates, inspirational stories by alums from the past 60 years, and sometimes photos, poetry, or a “wish list” of ongoing projects or “pie-in-the sky” suggestions for present or future improvements.

Women’s Week and 60th Anniversary Reunion

2021 will be celebration time for 60 years of operation at Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR). The Women’s Week event will sponsor the reunion, and the dates are ready to be marked solidly in your 2021 calendars.  July 22 – 26 will allow us four nights to come and stay and play, with an open house/reunion function, fantastic banquet and campfire celebrations on Saturday, July 24. Watch for separate materials coming out soon, including costs and registration forms and program information. We’re hoping for a HUGE turnout!

Green Hat Society

This is a group of Girl Scout alums who have chapters around the country. The local chapter in Northeastern Colorado is the Plains to Peaks (P2P) Chapter.  Green Hat Society members enjoy fellowship with local chapter members as well as trips and meetings with members from around the country.  Service and girl program are important parts of the Green Hat Society.

Promise Partners

This is another local Girl Scout alum group made up of women in Northeastern Colorado. It began in the 1990s as a group of alums from Legacy Girl Scouts – Mountain Prairie Council who wanted a way to continue to be active Girl Scout volunteers. The group traditionally meets four times a year for fellowship and service. We hope to continue meeting in person in the near future. Two significant groups came from Promise Partners. One is the Songbirds Choir and the other is the council History Group. Promise Partners also sponsored two trips to Our Cabana in Mexico to participate in programs around the Monarch Butterfly migration and in service to help in the rescue and preservation of Sea Turtles.

History Group

This group of history buffs consists of eight volunteers who meet weekly at the GSCO History Center in Loveland. They organize and catalog many Girl Scout items including uniforms, books, collectibles, ephemera, and international items. They also have several programs available for troop visits. (These are now on hold until further notice.) The History volunteers enjoy setting up displays for local area events, libraries, etc. and are able to attend local events to share Girl Scout history with troops. There are also uniforms and books available to check out. Groups interested in uniforms to wear in parades or to hold a fashion show can email the committee. They welcome donations of any and all Girl Scout-related items and currently have items from more than 300 donors.

Thanks for checking in with us on all these activities. In reality, there are plenty for Girl Scout alums of all ages and locations to help us further involvement and commitment to everyone within the Girl Scouts of Colorado family. We’ll get you on any or all of these membership lists as you contact us.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Gold Award Girl Scout honored as Environmental Educator of the Year

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Estes Park

Gold Award Girl Scout and Lifetime Girl Scout Wendy Roberts, daughter of Jay and Penny Roberts of Estes Park, was recently honored with a prestigious award:  the 2019 Vern A. Fridley Formal Environmental Educator of the Year.  This honor was awarded by the Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE), and the awards presentation was held on August 9, 2019 at Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City.

Wendy was a teacher in the Estes Park schools for several years in the early 2000s. She began with her student teaching, followed by working as a private tutor and substitute teaching. After she was hired full-time, she taught classes in ESL, Alternative Education, and science to enhance her experience.

She moved from Estes Park to Liberal, Kansas, where she taught eighth grade physical science for two years at the middle school level.  She then moved on to Ogden, Utah, where she now teaches at the DaVinci Academy of Science and the Arts, a public charter school. At DaVinci Academy, she teaches high school Biology, Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college prep program for 7th-12th grades), and also includes electives such as Botany, Zoology, Aquatic Biology, Wildlife Biology and Current Issues in Science in her curriculum.  Previously, she had taught Chemistry and Earth Systems.  This year, she has added to her job description the role of Instructional Specialist for the teachers of 7th-12th grades and professional development training.

Wendy has also worked extensively with the Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College; she instructs teachers how to use the Great Salt Lake in their science curriculum and how to take students on field trips there.  She has worked the entire water cycle into field trips by traveling from the top of the watershed to the entire length of the Salt Lake, showing students the magic and wonder of this unique environment.

In addition, she has worked through the Utah State University to acquire Master Naturalist certifications in Mountains and Wetlands.

Alex Porpora, Executive Director for USEE says, “We are so proud to acknowledge this year’s environmental education awardees and their contributions to our community.  These individuals are role models and inspire me to do the work we do at USEE.”  Further she reports, “Our mission is promoting excellence in environmental education by providing support, resources and networking opportunities to Utah’s community of educators.  Our vision is an environmentally literate society committed to a sustainable future.”

One of Wendy’s current environmental science students was also honored at the USEE awards ceremony, as one of Utah’s “5 under 25” for her work with air quality legislation at the city and state levels. Wendy says she was more in awe of her student’s recognition and levels of dedication than her own award. At the awards ceremony, Wendy said, in summary, “My mom was my greatest inspiration.  She made me look at things (in the surrounding environment) and then she told me that I needed to tell everybody else.  Yes, I make my students hug trees and I make my administrators stop buying plastic bottles.”

She attributes her love for the outdoors and education to her years of working with the Girl Scouts, primarily at Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark.  It’s easy to see how that Girl Scout background has translated to the level of “master teacher,” as evident in her success which is now reaching beyond her own school and into the broader Utah community.

Wendy worked as Assistant Camp Director at MMR for three years, where she directed program and trained staff.  In addition, she participated with “The Milkweeds” in the adult trip to Our Cabana in Mexico where the group visited the Monarch butterfly preserve and helped with an International Festival and a community outreach service project.  Several years later, part of that same group of women, including Wendy, returned to Our Cabana this year to take part in Sea Adventure II, where they were awarded an opportunity to help with a project to protect and preserve sea turtles near Acapulco.  For Wendy, almost any outdoor project is a huge attraction, and she will continue to seek out similar adventures inside or outside the Girl Scout organization.

She helps her mom, Penny, with the program and promotion of Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch every year, returning to her roots to reconnect with that very special wilderness environment.  Adventures are never-ending when she gets a chance to share with friends old and new on her personal “stomping grounds.”

Please join her parents in celebrating Wendy’s outstanding accomplishment. The future will continue to be bright and will reward her over and over as she works to further her personal and professional goals.

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

 

 

Troop 45192 camping in Estes Park

Submitted by Carla Archuleta

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Troop 45192 plans a camping trip every year with their cookie proceeds. This year, they planned to tent camp in Estes Park for the first time. The girls voted to also go whitewater rafting during our trip. However, the weather was not our friend and we were stuck in pouring rain, some sleet, and a little snow our first night. The tents leaked and some girls woke up in puddles. But, we still headed out to whitewater rafting. For many of the girls and some leaders, it was the first time! Even though some girls were a little scared, we all hopped in the raft and had an awesome time! We went out for pizza for dinner and the girls voted to use some cookie money for a room that night, as snow was in the forecast. So, we squeezed into a room, stayed warm and dry, and headed to the pool in the morning. The girls did an awesome job of staying positive despite all of our difficulties.

That first night we met the ranger and earned our “Space Investigator” badge. We also received a “Junior Ranger Night Sky” patch. We also had a surprise guest, a bat flew into the building and brought a little excitement to our night. What an adventure and the troop wants to go tent camping again very soon!

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

Meadow Mountain Ranch self-guided tour and patch program

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Estes Park

Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) near Allenspark is launching a new patch program to be used in connection with the Self-Guided Nature Trail. A one-way, 21-stop trail through the high country Girl Scout camp gives individuals and groups a chance to explore the natural world and earn beautiful new patches to be placed in a colorful four-season display.

Here’s how it works. There is a guidebook for each season of the year.  Plan on spending at least two hours or more to complete the program on the trail. Right now, we are rapidly approaching the fall season, so pick up that fall pamphlet. Then, go down the main road to the west of the main camp area to the wooden kiosk on the right side of the road near the Nature Nook/Lyra Activity Shelter. Groups must have a property reservation to use the nature trail, and nature trail booklets are available on-site when groups check in for their reservation.

The trail takes you up the hill and through the aspen groves and pines up to a level stretch, and then a cut-off takes you up to Vista Spur at the top of the ridge on the north boundary of the camp property.  Stop at each numbered wooden post and read in the book to see what the focus of that stop is. There are things to see, smell, study closely, and generally immerse yourself in the natural world. The more time you have to experience everything the Nature Trail has to offer, the more you will come to learn about the history, biology, geology, math, and science of all kinds at the camp. Animals and plants, trees and flowers, rocks and grass, mountains peaks and valleys, stories, and songs are all highlighted. There are even some recipes for great snacks to create!

So, once you’ve completed the trail, you will be eligible to purchase that season’s quarter patch which can surround the circle patch in the center of the group. Anyone can purchase the center circle patch, just because you love MMR and like the whole idea of the Self-Guided Nature Trail. Patch pieces cost $1.50 each, for a total cost of $7.50 per complete set, and are available for purchase at the GSCO Retail Shop.

The idea is to come to MMR, walk the trail in all four seasons of the year, and expand your horizons with every experience. Time required runs from two to four hours and it’s recommended that groups of 10-12 or less would be optimum for all participants to enjoy each stop. Be prepared with a water bottle, season-appropriate clothing such as raincoat in the summer and warm jackets in the winter. Snowshoes might be needed in deep winter in those heavy drifts. Good shoes or boots are highly recommended and walking sticks might be good too. A snack is also a good idea so you don’t run out of energy before you finish the trail.

For further information, contact Penny Roberts or other trail creators or David and Julie Fischer, property managers at MMR.  Come join the fun!

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

Estes Park Girl Scout Troop 455 earns Bronze Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Jenny Miles

Northern & Northeastern CO

Estes Park

Girl Scout Troop 70455 has spent this year working on their Bronze Award. The Bronze Award project is a team effort by a Girl Scout troop undertaken to benefit the local community and is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn. These girls from Estes Park worked to develop their idea, research, earn the money, and implement the project.

The troop hopes to make a difference by helping dogs and cats that are looking for forever homes. Troop 70455 worked to make adoption bags for dogs and cats that are up for adoption through the Estes Park Pet Association. The bags include toys that the girls made and received from donations, homemade treats, and other essential pet supplies. The girls also made the bags out of t-shirts purchased from Elizabeth Guild. Adoption bags will be provided with each dog or cat adoption.

The Girl Scouts were proud to be able to donate more than 50 bags to the Pet Lodge at the Animal Medical Center and the Animal Hospital of the Rockies for the adoption of dogs and cats through the Pet Association of Estes Park.

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

Songbirds Girl Scout Choir featured at World Singing Day

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Estes Park

October 22, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado was the setting for the 2016 World Singing Day, and the Songbirds Girl Scout Choir was one of several featured groups recruited to help lead the massive crowd of singers in uplifting songs.

World Singing Day was founded in 2012 by Boulder musician Scott Johnson and brings people together in their communities all around the world through the simple act of singing together.  It’s an opportunity each year to celebrate our global family through the international language of music.  “Our goal for 2016 is to have community sing-a-longs on all seven continents and reach over one million people through videos and social media,” said Scott.

Information about the Songbirds was prominently displayed in the lyric booklet passed out to all participants.

The famous Colorado acapella group FACE performed for the first half-hour and it was fantastic to be on stage with them when our turn came to lead our assigned songs.  They seemed happy to back up the Girl Scout Choir and were very energetic and engaging in their involvement with our singers as well as the whole crowd.

Other groups recruited to lead a total of twenty-two songs throughout the event were The Rocky Mountain Chorale, UNC’s Vocal Iron, and Up With People alumni.

The Girl Scout Choir stood out with their royal blue logo polo shirts, and were quite visible and distinctive in the crowd.  We also passed out programs at the beginning of the event and helped pick up and put away the booklets when the event was over.

The songs we were assigned to help lead everyone in singing were “What the World Needs Now,” “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Let It Be,” “La Bamba” (in Spanish!), and “America the Beautiful,” which spotlighted two additional newly written verses specific to Boulder.

Some special things happened throughout the event including some dancing among the crowd, some plastic blow-up guitars passed out to help folks get with the beat, and several professional photographers recording the entire event.  See Facebook for lots of involvement about World Singing Day 2016 in Boulder, Colorado.  Videos and photos can also be accessed on Twitter using #worldsingingday.

We hope to be invited back again next year and that even more choir members and others will join our group.  This was a great event for the choir and Girl Scouts of Colorado, as we were widely applauded and appreciated by those who came out for this great event.  It’s truly a great idea to unite the world in song.

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

Estes Park troop delivers Hometown Hero cookies

Submitted by Jenny Miles
Estes Park

Daisy/Brownie Troop 70455 brought 45 boxes of Hometown Hero cookies to our local Fire Department and Dive and Rescue. They had a wonderful time and even had a tour of the Fire Station too.

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/share. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Girl Scout Community Recruitment Event in Estes Park Sept. 14th

We invite the community to come join us in Estes Park on Saturday, Sept. 14th, for Milk & Cookies. This is an event where you can learn more on how you can support Girl Scouting of Colorado, including how girls can join and more about the critical need the organization has for volunteers. The event is free and will take place from 1-3 p.m. at the Historic Elkhorn Lodge on 600 W. Elkhorn Ave. Western Dairy Association has partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado on this event and will have hands-on information stations and interactive games, which enable participants to learn and get excited about calcium, bone health and proper nutrition. There will also be tasty treats on-hand — Girl Scout Cookies and milk, yogurt and ice cream provided by Meadow Gold. More information on the event: Milk Cookies Estes Park. We hope to see you there!

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado

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Girl Scout alum shares her memories

Estes Park Girl Scout alumna Penny Roberts recently submitted a great story to the Estes Park News reflecting on her Girl Scout memories as she celebrates our 100th anniversary year. Read the article here, and thank you Penny for sharing with your community what Girl Scouting means to you!

Have Girl Scout memories to share? Share them with us on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!