Tag Archives: Fort Collins

End of summer rollerblading fun

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

A few of the girls from Troop 70720 came out for a morning of some rollerblading. They did around five miles out on the bike trail. It was a beautiful morning and the girls skated their hearts out .

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On top of the world

Submitted Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

A few different girls from Troop 70720 conquered (summited) a 14er in the last couple of weeks! For two of them, it was their first! One was her second and second mountain and the other it was her fourth time summiting! One group did Mt. Bierstadt and the other Mt. Sherman. These are tough hikes.

Mt. Sherman is around 5.5 miles roundtrip, but it is all incline. There is no warm-up time. It’s just get out of the car and go! Also, the last mile is all rock-covered trail, which makes the ascent tougher.

Mt. Bierstadt is 6.9 miles and has a little more elevation gain. The trail is well marked. You get around one-mile of flat before you begin your ascent and then it’s all up hill from there. We did get to see some marmots and mountain goats though, which was very cool!

These girls are amazingly tough go-getters! They will forever have this accomplishment stay with them. Nice job ladies!

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Camping fun at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 had a really fun weekend tent camping at Meadow Mountain Ranch. They did all their camp set-up, meal planning, and cooking. They also hiked the Nature Trail, which is stunning this time of year with all the wildflowers. We also played some volleyball, geocache, and lots of games by the campfire. Of course, we also celebrated National S’mores Day by having s’mores! The girls had some great bonding time.

The girls also built one of the benches MMR was hoping to have built. Thanks to Fish for overseeing that! It was a great experience for all of them.

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Donations provide seedling trees for post-fire restoration

Submitted by Ryan Lockwood, Colorado State Forest Service

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

With the scars of destructive 2018 wildfires still highly visible throughout Colorado, and affected families still working toward recovery, many in the state want to know what they can do to help. One way to have a positive impact on affected forests and communities is through the replanting of trees, which is the goal of the donor-driven Restoring Colorado’s Forests Fund.

Donations made to the Colorado State Forest Service-administered fund are used to provide seedlings for planting in areas impacted by wildfires, floods or other disasters, with an emphasis on areas critical to water protection, wildlife habitat and public benefit. Every $2 donation to the fund purchases one seedling, at no cost to the landowner. Since the CSFS established the program in 2003, its nursery has used program funds to provide more than 122,000 trees.

“Planting trees provides an important means to help stabilize soils, protect water supplies and restore the landscape as we address the long-term recovery of our communities and forests,” said Mike Lester, state forester and CSFS director.

The CSFS nursery in Fort Collins grows all the seedling trees for the program, to ensure that only those best adapted to local conditions are used for restoration efforts.

This year, the CSFS received an $11,000 donation to the Restoring Colorado’s Forests Fund from the Girl Scouts of Colorado, in honor of the organization’s volunteers. The donation, which represents the second large contribution from GSCO in the last two years, is intended to amplify the organization’s impacts toward reforestation efforts in Colorado.

“In recognition of all the amazing things that our volunteers do, we chose the gift of trees that will also have a lasting and positive impact by helping to restore forested areas in our beautiful state,” said Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie A. Foote.

The CSFS and Girl Scouts of Colorado continue building on a partnership largely intended to help youth gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of trees and forests in Colorado. As part of this effort, in June CSFS staff partnered with GSCO to help educate hundreds of Girl Scouts and their parents about forestry, the environment and related careers at a World Environment Day event at the Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark.

In the past decade, the Restoring Colorado’s Forests Fund has used donations from individuals and organizations like GSCO for replanting efforts, in locations that include the burn scars of the High Park Fire west of Fort Collins, the Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs and the Weber Fire near Durango. Following those fires, the loss of trees and other vegetation led to significant runoff and erosion – resulting in damaged hillsides, polluted waterways, highway closures and road damage.

The CSFS has intentionally delayed providing trees from the fund for replanting efforts this year, to allow time to first evaluate natural recovery from the 2018 fires. Over the fall and winter, after seeing how burned areas have recovered, the CSFS will assess applications from affected landowners and provide trees to recipients early in 2020.

To make a donation directly to the Restoring Colorado’s Forests Fund, visit https://advancing.colostate.edu/RestoringColoradosForests.

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The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) provides professional forestry assistance, wildfire mitigation expertise and outreach and education to help landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals. The CSFS is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and provides staffing for the Division of Forestry within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. For more information, visit csfs.colostate.edu.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Cadette Troop 72091 travels to the California coast

Submitted by Shelby Railsback

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

The girls in Cadette Troop 72091 have been saving their money for about three years to take a very special trip to the California coast. They stayed at the HI-Point Montara Hostel just south of San Francisco, planned a sea kayaking trip, got to visit the city, meet some banana slugs, see some redwood trees, and explored some amazing tide pools. Throughout the trip, they displayed incredible teamwork and their positive attitudes made the trip a joy for everyone!

The girls were great hostel guests, not only cleaning up after themselves, but pitched in to clean up after other guests without saying a word. They were open to all kinds of new experiences, and embraced the spirit of adventure throughout the trip. These girls are going places!

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Girl Powered LEGO Engineering camp

 

 

 

Submitted by Shay Sinnott

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

My name is Shay and I manage the Northern Colorado regions of Play-Well TEKnologies. We run LEGO engineering programs for kids ages 5-12. A new initiative we have taken on over the past couple of years has been a girl powered engineering programming which focuses on providing supportive environments for young girls to learn about STEM fields and explore their interests. In addition to our girl powered LEGO engineering programs, we have worked with many Girl Scout troops all over Colorado to help troops earn badges in mechanical engineering, STEM, and robotics! If you are interested in hosting a badge workshop with Play-Well, please contact shay@play-well.org.For more information, go to www.play-well.org.

We have a special girl powered LEGO engineering camp coming up in Fort Collins at the Foothills Activity Center! We hope your girls will join us for a great week of female-led building. The camp is July 15 – 18, 2019 from 9 a.m. – noon and is for ages 5-7 and 1 – 4 p.m. is for ages 8-12. Interested families can sign up through the City of Fort Collins Recreator.  Register by July 8!

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Summer hiking fun

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 has many hikes planned this summer. Some of the girls just love exploring the outdoors and some are preparing for a couple of 14ers the troop is doing later in the summer. Earlier this month, the girls hiked Hewlett Gulch, 8.2 miles and around 1,200 feet of elevation gain. They did amazing and the hike was stunning!

These girls are rockstars and we are definitely looking forward to more hikes this summer!

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Power of Cookie: Troop 74180 travels to Savannah

Submitted by Michelle Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

I wanted to share some of our experiences in Savannah and Tybee Island. We’ve saved cookie money for several years and the girls were finally able to plan and execute a trip to the East Coast to check out where Girl Scouts started. Our girls are first year Girl Scout Seniors from Fort Collins. We’re having an awesome trip and not only learning about the incredible history, but learning about each other as well. We’ve spent time at the beach, completed a program to earn the GA coastal badge at the Marine Science center, toured the historical Tybee Island lighthouse, went on a historical Savannah Carriage ride, completed the Old Fort Jackson Girl Scout militia experience, toured Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace, saw the Girl Scout First Headquarters, and the Andrew Low house. We’ve also had fun discovering the secrets of Savannah each day like Forsyth Park and River Street. We plan on visiting Skidaway Island State Park and doing some hiking, as well as some more beach time. The girls have worked together to plan, cook, and clean most of our meals and have worked hard to keep us on budget.

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NoCo troop rockin’ the natural area clean-up

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 spent time cleaning up Red Fox Natural Area. They go to this area two times a year to clean up the natural area and give back to their community by helping keep the area enjoyable for all who use it.

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Delivering cookies to our Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 had many Hometown Heroes this year– thanks to fantastic customers in the northern Colorado area!

We delivered 500 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Larimer County Food Bank and another 70 packages to Good Samaritan. After delivering the cookies to Good Samaritan, we stayed for an hour to do crafts, color, and hangout with residents. Many of the residents were Girl Scouts and some had some great stories to tell.

Kindness and giving back is always a joy and it was lovely to have this opportunity.

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