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G.I.R.L. Stories: Mechanical engineering in Parker

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

Multi-level Girl Scout Troop 65889 chose to learn more about mechanical engineering this year. Since August, they have been making bots leap and cars race with the air from a balloon. Their most recent meeting was learning about simple machines and how they can be combined into complex machines. They were able to use a heap of raw materials and design operable cranes. They have had a wonderful time learning to design and build!

Our Girl Scouts are wonderful innovators and can use everyday items to make something that piques their interest in a STEM field.

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

I love my Girl Scout troop

Submitted by Samantha K.

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Everyone has a place they feel most comfortable; whether this is their home, with their friends, on the sports field, or just a special place. Mine is with my Girl Scout troop. Throughout my life, I have been a quiet person and Girl Scouts has made me reach out of my bounds.

My first day of Girl Scouts remains prominent in my memory. It was a sunny afternoon, school had just started and the trees had yet to change. I was in fourth grade, I went to the charter school in north Routt County and had few friends in Steamboat. My mom brought me to the meeting place. Butterflies fluttered wildly in my stomach and I wanted to cry as we approached the meeting. Then the door flew open and a stream of girls flooded out of the building. Immediately, I was engulfed by a swarm of friendly Girl Scouts all my age. They welcomed me into their group like I was the long lost sister they had been looking for. This was my first troop. I learned how to interact with other girls and how to plan and run an event. We were a team, a family.

Slowly this troop changed; people left, people joined, but two of us remained- just Grace and I. Grace is one of my best and longest friends in and out of Girl Scouts. Now the troop is Grace, Julia, Annette, and me. All of them make me feel welcome and help the real world can disappear. When I am with my troop, I act with confidence. All responsibility lifts off my shoulders and I am wrapped in a warm blanket of friendship. After each meeting, I leave feeling replenished as if I had a drink of happiness. In this troop, we support each other. Each of us has issues that drag us down every day, but when together we help each other through anything. This is my happy place. They are my second family.

Our group works to be the leaders Steamboat Girl Scouts need. We were the ones who brought back events that Steamboat had lost. These events are still happening and it has been seven years. At first, our events heavily relied upon the troop leaders, but now we are running them with minor help from adults. I have learned so much but would have never reached this level of confidence without my Girl Scout troop.

Even out of Girl Scouts, we take care of each other and have become better friends because of it. I do not know where my life would be without these amazing people. I do not know who I would be without their influence. The things I have learned have been from not only my troop but Girl Scouts in general. Camp has taught me how to manage myself, events have made me a leader, my troop has made me confident in myself, and my Gold Award project has given me the courage to do the impossible.

Everything that has happened in Girl Scouts has made me a stronger, better person. I have become a G.I.R.L.: go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader, and a person I can be proud of because of Girl Scouts.

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

WeatherNation Tour with Meteorologist and Girl Scout alum Meredith Garofalo

Submitted by Tiffany Baker of  CadetteTroop 59

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch / Lone Tree

Cadettes from Highlands Ranch / Lone Tree were fortunate to meet with Meteorologist and Girl Scout alum Meredith Garofalo at WeatherNation.  Meredith is an inspirational G.I.R.L. in our community who had a busy day, covering severe April weather on the East Coast and then magnifying what great STEM career opportunities there are in meteorology with our Girl Scouts.  The girls had the opportunity to view live severe weather forecasts inside the studio; watch reporters and producers make quick changes in their reporting to communicate which weather related topics to cover; witness how some of the studio’s equipment works; and ad-lib their own weather forecasts maneuvering around the green screen.

Meredith also sat down with the girls and answered all their questions related to her career and how Girl Scouts has impacted her life.  She is a true inspirational leader in our community who took the time to explain to our young teens, they can overcome whatever adversity they might be dealing with in their lives right now;  stay focused on their dreams; and continue in Girl Scouts because our programing helps build a strong foundation for their lives.

Meredith ended our meeting sharing blooper videos of some funny moments of hers caught on live television.  It was important to her, that the girls know that it’s okay to make mistakes and sometimes mistakes can be embarrassing, but how you choose to recover builds character.  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

We are thankful for this opportunity to learn more about STEM careers in meteorology and to be inspired by a G.I.R.L.

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

 

AnneMarie, Feel free to edit.  This was a definite memorable experience.  Meridith is incredible and so are you for helping to make this happen.  Thank you! Thank you! – Tiffany

 

GSCO Photo Challenge: Go-Getter cookie entrepreneur 

Submitted by Kortni Houle

Metro Denver

Parker

I love selling cookies every year and earning all the stuffies. I worked so hard this year and I far surpassed my original goal. This year, I sold more cookies than the past three years combined. I am so excited for the rewards this year and I love being able to send cookies to troops overseas.

I am a go-getter! I went to eight booths to keep increasing my goal to 625! We stood out in the cold and delivered cookies all over.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

GSCO Photo Challenge: Girl Scout Cookies fuel trip to NASA

Submitted by Frieda Knezek

Southwestern CO

Mancos

“What did you do this weekend?”

“Oh, you know. We went to space and touched the moon. We stirred up dirt on Mars. We strolled through the space shuttle and ate lunch with astronaut Mark “Roman” Polansky, who told us what space smells like (hot metal, in case you’re wondering). We made it snow, built a rocket, and, best of all, made some new friends. (Hi, Frisco Cadettes!)”

A few years ago, after a particularly fun overnight trip to the aquarium and zoo in Denver, our troop decided they were ready for something a little bigger. So, we did some research and narrowed it down to a visit to Disney or NASA. The girls chose NASA, so that they could eat lunch with a real astronaut.

Together, we made a plan, a plan to be go-getters. We figured out how much it would cost, and how we’d earn that money. Then, the girls rolled up their sleeves and got busy. They sold cookies, so many cookies, but also wanted to do something more so they could go on their trip sooner. Innovators that they are, they hosted a Fall Color Run and created a mystery troop camp for Girl Scouts all over Colorado and even from Texas!

Right about now, I’d really like to say how grateful I am for the moms in our troop. They are a powerful force all their own, and they lead this troop every bit as much as I do. I call them the magic. They have helped build an atmosphere, community, and energy in our troop that I didn’t know were possible, and it’s because of them that I feel confident in encouraging the girls to dream as big as they want.

Back to the girls. It took them two years, but they did it. They were risk-takers and hard workers, and they made it happen. They paid for their trip…every cent. Friday, March 1, 2019, they boarded a plane to Houston, Texas, and the adventure began. They spent the day at the Johnson Space Center where they saw Mission Control, the astronaut training facility, the Orion capsule mock-up, rode a simulator into a nebula, and so much more.

That night, they got to stay past closing hours for the Girl Scout Camp In, where they built and launched rockets, solved a mystery box, and slept under an astronaut out on a space walk! (Ok, that was an exhibit, but it was still breathtaking and inspiring and magnificent.) They ate space ice cream, hit the gift shop, and walked away with stars in their eyes. We topped off the trip with a “one-a-cure,” their choice of pedicure or manicure, and a movie.

Everywhere we went, we met Girl Scouts of all ages and people who were thrilled to share in the girls’ adventure. We’re so proud to be a part of this magnificent organization that really throws the doors wide-open for girls and encourages them to dream big, work hard, and realize their visions. Thank you, Girl Scouts. Thank you for the G.I.R.L. Agenda, where they’re taught to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. Here’s to the adventure, to the journey, and to a brighter future because of our girls…

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

G.I.R.L. Stories: First year in Girl Scouts

Submitted by Rhiannon M.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

This is my daughter Khloe! This is her first year in Girl Scouts. She is 9-years-old and a Brownie from Troop 45189. She was a little nervous when it came to setting her goal for cookie sales, so we went conservative and set it at 125 packages! She sold that on her very first day! We set up two My Sites at our local Walgreens where she sold over 40 packages at each booth! We’ve had an awesome time selling cookies. It’s been such an amazing learning experience for her getting to do the math with money, handling money, and learning people skills she’ll have for the rest of her life!

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

Power of cookie: Realizing her G.I.R.L. power

Submitted by Melinda Hess

Metro Denver

Littleton

Bella and Livie of Troop 65488 proved that hard work, dedication, organization, and excellent customer service are the keys to success! Bella’s brother fell ill and she was concerned she wouldn’t be able to fulfill her commitment to the booth and her Girl Scout sister, Livie. Her dad stepped in to help and Bella was thrilled, not only to feel safe, but to show the community that police officers love cookies too!

Bella has definitely shown and realized her G.I.R.L. power since joining her troop a year ago. She has learned, grown, and realized she can empower herself and others in many different ways and looking forward to the years ahead!

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

Pueblo G.I.R.L.s learn about first aid and Girl Scouts

Pueblo Girl Scouts, along with friends, gathered on Friday, January 25, 2019 for a special “Try Girl Scouts” event with a first aid theme. Current Girl Scouts were encouraged to attend to earn their “First Aid” badge AND bring a friend who might also like to become a Girl Scout. There were door prizes for girls who brought friends and for girls who registered to be a Girl Scouts.

At each of the event’s four stations, girls learned how proper first aid can help them become a G.I.R.L.

  • Go-getter- How to use a first aid kit
  • Innovator- Make your own first aid kit
  • Risk-taker- How to build shelters and find water and edible plants in the wild in Colorado
  • Leader- Classes to get certified in first aid and babysitting with ARC through Girl Scouts of Colorado

A special thanks to the seven older Girl Scouts and their leaders who helped run the stations.

G.I.R.L. Stories: Rocking Girl Scout Cookies

Submitted by Destaniy B.

Metro Denver

Thornton

I have been a Girl Scout for four years. I started Girl Scouts because it sounded fun and I thought I could make the world a better place.

The first year of Girl Scouts I was so excited that I had my mom sign up to be the cookie mom. That year I worked many booths, door-to-door, and sold 1,396 packages of cookies. This is where I learned that the more work and heart I put into my cookie business, the better I would do. The next two years I worked harder to pass my goal and get more customers. I found that if I advertised I would get more customers that enjoy Girl Scout Cookies and would support me. Last year was my best year yet, I sold 3,055 packages and was the 11th top seller in the state of Colorado. I was able to earn lots of Cookie Credits to go to Girl Scout Zippers camp.

I love Girl Scouts because I feel that it is very important to the world. I have learned how to make new friends, life skills, camp on my own, and most importantly, help other people. Our troop does lots of give back projects such as: valentines for Children’s Hospital, Wreaths Across America, cards to the military, Thanksgiving meal for someone in need, picked up trash on the street, volunteered at a Precious Child and Giving Tree, donated to CASA for kids in trouble, visited the elderly, and helped in my community and school. This is one of my favorite things to do, because I can get my family to help out too and we can all make the world a better place in many ways.

How has Girl Scouts helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, or leader)? Share your Girl Scout story and photos using the Share Your Stories form.

Colorado Springs Girl Scouts spread holiday cheer

Submitted by Nicole Fleming

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

More than 20 G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders) from central Colorado Springs went caroling at Union Printers Home on Saturday, December 12, 2018.

Girls from different troops and service units made new friends in sister Girl Scouts and residents of the facility as they caroled up and down the historic halls. The 126-year-old building was brightened with holiday crafts, songs, and smiles.

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