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Girl Guide and Girl Scout Connections:  From Zambia to Colorado

Update as of August 15, 2019: A troop has been found for this opportunity.

** Girl Scouts of Colorado is looking for a troop of Girl Scout Juniors and/or Cadettes to continue communication with the Girl Guides in Zambia. Communication will be virtual via troop leaders and may be limited due to access to technology in Zambia. If interested, please email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. **

64 Girl Guides in Kabwe, Zambia recently learned about their American counterparts, Girl Scouts. The Zambian girls were pleased to hear that the Colorado Girl Scouts like many of the same activities as they do, such as reading, cooking, and hanging out with friends. They also share a commitment to service and aspire to become doctors, teachers, nurses, or entrepreneurs. Unlike Colorado girls, who might enjoy skiing, Zambian girls have never seen snow in their Texas-size country, which is about as far south of the equator as Honduras is north of it.

Seanna Silver, a lifetime Girl Scout, was honored to spend time with the Kabwe Girl Guides troop (or “company” as it is called in Zambia) on July 20, 2019. Seanna traveled to Zambia to visit her mother-in-law, Martha King, who’s serving there as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer working in HIV prevention. Martha was integral in reaching out to the Kabwe troop, coordinating with the Girl Guides leader, and setting up this special meeting.

Seanna shared information with the Kabwe girls about Girl Scouts and gave each one a special Colorado Tomahawk Ranch patch. She also taught them the Girl Scout Promise & Law and how to sing “Make New Friends.” The girls caught on quickly and sang beautifully. As a music teacher, Seanna was then delighted to learn a couple of the Zambian troop’s songs.

In the spirit of “making new friends,” the girls wrote letters to send to some Colorado girls, decorating them with colorful designs. Mwenzi, who’s 13 and in 9th grade, explained that “in our country we call Girls Scouts as Girl Guides, and I am so happy to write this letter to you.” She aspires to become a doctor, “so that I can help my country.”

15-year-old Anna wrote, “Please you should come in Zambia to see me, and I should like you to teach me English.” Although Zambia’s official language is English, most Zambians start home life speaking one of 72 indigenous languages or dialects. Most only begin to learn English once they attend school, and by fourth grade, they are taught exclusively in English. Many Zambians speak at least three languages.

Also 15, Charity would like to become a doctor or police officer, “so that there can be world peace.” She especially likes the good values and morals taught in her weekly Girl Guide meetings. Her 14-year-old friend, Rosemary, a chocolate fan, wants to become a nurse or a teacher. Rosemary enjoys singing the’ “Be Prepared” song, noting that their motto, like the Girl Scouts, is to “be prepared.” Doreen would like to know how Colorado girls learn about starting and growing a business. Her favorite pastimes include swimming, dancing, cooking, and singing Gospel songs.

The girls asked about what Colorado girls like to do, are eager to hear from some of them, and hope to make new friends!

Seanna was inspired to make this connection to carry on Eleanor Silver’s legacy with the Girl Scouts of Colorado. Special thanks to John Silver, Girl Scout volunteer, who had a big idea that became a reality.

What do Girl Guides do in England?

Submitted by Allysen Santilli

Pikes Peak

Girl Guide Leader Danni Mariner hosted a presentation on Thursday, May 19 at Mitchell Elementary. Danni is visiting from England. The Girls were entertained to learn of the variety of activities her troop partakes in including “Crate Stacking” and “Sledging.” The room was packed with Scouts from Mitchell and Kendrick Lakes Elementary schools including Daisies, Brownies and Juniors. The night wrapped up with an exchange of unique badges, some silly songs about penguins and a lot of hand jive! We learned how girls from different countries all like to have a lot of fun and laughs. Thanks for a great night, Danni!

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Denver Metro Girl Scouts – International Campers Needing Host Famlies!

Calling on Colorado Girl Scouts in the metro Denver area!

Do you have a daughter between the ages of 11 and 13?

Would you like to be a host family for a girl between these ages (11 – 13) from the People’s Republic of China?

Five girls, participants of the CAPABLE TEENS program in China, are coming to the Denver for three weeks 17 July – 4 August 2013, chaperoned by Capable Teens representatives.  Host families in the metro Denver area are needed to provide room and board for a Chinese girl for approximately 10 days before and after Girl Scouts of CO (GSCO) resident camp during the three weeks.  By spending time with your family, these girls from the Suzhou area of China (near Shanghai) are hoping for a thorough immersion into American life.  The Chinese girls are already signed up for GSCO resident camp at Magic Sky  (“Moose Magic”, July 21-26) and for Girl Scout day camp (“Science in Our World”, Clement Park, Littleton, July 29-August 2).  Either girls will bring their own equipment or it will be provided by Capable Teens USA.

CAPABLE TEENS, modeled on the Boy Scouts of America scouting program, are bringing these young Chinese girls for an American girl experience as an American Girl Scout.  We need your help in welcoming these young girls to CO and the US and introducing them to the GSUSA way of Girl Scouting.  Small stipend per family available.

For more information and for an application, please contact:

Linda Fuller
Girl Program Coordinator, Capable Teens USA
linda.j.fuller@hotmail.com
303-909-2264

 

 

 

Girls’ World Forum 2012 – Our Sisterhood Taking Action with the UN Millennium Development Goals

Written by Rae Ann Dougherty, Girl Facilitator at the Girls’ World Forum

One day back and I just cannot get it out of my mind (I was not very productive at work today)! It is kind of like a song or jingle that keeps playing back. The energy, enthusiasm, excitement, and exhilaration that only 600 Girl Scouts can bring was all over Chicago for one week and is now spreading across the globe as all of the delegates and their chaperones make their way home.

The Girls’ World Forum 2012 (GWF) was the third, and best, of World Forums series conducted as a part of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). These world forums were designed to explode the leadership development of members and propel the progress in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It did and it will. Several years ago, WAGGGS listened to the girls and has been focusing on the three of eight MDGs that they selected. As a result of the first Young Women’s World Forum (YWWF 2010) our Girl Scout and Girl Guide sisters began making a difference with their projects. Two of the 100 delegates were American. The second Young Women’s World Forum (YWWF 2011) engaged more of our sisters when nearly 200 participated at the four World Centers, including two more Americans. The American impact exploded when 250 Americans, including three from Girl Scouts of Colorado, arrived in Chicago to study the MDGs, build their skills, develop their leadership and define their own Take Action Projects.

Oman, Rwanda, Qatar, Thailand, Namibia, Senegal, Belarus, Maldives, Slovenia, Paraguay, Taiwan, and more! Although I have been working in the international Girl Scouting arena for years, I had never met a Girl Guide or Girl Scout sister from these countries. To be able to start with a common foundation (the Girl Scout Promise and Law) and discuss unifying topics (the MDGs), a strong bond formed immediately. I have so many wonderful new sisters in 90 countries as a result of this single week. It was cool! I was able to learn about their countries, Girl Scouting program, culture, and the small things I take for granted. For example, one Liberian Delegate could not stop admiring the tall buildings that made up the Chicago skyline. She could not believe one could construct buildings so tall.

I was extremely honored to serve as a “Girl Facilitator.” In this role I led the breakout sessions designed for education, sharing, and processing. In getting to know the powerful, passionate, vitality, and insightful young leaders that were simultaneously growing as much as they were learning about the issues was an amazing and treasured experience! I can hardly wait to watch their Take Action Projects progress.

The best part is that this magical event was a girl planned and girl led event. A powerful team of 18 that were the same age as the Delegates (age 14 – 18) came together 15 months ago to plan the entire event, even the sessions I taught as a Girl Facilitator! Yes they can and they did … in a BIG way!

You too can be a part of the energy and excitement at www.Facebook.com/YWWFsite. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can follow the conversations and energy.

Perhaps I will be more productive at work….tomorrow!