Troop 36267 gave back to our Pueblo community by delivering 45 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Firehouse #4 in Pueblo. These Girl Scouts also helped clean up City Park for part of their community service for the year.
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.
Troop 59 Cadettes delivered 720 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to UCHealth Oncology staff and support personnel around Metro Denver. Girl Scouts met with Medical Director of Oncology Dr. Regina Brown an inspiring leader in our community who is also a Girl Scout alum. They learned about her career and what’s helped her to find success.
Troop 67445 delivered 75 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Ronald McDonald House of Denver, their Hometown Hero. Athena is one of the Girl Scouts in the troop. Her younger brother had brain surgery last summer at Nationwide Children’s in Ohio and the family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House there. Athena met a Girl Scout troop there who came to make cookies for the guests. She was very grateful for everything they provided and wanted to give back. When her Girl Scout sisters in Colorado heard her story, they all wanted to help as well. We are happy to report that Athena’s is doing great!
Girl Scout Cadette Troop 63317 delivered Girl Scout Cookies to their Hometown Hero, Children’s Hospital Colorado – North Campus. The Girl Scouts wanted to thank the doctors and nursing staff. They also brought a thank you poster and get well and positive message cards for patients.
With help from her multi-level Girl Scout troop, Senior Makayla completed the Journey “Mission: Sisterhood.” As her sisterhood issue, she chose improving relationships between mothers and their children, specifically those under additional stress due to homelessness. She wanted family art projects to help children be calmer and more cooperative with their mothers by building their relationship. With her troop, she created a beautifully painted wooden container to install at the local domestic violence shelter, Arising Hope. The troop then filled the painted container with art supplies they purchased with funds they raised as part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. A set of laminated instructions for three art projects that would encourage mothers and children to bond were included, and Makayla wrote a personal cover letter explaining the goal of her project and inspiring mothers to do the projects together with their children as a family.
When asked “What have you learned from the troop that you can use in your daily life?”
Makayla responds “It’s easy to make friends.”
She said sisterhood is important because it’s nice to help people, and they will be there for you when you need help.
Makayla and her troop expanded their network when they visited a horse rescue and learned how a woman became the owner of a nonprofit and advocates for horses. She met Keith, who volunteers at the nonprofit Arising Hope shelter and happily agreed to accept donations of art supplies for Makayla’s project. Learning about these careers was eye opening for Makayla, who wants to be a baker. She said she would like to bake for a shelter to serve its residents. “Our project is meaningful because it will help other people.”
Junior Troop 60678 in Roxborough earned their Bronze Award by donating a “Spirit Rock” to Roxborough Intermediate School. The troop proposed the idea to the school’s PTA, determined an appropriate location on school grounds, and earned enough funds from selling Girl Scout Cookies to purchase the boulder from Pioneer Sand & Gravel.
The school will earn money for years to come by renting the rock for community messages and announcements. 100% of the money raised from the rock will go towards supplying the school with books, technology, and supplies.
Brownie Troop 66848 visited one of our Hometown Heroes, downtown Castle Rock Fire Station #151 a couple of weeks ago. Girl Scouts delivered Girl Scout Cookies and also earned their “First Aid” badge during the visit. It was very inspiring for our girls that one of the firefighters talking to them was a young woman, as most of the firefighters they usually meet are men.
Troop 43318 brought Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies to the volunteers at the Marian House Soup Kitchen in Colorado Springs. The girls worked hard to collect 60 packages for the volunteers. In past years, they have donated to the sheriff’s office, firefighters, and humane society volunteers.
I love that the troop came up with idea of the Marian House volunteers on their own.
Aurora/Centennial area Junior Troop 60047 held their annual mother-daughter weekend, which included bringing 13 cases of Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookie donations to the rangers of the Rocky Mountain National Park. As part of their Outdoor Journey, the girls wanted to thank the rangers for their commitment to protecting our beautiful Rocky Mountains. Rangers Maci McPherson and Christie Wilkins explained how they became rangers. Ranger Christie even told a story about meeting with her high school counselor, who told her that girls could not become rangers. That story truly reinforced that girls can be anything they put their minds too since she had overcome the stereotype and now gets to do a job she loves. The Girl Scouts also had the opportunity to complete a service project by picking-up trash at the East Inlet Trail before taking a hike to see Adams Falls. The entire weekend was filled with memories to last a lifetime.
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