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Juniors from Troop 76048 camp, hike, and ride horses

Submitted by Susan Scott

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland/Fort Collins

Juniors from Troop 76048 in Loveland/Fort Collins used their cookie earnings for a campout at Magic Sky Ranch and horseback riding at Sundance Trail Ranch. They hiked, had s’mores, played wolf pack on the rocks, and had the entire Magic Sky Ranch to themselves!

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

Be a G.I.R.L. Media Star

We’re searching for G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders) to share their Girl Scout story and serve as Media Stars for the 2019-20 membership year.

What is a Media Star?

At the start of each Girl Scout year, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from across the state to be Media Stars. They deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scout Camp, or other GSCO events/activities/news with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. Here are just some of the media interviews Media Stars participated in during the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

To be a Media Star, a girl must be in fourth grade or above. From time to time, we need younger girls to help with media interviews. However, the Media Star program is reserved for girls in fourth grade and above.

How to get involved

Girls who want to be Media Stars should:

  1. Review the Media Star Guidelines to ensure you understand the program’s requirements and expectations.
  2. Email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org and include a:
    • Brief essay (250 words or less) about how Girl Scouts has helped you unleash your inner G.I.R.L.
    • Video (no more than a minute) in which you introduce yourself (first name only) and explain how Girl Scouts has helped you be a G.I.R.L. Here is an example:

“Hi! My name is AnneMarie and I am a Girl Scout Cadette from Arvada! Because I am a Girl Scout, I am an innovator. I had to think outside the box to meet my cookie goal. I hosted a drive-thru booth at a neighborhood business and sold cookies online using Digital Cookie.”

Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Submissions from girls 13-years-old and older must be done by the girl. The best videos and essays will be shared on the GSCO Blog and social media networks and must be received by October 1 at 9 a.m.

If you are selected to become a Media Star, you will be asked to participate in an individual, training session in November or December 2019. This training may be in-person or over the phone. During this training, girls will learn everything needed to be a successful Media Star. Even if you have participated in this program before, you must be trained each year if you want to participate in the program again.

** Note: This is a very popular program, so spots will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Girl Scout night out

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Girl Scouts in Troop 70720 decided for this year’s cookie event to get dressed up, go on a limo ride around town, and go out to dinner at the Melting Pot. It was a night to remember.

Thanks so much to the customers who supported the girls in their cookie endeavors to help make this special day happen for them.

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

Cookies for courage

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

Brownie Troop 65889 visited Stone Canyon EdVentures with their 2019 cookie proceeds. The Girl Scouts had a difficult goal; but, after hours of freezing-cold booths they exceeded their goal by 108% and hit a 538 per selling girl average.  They enjoyed a high ropes course and ziplining together for three days and two nights! The girls also earned their “EcoCamper” and “Outdoor Artist” badges by learning the Leave No Trace principles and writing songs about camp.

Much to our surprise, we witnessed a mama bear and her cub. They crossed far down on our path; and, we all learned that we need to make noise when hiking, so that we never sneak-up on wildlife. The Girl Scouts were very good at making noise while hiking… very good.

Several of the girls (and some moms) conquered their fear of heights during camp. The Girl Scouts came together as sisters and encouraged each other to always aim for their personal best. For the girls who were most afraid, the high ropes course turned out to be their favorite camp memory.

We were very proud of our risk-takers and go-getters. We are blessed with a wonderful troop and the community that supported them during cookie sales.

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

Update about new S’mores Club rewards

GSCO recently announced the 2019-2020 S’mores Club rewards would be a special hoodie and duffle bag, perfect for Girl Scout camping and travel, and we received a lot of positive responses!

Many people asked what colors the duffle bag and hoodie would be and what they would look like. We don’t have pictures of them to share just yet. But once we do, we certainly will! Do know that we are going with darker colors and durable fabrics, so both reward items will last through many Girl Scout adventures and many washings!

Along with the buzz around the new rewards, a few people also asked if Highest Awards charms for the bracelets that S’mores Club girls and adults earned in 2017 and 2018 would still be available. YES! Absolutely! To request a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award charm to complete girls’ S’mores Club bracelets, contact Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care by calling 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

For more information about the S’mores Club, go to:
https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/s-mores-club.html

New S’mores Club rewards

 

You can join the Girl Scouts of Colorado S’mores Club by participating in both the 2019-2020 Girl Scout Fall Product Program and Cookie Program. Earn the new S’mores Club membership rewards for this year – a duffle bag and hoodie embroidered with the S’mores Club logo, and a special personalized patch – by meeting the criteria outlined below.

How to Qualify

GIRLS:

If you sell 15 items online during the 2019 Fall Product Program and 300 packages during the 2020 Cookie Program, you get:

  • A S’mores Club hoodie and duffle bag and personalized, S’mores Club avatar patch

TROOPS:

If the troop sells $350 in online sales during the 2019 Fall Product Program, you get:

  • An exclusive booth selection opportunity for the 2020 Cookie Program

And – If the troop has a 300 packages per selling girl average during the cookie program, the Troop Fall Product Manager and Troop Cookie Manager are eligible for volunteer rewards.

  • A S’mores Club hoodie and duffle bag, and a personalized S’mores Club avatar patch for the TFPM and TCM*

Please note – The troop per girl average (PGA) is calculated based on the total number of packages a troop sells, divided by the number of selling girls in that troop. *If the TFPM and TCM are the same person, only one reward will be given.

Also, the reward for adults is for troop participation only. Juliettes can qualify for S’mores Club and receive the personalized patch, duffle bag, and hoodie. However, caregivers of Juliettes cannot receive the duffle bag, hoodie, personalized patch, or an exclusive booth selection opportunity.

For a quick reference guide, check out the S’mores Club flyer and share it with girls and adults in your troop and service unit.

If you have questions, read our S’mores Club FAQ or contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Canoeing, paddle boarding, and kayaking, oh my!

Submitted by Jennifer Grosshans

Metro Denver

Parker

We have been very busy this summer. We went on a little end-of-the-year party and went to a local pool and let the girls swim and have some fun as a reward for selling lots of Girl Scout Cookies! They surpassed their goal as a troop by 2,000 packages!

Our next assignment was to clean up one of the local Parker trails. We all gathered up bags of trash along a Girl Scout maintained trail. The girls wanted to still clean up more even after all was said and done.

Our most recent excursion was heading to Barr Lake and hitting the water. We rented canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Each of the girls got to try the different activities to figure out the one that they enjoyed the most. Afterwards, we had a little picnic and enjoyed lunch. But, our fun didn’t in there, we headed out to do archery. All the girls did phenomenally! It was a long day, but it was a great day!

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

Thank you letter from The Gathering Place

Girl Scouts of Colorado recently received the beautiful thank you letter below from The Gathering Place. Founded in 1986, The Gathering Place is the only daytime drop-in center in metropolitan Denver that serves women, transgender individuals, and their children who are experiencing poverty, many of whom are also experiencing homelessness.

Dear Girl Scouts of Colorado,

On behalf of The Gathering Place and the members we serve, please accept our deepest gratitude for your recent donation of the following items: Six Cases of Thin Mint cookies (72 packages) received on 7/22/2019.

Your generous gift is a vital lifeline for the 8,000 women and children who will come to us for help this year. There are so few other options available to them in Denver – your kindness ensures that we will continue to be responsive to those whose critical needs often go unmet.

Founded in 1986, The Gathering Place is the only daytime drop-in center in metropolitan Denver that serves women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty, many of whom are homeless. Your contribution gives us hope and we hold that hope for every one of our members, every day.

Your donation ensures that our members can shower, do laundry, receive mail, store their belongings, use the telephone or the computer lab, study for the GED or get help finding a job. It means we can care for children while their mothers take advantage of our programs – or, simply just rest awhile. Your thoughtfulness finances more than 65,000 meals each year in a safe, pleasant space offering healthy, nutritious options. For more information about what we do, please visit www.tgpdenver.org.

We hope you’ll encourage your friends to follow your lead. They can spread the word through social media, volunteer or donate – all valuable ways to support our important community.

With deepest gratitude,

Liam Flannagan

Analytics Administrator

The Gathering Place

Power of Cookie: Colorado Springs Girl Scout graduates from Space Camp

Girl Scout Junior Vivienne S. of Colorado Springs recently attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics™, Aviation Challenge®, U.S. Cyber Camp®, and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center. Her experience was funded entirely by funds earned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a passion for space exploration. Vivienne spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the Moon or Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. Vivienne and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors.

Now that Vivienne is back home in Colorado Springs, she is looking forward to earning three space science badges, as well as a coding badge. All four are new badges, released by Girl Scouts of the USA in July 2019. Vivienne earned the “Space Science Investigator” and “Designing Robots 1” badges while at Space Camp.

Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.

More than 900,000 trainees have graduated from a Space Camp® program since its inception in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1982, including European Space Agency astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronauts Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Dr. Kate Rubins, Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Christina Koch, who is serving onboard the International Space Station. Children and teachers from all 50 states and almost 150 international locations have attended a Space Camp® program.

Interested in training like an astronaut?  Visit www.spacecamp.com or call 1-800-637-7223.

About U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp® and Aviation Challenge®, the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal.

To learn more about the exciting programs and activities at the USSRC, go to www.rocketcenter.com.

Bunk with the Beasts

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Daisy Troop 26237 of Pagosa Springs set a goal to “Bunk with the Beasts” at Denver Zoo with their money earned from the Girl Scout Cookie Program. They did just that in June! The girls made so many memories together from building Girl Scout Thin Mint bears at Build-A-Bear to walking Denver Zoo at night to learn about the different animals and what makes them unique. It was an incredibly memorable experience for all!

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