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Girl Scout Juniors create NICU Care Kits

All 14 Girl Scout Juniors of Troop 1631 from Highlands Ranch recently completed their biggest girl-led project yet! Many of the girls were in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as babies, or have overcome some sort of medical challenge, so when completing the “Agent of Change” Journey, they wanted to do something to help children and families in the NICU at UCHealth. During the Journey, the girls talked about ways that they could make a difference individually, but with the help of their community, they could make an even bigger impact.

The project started with the intent of helping babies, and the girls invited a labor and delivery nurse to a meeting to talk with them about what happens when a baby is in NICU and what parents might experience.  Afterwards, the girls decided they wanted to make NICU Care Kits with the hopes of providing comfort to the parents, so they could focus on caring for their babies, and this nurse served as a consultant through the process.  The girls broke into three committees. One group was in charge of researching hospitals, and working with staff to coordinate logistics.  Another group researched items a parent might need and made suggestions on what should be included in the kits.  The third brainstormed ways to fund this project and obtain the items.

Once they narrowed down logistics, they delegated items for each girl to be responsible and were challenged to go out to the community and let others know what they were doing and ask for donations. Many businesses respectfully declined, but the girls were persistent and 85% of the items in the kits were donated.  This included pillows, toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss, shampoo/conditioner, preemie clothes, snack bars, note pads (so parents could journal the experience), and a few other comfort items.  The girls even found someone to knit and donate preemie hats.  They also chose to use a portion of their cookie money to purchase items they felt they were missing from the kits and still needed.  In the end, the girls assembled 20 NICU Care Kits, and had about 30 more partial kits of extras.

In alignment of the “Agent of Change” Journey, not only were the girls able to get their community involved, but they also learned more about the community. For example, some of the snack bars were donated by Don’t Go Nuts, a local company that produces snacks that are completely nut-free, from the moment the ingredients are grown until they are produced in the facility.  They learned that this company was founded by a 14-year-old girl, not much older than them. Because she had life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies, she wanted wholesome snacks that you didn’t have to fear were contaminated.  This was relatable to the girls, and an opportunity for them to see another girl not much older or different from them making a difference.

The girls began this project in November 2017, but between research and planning, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and other troop events, they completed it when the kits were delivered to UCHealth on June 20, 2018. The girls have already received thank you letters from parents who received their kits.

Hello, 

I have a baby in the NICU in Denver. I received the sweetest care package from Junior Girl Scout Troop 1631 out of Highlands Ranch. It was amazingly thoughtful and practical. Thought you should know about the awesome work they’re doing. 

I’m also staying at the Ronald McDonald House Aurora while my baby is in the NICU. Every time we see the Girl Scouts on the volunteer list we get excited. They are always great dinners that you can tell the girls were helping to create ( not just adults doing it all). The troops I know about serving us dinner are Troop 2246 and Troop 3687. There was another and I’m sorry I don’t know what troop they were with. They made kabobs that were cooked to perfection. 

I just wanted to reach out so you can tell them we really do appreciate all they have done for us during this time. 

Sincerely, 

Annie and JD (and baby Joey)

Hello,

I received the sweetest care package today from your Girl Scout group and I just wanted to say thanks. I wasn’t able to meet the girls because I was holding my baby, but I was truly blessed by their effort and thoughtfulness. It really made my day. Please let them know that I’m so thankful they were here today, and to keep caring for others. 

Thank you!

Krisangela

 

Earn your “Horsemanship” badge with Colorado Reining Heroes

Submitted by Gabriella Grieve

Metro Denver

Parker

Girl Scout Juniors can earn their “Horsemanship” badge with Colorado Reigning Heroes in 2018! Learn about horses and complete requirements for this badge. The class will cover grooming, handling, learning the body language of a horse, riding, and more!

Dates: September 8, 16, 22, and 30; October 6, 20, and 28; November 3 and 17; December 1 and 15; and January 5

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Cost: $40/Girl Scout. Class is limited to 10 girls.

Register: Please email Paula Quillen at Colorado Reigning Heroes at reigningheroes@yahoo.com to register and for payment instructions. Registration will include permission, liability, and photo release forms that will need to be completed before the event.

Registration Deadline: August 25

Classes may be held outdoors or inside an arena depending on weather. Girls need to wear appropriate clothing including long pants and closed toe shoes. Helmets will be available for riders.

For more information about Colorado Reigning Heroes visit http://www.coloradoreiningheroes.com/.

Questions? Please contact Paula Quillen at
reigningheroes@yahoo.com. Paula is happy to have prospective troops tour the barn before registering by appointment.

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Free STEAM day camp for Girl Scout Juniors

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to “Explore It,” a free, fun, and interactive STEAM day camp hosted by the Museum of the West and the Bureau of Land Management, June 27 – 29, 2018! Girls will learn about dinosaurs, paleontology, geology, fossils, mining, and the history of early life in the Grand Valley through hands-on activities and visits to regional educational and historical sites. Girls will also visit the Museum of the West, Cross Orchards, the Mica Mine, Dinosaur Journey, Fruita Paleontological Area, and Dinosaur Hill.

Here are highlights of what’s planned:

• Visit Cross Orchards and learn about early life in Grand Valley (irrigation agriculture, fruit packing, train transportation). Learn about pioneer kids and what the daily life of a child 125 years ago was like and ride the train.

• Hike Bangs Canyon Trailhead to the Mica Mine and focus on the engineering challenge of historical mining.

• Tour collections and prep labs at Dinosaur Journey to learn about science and methods in paleontology and stewardship of fossils. Dissect and owl pellet and build a dinosaur.

• Visit the Museum of the West and learn about tools and science of Archaeology with real artifacts.

• Hike Dinosaur Hill Loop and learn about regional geology from experts and the Apatosaurus at Riggs Quarry.

• Hike the Fruita Paleontological Area and Loop to learn about sedimentary rocks.

The camp is based at the Museum of the West in Grand Junction, but will explore many sites in the area. Camp starts at 9 a.m. each day and will end around 4 p.m. The camp is FREE for Girl Scout Juniors thanks to the Museum of the West and the Bureau of Land Management. To register, please go to https://goo.gl/9YR6z6 . Registration deadline is June 22, but with only 30 spots available, we expect this camp to fill fast!

Volunteers are needed! We’re also looking for a few adult volunteers to help with transportation and older girl volunteers to help younger Girl Scouts at the camp. Adult volunteers transporting Girl Scouts will need to be approved volunteers per GSCO’s volunteer policies. If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign-up at – https://goo.gl/MfnouU .

Questions? please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org. Thank you!

Spend the night at the museum with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

DMNS Sleepover at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on Saturday July 9, 2016. (photo by Chris Schneider)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Brian Hostetler

Metro Denver

Denver

Pack your sleeping bag and your imagination! On February 16, 2018 the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will be hosting a Girl Scout-only camp in for groups of Brownies or Juniors. In these magical and memorable overnight programs, explore the Museum at night, experiment and learn about space, health, and animals, and see a Planetarium show or IMAX movie. And best of all, sleep in the wildlife diorama halls! Go to www.dmns.org for more information!

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Junior Intellectual Property patch workshop with the U.S. Patent Office

Earn your Intellectual Property patch and a step towards your Product Designer badge on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017! The Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation and IPO Women in IP Committee invite Girl Scouts to join us for a morning of fun and creativity as you earn your Intellectual Property (IP) patch and a step towards your Product Designer Badge.

Through a series of hands-on activities and presentations, Girl Scout Juniors will explore the many ways in which inventors solve problems and use IP to protect their ideas and creations. Girls will also visit with volunteers from local law firms and corporations to learn how their organizations use IP to support innovation. Last year, Girl Scouts got to try inventions and visit with teams from 10 organizations that shared a variety of inventions.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. – noon at the United States Patent and Trademark Office Rocky Mountain Regional Office in downtown Denver. This event is open to only Juniors and is free thanks to the Intellectual Owners Education Foundation. Space is limited and this event could fill quickly.

Advance registration is required and limited to the first 50 Girl Scouts. Register your Girl Scout at https://goo.gl/3huyti Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Calling all Junior Troops: Join us for “aMUSE Journey” camp

Submitted by Carolyn Decker

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Hey Junior Leaders,
Are your girls interested in earning the aMUSE Journey? Would they like to go camping? Come join Senior Troop 78527 at “aMUSE! Journey” camp! This camp is a two-day, one-night event at Tomahawk Ranch on Sunday, January 14 to Monday, January 15, 2018. We have lots of fun ideas for your girls to learn about all the roles women and girls can have and how to bash down stereotypes that might get in the way. Girls will complete the aMUSE Journey, enjoy fun camping activities, and get a camping patch. Tomahawk Ranch is a great place to get rid of the winter blahs…it is easy to get to and has heated cabins! This camp is $65 per girl and $40 for adults. You can find flyer and registration information on the GSCO events list (link below). If you have any questions please contact Maria Cross at cross.maria.e@gmail.com

Hope you can join us!
G.I.R.L.s of Troop 78527
G-go getter-goal to travel to Belize
I-innovator-girl inspired ideas for journey
R-risk taker-going to learn to scuba dive
L-leader-camp led by us!

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html?q=amuse

Troop 78527 say “Join us at beautiful Tomahawk!”

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Juniors earn “Animal Habitats” badge

Submitted by Dorothy Morris

Metro Denver

Golden

Girl Scout Junior Troop 63915 earned our “Animal Habitats” badge at Crown Hill Park. Ranger Chris and Ranger Kelly taught us about the many animal habitats in JeffCo’s oldest open space park. Wetlands, tall grasses, trees, water, and marshlands are the homes to many wild animals- right in the middle of the city!

We explored the animal sanctuary and saw a coyote den (no coyotes, though. They must have been out hunting for food), a fallen tree that was the habitat to many insect species, and just when we least expected it- a family of deer! We stood behind a blind and watched them. We tried to be very quiet, but once we made a noise the deers’ large ears perked up and honed in on our location. However, they must have felt so safe in the sanctuary because they didn’t run away. It was a very special experience to be able to observe them so closely.

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

Lincoln Hills offers Outdoor Program Day for Girl Scout Juniors

Girl Scout Junior troops are invited to spend the day at Lincoln Hills, an outdoor education center in Black Hawk, for a day of outdoor skills and adventure on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Activities include fly fishing, archery, and survival skills. Lincoln Hills staff will lead these activities at their beautiful location in the mountains in a four-hour session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost is $9/girl and free for leaders. The program is limited to Girl Scout Juniors only. To allow enough space for girls, we are requesting that only two troop leaders attend for adult supervision, but can make that exception for one more adult per troop if you need extra adults to carpool. Troops will need to bring a sack lunch.

To sign up go to https://goo.gl/LdjRJn . Registration deadline is September 18. This event will fill fast, so sign-up quickly to secure your spot.

Lincoln Hills Cares is an organization committed to youth outdoor education. Their mission is to create unforgettable Colorado experiences for youth by forming a connection to cultural history, science, technology, art, and environmental conservation. Founded in 1922, Lincoln Hills has been providing outdoor programs for over 90 years. To learn more about Lincoln Hills visit http://lincolnhillscares.org.

Learn golf skills and earn a new badge

We have an exciting opportunity for Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors to learn golf skills and earn athlete badges with the Colorado Women’s Golf Association. CWGA will host two Brownie “Fair Play” badge workshops and two Junior “Practice with a Purpose” workshops at City Park Golf Course in Denver. Learn golf basics and earn your badge requirements!

The Brownie “Fair Play” badge workshop is Saturday, August 26 or Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 8:45-11:30 a.m. Cost is $15/girl and you can register at the following links for each date. You choose the session that works best for your Girl Scout.

August 26 – https://goo.gl/VoRkxJ

August 27 – https://goo.gl/pnXcFn

Space is limited to 20 girls per session, so sign up soon to reserve your girl’s spot.

The Junior “Practice with Purpose” badge workshops are Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost is also $15/girl and you can register at the following sites:

Sept. 9 – https://goo.gl/4Q7qjL
Sept. 10 – https://goo.gl/3Vjt5t

These sessions are limited to 20 girls per session and open to Junior Girl Scouts only.

All activities are hosted by CWGA instructors and staff. Troop leaders and parents please plan to attend to maintain GSCO safety requirements. Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts Today, Emergency Managers Tomorrow with FEMA

Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes are invited to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Girl Scouts Event, “Girl Scouts Today, Emergency Managers Tomorrow”, the morning of Friday, June 16, 2017. Girl Scouts can earn a Disaster Readiness patch and learn how to better prepare for, protect themselves and their families, respond to, and recover from emergency hazards. The American Red Cross will host their Pillowcase Project, where girls will learn how to assemble a quick emergency kit to share with others. Girls will also explore careers in emergency management.

The event is hosted by FEMA staff from the Region VIII office and will be held at the Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) in Denver. Here are the event details:

Date: Friday, June 16, 2017

Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: FEMA, Building 710, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225

Cost: Free

Registration: Please pre-register here – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044bada72aa57-girl3

Space is limited to 40 Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts, so please register early.

Registration deadline is June 9, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.