All Girl Scout Alumnae are invited to join us for our birthday celebration on March 12 from noon to 3pm! We will celebrate the 103rd birthday of the Girl Scouts with lunch and a council update from GSCO President & CEO Stephanie Foote (to take place at 1pm). This is a great time to visit with Girl Scout friends and check out the GSCO archives display! Rsvp is required, please contact Heidi at 303-607-4833 or Heidi.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Allison Ellington
I love Girl Scout camp! I was fortunate enough to sell cookies and earn enough to be able to attend Meadow Mountain Ranch several times. Each time, I had such an amazing experience. I did things I had never done before and enjoyed every moment. Some of those firsts included the ropes course, hiking to the top of Meadow Mountain, and sleeping under the stars in both tee pees and cabins. I also rode horses (my favorite’s name was Pantyhose), and hiked over to a creek that had a rock that was slick enough to be a slide into a pool! What an awesome experience I had with the fun-loving counselors (one named “Bananas”) and girls I met from all over Colorado. I went to MMR as an individual girl, with my troop, and once with my dad. I truly had a fantastic, life changing time every time I went to Girl Scout camp!
One experience at Meadow Mountain Ranch stands out as one of my best memories ever- as in top 10 experiences of my life! So many of my Girl Scout experiences were with my mom, who was a troop leader and cookie mom for many years. I treasure those moments and will have to write about those another day. The memory I am talking about now is one I had with my dad.
We had the pleasure of going to a “Dad and Me” weekend at Meadow Mountain. My dad and I were so looking forward to the weekend because it was a Horse Wranglers weekend. He and I both loved horses and what a perfect time to spend some quality time together! We arrived and met all of the other campers. I took my dad down to the stables and was showing him around. One of the horses was laying down and my dad knew that something wasn’t right. He talked with the stable manager and head wrangler. She was busy making sure the horses were taken care of and that all of the campers that weekend would have a great time. After some talking and investigating, they discovered that some of the hay the horse had eaten was moldy. That can be bad news for horses – serious stomach ache and could prove fatal if the horse continued to lay there and not move. So, the stable manager and my dad talked about what the best course of action was. I was right there learning about the care of horses and how serious this whole situation could be! I was in awe of my dad’s knowledge. They decided that the horse would have to stay in motion or he would just lay down again. Of course, my dad volunteered us to do that, they also decided to hire the NJ Mold removal Specialists to make a full inspection around the stable.
I have to admit, at first I was a little miffed at not being able to go back with the other dads and girls. They were doing some really great activities! So, for the next few hours and then some more the next day, my dad and I were in charge of walking this horse all around camp. Did I mention that it rained every afternoon in the mountains? Yep, we even walked through the rain! We walked and talked for hours about my dad’s time as a cowboy and hunting guide, enjoyed the peacefulness of the camp, and bonded. I learned so much about the care of horses and my dad’s own experiences in his life. That time was truly priceless! I couldn’t believe that we had saved the horse’s life. That was very impactful for such a little girl. It may not have been the weekend with my dad that I was expecting, but it turned out to be so much better! Little did I know how much spending that time with my dad would resonate with me my throughout my life. I learned about horses, my dad, and that sometimes it’s ok to vary from the plans you’ve made. You never know what you may learn by taking a different path! Thank you Girl Scouts and Meadow Mountain Ranch for making such a difference in the lives of girls and their families. I can definitely see the difference they have made in my life!
By Girl Scout Alumna Sherri Vasquez of Denver (Girl Scout Woman of Distinction 2007)
Girl Scouts has just finished celebrating its 100th anniversary year, a testament to its enduring tradition of teaching young girls good old-fashioned values that never go out of style.
The heart of the Girl Scout philosophy centers on respect for self, others and the environment, core beliefs that will move this valuable organization forward during the next 100 years.
Encouraging girls to do their best is especially relevant today because so many are facing overcrowded classrooms at school, depleted finances at home and over-exposed celebrities promoting instant fame and fortune over honesty and fairness.
Time-tested for a century, Girls Scouts is a wonderful way for girls to learn valuable skills and lessons that will help them grow into responsible adults with ethics, moral and standards.
When I became a Girl Scout 42 years ago, little did I know how much the experience would affect my adult life, especially my education, career and community involvement.
Becoming a Girl Scout was my first experience in goal-setting. Although I was only five years old, I vowed to achieve my dream, waiting impatiently to reach the second grade so I could join Girl Scout Brownies.
My father wore an Army uniform and my brother a Boy Scout uniform, so I wanted the honor and privilege of wearing one too. The independence of becoming part of something outside of school and family was a new and exciting concept for me.
The anticipation of joining an organization “just for girls” was just too much for a first grader to bear, so I joined the Camp Fire Girls to help me “practice” to be a Girl Scout Brownie.
When I finally put on my Brownie uniform, I was so proud of it and what it stood for that I wore it everywhere, including my second-grade class picture.
Little girls have lots of energy, and Girl Scouts was an incredibly positive outlet for an active kid like me. I loved it because I had the opportunity to meet new friends, create arts and crafts, take field trips to local businesses and enjoy outdoor adventures. My mother, by then a working single parent, loved Girl Scouts because it gave me a safe, caring place to go after school.
During my five years as a Girl Scout, I learned important lessons about being responsible for myself and respectful of others. Together, my troop learned to care about the environment.
Girl Scouts also provided a valuable place to learn about group dynamics, especially how to interact with peers and authority figures. That sense of sisterhood later motivated me to join the girls’ gymnastics team, cheerleading squad and eventually a college sorority.
Earning badges at a young age evolved into achieving higher goals as I grew up, such as graduating from high school, applying to college, and participating in a study-abroad program in Spain. Finding the courage to leave home and travel to a faraway country seemed easier because Girl Scouting had instilled a sense of independence and stirred my intellectual curiosity.
Not only did it teach my young mind how to travel in new directions and find creative ways to reach those destinations, it gave me the confidence to explore my passion for fascinating places and topics, plan strategies to learn more about them, and persist in those efforts.
These early lessons came into play once again when finishing a bachelor’s degree, starting a career in journalism, and completing a master’s degree.
Even selling Girl Scout Cookies was a useful tutorial, teaching business basics and helping develop a taste for community spirit and entrepreneurism that continues in adulthood.
Although it has been decades since I first donned a Girl Scout uniform, I still try to live by the Girl Scout Law of helping people at all times, whether it be as a journalist shining light on inequities or as a community activist involved in worthwhile causes like education and youth development.
Since Girls Scouts provided such a strong foundation in my early years, I would like to express my heart-felt gratitude for its amazing influence on my life, education and career. Because it offers hope to generations of girls to come, I wish it continued success and growing ranks in the 21st century and beyond.
Sherri Vasquez is the host and producer of Latin View.
You may or may not remember the story, but back in 2004, a group of Girl Scout Juniors from Lakewood, who were working to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award, helped designate Yule Marble as Colorado’s State Rock.
One of the most powerful lessons the girls learned is that you can make a difference, no matter your age. Now Girl Scout alumnae, these young women recently looked back on their journey in a video produced by the Colorado Channel of Open Media Foundation.
How are Girl Scouts in your community making a difference?
Estes Park Girl Scout alumna Penny Roberts recently submitted a great story to the Estes Park News reflecting on her Girl Scout memories as she celebrates our 100th anniversary year. Read the article here, and thank you Penny for sharing with your community what Girl Scouting means to you!
Have Girl Scout memories to share? Share them with us on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!
On Saturday, June 9th, Girl Scouts of Colorado joined the nation to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting.
And, at the same time, more than 300 Girl Scouts and their family and friends, as well as Girl Scout supporters and alumnae, joined the festivities from Colorado’s State Capitol at Colorado Sings. (Photos can be viewed above.)
The Colorado Sings event honored the state’s 100+ Girl Scout Distinguished Alumnae, as well as Colorado’s Oldest Living Alumnae. Edna Hollis and Vera Carucci, who are both 100 years old and live in the Denver area, were recognized as the oldest living alumnae. Our alumnae honorees also received the following media coverage:
We live blogged from both events thanks to the wonderful efforts of volunteers and staff.
And below is a video highlighting the sights and sounds of our memorable Colorado Sings event, including interviews with our oldest living alumnae.
If you were part of these festivities, we’d love to hear from you too. Share your story, photos and/or video with us.
It was fun to be part of this historic day for Girl Scouts!
Distinguished Girl Scout Alumnae have been involved in the organization in Colorado as girls, adults, volunteers or staff members, and were nominated based on exceptional leadership, a strong commitment and service to community, embracing diversity and embodying Girl Scout values.
In a recent study by Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scout alumnae, compared with non-alumnae, feel better about themselves, are more active as mentors and community volunteers, vote more regularly, are better educated and enjoy higher household income, proving involvement in Girl Scouting works.
Our 100+ honorees have distinguished themselves in so many ways! From corporate executives to community volunteers, each embodies the spirit of Girl Scouts and serves as an outstanding role model for young women today. We’re honoring exceptional women (and one man!) throughout Colorado – from Fort Collins to Alamosa and from Grand Junction to Wray. The 100+ Girl Scout Distinguished Alumnae represent the largest cities (Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo) and some of the smallest towns (Merino, Eckley and Green Mountain Falls) in 23 counties throughout the state. All of these alumnae make a difference every day in their communities in diverse professions and volunteer activities in healthcare, education, finance, law enforcement, the environment and more. From age 27 to nearly 100, they are true examples of courage, confidence and character in action who freely give their time and resources to make the world a better place.
For a full list of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 100+ Distinguished Alumnae, see the event press release. If you are particularly proud of an alumna honoree on the list, or you are one of the proud Girl Scout alumnae honorees, we want to hear from you. Share your Girl Scout memories with us for inclusion on our blog.
Special thanks goes to Girl Scout alumna, volunteer extraordinaire and community leader, Pam Watson Korbel from the Denver metro area, who worked very hard to put together these and many other meaningful alumnae recognitions for Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary year! (We truly appreciate the passion you put into these projects, Pam!)
June 9th will also be the day where to introduce you to Colorado’s Oldest Living Alumnae. Girl Scouts from throughout Colorado searched high and low in their communities to locate these alumnae. We had originally thought this honor would be left to one alumna, but our research uncovered several women who deserved recognition! Names won’t be released until the June 9th event, but let’s just say that these women have been around just as long as Girl Scouts :). Be sure to check back on the blog after the event to learn more about Colorado’s Oldest Living Alumnae.
Congratulations to the alumnae who will be honored on June 9th! Follow all the action June 9th, and contribute to the conversation, on the Colorado Sings event live blog.
We are celebrating our 100th year yet again with the world’s largest sing-along, Rock the Mall, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Girl Scouts of Colorado has several groups who will be part of the estimated 200,000 attendees from across the world at the event.
But for those who can’t go, a local sing-along, Colorado Sings, will take place simultaneously at Colorado’s State Capitol. During this event Girl Scouts of Colorado will recognize local Distingused Alumnae, as well as the oldest living Girl Scout alumnae in Colorado.
If you can’t make it to either event, follow the events live on our blog. You can sign up today via this link for an email reminder about following the live event. We will be blogging about our local activities as well as about our Colorado delegation at the Rock the Mall in Washington, D.C.
And if you are attending one of these events, be sure to take some photos and/or video and share it with us on our blog, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn Alumnae Group Page. You can even follow our live event and share your thoughts and photos via these communications channels as well.
We look forward to having a fun day of celebration June 9th!
Pueblo’s City-County Library District recently honored one of Girl Scouts’ outstanding volunteers, Amy Bissell. Amy was one of 24 Pueblo women honored with a 2012 Outstanding Woman Award.
Amy Bissell has been a Girl Scout for 41 years! One of her major accomplishments in Girl Scouts was being a Troop Leader for 30 years. She’s also served as a day camp director, trainer and president of Girl Scouts’ Board of Directors. Additionally Amy is an advisor for Girl Scout travel opportunities, most recently helping plan events to visit the birthplace of Girl Scouts, Savannah, Ga., this summer. Amy helped organize events for Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary in 2012 too and currently serves on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s history committee.
Outside of Girl Scouts, Amy is involved in her church and was a member of the United Way Board of Directors and Colorado’s PTA. She also was a teacher in boarding school in Canada for three years.
For more information on this honor, view the Pueblo Chieftain article.
Do you have a Girl Scout story to share? Share it with us today on our website.
In honor of Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, I was given the opportunity to celebrate with Troop 2227 by participating in the ‘It’s A Girl’ Service Project. More than 25 troops assisted in this project at different hospitals all over the state of Colorado. To participate, each troop adopted a hospital in their respective area, then made special items for the baby girls born on March 12, 2012, Girl Scouts’ official 100th anniversary. These gifts included care packages, blankets, hats, scrapbooks and more!
Troop 2227 adopted University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo. I was able to meet with the troop leader, Lynette Harper, her daughter Paige, fellow troop member Brianna Bullock and her mother, Toni. The Girl Scout Seniors showed up in their sashes with pink blankets to present to two newborn baby girls.
The Media Relations Coordinator at the University of Colorado Hospital, Dan Weaver, met us at the Inpatient Pavilion. Like us, he was very excited about this project. He even arranged for 9NEWS to come and interview the girls! After he walked us up to the Maternity section of the hospital, we walked into the first hospital room to meet newborn Jenise Williams and her mother.
With the 9NEWS cameras rolling, Brianna and Paige presented baby Jenise with her Honorary 2012 Troop certificate, which allows her to come to Girl Scouts when she is five years old and have a free year of membership as a Girl Scout Daisy. The girls also presented her with her new baby blanket. In the second room, they met baby Zareah Boulden and her family. Second time around, Brianna and Paige were pros at explaining the certificate and baby blanket!
I hate to sound cheesy, but being a part of this particular service project on Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary was truly magical. Being able to watch the girls present their gifts to the newborn baby girls was very humbling, and you could tell it made the families special day even MORE special. Also, I felt such a large sense of pride watching these Girl Scout Seniors show these families first-hand what an amazing organization Girl Scouts is. These newborn baby girls are being brought into the world with so much promise and possibilities, and the Girl Scouts will always encourage them to follow their dreams.
In addition, Troop 1944 visited Rose Medical Center in Denver and presented the newborns with fun gifts as well! These troops were lucky to be able to get a peek of these brand new baby girls too!
If your troop did a similar project, we’d love to see your photos. Submit them to us on our website.