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Bronze and Silver Award Girl Scouts honored at Highest Awards Celebration in Western Colorado

More than a dozen Girl Scouts, along with their families and friends, gathered at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction on May 19, 2019, to honor the more than 1,200 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn. For the 2018-19 Girl Scout awards program year, 14 Girl Scouts in the Western Colorado region earned the Bronze Award. 15 girls across the Western Colorado region earned the prestigious Silver Award. 42 girls across Colorado earned the prestigious Gold Award..

Gold Award Girl Scout and current Gold Award mentor Heidi Ragsdale served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked briefly about how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.

The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others, and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Girl Scouts celebrate advancing to the next level of Girl Scouts

45 Girl Scouts from troops across the Western Colorado region gathered on May 1, 2019 at the GSCO regional office in Grand Junction to celebrate advancing from their current Girl Scout level to the next as part of a special event called a Bridging Ceremony.

Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a Girl Scout celebrates her achievements and looks forward to new adventures and responsibilities. The girls who walked across the bridge at this ceremony, just like the many who have before them, are modeling the progression that the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is known for. They have worked hard to not only earn and achieve, but to learn and to grow alongside their Girl Scout sisters.

Girl Scouts of Colorado invited members of the Junior Service League (JSL) to this special ceremony to thank them for their continued support of Girl Scouts throughout the Western Colorado region. The bridge, which is a symbolic piece of this ceremony, was graciously donated by JSL, and was officially rededicated to Girl Scouts.

Gold Award candidate fights hunger with container gardening kits

Girl Scout Ambassador Kyra T. from Grand Junction is working to earn the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. For her project, she partnered with the Grand Junction Community Food Bank to provide their clients with vegetable container gardening kits. Each kit contained soil, seeds, nutritional information, and a “how-to” brochure, which she created after experimenting with container gardening. GSCO asked Kyra to describe her project in her own words. She wrote, “By creating and distributing container gardening kits, my hope is to influence healthy food choices among low-resource or struggling families so they are able to provide their children and themselves with healthy produce at low or minimal cost, as well as teach their kids about good nutrition. Container gardens are suitable for a variety of plants and can be grown on a windowsill, a front porch, or balcony, making them suitable for many types of living environments and easy for families to use.”

Thanks to News11/KKCO-TVand Grand Junction Daily Sentinel for sharing Kyra’s story with their audiences.

Volunteer Spotlight: Lorena Gambill-Maddox

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Lorena Gambill-Maddox of Grand Junction in the Western Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Lorena to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer? 

I was asked by my daughter’s troop leader to be her assistant. I love working with children. When I was younger, I was a Girl Scout and my older sister was my troop leader. My mother was also a troop leader. So when Elisha asked me, I was happy to join such a great organization. It has been a great experience for me.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout. 

As a Girl Scout volunteer, I have enjoyed giving back to our community. Our troop has done so many different things. We collected food or our local community food bank. We did a clothing drive and took clothes to a neighboring town that was doing a clothing distribution. We have served food at a extended table for those in need.  At Christmas, we went Christmas caroling at the V.A. hospital and local nursing home. For two of our local schools, we entered the craft fairs. Learning to make crafts and jewelry to sell taught us about being a business owner. We donated cookies to our local policemen and teachers. It feel so great to give like a G.I.R.L.!

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer? 

I have learned so much as a volunteer. I have a wonderful team of leadership on the western slope to guide me, especially Ashley Douglas, as well as a very knowledgeable service unit leader Rebecca Flesh and our troop leader Elisha Scarbrough is such a inspiring person. Our girls in our troop are fearless. They wanted to earn every badge they could as Juniors, so I made it my goal to learn everything I needed too in order to help them reach their goal– from Simple Cooking to Robotics.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that I have taught our girls that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. That it is better to be kind to anyone you meet, because you don’t know why they are acting in the way that they are. Everyone deserves love and kindness. Not to let what others think cloud their beliefs, but to listen without judgement. Then, decide for themselves how they feel. That they are the ones who make themselves happy and successful. I also hope they know how proud of each and every one of them I am.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Girls Scouts has helped me become a go-getter because of our girls in our troop wanting to achieve all the badges. I became driven to help them achieve their goal. I am an innovator because I looked for ways to help our community and find ways to give back. Risk-taker because we tried things without knowing how it would turn out, but being determined to be successful in everything we tried. Last, a leader because I had to have confidence in things I wasn’t sure about, knowing whether or not we would succeed,  I was there beside them no matter what. Showing each one of them how to be brave.

Girl Scouts is a great opportunity for any girl no matter what her age is. It is such a honor to be apart of such a wonderful organization.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Jamie Buttermore

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Jamie Buttermore of Grand Junction in the Western Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Jamie to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I was a Girl Scout for a few years as a child. I knew that as soon as my oldest was in kindergarten, I was going to find a troop for her. A troop we found, but the leadership team decided to step down. A couple of parents approached me to help them lead. At the time, I was very pregnant and working full-time and questioned my ability to be successful, but I knew that I needed to step up, so that my daughter and the other girls in the troop could have a great experience like I had as a child. 

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

Initially, I started off as a troop support volunteer. That did not last long until I became a troop leader. I have been a troop leader now for six years. I also currently am on the Membership Connection Committee through Girl Scouts of Colorado. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

As a volunteer, I have learned how to effectively communicate with large groups of people, hone in on my multi-tasking and organizational skills, and have learned fun skills along the way. I have also learned the quirks of many girls over the years, learned their fears and dreams, and learned how to cherish my role and impact not their lives. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

My goal as a leader is to give the girls experiences they would not otherwise get. My goal is to role model kindness, hard work ethic, and a thirst for adventure. I want them to give back to the community, always believe in themselves, and try new things. I hope that the girls I have led over the years have fond memories of me and truly felt I was genuine and made some type of positive impact on their lives. 

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

I have always been a G.I.R.L. It is in my innate personality. What I hope my volunteer experience has helped me do is create more G.I.R.L.s. I hope that I have empowered them to go after their dreams, get creative when problem solving, innovate new ways of doing things, take chances, try new things, and take ownership and lead the way. 

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

Silver Award Girl Scout creates “Foster Love Bags” for children entering foster care

Silver Award Girl Scout Maddie G. of Grand Junction delivered 50 “Foster Love Bags,” which she created for children entering foster care, to Ariel Clinical Services on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Maddie knows first-hand about the needs children in foster care have because her own family has served as a foster family for three years. When children come to live with foster families through Ariel Clinical services, they come with nothing but the clothes on their backs. This bothered Maddie and she wanted to help. Foster families have to buy everything for these children from toiletries to toys and games. With these bags, children can immediately have their OWN belongings and have their basic needs met. Included in the bags are two books that Maddie selected specifically because they teach children it is OK to be different and that they can be who they are, because they are special. Also included is a toothbrush/toothpaste, comb, journal, playing cards, a blanket, lip balm, and stuffed animal. Maddie contacted local businesses and friends to help gather items for the bags. She hopes they give the children a positive start when they enter foster care.

Through this project, Maddie will earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scout Cadettes.

Thanks to 11News/KKCO-TV in Grand Junction for joining Maddie for the delivery and sharing the story with their viewers.



Girl Scout Day with CMU Women’s Basketball

Girl Scout Day with CMU Women’s Basketball is Friday, February 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Brownson Arena, Colorado Mesa University (1100 North Ave Grand Junction 81501).

Join Colorado Mesa University’s women’s basketball team as they take on Fort Lewis College! All tickets are free, and girls will receive a coupon for a free small popcorn. You can also meet and greet with the team after the game!

Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org for tickets. Registration deadline is Thursday, February 21 at 8 p.m.


2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Dad leads the pack

Submitted Jenni Grossman

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

Ryan is our troop’s Cookie Dad. He volunteered for this position after joining our troop. He had previous experience doing it for a smaller troop, but he made the jump to managing almost 30 girls and their cookies. He works full-time, so balancing Cookie Dad too is no easy feat! He even rented a giant Uhaul for cookie delivery to make it easier on the other volunteers. He has worked so hard and it’s just the beginning of the season. Our troop is so lucky to have Ryan as a part of our team!

Ryan was a go-getter when he organized cookie pick-up and did it all on his own! He is a leader by selecting as many booth sites as he can to help our girls reach their goals! He takes risks by jumping in to help and never looking back. He is using innovation skills to manage the girls’ cookies, money, orders, and work with parents—all with a smile on his face!

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Harlem Globetrotters at Colorado Mesa University

When: February 28, 2019 at 7 p.m.


Brownson Arena at Colorado Mesa University

1100 North Ave

Grand Junction, CO 81501

On the heels of taking their unparalleled entertainment to capacity crowds overseas, the Harlem Globetrotters (“Globetrotters”) will return to North America with their all-new Fan-Powered World Tour, bringing their unrivaled show to fans in more than 250 North American cities. All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and is at Brownson Arena at Colorado Mesa University.

Discounted general admission tickets are available at $22.00/person (normally $35.50). Check out the event flyer for details on additional discounts.

Buy tickets online (make sure to select the 2/28 event in Grand Junction) and use the promo code GIRLSCOUT:

Featuring Guinness World Record holders and some of the most elite dunkers and exceptional ball handlers on the planet, a Globetrotters game is more than just basketball – it is the ultimate family entertainment that will bring smiles and fan interaction to people of all ages. This year’s show will feature a star-studded roster, including showmen like Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, Ant Atkinson, and Hammer Harrison, as well as fan favorites Firefly Fisher, Bull Bullard, Thunder Law, and Cheese Chisholm.

To match the growing popularity of the Globetrotters’ female stars, the tour now includes the largest selection of female talent ever – TNT Lister, Hoops Green, Torch George, and Mighty Mortimer. Rosters vary in each city and are subject to change. After virtually every game, the Harlem Globetrotters remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.

The deadline to order tickets is February 25 at 12 p.m.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org


Girls learn “Secrets to Success” from Western Colorado businesswomen

More than 80 girls in grades 6-12 from Western Colorado gathered on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Colorado Mesa University for Secrets to Success. The event  gave girls the unique opportunity to connect with professional women in a variety of career fields in a speed-dating format, giving them a unique opportunity to learn directly from incredible women. Girls personally engaged with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, law, healthcare, finance, skilled trades, entrepreneurship and more, learning from role models that will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joined today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success.

Reporter Star Harvey with Fox5/KREX-TV also attended the event. Watch her story here: https://www.westernslopenow.com/news/local-news/girls-learn-secrets-to-success-from-women-leaders/1729325083?fbclid=IwAR08kzHzJRHzKmcTg7TIybI77RdUwoB4iW4MoOXdbQ3lqCy6sUM6pGUR04U

Special thanks to event sponsors Alpine Bank, Colorado Mesa University, and AT&T.