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Sisterhood of Strength

Submitted by Kristy Miller

Metro Denver

Aurora

Troop 60972 is hosting a free event as our Take Action project at the end of the “Mission Sisterhood” Journey. The girls have planned a morning of activities that they have titled a Sisterhood of Strength on Saturday, May 12, 2018. This event is geared toward older girls and a significant woman in their lives. We will have a panel of women in leadership, be teaching some basic self-defense moves, have a mindfulness/yoga session as a group, and then will have other self-directed activities for everyone to participate in while we strengthen ourselves and explore other relationships within our sisterhood. Registration is limited to the first 20 girls and we would love for you to be one of them. Please contact Kristy Miller directly at kristy@miller-rascals.net if you have further questions or to register. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Girl Scout Exploration Day: Household Elf

Submitted by Melissa Gula

Metro Denver

Denver

How can Girl Scout Brownies help save the environment? Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens on April 28, 2018 for our Household Elf Girl Scout Exploration Day to find out! Through scavenger hunts, crafts, and hands-on activities, Girl Scouts will learn ways to save energy, conserve water, and reduce waste.

Brownies explore plants in the Gardens that have adapted to conserve water in dry climates and meet friendly worms that help compost waste. As a Household Elf, Girl Scouts will construct an energy-saving house, craft their own reusable shopping bags, and pot an air-purifying house plant to take home!

Girl Scout Exploration Days offer Girl Scout troops the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities and take-home projects. Stations are set up throughout the Gardens for groups to explore. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!

To accommodate a larger number of Girl Scouts and improve your group’s experience we are offering two admission times: 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Activity stations will be available to your group from the admission time you choose until 2:30 p.m.

This program is designed for Girl Scout Brownies. Admission is $12 per girl, which includes admission to the whole Gardens for the day. One adult (troop leader or parent) for every five girls is admitted free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings (those not participating in the take-home activities) receive a reduced admission of $7 each. Siblings who wish to participate in take-home activities should register as girls. For admission times, more details and to sign up, please visit: http://catalog.botanicgardens.org/DateSelection.aspx?item=2607

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Complete the “Brownie Quest” Journey

Submitted by Andrea Robison

Metro Denver

Northglenn

Back by popular demand! Cadette Troop 60569 is once again hosting a Brownie Journey event! Our Cadettes are excited to help Brownies complete this fun and essential journey in just ONE half-day session!

There are four sessions from which to choose:

-Saturday, April 21, 2018 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
-Saturday, April 21, 2018 1 – 4 p.m.
-Saturday, April 28, 2018 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
-Saturday, April 28, 2018 1  – 4 p.m.

All sessions will be located at Northglenn Christian Church (1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn, CO 80233).

The “Brownie Quest” Journey will be completed in one half-day session by exploring the three keys (Discover, Connect, Take Action) led by our enthusiastic Cadette guides.

Key 1 (Discover): Learn teamwork and complete a scavenger hunt to explore the values of the Girl Scout Law, while also learning the value of every girl’s talents.

Key 2 (Connect): Connect as a member of a team by creating a team agreement, preparing a healthy snack (please inform us of any food allergies), and learning simple exercises.

Key 3 (Take Action): Team up to participate in a service project by making newborn blankets for active military families.

Cost: $10 per Brownie

This is not a drop-off event. Leaders are expected to adhere to adult-to-girl ratios. Journey books and badges are not included.

To register, please go to
​​​https://complete-brownie-quest-journey2.cheddarup.com. All payments must be made via this link prior to the event (echecks are accepted). No on-site registration will be available.

For more information, contact Andrea Robison at
troop0569@gmail.com.​

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Help wanted: Cookie delivery to Denver VA Hospital

Submitted by Marie Wright

Metro Denver

Denver

We have been given an opportunity to be able to donate a VERY significant amount of Girl Scout Cookies to Denver’s VA Hospital as well as the 13 VA clinics throughout Colorado. On Monday, April 2, 2018 from 2 – 4 p.m., we’ll be making the cookie delivery to the hospital. Girls will be escorted through the building with a volunteer to meet and greet veterans and pass out Girl Scout Cookies.

We will meet at the entrance off of 9th and Clermont St.

VA Medical Center
1055 Clermont St.
Denver, Colorado

Please let me know if you’d like to attend this awesome event! We have a limited number of spots available. It will be first come, first served. If you’re interested in joining, please email me or call with your troop number and the number of girls that would like to attend.

Thank you all for all you do!

Marie Wright
(303) 919-8303
riegrace@hotmail.com

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40 Colorado Girl Scouts earn Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts

This spring 40 Colorado Girl Scouts will receive the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. These young women are challenged to change the world – or at least their corner of it. Gold Award Girl Scouts are making the world a better place. They’ve completed a large-scale project that solves a community problem not only in the short-term but for years into the future. By doing so, they’ve gained extraordinary leadership and citizenship skills that mark them as valuable contributors to their communities and world.

This year’s Colorado Gold Award projects benefited communities around the world. Topics varied from creating a cookbook and raising awareness for community cafés nationwide to educating elementary school students about the declining bee population to helping Haitian children learn valuable business skills. Lillian Tobias from Breckenridge traveled to Haiti to set up an entrepreneurship program at St. Paul’s school in the rural coastal town of Petit Trou de Nippes. Emelie Knitz from Colorado Springs created a cookbook for FoCo Café in Fort Collins to educate people about what community cafés are and how they help the public. Rose Goodman from Boulder created a lesson plan, which meets common-core standards, to educate second grade students about the declining bee population and how they can help bees. Marieke van Erven from Brighton partnered with the Adams County Elections Department to create VOTE (Voter Outreach Through Education), which takes education about the local elections department into high school government classes.

The following Colorado Girl Scouts are among the 40 statewide who will receive the prestigious Gold Award for the 2017-18 Girl Scout awards year:

  • Losing a close family friend to testicular cancer inspired Geneva Ascher from Breckenridge, Summit High School, to teach young people how to properly perform self breast and testicular exams. The lesson plans she created and delivered to her classmates will continue to be used by her school.
  • Meg Bleylefrom Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch High School, worked to increase the bee population by teaching children about how people need and depend on bees.
  • Beth Bolonfrom Longmont hosted a workshop for sixth through ninth grade girls to help them improve their communication skills and bolster their confidence when interacting with others.
  • Cheyanne Bridgesfrom Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, partnered with the Pikes Peak Humane Society to support their animal medical fund by providing a sustainable source of donations from her school.
  • Tara Butlerfrom Denver, Overland High School, created a course and curriculum specifically for senior citizens to educate them on how to use their smartphone and better understand the technology.
  • Nicole Choma from Breckenridge, Summit High School, developed a partnership between her own rugby team and a local after school program designed to promote physical activity and healthy eating behaviors in children. Older students taught a rugby lesson at elementary schools around Summit County.
  • Kayleigh Cornellfrom Aurora, Grandview High School, started the Colorado Book Bank and collected more than 1,300 new and gently used books for students in a summer lunch program.
  • Aubree Crockett from Colorado Springs, Vanguard High School, wanted to create understanding and acceptance between people around the world while inspiring people to create positive change on their own. She did this through distributing electronic kits, which included a digital camera and instructions for how people could share their daily life, to people all over the world. Fifty-two participants and 25+ partner organizations have all received a copy of the book and more stories are being collected and added to the project.
  • Peyton Dailey from Centennial, Grandview High School, created a coalition between Spanish Honor Society students at her school and the Independent Learning Communities program, to provide ILC students the opportunity to learn and practice Spanish in a one-on-one setting.
  • Victoria Delatefrom Centennial, Cherry Creek High School, created a four-week self-defense course to give her fellow students the knowledge and skills to protect themselves from sexual assault.
  • Emma Deutschfrom Denver, Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, improved the cat rooms at the Denver Animal Shelter. By creating a more welcoming and colorful space, she encouraged more people to adopt cats.
  • Kamaryn Evansfrom Castle Rock, Douglas County High School, worked to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence and for the Crisis Center, which works to end domestic violence through advocacy, education, and prevention.
  • Inspired by her own love of music and struggles with mental health, Madeline Farr from Centennial, Arapahoe High School, worked to install a piece of outdoor musical equipment called a “metallophone” on the playground of a low-resource elementary school. She also provided the school with lesson plans for how to use the instrument and educated her community about the importance of alternate recess activities for anxious young people.
  • Brenna Giblin of Westminster, Jefferson County Open School, worked to increase awareness for Turner Syndrome and help girls who are diagnosed with it. TS is a chromosomal disorder that affects 25-50 out of every 100,000 live baby girl births. Brenna created a video of girls with TS sharing their stories, experiences, and advice for others.
  • Rose Goodmanfrom Boulder, Boulder High School, created a lesson plan, which meets common-core standards, to educate second grade students about the declining bee population and how they can help bees.
  • Elizabeth Hoelscherfrom Aurora, Grandview High School, partnered with Avanti House, which houses teenage survivors of sex trafficking, to build a new library for the home and create welcome baskets for the girls.
  • Ashlin Hultfrom Niwot, Niwot High School, created a series of materials for middle-school girls to encourage healthy body image and increase self-esteem.
  • Zoi Johnsfrom Golden, Lakewood High School, coordinated the installation of three 10,000-liter water filtration tanks in a school in rural Uganda and educated students in Uganda and in Colorado about the importance of clean water.
  • Emma Kerr from Monument, Palmer Ridge High School, built a bookshelf and reading center at a local elementary school. With the help of administrators and teachers, she also started a fun and competitive read-a-thon program in which more than 300 students participated.
  • Emelie Knitz from Colorado Springs, Discovery Canyon Campus High School, created a cookbook for FoCo Café in Fort Collins to educate people about what community cafés are, how they help the public, and where people can find other community cafés.
  • Makayla Kocherfrom Monument, Colorado Springs Christian School, created an art program for nursing home residents.
  • Kayleigh Limbachfrom Niwot, Niwot High School, wrote a guidebook for incoming International Baccalaureate students to help them weigh their options for their academic future.
  • Ty’esha Lockyer from Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Christian School, worked to encourage more people to volunteer for Special Olympics. She created a brochure and posters that went to more than 100 volunteer and civic organizations across the county.
  • Justine Monsell from Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista High School, partnered with American Legion Post 82 and the Elizabeth Cemetery to provide emblem markers and flags for the more than 150 veterans who are laid to rest in the cemetery.
  • Alexis Montaguefrom Castle Rock, Castle View High School, hosted a panel discussion so girls could learn more about career opportunities in STEM.
  • Riley Morgenthaler from Morrison, Conifer High School, created Creativity Tool Tubs to help close the gap that students living in low-resource areas face when participating in the STEM-based activity, Destination Imagination.
  • Sarah Nessfrom Centennial, Eaglecrest High School, hosted nearly two dozen after-school art therapy sessions to help kids at her school relieve and manage stress.
  • Gwyneth Ormesfrom Centennial, Cherry Creek High School, organized a series of after-school workshops to teach elementary school girls Processing (a basic programming language), along with the foundational concepts of computer science.
  • Emma Parkhurstfrom Centennial, Littleton High School, revitalized The Lions Cupboard, a local clothing closet, to make the space more accessible for families in need.
  • Jaden Scott from Fort Collins, Fort Collins High School, partnered with BASE Camp, an after school enrichment program, to offer dance classes as an extracurricular activity. Throughout her project, she taught more than 230 children dance at elementary schools throughout the Fort Collins area.
  • Abagail Sickingerfrom Castle Rock, Douglas County High School, developed a curriculum to help high school students get a job. Topics included: resume writing, what to wear, conducting yourself during an interview, and how to answer interview questions.
  • Katrina Stroudfrom Boulder, Niwot High School, created an activity booklet for The Butterfly Pavilion to teach children about Monarch butterflies and bumble bees.
  • Grayson Thomasfrom Lyons, Lyons High School, designed a mural of diverse and significant members of the STEM community for Lyons Middle/Senior High School.
  • Lillian Tobias from Breckenridge, Summit High School, partnered with the Colorado Haiti Project and traveled to Haiti to set up an entrepreneurship program at St. Paul’s school in the rural coastal town of Petit Trou de Nippes.
  • Marieke van Ervenfrom Brighton partnered with the Adams County Elections Department to create VOTE (Voter Outreach Through Education), which takes education about the elections department into high school government classes.
  • Melissa Wilsonfrom Castle Rock, Castle View High School, developed several materials to educate people who can hear about how to interact with those who are deaf.
  • Inspired by her mother’s battle with cancer, Susan Wilsonfrom Aurora, Grandview High School, created a media center for cancer patients undergoing treatment at Parker Adventist Hospital.
  • Mihaela Zaharescu from Broomfield, Prospect Ridge Academy, worked with her school’s National Honor Society chapter to create dental care packets for children in need. She also organized a drive to collect toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash to go into the packets.

Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn. The Gold Award project involves seven steps: 1. Identify an issue, 2. Investigate it thoroughly, 3. Get help and build a team, 4. Create a plan, 5. Present the plan and gather feedback, 6. Take action, 7. Educate and inspire. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. 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.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Stephanie Foote, president and chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “They saw a need and took ownership of helping to develop a solution and took action to make it happen. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership are making the world a better place.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado will honor these Gold Award Girl Scouts as well as recipients of Girl Scouts’ other two Highest Awards, the Silver (the Highest Award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn) and Bronze (the Highest Award a Girl Scout Junior can earn), at upcoming ceremonies around the state. These events include:

  • April 20 at 6 p.m. at Center for American Values, 101 S. Main St. #100, Pueblo
  • April 22 at 2 p.m. Embassy Suites by Hilton, 4705 Clydesdale Pkwy, Loveland
  • April 29 at 2 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver
  • May 4 at 6 p.m. at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs
  • May 6 at 2 p.m. Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction
  • May 11 at 6 p.m. at Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne

You can learn more about these extraordinary young women and their projects on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. You have permission to use the photos and biographies of any of the girls listed above in print or online publications. If you would like to interview any of these Girl Scouts about their project and the impact it had, please contact AnneMarie Harper, Girl Scouts of Colorado public relations director.

RSVP now for 2018 Highest Awards celebrations

UPDATE: Registration for the Denver Metro Highest Awards celebration on April 29, 2018 and Pikes Peak Highest Awards celebration on May 4, 2018 are now closed. We have reached capacity.

Congratulations to Colorado’s newest Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts! You have made change in your corner of the world, maybe even beyond, now it is time to celebrate your accomplishment!

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts who have earned their distinction in the last year are invited to participate in one of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Highest Awards celebrations across the state. We have several celebrations planned throughout April and May and cannot wait to see you there. Use the information below to see these events on our calendar and RSVP for one of these exciting celebrations. Please note that everyone planning to attend (girls, troop leaders, guests, etc.) must RSVP online ahead of time.

Instructions for how to prepare for the celebration will be included in your confirmation email after you RSVP online.
Questions? Email HighestAwards@gscolorado.org

*Please note that capacity is limited at the Northern CO, Pikes Peak, and Denver Metro events. We ask that each girl bring only four or fewer guests. Additionally, events may reach capacity and close before the posted RSVP deadline.

Friday, April 20, 6 p.m.
Center for American Values
Pueblo, CO
http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/pueblo_southeastern_.html

Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Loveland
Loveland, CO
http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/ne_ha_celebration.html

Sunday, April 29, 2 p.m.
Denver Marriott Tech Center
Denver, CO
http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/denver_ha_celebration.html

Friday, May 4, 6 p.m.
Penrose House Garden Pavilion
Colorado Springs, CO
http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/pp_ha_celebration.html

Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m.
Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, CO
http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/ws_ha_celebration.html

Friday, May 11, 6 p.m.
Silverthorne Pavilion
Silverthorne, CO
http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/mc_ha_celebration.html

Outdoor Skills Days

Submitted by Theresa Szczurek

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

Senior/Ambassador Troop 70007 offers Outdoor Skills Days to Colorado Girl Scouts who are Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes each year to prepare younger Girl Scouts for camping and other outdoor activities.

2018 Skills Days will be offered on the following dates:

Regular Day Camp

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Where: Boulder Valley Church of Christ, 270 76th Street, Boulder, CO 80303

When: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 28

Where: Heart Of Longmont Church, 350 11th Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501

When: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Advanced Day Camp

Saturday, April 21

Where: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 3690 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, CO 80241

When: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hailed as a fun, hands-on, all day event, Outdoor Skills Days are back by popular demand! Run by experienced Senior/Ambassador Troop 70007 from Boulder, this camp for first graders and older includes a sample of outdoor skills to learn and improve including: knife use, knots, compass and orienteering, fire building, campsite set-up, and first aid.  These skills days will prepare young girls for their first camping experience, teaching them many of the necessary skills. All skills are taught at each skills day so girls only need to attend one of the three skills days offered. Learn more, including how to register: https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/

2018 Outdoor Skills Day Camps Flyer – revised

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Girl Scout SCIENCE Camp

Submitted by Marybel Good

Metro Denver

Westminster

Register your daughter for Science in the Summer day camp, and she will join other Girl Scouts entering grades 1-5 for a week of fun and learning. Each day, campers will explore a different theme of science including food science, engineering, and Harry Potter science. Camp will be held in a park in Westminster, Colorado from June 4 – June 8, 2018.

Visiting science experts will make engaging presentations on biomimicry and rocket launches. These will be followed by hands-on activities, so the girls are able to experiment with the information they learn.

Have you ever eaten slime made out of gummy bears? In addition to fun food science projects like edible slime, your camper will have the opportunity to learn Girl Scout cooking skills. We’ll be making a hot meal for three of the camp days, and all girls will participate in meal preparation.

This fun week will be rounded out by some traditional Girl Scout fun including songs and games. In addition, younger girls will be inspired by the older Girl Scouts working as Program Aides.

Register for camp: https://girlscoutsciencecamp.wordpress.com/

Questions? email: GScamp64021@comcast.net

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Golf Workshops for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors

Daisy, Brownies, and Juniors have a chance to try golf and earn badges in three workshops, May 5 and 6, 2018, planned by the Colorado Golf Association. Brownies can earn their Fair Play badge and Juniors can earn their Practice with Purpose badge. Daisies won’t earn a badge or petal, but will have a workshop specifically designed for their age group. All workshops will be taught by instructors through Colorado Golf Association.

Cost is $15 per Girl Scout for all workshops. Badges are included in the cost for the Brownie and Junior workshops. CGA will host the workshops at Common Grounds Golf Course in Aurora. Space is limited to 20 girls per session, so we anticipate these workshops will fill fast.

The Daisy golf workshop is planned for the afternoon of May 6 and the registration link is https://goo.gl/x1SB9S. The Brownies Fair Play badge workshop is planned for the morning of May 5. Interested Girl Scouts can register at https://goo.gl/uTqW8u. The Junior Practice with a Purpose badge workshop will be hosted on the morning of May 6. Juniors can register at https://goo.gl/zjvkZd.

Questions? For more information, please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

 

Royal Gorge Girl Scout Bridging

Join Girl Scouts across Colorado for our annual Girl Scout Bridging at the Royal Gorge Bridge on Saturday, May 19, 2018! GSCO is organizing an official bridging walk at the bridge in Canon City at 11 a.m. and will host a short reception afterwards. Cost is $5/Girl Scout and $3/friends and family, plus $17 per person for discounted entry to the park, which is good all day.

Registration will be done in two parts. To participate in GSCO’s Bridging Ceremony and reception, please register at https://goo.gl/35nkcT . Registration deadline for the reception is May 15. Each Girl Scout registration includes a special Centennial event patch.

Admission tickets for the bridge can also be purchased the day of the event at the bridge’s admission center. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting the Royal Gorge Bridge directly at (719) 275-7507. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family will need to purchase an admission ticket to enter the Royal Gorge for the bridging ceremony.

Not bridging, but still want to enjoy the Royal Gorge Bridge? Not a problem! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are welcome to enjoy the discounted admission for the day. Just arrive before 11 a.m. to purchase tickets.

Interested in camping near the Royal Gorge for this event? Check out these campsites:

•Royal Gorge Park – https://goo.gl/wXcUIX
•Other campsites on the hill close to the Royal Gorge – http://www.canoncitycolorado.com/camping

For more information about the bridge, go to http://royalgorgebridge.com/Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.