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Historical Girl Scout Collection

Former Girl Scout troop leader and passionate collector Jacklyn Beard donated her extensive collection of Girl Scout memorabilia to the Grand Junction Leadership Center. The collection includes antique dolls, books, bandanas, pins, towels, and more. Girl Scouts of Colorado is grateful she chose to share these unique finds with us. The bulk of the dolls will be on display in Grand Junction before heading to the Girl Scout History Center in Loveland. Historical donations can be made in your local Girl Scout office or by contacting Heidi Books at heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

A visit to the GSCO History Center

Submitted by John Silver, GSCO Guest Blogger

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Where in Colorado can you see these Girl Scout things from years and years ago:  More than 600 Girl Scout vintage uniforms (including sashes and vests and other accessories), and books, and camping equipment and jewelry and cameras?

Where can you try on vintage Girl Scout uniforms (choosing from dozens and dozens of different types) or get help with the “Playing the Past” badge and the “Girl Scout Way” badge by participating in a scavenger hunt to find special items of Girl Scout history?

Where can you borrow Girl Scout uniforms for local events or parades or memorials?

Where can you get help with your own fashion show of vintage Girl Scout uniforms? Where can you borrow the uniforms for the show and a script for the show that includes anecdotes and historical details about the uniforms?

I visited this very special place, the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center in Loveland.

Here are the things at the center I liked the best:

  • The oldest uniform, dating from 1914
  • Blue uniforms for Girls Scouts who were Mariner Girl Scouts in troops focused on boating and sailing activities
  • A song book from the 1950’s which included my mother’s and sisters’ favorite Girl Scout songs, Make New Friends and The Chalet Song
  • A collection of “SWAPS,” which are small (often hand-made or personalized) mementos “swapped” (that is, traded) between Girl Scouts and Girl Scout alums at camps or conventions

The center obtains items mostly from Girl Scout alums, but sometimes from garage sales, thrift shops, and estate sales.  It also participates in a sharing program with more than 50 similar centers across the country.  Here’s how the sharing program works: If a history center in Tennessee comes across a historical item with ties to Girl Scouts in Colorado, it might offer the item to the GSCO History Center, and the GSCO History Center does the same with items it finds that have ties to other states, or with duplicate items.

A group of knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers runs the center, which is open between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Tuesday and by appointment on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.  Troops can contact the center to schedule appointment outside regular hours.

Contact the History Center at: GSCO History Center, 2004 West 15th Street. Loveland, CO, 80538 or gscohistory@gmail.com.

Check this place out!

John Silver of Metro Denver is proud to be an adult volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado. As the brother and son of Girl Scouts, John is now an adult seeing Girl Scouts through new eyes. John will be reporting on things he learns– that you might not know either! He will also be researching badge earning and other opportunities for Girl Scouts today.

 

Girl Scout fashion show

Submitted by Mike Werner

Northern & Northeastern CO

GSCO History Center in Loveland

Girl Scout Troop 01410 from F. E. Warren AFB, WY recently held a Girl Scout fashion show using vintage Girl Scout uniforms provided by the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center. These Girl Scout Daisies thru Cadettes learned about uniforms over the past 107 years and what Girl Scouts did during those periods and shared what they learned with their families and community.

Your troop or service unit can also check out parade or fashion show tubs from the GSCO History Center by e-mailing  gscohistory@gmail.com.

For more information, contact troop leader Amy Jo Martinson at starletajm@gmail.com or Mike Werner, GSCO History Center, at wernermj@comcast.net.

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

Girl Scout Cookie Program 2018 Display at Loveland Public Library

Submitted by Linda Robinson

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

The GSCO History Committee has set up a display at the Loveland Public Library (300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland, CO 80537) featuring the 2018 cookie program. The display will be up for the entire month of January.

It is a colorful display of cookie packages, prizes, and information on the program. The committee highlighted this year’s program and The 5 Skills to help educate the public about all that goes into the Girl Scout Cookie Program. It is so much more than girls selling cookies and getting prizes. It is about girls learning goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making, and business ethics. Be sure to check out the bottom shelf for some history of the Girl Scout Cookie Program and see some vintage cookie cases.

If you’d like more information on the history of the cookie program or would like to see some of past year’s prizes and themes, please contact the GSCO History Committee at gscohistory@gmail.com.
Since this display will only be up during the month of January, it will be available for use in another community during the cookie program. Let the History Committee know if you have a place in your area for this display.

We have several programs available for troops to do while visiting the GSCO History Center in Loveland and several take out programs. The History Committee works on Tuesdays and is open by appointment on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.

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

Girl Scout Display at the Loveland Public Library

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Submitted by Linda Robinson

Loveland

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

The GSCO History Committee has a display at the Loveland Public Library during the month of February.  The display highlights 100 years of Highest Awards in Girl Scouts.  The Girl Scout Gold Award began in 1980, but Girl Scouts have been earning a highest award since 1916.  This award has been called the Golden Eagle of Merit, Golden Eaglet, First Class, and Curved Bar.  Posters showing information about these awards, along with Girl Scout handbooks and badge books through the years,  are joined by some vintage uniforms and badge sashes showing earned badges. In addition to highlighting Highest Awards, there is a section advertising cookie sales.

The GSCO history committee hopes that if you are in the Loveland area during the month of February, you will stop by the library and see the display.  The Loveland Library is located at 300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland, CO 80537 and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information on the GSCO History Center in Loveland email gscohistory@gmail.com.  We welcome troop visits as well as community visitors.  The committee works on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-noon.

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