Tag Archives: Highlands Ranch

Giving Back During COVID-19

Submitted by Randi Fujimoto

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch – Lone Tree

Figuring out service projects has been challenging in light of COVID. This month, Troop 65430 from Highlands Ranch- Lone Tree has made 60 winter kits for Raising Kindness/Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, collected nearly 300 stuffed animals for the Child Rescue Foundation, purchased books for four children in the Adopt a Reader Program, and wrote inspirational messages for seniors in a local retirement community.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

I earned the Democracy in Action Badge

Submitted by Clemmer H., GSCO Media Star

Metro Dever

Highlands Ranch

Hi, my name is Clemmer! I earned the Democracy in Action badge. To receive this badge, there are five steps.

  1. Find out about local government
  2. Find out about state government
  3. Find out about the federal legislative branch
  4. Find out about the federal executive branch
  5. Find out about the federal judicial branch

The first project I did was listen to a town hall meeting. Our county lets us call into the county commissioner’s meetings. This represents the first choice under Step One, Go to a city or town hall meeting.

For Step Two, I visited the state capitol. This represents option one, visit your state capitol building. I took a field trip with my friends and classmates and learned about the state’s history, so I was able to go back to the capitol with other friends and tell them what I learned.

Research representation. With help from an adult, I found out how many women are currently serving in the United States Senate and House of Representatives. There aren’t that many. We need more!!

I created a presidential trivia contest. How many presidents have won Grammy Awards? Which president was known for his love of jelly beans?

I talked to a judge. Find out everything you can about what they do. I found out why she choose her profession. I found out how the state courts work with the other two branches of government.

If you are a Girl Scout Cadette and want to do this badge, go for it! There are so many options to choose from!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

I 💚 Fall Product Program: Clemmer from Highlands Ranch

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Fall Product Program is now underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get started! Fall Product Program is a great way for troops (both new and existing) to earn proceeds to use for Girl Scout activities throughout the year or to get one step closer to reaching their next goal. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/per item for nuts and chocolates sold.

GSCO Media Star and Girl Scout Cadette Clemmer from Highlands  Ranch told us what she likes about this program:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

I’ve participated in Fall Product Program for six years.

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you? Do you record a message too?

I love creating an avatar that looks like me. I also like recording a message.

What do you like about having an online storefront? Is it easy to connect with family, friends, and other customers? Is it fun to use?

I like having an online storefront because it is easy to connect with family, friends, and other customers. It’s also fun to use.

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

An important tip for success is, you should always load a video and ask ALL your friends and family.

What nut or candy item(s) do your customers like best?

My favorite nut/candy item my customers like is Chocolate Almonds. 

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest reward that I’ve have earned is the stuffed animals. 

Thank you, Clemmer, for sharing your experience and tips with other Girl Scouts!

Want to participate? You’ll find the M2OS log-in instructions and set-up instructions, family guides, and an order card that shows all girl rewards are on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website. Parents/caregivers can also watch the How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families video and learn how to help their Girl Scout.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html and check out the Fall Product Program weekly update videos posted to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you! Contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

I 💚 Fall Product Program: Emma from Highlands Ranch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Fall Product Program is now underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get started! Fall Product Program is a great way for troops (both new and existing) to earn proceeds to use for Girl Scout activities throughout the year or to get one step closer to reaching their next goal. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/per item for nuts and chocolates sold.

GSCO Media Star Emma from Highlands Ranch told us what she likes about this program:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

Four Years

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you? Do you record a message too?

Yes, I love making my own avatar and seeing my friends’ avatars. I have been making a video for my online store for the last couple of years. 

What do you like about having an online storefront? Is it easy to connect with family, friends, and other customers? Is it fun to use? 

I love my online storefront because it makes Fall Product Program so easy. I just send out emails from M2, and my friends and family can buy delicious treats and magazines from my online store. 

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

The biggest tip I can give girls is to send out as many emails as you can. The Fall Product Program items are so delicious, people will buy them. 

What nut or candy item(s) do your customers like best?

My customers like the Peppermint Bark and Mint Trefoils. They are both delicious! 

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that you’ve earned?

My troop has used a portion of the proceeds from Fall Product Program to pay for our own activities and help the community. Last year, we used our money to buy holiday gifts for more than 20 families at a Title 1 school in our community. We are also going rock climbing this weekend! 

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest reward I received from Fall Product Program was the Cookie Cart. I use it every year to sell and deliver Girl Scout Cookies. 

Thank you, Emma, for sharing your experience and tips with other Girl Scouts!

Want to participate? You’ll find the M2OS log-in instructions and set-up instructions, family guides, and an order card that shows all girl rewards are on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website. Parents/caregivers can also watch the How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families video and learn how to help their Girl Scout.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html and check out the Fall Product Program weekly update videos posted to GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you! Contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Highlands Ranch Girl Scouts Donate Items for Pets in Need

As many as 100 Girl Scouts from troops across Highlands Ranch teamed up to collect items for Humane Society of the South Platte Valley. These items included dog treats, non-clumping cat litter, dry erase markers, and gently used towels/blankets. On Saturday, August 29, 2020, Girl Scouts and their families stopped by Cherry Hills Community Church  to drop off the items they had collected.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s new Chief Executive Officer Leanna Clark, along with her adopted rescue dog Sabe, was also at the event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Colorado Girl Scouts have not had the opportunity to meet or see Leanna in person. She thanked the Girl Scouts for their hard work on the project and presented them with her special CEO patch. It features Sabe, along with Colorado’s state flower, the columbine. The patch ties to things about Girl Scouts that are important to Leanna: friendships, leadership opportunities, and ways to get outdoors and appreciate the beautiful state we call home!

A special thank you to CBS4/KCNC-TV in Denver for joining GSCO for the event and sharing the story with their viewers.

* This event followed all local COVID-19 guidelines.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Bronze Award Girl Scouts Deliver Masks, Lanyards, and Sneeze Guards to Teachers and School Staff

As many as ten Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 65430 in Highlands Ranch – Lone Tree delivered 40 plexiglass sneeze guards, more than 65 reusable masks, and 70 mask lanyards, along with “welcome back” cards— all of which they made — to teachers and staff at Wildcat Mountain Elementary School on Friday, August 14, 2020. In the midst of a global pandemic, these Girl Scouts wanted to help teachers, staff, and classmates return to in-person learning as safely as possible. The troop paid for the supplies for this project with funds earned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Through this project, the girls also earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, which is the highest award for Girl Scouts in fourth or fifth grade.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Earning the “Diverse. Inclusive. Together.” patch

Submitted by Emma

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Hello. My name is Emma, and I am a Girl Scout Junior from Troop 65430. I worked on the “Diverse. Inclusive. Together.” patch with my family. Although we talk about diversity and inclusivity a lot at home, I learned a lot about unconscious biases that we all have, and how it can negatively impact all aspects of life from our relationships to what we read in books.

To me, the big picture is that we are all different. Whether people look different than us or they have different beliefs, everyone deserves respect. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what you like, in the end it comes down to how you act and how you treat people. Every single person has something extraordinary to offer, and we should celebrate our differences and not let our differences divide us.

By earning this patch, I have learned so much. I have discovered that everyone is special in their own way, and everyone should have an opportunity to be seen and heard.

This has been a truly meaningful experience.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to unveil ways for everyone, not just girls or Girl Scouts, to develop an appreciation for the rich diversity of various cultures in their community and around the world. Learn more.

Girl Scouts Compete in Toast-Off Challenge

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Lone Tree/ Highlands Ranch

During COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Colorado Girl Scout Cadette Hayden L. and her cousin Reagan M. came up with the simply brilliant Toast-Off Challenge idea while Facetiming each other.  Hayden shared this boredom buster idea with her Girl Scout sisters of Troop 60059 in Highlands Ranch and their first Toast-Off was held on April 8, 2020 with an “animals” theme.  From there, toast-off was shared on a “virtual Girl Scout activities” page by Hayden’s troop leader, where multiple troops across the United States.

Hayden’s original game rule suggestions for Toast-Off were:

  • Allow 20 minutes during an online troop meeting to create your pre-determined group themed toast design.
  • Any food ingredients at home can be used, as long as you eat a few bites after sharing your food art with the group.
  • You must use a minimum of three ingredients, not including the bread.
  • Share your designs with each other and take a photo for follow-up voting.

It has become evident that Toast-Off is a fun challenge for all age Girl Scouts with different levels of cooking skills, using only ingredients they had available to them when grocery store shelves were mostly empty and shipping was delayed.  Each troop has put their own spin with rules and themes that work for them. Thank you, Hayden and Reagan, for being innovators (G.I.R.L) during a time period that has encouraged creative thinking.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Badges Through the Power of the Internet

Submitted by Brennah D.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

I led my Girl Scout troop through the Scribe badge on Zoom. With my PowerPoint presentation, we were able to get everything checked off. This was my first time making a PowerPoint presentation and being a leader through online learning. It was fun!

I love Girl Scouts and everything it has let me do!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Juniors in Highlands Ranch Spread Cheer

Submitted by Randi Bangerter

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Since we have been unable to meet in-person, I challenged our troop to spread cheer in the community.  I am so incredibly proud of how they have met this challenge. In just a few days, they have written thank you letters to essential workers and residents of a senior living facility in our community; checked on their neighbors and family members; shared inspirational artwork; and made cotton masks.  When people ask me why I volunteer, the answer is simple – these girls. These fourth graders have become compassionate leaders and amazing human beings. #maketheworldabetterplace

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.