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Daisy’s Circle Supporter Spotlight: Nicole Eubanks

Tell us about your connection to Girl Scouts.

I am a third generation Girl Scout. My grandmother, mom, and I have all participated as Girl Scout volunteers. I have two daughters that are now Girl Scouts and this makes them fourth generation Girl Scouts. I served in various roles in the Girl Scout organization from troop support volunteer, service unit team member, troop leader, and also was on staff at GSCO at one time.

What is the most valuable thing that Girl Scouts gives girls today?

Girl Scouts gives girls the empowerment to build them into strong women as they graduate high school. It offers opportunities for service to others and to improve our communities. The girls receive education in various topics from STEM to the outdoors.

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

I believe it is important for all girls to have any opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout program. Girls have an opportunity to participate not only in troop activities, but also in camps and Destination programs. These programs define the women they become. All girls deserve to be courageous and strong!

What is the best thing about monthly giving?

It is easy because you don’t have to remember to write checks.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

Please consider joining Daisy’s Circle. It is easy to set up and then you can make monthly contributions without having to write checks! It provides support to girls in Colorado to have an opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout program. It is an investment in the future of the young women in our state!

Named after Girl Scout founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. Funds raised through Daisy’s Circle provide financial assistance for girls and volunteers, support Outreach Programs and more.  For more information: https://www.gscodaisyscircle.org/

Cadette earns “Climbing Adventure” badge

Submitted by Camryn P.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Hello, my name is Camryn and recently I earned the new Cadette Climbing Adventure badge! For the first part of it, I had to interview an expert rock climber. My dad is on the Search and Rescue team, so he knew someone who would be good for the job. Rebecca has a rock wall inside her house! She talked about different kinds of rock climbing and different ways to rock climb. She also talked about how to belay, tie knots, and how she got into rock climbing. Rebecca showed me all the equipment you need and we talked about safety.

On Sunday, September 22, 2019, we went to Devils Head to try out some real rock climbing! It was about an hour drive there and a fun hike up to the rock wall called “Training Grounds.” The two routes I climbed were called Beginners Luck (rated 5.6) and Practice Run (rated 5.8). It was a lot of fun! Rock climbing was hard in some places and easy in others. It was very different than indoor rock climbing because you need a lot more grip strength as there are no pockets to hold on to like on a rock wall. I even got to belay Rebecca, so that meant her life was in my hands! I had a lot of fun doing this badge and I can’t wait to do more fun outdoor badges.

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

Reach your goals with Fall Product Program and earn cool rewards

GSCO asked Girl Scout Cadette Charlotte H. of Highlands Ranch to tell us about her experience participating in Fall Product Program (nuts, candy, and magazine sales). In addition to participating in Fall Product Program, Charlotte is also a Top Cookie CEO and competitive gymnast. Here’s what she had to say:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

This is my fourth year participating in Fall Product Program.

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you?

Yes, I like creating an avatar because I like the opportunity to earn a badge that looks like me!

What do you like about having an online storefront?

I like the online storefront because it’s a way to keep my sales organized and stay on track for hitting my goal.

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

My advice for someone doing Fall Product Program the first time is to try and find new customers, so you aren’t asking the people that buy cookies.  I find creative ways to reach new customers, and then I convert them to cookie customers! In addition to emailing friends/family, I go door-to-door in a new neighborhood. This way I get new customers. I always get their phone number and email so that I can deliver the product. When I deliver the product, I include a thank you card reminding the customer cookie sales will be in the winter and then follow up with them during cookie season.

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

My personal favorite is the Peanut Butter Monkeys.

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

Fall Product Program has helped our troop earn money early in the school year. We have used proceeds to help us have a holiday party.

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest prize I’ve earned was a cookie cart. I use it every cookie season!

Fall Product Program helps girls learn and practice valuable business skills. On the M2 platform, girls can create their personalized avatar, customize messaging to friends, family and other customers, and set and track their goals. Girls earn rewards and troops earn proceeds that they use to fund activities, special events, projects, camp outs or other adventures!

You’ll find M2 log-in instructions, a troop and Juliette guide, and an order card that shows all girl rewards on the Fall Product Program page of our website. Fall Product Program runs until October 28.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact GSCO customer care at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Cadettes support Wags and Menace

Submitted by Darby Petitt

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 442 of Highlands Ranch was chosen to represent Wags and Menace at the Doggie Dash on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the Boulder Reservoir. Wags and Menace is a foundation that funds emergency medical care for animals around the world, ranging from dogs to sloths to elephants and all animals in between. The Girl Scouts spent the last month collecting blankets, towels, and sheets from their neighbors and schools to present to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley on behalf of Wags and Menace. Their collection was the largest ever collected at this event while the girls promoted the Wags and Menace foundation at the Doggie Dash. They walked the two-mile loop with the other participants and canine friends while learning about pet safety and care from the Wags and Menace representative. At the conclusion of the event, the Girl Scouts were presented with a Best Kids’ Team Spirit Award for their efforts in collecting supplies and representing the Wags and Menace Foundation team.

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

Juniors earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Randi Bangerter

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

We learned sending a message on a computer network is very complicated. Even short messages must travel through many other computers and networks. They don’t just go to directly to their destination.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Girl Scout Ice Cream Social

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Lone Tree- Highlands Ranch

Highlands Ranch / Lone Tree Cadette Troop 59 invites you to kick-off the Girl Scout year on a cool note with a Girl Scout Ice Cream Social.  This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with Girl Scouts at Cresthill Middle School in Highlands Ranch on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7 p.m.  Lots of fun ice cream toppings will be available for the girls to enjoy their own creations. Registration is now open on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Events Calendar.

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

UCHealth cookie delivery

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Tiffany Love Baker

Metro Denver

Lone Tree/Highlands Ranch

Troop 59 Cadettes delivered 720 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to UCHealth Oncology staff and support personnel around Metro Denver.  Girl Scouts met with Medical Director of Oncology Dr. Regina Brown an inspiring leader in our community who is also a Girl Scout alum.  They learned about her career and what’s helped her to find success.

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

WeatherNation Tour with Meteorologist and Girl Scout alum Meredith Garofalo

Submitted by Tiffany Baker of  CadetteTroop 59

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch / Lone Tree

Cadettes from Highlands Ranch / Lone Tree were fortunate to meet with Meteorologist and Girl Scout alum Meredith Garofalo at WeatherNation.  Meredith is an inspirational G.I.R.L. in our community who had a busy day, covering severe April weather on the East Coast and then magnifying what great STEM career opportunities there are in meteorology with our Girl Scouts.  The girls had the opportunity to view live severe weather forecasts inside the studio; watch reporters and producers make quick changes in their reporting to communicate which weather related topics to cover; witness how some of the studio’s equipment works; and ad-lib their own weather forecasts maneuvering around the green screen.

Meredith also sat down with the girls and answered all their questions related to her career and how Girl Scouts has impacted her life.  She is a true inspirational leader in our community who took the time to explain to our young teens, they can overcome whatever adversity they might be dealing with in their lives right now;  stay focused on their dreams; and continue in Girl Scouts because our programing helps build a strong foundation for their lives.

Meredith ended our meeting sharing blooper videos of some funny moments of hers caught on live television.  It was important to her, that the girls know that it’s okay to make mistakes and sometimes mistakes can be embarrassing, but how you choose to recover builds character.  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

We are thankful for this opportunity to learn more about STEM careers in meteorology and to be inspired by a G.I.R.L.

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

 

AnneMarie, Feel free to edit.  This was a definite memorable experience.  Meridith is incredible and so are you for helping to make this happen.  Thank you! Thank you! – Tiffany

 

Gold Award Girl Scout receives $10,000 scholarship

Congratulations to Gold Award Girl Scout Cassidy Christian from Highlands Ranch! She received a $10,000 scholarship through The First Tee of Denver. The scholarship donor was Girls in Golf. Just like Girl Scouts, Cassidy has been involved with The First Tee since kindergarten. GSCO asked Cassidy to tell you more about the award and her experience with The First Tee.

“I love the entire program! I’ve taken lessons and have been a Junior Coach for the past three summers. Two years ago, I was selected as one of 28 First Tee High Schoolers from across the country to attend the Outstanding Participant Leadership Summit at the Triennial Network Meeting in Orlando. Part of becoming one of the Most Outstanding Participants was creating a project to help my First Tee chapter and my community. The project I created was to increase girl participation in The First Tee. I planned a Girl Scout event where we had 18 Brownies come and learn about golf and earn their “Fair Play” badge. I had the teamwork of TFT coaches, my high school golf team and my Girl Scout troop to help lead the little girls in an evening of golf fun. Golfing with The First Tee and Girl Scouts have had a huge impact on my life. I was so pleased to be able to combine the two of them into a fun event. Golf is a wonderful sport that you can play for your entire life. I wish that more girls would give golf a chance. There are so many opportunities for girls in golf!”

After learning that many people don’t know how often they need to replace their smoke detectors and the dangers of having a defective smoke detector, Cassidy was inspired to earn the highest honor in Girl Scouts. She developed a “Smoke Detector 101” resource in Spanish and English. She also designed and distributed magnets to remind families to change their smoke detectors.

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Kellie Lewis

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Kellie Lewis of Highlands Ranch in the Metro Denver region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Kellie 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 became a Girl Scout volunteer because my daughter wanted to be a Girl Scout and there was not a troop for her at our school.

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

I became the leader of my older daughter’s troop four years ago when they were in first grade and I am still the leader of her troop. I became the service unit manager for Starry Sky Girl Scouts two years ago. I started organizing and running events for the unit last year and this year, I have taken on a lot more because I want to help provide great programming for girls. I also started a Daisy troop for my daughter that is in kindergarten this year.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned a lot about the Girl Scout program. I was a Girl Scout when I was a kid, but the program has changed a lot since then. Every year, I learn more about the program and I value the organization even more the more I learn. I love that it is girl-led and really helps to shape girls into young women that are responsible, confident, and curious. I love that girls learn how to take risks to become better individuals and leaders in their communities. Every year, I am faced with new challenges and reap new rewards as the girls change, our troop changes, and the families in our troops change. I am also constantly challenged to learn new things and take new risks as I take on new and different roles within the organization. I have gained confidence as a leader, I have learned how to organize successful events, I have made connections in my community, and I am continually learning better and more effective ways to work with others and hopefully inspire others. I have also gained some great friends along the way and it is so fulfilling to watch the girls grow and thrive over the years.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope the girls have learned and will continue to learn how to be kind, responsible, and passionate individuals who know who they are and aren’t afraid to take risks. I hope they learn that they can make a difference in their communities. I also hope they learn that if they are true to themselves, thoughtful, and hard working that they will lead a fulfilling and happy life that inspires others to do the same. 

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

Girl Scouts is all about being a go-getter and I have always been this kind of person. I think about what I want and what I think the world should be like and I then I do my best to do the things I need to do to go after the life I want and make a difference in my community.  Being a Girl Scout volunteer has made me a better innovator because I not only share my ideas, but I have wonderful opportunities to learn from the girls and other adults. Everyone has wonderful ideas. If we take the time to listen and work together, we come up with better ideas and achieve much more than when we work alone. Being a Girl Scout volunteer provides me with a lot of challenges and in my efforts to provide the best for girls, I have gained a lot of confidence and become more of a risk-taker to help them reach their goals. I feel my experience as a volunteer has made me a better leader because I have learned a lot about how to work with lots of different kinds of people, I have gotten much better at letting the girls take the lead and realizing that helping others become better leaders makes me a much better a leader. It really is about teaching and inspiring others.

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