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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. 

Highlands Ranch Girl Scouts donate cookies to Douglas County Search and Rescue

Highlands Ranch Girl Scouts (and sisters) Reagan and Camryn P. donated 24 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Douglas County Search and Rescue as a thank you for all they do for the community. A representative from Douglas County Search and Rescue visited the girls at their cookie booth at King Soopers on Sunday, February 24, 2019 to collect the cookies.

Customers purchased these cookies from Reagan and Camryn’s troop as part of Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes program. Making the world a better place is central to the Girl Scout mission. During the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts honor the non-profit organizations, food banks, military, and uniformed personnel who are so important to the community. Through Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program, customers have the opportunity to purchase a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who choose to resist the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service, and helping with service projects. All Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring purchases may be eligible for a tax deduction. 

A special thanks to CBS4/KCNC-TV and Fox31/KDVR-TV for joining Girl Scouts for the event and sharing the sisters’ story with their viewers.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Cassidy Christian, Highlands Ranch, “Igniting home safety: A smoke detector primer”


What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My Gold Award is about home fire safety and smoke alarm awareness.  My main point is to educate the public that smoke alarms expire and may not work even with working batteries inside. This is true for hard-wired smoke detectors too.  I made  “Smoke Detector 101” (both in Spanish and English) pamphlets and hosted informational booths at multiple community events. My pamphlets have been part of the October 2018 Fire Prevention Month displays at two local Home Depot stores. I also made magnets that users can write their smoke alarm expiration dates on and when to change their smoke alarm batteries. I want to make a change in my community and my Gold Award enables me to do that.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I feel like I’ve made an impact on my community. I was present at four community events like the HRCA Home Improvement Show, HRCA Classic Car Show, The Fire Muster, and HRCA Farmers Market. The more people that I spoke to, the larger the impact. Towards the end of my project, I went to my local Home Depot and talked with the Manager, Mike, and Assistant Manager, Melissa, about their number of smoke alarm sales from this year (2018) compared to last year (2017). Due to corporate policy, I was not able to be given the exact numbers. However, they said there was an almost 5% increase in total sales that numbered in the “thousands!” I think homeowners in my community benefited a lot. I was able to talk to hundreds of parents and I was also able to inform the younger kids that came up to my booth as well. I loved talking to the people in my community.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

Knowledge about any new information is sustainable. I have put my pamphlet information (both English and Spanish) on to flash drives that I have given to my local fire stations and community fire educators. I have created a website and Instagram blog that anyone on the web can have access to, as well.  Finally, I’ve made magnets that help remind people when to change their smoke alarm batteries or replace their devices. This is sustainable because if the user places the magnet on their refrigerator or wall, hopefully the magnets will serve as a constant reminder to be safe in one’s own home.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

I decided to make a Spanish pamphlet! In Colorado, approximately 1 in 8 families lives in a Spanish speaking household. I’m in my fifth year of Spanish instruction and I wanted to incorporate that aspect into my project. Anybody on the web can find my Spanish pamphlet and I’ve attached it to my website and blog. Regardless the language someone speaks, everyone should have access to home safety information. I have also shared my Spanish and English pamphlets to Mexico.

What did you learn about yourself?

Before my Gold Award, I never really tried new things. I knew what I liked and what I thought I disliked. However, the Gold Award has helped me grow as a leader because it has taught me to get out of my comfort zone. I disliked doing phone calls. I would always prefer texting or emailing. However, phone calls give you a way faster response than any email or text message. It’s critical to directly hear the other person’s tone and opinion. Now, I like calling other people and hearing their ideas. Once you learn a skill and get used to it, it becomes a valuable asset.

I also learned the value of meeting face to face. I brought my pamphlet information to Office Depot and worked with one of their “techies.” He helped me put it on the right format and I think I got a really good deal for printing my pamphlets!

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Girl Scouts and my Gold Award have molded me into the confident and strong young woman that I am today. I believe the Gold Award has given me a huge future edge compared to my peers. From this project, I’ve learned about leadership, teamwork, and managing change. The Gold Award has given me a strong base and the confidence to make even more change in my community. I’ve gained valuable contacts and an insightful experience.  Girl Scouts and my Gold Award project have helped to reinforce and grow my strengths, challenged me to overcome my weaknesses, and opened up a creative side.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I have been a Girl Scout since kindergarten! I am passionate about Girl Scouts because it has given me so many amazing opportunities that no other youth organization could give to a girl. From being on TV six times to be selected to attend the Triennial National Convention, my Girl Scout memories will always stay in my heart. The Gold Award is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, and I have known ever since elementary school that I wanted to incorporate it into my Girl Scout experience. I am truly honored to be a part of this elite group of women and I plan to be a lifetime Girl Scout member.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

Everyday, I try to be the best person that I can be. If I say I will do something, I plan on finishing it. I feel empowered when I set a hard goal and eventually achieve it. I’ve learned how to be a leader and a risk-taker. Whenever I am in a group setting, I try to do what it is best for the team and for myself. By utilizing values like respect and responsibility, I am able to be a strong individual and a strong team member. Most people just follow by example; it’s the leader of the team that helps create the team’s attitude.  In both an individual or a group environment, a leader has to be brave enough to take on new challenges. If we keep on doing the same thing day after day, how can anybody make a change in our community? A risk-taker can’t be afraid to do something different. If we never accept a difficult situation, we will never improve as individuals.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Helping foster children around Denver

Submitted by Clare F.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

I know that so many young children are sent to foster homes with very few belongings, sometimes carrying those belongings in a plastic trash bag. Almost nothing is their own. This bothered me, knowing how much my belongings mean to me. To help, I decided to create cinch sack bags for some of the girls. I hoped that it would help some girls on their journey, and inspire others to do the same. I delivered them to Mount Saint Vincent’s Home, and they have been distributed to girls around the metro-district.

These cinch sack bags were sewn and designed by me. In order to have the funds to buy the fabric and the materials, I started a small business of sewing badges on to local Girl Scout uniforms. I advertised through family friends and my service unit. The money I earned helped me get enough fabric to make 20 bags for foster teens.

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