Tag Archives: Jefferson County

Juniors earn “Animal Habitats” badge

Submitted by Dorothy Morris

Metro Denver

Golden

Girl Scout Junior Troop 63915 earned our “Animal Habitats” badge at Crown Hill Park. Ranger Chris and Ranger Kelly taught us about the many animal habitats in JeffCo’s oldest open space park. Wetlands, tall grasses, trees, water, and marshlands are the homes to many wild animals- right in the middle of the city!

We explored the animal sanctuary and saw a coyote den (no coyotes, though. They must have been out hunting for food), a fallen tree that was the habitat to many insect species, and just when we least expected it- a family of deer! We stood behind a blind and watched them. We tried to be very quiet, but once we made a noise the deers’ large ears perked up and honed in on our location. However, they must have felt so safe in the sanctuary because they didn’t run away. It was a very special experience to be able to observe them so closely.

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

Day of Service: Fireside Productions & GSCO Outreach

Below is a great video from Fireside Productions, who volunteered with one of our Girl Scout Outreach Brownie troops in Jefferson County. Volunteers helped the girls with activities from the Brownie Journey, Wonders of Water.

Thank you to Amelia Jones for working with Fireside Production staff and coordinating the volunteer activity!

Fireside Productions also does video work for our GSCO Women of Distinction events. The company’s culture has a large focus on service and their team does a quarterly service project as a team. We are honored their team choose GSCO’s Outreach Program for this first quarter of 2017!

 To access the video, click this link –   http://firesideproduction.com/fireside-day-service/ . Enjoy!

Make new friends at the Jeffco Kick-off

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Submitted by Sarah Scalise

Denver

Metro Denver

Girl Scout camp was a life changing experience for me as a young child. My troop was able to offer many outdoor opportunities, and as an adult I have a deep appreciation for nature. When I was a troop leader in a major urban center, many of my Girl Scouts experienced hiking, bird watching, and campfires for the very first time! Living in Colorado we might assume every girl has the opportunity to camp; but without an introduction through Girl Scouts, some kids never get the chance to “try on” the great outdoors.

Calling all past, current, and future Girl Scouts who are students or residents of Jefferson County! Rosewood & North Jeffco Service Units and are co-hosting a “try on” Girl Scout Camp Kick-Off at Tomahawk Ranch on Saturday, September 3 from 1:30-7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for girls to experience a sampling of what Girl Scout camp has to offer. Campers will arrive at 1:30 p.m. for check-in. Current Girl Scout members will need to attend with a troop leader or a caregiver.

Not a member yet? No worries! This “try on” event is open to girls K-12 who are residents or students of Jefferson County with their accompanying caregiver. Our activities begin at 2:00 p.m. and campers will make new friends, geocache, and tour Tomahawk Ranch. We’ll share a hot meal in the dining hall starting at 5:30 p.m. Save room afterwards for a s’more at our campfire! Our programming ends at 7:30 p.m. with a friendship circle. The cost is $10/per girl and $7/per adult, this includes all activities, dinner, s’more and a patch.

This event is co-sponsored by Allison Scheider, Volunteer Support Specialist; Sarah Scalise, Recruitment Specialist; and Toni Dondero, Volunteer Support Specialist. We’ll be there to connect with adult volunteers, support new leaders, and have on-site registration for new Girl Scout members. Registration for this event ends August 19 and space is limited, so don’t wait to sign-up. See you at Girl Scout camp!

Photo is a life-long Girl Scout friend and myself as Juniors at Girl Scout camp in Northern Michigan.

Celebrate World Thinking Day in Jefferson County

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Each year Girl Scouts and Girl Guides celebrate World Thinking Day as a way to embrace sisterhood around the world and learn about other countries.  Join Girl Scouts from Jefferson County and Metro-Denver in the celebration this year at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.  Troops will help girls look at the culture and lives of girls in these countries through music, food, games, and activities. Each troop participating will be expected to create a display about the country they choose.

Age: All

Where: Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Address: 15200 W 6th Ave, Golden, CO 80401

Date: April 12th, 2015

Time:1:00-4:00 PM

Price per booth: $15 per booth (every girl/adult in your troop gets in under the cost, patches/pins are not included in this cost.)

Price per Person with no booth: $3 per girl and $4 per Family members/friends/public, children under 3yrs old are free.

Register at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0F45AAAF2AA1FA7-world

Questions contact:  jeffcoworldthinkingday@gmail.com

Jeffco World Thinking Day Celebration rescheduled

With meteorologist predictions of the worst blizzard in three years on Sunday, February 22, 2015, Girl Scouts of Colorado has decided to reschedule the Jeffco World Thinking Day Celebration. We have troops and entertainers coming from all over the metro area, and CDOT has requested people to stay off the roads on Sunday. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but excited to reschedule for Sunday, April 12. We want to have full attendance for what is sure to be an amazing cultural experience for the girls and families.

To still bring a little taste of the world to your family on Sunday, consider:

  • Making friendship bracelets
  • Cooking an ethnic meal together
  • Watching Tipping the Balance and identify fair trade products in your house
  • Reading the newspaper, AP newsfeed or world news blog and discuss global issues as a family

You will receive more updates on our April 12 celebration soon. Please stay warm and safe this weekend!

Girl Scouts take a stand against online bullying

I know I’ve said this a million times, but truly one of the best parts of my job is having the opportunity to work directly with the girls, learn how they are making a difference and share that with the community.

Yesterday I had the great honor of attending a Silver Award presentation with Girl Scout Cadette Troop 51427 in Lakewood. The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn at the middle school level, and just like all the Girl Scout Highest Awards, works to create sustainable change in the community.

The project that Troop 51427 undertook was very impressive. After being the victims of the frequent form of bullying in today’s society, online bullying, the four girls in this troop wanted to help the younger generation learn early on what they can do to protect themselves.

“I was bullied on the Internet through places like Facebook. I want others to have a better experience online. Being online is suppose to be fun,” said one of the members of the troop, Eilish Brennan, 13, who attends Creighton Middle School.

The troop partnered with Cheezo, which is the mascot of the online educational and safety program of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. These attorney’s have been fighting the xarelto lawsuit, if you or someone you know have been taking this medicine then check out the Side Effects of Xarelto. Members of Troop 51427 had heard Cheezo presentations at their school in the past, and knew the partnership would be beneficial for their project. The troop also had taken Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Power Up bullying prevention training, and the information learned in that training also helped with their project.

In April the troop organized an evening for the elementary school most of them had attended, Vivian Elementary, where they taught the students, through age-appropriate, real-life scenario skits, how to stay safe online.

“What’s so impressive about this project is these girls took this topic to a whole new level,” said Det. Mike Harris, who created and leads the Cheezo program along with his wife, Det. Cassandra Harris. “Kids are misusing online tools every day, and it is a life changing event. When we give our presentations we hope kids are listening. These girls did and took our presentation seriously, and are now making a positive, long lasting influence on other kids.”

In addition to the April event the girls also created a mural at the school so that the conversation on this important topic can continue.

“I am very proud to know I’ve made a difference,” said another troop member Amber Anderson, 13, who also attends Creighton Middle School.

The Denver Post’s YourHub also interviewed the girls at this event, and ran a story in their June 6th edition.

Thin Mints make connections

Submitted by Marnie Walsh

Girl Scouts in Troop 50301 from Lakewood are making connections in their community to support the Outdoor Lab program in Jefferson County. Holly H. recently learned that Concordia Lutheran Church had a surplus of 60 used, metal, folding chairs. She is making arrangements to deliver the chairs to the Outdoor Lab Foundation. Holly explains, “Since I’m in Girl Scouts I can help other people more than if I weren’t in Girl Scouts because I know how to communicate with people and connect and take action for others. The chairs that are being donated to the Outdoor Lab Foundation have to do with taking action because I am taking the chairs from Concordia and finding them a home.”

Last Fall, the Girl Scouts spent about 15 percent of the Troop’s proceeds from their famous Girl Scout Cookie sales to use for Outdoor Lab. Several members of Troop 50301 delivered two “Thin Mint” laser pointers and a case of copy paper to the Outdoor Lab Foundation at the Education Center for Jefferson County Schools. The Outdoor Lab Schools were in need of laser pointers for their astronomy classes. The Outdoor Lab Foundation was in need of copy paper for ongoing communications and outreach. The Girl Scouts Troop 50301 provided just a few of the items from Outdoor Lab’s wish lists, but it made all of the difference.

The principals of Windy Peak and Mount Evans are excited to use the new “Thin Mint” lasers (named after the delicious, minty chocolate, cookies now available for sale from Girl Scouts throughout Lakewood) in their astronomy classes held on Mondays, all year round. When the principals showed the scouts the way the lasers worked, he explained how the beam of light bounces off of the water vapors in the air so vibrantly that it forms a line that looks like it reaches to the stars. Jolene J. comments, “The show was impressive, but we hear it is so much more amazing to actually see it in the sky at night.”

Troop 50301 is still trying help the Outdoor Lab Foundation locate 12- 18 stackable, padded, armless, banquet chairs for use at the Mount Evans Outdoor Lab School. Aisha C. remarked, “The chairs for the Lab are important so that the students in class could sit and enjoy the class rather than stand up.” To add to the need of chairs, Annie J. said, “We, our Troop, are hoping that by writing this article that hotels and/or other organizations will have it in their hearts to donate chairs because we haven’t been able to contact anybody yet who had been willing to give to the Outdoor Lab the chairs that they need.”

The Girl Scouts would like anyone with stackable, armless, padded, banquet chairs to please contact the Troop 50301 Leader, Marnie Walsh, 720-446-9257, so they can donate them to this amazing organization so children can continue to learn in this unique environment the Outdoor Lab Schools provide.

Article written by 8th grader, Jolene J.

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

Girl Scouts receives $15,000 grant from The Denver Foundation

Girl Scouts of Colorado recently received a $15,000 grant from The Denver Foundation to support the organization’s outreach programs for girls in underserved areas of Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Girl Scouts’ outreach programs in these areas serve 1,400 girls in low-resource schools, affordable housing communities and detention centers.

“Girl Scouts of Colorado’s outreach programs help us fulfill a vital role in our community — helping provide all girls, no matter their background or their resources, the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting,” said Stephanie Foote, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “We deeply appreciate The Denver Foundation’s long-time support of Girl Scouts and the programs we provide for girls in low-resource communities.”

The Denver Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving life in Metro Denver through philanthropy, leadership, and strengthening the community. Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $47 million in grants. The Denver Foundation has three primary roles: stewarding an endowment to invest in meeting current and future needs for the Metro Denver community; managing more than 900 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, nonprofit organizations, and business; and working with community and philanthropic leaders to address core challenges that face Metro Denver. For more information, visit denverfoundation.org.

Girl Scouts was founded nationally in 1912, and is today the premier all-girl leadership development organization in the country. Girl Scouts offers girls a variety of leadership-based programs and activities that promote self-esteem and confidence, life skills and academic skills, healthy lifestyles, team-building, community service and much more. This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, known as the “Year of the Girl.” There are many ways to get involved in supporting Colorado’s current 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers in fulfilling our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Learn more at girlscoutsofcolorado.org or by calling 1-855-726-4726.

Girl Scout Troop 3186 distributes meals to families in need

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Submitted by Richard George

Girl Scout Troop 3186, along with a host of other volunteers, worked at Creighton Middle School on Sunday, Nov 20th, to distribute Thanksgiving dinners to families in need for the Action Center (formerly Jeffco Action Center). More than 2,500 families were served in the drive-through process.

Stormie Stranges is the Leader of Troop 3186; Richard and Julia George are the co-leaders.. My wife Julia and I are registered Co-leaders.