A key part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is the leadership journey, a coordinated series of activities grouped around a theme. Each journey is tied to some of Girl Scouts’ 15 national outcomes for girls, as defined in the Girl Scout Leadership Model.
Troop 73392 has weeded, tilled, and planted their garden plot in the 11th Avenue Community Garden in Longmont. The girls have learned a great deal about the time and commitment required to grow food. They have learned how too much water, as well as too little water, can affect plants. Last week, the girls harvested tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions. As the season progresses, they will also harvest carrots, peppers, and squash.
Hey Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors! Are you ready to explore the night sky, learn wilderness first-aid skills, and meet some nocturnal animals all while hanging out with your new best friends?
All this is possible at the 2018 Older Girl Journey Weekend at Sky High Ranch September 21 – 23. Our focus this year will be on the new Outdoor Journey, which is perfect for Colorado Girl Scouts who naturally seek adventure!
Through a weekend of full of skill-building activities, you will complete all requirements, except for the Take Action project, to earn your Outdoor Journey. Your group will consist of other Girl Scouts from across the state that are in the same program level. Adults can also register as a chaperone that will assist with activities, but it is not a requirement!
So, what does this weekend look like?!? Here is a rough idea of all the awesomeness you will experience.
Friday: Arrive at Sky High Ranch by 9 p.m. for check-in. Fun welcome from the staff and other volunteers. Campfire (if no fire ban) and free-time to hang out with your new best friends.
Saturday: Skill-building workshops in the morning/early afternoon, such as survival skills, camp/tent set-up, wilderness first-aid. Weather depending, fun adventure activity (did someone say zip-line?!!?!). Nocturnal animal visit in the evening (yes, real animals!). Sleep outside under the stars!
Sunday: Final skill-building workshop and check-out around noon (don’t forget to exchange numbers with all the new people you met!).
All 14 Girl Scout Juniors of Troop 1631 from Highlands Ranch recently completed their biggest girl-led project yet! Many of the girls were in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as babies, or have overcome some sort of medical challenge, so when completing the “Agent of Change” Journey, they wanted to do something to help children and families in the NICU at UCHealth. During the Journey, the girls talked about ways that they could make a difference individually, but with the help of their community, they could make an even bigger impact.
The project started with the intent of helping babies, and the girls invited a labor and delivery nurse to a meeting to talk with them about what happens when a baby is in NICU and what parents might experience. Afterwards, the girls decided they wanted to make NICU Care Kits with the hopes of providing comfort to the parents, so they could focus on caring for their babies, and this nurse served as a consultant through the process. The girls broke into three committees. One group was in charge of researching hospitals, and working with staff to coordinate logistics. Another group researched items a parent might need and made suggestions on what should be included in the kits. The third brainstormed ways to fund this project and obtain the items.
Once they narrowed down logistics, they delegated items for each girl to be responsible and were challenged to go out to the community and let others know what they were doing and ask for donations. Many businesses respectfully declined, but the girls were persistent and 85% of the items in the kits were donated. This included pillows, toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss, shampoo/conditioner, preemie clothes, snack bars, note pads (so parents could journal the experience), and a few other comfort items. The girls even found someone to knit and donate preemie hats. They also chose to use a portion of their cookie money to purchase items they felt they were missing from the kits and still needed. In the end, the girls assembled 20 NICU Care Kits, and had about 30 more partial kits of extras.
In alignment of the “Agent of Change” Journey, not only were the girls able to get their community involved, but they also learned more about the community. For example, some of the snack bars were donated by Don’t Go Nuts, a local company that produces snacks that are completely nut-free, from the moment the ingredients are grown until they are produced in the facility. They learned that this company was founded by a 14-year-old girl, not much older than them. Because she had life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies, she wanted wholesome snacks that you didn’t have to fear were contaminated. This was relatable to the girls, and an opportunity for them to see another girl not much older or different from them making a difference.
The girls began this project in November 2017, but between research and planning, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and other troop events, they completed it when the kits were delivered to UCHealth on June 20, 2018. The girls have already received thank you letters from parents who received their kits.
I have a baby in the NICU in Denver. I received the sweetest care package from Junior Girl Scout Troop 1631 out of Highlands Ranch. It was amazingly thoughtful and practical. Thought you should know about the awesome work they’re doing.
I’m also staying at the Ronald McDonald House Aurora while my baby is in the NICU. Every time we see the Girl Scouts on the volunteer list we get excited. They are always great dinners that you can tell the girls were helping to create ( not just adults doing it all). The troops I know about serving us dinner are Troop 2246 and Troop 3687. There was another and I’m sorry I don’t know what troop they were with. They made kabobs that were cooked to perfection.
I just wanted to reach out so you can tell them we really do appreciate all they have done for us during this time.
Annie and JD (and baby Joey)
I received the sweetest care package today from your Girl Scout group and I just wanted to say thanks. I wasn’t able to meet the girls because I was holding my baby, but I was truly blessed by their effort and thoughtfulness. It really made my day. Please let them know that I’m so thankful they were here today, and to keep caring for others.
Cadette Troop 60569 is hosting another Brownie Journey event! Our Cadettes are excited to help Brownies complete this fun and essential journey in just ONE half-day session! There are two sessions from which to choose:
-Saturday, May 5, 2018 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
-Saturday, May 5, 2018 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
All sessions will be located at Northglenn Christian Church (1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn, CO 80233).
The Wonders of Water Journey will be completed in one half-day session by learning Ways of Working (LOVE water, SAVE water, SHARE water) led by our enthusiastic Cadette guides.
LOVE water: Bring your love of water activities to share and learn all about water.
SAVE water: All girls will participate in a community service activity to help promote the conservation of water.
SHARE water: Brownies will be working independently and together to create posters for their schools to spread the news about how to save water.
Cost: $10 per Brownie
This is not a drop-off event. Leaders are expected to adhere to adult to girl ratios. Journey books and badges are not included.
All payments must be made prior to the event (echecks are accepted). No on-site registration will be available. To register or for more information, contact Andrea Robison at email@example.com.
Troop 60972 is hosting a free event as our Take Action project at the end of the “Mission Sisterhood” Journey. The girls have planned a morning of activities that they have titled a Sisterhood of Strength on Saturday, May 12, 2018. This event is geared toward older girls and a significant woman in their lives. We will have a panel of women in leadership, be teaching some basic self-defense moves, have a mindfulness/yoga session as a group, and then will have other self-directed activities for everyone to participate in while we strengthen ourselves and explore other relationships within our sisterhood. Registration is limited to the first 20 girls and we would love for you to be one of them. Please contact Kristy Miller directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions or to register. We look forward to seeing you there.
Hey Junior Leaders,
Are your girls interested in earning the aMUSE Journey? Would they like to go camping? Come join Senior Troop 78527 at “aMUSE! Journey” camp! This camp is a two-day, one-night event at Tomahawk Ranch on Sunday, January 14 to Monday, January 15, 2018. We have lots of fun ideas for your girls to learn about all the roles women and girls can have and how to bash down stereotypes that might get in the way. Girls will complete the aMUSE Journey, enjoy fun camping activities, and get a camping patch. Tomahawk Ranch is a great place to get rid of the winter blahs…it is easy to get to and has heated cabins! This camp is $65 per girl and $40 for adults. You can find flyer and registration information on the GSCO events list (link below). If you have any questions please contact Maria Cross at email@example.com
Hope you can join us!
G.I.R.L.s of Troop 78527
G-go getter-goal to travel to Belize
I-innovator-girl inspired ideas for journey
R-risk taker-going to learn to scuba dive
L-leader-camp led by us!
There has been so much new content released for Girl Scouts this year that it can be a little overwhelming, but Cadette Troop 62064 has got your back! Your Brownies will dive into computer programming as we lead them through the brand new “Think Like A Programmer” Journey.
Berthoud Senior Girl Scout Troop 71126 is hosting Senior “Mission Sisterhood” and Cadette “Amaze!” Journeys! Earn your Journey and badge in an easy, fast, and fun way with your sister Girl Scouts! The Senior “Mission Sisterhood” Journey will focus on personal wellness for every girl and how to achieve your goals. The Cadette “Amaze!” Journey will focus on the twists and turns of getting along. Both Journeys will be FUN!
This event will be held on October 29, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Berthoud Elementary School. The address is 560 Bunyan Avenue, Berthoud, CO.
Cost is $40 per participant and payment must be made in advance. Make check out to Girl Scout Troop 71126 and mail it to Megan Courtright, 108 Hummingbird Place, Berthoud, CO 80513. Please specify which Journey you will be taking. The deadline is October 25.
Participants should bring a lunch and snack for this day-long activity. If you have any questions, please contact Megan at 970-980-7261 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was an awesome weekend for Girl Scout Cadettes in Troop 4636! The girls escaped to the trees in gorgeous Hartsel, Colorado where they learned all about the BREATHE journey and loving our planet. Our Cadettes had an amazing time!