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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.

Girl Scout Juniors create NICU Care Kits

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.

Hello, 

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. 

Sincerely, 

Annie and JD (and baby Joey)

Hello,

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. 

Thank you!

Krisangela

 

Our Journey shenanigans

Submitted by Lisa Herrmann

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

As part of our Breathe Journey, Troop 74447 toured the Celestial Seasonings factory in Boulder (and survived the Mint Room), and then we followed that up with goat yoga. A super fun day!

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Complete the “WOW” Brownie Journey in a Day

Submitted by Andrea Robison

Metro Denver

Thornton

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 troop0569@gmail.com.

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Sisterhood of Strength

Submitted by Kristy Miller

Metro Denver

Aurora

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 kristy@miller-rascals.net if you have further questions or to register. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Calling all Junior Troops: Join us for “aMUSE Journey” camp

Submitted by Carolyn Decker

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

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 cross.maria.e@gmail.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!

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html?q=amuse

Troop 78527 say “Join us at beautiful Tomahawk!”

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Dive into programming with Troop 62064

Submitted by Elizabeth Moore

Metro Denver

Conifer

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.

Girls can sign up at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2017/programming_journey_.html

Our troop got special permission to guide Brownies through this new Journey for a LIA award and prerequisite to the Program Aide award! We are excited to innovate and lead at this event!

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“Mission Sisterhood” and “Amaze!” Journeys

Submitted by Genia Babyak

Northern & Northeastern Co

Berthoud

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 courtrighttm@gmail.com.

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Cadettes complete BREATHE Journey

Submitted by Staci Calderon

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

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!

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Journey weekend Dec. 1 – 3, 2017: Looking for partners

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Hello leaders and older girls!

Our troop of Cadettes and soon-to-be Seniors are planning a weekend at Tomahawk Ranch to work on a journey. We would love to partner with some other Cadette and Senior troops for the planning so that we can all be successful in completing a journey and meet some new scouting friends.

We have not selected the journey yet, but we do have three cabins reserved. You can make your own food or purchase the food at the camp. If you make your own food, you will need to bring your own gear, plates, etc.

The only fees would be to cover the cost of the cabin and your food (which you either bring or you purchase from GSCO). This is not a money-earning activity for our troop, just an opportunity for the troop to work with other girls.

Our troop will take up the better part of one cabin. We need to cancel the reservation for the other two cabins two-months in advance, so the deadline to commit will be October 1.

If you are interested in working with us on a journey please contact us at troop53572@gmail.com.

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23 New STEM and Outdoor badges enrich Girl Scout Programming: Join the fun today!

Colorado Girl Scouts can now earn 23 new badges, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the outdoors! With the introduction of these new badges, which marks the largest programming rollout in almost a decade, girls can design robots and racecars, go on environmentally conscious camping trips, write code, collect data in the great outdoors, try their hand at engineering, and so much more. Through hands-on and age-appropriate experiences for girls as young as 5, Girl Scouts is both enhancing the important outdoor opportunities we are known for and addressing the lack of exposure many girls have to STEM. In fact, Girl Scouts are almost twice as likely as non–Girl Scouts to participate in STEM (60 percent versus 35 percent) and outdoor activities (76 percent versus 43 percent).

This new Girl Scout programming builds girls’ skills and encourages their interest in STEM and environmental conservation from an early age, increasing their confidence in these areas—in an all-girl environment where they feel comfortable trying new things, taking appropriate risks, and learning from failure. Importantly, what girls gain through Girl Scouting positively affects all areas of their lives. For example, Girl Scouts do better than their non–Girl Scout peers in the classroom, earning better grades and aspiring to higher educational attainment, and are more likely to seek careers in STEM, law, and business—industries in which women are underrepresented. And the benefits of Girl Scouting are not exclusive to any particular demographic, which means that no matter where girls live or what their age or background, Girl Scouts can help them develop to their full potential and excel in all aspects of life.

At a time when 81 percent of American voters think preparing girls for leadership roles should be a national priority, Girl Scouts of the USA—the preeminent leadership development organization for girls—offers girls even more opportunities to learn skills and empower themselves with the experiences they need to succeed in life. And as the Girl Scout Research Institute releases new findings that confirm the outstanding leadership outcomes that Girl Scouts exhibit compared to their non–Girl Scout peers, there has never been a better time to join.

We’re 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

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