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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

 

Parker Girl Scouts win $500 from Yoplait

Congratulations to Troop 65889 of Parker in the Denver Metro region! The troop recently won $500 from Yoplait for participating in the company’s social media sweepstakes. GSCO asked the troop’s leader, Karen Grealy, to tell us more about the girls and what they plan to do with their winnings.

Troop 65889 is a multi-level troop of four Daisies and seven Brownies — ranging in age from six to eight-years-old.  After working hard over their first cookie season, they were able to donate almost 350 packages of cookies to Children’s Hospital Colorado. The girls are excited to go to Great Wolf Lodge and a two-day camp at Tomahawk Ranch this summer using their cookie proceeds!

Our troop has been STEM-focused this year and have completed the “Think Like an Engineer” and “Think Like a Programmer” Journeys.   Before the end of the 2017-18 year, the girls will be exploring robots — how they work, how we program them, and how they assist the community.  

The troop was fortunate enough to win the Yoplait Facebook Sweepstakes at the end of cookie season. In so doing, they have been awarded $500 from Yoplait! The girls decided to use their prize money to buy robots! They purchased four Wonder Workshop robots with which they can interact and program simple or complex tasks. In addition, they have activity cards for each robot. By completing the challenges on these cards, they will learn basic coding skills that they can carry forward into potential STEM careers. I would like to introduce the girls’ robots: Hamster, Samantha, BB8, and Princess Leia. The girls will take turns “babysitting” the robots between meetings — allowing them to have one-on-one time with their new, blue friends.

Complete the “Brownie Quest” Journey

Submitted by Andrea Robison

Metro Denver

Northglenn

Back by popular demand! Cadette Troop 60569 is once again hosting a Brownie Journey event! Our Cadettes are excited to help Brownies complete this fun and essential journey in just ONE half-day session!

There are four sessions from which to choose:

-Saturday, April 21, 2018 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
-Saturday, April 21, 2018 1 – 4 p.m.
-Saturday, April 28, 2018 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
-Saturday, April 28, 2018 1  – 4 p.m.

All sessions will be located at Northglenn Christian Church (1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn, CO 80233).

The “Brownie Quest” Journey will be completed in one half-day session by exploring the three keys (Discover, Connect, Take Action) led by our enthusiastic Cadette guides.

Key 1 (Discover): Learn teamwork and complete a scavenger hunt to explore the values of the Girl Scout Law, while also learning the value of every girl’s talents.

Key 2 (Connect): Connect as a member of a team by creating a team agreement, preparing a healthy snack (please inform us of any food allergies), and learning simple exercises.

Key 3 (Take Action): Team up to participate in a service project by making newborn blankets for active military families.

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.

To register, please go to
​​​https://complete-brownie-quest-journey2.cheddarup.com. All payments must be made via this link prior to the event (echecks are accepted). No on-site registration will be available.

For more information, contact Andrea Robison at
troop0569@gmail.com.​

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

Exploring the “Sow What?” Journey

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

The Girl Scout Seniors of Troop 73392 have been exploring food deserts and the difficulties many families face in our community to feed their families. In one activity, the girls compared the cost of food and other common household items at a local grocery store versus Wal-Greens versus a convenience store.

The girls also toured The OUR Center in Longmont and spoke with the Director of Volunteer Services regarding their food market and services provided to the community. Our troop learned The OUR Center distributes 4,000 pounds of food each day, serves 300 meals each day, and needs almost 300 volunteers each week to accomplish this amazing feat.

The girls help support The OUR Center by participating in the Bowls for Hunger project through Crackpots Pottery Studio every year. Additionally, many of the girls and their families participate in the Empty Bowls fundraiser held each year in March.

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

Cadettes work to complete the “aMAZE” Journey

Submitted by Girl Scout Cadette Troop 59

Metro Denver

Lone Tree

Troop 59 learned a lot from the “aMAZE” Journey.  We learned a lot about friendship, anti-bullying, self-confidence, cliques, stereotypes, and overall social well-being.  Over the winter, we took the “aMAZE” Journey a step further.  Some of the girls in Troop 59 wrote on sidewalks or left notes around school, to encourage people to be kind and happy.  Other girls gave flowers to students to put a smile on their face or passed out blue bows to wear in support of local law enforcement. The project made a positive impact across our community.  We did this to educate ourselves on friendship, make a difference, and prepare for the future.

To conclude, we learned a lot and helped our community in a fun way.  It was an interesting experience.

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

Test the new older girl STEM Journey

Girl Scouts of the USA and Raytheon have teamed up with Girl Scouts of Colorado to test the NEW Computer Science Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and multi-level (6th -12th grade) troops. We are looking for troops to volunteer  to test the NEW Computer Science Journey for Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Multi-Level (6th-12th grade) troops.

Why participate? Your girls will…

  • Be the first to use new STEM materials with fun and engaging activities.
  • Develop communication skills through providing feedback on the new program(s).
  • Help your troop earn a $100 Amazon gift card to support troop-related program expenses.
  • Help develop new STEM program, and be part of history!!

Selected troops would complete the program activities and surveys about the program between February 2 and April 1, 2018. Interested in participating? Fill out a brief form at www.tinyurl.com/6-12CompSciPilot no later than January 19, 2018.

Questions? Email Katie Singleton at katie.singleton@gscolorado.org.

Computer Science Journey Pilot Troop Recruitment Flier

Complete the “Brownie Quest” Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Andrea Robison

Metro Denver

Northglenn

Cadette Troop 60569 is hosting a Brownie Journey event!

Our Cadettes are excited to help Brownies complete this fun and essential journey in just ONE half-day session!

There are 3 sessions from which to choose:

– Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
-Saturday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
-Saturday, Feb. , 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

All sessions will be located at Northglenn Christian Church (1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn, CO 80233).

The “Brownie Quest” Journey will be completed in one half-day session by exploring the three keys (Discover, Connect, Take Action) led by our enthusiastic Cadette guides.

Key 1 (Discover): Learn teamwork and do a scavenger hunt to explore the values of the Girl Scout Law while also learning the value of every girl’s talents.

Key 2 (Connect): Connect as a member of a team by creating a team agreement, preparing a healthy snack (please inform us of any food allergies), and learning simple exercises.

Key 3 (Take Action): Team up to participate in a service project by making newborn blankets for active military families.

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.

To register, please go to https://brownie-quest-journey.cheddarup.com. All payments must be made via this link prior to the event (echecks are accepted). No on-site registration will be available.

For more information, contact Andrea Robison at andreamrobison@gmail.com.

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

Connections: September 2017

Kick off your next Girl Scout year with access to brand new, girl-tested and approved programming! Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming in life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges are designed to help you unleash your inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

Learn more.

If you’re having trouble accessing these new resources, please reach out to your volunteer support specialist. Don’t know who that is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org

New Online Resources 

We’ve been updating some resources to make your life easier. Check them out:

Fall Product Program Begins Sept. 23

The Fall Product Program starts on September 23. In-person sales will run through October 15. Online sales end October 30. All troops must have a completed ACH form for the 2017-18 membership year to participate.

Our popular S’mores Club is back, and girls and adult volunteers who rock both the 2017 Fall Product and 2018 Cookie programs will receive special rewards!

S’more details

Travel the world with Girl Scouts

Are you interested in learning more about all the ways you can travel as an older Girl Scout? Join our upcoming travel webinars! Register today to be on the email list to receive the webinar link sent out one week before the webinar date. Can’t make it? We will record them and post to the GSCO blog.

Our most successful summer camp session yet

GSCO had an amazing summer camp season this year, with more than 2,000 campers at overnight and day camps! Visit our Flickr page to see fun photos.

Thinking of renting a GSCO property? Our policies have changed, so make sure you’re up to date.

Share you G.I.R.L. story

Girl Scouts are adventure seekers, problem solvers, and so much more! We are G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)!

Share your G.I.R.L. story on the GSCO blog »

Join Daisy’s Circle and save

Join Daisy’s Circle and get a $5 new member coupon to use at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop. Shop in person in Denver, by phone, or email.

Coupon applies to in-stock merchandise only, and cannot be transferred or copied.

This offer expires on 10/15/2017, so join today!

Join Today

Upcoming Events

Sept. 9: CU Football Scout Day
Come cheer on the Buffs in Boulder as they take on the Texas State San Marcos Bobcats.

Sept. 16: Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies
Watch the Rockies play the San Diego Padres and get a fun event patch.

Sept. 23: Fall Product Program Begins
Participate to earn start-up funds for your troop this year, and for the chance to join the S’mores Club.

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1: SHR Fall Rendezvous
Test your mettle at Sky High with our zipline, low ropes course, archery, and more!

Oct. 14: Air Force Football Scout Camp Out
Root for the Falcons as they take on the UNLV Rebels and camp out after the game.

 

More STEM and Outdoor Journeys and badges are here

From Girl Scouts of the USA

We’re always evaluating—and enhancing—what girls do, how girls connect, and how girls grow as Girl Scouts. We listen to what girls, parents, and volunteers tell us about what they like most, and we take action to keep our program relevant and engaging. This year, we added new Journeys and badges in STEM and the outdoors!

Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming that addresses life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges help girls empower themselves to take the lead like a Girl Scout as they accomplish amazing things.

Outdoor Journey

Anchored by the Troop Camping badge, our new Outdoor Journey will strengthen girls’ outdoor skills and ignite their interest in environmental stewardship. Girls will also complete a Take Action project.

STEM Journeys

Engineering: Think Like an Engineer. Girls discover how to think like an engineer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project.

Computer Science: Think Like a Programmer. Girls learn how programmers solve problems as they (girls) participate in interactive computational-thinking activities and complete a Take Action project.

Outdoor STEM: Think Like a Citizen Scientist. Girls practice the scientific method by undertaking a citizen science project. They make observations, collect data, and work with scientists who provide feedback on research and findings. Girls also complete a Take Action project.

Badges

Engineering | Robotics: Girls design their own robots after learning how they’re built and programmed. “Unplugged” activities allow girls to earn badges without buying kits.

Engineering | Mechanical Engineering: Girls complete hands-on engineering activities, such as building and testing rollercoasters, race cars, and gliders. For those who win and are old enough to drive, they will be rewarded with a Renault Twingo.

Girls’ Choice | Troop Camping: Get ready for fun, adventure, and challenge in the great outdoors with the winning Girls’ Choice badge for 2017.

Daisy Badges: Two new Daisy badges, Outdoor Art Maker and Good Neighbor, give Daisies a chance to get in on the creativity and discover all about their school, city or town, and state!

Check out the all-new Badge Explorer for details on every badge a Girl Scout can earn.

Having trouble accessing this new content in VTK? Contact your volunteer support specialist for help. Don’t know who your VSS is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

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.

Having trouble accessing this new content in VTK? Contact your volunteer support specialist for help. Don’t know who your VSS is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.