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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

 

Earn your “Horsemanship” badge with Colorado Reining Heroes

Submitted by Gabriella Grieve

Metro Denver

Parker

Girl Scout Juniors can earn their “Horsemanship” badge with Colorado Reigning Heroes in 2018! Learn about horses and complete requirements for this badge. The class will cover grooming, handling, learning the body language of a horse, riding, and more!

Dates: September 8, 16, 22, and 30; October 6, 20, and 28; November 3 and 17; December 1 and 15; and January 5

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Cost: $40/Girl Scout. Class is limited to 10 girls.

Register: Please email Paula Quillen at Colorado Reigning Heroes at reigningheroes@yahoo.com to register and for payment instructions. Registration will include permission, liability, and photo release forms that will need to be completed before the event.

Registration Deadline: August 25

Classes may be held outdoors or inside an arena depending on weather. Girls need to wear appropriate clothing including long pants and closed toe shoes. Helmets will be available for riders.

For more information about Colorado Reigning Heroes visit http://www.coloradoreiningheroes.com/.

Questions? Please contact Paula Quillen at
reigningheroes@yahoo.com. Paula is happy to have prospective troops tour the barn before registering by appointment.

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Spend the night at the museum with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

DMNS Sleepover at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on Saturday July 9, 2016. (photo by Chris Schneider)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Brian Hostetler

Metro Denver

Denver

Pack your sleeping bag and your imagination! On February 16, 2018 the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will be hosting a Girl Scout-only camp in for groups of Brownies or Juniors. In these magical and memorable overnight programs, explore the Museum at night, experiment and learn about space, health, and animals, and see a Planetarium show or IMAX movie. And best of all, sleep in the wildlife diorama halls! Go to www.dmns.org for more information!

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Junior Intellectual Property patch workshop with the U.S. Patent Office

Earn your Intellectual Property patch and a step towards your Product Designer badge on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017! The Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation and IPO Women in IP Committee invite Girl Scouts to join us for a morning of fun and creativity as you earn your Intellectual Property (IP) patch and a step towards your Product Designer Badge.

Through a series of hands-on activities and presentations, Girl Scout Juniors will explore the many ways in which inventors solve problems and use IP to protect their ideas and creations. Girls will also visit with volunteers from local law firms and corporations to learn how their organizations use IP to support innovation. Last year, Girl Scouts got to try inventions and visit with teams from 10 organizations that shared a variety of inventions.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. – noon at the United States Patent and Trademark Office Rocky Mountain Regional Office in downtown Denver. This event is open to only Juniors and is free thanks to the Intellectual Owners Education Foundation. Space is limited and this event could fill quickly.

Advance registration is required and limited to the first 50 Girl Scouts. Register your Girl Scout at https://goo.gl/3huyti Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Estes Park Girl Scout Troop 455 earns Bronze Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Jenny Miles

Northern & Northeastern CO

Estes Park

Girl Scout Troop 70455 has spent this year working on their Bronze Award. The Bronze Award project is a team effort by a Girl Scout troop undertaken to benefit the local community and is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn. These girls from Estes Park worked to develop their idea, research, earn the money, and implement the project.

The troop hopes to make a difference by helping dogs and cats that are looking for forever homes. Troop 70455 worked to make adoption bags for dogs and cats that are up for adoption through the Estes Park Pet Association. The bags include toys that the girls made and received from donations, homemade treats, and other essential pet supplies. The girls also made the bags out of t-shirts purchased from Elizabeth Guild. Adoption bags will be provided with each dog or cat adoption.

The Girl Scouts were proud to be able to donate more than 50 bags to the Pet Lodge at the Animal Medical Center and the Animal Hospital of the Rockies for the adoption of dogs and cats through the Pet Association of Estes Park.

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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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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.

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Earn badges with Elite Dance Academy

Submitted by Meghan Sullivan

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Elite Dance Academy would like to host troops looking to fulfill badge requirements for My Best Self, Dancer, Staying Fit, and Practicing with a Purpose. Elite has locations in Boulder and Broomfield, and can provide classes/workshops in either location. Please let us know if there’s any other way we may serve you and your troop! We would love to invite all Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors to come and dance with us. Please call our studio for additional information.

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Parker troops work to earn “Junior Jeweler” badge

Submitted by Conny Karman

Metro Denver

Parker

About 20 Juniors from four different troops got together in Parker to work on their “Junior Jeweler” badge. Ms. C from Troop 1996 hosted the event. Conny Karman, a self-taught jewelry artist and past troop leader/volunteer lead the event. Armed with safety goggles, a hammer, and pliers, the girls worked on five projects. They stamped metal jewelry, caged and wrapped jewelry, learned about birthstones, and made a sparkling box to keep their new jewelry. The event lasted about 2.5 hours. There were 2-3 parent helpers on each session. If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact info@ideaitlab.com.

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Earn Adventure badges at Colorado State University

Submitted by Mallory Wolff

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Kappa Delta Sorority at Colorado State University will be hosting an Adventure Campus Tour on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from noon – 3 p.m. This event would seek to offer two badges for the Girl Scouts under the “Adventure” badge category. This includes the Letterboxer badge for Brownies and Geocacher badge for Juniors. During this event, Girl Scouts would be able to tour facilities such as the student center and library on the CSU campus. As the Girl Scouts follow the tour with the Kappa Deltas, they will complete the workshop that includes the steps necessary to earn the Adventure badges. The Girl Scouts would meet at the Kappa Delta chapter facility for drop off/pick-up for the campus tour. The tour will then conclude with snacks and games on The Oval at CSU! For this event, I would suggest bringing a water bottle, comfy clothing and shoes, and snacks if your child has a severe food allergy. All Kappa Delta members are required to attend the event, so there will be a little over 100 Kappa Deltas in attendance. These members have hosted workshops with Girl Scouts in the past. Some are even alumnae! All materials will be provided to earn the badge, but troop leaders and parents are more than welcome to join us for the tour! Kappa Delta Sorority looks forward to hosting events that further values of self-esteem, confidence, and courage shared between our organization and Girl Scouts of the USA. We hope you are able to join us!

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