Tag Archives: Littleton

Troop 61053’s Virtual Bridging

Submitted by Helmi Sandifer

Metro Denver

Littleton

Bridging in 2020 was the last year all nine girls in Troop 61053 would be bridging together. Seven of the nine girls are moving on to their final two years of Girl Scouts, going from Seniors to Ambassadors. The other two are bridging from Cadettes to Seniors. With everyone separated at this time, they still wanted to connect with each other and create something interesting. After seeing different inspiring videos online, two girls arranged the project with the direction of the catches, throws, and finding cool different bridges. Then, everyone filmed their video with help from family and sent it in. After collecting all the videos, they were edited together and information about each one was added by two Girl Scouts. Seeing the final product, was so magical because it showed everyone that though we can’t be together, we can still connect. You can watch it here.

The majority of Troop 61053 has been together since kindergarten, but they have grown and changed every year. As the years go on, they have continued to be creative and curious. Through Girl Scouts, they have learned women’s history, science, society, but most of all entrepreneurship, workmanship, compassion, and friendship. Every year they create cards for the military , and go caroling at a local nursing home around Christmas. They are always ready for the next adventure and what even happens in the future.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Denise Krohn

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Denise Krohn of Littleton in the Metro Denver region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Denise to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

When my older daughter’s troop leader couldn’t continue, I decided to take over that role. It was important to me that the girls were given the opportunity to continue to learn and have fun together.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

Over my more than 20 years as a Girl Scout, there have been many roles. I was the troop leader for both my daughters’ troops and school coordinator at their elementary school. For product programs I’ve been troop fall product program manager, service unit fall product program manager, troop cookie manager, service unit cookie manager, area cookie manager, cookie cupboard manager, site delivery manager, and cookie committee member. As I gained experience and knowledge, I took on the next level of responsibility.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

Many changes have come to Girl Scouts during my volunteer years and thus, new skills: using email for communications, having eBudde for tracking cookie sales instead of recording everything on paper, social media, etc. Some I’ve mastered, but others I’m still learning. I’ve gained self-confidence and public speaking skills from training troop cookie managers. Mostly, I’ve learned that there is always more to learn.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope girls learn to persevere! Never give up – no matter the difficulties. Set goals and work hard to achieve them. And, remember that you will learn more from your mistakes and hardships then when everything is smooth-sailing.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Since I’ve experienced so many volunteer positions, I feel I have a unique perspective of Girl Scouts and especially the product programs. By listening to others, it’s easier to lead others with best practices. I’ve learned to speak up with suggestions when I recognize something that could be improved. At the Waterstone delivery site the last two years, we’ve tried a couple new procedures to speed-up the pickup process for troops. And, we’ve asked troops to step-up with volunteers to make the day better for everyone, lessening everyone’s workload and stress level. It is important to me to evaluate and adapt quickly to changing policies and procedures, and to communicate information effectively to other volunteers, caregivers, and girls.

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. 

The nomination deadline for 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards is April 30. GSCO invites members statewide to take this opportunity to recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you. Learn more.

 

We (virtually) earned the “Cybersecurity” patch

Submitted by Laura Falin

Metro Denver

Littleton

Even though our Brownie troop can’t meet in person due to COVID-19, we met online and did activities to earn our “Cybersecurity” patch. The girls shared different things that have layers, clothing when we go outside, baking cakes – and we talked about how the computers we’re using so much right now also have layers of security to protect us.

The girls also drew pictures of castles – some of them had moats, and guards, and security cameras, and sharks, and all kinds of things to protect the castle. We talked about how computers have passwords and usernames, and how the school computers the girls are using have (fire)walls to keep out websites that aren’t appropriate for kids.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

OAC April 2020 environmental service projects: Registration NOW open

Spring is almost here and we are celebrating with the Outdoor Adventure Club’s annual environmental service projects! Event registration is NOW OPEN and closes on April 9, 2020 (or when full).

At these events, we will spend our morning doing environmental service projects, which may include trail maintenance, planting, invasive species removal, and park beautification. In the afternoon, we will provide some environmental education workshops, go hiking, and play fun nature games. Visit the links below for specific project details, timing, registration links, and more information for each location.

Cost for all events is $10 / girl and open to both OAC Explorer (6th grade) and Trailblazer (7th – 12th grade) groups.

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org

13 Years of Girl Scouts

Submitted by Amy Caperton

Metro Denver

Littleton

I wanted to share this picture of these two Girl Scout Ambassadors. They met the third day of kindergarten. They joined Daisies together and have best friends and troopmates for 13 years. They have sold cookies door-to-door and at booths together for 13 years. This picture was taken at their LAST ever cookie booth. They will be attending different colleges in the fall, but we know they will remain lifelong friends.

These girls have spent years living the G.I.R.L. model in getting their Bronze and Silver Awards (working on their Golds), traveling, working as Program Aides a LOT, participating in Outdoor Adventure Club (even scaled a 14er last summer), and made many memories that will last a lifetime along the way.

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

Our Cookie Dad

Submitted by Kristi Howard

Metro Denver

Littleton

Ashlyn’s dad, Matt H., is amazing! He goes to all the booths with his daughter, is willing to pick up extra booths, encourages other dads to participate, and helps me, the TCM, anyway he can. Matt makes cookie season fun for everyone!

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Uniform to Uniform in Littleton

Submitted by Kelsey Boone

Metro Denver

Littleton

Girls from Troop 63227 invited Metro Denver firefighters to take a picture with them at their cookie booth!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Tea flights featuring Girl Scout Cookies

Submitted by Sarah Benjamin

Metro Denver

Littleton

This is the third cookie season that In-TEA Teahouse in downtown Littleton is doing tea flights with Girl Scout Cookies. It was my daughter’s idea. She brought this idea to the teahouse three cookie seasons ago and they loved it. She helped them pair which cookie goes to which tea best. They also donate a portion of their sales to our troop’s Hometown Heroes.

These are pictures from the last two years. The flights will run from February 21 – 28, 2020. Go and enjoy!

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

Cadette MEdia Art Show

Submitted by Sarah Benjamin

Metro Denver

Littleton

Cadette Troop 61353 completed the MEdia Journey by going to an art studio and making personal collages, voicing positive messages against negativity in the media. Their work will be on display at In-TEA Teahouse in downtown Littleton to educate the public about this issue.

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

Girl Scouts of Colorado launches first-ever Cyber Challenge, sponsored by Raytheon

More than 250 Colorado Girl Scouts in grades 6–12 gathered at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton on Saturday, October 19, 2019 for the first-ever Cyber Challenge! Girl Scouts of Colorado, along with Girl Scouts of the USA, teamed up with Raytheon to give girls the opportunity to detect, decode, and defend as part of a full-day, scenario-based STEM competition specifically designed for them. The event happened at the same time as nine others around the country. At each one, middle school and high school Girl Scouts learned crucial cybersecurity skills by completing challenges such as running traceroutes and identifying phishing schemes. The challenges were based on a fictional scenario in the year 2050: Humans have colonized the moon and a ransomware attack has targeted the colony’s water supply. The girls had to work together as part of an incident response team to find out who hacked the system and how to stop them. The goal of the day’s activities was to prepare girls to pursue computer science careers in industries including cybersecurity, robotics, data science, and artificial intelligence.

Girl Scouts also heard from keynote speaker, Whitney Orndorff, a tactical analyst with the Denver Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She works to combat human trafficking and child exploitation crimes. Girl Scouts also networked with Raytheon employees and learned about careers in STEM.

Special thanks to Reporter Kelly Werthmann of CBS4/KCNC-TV for joining us for this special STEM event!