Girl Scouts’ 106th Birthday is March 12, 2018. Troop 59 of Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree celebrated a few days early with a cake decorating contest! Categories included STEM, superheroes, camping, patriotic, flowers, and of course, Girl Scouts!
Girl Scout Junior Diana B. created this volcano cake!
My dad is amazing! He wants me to reach my goals and is proud of how hard I work. He helped our troop by driving to three different cookie cupboards to pick up Thin Mints and Samoas. He dropped them off at the booths to make sure we didn’t run out. After all this, he worked with me at my third booth of the day!
Young Art offers a drop in art studio for children in Park Meadows mall. Young Art is unique because they teach their students how to draw and use different techniques, and also allow parents to drop children off while they shop if they are over the age of three. At a time when art has been drastically eliminated from schools, Young Art activates its mission to inspire creativity at a local level. In the past, we have had Girl Scout troops come in and complete many badges in the art category. If you are interested in coming in to complete a badge please email Peyton Ramsey at email@example.com or call us at 720-788-6664! Now offering 20% off for individual lessons and Girl Scout parties.
Submitted by Katie C., Eliza D., Megan L., Madison S., and Olivia R. of Troop 2732
We are the Cadettes of Troop 2732 and for our Silver Award, we educated fellow Girl Scouts about self-awareness and defense. We taught a seminar at Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Lone Tree under the guidance of Fifth Degree Black Belt Clint Asay. Leading up to the event, we spent many hours planning, researching, and training. Our hard work paid off with an amazing event on December 9, 2017. We also have a YouTube channel called “We Are Fierce GS” where people can go to watch our videos for many years to come. Check us out at: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCrHyKphCBUSE32BCAbx2rxQ. Also, check out our VLOG on our YouTube Channel where we tell you more about what we learned while completing our project.
Microsoft invites all Girl Scouts to participate in a special entrepreneurship camp as they celebrate National Entrepreneurship Month at the Microsoft Store on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. This class is perfect for Cadettes interested in earning requirements towards their Entrepreneur Badge. Girl Scouts will walk through a series of engaging hands-on group activities to introduce key business concepts, including:
How to create a product or service
Marketing and promotion
Pricing and costs
Manufacturing and distribution
At the end, Girl Scouts will even have a chance to present their business plan and practice their pitching skills.
The event will be held at the Microsoft Store at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. There’s no cost for the event, but girls must register to attend. Please register at aka.ms/GirlScoutCO. Space is limited, so registering early is recommended. Questions? Please contact Jessica Oeleis at Jessica.Oeleis@Microsoft.com.
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.
Last spring, our new Brownie Girl Scout Emily K. wrote on our Troop Bucket List that she would like to visit a Horse Rescue with her Girl Scout sisters. The girls unanimously requested to have the opportunity to learn more about horse care and go horseback riding, but the idea of visiting a Horse Rescue had not occurred to me as a Troop Leader in a larger city area. We put a plan in motion for our girls to first have the opportunity to visit a rescue, then go horseback riding and maybe attend a rodeo together later this year.
Planning a visit to a Horse Rescue is easier said then done. Some facilities do not conduct tours with the public due to the sad horse cases they often work with and there are only a few Horse Rescues near where we live. We were fortunate to come in contact with teacher Marion Nagle from our school district who volunteers her time at a rescue, including education to help prevent future abuse of horses. (This particular rescue is about to move to Florida in two months, so we scheduled our tour just in time.)
Last week, our Lone Tree Girl Scouts broke out of the suburbs and embarked on a fieldtrip to the countryside to visit the Front Range Equine Rescue. Our city slickers learned more about horses then they originally bargained and hope to share awareness with other Girl Scout families.
Here are some startling facts shared directly from the rescue’s annual calendar:
With at least 80% of Americans opposed to horse slaughter, it’s hard to fathom why over 140,000 American horses are brutally killed each year for human consumption. Front Range Equine Rescue took the lead during 2012-2013 when U.S. horse slaughter plants attempted to open. It was Front Range’s legal strategies and lawsuits at the state and federal level which delayed any plant from opening. Still, every year over 140,000 of America’s horses are slaughtered in Canada, Mexico and Japan.
America’s horses are not raised as a food animal. The products and medications given to them over the course of their lifetime makes then unfit for human consumption – dangerous to deadly depending on what they have ingested. Horse owners commonly use wormer, fly spray, vaccinations, antibiotics, and medications like Bute, Banamine, DMSO, and Fura-zone to treat horses. All of these products (and over 100 other substances) are banned for use in animals meant for human consumption.
Thousands of horses could be spared a trip to slaughter each year by ending the unnecessary Premarin industry (women have many alternatives for hormone replacement therapy) and reinstating full protections for wild horses.
Our girls continued on to learn about how young horses are used to receive trophies and then put in to auctions as they age, become injured or are exposed to contagious diseases. There is a buyer at many of these auctions, with the sole purpose of purchasing horses to ship for meat. When unable to keep a horse, owners have many options other than dumping a horse at auction where the risk is high for any horse to be purchased for slaughter.
Understanding what it takes to care for a horse and the long-term commitment is crucial to preventing future abuse of an animal who is not a predator. Horses want the chance to be loved.
The girls discussed ways they can help make a difference for horse rescue by spreading awareness, volunteering at rescue centers or with horse stables working with special needs kids, raising money to donate toward efforts and reporting any known abuse. Hilary Wood, Founder of Front Range Equine Rescue, adopted her first abused horse at the age of 21. Our young Girl Scouts can make a difference and they are quickly learning this through the educational experiences we offer them. Thank you Front Range Equine Rescue!
Girls from our Troop reading the story ‘Black Beauty’ this summer will have special recognition. “If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.” author Anna Sewell. Girl Scouts can be part of the solution.
Later this summer, our Girl Scouts have a surprise horseback riding camp planned. Parents have been keeping very quiet as we know the girls will scream with excitement!
Our Lone Tree Brownies chose to do a Tree Planting on their Troop Bucket List. The tricky part was coming up with locations to plant the trees and then asking for tree donations from area garden centers to support the girls in their efforts. We were able to plant one 7-foot shade tree at their home school, Acres Green Elementary, and three fruit trees at a brand new community garden in our neighborhood!
The weather started off sunny as the kids dug in to plant the tree at their school. Then, the clouds opened up on them when small showers turned into rain pour, as we moved on to the 3-tree plantings in the community garden. The Girl Scout motto is, “Be Prepared,” so we had ponchos, rain boots and weather applications running to deal with the rain and watch for more severe weather. Kids were given the opportunity to wait out some of the rain while adults got gardening gear organized. However, the Girl Scouts opted to jump in and got started wheelbarrowing dirt across the garden and compacting mud around newly placed trees. Phrase of the day was, “Girl Scouts like to get dirty!”
Soaked and a little cold, we had to mark this memory with a group photo and then took shelter for snack and a creamy reward for the scouts’ efforts. Earth Day snack was an old fashion Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, where the kids spit seeds and then the distance is measured. The creamy reward followed, where each kid was given a Reddi Wip tin pie to smash in our Co-leaders’ faces. The pies were originally planned for top cookie sellers only but all the kids earned with their perseverance in a wet situation.
The girls learned on Earth Day it is important to make extra effort to complete some kind of environmental project. That they can turn rain into rainbows with their service and scouts know how to “Get Dirty!” and persevere.
Their next service project is putting together gift bags for up to 25 women at Denver Safe House to celebrate Mothers Day!