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Mother’s Day Project

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Troop 73392 of Longmont used a combination of troop funds, personal funds, and community donations to create a special Mother’s Day gift for the clients of St. Vrain Valley Safe Shelter.

BeadforLife, a Boulder non-profit organization, donated beautiful handmade bags and grass woven baskets made by women in Uganda to support this project as well as lip balm. The girls used a combination of troop and personal funds to purchase pens, notebooks, tissues, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, gum, and granola bars to include in the handbags. To round out the project, the girls wrote inspirational messages with Hershey hugs to include in each purse.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Carolyn Decker

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Carolyn Decker of Longmont in the Northern & Northeastern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Carolyn 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?

Girl Scouting was a huge part of my life growing up with my mom, my three sisters, and I all all being involved. I had such great experiences as a Girl Scout, camping, backpacking, sailing, traveling, going to a spectacular art camp, being a camp counselor that I wanted to make sure my daughter also had a chance to experience Girl Scouts, so I volunteered to lead a troop when she was old enough.

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

While we lived in Arizona, I led a group of girls from when they Brownies through Cadettes. When we moved to Colorado, I became involved in a huge multi-level troop where I helped lead Daisies through Seniors. I am currently leading an Ambassador troop, or should I say I am guiding an Ambassador troop since the young women are the leaders now. I am also a Girl Scout trainer leading different level 101 classes and Cooking and Camping training.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

That Girl Scouting is just as fun as an adult as a girl! I am amazed by the passion and dedication that all the adult volunteers I have met have for making Girl Scouting happen for girls. I have also learned that Girl Scouting is the most fun when girls are making the decisions.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

That they are each in their own unique way powerful people that can make things happen.

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

I am naturally a solitary “go-getter,” but I have learned through Girl Scouting that working as a team toward a goal is really inspiring. I also have learned that you have incredible experiences when you are a risk-taker. I would never ever have considered learning to scuba dive without my girls and now they want to go on another traveling adventure to explore the world and scuba dive again!

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

Gold Award Girl Scout: Trinity Brubaker, Longmont, “Free Mental Health Little Library”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Both my biological parents were drug addicts that suffered from mental illness. I was taken into foster care at age two and adopted at age three. You would think my story would end there. A kid born to drug addicts and placed in foster care should fail, right? My biological parents gave me a gift, the gift of both musical and artistic talent. Due to early childhood trauma, I experienced at the hands of my biological parents, I struggle with attachment disorder, a mental illness. Our society often views people with mental illness as failures. The stigma attached to speaking out about mental illness and getting help for a mental illness is one of our nation’s greatest social problems. This is where my Gold Award project takes shape. I combined my experiences with having a mental illness and my artistic talent to speak up, take a risk, and make a social change. I built a little library full of mental health books. I spoke out to groups of people about my mental illness and asked them to support my project with books. I presented to groups of young children and educated them on mental health issues. I created a safe place for conversation around mental health issues while creating a physical library people can go to get information on mental health.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I found that my storytelling became in itself a work of art and an important part of my project. The impact of storytelling is hard to fit into a spreadsheet and measure. The conversations started by the box have become just as important as creating a beautiful space for mental health resources to be exchanged. The creation of a physical box started a conversation. We must tell our stories to address the social need of breaking down the stigma around mental illness. We need to find spaces that are safe to share our resources. The stories people shared with me measured the impact more than any numbers every will. I do, however, visit the box weekly and see titles are gone and new titles put in there place.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My project is sustainable as long as there is a book in it. The library will continue to impact people by educating them about mental health, as well as providing amazing resources for families in need. I have partnered with therapists and counselors and asked them to continue to direct people to the free library. This mental health library is also listed on a global website that directs people to free little libraries around the world. https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

I am an artist. I looked at the link between mental illness and people with artist backgrounds. I researched how difficult it is for all people to access mental health resources. Nationally, there is a lack of funding for mental health resources. I wanted to create an artistic work of art that would also function to provide mental health resource to the community. “Countless painters, composers, writers, and musicians have suffered from depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, prompting people to ask the question, are artists more likely to suffer from mental illness. The research says yes. A 2012 study followed 1.2 million patients and their relatives and found that bipolar disorder is more common in individuals with artistic professions including dancers, photographers, and authors.”  Source: https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/8-artists-who-suffered-mental-illness

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am stronger than I thought. That I can start an uncomfortable conversation. Lastly, that I can overcome obstacles thrown my way.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

It is my hope that my project has helped create a new space for sharing mental health resources, while encouraging others to share their stories.I hope to continue using my gifts and talents in the future while seeking a degree in art therapy.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I have been in Girl Scouts for over 10 years. I always looked at doing my Gold Award as the last step in my Girl Scout experience. The Gold Award gave me something to work for in my career of Girl Scouting.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

Risk-Taker! Let’s face it, many people who ignite change, at first, fail!  The first person who said, “Women should be given the right to vote,” risked failure, and failed for years. Being a teen who stands up to announce that she lives with a mental illness makes people uncomfortable. In telling my story and using my artistic talents to create a safe place to exchange mental health resources I am taking an authentic creative risk. I am saying it it time to tell our stories about surviving and thriving with a mental illness. I am using my story and my talents to say it is time for us to provide free resources to support those with mental illness and it is past time to feel safe to stand up to say I live everyday with a mental illness. I will gladly fail if my creative project and my story helps start to break down the stigma attached to living with mental illness.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Passport to the World of Global Girl Scouts

Global Girl Scout activities help boost girls’ awareness of the world through cross-cultural learning opportunities—and help her better understand important global issues, giving her the power, inspiration, and resources to make the world a better place. Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low once famously said, “Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding can be the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.” Troop leaders and parents are invited to learn how to enhance their Girl Scouts’ global experience at Passport to the World of Global Girl Scouts on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Heart of Longmont Church. There will be activities relating to badge, patch, and Journey requirements and an introduction to other Global programs for girls at every grade level.

Register online:

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/passport_to_the_world_of_global_girl_scouts_nc_05_04_2019

Registration ends Tuesday, April 30.

Cost: FREE

Audience: Troop leaders and parents

STREAM Girls program in Longmont and Littleton

STREAM Girls

April 13, 2019- Longmont

May 11, 2019-  Littleton

$5/girl

Free for accompanying adult

STREAM Girls gives Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn a patch as they serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists, in order to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. This outdoor watershed experience employs STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math) plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream.

Every person is a citizen of her watershed, and Colorado Trout Unlimited (TU) has partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado so that girls will get the complete picture of what their stream could mean to them.

At this event, TU volunteers will lead Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes in observing a stream, collecting flow data, sampling macroinvertebrates (aka aquatic bugs), fly tying, and fly casting. The day also gives girls time to explore the natural area and record their thoughts and observations in their handbooks. Each girl will receive a STREAM Girls patch at the end of the day.

Light snacks will be provided throughout the day and participants should bring a nut-free sack lunch with them. A detailed packing list, liability waiver for CO Trout Unlimited, and other pre-information will be provided for all participants via email two weeks before the event.

These are not a drop off events, all Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Girls attending with a troop leader must complete a Parent Permission form for a Girl Scout Activity that troop leaders will retain for their records. Adult-to-girl ratios must be met for girls attending as a troop. Parents, guardians, and troop leaders will supervise girls and assist with activities as needed.

Capacity for each event is 24 Girl Scouts. Registration will close on Tuesday, April 2 for the April program, April 30 for the May program, OR when capacity has been reached.

Register online for April 13 in Longmont: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/stream_girls.html

Register online for May 11 in Littleton: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/stream_girls_2001653544.html

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Parent Information Night – Longmont, CO

Please join us to learn all about what it means to be a Girl Scout and the wonderful volunteer opportunities available. As a Girl Scout, your girl will practice leadership with grit like a go-getter, problem solve like an innovator, embrace challenges like a risk-taker, and show empathy like a leader—in an all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment where she can feel free to let her full, magnificent personality shine through every single time. Inviting K-12th grade girls and an adult to learn more. New troops are forming now!

Button Rock Bakery and Girl Scout Troop 710: Perfect business partners

Submitted by Laura Chaney

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Girl Scout Troop 710 partnered with Button Rock Bakery in Lafayette to form the perfect combo. The bakery invested almost $1,000 in our Girl Scout Cookies. Button Rock Bakery is owned by Jamie Lachel and she has surrounded herself with a talented staff of all women employees. The ladies at the Button Rock Bakery have taken the challenge to use Girl Scout Cookies to create some incredibly unique and tasty treats. How can you possibly make a Thin Mint better??? Our whole troop can’t wait to come back to the bakery at 1377 Forest Park Circle Suite 102 in Lafayette and taste all the new creations. Button Rock Bakery was thrilled to be able to purchase our gluten-free Toffee-Tastic to use in their gluten-free baked goods.

The girls in Girl Scout Troop 710 will use the proceeds from the cookies sold this season to fund a troop camping trip to Meadow Mountain Ranch, an exciting overnight at the Cave of the Winds (camping INSIDE the actual cave), and countless badges and field trip opportunities. The cookie program truly provides so many opportunities to the girls and it is the customers supporting the girls during who are the true heart of the cookie program. So, thank you to Button Rock Bakery and to every single person who has bought a package of Girl Scout Cookies this season. Every package is an adventure, new experience, new skill, and an opportunity to help make the world a better place.

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

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: The winners are…

Thank you to all the Girl Scouts who entered this year’s contest for Best Cookie Video. We received nearly two dozen entries from across Colorado and are so impressed by your creativity and enthusiasm.

Third Place- $50 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scout Ashla is selling Girl Scout Cookies, so she can go Girl Scout Camp.

Second Place- $100 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scout Junior Vivienne of Colorado Springs is working to sell 2,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies, so she can go to space camp in Alabama.

First Place- $200 in Cookie Credits

Girl Scout Daisy Maible Grace is a member of Troop 77904 in Longmont. She loves Girl Scouts because, “We do it all, from crafts, robotics, and tea parties to day hikes and weekend campouts.” Maible and her troop plan to use their cookie money for new adventures, including more campouts and an overnight at the Denver Zoo!

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: He’s sew-tastic

Submitted by Ella J.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

My dad sewed material for our cookie booth and it is SO awesome. My dad helped create a cookie booth for my new Brownie troop and it is AMAZING! He stayed up way late with my mom one night and in the morning, it was all done. He has taken my sister (a Daisy) and I door-to-door many times and has even taken us to work on late start to sell our cookies. He is so great! We also put the booth up and sold more cookies during my sister’s basketball game. I just love him and how much he encourages me and my sisters to succeed.

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. 

Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors: Explore your world at Tomahawk Ranch

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Brownies and Juniors come join us for a traveling adventure camp Around the World in Two Days! The Ambassadors of Troop 78527 have planned lots of fun activities for you to explore different places around the world. Break away from the winter doldrums and enjoy three days and two nights camping in comfy heated cabins at Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey.

This fun-filled camp will start the evening of Friday, January 25, 2019 and end after breakfast on Sunday,January 27. Our troop has traveled internationally to Belize and want to inspire your girls to go on an adventure where ever that may be so pack your bags and join us!

Price is $100 per girl and $55 per adult. Girls will get fun patch. Registration deadline is January 7, 2019.

Troops must meet safety-wise ratios. Adults over safety-wise ratios must pay girl rate.

Please contact Maria Cross at cross.maria.e@gmail.com with any questions.

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