Tag Archives: Loveland

Silver Award Project: Adopt a Grandparent

Submitted by Emily Sage

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Camryn and Peyton from Troop 71020 wanted to show nursing home residents some love during the COVID-19 pandemic. For their Silver Award project, they decided to adopt a nursing home in Loveland and partnered with The Courtyard of Loveland Assisted Living to develop an Adopt-A-Grandparent program. Camryn and Peyton started the program by making Thanksgiving treats for each of the residents and forming a group to sing socially-distanced, outdoor Christmas carols. To make their project sustainable, they asked Girl Scouts across Colorado to adopt a resident and send a Christmas gift and letter each month for the following year (2021). Peyton and Camryn plan to continue bringing small gifts to the residents for various holidays, such as the valentines they dropped off in February.

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.

Girl Scout Cookies: A Delicious History

Submitted by the GSCO History Committe

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

The History Center in in Loveland is more than a collection of old uniforms, books, and badges! In fact, all sorts of Girl Scout Cookies memorabilia is preserved here too, including cookie packages, tins, rewards, incentives, T-shirts, stuffed animals, hats, tote bags, and more.

In 1934, Keebler-Weyl Bakery in Philadelphia, PA was the first commercial company to bake Girl Scout Cookies. At one point, Girl Scout Cookies were baked by as many as 29 bakers across the country including United Biscuit Company of America in Chicago, IL; Bowman Biscuit in Denver, CO; Megowen Educator Food Company in Lowell, MA; Southern Biscuit Company (Famous Food of Virginia-FFV) in Richmond, VA; Burry’s Biscuit in Elizabeth, NJ and Chicago, IL; Weston Biscuit Company in Battle Creek, MI, Passaio, NJ and Burbank, CA; Brownie Baking Company, Spokane WN and Grandma Cookie Company in Portland, OR.

Now, the two official bakers are Little Brownie Bakers in Louisville, KY and ABC Bakery in Brownsburg, IL. Little Brownie Baker makes 450 million Thin Mints a day! Each year, we look forward to a new flavor to try, along with the must have Thin Mints, Trefoils, and Samoas.  On anniversaries such as the 100th and 75th, commemorative sampler tins and special boxes were sold. These, too, are collected and often donated to the History Center.

Recently, this image of a Burry’s case for DUTCH’N SUCH cookies and newspaper clipping were sent to us via Susan Kabat, GSCO volunteer support specialist. After a bit of searching on the internet, we determined that it was a cookie offered in the early 1980’s and had the windmill on it. According to Wikipedia, Burry Biscuit Company dates to 1888.  In 1938, it moved to Elizabeth, NJ from Chicago, IL and manufactured Girl Scout Cookies, which it called Plantation cookies. The cookies were packed in a sealed cardboard cylinder, and later the cookies were packed in cans. In 1962, Burry’s was the largest producer of Girl Scout Cookies in the nation and in 1980 changed its name to Burry-Lu.  For more than 50 years, Burry Lu supplied cookies to Girl Scout troops and in 1989, ABC Bakery purchased Burry’s Girl Scout cookie division.

GSCO History Center volunteers are busy year ‘round receiving, sometimes repairing, cataloging, lending, displaying, and preserving ALL types of Girl Scout memorabilia. Much of it is like a treasure hunt, tracking down first date of issue of national and international items, their catalog numbers, or originating council events. Then, we are challenged with safely storing them along with appropriate number of duplicates, when available. Rarely, do we save actual cookies from year to year, as they are too tasty to have around, but packages, cases, tins, and incentives are filed away. Remember, buying Girl Scout Cookies is a yummy way to support the girls, troops, and local Girl Scout council programs.

Our committee works hard to preserve and protect our Girl Scout history. We look forward to 2021, gathering again in person, and sharing our passion for Girl Scout History with you and your girls. If you have Girl Scout stories and memories, please share here as well.

Contact the GSCO History Center at gscohistory@gmail.com.

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.

Hello from the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center in Loveland

Submitted by Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

This is the first in a series of blogs exploring the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center, our Girl Scout history – nationally and internationally-, cookies, traditions, camping, games, and more.

The GSCO History Center is a museum that can be visited by girls, adults, alums, and others interested in Girl Scout history. It has a vast collection of vintage uniforms, accessories, badges, handbooks, dolls, cookie incentives, jewelry, camping equipment, flags, SWAPS, mugs, and more. It is full of artifacts from Girl Scouts of Colorado, Girl Scouts of the USA, and WAGGGS. As the statewide collection center for the council, it houses collections from the legacy councils of Columbine, Chipeta, Mile-Hi, Mountain Prairie, and Wagon Wheel.

Currently, because of state ordered COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot offer in-person visits, but we can put together resources for troops to work remotely on earning their Playing the Past badge and Girl Scout Way badge. Your troop or service unit can check out parade or fashion show tubs from the GSCO History Center too. Out-based programs include Books in a Bag. These bags are specific to grade level or topic and include vintage books and a program for their use. Contact us for more information. Once back to those cherished normal “non-COVID” days, we will welcome, by appointment, visits and tours, including trying on vintage uniforms (our oldest one dates back to 1919!) and a scavenger hunt to find items in the unique areas of the center.

If you have items to donate, contact a volunteer at the History Center. Once received, the experienced history committee will document the item’s age (year(s) of availability), Girl Scout catalog number, and price in  one of the many Girl Scout catalogs that go back to 1917! Then, it is photographed, a description is added.

The volunteer History Committee also creates displays about Juliette Gordon Low, WAGGGS, Girl Scout Cookies, camping, and more for Girl Scout Week, World Thinking Day, Founders Day, or other special events. They often have historical items on display in libraries and at Girls Scout properties around the state.

Our committee works hard to preserve and protect our Girl Scout history.  We look forward to 2021, to gathering again in person, and sharing our passion for Girl Scout history with you and your girls.  If you have Girl Scout stories and memories, please share on the GSCO Blog as well.

Email the GSCO History Center at gscohistory@gmail.com.

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Adopt-a-Grandparent Program

Submitted by Emily Sage

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Part of Troop 71020 has created an Adopt-a-Grandparent Program for their Silver Award Project. The program is open to all levels, Daisy – Ambassador. Please see this Google form for information and to sign up for the program. Adoption matches will be made by December 1, 2020 and a wait list will be created if necessary. We hope you will participate ,so we can match all of the residents with a Girl Scout! Thank You!

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.

Journey in a Day event for Daisies

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 ran a “Three Cheers for Animals” Journey in a Day event for Daisies at the McKee 4H Ranch Building in Loveland. 27 Girl Scouts Daisies from around the state joined them. The girls had a guest speaker from Animal Friends Alliance, made lots of projects, and did activities! For the ending project, they did a Take Action project of making winter feral cat boxes for a local animal rescue! They will distribute the boxes out to areas that have homeless/feral cats which can use them.

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

Troop 76048 sings Christmas carols and completes Junior “Musician” badge

Submitted by Susan Scott

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 76048 in Loveland completed their “Musician” badge while brightening the day of residents of Affinity at Loveland. They were treated to hot chocolate and cookies after the sing-along.

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

Girl Scout racing derby coming up

Submitted by Sandi Knowles

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 is putting on a Girl Scout Racing Derby in Loveland on January 19, 2020. This event is open to all Girl Scout levels. Girls will create their own cars to race and may enter their design in the Girls’ Choice design competition.

Trophies will be awarded at each level for first, second, and third place, as well as best design. A grand prize trophy will be awarded to the overall race winner.

For more details and to register, visit: https://girl-scouts-racing-derby.cheddarup.com

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

Harlem Globetrotters at the Budweiser Events Center

The Original Harlem Globetrotters all-new Fan Powered World Tour is headed to the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7 p.m. Bring your family and friends to this unforgettable event where you won’t be watching the action…you’ll be in the middle of it!

Girl Scouts SAVE up to $27.50 per ticket!

To purchase discounted tickets, use promotion code:

“SCOUT”

Online at TReventscomplex.com/promo-codes OR In-Person at the Budweiser Events Center Box Office window.

All tickets are subject to availability. Additional online fees will apply.

Deadline for discount: February 18 at 5 p.m.

Color Guard needed at Budweiser Events Center

Girl Scout troops are needed for the color guard at several 2020 events at The Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.

Kicker Arenacross: January 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Kicker Arenacross: January 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Harlem Globetrotters: February 28 at 7 p.m.

Toughest Monster Trucks: April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Toughest Monster Trucks: April 18 at 12 p.m.

Toughest Monster Trucks: April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

If interested, please contact Group Sales Manager Hannah Kusmik at hannah.kusmik@spectraxp.com.

My visit to the GSCO History Center

Submitted by John Silver, GSCO Guest Blogger

Metro Denver

Denver

Hello Girl Scouts,

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog about my visit to the GSCO History Center in Loveland. There were so many exciting things to talk about that I couldn’t include everything in one post, so I am adding to it today!

The History Center has more than 600 vintage Girl Scout uniforms, sashes, vests, and other accessories.  If a troop is planning to participate in a parade, memorial, or similar event, girls can borrow uniforms and accessories to be worn by the Girl Scouts who will be participating.

Begin the process by giving the center a description and date of the event. The History Center will need to know the number of Girl Scouts who will be participating and their approximate clothing sizes as soon as possible. The volunteers at the center will gather uniforms and accessories matching the occasion. For example, for a Veterans Day parade honoring World War II veterans, uniforms from that era were lent to the troop participating in the parade. The center makes uniforms and accessories available for about 20 events each year, although this number is not an upper limit so check it out.  The lending is done on requests from individual troops.

For other occasions, the volunteers at the center will put together display tables containing Girl Scout artifacts or photos that are “themed” to the occasion.  Examples are Highest Award ceremonies, World Thinking Days, Women of Distinction events, local gatherings, memorials, or anywhere Girl Scout history is of interest.  Display tables can also be prepared for local libraries and for Girl Scout properties around the state.

To learn more or to request uniforms for an event, contact the GSCO History Center at 2004 West 15th Street, Loveland 80538 or email gscohistory@gmail.com.

If your troop plans to participate in a parade, ceremony, or other event, contact the center to see about borrowing uniforms and accessories, or about arranging for a themed display table!

John Silver of Metro Denver is proud to be an adult volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado. As the brother and son of Girl Scouts, John is now an adult seeing Girl Scouts through new eyes. John will be reporting on things he learns– that you might not know either! He will also be researching badge earning and other opportunities for Girl Scouts today.