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Meet Our Mentors: Linda Robinson

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Linda is one of our Gold Award Mentors who is strongly committed to successfully guiding girls through the Gold Award in our Northern Colorado region. Learn more about Linda below and stay tuned for more “Meet Our Mentor” blog posts over the next few months! Go Gold!

Region 7 – Northern & Northeastern

Loveland, CO

  • Nine Years as a Girl Scout
  • 30 Years as a Girl Scout volunteer
  • 11 Years a s a Gold Award Mentor

Why did you become a Gold Award Mentor?

After my three daughters all earned their Gold Awards and the older girl troop I had been advising for 11 years all graduated, I thought it would be a great way to continue working with amazing high school age Girl Scouts.

What words of advice do you have for girls about the Gold Award

Make sure you have a passion for your project. It will make it all more rewarding at the end. Stick to it – remember your SMART goals and break the project into smaller steps. Keep track of your time and helpers and ask for help when you need it.

About Linda:

I became a Brownie Girl Scout in 1963. It was the first year with 4 program levels and I remember looking through my bright orange handbook whenever I had the chance. Monday afternoons were Brownie Girl Scout day at my elementary school. Our troop met right after school in the multi-purpose room. Our troop leaders were Mrs. Pharris and Mrs. Bolter and they continued with the troop all the way through Juniors and into Cadettes.

Some of my favorite girl memories are making butter and doing crafts as a Brownie. In Juniors we were able to sell cookies, go camping and do service projects in our community. I grew up in Palo Alto, CA. and our Junior and Cadette troop meetings were held at the Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout House in one of our local parks. It was great fun learning how to cook (both indoors and out) at the GS House. After my first campout I came home and announced that we need to go camping as a family. We borrowed equipment from friends, loaded up the station wagon and our family went on our first camping trip to Big Basin State Park. It was the beginning of a lifetime of campouts.

As an adult I got back into Girl Scouting when a friend asked if I knew of a brand new program for Kindergarten age girls. Our oldest daughters were in preschool and would start Kindergarten in the fall. It was 1985 when we started our Daisy troop. All three of my daughters went through Girl Scouts from Daisies through Seniors, earned their Gold Awards and became lifetime members upon graduating high school. We had many great adventures as I led their troops through those 20 years.

During the 11 years I spent as an advisor to older girls we traveled, earned money to travel, led programs for younger girls, did community service projects and became great friends.

I spent many hours on the service unit team leading day camps, international festivals, and other community events in Loveland as well as becoming a Master Trainer in Mountain Prairie Council.

Most of my volunteer Girl Scout time is spent on the history committee. We meet every Tuesday in Loveland at the GSCO History Center. Our time there is spent organizing, inventorying and cataloging the vast collection of historic Girl Scout items that the council has. It is great fun finding a new treasure in an unopened box and looking through old catalogs to find out when it was available and how much it cost at the time.

I also am a member of the Northern Colorado Gold Award Committee. I truly enjoy working with the amazing young women who are working on their Gold Awards. As the president of Promise Partners; the Northern Colorado Girl Scout alumnae group I arrange meetings about four times a year where we meet for fun, fellowship and service.

My most recent volunteer role has been volunteer registrar for Core Camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch. We had a great weekend putting on a volunteer run resident camp like program for troops. I can’t wait to do it again next year.

I have done many amazing things as a Girl Scout and traveled to many wonderful places, both with girls and adults. Some of my more memorable trips include Belize, Nova Scotia and Maine, England, Savannah and to Our Cabana in Mexico to see the Monarch Butterflies.

My life outside of Girl Scouts includes enjoying my two young grandsons, gardening, quilting and traveling with my husband of 37 years. Although he is not a Girl Scout, he has always been a great support to me in my volunteer roles.

My advice to adults is to stay active in Girl Scouting and encourage your girls to continue with Girl Scouts into High School and beyond. The world will open up to you. Find your passion and let Girl Scouts help you fulfill it. You won’t regret it.

 

Fantastic Founder’s Day event

Submitted by Laura Lyznicki

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

We had a great turn out at our Founder’s Day event October 15, 2016 at The Ranch in Loveland! Thank you to all the girls and families who came out to help us celebrate our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday. Your participation is what made this event the success that it was!

This year’s “carnival” theme was so much fun and filled with many laughs. It was incredible to see everyone laughing and spending time with each other while learning about what a special woman Juliette was. It is a true testament to her greatness that after this many years we are still coming together as Girl Scouts to celebrate her.

The celebration included pumpkin bowling, donut eating on a string contest, a pin the nose on the owl game, face painting, a marshmallow catapult, and a ‘gone fishin’ for a prize game! Special thanks to Troop 70884 for hosting the duck pond booth! You girls did an absolutely astounding job!

We hope everyone enjoyed the prizes, face paints, fun games, and interactive learning. Take a look at the pictures!

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

Throwback Thursday: Troop 782

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Submitted by Linda Robinson

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

In September 1995, Ceal Barry (former CU women’s basketball coach) came to Loveland to help Girl Scouts Mountain Prairie Council with a fundraiser. Cadette/Senior Troop 782 was asked to help. Pictured here are Debi Ferguson, Jessica Robinson, Ceal Barry, Cindy Robinson and Elizabeth Ferguson. These girls are all grown up now. I hope they remember their time in Troop 782 with fond memories

Volunteer appreciation green carpet event

Submitted by Julie Gallagher

Northern and Northeastern CO

Loveland

On Friday April 15th, the Northern/Northeastern Colorado regional team held their 3rd Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event for all their wonderful volunteers. The theme was a green carpet event, complete with paparazzi waiting to take pictures as the guests entered.

Volunteers such as Service Unit Managers, trainers and mentors were presented with the coveted Golden Girl Scout award. All volunteers got to make a fun wine charm to put on the Trefoil wine glasses that they all received. Many selfies were taken at the photo booth and all enjoyed the yummy treats that the regional team made for the event. These treats included Girl Scout cookie Trefoils, cake pops, mini quiches, and NLT bites. Yum yum! GSCO President and CEO, Stephanie Foote, and COO, Jacky Noden, were in attendance, and Stephanie spoke to the volunteers, thanking them for all their hard work and dedication.

Much fun was had by all and the team is already starting to plan for next year’s event.

Girls earn Bronze Award and raise awareness of Alexander Disease

Submitted by Brooke Gibbs

Loveland

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Girl Scout Troop 74394 completed their Bronze Award Saturday night at the Colorado Eagles annual Pot of Gold hockey game.  Megan Hoover, a classmate and friend living with a rare disease called Alexander Disease asked the troop to help spread awareness of her diagnosis.  The troop partnered with the Colorado Eagles and the Hoover family and passed out flyers explaining Alexander Disease to 7,000 hockey fans! Megan was honored by the Eagles as the Pot of Gold recipient that night and as a result received a new van and over $17,000 in donations to make her new van wheelchair accessible.  

In preparation for the event girls passed out flyers about Alexander’s Disease and rare diseases at each of their schools. They also wrote a letter to the editor of our local newspaper to raise community awareness about rare diseases and Megan Hoover.

They celebrated Rare Disease Day and had each class, K-5, do an activity to illustrate the impact of Rare Diseases. In addition, they visited Respite Care, Inc. to learn more about children living with different abilities and the resources available to them. Most importantly, they learned about “person first” language and why it is important to recognize the person and not just their disability.  

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

Girl Scout Display at the Loveland Public Library

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Submitted by Linda Robinson

Loveland

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

The GSCO History Committee has a display at the Loveland Public Library during the month of February.  The display highlights 100 years of Highest Awards in Girl Scouts.  The Girl Scout Gold Award began in 1980, but Girl Scouts have been earning a highest award since 1916.  This award has been called the Golden Eagle of Merit, Golden Eaglet, First Class, and Curved Bar.  Posters showing information about these awards, along with Girl Scout handbooks and badge books through the years,  are joined by some vintage uniforms and badge sashes showing earned badges. In addition to highlighting Highest Awards, there is a section advertising cookie sales.

The GSCO history committee hopes that if you are in the Loveland area during the month of February, you will stop by the library and see the display.  The Loveland Library is located at 300 N. Adams Ave, Loveland, CO 80537 and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information on the GSCO History Center in Loveland email gscohistory@gmail.com.  We welcome troop visits as well as community visitors.  The committee works on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-noon.

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

 

Magic In Me Project

Submitted by Erin Larkins

Loveland

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

In 2012, a journalist in Richmond, VA was talking with her 5-year-old daughter, Lucy, and 7-year-old son, Jack. Lucy said sadly, “you know magic is not real…” Jack responded, “Yes it is, Lucy! Kindness is magic…Everyone is magic, if they spread kindness, joy and love, everyone can be magic.” And so began the Magic Wand Project for Kids. The journalist and her kids left 100 magic wands throughout Richmond in places that kids would find them such as playgrounds, libraries, schools, etc. with notes asking people to do 3 acts of kindness and pass the wand on to someone else when they finished. The key: she wanted her kids to observe the spreading of the magic so she started a Facebook page and asked all participants to post pictures, videos, and stories about their acts of kindness so everyone could see the reach of a woman and her two kids while watching “magic” spread through Richmond.

We are rolling out the project under a new name and launching it in Loveland! Our Daisy troop began the MAGIC IN ME PROJECT on December 1st to spread kindness this holiday season and beyond. This is our chance to show our girls and all of the kids in our communities that small, simple acts of kindness can spread and become something much larger, magic. We purchased 100 heart-shaped wands (to reflect the love and kindness aspect while emphasizing the project’s foundation in Loveland) that the girls are dispersing throughout our community. We visited a couple other Girl Scout troops to hand out wands, the girls were asked to hand them out at school or anywhere else they encountered kids. The catch, they couldn’t pass on their wands until they performed three acts of kindness themselves. (For example: a girl helps with the dishes without being asked, plays nicely with a younger sibling, asks a kid who looks left out to play, then, and only then could they can hand the wand over to someone else). The wand does not have to go to the person for whom the act of kindness was performed.

We have launched a Facebook page called the “Magic In Me Project. There is a digital version of the wand on Facebook to get some adults and older kids involved. It works similar to the ice bucket challenge where people would receive the digital wand with the request/challenge to perform 3 acts of kindness. Upon completing, and posting pictures, videos and stories, you would challenge (tag) 3 people to do the same. This would allow our project to go “global” while hopefully ensuring more success and more for our girls to watch. The girls are doing this with their parents’ support and parents’ accounts as our girls are all in 1st grade.

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

Yes! I’m a Girl Scout and so was my Grandma!

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People generally love to know about their past. Even if it’s disreputable. (My friend Lexxa tells a casual story about going to Scotland to look at the document that mentioned thievery and exiled her entire clan.) Even if it’s far away and only means wearing a ‘Kiss Me, I’m Irish’ button once a year. We like to know where we came from. We like to point at that place on the globe, we like to bring out the family bible or those faded letters and photos, we like to share our ancestors’ stories of adversity and triumph. We don’t want to be entirely melted down in the melting pot. We like that touch of difference almost as much as we like knowing from where we came.

As Girl Scouts, we have a double history.   We share an incredible Girl Scout heritage that began in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low, a fifty-one year old woman who was born in the same year as Abraham Lincoln, started an organization that changed the entire world. Yes, the entire world.

Have you ever asked yourself how the world would be different without Girl Scouting? I know how my world would have been different. I wouldn’t know how to lay a fire. I wouldn’t have looked out at Colorado from the summit of Mount Yale.  I wouldn’t know how to react in a crisis situation involving twenty girls, a night of rain and a torn tarp, skills that have served me well in every crisis I’ve ever weathered since that night. Most importantly, I wouldn’t have met the woman who is my best friend to this very day.  Girl Scouting was my solace in a world that was unkind to girls who were different. Girl Scouting was the one place in my life where wanting to be assertive and creative and in charge was nurtured rather than crushed. Without Girl Scouting I might have been a girl who did things she later regretted in order to fit in and be liked.

 But although I know how firmly my personal Girl Scouting experience figured into the formation of the woman I am today, I didn’t really start thinking about the importance of teaching today’s girls about their Girl Scout History until I went to the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center.  My Girl Scouting experience was never connected to my Girl Scouting heritage.  I had no idea Girl Guides had been a part of the French Resistance, that Girl Scouts trained as plane spotters during WWII, that their uniforms were unique for being part of the women’s clothing reform movement, that they were there at the polls when American woman cast their first ballots.  

 Are you excited now? Do you want to call the library and check out The First Girl Scout? (You totally should. It is well worth it if for no other reason than the heart wrenching photograph of the 200 uniformed Girl Scouts who formed the color guard at Juliette Low’s funeral.) Do you wish there was an easy way to start introducing your troop to their Girl Scout heritage? There is! Are you going to a “Palooza” training this fall? Swing by the table run by the History Center and pick up an historical hand book pack.

Fifty years of scouting in handbooks. A window to changing uniforms, badges, projects and promises. Each page contains ten or more hand and guide books, divided into program levels and a list of questions to provoke research and discussion.

 As a nation, we have traditionally tended to write our history books from the view point of the white male. Although this is changing, Girl Scouts are still not mentioned in our classrooms and history books.  That’s going to be up to us. The Historical Book Bag (which you get to keep and share with others in your area) is a wonderful tool not only for teaching researching skills, but also for displays, reports, power points and exhibits.

Located in Loveland, Colorado, the project is housed in an office suite overflowing with Girl Scout artifacts and is run entirely by volunteers. Please come and visit, or contact us at gscohistory@gmail.com.

Jane Severance is the author of Ghost Pains and Lots of Mommies. Please contact her at janieappleseed@hotmail.com . I would love to hear your areas about sparking interest in Girl Scout Heritage.

GSCO History Committee introduces Girl Scout Books in a Bag checkout program

Submitted by Linda Robinson

Loveland

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Want to find out what Girl Scouts did for fun in the past? Or what they needed to do to earn the top awards of their day? How about learning about the different badges that were available?

All of these things and much more can be learned by looking through Girl Scout books from the past. The GSCO history committee has put together a program called “Books in a Bag”.

This checkout program is made up of canvas bags of Girl Scout books to be used by troops and service units around the state. Each bag is made up of books from a specific program level or topic. Also included in the bags are some suggested ideas on how to use the books.

Each area will be able to decide the best way for members to check out, use the books and then return them to a central site in their area. These books are meant to be kept out in the various areas and should be used as often as possible by the membership.

Bags include Brownie, Junior, and Older Girl grade levels; historic pre-1963 books and books from the Contemporary Issues series from the 1980’s-1990’s. We hope to offer more topic related Books in A Bag in the future.

To find out more about this fun way to explore Girl Scout history please see the display at your local Fallapalooza or minipalooza this Fall.

For questions or comments please contact the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Committee at gscohistory@gmail.com.

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

Girl Scout alumnae visit the GSCO history collection

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Submitted by Heidi Books

Denver

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

In July, the GSCO history volunteers welcomed Girl Scout alumnae and friends for a tour of the GSCO history collection.  Alumnae came from all across the Front Range – Fort Collins to the south Denver area.  They were very impressed with the vast collection owned by Girl Scouts of Colorado and lovingly cared for by the GSCO history committee.

Displays of uniforms, books, badges, and collectibles were set up by the committee.  Also highlighted were activities that troops can do when they visit the history center, as well as uniforms and books that can be checked out and returned.

After the tour, the group traveled to Linda Robinson’s house for a picnic potluck in the shade of Linda’s cottonwood tree.  Wonderful food and fellowship were enjoyed, along with the great views of the Front Range and Northern Colorado from Linda’s backyard.

Total number of Girl Scout membership years was 540.  The youngest member at 29-years-old joined us for lunch; the oldest members have been Girl Scouts for 6 or more decades.

For more information on the GSCO History Center, please email gscohistory@gmail.com. For more information on Girl Scout alumnae activities in Northern Colorado, please email promisepartners@gmail.com. For more information on Girl Scout alumnae activities statewide, please email Heidi Books at Heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

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