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Loveland troop donates first-aid kits

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Submitted by Emily Prehm

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Brownie Troop 71020 from Loveland used a portion of their cookie proceeds to purchase supplies for first-aid kits. The girls worked together to assemble 20 kits, which will be donated to Kits for Kids and sent to children around the world. Each kit contains a message of encouragement from the troop. The troop decided to do this project after learning about the importance of taking care of themselves and others during the Brownie Quest Journey.

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Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award recipients honored at Highest Awards celebration in Loveland

More than 300 Girl Scouts, families, and friends gathered at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Loveland on April 23, 2017, to honor the more than 1,400 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote applauded the girls for having the courage and confidence to try new things and make their world a better place.

“Girl Scouts are groundbreakers, big thinkers, and role models. Giving back is in their blood. So is standing up to the challenge, no matter how big or small,” she said.

2016 Gold Award recipient and National Young Woman of Distinction Sarah Greichen served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked briefly about her journey to earn the Gold Award and how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.

“I cannot remember a day when Girl Scout flags, supplies, sashes, cookies, and girls planning events weren’t covering multiple floors of my house. We (the girls in my troop) each earned our Bronze and Silver Awards, while constantly practicing the leadership skills necessary to passionately lead, serve, and change the world,” she said. “Girl Scouts and in particular the Gold Award has given me unique opportunities to become courageous, caring, and confident, while actively practicing leadership skills that greatly impact the world. Girl Scouts also gave me the opportunity to identify and pursue my passion. I found that following your passion is the key to choosing and accomplishing highest awards projects.”

The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others, and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Before the celebration, Stephanie Foote presented Gold Award recipient and 2017 winner of the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence Emma Albertoni with an engraved silver medallion from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Emma, from Arvada and senior at Ralston Valley Senior High School, was named one of Colorado’s top youth volunteers of 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This is a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As a State Honoree, Emma will receive $1,000, the medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C. She will join top honorees from other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2017.

 

Power of cookie: Helping others

Submitted by Sara Novogoratz

Northern & Northeastern Colorado

What has Troop 70160  done with the money they earned from selling Girl Scout Cookies? A LOT!

This past year, the girls helped fix things in their school’s garden.  Two years ago, they helped a girl in their troop who had extensive medical bills from her cancer treatment.

Girls have also donated packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Salvation Army. They had never received packages in Fort Collins before! They also donated packages of cookies to Reflections for Youth in Loveland.

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Troop 74394 honors our heroes on Veterans Day

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Submitted by Brooke Gibbs

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Loveland Girl Scout Troop 74394 spent Veterans Day in service to our American heroes. We rose early to serve breakfast at the VFW in Loveland. Then, we continued our day by walking in the Veterans Day parade in historical Girl Scout uniforms. We had such a good time we plan on returning again next year.

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Scout Night at the Harlem Globetrotters

Submitted by Kaity Mallo

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to Budweiser Events Center in Loveland on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. during their 2017 World Tour. Join other Girl Scouts from GSCO at the Harlem Globetrotters game for Scout Night! Special discounted scout rate available as well as a free Original Harlem Globetrotters scout patch with every ticket!

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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!

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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.  

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