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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.

Northern and Northeastern GSCO Office Moving to Loveland

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To provide better access for volunteers and staff, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Northern and Northeastern Colorado office is moving from Fort Collins to Loveland on April 1.

The new office is right off of I-25 near the Loveland Outlets in the Centerra area at 2755 Rocky Mountain Ave., Suite 420. It’s also just 15 minutes east of GSCO’s History Center. The new smaller, more professional space is perfect for the region’s needs and is in a more populous area.

Staff contact info will be the same, as will the main phone number, 970-493-5469. Watch soon for open house details.

 

 

 

Loveland Juniors support literacy in early childhood

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Submitted by Lana Berning And Sierra Sikich
Loveland
Northern and Northeastern Colorado

We love reading! And we wanted to share that love with others.

We looked at our community and decided that the best way to instill the love of books was to start early, we knew that not every family could afford a lot of books, so we set out to give a book that they could keep to each preschooler in our school district.

We wanted to collect 1,500 books to give out. We met with the preschool team for the district to discuss what we wanted to do, They thought it was a wonderful way to help young children to love reading. We put together a donation letter and went to all the local bookstores asking for donations. With the help of friends, family and Book Haven (a used book store here in Loveland) We collected over 2,200 books.

WOW! we never expected to get that many. Our next step was contacting the preschools. We got a list from our contact at the school district and sent out email’s and made calls to set up days and times that we can go in to read a story to the kids and give them books. We went to all 14 preschools that are part of our school district and read Green Eggs and Ham to the kids, and since we had gotten so many more books than we set out for we were able to give each child 2 books of their own to keep.

We had many books left over which included quite a few chapter books. So we decided to donate them to Alternatives to Violence to build a library in their Safe house and to donate some to the School District to split between the preschools to have more books on hand for the kids to read and enjoy.

We had a lot of fun collecting books to share the love of reading with. It felt amazing to see all the excited faces of the preschoolers when the got their books and we told them they where theirs to keep. We hope that the many kids we read to will continue reading and enjoying all the places you can visit and adventures you can have through books.

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

Check out these great volunteer-led Day Camp programs

 

Be sure to check out our additional volunteer Day Camp programs this summer!

KIWA: Outwit, Outplay, Outcamp at Kiwa Korral 2013 is a Survivor themed camp that promises to be a lot of fun. Camp is held June 24th – 28th, 2013. Registration period is March 1- 29, 2013. Our popular PA training program will be offered to girls eligible for PA training (completed grades 6 and over). Please contact Siobhan Murtha by email siobhan@Q.com or phone 303-772-7006 for more information and a camp registration packet.

LOVELAND: The 2013 Loveland Day Camp will be July 15th through the 19th and will be titled “Amazing Animal Adventure.” Contact Amber at (970-669-4450) and the website is www.lovelandgsdaycamp.info

SWIFT PONDS: Livin’ in the Wild Wild West Day camp is a wonderful opportunity for young girls, ages 6 to 12 to experience group living in a natural environment with the security of their own beds at night. Girls over 12 enjoy leadership activities as Program Aides. Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts are welcome! Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., every day. http://fortcollinsgirlscoutdaycamp.info/