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Troop 62511 to host Watch Party for The Baby-Sitters Club

Submitted by Carla Clark

Metro Denver

Looking for something to go along with your summer reading? Have you heard of Netflix’s new series The Baby-sitters Club? Troop 62511 is hosting a watch party on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. We’ve set up a Zoom meeting to share the video. For those of you unfamiliar with The Babysitters Club book series, the show is based on the best-selling book series, that follows the friendship and adventures of Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace), Mary-Anne Spier (Malia Baker), Claudia Kishi (Momona Tamada), Stacey McGill (Shay Rudolph), and Dawn Schafer (Xochitl Gomez) as the middle-schoolers start their babysitting business  in the town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G9BoFUqMrs

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE ZOOM LINK AND A SURPRISE!  Arrangement for the surprise need to be coordinated by July 9, 2020, so sign up by 3 p.m.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebUcIBKn_4AzG3qRtI0_bhLjXwzfq-Tu4kFA2-miZN2uheag/viewform

Rounding out the cast, Alicia Silverstone plays Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, the selfless single-mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of all around good guy Watson Brewer, played by Mark Feuerstein. Ann M. Martin, the beloved series author and producer on the new series, was the first to conceive the idea of these inspiring young girls with different backgrounds, personalities and opinions that were brought together by a business venture they conceived and bonded through the friendships they forged. The adaptation of the contemporary dramedy that continues to champion friendship, female empowerment and entrepreneurship was led by Rachel Shukert (Glow) as showrunner and Lucia Aniello (Broad City) as executive producer and director.

You must adhere to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s policies on “Returning to In-Person Troop Meetings and Activities (June 15, 2020)”.

Questions? Email carlaaclark@comcast.net.

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.

Virtual Summer Activities

Submitted by Bree Dulaney

Metro Denver

Centennial

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Juniors from Troop 61608 opted for continuity during this odd time and kept their semi-monthly meetings going, but virtually.

During the summer, we normally do a lot of outdoor activities, but since we were practicing social distancing, the girls voted on their favorite activities we could do while meeting online. Canvas & cupcakes, rock painting, chalk, and string art have been accomplished. Stargazing, glow sticks dance party, COVID-19 time capsule, and obstacle course are yet to come!

The girls have done great with adapting to “the new norm!”

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.

Pollinators and citizen science

Submitted by Robin Hill

Metro Denver

Aurora

Ruth and Aspen from Troop 60035 worked on their Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey. For a field trip, they participated in a pollinator workshop at the Denver Botanic Gardens. They learned that National Pollinator Week was celebrated in June. Because of COVID-19, the usual events surrounding National Pollinator Week could not be held. That’s when their Take Action Project was born. The girls did a presentation about National Pollinator Week, common pollinators in Colorado, and ways to help pollinators through citizen science. Their presentation was shared with their troop, other troop leaders, and family and friends. They also enjoyed their Scistarter project, an ant picnic, where they examined what “foods” attracted ants. Pictures are from one of the citizen scientist observation games and from their ant picnic.

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.

Celebrating Pride Month 2020

Submitted by Emily Mullen, GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist

Metro Denver

Denver

Happy Pride!

Black Trans Lives Matter. In 2019, advocates tracked at least 27 deaths of transgender or gender non-conforming people in the U.S. due to fatal violence, the majority of whom were Black transgender women. In 2020, so far, at least 15 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been fatally shot or killed by other violent means. We say “at least” because too often these stories go unreported — or misreported. (source: https://www.hrc.org/resources/violence-against-the-trans-and-gender-non-conforming-community-in-2020)

This year, pride will look different for a lot of people. At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we stand with every LGBTQI+ person this Pride month and beyond. We know there is a lot of work to be done daily to practice being an ally. We encourage you to have age appropriate conversations with your Girl Scouts about LGBTQI+ identities. Below is a noncomprehensive list on how to practice allyship for the LGBTQI+ community:

  • Listen. Open yourself up to understanding without the desire to be heard. Respect the voices of those within the LGBTQI+ community and use your platform of privilege to raise those voices up.
  • Learn. Do the work to educate yourself; it is not the responsibility of someone within the LGBTQI+ community to educate you. Google is an extremely helpful tool if you ever have questions, however, it is important to check the resources you are using for credibility. We have also linked some helpful resources at the bottom of this post.
  • Grow. It’s okay to not be perfect – messing up is in our nature. Apologize for your mistakes and move on. Learn from your mistakes and do better next time. Always continue learning. An ally’s work is never done. Language is always changing, which means continuing education is crucial.

Helpful Resources for Engaging Youth

Colorado Based Resources

Questions? Email GirlExperience@gscolorado.org.

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.

Silver Award Projects

Submitted by Maggie Donohue

Metro Denver

Aurora

In Troop 64473, we had three different Silver Award projects. One was called Back the Blue K-9 Unit where the girls supported the Arapahoe Sheriff Department’s K-9 Unit. The second Silver Award project was called Building a Book House for the Homeless. This group collected books to fill the book house. They spent many weekends building the bookcase. Once they finished, they took the books and the bookcase to the Comitis Crisis Center. The third Silver Award project was called Sensory Carts. The girls in this group made two sensory carts for the students at Pine Lane Elementary School. On the carts were an assortment of sensory things the children could touch and play with. On the inside of the carts their were two different weighted blankets, fidget toys, weighted stiff animals, and games.

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.

Helping to clean up after protests

 

Submitted by Maria Casaverde Marin

Metro Denver

Denver

Francesca is a second year Brownie who has been learning in the past days about how protesting leads to change in our history. She has been following the news and was heartbroken to see all the vandalism. She knew that she wanted to do something positive to be part of the change. We joined the city’s call for volunteers and went downtown early in the morning to help pick up trash.

I pointed out that while people have the freedom to protest, vandalism has negative consequences to our community, which she was able to see first-hand. We were very encouraged to see hundreds of people joining this call to make Denver a safe and just place for all.

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 Scouts Compete in Toast-Off Challenge

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Lone Tree/ Highlands Ranch

During COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Colorado Girl Scout Cadette Hayden L. and her cousin Reagan M. came up with the simply brilliant Toast-Off Challenge idea while Facetiming each other.  Hayden shared this boredom buster idea with her Girl Scout sisters of Troop 60059 in Highlands Ranch and their first Toast-Off was held on April 8, 2020 with an “animals” theme.  From there, toast-off was shared on a “virtual Girl Scout activities” page by Hayden’s troop leader, where multiple troops across the United States.

Hayden’s original game rule suggestions for Toast-Off were:

  • Allow 20 minutes during an online troop meeting to create your pre-determined group themed toast design.
  • Any food ingredients at home can be used, as long as you eat a few bites after sharing your food art with the group.
  • You must use a minimum of three ingredients, not including the bread.
  • Share your designs with each other and take a photo for follow-up voting.

It has become evident that Toast-Off is a fun challenge for all age Girl Scouts with different levels of cooking skills, using only ingredients they had available to them when grocery store shelves were mostly empty and shipping was delayed.  Each troop has put their own spin with rules and themes that work for them. Thank you, Hayden and Reagan, for being innovators (G.I.R.L) during a time period that has encouraged creative thinking.

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.

HTH Delivery and Social Distancing Bike Ride

Submitted by Sandi DeCamp

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Sixth grade Girl Scout Cadette Troop 60594 from Broomfield delivered cookies to their Hometown Heroes by way of a social distancing bike ride. We loaded up a bike trailer with the cookies, a poster sized thank you card, and took to a bike path. The girls had fun riding their bikes. Proving they can have fun anywhere, the girls created a “bike wave” as they rode-similar to a stadium audience wave. It was our own personal bike parade!

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.

Community made masks

Submitted by Sasha Benner

Metro Denver

Lakewood

I work for Lutheran Hospice in Wheat Ridge. I am in charge of distributing PPE to my clinicians. We get any donated supplies from the hospital. When I was in yesterday, I came across some donated cotton masks– keep in mind we distribute these to our patients and families to keep our clinicians safe during home visits. Among the masks were three with familiar looking fabric! Now, I don’t know if these were made by a Girl Scout or not, but being a leader, I felt proud to see this particular fabric being put to good use! I just wanted to shout out to “Saving Humanity One Mask At A Time!”

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.

Badges Through the Power of the Internet

Submitted by Brennah D.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

I led my Girl Scout troop through the Scribe badge on Zoom. With my PowerPoint presentation, we were able to get everything checked off. This was my first time making a PowerPoint presentation and being a leader through online learning. It was fun!

I love Girl Scouts and everything it has let me do!

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.