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Brownie badge workshop and mini-golf

Submitted by Cassidy C.

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Hi! I’m Cassidy and my troop would love to have Girl Scout Brownies come and start their new school year by attending our workshop. Earn your “Brownie Fair Play” badge and learn about golf! The First Tee of Denver and Troop 62967 will host a “Brownie Fair Play” badge workshop at Aqua Golf in Denver (501 W Florida Avenue, Denver, CO 80223) on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

Come join Girl Scout Ambassadors and girls from a local high school golf team to learn about the great sport of golf. Have fun, learn about The First Tee of Denver, and some golf basics and then go try your skills at mini-golf. The “Brownie Fair Play” badge will be earned and pizza will be served!

Cost will be $10 per Brownie and includes the badge, mini-golf, and pizza/drink. Adults are free unless playing mini-golf. Mini-golf is $5 per adult.

Space is limited to 30 Girl Scouts and is open to Brownies only. Please sign up to secure your spot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4da9aa2d6-brownie

Leaders and parents, please plan to attend to maintain GSCO troop safety ratios.PLEASE no tagalongs. Reservation is not set until payment is received. Payment can be via PayPal to catandcass@aol.com or check can be sent to Cathy Christian c/o Troop 62967 10138 Astorbrook Lane Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. Check should be made out to Girl Scout Troop 62967 Questions can be sent to catandcass@aol.com.

I have been a member of both Girl Scouts and The First Tee since kindergarten. I’m not a great golfer, but I love the sport. I’ve been on my high school golf team for the past two years. I have a lot of fun at practice and at the tournaments with my teammates. I’ve had one moment of glory…I did a hole-in-one at a high school tournament this spring! I would like to have other girls try the sport and see if it’s something they would like to do. Golf is a life-long sport and an amazing skill. There are many opportunities open to girls that play golf. The First Tee of Denver offers classes for all skill levels and they have leadership and scholarship opportunities for older girls. I’ve been fortunate to go to two national leadership conferences sponsored by The First Tee. Take a risk, try something new and come have a good time.

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G.I.R.L.s paint inspirational messages on bathroom stalls for students

Submitted by Adrienne Prince

Metro Denver

Parker

Update: On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, the troop was interviewed by Karen Morfitt of CBS Denver. Watch the story: https://cbsloc.al/2BhY16d 

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 4664 from Parker wanted to send encouraging messages to students at Mammoth Heights Elementary School in Parker, their former elementary school. They painted bathroom stalls with encouraging and inspirational messages, such as “You are brave,” “Good vibes only,” ‘”Dream, strive, become,” “Drive with purpose,” “Be kind,” and “You are enough.” In all, six Girl Scouts painted 42 stalls in a girls’ and boys’ restrooms in May and June of 2018.

This was all part of their project to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for a Girl Scout Cadette. The girls wanted to do this because they have all experienced bullying and not being included. They wanted to share something encouraging and positive with younger students. The girls are proud to have earned their Silver Award because it allowed them to give back to their school and be role models. They want to show their community that teenagers and girls can be leaders!

Congratulations Lois P., Sophia S., Caitlyn S., Madison G., Eliza A., and Rachel T.!

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Synchronized swimming with Rocky Mountain Splash

Submitted by Wendy Anderson

Metro Denver

Aurora

Girl Scout Cadette Devin Johnson has been very busy this year. Not only has she earned her Girl Scout Silver Award, but she also traveled to Ohio in June for the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Junior Olympics.

We all know how important it is to keep children physically active. Like many girls, Devin tried many different sports, dance, ice skating, gymnastics, swim lessons, just to name a few. While she liked each sport well enough, she didn’t become passionate about any sport until she tried Girl Scout Day with Rocky Mountain Splash just a couple years ago. After trying synchronized swimming, she found her real passion! Devin’s Girl Scout troop held swim parties in the past, and they were always a huge hit, but Devin and her friends were ready to take their swimming skills to a new level.

What is synchronized swimming? First, it is synchronized, usually eight girls on a team carefully choreograph and precisely time their movements. And of course, it is swimming! Girls never touch the bottom of the pool during their routines, and they must hold their breath while upside down underwater, requiring expert breath control. It is the grace and beauty–not to mention the leaps and twirls– of dance, ice skating, or gymnastics on the unstable platform of water. It is definitely a great workout!

Devin says she loves the challenge of synchronized swimming. Her parents love to see how Devin is living the Girl Scout Law as part of the team. Many team sports instill values of fair play and helping teammates, and Rocky Mountain Splash is no exception. It certainly takes courage and strength, both physically and mentally, to perform in front of an audience, especially at Junior Olympics. Devin has also become increasing responsible for her own gear and managing her time to juggle synchronized swimming, school, and Girl Scouts. While being a sister to every Girl Scout, or connecting with a members of her synchro team, having a group of girls to depend on is so important to Devin, as it is to all girls.

Do you know someone who is ready to try some synchronized swimming? Rocky Mountain Splash offers a special discount to Girl Scouts who attend their event who want to try synchronized swimming. This year’s synchronized swimming event with Rocky Mountain Splash Event is taking place at Rangeview High School Aurora at 1:15 p.m. on September 8, 2018. Please find more information about the event, including how to register, on the GSCO Events webpage at http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/syncronized_swimming.html you can also check out the Rocky Mountain Splash webpage at http://www.rmsplash.org/ or their video at https://vimeo.com/111368763

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G.I.R.L.s collect school supplies to earn Bronze Award

Submitted by Melissa Holmberg

Metro Denver

Littleton

Girl Scout Junior Troop 1631 from Highlands Ranch, which has 14 girls, is currently working to earn their Bronze Award by collecting school supplies for low-resource students. The girls identified a need for school supplies an elementary school in Evans. Next, they reached out to schools in their own community, and asked to place boxes in the lobby to collect supplies.  A dozen schools agreed to participate, and the girls worked with the schools to publicize their project through posters, an e-newsletter to parents, and the schools’ announcements.

On July 12, 2018, the girls met to merge and sort the donated supplies. They include pencils, markers, glue, scissors, binders, paper, and books. Additionally, some of the girls reached out to Office Depot in Highlands Ranch, which agreed to place another collection box in the front of the store. The girls hope people buy and donate additional supplies on the spot. On August 12, the girls will deliver the donated supplies to Union Colony Elementary School in Evans.

Earlier this summer, the girls completed their biggest girl-led project yet! Many of the girls were in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as babies, or have overcome some sort of medical challenge, so when completing the “Agent of Change” Journey, they wanted to do something to help children and families in the NICU at UCHealth. The girls assembled 20 NICU Care Kits and delivered them to the hospital in June. The full story, along with a few photos and thank you letters from parents who received the kits, is here: https://bit.ly/2usUFXc.

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Silver Award project: Plastic bag ban

Submitted by Girl Scout Cadette Troop 62458

Metro Denver

Littleton

We are Girl Scout Cadettes Ella M., Amanda B., Mia J.,  and Giana A. from the Columbine area in Littleton. As part of our project to earn our Silver Award, today (July 31, 2018), we proposed a ban on the use of disposable plastic bags in Jefferson County before the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners. In Colorado, we see plastic bags littering our rivers and highways, and in trees all over our parks. The plastic bags degrade into our rivers, lakes, and reservoirs polluting our water, therefore damaging our ecosystem.

In addition, disposable plastic bags make our groceries more expensive. Stores pay anywhere from $1 to $6,000 per month on disposable bags. The stores then add that cost into groceries and products. The average hidden cost of bags that consumers pay is $37.50 every year. Consumers use 100 billion plastic bags per year. More than 90% end up in landfills where they are not exposed to elements that would degrade them. We cannot let this go on any longer. Plastic bags continually block drainage systems and put poisons into the water supply. Many animals mistakenly eat plastic bags and as more animals eat each other, the pollutants go up the food chain, and eventually end up on our dinner tables. It’s time we take control of the environmental impact of our actions by getting rid of disposable plastic grocery bags.

On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, the girls were interviewed by Ashley Michels of Fox31/KDVR-TV. Use this link to watch the story. https://bit.ly/2OAvfAo

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This is Home: A Denver Day of Community Action featuring Yo-Yo Ma

Submitted by Kaylie Showers

Metro Denver

Denver

World renowned cellist and activist Yo-Yo Ma will be kicking off his international tour in Colorado with a performance at Red Rocks. On August 2, 2018, he will be visiting several Denver neighborhoods, culminating with a celebration in Mariposa from 3 – 6 p.m., where he will take part in a community conversation and artistic performances. This event will bring together non-profit service providers and community members who are already hard at work in their Colorado neighborhoods.

“This is Home: A Denver Day of Community Action,” hosted by local youth empowerment non-profit Youth on Record, the Colorado Governor’s Office, Denver Housing Authority, and The Music District, will feature live performances, free appetizers and drinks, and interactive art exhibits. This is the first time this exhibit has been done and we are the first stop on his international community tour.

Our goal is to bring together a diverse group of providers and participants to share, explore, learn, and grow. Follow this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/this-is-home-yo-yo-ma-tickets-48394553412 to RSVP for yourself and any participants you plan on attending with you.

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Girl Scout delivers 60 care packages to pediatric diabetes patients

Silver Award Girl Scout Makayla of Arvada delivered 60 care packages to pediatric diabetes patients at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes on the CU Anshutz campus on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. The packages were part of her project to earn her Silver Award, but more importantly,  they were in honor of her aunt who died from complications with diabetes and was a patient at the Barbara Davis Center. Each bag is filled with items that newly diagnosed children will need, such as alcohol swabs, but Makalya didn’t stop there. She also included some fun things, like coloring books and crayons.

Jeff Todd, a reporter with CBS4 Denver, was there when Makayla delivered the bags. Click here to watch his story.

To learn more about Makayla and her project, read this blog: http://gscoblog.org/2018/05/one-g-i-r-l-attempting-to-tackle-t1d-costs/

 

Xcel Energy’s Day of Service

Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes are invited to spend the morning with Xcel Energy employees to unravel energy mysteries and earn an energy patch on September 8, 2018. Learn about windmills and how it’s important to call Xcel before you do any digging or construction on your property. In the morning, you will also participate in a service project to help others in your community by making cards to share with veterans. It will be a special day of learning and caring, designed just for Girl Scouts, during Xcel Energy’s annual Day of Service!

The event is planned for Saturday, September 8 from 8 – 11 a.m. at Xcel Energy’s Service Center in Lakewood. There’s no cost for the event and Girl Scouts can register at http://xcelenergydos.ivolunteer.com/girlscouts18. Questions? Please contact Lori Warner at lori.a.warner@xcelenergy.com. We hope to see you there!

Girl Scouts conquer a 14er

Submitted by Elizabeth Moore

Metro Denver

Conifer

Girl Scouts from around the metro-area gathered this past weekend for a Colorado adventure! We camped in Buena Vista, visiting The Trailhead store to learn more about outdoor gear. Then, we spent the evening learning about Leave No Trace and prepping for our hike.

The next morning, we got up super early and headed over to Mt. Sherman! It was a steep, grueling hike, but in the end, seven girls ended up making it all the way to the 14,036 foot summit. It was the first 14er ever for five of the girls!

The girls earned the new “Eco-Trekker” badge and parts of the “Primitive Camper” badge while on this trip. If this kind of adventure sounds fun to you, please email Elizabeth at elizabeth@285girlscouts.org for information about next year’s mountaineering adventure!

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Gold Award Girl Scout Zoi Johns named VFW Colorado Scout of the Year

Gold Award Girl Scout Zoi Johns of Golden was honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars as the Colorado Scout of the Year in June 2018. VFW recognizes the impact scouting has on not only the nation but the world. Zoi told Girl Scouts of Colorado, “Thank you for being a part of my story and my success. THIS is why we do what we do.”

Learn more about Zoi’s Gold Award project on GSCO blog: http://gscoblog.org/2017/10/girl-scout-gold-award-project-zoi-johns-golden-project-waterwise/