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Water World patch contest


Submitted by Lori Thompson, Girl Scouts of Colorado Community Partnerships Manager

Metro Denver


Help GSCO design our event patch for Girl Scout Days at Water World! The Girl Scout who submits the winning design will get a four-pack of Water World tickets. All Girl Scouts are invited to enter. To enter, girls should create their drawing on this contest form: Water_World_patch_contest

The final patch will be no larger than 2 ½” x 2 1/2” and have no more than 6 colors. What should Girl Scouts draw? Think about summer, water, and your favorite Girl Scout water activities. We’re looking for fun, creative ideas, so have fun and share your best idea! Contest deadline is April 30, 2017 and entries can be emailed to Girl Scouts of Colorado Community Partnerships Manager Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org or returned to your local Girl Scout office or the GSCO Shop.  Questions about the contest? Contact Lori.

Save the date! Girl Scout Days at Water World are planned for June 24 and 25, 2017. Girl Scouts and their friends and family can purchase discount tickets for $28.07 and additional discounted food vouchers. Not able to make to Girl Scout Days? Not a problem! We have a daily discount ticket for $30.99 available for Girl Scout families that can be purchased through the 2017 season. Tickets and food vouchers can be purchased online at https://goo.gl/SjtUqD. Enter the code Girl Scouts (case and space sensitive).

We hope to see you there!




Troop 3453 experiences a “Day in the life of an artist”

Submitted by Tom Bielefeldt

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Six Girl Scouts from Highlands Ranch Troop 3453 participated in a wonderful “Day in the life of an artist” experience at Ouray Sportswear in Englewood on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The event, sponsored by the Ouray of Hope Foundation, provided an opportunity for troop members to collaborate with designers, production artists, and other members of Ouray’s creative team.

The Girl Scouts, along with participants from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, were guided through the creative process of contemplating shirt designs based on the “Bigfoot” or “Yeti” theme. Girls researched and designed a couple of small “thumbnail” sketches before refining concepts into their very own full-size design. Creative professionals offered meaningful insights and guidance along the way. “Ouray is honored to provide opportunities to young folks looking to learn more about ‘real life’ employment scenarios. We enjoyed being able to showcase our process and interact with the kids, it was a very enriching experience,” said event organizer, Bobby Small, Ouray’s VP of Information Systems.

Troop 3453 was also treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ouray production facility, including massive screen-printing, embroidery, and laser cutting machines. Each participant then presented her design concept to the entire group, receiving suggestions and constructive feedback from an Ouray creative director. At the conclusion of the event, each Girl Scout received a special, custom-designed Bigfoot t-shirt commemorating the fantastic outing.

The experience is part of Troop 3453’s Media Journey, with the girl’s planning to use their newly acquired insights to design and produce their very own troop logo shirts!

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

City of Centennial honors Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Sarah Greichen

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The City of Centennial honored Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Sarah Greichen as one of six outstanding Centennial high school students with a Youth Achievement Award during a City Council meeting in April. The Youth Achievement Award honors and recognizes Centennial youth who have made a significant impact in the community through volunteer work or other special deeds that demonstrate exceptional leadership. All 2017 Youth Achievement recipients received a $500 scholarship.

Sarah, a senior at Front Range Christian School, was chosen for serving as an Adam’s Camp volunteer and as president of various unified sports clubs at both Heritage and Front Range Christian schools. She sits on the Special Olympics Youth Activation Committee and earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Her Girl Scout Gold Award project led her to create the Score A Friend, Inc., a nonprofit organization which works to include students of all abilities in school activities. Currently, there are Score A Friend clubs at Front Range Christian School, Louisiana State University, and Northern Arizona University. Sarah is also in the process of implementing nine new clubs in local area schools.

The Centennial Youth Commission and the City of Centennial’s Building Services provider, SAFEbuilt, provided $1,500 each to recognize these outstanding youth in the community.

Royal Gorge Centennial Girl Scout bridging ceremony


Join Girl Scouts across the state on the Royal Gorge Bridge for a very special centennial bridging event on Saturday, May 20, 2017! GSCO is organizing an official bridging walk at the bridge in Canyon City at 11 a.m. and will host a short reception afterwards. Cost is $5/Girl Scout and $3/friends and family, plus $16 per person for discounted entry to the park, which is good all day.

To Register: 

**Registration will be done in two parts. 

To participate in GSCO’s bridging ceremony and reception, please register at https://goo.gl/exHstj. The registration deadline for the reception is May 15, 2017. Each Girl Scout registration includes a special centennial event patch.

To purchase admission tickets, please contact the Royal Gorge Bridge directly at (719) 275-7507. Tickets can also be purchased at the bridge the day of the event. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family will need to purchase an admission ticket to enter the Royal Gorge for the bridging ceremony.

Girl Scout troops and families are also welcome to visit the Royal Gorge Bridge and enjoy discounted tickets, even if their troop or Girl Scout is not bridging.

Interested in camping near the Royal Gorge for this event? Check out these campsites:
• Royal Gorge Park – https://goo.gl/wXcUIX
• Other campsites on the hill close to the Royal Gorge – http://www.canoncitycolorado.com/camping

Questions? Contact Brook Sklenar at brook.sklenar@gscolorado.org or Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.


Troop 62215 Bronze Award videos

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Submitted by Junior Troop 62215 (Savannah, Cali, Elyana, Tanes, Desiree, Kelsey, Aubry, Emily, Mia, Autumn, Izzy, Nevaeh, and Evelyn)

Metro Denver


Hello! We are Juniors from Troop 62215. Our troop did our Bronze Award on Food Waste. We would like to share with others how bad food waste is. We made two videos to be shared to help others learn about it. Please share the videos with your troop and others in the world. We would like this message to be shared worldwide.

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We are in the process of completing some bookmarks to share our message too. Please let us know if you would be willing to give a bookmark to your Girl Scouts, troop families, friends, family members, etc. They are free.

We would like to thank our troop leaders, Jordan and Michelle, for helping us with this project. We would also like to thank “Weird Al” for the song.

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

We love our Girl Scout volunteers!

Submitted by Girl Scouts of Colorado Volunteer Support Specialist Rebecca Lipman

Metro Denver


On Saturday, April 9, 2017, the Program Team for the Denver Metro region hosted the annual Volunteer Appreciation Event at the Denver Art Museum. We celebrated the first 100 years of Girl Scouts in Colorado and looked forward to the next 100 years! GSCO staff welcomed nearly 100 key volunteers and their families to celebrate their contributions over the past year. The event was held to recognize volunteers who go above and beyond in demonstrating their dedication to the Girl Scout movement at both the local and council levels.  Among these incredible volunteers were service unit team members and service unit managers, service unit product sales managers, trainers, mentors serving on the Gold Award Committee, and Outdoor Program Volunteers.  Most of these volunteers hold multiple roles beyond the troop level while continuing to serve girls on their troop leadership teams. Volunteers were recognized for years of service, different roles, and meeting service unit goals. Girl Scouts of Colorado President & CEO Stephanie Foote gave a keynote speech thanking the volunteers for their service and highlighting some of the accomplishments of Girl Scouts of Colorado, which would not be possible without our amazing volunteers. Stephanie also spent some time meeting all the Girl Scouts in attendance and giving them her special CEO patch! 

One thing that made this event really special for everyone in attendance was the location. We were honored to be able to share the amazing work of the Denver Art Museum with volunteers and their families.  Volunteers were able to enjoy a fun day at the museum with their families before and after the reception.  Many volunteers said they appreciated being able to bring their families to the event and loved being able to explore the museum. A special thanks to the staff of the Denver Art Museum for helping us host such a unique event!

Have a magical night at the Wood’s SU mother/daughter dance

Submitted by Kathy Kettler

Metro Denver


Have a magical night at  The Wood’s SU mother/daughter dance on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from  6 to 9 p.m. at The Waymire Dome
on the Adams County Fair Grounds.

Presale Tickets: $16/couple, plus $7 per additional person by April 20

At the door cost: $10/person at the door and silent auction

Order and pay for your tickets here:  https://www.cheddarup.com/tabs/mother-daughter-dance-theme-disney



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

Register for the “Advanced Outdoor Skills” day camp

Submitted by Theresa Szczurek

Northern & Northeastern CO


Are you looking for outdoor adventure? You are in luck! Senior/Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 7 is running an advanced outdoor skills day camp on April 29, 2017 at Mountain View United Methodist Church (355 Ponca Place, Boulder 80303) from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Fourth Graders and up with prior camping experience will sharpen outdoor skills in first aid, knots, backpacking cooking, safety and set-up, orienteering, and more.

Register NOW:  https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/

Questions to: girlscouttroop70007@gmail.com

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

Colorado Girl Scouts earn Climate Change patch

Submitted by Colorado Moms Know Best

Metro Denver


On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, as part of their campaign to promote clean energy and protect clean air, Colorado Moms Know Best joined forces with Girl Scouts of Colorado to roll out the newly-created “Climate Change” patch. More than 20 Girl Scouts discussed the problem of climate change – and solutions – with legislators and Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, while bringing a gift and a request to the Governor.

As the generation that will bear the greatest burden of climate change to date – and has the most to gain by preventing its impacts – these Girl Scouts earned the brand-new Climate Change patch by finishing activities like researching clean energy jobs, examining climate change mitigation in their towns, and talking with decision makers.

“Moms are concerned about polluted air and other effects of fossil fuel burning utilities, especially given Colorado’s high childhood asthma rates,” said Jen Clanahan, Colorado Moms Know Best head mom. “We’re delighted the Girl Scouts are stepping up to help girls learn more about not only climate change, but how everyday citizens can make a difference with their elected officials. After all, it’s up to all of us – young and old – to find ways to slow climate change.”

After being introduced on the House floor and visiting the Senate floor, girls and their parents talked one-on-one with legislators, including Rep. Faith Winter, about the need for smart climate and clean energy policies. Afterwards, the Girl Scouts and Colorado Moms Know Best members draped a sash with a Climate Change patch over the life-sized plastic horse in Governor Hickenlooper’s office as a way to ask for his leadership on clean energy and addressing climate change. At the end of their morning of learning  and interaction, Lt. Governor Donna Lynne presented the Girl Scouts with their newly earned Climate Change patches. In addition to being a Girl Scout herself, Lt. Gov. Lynne is also a Girl Scouts of Colorado Woman of Distinction.

“In Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper is using programs to prevent climate change like wind energy,” said Cara Sullivan-Driver, a Littleton fourth grader in Troop 60375. “At my school they put signs up that  say ‘turn off your engine’ to reduce climate change. There are many things that we can do today because what we do now will change our future.”

“It’s foundational for Girl Scouts to spend time in the fresh air, learning skills in the great outdoors,” said Michelle Benko of Highlands Ranch. “If the climate continues to change, who knows how many generations of Girl Scouts will be able to continue that tradition? We worry it’s not very many. Our clean air is worth fighting for.”