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Girl Scouts Honors 2016 Women of Distinction



Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2016 Women of Distinction during the Thin Mint Dinner at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. The 2016 Women of Distinction for the Denver metro-area are:

  • Rose Andom, President and CEO Rosmik, Inc. and Chair, The Rose Andom Charitable Foundation
  • Nikki Cady, Founder, Heart and Hand Center for Youth and Families
  • Stephanie Donner, Chief Legal and People Officer, Galvanize
  • Kim Easton, CEO, Urban Peak
  • Jena Hausmann, President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Gloria Higgins, President, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC)
  • Brook Kramer, Vice President and Relationship Manager, First Western Trust
  • Christine Marquez-Hudson, President and CEO, The Denver Foundation
  • Mary Noonan, Board Trustee, Delta Dental of Colorado, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation and the Center for Women’s Health Research at CU Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Cheryl Ruiz-Lucero, Director, Capital Campaigns and Major Gifts, Denver Health Foundation


A group of nearly 500 gathered at the event, which was chaired by Women of Distinction Jandel Allen-Davis, VP Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region, and Kristin Richardson, Philanthropist and Community Volunteer. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Gin Butler, Woman of Distinction ‘03. They are shining examples of corporate, civic and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Sarah Greichen, Girl Scouts of the USA National Young Woman of Distinction and recipient of Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence.

Since 1997 Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 426 Denver-area women with this honor. More than $2 million has been raised in 19 years by Women of Distinction for Girl Scout programs.

Silver Presenting Sponsors include Lockheed Martin and Kristin Richardson. The Bronze Presenting Sponsor was Colorado Business Bank.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit our website.

To see photos from the event, go to our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/sets/72157675319733466

Girl Scout Day with the UNC Bears






Girl Scouts are invited to a cheer clinic and the University of Northern Colorado Bears Football Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Come learn cheer techniques and routines from UNC’s Division 1 Cheer Team. Join the team for a fan tunnel at the beginning of the game and to perform a routine during the first quarter of the game. Come to the game early and visit the Pepsi Fan Fest tailgate area, which opens at 9 a.m.

The cheer clinic starts at 11:30 a.m. and the game starts at                     1 p.m. Girl Scouts will get a commemorative cheer patch. Cost is $7/person. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Purchase tickets at www.uncbears.com/ticket and use the promo code “GIRLSCOUT16.” 

Skate City + Girl Scout Way badge = fun night

Submitted by Kathy Kettler

Metro Denver


The Woods SU is hosting a Girl Scout Skate Party celebrating Juliette Low’s Birthday on Monday, October 24, 2016 6 – 8 p.m. at the Westminster Skate City located at 200 W. 121st Avenue, Westminster. Wear pink and celebrate breast cancer prevention month and Juliette Low’s birthday. Brownie through Ambassador Girl Scouts can earn their Girl Scout Way badge. The girls will need to get their passports signed and turned into their leaders so that you know if they completed the stations (leaders will need to purchase GS Way badges for their girls).  Admission is $5. Skate rental is $2.50

We are asking troops to donate to Children’s Hospital to celebrate Juliette Low’s Birthday by donating items off of the Children’s Hospital North Campus wish list.


Thank you for your interest in donating toys and other needed items to Children’s Hospital Colorado! As a result of our community’s generosity, we are able to help make the holiday season, birthdays, and other special events memorable for our patients and families. 

Reminders To better assist you with decisions regarding donations, please keep in mind: 

Due to infection control guidelines for all of our patients, we cannot accept used or gently loved items.  Items need to be in their original packaging. 

We cannot accept toys that depict violence, i.e. guns, swords. Newborns, infants/toddlers, and adolescents are the age groups in greatest need.

We also cannot accept the following items: food products, potted plants, and latex balloons.

Children’s Hospital Colorado North Campus Wish List 

Most Needed Items – all items need to be new and in original packaging 

  • Clothing (pants & shirts, newborn – school age)-highly needed
  • Play dough – highly needed
  • Medical play kits
  • Sensory toys (tactile, vibrating, etc.)
  • Light-Up & Musical Toys
  • Extra Little People and animals
  • Lego kits
  • Coloring books
  • Blocks and building sets
  • Stickers
  • Dolls
  • Matchbox cars & trucks
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Walmart & Target gift cards 
  • Ear buds/headphones

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Brownie/Daisy Fun Day

Submitted by Michelle Johnson

Metro Denver


We would like to invite Brownies and Daisies to our Brownie/Daisy Fun Day. We will have each level do a Journey. The Brownies will do “Brownie Quest.” The Daisies will do the “5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals” Journey. The cost is $7 per girl (included fun patch, but not the Journey Patch). If the leaders want a fun patch, they cost $2 a piece. The event is on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We ask that parents just drop off or find something quiet to do so the Junior/Cadette leaders will not be nervous. Each troop must have at least one leader stay with them. We will not serve lunch, but we will be serving snack. Please email troop62215@gmail.com for more info. Space is limited so RSVP soon. Last day to RSVP is 10/24/2016.

A Girl Scout truly LIVING by the Girl Scout Law

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Submitted by Colleen Trapp

Metro Denver


My daughter Elizabeth is in Troop 64257 in Aurora. Elizabeth has a twin brother, Joel, who has special needs. There’s a girl in her troop, Emily, who truly epitomizes what it means to be a Girl Scout. Emily always treats Joel with such dignity and respect. When you read the Girl Scout Law, you know that she TRULY takes it to heart and is leading by example. Today, after I picked up Joel from school, we were waiting for his sister to come out and he lit up when he saw Emily. Emily checked to make sure it was safe to cross the street, walked over to the car, and gave Joel a big hug, MADE HIS DAY! With so many kids being bullied, Emily is a strong leader and really shows how to treat others!

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

Scout Night at the Denver Zoo

Submitted by Charon Dyer

Metro Denver


Girl Scout Troop 60287 got together and attended the Scout Night at the Denver Zoo where we watched hula dancers, painted our own faces, learned about water pollution, and much much more. This event is a great one for scouts from all walks of life!

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

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge

Walk where dinosaurs walked, learn about fossils, and more!

Join GSCO for Dinosaur Ridge’s annual Girl Scout Day on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Experienced geoscientists will explain fossil footprints, show dinosaur bones, and make Mesozoic Colorado come to life.  The Women in Mining, National Park Service, Legendary Ladies, and Mr. Bones will host booths with more fun activities.

All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Cost is $6/Girl Scout, $5/adult. Register at http://bit.ly/2cVAuXx through GSCO until Thursday, Oct. 6. Walk-up registrations will be accepted at the event.
Girl Scout Day is also National Fossil Day through the National Park Service! There will be a National Fossil Day event patch available for all scouts that would like to purchase one. Cost: $3/patch.
For more information, please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Power Up your troop in time for Bully Prevention Month

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Submitted by Caroline Cornell

Metro Denver


Ambassador Troop 2879 invites you to join them at one of their fall Power Up events scheduled for southeast metro Denver. Power Up is a girl-led course that trains girls how to recognize and stop bullying when they see it. It’s focused on the kinds of bullying that girls do most: excluding, ignoring, gossiping, and drama. Participants will explore:

• Who has the Power in relationships?

• The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of friendships.

• How to Change their World by figuring out what roles are played in girl dramas and how you can be more than a bystander when girls are teased or left out.

Adult leaders and chaperones will mix with the girls for lunch and some programming during the day, but have their own, separate program too.

It’s a great way to start off your Girl Scout year right!

Date Program Level Registration Link

September 11, 2016 Junior https://power-up-9-11-2016.cheddarup.com/

September 24, 2016 Junior https://power-up-9-24-2016.cheddarup.com/

October 9, 2016 Cadette https://power-up-10-9-2016.cheddarup.com/

January 14, 2017 Junior & Cadette https://power-up-1-14-17.cheddarup.com/

All programs are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are held in the Conference Center at Parker Adventist Hospital. Cost is $15 per girl and $10 per adult, including two healthy snacks.

Want to learn more about Power Up, but can’t make one of these dates? Sign up for the Power Up: Clique Proofing Your Troop session at the Leadership Summit on October 1, 2016 for a preview.

Have group and a space? We can travel to you! Please email us at Troop2879@gmail.com to ask about our availability to come to your venue.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Carrie Bishop, Golden, “Unknown Garden Crevices”

Carrie Bishop

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award Project, I addressed the need for low water landscaping through adding an educational aspect to the Community Heroes Crevice Garden at the Apex Simms Street Center. In addition to fundraising for and purchasing a bench, I also designed and purchased an educational sign and a website domain (www.communityheroesgarden.com). The website provides information on my Gold Award project, crevice gardening, and information specific to the Community Heroes Crevice Garden.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I measured the impact of my Gold Award project through a brief survey accessible from the website, as well as a website hit counter on the homepage of the website. All of the responses from the survey showed an increase in knowledge about crevice gardens, and most people surveyed responded that they would be more likely to create a crevice garden in place of a traditional garden in the future. In the time the website has been public (since September 30), there have been 690 views on it (as of February 10, 2016).

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement? 

After my involvement, my project will be sustained by the Apex Parks and Recreation Department and Rocky Mountain Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society, which has over 300 registered members. Both of these organizations have committed to keep up the garden, with Apex doing general ground maintenance, and RMC-NARGS continuing to plant and maintain the plant garden and website as a whole. The Community Heroes Crevice Garden has also received permission to use Jefferson County Open Space funding.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

I created a public website that is visible to anyone, and can be accessed anywhere. The website is www.communityheroesgarden.com. I have also contacted the department heads at Parks and Recreation departments in the area, and shared my project and the website with them, so that they, if they choose, can implement the idea and further share it in their communities. I shared my website and project with family members who live in other states, and they have shared the website further. I have received survey responses from Colorado, New Mexico, California, Florida, and even Victoria, Canada. I presented my project to the Apex board on December 10  and was the first Girl Scout who had done so. The North American Rock Garden Society has also included the Community Heroes Crevice Garden in a national brochure that they published. I have also written a blog post, “Unknown Crevice Gardens”, to further share my project. In addition, The Colorado Water Conservation Board listed the Community Heroes Crevice Garden as a xeriscape demonstration garden on their website, along with a link.

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout my project, I learned that I need a time plan to keep myself accountable and make progress on a long term project. I learned how to communicate with multiple organizations and companies, and how to coordinate an event. Also, I learned that I can be a good leader.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Earning my Gold Award will provide me with essential communication and collaboration skills, as well as the ability to successfully budget. Also, completing the award gave me the confidence to know that I can accomplish anything.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award was a huge part of my Girl Scout experience; it took many of the skills and abilities I have learned from 10 years of Girl Scouts, and allowed me to apply the knowledge to create an amazing addition to the community garden. It was a great cumulative experience, and I will continue to hold the memories of my project as some of the best in my Girl Scouting career.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org