Approximately 22 troops donated their Girl Scout Cookies to the South Jeffco Cupboard and then, many of them gathered to donate about 360 cases (that’s 4,230 packages) of cookies to Buckley Air Force Base. Four current soldiers came to speak to the girls and also gave them MRE’s (meals ready to eat) to try. Thank you to all the troops that donated!
Troop 64098 from Aurora, Colorado brought over 300 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Special Olympics, the troop’s Hometown Hero. Girl Scouts Chloe, Avery, and Emily and Troop Leaders Jennifer and Shannon volunteered their day helping at the Denver North Regional Track Meet. We all had a wonderful time and plan on doing more volunteering with Special Olympics!
This year, Troop 60114 began a service project called Friends of Phenyx, where we show support to children and families battling cancer. The girls have collected letters, pictures, and gifts in support of our friend, Phenyx, who has meshenchymal chrondosarcoma.
Continuing to be inspired, the troop donated over 200 packages of cookies to Brent’s Place, a safe and clean housing community for children being treated at Children’s Hospital.
Using their cookie money, the troop purchased coloring books, activity pads, books, and other fun items and made busy bags to be handed out to children receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital.
The deadline for this amazing older girl opportunity has been extended to May 24, 2017! Submit your interest form today!
Apply today to be one of nine Girl Scout Seniors who will get to experience hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) alongside women professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries at the SheTech Explorer Day! Learn the ins and outs of cellular networks, hardware, software development, coding, web design, and much more alongside your peers! You’ll engage in three immersive technology workshops, 12 fun-filled TechZone activities, and a TechChallenge where you’ll collaborate with your team to solve a problem for a chance to win a scholarship stipend and admission to Colorado Technology Association’s Women in Technology Conference on June 9!
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: The Commons on Champa, 1st Floor
1245 Champa St.
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It can be difficult for leaders to have their troop complete the two requirements for the Bridging Arc badge. A solution: organize a multi-level bridging requirements event where all levels can talk to the Girl Scout level below theirs and listen to the Girl Scout level above. There were two rounds of discussions in order to make this happen. Girl Scout Daisies made cards to pass along to incoming Girl Scouts! It was organized chaos, but over 100 Girl Scouts completed their bridging requirements within an hour!
The Girl Scouts of Troop 35 in SE Aurora selected the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department as their Hometown Hero this year. They sold over 8,000 boxes of cookies – at least 500 of them donations for their local police station.
When we dropped the 500+ boxes of cookies off, a volunteer officer took some time out of his evening to give us a tour of their facility in Centennial. The girls got to see the different departments, interact with dispatch, and spend some time inside a police car.
A few days later, we were contacted by the Sheriff himself! He was so grateful for our generous donation that he insisted on coming out and thanking the girls in person. He came to our recent troop meeting and spent a good half hour with the Girl Scouts, talking and answering questions. We were honored to have him with us and thrilled that the second grade Brownies got to have this experience.
Lauren, with Cadette Troop 60762 of the Green Meadows Service Unit, enjoyed earning her Silver Award by working with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children).
Over the summer, Lauren decided to go through her stuffed animal collection and donate over 50 like-new stuffed animals to a charity. Her younger sister volunteered to donate 20 of her own stuffed animals. When looking for a charity in which to donate the stuffed animals, she learned that the organization Love Does It was planning to donate 100 backpacks filled with supplies for the children of CASA. Lauren asked if she could donate her animals to the Backpack Project.
She then decided to contact her dentist and her parents’ dentist to see if they would donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss. Dr. Paul Miyamoto donated a large supply of toothbrushes, travel size toothpastes, and floss to Lauren’s cause.
Lauren then decided to go through all of her books and sister’s books; they donated close to 50 books for the Backpack Project.
Once Lauren had these supplies, she got together with the co-founders of Love Does It for an afternoon and helped to stuff the 100 backpacks with the supplies she provided and other supplies that were donated by generous people in the community.
A few days after stuffing all of the backpacks, Lauren and Love Does It donated over 100 backpacks to the children of CASA. While there, Lauren learned that CASA Colorado in Aurora works with more than 800 foster and kinship care children a year! While receiving a tour, she was shown the gift closet where children can come and select a gift from the closet on their birthday. Seeing that there were not 800 gifts in the closet, Lauren decided to hold a toy drive in her community and within her sister troop to see if she could collect new toys for the CASA children. In December, Lauren was able to donate over 75 new toys to CASA to be placed in the gift closet.
Finally, during cookie sales Lauren’s troop decided to make CASA their Hometown Hero after learning more about the organization from Lauren’s Silver Award work. The eight Girl Scouts in her troop who sold cookies donated and delivered 46 boxes of cookies to CASA in April.
Lauren enjoyed learning about CASA and meeting the hard-working and caring volunteers while earning her Silver Award. She enjoyed helping an organization that helps children.
She began by researching financial education in Colorado and found large gaps. For example, “In Algebra II, students are taught how to calculate interest; what they are not taught is how interest could affect their credit scores or how to figure interest into the cost of a purchase,” she said. Emma discussed her concerns with her principal, who put her in touch with the teacher of her school’s Family Consumer Science class. Emma offered to develop a unit on financial safety online for the class, and then created presentations, videos, discussion outlines, and quizzes to use in the classroom. Next, she persuaded the local school board to strengthen the teaching of financial literacy throughout the district, and she is now working with state legislators on guidelines for educators across the state to follow in teaching students about financial topics.
Youth volunteers in grades 5-12 were invited to apply for 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards last fall through schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of the HandsOn Network. More than 31,000 middle level and high school students nationwide participated in this year’s program.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program was created in 1995 to identify and recognize young people for outstanding volunteer service – and, in so doing, inspire others to volunteer, too. In the past 22 years, the program has honored more than 120,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level.
Need a babysitter for Friday, May 12, 2017? Let Girl Scout Troop 2728 babysit for you, we can even bring a baby trend expedition jogger stroller to make your baby feel comfortable! This is a fundraising event for the Cadettes to help earn money for a trip to the PAX Lodge in London this summer!
The cost is $22 per child, and $13 for additional children and includes a slice of pizza, a snack, drink, and a craft. Please contact Sheila at 303-618-1651 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to RSVP!