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GSCO STEM events this fall

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison

More than 200 Girl Scouts, friends, and family enjoyed Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge on Oct. 14, 2017. Girls met several badge requirements by doing hand-on activities with different STEM organizations and toured the fossils at Dinosaur Ridge. One of the best things about this event is that it is both a Girl Scout and a family event. While the event was geared towards Girl Scouts, there was something for everyone.

GSCO would like to thank the Molly Brown House, Western Interior Paleontological Seaway, National Park Service, Libby Talks, the Great Denver Gem, and Mineral Council and Women in Mining for providing great activities for our girls!

A BIG thank you also goes to GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist Toni Dondero for helping with registration! More than 70 percent of our participants paid through a walk-up registration, so Toni’s help was invaluable. A BIG thank you goes to Erin LaCount at Dinosaur Ridge and her amazing crew of volunteers that hosted a great event!







Engineering Day with the Society of Engineers at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden

More than 100 Girl Scout Juniors earned the first part of the new Robotics badge at Engineering Day hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden on Oct. 7. SWE students planned and taught the whole event. A favorite activity was asphalt cookies, yummy treats made of chocolate and oats by rolling the ingredients between waxed paper and canned goods which girls brought for the activity and later donated.

Girl Scouts also had fun at over 10 different STEM stations where they made binary bracelets, lava lamps, engineering machines, and towers, statistics (thanks to the use of Skittles), and how germs spread at the Oogie Boogie table. The activities were taught by some of the most active SWE students as the Colorado School of Mines’ SWE chapter is the largest in the nation. A big thank you goes out to Jenna Lucas, SWE’s Engineering Day Chair; Agata Dean, faculty advisor, and the members of SWE who hosted this great event!







Ford Girls Fast Track Race, Fort Collins

80 Girl Scouts from Northern Colorado and the Front Range raced pine wood derby cars at the Ford Girls Fast Tracks race on Sept. 30 in Fort Collins. Girls made their own cars, fine-tuned their car’s design with the help of a Ford Engineer, and competed fiercely to win.

Ford generously sponsored the race and GSCO was one of eight councils nationwide that received a grant to host the event. Girls received a free car kit, t-shirt, food, and a special event patch. Check out the racing action in this video aired on Fox 31/KWGN-TV here . Two Ford engineers were onsite and counseled girls on ways to alter their cars to win. A favorite part of the race was seeing each girl’s car and the thought and creativity they put into each design. Another favorite part was seeing the proud smiles of the girls racing their cars!

A BIG thank you goes to Julie Gallagher, Gayle Richardson, Elise Barrios, Carol Griffin, and Amy Myers for being the GSCO Race Pit Crew! We’d also like to thank Ford and their team for a great race day.

Upcoming Events

Check out these fun GSCO Events! GSCO Staff are welcome to stop by these events to check out what our Girl Scouts are doing first-hand or enjoy our Girl Scout discount at these sports and entertainment events.

Nov. 18 – Project C.U.R.E., Denver. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (troops can choose 1 of 3 sessions). Cost: $6 per kit donated. Come learn about Project C.U.R.E. and pack a kit for donation. Fun activities and event patch included. Register here. This is our biggest event of the year, so GSCO staff members are welcome to stop by and check out what the girls are doing!

Dec. 2 – Girl Scout Teddy Bear Toss with Metro State Hockey, Westminster. 3:45 p.m. game start. Cost is $1+ teddy bear/stuffed animal to donate/person or $5/person without a teddy bear. Cheer on Metro State at they take on CU Hockey. Participants will toss their bears on the ice when Metro State scores their first goal. To register, please contact Victoria Fedorco atmsuvictoriaf@gmail.com  with contact info and number of tickets needed. She will follow-up with further instructions.

Dec. 8 – Disney on Ice, Denver. Cost: $17.75 + online fees. Disney on Ice presents “Follow Your Heart.” Post-performance Girl Scout clinic will highlight the Tech Crew and the special work they do to put on the show. Event patch included. Ticket information can be found here.

Hometown Hero cookies delivered to Flight For Life CO



Submitted by Kara Hlavnicka

Metro Denver


On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Troop 60185 from Littleton and Morrison delivered Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies to the Flight for Life CO team. Not only did they tour the helipad, and the medical helicopter, they also visited the call center for Flight for Life. What an awesome experience and such a great team of individuals!

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

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Emma Pond, Morrison, “Care Packages for Families”

Emma Pond

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Sometimes the families of patients at the hospital can be overlooked, especially if they had to go in an emergency without any advance planning. I tried to make hospital visits easier by meeting the physical needs of families at the hospital by providing them with care packages containing amenities such toothbrushes and toothpaste, warm hats, and entertaining activity booklets or card gamesI also created separate brochures for children and adults that informed them on emergency preparedness and gave advice for being ready for an unexpected hospital visit. I distributed brochures at an educational event I created where elementary school students were able to meet with a firefighter and paramedic. Both brochures and talking with the emergency personnel helped to prepare the adults and children for an emergency.

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

I measured impact by keeping track of the amount of care packages and brochures my project provided to families. I also conducted a survey six months after the educational event to gauge the impact that it had on elementary school students. I found that the care packages were extremely useful for the hospital and that the majority of the students could remember talking with the emergency personnel, who they remembered as helpful, regular people rather than scary figures buried under protective clothing.

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

My project has been taken over by the National Honor Society chapter at my high school, where it will continue to provide care packages to a local hospital. In addition, I created a website available to the public (http://epgoldaward.wixsite.com/patientcarepackages) with copies of all the materials I created and used, and instructions for anyone to run a similar project to mine. Both of these increased the impact of my project and will allow it to continue indefinitely.

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

The website I created, though in English, provides access to materials for global use. In addition, I personally distributed 800 educational brochures across the United States and Europe for anyone to use. These include globally applicable assistance, such as instructions on performing CPR and advice on supplies to take to the hospital.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned how to advocate for myself, team, and, project by stepping outside of my communication comfort zone and talking to strangers for the benefit of my project. I learned how to motivate others to work towards a common goal and I am more confident now in my ability as a leader.

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

Through my Gold Award Project, I found that I could achieve a high goal once I set my mind to do it. In my future, this will help me set higher and higher goals and strive toward them. It will also help me see more possibilities and opportunities in the world.

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

In Girl Scouts, you see everywhere the motto “Courage. Confidence. Character.” I honestly believe that my Gold Award Project helped me grow in each of these areas. Because I forced myself to step out of my comfort zone, I gained the courage to take risks. By accomplishing what I set out to do and more, I gained the confidence to undertake future projects on my own. Finally, by finishing what I started even when there were times that I wanted to quit, I built a determined character that will help me in all future aspects of my life.

**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

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.