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Dinosaur Ridge: Winter and spring break camps

Submitted by Fran Taffer

Metro Denver

Morrison

Looking for real science and outdoor fun for your girl over school breaks? Dinosaur Ridge is offering winter break and spring break camps for kids ages 6-10.

Each camp offers exploration of the Dinosaur Ridge fossil sites, hands-on science projects, as well as expert guest presenters in the fields of paleontology, geology, art, earth science, survival skills, and local plants and animals.

Winter Break- January 2, 3, and 4, 2019 (W/Th/F) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

  • January 2 —Creative in the Cretaceous
  • January 3 —Earth Science: From Crystals to Quakes
  • January 4 —Nature in Your Backyard

Spring Break- March 26, 27, and 28 (T/W/Th) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • March 26—Creative in the Cretaceous
  • March 27—Earth Science: From Crystals to Quakes
  • March 28—Nature in Your Backyard

Sign up for one day for $70 or register for multiple days for $60 per day.

Registration opens on November 15 at http://www.dinoridge.org/ 

Contact Fran at fran@dinoridge.org with any questions.

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What badges can my girls earn at Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge?

Join us for GSCO’s annual Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge on October 13, 2018! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Girl Scouts and other youth must attend with a troop leader, parent, or guardian. Children are not permitted to attend without supervision. Children three-years-old and under three are free.

Representatives from local STEM-focused organizations will lead hands-on activities for Girl Scouts and work toward earning badges! During this event, we’re recognizing National Fossil Day is also October 17, so come learn about fossils and celebrate in honor of this special day. A National Fossil Day patch is included in the price for Girl Scouts and patches will be given out at check in on the day of the event.

Check out the activity plan below to learn about what badges girls can work on at this exciting event!

Program Levels: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, and Adults

Pricing:
•Advance Registration before October 10: $9/Girl Scout, $5/Adults and other youth
•Walk Up Registration on October 13 (walk up registration closes at 1 p.m.): $10/Girl Scout, $6/Adults and other youth

Save on your ticket and time in line through registering NOW at https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/save_the_date_girl_s.html

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Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge is Saturday, October 13, 2018! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Girl Scouts and other youth must attend with a troop leader, parent, or guardian. Children are not permitted to attend without supervision. Children three-years-old and under are free.

Representatives from local STEM-focused organizations will lead hands-on activities for Girl Scouts and work toward earning badges! During this event, we’re recognizing National Fossil Day is also October 17, so come learn about fossils and celebrate in honor of this special day. A National Fossil Day patch is included in the price for Girl Scouts and patches will be given out at check in on the day of the event.

Register here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/save_the_date_girl_s.html

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Allow at least two hours to complete activities and arrive no later than 1 p.m.)

Location:

Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy
Morrison, CO 80465

Registration End Date: Wednesday, October 10 at 11:59 p.m.

Program Levels: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, and Adults

Pricing:
• Advance registration before October 10: $9/Girl Scout, $5/adults and other youth
• Walk-Up registration on October 13 (walk up registration closes at 1 p.m.): $10/Girl Scout, $6/adults and other youth

Save on your ticket and time in line through registering NOW!

Things to bring:
• Water, jacket, hat, sunscreen, and snacks.
• Good walking shoes. Your friends or family.
• Wear your vest or sash to show off your Girl Scout pride!
• A camera to document the day and share photos on social media using #GSColo or @GSColo
•The desire to learn about the creatures that walked the earth millions of years ago.

The Princess Academy weekend at Tomahawk Ranch

Submitted by Helmi Sandifer

Metro Denver

Morrison

We would like to cordially invite you to a weekend at The Princess Academy where girls and princess become something new.

For all of those Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies wishing to become princesses, then your wish has been granted. Come join Senior Troop 61053 at The Princess Academy in the Nation of Tomahawk Ranch, November 2-4 2018.

Cost:

$100 per girl
$35 per safetywise adult – The number of adults required to chaperone your troop (see Chapter 7 of Volunteer Essentials)
$100 per extra adult

Hosted by: Senior Troop 61053

When: November 2 – 4, 2018

Where: Nation of Tomahawk Ranch

Why Girl Scouts should attend?

Daisies and Brownies will have fun learning to become princesses through different activities. Some activities may include steps for completing badge work.

How people can sign up?

See our troop website for more information:
https://sites.google.com/view/gstroop61053/home

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Gold Award Girl Scout:  Riley Morgenthaler, Morrison, ” Creativity Tool Tubs and Manager Mentors”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I helped lessen the underrepresentation of low-resource children in STEM activities by addressing both the lack of resources and support that they face.  In order to encourage the involvement and enjoyment of STEM activities for students from Title One schools, I supported their involvement in the quality STEM based activity Destination Imagination.  Destination Imagination is a creative problem solving competition in which teams of students develop solutions to science, engineering, and technology challenges, developing team work and project management skills along the way.  To lessen the resource gap that students living in poverty face, I developed Creativity Tool Tubs, which are kits which contain various tools that are useful in the successful completion of a Destination Imagination solution.  In order to address the lack of support that these children often face when attempting to participate in STEM activities, I created a mentorship program entitled “Manager Mentors.”  Through this program adult leaders in underprivileged communities can get help from experienced adult leaders in order to encourage their success and continued involvement.

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

The main way that I have been able to measure the success of my project is through the demand that was created around the Creativity Tool Tubs and Manager Mentor program and the success that I had in meeting that demand.  Although my original goal was to create only five Creativity Tool Tubs, after bringing my idea to the community I discovered an even larger need than I originally anticipated.  This is why I became determined to create enough Tool Tubs as to not leave any kids wanting.  I consider my project a success, as I was able to provide a Tool Tub and mentor to every interested Title One team in Colorado.  Another way that I have measured the impact that my Gold Award project had on the target community is through the feedback I have received. I have gotten many emails and spoken to many adult leaders telling me how important the Tool Tubs and mentorship program have been for their experience this year.

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

Both parts of my project will be sustained beyond my involvement and create a lasting impact on my target community.  The Manager Mentorship program is extremely sustainable due to the “human web” that it has developed in the Destination Imagination community.  I requested letter of intent from the current members of the mentorship program, and have received seven back indicating their intent to participate in the mentorship program next season.  Additionally, the Destination Imagination Training Team has indicated their intent to take over and run the Manager Mentor program for years to come.  I have also made physical resources available on the Destination Imagination Colorado website, so that Title One adult leaders can access them at any time, and anyone interested in implementing a similar program can use the resources I have created.

The Creativity Tool Tub aspect of my project is sustainable beyond my involvement because the Tubs will be collected at the end of every Destination Imagination season, and distributed at the start of the next season.  Destination Imagination Colorado has agreed to house the Tool Tubs during the off season, and facilitate their distribution. The JeffCo Steering Committee, a group of volunteers in Jefferson County which works toward providing STEM opportunities to Title One students and has a particular emphasis on keeping students across the district involved in Destination Imagination, has signed a letter of commitment agreeing to house the funds that I have set aside and replenish the used, lost, or broken items as necessary.  Also, the Destination Imagination Youth Leadership Committee has agreed to inventory the Creativity Tool Tubs at the end of each season.  Through these commitments, I am confident that my project will continue to help underprivileged students access STEM learning for years to come.

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

The national and global link of my project developed through my effort to inform and inspire people throughout the nation and world to implement projects similar to my own.  I developed an informational piece regarding the root causes I addressed, the steps I took and the importance of the issue I identified and contacted Destination Imagination Inc. requesting assistance in spreading the word.  They agreed to publish the piece, along with pictures of the Tool Tubs, to their various internationally followed social media accounts.  Destination Imagination, Inc. also agreed to publish instructions on obtaining the resources and documents that I have created and developed throughout my project so that people interested in implementing a similar project can have access to them.  Through this article, Destination Imagination Inc.’s 29,602 followers were able to read about my project.  The Facebook post about my Gold Award Project received 319 “likes,” 53 “shares,” and 28 comments.  Some of the places comments came in from include Virginia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Illinois, Oklahoma, California, Minnesota, Arkansas, Texas, Ohio, New York, and Massachusetts.  In addition to the comments from various states, my story was shared by two people in Amman, Jordan.  These two people are affiliated with a non-profit program in Jordan called Youth for Development.  This organization is dedicated to creating well informed young people who can take responsibility for global problems like extreme poverty and hunger and actively take part in the solution.   I am proud of the scope and variety of people that my project was able to reach through this avenue.

In addition, after reading my article on Facebook, Michigan Destination Imagination reached out to me to learn more about my project. Through this I was able to provide them with more information about how to start and carry out a program similar to mine, and I received a letter of commitment expressing their interest in starting a program of their own.  As of 2009, 44% of children in Michigan lived in a low income household.  This makes Michigan a perfect place for my project to grow and develop in, as it truly has the possibility of helping a massive number of children.

What did you learn about yourself?

Through my Gold Award project I discovered my power as a leader, not only of people my own age, but of people much older and very different than myself.  Through the course of my project, I mobilized people of all different ages and genders, and learned how to effectively communicate with all of them.  This was an important discovery for me, because I was very nervous about guiding so many other people, and am proud to have overcome this obstacle.

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

Earning my Gold Award will make me a more brave and confident person moving forward.  Throughout the process I was pushed past my comfort zone, and this has prepared me to take more risks and challenge myself in the future.  I truly think that my Gold Award experience has made me better equipped to face the challenges of my future.

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

While Girl Scouts has given me so many amazing experiences, earning my Gold Award is by far the accomplishment I am most proud of.  I was able to use the skills I have learned throughout my 12 years as a Girl Scout and accomplish something truly amazing.  I aspired to earn my Gold Award ever since I was a Brownie, and I am proud to have kept my Girl Scout Promise, and have made the world a better place.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Earning my Gold Award undoubtedly helped me become a go-getter.  The process pushed me to accomplish more and more, and taught me the importance of striving to be the best you can be.  I am proud of all of the steps I took to ensure the true quality of my project and guarantee the continued sustainability.  The Gold Award Process continually pushed me to strive for better, and taught me to be a true go-getter.

**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

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

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Submitted by Kara Hlavnicka

Metro Denver

Littleton

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!

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

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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.