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You’re Invited! Robot Building Party! (Mountain Communities)


Calling all girls K-3rd grades in the Mountain Communities who are not currently in Girl Scouts – but totally should be! Bring a friend, make new ones, and build a ROBOT with Girl Scouts!

Join us for a Robot Building Party! Thursday, July 9th at 5pm! FREE! Register in advance on the Eventbrite link to save your spot and we’ll send you a confirmation email with the Zoom link to join us!

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado. Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

Sign up HERE for the event!

This party is for future Girl Scouts only Please pass this invitation to your friends who wish to become a Girl Scout! Who better than you to invite them to join?

If you are a current Girl Scout – please check out the July badge series for Space Science for Daisy, for Brownie, and for Junior levels!  And visit our Badge Explorer to see Robotics badges for your grade level.

Questions? Call or text Carole at 720-450-4199; carole.vowell@gscolorado.org


Gold Award Girl Scout to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with scholarships

Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Mountain Communities

Winter Park

I first met Kayla Davis when she was a Girl Scout Junior in fourth grade and was excited when she received her Gold Award in May of 2019. Kayla’s Gold Award, “NCSD Moves in the Mountains,” involved designing, building, and installing an adaptive, comprehensive obstacle course for statewide use by members of the National Sports Center for the Disabled. This transportable project is stored in a trailer in Grand County.

Kayla is graduating from high school this summer and will be headed to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Her choice of university and Aerospace Engineering major with a minor in Space Studies, was a wonderful surprise for many of us. I asked her what influenced her decisions and she said: “the movie Hidden Figures.” Kayla first saw the movie at the end of her freshman year in high school and realized veterinary school was not going to be the right fit for her. Kayla was inspired by the African American women in the movie, all mathematicians, who helped develop NASA’s space program in the 1960’s. Kayla and her family also visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida later that year and the rest is history!

I am proud to share that Kayla received two significant scholarships this year: The PEO STAR Scholarship, which is awarded to 880 recipients across the United States and Canada and focuses on leadership, academic achievement, extracurricular participation, and community service; and a substantial scholarship from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University that is directly tied to her Gold Award and high school career achievements.

We are so proud of you Kayla; you exemplify what a Gold Award Girl Scout can achieve!

Celebrate Earth Day with a Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Submitted by Sidney B.

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

I have been a Girl Scout since I was in kindergarten and am currently working towards earning my Gold Award, which is the highest honor you can receive as a Girl Scout. My project is focused on state park waste diversion. However, a huge part of my project is focused on educating the public on the basics of recycling and waste diversion in hopes to inspire and empower future generations to make a difference and share their knowledge with the world! As you may know, April 22 is Earth Day! This is a chance to celebrate our planet and raise our voices for changing our environment for the better.

As a piece of my Gold Award project, I have created a YouTube Channel called Project Greenify to share fun and educational videos for Girl Scouts across Routt Country and Colorado. I have created a series of three different videos along with attached resources. The first is a general overarching introduction to waste diversion and recycling and teaches the basics of environmental stewardship. The second video teaches how to do your very own waste sort at home and learn why our waste matters. The third video is a fun activity called “Birds and Worms” and is designed for Brownies and Daisies.

By watching these videos and completing these activities, Girl Scouts are continuing the legacy of environmental stewardship, using resources wisely, and making the world a better place! In addition, Girl Scouts will be able to work towards earning their “eco” badges. Check out the Girl Scouts Badge Explorer to see what may be of interest to you.

Four Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield Counties awarded camperships

Update as of April 23, 2020: The family of Mary Jo Jacobs and the Mary Jo Jacobs, MD Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund ensures that all four girls can use their campership awards for summer camp in 2021.  Girls in Eagle and Garfield Counties are encouraged to apply in winter 2021 for next summer’s adventures.

The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. “Our hope is that that many girls will have the same positive experience, education and adventure that mom had through her involvement in Girl Scouting and her opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp,” said Dr. Patricia VanDevander, daughter of Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs.

Four Girl Scouts will attend Girl Scouts of Colorado’s resident camp in summer 2020 courtesy of funds from the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund.

  • Fourth-grade Girl Scout Junior Sylvia D. of New Castle will attend Girl vs. Wild at Sky High Ranch.  She’s attending camp for the first time, thanks to confidence gained in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and  a trip with her troop top sellers!  She writes that, “Mary Jo Jacobs’ story was inspiring because she aspired to be good and to do better.  Imagine if we all aspired to that level.  The world would be a better place.”
  • Third-grade Brownie Juniper K. of Eagle will attend Ranch Camp at Tomahawk Ranch. She’s super-excited to attend camp for the first time and even more excited to be able to share the experience with a friend! Juniper considers herself helpful and friendly and says,  “I love Girl Scouts because I love going on adventures, having fun and being with friends.”
  • Girl Scout Lela W. of Basalt will attend resident camp for the very first time this summer.  She’s registered for Life-Sized Game Boards at Sky High Ranch and Enchancia at Tomahawk Ranch.  She says “being a Girl Scout is about more than just getting together with friends and having a good time. It’s about working hard, helping people, and making the world a better place.”  She smashed her own goal this year to earn cookie credits to support her camp experiences.
  • Girl Scout Junior Isabella P. will attend Adventure Olympics at Sky High Ranch.  The current fifth grader says that “being a Girl Scout means she can do fun things, make new friends, and learn life lessons in the process.”  Isabella was originally awarded a campership in summer 2019, but was unable to go. She’s thankful for the opportunity this summer and would encourage any young girl to join Girl Scouts “ because it is so fun, and you can help your community!”

Mary Jo’s four children established the scholarship in December 2014 to honor their mother’s extraordinary legacy. As an 8-year-old girl growing up in 1937, Mary Jo wanted a new pair of roller skates. She wanted them more than anything in world— until she learned her Brownie troop was going to be able to go to summer camp. Mary Jo had to make a choice: spend the $8 she had worked so hard to earn on roller skates or Girl Scout camp? For Mary Jo, the decision was simple. She was going to Girl Scout camp. Mary Jo’s mother walked her to the local Girl Scout office, so she could be the first to register. A reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico even wrote a story about Mary Jo and her decision. After returning home from camp, Mary Jo continued to participate in Girl Scout activities, including going to camp. Eventually, she became a doctor and worked tirelessly to serve the people of Eagle and Garfield Counties, Colorado.

Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship fund

Each year, any Girl Scout in Chaffee County who earns a Gold Award is eligible to receive $1,000 from the Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship fund at Girl Scouts of Colorado. Started in 2015 by Johanna Farrar’s husband and children, this memorial fund honors Johanna’s Girl Scout legacy and celebrates the tremendous efforts of Gold Award Girl Scouts. Annual gifts from the Farrar family and local Girl Scouts make awards possible. Says Gene Farrar, “Even more than rewarding girls for their work and contributions to the community in achieving their Gold Award, our hope is to aid young women with that kind of initiative and motivation to gain a better education, primarily through formal education.” Read more about Johanna Farrar.

In the past five years, three Chaffee County Gold Award Girl Scouts have received funds to further their education and experience and appreciate other cultures through travel. While the family will not be making an award in 2020, if you are a Girl Scout in Chaffee County, now is the time to consider going for Gold! Check out Highest Awards Resources and get started with Go Gold!  Register for upcoming webinar!


Girl Scouting at home: Two for One

Submitted by Christine Redman

Mountain Communities


My daughter is a Junior! We live in a small community in Walden where we have a multi-level troop of 19 girls. Since everything is shut down, we have been unable to see our girls and we have encouraged them to continue working on badges from home. We are communicating with the families through our private Facebook page and I share posts daily. My daughter started a writing project in January with her class. Part of the requirement was to build a diorama. We used resources from our local Family Dollar, ordered items through Amazon, and found whatever household items we had, including acrylic paints and an empty Girl Scout Cookie case. Her animal habitat project looks amazing! While completing her required school project through remote learning, she also completed a requirement for her Animal Habitats badge!

To complete this project, she definitely used her resources wisely and thought like a Girl Scout!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Virtual meeting for badge work

Submitted by Samantha K.

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

My Ambassador Troop 54313 in Steamboat Springs was working on the “Water” badge before the COVID-19 social distancing and school closures started. We met with our biology teacher, Ms. Frithsen, about water issues. She introduced us to many shocking issues. We spent many meetings narrowing down and researching the topics. As we were ready to put together our final project, school was cancelled. We missed each other, so we set up a web call, started a Google Doc, and all worked on our project together. Social distancing can’t keep a good troop down!

Here is the link to our project: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ewakt6uhHSNlpOD32z4wNfiqFZjv_wAkbtmtkEO9lkA/edit?usp=sharing

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Apply NOW for the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

The application deadline for the Mary Jo Jacobs Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund has been extended to March 31, 2020! Attention all Girl Scouts ages 6-18 in Garfield and Eagle counties, are you already registered or planning to attend resident camp this summer?  This annual scholarship can fund YOUR next adventure at Girl Scout Camp. Apply online at: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/scholarshipapp.

The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. Since 2015, eleven Girl Scouts have received full or partial scholarships to attend sessions at Tomahawk Ranch and Sky High Ranch. Will your adventure begin this summer?

Registration for Girl Scout Camp is ongoing on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. Many sessions are still open at Sky High Ranch near Woodland Park or Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey, southwest of Denver. Overnight camp runs from 3 to 12 days for girls ages 6 and up. Girl Scout summer camp programs are open to all girls throughout Colorado, whether they’re in a troop or not, and new campers get a 10-percent discount.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.


Daisies earn Uniform to Uniform patch

Submitted by Sara Brownlee

Mountain Communities


The girls were so excited to invite our local fire department to our booth. They got to meet one of the firewomen and chat with her about their favorite cookies. They also got to sit on the front of the fire truck after they donated packages of cookies to be shared with the rest of the fire department.

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Weekend travels include cookie sales

Submitted by Amber Biviano

Metro Denver


These Brownies spend weekends in the mountains and invited members of Summit County Fire and EMS to visit their booth in Frisco to try the new Lemon-Ups.  This year, our troop goals are to attend summer camp and to give back to our community in a variety of ways, in addition to sharing cookies with our Hometown Heroes (local veterinarians).

These girls are go-getters! They didn’t let a weekend trip to the mountains deter them from cookie sales. With just one week left, they are focusing on achieving their personal and troop goals.

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