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Breckenridge Brownie Troop 55311 donates cookies to Domus Pacis

Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Mountain Communities


Saturday, March 4, 2017 was an exciting evening for the eight girls of Troop 55311! They set up a fabulous table at the Domus Pacis Eagles Tribute Concert in the Riverwalk Center at Breckenridge and wowed the audience during intermission with a presentation about the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program and their Hometown Hero, Domus Pacis. The girls stood on stage with “Duck” White-Petteruti, Founding Director of Domus Pacis, and read a short script with complete confidence including announcing their goal to donate 250 packages of cookies. Domus Pacis then teased the audience with “good news” … the selling of Girl Scout Cookies … followed by their “sad news” … the audience would not be able to eat any for the cookies were to be donated to Domus Pacis for inclusion in the Welcome Bags they give to each family to enjoy during their respite stay in host homes in Summit County! The patrons, fully aware of this wonderful organization and Girl Scouts of Colorado, were totally on board!
After the presentation, the girls walked through the audience singing “Make New Friends” while heading back to their table to greet the folks who wanted to support their effort. To their surprise, the audience “purchased” enough cookies to supply 430 packages to Domus Pacis for the organization’s Welcome Bags. We are so proud of these young girls and look forward to many more kind deeds from this troop!

Domus Pacis Family Respite is a non-profit organization created with the entire family in mind. Their mission is to offer individuals, who are on a challenging medical journey, a homelike environment that encourages interaction with other family members and caregivers in a comfortable and peaceful surrounding. To learn more about Domus Pacis visit www.domuspacis.org.

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Respecting authority


Submitted by Claudine Norden

Mountain Communities


Town of Frisco Community Service Officer Kyle visited our Daisy troop meeting and helped us learn about “respecting authority.” We did an activity on good and bad manners while we had snack. The girls shared examples of authority figures at home, school, and in our community. Then, Officer Kyle talked about the importance of rules and safety in our community.

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Steamboat Springs Girl Scout named 2017 Citizen Honors Award winner


Katelyn Ibarra, a 16-year-old Girl Scout from Steamboat Springs who helped save lives after a city bus crashed, has been named a 2017 Citizen Honors Award winner by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Katelyn, along with five other heroes, will be recognized at a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., on National Medal of Honor Day, Saturday, March 25, 2017.

On March 29, 2016, Katelyn and her family were on their way to eat dinner when they came upon a city bus that had crashed on U.S. Highway 40 near CR 44. The roads were very slick and icy from a snowstorm earlier in the day. As soon as Katelyn saw the crash, she knew she had to help. After climbing up a slippery, muddy slope to reach the front of the bus, Katelyn climbed through the broken windshield and into the bus. Without hesitation, she helped the bus driver and numerous passengers, many of whom were in shock, bleeding, or had other serious injuries.

“The Citizen Honors Awards recognize and celebrate the exceptional deeds that America’s citizen heroes perform every day in communities across our nation,” said Thomas G. Kelley, Medal of Honor Recipient and president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. “Our 2017 winners embody the spirit of the Medal of Honor and represent the highest levels of service and heroism. They’ve earned this award through their courage, selfless service or commitment to our nation’s military service members and families.”

In September of 2016, Girl Scouts of the USA awarded Katelyn the prestigious Medal of Honor for “saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.” Tracy Shelton, an Ibarra family friend, was among those on bus. “She (Katelyn) needed no direction or instruction. She immediately went over to one of the most severely hurt. The blood didn’t faze her. She showed no shock. She was just this ‘strength’ among us,” wrote Shelton in a letter to Girl Scouts of the USA. “She responded in a way that was clearly above her age. She showed such a high level of maturity. I know adults that would not have climbed into that bus, with people screaming and all the blood.”

For more information about the Citizen Honors Award or the Medal of Honor and its recipients, visit the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation website at http://themedalofhonor.com.



Random acts of cookie kindness


Submitted by Shaylah & Tallie N.

Mountain Communities


On Feb. 28, 2017, we saw a man asking for help to drive his family across the country. Little did he know, Shaylah and Tallie have been on the lookout to give away Girl Scout Cookies that Grandpa Arnie donated with instructions to give away to people in need. So, we stopped and let him pick out some cookies. As we were driving away, Tallie said she wanted to help him some more by giving her tooth fairy money to him! So, we drove home and brought it back to him. I am so proud of them!

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Eagle Girl Scout receives Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund


Junior Girl Scout Mya D. of Eagle is headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Mya is excited to attend “Penthalon” at Sky High Ranch in July 2017. While she has been on many camping adventures with her troop, this will be Mya’s first time away from home to attend a week-long camp. Read a portion of Mya’s scholarship essay:

Girl Scouts is important to me because it teaches me stuff that I wouldn’t normally get taught at school. Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs’ story was inspiring to me for many reasons. I like that she never stopped learning and that she helped people and that she always tried to do her best. Dr. Jacobs was a true leader herself and I think that Girl scouts help her with that too. 

What I really like about Dr. Jacobs is that she kept going to school to get more knowledge. I like that because she is trying new things and that is courageous. It also takes strength and that is part of the Girl Scout Law. 

Another thing that I like about her is that she helped make Eagle a better place by becoming one of the first doctors here. I live in Eagle so that means a lot to me to know that she helped a lot of people here. 

Girl Scouts has taught me to be a leader and to trust each other. It teaches us to be kind, caring, loyal and responsible. It means to be a sister to every Girl scout. Some of my favorite memories are of rifle shooting and sleeping in teepees and a “cat eye” hike we did as a troop last year. I love to be outdoors just like Dr. Jacobs.”

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.

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.

Registration for Girl Scout Camp is now underway on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website at girlscoutsofcolorado.org. For summer 2017, girls can attend overnight camp sessions at Sky High Ranch near Manitou Lake and Woodland Park or perennial favorite Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey, southwest of Denver. Activities include archery, backpacking, photography, and rock climbing. Overnight camp runs from 3 to 12 days for girls ages 6 and up.  Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to offer day camping adventures throughout the state. The summer camp schedule is live on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website (girlscoutsofcolorado.org). 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 has been helping girls shine for more than 100 years. Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to serve more than 20,000 girls across the state with the help and support of 10,000 adult volunteers! Learn more how you can be part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708, or emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org.


2,249 cases later: Top of the World Summit SU543 gets a workout

Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Mountain Communities


Many hands eased the process of unloading a tractor trailer full of Girl Scout Cookies on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Challenges were met, and the fire-line of volunteers loaded directly from the truck into a myriad of cars squeezed in an open area. Thank you to the extraordinary team of leaders, volunteers, brothers, sisters, moms, and dads. A special note of gratitude to the fearless Service Unit Cookie Manager, Nash Cooper, and her sidekick Maggie Murray. Together we made this rock for the girls and certainly got a good workout! You all are AMAZING — thank you for all you do for Girl Scouts.

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Grand Co. Girl Scouts take cookie delivery at the Granby Fire Department

Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Mountain Communities


Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017  was an icy day in the Snow Shoe Service Unit 545 from Kremmling to Winter Park, but the cookie delivery made it to the Granby Fire Department. Everyone from firefighters to Girl Scouts sprang to action creating several lines to unload Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scouts in Grand County thank the women and men of the Granby Fire Department—you are the best!

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Tight squeeze at -1


Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Mountain Communities

Buena Vista

Service Unit 505 received their cookie delivery Wednesday night! Wind-chill temps were below zero and affected the camera shutter as well as everyone’s fingers and toes. SUCM Tina Stokes had just enough room in the storage locker to slide to the back for Thin Mints.

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Daisy Troop 56335 earns new petal








Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Mountain Communities

Summit Cove

This lively bunch earned their “Tula the Tulip” petal – COURAGEOUS and STRONG! The girls cheered each other on as they worked in teams to complete a blind obstacle course and then made some fabulous ninja-style headbands

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Meet Our Mentors: Nancy Mucklow

Nancy Mucklow





Nancy is one of our Gold Award Mentors who is strongly committed to successfully guiding girls through the Gold Award in our Mountain Communities region. Learn more about Nancy below and stay tuned for more “Meet Our Mentor” blog posts over the next few months! Go Gold!

Region 5 – Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs, CO

  • 40+ Years as a Girl Scout Volunteer
  • Two Years as a Gold Award Mentor
  • Gold Award Recipient

Why did you become a Gold Award Mentor?

As a GS Gold Award Mentor, I want to help others with this monumental accomplishment. It’s an important step for our girls and our communities.

What words of advice do you have for girls about the Gold Award?

Don’t wait! Start today!

About Nancy:

Hi! I’m a Lifetime Girl Scout, I earned my First Class and was one of the first in Colorado to earn the Gold Award in the early 1980s. I was fortunate to grow up in a very supportive Girl Scout family and my mom and my sister have been my “cohorts” on many of my Girl Scout adventures. As the mother of boys, I’m excited to be able to give back to girls and encourage girls to be all they can be. To take advantage of a multitude of experiences and to continue in Girl Scouts so they can enjoy all it has to offer older girls, for travel, wider experiences, and connections to the adult world they will soon enter.