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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

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

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.

Gold Award Retreat in Steamboat Springs


We are thrilled to offer an exciting Gold Award Retreat in Steamboat Springs on October 22 and 23, 2016. This retreat is an opportunity for girls to receive Gold Award Training, connect with other girls, brainstorm their ideas, and leave with at least three concrete next steps for moving forward with their Gold. Come on out for an amazing weekend in the mountains and leave with a clear picture of your Gold Award journey!

Even if you have already attended Gold Award training, this is an opportunity to meet members of the Gold Award Committee, connect with other girls, and build your confidence to go for the Gold!

The retreat will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 and will end at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 23. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch and dinner, however GSCO will provide all meals for $10 per person.

All girls must be accompanied by a parent or troop leader in order to attend.

Registration closes Friday, October 14. Don’t miss out on this once a year opportunity!

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/gold_award_retreat_mc_10_22_2016


Girl Scout saves lives after bus crash: Katelyn Ibarra receives Medal of Honor from Girl Scouts of the USA


Girl Scouts of the USA has awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor to Katelyn Ibarra, a 16-year-old Girl Scout from Steamboat Springs, for saving numerous lives after a city bus crashed. 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.

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.”

Girl Scouts of the USA awards the Medal of Honor for “saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.” In March, Katie Hurley of Northglenn, Colo. was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving her mother’s life after her glucose levels dropped to a life-threatening level.

Bronze Award project: Incredible community impact

Submitted by Jennifer Shea

Steamboat Springs

Mountain Communities

Girl Scout Troop 52622 in Steamboat Springs had the incredible opportunity to carry their Agent of Change Journey through to an impactful Bronze Award.

In their quest to learn more about energy sourcing in their community, the girls met with Diane Johnson, Yampa Valley Electric Association’s CEO. Diane is the only woman in Colorado to lead an energy cooperative and has become an incredible role model for the girls. When the troop leader shared the girls’ plans to earn the Bronze Award with Diane, she invited them to be a part of a new community project – the installation of a new solar garden to benefit low and fixed income families in the region!

The girls participated in a series of meetings with YVEA, GRID Alternative (Denver-based nonprofit organization advocating solar projects such as this), Routt County United Way, and a women-led installation day at the job site.

Not only did the girls learn about renewable energy programs, but they also understood the impacts a program like this makes on at-risk low income households. The girls spoke in front of large groups at the women-lead installation day while also serving a nutritious lunch and also at the dedication ceremony alongside elected officials and industry leaders! The girls’ speeches included an overview on what they’ve learned through this project, from the nuts & bolts of solar energy to women in leadership and the economic impact of this project.

Diane Johnson, YVEA CEO praised the girls in her dedication speech, saying “the girls learned with an open heart, re-inspiring her throughout this project”.


Steamboat Springs Daisy campfire kickoff & National S’mores Day celebration

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Submitted by Cricket Hawkins

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

On August 10, 2016, returning and potential new Daisy Girl Scouts experienced an evening of fun activities with girls from Cadette Troop 54313 while staff met with parents. Service Unit Manager Nancy Mucklow provided hot dogs and s’mores cooked on a real campfire while families enjoyed a warm midsummer’s evening in Lincoln Park in the ‘boat’.

Girl Scout attends camp thanks to Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund


Kyla Wolffe, of Eagle County, recently returned home from Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Kyla attended “Pirate Splash Camp” at Tomahawk Ranch near Bailey. When asked about her experience at camp, Kyla wrote, “I had sooooooo much fun and I will probably go back next year. All the counselors were so nice and I loved meeting new people. I especially loved fishing, when I caught a fish and I felt the tug, I was so excited! Another favorite part of the camp I had was learning how to make new things like bracelets, crafts, and tie-dying, and I started to teach my friends how to make some of the bracelets. Also I loved learning all the songs and a few I have memorized! Thank you so much.”

Katie Strickland, of Garfield County, also received the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. She attended “Zip Life” at Sky High Ranch outside of Colorado Springs.

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 2016, 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.



Cadette Leader Selected one of Steamboat’s “20 Under 40”


Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Steamboat Springs

Mountain Communities

Our very own Steamboat Cadette Troop Leader, Chayla Rowley, was selected as one of Steamboat’s “20 Under 40”. There were more than 90 nominations for the honor, and only 20 individuals were selected!

Cadette Leader, Chayla Rowley, is one of our Steamboat troop leaders (she has no daughters but is now in her 4th year of volunteering with her troop) She “saved” the troop by volunteering as their Junior leader and they are now an active group of Cadette Girl Scouts. Chayla figures largely into their lives as a role model and by championing their Girl Scout experiences. Read more about Chayla’s honor here:


The announcement of the 20 Under 40 was celebrated at a launch party last week with all of the other honorees.

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


Volunteer Spotlight: Nancy Mucklow

Nancy Mucklow


Ask Nancy Mucklow how long she’s been a Girl Scout and she’ll say “forever!” This lifetime Girl Scout joined our sisterhood in the second grade and hasn’t looked back. She planned on having a daughter and becoming a troop leader, but life doesn’t always work out like we plan.

After she and her husband moved to Steamboat in 1989, they had two boys. Nancy remained involved in Girl Scouts as a Service Unit Manager, but soon the boys’ 4H activities required more of her attention. Even though Girl Scouts had to “take the backseat” for a few years, she remained involved and did what she could to support local girls, leaders, and other volunteers.  After her youngest son graduated from high school a few years ago, she jumped full force back into Girl Scouts.

“Nancy has REALLY helped grow Girl Scouts in our Mountain Communities, particularly in her service unit,” said Cricket Hawkins, Volunteer Support Specialist for Girl Scouts of Colorado.

So, how did she do it? Nancy will tell you it was one volunteer…  one troop… one girl at a time. She got to know each of them personally. What did they want to do as Girl Scouts? What did they need help with? What activities did they only dream of doing and what was getting in their way of accomplishing their goals?

Nancy did all she could to help. She worked to secure local funding, which enabled Routt County Girl Scouts to go horseback riding regardless of their ability to pay. She has also helped to organize a STEM Day, troop camping trips, and events designed for specific age groups, like Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

“Our older girls need to be participating in events designed just for them, so Girl Scouts is more than just a line on their resume or college application,” she said.

Nancy realizes she is able to do more than the average volunteer, but that doesn’t stop her from encouraging others to help whenever and wherever they can.

“Whatever small amount you are doing—whether it’s providing snacks at a meeting or driving girls to a field trip–  it’s important. Even if you can only do one small thing, it matters and it makes a difference in the lives of girls,” Nancy said.

Nancy is also a member of the Girl Scouts Board of Directors. Her term expires later this year, so she applied for a seat on the GSCO Membership Connection Committee. In addition to her role as a Girl Scout volunteer, Nancy also sits on the board of the Routt County United Way and volunteers with the local Methodist church.