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E-card welcomes new Daisy Girl Scouts

Submitted by Susan Jarosch

Mountain Communities

My name is Susie. I’m an engineer, turned stay-at-home mom of twin girls, turned new Daisy Girl Scout leader. My girls started Kindergarten this year, and I was encouraged by a friend to join Daisy Girl Scouts and become a leader. I’m so excited to begin this fun adventure with lots of beautiful, smiling new faces.

Through my recent training, I’ve learned a lot about the fundamental principles of Girl Scouts. I’m thrilled how these fundamentals resonate with our family values. One of the overlying themes is “Courage, Confidence, Character”, and I loved how this summed up all for which Girl Scouts stands.

As girls registered for our newly formed Daisy troop, I wanted to give each of them a fun, personalized welcome. I figured an e-card was the best option, but in my search online, nothing seemed quite right. Hence, I decided to make my own greeting.

The daisies were still blooming in my garden, and I wanted to utilize those in a few photographs for my welcome greeting. I noticed the different stages of the flower from buds to fully bloomed daisies. This reminded me of the Girl Scout overlying theme of which I was so fond. The buds symbolized the Courage to begin. The partially blossomed flower symbolized Confidence to break out and keep growing. The full daisy symbolized a beautiful flower blossoming with Character. And from there, I was able to formulate a plan.

I made a few printouts, took a few photographs, and let my computer application take care of the rest. I soon had a little video to welcome each new Daisy registrant based on the theme of “Courage, Confidence, Character”. I can even personalize the videos and change the name at the beginning for each little girl to welcome her into the troop. I was invited to share the video with all of you, and I hope you enjoy it!

Have a wonderful Girl Scout season!

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Hello London!

Our Dove group
Our Dove group
Pinning ceremony
Pinning ceremony

Submitted by LeEllen Condry

During the week of June 17-23, 2015, Troop #561 from Granby, Colorado, plus Marlene Logan and I from Denver, traveled to London, England to experience the British culture. We joined a troop from St. Paul, Minnesota and as one large Girl Scout troop we traveled throughout London.

London is a fabulous city. There was so much planned on our agenda. Our group saw the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace; visited Kensington Palace and saw the rooms which contained Queen Victoria’s dresses; had tea at The Orangery which is located on the grounds of Kensington Palace; rode the London Eye; attended a theatre show called 39 Steps; painted a canvas; walked around the East End of London to see street art from artists such as Banksy; toured the National Gallery which housed works of art from Monet; walked through Hyde Park and saw the Princess Diana Memorial; and shopped in wonderful areas of London.

The highlights of the trip were visiting Pax Lodge and having a Harry Potter Tour at Warner Brothers outside of London. At Pax Lodge, I truly enjoyed watching the girls experience the pinning ceremony under the beautiful tree. For dinner, we had a British delicacy of fish and chips. The Harry Potter tour included viewing the costumes worn by the actors, and visiting the sets that were used in the movies. The Hogwarts Express train, the Knight Bus, and Buckbeak, Hagrid’s pet were also on display. The gift shop also was incredible. Anything and everything about Harry Potter was in there. After the Harry Potter tour was over, I felt that I had personally connected with Harry Potter.

For summer of 2016, Girl Scouts of Colorado will be hosting our first Destination trip to Ireland, Wales, and England. I hope you will be able to join us. Please check out our trip on the Destination page of GSUSA on August 15, 2015. All details including registration will be included. If you have any questions please contact LeEllen Condry at nemoursLM@yahoo.com.

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Journey in a Day – The creative way!

Submitted by Cricket Hawkins


Mountain Communities

Mountain Communities Girl Scouts earned journey requirements for “A World of Girls” and “aMUSE” in just one day through three arts-centered workshops taught by Master Artists from Sol-Via Modern Arts.

Sixty girls from around the region experienced their journey through dance, music, visual arts, and theatre on Saturday, May 16. Thank you to Regina Flores-Dunda and Sol-Via Modern Arts Center for organizing and providing this wonderful opportunity!

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Guest author helps Junior Troop earn “Scribe” badge

Submitted by Jennifer Shea

Steamboat Springs

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs-based author Sue Leonard shared a fantastic program with Junior Troop 52622 regarding the experience of an author and the creative process in conjunction with their Scribe badge. Ms. Leonard shared excepts from her fantastic book and the girls were enthralled with the characters and her personal history shared!

In addition to showcasing ‘a writers desk’ and her personal writing process, the girls were able to ask questions regarding her inspirations and challenges. The girls were also given a very special treat when Ms. Leonard gave them each a very special and meaningful paper flower, as referenced in the book excerpt shared with the girls. Additional details including the insightful questions asked by the girls can be found on the writer’s blog.

The girls had a wonderful time and Ms. Leonard was a fantastic and engaging presenter!

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Local Osprey get help from Lake County Troops

Submitted by Cricket Hawkins


Mountain Communities

Lake County troops 52160 and 50840 recently enjoyed learning about Osprey with the Leadville Ranger District-USDA Forest Service staff. The girls, with Leaders Lisa Roeder and Liz Holm, listened to a presentation and learned about Osprey habitats including the importance of having a good place to build their nests. After this fabulous learning opportunity the girls decided to help the local Osprey and they created a project to build a nest platform.
The girls asked their Dads to take them to the local lumber supply store to help purchase supplies. Colorado Chapter No. 2, Order of the Easter Star, Leadville donated funds for the materials and Cutting Edge Woodworking of Leadville donated the use of their power tools and workshop. On April 11 the girls, with help from their dads and staff from Cutting Edge, built a wonderful nest platform that will soon be placed on top of a utility pole at Turquoise Lake just outside of Leadville. Stay Tuned for the installation!

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Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship awarded to Kelsey Quick

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to announce Kelsey Quick is the first-ever recipient of the Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship. Kelsey from Salida, Colo., Salida High School, officially accepted her award on Friday, May 15, 2015 during the Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards Celebration in Colorado Springs.

Started in 2015, the Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship fund provides annual $500 cash prizes to any and all Gold Award recipients from Chaffee County, Colo. To earn her Gold Award, Kelsey created a website and other materials to help children who have been cyberbullied. She is also the first Girl Scout from Salida to earn the Gold Award since at least 2000. You can read more about her project here.

Johanna Farrar’s husband and children started this scholarship to celebrate all of her accomplishments, particularly those within the Girl Scout community. Born in London, England, raised in a small village on the south coast of England, Johanna was a Girl Guide in her childhood. She was also the youngest ever to have achieved the Queen’s Guide Award at that time, the English equivalent of a Gold Award.  After earning a software engineering degree from Loughborough University, Johanna moved to New Jersey to work for Bell Labs. In 1985, she accepted a position with FedEx in Colorado Springs, where she met and married Gene Farrar in 1990. Johanna and Gene lived and worked in the Colorado Springs area, moving to Monument in 1992 when their oldest daughter, Hannah was born. In 1995, after their second daughter, Rachel’s birth, Johanna retired from a successful career as a Technical Advisor at FedEx for an even more successful and rewarding career as a dedicated full-time mother.

Johanna introduced her daughters to Girl Scouts at the first opportunity and became a local leader in Monument, then again after relocating to Buena Vista.  When Johanna first arrived in Buena Vista, she learned Girl Scouts had all but disappeared in Chaffee County. Johanna believed so strongly in the values and skills that scouting develops, it became a passion to reestablish scouting for girls in the high Rockies. Known to many of her friends as the “Engergizer Bunny” because of her seemingly never-ending energy and indomitable spirit, Johanna provided the leadership and drive to rejuvenate scouting in the valley. Now, for the first time, there are troops for all ages.  Additionally, Johanna loved the outdoors, including skiing, hiking, biking, mountain climbing, and especially gardening – passions she loved to share and instill in young women.

Cadette Troop entertains extended care residents

Submitted by Rhonda Graham


Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs Cadette Troop 4178 had several members visit the residents of the Casey’s Pond Assisted Living Center and the Doak Walker Extended Care Center on Monday, May 11. The girls visited with the residents and serenaded them with song and music. They also entertained the residents with instruments including the piano, flute and saxophone. Both girls and residents enjoyed their time together!

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Girl Scouts, their moms experience Empowered Family Training


Submitted by Cricket Hawkins


Mountain Communities

The Mountain Communities hosted IMPACT Personal Safety Colorado for a two-day training at Summit County’s South Branch Library in Breckenridge.
IMPACT’s Empowered Family: Child and Caregiver Safety Program is a strength-based, primary prevention, program that focuses on skills and topics appropriate for each participant or group including boundary setting, bully and abuse prevention, self-advocacy, and personal empowerment.

“I found tremendous value in it for my 2 daughters ages 7 and 9, and me. My girls learned how to stand up for themselves to children in bullying situations and how to stand up to an adult if that adult were to do something that made them uncomfortable. Most importantly they learned how to tell a parent about it. These are situations that are sometimes hard to talk to your children about without scaring them. Impact provided training that made my daughters feel strong and confident, not scared and fearful. One of the most important things that was taught to the girls was to trust their instinct if something doesn’t feel right (or if they get “bad butterflies”) and to listen to it. My daughters and I were taught how to fight off an abductor, which was empowering for all of us. This training was a thought provoking (and sometimes emotional) experience and the things that I learned will make me more aware of my surroundings, a better listener, and ultimately, a better parent. I would recommend this for any mother that has children, and any child (boy or girl).”
“This experience was beyond words! I went through every emotion as the team set us up and trained us for situations that we hope will never happen to us. My 7 year old daughter and I learned how to use our verbal language, body language, and finally how to fight back to protect ourselves. I feel that this training has changed my life. I am not afraid to stand up for myself and my family if ever anyone tries to hurt us. Impact Colorado is an amazing group of people!”

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Troop 53724 earns Troop Excellence patch


Submitted by Jessica Gentilini


Mountain Communities

Troop 53724 has been working really hard to earn their Troop Excellence award as well as their Bronze Award. Some of the projects they have worked on include organizing and running a craft/skit or song table at the S’more Campfire Kickoff that was held in Eagle this year. This event welcomed new girls to come and check out what Girl Scouting is all about and our troop was very excited to tell them their experiences in GS as well as help!

In earning their Global Action badge, they also learned about the need for purifying drinking water and what other kids around the globe face when that is not an option. The girls got to filter “dirty” water with a coffee filter in an attempt to find a solution.

Our troop really grew as leaders this year! Each girl explored her strongest leadership quality and how to develop it further to become an even more effective leader. They then interviewed the Town of Eagle Energy Conservation specialists to learn about what projects the town is working on and how it might inspire them in achieving their Bronze Award this year. More to follow as they complete their Bronze…. Great work girls!!

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