Tag Archives: Northern & Northeastern CO

Troop 70720 Tries SCUBA Diving

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Some of the girls from Troop 70720 got to try SCUBA diving! The company running the program has to limit class sizes right now to six participants due to COVID, so other girls will get their chance in the next month. The first part of our “try-it” experience was in-person class instruction followed by 90 minutes in the pool with everyone finishing up in the deep end– 13 feet down! It was a super fun experience! SCUBA diving is something none of the girls had tried before and so far, everyone gave it an A+++

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.

“3 Cheers for Animals” Daisy Journey event

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Fort Collins

Northern & Northeastern CO

I know everyone is inundated with cookies right now, BUT older Girl Scouts from Fort Collins have worked hard to put together two “3 Cheers for Animals” Daisy Journey events.

March 21, 2021 1 – 4 p.m.

https://3-cheers-for-animals-daisy-journey-in-a-day-copy.cheddarup.com

April 11, 2021 1 – 4 p.m.

https://3-cheers-for-animals-daisy-journey-in-a-day-copy-11004.cheddarup.com

Both of these events are run by Girl Scouts in high school. They did them in person in 2019 – 2020 and for 2020 – 2021, it is on Zoom. They have done one Zoom event so far with good feedback. And, they are ready to run their last two events of this school year!

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.

Peacebuilding for World Thinking Day

Submitted by Brownie Troop 75989

Northern & Northeastern CO

Lafayette

Brownie Troop 75989 from Lafayette celebrated World Thinking Day by displaying their peace pledge and the pinwheels for peace they made in Lafayette Old Town. They are planning to further build peace by using some of their cookie money to buy healthy foods for Sister Carmen Community Center Food Bank.

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.

Community Scavenger Hunt to Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

Submitted by Jessica Holbrook

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Lupton

This last year has hit our community hard, as it has all over the world. Our community is usually getting together in so many ways, but we still have not started back up with events yet. In an attempt to show some love to our community, Lizzy came up with a Cookie Scavenger Hunt. She bought five packages of cookies, packaged them up in case of bad weather, and left a note saying “Congrats on finding these cookies! I hope you have a great day! Lizzy”.

We then picked five spots in our community to drop the cookies. She posted live videos with clues and then posted pictures of where the cookies were dropped. She had so much fun coming up with the spots, clues, and watching for when people found the cookies. The smiles on everyone’s faces was priceless.

This was something innovative that Lizzy came up with after watching a show with her dad. She took charge of the project with gusto!

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.

World Thinking Day 2021: How to Participate

 

 

Submitted by Krista Beucler and Anna Beucler

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

What is World Thinking Day?

Since 1926, World Thinking Day on February 22 has been a day of international friendship for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world. February 22 is the birthday of Lord Baden Powell, founder of Boy Scouts, and his wife Olave Baden Powell, who was one of the founders of Girl Guides. On February 22, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts connect with each other and join together in global action to make the world a better place.

For the last two years, the World Association Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ (WAGGGS), World Thinking Day themes have set the foundation for peacebuilding: we have empowered leaders and explored why it is important for our communities to be rich in diversity, equity and inclusion. In this year’s activity pack, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 152 countries will become better peace builders so we can truly live out our global promise. You can find the Activity Pack here.

How to Earn Your Badge

Complete one activity from each section of the activity pack: Stand Strong, Stand-Up, Stand Together, then complete the Our Global Promise activity. Once you’ve completed the activities, you can get your WAGGGS World Thinking Day badge from the shop.

Join Anna and Krista

Anna and Krista are lifetime  Girl Scouts and have participated in international Guiding and Scouting opportunities including World Thinking Day events at Pax Lodge and Sangam World Centres, and the Juliette Low Seminar.

This year, because of COVID-19, most activities look a little different. Anna and Krista will be hosting World Thinking Day activities online. They welcome everyone to participate with them on TikTok or Instagram to earn the World Thinking Day badge!

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Follow the project on TikTok (@jls100girls) and Instagram (@jls100girls).
  2. Learn from an informational video about World Thinking Day.
  3. Participate in the three activities and the Global Promise activity.
  4. Like, comment on, and share the videos.

You can complete the activities and let us know in a variety of ways. On TikTok, you can duet, stitch, use our sounds, or make a new video, and tag us. On Instagram, you can post photos or videos and tag us. Or, if you’re uncomfortable sharing your photos or videos publicly, you can send them to us privately at jls100girls@gmail.com. Once you’ve completed all the activities, you’ve earned the World Thinking Day badge!

Did you enjoy World Thinking Day? Well, don’t go anywhere yet! Anna and Krista will be continuing to post activities you and your troop can do from home on TikTok and Instagram. These activities will focus on the WAGGGS Leadership Mindsets, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and how to build a Gold Award project!

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.

Finding New Ways to Meet Cookie Goals

Submitted by Kristal Boni

Northern & Northeastern CO

Erie

Cate has had a very successful cookie season by making a few modifications. She has been a diligent Porch Pixie with deliveries. She uses text messaging to notify her customers of their delivery and includes a thank you note with each order. For Valentine’s week, she made special heart notes and included a little treat. Additionally, when it comes to booth sales, she is double-masked and gloved up with ample supplies of hand sanitizer and wipes on-hand.

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.

Girl Scout Cookies: A Delicious History

Submitted by the GSCO History Committe

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

The History Center in in Loveland is more than a collection of old uniforms, books, and badges! In fact, all sorts of Girl Scout Cookies memorabilia is preserved here too, including cookie packages, tins, rewards, incentives, T-shirts, stuffed animals, hats, tote bags, and more.

In 1934, Keebler-Weyl Bakery in Philadelphia, PA was the first commercial company to bake Girl Scout Cookies. At one point, Girl Scout Cookies were baked by as many as 29 bakers across the country including United Biscuit Company of America in Chicago, IL; Bowman Biscuit in Denver, CO; Megowen Educator Food Company in Lowell, MA; Southern Biscuit Company (Famous Food of Virginia-FFV) in Richmond, VA; Burry’s Biscuit in Elizabeth, NJ and Chicago, IL; Weston Biscuit Company in Battle Creek, MI, Passaio, NJ and Burbank, CA; Brownie Baking Company, Spokane WN and Grandma Cookie Company in Portland, OR.

Now, the two official bakers are Little Brownie Bakers in Louisville, KY and ABC Bakery in Brownsburg, IL. Little Brownie Baker makes 450 million Thin Mints a day! Each year, we look forward to a new flavor to try, along with the must have Thin Mints, Trefoils, and Samoas.  On anniversaries such as the 100th and 75th, commemorative sampler tins and special boxes were sold. These, too, are collected and often donated to the History Center.

Recently, this image of a Burry’s case for DUTCH’N SUCH cookies and newspaper clipping were sent to us via Susan Kabat, GSCO volunteer support specialist. After a bit of searching on the internet, we determined that it was a cookie offered in the early 1980’s and had the windmill on it. According to Wikipedia, Burry Biscuit Company dates to 1888.  In 1938, it moved to Elizabeth, NJ from Chicago, IL and manufactured Girl Scout Cookies, which it called Plantation cookies. The cookies were packed in a sealed cardboard cylinder, and later the cookies were packed in cans. In 1962, Burry’s was the largest producer of Girl Scout Cookies in the nation and in 1980 changed its name to Burry-Lu.  For more than 50 years, Burry Lu supplied cookies to Girl Scout troops and in 1989, ABC Bakery purchased Burry’s Girl Scout cookie division.

GSCO History Center volunteers are busy year ‘round receiving, sometimes repairing, cataloging, lending, displaying, and preserving ALL types of Girl Scout memorabilia. Much of it is like a treasure hunt, tracking down first date of issue of national and international items, their catalog numbers, or originating council events. Then, we are challenged with safely storing them along with appropriate number of duplicates, when available. Rarely, do we save actual cookies from year to year, as they are too tasty to have around, but packages, cases, tins, and incentives are filed away. Remember, buying Girl Scout Cookies is a yummy way to support the girls, troops, and local Girl Scout council programs.

Our committee works hard to preserve and protect our Girl Scout history. We look forward to 2021, gathering again in person, and sharing our passion for Girl Scout History with you and your girls. If you have Girl Scout stories and memories, please share here as well.

Contact the GSCO History Center at gscohistory@gmail.com.

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.

Boulder County Girl Scouts innovate to reach customers safely and support Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Jamie Buck

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder County

This year, Junior Troop 76907 decided not to do in-person cookie sales.  We really love selling cookies, though, so we asked ourselves two questions:
  1. How can we show our support and provide encouragement to people who have been hit especially hard by the pandemic?
  2. How can we safely get cookies to traditional booth customers, who may not know a Girl Scout, while earning money to support our troop goals and activities?

As we answered these questions, we created Project EncourageMINT, a Girl Scout cookie team that welcomes help from any troop in Boulder or surrounding towns.  We set two distinct goals for Project EncourageMINT to:

  1. Collect 1,000 packages of donated cookies for healthcare workers, food banks, and others especially impacted by the pandemic
  2. Offer contactless home delivery to customers who order Girl Scout Cookies online

Collecting 1,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies for our Hometown Heroes is certainly an ambitious goal, but we felt that making the effort is a good way for us to offer “encourageMINT” where we can.  Donating cookies let’s us say “Thank You!” to healthcare workers who are putting themselves at risk, working extra long hours, and for some, being the only in-person support for patients who are scared, lonely, and struggling to survive.  And donating cookies let’s us say “Hang in there” to the families facing food insecurity.  It’s heartbreaking to hear that one in six Americans is facing food insecurity, now that pandemic closures and changes in how business is done have caused so many to lose income.  We’ve also chosen some other organizations as Hometown Heroes, to represent groups that are also heavily impacted, but receive less attention and support.

Last year, our troop collected 150 packages of donated cookies for our Hometown Heroes.  This year, we’ve already collected 331 donated packages, and we’re just getting started with our public outreach, so we’re feeling like our 1,000 package goal is achievable.  We’d like to thank all of our customers who donate cookies to support our Hometown Heroes, either in addition to buying cookies for themselves, or instead.

We built the Project EncourageMINT website from scratch using Google Sites. Customers can then click the “Order or Donate” button to be sent to our Digital Cookie site (which is provided by Girl Scouts of the USA and customized by our troop), enter a number of packages of cookies that they’d like to donate in the “Donate” box near the bottom of the screen, and pay for them with a credit or debit card.  At the end of cookie season, we will choose a variety of cookies for our Hometown Heroes and deliver them.  We’ve chosen several Hometown Hero organizations, and we offer a survey on our Project EncourageMINT website so customers can let us know which organization they’d like to receive their donation.

Of course, lots of people look forward to eating Girl Scout Cookies themselves!  Whether people are motivated to buy by the delicious cookies, available only for about a month each year, or by knowing that they’re supporting girls as they learn, have fun, and help others, we wanted to make sure they’d still have the opportunity to buy cookies this year, even if they couldn’t find cookie booths where they normally do.  Girl Scouts of Colorado added the option in the Digital Cookie platform for customers to order cookies online, and have girls deliver the cookies to them later.  That’s great for people who know a Girl Scout, and get her invitation to order.  But, what about booth customers?  We decided that we could ask businesses to put up signs, sending customers to our website, so they could order cookies and pay online, and we would deliver.

But, our troop only has six active girls, and hopefully our signs would be seen by customers all over the Boulder and Flatiron Crossing Mall area.  Would we really be able to deliver to everyone who orders?  We decided to have a “delivery day” every three days.  This way, we could group orders by location, instead of running out to the same neighborhood for one order at a time, day after day, saving time and gas, and minimizing our environmental impact.  We found software we could use to import all of our order addresses, map them, and divide them into manageable delivery routes.  Each route would be assigned to a girl-parent delivery team, who would pick up the cookies (unless they already have enough in their own inventory), deliver them, and receive credit for selling those cookies.  Customers can expect to have their cookies dropped off by their door two to five days after they place their order, which gives us time to get the cookies to delivery teams.  The more we get the word out about Project EncourageMINT, through signs at businesses or through other means, the more sales we’ll have, and the more delivery teams we’ll need.  So the more the merrier; we invited all the troops in Boulder, Superior, Louisville, Erie & Lafayette to join us, and included an open invitation on our website for other Girl Scouts in the area to join us too.

We know that many customers buy cookies because they want to support the Girl Scout that they meet face to face, but we hope customers will buy cookies online this year, because we’re still doing Girl Scouts, just virtually.  When schools shut down last March, our troop started meeting every week on Zoom instead of every other week in-person, giving the girls a way to stay connected and have something fun and productive to do.  To finish our Agent of Change Journey, we organized and ran a food drive for Sister Carmen, which took place in early August.  We created a video to promote the food drive and educate people about the demand for food for special dietary needs at food banks.  We also earned the Gardener badge for fun.  At the end of summer, we earned most of the EcoCamper badge at an outdoor, in-person, masked, and socially-distanced badge workshop run by troop parents, the only in-person meeting or event we’ve had since March 2020.  In the fall, we started the aMUSE Journey, which is about roles girls and women play, and about stereotypes.  For our Bronze Award project, we created a video for our town’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (ACES), advocating for the creation of pollinator gardens in town parks and open spaces.  We look forward to working with ACES this spring to help get the gardens established.  And that brings us to cookie season…

Although we haven’t been selling cookies in-person this year, we’re still learning new things, building skills we’ll use throughout our lives, and earning money to have fun and help others.  We invited a marketing director, who is also a troop leader and troop cookie manager for another troop, to one of our Zoom troop meetings, and learned key ideas to keep in mind when creating promotional materials.  The girls in the troop used Google Slides, clip art from Little Brownie Baker, and Creative Commons licensed images to create the Project EncourageMINT promotional materials.  They customized their own Google Sites web pages, adding text, images, and links.  They created QR codes that point to their web pages, and put those on their personal door hangers.  After printing door hangers to invite our neighbors to buy cookies, we looked at the costs of the door hangers and sales they generated, and decided that we’d be better off using other strategies to reach additional customers.  How’s that for graphic design and business experience for fifth graders?

Each year, we decide how we’ll spend the cookie money we earn, always choosing something to do for fun and something to do to help others. This year, we’re hoping to be able to go cabin camping late in the summer, with ziplining, horseback riding, crafts, swimming, and more. If it’s still not safe to stay together this summer, we’ll try for a winter trip and adjust our activities.

To help others with our cookie money, we’d like to buy a laptop for learning for a student living at a shelter in Denver.  Doing school from home is hard, no matter what. Without the right device, it can be nearly impossible to keep up. Even after everyone is back in school in-person, laptops will still help kids be able to do research and homework, and be better prepared for life in this digital age. We’ll set aside 20% of our cookie proceeds, after expenses, towards laptops for learning, which we’ll donate through Bridging Tech in March.

As you can see, Girl Scout Cookies fund amazing experiences, and provide great opportunities for learning.  Girl Scouts are encouraged to innovate, as we have this year, to support our community and help keep everyone safe.

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.

Silver Award Project: “Black Women Who Made History” Coloring Book

As part of their project to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, Cadettes Maddie A. and Sophie J. from Troop 70179 in Boulder created a coloring book to celebrate the stories of ten Black women! In honor of Black History Month, they’ll be distributing more than 2,000 FREE copies of “Black Women Who Made History” to schools and businesses, and it is also available on their website to download. In addition to the coloring book, their website also features videos of girls from their community reading the stories of the women featured in the coloring book. “We have witnessed people around our community racially profiling and it is not okay. Our friends have taken the time to educate us about their experiences and we hope to educate others. We believe that through education we can make the stories of these women into everyday knowledge and broaden the narrative. The stories of these historic women deserve to be everyday knowledge,” the girls wrote about their project.

The Silver Award is the highest honor for Girl Scouts in middle school. This project started as two girls doing their Silver Award project, but it turned into a community project because we had the support and help from so many like YOAB, Boulder NAACP, BVSD, our friends, our graphic designer Hannah Tuell, Lexmark who printed free copies, and a local Black woman-owned printing company, Creative Solutions.

On Monday, February 8, 2021, the girls were interviewed about their project by Reporter Amy Bounds of the Daily Camera. You can read the article here. The girls were also interviewed by Reporter Ashley Michels for a story on Channel2 Daybreak on Thursday, February 18. You can watch it here.

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.

Longmont Girl Scouts and Community Cinema Partner for Black History Month

 

Community Cinemas (CommCi) and Girl Scout Troop 3010 from Longmont have announced a partnership for Black History Month. Each Friday in February, CommCi, a new youth-led nonprofit in Longmont, will present a series of drive-in movies that offer a safe opportunity to build community, and support local industry.

Girl Scout Troop 3010 will offer the ability for patrons to order Girl Scout Cookies for delivery to the vehicle. Proceeds from the ticket sales will support the County Collective, El Comite, CIRC, and various other local nonprofits.

Girl Scout Troop 3010 is made up of 18 Cadettes from sixth – eighth grades from a variety of local schools. The girls are currently working on the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor a Cadette can achieve. The girls will dedicate at least 50 hours on a project that addresses a problem and supports local organizations. Silver Award teams are working with Veteran’s Puppy For Life, Medicine Horse, Yola’s Pet Rescue, Attention Homes, Little Libraries, and creating women’s empowerment patch for Girl Scouts.

The series will feature “Blazing Saddles” on February 5; a double feature Girl Power evening with “The Princess and the Frog” followed by “Hidden Figures” on February 12; “Moana” on February 19; and “Black Panther” on February 26. CommCi provides a fun and safe environment for communities to come together while supporting local restaurants, nonprofits, and providing a fun learning environment.

CommCi is an all-in-one dinner with a movie pop up, providing the community a safe way to come together. Partnering nonprofits will receive 10% of the day’s revenue, in an effort to support their mission.

Tickets are $31/per car and includes warming mechanisms. Patrons also have the option to purchase full meals via restaurant vendors (Georgia Boys BBQ and La Vita Bella), snacks, and beverages are also available for purchase. For the month of February, patrons can receive Girl Scout Cookies delivered to their vehicle as well.

CommCi was created by the Youth Leaders of the County Collective with program launch support from Persona, Inc and fiscal sponsor, Longmont Community Foundation. Boulder County Collective is a youth lead non-profit. Dedicated to Empowerment through Equity. Longmont Community Foundation is a tax- exempt public charity created by and for the people of a particular region (in this case Longmont and the St. Vrain Valley). Their mission Improving life in the St. Vrain Valley through philanthropy and charitable leadership. Persona Group (P.G) is a full-service brand, digital, and event consulting agency.

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.