Tag Archives: Northern & Northeastern CO

Top Sellers celebrate at Greeley Stampede

38 Girl Scouts and guests gathered on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the Greeley Stampede to celebrate Top Sellers who sold 750 packages or more of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program. Top Sellers and their guests enjoyed the Stampede’s many attractions and the PRCA Pro Rodeo while also being treated to a BBQ buffet, during which the girls were presented with their Top Seller medallions by the GSCO Product Sales staff. The event was attended by six of the state’s top 100 sellers for the 2017 sale.

 

GSCO offices and shop closures

Girl Scouts of Colorado offices statewide and the shop will be closed July 3-7, 2017 for the Fourth of July. Offices statewide will reopen July 10. The Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop will reopen July 11. Please mark you calendars for some other additional closures:
  • Pikes Peak regional office in Colorado Springs:  July 25
  • Northern & Northeastern CO regional office in  Loveland: July 25 and August 1

Power of Cookie: Girl Scouts visit NYC

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Several girls from Troop 73392 used their cookie money to visit New York City this month. Sophia led her fellow troop members in picking out accommodations, places to eat, and things to see and do in the city.

Highlights included mastering the public transportation system, visiting the National September 11th Museum, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Coney Island, and eating lots of yummy food.

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

Gold Award Mentors needed for Northern CO and Pikes Peak regions

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Submitted by GSCO Highest Awards Manager Aimee Bianca

Arguably, the most impactful part of Girl Scouts is the earning of the Girl Scout Gold Award. This prestigious award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouts and challenges high school girls to initiate meaningful, sustainable change locally, nationally, and/or globally through unique “Take Action” projects of their own creation.
In Colorado, girls work individually with a Gold Award Mentor throughout their Gold Award journey to ensure they are well supported and their projects meet all the standards and expectations of a Gold Award. Mentors are all volunteers who are experts on the Gold Award and sit on their region’s Gold Award Committee in addition to working one on one with Gold Award candidates.

If you are strong woman with project management skills who is interested in building leadership skills with a young woman, you might be the perfect Gold Award Mentor!

Girl Scouts of Colorado needs new Gold Award Mentors in Northern and Northeastern Colorado and the Pikes Peak regions. With more and more girls “going Gold”, we need more mentors to work with candidates one-on-one!

Download and review the full position description and email highestawards@gscolorado.org if you are interested in this exciting volunteer position with Girl Scouts of Colorado.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Theresa Szczurek

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Lifetime Girl Scout Theresa Szczurek of Boulder recently received the Volunteer Service Award from GSCO for decades of service. She is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Theresa to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

I joined Girl Scouts as a 4th grader in Cicero, IL and participated through high school.  Now, I am a Lifetime Girl Scout.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I love being a Girl Scout. Girl Scouts builds girls with courage, character, and confidence and prepares girls to be leaders. Over 64% percent of today’s women leaders in the United States in civic, corporate, political, and entrepreneurial arenas were once Girl Scouts including Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and many others.

At first in New Jersey in the late 1980’s even before I had children, I was a Girl Scout Cadette leader for a few years to help build strong girls. After returning to Colorado and when my daughter entered first grade, I helped organize her Brownie troop at her elementary school. I wanted my daughter to grow strong, make friends, learn new skills, build her confidence and courage, strengthen her core values and character, and see the world through the experience of this powerful, world-wide organization.  Being a Girl Scout volunteer is for me a pursuit of passionate purpose — it is in line with my values and gifts (or passion), helps me work toward the purpose of growing girls with courage, confidence, an character, presents many opportunities to pursue this purpose and assess progress along the way.

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.

I have been a Brownie, Junior, and Cadette leader in Boulder. I currently am and have been since 2010 a Senior and Ambassador Girl Scout troop co-advisor for super Troop 70007, which has Girl Scouts from throughout Boulder County.  I enjoy being the Gold Advisor, among other things, helping our Girl Scouts earn the highest award.

I have been a member of the Zephyr Service Unit leadership team since 2013. It supports Girl Scout troops throughout Boulder and beyond. I help coordinate the program and calendar and serve as the Highest Award advisor to the SU. 

I was the Keynote speaker at the Leadership Summit in Boulder in Fall 2016.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer? What do you hope girls have learned from you?

One of the most important lessons for me to learn, was to let go of being the Troop Leader and instead become the Troop Advisor by letting the Girl Scouts lead.  This role as an adult volunteer evolves as a troop moves from Brownies to Ambassadors and the Girl Scouts grow in their abilities.  It means that sometimes the girls will do things differently then I envision.  I recall when our troop was running Outdoor Skills Day Camps. My daughter Annie was the overall Camp Coordinator that year.  A big snowstorm was forecast for the Saturday of one of our camps. GSCO decided to cancel all activities that day, but let our troop make its own decision on running our camp or not. While I would have decided to go along with GSCO and cancel the camp, Annie made the courageous decision to run the camp. It was a huge learning and leadership experience for her. The storm was not as bad as forecast and 70 younger pre-registered Girl Scouts had a fabulous time rather than being stuck at home.  Annie also decided to give parents an option to pull their girl out and get a refund.

It means letting them fail and learn from it, if they don’t step up to lead.  One year our Senior / Ambassador troop decided it wanted to go on a Caribbean cruise leaving from Florida. The girls did not step up to do the research and make the decision in time. That trip did not happen, but instead they were able to get organized and go on a Colorado camping trip. Here are a few other lessons learned:

Four Practical Pointers from Girl Scout Travel.  

  1. Open and Be Flexible. Annie had been raising money for two years to go to the India Centre, Sangam. She sold 1000’s of packages of Girl Scout Cookies and wrapping paper, led outdoor skills day camps as fundraisers, and even applied for (and won) a Look Wider International Travel Scholarship from Girl Scouts of Colorado. This council-wide trip to Sangam, for high school age Girl Scouts from across the State of Colorado, did not come together as it should have.  So in February, Annie and I regrouped, assessed the situation, and concluded – Why not go as a mother / daughter team to Our Chalet, the oldest WAGGGS Centre located in Switzerland, and Pax Lodge in UK?  By being flexible with a broader vision, we pivoted and took action to go to Europe.  We are glad we did! 

Here was the Attraction Strategy at work –hold a broad intention and open to opportunities that are everywhere, while thinking, feeling passionately, and taking action to get what you want.  How can you attract an alternative solution when you are stuck?

  1. Pack Lightly. Note, packing includes your attitude as well as your bag. Once you have packed your bag, evaluate if you really need each item, and reduce by at least one third. Pack even lighter. Oh how we wish we would have done this on our Europe trip. 

We arrived at 7 p.m. by train into Bern, Switzerland, the lovely capital, after a long traveling day that started in Iceland at 6 a.m. We could not find the information booth to get a map.  With the hotel address in hand, we started walking burdened with our backpacks – it is not far, people  said.  45 minutes later, tired and hungry, we searched for a taxi.  Finally, we found one.  As we were about to put our heavy bags into the cab, the driver pointed,  “Just walk that way 100 meters.” Finally 300 meters later, as despair was about to set in, we saw our hotel.  While indeed we had packed many positive items, next time we will come without as much gear. 

Here was the Pack Strategy – when embarking on a path of passionate purpose, pack energizers that encourage you along the way and unpack hindrances that discourage you.  How can you lighten your personal or professional load? 

  1. Are You Ready? Are You Prepared?  Finnish Girl Guides respond to these questions, “Born ready!  Always prepared!”  Part of our adventure included reaching the summit of three peaks.  Our goal was to summit Bunderspitz.  We prepared through the week with increasingly longer hikes day by day.  Using the divide-and-conquer strategy, we started hiking around 7:30 p.m. on the first segment and arrived at the Cheesemaker’s Hut at 9:30 p.m. where we got a few hours sleep.  At 2:30 a.m. in total darkness and silence, we were ready for the assault.  We accomplished the overall goal piece by piece – first to the highest barn on the mountain where we ate an early breakfast, then through the fog to the saddle, and then on through the final stretch to the summit for sunrise at 5:35 a.m.  While the clear, panoramic view we yearned for never appeared, we did catch glimpses of the majestic mountains.  Then slowly we descended five hours back to Our Chalet feeling exhilarated. 

Here was the Persistence Strategy in action:  mindfully persevere with focused determination using a divide-and-conquer tactic. Try tackling your next big project using the divide and conquer approach of the Persistence Strategy.  

  1. Make New Friends, But Keep the Old. With ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 145 countries across the world, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world.  We share common values of building girls with courage, character, and confidence and taking action.  Recently WAGGGS launched a Global Action Theme whereby girls worldwide say “together we can change our world.” This awareness raising programme is directly linked to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (https://www.wagggs.org/en/what-we-do/sustainable-development-goals-and-global-action-theme/).  One SDG is:  promote gender equality and empower women. 70 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion people living in poverty are women, and 45 million girls around the world are being denied an education. WAGGGS believes that ‘empowering girls will change our world.’

At Our Chalet and Pax Lodge we made new international friends, reaffirmed our values, had fun singing songs, challenged ourselves physically and mentally, built a new skill by taking lots of photos, rejuvenated, and much more.  In addition to precious mother / daughter together time before Annie left for college, we even met the WAGGGS commissioner from Taiwan. 

Here was the Connections Strategy at work – build relationships with and bring along on life’s journey the proper people and support network and lessen the impact of improper ones.    Who is or should be part of your support network?

What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?

There are so many memories from seeing two Girl Scouts helping each other in a magical moment learn to fish, recognizing the scouts grow in their abilities to run their own cookie business,  the younger girls progress in outdoor skills from short hike to backyard camping to lodge overnights to tent camping to backpacking, working with other leaders and parents, traveling domestically such as canoeing on the Buffalo River in Arkansas and internationally such as a 10-day adventure and service trip to Costa Rica, and helping scouts establish a plan and execute on it to earn their Highest Awards.   I have been so honored to be the troop advisor to nine (9) scouts who have earned their Gold Award with three more now at the Gold Candidate stage — WOW! 

My favorite memory, if I had to choose just one, is the mother / daughter trip to Our Chalet, the oldest WAGGGS Centre located in Switzerland, and Pax Lodge in UK.  I highly recommend going to the international centres. 

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What words of advice do you have for other volunteers?

Being a Girl Scout volunteer is for me a pursuit of passionate purpose — it is in line with my values and gifts (or passion), helps me work toward the purpose of growing strong leaders, presents many opportunities to pursue this purpose, and give a chance to assess progress and learn along the way. 

Volunteers, recognize the important work you are doing in helping girls pursue their passions and grow with courage, confidence, and character.  I hope you agree, there is nothing more meaningful and important.  That is why I love being a Girl Scout!

Want to nominate a volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado to spotlight? Please email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Girls leading girls

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

The girls from Troop 73392 led their fellow Girl Scouts in a fun evening of kayaking and paddle boarding. The weather was great, the water warm, and the view fabulous. Troop 73392 will be hosting another workshop on July 29, 2017 in Longmont for Cadette level and higher.

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

Visiting Sangam on the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Submitted by Krista B., 2017 “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship  winner

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Girl Scouts has been a part of my life since I was nine-years-old and trying on my first Brownie uniform. The opportunities afforded me by Girl Scouts have shaped my life and who I am. Through Girl Scouts, I have been able to do a significant amount of international travel and on these trips I have made lasting friendships with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world.

Most recently, I had the opportunity to visit Sangam World Centre in Pune, India with the assistance of the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship. Ever since returning home from a stint as the Programme Intern at Pax Lodge, I have been itching to visit another World Centre. The World Centres (there are five in all: Pax Lodge, Our Cabaña, Our Chalet, Sangam, and Kusafiri) have a peculiar magic about them. I have stayed in many international youth hostels, but I have found that the World Centres are so much more than a hostel. They are a welcoming environment that values international perspectives. The diverse staff, volunteers, and guests create an amazing and unique place. One of the best parts about Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting is how easy it is to make friends. Despite different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences, we are all connected by our passion for moulding young women of courage, confidence, and character.

The event I attended at Sangam was a week-long event called “Be the Change: International Women’s Day.” The event was concerned with giving its participants the tools and knowledge to be the change they wish to see in the world. We also got to celebrate International Women’s Day with one of Sangam’s community partners, Maher, which is a home that takes care of orphans, women, and children who are victims of domestic violence, women with mental disabilities, and women who have been rejected by their families for any reason.

The participants represented five countries: India, Albania, Rwanda, Ireland, and the United States. I absolutely loved meeting the Guides and learning about their organizations and about amazing women from their countries. We explored Pune in small groups and Lata (from India) made sure that Viviane (from Rwanda) and I made it where we were supposed to go and didn’t overpay for rickshaws. I learned from Ardita (from Albania) that Albania’s Girl Guide organization is very new, and she is one of the first Guide leaders in her country. Manisha (from India) taught me to count to 10 in Hindi and showed us all a thing or two about Bollywood dancing. Viviane (from Rwanda) showed me the traditional dress from her country and Fiona (from Ireland) shared stories from her Guides in Dublin.

I found India to be an incredible place, nothing like I had experienced before. The culture is so rich and the country is thick with colors and scents that I found I didn’t have the vocabulary to name. I was struck most by the sense of community, both within Sangam and within the community partners they support. With the Green Tara Foundation, we visited one of the many slums in Pune and I loved learning songs and games from the young women they work with there. Green Tara focuses on educating young women, although they do not turn away anyone who wants to learn. I taught one of my favorite camp songs, Fred the Moose, and learned a new game from them.

At the end of the week, I was sad to leave. I had come 8,040 miles from my university to Sangam and now it was time to return so I could go class bright and early Monday morning. I loved the time I spent in India and I only wish I had been able to spend more time there. At Sangam’s gate, I leaned out the car window and waved to all of my new friends as they sang me off with “Happy journey, happy journey, happy journey, on you go…”

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved atgirlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

Girl Scouts in the annual Berthoud Day Parade

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Submitted by Jen Rotar

Northern & Northeastern CO

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The Berthoud Service Unit was well-represented in the annual Berthoud Day Parade with girls from six different troops participating on the Girl Scout float. Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes rode and marched in the 63rd Annual Berthoud Day parade, a local community celebration.

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

Troop 73392 learns to kayak and paddleboard

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Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

The girls from Troop 73392 are learning to conduct and lead kayak and paddleboard workshops for Girl Scout Cadettes and older.

The girls have learned about different types of paddle boards and kayaks and some of the pros and cons of each type. Now, they are putting their knowledge into action by teaching others the skills necessary to enjoy this fun sport.

In June, the girls hosted their first workshop with a group of leaders and Girl Scout staff. They look forward to hosting their fellow Girl Scout Cadettes later this month.

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

Silver Award: Realities for Children

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Kit B. was excited about doing her Silver Award to try to do something that benefited abused and foster children. She was passionate about this as she was a former foster child.

She contacted various organizations asking what types of things they might need or need done.

She ended up deciding to set up an annual drive at her church for Realities for Children. This one was hopefully the first of many.

This first one was very successful. She received over $500 and also collected some toys, clothes, and school supplies.

This has inspired her to do more and she has a couple of organizations she plans to volunteer with this summer.

Great job Kit! We are so proud of you!

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