Tag Archives: Northern & Northeastern CO

Biking around town: End of summer fun

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern and Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

As an end of summer hoorah, some of the girls from Troop 70720 went on a 12-mile bike ride around Fort Collins. We stopped and played in the river for a little while and then, biked over to a local ice cream shop for a sweet treat. We headed back after that, but the girls went and played in a pool after their ride to cool off. Summer outdoor adventures are awesome!

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Preparing for Reach for the Peak

Submitted by  Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Troop 73392 decided earlier this year to rise to the challenge of Reach for the Peak, a competition of traditional Girl Scout skills now in its 31st year. The girls spent the summer working on skills such as knots, lashings, orienteering, and more. After weekly practice sessions, Ashley, Sophia, Trinity, Charlotte, and Alyssa were ready for the challenges they faced the weekend of August 10 and 11, 2018. Everyone had a great time and learned a great deal about skills, team work, and personal growth thanks to the amazing volunteers who make this competition possible.

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Camping fun at Magic Sky Ranch

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 spent the weekend enjoying  Magic Sky Ranch and spending some time in the great outdoors. Girls finished up working on their “Primitive Camping” badge, which they started in May. We love going up there and have been doing it since girls were second year Daisies.

Girls did all the set up, most of the year down, and a lot of the cooking and preparation this year. Love seeing them progress and get more independent every year.

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G.I.R.L.s deliver thousands of school supplies for low-resource students

Girl Scout Junior Troop 1631 from Highlands Ranch, which has 14 girls, collected thousands of school supplies for low-resource students over the spring and summer. They included pencils, markers, glue, scissors, binders, paper, books, and teaching materials.  On Sunday, August 12, 2018, the girls delivered the supplies to an elementary school in Evans.

They were able to collect the supplies by reaching out to schools in their own community, and asking to place boxes in the lobby to collect supplies.  A dozen schools agreed to participate, and the girls worked with the schools to publicize their project through posters, an e-newsletter to parents, and the schools’ announcements. Additionally, some of the girls reached out to Office Depot in Highlands Ranch, which agreed to place another collection box in the front of the store.

Through this project, the girls will earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award,  the highest honor for a Girl Scout Junior and the third highest honor in Girl Scouts.

All four major TV stations in Denver shared the story of the girls’ project.

Earlier this summer, the girls completed their biggest girl-led project yet! Many of the girls were in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as babies, or have overcome some sort of medical challenge, so when completing the “Agent of Change” Journey, they wanted to do something to help children and families in the NICU at UCHealth. The girls assembled 20 NICU Care Kits and delivered them to the hospital in June. The full story, along with a few photos and thank you letters from parents who received the kits, is here: https://bit.ly/2usUFXc.

Continuing the Journey

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Troop 73392 has weeded, tilled, and planted their garden plot in the 11th Avenue Community Garden in Longmont. The girls have learned a great deal about the time and commitment required to grow food. They have learned how too much water, as well as too little water, can affect plants. Last week, the girls harvested tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions.  As the season progresses, they will also harvest carrots, peppers, and squash.

The girls have been documenting their project on the GSCO blog. Follow the Journey: http://gscoblog.org/2018/05/were-sowing/

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G.I.R.L.s collect school supplies to earn Bronze Award

Submitted by Melissa Holmberg

Metro Denver

Littleton

Girl Scout Junior Troop 1631 from Highlands Ranch, which has 14 girls, is currently working to earn their Bronze Award by collecting school supplies for low-resource students. The girls identified a need for school supplies an elementary school in Evans. Next, they reached out to schools in their own community, and asked to place boxes in the lobby to collect supplies.  A dozen schools agreed to participate, and the girls worked with the schools to publicize their project through posters, an e-newsletter to parents, and the schools’ announcements.

On July 12, 2018, the girls met to merge and sort the donated supplies. They include pencils, markers, glue, scissors, binders, paper, and books. Additionally, some of the girls reached out to Office Depot in Highlands Ranch, which agreed to place another collection box in the front of the store. The girls hope people buy and donate additional supplies on the spot. On August 12, the girls will deliver the donated supplies to Union Colony Elementary School in Evans.

Earlier this summer, the girls completed their biggest girl-led project yet! Many of the girls were in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as babies, or have overcome some sort of medical challenge, so when completing the “Agent of Change” Journey, they wanted to do something to help children and families in the NICU at UCHealth. The girls assembled 20 NICU Care Kits and delivered them to the hospital in June. The full story, along with a few photos and thank you letters from parents who received the kits, is here: https://bit.ly/2usUFXc.

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Pinecrest Memorial Unit Shelter dedicated

Girl Scout alumnae, donors, and friends  gathered on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 to celebrate the dedication of the Pinecrest Memorial Unit Shelter at Meadow Mountain Ranch. Women’s Week camper Deb Allison McDonough beaded a necklace in Morse code. She used the chorus of Girl Scout favorite “I want to be strong.”

Grrridiron Girls flag football camp with the first female NFL coach

Submitted by Natalie Phillips

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

My name is Natalie Phillips and I am working with Dr. Jen Welter, gold medalist and the first female NFL coach, in partnership with the NFL Alumni, to bring a Grrridiron Girls flag football camp to Northern Colorado on Sunday, August 12, 2018.

It is for girls ages 6-18 and we have in-kind donations from Scheels in Johnstown, as well as Freddy’s Burgers in Loveland. The MileHigh Blaze, a semi-pro women’s tackle football team, will also be helping out.

Here is the Eventbrite link for registration and more information on Jen Welter:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jen-welters-grrridiron-girls-flag-football-camp-northern-colorado-tickets-48005967140

I met Jen Welter initially at a UN Foundation Girl Up Leadership Summit over a year ago and since then, have been connected to her and had the opportunity to hear her speak and inspire business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as young kids in her multiple football camps. In addition, she released her first book, Play Big, in October 2017 and has been on a speaking circuit and book tour with multiple media outlets. She is incredibly inspirational and I am SO excited for her to agree to bring her camp to Colorado and we are lucky enough to be able to run it in Northern Colorado at Mountain View High School!

Please visit her website www.jenwelter.com for more information about Jen and her multiple camps.

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Biking and river fun in Fort Collins

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Fort Collins Girl Scouts are keeping it real and trying to enjoy some more outdoor time while it’s warm and sunny! This week, they went on a 13-mile bike ride combined with some wading in the Poudre River. It was a great day to play and connect and get outdoors.

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Highest Awards opportunity in Fort Collins

Submitted by Amy Jo Martinson

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

The Veterans Plaza in Northern Colorado is in need of help!

1. They would like a permanent flag recycling box for the public to properly dispose of their torn and unusable flags.

2. There are painting projects.

3. Looking for a regular group that would be willing to clean and repair anything in the area.

The recycling flag box was going to be a Boy Scout Eagle Scout project, but it fell apart and they haven’t had anyone step up to fill the need.

If a girl or troop(s) are interested in one or more of these projects they should contact Major Diggs Brown.

MAJ Diggs Brown, (ret), MBA
(970) 980-1080
www.majordiggsbrown.com

Also, because the property is part of the City of Fort Collins, you would need to contact the city regarding any changes before placing anything new (flag disposal box) on the property.

Eventually the veterans want a proper flag retirement ceremony with these flags at the Veterans Plaza Northern Colorado at least once a year, twice a year would be even better.

I’m looking into doing a flag etiquette and flag retirement ceremony badge that would also incorporate the Veterans Plaza Northern Colorado too.

These projects are great opportunities for Bronze, Silver, and maybe even Gold Award projects! Of course, you can contact me also and I can help as needed!

Amy Jo Martinson
Gold Award Girl Scout (1991)
(719) 293-5313

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