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Helping our community

Girl Scouts of Colorado is collaborating with community leaders in the Red Feather Lakes area to help local residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Magic Sky Ranch property is being used to sort shipments of food that are then being distributed to those struggling to feed themselves. A small group of volunteers has been unloading and repacking bulk items. Afterwards, the parcels are taken to Morning Star Church for distribution.  tons of food is expected to be distributed on Friday, April 3, 2020.

This effort is a collaboration with North 40 Mountain Alliance,  Larimer County Office on Aging, Larimer County Partnership for Age Friendly Communities, Senior Access Points, Morning Star Community Church, Chapel in the Pines, Red Feather Lakes Library, Gordon Creek Farm, DaLonna Mae’s Cafe, Food Bank for Larimer County, and many individual donors. The food is going to families with children, the elderly, people in the service industries who have lost their livelihood, and many others who have been put in distress due this crisis.

 

FBI Teen Academy in Ft Collins

The FBI’s Teen Academy program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Generally, each course iteration is a minimum of eight hours, but can be a week-long program with blocks of instruction and demonstrations at a local field office. Students are provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism, cyber crime, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office. Students also learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and assisting with cases.

How to  apply

At this time, the FBI hopes to host their teen academies as scheduled. Any change in status will be communicated to all applicants.

FBI Denver will be hosting three teen academies in 2020:

  • Wind River, Wyoming on May 9, 2020
  • Casper, Wyoming on May 30, 2020
  • Ft. Collins, Colorado on July 24, 2020

Applications and supporting essays for any Teen Academy must be received by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

Apply online: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/denver/community-outreach#Teen-Academy

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Troop 76136 learns about cybersecurity

Submitted by Jodi Balfour

Northern & Northeastern CO

Erie

Our troop of 12 Brownies enjoyed drawing castles with “layers of security” to protect them. We heard some very creative ideas, such as surrounding the castle with thorny vines, alligators in the moat, secret underground passages through a maze, and more! One girl wanted to wear a disguise and described it as creating an online avatar that didn’t look exactly like her. Everyone had fun and learned about some ways to be safe online.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Safety lesson with First Shots

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Older girl Troop 70720 attended  First Shots, a national program for rifle shooting. They first had a class to talk about guns and gun safety and handling. After that, they learned how to shoot. They had three range officers for four Girl Scouts. The program helped overcome any fears about guns and also gave the girls an opportunity to experience something they really enjoyed– most had never been around a gun before.  We are really grateful for the program and opportunity, as it was amazing!

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Cookie break

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 took a much needed mental break and went outdoor ice skating at the outdoor rink at Centerra. Apparently, weekday afternoons after the holidays is not a popular time to skate, as we had the entire rink to ourselves! These girls sold around 14,500 packages of cookies collectively, so they definitely deserved an afternoon off.

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

Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Shauna Johnson, Technical Manager, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

As of March 16, 2020, this event has been canceled.

All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to connect with professional women in a variety of career paths at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s first “Secrets to Success” event in Northern Colorado on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Aims Community College. Girls will personally engage with top women leaders in a variety of career fields such as law, emergency response, animal care, theatre, and more. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Financial assistance and travel stipends are available. Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/2020secrets_to_success_nc_04_18_2020

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with, including Shauna Johnson, Technical Manager, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.

Shauna Johnson grew up in a musical family and fell in love with the technical side of theatre in high school. Her career has spanned more than 20 years and she has been with the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse since it opened in 2008. While at the Candlelight, she has worked as Technical Director and Stage Manager, and is now part of the Executive Management Team as Technical Manager, which means she is responsible for all technical areas and the maintenance of the building. Shauna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado and has worked as a designer and technician for many theatre companies across the state, as well as Stage Manager and Head Carpenter at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley for local productions and National Tours. Shauna is a proud 2015 True West Award winner for her management and special effect work on “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the Candlelight. When asked about the challenges women face in technical theatre she says, “Women can be found in all aspects of theatre. However, Technical Directing tends to appeal to men more, so it has always been a challenge for me to prove that I belong. I have always believed that hard work, expert knowledge, and refined skills should have more impact when it comes to any job, regardless of age, race, or sex. I am proud that, by simply doing the work and doing it well, I am valuable and I have gained the respect of my colleagues, not only at the Candlelight, but across the state.”

When she isn’t working, Shauna has most likely escaped to the mountains with her dogs or can be found cheering on the Rockies and spoiling her nieces and nephews.

Honoring our local veterans

Submitted by Krista Allard

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Our Daisy troop collected donations during cookie season to support our local American Legion and veterans. The girls worked very hard and collected more than 250 packages of Girl Scout Cookies! Our very last cookie booth of the season was at a local restaurant where we invited veterans wearing a symbol of their service to visit, pick up a donated package of cookies, and enjoy a free drink on the restaurant. Our Daisies loved handing out the packages they worked so hard to collect and showing the local veterans our bulletin board of their own family veterans. The veterans enjoyed the recognition and connection with the Daisies!

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Troop 77904 hits final goals while visiting with Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Jennifer Mendez

Submitted by Kelly Davidson

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

On Saturday, at their last troop booth of the season, five Brownies from Troop 77904 in Longmont earned their “Uniform to Uniform” patch while hitting their final goals and helping their sister Girl Scouts.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Jennifer Mendez visited the troop’s booth at Safeway in Longmont, where she spoke with the girls about her job and life as a female law enforcement officer. The girls listened and asked great questions. They also shared with Deputy Mendez what they learned from selling cookies this season – hard work, goal setting, gratitude, and above all, teamwork.

After Brownie Nina M. came down with a bad cold and was unable to work her final booths to sell the last 25 packages she needed, two Brownies from her troop – Claudia K. and Maible M. – stepped up to sell on her behalf, helping Nina reach her goal of 1,000 packages. Having reached her goal, Ava J. also gave Nina a some cookie sales as well.

Then, after reaching her final goal of selling 1,250 packages on Saturday, Maible continued to sell to help another Brownie in her troop. Anagrace L. was short 21 packages of hitting her goal of 525. She had been hoping to earn the Build-A-Bear Experience, but her family had to shift their focus from selling to helping her grandmother, who is recovering from surgery. Claudia also gave some of her cookie sales to help Anagrace hit her goal! With their help, Anagrace is going to Build-A-Bear!

For Troop 77904, cookie season was a true team effort among the parents and the girls this season. The troop of 11 second graders finished the season with three girls selling more than 1,000 packages!

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

Secrets to Success: Conversation Station Leader Lisa Denke, P.E., Project Manager/Engineer

As of March 16, 2020, this event has been canceled.

All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to connect with professional women in a variety of career paths at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s first “Secrets to Success” event in Northern Colorado on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Aims Community College. Girls will personally engage with top women leaders in a variety of career fields such as law, emergency response, animal care, theatre, and more. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. Financial assistance and travel stipends are available. Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/2020secrets_to_success_nc_04_18_2020

In preparation for this exciting event, we are thrilled to announce some of the amazing women whom girls will be engaging with, including Lisa Denke, P.E., Project Manager/Engineer.

Lisa graduated from Wind River High School in Wyoming and attended the local community college, earning an Associate degree in Music. Lisa moved to Laramie where she studied music and engineering, graduating from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

After graduation, she took several jobs where she was doing things that would be considered Mechanical Engineering, such as job cementing, acidizing, and fracking.  Later, jobs required other skills, such as chemistry, leading her to retake basic chemistry at Colorado State University. Lisa believes what you learn in school can be very relevant to what you do in your job and learning shouldn’t ever stop!

Currently, Lisa works as an engineering consultant, and recently taught Oilfield Operations in Dubai, showing you never know where your talents will be needed! She also leads the hymns at her church and sings special music selections. She enjoys learning about the history of this area, including Germans from Russia.

Laser tag lock-in

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Lyons

Calling all Girl Scouts! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fantastic night playing laser tag, enjoying games, making crafts, and eating pizza!

When: Saturday, April 18, 2020

Time: 11:20 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Cost: $39 per girl, $8 per adult

Where:

Laser Quest- Denver

8988 E. Hampden Ave.

To register: https://girl-scout-laser-tag-lockin.cheddarup.com You must register by April 6 to get a patch.

Girls must be accompanied by enough adult chaperones to meet girl scout safety-wise ratios.

Questions? Email cross.maria.e@gmail.com

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