Tag Archives: Northern & Northeastern CO

Summer hiking fun

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 has many hikes planned this summer. Some of the girls just love exploring the outdoors and some are preparing for a couple of 14ers the troop is doing later in the summer. Earlier this month, the girls hiked Hewlett Gulch, 8.2 miles and around 1,200 feet of elevation gain. They did amazing and the hike was stunning!

These girls are rockstars and we are definitely looking forward to more hikes this summer!

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

Loveland SU 732 movie night

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by Anna Boyle

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Service Unit 732 in Loveland hosted a fun movie night in the park for all of our Girl Scouts in Loveland. More than 50 people attended and it was so much fun! The girls all got fun patches and popsicles. We will definitely be planning another movie night in the future.

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

Power of Cookie: Troop 74180 travels to Savannah

Submitted by Michelle Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

I wanted to share some of our experiences in Savannah and Tybee Island. We’ve saved cookie money for several years and the girls were finally able to plan and execute a trip to the East Coast to check out where Girl Scouts started. Our girls are first year Girl Scout Seniors from Fort Collins. We’re having an awesome trip and not only learning about the incredible history, but learning about each other as well. We’ve spent time at the beach, completed a program to earn the GA coastal badge at the Marine Science center, toured the historical Tybee Island lighthouse, went on a historical Savannah Carriage ride, completed the Old Fort Jackson Girl Scout militia experience, toured Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace, saw the Girl Scout First Headquarters, and the Andrew Low house. We’ve also had fun discovering the secrets of Savannah each day like Forsyth Park and River Street. We plan on visiting Skidaway Island State Park and doing some hiking, as well as some more beach time. The girls have worked together to plan, cook, and clean most of our meals and have worked hard to keep us on budget.

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Adult volunteers needed in Morgan County

As a way of saying thank you to United Way of Morgan County for their support of Girl Scouts of Colorado and other local nonprofits, Girl Scouts of Colorado is seeking adult volunteers to help with United Way of Morgan County’s “United We Race” event!

When: Saturday, September 7, 2019

Where:

Riverside Park – Nature Trails

1600 Main St

Fort Morgan 80701

Registration: 9 a.m.

Event/Competition: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This event is similar in fashion to the famous television show, “The Amazing Race,” where up to 50 teams will start the event. Teams will go to many physical, mental, and unique competition points throughout the event where they will be eliminated. The United Way needs volunteers to help run these competition points.

To sign up to volunteer, please contact Chaundra with the United Way at (970) 867 – 2218 or mcunitedway@kci.net.

If you know older Girl Scouts interested in volunteering, please contact GSCO Donor Relations Manager Carol Griffin at carol.griffin@gscolorado.org.

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A visit to the GSCO History Center

Submitted by John Silver, GSCO Guest Blogger

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

Where in Colorado can you see these Girl Scout things from years and years ago:  More than 600 Girl Scout vintage uniforms (including sashes and vests and other accessories), and books, and camping equipment and jewelry and cameras?

Where can you try on vintage Girl Scout uniforms (choosing from dozens and dozens of different types) or get help with the “Playing the Past” badge and the “Girl Scout Way” badge by participating in a scavenger hunt to find special items of Girl Scout history?

Where can you borrow Girl Scout uniforms for local events or parades or memorials?

Where can you get help with your own fashion show of vintage Girl Scout uniforms? Where can you borrow the uniforms for the show and a script for the show that includes anecdotes and historical details about the uniforms?

I visited this very special place, the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center in Loveland.

Here are the things at the center I liked the best:

  • The oldest uniform, dating from 1914
  • Blue uniforms for Girls Scouts who were Mariner Girl Scouts in troops focused on boating and sailing activities
  • A song book from the 1950’s which included my mother’s and sisters’ favorite Girl Scout songs, Make New Friends and The Chalet Song
  • A collection of “SWAPS,” which are small (often hand-made or personalized) mementos “swapped” (that is, traded) between Girl Scouts and Girl Scout alums at camps or conventions

The center obtains items mostly from Girl Scout alums, but sometimes from garage sales, thrift shops, and estate sales.  It also participates in a sharing program with more than 50 similar centers across the country.  Here’s how the sharing program works: If a history center in Tennessee comes across a historical item with ties to Girl Scouts in Colorado, it might offer the item to the GSCO History Center, and the GSCO History Center does the same with items it finds that have ties to other states, or with duplicate items.

A group of knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers runs the center, which is open between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Tuesday and by appointment on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.  Troops can contact the center to schedule appointment outside regular hours.

Contact the History Center at: GSCO History Center, 2004 West 15th Street. Loveland, CO, 80538 or gscohistory@gmail.com.

Check this place out!

John Silver of Metro Denver is proud to be an adult volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado. As the brother and son of Girl Scouts, John is now an adult seeing Girl Scouts through new eyes. John will be reporting on things he learns– that you might not know either! He will also be researching badge earning and other opportunities for Girl Scouts today.

 

Meadow Mountain Ranch camping trip

 

Submitted by Karla Coronado

Metro Denver

Aurora

Our first tent camping trip was a blast. The girls enjoyed their stay at Meadow Mountain Ranch. We got to do a nature hike and loved our hike to see Hercules. We saw wildlife all around us, from the owls at night to the deer and elk all around us. We had a snowy first night, but that did not stop us from enjoying our trip. We also took a fun trip to Estes Park to hike at some of their trails.

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

Celebrate Father’s Day with Girl Scouts of Colorado

Bring the whole family to Meadow Mountain Ranch on Sunday, June 16, 2019 to celebrate Father’s Day AND World Environment Day!

In partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service, Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to offer Girl Scouts, along with their family and friends, a way to focus on and celebrate the environment. World Environment Day is a global occasion to highlight and discus the importance of environmental awareness and action. By celebrating World Environment Day, Girl Scouts honor Juliette Gordon Low’s legacy, by promoting respect and love of the great outdoors far and wide. Through Girl Scouts, girls see the Earth as their home. Whether they’re learning about endangered wildlife, developing creative recycling projects, or working toward a grade-level award, girls focus on care, conservation, and responsibility. They make sure the beauty and wonder of our planet endure for future generations to enjoy.

From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., girls, along with their friends and family, will have the opportunity to participate in several activities across the camp property. The event is open-house style and you’re welcome to come for the whole event, or part of it, and participate in whichever activities interest you. Activities include:

  • Activities from the Global Action Days Toolkit
  •  A hands-on activity from our awesome partner, the Colorado State Forest Service
  • A chance to meet with a Girl Scout alum about her career in forestry/environmental science and experiences as a wildland firefighter
  • Conservation related service projects on the property
  • Walk the MMR Nature Trail and earn your patch (patches for sale via GSCO Retail Shop)
  • S’mores station
  • Displays from the GSCO Global Action Committee & History Committee

You are welcome to bring a sack lunch and/or snacks for the day.

You can also pick up your FREE Global Action Days patch at this event. You have earned the Global Action Days patch by celebrating three of the Global Action Days during the year by completing at least one activity from the toolkit for each day. Because World Thinking Day has its own award, it cannot be used to earn the Global Action Days patch. You may use this World Environment day toward the patch requirements.

RSVP online by June 11: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/world_environment_da.html The RSVP will also ask how many Global Action Days patches you’ll be picking up that day. If you do not RSVP in advance, we cannot guarantee a patch for you that day.

This is not a drop off event. All girls must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Adult-to-girl ratios must be met. Girls attending with a troop leader should bring a completed parent permission form for a Girl Scout activity, which her troop leader should retain in case of emergency.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org

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Mother’s Day Project

Submitted by Sharon Manning

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Troop 73392 of Longmont used a combination of troop funds, personal funds, and community donations to create a special Mother’s Day gift for the clients of St. Vrain Valley Safe Shelter.

BeadforLife, a Boulder non-profit organization, donated beautiful handmade bags and grass woven baskets made by women in Uganda to support this project as well as lip balm. The girls used a combination of troop and personal funds to purchase pens, notebooks, tissues, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, gum, and granola bars to include in the handbags. To round out the project, the girls wrote inspirational messages with Hershey hugs to include in each purse.

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Girl Scout fashion show

Submitted by Mike Werner

Northern & Northeastern CO

GSCO History Center in Loveland

Girl Scout Troop 01410 from F. E. Warren AFB, WY recently held a Girl Scout fashion show using vintage Girl Scout uniforms provided by the Girl Scouts of Colorado History Center. These Girl Scout Daisies thru Cadettes learned about uniforms over the past 107 years and what Girl Scouts did during those periods and shared what they learned with their families and community.

Your troop or service unit can also check out parade or fashion show tubs from the GSCO History Center by e-mailing  gscohistory@gmail.com.

For more information, contact troop leader Amy Jo Martinson at starletajm@gmail.com or Mike Werner, GSCO History Center, at wernermj@comcast.net.

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

Register NOW for Women’s Week 2019 at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Submitted by Penny “Pan” Roberts, Very Informal Camp Director, Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch

Northern & Northeastern CO

Meadow Mountain Ranch

Women’s Week at Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) is the most fun you can have at camp since you were 11-years-old! I promise! Even if you have never been to camp before you will “Make New Friends” (there’s me singing!) and do new things.  If you are a seasoned veteran of this or all or any other camps, I promise a unique mountain experience of fun and adventure of our own making.

Registration is now open for 2019 and we hope you can join us July 15 – 18.  Scroll to the bottom of this post for the flyer with all of the registration information. Camp cost is $200 per person and the deadline to register is June 20.

Besides a huge variety of activities possible, we always have great food, thanks to Susan Baker and her food service team who help us experiment with cooking in the out-of-doors.

If you have a favorite activity, craft, hike, song, etc., you’d like us to include in the time at camp, just let me know and we’ll get it scheduled.  If you can offer a special craft, music, ceremony, or other fun program, let me know that, too, and we’ll set it up for you.

All of MMR is open to us this year, including the Pinecrest Unit for the folks looking for a different view or a little more solitude.  The flyer below also mentions a variety of new offerings if interest is there.  Opportunities for service projects for the camp can be arranged as well.  Of course, if you are hoping for some true get-away time from your usual hectic lives, this is the opportunity.  Chill, rest, relax, play, enjoy.  Immerse yourself in the beauty and unique mountain environment.  Water, grass, trees, sky, flowers, rocks – – – even dirt if you’d like to play in it!

The event is open to any woman at least 18 years of age.  Some of the multi-generational teams who have come like moms and daughters (mine included), aunts, grand-daughters have had the best bonding time imaginable.  I’d highly recommend it.  Bring your old camp friends, bring your stressed-out co-workers, all are welcome and the more the merrier! Having just ladies there gives us a special liberating experience from most anything else in our lives today.  Sharing our huge variety of lives and experiences helps us all gain truly long-lasting perspective and lets us return home anxious for next summer already!

Gals have come from all over the country from Maine to Washington, including Arizona, California, Hawaii, Connecticut, Utah, Kansas, Texas, and many other states. The word is spreading about how much fun Women’s Week is and we’d love to have you join us.

Special needs can usually be accommodated easily. The camp is glorious and truly one of our favorite places on earth. My contact information is at the bottom of the flyer and I serve as director, registrar, and I’ll even do dishes when my patrol’s turn comes up!

2019 WW publicity flyer

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