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Girl Scout Daisies first Hometown Hero cookie delivery

Submitted by Brittany Smith

Northern & Northeastern CO

Windsor

Our Girl Scout Daisies made their first-ever Hometown Hero cookie delivery! They were able to donate over 100 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Fort Collins Rescue Mission. We are so lucky to have an organization to support our homeless neighbors. The girls really enjoyed giving back to the community.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Dezire Sanchez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Dezire Sanchez of Greeley in the Northern and Northeastern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

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

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

When my daughter was in kindergarten, we were at a UNC football game and they advertised a Girl Scout event in conjunction with UNC. My daughter was interested in the event, so we decided to give Girl Scouts try and registered, so that she could attend the event. We did not have plans on continuing after that year, but we quickly discovered the joy that Girl Scouts brought both of us. At the end of her first year, I decided to take a leader role as I was excited that we had found something that we both enjoyed. When I signed her up, I had no idea of the journey that I we were about to begin.

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

Currently, I have the following volunteer roles within Girl Scouts: member of the service unit team, service unit fall product program manager, troop leader, troop fall product program manager, and troop cookie manager. When I became involved in the troop my daughter joined, I had no idea that I myself would become a Girl Scout. I have greatly appreciated each of these roles as they have helped me learn and experience being a Girl Scout. I have also made many new friends and have witnessed the kindness and welcoming that I all hope each Girl Scout feels throughout their journey. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned that you can become a Girl Scout at any age. I have also learned so much from dealing with the challenges of time management and going outside of my own comfort levels to being a good role model for these girls. I have learned that no matter how hard or rough of a week I am having I will have one uninterrupted hour that I will dedicate to the girls. I have learned to look at the world through their eyes and their hearts and appreciate the compassion and drive they have. I have learned more from these girls than I could have imagined. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

My hope is that the girls continue to always choose kindness and that we always leave the places and people better than we found them. I hope that these girls continue to gain confidence in their abilities, skills, and knowledge to reach their goals. I also hope that they have the courage to continue to try new things and always seek adventure.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

When I began this journey, I would not have expected my experiencing to be anything other than a leader. Oh to look back and realize how incorrect my thoughts were. As a volunteer, I am a G.I.R.L. I am a go-getter most during cookie season. I work with the girls to create a plan that will motivate them to sell cookies and help them understand the commitment they will need to reach their cookie goals. I am an innovator while planning our meetings and activities. I am a risk-taker when we are camping. To be honest, I have never been “outdoorsy,” so this was always a big deal for me. However, camping has quickly become an activity that my daughter and I enjoy tremendously. I fulfill my leader role within service unit level and am truly amazed by all of the wonderful troop leaders I have come to know through our service unit. 

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

 

Daisy’s Circle Supporter Spotlight: Linda Robinson

Tell us about your connection to Girl Scouts.

I am a lifetime member and long time volunteer. I was a Girl Scout as a girl for nine years and came back to help lead my oldest daughter’s Daisy troop in 1985. I was a leader for 20 years with my three daughters and am a proud mom to three Gold Award Girl Scouts. (One is a Daisy’s Circle member and troop leader in Colorado.) Currently, I volunteer on the GSCO History Committee, help with Core Camps at Meadow Mountain Ranch, and am active with Girl Scout Alumnae. I have also been serving on the Gold Award Committee since 2004.

What is the most valuable thing that Girl Scouts gives girls today?

The most valuable thing that Girl Scouts gives girls today is the power to make their own decisions. Girls are challenged to think for themselves and are given a safe space to make mistakes and learn from them.

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

I joined Daisy’s Circle as it an easy way to continue to give to a great organization without a lot of fuss.

What is the best thing about monthly giving?

It is easy because you don’t have to remember to write checks.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

I have been happily married for 40 years and have two grandsons and one granddaughter. I enjoy traveling, gardening, sewing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Named after Girl Scout founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. Funds raised through Daisy’s Circle provide financial assistance for girls and volunteers, support Outreach Programs and more.  For more information: https://www.gscodaisyscircle.org/

Blowing off cookie steam

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Troop 70720 blew off some cookie energy and spent a couple hours indoor rock climbing. It was a couple of the girls first time and they are hooked! It is helping a couple of others overcome their fear of heights and giving them more ability to see their inner strength.

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

Snowshoe ecology walk

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Some of the girls from Troop 70720 did a ranger-led snowshoe ecology walk in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a great way to celebrate the end of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. We got to walk across the extremely safe part of Bear Lake and also slide down a snow chute, in addition to learning about some winter ecology of our area.

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

Meadow Mountain Ranch Nature Trail: Now open for troops without property reservation

You asked, and we listened! The nature trail at Meadow Mountain Ranch will now be available for troops to use without a property reservation, and troops will be able to go to Meadow Mountain Ranch for the day and hike the trail.

Troops will be able to request a date or dates that they would like to hike the trail up to six months in advance by going to https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/mmr_nature_trail_request. Requests will be considered based on the availability of the property and if any other requests have been received. Requests are not guaranteed, and will be considered on a first come, first-served basis.

If a request is approved, troops will be charged $10 for use of the trail, which will go to the upkeep of Meadow Mountain Ranch and the Nature Trail.

If a troop or service unit has reserved the full property, they will have full access to the nature trail without an additional charge.

What is the Nature Tail at Meadow Mountain Ranch?

It’s a one-way 21-stop guided journey along the north lateral moraine up to the top of Vista Spur with its nearly circular panoramas of high mountain peaks.  Trailgoers experience history, geology, biology, math, and science, along a seasonal journey.  You will learn about plants, flowers, animals, rocks, trees – all with a view!

What’s the best way to enjoy the Nature Trail?

Plan on two – four hours for maximum immersion and to accommodate all experience levels. Pick up a seasonal guide book and reference materials from Homestead House. Start the trail at the wooden kiosk on the right side of the main road west of the Lodge across from Nature Nook and end the trail at the C.I.T. House to the east of main camp.  Plan for uphill and flat sections.  The goal is to complete as many activities as possible. Use a guide book for each season and stop at each numbered post for information and activities.

Helpful hints:

  • Groups of eight-ten are ideal, so everyone can see and hear at each station.
  • Wear comfortable, camp-appropriate shoes.
  • Bring water and snacks and day pack to hold your stuff.
  • There are benches to sit on about half way up and at the top of Vista Spur.
  • A walking stick is helpful and winter boots or snowshoes are needed in winter.
  • Watch for sudden weather changes; think you’ll need a raincoat?  Maybe!

What about the patches?

The complete patch set is a five-segment, 4” square colorful seasonal collection.  Anyone can purchase the central circle patch to show your pride in MMR, but you must complete a seasonal series of activities to earn any of the other four segments. You’ll need to hike the trail and complete that season’s activities from the guide books.  Each segment costs $1.50 and patches are available for purchase in the GSCO Retail Shop.

Girl Scout Day at CSU Environmental Learning Center

Girl Scout Day at the CSU Environmental Learning Center is Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Brownies, 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Juniors, 12:30 – 4 p.m.

Register online: https://elc-colostate.nbsstore.net/scout-programs

Registration closes April 20 or when capacity is reached.

The ELC is an ideal place for Girl Scouts to work toward and complete many of their badges Our site provides great, close-to-home opportunities to explore and learn about the natural world.

Brownies: Join us to earn your Hiker Badge at 9 – 11:30 a.m. This program is limited to 40 participants.

Juniors: Join us to earn your Geocacher Badge at 12:30 – 4 p.m. This program is limited to 20 participants.

Cost is $7 per Girl Scout for each program. Price does not include badge and no badges will be distributed at this event.

Celebrating the end cookie season with square dancing

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Some of the girls from Troop 70720 opted to go square dancing to celebrate the end of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. It was a great time and with this venue you don’t have to know how, they teach you as you go.

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

Passport to the World of Global Girl Scouts

Global Girl Scout activities help boost girls’ awareness of the world through cross-cultural learning opportunities—and help her better understand important global issues, giving her the power, inspiration, and resources to make the world a better place. Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low once famously said, “Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding can be the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.” Troop leaders and parents are invited to learn how to enhance their Girl Scouts’ global experience at Passport to the World of Global Girl Scouts on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Heart of Longmont Church. There will be activities relating to badge, patch, and Journey requirements and an introduction to other Global programs for girls at every grade level.

Register online:

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/passport_to_the_world_of_global_girl_scouts_nc_05_04_2019

Registration ends Tuesday, April 30.

Cost: FREE

Audience: Troop leaders and parents

Outdoor Skills Days in Boulder

Submitted by Susan Knott

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

Girl Scout Troop 7 is doing three Outdoor Skills Days with the opportunity to earn some badges. Tickets are going fast, but there are still some available for Saturday, April 13 and Saturday, May 4, 2019! If you want to know more, check out the document below that has all the info you need. Hope to see you there!

Register now: https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/ 

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