We are Troop 71171 in Frederick/Firestone. Our Juniors have been working on their Bronze Award this year. In February, March, and April of 2017, our girls had events at our local senior center, including game and puzzle night, Easter egg coloring, and craft night. For their final event, they had a huge spaghetti dinner and bingo night. We fed 37 seniors, 13 Girl Scouts, and eight adult volunteers. ?
Our girls cooked and served dinner (spaghetti, meatballs, salad, and bread), dessert (brownies and ice cream), and drinks (water, coffee, lemonade) all night long. They led a rousing game of bingo as well. They were complimented left and right on their behavior and manners. They sent each senior home with a gift bag full of goodies donated by our community through a drive that the Girl Scouts led through their elementary schools. We are very proud of the work they have done this year.
Brownie Troop 71020 from Loveland used a portion of their cookie proceeds to purchase supplies for first-aid kits. The girls worked together to assemble 20 kits, which will be donated to Kits for Kids and sent to children around the world. Each kit contains a message of encouragement from the troop. The troop decided to do this project after learning about the importance of taking care of themselves and others during the Brownie Quest Journey.
Congratulations to Girl Scout Troop 4020 in Northern and Northeastern Colorado! These Girl Scout Juniors were recently featured on 9NEWS/KUSA-TV in Denver. They built a Buddy Bench in memory of Odin Mitchem, one of their classmates at Flagstaff Academy in Longmont. According to 9NEWS, “Odin passed away at the beginning of this school year, but his classmates wanted to make sure his goal was not forgotten.”
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Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Amanda Pope in the Johnstown/Milliken area has been a Service Unit Manager for about two years now and has excelled at providing her service unit with updates and being fully informed. She reaches out when needed to provide her volunteers with correct information and does a great job in her role as SUM. She is also a team player and always tries to help out with recruitment.
Amanda was nominated as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community. She recently shared the following letter about why she is a GSCO volunteer.
How long have you been a Girl Scout?
I have been a Girl Scout for two years.
Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?
I wanted to be more involved in the Girl Scout activities my daughter was participating in.
Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a Girl Scout.
My primary role is as the Service Unit Manager for the Johnstown/Milliken area. I also help out as a parent volunteer with my daughters troop when needed.
What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer? What do you hope girls have learned from you?
As a Girl Scout volunteer, I’ve learned to step up and speak up for myself and my daughter and our opinions count just as much as anybody else’s. As a volunteer, we are here to help the girls become the best they can be as they grow and mature. I hope the girls have learned to respect and treat each other as equals and always keep in mind that not one of is better or more important than the next girl.
What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?
So far, my favorite memory with Girl Scouts has been going to Sky High Ranch for Cookie Camp last summer with my daughter and her troop. The girls had a great time and we got in lots of walking. The counselors/volunteers working at the camp were all Girl Scouts themselves which was great for the girls to see that you can be a Girl Scout at any age. There were a variety of activities for all ages. It’s been a very long time since I have been camping in the mountains and the first time for my daughter. I was a great experience.
What words of advice do you have for other volunteers?
Listen to the girls and remember this is for them. As a parent and volunteer, we need all need to learn to put our individual agendas aside and focus on what is best for the troop.
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The girls of Troop 70720 have started finishing up their Silver Award projects and Aislyn was the first!
Her project entitled “Inspiring Literacy Through Theater” was a great success! She wrote a play, acted, directed, and created all the props and costumes! She performed it for some preschool classes and then donated the script to acting studios for kids and preschools for potential use in the future! Inspired by her own love of theater, this was truly such a great project!
More than 300 Girl Scouts, families, and friends gathered at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Loveland on April 23, 2017, to honor the more than 1,400 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.
The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn.
Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote applauded the girls for having the courage and confidence to try new things and make their world a better place.
“Girl Scouts are groundbreakers, big thinkers, and role models. Giving back is in their blood. So is standing up to the challenge, no matter how big or small,” she said.
2016 Gold Award recipient and National Young Woman of Distinction Sarah Greichen served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked briefly about her journey to earn the Gold Award and how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.
“I cannot remember a day when Girl Scout flags, supplies, sashes, cookies, and girls planning events weren’t covering multiple floors of my house. We (the girls in my troop) each earned our Bronze and Silver Awards, while constantly practicing the leadership skills necessary to passionately lead, serve, and change the world,” she said. “Girl Scouts and in particular the Gold Award has given me unique opportunities to become courageous, caring, and confident, while actively practicing leadership skills that greatly impact the world. Girl Scouts also gave me the opportunity to identify and pursue my passion. I found that following your passion is the key to choosing and accomplishing highest awards projects.”
The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others, and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
Before the celebration, Stephanie Foote presented Gold Award recipient and 2017 winner of the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence Emma Albertoni with an engraved silver medallion from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Emma, from Arvada and senior at Ralston Valley Senior High School, was named one of Colorado’s top youth volunteers of 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This is a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As a State Honoree, Emma will receive $1,000, the medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C. She will join top honorees from other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2017.
Brownie Troop 75910 out of Greeley chose the staff at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital as their Hometown Hero. The troop of eight girls in their first year of selling together donated 181 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. Hospital employees took the girls on a tour and allowed them to pass out the cookies to each individual department.
Scouting for Food in Berthoud brings together Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to collect donations for the House of Neighborly Service. On April 1, 2017, the Scouts exceeded all previous records, raising a total of 6,292.13 pounds of food and other donations for the community. Approximately 40 Girl Scouts, along with their leaders and parent volunteers, helped with promotion, collection, and sorting donations.
My day at the Colorado State Capitol started out with a breakfast buffet at The University Club and pictures with Girl Scout Gold Award committee. We then walked to the capitol for more pictures on the West staircase. We started our tour of the capitol off in the Old Supreme Court Chamber. We then moved to the floor of The House of Representatives and said the Pledge of Allegiance, then we saw how they voted and passed bills.
After listening to the Representatives, we moved on to Mr. Brown’s attic, which is a really neat museum just below the dome. We toured the dome and took pictures and heard some interesting facts about the building as well as the surrounding suburbs. After coming down from the dome, we toured Mr. Brown’s attic and heard stories as well as some interesting facts about Mr. Brown, his journey into Denver, and the capitol. Throughout the day, I learned a lot of history about the capitol building and Denver itself.
After the tour of Mr. Brown’s attic, we went back to the Old Supreme Court Chambers and heard a great speech from our host, Representative Faith Winter. I had such a great time celebrating my Gold Award achievement with my sister Girl Scouts.
Troop 720 of Fort Collins took the chance to celebrate Earth Day and did a trash clean-up at one of our local natural areas. The girls were able to get so much trash. It never ceases to amaze me how much they’re able to clean up there. They’re always happy to do the clean-ups and really feel like they are making a difference.
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