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Girl Scouts’ memory honored with special high adventure gift for Meadow Mountain Ranch

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Since the fall of 2012,  39 Girl Scout teenagers of GECCCO (Girls Enjoying Camping, Canoeing and Cycling Outdoors) Troop 71106 from Northern Colorado (Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and Greeley) have been working on a special fundraising effort for their beloved Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) Girl Scout camp near Allenspark.

In 2011 this troop lost a cherished member of their group, Taite Pugh of Loveland. Taite had special needs and epilepsy and died unexpectedly. While in Girl Scouts, one of Taite’s favorite activities was zip lining, which she did on an international trip to Costa Rica. She also loved camping with her troop at MMR. And after learning MMR’s future plans of being a high adventure camp for girls, with a zip line being one of the wish list camp features, the girls knew they needed to help with the fundraising efforts and name the zip line to honor the memory of Taite.

On Thursday, March 28th, the troop made their first fundraising milestone, presenting a check to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO, Stephanie Foote, for $10,000 at a Fort Collins Service Center ceremony.

“We are really touched that the GECCCOs decided to keep her memory going through this project,” said Taite’s mother, Cheryl, who shed tears of pride along with her husband and Taite’s father, Mark, at the March 28th ceremony. “Taite left an impression on these girls. They always were good about including her. Girl Scouts opened many new doors. And the trip to Costa Rica was a trip of a lifetime.”

Troop 71106 needs to raise $70,000 for the project, so fundraising efforts are still ongoing. They have held fundraisers for this project, such as a pancake breakfast in the fall and selling bracelets. A part of all their fundraising efforts, including 2013 Cookie Program proceeds, also are dedicated to the zip line project. (The troop sold nearly 10,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies and is fundraising for travel adventures they are planning to Peru and Alaska, to name a few.) Additionally, the troop is in the process of researching and applying for community grants.

“We hope this project inspires other troops to do community service,” said one of the troop members, Krista Beucler, who also commented that the troop is learning a lot through this project.

Once Taite fell in love with zip lining in Costa Rica she was always the first in line pointing and saying “up, up.” The troop hopes to help more children like Taite with special needs and disabilities find a love for zip lining by starting an annual day for them on this new zip line.

“We really can’t wait to complete the project. The project will make a difference for thousands and thousands of Girl Scouts,” said Sarah Bales, another member of the troop.

For more information on the MMR zip line project and how you can make a contribution, contact Elizabeth Winn at 970-319-3037 or elizabeth.winn@gscolorado.org.

Fox 31 Denver covered this event and aired a story on their morning show on Friday, March 29th. The Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper also ran a short article and photo in their April 4th edition.

Girl Scouts: Are you crazy about canoeing?

Are you crazy about canoeing? Girl Scouts of Colorado has the solution for you. This summer we will be offering several training opportunities!

Small craft safety in canoeing. This class is for participants 12+ years old. Participants will learn the basics of canoeing and canoeing safety.

The second training we will be offering will be an adult training for people who want to become a canoeing instructor. This week-long course will be held at Sky High Ranch and is available for participants 17+. Participants will learn how to successfully and safely teach canoeing basics. Please see details below and on the activity finder for more information.


Red Cross Canoeing (ARC) Courses will be offered this year! The first round of the courses will be May 4th, 5th and 11th at Soda Lake from 9am – 4pm.

Offerings include

  • Small Craft Safety in Canoeing for participants 12 years and older, weighing a minimum of 90 pounds. The cost is estimated to be $40-$50. It will include the ACA Beginning Canoeing Manual and the ARC Small Craft Safety Manual as well as Small Craft Safety in Canoeing. Maximum number of beginning participants is 20-24.
  • An adult course will be available if we have enough registered or enough room. This will be posted in Girl Scouts of Colorado website.
  • Also offered will be an Aide Course for those 14 years and older. This year, only those with prior training will be accepted. The cost is estimated to be $40-$50.

Red Cross Instructor Course in Small Craft Safety Instructor in Canoeing (SCSIC) Will be June 2June 7 at Sky High Ranch

  • Must be a minimum of 17 years old and take the Canoeing pretest and required water test.
  • The cost of the course is $325 and includes 2 Red Cross Instructor Certificates, 6 manuals or books, 3 online Basic Water Safety/Small Craft Safety courses, room and board for the week and park fees.

A summer day camp will also be offering  SCSIC courses June 24-28, 2013. This will also be a full certification canoe camp. Completion of these courses will provide basic canoeing skills and the girls will able to take one or both of the one day white water training trips which are being offered this summer. There will also be a 3-day white water trip. Details will be on the website.


Girl Scouts of Colorado is also excited to announce some amazing canoe trip opportunities this summer

June 15th – One Day Canoe Trip

  • Start canoeing at 9am at a site on the Colorado River TBD by river conditions at that time. Cost is $90. Must have taken prior canoe training or have the permission of trip leaders.

July 20th – One Day Canoe Trip

  • Start canoeing at 9am at a site on the Colorado River TBD by river conditions at that time. Cost is $90. Must have taken prior canoe training or have the permission of trip leaders.

August 2 to 5 – 3 Day Whitewater Canoe trip on the Colorado River.

  • $400-$500 estimated cost for the trip. Section to be canoed will be determined by water conditions.
  • Must have prior white water training.
  • Required trip planning meeting will be held in June.

For more information about these trips and trainings, please contact Judy Moisey-Asay, Girl Scout volunteer, at Judy.Moisey-Asay@va.gov.

Parker Girl Scouts lead successful Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary event


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Girl Scout Troop 1292 of Parker wanted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in a big way. So they worked for several months to put together a Flash Mob for Girl Scouts of Colorado to celebrate this historic occasion. The dance for the Flash Mob was to the popular Girl Scout song IGNITE by Lifetime Girl Scout Member Melinda Caroll, which will be sung/danced to at many Girl Scout events over the coming year including the Rock the Mall National 100th Anniversary Sing-Along event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in June.

On Saturday, March 17th, in the midst of the exciting St. Patrick’s Day festivities in downtown Denver, more than 100 Colorado Girl Scouts, who were decked out in green and grinning from ear-to-ear, gathered in Writer’s Square on 16th Street Mall for the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary Flash Mob. Girl Scouts, leaders, families, friends and alumnae traveled from all over Colorado to be at the event. There were girls from Aurora, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Denver, Lakewood, Monument, Parker, Superior, Thornton and Westminster.

Here is a video the troop created from the events. Nice work Troop 1292!

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Two students from Girl Scouts of Colorado Named Semifinalists for Daniels Scholarship





Girl Scouts of Colorado announced today that two students involved in its program have been named semifinalists for the Daniels Scholarship.

Amanda Dugan from Pueblo and Angela Natrasevschi from Fort Collins were nominated for the scholarship by Girl Scouts of Colorado. For the last 100 years, Girl Scouts has been building girl leaders of courage, confidence and character, who help to make the world a better place.

Both Amanda and Angela will earn the highest award in the Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, this spring for projects creating sustainable change in their communities. Amanda, who is a swimmer for her high school, planned a project focused on vocal cord disorder education, especially among athletes. After watching her 17-year-old cousin destroy his life due to his meth addiction, and learning how large of an issue meth addiction is in Colorado, Angela set out to make a change in these statistics by putting together a meth addiction education project for her Gold Award.

These students are among the approximately 700 semifinalists in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming entering the final selection phase for the Daniels Scholarship. In early April, 250 Daniels Scholarships will be awarded to finalists.

In establishing the Daniels Fund, cable pioneer Bill Daniels directed the program to seek out promising students who demonstrate strength of character, a well-rounded personality, potential to give back to the community and other characteristics.

The Daniels Scholarship has grown from a small pilot program with 32 students launched in the year 2000, to awarding some 250 scholarships each year in the spring. To date, 2,262 Daniels Scholarships have been awarded, allowing students to attend colleges and universities across the United States.

The Daniels Scholarship is not “full ride,” but is supplemental to all other financial aid resources available to the student. By requiring students to apply for other readily available financial resources, such as Pell Grants, the Daniels Fund is able to provide even more scholarships to deserving young people seeking to attend college.

Bill Daniels, a cable pioneer known for his kindness and generosity to those in need, established the Daniels Fund to provide grants and scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. When he died in the year 2000, his estate transferred to the Fund, making it the largest foundation in the Rocky Mountain West.

For more information about Girl Scouts of Colorado, call 1-877-404-5708 or visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Fort Collins Girl Scout Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Girl Scouts of Colorado got some exciting news today! One of our Fort Collins Girl Scouts, Angela Natrasevschi, has been honored as a Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Only six youth in the state have earned this honor, which recognizes outstanding volunteerism across the United States. (Read more about this award and the other honorees.)

Angela’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, which is the highest award in Girl Scouts, helped earn her this honor.

After watching her 17-year-old cousin destroy his life due to his meth addiction, and learning how large of an issue meth addiction is in Colorado, Angela set out to make a change in these statistics for her Gold Award project. Through a multi-faceted project that included presentations and an artwork display, Angela reached 2,000 people in Colorado who “pledged to be meth free.” Angela began her project in the fall of 2011 by attending the New West Fest in Fort Collins, where she had a booth displaying her meth-related artwork and collected 1,000 “pledge to be meth free” signatures. Her booth also included information she collected from her partner in this project, the Colorado Meth Project. Additionally, in the fall, the Denver Civic Arts Theatre Gallery in Denver featured Angela’s artwork. In the future, the Colorado Meth Project plans to use her artwork in schools.

Angela’s accomplishments don’t stop with her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Angela, as well as her sister Josephine, are two of the 100 Girl Scouts recently honored by Girl Scouts of Colorado as Generation Wow! Girl Scouts in honor of our 100th anniversary this year. They were selected for this honor based on the leadership skills they demonstrate through their work in Girl Scouts, their communities and schools.

Angela is also very excited to be  interviewing with Yale University on Thursday afternoon! She is planning to major in Fine Arts in college with a Spanish emphasis, and wants to teach and travel after completing college. Angela’s also recently earned the Comcast Future Leaders scholarship, as well as the local Soroptimist scholarship. Additionally, President Barack Obama honored Angela with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Girl Scouts of Colorado couldn’t be prouder of this truly remarkable young lady. Angela is an excellent example of where leadership through Girl Scouting can take you. Congratulations, Angela!

Girl Scouts make dresses, make the world a better place

From Bonnie Ledet, Adviser, Girl Scout Cadette Troop 84074

For some little girls, a dress made out of a pillowcase and seam tape wouldn’t mean much. But for little girls living in poverty around the world, a pillowcase dress may be their most prized – and sometimes only – dress.

That knowledge spurred Yuma Girl Scout Cadette Troop 84074 to learn to sew. They made forty dresses complete with a handkerchief doll, a note wishing the recipient well, and a new pair of underwear tucked in the pockets of each dress.  Four seventh grade girls, Brittany Ross, Tara Hickman, Destiny Sprouse and Jaeden Chavez, learned to thread a sewing machine, make straight and zigzag stitches, make a casing and insert  elastic, sew on seam binding, attach a pocket, and add lace or rick-rack to make the dress a little prettier. This was quite an accomplishment for girls who had never sewn before!

With the help of their advisors, Brenda Ross and Bonnie Ledet,  and mom, Liz Hickman, the girls started making dresses from pillowcases according to the directions from the Dress-A Girl organization. Dress-A Girl is a nonprofit Christian organization that offers templates and advice for making dresses out of pillowcases and seam binding. Dresses are then shipped to girls in Africa and countries in crisis, such as Haiti.

The girls soon switched from using pillowcases to making the dresses from new material donated by Pat Korf. Pat also gave many yards of rick-rack, lace and other notions. Center Pivot Irrigation made a donation that allowed the troop to purchase the other materials needed to complete the project.  The girls very much appreciate the help provided that allowed them to make the dresses at very little cost to the troop.

The Girl Scout mission statement says that Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. It took courage for the girls to use a sewing machine for the first time. They gained confidence as they successfully completed the dresses and showed their character as they took the time to make the dresses and dolls to be sent out to other girls around the globe, making the world a better place.


Girl Scout Gold Awardees make a difference


Broomfield High School Junior Grace Forrey “battled the effects of relational aggression and media hype” for her Girl Scout Gold Award. She designed, organized, and implemented self-esteem workshops to help girls entering 4th-6th grade realize their worth and recognize what factors have us at their mercy. Grace said, “Boys take it out on the sports field, girls take it out on each other.”

Clear Creek High School Junior Nicole Moes “was distressed with gender differences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields” so she did something to share her love of science for her Gold Award. Two events were held- one for 5th -7th grade girls on the fun side of science and a more career oriented event for high school students.

Are you an organ donor? Niwot High School Senior Katie Rose “set out to educate her peers on the need for organs for transplant” to earn her Gold Award. Katie said, “If tragedy strikes, your organs could go to help someone who would die without a transplant.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado congratulates these girls who recently completed the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award!

Aurora Girl Scouts participate in self-defense workshop

From Angela Jenkins, volunteer mother

Girl Scout Cadette Troops 1281 and 3036 from Aurora participated in a self-defense workshop sponsored as a community service by the National Martial Arts Academy (www.wushunmaa.com). Master Instructor Shifu Jerry Silva (far right, standing) led the fall workshop, based on the teachings of Kung Fu martial arts and basic techniques to empower the teens to improve their confidence, knowledge and self-esteem in a defense situation.

My Girl Scouts Silver Award Project Journey

By Silje Hayes, Troop 1269, Littleton

The Girl Scout Silver Award, one of the highest awards a Girl Scout can earn. These are words many young Girl Scouts hear and often imagine achieving. A few years back my troop went from about twelve girls to four in about a month. We were all just about to start our Silver Award project. All of the sudden, the project was all on the remaining four of us. We didn’t always get along, but we always tried to make it fun. I discovered that I am very good at procrastinating, not the best thing to realize! But, I also learned that when I put everything I’ve got into something, it will turn out awesome. That’s what happened with the bench my troop made for our group Silver Award project. It involved a lot of phone calls, shopping trips, paperwork and Saturday afternoons. We made it as a memorial for a teacher who worked for one of our community’s preschools. Eventually after a lot of hard work we finished, and it was definitely worth it.

Four Girl Scouts from Troop 10015 bridge to Seniors by crossing Gunnison River

Submitted by Kelly Weak
Cadette/Senior Troop 10015

I’ve attached pictures from our bridging ceremony held on Sept. 18. Four girls crossed over the Gunnison River on a swinging bridge. We also welcomed a new Cadette to our troop. It’s been awhile since Gunnison has had any Senior Girl Scouts, so I thought we should share our great news!