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Olympian to serve as keynote speaker for Secrets to Success in Colorado Springs

Olympian Carissa Gump, who competed in weightlifting in 2008, will be the keynote speaker for Secrets to Success in Colorado Springs on October 20, 2018. The event takes place at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Carissa is currently the executive director of the U.S. Strength and Conditioning Foundation, and comes to strength-building from many angles: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Her story is about the kind of toughness it takes to compete at the Olympic level in a sport that has traditionally been reserved for men. She will speak about the kind of inspiration she received to pursue her dreams as an Olympian, and how this inspiration still serves her today. She is thrilled to share her story with the young women who will be attending the October 20 Secrets to Success event!

Girl Scouts AND any girl in grades 6 through 12 are invited to participate in Secrets to Success on October 20. Every girl will get to meet and hear from more than 20 women who are experts in their fields and learn their “secrets to success.” It will be a great chance to network with Colorado Springs’ finest women and sample the variety of career options available to girls and young women today! Register at www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/support-us/fundraising-events/secrets-to-success-pikes-peak.html and don’t forget to invite your friends!

Fencing: Experience an Olympic sport

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Submitted by Kathryn Lewis-Salem

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Do you want the thrill of experiencing an Olympic sport? Fencing is an Olympic sport and you can learn the basics and impress your family and friends with your knowledge! Front Range Fencing Club offers a Fencing Experience to all Girl Scouts at which you will receive a fun patch and you will work towards the requirements of a badge. The experience is 1 ½ hours long and contains the preliminary instruction on form and feel of fencing. Front Range Fencing provides all of the equipment needed as well as certified instruction (certified by USA fencing, the US Fencing Coaches Association and Safe Sport). The classes are offered at our practice space: Chinook Trails Elementary School just off of Powers and Union in the North East region of Colorado Springs. The list of current classes by age group can be found on our website [ http://frontrangefencing.tripod.com/girl-scout-fencing-experiences.html ]. We promote skills and safety so we ask that all Girl Scouts wear long athletic pants and sneakers (no jeans or shorts, no boots or sandals) to the experience. We have quite a few Girl Scouts who are fencers in our Club. They often participate in the class instruction. This is a sport that is particularly good for girls, improving physical and intellectual strengths as well as critical thinking and success. En Garde! Touche’! Come and learn about this fascinating sport that combines the grace of dancing with the excitement of an action puzzle with the thrill of competition while cultivating the Girl Scouts traits of courage, character and confidence!

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Olympic fencer teaches Girl Scout Troop 1737 how to fence

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Submitted by Dr. Liss Gruen


Denver Metro

On Thursday, May 5, 2016 Girl Scout Troop 1737 learned how to fence from Olympic fencer Elaine Cheris. The troop arrived at the Cheyenne Fencing Society prepared for an exciting evening and they were not disappointed. After Ms. Cheris gave the girls a brief introduction to the sport of fencing, she taught Rebecca , a Junior level Girl Scout, the basics of being a fencing referree and Rebecca refereed a demonstration by two student fencers. After the demonstration, the Juniors, Brownies, and Daisies all had the opportunity to put on fencing jackets and duel with their Girl Scout sisters.

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National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2014 Activities


Girl Scouts of the USA has set Feb. 7 and 8 as National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend across the country. Like last year, this will be an opportunity for Girl Scouts to join together and talk about the lifelong business skills learned by selling Girl Scout Cookies. When Girl Scouts talk in one collective voice about something, our voice is pretty powerful!

This year National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend starts at the same time as the Winter Olympics starts in Russia. Because Colorado Springs is the home of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, we’ve joined forces with them and will be celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend by cheering for Team USA.

There are several opportunities for Colorado troops/Girl Scouts to get involved in the celebration:

  1. Bling your Girl Scout Cookie Booth to show your Team USA support and share your photos with us on social media.*
  2. Sign up your family and friends to participate in the Short and Sweet Downtown Dash, a 1-mile family fun glow run held in conjunction with a Sochi Olympic Downtown Celebration in Colorado Springs (the home of the U.S. Olympic Training Center). The Short and Sweet Downtown Dash is at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. You are encouraged to dress up as your favorite Girl Scout Cookie, and you could even add gear from your favorite Olympic sport! Share your photos with us on social media.* (Please note that Girl Scouts can’t sell cookies during this event as there is a no selling policy in downtown Colorado Springs. We do have a booth at this event and will be passing out information on how consumers can purchase Girl Scout Cookies from any Colorado Girl Scout, as well as giving out free Girl Scout Cookie samples.)

*Girl Scouts of Colorado’s social media channels:

  • facebook.com/girlscoutsofcolorado
  • twitter.com/gscolo
  • Hashtags: #GirlScoutCookies #gscocookies #cookieboss #cookiebiz #onemorebox #TeamUSA #Sochi2014 #RaiseYourHands
  • Twitter handles: @GSColo @girlscouts @USOlympic
  • Free Girl Scout Cookie Giveaways taking place throughout the weekend on our social media channels!

Colorado Girl Scouts can earn a National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Participation Patch (pictured above). More information will be posted in the Cookie section of girlscoutsofcolorado.org soon.

As an Olympics fanatic myself, I know I can hardly wait for this event. I look forward to having you join us! Please let me know if you have any questions: amanda.kalina@gscolorado.org or 303-607-4844.

Download Event Flyer: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2014