Tag Archives: Pagosa Springs

Celebrating Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend at Home

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Sage, a Brownie from Pagosa Springs, celebrated Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend by exploring and learning about different state parks and completing the Girl Scouts Love State Parks Passport all in the comfort of her home with the virtual option. Sage hopes to visit Ridgway State Park with her family to see and learn more about the wildlife that lives there.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

More to Explore

Submitted by Wendy Theys

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Troop 26237 loves Girl Scouts so much that not even a world pandemic can keep them from being the best G.I.R.L. they can be! They even registered as members early this year and received this awesome “More to Explore” early bird registration patch! It’s never too late to join the fun!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge

Submitted by Wendy Theys

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Girl Scout Brownie Olivia is feeling adventurous while social distancing, and completing the steps required for the Girl Scouts Love The Outdoors Challenge patch. Not only is Olivia proud and having a blast tackling each task, the whole family is enjoying time together making Girl Scout memories.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Making a Difference

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Girl Scout Brownie Sage picked up trash to not only work towards earning the Eco Friend badge, but to make a difference and hopefully encourage others to do the same.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Camp Box from Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Pikes Peak

Pagosa Springs

Sage from Pagosa Springs was planning to attend Girl Scout Camp for the very first time this year at Sky High Ranch. The camp was canceled, but Sage was surprised by her parents with the Aspen Art Box and a camping trip nearby Sky High Ranch.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Missing Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Sage from Pagosa Springs was planning to attend Girl Scout Camp for the very first time this year at Sky High Ranch. The camp was canceled, but Sage and her family still made the trip to camp nearby and visited the Sky High Ranch entrance.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Exploring the Great Outdoors

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Sage with Troop 26237 of Pagosa Springs has been exploring the great outdoors and working to earn the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge patch. Sage has enjoyed hiking new trails, bird watching, identifying flowers, and plants, but most of all, she just enjoys just being outside.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Katie Betts

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Katie Betts of Pagosa Springs in the Southwestern Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Katie 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?

It may not be a glamorous story, but I became a Girl Scout troop leader because my daughter’s first two troops disbanded and her third troop was losing it’s leaders. I volunteered so Jenavieve and the other girls would have stability and a leader that is in it for the long haul for them to meet their goals and help them make their Girl Scout experience everything they hope for. 

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

I have volunteered with Girl Scouts for years while my husband’s sister was coming up through the program. We camped, canoed, hauled cookies, sorted cookies, volunteered to help in bridging ceremonies, we did it all!  With our daughter, we have done all of the same and tried to do more. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

By being a Girl Scout volunteer, I have learned that it is a lot more work than you anticipate! I have also learned that we have a community full of strong, smart, lovely girls that want to make a difference and this program can help them do that.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope the girls have learned that they can do anything they put their mind to. I hope they continue to learn how to be good Girl Scouts, good citizens, and all around good people by living by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

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

This experience has helped me to become a go-getter because these girls have big goals and we are all going to have to work really hard to get after it! 

An innovator because some times we have to change things up a little bit to work with what we have. 

A risk-taker because sometimes putting yourself out there and doing new things seems risky, being the troop cookie manager was a RISK! 🙂 

A leader, because I really do try my hardest to set a great example for these girls and to lead them down a path to meet their goals and become the women that they want to be!

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

The nomination deadline for 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards is April 30. GSCO invites members statewide to take this opportunity to recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you. Learn more.

Recognizing our Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Sage, with Daisy Troop 26237 of Pagosa Springs, donated a case of Girl Scout Cookies to a grocery store from her troop. The grocery store employees have been working incredibly hard to make sure the store is stocked for the community during this unsettling time with the COVID-19. They deserve a BIG THANK YOU for being Hometown Heroes in our community.

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

Bunk with the Beasts

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Daisy Troop 26237 of Pagosa Springs set a goal to “Bunk with the Beasts” at Denver Zoo with their money earned from the Girl Scout Cookie Program. They did just that in June! The girls made so many memories together from building Girl Scout Thin Mint bears at Build-A-Bear to walking Denver Zoo at night to learn about the different animals and what makes them unique. It was an incredibly memorable experience for all!

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