Tag Archives: Pikes Peak

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.

Girl Scout Day at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Girl Scout Day at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Cañon City is Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Girl Fee:$19 for park access (normally $24)

Adult Fee:$19 for park access (normally $29)

More information: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/girl_scout_day_at_ro.html

The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is a Colorado family attraction, but it’s more than just your average park. It’s an intricate part of Colorado’s history and a place to visit with your family. While bridge construction was completed in 1929, the Gorge itself is millions of years in the making. No act of nature or mankind can stop the fun and excitement from happening for years to come!

Take advantage of special Girl Scout Day pricing and spend the day enjoying all the park has to offer. Tickets will be offered at $19 per person (normally $29 per adult and $24 per child) and can be purchased day-of at the Visitor Center. Simply indicate that you are with Girl Scouts and the discount will be applied.

If your Girl Scout is bridging this year, this is also a wonderful opportunity for her to bridge across the highest suspension bridge in the United States! A bridging ceremony is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a girl celebrates her achievements and prepares for new adventures and responsibilities. Once a girl bridges to a higher level of Girl Scouting her leadership skills and the experiences she will have continue to grow. You can even purchase your Royal Gorge bridging patch online (https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html) to help celebrate this moment in Girl Scouting. Learn more about bridging online.

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Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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.

2020 Cookie Program Rewards

Submitted by Bethany R.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Build-a-Bear Colorado Springs is open again! I was able to redeem my reward from the Cookie Program. I had ordered my hippo skin and the cute Girl Scout Cookie clothes online when I got my gift card. I wanted to stuff the skin in store so I could have the whole experience! It was so fun!

This is my first year as Girl Scout. The Cookie Program helped me find my voice! I developed my confidence to talk to strangers by selling cookies. I was able to sell more than 600 packages to get my goal reward at Build-a-Bear.

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 Continues

Submitted by Erin B.

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

At the beginning of this pandemic, I delivered cookies to our Hometown Heroes- the people that work at our local Waste Management Recycling Center. They were stunned to find out that our troop chose them as our heroes. They truly are heroes, still working during the pandemic to collect recycling and doing what they can to help make our community and earth a better place for everyone. By recycling, they already do what Girl Scouts are taught to do.  After we delivered the cookies, they called my mom and I for an interview for their internal WM podcast for their employees nationwide. It was amazing to see how appreciative they were for being recognized as unsung heroes.

I’ve completed several badges and patches to keep me busy. I look forward to being together again with my troop. Some of us are attending the outdoor theatre hike put on by Theatre Across Borders. They have actors along a trail at the Fountain Nature Creek. Groups of ten or less leave at timed intervals to walk the trail. They encounter the actors and watch the scene at each play stop along the route. We are able to get outdoors, can socially distance, and still be together to do a fun hike with an outdoor play experience. I’m trying to keep active and remember that I’m not the only one stuck at home.

The pandemic is bad enough, but then to have the tragic death of George Floyd. I wanted to organize a peaceful protest with my troop and show support for justice in the George Floyd incident, and also show support for our local police officers. I organized a protest outside a local police station on Goddard Street. We showed our support for our police officers and showed our support for Justice for George Floyd. I wanted to show that even as a young tween, I too have strong ideas of how to make a difference and show support- without having to resort to violence.

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.

Crocs Patch was Awesome

Submitted by Shannon Morris

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

While earning this patch, I really enjoyed designing my own Crocs. A fact that I learned is that Crocs’ leadership team is more than 50% run by women. I thought that was interesting!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to partner with Crocs to teach girls to Come As You Are™! Based in Niwot, Colorado, Crocs’ proclamation to the world is to be comfortable in your own shoes. Everyone is unique in their own way and at Crocs, we celebrate one-of-a-kinds and stand together with all kinds. This patch program teaches Girl Scouts to embrace who they are and accept others for who they are. Download the full activity booklet online.

Game Ready

 

Submitted by Kimberly Foster

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Robyn is a Cadette in Troop 43530 and plays travel softball. She made 12 masks with the help of her grandmother, so that her team could play and be in compliance with the new COVID-19 guidelines.

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has partnered with Feeding America, a network of local food banks across the United States, for a nationwide mask-making campaign. All girls have the chance to step up to help their friends, neighbors, and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

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.

Honoring Hometown Heroes of The Salvation Army

Submitted by Aydin Hoo

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Troop 43893 is a multi-level troop of Juniors and Cadettes in Colorado Springs. They chose The Salvation Army – Colorado Springs Corp as their Hometown Heroes for this year’s cookie season. The Salvation Army provides church ministry, food programs, youth programs, housing, and more for Colorado Springs.
During cookie sales, Troop 43893 received donations to support the food pantry at the Yuma St. location. COVID-19 restrictions kept us from presenting our donations as a troop, but members Marissa (Cadette) and Sabrina (Junior) were able to deliver this week!

This troop of innovators always tries to choose a different HTH each year to support the community. This year, they had a slow start with donations during cookie sales, but did not let that keep them down. They rallied their efforts and these go-getters received about 175 packages to deliver to their HTH.

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.

Friendship in the Army

Submitted by Sadie Fawcett

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Making friends in the Army is hard, but I am lucky that I have friends all over the world that I get to see on occasion. One experience I had with friendship was in the sixth grade. I became friends with three girls. These friends helped me through some tough times, and they never left me behind. Friendship is for family and support. This was an amazing experience for me because we hung out all the time and did homework together. We played weird games and joked around at lunch. The overall experience was amazing. Sometimes one of my friends said she felt left out because we lived on base and she lived off. We started to call her on sleepovers and talked a lot more. If I had the chance to repeat this time, I would find a way to get her to be able to come for sleepovers. It is important to be kind to make people feel wanted. So be kind and make friends, it helps you through dark times. All in all friendship is important so you can live a fun and happy long life, with those you care for.

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.

Nicole and Xena’s Coronavirus Silver Award Project

Submitted by Cari Sledge

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

We are Nicole and Xena, Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 43893. We are in seventh grade at Timberview Middle School. We have completed our Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. A Girl Scout Cadette receives her Silver Award after completing a Take Action project to improve an issue in her community that she really cares about. We decided that we wanted our Take Action project to help people in our community who were selflessly helping our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We chose to make reusable cloth masks for the Sodexo kitchen staff who work from Timberview Middle School’s kitchens to provide lunches to the students in Academy District 20 who would normally use the free lunch program.

During our Take Action project, we made 70 reusable cloth masks for our kitchen staff who are part of Sodexo. After the schools were closed as a response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the kitchen staff continued to prepare meals, four days a week, to provide lunch for the school children who received free lunches during the school year. We met Mrs. Yesmin, Mrs. Eli, and Mrs. Kathy from Sodexo. Mrs. Kathy helped us deliver the masks to Sodexo as they didn’t want any outside people in the kitchens to help prevent the possible spread of germs. We chose to provide masks so the Sodexo workers could be in a safer environment while continuing to give lunches to the students who don’t have access to lunches at their homes.

We made the masks with two pieces of fabric, ribbon, and a nose piece. First, we sewed the nose piece on one piece of fabric, and then we sewed the fabrics together and ironed the seams open and flat. Next, we turned the fabric right side out and sewed the passageway for the ribbon. Last, we put the ribbon into the masks, and they were ready to be given to Sodexo. We delivered 70 masks to Mrs. Kathy on May 3, 2020, and they were distributed between the 35 staff members on May 4, 2020.

We connected with our local and global communities by making masks for the Sodexo staff to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The impact our Take Action project had on our community was a safer work environment for Sodexo staff. Also, because the masks we made are washable, they will be better for the environment than having to throw away mask after mask and having to buy more. The impact of our project will go on past our involvement because by keeping the kitchen staff safe it creates a safer environment for those who receive lunch from Sodexo and for all who come in contact with Sodexo staff on a daily basis including their families.

What I discovered about myself was that I’m even worse at socializing now that I have only socialized with the same people for about three months. I learned that I am more socially awkward than I thought and that I am scared of sewing machines. The skills we gained that help us as leaders were confidence to socialize with people we didn’t know and compassion to care about the kitchen staff’s wellbeing along with the people the kitchen staff come in contact with. We also learned how to be better at talking to people, asking for help, and accepting help from others. What we learned from others who worked to solve the same problem was how to make the masks, and that the nose pieces will break your needle if you’re not careful. This helped make our project better because it helped us make the masks properly, efficiently, and correctly to help us protect the people wearing them.

We lived the Girl Scout Promise and Law by helping our community. We used our resources wisely by using what we already had at our disposal. We respected ourselves and others by being kind to our kitchen staff and each other. We made the world a better place by helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. Finally, we were considerate and caring of Sodexo’s need for supplies.

A Silver Award Take Action project should provide a solution to an issue that matters to us. We believe that we did a good job and accomplished what we originally aimed to do which was provide support to people helping during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are happy that we have succeeded in making our kitchen staff’s work environment safer for themselves and the meal recipients.

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.

Awesome Custom Converse Shoes

Submitted by Lena J.

Pikes Peak

Cheyenne Wells

I loved the custom Converse shoe prize for selling nuts and candy in the 2019 Fall Product Program. Two other girls from my troop also reached this prize. It was so awesome to create my own style of Converse Shoes. When we received our shoes, it was cool to see how each of us chose differently. This was a very exciting prize and I hope it comes back each year. I would love to have my own personal collection of these custom shoes.

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