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Three best friends

Submitted by Jennifer Atkins

Pikes Peak

Falcon

We are three second grade Girl Scout Brownies. We have been best friends and Girl Scout sisters since Daisies. We are a very active troop who loves to explore our state!

Girl Scouts has helped us in our confidence. We were all pretty shy until we started Girl Scouts and have experienced many different social situations we might not have otherwise. We are super top cookie sellers and have no problem approaching people when selling. Our troop has 12 Daisies that look up to us as leaders as well. We are a goofy bunch of girls that love to have fun and try new things!

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

Girl Scouts get hands-on construction experience

Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with GE Johnson Construction Company in Colorado Springs to have Careers in Construction day on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Held at GE Johnson’s logistics site, 68 Girl Scouts were treated by staff of the construction company, who volunteered for the day to help the girls. Girls came from all over the state to learn some basic understanding of construction (such needing math skills to know how much materials cost and how much to purchase), as well as get hands-on experience with power and hand tools. Girl Scouts donned pink hard-hats, work gloves, and safety glasses, all requirements to participate.

The girls built Little Libraries, which were then raffled off to the troops that were represented at the event. These were not just any Little Libraries. The ones the girls built included a six-foot-long reading bench with a book box that could hold at least a dozen books and a flower planter on top! The Little Libraries will be installed by the girls and their troops in their communities.

After spending the morning building their Little Libraries, the staff at GE Johnson took the Girl Scouts on an exclusive tour of a very important project in Colorado Springs, the Olympic Museum. It was a great opportunity for the girls to see how the structure was being built and understand why certain features were added to the building. GE Johnson also provided time for the girls to see big vehicles used in the construction trades, including a very cool robotic “tamper” that girls took turns operating.

Stella Hodgkins, Project Manager at GE Johnson, said she was thrilled to put the project together because there are so many opportunities for girls in construction that she wanted to highlight. It is her hope that some girls would seriously consider construction skills trades as a vocation.

The overwhelming response to the day was positive – girls were tired and felt rewarded. Some commented they never would have tried a power drill or other power tools if it hadn’t been for this event. Others were surprised at how much math they had to know. The adults and parents attending were very impressed by the thoroughness of the lessons taught that day, and the opportunities it gave the girls.

Girl Scouts of Colorado gives a huge shout-out to GE Johnson for the awesome day they gave girls!

Troop 43810 participates in Creek Week

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Some of our troop turned Creek Week clean-up into a family event. Parents and siblings joined their Girl Scouts for two-hours of clean-up. Even though we didn’t get a creek location, rainwater still falls everywhere and trails needed our help also! They got tons of stuff cleared out. Great job families! We even had multi-generations of Girl Scouts participate.

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

Travel opportunities: GSUSA Convention in Florida and Panama

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our troop is planning a trip to Florida in October of 2020 to include the Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Convention, along with other fun stuff, such as a visit with Mickey and Harry Potter! You must have completed fifth grade to attend.

A Panama trip is also being planned for those who will be in sixth – twelfth grade. As soon as I have a new date in 2020, I will let you know ASAP!This will include Panama City and learning about the locks and channel as well as working with the Floating Doctors!

At this time, these are Girl Scout trips and I will only be taking names for adults on a first come, first travel basis based on the need for ratios. They are not family trips.

To be added to my email list for either of these trips or if you would like to ask further questions, please email girlscoutjody@gmail.com the following:

  • Girl Scout name
  • Grade now
  • Adult contact email

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

Girl Scout Day with Air Force Volleyball

Girl Scout Day with Air Force Volleyball is Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 1 p.m. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Cheer on the Falcons as they take on San Diego State. The match starts at  1 p.m. in the Cadet East Gym at the Air Force Academy and doors will open at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $7 for everyone who would like to attend, including Girl Scouts, families, friends, etc. The ticket will also include pizza and drinks before the game, as well as autographed posters from the team and a team meet-and-greet.

Tickets can be reserved at https://aftickets.com/online/article/teamofgame. Payment will be collected at the match (cash preferred).

Location name and address:

Cadet Gymnasium U.S. Air Force Academy

U.S. Air Force Academy, CO 80840

Cave of the Winds Sleepover 2018

Submitted by Sheila Durnil

Northern & Northeastern CO

Berthoud

Three Cadettes from Troop 74087 took part in one of the four sleepover nights at Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs on August 24, 2018. The Cadettes conquered the Windwalker Challenge. Two of the girls fearlessly climbed and conquered every level and the other girl conquered her fear of heights and made it through the first level! Her chaperones also conquered their fear of heights and joined her in celebration.

Other fun activities included the Bat-a-Pult, laser show, Stalactite Slide, and Bat Room/Maze. Beautiful rocks and fun crystals were found during the sluicing time. The cave tour was dark, damp, and dusty. The cave’s atmosphere can throw a curveball at you, such as aggravating allergies (dust, mold, mildew), claustrophobia (damp, dark, tight places), and lack of proper wardrobe preparation can lead to wardrobe malfunctions (wear a belt or expect a full moon!) The Cadettes learned about the history and saw the giant’s nostril, the butter churn natural formations in the cave and the dangerous possibilities of the cave’s crystal formations. Expect to get muddy!

Following the movie, Wall-E, the Cadettes and chaperones slept in their sleeping bags in the cave (we recommend finding your spot early and air mattresses or lawn chaises!!!) and woke up to quickly pack up to head home.

The Cadettes can’t wait to share their experience with the other Cadettes and their friends to encourage them to check out the caves. The conquerors decided they are going to continue to work on their fear of heights and encourage others to face their fears, too.

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

Little Lending Library in Monument

Submitted by Melissa Hinton

Pikes Peak

Monument

We are Hannah B. and Chloe W. from Cadette Troop 43107 in Monument.

Our Silver Award project was creating a Lending Library to bring more reading into the community. Our goal was to share our love of reading with others and hopefully get others to enjoy reading as well. Our steps were to get permission to build the library, plan a structure, ask for donations, build the structure, and supply it with books. Overall, our project went pretty well; however, we did have some problems along the way.

While doing the project, many things worked well in the process. Our steps that went really well were getting permission to build the library, planning the structure, and of course being able to finish the project on time. We were able to quickly set up a meeting with Tom Tharnish and Sadie Ernst, who work for the town of Monument. They promptly gave us to permission to build the Lending Library in Lavalette Park. When planning the structure, we used the Free Little Lending Library website, which had dozens of easily accessible plans we could have chosen from to build our library. We ended up combining two of their plans into one structure and making it our own. Having the opportunity to work in a woodshop at Mountain Ridge Middle School really helped us be able to have an easier experience building the library. We were also very lucky to have finished the project on time and for it to have turned out so well.

Although our project had many things that went well, it was not without things that didn’t go as planned. When we were looking for donations and building the structure, things didn’t go as we would have thought. It took us more time than expected to get donations; we ended up having to go to three stores before receiving the majority of our donations. While building, we ended up having to put on more layers of paint than what we had thought. We also had to do a second layer of shingles because we didn’t put on the first layer correctly.

During the project, we learned many lessons. One of the lessons that we learned was to ask for donations from a store, and to also host a money-earning activity to earn more money for the project. We also learned a couple of lessons about building and woodworking such as: how to cut big pieces of plywood and how to install plexiglass. We also learned to take our time on painting and do more than one layer. We learned to plan proper placements for shingles before nailing them onto the roof of the Lending Library.

Overall, we immensely enjoyed doing our Silver Award project and although not everything went as planned, we still took away many lessons. We learned not only how to build a Lending Library, but huge life lessons that we can use in future experiences that come our way. In the end, we accomplished our goal to bring more reading into our community.

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

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!

What does inclusion look like?

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

I have a Girl Scout in my troop that came to us under the idea that she may not have fit in. This never sits well, as we do our best to treat girls the fairly and we teach them to treat each other fairly.

This was a semi-shy, not sure what to expect young lady. I guaranteed her that we made sure everyone is included. She chose to join us.

This year, we did a troop overnight at Hamp Hut with multi-levels. Girl Scout Rhi made sure all girls were included in games and activities- even the younger ones in a different level. She went out of her way to make sure all the younger girls had a turn and she taught them so much. Yes, the other Girl Scouts participated, but there was something more about Girl Scout Rhi.

The other leaders and I watched her bloom into this amazing young lady that was making sure all girls were included and was going above and beyond. She has also said she likes the girls, but doesn’t ever want another Girl Scout or girl treated without respect or kindness. What does inclusion look like? This young lady and Girl Scout.

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

Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Switchbacks

When: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Gates open at 6 p.m., Game starts at 7 p.m.

All Girl Scout levels, family, and friends are invited!

$12/ticket

Join us for Girl Scout Night with the Colorado Switchbacks Soccer on September 22! Cheer on the Switchbacks as they take on Phoenix Rising FC. All Girl Scouts attending will receive a special event patch and be invited to bring together the Youth Fan Tunnel before the game. Enjoy discounted tickets and fireworks for Fan Appreciation Night! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited!

Girls can pick up their patches at the Girl Scout table inside the stadium.

Register here: https://ticketing.axs.com/Quantity.aspx?t=38E45398D60CF2D1B13BE9&og=-1 

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