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Last call for “Marine Life” tour

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

This trip is open to Girl Scouts and one adult as paid participants. The Girl Scout MUST be in 4th grade or higher (through 12th) at time of travel. That means anyone finishing 3rd grade now can apply. The closing date for new participants is June 5, 2017. Don’t delay! Send your deposit and the applications in ASAP before time runs out! See the flyer for more information: Marine_Life_tour

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Troop 42852 pool party

Submitted by Aundrea Findish

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Our troop worked extra hard this year and sold more Girl Scout Cookies than planned, so we had an amazing pool party at Villa Sport. The girls all had so much fun sliding, splashing, and swimming!

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Royal Gorge Centennial bridging

Girl Scouts of all ages had a great time at the Royal Gorge Centennial bridging  outside of Canyon City! More than 100 girls bridged with over 200 friends and family celebrating with them. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed a beautiful day!

Our group gathered at the entry of the bridge for the start of the bridging ceremony. The Royal Gorge staff closed the bridge for just our group for our time on the bridge. GSCO Volunteer Jody Clair led our ceremony. Each troop level was honored in a special section recognizing program levels.

Girls came from all over the state to participate. It was fun to have such a large Girl Scout group bridging and walking across the bridge at the same time! After crossing the bridge, Girl Scouts, friends, and family enjoyed a reception with cupcakes and lemonade. Many troops stayed and enjoyed hiking around the gorge and activities at the bridge’s park afterwards.

A big THANK YOU goes to Brook Sklenar for organizing such a great event! We also really appreciate Dona Basham and her team at the Royal Gorge Bridge for being top notch hosts. They were great to work with! Our amazing volunteers ensured we had a successful event. A big thank you goes out to:

Jody Clair

Dana and Elise Vandegrift

Kathy and Genevieve Nameika

Debbie Swanson

Jay Sklenar

Thank you for helping make it a great day!

Star Wars Camp at Sky High Ranch

Submitted by Melissa Ellenberger

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

SU 13 had a fabulous time at Sky High Ranch during their camp-out. The girls made tie-dye t-shirts, hiked to the Kyber Crystal Mine, made their own lightsabers, went through Jedi training, and delivered the Death Star plans to Leia and R2D2.

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Cookie money has awesome rewards

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Submitted by Kathi Agnes

Metro Denver

Lakewood

Troop 942 sold 5,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies this year. We used the cookie money for fun and for good! We have so many animal lovers in the troop, we decided to go hang out with them. We went to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as a troop for their Wild Night. We had an educational zoo tour, which included feeding the giraffes. We learned how zoos across the U.S. work together to protect animals.  We have an awesome troop!

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Girl Scouts announces 2017 Pikes Peak Region Women of Distinction: Six extraordinary women honored

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This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising support for Girl Scout leadership programs.

  • Rebecca Jewett, Executive Director, Palmer Land Trust
  • Noreen Landis-Tyson, President and CEO, CPCD…giving children a head start
  • Donna Nelson, Spirit of the Springs Program Coordinator, City of Colorado Springs
  • Susan Loo Pattee, CEO and Founder, Colorado Springs Materials Development, LLC
  • Beth Hall Roalstad, Executive Director, Homeward Pikes Peak
  • Brenda Smith, Co-Managing Member, Garden of the Gods Collection

Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees on September 21, 2017 at the Thin Mint Dinner. This year’s event will be held at The Antlers – A Wyndham Hotel. This year’s Event Chairs are Lindy Conter, Community Volunteer, Woman of Distinction ’13 and Barbara Winter, Executive Vice President, Ent Credit Union, Woman of Distinction ’13.

Thin Mint Dinner Bronze Presenting Sponsors are: Ent Credit Union and El Pomar Foundation.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodpp or contact Debbie Swanson at 719-304-8322 or at debbie.swanson@gscolorado.org.

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award recipients honored at Highest Awards celebration in Colorado Springs

Nearly 300 Girl Scouts, families, and friends gathered at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion in Colorado Springs on May 5, 2017 to honor the more than 1,400 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote applauded the girls for having the courage and confidence to try new things and make their world a better place.

“Girl Scouts are groundbreakers, big thinkers, and role models. Giving back is in their blood. So is standing up to the challenge, no matter how big or small,” she said.

Jessica Mills, 2016 Gold Award recipient, served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked about her own journey to earn her Highest Awards and encouraged all the girls to continue to make a difference in their communities.

“I encourage you to reflect on the person you were at the beginning of your project, and look at the person you are today. I hope you find that you have grown confident in your ability to make a difference in the world,” she said. “Completing my Gold Award project made me find who I truly was – it defined my character. Gold Awardees, I encourage you to look back on your experiences in Girl Scouts. Your commitment to making the world a better place has instilled courage, confidence, and character within you.”

2016 Gold Award recipient and National Young Woman of Distinction Sarah Greichen was the celebration’s keynote speaker. She talked briefly about her journey to earn the Gold Award and how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.

“I cannot remember a day when Girl Scout flags, supplies, sashes, cookies, and girls planning events weren’t covering multiple floors of my house. We (the girls in my troop) each earned our Bronze and Silver Awards, while constantly practicing the leadership skills necessary to passionately lead, serve, and change the world,” she said. “Girl Scouts and in particular the Gold Award has given me unique opportunities to become courageous, caring, and confident, while actively practicing leadership skills that greatly impact the world. Girl Scouts also gave me the opportunity to identify and pursue my passion. I found that following your passion is the key to choosing and accomplishing Highest Awards projects.”

The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others, and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

 

Final Call: Only 11 spots left for Marine Life Tour

Submitted by Jody Clair

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Hello Colorado Girl Scouts! Marine Life Tour is open to Girl Scouts grades 4th and up as of travel time. Leaders, you do NOT have to attend, but each Girl Scout is permitted to bring one adult at the same cost as Girl Scouts. All attendees must be registered and pass a background check. We will have four fun filled days in Orlando, Florida. Please share the flyer below with all of your Girl Scouts. If you have further questions, please feel free email me jody.clair@celebrateitvacations.com.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Palka

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In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Melissa Palka in the Pikes Peak region is a lifetime Girl Scout and a leader for Troop 40910.  She is a very dedicated volunteer who juggles her medical career, family, and her Girl Scout leadership role with a lot of energy and grace.  Melissa is very highly spoken of by her peers and is well loved by the girls she leads. We asked her to answer a few questions about her experiences as a Girl Scout volunteer. We hope you find her story as inspiring as we did!

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

I have been a Girl Scout for 27 years, 11 as a Girl Scout, 16 as a leader.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I became a Girl Scout volunteer because I believe in the Girl Scout mission. I want to assist you ladies in recognizing, and achieving their maximal potential. 

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

I have had the privilege of holding various leadership positions. I have worked in outreach multi-level troops at Boys and Girls clubs, military posts, and in the community. I currently am a Brownie troop leader.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer? What do you hope girls have learned from you?

As a Girl Scout volunteer, I have learned many things. Girl Scouts teaches me new things often. I have learned organization, communication, and leadership skills. Most important lesson I have learned: let the girls lead!

I hope the girls have learned: this world is full of amazing opportunities, believe in yourself, be persistent while working hard, and you will be successful.

What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?

My favorite Girl Scout memory was a trip to Our Chalet in Switzerland, where me met international Girl Guides, hiked in the Swiss Alps, and traveled to various cities in Europe. What an incredible experience!

What words of advice do you have for other volunteers?

Words of advice for volunteers: use a planner to stay organized, communicate often with parents (I love email updates), value Girl Scout input in the planning, you do NOT have to coordinate everything as the leader, have fun and the girls will too!

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Nawal Shahril

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In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Nawal Shahril in the Pikes Peak region was nominated as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community. Although she is only in her second year of leadership, Nawal has been described by her co-leaders as a “dynamo,” who puts a tremendous amount of love and energy into leading her girls in the troop.  She is creative, fun, and works very hard.

GSCO asked Nawal to answer a few questions about her experiences as a Girl Scout volunteer. We hope you find her story as inspiring as we did!

How long have you been a Girl Scout?

Two years

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

It was a no-brainer when my girls expressed an interest in joining Girl Scouts. I always wanted to be one back in my hometown in Malaysia. When the opportunity of joining Girl Scouts with my kids came up, I jumped on it and embarked on this wonderful journey.

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

Before we start any badges or journey, I always question myself “What can I do/offer more to these girls to create an experience that they will never forget?” Activities don’t just limit to follow certain guidelines, but to go beyond what is expected in every facet of Girl Scouting. My team and I brainstorm, plan, and execute activities that excite, build confidence, are fun, and out of the norm to challenge the girl’s thinking and expose them to various cultures and aspects of life. I act as a planner, the go-to person, a buddy, and most importantly, a sister to every Girl Scout.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer? What do you hope girls have learned from you?

By just looking at the badges chart, I know instantly that we are going to learn so much and have the best adventure ahead. I’ve learned to be more creative in my approach and be a better planner and at time management. I’ve learned that different individuals have different needs and you just have to have different tricks up your sleeves. I hope that my enthusiasm, fun, and positivity inspire every girl that I met to be bold, brave, and not to be afraid to dream big. Girls can achieve anything that they have set to achieve.

What is your favorite Girl Scout memory?

I would say every event that brought the girls together is my favorite memory so far! Camping, World Thinking Day.. you name it! I just love the giggles, cheers, laughter, and fun time the girls had together. Reminded me of myself when I was that age 🙂

What words of advice do you have for other volunteers?

The moment you feel like quitting or giving up because Girl Scouts’ activities took almost 60% of your free time, just stop and reevaluate. Your kids will grow up pretty fast and you might not have the chance to be with them to do all sorts of activities. As long as they are enjoying and making a difference in their lives through Girl Scouting, you know that you are not going to quit just yet. Just enjoy the process and absorb as much as you can. It’s all worth it!

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