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Girl Scout night out

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Girl Scouts in Troop 70720 decided for this year’s cookie event to get dressed up, go on a limo ride around town, and go out to dinner at the Melting Pot. It was a night to remember.

Thanks so much to the customers who supported the girls in their cookie endeavors to help make this special day happen for them.

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

Cookies for courage

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

Brownie Troop 65889 visited Stone Canyon EdVentures with their 2019 cookie proceeds. The Girl Scouts had a difficult goal; but, after hours of freezing-cold booths they exceeded their goal by 108% and hit a 538 per selling girl average.  They enjoyed a high ropes course and ziplining together for three days and two nights! The girls also earned their “EcoCamper” and “Outdoor Artist” badges by learning the Leave No Trace principles and writing songs about camp.

Much to our surprise, we witnessed a mama bear and her cub. They crossed far down on our path; and, we all learned that we need to make noise when hiking, so that we never sneak-up on wildlife. The Girl Scouts were very good at making noise while hiking… very good.

Several of the girls (and some moms) conquered their fear of heights during camp. The Girl Scouts came together as sisters and encouraged each other to always aim for their personal best. For the girls who were most afraid, the high ropes course turned out to be their favorite camp memory.

We were very proud of our risk-takers and go-getters. We are blessed with a wonderful troop and the community that supported them during cookie sales.

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

Power of Cookie: Colorado Springs Girl Scout graduates from Space Camp

Girl Scout Junior Vivienne S. of Colorado Springs recently attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp®, Space Camp® Robotics™, Aviation Challenge®, U.S. Cyber Camp®, and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center. Her experience was funded entirely by funds earned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a passion for space exploration. Vivienne spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the Moon or Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk. Vivienne and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors.

Now that Vivienne is back home in Colorado Springs, she is looking forward to earning three space science badges, as well as a coding badge. All four are new badges, released by Girl Scouts of the USA in July 2019. Vivienne earned the “Space Science Investigator” and “Designing Robots 1” badges while at Space Camp.

Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses astronaut training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.

More than 900,000 trainees have graduated from a Space Camp® program since its inception in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1982, including European Space Agency astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronauts Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Dr. Kate Rubins, Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Christina Koch, who is serving onboard the International Space Station. Children and teachers from all 50 states and almost 150 international locations have attended a Space Camp® program.

Interested in training like an astronaut?  Visit www.spacecamp.com or call 1-800-637-7223.

About U.S. Space & Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp® and Aviation Challenge®, the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal.

To learn more about the exciting programs and activities at the USSRC, go to www.rocketcenter.com.

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.

Troop 2393’s Alaskan Adventures

Submitted by Laura Clark

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Troop 2393 saved their cookie money for three years and spent a week in Alaska and Canada! They studied ice melt, glaciers, and went dog sledding, zip-lining, kayaking, and sight-seeing in Alaska. On July 1, they were in Canada and spent Canada Day (a Canadian holiday similar to our 4th of July) with a local Girl Guide unit. The Girl Guides took them all around the city of Victoria and afterwards the girls watched fireworks and became great friends!

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

Power of Cookie: Troop 74180 travels to Savannah

Submitted by Michelle Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

I wanted to share some of our experiences in Savannah and Tybee Island. We’ve saved cookie money for several years and the girls were finally able to plan and execute a trip to the East Coast to check out where Girl Scouts started. Our girls are first year Girl Scout Seniors from Fort Collins. We’re having an awesome trip and not only learning about the incredible history, but learning about each other as well. We’ve spent time at the beach, completed a program to earn the GA coastal badge at the Marine Science center, toured the historical Tybee Island lighthouse, went on a historical Savannah Carriage ride, completed the Old Fort Jackson Girl Scout militia experience, toured Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace, saw the Girl Scout First Headquarters, and the Andrew Low house. We’ve also had fun discovering the secrets of Savannah each day like Forsyth Park and River Street. We plan on visiting Skidaway Island State Park and doing some hiking, as well as some more beach time. The girls have worked together to plan, cook, and clean most of our meals and have worked hard to keep us on budget.

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

Power of Cookie: High flying Troop 61684

Submitted by Renee Valtakis

Metro Denver

Englewood

Cadette Troop 61684 celebrated their successful cookie season by going indoor skydiving at iFly Denver! The Girl Scouts wanted to do something daring that none of them had done before. They arrived early and watched a team of flyers before them. An excited nervousness set in, but they encouraged each other to face this new challenge together! After learning the procedures, they got their gear and entered the tunnel with Cory, the instructor. Each of their first flights were wobbly, but when each girl got to her second flight, all they showed was confidence! Each of them exited the tunnel with an adrenaline of excitement and are eager to fly again!

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GSCO Photo Challenge: Girl Scout Cookies fuel trip to NASA

Submitted by Frieda Knezek

Southwestern CO

Mancos

“What did you do this weekend?”

“Oh, you know. We went to space and touched the moon. We stirred up dirt on Mars. We strolled through the space shuttle and ate lunch with astronaut Mark “Roman” Polansky, who told us what space smells like (hot metal, in case you’re wondering). We made it snow, built a rocket, and, best of all, made some new friends. (Hi, Frisco Cadettes!)”

A few years ago, after a particularly fun overnight trip to the aquarium and zoo in Denver, our troop decided they were ready for something a little bigger. So, we did some research and narrowed it down to a visit to Disney or NASA. The girls chose NASA, so that they could eat lunch with a real astronaut.

Together, we made a plan, a plan to be go-getters. We figured out how much it would cost, and how we’d earn that money. Then, the girls rolled up their sleeves and got busy. They sold cookies, so many cookies, but also wanted to do something more so they could go on their trip sooner. Innovators that they are, they hosted a Fall Color Run and created a mystery troop camp for Girl Scouts all over Colorado and even from Texas!

Right about now, I’d really like to say how grateful I am for the moms in our troop. They are a powerful force all their own, and they lead this troop every bit as much as I do. I call them the magic. They have helped build an atmosphere, community, and energy in our troop that I didn’t know were possible, and it’s because of them that I feel confident in encouraging the girls to dream as big as they want.

Back to the girls. It took them two years, but they did it. They were risk-takers and hard workers, and they made it happen. They paid for their trip…every cent. Friday, March 1, 2019, they boarded a plane to Houston, Texas, and the adventure began. They spent the day at the Johnson Space Center where they saw Mission Control, the astronaut training facility, the Orion capsule mock-up, rode a simulator into a nebula, and so much more.

That night, they got to stay past closing hours for the Girl Scout Camp In, where they built and launched rockets, solved a mystery box, and slept under an astronaut out on a space walk! (Ok, that was an exhibit, but it was still breathtaking and inspiring and magnificent.) They ate space ice cream, hit the gift shop, and walked away with stars in their eyes. We topped off the trip with a “one-a-cure,” their choice of pedicure or manicure, and a movie.

Everywhere we went, we met Girl Scouts of all ages and people who were thrilled to share in the girls’ adventure. We’re so proud to be a part of this magnificent organization that really throws the doors wide-open for girls and encourages them to dream big, work hard, and realize their visions. Thank you, Girl Scouts. Thank you for the G.I.R.L. Agenda, where they’re taught to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. Here’s to the adventure, to the journey, and to a brighter future because of our girls…

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Power of cookie: Realizing her G.I.R.L. power

Submitted by Melinda Hess

Metro Denver

Littleton

Bella and Livie of Troop 65488 proved that hard work, dedication, organization, and excellent customer service are the keys to success! Bella’s brother fell ill and she was concerned she wouldn’t be able to fulfill her commitment to the booth and her Girl Scout sister, Livie. Her dad stepped in to help and Bella was thrilled, not only to feel safe, but to show the community that police officers love cookies too!

Bella has definitely shown and realized her G.I.R.L. power since joining her troop a year ago. She has learned, grown, and realized she can empower herself and others in many different ways and looking forward to the years ahead!

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

Power of Cookie: In more ways than one

Submitted by Nicki Meldrum

Metro Denver

Erie

Addy, a second year Daisy, was a bit shy at booth sales this year. She was content to sit under the cookie table, rather than meet her customers. We offered her a cookie costume, and her shy exterior melted away. She was now THE Thin Mint! She danced and jumped and sang, and showed her off her cool cookie moves, ready to meet her customers and tell them all about her troops goals, and how cookies would help them get there!

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