Cadette Troop 64098 from Aurora/Centennial volunteered at the Special Olympics of Colorado’s Summer Classic in Colorado Springs. They brought 200 packages of Girl Scout Cookies donated through the Hometown Heroes program. These young ladies assisted at opening and closing ceremonies and events of tennis, bocce ball, and cycling.
All 14 Girl Scout Juniors of Troop 1631 from Highlands Ranch recently completed their biggest girl-led project yet! Many of the girls were in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as babies, or have overcome some sort of medical challenge, so when completing the “Agent of Change” Journey, they wanted to do something to help children and families in the NICU at UCHealth. During the Journey, the girls talked about ways that they could make a difference individually, but with the help of their community, they could make an even bigger impact.
The project started with the intent of helping babies, and the girls invited a labor and delivery nurse to a meeting to talk with them about what happens when a baby is in NICU and what parents might experience. Afterwards, the girls decided they wanted to make NICU Care Kits with the hopes of providing comfort to the parents, so they could focus on caring for their babies, and this nurse served as a consultant through the process. The girls broke into three committees. One group was in charge of researching hospitals, and working with staff to coordinate logistics. Another group researched items a parent might need and made suggestions on what should be included in the kits. The third brainstormed ways to fund this project and obtain the items.
Once they narrowed down logistics, they delegated items for each girl to be responsible and were challenged to go out to the community and let others know what they were doing and ask for donations. Many businesses respectfully declined, but the girls were persistent and 85% of the items in the kits were donated. This included pillows, toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss, shampoo/conditioner, preemie clothes, snack bars, note pads (so parents could journal the experience), and a few other comfort items. The girls even found someone to knit and donate preemie hats. They also chose to use a portion of their cookie money to purchase items they felt they were missing from the kits and still needed. In the end, the girls assembled 20 NICU Care Kits, and had about 30 more partial kits of extras.
In alignment of the “Agent of Change” Journey, not only were the girls able to get their community involved, but they also learned more about the community. For example, some of the snack bars were donated by Don’t Go Nuts, a local company that produces snacks that are completely nut-free, from the moment the ingredients are grown until they are produced in the facility. They learned that this company was founded by a 14-year-old girl, not much older than them. Because she had life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies, she wanted wholesome snacks that you didn’t have to fear were contaminated. This was relatable to the girls, and an opportunity for them to see another girl not much older or different from them making a difference.
The girls began this project in November 2017, but between research and planning, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and other troop events, they completed it when the kits were delivered to UCHealth on June 20, 2018. The girls have already received thank you letters from parents who received their kits.
I have a baby in the NICU in Denver. I received the sweetest care package from Junior Girl Scout Troop 1631 out of Highlands Ranch. It was amazingly thoughtful and practical. Thought you should know about the awesome work they’re doing.
I’m also staying at the Ronald McDonald House Aurora while my baby is in the NICU. Every time we see the Girl Scouts on the volunteer list we get excited. They are always great dinners that you can tell the girls were helping to create ( not just adults doing it all). The troops I know about serving us dinner are Troop 2246 and Troop 3687. There was another and I’m sorry I don’t know what troop they were with. They made kabobs that were cooked to perfection.
I just wanted to reach out so you can tell them we really do appreciate all they have done for us during this time.
Annie and JD (and baby Joey)
I received the sweetest care package today from your Girl Scout group and I just wanted to say thanks. I wasn’t able to meet the girls because I was holding my baby, but I was truly blessed by their effort and thoughtfulness. It really made my day. Please let them know that I’m so thankful they were here today, and to keep caring for others.
Mia has set a goal to sell 7,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. When she sets her mind to something, she goes for it. Her Hometown Hero is an animal shelter in Denver. She also plans to make blankets and treats for the animals there.
13-year-old Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 4523 Emma, Dori, and Kate would like to share our story about our great Silver Award project. For this mission, we wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. We contacted Children’s Hospital to see how we could help. They told us that the Jared Box program was well needed and appreciated by the children having extended stays in their hospital rooms with no access to any playroom. To find out more about the Jared box project, please visit http://www.thejaredbox.com. We also made baby hats for newborns to be distributed at Memorial Hospital.
We first had to earn funds to purchase the items to put in the boxes. We used the money we earned from selling Girl Scout Cookies to fund part of this project. But, we did not stop there. We made ice cream sandwiches (we baked chocolate chip cookies and added vanilla ice cream in the middle) and sold them at a park during a hot sunny summer day. Then, we all made lists of items we wanted to purchase and each prepared a certain amount of boxes to meet the needs of girls and boys between the age of 3 to 14. We decorated the boxes and also added a nice note to personalize each package.
On September 5, 2017, we delivered 71 boxes to Children’s Hospital and dropped off our handmade baby hats and Baby Clothes to Memorial Hospital. We all learned a lot from this experience from budgeting to time management and accountability. Working in a team was also a great part of this project.
Several girls from Troop 73392 used their cookie money to visit New York City this month. Sophia led her fellow troop members in picking out accommodations, places to eat, and things to see and do in the city.
Highlights included mastering the public transportation system, visiting the National September 11th Museum, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Coney Island, and eating lots of yummy food.
Two years ago, the amazing girls in Troop 607 decided to go to Yellowstone National Park. To ensure every girl in the troop could attend, each girl had to sell 292 packages of Girl Scout Cookies, 5,500 packages. The girls surpassed this goal by 2,000 packages!
19 girls and 11 adults made the trip for four days and three nights. They stayed just steps away from Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs. The girls hiked and saw geysers, gorgeous hot spring pools, buffalo, bears, elk, and more.
The best part is there were no televisions, phones, very limited cellular service, or WIFI!
Daisy Troop 65856 used the money they earned from their Girl Scout Cookies sales to go to Sky High Ranch as a troop. Each girl got to bring one parent and enjoyed activities such as the small animal farm, hiking to the lake, a dance party, and a camp fire. This was the highlight of the year for most girls.
What has Troop 70160 done with the money they earned from selling Girl Scout Cookies? A LOT!
This past year, the girls helped fix things in their school’s garden. Two years ago, they helped a girl in their troop who had extensive medical bills from her cancer treatment.
Girls have also donated packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Salvation Army. They had never received packages in Fort Collins before! They also donated packages of cookies to Reflections for Youth in Loveland.
These two girls aren’t in the same Daisy troop but came together to sell cookies at their moms’ office in January. By working together, they practiced being honest and fair and being a sister to every Girl Scout!