Tag Archives: Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Small town troop helps in big ways

Troop 37151 from Rocky Ford set up a “no contact table” for truckers to make themselves something to eat. Living in a rural area on a main trucking route allowed the girls to get creative and use leftover cookies and a portion of their cookie proceeds to help truckers when dine- in services were suspended. The girls refreshed the table as necessary and maintained their distance leaving only some good food and sign to remind the truck drivers how much they care. The signs read, “Truckers, please help yourselves, Troop 37151” and “Thank you very much, we appreciate all you are doing.”

Gold Award Girl Scout: Faith Carino, Colorado Springs, “Band Lending Closet”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my project, I created a lending closet the band students at my school can use for concerts. I wanted to give back to the music program that helps students. With the cost of instrument rentals, transportation, and other music related costs, our families are investing a lot of money into this program. I wanted to find some way to relieve that cost a little for them and give others who cannot afford it, the opportunity to try something new. I collected, sorted, and organized clothes that everyone has access to, so it eliminates at least one expense for our students’ families.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I used sign-in/sign-out sheets, so I could see how many people utilized the closet for the concert. I also had many families reach out to me, telling me about their support and their interest in using the closet in the future. I took direct quotes from a few of the parents and students to show the impact.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My band director has agreed to take over the lending closet. I have given him PDF files of all of the emails and forms we used for the project, so he can use it for other concerts and receive donations as well. The system I used is laid out for him and our future students. The closet is set up and stored at the school, ready to be used again for the spring concert.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

My project is linked to the national problem of funding for the arts. In the United States, when money is cut from schools budgets, art programs are the first to be cut. This means to participate in music or other arts programs, families have to spend more money, which is not an option for everyone. I also shared it with the National Association of Music Educators to share my project on a higher level.

What did you learn about yourself?

I have realized my leadership potential I have throughout this project. Organizing projects and problem solving skills were beneficial to complete this project. I now have a deeper understanding of the issue and a connection to my community I did not have before starting this.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Earning my Gold Award will give me more opportunities in the future. Employers and colleges look for candidates who show hard work and dedication, which is an element of the Gold Award. I know that the things I learned throughout this project will stick with me for the rest of my life.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I think it was important for me to finish the whole cycle. I have been a Girl Scout since I was a kid and had earned my Bronze and Silver Awards. I wanted to see what I could do and say that I had done a lot of good work while being a Girl Scout for so many years.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

There are leadership skills that you are bound to earn during your Gold Award experience, and this project helped me see those, but I also became an innovator. You have to be able to identify a problem and come up with a viable solution. Putting it into place and creating a better experience for others was a result of this project as well.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Cookie Dad rocks cookie pick-up

Submitted by Elaina H.

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

Not only did my dad go to the day of pick-up with my grandma’s truck and trailer to get all my troop’s first cookie order, once we got them to our house, he helped unload and separate all the cookies and helped load the cookies into the girls’ cars once they came to pick up their cookies.

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Troop 36265 earns the Uniform to Uniform patch

Submitted by Natassja Slone

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

We invited the Pueblo Police Department out to our booth and the girls got to meet real officers and they even bought cookies!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Customer purchases entire table

Submitted by Kristi Martinez

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

Audrey and Ashley from Troop 31920 had the most incredibly generous customer at their Girl Scout Cookies booth at Lowe’s! A customer purchased the entire table of cookies, and was nice enough to take a photo with the girls! The girls were so excited!

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

Girl Scouts + heroes + cookies= A winning combination

Submitted by Natasha Armenta

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

Girl Scouts from Troop 35144 invited our local fire department to come see us at our cookie booth and purchase some cookies. We then let them know they are our Hometown Heroes and their station will be receiving donated cookies at the end of the season. They brought two firetrucks for us to see, answered our many questions, showed us their uniform, and demonstrated how quickly they have to put it on in an emergency. Thank you to our local heroes at Pueblo Main Rural Fire Department for all your assistance!

These Girl Scouts also earned the Uniform to Uniform patch! Learn how to earn yours: http://gscoblog.org/2020/01/uniform-to-uniform-patch-for-the-2020-girl-scout-cookie-program/ 

Bronze and Silver Awards for Troop 31920

Submitted by Kristi Martinez

Pueblo

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

I’d like to tell you about the amazing girls of the multi-level Troop 31920 in Pueblo, who earned their Bronze and Silver Awards. For Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, the girls put together 80 care packages for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients for the Dorcy Cancer Center. The girls met with experts in the community and learned that many patients undergoing chemotherapy spend many hours at the hospital, so their care packages included scarves, mittens, caps, crossword puzzle books, peppermint tea, ginger candies, messages of hope, and more! The girls presented the care packages at the Runway of Hope Breast Cancer Gala and were touched by the stories of cancer warriors in our community.

The girls really dug deep and researched issues in their community and learned that the Dorcy Cancer Center diagnoses many patients with various cancers each week. They were go-getters and set up a meeting with the director of the center and asked all of their own questions and gathered information about their project. They created care packages that really will help cancer patients feel hopeful and supported by their community.

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

Highest Awards training for leaders and girls in Pueblo

The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are the highest achievements in Girl Scouts.

Highest Awards training is an awesome training to help girls, parents, and troop leaders through the Highest Awards process. Highest Awards training is for parents and leaders who are interested in learning the basics of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards and how to get their girls on a path to a successful project.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the awards and get your girls ready to learn new leadership skills!

Join Highest Awards Manager Kaitie LoDolce on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Giodone Library in Pueblo.

Register now:

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/highest_awards_train.html

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Troop 36267 in Pueblo gives back to their community

Submitted by Billie Heald

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

Troop 36267 gave back to our Pueblo community by delivering 45 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Firehouse #4 in Pueblo. These Girl Scouts also helped clean up City Park for part of their community service for the year.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Ayisha Solis

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Ayisha Solis of La Junta in the Pueblo and Southeastern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Ayisha to answer a few quick questions about her volunteer experience. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

Why did you become a Girl Scout volunteer?

I was a Girl Scout and I really wanted my daughter to experience what I had at her age, but there wasn’t a troop for her age group, so I started one. 

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

I am troop leader for Troop 37153, as well as our troop cookie manager and fall product program manager. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

Patience. I have three children of my own and had some degree of patience. Because of the things that our troop has done in our small town and through word of mouth, our troop has more than doubled in a very short time. I am blessed to be able to have so many girls and families, but you definitely have to reinvent yourself, so that you can be the best leader you can be. Patience was an area where I definitely had to step up my game and I’ve been able to carry this with me outside of Girl Scouts. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

You can do or be anything as long as you work hard to get there. This was one of the most important things I learned as a Girl Scout and I think it is super important to learn as a child. Society has this cookie cutter image of how a girl should act, talk, and look. While times are advancing, some things aren’t so out of the ordinary anymore. But, these girls shouldn’t even have to think about what is acceptable for society. They need to be thinking about what they are passionate about, who they want to be, and go out and do it! 

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

My girls have so many personalities and there is no stopping them. In order to help then to grow, I am constantly looking for new ways, along with my co-leader, to make their experience the best it can be. I have been able to build relationships in the community and feel as if I have a stronger presence and sense of leadership in all roles I play; mom, employee, supervisor, friend, etc. We have definitely grown as a troop and it is exciting that we all get to learn together in different ways. We all bring something to the table and my adult experience in Girl Scouts has been just as rewarding as it was when I was a child, just a little different. 

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