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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. 

Volunteer Spotlight: PJ Chenoweth

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. PJ Chenoweth in the Pueblo & 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 PJ 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 became a Girl Scout volunteer after my daughter had been a Girl Scout for about three years. I loved what the program had done for her self-confidence, her ability to speak in front of others, and how it had expanded her circle of friends to include Girl Scouts in other towns. I completely believe this program does amazing things for the girls who participate, and I want to continue to keep this program available in my town.

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

As a Girl Scout volunteer, I have worked with girls to earn badges and complete Journeys, guided them through small community service projects, and for the past two years, I have served as the troop’s cookie manager.

I was also fortunate to have assisted with day camp for a couple of years.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned several valuable skills including inventory management, meeting planning including planning on the fly, great camping skills, and more. But, the best thing I’ve learned being a Girl Scout volunteer is that there is a vast group of women and girls that does their best to live by the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and it’s a great feeling to know there are so many who are ready to take action in times of need.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that the girls I have interacted with have learned skills that they can use later in life, I hope they have learned not to limit themselves in setting goals, and I hope they have learned to always do their best to live by the Law and Promise, but to know that everyone slips up sometimes.

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

My experience as a volunteer helped me become a G.I.R.L. by getting me out of my comfort zone. I had to become a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader by jumping in as the troop’s leader and cookie manager shortly after beginning a new Girl Scout year. Suddenly, it was all on me to keep the troop going. I quickly recruited another parent to become my co-leader, and we were off on adventure!

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

Helping out our Hometown Hero

Submitted by Laura Ainsworth

Pueblo

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Last year, Troop 33418 picked Colorado State Patrol as our Hometown Hero. We heard that they do a teddy bear program, which the troopers carry in their vehicles to give to children when in an accident or any other bad situations. When we took the cookies to them, the girls decided to help put some of the teddy bears together for them. They had so much fun and enjoyment doing this for other children. I am amazed how our girls think of other children beside themselves.

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

Pueblo Girl Scouts sold more than 10,000 packages of cookies

Submitted by Kylee Watada

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

Our troop worked hard to sell cookies. We sold cookies to help our local DSS. We are working to make backpacks with essential supplies for our youth in foster care and DSS custody. We are also trying to earn enough money to go to camp and Great Wolf Lodge.

Pueblo firefighters stopped at two of our booths to help us out. These girls are true go-getters and are making Pueblo proud!

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

Uniform to Uniform: Girl Scout Junior meets Pueblo Police Officer

Submitted by Elaina H.

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

Girl Scout Junior Brooklynn was hosting a cookie booth at Walmart in Pueblo when she saw a local police officer. Brooklynn approached the officer and asked if she like to buy some cookies. Afterwards, they compared uniforms!

Invite uniformed personnel, such as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, etc., to visit you at your cookie booth as part of Uniform to Uniform! Learn all about this new patch program on the GSCO Blog: https://bit.ly/2VaYX1a

Uniform to Uniform: Pueblo Girl Scouts with Pueblo Firefighters

Submitted by Kylee Watada

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

Our Girl Scouts are our working hard to support our community. They are selling cookies to make backpacks for our local foster children. Our local fire department stopped by our cookie booth to support our girls.

These girls are real go-getters. They have all almost met their goals and have continued to work hard.

Invite uniformed personnel, such as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, etc., to visit you at your cookie booth as part of Uniform to Uniform! Learn all about this new patch program on the GSCO Blog: https://bit.ly/2VaYX1a

Uniform to Uniform: A visit from my Hometown Hero

Submitted by Emma P., Troop 31004

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Colorado City

Our local firefighters stopped by our booth to learn more about what we do. We were happy to share and tell them that our troop had chosen them to be our Hometown Heroes!

I set my goal at 400 packages and 15 Hometown Heroes and 15 Gift of Caring donations. I met all of my goals and have set new goal of 525 packages. It was awesome to have firefighters stop by. They have special place in my heart because when I was little they saved my life. I am glad we can give back to them.

Invite uniformed personnel, such as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, etc., to visit you at your cookie booth as part of Uniform to Uniform! Learn all about this new patch program on the GSCO Blog: https://bit.ly/2VaYX1a

Pueblo G.I.R.L.s learn about first aid and Girl Scouts

Pueblo Girl Scouts, along with friends, gathered on Friday, January 25, 2019 for a special “Try Girl Scouts” event with a first aid theme. Current Girl Scouts were encouraged to attend to earn their “First Aid” badge AND bring a friend who might also like to become a Girl Scout. There were door prizes for girls who brought friends and for girls who registered to be a Girl Scouts.

At each of the event’s four stations, girls learned how proper first aid can help them become a G.I.R.L.

  • Go-getter- How to use a first aid kit
  • Innovator- Make your own first aid kit
  • Risk-taker- How to build shelters and find water and edible plants in the wild in Colorado
  • Leader- Classes to get certified in first aid and babysitting with ARC through Girl Scouts of Colorado

A special thanks to the seven older Girl Scouts and their leaders who helped run the stations.

Junior “Habitat” Badge Day at Pueblo Zoo

Girl Scout Juniors (4th and 5th grade) are invited to Pueblo Zoo on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. to work on their “Habitat” badge. Girls will complete all requirements for the Habitat Badge. The badge will not be provided at the event. You are welcome to stay and explore the zoo for the day after this event is over.

Pueblo Zoo is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility covering 25 acres in Pueblo City Park. It is home to more than 500 animals representing 125 different species from around the world. Education outreach programs serve nearly every elementary school in Pueblo County, reaching thousands of children each year.

Register online:

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

The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 19.

This is not a drop off event. All girls must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Adult to girl safety ratios for events must be met. Girls attending with a troop leader must bring completed parent permission forms for a Girl Scout activity that troop leaders should retain for their records.

Earning the “First Aid” badge

Submitted by Samantha King

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

Girl Scouts in Pueblo West had fun learning hands-on first aid at a recent workshop held by Service Unit 338. Girl Scouts spoke to an RN and a representative from Red Cross. They learned about 911, wound care, CPR, what to do if someone is choking, and what steps to take in an emergency situation. All girls had fun, earned a badge, learned important skills, and left the workshop able to better help the community and people around them.

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