Tag Archives: Pueblo

Have Fun and Learn to Bake Cookies from Scratch

Submitted by Jessenia Sanchez

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

This is a FREE event. Troop leader and Pastry Chef Jessenia invites you to come learn to bake cookies from scratch on November 7, 2020 beginning at 5 p.m. This will be a virtual meeting in which girls can follow along!

Register here: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/from_scratch_in_pueb.html 

What a perfect time of year to show your family and friends your baking skills. You could do a cookie exchange with your friends or family for the holidays or just bake cookies for fun because they are delicious! Girls participating in this session will learn food safety, how to properly measure ingredients, how to store your baked items, oven/hot item safety, and lastly, how to bake cookies!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Make New Friends Kindergarten Series – Mountain & Pueblo Communities

You want the brightest future possible for your girl, and we’re here to stand with you every step of the way. Sign her up for Make New Friends—a fun, four-part online series designed to boost your girl’s social skills and self-confidence while she learns to focus and thrive in a classroom or virtual setting.

We will have two Four Part series; all are between 5pm-5:30pm. Here are the days and registration links:

For July 28, 30, August 4, 6 series : visit our link to register: https://bit.ly/2CGN3s7

For August 10, 11, 12, 13 series: visit our link to register: https://bit.ly/3jtKY3l

Session 1: Launch into Literacy – Join us for storytime while we teach her how to listen to a story, identify major characters, settings, and plotlines.

Session 2: Shoot for the Stars- Use your senses to process the world around them, practice reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

Session 3: Spring into Science- Learn by doing and explore the world around you.

Session 4: Dreaming about Success- Explore emotions and learn how to achieve your dreams.

Questions? Contact Carole.Vowell@gscolorado.org; 720-450-4199 (Mountain Communities) or Luanne.Maez@gscolorado.org; 719-225-7302 (Pueblo area)

Make New Friends Kindergarten Series – Mountain & Pueblo Communities

You want the brightest future possible for your girl, and we’re here to stand with you every step of the way. Sign her up for Make New Friends—a fun, four-part online series designed to boost your girl’s social skills and self-confidence while she learns to focus and thrive in a classroom or virtual setting.

We will have two Four Part series; all are between 5pm-5:30pm. Here are the days and registration links:

For July 28, 30, August 4, 6 series : visit our link to register: https://bit.ly/2CGN3s7

For August 10, 11, 12, 13 series: visit our link to register: https://bit.ly/3jtKY3l

Session 1: Launch into Literacy – Join us for storytime while we teach her how to listen to a story, identify major characters, settings, and plotlines.

Session 2: Shoot for the Stars- Use your senses to process the world around them, practice reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

Session 3: Spring into Science- Learn by doing and explore the world around you.

Session 4: Dreaming about Success- Explore emotions and learn how to achieve your dreams.

Questions? Contact Carole.Vowell@gscolorado.org; 720-450-4199 (Mountain Communities) or Luanne.Maez@gscolorado.org; 719-225-7302 (Pueblo area)

Make New Friends Kindergarten Series – Mountain & Pueblo Communities

You want the brightest future possible for your girl, and we’re here to stand with you every step of the way. Sign her up for Make New Friends—a fun, four-part online series designed to boost your girl’s social skills and self-confidence while she learns to focus and thrive in a classroom or virtual setting.

We will have two Four Part series; all are between 5pm-5:30pm. Here are the days and registration links:

For July 28, 30, August 4, 6 series : visit our link to register: https://bit.ly/2CGN3s7

For August 10, 11, 12, 13 series: visit our link to register: https://bit.ly/3jtKY3l

Session 1: Launch into Literacy – Join us for storytime while we teach her how to listen to a story, identify major characters, settings, and plotlines.

Session 2: Shoot for the Stars- Use your senses to process the world around them, practice reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

Session 3: Spring into Science- Learn by doing and explore the world around you.

Session 4: Dreaming about Success- Explore emotions and learn how to achieve your dreams.

Questions? Contact Carole.Vowell@gscolorado.org; 720-450-4199 (Mountain Communities) or Luanne.Maez@gscolorado.org; 719-225-7302 (Pueblo area)

Make New Friends Kindergarten Series – Mountain & Pueblo Communities

You want the brightest future possible for your girl, and we’re here to stand with you every step of the way. Sign her up for Make New Friends—a fun, four-part online series designed to boost your girl’s social skills and self-confidence while she learns to focus and thrive in a classroom or virtual setting.

We will have two Four Part series; all are between 5pm-5:30pm. Here are the days and registration links:

For July 28, 30, August 4, 6 series : visit our link to register: https://bit.ly/2CGN3s7

For August 10, 11, 12, 13 series: visit our link to register: https://bit.ly/3jtKY3l

Session 1: Launch into Literacy – Join us for storytime while we teach her how to listen to a story, identify major characters, settings, and plotlines.

Session 2: Shoot for the Stars- Use your senses to process the world around them, practice reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

Session 3: Spring into Science- Learn by doing and explore the world around you.

Session 4: Dreaming about Success- Explore emotions and learn how to achieve your dreams.

Questions? Contact Carole.Vowell@gscolorado.org; 720-450-4199 (Mountain Communities) or Luanne.Maez@gscolorado.org; 719-225-7302 (Pueblo area)

Volunteer Spotlight: Laura Ainsworth

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Laura Ainsworth of Pueblo 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 Laura 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?

Personally, I was not planning to be a Girl Scout volunteer and I was never involved in Girl Scouts growing up. My daughter started the troop because her daughter (my granddaughter) was in two council-ran troops that disbanded and she wanted to continue in Girl Scouts. I used to help my daughter plan the meetings and come up with activities for the girls to do. In the meantime, I got tired of the patches coming off my granddaughter’s vest and fixing them, so I decided to put them on and sew them, so that they did not come off. I offered my services to the other parents in the troop to do this also for their girls, which I continue to do to present. I also do embroidery work, so I make some of the fun patches for the girls to save the troop money. The second year, I became a back up leader, but did not attend much meetings. My daughter left half way through the year, but I continued to help the troop and by the end of the year one of the leaders was moving up with her daughter because no one was trained in Juniors. At that point, the troop was only Daisy and Brownies. I also help balance the checkbook for them and helped them straighten out the cookies and how to put stuff  in eBudde for them. The other leader stopped helping, so I stepped up and helped Laurice and from that point on I have been in the forefront working with the girls as a leader. I have stayed with the troop even though my granddaughter did come back and has left the troop since. 

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

The different roles I have done in Girl Scout is I am a leader, work with the girls on their badges and Journeys; order badges and Journeys; put on the badges on their vests;  plan field trips; manage our troop Facebook account; fall product program manager; troop cookie manager; set up cookie booths; keep track of the bank account; balance the checkbook, which we have an open policy that the girls and parents can look at anytime they want too. I am also a co-signer on the bank account for our service unit bank account and I also balance that checkbook.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I am normally a shy and quiet person, but I have become a more outgoing, vocal person and willing to try new things.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

We have a troop with half outspoken girls and half shy and quiet girls. By relating how my experiences were growing up to how I am now, the girls have learned they can accomplish anything they put their minds to. I also hope they have learned to have moral values that they can live by the rest of their lives, which is pretty much the Girl Scout Promise and Law. I also hope they have learned to never stop learning because if you do, you will stop growing into a better person.

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

  • Learning to speak up, take chances, try new things, and set an example to let the girls know that I am nervous at trying something new, but if I can do it they can do it also.
  • We learn from each other and grow together.
  • Never be afraid to say you don’t know something.
  • Try to find the answer.
  • Don’t be afraid to listen to the girls because you can learn from them. just as they learn from you.
  • Don’t be afraid to let your hair down and be goofy and silly like them.
  • Have fun!

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

The nomination deadline for 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards is April 30. GSCO invites members statewide to take this opportunity to recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you. Learn more.

Volunteer Spotlight: Mandy Leyba

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Mandy Leyba of Pueblo 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 Mandy 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?

My daughter wanted to join Girl Scouts and the troop needed other volunteers, so I signed up.

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

  • Leader – Organize the troop
  • Mom – Be there for my daughter, so we can have time together
  • Friend to girls and parents
  • Mentor to the girls, showing them how to do things

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

  • Patience to slow down to show all the girls how to do things
  • Leadership to stand up and lead my troop and parents
  • Multi-tasking, not only am I a leader, but I’m parent

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

  • Be more independent and speak up
  • Not hide behind their parents
  • Come out of their comfort zone

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

I’ve always been a G.I.R.L., but being a volunteer has given me the confidence I need to be a G.I.R.L. and the privilege to help girls and other parents to become a G.I.R.L.

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

The nomination deadline for 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards is April 30. GSCO invites members statewide to take this opportunity to recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you. Learn more.

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/