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Rifle Girl Scout awarded Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scout Victoria W. of Rifle in the Mountain Communities region is headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Victoria will attend “Tri-Wizard,” a three-day camp at Tomahawk Ranch in the summer of 2019.  She wrote in her application for this award, “I would like to go to camp because I love to try new things. And learn them to.”

Mary Jo’s four children established the scholarship in December 2014 to honor their mother’s extraordinary legacy. As an 8-year-old girl growing up in 1937, Mary Jo wanted a new pair of roller skates. She wanted them more than anything in world— until she learned her Brownie troop was going to be able to go to summer camp. Mary Jo had to make a choice: spend the $8 she had worked so hard to earn on roller skates or Girl Scout camp? For Mary Jo, the decision was simple. She was going to Girl Scout camp. Mary Jo’s mother walked her to the local Girl Scout office, so she could be the first to register. A reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico even wrote a story about Mary Jo and her decision.

After returning home from camp, Mary Jo continued to participate in Girl Scout activities, including going to camp. Eventually, she became a doctor and worked tirelessly to serve the people of Eagle and Garfield Counties, Colorado.

The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. “Our hope is that that many girls will have the same positive experience, education and adventure that mom had through her involvement in Girl Scouting and her opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp,” said Dr. Patricia VanDevander, daughter of Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs.

Rifle Girl Scouts awarded Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scouts Samantha and Rebecca W. of Rifle in the Mountain Communities region are headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Samantha will attend “Warriors.” Rebecca will attend “Mermaids.” Both are five-day camps at Tomahawk Ranch in the summer of 2019.  To be chosen for this award, the girls wrote essays.

“Dr. Jacobs followed her dreams even when it was tough for her. This is a really great character trait. I want to encourage others just like she did.  Her story encourages me to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals,” Samantha wrote.

“The most important thing I’ve learned from Girl Scouts is to be kind, loyal, friendly, and have fun! Dr. Jacobs was an example all of these things because she was a Girl Scout. I love being a Girl Scout, and think Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs was a good role model because she was always learning,” Rebecca wrote.

Mary Jo’s four children established the scholarship in December 2014 to honor their mother’s extraordinary legacy. As an 8-year-old girl growing up in 1937, Mary Jo wanted a new pair of roller skates. She wanted them more than anything in world— until she learned her Brownie troop was going to be able to go to summer camp. Mary Jo had to make a choice: spend the $8 she had worked so hard to earn on roller skates or Girl Scout camp? For Mary Jo, the decision was simple. She was going to Girl Scout camp. Mary Jo’s mother walked her to the local Girl Scout office, so she could be the first to register. A reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico even wrote a story about Mary Jo and her decision.

After returning home from camp, Mary Jo continued to participate in Girl Scout activities, including going to camp. Eventually, she became a doctor and worked tirelessly to serve the people of Eagle and Garfield Counties, Colorado.

The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. “Our hope is that that many girls will have the same positive experience, education and adventure that mom had through her involvement in Girl Scouting and her opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp,” said Dr. Patricia VanDevander, daughter of Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs.

Volunteer Spotlight: Elisha Scarbrough

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Elisha Scarbrough of Rifle in the Western Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Elisha 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 enjoyed Girl Scouts when I was younger and enrolled my daughters when they were in kindergarten; then the troop needed a leader, so I signed up. It’s a great thing for my daughters to be part of and I didn’t want them to miss out if there wasn’t a leader.

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

I have been both co-leader and main leader for my girls’ troop. I have also been the cookie and chocolate and nut lead.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

How to be more patient! I also have learned how to lead and enjoy time with my girls at the same time. Most importantly how to multi-task! I work full time and am taking night classes to complete my Bachelor’s degree. 

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

How important it is to set goals and met them and to be involved in the community. Also, the skills that they have gained through each of the badges that we have earned through the years.

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

It has reminded me what is important; these girls are in a generation that is so involved with electronics that Girl Scouts helps teach them skills that they will be able to use forever. I also have had to learn new skills to help the girls earn badges; like how to make a robot and that is pretty cool that even as a leader I am learning with the girls in the troop.

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

Gold Award Training in Rifle

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, troop leaders, and parents on the Western Slope and Mountain Communities! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss out on training in Rifle on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Rifle Public Library.

This is a free training. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. In this training, girls will learn the requirements, council procedures, and tips for making her Gold Award experience successful and rewarding.

Gold Award training is mandatory for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Troop leaders, co-leaders, and parents are encouraged to attend. If interested in attending please email highestawards@gscolorado.org by Monday, July 31.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Annamarie Pritt, Rifle, “Wilderness Survival Camp”

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Annamarie Pritt
Rifle
Rifle High School
Wilderness Survival Camp

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I created a camp for girls between the ages 11 and 16 to learn wilderness survival skills, self-confidence and leadership skills. The camp ran for two days and one night. The girls learned the skills mentioned above and much more.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this Gold Award project because I believe that every girl should be self-reliant and have leadership skills in order for them to have a better future.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project made a huge difference in the girls who came to the camp. They learned new leadership skill and they learned how to be confident.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned how to be a better leader and a better listener. Each girl learned a little differently and I had to conform to their needs in order for them to learn.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will always remember Alice. She was very shy and timid, but by the end of the camp she was outgoing. She gave me the wilderness name of “Golden Eagle.” She explained to me that I was a strong leader and I had just earned my Gold Award, hence the name Golden Eagle. I will remember all the girls. They all made a lasting impression on my heart.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

By earning my Gold Award it has given me more confidence and leadership skills. Both of these will prove to be helpful in my future by making me a stronger woman and a more efficient leader.

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

The Gold Award is a very important part of Girl Scouting. Every girl should earn their Gold Award. It is such a good experience and makes you a better leader. It is a huge accomplishment and it is very rewarding.