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Cookies for Ronald McDonald House of Denver

Submitted by Georganna Payne

Metro Denver

Troop 67445 delivered 75 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Ronald McDonald House of Denver, their Hometown Hero. Athena is one of the Girl Scouts in the troop. Her younger brother had brain surgery last summer at Nationwide Children’s in Ohio and the family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House there. Athena met a Girl Scout troop there who came to make cookies for the guests. She was very grateful for everything they provided and wanted to give back. When her Girl Scout sisters in Colorado heard her story, they all wanted to help as well. We are happy to report that Athena’s is doing great!

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

Gold Award Girl Scout: Mackenzie Block, Colorado Springs, “Treasure Closets and Boredom Buster Kits”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a treasure closet and toy check-out system at the Ronald McDonald House to give residents a more positive and developmental atmosphere.  The pre-assembled kits directed towards different age groups in the treasure closet and gifts new residents receive, provide long term entertainment, comfort, and growth. These systems made the Ronald McDonald House more home-like to scared residents. I also painted the area with fish and marine life to display a kid-friendly under-the-sea feeling which gave immediate comfort to new residents.

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

The Ronald McDonald House has handed out 463 toys since my project began.  The kits are checked out daily.

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

My project is being sustained at the current Southern Colorado Springs Ronald McDonald House.

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

My project is addressing the comfort of patients and the healthcare crisis currently happening in the United States, as millions are insecure with constant care and comfort in their daily lives. To reach others across the country, I had my advisor at the Ronald McDonald House send the brochure of my project to all RMH volunteer coordinators across the nation in order to show how this project made a big impact to her location.  My project is also currently being implemented into the new North Colorado Springs Ronald McDonald House and at TESSA, a battered women’s shelter in Colorado Springs.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned many things about myself and how to differently approach the world through my project. I had to think critically to overcome the storage issues in the treasure closet, as well as gained time management skills, and how to relate my time management skills to my team in order to complete the “construction” phase of my project.

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

Earning my Gold Award will continue to impact my life until I can no longer remember my project. I have proved to myself what I am capable of, and how to find and to address the needs of anyone and everyone I can.

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

I believe that the Gold Award was essential to my Girl Scout career, applying all the principles I had learned about from Daisies to Ambassadors. I also felt it necessary to give back to my community, and found that my Gold Award was the perfect opportunity.

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

My Gold Award has helped me become a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and a leader as I worked through my project. I became a leader on day one as I lead my team of over 20 people in order to complete my project. I became a go-getter on that same day as it was a huge leap of faith I was taking. Innovation was essential to the logistics and “construction” of my project and was gained as I worked through my project. I was a risk-taker through those innovations as well, using non-conventional solutions, proving myself a Gold Award recipient.

**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

Two Hometown Heroes are better than one

Submitted by Susanne Wallach

Metro Denver


Troop 63787 decided they wanted to honor multiple Hometown Heroes this year. The girls delivered half their donations to thank the Thornton Police Department for their service. In return, they were treated to a tour of the police department by two female officers. Girl power!

The girls had also wanted to give Girl Scout Cookies to children with cancer, but Children’s Hospital said they could not give food donations to their patients. As an alternative, we came up with the Ronald McDonald House of Denver. On delivery day, each of our girls invited a friend and teamed up for a friendly baking competition. Along with the HTH cookies, they baked yummy homemade cupcakes and made sandwiches for the staff and residents of RMH. They had a great time and learned how they were able to make someone’s day sweeter–Girl Scout Cookies AND cupcakes are so much sweeter.

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

Girl Scout Teddy Bear Toss with Metro State Hockey

Join us for the Girl Scout Teddy Bear Toss with Metro State University Hockey, Saturday, December 2, 2017. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited to cheer on the Roadrunners as they take on the CU Buffs. The game will start at 3:45 p.m. and will be played at the Ice Center at the Promenade in Westminster, the Roadrunners’ home ice. Come early for door prize drawings.

Bring a bear for the teddy bear toss! Everyone is encouraged a bring a teddy bear or other stuffed animal to toss on the ice when Metro State makes their first goal. Bears must be clean, preferably new and brought in plastic bags to prevent them from getting dirty when tossed on the rink floor. Bears will be donated to the Ronald McDonald Houses of Denver and Aurora. Feel free to bring more than one bear. Let’s fill the rink’s floor!

Cost is $1 and a teddy bear or other stuffed animal per person. Cost without a bear is $5/person. To register, please email Victoria Fedorco at  msuvictoriaf@gmail.com with your troop number, number of Girl Scouts, adults and siblings, leader name and contact. Victoria will respond with instructions on where to mail payment and instructions for the day. Checks made out to MSU Hockey are the preferred payment. PayPal payments are available upon request -just note this in your email subject line. Please purchase tickets early as the rink has limited space and we think this may fill quickly.

Our event organizer, Victoria Fedorco, earned her Gold Award this past year and continues to volunteer to create great events like this for our Girl Scouts. A big thank you goes to Victoria! Questions? Please contact Victoria Fedorco at  msuvictoriaf@gmail.com.

Tessa’s Cookie Story


Submitted by Tessa Baker

Lone Tree

Denver Metro

Hi. My name is Tessa from Junior Troop 59 in Lone Tree and this is my Cookie Story.

Our troop cookie goals are tent camping and canoeing at Horsetooth Reservoir, as well as hotel camping this year.

Our Hometown Hero Cookies are being donated to Ronald McDonald House near Childrens Hospital. We will be cooking and serving breakfast when delivering our cookie donations.

I am becoming more comfortable about talking to customers. My math with counting money and counting back change to customers has improved.

I have enjoyed practicing speed cup stacking and performing this at our cookie booths this year in front of customers.

Thank you for reading my Cookie Story!

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

What started as a community project, taught them about themselves too


Submitted by Michelle Buchanan

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak

Junior Girl Scout Troop 40894 set out at the beginning of the year uncertain which goals to pursue this year. After a tour of the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Colorado, it became obvious the troop had a desire to help other young children. This year, the girls set out to help the House and each girl made 2 quilts (1 boy, 1 girl), and enlisted the help of parents and other family members.

In addition, they used cookie sales to generate funds for the quilt fabric and supplies, and dubbed the RMH their Hometown Hero beneficiary this year (collecting 55 boxes of donated cookies). They also learned how saving pop tops directly helps to fund the House, and donated ~2.5 pounds of pop tops. They also made gingerbread houses at Christmas and donated them to the House to help the House that Love Built feel more like home during the holidays. The girls also applied their Journey and other badges they earned throughout the year as they studied and prepared for this project. The troop donated over $650 in goods to the Ronald McDonald House this year.

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

Brownie Troop 1625 donates 170 boxes of cookies to Ronald McDonald house of Southern Colorado


Submitted by Nicole Ellison


Pikes Peak

We are a first time selling Brownie troop from Monument. Our Hometown Hero this year was Ronald McDonald house of Southern Colorado. The girls did a dinner fundraiser with McDonalds and raised 50 boxes alone that night. Combined all 14 girls donated 170 boxes of cookies. We went to deliver the cookies and received a tour of the house. After the tour the troop now is working on more projects to help Ronald McDonald House, each girl is excited to give back and to see what little parts each can do to help.

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

Girl Scout Daisies make lunch for Ronald McDonald House residents

Submitted by Christina Bontempo

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Daisies made lunch for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House in Denver on Saturday, May 11. The girls chose RMH as their service action project and used funds raised by cookie sales to purchase lunch items. They made sandwiches and served fresh fruit and learned about the families who can stay at RMH for free while their children are in area hospitals.

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Woodland Park Girl Scout Juniors complete Bronze with Ronald McDonald House projects

Submitted by Amy DeLarm
Troop 255

Girl Scout Juniors Troop 255 of Woodland Park, recently completed their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn. The Bronze Award requires the girls to express their leadership and planning skills as they follow through on their selected project, which is aimed at benefiting the community. Troop 255 demonstrated its commitment to helping others and helping the community by working with the Ronald McDonald House of Colorado Springs, which is a nonprofit organization that provides a home away from home for families whose children are seriously ill and hospitalized. Troop 255 has been working with the Ronald McDonald House since Daisies by collecting pop tops.

Troop 255 are group of wonderful, adventurous, young leaders and they are: Taylor A., Hanna C., Saralyn C., Ashley D., Tess K., Jaclyn K., Emily H., Maia P., Autumn P., Tabatha R. and Reagan W.

Starting in November 2010, the girls began learning about different types of wood for building and built five flower boxes that are now placed on the front porch and walkway leading into the Ronald McDonald House. In conjunction with earning their sewing badge and using a sewing machine, for many the first time, Troop 255 made care packages for the children who are staying in the house while their sibling is in the hospital. The girls then also hand-sewed teddy bears to match their care packages and stuffed the packages with handmade activity books and toys to help keep the children occupied. Working side by side with their elementary schools, Columbine and Gateway in Woodland Park, a donation drive was set up every morning for one week at their schools. Troop 255 collected more than $

500 in toiletry items, food items and cleaning supplies for the house. A 4’x3’ mural was designed, drawn and painted by all of the girls and depicted a scene of “Wishes of Hope and Love” that now hangs and brightens a hallway of the family living quarters at the house. On April 30, 2011, Troop 255 delivered all of these items, plus 25 pounds of pop tops, to the Ronald McDonald House and hosted a dinner for the families and volunteers of the house complete with a baked ziti dinner, table decorations and music.

Way to go Troop 255! You all are awesome!

Five girls in Troop 841 earn Bronze

Five girls in Troop 841 based in Littleton have earned their Bronze Award. The girls spent the year learning about serving others and cooking. For their project, they decided to cook a meal for the families at Ronald McDonald House in Aurora. Throughout the year they planned the meal and learned how they can serve others. They chose a recipe, determined how much food to buy to serve 70, shopped, prepared and served the food to the families. They also cleaned up.

The girls had to work together to make decisions during the project. They had to be considerate of each other and the families they cooked for. They showed caring with the time, thought and effort put into the meal. They chose to use the money they earned from cookie sales to fund the event. They were excited to be helping others.

Congratulations to Shaelee, Amber, Evalynn, Jocelynn and Kate.