Tag Archives: Southwestern CO

GSCO Photo Challenge: Girl Scout Cookies fuel trip to NASA

Submitted by Frieda Knezek

Southwestern CO


“What did you do this weekend?”

“Oh, you know. We went to space and touched the moon. We stirred up dirt on Mars. We strolled through the space shuttle and ate lunch with astronaut Mark “Roman” Polansky, who told us what space smells like (hot metal, in case you’re wondering). We made it snow, built a rocket, and, best of all, made some new friends. (Hi, Frisco Cadettes!)”

A few years ago, after a particularly fun overnight trip to the aquarium and zoo in Denver, our troop decided they were ready for something a little bigger. So, we did some research and narrowed it down to a visit to Disney or NASA. The girls chose NASA, so that they could eat lunch with a real astronaut.

Together, we made a plan, a plan to be go-getters. We figured out how much it would cost, and how we’d earn that money. Then, the girls rolled up their sleeves and got busy. They sold cookies, so many cookies, but also wanted to do something more so they could go on their trip sooner. Innovators that they are, they hosted a Fall Color Run and created a mystery troop camp for Girl Scouts all over Colorado and even from Texas!

Right about now, I’d really like to say how grateful I am for the moms in our troop. They are a powerful force all their own, and they lead this troop every bit as much as I do. I call them the magic. They have helped build an atmosphere, community, and energy in our troop that I didn’t know were possible, and it’s because of them that I feel confident in encouraging the girls to dream as big as they want.

Back to the girls. It took them two years, but they did it. They were risk-takers and hard workers, and they made it happen. They paid for their trip…every cent. Friday, March 1, 2019, they boarded a plane to Houston, Texas, and the adventure began. They spent the day at the Johnson Space Center where they saw Mission Control, the astronaut training facility, the Orion capsule mock-up, rode a simulator into a nebula, and so much more.

That night, they got to stay past closing hours for the Girl Scout Camp In, where they built and launched rockets, solved a mystery box, and slept under an astronaut out on a space walk! (Ok, that was an exhibit, but it was still breathtaking and inspiring and magnificent.) They ate space ice cream, hit the gift shop, and walked away with stars in their eyes. We topped off the trip with a “one-a-cure,” their choice of pedicure or manicure, and a movie.

Everywhere we went, we met Girl Scouts of all ages and people who were thrilled to share in the girls’ adventure. We’re so proud to be a part of this magnificent organization that really throws the doors wide-open for girls and encourages them to dream big, work hard, and realize their visions. Thank you, Girl Scouts. Thank you for the G.I.R.L. Agenda, where they’re taught to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. Here’s to the adventure, to the journey, and to a brighter future because of our girls…

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Uniform to Uniform: Honoring sheriff’s deputies and firefighters

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Officers with the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department and the Pagosa Springs Fire Department came out to support Daisy Troop 26237 of Pagosa Springs with selling cookies for their very first cookie season and to help them earn the “Uniform to Uniform” patch. The girls said, “that was so much fun” having important people in our community come out to support our cause.

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

Oldest Girl Scout in Mancos

Submitted by Cindy Francisco

Southwestern CO


We wanted to share our experience at Mancos Valley Inn Nursing Home while caroling. There was a sweet old lady named Mac Neely, age 97, who did Girl Scouts for 58 years and had a blanket of all her patches in her room. Her first troop was number 78 at the age of 12. It is amazing how you meet people! If you are ever in Mancos, stop by there and see her. Hear her stories and if you look on the top of the blanket, there is a ghost patch she earned by helping push a Navy ship. We wish we could have stayed longer to hear more stories.

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

‘The Nutcracker’ performed by State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara in Durango

‘The Nutcracker’ performed by State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara is performing on Sunday, December 7-9, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Community Concert Hall at FLC (1000 Rim Drive) in Durango. Girl Scouts receive a 15% discount on Sunday, December 9 for the 2 p.m. performance.

To purchase tickets and receive the group rate, contact the box office at (970) 247 – 7657. Let them know you are with Girl Scouts of Colorado to receive the 20+ group discount.

Grand Junction and Durango Super Saturday training events

Kick-off the new Girl Scout year by meeting other volunteers, sharing your ideas, getting your questions answered, and enhancing your skills!

Take these enrichment classes that support your experience as a volunteer:

  • Engaging Parents and Caregivers
  • Difficult Conversations and Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Multi-level Troops

You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in new program badge activities.

There are classes especially for older girls too! Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can take multiple classes:

  • Taking Ownership of Your Girl Scout Experience
  • Let’s Go on an Adventure!
  • Using Your Leadership Skills for Change
  • “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience

Or girls can opt for taking alternative classes in the morning:

  • Option 1: Gold Award Training
  • Option 2: New Badge Activity and Difficult Conversations and Conflict Resolution – and then joining the Using Your Leadership Skills for Change and “Selling” Your Girl Scouts Experience in the afternoon.       ​

Super Saturdays

Sept. 29, 2018 – Durango – Register now!

Oct. 20, 2018 – Grand Junction – Register now!

All event attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership. Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at Shannon.Weaver@gscolorado.org



Best Cookie Dad contest: A spectacular cookie dad

Submitted by Hailey

Southwestern CO


My dad is a spectacular cookie dad because he helps me with my cookie booths. He is even there with me through the cold and wind. He’s right there by my side when I’m selling door-to-door, helping me with the money, and hauling my cookies. My dad has been helping me with cookies since I started as a Daisy. He’s a wonderful dad because he doesn’t have to do it, but he offers to anyway. He is a spectacular dad and I love him.

I am a G.I.R.L in many ways because I am a free spirit. I face this world head on. I take of myself and others around me. I respect my leaders, friends, family, and other adults. I have many friends whom I care for and take care of. When I grow up I want to be a teacher because I want to teach children how to respect themselves and others around them. I am a G.I.R.L because of many things, but my main reason I am a G.I.R.L is because I love the Girl Scout experience!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form and is part of the 2018 contest for Best Cookie Dad.  Is your Cookie Dad the best? Tell us about him and he’ll win a cool prize!

Trails 2000 Girl Scout Trailwork Day

Submitted by Trails 2000

Southwestern CO


Trails 2000 is pleased to invite Girl Scouts of all ages to join us for Trailwork at Overend Mountain Park near Durango on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Leyden Street trailhead, with lunch to follow at 12:30 p.m. No experience is necessary for Trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew.

Waivers can be found on local service unit Facebook pages. If you are not part of these pages, please contact GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist Amy Moscowitz at amy.moscowitz@gscolorado.org for a waiver. Please complete one waiver for each participant; parent or guardian must sign for participants under the age of 18.

For directions to the worksite, meet at Leyden Street Trailhead; from Durango, take Main Street to Montview. Turn right on Forest Ave to Leyden St; take a left on Leyden and park at the end of the cul de sac. Directions.

Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water, and snacks.

Questions? Please contact Amy Moscowitz at amy.moscowitz@gscolorado.org.

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

Volunteer Spotlight: Inez Winter








In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state. Troop Leader Inez Winter in Pagosa Springs was nominated as a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community. She recently shared the following letter about why she is a GSCO volunteer.

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I have always known that I wanted to be a Girl Scout leader. I remember being of Brownie-age and watching the kids down the street heading for their Girl Scout meeting. I don’t know why my mom didn’t let me be in Girl Scouts at that time. I told myself at a young age that if I couldn’t be a Girl Scout I would someday be a leader. I was so excited when my daughter started kindergarten and brought home the flyer to join. I went to the organizational meeting and of course, I was the first person to raise my hand to be a leader. I was able to be a leader for my oldest daughter for almost seven years and for my youngest for two years. Now, many years later, I am into my second year as a leader for my two granddaughters. We currently have 12 girls in our troop. This is the beginning of my 10th year as a Girl Scout leader. I can honestly say that being a Girl Scout leader was one of the choices that I made with my heart and a choice that I have never regretted making. I have many girls who, still to this day, tell me about how much of a difference that I have made in their lives. I am still in contact with many of “my girls.” Many of them are mothers themselves now and it always puts a smile on my face when we talk about the “old days,” going to Rancho Girl Scout Camp, camping at the Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, and so many other places that we went to. We always made memories that will truly last a lifetime. If you have an extra couple of hours a week, we’d love to have you join us as an assistant leader or better yet start your own troop as a leader.

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


A year of our river – Bronze Award Project


Submitted by Aurora Kattnig


Southwestern Colorado

On Saturday June 21st a group of scouts painted a mural on the west wall of the Napa Auto / Feed Store, Gunnison Colorado. This mural is titled “A year of our river” and is the culmination of Aurora Kattnig’s Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can earn. The mural was designed by Aurora and younger Girl Scouts to depict the Gunnison River from the head waters to Blue Mesa through the four seasons of the year.

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

Backyard Camp-out in Steamboat Springs

Submitted by Rhonda Graham

Steamboat Springs

Southwestern Colorado

Members from Cadette troop 53558 and Junior troop 54178 enjoyed a perfect mid-September weekend to celebrate the end of summer and the camaraderie of Girl Scout sisterhood during a Steamboat Springs backyard camp-out. Although these girls did not trek too far from home, they did engage by learning and sharing as they worked together to take part in traditional camp-out activities such as making sit-upons, creating para-cord survival bracelets, sharing knot-tying skills and learning how to orient themselves during a compass scavenger hunt.

When the sun went down below the mountains, the girls took delight in an expert led presentation of the night-time sky, complete with the Family Funtures telescopes and binoculars, and they reveled in an epic glow stick dance party under the stars. To say the least, this girl led event was truly enjoyed by all!

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