Tag Archives: Southwestern CO

Exploring the Great Outdoors

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Sage with Troop 26237 of Pagosa Springs has been exploring the great outdoors and working to earn the Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge patch. Sage has enjoyed hiking new trails, bird watching, identifying flowers, and plants, but most of all, she just enjoys just being outside.

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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Molly Wieser

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Molly Wieser of Durango in the Southwestern CO region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Molly 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 wanted my girl to have an alternate social group, a refuge from school. My troop leader and a couple of my troop members are still my friends.

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

I helped lead in year one, became primary troop leader since then, and cookie manager by year three. Now, I support our service unit just a bit as well.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Make space for supplies you need to keep at your house. It’s not going away. Girls change over time. The challenging ones are honing assertiveness and leadership skills and soon they will let/force you to sit down while they create and execute plans. Other troop leaders are very deep people.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

They have to talk to each other to get what they want, not ask the “authorities.” And, they can want what they want, even if they can’t have it right now.

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

I was already kind of zippy, to be honest. Girl Scouts for me is an opportunity to be present to girls over time, just be there. I can make mistakes and get a chance to get better, and keep practicing letting them solve their own problems together. It’s such an honor.

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: Katie Betts

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Katie Betts of Pagosa Springs in the Southwestern Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Katie 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?

It may not be a glamorous story, but I became a Girl Scout troop leader because my daughter’s first two troops disbanded and her third troop was losing it’s leaders. I volunteered so Jenavieve and the other girls would have stability and a leader that is in it for the long haul for them to meet their goals and help them make their Girl Scout experience everything they hope for. 

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

I have volunteered with Girl Scouts for years while my husband’s sister was coming up through the program. We camped, canoed, hauled cookies, sorted cookies, volunteered to help in bridging ceremonies, we did it all!  With our daughter, we have done all of the same and tried to do more. 

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

By being a Girl Scout volunteer, I have learned that it is a lot more work than you anticipate! I have also learned that we have a community full of strong, smart, lovely girls that want to make a difference and this program can help them do that.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope the girls have learned that they can do anything they put their mind to. I hope they continue to learn how to be good Girl Scouts, good citizens, and all around good people by living by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

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

This experience has helped me to become a go-getter because these girls have big goals and we are all going to have to work really hard to get after it! 

An innovator because some times we have to change things up a little bit to work with what we have. 

A risk-taker because sometimes putting yourself out there and doing new things seems risky, being the troop cookie manager was a RISK! 🙂 

A leader, because I really do try my hardest to set a great example for these girls and to lead them down a path to meet their goals and become the women that they want to be!

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: Nancy Ashburn

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Nancy Ashburn of Durango in the Southwestern Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Nancy 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 grew up in the Girl Scout program, so when my daughter was old enough to be a Girl Scout, I became her leader for ten years. Now with granddaughters in Girl Scouts, it seemed natural to become their leader along with my daughter.  It’s a family thing!!

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

I have served as a troop leader, day camp director, on the Board of Directors, neighbor (service unit) chair, trainer, and council delegate to the National Convention.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

That girls want to have fun; learn new thing; earn badges, Journeys, and awards; and be respected. Give them opportunities and watch them grow!!

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

That there is fun and learning opportunities in everything we do. I hope they learn to respect each other, love their country, and know that being a Girl Scout will live with them always.

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

Being an older leader, I feel that I am stretching myself to find new adventures for the girls and pushing myself to do things with the girls that I probably wouldn’t have done.

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: Sheri Coy

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Sheri Coy of Hesperus in the Southwestern Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Sheri 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 volunteer because there was a need for the troop that my daughter was in. There was no one to run the troop and I did not want the girls to lose the troop, so I stepped up. I was sure this would be a great bonding for my daughter and I as well.

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

When I started my main role was a troop leader for our troop, then I became an active member of our service unit leadership team. I am the treasurer of the service unit leadership team alon side Dayna, but I did not stop there. I am also the fall product program manager and now the service unit cookie manager for our area.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned that everyone works in different ways, a lot of diversity. I have learned to help girls reach their goal and learn confidence, as well as courage to take risks; that I myself had growth to achieve alongside of the girls; and the reward from knowing you make a difference is worth it all.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

My hope for the girls learning from me  would be the acceptance of their selves, be kind and helpful, and know they won’t always succeed the first time, but to have the confidence to try over and over till they are happy with the choices they choose. I could go on and on for what I hope they learn from me. I can sum it up best by saying I hope they learn to always use the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

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

My experience has touched on G.I.R.L. in all the ways that the word girl means. I have enhanced my risk-taking by stepping out of my comfort zone. My go-getter is stronger since working with the girls. My leadership has been improved, as well with being an innovator. We have all grown so much together.

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: Allison Brown

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Allison Brown of Durango in the Southwestern Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Allison 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 volunteer because there was an opening in the leadership position in my daughter’s troop. I have a flexible work schedule, so I had the time and desire to get involved. My mom was my Girl Scout leader growing up, so it felt like the natural thing to do.

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

I started as a co-leader for a multi-level troop. After seeing the need for more intense badge and volunteer work for our older girls, we split from the multi-level troop and started a Junior troop!

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned so much more than I thought I would! I have learned major patience, organization, and commitment. I have learned how capable nine and ten year-old girls can be, and I have learned to trust their decisions and abilities. I never thought that the girl-led model would work with young girls, but have been proven wrong time and time again, which is both humbling and uplifting!

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

Gosh, I hope that I can show them what dedication and hard work looks like. I hope they see a working mom who has time to care and work with youth. I hope they know how much each one of them means to me, and I hope they learn self worth, and dedication to a cause bigger than themselves.

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

I have always considered myself a go-getter. I can’t sit still and fill every moment of my life, for better or worse. These girls have challenged me to sit in silence and let them come up with solutions, examples, and ideas.  This is so amazing to me, and let’s me grow as a leader… not a dictator.  With a small budget to start, my co-leader, who I can’t go without mentioning, and I have become major innovators to stretch out dollars. I could not have such an amazing group of girls without the amazing parents who help raise and support them! I truly feel that it takes a village to succeed as an individual and in a group and I am so blessed to be a part of these girls’ journeys.

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.

Recognizing our Hometown Heroes

Submitted by Marie Merrill-Exton

Southwestern CO

Pagosa Springs

Sage, with Daisy Troop 26237 of Pagosa Springs, donated a case of Girl Scout Cookies to a grocery store from her troop. The grocery store employees have been working incredibly hard to make sure the store is stocked for the community during this unsettling time with the COVID-19. They deserve a BIG THANK YOU for being Hometown Heroes in our community.

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

Mancos marshal loves cookies

Submitted by Stephanie Carton

Southwestern CO

Mancos

Troop 27145 of Mancos participated in their first cookie booth of the season and had a repeat customer. Sgt. Brad Ray stopped by and purchased a few packages of cookies with the promise that he’ll be back. Not even an hour later, he returned as promised for cookies for his family and donated some packages once he learned that the troop decided that the teachers of Mancos RE6 were their Hometown Heroes!

Troop 27145 embodies the G.I.R.L. spirit! We have one Junior who loves to help organize and lead the troop in activities and our Brownies really dive in to anything they decide to do. They are fast on their feet and can problem solve as a team to accomplish their goal and have really bonded as a troop this year.

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/ 

State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara’s Nutcracker 2019

State Street Ballet – “Nutcracker” 12/16/16 GranadaTheatre

Girl Scouts are invited to take advantage of a discount on orchestra and balcony tickets at the 2 p.m. performance of the State Street of Santa Barbara’s Nutcracker at the Community Concert Hall at FLC in Durango on December 14, 2019! Tickets are $15 per Girl Scout and full price for adults on orchestra and balcony tickets.  Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson holds true to the original classical ballet in this Tchaikovsky masterpiece, creating a traditional “Nutcracker” set in Victorian times and suited for all ages. The ballet will be accompanied by a live orchestra, as the San Juan Symphony is set to perform.

To purchase tickets, call the Concert Hall at (970) 247-7657 and ask for Doug Gonzalez.

STREAM Girls in Longmont and Montrose

Join us for STREAM Girls in Longmont and Montrose!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Izaak Walton Clubhouse, Longmont

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/stream_girls_14306547.html

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Ross Reels, Montrose

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/stream_girls_.html

This event gives Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn a patch as they serve as citizen scientists, anglers, and artists, in order to build an appreciation for watershed conservation and the environment. This outdoor watershed experience employs STEM-education (science, technology, engineering, math) plus recreation and arts to explore a local stream.

Cost: $5/girl

Every person is a citizen of her watershed, and Colorado Trout Unlimited (TU) has partnered with Girl Scouts of Colorado so that girls will get the complete picture of what their stream could mean to them.

At this event, TU volunteers will lead Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes in observing a stream, collecting flow data, sampling macroinvertebrates (aka aquatic bugs), fly tying, and fly casting. The day also gives girls time to explore the natural area and record their thoughts and observations in their handbooks. Each girl will receive a STREAM Girls patch at the end of the day.

Light snacks will be provided throughout the day and participants should bring a nut-free sack lunch with them. A detailed packing list, liability waiver for CO Trout Unlimited, and other pre-information will be provided for all participants via email one week before the event.

This is not a drop off event, all Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Girls attending with a troop leader must complete a Parent Permission form for a Girl Scout Activity that troop leaders will retain for their records. Adult-to-girl ratios must be met for girls attending as a troop. Parents, guardians, and troop leaders will supervise girls and assist with activities as needed.

Capacity for this event is 24 Girl Scouts. Registration will close on Tuesday, October 1 OR when capacity has been reached.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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