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You’re Invited! Animal Dance Party! (Mountain Communities)


Future Girl Scouts of the Mountain Communities! Join us on Zoom to have a-rockin’ Animal Dance Party! Bring a friend and make new friends as we dance, sing, and play games. Let’s get wild! FREE event for girls and their families interested in learning about Girl Scouts of Colorado!

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado. Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

Sign up here for the Animal Dance Party!

Note: Caregivers need to be present.

This party is for future Girl Scouts only. Please pass this invitation to your friends who wish to become a Girl Scouts! Who better than you to invite them to join?

If you are a current Girl Scouts – please check out the Girl Scouts at Home and  July 2020 Badge series!  

Questions? Call or text Carole at 720-450-4199; Carole.Vowell@gscolorado.org

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World Thinking Day 2020 Activities

Submitted by Debby Burnett

Mountain Communities


Gracelyn read the World Thinking Day 2020 Activity Guide and came up with a plan to focus on diversity. She made a DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) collage with pictures of diverse people, as well as the word “diversity” printed in various languages around the perimeter. She made a word web with her name in the middle, listing various characteristics and qualities that define her (for the “I Am” Circles game). Gracelyn and I (her fellow Girl Scout troop member due to the pandemic restrictions) made observations at our local (tiny) post office as it pertains to inclusion of those with disabilities in our community. She decided that there are several limiting factors that need to be addressed.

She and I went “shopping” in the Global Marketplace and learned a lot of hard lessons about how it might be to live with much less than we have right now, what is the most important (clean water, good food, education), and how to spend our money in the best way. This made us both very appreciative of the good fortune in our lives, even if we are struggling to live with the social distancing restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

Finally, Gracelyn focused on a group of people in our community whom she feels may not be treated with the respect that they deserve, our seniors. Gracelyn designed a Take Action project to focus on senior residents at Casey’s Pond in Steamboat Springs. She folded approximately 80 origami cranes and wrote the word “RESPECT” on their backs. Then, she made little pieces of paper with the word “RESPECT” written on it, with the words detailed out: Really Epic Senior People Existing Community Treasures. She was trying to send each resident at Casey’s Pond the message that they are truly community treasures and deserve our respect.

Gracelyn enjoyed this activity, improved her origami skills, and felt good about sending a positive message to the senior residents at Casey’s Pond.

Gracelyn is a member of Troop 50315 in Steamboat Springs. She is completing Girl Scout activities at home, with her mother as her main troop member at this time due to pandemic restrictions, but is eagerly looking forward to troop meetings in the future.

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.

Celebrate Earth Day with a Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Submitted by Sidney B.

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

I have been a Girl Scout since I was in kindergarten and am currently working towards earning my Gold Award, which is the highest honor you can receive as a Girl Scout. My project is focused on state park waste diversion. However, a huge part of my project is focused on educating the public on the basics of recycling and waste diversion in hopes to inspire and empower future generations to make a difference and share their knowledge with the world! As you may know, April 22 is Earth Day! This is a chance to celebrate our planet and raise our voices for changing our environment for the better.

As a piece of my Gold Award project, I have created a YouTube Channel called Project Greenify to share fun and educational videos for Girl Scouts across Routt Country and Colorado. I have created a series of three different videos along with attached resources. The first is a general overarching introduction to waste diversion and recycling and teaches the basics of environmental stewardship. The second video teaches how to do your very own waste sort at home and learn why our waste matters. The third video is a fun activity called “Birds and Worms” and is designed for Brownies and Daisies.

By watching these videos and completing these activities, Girl Scouts are continuing the legacy of environmental stewardship, using resources wisely, and making the world a better place! In addition, Girl Scouts will be able to work towards earning their “eco” badges. Check out the Girl Scouts Badge Explorer to see what may be of interest to you.

Virtual meeting for badge work

Submitted by Samantha K.

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

My Ambassador Troop 54313 in Steamboat Springs was working on the “Water” badge before the COVID-19 social distancing and school closures started. We met with our biology teacher, Ms. Frithsen, about water issues. She introduced us to many shocking issues. We spent many meetings narrowing down and researching the topics. As we were ready to put together our final project, school was cancelled. We missed each other, so we set up a web call, started a Google Doc, and all worked on our project together. Social distancing can’t keep a good troop down!

Here is the link to our project: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ewakt6uhHSNlpOD32z4wNfiqFZjv_wAkbtmtkEO9lkA/edit?usp=sharing

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.

Uniform to Uniform in Steamboat Springs

Submitted by Christine Kucera

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

A police officer visited our cookie booth. She wanted to purchase a package of cookies. We had just had a customer donate 19 Hometown Hero packages!!! We tried to give her one, but she insisted on purchasing a package to support us. We were so thrilled. We discussed with her about running an event to visit the police station and doing any activities we want to earn an award. We are so excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to make it a reality. Our Hometown Heroes really are our heroes!

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/ 

Cookie Rally helps Girl Scouts find their wings

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Cookie Captain Samantha K. rallied plenty of Girl Scout Juliettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to help launch the cookie season in Steamboat with a Find Your Wings Cookie Rally!

Older Girl Scouts set up skill booths to help girls to learn more about each cookie and many of the aspects of selling Girl Scout Cookies. They were able to do a butterfly craft to remind them to “find their wings” and soar as a cookie seller. They got a chance to make a cookie sale poster to use at their own booth. Girls also got to see the cookie sale incentives up close and personal as a reminder to set their goals high. They were excited about the Cookie Rally patch they earned by participating!

Leaders and girls attending the rally were given a check sheet as to which requirements of each level’s financial literacy badges were addressed at the rally. Such a helpful idea!

Troops were able to connect with our service unit cookie manager to ask any questions of him and make a personal connection for later on.

Of course, all of the various cookies were on hand to taste, including the new Lemon-Ups!

Go-Getter Juliettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors showed their leadership skills in planning and implementing a very informative cookie rally for all ages of  Girl Scouts in Steamboat Springs. Innovative ways to learn about the cookie program included a pop-up tent decorated as an example! All our Girl Scouts are risk-takers in making the commitment to sell Girl Scout Cookies and improve their personal finance and communication and organizational skills.

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

Snowshoe adventure

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

On a recent snowy afternoon, Steamboat’s Girl Scout Junior Troop 56342 wrapped up their work on the “Snow Adventure” and “Animal Habitats” badges by taking a snowshoe outing with a Yampatika guide. The very knowledgeable naturalist taught the girls about identifying animal tracks in the snow.

“Meg and the staff at Yampatika were so welcoming and helpful and the girls had a really great time,” said troop co-leader Lisa Thornhill.

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

Money counts and milkshakes








Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Daisy Club visited Johnny B. Goods Diner in Steamboat Springs. It was not only a special treat to end our session of the After School Action Daisy Troop, it was a fun way to explore money, coins, bills, budgets, and what we can buy with our cash.

Girls learned about coins, how they add up, and we talked about ways to spend them. AND we talked about things to do that DON’T cost money. We “budgeted” for our milkshake outing and the girls got to pick out a milkshake to share with their buddy!

These go-getters and risk-taker Daisy girls tried a milkshake that was new to them, a flavor they had never tried!

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

“Girls Lead” holiday party

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

When a local partner donated a venue for a night, girls in Steamboat Springs Troops 54313, 53725, and 54595 decided to plan a holiday party for Girl Scouts and their families!

Sunday, December 15, 2019 was a night to remember as nearly 100 Girl Scouts and their family members gathered to celebrate the holidays with caroling and hot cocoa. The gathering included crafts to make. Think MAKE NEW FRIENDS ornaments, scrabble letter holiday decorations, cutout cookies to decorate too! Then, to top it off, there were holiday movies showing in the theater AND Santa arrived to greet the guests and give out event fun patches to the Girl Scouts!

From start to finish, the event was Girl LED and Girl PLANNED. Seniors and Ambassadors, along with Cadette PAs, led the craft stations and hosted the caroling.

What a festive way to anticipate the holiday season!

Go-Getter Seniors and Ambassadors planned the event.

Innovators found craft ideas suitable to all age participants.

Risk-takers planned an event that had never been done before to start some new traditions in our community.

Leaders made sure each station was ready to go for crafts and fun!

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

Gold Award Girl Scout: Christine Bolt, Steamboat Springs, “Camp Bloom”

What did you do for your Gold Award Project?

The issue my project addressed was the lack of summer camp opportunities in our area for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other varying disabilities. Ultimately, I organized and arranged for a weeklong summer camp for children with autism. Each day was centered around an aspect of camping and outdoor skills, such as: building a fire, setting up a tent, and wildlife awareness. At the end of the week, the kids were to use the knowledge my team and I had taught them to camp away from home for one night.

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

I measured my impact by how happy or excited my campers looked each day. Camp Bloom was for the children more than everything. The name of Camp Bloom was inspired by the different stages of flower growth, with the notion that no matter where one is at, they may continue to grow and learn and experience new things. Now regardless if they retained anything from my camp, the most important aspect is the most powerful one of them all; it’s if they have fun. If they laugh, giggle, or however they express happiness appears, then I feel as though I was successful.

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

A local company in our town of Steamboat Springs has agreed to a permanent sponsorship for the next five years. However, if I am unable to continue to assume leadership and be “camp director,” I planned Camp Bloom with the Yampa Valley Autism Program (YVAP), which is an already substantiated organization in the community. By doing so, YVAP can proceed with my program, with the curriculum already created, in the future without me. While not as pertinent, I would like to “train” another Girl Scout in the hopes of her taking over my position and leadership of Camp Bloom. I really like the idea of the two intertwined organizations: YVAP and Girl Scouts.

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

Dealing with an autism diagnosis is already unsettling enough. Costs for specially devised programs and support are very expensive to begin with. While the state of Colorado has extremely low funding for family aid and autism research, I wanted to create a free camp to grow these kids’ knowledge and educate them on a topic that I very much appreciate and enjoy doing.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that do not, and should not, always need to seek approval in things that I do. I must be confident in my choices and if things go awry, I still need to stay positive and be proud of myself and what I ultimately accomplished. I also learned that it is important to take command and not be afraid to say what I want or prefer. And that prior to Camp Bloom, I was more timid to organizing things than I am now.

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

Forevermore, I will be able to say that I accomplished something that I am genuinely proud of. This achievement of mine can now be entered into resumes and applications for various things. I now have an idea of how to plan events and just how much work goes into doing such, and this knowledge I will be able to use in the future if need be.

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

This project taught me to open my eyes and look at the world around me. To affirm my role in the community and show me how I may influence those around me; and influence my sister Girl Scouts as well.

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

Of course, I learned to take charge and lead my camp. However, I will say that I definitely had to be a risk-taker for Camp Bloom. This required me to do things I had never done or tried before. I ultimately learned new things and did things through “trial and error.” I had some worries, but by taking chances, it certainly paid off.

**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