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Volunteer Spotlight: Christine Kucera

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Christine Kucera of Steamboat Springs in the Mountain Communities region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Christine 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’ve become a Girl Scout volunteer for many reasons. First, I volunteered to become a troop leader while in college at Illinois State University. I missed all of the fun activities and my connection to younger girls. I felt that I had a lot to share with a group of Brownies. I had a wonderful time taking them camping and teaching them what I remembered as most special to me.

After I got married and moved to California, I volunteered again. I wasn’t ready to have children of my own yet, but again missed my connection with girls. I became very involved with a troop of girls through Juniors and Cadettes. We taught them life skills, took them canoeing, camping, and skiing.  One of them had never seen snow and now takes her family skiing.

We moved to Colorado and took a break from volunteering to spend more time on the slopes and raising children. I resisted volunteering for a while because I felt that I was too busy with my two children. My kids went to a small local charter school north of Steamboat Springs and I realized that my daughter needs to get to know more town kids to help ease her eventual integration into the high school. I was able to find a Girl Scout troop that would hold off starting the meeting after school until we could arrive. This was a nice sized troop that had lots of fun playing games and singing songs, but was not doing any badges. I was hoping to have my daughter enjoy Girl Scouts without her mom as the leader, but I stepped in and helped. I led this troop through Bronze and Silver awards, trained them to win Reach for the Peak, and am guiding them down their paths to the Gold Award. Girl Scouts has become an important part of my soul.

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

I now have many roles in Girl Scouts. I am a Senior/Ambassador troop leader, member of the local Girl Scout grant committee, Mountain Communities region volunteer trainer, local troop camp director, and 2018 National Delegate. My troop and I lead many local events each year, ranging from bridging, World Thinking Day, cookie rallies, monthly multiage group meetings, and annual troop camp. I am a trainer for adults, especially 101 and Camping and Cooking. I am the trainer for Program Aides and soon Volunteer in Training. I plan and implement PA-run troop camp for Juniors and older each summer. I was honored to be selected as a National Delegate and want to take my troop to the National Convention in Florida in October 2020.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned that when girls are challenged, they step up and can accomplish anything. I have seen Daisies learn how to use a compass, tie lashing, and do dishes for all of camp with more maturity than the average middle schooler. I have seen girls struggle with the stress of the Reach for the Peak Competition, immediately start planning their next year’s theme and come back two years later to win the Peak Award. My troop ran a local older girl super troop, teaching outdoor skills, Girl Scout ceremonies, songs and games, and had girls repeatedly ask me when I will be healthy enough to start it up again this year until I got it scheduled. I have watched my daughter work diligently for a year and a half on her Gold Award, only to say “I know I could be done at this point, but I want to go bigger and make a real difference.” I have girls from my California troop who contacted me over Facebook and reminisce with me about the things we did and how they are sharing those things with their families. I have learned that everything I do with Girl Scouts makes a lasting impact on young women and it makes me feel inspired every time I see an unspoken thank you.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope that girls learn to pass on their strengths while improving their weaknesses. My greatest hope is they realize that they are role models for people younger and older than themselves and they can make as big of an impact as they desire.

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

My greatest desire is to give my daughter amazing experiences that help her through her life journey. While trying to accomplish this, I have stepped up and become a go-getter. I have had to come up with innovative ways to share everything I know and teach her things I am learning for the first time. I have taken risks that I would not have dreamed of before that have made me a stronger person. Have I become a better leader than before? I think that goes without saying. Even more importantly than my personal growth, I have watched all the girls I’ve interacted with turn in a G.I.R.L. by following my example. Girl Scouts makes all of us better women.

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

 

Three Cheers for Animals with Girl Scout Daisies

Submitted by Nancy Muklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Girl Scout Daisies from Steamboat Springs have been learning more about animals with the “Three Cheers for Animals” Daisy Journey! Before our trip to the Routt County Humane Society, we decided to make something to keep the pets there comfortable. We asked them what might be helpful for their animal guests. We tied fuzzy fleece blankets into pet beds for the cats and dogs we are going to visit! We also made special no bake pumpkin and peanut butter dog treats to share with new friends at the shelter.

We are go-getters: We try new things like tying knots in our blankets. It’s harder than you think!

We are innovators: We work as a team to make sure everyone’s blanket is finished! Sometimes one knot is just as good as the two the pattern describes!

We are risk-takers: We dip our hands into the peanut butter batter to roll it into balls of goodness for our pet friends.

We are leaders: We know that taking good care of animals is a lot like taking good care of ourselves. We all deserve a wonderful life!

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

Daisy’s Circle supporter spotlight: Nancy Muklow

Tell us about your connection to Girl Scouts.

From Girl Scout Brownie Troop 54 in Wyoming to the present, Girl Scouts have been a part of my life. My fondest memories are of Girl Scout Camp and Wider Opportunities in the United States, Canada, and Norway. In high school, when I moved to the Mountain Prairie council, I was the first to earn my Gold Award there in 1981. I progressed through collegiate Girl Scouting at CSU and led my first Cadette troop in the Wagon Wheel council, and moved to Chipeta where I was Steamboat’s service unit manager until my boys grew into 4H age. I took a hiatus to be in their activities and now continue as service unit manager, Daisy and Cadette leader, Gold Mentor, and former GSCO Board Member and MCC member.

Why did you join Daisy’s Circle?

As a Lifetime Girl Scout, I continue to see the value of Girl Scouts in today’s world. I want to show my continued financial support for Girl Scouts, locally and statewide. As an avid volunteer, it’s only natural to put my money where my volunteer heart beats… Girl Scouts! AND I like the opportunity to join with other like-minded folks to support a movement that is growing and helping to change the world!

Why is monthly giving important?

Monthly giving makes it easy and shows consistent support. It is easy to change the monthly giving amount if circumstances change one way or another.

Why should other people join Daisy’s Circle?

Daisy’s Circle impacts the lives of our Girl Scouts, go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. It helps to be sure no girl is left out, that exciting programming continues, and that we ensure a future for this movement for girls!

What is the most valuable thing that Girl Scouts gives girls today?

Girl Scouts gives girls a platform for leadership, a chance to learn together, explore in a safe and adventuresome environment, and experience friendships with a sisterhood of girls and women worldwide.

Why is it important to support Girl Scouts and other youth organizations?

Girl Scouts and other youth organizations give the opportunity to learn about our world and its opportunities, pitfalls, and rising stars. It’s an investment in the future!

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

My Girl Scout adventures are endless and they continue to grow each year as I take on leadership of another troop or another event or another mentoring role. As an adult, it’s just as important to me as it was when I was growing up. Many lives are touched by Girl Scouts, both girls and women, and community leaders. I enjoy pulling those worlds together by exploring the world of Girl Scouts!

Named after Girl Scout founder, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, Daisy’s Circle is Girl Scouts of Colorado’s monthly giving program. Funds raised through Daisy’s Circle provide financial assistance for girls and volunteers, support Outreach Programs and more.  For more information: https://www.gscodaisyscircle.org/

Cybersecurity STEM fun

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs Daisy Troop 58028 explored ways to use technology and keep their “treasures” (personal information) safe in a recent STEM day meeting!

The girls created “nests” and learned more about internet safety and creating layers of security in this age appropriate activity.

Through this session, they were excited to earn the Cyber Hero patch that was offered by Palo Alto Networks, the Cyber Innovation Center, and Girl Scouts!

The girls proved to be innovators through the protective materials they chose to line their “nests!” Some of the choices were bubble wrap, tissue paper, and packing paper scraps.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

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

Girl Scout Daisies earn “Respect Authority” petal

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

At the after school Daisy Club, we have been getting familiar with the 10 parts of the Girl Scout Law. So far, we have earned five Daisy petals. The girls have also earned some “fun patches” for the various places we have toured and visited.

A recent session focused on the “respect authority” piece of the Girl Scout Law. We visited the Steamboat Springs Police Department to see how they help our community and how respecting the laws helps all of us.

The girls got to sit in the patrol car, turn on the lights, see all the tools needed for the job of police officer, and run a radar “gun.” They met a female officer, who shared her insights about her job. Officer Buttermore was a Girl Scout in Colorado when she was growing up!

These Girl Scout Daisies learned how our public service officers lead the way in modeling great behavior. They know that following the rules makes our community a safer place!

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

How our girls shine

Submitted by Nicole DeCrette

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

On Sunday, September 9, 2018, the Girl Scouts of the Mountain Communities region in Routt County (Steamboat Springs) celebrated together and held their bridging ceremony at a lovely local park on a gorgeous fall day. In addition to the expected traditions of the event, we added a personal touch we’d like to share inspired by the new Girl Scout anthem “Watch Me Shine.” Our girls ranged in age from six through adult and we wanted to find a way to both come together and feel unified as Girl Scouts, yet acknowledge and honor the contributions of each girl publicly. Just before the ceremony, we asked each troop leader to take a strip of paper and in green marker write down words that describe the personality and contributions of each girl. When the girls were called up to bridge, the leader would share what she wrote with everyone present– from moms and dads to grandparents and community members. As they walked across the bridge to move up in rank, they added their link to create a chain. Wow! We saw a lot of smiles from our girls – shining with pride! It gave families a way to see their girls’ unique and beautiful attributes take center stage. While simple to do, and required little extra time or money, this symbolic gesture was the thing that everyone spoke of after the ceremony was over. We will hold onto that chain and perhaps start a new tradition adding onto it as the amazing young women of Girl Scouts in Colorado continue to shine and make a difference in our communities.

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

“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge

Submitted by Caroline,  2018 recipient of the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

This summer, my troop and I completed the Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge. After almost three years of working to earn the funds, we finally had enough and couldn’t wait to travel to Costa Rica. We had a really amazing time, except for all of the bugs.

Once we arrived, we spent two days at base camp, just outside of the capital. After that, we took a seven-hour car ride into the rainforest. We all thought we were getting close to our destination, only to find that we still had to cross a river, and hike uphill. We brought with us many of the supplies that we needed for our service projects, including paint, cement, and tools. We had to carry all of our stuff up a hill. Finally, we had a break.

For the next three days, we worked on our projects, which were repainting their lunchroom, fence, and bathrooms. While we were in Talamanca, we also played soccer with the local kids and swam in the river. The river was bright blue and looked like it came out of a travel magazine.

After our time in Talamanca, we crossed the border into Panama and traveled up a river for a while to arrive at San San Pond Sac, a remote area that helps protect sea turtles and Mantatees. On our first and last nights there, we were able to release baby sea turtles into the ocean. That was a once in a lifetime experience, and I am extremely grateful that I was able to partake.

During the day in Panama, we stayed inside where there were no bugs and talked, made pineapple marmalade, and played on the beach. To further protect the wildlife, we also cleaned up the beach. Finally, we left Panama, crossed back into Costa Rica, and spent a day at their rainforest base. At last, the trip was over, we had to say goodbye to all of the amazing people that we had met throughout the trip, and went to the airport.

If I were to do the trip again, I would pack more bug spray, and lots of longs sleeves and long pants (not because it was cold, but to protect me from the bugs). Overall, this was an outstanding experience, and I would recommend it to every Girl Scout.

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship: Costa Rica & Panama Service Challenge

Submitted by Margaux,  2018 recipient of the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

While on this life-changing experience to Costa Rica and Panama, I was able to have an eye-opening two weeks with some of the best people ever. Not only, the people on the trip with me, but all the kind and inspirational people we met along the way. I was able to put myself in a whole other world while on this trip. I was able to not just learn about other cultures, but be able to live in it. Cultures that consisted of fresh plantain mornings, soccer afternoons, and rice and bean nights.

When in Talamanca, I feel I became a completely different person. I became part of the Bri Bri’s community and everyday lives. What I found the most different from my hometown was the feeling of community in being able to work, welcome, and entertain with one another. They didn’t even ask if we wanted their help, they automatically rolled up their sleeves and assisted. Every morning, we would start our service, weather it be painting, more painting, or carrying sand to make new stairs, the Bri Bri helped. They welcomed us with open arms and not just in letting us in, but having us join their family. We were complete strangers to them, but without any hesitation they lended a hand. That and they had no hesitation in kicking our butts in soccer.

It was also crazy to see how happy the Bri Bri were. They had practically nothing, but were always smiling. Before we were even ready for breakfast, the school kids would be outside playing soccer. So different from the United States, we will wake up, do our own things, and possibly meet up with people later, sometimes through a screen. That is what we call being a community. In Talamanca, the first thing they do is saying hi to, not just their community, but their family.

In the United States, we have the ability to have everything we want, but we are always still so downcast. Going to Talamanca made all of us so happy. We knew that the work we were doing wasn’t self beneficial. We had a cause that wasn’t going to be spent the next day. It was earned in the work, the smiles, the laughs. Knowing that we were changing the lives of people that didn’t even know our names. It’s impossible to learn what people like the Bri Bri lives are like, you have to experience it. Thank you so much Look Wider for helping me in opening my eyes, and looking wider.

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge

Submitted by Lucy,  2018 recipient of the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

The summer of 2018 I had the opportunity to go on a life-changing trip to Costa Rica and Panama for a service challenge. I was able to go on this trip thanks to the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship. As a 13-year-old Girl Scout, this trip was a big deal to me and has changed my life and understanding of the world in many ways.

I am from Steamboat Springs, which is a small town with not a lot of diversity. This trip was a big deal for me because I got to experience so many different cultures from all around the world. Not just from the people who lived there, but the people who went to the same course I did. That was many of the great things I learned during my trip to Costa Rica and Panama.

One of the other great things I learned on my trip was about food. We got to try different dishes that I have never eaten. It was another way we got to experience their culture. In addition to eating local foods, we got to learn how to cook them. We got to help in the kitchen and learn new ways to cook things. For example, over a fire or with different ingredients than we would normally use.  It was very educational.

One of the most memorable things I remember learning is about all of the biodiversity in Costa Rica and Panama. They had many different types of wildlife from little frogs and lizards to manatees and leatherback sea turtles. As a part of trying to save the sea turtles, we got to learn about them, their life cycle, and many other facts about them. We also got to learn a lot about manatees which was also very educational.

On Outward Bound Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge, I learned and experienced many things that many people can’t in their lifetime. This trip was very life-changing and I know I will remember it for the rest of my life. Thank you “Look Wider” for for the scholarship, which helped me go on this life-changing trip.

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship: Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge

Submitted by Alison,  2018 recipient of the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

The Costa Rica and Panama Service Challenge was the most rewarding and life changing trip I’ve ever had the opportunity to go on. Now that I’m home, all I think about is the trip, almost as if it never ended. I think about what I did, how I felt, and the friends I’ve made.

Before the trip, I was extremely worried about making friends. I didn’t think I would make any friends, so part of me just went into loner mode. I thought to myself, “When everyone starts forming cliques, I’ll detach myself entirely.” The trip came closer and closer, while that main worry grew larger and larger. I’d had plenty of bad experiences at camps, but I figured I shouldn’t go in with expectations. To stay neutral, I thought about myself making amazing new friends, and I thought about everyone hating me. This balance somehow kept me from worrying too much. But, the moment I got into the van with everyone else, I got such a bad feeling. It was just the sheer act of seeing the actual people going on this trip that made me feel uneasy.

The first night was the hardest, because it was the adapting time. I just wanted to go home, until I realized that all those actual people were the kindest, most genuine, most beautiful, funniest, and most amazing people I’d ever met. I can’t even express through words how they’ve helped me. They were all so unique and I still can’t believe that I got the chance to know all of them. Each and every one of them made me feel special, and it feels amazing knowing I’m in the Girl Scout sisterhood with them.  Over the trip, we met many more amazing people and did so many amazing things. In Talamanca, the BriBri community surprised me. I didn’t know how people with such seemingly hard lifestyles could be so kind and helpful in their community and so welcoming to strangers. It felt so good to know that the BriBri were very appreciative of our help, but it felt even better that I was helping such a kind community. In Panama, it was really cool for me to see all the kind people in San San Pond Sak that were taking the initiative to help the sea turtles and manatees, especially to see how committed they were to this cause. I really enjoyed being able to participate and help them.

Over the course of this trip, I experienced the most amazing opportunities and met the most amazing people. I am extremely grateful to have gone on this trip and to all who helped me go on it. Now that I’m home, I will try my hardest to help everyone on Earth take the time to learn about one another. Maybe then, all of our problems would disappear. Maybe if everyone was together like the BriBri, generous like the people in Panama, and kind like the girls on the trip, we wouldn’t have many problems. So I’m asking that you’re open, because if you’re open, your life could change for the better. I know that after this trip, I strive to be kinder, more helpful, and more open every day. If you welcome someone in like everyone on this trip did to me, you will be welcomed and you’ll have hope and happiness for the world and its people.

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“Look Wider” International Travel Scholarships are made possible by the Rae Ann and Richard Dougherty Look Wider International Travel Fund Endowment at Rose Community Foundation. Thanks to this generous commitment, Girl Scouts of Colorado will award scholarships to girls every year.

Learn more about Girl Scout destinations and other international travel at forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel. Applications for destinations travel are due before Thanksgiving each fall. The application for the “Look Wider” International Travel Scholarship is available from November through February and is meant for individual girl travel. Read more about Global Girl Scouting and how to get involved at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/global-girl-scouting.

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