On the last warm Sunday of the summer of 2017, Girl Scouts in Steamboat Springs presented Nancy Mucklow with the “Thanks” badge. Nominated by Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors chair-elect Rae Ann Dougherty, Nancy did not expect the overwhelming number of endorsements that also supported the honor. Ms. Dougherty was unable to attend, but provided the following statement for the ceremony:
“Because of Nancy’s spirited devotion, Girl Scouts of Colorado is fortunate to have a strong and growing base of active Girl Scouts of all ages in Steamboat Springs, a key area of our Mountain Communities region! Not only does she share and invite girls from all over the state to participate in Steamboat events, her energy routinely spills out into other geographic areas throughout the state with a VERY positive impact. Without Nancy’s dedication, commitment, enthusiasm, and energy, I believe we would not have as strong, dynamic, and vibrant Girl Scout Program in Steamboat Springs. Even with her male dominated family, she shepherds many girls, as well as adult volunteers, through the program.”
Celebrating Girl Scouts World Thinking Day was a BLAST and a badge earning opportunity for 14 troops in Steamboat Springs! Following the WAGGGS #Grow theme, a badge event was coordinated at the Strings Pavilion, in partnership with Strings in the Mountains, a local arts supporter, Colorado State Forest Service, and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.
From an educational video about WAGGGS and our world centers (made by two Cadette troops) to the “When We Shine” dance choreographed by a Cadette troop, and badge and leadership stations led by Cadette and Senior/Ambassador troops as well as the Forest Service and Sustainability Council, all kicked off by our Silver Award Cadette troop’s flag ceremony, Steamboat Girl Scouts and friends participated in an afternoon session with Girl Scouts of all ages and a special visit from incoming GSCO Board of Directors President, Rae Ann Dougherty to earn the World Thinking Day Challenge badge.
In addition to earning the badge, girls went home with a tree to plant from CSFS AND a discount code to attend a Strings in the Mountains showing of James and the Giant Peach.
This event was sponsored by the Lufkin Family Fund for Girl Scouts in Routt County.
Katelyn Ibarra, a Girl Scout from Steamboat Springs who helped save lives after a city bus crashed, recently travelled to Washington, D.C. to be honored as a 2017 Citizen Honors Award winner by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
On March 29, 2016, Katelyn and her family were on their way to eat dinner when they came upon a city bus that had crashed on U.S. Highway 40 near CR 44. The roads were very slick and icy from a snowstorm earlier in the day. As soon as Katelyn saw the crash, she knew she had to help. After climbing up a slippery, muddy slope to reach the front of the bus, Katelyn climbed through the broken windshield and into the bus. Without hesitation, she helped the driver and numerous passengers, many of whom were in shock, bleeding, or had other serious injuries.
In addition to this award, Girl Scouts of the USA awarded Katelyn the prestigious Medal of Honor for “saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.”
We asked Katelyn to share her story about that fateful night and the events that have followed. Here is her story:
Recently, my life was changed forever after I did a simple deed that I thought was a no-brainer. In March 2016, my family and I came upon a head-on collision between an SUV and a city bus. I assisted the victims by climbing up a muddy embankment and through the broken windshield of the bus where I helped passengers who had facial injuries and were in shock. That night, I saw people from all characteristic spectrums. I saw people who didn’t slow down at all. I encountered people that had a weak stomach, but still tried to help. There were the others that helped like I did. In my mind, anyone and everyone would have done what I did, but on that night and the year to follow I learned otherwise. As I was once told, there are ordinary angels all over the place, it’s just a matter of them showing themselves. My biggest thought in the moment was, I would want someone to help me, so I made sure to help them!
After that night, the attention I received was way out of my comfort zone. I received the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Meritorious Service Award and Girl Scouts of the USA’s Medal of Honor. In addition, the local newspaper wrote articles, I was interviewed on the news, and it was all over social media. I felt like telling the story was bragging, but that all changed last month.
I was presented the Young Hero Citizens Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation in Washington, D.C. It was an amazing experience and so humbling! I visited monuments, Arlington National Cemetery, the Joint Mayer Military Base, and the U.S. Capitol. I even got to eat dinner in the Library of Congress. I met such a sweet and inspiring lady named Molly who was awarded a Citizen’s Medal of Honor for stopping a school shooting. I also met over 20 men who had received the Congressional Medal of Honor for Valor (for saving lives while in the military). They told their stories in a simple and kind way and would never shame anyone while telling their stories. I realized there is a way to talk about my story while staying humble. Receiving the award wasn’t the point, the main point was showing your character by spreading kindness, helping others, and passing on good qualities.
Men and women today and throughout history have sacrificed their lives everyday to keep us free. They are the reasons we are here today and can live the lifestyles we live now. When you see a veteran make sure to always thank them and to respect them. I’m still not really sure what to think about all this and how it will impact my life, but I’m definitely more comfortable about it now. You never know how your life can change in such a split second, both for the better or the worse. I’m thankful I was able to help that night.
Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts made WAVES with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) on a school day off in March 2017.
Girls spent the morning exploring light waves, the physics of light, making a spectroscope, experimenting with Watery Waves, the science of hydrology, and discovering sound waves, including some cool dance moves and “watching” sound happen.
Small group sessions were led by women in the community who work as science and STEAM professionals. They also shared career information about their areas of expertise.
The afternoon was spent focusing on theater arts including interactive workshops and theatrical games with improv and public speaking practice in a local historical theatre and performing arts venue.
The day was made possible through a grant of sponsorship by Yampa Valley Electric Association as well as the Lufkin Family Fund for Routt County Girl Scouts.
Katelyn Ibarra, a 16-year-old Girl Scout from Steamboat Springs who helped save lives after a city bus crashed, has been named a 2017 Citizen Honors Award winner by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Katelyn, along with five other heroes, will be recognized at a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., on National Medal of Honor Day, Saturday, March 25, 2017.
On March 29, 2016, Katelyn and her family were on their way to eat dinner when they came upon a city bus that had crashed on U.S. Highway 40 near CR 44. The roads were very slick and icy from a snowstorm earlier in the day. As soon as Katelyn saw the crash, she knew she had to help. After climbing up a slippery, muddy slope to reach the front of the bus, Katelyn climbed through the broken windshield and into the bus. Without hesitation, she helped the bus driver and numerous passengers, many of whom were in shock, bleeding, or had other serious injuries.
“The Citizen Honors Awards recognize and celebrate the exceptional deeds that America’s citizen heroes perform every day in communities across our nation,” said Thomas G. Kelley, Medal of Honor Recipient and president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. “Our 2017 winners embody the spirit of the Medal of Honor and represent the highest levels of service and heroism. They’ve earned this award through their courage, selfless service or commitment to our nation’s military service members and families.”
In September of 2016, Girl Scouts of the USA awarded Katelyn the prestigious Medal of Honor for “saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.” Tracy Shelton, an Ibarra family friend, was among those on bus. “She (Katelyn) needed no direction or instruction. She immediately went over to one of the most severely hurt. The blood didn’t faze her. She showed no shock. She was just this ‘strength’ among us,” wrote Shelton in a letter to Girl Scouts of the USA. “She responded in a way that was clearly above her age. She showed such a high level of maturity. I know adults that would not have climbed into that bus, with people screaming and all the blood.”
For more information about the Citizen Honors Award or the Medal of Honor and its recipients, visit the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation website at http://themedalofhonor.com.
Nancy is one of our Gold Award Mentors who is strongly committed to successfully guiding girls through the Gold Award in our Mountain Communities region. Learn more about Nancy below and stay tuned for more “Meet Our Mentor” blog posts over the next few months! Go Gold!
Region 5 – Mountain Communities
Steamboat Springs, CO
40+ Years as a Girl Scout Volunteer
Two Years as a Gold Award Mentor
Gold Award Recipient
Why did you become a Gold Award Mentor?
As a GS Gold Award Mentor, I want to help others with this monumental accomplishment. It’s an important step for our girls and our communities.
What words of advice do you have for girls about the Gold Award?
Don’t wait! Start today!
Hi! I’m a Lifetime Girl Scout, I earned my First Class and was one of the first in Colorado to earn the Gold Award in the early 1980s. I was fortunate to grow up in a very supportive Girl Scout family and my mom and my sister have been my “cohorts” on many of my Girl Scout adventures. As the mother of boys, I’m excited to be able to give back to girls and encourage girls to be all they can be. To take advantage of a multitude of experiences and to continue in Girl Scouts so they can enjoy all it has to offer older girls, for travel, wider experiences, and connections to the adult world they will soon enter.
We are thrilled to offer an exciting Gold Award Retreat in Steamboat Springs on October 22 and 23, 2016. This retreat is an opportunity for girls to receive Gold Award Training, connect with other girls, brainstorm their ideas, and leave with at least three concrete next steps for moving forward with their Gold. Come on out for an amazing weekend in the mountains and leave with a clear picture of your Gold Award journey!
Even if you have already attended Gold Award training, this is an opportunity to meet members of the Gold Award Committee, connect with other girls, and build your confidence to go for the Gold!
The retreat will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 and will end at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 23. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch and dinner, however GSCO will provide all meals for $10 per person.
All girls must be accompanied by a parent or troop leader in order to attend.
Registration closes Friday, October 14. Don’t miss out on this once a year opportunity!
This weekend, we had our Service Unit-wide Bridging event. We bridged girls into every level from Daisies to Ambassadors. As detailed in a previous blog post, we awarded the Bronze Cross. Both the girls bridging into Seniors gave heartfelt speeches in front of about 80 people. While Samantha Kucera meant her words for me and her other leaders, I wanted to share her inspired words with all leaders as I believe they have meaning for us all:
To all my leaders you are special and wonderful and this is just for you.
You do not have any more spare time or energy than we do, you all work full time, juggle your families, your schedule and try to keep it all together as best you can. The only difference between you and other people is that you believe in what Girl Scouting has to offer. So much so, that you contribute your time, your miles, and your talents to help girls grow in Scouting.
You complete authorization forms, budgets, and registrations, and fill your house with boxes of paperwork that we will never see. You are required to take many hours of training as well as attend various meetings so that you can provide a variety of programs which meet the needs and interests of every individual girl. You try to involve parents who want you to understand that they do not have the time to drive on outings or help at meetings. You rejoice at the generosity of others. Sometimes you find yourselves going in too many directions, and you run out of steam. Time slips by, but that doesn’t mean you do not care. So many evenings you spend on the phone, seeking advice and support from other leaders when problems occur. “How do I run a journey in a day?” “How many badges do I need to order?” “Can I run a multiage group?”
Your dining tables are covered with bits of rope, menus, trip permits, craft supplies, paper work and badges for each and every girl in the troop. Sometimes you feel unappreciated. Yet, these girls can fill you with pride at their determination and accomplishments. Their smiles light up a room; and when they say “Thank You”, it makes it all worth it.
You help us build relationships. Some struggle more than others. Considerate, loyal, helpful, friendly… is encouraged by the Girl Scout Promise and Law. And sometimes you too must learn these lessons over and over again with us. But you are willing to keep learning. Please be patient if we appear distracted or frustrated or overwhelmed at times. You provide us with encouragement and offer your help. You keep us in your thoughts.
You are, after all, mentors…role models…leaders. Volunteers who have taken an oath to give these girls, your girls, the most precious gift you have to offer- the gift of time.
There is only one thing left to say: thank you. I owe my success to all of you.
Girl Scouts of the USA has awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor to Katelyn Ibarra, a 16-year-old Girl Scout from Steamboat Springs, for saving numerous lives after a city bus crashed. On March 29, 2016, Katelyn and her family were on their way to eat dinner when they came upon a city bus that had crashed on U.S. Highway 40 near CR 44. The roads were very slick and icy from a snowstorm earlier in the day. As soon as Katelyn saw the crash, she knew she had to help. After climbing up a slippery, muddy slope to reach the front of the bus, Katelyn climbed through the broken windshield and into the bus. Without hesitation, she helped the bus driver and numerous passengers, many of whom were in shock, bleeding, or had other serious injuries.
Tracy Shelton, an Ibarra family friend, was among those on bus. “She (Katelyn) needed no direction or instruction. She immediately went over to one of the most severely hurt. The blood didn’t faze her. She showed no shock. She was just this ‘strength’ among us,” wrote Shelton in a letter to Girl Scouts of the USA. “She responded in a way that was clearly above her age. She showed such a high level of maturity. I know adults that would not have climbed into that bus, with people screaming and all the blood.”
Girl Scouts of the USA awards the Medal of Honor for “saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.” In March, Katie Hurley of Northglenn, Colo. was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving her mother’s life after her glucose levels dropped to a life-threatening level.
Girl Scout Troop 52622 in Steamboat Springs had the incredible opportunity to carry their Agent of Change Journey through to an impactful Bronze Award.
In their quest to learn more about energy sourcing in their community, the girls met with Diane Johnson, Yampa Valley Electric Association’s CEO. Diane is the only woman in Colorado to lead an energy cooperative and has become an incredible role model for the girls. When the troop leader shared the girls’ plans to earn the Bronze Award with Diane, she invited them to be a part of a new community project – the installation of a new solar garden to benefit low and fixed income families in the region!
The girls participated in a series of meetings with YVEA, GRID Alternative (Denver-based nonprofit organization advocating solar projects such as this), Routt County United Way, and a women-led installation day at the job site.
Not only did the girls learn about renewable energy programs, but they also understood the impacts a program like this makes on at-risk low income households. The girls spoke in front of large groups at the women-lead installation day while also serving a nutritious lunch and also at the dedication ceremony alongside elected officials and industry leaders! The girls’ speeches included an overview on what they’ve learned through this project, from the nuts & bolts of solar energy to women in leadership and the economic impact of this project.
Diane Johnson, YVEA CEO praised the girls in her dedication speech, saying “the girls learned with an open heart, re-inspiring her throughout this project”.