Tag Archives: Steamboat Springs

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

Gold Award Girl Scout: Samantha Kucera, Steamboat Springs, “Discovering The Wilderness By Kids For Kids”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a wilderness skills program for kids. Through this program, I have run numerous educational events for more than 230 kids, created an online skills guide, and have a booklet available as a Wilderness Junior Ranger Program at Steamboat Lake State Park and as a patch program with Girl Scouts of Colorado. I created this program because I attended a charter school that taught wilderness skills and my family enjoys camping, backpacking, and hiking.  After learning that I knew unique skills that most of my friends had never learned, I wanted to share them with the kids in my community. My passion for sharing outdoor skills and getting kids into nature gave me a clear focus for my Gold Award.

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

I was able to see the difference in participants every time I taught them new wilderness skills. I am looking forward to seeing my patch on the back of girls’ uniforms.  I also see incredible changes in my Girl Scout friends who have helped me by teaching skills. Their newfound confidence is inspiring to me.

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

This project will be sustained without my involvement through my website, through availability at Steamboat Lake State Park, and through a patch program with Girl Scouts of Colorado. My website will be online until I choose to take it down, which I hope to keep updated instead. The website has all the information I would want to teach any kid, no matter the age. Currently, I have a booklet that guides kids through multiple activities, all teaching them aspects of wilderness skills. This program is active at Steamboat Lake State Park and will be used there for at least a year, but most likely for the foreseeable future. I have another version of this booklet as part of a Girl Scouts of Colorado patch program.  The initial order was for 500 patches, so they intend to advertise my program and keep it active for years to come.

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

My project includes a website, booklet, and a Girl Scout patch. When you look online, there are very few websites teaching wilderness skills for kids. Many are written for older audiences that the younger generations are unable to understand. By creating a website, I am giving kids the tools to learn outdoor skills from anywhere. Girl Scouts of Colorado intends to make my patch available to other councils nationwide. I already have interest in the patch in Illinois, Washington, Arizona, and Wyoming.

What did you learn about yourself?

For my entire life, I have heard about people who do amazing things such as making a business, writing a book, or creating an event. Without the Gold Award, I would have never attempted this large of a project. I conceptualized, planned, and implemented a program at the elementary school for 100 fourth graders, with middle and high schoolers as my team leaders. I wrote a booklet with the outdoor skills I believe are the most important for kids to know. I created my own website for a topic I deeply care about. This multifaceted program was my vision and goal. I shared the skills learned from my family, school, and years of Girl Scouts. Through this project, I learned that I am stronger than I imagined and that making a positive impact on the world is not as hard as I thought.

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

This project has made me an activist and a leader. My leadership skills will continue to grow because I learned how to turn my vision into reality. In the future, I will be able to let the leader in me show through in everything I do. I cannot wait until I get to see Girl Scouts with my patch on the back of their uniforms, seeing how my Gold Award has affected not only my life, but those around me.

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

The Gold Award is something very few girls earn. I am proud I can join their ranks. This is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn and is an award most girls never earn. For my final year before I become a Girl Scout troop leader, I made it my goal to earn this prestigious award.

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

My Gold Award taught me how to strive for what I never thought I could accomplish. I learned how to go for my dreams and make them a reality. Even when problems arose, I used my innovation to develop my ideas and solve any problems I faced. I have put my program and myself out for the world to see. I took the risk of letting the world see what I am passionate about. Every adult I worked with believed that I am a strong and confident young woman. Leading is what I have been developing my entire life. My Gold Award is my outlet to lead and share my knowledge with kids everywhere. Girl Scouts provided a place for me to learn about myself and become a better G.I.R.L.

**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

I love my Girl Scout troop

Submitted by Samantha K.

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Everyone has a place they feel most comfortable; whether this is their home, with their friends, on the sports field, or just a special place. Mine is with my Girl Scout troop. Throughout my life, I have been a quiet person and Girl Scouts has made me reach out of my bounds.

My first day of Girl Scouts remains prominent in my memory. It was a sunny afternoon, school had just started and the trees had yet to change. I was in fourth grade, I went to the charter school in north Routt County and had few friends in Steamboat. My mom brought me to the meeting place. Butterflies fluttered wildly in my stomach and I wanted to cry as we approached the meeting. Then the door flew open and a stream of girls flooded out of the building. Immediately, I was engulfed by a swarm of friendly Girl Scouts all my age. They welcomed me into their group like I was the long lost sister they had been looking for. This was my first troop. I learned how to interact with other girls and how to plan and run an event. We were a team, a family.

Slowly this troop changed; people left, people joined, but two of us remained- just Grace and I. Grace is one of my best and longest friends in and out of Girl Scouts. Now the troop is Grace, Julia, Annette, and me. All of them make me feel welcome and help the real world can disappear. When I am with my troop, I act with confidence. All responsibility lifts off my shoulders and I am wrapped in a warm blanket of friendship. After each meeting, I leave feeling replenished as if I had a drink of happiness. In this troop, we support each other. Each of us has issues that drag us down every day, but when together we help each other through anything. This is my happy place. They are my second family.

Our group works to be the leaders Steamboat Girl Scouts need. We were the ones who brought back events that Steamboat had lost. These events are still happening and it has been seven years. At first, our events heavily relied upon the troop leaders, but now we are running them with minor help from adults. I have learned so much but would have never reached this level of confidence without my Girl Scout troop.

Even out of Girl Scouts, we take care of each other and have become better friends because of it. I do not know where my life would be without these amazing people. I do not know who I would be without their influence. The things I have learned have been from not only my troop but Girl Scouts in general. Camp has taught me how to manage myself, events have made me a leader, my troop has made me confident in myself, and my Gold Award project has given me the courage to do the impossible.

Everything that has happened in Girl Scouts has made me a stronger, better person. I have become a G.I.R.L.: go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader, and a person I can be proud of because of Girl Scouts.

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

World Thinking Day in Steamboat #TimeToLead

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

World Thinking Day was a #TimeToLead in Steamboat Springs this year. More than 70 girls from 13 troops participated in a girl-led event after school on a Friday!

The event was planned by an eighth grade Juliette and led by the Cadette troops. The Time Machine theme was inspired by the WAGGGS World Thinking Day curriculum to earn the Thinking Day Badge for #WTD2019. Stations to explore the past, present, and future of Girl Scouts and WAGGGS carried out the theme of “110 Years of Adventure!”

A special visit by GSCO Board Chair Rae Ann Dougherty and Rich Dougherty were a highlight of the event, as each girl had the opportunity to earn the special patch Rae Ann shares on her visits around the state.

These go-getter Cadettes led stations that were based on adventures in the World Centers. One was “Spot the Leader,” practicing some silent skills of a leader. Another was creating skits using recycled objects. And, “Fact or Fiction” involved learning more about the history of Girl Scouts and Girl Guiding. Innovation included using our dollars to donate to the World Thinking Day fund by voting on our passions. Girls can make healthy choices for themselves and others, stay safe online, and raise their voices and be heard! Our risk-takers learned and shared a WTD dance using the song, “Broken and Beautiful,” from the new movie Ugly Dolls. The dance was choreographed by Taylor Graham, the event organizer.
Leadership and Time To Lead were the theme of the day as more than 14 Cadettes from five troops led stations showcasing different aspects of leadership skills. As well, origami swaps were created under the lead of Cadettes in Troop 52622 and members of our local SuperTroop stepped up to lead the flag ceremony and the closing friendship circle.

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