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Complete the “WOW” Brownie Journey in a Day

Submitted by Andrea Robison

Metro Denver

Thornton

Cadette Troop 60569 is hosting another Brownie Journey event! Our Cadettes are excited to help Brownies complete this fun and essential journey in just ONE half-day session! There are two sessions from which to choose:

-Saturday, May 5, 2018 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

-Saturday, May 5, 2018 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

All sessions will be located at Northglenn Christian Church (1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn, CO 80233).

The Wonders of Water Journey will be completed in one half-day session by learning Ways of Working (LOVE water, SAVE water, SHARE water) led by our enthusiastic Cadette guides.

LOVE water: Bring your love of water activities to share and learn all about water.

SAVE water: All girls will participate in a community service activity to help promote the conservation of water.

SHARE water: Brownies will be working independently and together to create posters for their schools to spread the news about how to save water.

Cost: $10 per Brownie

This is not a drop-off event. Leaders are expected to adhere to adult to girl ratios. Journey books and badges are not included.

All payments must be made prior to the event (echecks are accepted). No on-site registration will be available. To register or for more information, contact Andrea Robison at troop0569@gmail.com.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Carol Lucero

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Carol Lucero of Thornton in the Metro Denver region leads an older girl troop in the Sunset Hills service unit. She and her troop do a very cool service project to send stars from retired flags to retiring service members and families of fallen service members. Carol is also a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Carol 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 was a Girl Scout for a few years growing up. I remember selling cookies for $1/package, going to Girl Scout Camp, and walking to troop meetings after school. But, I more distinctly remember all the fun and events my three brothers did with Boy Scouts- long camping and hiking trips, service projects, their Eagle Awards. Both of my parents were heavily involved in Boy Scout Leadership roles and it shaped much of the family calendar. Girl Scouts kind of fell by the wayside once I switched schools and was no longer going to school with any of the girls in my troop. To be honest, I signed my daughter up for Girl Scouts in kindergarten, so I would have a cookie hook-up. After six years serving as cookie mom, our troop leader and her daughters quit. Over the years, I had come to know and love the Girl Scouts as my own girls and wanted them to continue growing in scouting and working towards their Gold Awards. So, four years ago, I volunteered to take over as troop leader, so I could continue sharing in Girl Scouts with my daughter and the other girls in the troop. Our Daisy Troop of 27 was six Cadettes with attrition. We’re now at three Seniors and one Cadette. Working with the four girls left in this troop has provided me an opportunity to double-down on efforts to find activities these ‘older girls’ will enjoy, that will keep their attention, that provide learning opportunities and most importantly, inspire selflessness and personal growth.  I’ve pushed my daughter for 10 years to continue in Girl Scouts until she earns the Gold Award. I’ll continue to volunteer, and support her, until she reaches that lofty status.

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

I served as cookie mom for six years. For the past four years, I have been the troop leader, fall product program coordinator, and troop cookie manager for Troop 63979.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

The biggest lesson I have learned from volunteering with Girl Scouts is it truly takes a village to raise and shape and inspire these girls to be leaders. I’m thankful for my small troop of four girls (sisters, plus two more) because I have their two amazing families supporting our efforts. The parents of our girls coordinate transportation, meeting times, badge curriculum, events, and every other “thing” that comes up. Our troop would not be successful if the parents didn’t help! I can always count on them to step up whenever I need another hand- driving down to the GSCO Shop for supplies, taking a CPR class to attend Cookie Camp, driving the event carpool, etc. Our three families are really one big family, having worked together for the past 10 years to support our girl’s efforts to earn the Gold Award. As troop leader, I’ve found I rely a great deal on the other troop leaders in my Service unit. For ideas, inspiration, encouragement, friendship, and even a kind ear when I need to unload about some trivial frustration. The women in Sunset Hills service unit are like my sisters- given I grew up with only brothers, I appreciate having relationships with women in my shoes. We all work in different career fields, come from varied backgrounds, and wide ranging experience, yet we work together to provide our girls opportunities to explore and wonder.  I appreciate that when I need help, or am hosting an event, or put out a call to support a community service effort- the troop leaders in Sunset Hills respond. We are all vested in the success of each of our troops.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

This is a loaded question. My greatest hope is that I have inspired my girls to push boundaries (appropriately), strive for personal excellence (in whatever path their heart chooses), to treat each other with love and kindness, and to never stop learning. In the past four years, we have done a great deal of badge work. The girls earned 21 Cadette badges and are working on Senior badge number six. Doing so has provided opportunities for them to step outside their comfort zones, respond to community issues by providing solutions, and explore topics they otherwise would not choose for themselves. The girls have planned and carried out three weekend camping trips with monies they’ve earned from selling thousands of packages of cookies. They’ve found common ground in their different hobbies and interests. They’ve asked hard questions of friends, parents, community members, and others. They’ve worked countless hours themselves to create a better world for themselves, their friends, their communities, and others.  For example, we volunteered with the Rocky Mountain National Parks’ Road Hogs, a group of retired volunteers who work year round to keep RMNP going. Our girls worked side by side with the Hogs, shovels, backhoes, tractors, and all, to clear debris from Bear Lake Road one hot day in July.

Our troop founded Stars for Heroes in July 2016 in response to the murder of five Police Officers in Dallas, Texas. We collect retired American flags and repurpose the embroidered stars into pocket sized momentos to thank first responders and veterans for their service. In nearly two years, we have distributed more than 30,000 stars from more than 600 flags. This includes 50 stars each that we have mailed to the agencies of the 429 fallen heroes since Dallas. We meet monthly for our troop meeting, but also usually monthly to process stars.

Additionally, the girls have submitted an entry to the City of Thornton Outside the Box Traffic Mural project based on their work with the Senior Journey, Girltopia. This Journey called upon the girls to imagine, inspire, and create a world perfect for girls and to share that Girltopia with others. We’re on the edge of our seats as we won’t know until the end of the month if their submission was selected. This is just another example of young women creating change and inspiring hope.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L.?

As a classic Type-A extrovert, I’ve always had a tendency to push the limits, speak up for myself, chase dreams and try new things. Being a troop leader has allowed me to model this same thirst for life to the girls in my troop. Being a go-getter means encouraging my girls to pursue their passions, to find their niche and develop it. Two of my girls have their black belt in karate. One of my girls is an accomplished artist. The other a talented dancer. They all do well academically. They get up, and they go. Being the troop leader for Girl Scout Seniors is the biggest challenge to being an innovator. How do I keep their attention? How do I meld their varied interests and talents? How do I keep them engaged in Girl Scouting? By working with the other moms, we brainstorm and then provide outside the box chances for our girls to keep growing, learning, and sharing.  We give the girls a great deal of choice to decide what badges to earn, what SU events to participate in, and what programs to get involved in with the community to make a difference. I believe being a risk-taker and a leader go hand in hand, you can’t really be one and not the other. I have to demonstrate to my girls what it looks like to make hard choices, volunteer my talents, and have a positive work ethic, so they witness first hand that women really can have it all, and cake too. I work full time, I volunteer full time, I drive the carpool and chaperone to activities five nights per week. I think its important to demonstrate to these girls, our future leaders, that everything is possible. I’m excited to watch their talents blossom, their passions cement and their personalities come to life. They are each so unique and different, but have come to love and respect each other through the years. Not only are we building future leaders, we’re solidifying lifelong friendships. I may be super busy, but being a troop leader for these girls means I make them and their best interests a priority.

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

“Me & My Guy” western breakfast

Submitted by Andrea Robison

Metro Denver

Thornton

Cadette Troop 60569 is hosting a western-themed “Me & My Guy” breakfast! Come join us in your finest western gear for some delicious food and learn to line dance! Our Cadettes are excited to sponsor, cater, and serve all of our guests!

This yummy and fun event will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (3960 E 128th Ave, Thornton, CO 80241).

You can choose to attend either session:
9 – 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Breakfast is served the first hour and line dancing will be the last 30 minutes.

Cost is $5 per person for your choice of base meal:
-Scrambled Eggs & Bacon
-Stack of four Pancakes
-Biscuits and Gravy

Other delicious food will be available for additional cost (taken by cash or check).

All payments for the base meal must be made via this link prior to the event (echecks are accepted). No onsite registration will be available.

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For more information, contact Andrea Robison at troop0569@gmail.com.

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

Thornton Girl Scouts help Food for Hope

Submitted by Heidi Kane

Metro Denver

Thornton

Girl Scout Troop 62816 in Thornton helped bag food with Food for Hope, helping thousands of children in Adams County that are enrolled in nutritional services during the school year. This ensures that these low-resource students eat healthy meals during the weekends, when not at school.

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

Troop 60184’s Hometown Hero

Submitted by Jessica Jones

Metro Denver

Thornton

Troop 60184 donated 243 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to our Hometown Hero, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.

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

Daisy/Brownie Troop 65753 earns new Robotics badges using Legos

Submitted by Ashlea Beers

Metro Denver

Thornton

Our troop of 24 first and second grade girls was eager to earn the new Robotics badges this year!

First, we learned about what robots are and what they do. We each thought of a problem we could solve with a robot and brought recyclable materials from home to build our robot prototypes.

Next, we visited a bowling alley and got to take a behind-the-scenes tour of a very old robot – a pinsetter! Of course, we also had some fun bowling with our troop after we learned up close about how pinsetters and ball returns work.

Finally, we invited the owner of Bricks For Kidz to help us program our own robots. We were provided with parts and instructions to build a Lego seal. We used Lego power function motors in our build, so that we could hook them up to a laptop. At the laptop, we used drag-and-drop software to program our Lego seals to move!

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

The Woods Junior/ Cadette/ Senior/ Ambassador encampment

Submitted by Jessica Jones

Metro Denver

Thornton

The Woods service unit invites troops of Juniors to Ambassadors to a weekend at Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey.

When: April 13 – 15, 2018
Where: Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey
Who: Troops of Juniors to Ambassadors, please stay in safety ratio.
Cost: $80/girl $70/adult

The theme is Into the Wild. Sessions include fire safety, tool safety, and leave no trace.

There is a mandatory meeting on March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Northglenn Christian Church in Room 208. Please send at least one of the adults that will be attending the camp.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Info is on the flyer.

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G.I.R.L. Stories: Making our streets a cleaner place

Submitted by Marti Shuster

Metro Denver

Westminster

Our service unit , Sunset Hills, is responsible for maintaining a section of 104th Avenue in Thornton. Recently, two troops went out to do some trash removal, and remove it they did. Two Daisies, two Juniors, and two brothers collected five very full trash bags of litter from along the side of the street. Some interesting items were a doll’s shoe, four hubcaps, and best of all, a completely untouched hamburger from McDonalds! What a find.

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

Upcoming All Scouts Derby

Submitted by Carol Lucero

Metro Denver

Thornton

The Sunset Hills Service Unit teamed up with Girl Scout Troop 2520 and Boy Scout Pack 900 to host an All Scout Derby! Join us for the pinewood derby races on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 8 a.m., at Elks Lodge #17, 2475 W 26th Ave. in Denver! All scouts (boys and girls), your friends, and family are welcome to enter! You do NOT have to be a scout to race! Parents are welcome too!

The $9 registration cost includes official Boy Scout Pinewood Derby kit, event fun patch, and entry to the races!

The $4 Registration cost includes event fun patch and entry to the races (provide your own BSUSA derby kit).

Trophies will be awarded to the top the finishers in each division (PK-2nd grade, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th and Adult). Judge’s Choice certificates to ONE racer in each of the following design categories: animals/pets, cartoon/movie, patriotic, superheroes, and general admission.
Concessions will be available for purchase.
We’re looking to book several ‘Garage Nights’ to provide tools/expert ‘know how’- so TBD.
Join us for an awesome day of fun and skill building!
You do not be present on race day for your car to participate!

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Girl Scout Junior troop takes on Kids Zone at Denver American Indian Festival in Thornton

Submitted by Susanne Wallach

Metro Denver

Westminster

This year’s Kids Zone is gearing up for another year of family fun.  There will be a variety of crafts for ages that are focused on nature and American Indian culture.

What’s different about this year’s Kids Zone is that it’s being hosted by Girl Scout Troop 63787.  This group of 5th grade girls are Girl Scout Juniors and they are taking on the responsibility of planning and running the Kids Zone crafts as their Bronze Award project. The Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve.  One of the steps towards earning this award is identifying a project in their community where they can make a difference. Some of our girls have volunteered at this event in the past and felt this was a fun way to help support cultural awareness in their community.  Taking on this project enables the girls to improve on skills such as teamwork, planning, decision making, leadership, and communication.  We also hope they will come away feeling proud they were able to help give something back to their community.

Join us for a free, fun family event next weekend and be sure to stop by the Kids Zone and see these girls in action!

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