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Junior “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Where better to earn your Junior “Think Like An Engineer” Journey than at Tomahawk Ranch! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp.

Who: Girl Scout Junior troops or Juliettes with adult

Dates: Saturday, January 25 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

When: Arrive at 3 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Depart at 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey- enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

Cost: $70 per girl $40 per adult. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate. Price does not include Journey award patches.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

During this fun Journey camp, Juniors will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three design thinking activities to explore hands-on what it’s like to think like an engineer. You will also receive the materials needed for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community to complete their Take Action Project are complete their Journey!

Register/pay online
https://junior-think-like-an-engineer-journey-in-a-day.cheddarup.com or mail in registration form below.

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

Brownie “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Camping, Journeys, and Girl Scout sisters~ Oh My! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp as you earn your “Think Like An Engineer” Journey!

Who: Girl Scout Brownie troops or Juliettes with adult chaperone

Dates: Friday, January 24 to Saturday, January 25, 2020

When: Arrive at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, Depart at 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey– enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

During this Journey camp, Brownies will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three “design” thinking activities to explore hands-on what it is like to think like an engineer. You will also receive materials for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community for their Take Action Project to complete their Journey.

Cost: $70 per girl, $40 per adult- price does not include Journey patches. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7

Register/pay online: https://browniethinklikeanengineer.cheddarup.com

Email cross.maria.e@gmail.com with questions.

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

Brownie “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Camping, Journeys, and Girl Scout sisters~ Oh My! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp as you earn your “Think Like An Engineer” Journey!

Who: Girl Scout Brownie troops or Juliettes with adult chaperone

Dates: Friday, January 24 to Saturday, January 25, 2020

When: Arrive at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, Depart at 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey– enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

During this Journey camp, Brownies will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three “design” thinking activities to explore hands-on what it is like to think like an engineer. You will also receive materials for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community for their Take Action Project to complete their Journey.

Cost: $70 per girl, $40 per adult- price does not include Journey patches. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7

Register/pay online: https://browniethinklikeanengineer.cheddarup.com

Email cross.maria.e@gmail.com with questions.

40963104_tle_brownie_flyer_registration

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

Junior “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Where better to earn your Junior “Think Like An Engineer” Journey than at Tomahawk Ranch! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp.

Who: Girl Scout Junior troops or Juliettes with adult

Dates: Saturday, January 25 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

When: Arrive at 3 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Depart at 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey- enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

Cost: $70 per girl $40 per adult. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate. Price does not include Journey award patches.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

During this fun Journey camp, Juniors will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three design thinking activities to explore hands-on what it’s like to think like an engineer. You will also receive the materials needed for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community to complete their Take Action Project are complete their Journey!

Register/pay online
https://junior-think-like-an-engineer-journey-in-a-day.cheddarup.com or mail in registration form below.

40963104_tle_junior_flyer_registration

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

Gold Award Girl Scout: Lauren Kettler, Thornton, “Popsicles of Positivity”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Popsicles of Positivity is a program that was created to help teach middle school-aged students about the need for kindness.  But, why is there a need for kindness?  One in seven students from K-12th grade are bullied, according to the http://antibullyinginstitute.org.  To defend these students from the threat of bullying, they need to learn kindness and perspective.  Popsicles of Positivity is a program that is designed to be a short activity that can be integrated into other programs.  The reason behind this theory is to help better fit into a class period or the time period of club or group.  While working on other programs, I have found that long programs have little effect on middle school-aged students, and they learn better when the subject matter is consolidated.  Through this program students will be focusing on dignity, bullying, self-kindness, and external kindness.  This program is a stepping stone to help students develop understanding and create habits of kindness.

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

I measured impact mainly through pre and post surveys to see how well each student understood the concept presented. After each presentation, I reworked Popsicles of Positivity to make the program better.

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

I have two confirmation letters from Immaculate Heart of Mary and Tomahawk Ranch saying that they will continue Popsicles of Positivity and implement the program into their curriculum. But, also the lessons in Popsicles of Positivity were created to make life long habits which will extend past the program into the student’s daily lives.

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

I was able to create a website that has all of my teaching outlines and other resources called https://popsicleofpositivity.weebly.com/. I have also been able to share my project with my service unit, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Tomahawk Ranch, and Rocky Top Middle School.

What did you learn about yourself?

I am a perfectionist.  I had the assumption before my Gold Award that I wanted my work to be better than most people’s work.  But, the realization didn’t really hit me until I flat out didn’t want to do my Gold Award project anymore, because in my head it would not be good enough.  I was so hesitant to start and finish my project, because I felt like if I didn’t do it right the first time, then what was the point in trying at all?   After my first presentation to the Kindness Club at Rocky Top Middle School, I felt like even more of a failure, because to me what I was saying did not feel inspirational.  After speaking with my youth group, I felt dismayed that the middle school students were giving me blank stares the whole time.  https://popsicleofpositivity.weebly.com/  felt too simple to me and not good enough for anyone to actually use.  After looking at another girl’s Gold Award project in my troop, in my mind, mine did not seem like it was showing any significant signs of change. Explaining the idea of Popsicles of Positivity to friends did not sound inspirational enough.  In my mind I felt like if someone else were to do my project, they would have easily been able to do it in a week or two.  I was working in an environment that constantly made me feel like I was not good enough to earn my Gold Award. Ironically, I was going against the ideas that I was preaching to the students.  I was being such a hypocrite and I was acting in this way until I took a step back and asked for help.

It is extremely hard for me to ask for help.  I have always been the person with the answers and level-headed solutions.  But my own head was spinning so much that having an unbiased idea about my project and how to define success was extremely hard, almost impossible.  Sitting down and telling my mom all my struggles was tedious.  I came to the realization that I had so much misery connected with my project that even explaining my situation was difficult.  It took multiple days of thinking and processing my struggles to conclude that I was over critiquing myself.  But it took even longer to believe that my project was impacting other people’s lives.  Only after having talks with my Gold Award  Advisor and Tomahawk Ranch Camp Director Monica Gray, did I realize that my project could flourish into something grander than what my imagination could create.  They were both able to explain to me that any project or idea is a process, of course nothing will be perfect at first, but that is the beauty of imperfection.  The lack of perfection, the first time through shows how much we learn the second and third time through.  I know now that if my project did not affect anyone else, it at least changed me for the better.  It taught me that I am not perfect, nor will I ever be.

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

I have learned many skills through my Gold Award including risk-taking, understanding perfectionism, and perseverance. Each skill is very important to shape me in the future. Being able to explore new ideas while embracing the unknown. Understanding myself as I become an adult. And understand what it means to try and try again because that is more important than perfection.

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

I think sometimes people don’t take Girl Scouting seriously, people are very surprised when at the age of 18, I say that I am still in Girl Scouts. The most common response that I get is that “Isn’t Girl Scouts for little girls?” The common assumption is that Girl Scouts if for elementary-aged girls not for middle, high school, or adult aged women. As I grew up through Girl Scouting, I learned many skills and had a lot of experiences, yet none of my peers took the idea of Girl Scouts seriously. Once I started working on my Gold Award, the title of a Girl Scout gained some weight. I was now changing my community past selling cookies, I was able to work with students to make them better people, teach them how to be kind and trustworthy people. I hope that my small impact may change at least a few ideas of what Girl Scouting is and the true meaning of what we do.

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

The main skill that I learned through my Gold Award is risk-taking. Seeing that I am a perfectionist I constantly strive to make everything right the first time around. I get very nervous and disappointed when things don’t turn out how they are supposed to the first time around. So when my first presentation didn’t go how I wanted it to I wanted to quit right there. To me there was no point in trying again because the next presentation would end up the same way. I had to get over my fears of failure, take a risk, and try again. Without my decision to take risks, I would not have earned my Gold Award.

**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

Rifle Girl Scout awarded Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scout Victoria W. of Rifle in the Mountain Communities region is headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Victoria will attend “Tri-Wizard,” a three-day camp at Tomahawk Ranch in the summer of 2019.  She wrote in her application for this award, “I would like to go to camp because I love to try new things. And learn them to.”

Mary Jo’s four children established the scholarship in December 2014 to honor their mother’s extraordinary legacy. As an 8-year-old girl growing up in 1937, Mary Jo wanted a new pair of roller skates. She wanted them more than anything in world— until she learned her Brownie troop was going to be able to go to summer camp. Mary Jo had to make a choice: spend the $8 she had worked so hard to earn on roller skates or Girl Scout camp? For Mary Jo, the decision was simple. She was going to Girl Scout camp. Mary Jo’s mother walked her to the local Girl Scout office, so she could be the first to register. A reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico even wrote a story about Mary Jo and her decision.

After returning home from camp, Mary Jo continued to participate in Girl Scout activities, including going to camp. Eventually, she became a doctor and worked tirelessly to serve the people of Eagle and Garfield Counties, Colorado.

The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. “Our hope is that that many girls will have the same positive experience, education and adventure that mom had through her involvement in Girl Scouting and her opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp,” said Dr. Patricia VanDevander, daughter of Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs.

Rifle Girl Scouts awarded Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scouts Samantha and Rebecca W. of Rifle in the Mountain Communities region are headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Samantha will attend “Warriors.” Rebecca will attend “Mermaids.” Both are five-day camps at Tomahawk Ranch in the summer of 2019.  To be chosen for this award, the girls wrote essays.

“Dr. Jacobs followed her dreams even when it was tough for her. This is a really great character trait. I want to encourage others just like she did.  Her story encourages me to do whatever it takes to achieve your goals,” Samantha wrote.

“The most important thing I’ve learned from Girl Scouts is to be kind, loyal, friendly, and have fun! Dr. Jacobs was an example all of these things because she was a Girl Scout. I love being a Girl Scout, and think Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs was a good role model because she was always learning,” Rebecca wrote.

Mary Jo’s four children established the scholarship in December 2014 to honor their mother’s extraordinary legacy. As an 8-year-old girl growing up in 1937, Mary Jo wanted a new pair of roller skates. She wanted them more than anything in world— until she learned her Brownie troop was going to be able to go to summer camp. Mary Jo had to make a choice: spend the $8 she had worked so hard to earn on roller skates or Girl Scout camp? For Mary Jo, the decision was simple. She was going to Girl Scout camp. Mary Jo’s mother walked her to the local Girl Scout office, so she could be the first to register. A reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico even wrote a story about Mary Jo and her decision.

After returning home from camp, Mary Jo continued to participate in Girl Scout activities, including going to camp. Eventually, she became a doctor and worked tirelessly to serve the people of Eagle and Garfield Counties, Colorado.

The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. “Our hope is that that many girls will have the same positive experience, education and adventure that mom had through her involvement in Girl Scouting and her opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp,” said Dr. Patricia VanDevander, daughter of Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs.

Glenwood Springs Girl Scout awarded Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund

Girl Scout Isabella P. of Glenwood Springs in the Mountain Communities region is headed to Girl Scouts of Colorado summer camp after receiving the Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund. Isabella will attend “Barn Livin’,” a ten-day camp at Tomahawk Ranch in the summer of 2019.  She wrote in her application for this award, “Mary Jo Jacobs inspires me because she was a courageous person and lives following the Girl Scout Law, not just saying it. I get enjoyment out of helping my community much like Ms. Jacobs did. I think that she was an awesome and helpful person to her community and the country. Ms. Jacobs was very persuasive.  She was a courageous person and contributed to our world in many ways.”

Mary Jo’s four children established the scholarship in December 2014 to honor their mother’s extraordinary legacy. As an 8-year-old girl growing up in 1937, Mary Jo wanted a new pair of roller skates. She wanted them more than anything in world— until she learned her Brownie troop was going to be able to go to summer camp. Mary Jo had to make a choice: spend the $8 she had worked so hard to earn on roller skates or Girl Scout camp? For Mary Jo, the decision was simple. She was going to Girl Scout camp. Mary Jo’s mother walked her to the local Girl Scout office, so she could be the first to register. A reporter for the Artesia Daily Press in New Mexico even wrote a story about Mary Jo and her decision.

After returning home from camp, Mary Jo continued to participate in Girl Scout activities, including going to camp. Eventually, she became a doctor and worked tirelessly to serve the people of Eagle and Garfield Counties, Colorado.

The Mary Jo Jacobs, M.D. Memorial Girl Scout Adventure Fund provides Girl Scouts from Eagle and Garfield counties in Colorado with a scholarship so they can experience the learning opportunities, joy, and camaraderie of attending Girl Scout Camp. “Our hope is that that many girls will have the same positive experience, education and adventure that mom had through her involvement in Girl Scouting and her opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp,” said Dr. Patricia VanDevander, daughter of Dr. Mary Jo Jacobs.

GSCO Photo Challenge: Brownies away from home

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

In 2018, our Girl Scouts attended the Brownie Camporee at Tomahawk Ranch. They were between 7 and 8-years-old, and for nearly all the girls, it was their first time away from home. Not only did they earn their “Girl Scout Way” and “Potter” badges, they also completed the “Wonders of Water” Journey by assisting with planting a garden at Tomahawk. They had a wonderful time!

These Girl Scouts were risk-takers by leaving their parents for two nights. It was hard for some of them, but they ended-up having so much fun. They will be spending their 2019 cookie proceeds on camp again this year!

Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form (www.gscoblog.org/share). Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Girl Scout Camp Registration: Round Two for summer 2019

It’s that time of year again when the Outdoor Program team finds new spaces and makes new sessions of our most popular camps! The new sessions and additional spaces are available starting on March 21, 2019 at 9 a.m. If your girl is not yet registered for camp, she can sign up for these sessions by visiting our camper application at https://girlscoutsco.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/camper/App. If your girl is already registered for a session and would like to switch to a new session, please email registrars@gscolorado.org.

All prices listed are Early Bird pricing, if camp is paid in full by April 30.

New sessions:

SH165 – Unicorns and Mermaids – Juniors – June 16-21 – $700

With a flip of your tail or the beat of your hooves, head to Sky High to meet new friends from under the sea and the magical forests. You and your new two-legged friends will become mermaids or unicorns for the week and have all kinds of magical adventures! Make your own bubble wands, spend time at the pond swimming, meet our other magical four-legged creatures, and go on a scavenger hunt for hidden treasure. You may need to get your human legs back to make treasure slime or shoot some arrows! This camp includes a one-hour off-site trail ride. This camp does not include the zip line. You’ll stay in a heated cabin with bunks and mattresses. Bathroom facilities are outhouses with water troughs.

New spaces added:

SH31 – SHR Sampler – Juniors – June 30 – July 2 – $325

Sample all that Sky High has to offer: learn the art of aiming at archery and take a trip on the zip! You’ll make a fun craft and new friends. Take a nature hike on the way to Upper Pond, where you will paddle your way across in a canoe or kayak. You must be a minimum of 60 lbs. to ensure you don’t get stuck mid-zip. You’ll stay in platform tents with cots and mattresses. Bathroom facilities are outhouses with water troughs.

SH35 – Crafty Camper – Juniors – July 7-9 – $325

Do you have a love of crafting? Then head to Sky High to sample some of the many crafts camp has to offer! Decorate horseshoes, learn to make a friendship bracelet with embroidery string, and create your own pottery! Learn how to make a candle, a corn husk doll, and even a survival keychain out of paracord! You’ll get to use paint, glitter, glue, ribbon…the possibilities are endless! This camp does not include the zip line. You’ll stay in a heated cabin with bunks and mattresses. Bathroom facilities are outhouses with water troughs.

SH38 – #SlimeTime – Juniors – July 10-12 – $325

Exploding watermelons, sparkly slime, goofy skits and water bottle flips! Are you ready to put all those fun online videos into action? Choose a fun and exciting how-to video to share with your new friends and learn how to do it while you’re at camp! Get ready for a fun week of crafty chaos! Parents: This camp includes internet safety curriculum. This camp does not include the zip line. You’ll stay in a heated cabin with bunks and mattresses. Bathroom facilities are outhouses with water troughs.

SH39 – Avengers – Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors – July 10-12 – $325

Get ready for an adventure of super heroic proportions! You will transform into an avenger, villain, or superhero of your dreams and dress the part too! You will create logos and design masks and costumes to create the perfect secret identity. Then head down to the low ropes course where you’ll use your super powers to discover your own personal “super self.” Finally, zip down to the lodge for an epic kitchen raid heist! You must be 60 lbs. to ensure you do not get stuck mid-zip. You’ll stay in a heated cabin with bunks and mattresses. Bathroom facilities are outhouses with water troughs.

SH57 – Painted Ponies – Juniors – July 21-26 – $700

Farm animals are what it’s all about! Spend your days with Sky High’s animals, grooming and feeding them. Enjoy making yummy farm treats and crafts, including ice cream, butter, horseshoes and candles. This camp includes a one-hour off-site horseback trail ride. This camp does not include the zip line. You’ll stay in a heated cabin with bunks and mattresses. Bathroom facilities are outhouses with water troughs.

TR31 – Great TR Bake Off – July 7-18 – $1250

On your mark, get set, BAKE! Compete in daily baking challenges and learn new skills to become the ultimate Tomahawk baking champion. Test your technical baking abilities and showstopping designs. We can’t wait to see the sweet treat creations which will tantalize the taste buds. There will be plenty of time for other fun camp activities. You’ll stay in a cabin with equipped bathrooms and showers.

TR37 – Dream Team – July 7-18 – $1550

Create a camp experience especially designed for you and your friends! Activities may include, but are not limited to, horseback riding, pool adventures, archery, outdoor cooking, hiking, creating crafts, playing sports, campouts, stargazing, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, spa nights, and more! You may even venture off camp for fun opportunities which may arise (these trips are girl-planned), including an off-site trip to experience a local zip line tour! You’ll stay in a seasonal cabin with a detached bathhouse.

Additional program levels added:

Now open to Juniors:

SH37 – Elephants Don’t Eat Peanuts – Brownies/Juniors – July 10-12 – $325

Welcome to the Sky High Sahara, where the elephants roam! Dress up as your favorite elephant (or animal) as you join our Pachyderm Parade and dance party. Head down to the farm to meet our own “elephant herd,” and feed them a snack (not peanuts!). Create your own elephant to take home… because elephants never forget how much fun camp is! This camp does not include the zip line. You’ll stay in a heated cabin with bunks and mattresses. Bathroom facilities are outhouses with water troughs.

Now open to Seniors and Ambassadors:

TR34 – Outpost – Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors – July 7-18 – $1350

Develop your camping skills such as outdoor cooking, orienteering, shelter building, and backpacking. You will spend multiple nights in an off-site, primitive camp site and set up your own tent, cook your own meals and backpack. Campers will earn their Trailblazing badge. Campers should be comfortable living and sleeping in a rustic “survival” setting. At camp, you’ll stay a few nights in seasonal cabins, but the majority of nights are spent sleeping in pitch tents/hammocks.