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Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch workshops

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to special workshops at the GSCO Grand Junction office to earn their Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch!  The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch workshop is Saturday, September 21, 2019. Daisies and Brownies are invited to a morning workshop from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to an afternoon workshop from 1 – 3 p.m. Register online now! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/colorado_women_s_hal.html. Registration closes 9/12 OR when event is at capacity.

This patch program, which launched in January 2019, aims to provide girls across the state an opportunity to learn the stories of women who have shaped our state and the nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, and creativity.  Supporters of the COWHF will lead girls through activities adapted from the online instructions and girls will receive their patch at the workshop. This is not a drop off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a troop leader, parent, or guardian.

Questions? Email Community Partnerships Manager Aimee Artzer at aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.


Historical Girl Scout Collection

Former Girl Scout troop leader and passionate collector Jacklyn Beard donated her extensive collection of Girl Scout memorabilia to the Grand Junction Leadership Center. The collection includes antique dolls, books, bandanas, pins, towels, and more. Girl Scouts of Colorado is grateful she chose to share these unique finds with us. The bulk of the dolls will be on display in Grand Junction before heading to the Girl Scout History Center in Loveland. Historical donations can be made in your local Girl Scout office or by contacting Heidi Books at heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to join GSCO for Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_day_at_gl.html Registration closes September 12. Discount will NOT be honored after September 12.

A mountain is ideal for many things – hiking, skiing, hang gliding, but it’s not the most logical location for a theme park. Yet, situated 7,100-feet above sea level in Glenwood Springs, is America’s only mountain-top theme park. The park is finalizing a few educational segments about their rides. More information will be posted about these educational components as available.

Tickets are $29 per person. Use the registration link to buy your tickets in advance. Online registration will close Thursday, September 12. The discount will NOT be honored for walk-up ticket sales/registration. When you arrive at the park, you will have to check in and hand in signed waivers for everyone in your group. Waivers will be emailed out to all registrations before event.

Tickets are for adult and youth Funday Tickets, which includes a Gondola ride to America’s only mountain-top theme park! Also included are both walking cave tours and unlimited rides on the summer attractions.

Please visit the Park website for ride status at www.glenwoodcaverns.com and visit the Park-Info/FAQ section for great visitor information as you plan your trip to the park. Children under three are free.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

“Woodworker” badge workshop for Cadettes

Professional Women in Building (PWB) of Western Colorado invites Girl Scout Cadettes to JXN Station in Grand Junction on November 9, 2019 to earn their “Woodworker” badge! Girls will learn basic woodworking skills, i.e. how to use a hammer, saw, level, screwdriver, and create a candy dispenser utilizing these skills. Register online now! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/cadette_woodworking_.html

All necessary supplies, equipment, and safety gear will be provided. Lunch will also be provided for all. Girls will receive their “Woodworker” badge at the end of the workshop.

This is not a drop off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Girl to adult ratios for events must be met.

Registration closes Thursday, October 31.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Kyra TerLouw, Grand Junction, “Container Gardening Initiative”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created vegetable container garden kits which included soil, seeds, nutritional information, and a bilingual “how-to” brochure, after experimenting with container gardening myself. I partnered with Community Food Bank to distribute the kits to low-resource families, with the hope of inspiring them to eat healthy produce at low or minimal cost, as well as teach their kids about good nutrition.

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

I kept track of the number of kits distributed and collected personal testimonies from family members who received them, as well as gathered feedback from food bank volunteers. A total of 39 kits were given to families in the community.

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

Families can continue and expand upon the container garden idea, so that friends, neighbors, and future generations will be positively impacted. My container garden brochure will also be distributed to future Community Food Bank families to inspire a greater number of people. A local church plans to duplicate my garden kit project next year. Library displays placed in Grand Junction High School and Central High School were donated for future educational use.

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

Healthy eating and living on minimal resources are global issues. People all over the world, not just in my community, struggle with limited access or affordability of healthy food choices.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned to believe in myself and ask for what I need, that organization is a strength of mine, and communication is very important to getting things accomplished on schedule. I learned that an idea can become a reality with hard work and perseverance. I also learned how to project my voice… becoming more confident and believing in myself helped.

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

The Gold Award helped strengthen my leadership and communication skills, both of which are needed in the “real world.” Opportunities to take charge, speak publicly, and help others are everywhere. Earning my Gold Award has made me more self-confident.

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

The Gold Award personalized my Girl Scout experience. I was able to work on a project that I was passionate about, while making a difference in the community on a much larger scale than I had ever done before.

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

Earning my Gold Award helped me become an innovator. Using vegetable container gardens to address the need for low cost, healthy eating options among families with minimal resources was a new idea in my community. I took my love for gardening and shared it with others who could benefit from growing fresh produce. Another way I became an innovator was through the process of searching for support materials. I realized that much of the published materials about container gardening were for flowers, not vegetables. This discovery led me to develop my own informational brochure.

**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

Fitness: “Deskercise”

Crossroads Fitness visited the GSCO Western Colorado/Southwestern CO team last month to provide tips on sneaking in fitness and exercise into their day,  an important part of health and wellness. Crossroads Fitness has been a sponsor for the Women of Distinction Breakfast in Western Colorado the last few years, and their president is a Woman of Distinction. Molly Jo Johnson, the instructor in the pictures, serves on the President’s Cabinet.


Girl Scout Day with the Grand Junction Rockies

Girl Scout Day with the Grand Junction Rockies is Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 5 p.m. at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction!

RSVP/buy tickets online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_day_with__1663008610.html

All Girl Scouts, family, and friends are invited to cheer on the Rockies as they take on the Orem Owls! One of our very own Girl Scouts will be singing the National Anthem at the beginning of the game!

Tickets are free for Girl Scouts in uniform. Tickets are $9 per person ages 11 and older and $7 for non-Girl Scout youth ages 5-10. Children 4 years old and under are free. Purchase tickets and RSVP for Girl Scouts using the “register now” button on the link above. The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 14. Late registrations will NOT be accepted.

When you purchase/RSVP for tickets, you’ll be asked to enter a Girl Scout troop number for a referral. The troop with the most ticket referrals will be the “field of dreams team” for the night! They will get to go on the field and meet the players, run out for the National Anthem, and pick a troop leader to throw the first pitch of the game!

A GSCO staff member will meet attendees outside the gates before the game to distribute physical tickets.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org

Girl Scouts announces 2019 Western Slope Women of Distinction: Three Extraordinary Women Honored

The 2019 Western Slope Women of Distinction were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Jeni Brown, Woman of Distinction ‘18, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

  • Jenn Moore, Executive Director of the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum
  • Angelina Salazar, CEO, Western Healthcare Alliance
  • Diane Schwenke, President & CEO, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

Since 2013, including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 18 women on the Western Slope as Women of Distinction. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees on November 7 at the annual Women of Distinction Breakfast. This year’s event will be held at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The 2019 Event Chair is LeAnn Zetmeir, Woman of Distinction ’18.

Event Sponsors: Gold Presenting Sponsor, US Bank; Silver Presenting Sponsor, FCI Constructors and Samoa Sponsor, Family Health West.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodgj or contact Cindi Graves at (970) 628 – 8003 or cindi.graves@gscolorado.org.

Bronze and Silver Award Girl Scouts honored at Highest Awards Celebration in Western Colorado

More than a dozen Girl Scouts, along with their families and friends, gathered at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction on May 19, 2019, to honor the more than 1,200 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who took the lead in their communities and earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in 4th or 5th grade can earn. For the 2018-19 Girl Scout awards program year, 14 Girl Scouts in the Western Colorado region earned the Bronze Award. 15 girls across the Western Colorado region earned the prestigious Silver Award. 42 girls across Colorado earned the prestigious Gold Award..

Gold Award Girl Scout and current Gold Award mentor Heidi Ragsdale served as the celebration’s emcee. She talked briefly about how Girl Scouts helped her become the leader she is today.

The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others, and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization, and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Girl Scouts celebrate advancing to the next level of Girl Scouts

45 Girl Scouts from troops across the Western Colorado region gathered on May 1, 2019 at the GSCO regional office in Grand Junction to celebrate advancing from their current Girl Scout level to the next as part of a special event called a Bridging Ceremony.

Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a Girl Scout celebrates her achievements and looks forward to new adventures and responsibilities. The girls who walked across the bridge at this ceremony, just like the many who have before them, are modeling the progression that the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is known for. They have worked hard to not only earn and achieve, but to learn and to grow alongside their Girl Scout sisters.

Girl Scouts of Colorado invited members of the Junior Service League (JSL) to this special ceremony to thank them for their continued support of Girl Scouts throughout the Western Colorado region. The bridge, which is a symbolic piece of this ceremony, was graciously donated by JSL, and was officially rededicated to Girl Scouts.