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Volunteer Spotlight: Deena Buffington

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Deena Buffington of Gunnison in the Western Colorado region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Deena 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?

My youngest daughter wanted to join Girl Scouts and the troop here in Gunnison is parent and girl-led and they needed volunteers.

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

I have been helping lead the troop since 2016 and started as the Fall Product Program Manager and Cookie Manager in the 2018/2019 seasons.I now serve as the fall product, cookie, and service unit manager.  We are a small town and small community, so many people take on several roles.

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I have learned how to handle many different situations, personalities, and ways of dealing with them all. There have been so many funny, fun, and interesting situations. I’ve learned a lot about different troops and people who have been Girl Scouts at one point in their lives.

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope the girls have learned hard work, life skills, fun crafting, traveling, and also dealing with different personalities and situations. My favorite time was last year when we took the troop on a cruise… to see the excitement in the girls’ eyes as some of them had never been on a plane much less a cruise ship. It was great to share that excitement and fun with them.

How has your experience as a volunteer helped you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

There is so much that goes into everything from planning a meeting to taking care of cookies, start to finish.  It’s fun to help girls set goals and help them achieve them.

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

The nomination deadline for 2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards is April 30. GSCO invites members statewide to take this opportunity to recognize an outstanding volunteer by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award. Nominators are responsible for ensuring enough endorsements are submitted to support their nomination of a volunteer for an award. Your volunteer support specialist can check nomination and endorsement submissions for you. Learn more.

Girl Scouting at home: “Drawing” badge for Girl Scout Juniors

This resource was created by Jenni Grossman, a troop leader in the Western Colorado region.

Vocabulary you might need to know


your favorite dearing tool (pens, colored pencils, crayons, markers, pastels)

Still Life:

An object that doesn’t move like a bowl, fruit, or a vase


A major part of drawing and it means showing the dark areas of a drawing.  It adds depth to help the picture look more real. 

Value in art:

is how light or dark something is on a scale of white to black 


Using a bunch of little or big lines to make a value

Cross Hatching:

Making a grid with the hatching lines


Using dots to shade by repeating them over and over


When something touches the graphic (lead in the pencil) and smears it


Some objects in the picture look farther away than others

Graphic Artist:

An artist whose job is to communicate messages or ideas in visual form, like a logo for a company.  They often use a computer.  


All the work an artist has completed that can easily be shown to others


Step 1: Experiment with different materials

Supplies: depends on what you choose from the three options below.

Choose a still life you want to draw.  We are going to draw it three times so choose one way below: 

#1 draw it with black pen, black colored pencil, and a regular pencil 


#2 draw it with colored pens, colored pencils, and crayons


#3 choose your own 3 mediums and draw the still life with each

Step 2: Learn how to add shading

Supplies: pencil, paper

HOW TO ART – How to Shade with Pencil

Watch this video and then do your own value scale (she will tell you what it is in the video) and practice the kinds of shading she explains

Step 3: Get some perspective

Supplies: pencil, ruler (or something that can help you draw straight), colored pencils, black marker

Watch this video and do your own perspective landscape drawing


Step 4: Use your imagination like a graphic artist

Supplies: paper and whatever mediums you choose

Watch this video to learn more about graphic artists:


Then, draw a new cover for a book.  What do the words make you think about? How do they make you feel?  What does this book mean to you? How could you show that in your drawing? Have fun being a graphic artist.

Step 5: Make your masterpiece–and show it off!

Supplies: It’s totally up to you!

It’s time to show off your things you learned!  Create a new masterpiece with some techniques you learned like shading, mediums, and perspective and be ready to show it to your sister scouts (and maybe we can invite parents to see it too) at an upcoming meeting either in person or virtually.  

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.

Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch workshops


This event has been canceled as of March 13, 2020.

Join GSCO for Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch workshops on Saturday, April 4, 2020 in Grand Junction! Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to special workshops at the GSCO service center to earn their Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame patch! Supporters of the COWHF will lead girls through activities adapted from the online instructions and girls will receive their patch at the workshop. Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies are invited to a morning workshop from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to an afternoon workshop from 1 – 3 p.m.

Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/colorado_women_s_hal.html

This is not a drop-off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a troop leader, parent, or guardian.

Registration will close when the workshops have met capacity OR on Wednesday, April 1.

This patch program launched in 2019 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.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org


Officer returns to the scene for cookies

Submitted by Jennifer Jurgens

Western Colorado

At a council booth in front of one of our local grocery stores, we saw a police car pull up next to us and out come two officers, walking casually. Georgie (first year Brownie) asked if they would like some cookies and to take a picture with her. One officer replied “we gotta go help someone, but then we’ll be back.”

Time goes by.  More and more police cars come. At one point, there were five police cars! Then, an ambulance! One man was walked out and they helped him into the ambulance. I told Georgie that they may not be able to come back and the way things were looking she said she understood. More time goes by. Some officers leave. Well, about an hour and a half later the last three officers bring another man out in handcuffs, They pause to tell her they hadn’t forgotten their promise and would be back after putting this guy in the back of the car. Sure enough, five minutes later one officer came back and said, “A promise is a promise!”

He took a picture with her and got a package of Samoas.

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/ 

We are go-getters

Submitted by Tonya Vigil

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

We have a full troop full of 14 girls Daisy through Junior. Each girl brings a different personality and perspective to each meeting and activity. We have a lot of great plans for our cookie money this year, including buying dog food for the humane society. We have a lot of ways that we are selling cookies this year that are different. For Valentine’s Day, we wrapped some cookies up with cute little messages like “I love you s’more.” Some of us have made videos about our goals, some of us have gone door-to-door, but together we have a common goal to fund ourselves in our future activities and badges. We have four fun leaders that all bring something different to the table. Troop 15038 is an awesome bunch!

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

Uniform to Uniform in Grand Junction

Submitted by Rylee G.

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

I earned this patch with my Uncle Eddie. He is a police officer. He is good at his job and he arrests the bad guys to keep us safe. He loves cookies and loves supporting Girl Scouts!

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/ 

Valentine’s Day night

Submitted by Arianna M.

Western Colorado


These wonderful military men came in to City Market on Valentine’s Day night dressed in full uniform to do shopping. They were kind enough to pose with me to earn my Uniform to Uniform patch.

I love the adventure of being a Girl Scout, meeting new people, and trying new things.

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/ 

Girls learn “Secrets to Success” from Western Colorado businesswomen

More than 40 girls in grades 6-12 from Western Colorado gathered on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Colorado Mesa University for “Secrets to Success.” This annual event gives girls the unique opportunity to connect with professional women in a variety of career fields in a speed-dating format, giving them a unique opportunity to learn directly from incredible women. Girls personally engaged with more than 20 women leaders in the fields of technology, law, healthcare, finance, skilled trades, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models that will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joined today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success. The event’s keynote speaker, Kristen McGee, Lecturer of Business with Colorado Mesa University spoke to the girls about first impressions and positivity.

While girls attended the event, their parents and caregivers attended a Colorado Mesa University tour, scholarships workshop by Jana Thomas with Wild Peace, and a workshop on helping their student find work after graduation by Barbara Traylor Smith with Retirement Outfitters.

The professional women were excited to share their experiences and most said they wished they had had this when they were young. Caregivers also commented on how informative everything was and they want to come back next year. One parent, whose daughter has attended this event three times now, said her daughter learns something new every year. She loves the fact that the women change each year.

A special thanks to Alpine Bank and Colorado Mesa University, and KREX/Fox5 and KKCO-TV for covering the event and sharing the story with their viewers.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Joslyn Hays, Gunnison, “Marbles Kiosk”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I promoted the game of Ringer within my community and with tourists. I built a kiosk by the Gunnison Marble Rings explaining the game of Ringer and its history in Gunnison. The game of Ringer is a traditional game played with marbles and a 10-foot ring. It focuses on the importance of sportsmanship. I also hosted marbles workshops, placed bags of marbles with in-depth rules at the Jorgensen Park Ice Rink and Gunnison Tourism Office for people to borrow, and helped the City Council write a resolution naming the Gunnison Marble Rings the Jerry Piquette Marble Rings.

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

I handed out surveys at my workshops. The surveys showed how much people’s  knowledge increased on a scale of five (average increase of 2.4) and whether or not they enjoyed the workshop, found it informative, and would like to play marbles again. The results were all positive and showed that promoting marbles is important.

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

The kiosk will be maintained by the Gunnison Parks and Recreation Department, so it will continue to stand for tourists and locals to come and learn from. The Gunnison Marbles Club will replenish the bags of marbles and instructions in case they get stolen, and they will host the workshops in early summer. These groups will help to continue promoting marbles around my community and make my project sustainable.

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

I sent pictures and the concept for the kiosk to the National Marbles Committee’s Facebook page for them to share with the rest of the marbles community. This was the method that they asked me to share my project with them through. We hope that Marble Clubs around the nation will follow my example to promote marbles and its sportsmanship.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am good at public speaking. That is an activity that I don’t enjoy, but was required of me throughout this project. It was good to learn that I can do it without seeming uncomfortable.

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

The leadership skills I learned while earning my Gold Award will stay with me through the rest of my life. I will be able to lead groups in school and my future career by understanding how to work with lots of different groups and set and enforce deadlines. Knowing that I can lead will also help me be more confident in general. This will allow me to do my best work in all future endeavors.

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

The Gold Award was the finish line for my Girl Scout experience. I had known that I wanted to earn it since I was a Brownie. Earning my Gold Award was a big part of my overall Girl Scout experience. I was able to focus and pursue my Silver Award and a Journey knowing that they led to the Gold Award. I always tried hard when selling cookies because I knew that some of the money would go towards my Gold Award. More than having been my goal, doing my Gold Award project has been a big part. I’ve been able to see the skills I’ve learned from Girl Scouts come together to help me in this project. I’ve also been able to develop as a leader, which is a great thing to start at a younger age. These have helped me understand the importance of getting my Gold Award and why it tied my Girl Scout experience together,

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

Getting my Gold Award helped me become a go-getter. My project was nontraditional and focused on promoting a small, but important activity. Marbles is an inclusive activity that promotes sportsmanship above all else. I hope to have portrayed those values through my time as a Girl Scout. By pursuing this project, I believe that I set a stage that Gold Awards should be different and unique projects specific to your community. I was also one of the few girls on the Western Slope to earn her Gold Award this year. I hope that my achievement encourages other girls to complete their project as well.

**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


Pet adoption connection

Submitted by Chandra Allred

Western Colorado

Glenwood Springs

I have a troop on the Western Slope. My Juniors did their Bronze Award last year contributing to one of the largest pet adoption fairs held in the Glenwood Springs area. Helping pets is a huge passion for my girls.

Last week, my family adopted from a rescue in Denver which rescues from high kill shelters in other states. We picked up our new baby and we were met with a wonderful surprise, a gifted blanket from a Girl Scout troop in Denver.

I just wanted to tell you girls “Thank You!!” Keep up the good work, such a very special gift.

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