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Volunteer Spotlight: Shauna Hodges

Girl Scouts of Colorado is celebrating extraordinary volunteers throughout the state in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. Shauna Hodges of Westminster in the Metro Denver region is a shining example of the wonderful role Girl Scout volunteers play in the lives of girls and our community.

GSCO asked Shauna 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 as a girl and always loved my troops. I moved around a lot as a kid and the one consistent activity I always had no matter where I lived was Girl Scouts. When my daughter was in first grade, an email went out for an info night at our school and I figured I’d go check it out. I joke that I was tricked into being a leader because a friend offered to be co-leaders and then called me that night and had to back out herself.  We made it work with other parent volunteers and now we have an amazing troop!

Tell us about your different volunteer roles as a GirlScout.

I’m a leader for my troop of fourth grade Juniors, a leader for a newly formed troop with an emphasis on traveling, on our service unit team for Dry Creek 622, and have recently volunteered to become a trainer and utilize my CPR/First Aid Instructor license!  

What have you learned as a Girl Scout volunteer?

I’ve learned so much! I love learning about new Girl Scout badges, initiatives like the G.I.R.L Agenda, and all the great things Girl Scouts is providing to girls. I am a teacher by trade, but I love that I have been able to utilize my classroom skills beyond the classroom to make the experience that much greater for the girls. I also finally learned how to make a decent fire, which trust me, for someone who camping is a challenge for, making a fire is a huge accomplishment!

I also learned what it’s like to have a strong Girl Scout family. In October 2017, in the midst of getting our troop going on our last year of Brownies, I was diagnosed with Stage Three breast cancer. Girl Scouts became the one activity I could keep doing with my daughter.  It became the way I showed her I was sick, but still okay enough to do things together. I went through 20 weeks of chemo, five weeks of radiation, two major surgeries, and have been receiving an infusion medication every three weeks that will continue for a few more months. Through all of that time, my troop of Girl Scouts, my service unit, and council remained by my side. They sent care packages, dinners, and the sweetest cards I could ever hope for. I went to as many meetings as I could, and the girls were amazing seeing me lose my hair and not look and act like myself.  They asked questions, but always in a supportive way. I knew I was part of an amazing Girl Scout family, but I never knew how amazing until I saw how everyone stuck by my side through everything.  

What do you hope girls have learned from you?

I hope the girls learn problem solving, leadership, and perseverance. I feel like they shouldn’t be afraid of a situation where things don’t go as planned and should instead take it with grace and figure out how to make the situation a positive experience no matter what. I also hope they learn to see that there are adults in their lives other than their parents who are rooting for them, cheering them on, and wanting the very best for them!

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

My experience has really helped me to expand what I am comfortable with in many ways. I can organize a camping trip or plan a badge or meeting off the top of my head when things don’t go as planned, help girls solve conflicts between themselves, and show the girls how to balance a wide range of activities.  

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

“Science in the Summer” day camp

Submitted by Kirsten Allison

Metro Denver

Westminster

Register your girl for “Science in the Summer” day camp, and she will join other Girl Scouts entering grades 1-5 for a week of fun and learning. Each day, girls will explore a different theme of science including dinosaurs, oceans, weather, and plant science. Camp will be held in a park in Westminster from June 3 – June 7, 2019.

Visiting science experts will make engaging presentations, including a special presentation on sea turtles and bird migration. Our days will include a lot of hands-on activities, so the girls are able to experiment with the information they learn.

In addition to fun science activities, your girl will have the opportunity to learn Girl Scout cooking skills. We’ll be making a hot meal for three of the camp days, and all girls will participate in meal preparation.

This fun week will be rounded out by some traditional Girl Scout fun, including songs and games. Younger girls will be inspired by the older Girl Scouts working as Program Aides.

Camp is filling up quickly, register your camper soon!

Register for camp: https://girlscoutsciencecamp.wordpress.com/

Questions? email: GScamp64021@comcast.net

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

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies at Standley Lake High School

In addition to being a Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Star, Girl Scout Senior Rhianna D. of  Westminster is a Pro Start student, a professional culinary prep program, at Standley Lake High School.  This year, GSCO challenged Media Stars statewide to come up with fun and creative ways to spread the word about the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Together, Rhianna and her teacher, Danielle McCracken, came up with the idea for a “Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies” competition. There were five groups of students who developed recipes using Girl Scout Cookies. The goal was to picture and share both the final product as a whole and the product plated (like for a restaurant).

Check out the recipes for these delicious desserts here:

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies 1

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies 2

 

 

Journey in a Day camp-outs

Submitted by Denine Dains

Metro Denver

Westminster

Calling all Brownie, Junior, and Cadette troops for an exciting “It’s Your Planet: Love It” adventure! Join Senior Troop 3972 for a tipi camp-out which includes the following:

  • One overnight tipi rental per troop (limit two adults, eight girls per tipi)
  • Completion of ALL WOW (Brownies), Get Moving (Juniors), and/or Breathe (Cadette) Journey requirements
  • One WOW Badge set, One Get Moving Badge Set, or One Breathe Badge set per Girl Scout
  • S’mores and campfire activities
  • Breakfast
  • Snack
  • One-hour watercraft rentals

When:

  • Friday, June 28 at 4:30 p.m. to Saturday, June 29, 2019 at noon
  • Saturday, June 29 at 4:30 p.m.  to Sunday, June 30, 2019 at noon
  • Friday, July 26 at 4:30 p.m. to Saturday, July 27, 2019 at noon
  • Saturday, July 27 at 4:30 p.m. to Sunday, July 28, 2019 at noon
  • Friday, August 9 at 4:30 p.m. to Saturday, August 10, 2019 at noon
  • Saturday, August 10 at 4:30 p.m. to Sunday, August 11, 2019 at noon
  • Friday, September 20 at 4:30 p.m to Saturday, September 21, 2019 at noon
  • Saturday, September 21 at 4:30 p.m. to Sunday, September 22, 2019 at noon

Where: Standley Lake Regional Park, Westminster, CO

Check out our flyer here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MhHa2EGdf2wKc9xdPzpyWReNL1LfqG_uH5Xpc5dMfWw/edit?usp=sharing

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

Brave Games: Wet, wild, water Edition

Submitted by Denine Dains

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

Join us for “Brave Games: Wet, wild, water edition” day camp June 10 – 14, 2019 from 9 a.m. -3:30 p.m. at Boulder Valley Church of Christ (270 76th Street, Boulder 80303). Our camp offers girls entering grades K-5 a traditional camping experience, emphasizing Girl Scout traditions, songs, archery (Brownies and Juniors), camp cooking, camp games, crafts and wet, wild, water fun. Daisies will be completing their Outdoor Journey during camp and Cadettes will be earning their LIA Award.

Register now: https://daycampforscouts.wordpress.com/ 

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

 

Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Submitted by Mikayla Geeve

Metro Denver

Westminster

I learned about women who are part of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. I researched these three women: Lily Nie, Marion Downs, and Jill Tietjen.

Lily Nie helped Chinese babies from orphans and brought them to America to be adopted. She did this because foreigners could not adopt Chinese children.

Marion Downs was able to change the world by giving babies hearing aids, so that they could learn and read at the same time that other kids did. She did this to help these kids be able to learn, write, and read at the age of about 5-6, instead of waiting to be tested at 9-10. This would be better, since they could have a better understanding of reading and writing.

Jill Tietjen writes books about other women’s successes who changed the world. By writing these books, other women could be inspired to do the same, and do something good for the world.

Overall, I learned that women all over the world can accomplish anything if they set their minds to it, and have a passion of their interest.

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is excited to partner with Girl Scouts of Colorado 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. Girl Scouts are future female leaders of Colorado and the Hall of Fame recognizes and preserves the accomplishments of past and present Colorado women. – M.L. Hanson, Founder of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Thanks to Mikayla for sharing her story earning this special patch with Girl Scouts of Colorado!

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: Genevieve’s cookie video

My Name is Genevieve and I am a Girl Scout Brownie. This is my second year selling cookies and my goal is 1,000 packages of cookies so I can go to Mermaid Camp. I am working really hard doing booth sales and going door-to-door, so I can earn enough Cookie Credits so that I don’t have to mow lawns to help pay for camp!

Watch my video here: https://youtu.be/cq9ysodK2cw

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just email your video, along with a brief story and your cookie goal, to Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Cybersecurity 1: Basics with Coalfire

When:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where:

Coalfire

11000 Westmoor Cir

Westminster, CO 80021

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to work with cybersecurity experts at Coalfire to earn their “Cybersecurity 1: Basics” badge!
The “Cybersecurity 1: Basics” badge will be provided at the event.

Girl Scouts: $5

Adults: FREE

Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/cybersecurity_1_basi.html

Girls will learn:

  • How computers read information
  • How networks work
  • What protocols are
  • How computers communicate
  • What malware is

Breakfast and snacks will be provided. We encourage participants to plan for a late lunch on their own after the session is over.

This is not a drop off event. Adult-to-girl ratios for events must be met. Girls attending with a troop leader should bring a completed parent permission form for a Girl Scout activity that troop leaders will retain for their records.

Registration ends: Tuesday, January 8

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org

Cookie Rally to help our military

Submitted by Rebecca Knight

Metro Denver

Westminster

The girls from Troop 60493 have put together an awesome cookie rally and service project for the military on January 12, 2019! Held at the Westview Rec Center in Westminster, girls will work on their cookie selling skills and earn a financial literacy or cookie business badge (DBJ-badge not included). This year, we will also make paracord survival bracelets for our military overseas as a service project.

CSA’s are invited to help at the event as well! The cost is $12 per participant. Please follow this link (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e44ada822a57-cookie) to sign up and we will send you a Square invoice through email. Choose either the morning or afternoon rally. We would love to see you all there!

These girls are amazing go-getters and leaders! They have planned this entire cookie rally and service project from beginning to end to help their Girl Scout sisters with cookie business skills and to say thank you to our military. You will see them at the rally playing games, doing crafts, and roleplaying with the girls to get them ready for this year’s cookie season. They will wrap up their time with the girls making those paracord survival bracelets for our military overseas.

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

The Nutcracker performance in Westminster

Submitted by Diane Christensen

Metro Denver

Westminster

Experience the magical tradition of The Nutcracker performed by Littleton Youth Ballet and Littleton Ballet Academy. This Christmas, treat yourself to a magical evening with Clara and the Nutcracker as Littleton Youth Ballet and Littleton Ballet Academy cast a spell over you and your entire family with its captivating production of The Nutcracker. Featuring a cast of more than 150 children, pre-professional dancers, and professional guest artists, this delightful ballet will transport you to a simpler time and an enchanting place, where snowflakes dance, nutcrackers turn into princes, and wishes really do come true!
 LYB’s production is a fully professional production with gorgeous sets and backdrops, beautiful costumes, and will captivate the hearts of all ages as they travel with young Clara in her fanciful dream to the Land of Sweets.

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 15 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 16 at Noon and 4 p.m.

Joanna Ramsey Theatre

6933 Raleigh St Westminster, CO 80030

For Tickets:

(303) 794 – 6694

www.littletonyouthballet.org

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