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Girl Scouts can do anything and everything they set their hearts and minds to! You’ll find it all here.  From members sharing their adventures to Highest Award honorees describing their projects and news from council, cookie updates, travel opportunities, volunteer tips and much, much more.

Inspiring Futures: Fashion Merchandiser

Have you ever wondered who designs clothes and accessories from your favorite stores and how they get there? Are you a creative person who is interested in how you can channel your creativity into a future career? Do you like to collaborate and work as a team towards a common goal?

Join us on October 13 when we’ll talk with Ellen Gillespie, a fashion merchandiser with over 12 years of experience working for corporate retail. She is currently based in New York City working for Ralph Lauren.

Register today:

Inspiring Futures: Graphic Novelist

Bestselling graphic novelist of Smile (and former Girl Scout!) Raina Telgemeier will share an inspiring talk on her childhood love of art and reading, learning to express herself through the medium of comics, and sharing her stories with millions of readers around the world.

On September 20, she’ll share some behind the scenes content from her studio and old sketchbooks, talk about the process of creating a graphic novel, and discuss how the personal can be universal.

Register today:

Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Colorado Transportation YOU Committee Presents Girl Scouts Mobility Day

Join us for a Mobility Day as the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Colorado takes you on a multi-modal tour through downtown Denver.

Learn how transportation affects our urban environment and how it links communities by visiting various stations in downtown Denver that highlight transportation elements, including ADA, bikes, transit, and bridges.

We will start and end at the Broadway Light Rail Station: 901 S Broadway, Denver, CO. Light rail tickets will be complimentary for all Girl Scouts and Girl Scout volunteers. Lunch will be provided.

The entire tour is outdoors so please dress appropriately.

Please contact Amara Hildebrand at ahildebrand@eugenelynne.com with questions.

Event is for 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Girl Scouts. Register here.

Volunteer at Temple Grandin Equine Center!

At the Temple Grandin Equine Center (TGEC) at CSU Spur, where we integrate research and education in Equine-Assisted Services. TGEC provides Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and Therapeutic Riding to individuals with special challenges. We are located at 4817 National Western Dr. Denver, 80216. Our hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, with the future possibilities of Saturdays.

We offer volunteer opportunities for all ages, and all levels of experience are welcome! For those who are 14 and under, we require a parent/guardian on site while volunteering. Volunteers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, to determine eligibility to participate as a horse leader or sidewalker. Younger participants are encouraged to volunteer with horse or facility care, where they can help clean stalls, feed horses, or do other activities around TGEC facilities.

Volunteer positions include:

• Horse Leading or Sidewalking during appointments
• Facility Care
• Horse Care Volunteer slots for horse leading or sidewalking are typically 1 hour and 45 minutes each for appointment. It can take up to three volunteers per session, to provide therapy to a client.

For those who are in high school or college, we also offer internship opportunities with addition to volunteering. These internships are offered during fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Those internships include:
• Administration and Marketing
• Equine Care
• Equine Provider We would like to invite Girl Scouts to join a Volunteer Orientation, which we would schedule at your convenience.

Please email debbie.mogor@colostate.edu for more information or to plan a volunteer orientation for your troop.

For individual inquires please fill out our Volunteer Application.

Inspiring Futures: Technical Director at Cirque du Soleil

What does it take to make the huge Vegas Cirque du Soleil shows happen every night? On November 5, Technical Director, Stephanie Weiss, is going to open our eyes to all the intricate details it takes to make these spectacular shows so many people love.

Stephanie also spent two years with Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus! She has some fun stories about those years living on a circus train and working with elephants.

Register today:

 

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A Thesaurus!

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge when representatives from local STEM-focused organizations will lead hands-on activities for Girls Scouts! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Dinosaur Ridge is a National Natural Landmark just outside suburban Denver and has been ranked as the top dinosaur tracks in the United States!

This Girl Scout friends and family event starts at 9 a.m. and Girl Scouts have until 3 p.m. to complete activities. Troops and families should allow at least two hours to complete activities so plan to arrive no later than 1 p.m.

For more information and to reserve your spot – register today! 

Loveland Girl Scout awarded Girl Scouts of the USA Medal of Honor for her heroic, life-saving measures 

Girl Scouts of the USA awards the Medal of Honor for “saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.” 

Rachel Metcalf, 18, of Loveland, was awarded GSUSA’s Medal of Honor for her heroic, life-saving measures on June 16, 2021, at Boyd Lake State Park. Rachel and others from the GECCCOs (Girls Experiencing Camping, Canoeing and Cycling Outdoors) Girl Scout troop were leading the canoe program at a day camp for Girl Scouts and younger siblings at Boyd Lake last June when a sudden microburst capsized several canoes and day campers into white-capped water. 

Rachel was working on shore when the wind picked up and she took immediate action to help get capsized canoers back to shore. After tying one canoe to her kayak so she could paddle them back to shore, she went back out to help others. Her troopmate was struggling to stay calm as wind-whipped waves continually splashed her in the face, and Rachel was able to calm her down and got her to hold on to her kayak while she paddled her to shore.  

“I was really proud of Rachel for staying calm and having the ability to completely act on her own to decide who she could safely help,” said troop leader Robyn Metcalf, who is also Rachel’s mom. “She had the knowledge to understand that the water was getting too rough to go back out a third time and instead stayed onshore to help out with gear.” 

Awarding of the Medal of Honor is rare. A Girl Scout from Highlands Ranch received the Medal of Honor last June for assisting in saving the life of a classmate who suffered from a seizure; and in 2016, a Girl Scout from Northglenn was awarded a Medal of Honor for saving her mother’s life and a Girl Scout from Steamboat Springs received the recognition for saving lives after coming upon a bus crash. 

“Rachel exercised the courage and the confidence she built through 13 years of Girl Scouting by staying calm and taking action,” say Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Leanna Clark. “Rachel, along with her troopmates, are excellent examples of the way Girl Scouting builds leaders.” 

Inspiring Futures – Chemical Engineer – STEM

Chemical engineers are professionals who test substances and materials to develop new products. Essentially, they make things come to life and have a significant impact on society! To develop and improve many things, they utilize chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering principles.

Join us at this Inspiring Futures on November 1 with Gwendolyn Juip, to learn about her journey in becoming a chemical engineer. She’ll discuss careers in chemical engineering from lab to factory and everything in between, educational pathways from elementary school science fairs to PhDs and the difficulties, wins and pay-scale for a woman in this field.

Register here for the  Daisy, Brownie, Junior session.

Register here for the Cadette, Senior, Ambassador session.

Inspiring Futures – Lawyer – Life Skills

Lawyers play several roles in our dynamic and multi-faceted legal system, one of which includes assisting entrepreneurs and businesses navigate their legal rights and obligations along every step of their development. Our presenter, Stella Gore, is a New York based merger and acquisition and venture capital lawyer who advises emerging and high growth companies through all stages of development, including through formation, financing, and merger and acquisition. What does this mean? Join us to find out! We will learn about the challenging and exciting world of law, the education and training required to become a lawyer, and the vast world of opportunities that await you!

This session is for Cadette, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

Monday, October 24, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Register today!

Aurora Girl Scout works towards earning her Gold Award by creating Refocus Centers at Parker Elementary school

For her Gold Award project, Girl Scout Maggie Donohue created Refocus Centers for Pine Lane Elementary School. Refocus Centers are tools that teachers and kids can use to take a break from the classroom and recenter themselves, so they are ready to return to learn. Each center is a different Colorado nature theme that includes facts, sounds, and sensory stimulation. Students will find reminders on how to self-soothe that compliments the social emotional curriculum in place, as well as explore each center visually and auditorily.

Maggie’s hope is that students can learn to recognize their stressors and identify ways to rectify them, so their learning is not interrupted. Here is a link to the Refocus Center website to learn more.

Maggie suffers from migraines and non-epileptic seizures.  She spent over 12 weeks in a wheelchair this past year and had to participate in speech therapy, physical therapy, and biofeedback. Despite these challenges, Maggie persevered and was still able to complete her Gold Award project.

Through the process of completing her Gold Award project, Maggie has learned how to balance her ideas with the needs of the community and to advocate for herself and other student needs.

“With Girl Scouts, I have learned how to use my voice to help others,” said Maggie. “I feel like I belong to a much larger family and have met many new people. We have experienced things that we wouldn’t have done as individuals.”

Maggie’s Refocus Centers will continue to have a positive impact for the teachers and students of Pine Lane Elementary for generations to come. Since the Refocus Centers were implemented, staff have noticed that students have improved coping and teachers have had less behavioral interruptions.

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