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Me & My Special Guy Dinner, Dance & Cake Decorating Contest a special time

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Submitted by Judy Curtis

Arvada

Denver Metro

This is a “sell out” annual event that is WAYYYY TOO MUCH fun! The Girl Scouts and their friends attend a dinner catered by White Fence Farm, dance to music provided by Russell & Cameron from Notorious Sights & Sounds. The cake decorating contest are cakes that the girls have made and decorated and are judged by the other girls in attendance. Prizes flow freely and Door Prizes are everywhere! This year’s theme is “Masquerade”, so get those fancy dresses out, grab your special guy and put a tie on him! There is a special photo op spot for you to capture the “special” night with your “special” guy. Special guys can be dads, uncles, grandpas, special men in the girls’ life that will treat her to a “special” date!

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

Cadette Troop 3940 creates video to educate about bullying and suicide

Submitted by Jodee Cronk

Grand Junction

Western Slope

By the time they were all in 6th grade, the life of every girl in Troop 3940 had been affected by bullying and suicide. They chose to tackle these two taboo topics as their Silver Award Project and created a video to educate people about these issues and provide resources to get help.

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

Daisies  deliver cookies to soldiers at Fort Carson

Daisy Girl Scouts in Troop 43483 in Colorado Springs delivered more than 120 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the 110th MP Company at Fort Carson. The company, which is the troop’s Hometown Hero, is deploying in a few weeks.

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The girls delivered 121 packages of Girl Scout Cookies on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. One of the soldiers, SSG Ryan Davis, is the father of one of the girls in the troop. Several of the girls also have parents actively serving in the military, so supporting the company, which is made up of about  200 soldiers, was a natural choice for the girls.

The Hometown Heroes program offers Girl Scouts the chance to honor non-profit organizations, food banks, military and uniformed personnel, who are so important to the community, during the cookie sale. Through this program, customers can buy a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service and helping with service projects. The 2015 goal for the Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program in Colorado is 200,000 packages. Last year’s statewide program netted 109,745 packages for hundreds of organizations.

There are 10 Girl Scouts in Daisy Troop 43483. However, only eight could be there on the delivery day. For five of the girls, this was their second year selling Girl Scout Cookies. For the other five, this was their first year selling. The troop sold 2,610 boxes of cookies this year. Last year, they sold 1,241 boxes, so they more than doubled sales this year!  Most importantly, the girls have formed great friendships this year and working at cookie booths together helped strengthen those bonds.

 

 

Our favorite cookie man!

Submitted by Jonathan Baker

Fruita

Western Slope

When our daughter entered Girl Scouts last year we were clueless. After a somewhat rocky start we began this year with training, allies, and excited young girls. I have been a leader for a year and a half now and am working hard to help the girls grow and expand. Already feeling overwhelmed and cookie season approaching, my husband stepped forward and went to multiple trainings and did research online to be our cookie manager. He proudly carries his Samoa clipboard and purple cookie tote to every meeting. He helped plan and conduct our local cookie rally where he allowed the girls to paint his fingernails all of the corresponding cookie colors. He helped the girls learn how to be gracious and professional, as well as, how to have fun while reaching their goals. He has tracked sales and done all of the accounting without a flaw. He has been an asset to our troop.

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

My dad is the BEST Cookie Dad!

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Submitted by Jayden Thomason

Cortez

Southwestern Colorado

My dad is the BEST Cookie Dad! Ever since I became a Girl Scout, my dad has been the my cookie boss sales coach. For the last three years my dad has even helped me to achieve my goal of going to the Top Seller Events which are a blast. One year I got to go rock climbing in Durango and last year we went to the amusement park in Glenwood Springs. Glenwood Springs was a lot of fun. I am going there again this year we liked it so much!

As soon as cookie season starts, my dad and I load up the back of our van with cookies and we are off to town. We leave early in the morning and are out selling just like a regular job. He says that he loves to take me around to all the local businesses, his clients and our family and friends to show off how proud of me he is. He tells me that he is going to show me what going to a regular job is like. I am only allowed to take short breaks and we have a regular lunch hour. (I get to pick where we eat out…yumm!) As for me, I just love to spend this time with my dad. Our time selling cookies is special to me and I really love my dad. My dad is really friendly and he knows a lot of people in our hometown. He encourages me to not be so shy and is trying to help me so that I am more comfortable talking to people and asking them if they would like to buy cookies. This is sometimes hard for me.

After my dad helps me to achieve my Top Seller Goal then he somehow manages to find time to help the other Girl Scouts in my troop to achieve their goals too and to make sure that our troop doesn’t get stuck with unwanted cookies at the end of the season. He is teaching me about helping my sister Girl Scouts and what teamwork is all about.
I have the BEST Cookie Dad ever!!

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

My Awesome Girl Scout Cookie Dad!

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Submitted by Marianne Albright

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak

My daddy is awesome and the best Girl Scout Cookie Dad because he helped me sell lots of Girl Scout Cookies this season. He took me to lots of My Site Booths to help me sell cookies. My favorite place to sell was Colorado College. I liked it because we had fun and he helped me talk to the college students. He is really nice and I love him.

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

Blinged out Cookie Dads

 

 

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Submitted by Stacy Tone

Frederick

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Thank you so much to our amazing cookie Dads. Jason Morehead built our award winning Blinged out booth. He was at every booth sale delivering the booth and setting up. He also gave up his garage to store this amazing booth. Chris Tone was also at every booth sale to help with booth setup. He even took a turn in the booth challenging the girls to sell more cookies than he could. From initial cookie pick up to the very end they have been there to help with everything. Thanks Jason and Chris!

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

Become an archery instructor – trainings available!

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Does the thrill of teaching girls how to “hit a bullseye” sound fun to you? Consider becoming a certified archery instructor!

Our council needs more instructors to help teach archery at:

  • Local Troop Events
  • Service Unit and Troop Campouts
  • Day Camps led by volunteers
  • Family and Troop Camps led by volunteers

In a 4-hour workshop, you will learn the basics of how to instruct archery and test on skills that will help you safely share this exciting and popular sport with Girl Scouts!

Cost: $45/person (what a deal!)
Dates:
May 31, 1-5pm at Sky High Ranch (registration opens March 31)
June 6 1:30-5:30pm at Tomahawk Ranch (registration opens April 6)

Click on the links above for more information. We hope to see you at our trainings!

Archery instructor training is often priced much higher than $45/person, we are able to keep the costs low by having a dedicated volunteer teach the courses this year.

Once trained, you may be asked to help lead archery at Girl Scout events – our girls love archery! Archery equipment is available to rent at a rate of $50/day through Girl Scouts of Colorado.

 

 

Second year brings the cookie out in Dad

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Submitted by Jennifer Knapp

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak

This is our daughter’s second year selling cookies and this year Rick has been one amazing cookie Dad! From bringing cookies when we were running out, to braving the bad weather, to driving and being at the booth with Callie helping with money management and selling to reach her goal. The greatest story of this season is when he started his “My Guy and I” booth at a furniture store on a Sunday with horrible roads and heavy snow. There was a lead for a grocery store so in a matter of minutes Rick and Callie tore down and packed up in the car to get down to the store so she would have as much time as she could to sell at the new location. They then set back up and sold more cookies than expected on such a bad weather day. He did booths and even took her on a walkaround when I became ill and unable to take her. Callie and Rick worked together to get her goal accomplished and did so with little complaint. Callie and myself are so very proud to call Rick our Cookie Dad and can’t wait for year 3 with him!

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

Join Team Thin Mint: Run the Colfax Marathon with Girl Scouts

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Register for the Colfax Marathon (or 5K, 10-miler, Half or Relay) today and you’ll get this fun, custom Girl Scouts team shirt to show your GSCO pride! This shirt is in addition to the awesome official marathon shirt!

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We’re ordering shirts the week of March 30, so get signed up (along with your friends and family) NOW.  This is a great troop healthy living activity, and kids’ 5K registrations are only $20. Only the first 30 to register with GSCO as their charity get the team shirt for free!

For more information on the Colfax Marathon or to join Team Thin Mint, click here.  Don’t forget to select Girl Scouts of Colorado as your charity. Already signed up? Great! There’s still time to choose GSCO.

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