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Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients September 2015!

Bronze_Award_Starburst_HRAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Bronze Award Recipients September 2015


Elena Gigoux

Catherine Shirley

Elisa Elsberry

Olivia Shear


Jaymie Overton


Alison Pluemer

Dru Boggs

Grace Finke

Makaylee Harris

Reagan Sprinkle

Sophia Snider


Akayla Swanson

Amelia Husbands

Elizabeth Tayane

Elowyn Fahnestock

Emma Heidrick

Eva Marques

Louise Carter

Sydney Hassell

Tayler Barker


Aleah Urbine

Calla Schiefelbein

Jennah Case

Kaili Turner


Abby Johnson

Annika Ross

Ella Sutton

Julianna Stair

Kelly Cargo

Meaghan Swack

Sierra Duval

Taelyn Voss


Alexandra Cole

Aspen Stieglitz

Ciera Hale

Elleana Pruett

Izabella Vigil

Tailynn Patterson

Aurora Toland

Cady Sandifer

Kianna Gray


Celeste Fullerton

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Clare Bolon

Beth Bolon


Katherine Gassman

Dorothea Peloso

Emma Czohara


Bethany Taullie

Kamryn Fisher

Mariana Marquez


Katalena Lott

Katherine Strickland

Lanie Allred

Sarah Friemel


Adeline Hirsch

Jasmin Sparks

Kaylee Weide


Isis Burgess

Kylie Martin

Meredith Alexander

Whitney Mitchell


Aurora Kattnig


Calista Brown


Aria Brooks

Bryn Rodgers

Katelyn Love

Lauren Gould

Peyton Gomez

Sarah Bach


Caylee Cisneros

Jaymie Overton


Chessa St. Clergy


Leah Hasstedt

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Olivia Hunter

Bailey Kindt

Mia Nickelsburg

Gabrielle Santoro

Ashley Thornton

Troop 50885

Victoria Auger

Annaleise Rowley

Amelia Rowley

Ashley Fuhrman

Isabella Armenta

Rane McCloskey

Isabella Thompson

Troop 62220

Lilyann Dominick

Leah Muniz

Bella Houck

Dagan Ellis

Aria Peters

Emma Texel

Cielo Acua

Breia Warsop

Troop 40797

Ava Lukasavige

Alisha Ritchie

Kyra Kidd

Madison Swank

Reagan Kuhn

Sarah Kuhn

Skye Peterson

Indira Yantorno

Shealan Waters

Michaela Boring

Alexa Boring

Kaci Hereau

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients September 2015!

Silver AwardAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Silver Award Recipients September 2015


Blake Paxton

Hannah Abendschan

Mackenzie Block

Natalie Misleh

Savannah Sparks


Hayley Free

Kathryn Lichlyter


Desiree Sandoval

Paige Steffens


Catherine Rampacek

Elizabeth Duncan

Grace Rampacek

Isabella Lucero

Kaitlyn Duncan

Veronique Andrade


Heather Fleming

Madeline Ford

Maya Hedge


Abbigale Taylor

Jordan Ramsay

Mahayla Griggs

Tara Takacs


Grace Petroff


Jessica Burns


Emma Graziano

Kaiya Vierra

Kate Giblin

Peyton Roeder


Julia Rohner

Julia Trujillo


Beth Bolon


Julia Cornelsen


Amanda Green

Danika Edwards

Emilee Demann

Helana Gilstrap

Jean Neiderkorn

Kaitlyn Delage

MaRinda Jacobs

Riley Clark

Stephany Gilstrap


Makayla Peruzzi


Lauren Guthrie

Marissa Moreland

Sarah Dormer


Molly Lyons


Bailey McCool


Danielle Leach


Kayla Erickson

Madelene Kleinhans

Troop 54313

Sarah Heckel

Amie Cooke

Ava Thiel

Grace Harrell

Samantha Kucera

Emmy Ayad

Jessica Diehl

Sophia Diehl

TROOP 62546

Marly Estrada

Haley Jockman

Glenwood Springs

Victoria Madden

Troop 52596

Ania Ladow

Christina Crane

Troop 53895

Bailey McCool

Desiree Sandoval

Paige Steffens

Troop 62201

Alexandra Stark

Mia Aguon

Sydney Stark

Longmont girls tackle the Paddling Badge

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Submitted by Sharon Manning


Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Girls from troops 73488 and 70710 came together on October 4th, to tackle the new Senior Outdoor Paddling badge. Cool weather and clouds were not a deterrent to the girls learning something new and having fun.

Dawn Wildes, owner of Growing a Branches Yoga and certified Paddleboard Yoga Instructor, provided instructions on water safety, paddleboard safety and paddleboard technique at McIntosh Lake in Longmont. Afterwards the girls had the opportunity to try out several different paddleboards and kayaks.

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

Girl Scout Destinations: First round of applications are due Nov. 1

Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year, there’s always something amazing for you to experience. Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states; see and learn new things; and pack your bags full of inspiring,  life-changing experiences and memories.

For a look at 2016 trips, use this link:


Be sure to click on the “gstravel” logo to see important application dates. If you have your heart set on a particular trip, make sure to apply by November 1, 2015!

Here are three reasons why you should you apply for Girl Scout Destinations:

  1. DO SOMETHING YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD DO. On Destinations trips, you get to try things you’ve always wanted to do—and do things you never imagined you would! There are so many different Destinations to explore that will offer the challenge you’ve been waiting for!                  GSports14_UT_-4157-Edit
  2. EXPERIENCE A NEW CULTURE.                                                                 Girl Scouts really ARE global. We love to get out there and connect with new people; try new food; and take in new sights, sounds, and stories.  Destinations trips also offer you a chance to use what you’ve been learning in school, too! You can immerse yourself in a new culture—and learn about yourself and your own culture in the process. camel
  3. MAKE NEW FRIENDS FROM NEAR AND FAR!                           You’ll arrive at the airport as girls from different states and countries, but you’ll end your trip as lifelong members of the Destinations Crew. Destinations trips are unique Girl Scout experiences because you travel with Girl Scouts from all over the country, and even with Girl Scouts from overseas. In short, the Destinations program is an awesome way to connect with your national and international Girl Scout sisters!            se;foe                                                                                                                                                                                           Once again, the deadline for the first round of applications is Nov. 1, 2015!

You don’t have to currently be a Girl Scout to take part in Destinations—you can become one when you apply! And if you have a friend who is interested in Destinations, tell her she, too, can register for Girl Scouts and apply for a trip!

Archery Days at Meadow Mountain Ranch – November weekend added

Golden Arrow

Submitted by Rebecca Lankford


Denver Metro

Pictured is Junior Girl Scout Julianne from Troop 74447. She was the winner of the Golden Arrow award at the October 4th Archery Day!

Friday – Saturday November 6-7 has been added for Archery Day at Meadow Mountain Ranch, with an overnight option available. Scouts can spend the night or come out on Saturday only. This event is suitable for Juniors and up.

For more information and to register please visit: http://www.planetreg.com/E923201147181394

This event is hosted by Troop 3572 RETROS.

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

National Young Women of Distinction Livestream Tomorrow


Submitted by Aimee Bianca


Denver Metro

Need a daily dose of inspiration? Look no further than Girl Scout Gold Award recipients! The Girl Scout Gold Award, which turns 100 in 2016, represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. And GSUSA’s ten 2015 National Young Women of Distinction represent the best of the best—their Gold Award projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, have had measureable impact (and are sustainable), and addressed a local, national, and/or global issue. Also, GSUSA is excited to announce the participation of Robin McGraw as master of ceremonies, Jessica Minhas as moderator, and Frances Hesselbein as special guests.

Girl Scouts will be hosting the ceremony tomorrow, October 7, at 4:30pm MDT via Live Stream and will be presenting a moderated in-depth discussion with each 2015 National Young Women of Distinction. Click here to join the National Young Women of Distinction livestream event: http://www.captureandreleasemedia.com/nywod15/.

Share your thoughts and support during the livestream on social media using the hashtag #NYWOD15. Click here to learn more about all about this year’s National Young Women of Distinction and their Gold Award projects. http://www.girlscouts.org/en/press-room/press-room/news-releases/2015-NYWOD.html?utm_campaign=NewsFromGS_20150830&utm_medium=email&utm_source=NYWODtext&spMailingID=8026152&spUserID=MTUwOTA0MjU4MTYS1&spJobID=743400774&spReportId=NzQzNDAwNzc0S0

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

Golden Girl Scout works to earn Gold Award

Submitted by Meredith Greer


Denver Metro

Hi, my name is Meredith and I am excited to begin working on my Gold Award! I spoke at a Lakewood H.S. Key Club meeting Friday morning and the room was packed and overflowing. We are hoping to collect more than a hundred donated items to create personal hygiene kits for the JeffCo Action Center. These kits are intended to help both families and individuals maintain their physical health and make a good first impression, which is especially important for job interviews.

Looking to donate travel size shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, or any other hygiene supplies?  Donations can be dropped off at Lakewood H.S. for the month of October or directly to the Action Center at any time. I am working with both organizations to help create sustainable solutions.


Fall Sale is here!

Fall Sale FB Cover

The Fall Sale is here! This year, Girl Scouts have a lot to be excited about, including new fun/interactive tools to help girls to reach their goals. Girls can choose to sell in-person or online only and girls can choose to participate online, even if their troop is not.


Girls and parents/guardians should have received an email with a link to the Fall Sale system on Saturday, October 3, 2015 to set up their personalized storefronts. If a parent/guardian did not receive an email to sign in to the system they can go to www.girlscoutmagazines.com/gsco and follow the prompts to participate. If there are any questions, please contact your troop leader or M2 Media Group’s Customer Care at question@girlscoutmagazines.com or (800) 372-8520.

In-person order taking ends October 25, 2015. Girls will be able to sell online until November 13, 2015. Girls, who make any sales through that date, will earn rewards and proceeds.

Why should your girl/troop participate in the Fall Sale?

Girls can earn start-up money for their troop and rewards for themselves.

This year, participation in the Fall Sale is even easier for girls, parents/guardians, and volunteers! Troops and girls can participate by selling in-person and online. Or, if they choose, they can sell only online.

Most importantly, they start practicing the 5 Skills.

  • Goal Setting –Girls learn to set and reach goals
  • Decision Making –Girls learn to make their own choices
  • People Skills –Girls learn how to communicate with others and work as a team
  • Money Management –Girls learn to budget and handle money
  • Business Ethics –Girls learn to be honest and fair

 What’s new for the 2015 Fall Sale?

Those customers who prefer not to purchase nut products for themselves can make donations as part of “Project Thank You/Care to Share”.  Each $6 donation will send a can of nuts to our men and women in the military overseas.

Project Thank you

This year’s Fall Sale includes a variety of magazines and nut and chocolate products including:

Mint Trefoils in a Limited Edition Girl Scout “Branch Out” tin!

Branch Out Tin

Peppermint Bark in a decorative snowman tin; a perfect gift for the holidays!

Snowman Tin

The Giant Nut Mix that comes in a special Bow Box, perfect for business/corporate gift giving!


Two new Snack Packs, perfect for lunches or snacks on the go!

Snack Pack 1Snack Pack 2

And, of course, chocolate choices, such as the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels and Peanut Butter Monkeys!

Chocolate 1 Chocolate 2

  • As part of their personal storefronts, girls can build their own avatars!

Product Sales Avatars

They can also participate in online learning activities and earn virtual rewards.

  • Once your girl reaches $175 in online sales, she will get a personalized patch with her name and avatar on it.


As soon as the goal is reached an email is sent to the parents/guardians to order the patch. Once ordered, the patch will be mailed directly to your girl.

  • Girls can also post pictures and videos to their online storefronts, send emails to prospective customers, and share their storefronts on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
  • Online customers can pay online and then choose to have their merchandise shipped or delivered in-person.

For any questions regarding participating in the Fall Sale, troop leaders should contact their Service Unit Fall Sale Manager.

Confidence, bravery, leadership!

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Submitted by Angela Geissinger


Denver Metro

Girl Scout troop 54592 of Broomfield had a blast Learning self-defense techniques, anti-abduction techniques and anti-bullying techniques. Thank you so much Colorado Krav Maga of Broomfield for contributing your time to help build confidence, character and leadership skills to the Girl Scouts of Colorado. We of course ended the evening with a friendship circle/squeeze.

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

“Read or Bust” – A Little Library Bronze Award Project

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Submitted by Victoria Gigoux

Grand Junction

Western Slope

To earn their Bronze Award, four Juniors, Cate S., Olivia S., Elisa E. and Elena G., from Troop 2214 worked on a themed mobile library for a local rehabilitation and care center. They created a small video to summarize what they learned!

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

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