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Sisters Forever

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Submitted by Bridget Gwyn

Littleton

Denver Metro

I have been a Girl Scout since 1st grade- that’s a continuous seven years. Although our troop has had people come and go, I’ve basically grown up with my fellow Girl Scouts. It was only now, after I was looking through a scrapbook given to us by our troop leaders when we became Cadettes, that I realized how much these girls are my sisters.

You always hear “You are a sister to every fellow Girl Scout”, but it doesn’t affect you that much when you are younger. The picture that triggered these feelings is when my troop went to Pueblo a few summers ago. We are all poolside, feet in the water, hair messed up, and our arms wrapped around one another’s shoulders as we look at the splashing children. It’s such a small act that others might dismiss it easily. But the thing is, we weren’t told to do that; we all immediately excepted each other, embraced each other. And that’s beautiful: it’s a kind of natural love that I know will last forever.

And it’s true, we have had our drama at trips- who’s being left out, who’s being unfair. But we always have some kind of unspoken agreement when we are planning our vacations (it was a unanimous vote to go to North Carolina this summer) or simple things like what songs we want turned up or what Rendezvous we want to plan or food we want to eat.

These girls -all different and unique and amazing in their own ways- have always been there for me and vice verse. It’s the kind of friendship you only read about in books, and I’m lucky enough to have found it. Maybe fate stuck us in the same Girl Scout troop, but I’m thanking you, GS. You gave me a love that only us Scout’s get, and I really appreciate that.

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

Travel to Sydney & the Great Barrier Reef in 2017

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Submitted by Cortney Kern

Travel gives you opportunities to learn about new cultures and meet new people. It is the mission of Global Girl Scouts of Colorado to provide unique opportunities for you to travel with your fellow Girl Scouts to amazing destinations.

In 2017, you can visit Sydney’s Rocks District where European settlers first came ashore 200 years ago; travel the scenic coast; learn about Australia’s amazingly diverse marine biology; feed dolphins on Moreton Island; and see the Great Barrier Reef, nature’s largest living organism and home to 400 kinds of coral and 1,500 species of fish.

Below is more information on how you can put your cookie money to use this season and get started on an amazing adventure! Lead chaperone of Global Girl Scouts is LeEllen Condry. Please contact her with any questions on travel at: nemoursLM@yahoo.com

Pricing and Itinerary Information: (valid through March 31st)

2017 Tours:

Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef- Enrollment, Current Pricing, and Tour Website

Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

*Note: Lunches (as noted on the itinerary) and a suggested tipping amount for the Tour Director, local guides, and bus drivers are not included.

Every EF tour includes airfare, ground transportation, comfortable hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, a full-time tour director and local guides, and the most extensive safety and security regulations in the industry. EF also offers the lowest prices, guaranteed, as well as unparalleled support for Girl Scout Leaders, girls, and their parents, making it easy, safe, and affordable for your girls to experience the very best historic, cultural and natural sights in the world.

How to Enroll:

You can enroll online using the tour websites linked above. Each tour website has a pink button saying “Enroll On this Tour”. Click to start the online enrollment with EF now! Enrollment is $95 per person and locks in your total price.

Payment:

Travelers have the option to enroll with the manual payment plan or to sign-up for EF’s Automatic Payment Plan. This is a great way for families to make the trip more affordable!  I would recommend that your entire group enrolls on the Monthly Payment Plan – it is much easier to manage!

Automatic Payment Plan

-$95 Enrollment Fee

-Automatic Monthly or bi-weekly Withdrawals until a month prior to departure

-Can be supplemented with Fundraised Money to adjust Monthly Payment Amount

 

OR

 

Manual Payment Plan

-$95 Initial Deposit

-$50 maintenance fees

-$150 due 60 days later

-$150 20 months prior (fall 2014 for a 2016 summer tour)

-$300 14 months prior (late spring 2015 for a 2016 summer tour)

-$300 due 9 months prior (fall 2015 for a 2016 summer tour)

-tour balance due 110 days prior to departure

Money Earning:

We also know that money-earning is a large part of planning a trip! From learning about goal-setting and budgeting to team-building and event-planning, girls can learn life skills while preparing for their tour. We have gathered many fundraising ideas and resources from our years of working with Group Leaders and Girl Scouts and we invite you to take a look: www.eftours.com/gsfundraising.

 

 

 

“Me want cookies!” – my Dad, the Cookie Monster

 

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Submitted by Zoe Estrada

Westminster

Once upon a time a little girl named Zoe had to sell Girl Scout cookies. Her dad wanted to help and dressed up like Cookie Monster. They stood at their booth waving to people and Zoe held up a sign to people passing by; All the customers loved it especially getting pictures with my dad, Cookie Monster. Even though not everyone bought cookies Zoe still shook their hands and thanked them. It was a great night!

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

TC04 Gypsum and TC06 Camp Jackson now more accessible!

Troop Camp is an amazing way to camp with your troop. If you missed registration for a Rendezvous, Troop Camps are also a great way to get to a camp with your troop and have a memorable outdoor experience. At Troop Camp, lodging, food, and programming is taken care of for you and your girls by the host site and/or volunteers running the camp.

Archery at Troop Camp

Here are recent changes with these two camps:

1. TC04 Gypsum Troop Camp: We’ve been working with our partner and they have changed our “back out” deadline to accommodate decision making for troops once they know what their cookie funds will be. We now have a little over a month more to get 50 girls registered for this camp (deadline for our goal has changed to April 27 from March 20). We hope that this new deadline gives troops more time to plan for and register for this camp!

2. TC06 Camp Jackson Troop Camp: Due to work with our partner, we have been able to lower the price to $160/girl Early Bird ($185 Regular Pricing) from $225/girl Early Bird ($250 Regular Pricing). We hope that this new price makes this camp more accessible to girls (we need 35 girls registered by July 10 to meet our goals for this camp).

Here is a list of all of the Troop Camps we will offer this summer. Register your girl now for a Troop Camp!

Camp Name Dates Cost through 4/30 Cost after May 1 Description Ages
TC01, TC 03 & TC05 Meadow Mountain Ranch Troop camp 6/12-14, 7/10-12, and 8/7-9 $160 $185 Explore the wonders of MMR in Allenspark. This camp offers tabin lodging, meals (Fri. dinner-Sun. brunch + snacks), & activities: archery, hiking, teambuildilng, outdoor cooking, campfires & more! Troops will be led by GSCO staff & volunteers. This camp needs a min. of 25 girls by 5/29/15 to run. Questions? Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager, Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)
TC02 Lazy Acres Wilderness Wise Troop Camp 6/26 to 28 $70 $95 Learn outdoor survival skills with your troop at this volunteer-led troop camp at Lazy Acres near Rye. Program includes: basic outdoor skills, how to handle getting lost, skits, crafts, and nature exploration. Questions? Contact director Jill Marostica, jillmarostica@juno.com. Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)
SH16 Sky High Troop Camp 6/28 to 30 $160 $195 Enjoy a staff-planned troop camp at Sky High Ranch. Activities may include: hikes, crafts, archery, campfires & more! Troop leaders are responsible for their campers at all times, and all program is planned and led by our amazing summer camp staff! Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8); Senior (9-10); Ambassador (11-12)
TC04 Gypsum Troop Camp 7/19 to 21 $225 $250 Camp with your troop in the beautiful mountains in Gypsum, at the Spirit of Adventure Ranch. S.O.A.R., which offers teepee lodging, meals (Sun. dinner-Tues. lunch), & activities: archery, outdoor skills, rock climbing, pool time, low ropes course, astronomy & more! Juniors must be at least 10 years old to attend this camp. Questions, Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. This camp needs a minimum of 50 girls by 4/27/15 in order to run. Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8); Senior (9-10); Ambassador (11-12)
TC06 Camp Jackson Troop Camp 8/9 to 11 $160 $185 Camp with your troop in the beautiful mountains of Southern Colorado (near Rye). Camp Jackson offers cabin style lodging, meals (Sun. dinner – Tues. lunch), & activities: horseback riding, archery, canoeing, low ropes course, pool time, campfires & more! Register through CampInTouch;  Questions, Contact Volunteer Outdoor Programs Manager Haley.Peel@gscolorado.org. This camp needs a minimum of 35 girls by 7/10/15 in order to run. Brownie (2-3); Junior (4-5); Cadette (6-8)

Alumnae invited to birthday celebration

All Girl Scout Alumnae are invited to join us for our birthday celebration on March 12 from noon to 3pm! We will celebrate the 103rd birthday of the Girl Scouts with lunch and a council update from GSCO President & CEO Stephanie Foote (to take place at 1pm). This is a great time to visit with Girl Scout friends and check out the GSCO archives display! Rsvp is required, please contact Heidi at 303-607-4833 or Heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Kit Bernal, Falcon, “Art Masterpiece”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I adapted and created supplementary art education and curriculum for a local homeschool association.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I am very passionate about art education and wished to spread resources to make it easier for parents and teachers to make art education a part of their classroom.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award makes art education accessible, which improves right brain learning, inquisitiveness, creativity, and empathy.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained networking and professional skills.

How did you make your project sustainable?

The homeschool program I worked with uses cyclical curriculum, so by making art lessons related to the curriculum, they could be reused almost indefinitely.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I’ve put all lessons I’ve written on a website accessible to the public as a resource to schools and homeschoolers.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember the excitement of the teachers on receiving lesson plans and materials.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Not only have I made meaningful network connections, but because I want to go into the art field, I already have a completed project to attest to my dedication and skills.

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

It was a fitting end to twelve years of dedication to Girl Scouts.

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Elizabeth Acker, Monument, “Project Fitness”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I built a six station “Fitness Course” around the perimeter of my high school campus. I raised all the money and I organized all the volunteers.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

Everyone wants to get fit and in shape, but everywhere you can get in shape charges membership dues and fees. I wanted to create a space, a place where anyone could go and exercise for free. Schools are stressful places for the staff and teachers. I wanted to create a path and trail where they could go on planning time and de-stress and get fit at the same time.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I am most proud that we completed the course. The course looks great and it is a great gift to my community and to my school that I love. I made a difference for the staff and the students and my hometown.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I had to organize volunteers for the project. I learned to write grants and I learned to walk into businesses and ask for donations. I learned that I can direct a large scale project.

How did you make your project sustainable?

The equipment is maintenance free, but the school grounds crews have agreed to maintain the equipment if necessary and the grounds around the equipment. Mr. Christensen, the PRHS counselor, and track coach have also planned to continue the trail and course with future Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts looking for Eagle Scout and Gold Award projects. The future of the “Project Fitness” looks good.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I involved my community members, businesses and made sure to purchase everything right here in my hometown. The people that helped, the students, the parents and teachers/coaches are all from the community and all believed in me and my project. The course is a huge benefit to our school and our community.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I developed a stronger sense of self. I gained practical life skills.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I developed healthy relationships. I promoted cooperation and team building. I felt more connected to my community, locally and
globally.

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

This Gold Award is the culmination of my scouting experience. I started with my Daisy troop in kindergarten and stayed in my same troop throughout my scouting years. I am proud that I completed my Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. I am better able to organize my time and talents because of my experiences in Girl Scouts. I am using what I learned during the Gold Award in college and am proud to say that my new leadership skills allowed me to become one of the Manresa Orientation leaders at Xavier University during my sophomore year.

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Madison Haneke, Castle Rock, “Blankets for Babies”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I led volunteers in sewing just over 100 blankets for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units at three hospitals in my area: SkyRidge Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital (Anschutz) and Castle Rock Adventist Hospital.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I noticed that the majority of organizations put in place in hospitals target cancer patients and children (ages 5 and up). These are wonderful causes, but I wanted to bring attention to a bit of a less well-known department, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, so I formed my project around raising awareness for the families that have hospitalized infants.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I think my blankets brightened up the day of the families in the NICU and I definitely saw nurses get excited about the blankets, but I thought my impact on the volunteers who helped was amazing. I showed them that just a simple act of kindness can impact people you would never meet.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned how to ask for help, especially in front of a lot of people. Before, I was nervous to speak in front of people, but I learned that almost everyone is willing to help if you only ask. I also became a better collaborator. I gained the skill of incorporating others’ ideas to make my overall project better.

How did you make your project sustainable?

In every blanket package, there is a flyer with directions for making the blanket for future babies, and a link to my blog was included also, so that the families could learn about my project and maybe be inspired to make their own blanket to give to another family. Along with this, I recruited the help of a few ladies who love to sew and have already received and delivered a donation from one. I think their continued love of sewing and my connections could make the blankets a recurring donation to NICUs.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

My blog was my main connection to the larger community. So far, it has received nearly 200 views, which is way more than I could have reached alone.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The most memorable part of my project was definitely seeing the reactions of the nurses. They were immediately excited about the product and idea, and they started giving them out as soon as I delivered them.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Through earning my Gold Award, I learned that I can make a real difference in the lives of people that I wouldn’t otherwise meet if I’m passionate and dedicated enough. This confidence will help to drive me through any challenges I may face in the future, since now I know what I am capable of with help from others and a strong desire to make an impact.

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

I see the Gold Award as the culmination of what Girl Scouts is all about. It is a massive leadership and community service responsibility, and earning it was so important to me because I felt like I was taking all that I have learned in Girl Scouts and applying it to the real world.

Red Rocks Community College presents: Cadette Woodworker Badge

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The Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Skilled Trades departments at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) are very excited to work with Cadette Girl Scouts this spring to help them earn their Woodworker badge. Come join us in learning the basics of woodworking.  RRCC has a state of the art carpentry and woodworking lab, so this will be an excellent place to explore, learn, experiment and build.

We will start with the basics:  learning to use a hammer, screwdriver, level, wood saw, tape measure and other tools of the woodworking trade.  Then, put what you’ve learned into practice on a variety of projects.  We will culminate with a creative project you can take home.

But, you’ll be taking home more than just a project! You’ll take home the skills and confidence to start your own woodworking project!

When: April 2nd

Time: 5:00 PM

Where: Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood

Cost: $5 per girl

Register now: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/2737

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Kelsey Quick, Salida, “Say No to Cyberbullying”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I created a website for kids who are being cyberbullied where they can talk about their experience and get help. In addition, I created a unit of lesson plans for 4th – 6th grade teachers that teach what cyberbullying is, what to do about it, and how not to do it.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I came up with my project idea when I noticed that fights on social media started to carry over into my high school’s hallways as real fights. I also read stories about kids committing suicide because of cyberbullying. I wanted to do something to help.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Through my project, I taught younger kids how to be careful and safe on the internet. I have also given kids a safe place to go on the internet if they are cyberbullied. I hope this makes a difference for a lot of kids.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

By teaching lessons to elementary students, I increased my flexibility and adaptability which will help me as I pursue a teaching degree.

How did you make your project sustainable?

My project is sustainable because my Cyberbullying Unit lesson plans will be distributed throughout school districts in Colorado. Also, my website will continue indefinitely.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Cyberbullying is the fastest growing form of harassment in the world.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The thing I will remember most about my project is the impact it will have on people. The stories that the kids shared with me about their experiences with cyberbullying really touched my heart. Also, I will remember how enthusiastic teachers were when they were given the lesson plans to use with their students.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Since I hope to become a teacher, I hope my Gold Award project will help me get a teaching job some day.

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

The Gold Award is the top honor you can earn in Girl Scouts. It is the culmination of all the years of badges, projects, volunteer activities, and hard work.

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