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.
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Calling all Katniss Everdeen’s! Are you or your troop interested in Archery? This is your chance to get certified as a Level 1 Archery Instructor through USAA Archery. This certification allows an adult (16 and over) to supervise and facilitate troops shooting at an archery range. GSCO is offering this certification class from 11am- 5pm on Saturday June 4th at Sky High Ranch for only $60 including lunch. Can’t make this training? We will be offering another one in September, contact Anna Danila for more questions or more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
On April 28, Girl Scout Troops 11056 and 11015 hosted a business etiquette tea party for 8th though 12th-grade girls. Guest speakers Liz Fuller and Chelsea Dalporto-McDowell led discussions about business etiquette, as well as formal and non-formal dinner settings.
All of the 11 girls and their mothers enjoyed petit fours, cookies, lemonade and tea. At the end of the discussion, all girls received the etiquette book 50 Things All Young Ladies Should Know. The goal for the troops was to teach girls in the community how to be more proper in formal situations. They hope that the girls will spread the information to others.
Troop 11056 was able to earn their Silver award by organizing and hosting this fun event!
At the beginning of the cookie season we asked our girls how they wanted to give back to our community. We gave them 3-4 options and they unanimously voted to donate our Hometown Hero packages to the Wellington Food Bank. They also decided that we should donate some of our cookie profits to the food bank so they could buy what they needed most.
After talking more about it during cookie season, we decided to organize a food drive too. We set up a donation bin at Ridley’s Family Market here in Wellington for a week, and today, our Daisy troop handed off their collected donation in addition to our HTH packages and our monetary donation directly to representatives from the Wellington Food Bank. They were impressed by “how much 8 little girls were able to collect,” but we knew that they’d do a great job! We’re so proud of them for thinking of others in our community, and for wanting to give so generously.
On March 26th, Elyana Knapp, with the help of her troop # 60325, earned her Bronze award by placing donated books for children in the lobby of the Adams County DHS building. They put the following article in their school newsletter:
Girl Scout Service Project – Girl Scouts participate in service projects that benefit the community and make the world a better place. Girl Scout Elyana Knapp, age 10, suggested that Troop # 60325 donate books to needy children. The troop purchased and distributed new children’s books to Adams County Human Services to be placed in the building lobby. It was a great project because many of the children served love to read and look at books.The lack of children’s books is an ongoing need and the troop’s generous donation was much needed and appreciated.
Our troop of just 8 girls got over 200 packages of donations for our Hometown Heroes – West Metro Fire (Station 13). Even though it was cold and snowy, the men LOVED getting cookies. They were so excited they offered a tour and had a box half gone before we left!
Broomfield Brownie Troop 64592 had a wonderful time at Three Leaf Farm. We got to go on a nature hike and learn all about native Colorado plants and their medicinal values. We also got to pet the horses and feed goats. This was definitely one of the best field trips and also completed a step for our patch. Three Leaf Farm also has some wonderful herbal classes and a summer camps for kids.
We have some exciting (and delicious) news! Two of the finalists in this year’s “Taste of Home” Girl Scout Cookies recipe contest are from Colorado!
Margaret from Colorado Springs created this “Samoa Swirl No-Churn Ice Cream.”
Jody from La Junta entered a “Fantastic Toffee-tastic Cheesecake.” In addition to creating this delicious dish, Jody is also a Girl Scout! She helps lead a multi-level troop (Daisy-Junior); assists with recruitment; and serves as her troop’s Fall Sale manager and cookie manager.
More than 200 Girl Scout families and friends gathered at Colorado Mesa University on April 24, 2016 to honor the more than 1,600 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.
The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9th-12th who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in grades 4th and 5th can earn. For the 2015-16 Girl Scout awards program year, more than 1,000 girls across the state and 30 in Grand Junction and Western Colorado earned the prestigious Silver Award. 75 earned the Bronze Award.
Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foot said the girls’ spirit and motivation inspires us all to think of the needs of others and take action to make the world a better place.
“You are strong role models for our community and our world,” she said.
2015 Gold Award recipient Mickayla TerLouw served as the celebration’s emcee. In addition to earning her Gold Award, she was also awarded Honorable Mention for the Stephanie Foote Leadership Prize. To earn her Gold Award, Mickayla designed and implemented a program at Orchard Avenue Elementary School, where she organized the first-ever “Fall into Reading Dinner and Game Night.” It was an evening of carnival-style games for kids as well as activities for parents that were designed to advertise and promote family literacy. She collected community donations of hundreds of books to use as prizes for some of these games, which were all book-themed. She also created the Reading Challenge, which was a school-wide competition between the classes to see who could read the most, with bonuses for when students read as a family.
“The Gold Award is a truly exceptional experience, both in the benefit for the community and self-awareness and skill-building the Girl Scout gains,” she said.
Jane Quimby, Director of Public Safety Department, Instructor of Criminal Justice at Colorado Mesa University, and a retired Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, gave the afternoon’s keynote speech. Jane spoke strongly about the character girls develop through activity in organizations like Girl Scouts. “You can’t teach character in a class.” When hiring for the FBI, she looked for character above all. Jane referenced the Girl Scout Law stating, “If only everyone lived by the Girl Scout law, the world would be a better place.”
This year Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest award. The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to honor this year’s Highest Awards recipients at ceremonies around the state. These events include:
May 1st at 2 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver
May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs