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Girl Scout Bridging and Overnight with Colorado Springs Sky Sox Baseball

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Join us for our annual Girl Scout Night, Bridging Celebration and Overnight with the Colorado Sky Sox, Friday June 3-4 in Colorado Springs! Girl Scouts can participate in a Bridging Ceremony before the game and enjoy an optional overnight at the game. Friends and family are invited. The game starts at 7:05 pm with bridging at 6:35 pm. The Overnight starts after the game, with breakfast at 7 am. Each participating Girl Scout will get a patch.

Register here

• Game Tickets (includes game ticket, parking or Fun Zone Pass, meal voucher, bridging & patch) = $17.25 each

• Overnight Tickets (cannot be purchased without a Game Ticket) = $5.75 each (includes overnight pass, movie and breakfast)

Registration closes May 30th

For more information, please contact:

Brenda Ashby at brenda.ashby@gscolorado.org or call (719) 304-8305.

This event is for all Girl Scouts and their families and friends, whether they are bridging or not. No refunds.

What do Girl Guides do in England?

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Submitted by Allysen Santilli

Pikes Peak

Girl Guide Leader Danni Mariner hosted a presentation on Thursday, May 19 at Mitchell Elementary. Danni is visiting from England. The Girls were entertained to learn of the variety of activities her troop partakes in including “Crate Stacking” and “Sledging.” The room was packed with Scouts from Mitchell and Kendrick Lakes Elementary schools including Daisies, Brownies and Juniors. The night wrapped up with an exchange of unique badges, some silly songs about penguins and a lot of hand jive! We learned how girls from different countries all like to have a lot of fun and laughs. Thanks for a great night, Danni!

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

My Gold Award experience

Submitted by Debra Zerr

Arvada

Denver Metro

My experience towards earning the Gold Award was one of the most challenging and fun projects I have ever done. The individuals I met, the things I learned, and the feelings I had while I helped make the world a better place made every challenge encountered worth it.

My project was inspired by my broad history of family members serving the military, having a deep care and respect for those who serve, and many people not knowing what the military does or who they are as people. Thus I created Connecting & Protecting, “Connecting the public, protecting the respect for the brave”. My project focuses on connecting the general public (anyone who has not served themselves) and the US Military through many elements that help educate and inform the public of what the military does.

The project had 6 parts, and took me over 1000 hours. Several parts, including the 430 foot pathway, event, maintenance group and manual, and educational pamphlet, contributed to the US Marine Corps Memorial in Golden, CO. On top of all that, I created a website with interviews from individuals who currently serve or have served in the military, quick information about the military branches, pictures and information about my project, and a lot more!

My personal favorite parts of my whole project was the event and the interviews. It was a lot of fun presenting and meeting with military men and women to set up a morning for people to come to the US Marine Corps Memorial to meet the local service members. Watching people enjoy the activities offered by the military recruiters and communication between the public and military gave me a great feeling of success. The interviews were a lot of fun to do as well. Getting to know each of the military members I worked with on a more personal level really changed my view of how dedicated the men and women service members really are.

I learned a lot during my journey towards achieving Gold. I strengthened my skills in public speaking, communication, writing, interviewing, and staying positive. I also learned I can accomplish anything when I put my mind to it, and that persistence and determination will make dreams reality. All the military I worked with really helped me gain more confidence in myself when it comes to tackling hard situations and fears. Both my project advisers were amazing support during the entire course of my project and gave me great advice when I needed it. They taught me how to act in tough situations when interacting with difficult people and showed me many reasons why I should always believe in myself. One of the biggest lessons I learned is the difference between failures and mistakes. Before my project took place, I would always look at something that is a mistake and label it a failure. Now that I have completed my project, I now have learned the difference between the two and can admit to a mistake but not say I’m a failure because of it.

My team was a golden part in my project. They kept me going, helped me succeed, gave me confidence, supported me, gave me advice, and got me moving when I needed a “kick in the butt”. For that, I am forever grateful to them. To me they weren’t just my team, they were my family. Thank you for all you did for me, it means a lot more to me than I can ever express.

To read more about “Connecting & Protecting” please visit the website at www.connectingprotecting.com.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

First-year Daisies graduate

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Submitted by Krista Fuller

Fort Collins

Northern and Northeastern CO

Congratulations to Northern Colorado’s Daisy Troop 76085! Kalynn, Mila, Harper, Isabel, Amelia, Lucy, Tessie, Tenley and Makena will all be returning next year for more adventures with the Daisy Scouts while Connie will be bridging into the troop’s first Brownie! We’re so proud of you!

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

Lodging for GSCO Centennial Kickoff Celebration

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in our great state! Girl Scouts of all ages, along with their friends and families, are invited to join us for a Centennial Kickoff Celebration July 23 & 24, 2016 near the site of the 1959 Girl Scout Roundup in Colorado Springs. We’ll honor our traditions with special badges, activities, and fun for the whole family.

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016 9 a.m. – Sunday, July 24, 2016 5 p.m.

Location: Centennial Celebration Site Map

Fees:

Advance tickets: $25 per day or $35 for both days
Walkup tickets : $30 per day or $40 for both days

* Fees include a commemorative Centennial Celebration patch and t-shirt. Girl Scout members may also earn up to 12 Girl Scouts Legacy and vintage badges for no additional fee

** Children 4 and under are free.

Register Now:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2016/gsco_centennial_cele.html

Lodging Options:

Discounted rooms are available within walking distance at Hampton Inn, 1307 Republic Drive, Colorado Springs. There are also numerous area hotels and campgrounds available for overnight stays.

Limited cabins and camping spots are available at our residential camp property, Sky High Ranch, in Woodland Park. If you are interested in reserving a space at this property, please indicate that on the registration form and you will be redirected to a separate registration form.

*Note: Sky High Ranch accommodations are restricted to troops only. Each troop must follow Safety Activity Checkpoints supervision ratios, and have an adult who has completed Overnight Training and an adult who is CPR and First Aid Certified.

 

Silver Award Meals on Wheels Happy Holidays Project

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Submitted by Nancy Murzyn

Fort Collins

Northern and Northeastern CO

We are a group of four girls from Troop 72737 that worked this past fall on our Silver Award. For our project we worked with Meals on Wheels. We decorated and filled Christmas stockings as our main project but we wanted to do more so we also participated in a delivery day with them and decorated meal bags for Valentine’s Day. We did this so we can help the community and make the world a better place.

Meals on Wheels is an organization that helps homebound seniors get the supplies and food they need. Sometimes, like with Christmas, Meals on Wheels delivery people are the only interaction the seniors have. Normally they serve about 250 people in Fort Collins but for Christmas that number drops to around 125.

We had to contact Meals on Wheels a lot during our project so we could get critical information about what they wanted us to do. For example, we had to contact them to know how many stockings they needed, what day we could pick up the stockings, what day they’d like them dropped off, when we could deliver meals for them, what else we could do, and lots of other stuff.

Meals on Wheels was able to give us the stockings, which was a big help. One of our tasks was to make the stockings special. We researched how to make them look nice without a lot of money and once we decided on what to do we asked our troop to help get the supplies and decorate them with us teaching our troop members how to do it.

A few weeks after we began our project we started to reach out to other Girl Scout troops, asking assistance in making crafts to put in the Christmas stockings. Only a few days later, all of a sudden we were hit with emails from people who wanted to help. We were beyond thrilled!

Our group traveled from our old grade school all the way out to different cities to help groups make crafts. We helped some groups make crafts while others found ways to deliver the crafts to one of us. We successfully collected or made 8 crafts.

The hardest part was coordinating with the other troop leaders. It was easier said then done as there were like 3 different Sarahs. Talking, meeting, and helping these troops and their leaders was awesome, the whole adventure was such a delight.

We also collected donations to stuff the stockings with. To get donations we had to take several steps. First we made an outline of what we were going to do and then made a brochure to give to stores. Our brochure was a simple and quick way to explain what we were doing and why. We also added a list of what we were collecting (pens, notepads/cards, candy, Kleenex, chapstick, etc), our leader’s email, and a ‘thank you for contributing’ message.

Next we split into two teams to visit the stores on the list we had brainstormed. Some businesses gave us a check and some had us fill out request for donation forms. It was hard to ask for help but and several business simply said no. We do want to extend a big thank you to the stores who donated and helped us out!

With our crafts and donations collected we again asked our troop to help with the stuffing of the stockings. We ended up with 125 stockings decorated and stuffed. This represents the number of clients that Meals on Wheels has that had no where to go for Christmas. Our stockings might have been the only present they received.

Since we had so many people contribute to the stockings we wanted to do something ourselves to contribute to the project. We decided to decorate meal bags for Valentine’s Day with our group decorating over 41 bags. Our troop helped us decorate the remaining 36 that we were giving turning it into a mini service project for them.

We also wanted to interact with the Meals on Wheels clients more to actually meet with them. We picked a day when we didn’t have school and delivered meals to 12 people as a team. The clients each got two trays, one with hot food and one with cold food. They really thanked us for the food and we saw how much they appreciated getting it and talking to us. We were glad that we did this part so we could help the people Meals on Wheels serves in person. The only hard part was trying to find the houses and making sure the clients heard the doorbell ring!

The hardest part of the project was trying to get all the supplies for the stockings and contacting all the donors to get the right number of supplies we needed. If we did the project again we would work a bit on more organization to keep track of everything.

To all other Girl Scouts working on their Silver Award we would like to encourage you to do it. You do have to put a lot of work into the project and remember that everyone needs to contribute. If you don’t do your work you might mess up the entire project. Also, be aware that you might have to redo things in order to finish without any problems. Finally, remember to keep working even if it seems like it is taking a long time. You do have to work hard to finish the project and in the end it is worth all the time you put in.

We’re really glad that we finished our Silver Award and think it helped prepare us to do our Gold Award when we are older. We’ll encourage the rest of our troop and any other Cadette scout to work on a project also. It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun and we learned a lot about how to work on a big project.

So this project is sustainable, here is the process we went through. The journey we took had several steps:

1. First of all, we had to plan everything out so that we would meet the requirements of the award and have enough time to complete our project by the deadline. We met twice a week every Monday and Thursday starting in October and ending in December. We did extend our project into January as we wanted to do a bit more than just the stockings for Meals on Wheels.

2. Next, we had to put our many planning meetings into action and start collecting donations. We had many local stores rise to the occasion magnificently. Without these amazing contributions, we would not have succeeded. Thank you to all of our sponsors, including all of the other Girl Scout troops who helped us make crafts! By the end of November, we had almost three fourths of the crafts and varied items collected and stored safely.

3. Our final step was to wrap up the project. We gathered the remaining crafts and stuffed the stockings with the help of our other troop members and outstanding leaders. At last, we delivered the stockings to Meals on Wheels as the last portion of our project.

We hope this inspires you to possibly help Meals on Wheels out (maybe next Christmas) and also inspires you to start work on your Silver Award.

Thank you for reading!

Wren, Ella, Mikayla, Roxi from Troop 72737

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

Girls create “Council’s Own” badge from Silver Award

Submitted by Kristin Coulter

Denver

Metro Denver

“I’ve never seen so many women bosses in one room!” That was the reaction one of the eleven members of Park Hill Girl Scout Troop 3573 had after the troop presented its Silver Award project to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors. On presentation day, May 12th, the girls had found the board meeting room filled with more than 20 professional women, from around the state, eager to learn how the middle school troop was able to create a Girl Scouts of Colorado Council’s Own badge as a part of its Silver Award project.

What is the Silver Award? The Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette-level (6th-8th grade) Girl Scout can earn. The troop did their Silver Award project on urban orienteering. While the girls love getting outdoors and exploring nature, their reality is that they live in the city. As city dwellers, as well as being girls soon to be entering high school, they needed to know how to get around independently. They had lots of questions. Which side of the street has even numbers and which has odd? How can I tell which direction I’m traveling by the street signs? Given where I’m going, should I take the bus or light rail? How can I best keep my valuables safe? What’s my Plan B if my phone is out of power and I get separated from my friends or family? Completing the badge explores all these issues and more.

So the 7th and 8th grade troop members created a badge. But how did it get to be a Council’s Own badge and what is that anyway? A Council’s Own badge is a badge that is specific to the state in which it is created but it may also be earned by scouts outside of the state or council. To create the badge, the troop had to indicate to Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) what Cadette scouts will learn by completing the badge. Following the format of every Girl Scout badge, the troop wrote five distinct badge step requirements as well as designed three detailed activity options for each requirement. The troop did all of this and submitted their application to GSUSA. The Girl Scouts of the USA approved it! The diamond-shaped badge depicting the downtown Denver skyline and the requirement to earn it will soon be available in the GSCO Council Shop.

After the presentation, the troop members reflected on their accomplishment. They took great pride when they realized that no one asked them to create a badge, especially not a statewide badge that got national approval. Seeing a need and filling it, that’s leadership. That’s how you get to be one of the women bosses in a room.

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

Providing comfort for cancer patients

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Submitted by Susan Clark

Centennial

Denver Metro

The Cadettes and newly bridged Juniors of Centennial Troop 62732 spent their last meeting of the year on a community service project focusing on cancer patients. The girls created care packages with comfort items to give to cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy. Over 30 care packages with personal notes offering encouragement will be delivered to Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers

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

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