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Westwood Bridge celebrates the end of a fun year

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Submitted by Mary, Program Associate and Outreach Troop Leader

The 2015 Girl Scouts program at Westwood Bridge was a wonderful success with 40 girls. We explored new wildlife around the world and did old-time favorite crafts during the holidays.

Check out the slideshow of the Westwood Bridge girls celebrating the end of a wonderful year of program. Each girl received a chalkboard keepsake to decorate and sign. Beautiful job by all!

 

Girl Scout works to earn Gold Award with “Imagination Station”

Hello! My name is Cassidy, and I’m 17 years old and go to ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch. I’m currently working on my Gold Award project called “Imagination Station.” For my project, I’m creating a fruitful, up-to-date library for the kids living at Joshua Station, a faith-based community in downtown Denver that assists families as they make the transition from homelessness to a healthy, stable living environment. Currently, there are 30 families living at Joshua Station, and among these families are 67 kids!

I am collecting a range of new children’s books, from classics to newly published, to build a library and inspire a love of reading within the kids there. Along with the library, I will be designing a reading nook near the front entrance of Joshua Station so kids can read, do homework, or spend time with family and friends in a comfortable setting. Additionally, I will be starting a kids’ book club that will meet monthly at Joshua Station, so we will be reading all of the wonderful books that people donate.

Beginning on June 1, the Aspen Grove Tattered Cover will serve as a donation drop site for very gently used or new books that people can give to any staff member to collect. The store will then donate one new book for every ten new or used that my supporters donate. This will go until July 31.

I have also composed an online wish list of items that I would like to add to the reading nook. You can access the wish list by going to: http://www.myregistry.com/organization/Cassidy-Klein-Highlands-Ranch-CO/868582

Please consider donating gently used children’s or teen’s books, or purchasing new books, and bringing them to the Aspen Grove Tattered Cover. Give them to any staff member, and they will add them to the collection for my project. Thank you so much! This will make an incredible difference in the kids’ lives at Joshua Station. I made a flyer with a list of potential books to give you an idea of what I’m looking for, but please feel free to donate your favorite children’s books or classics.

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The address to the Aspen Grove Tattered Cover is:

Aspen Grove, 7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120

My project progress so far:

On May 15 and 16, the Idyllwilde community neighborhood in Parker ran a Scholastic book fair and raised over $450 in new books for Joshua Station! Kristi Stuart, who works for Scholastic, and the community liaison, June Zelkin, were so wonderful and generous to help put this together and support my project. I’ll soon be going to the Scholastic warehouse to pick out $450 worth of new books! Yay!

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On May 9, four of my lovely friends and I volunteered at the Barking Dog Dualthon at Cherry Creek State Park. It was a fundraiser, and we earned $187.50 for my project by volunteering! It was a cold and rainy morning, but we had fun!

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Thank you so much for your support! I’m super excited about my project!

 

Brownies visit horse rescue center

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Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Lone Tree Brownie Girl Scout Troops 59 & 1226

Denver Metro

Last spring, our new Brownie Girl Scout Emily K. wrote on our Troop Bucket List that she would like to visit a Horse Rescue with her Girl Scout sisters.  The girls unanimously requested to have the opportunity to learn more about horse care and go horseback riding, but the idea of visiting a Horse Rescue had not occurred to me as a Troop Leader in a larger city area.  We put a plan in motion for our girls to first have the opportunity to visit a rescue, then go horseback riding and maybe attend a rodeo together later this year.

Planning a visit to a Horse Rescue is easier said then done.  Some facilities do not conduct tours with the public due to the sad horse cases they often work with and there are only a few Horse Rescues near where we live.  We were fortunate to come in contact with teacher Marion Nagle from our school district who volunteers her time at a rescue, including education to help prevent future abuse of horses.  (This particular rescue is about to move to Florida in two months, so we scheduled our tour just in time.)

Last week, our Lone Tree Girl Scouts broke out of the suburbs and embarked on a fieldtrip to the countryside to visit the Front Range Equine Rescue.  Our city slickers learned more about horses then they originally bargained and hope to share awareness with other Girl Scout families.

Here are some startling facts shared directly from the rescue’s annual calendar:

With at least 80% of Americans opposed to horse slaughter, it’s hard to fathom why over 140,000 American horses are brutally killed each year for human consumption.  Front Range Equine Rescue took the lead during 2012-2013 when U.S. horse slaughter plants attempted to open.  It was Front Range’s legal strategies and lawsuits at the state and federal level which delayed any plant from opening.  Still, every year over 140,000 of America’s horses are slaughtered in Canada, Mexico and Japan.

America’s horses are not raised as a food animal.  The products and medications given to them over the course of their lifetime makes then unfit for human consumption – dangerous to deadly depending on what they have ingested.  Horse owners commonly use wormer, fly spray, vaccinations, antibiotics, and medications like Bute, Banamine, DMSO, and Fura-zone to treat horses.  All of these products (and over 100 other substances) are banned for use in animals meant for human consumption.  

Thousands of horses could be spared a trip to slaughter each year by ending the unnecessary Premarin industry (women have many alternatives for hormone replacement therapy) and reinstating full protections for wild horses. 

Our girls continued on to learn about how young horses are used to receive trophies and then put in to auctions as they age, become injured or are exposed to contagious diseases.  There is a buyer at many of these auctions, with the sole purpose of purchasing horses to ship for meat.  When unable to keep a horse, owners have many options other than dumping a horse at auction where the risk is high for any horse to be purchased for slaughter.

Understanding what it takes to care for a horse and the long-term commitment is crucial to preventing future abuse of an animal who is not a predator.  Horses want the chance to be loved.

The girls discussed ways they can help make a difference for horse rescue by spreading awareness, volunteering at rescue centers or with horse stables working with special needs kids, raising money to donate toward efforts and reporting any known abuse.  Hilary Wood, Founder of Front Range Equine Rescue, adopted her first abused horse at the age of 21.  Our young Girl Scouts can make a difference and they are quickly learning this through the educational experiences we offer them.  Thank you Front Range Equine Rescue!

Girls from our Troop reading the story ‘Black Beauty’ this summer will have special recognition.  “If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.” author Anna Sewell.  Girl Scouts can be part of the solution.

Later this summer, our Girl Scouts have a surprise horseback riding camp planned.  Parents have been keeping very quiet as we know the girls will scream with excitement!

Fall Rendezvous at MMR Sept 4-6 – Bring your troop to the mountains!

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Submitted by Rebecca Lankford

Broomfield

Denver Metro

Attention Brownies and Juniors!

Girl Scout RETROS Troop 53572 from Broomfield invites you to a fun weekend of troop camping at GSCO’s beautiful Meadow Mountain Ranch near Allenspark, CO. We will host Brownie and Junior troops for a variety of activities, which may include archery, camp cooking, cooking challenge, crafts, nature hike, camp fire song circle, skits and more!

Leaders attending with their troops must be trained in overnights and outdoor cooking. Adult attendance must comply with Safety Activity Checkpoints for camping.

Cost:
Bring and cook your own food:$60 per scout/$25 per adult
Learn to cook/food provided: $85 per scout/$35 per adult

Brownies will earn the Hiker badge and Juniors will earn the Camper badge. Price includes patches.

Please pre-register here: http://goo.gl/forms/SFFIOJ1gDV

Contact Rebecca “Zap” Lankford at camplikeagirlscout@gmail.com with any questions.

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/2717

Our goal is to help your troop learn to camp! Many of the girls in the RETROS troop are PA trained, or are working toward being PA trained. Come see girl-led instruction in action and talk with our girls about all of our fun troop adventures!

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

Troop 2067 helps at Rosie’s Ranch

Submitted by Angela Chesher

Parker

Denver Metro

We are troop 2067. For our bronze award, we helped out at Rosie’s Ranch. Rosie’s Ranch assists children with hearing loss and oral language challenges to listen and speak through engaging in activities with horses. We helped the ranch by buying shelves. Mrs. Mary’s garage was a maze full of all her things. We decided to buy her shelves and bins from our cookie money. We organized her garage, put the shelves up, and organized a garage sale group and auction group with the items she didn’t want. She can now find everything she needs for the horse camps. The participants of her camps and her, will benefit from this. We also washed the barn and picked up the manure.

There were many factors that went into choosing Rosie’s Ranch. First, we decided that we wanted to do something with animals. Next, we decided we wanted to do something with horses. After that, two of the moms knew about this horse ranch and they also knew the owner, Mrs.Mary. Then, we called Mrs.Mary to set up some dates. Last, we showed up to help change some lives. One thing we learned was that we need to try to be friends with special needs kids. We learned that they are just like us and they want everything that we want, like friends. Rosie’s Ranch was overall a great experience for all of us. We took back a lot and had fun doing it. We all hope this inspires others to help make their community a better place.

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

Mel Johnston shares her lifelong Girl Scouting experience

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Mel Johnston is a past Board President for Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council, JGL Society Member, GSCO Alum and ’12 Woman of Distinction.  She recently shared her Girl Scouting experiences with us:

Girl Scouting for me began in a World War II barracks constructed by the German POWs held in a camp outside our small Kansas town.  As Brownies we did all the usual things, made sit-upons out of red check oil cloth and yarn, went on hikes through the farm fields and creeks around town.  When I moved to another small Kansas town, my best friend’s mom was the troop leader and guided us to our first class rank.  There was no Girl Scout camp in our area so maybe that is why I never developed the camping ‘gene’ that most scouts have.

Most of my Girl Scout experience came as an adult starting with troop leader for Brownies, then some brief stints as a helper for Junior badge work and Cadette projects – hardly ever camping, though.  My older daughter made up for me in the camp department, going to Flying G’s horse program every summer and eventually completing Top Hand Roundup – riding from Evergreen over the continental divide to Breckenridge.  It took a week and you could tell they had been in the saddle that long when we picked them up.

In Mile Hi Council at that time the volunteer management structure was quite different than it is today.  Following troop leadership I became a neighborhood services director managing troops in our ‘neighborhood’.  Then came District Services Director and from there a board position as vice-president of membership services – overseeing all the district service directors. When Liz Hayden, our executive director at the time, asked me to be board president I was overwhelmed.  It was such an honor and the beginning of such an important part of my life.

I’ve often said that Girl Scouts gave me an MBA and I truly mean it.  The training we received at the board level, the opportunities to interact with our counterparts across the country were priceless. We were able to take advantage of some of the highest level instruction with mentors from leading businesses and universities. Being involved in two major capital campaigns brought more experience in how a community works together.  A special experience was being present at the White House when the Gold Award was inaugurated during the Carter administration.  The people I’ve been privileged to meet and work with would not have come about if not for the Girl Scout connection.

All of these skills were quite valuable when I did begin a career ‘outside the home.’  I have been a private piano teacher and performer for 4 decades but I didn’t consider that a ‘real job.’ I worked as an admissions officer for the college from which I graduated, establishing our presence here in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.  Working with kids ready to take off on their first big life adventure, and with their parents, was both challenging and immensely rewarding. For many years after that I had fun playing in the clothing business, both wholesale and retail. It’s my grandmother’s fault that I’m such a clothes nut.

Girl Scouting continues to be a very important part of who I am and what keeps me going.  I love the involvement with the Alums, the Women of Distinction and our group of former presidents.  It indeed helps me “Be Prepared” as my first class badge says.

Girl Scout Night at Sky Sox- Only one more week to get tickets

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Are you looking for a fun end of the year event or maybe just a fun family event. Look no further… You are invited to Girl Scout Night at Sky Sox Baseball. This is a 3-part event. We will start with a bridging celebration for all bridging girls, we will enjoy the game including fireworks, and for those big camping fans we will pitch our tents and stay overnight on the field.

This event is for all Girl Scouts and their friends and families.

Tickets are limited so get yours now!

Friday June 5th- Saturday June 6th
Game Starts at 7:05 with Bridging at 6:35
Please be in your seats by 7pm
Overnight starts after the game
Breakfast at 7am
Patch included

Game Tickets are $15 and include game ticket, Parking or Fun Zone Pass, and meal voucher.

Overnight Tickets are $18 and include game ticket, parking or Fun Zone Pass, meal voucher, overnight pass, and breakfast.

To purchase tickets and have them mailed contact
Sloan Gonzales at sloan.gonzales@gscolorado.org The last day to purchase tickets and have them sent by mail is May 28th.

You can also purchase and pick up tickets at the
Colorado Springs Office till June 3rd.

Get your tickets for Cocktails & Cookie Creations

There’s still time to get your tickets for Cocktails & Cookie Creations in Steamboat Springs on Thursday, May 28, 2015. This annual adult tasting event features savory appetizers made with Girl Scout Cookies, wine, specialty cocktails, a silent auction, and more.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect this year:

  • Rah-Rah Raisins: Chef Kate Rench from Café Diva will be preparing Rah-Rah Risotto Gyro Sushi Rolls
  • Do-Si-Dos: Chef Ben Hunt from Catamount Ranch & Club will be preparing Short Rib Do-Si-Do Pad Thai
  • Samoas: Chef Jacob Jaime from Catamount Ranch & Club will be preparing Samoa Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa
  • Tagalongs: Chefs Sarah Seguin and Chereen Leong from bistro c.v. will be preparing Caribbean Tag-A-Bobs
  • Trefoils: Chef John Faris from Steamboat Meat and Seafood will be preparing Duck Confit with Green Chilies
  • Thin Mints: Chef Greg Smith from Fireside Catering will be preparing The Chocolate BMT with Port Wine Sauce. Chef Smith describes this dish as, “The classic BLT meets The Thin Mint Cookie.  Fireside Catering starts out by making bread with the Thin Mint cookies and Butcherknife’s Buzzcock Mild Beer. Then Chef Greg dips Applewood Smoked Bacon into a Thin Mint chocolate mixture and topped it with fresh mint and tomatoes.  Right before serving we drizzle a port wine reduction over the sandwich and add more fresh mint. It’s a perfect match for dessert.  Chocolate, Beer, and Bacon all in one bite size sandwich.”

For more information on Cocktails & Cookie Creations in Steamboat Springs, email Carol Griffin.

Steamboat Juniors enjoy BDT stage

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Submitted by Rhonda Graham

Steamboat Springs

Mountain Communities

On Friday, May 22, Steamboat Springs Junior troop 54178 enjoyed a fabulous theatrical presentation of Mary Poppins at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre. The girls used proceeds from the 2015 cookie sale and a generous donation from our community’s GS Cookies & Cocktails Creations 2014 scholarship fund to help underwrite an overnight trip to the city.

The girls enjoyed fine dining and a top-notch theatrical performance. They received a shout-out from the staff of BDT Stage and enjoyed a meet and greet with the actors after the performance. A great time was had by all during this wonderful evening, which reinforced the special bonds and opportunities which can only happen with Girl Scouts!

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

Troop 2375 visting with the local police

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Submitted by Charlene Taylor

Aurora

Denver Metro

“We are Troop 2375.
We chose the Southlands Aurora Police Department to be our Hometown Heroes. We chose you because you keep our community safe from bad people. We think that it’s important for people to always listen to the police. We know that you are the good guys, and are always there to help us.
The community that bought cookies from us at booths chose to support you as well, which is where the money for these cookies came from. Thank you for volunteering to protect and serve us, and Aurora.

Signed, Troop 2375″

This was the card and speech the girls from Brownie Troop 2375 made to the Aurora Police Department when delivering their 48 boxes of hometown hero cookies.

The girls chose the local police department to be their Hometown Heroes after discussing Ferguson. Some of their classmates were pulled out of school to go participate in the civil disobedience there, and they were curious what that was about. As we talked about it, they wanted to express their support of what you do as peace officers, and to affirm that if people would just stop and do what the police say, like “Stop”, or “Kneel down, please”, we wouldn’t have all these problems.

As a troop, we wanted to express our thanks to the police for presenting a safe presence to the City of Aurora, and letting our girls grow up in an environment where they trust their police force.
Also, we wanted to make sure they knew that as we sold cookies at booths throughout Aurora, several people donated only after we told them the cookies were going to the local police. They have the support of our Aurora community! (And so do these cute little Brownies!)

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

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