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Alum Nancy Clary shares her Girl Scout story!

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Submitted by Nancy Clary

My Girl Scout ”chapter” began in first grade. I was living in Holyoke, Colorado, and they accepted Brownies a year early. We sang songs, such as, “I have something in my pocket that belongs across my face…it’s a great big Brownie smile!” Then, my family moved to Denver, where I continued my scouting education. My life changed dramatically. I had just turned ten when my mother died. Five months later, my father suffered a stroke, hospitalizing him for a year. Yet, Girl Scouts continued to support me in Manchester, Connecticut. My father was partially paralyzed when my two brothers and I returned to Denver. I was considered to be the “Lady of the House,” even though I was a tom-boy who loved the out-of-doors and camping. Girl Scouts helped me do both. By age 14, I was a “Prospector” at Flying ‘G’ Ranch when a fire broke out in a tent, about a mile from the main lodge. Our patrol rushed to put the fire out, while two members ran to the lodge for help. There was no water at the camp, so we soaked blankets in a near-by one foot wide stream to beat the flames. We were well-prepared for the “emergency response” experience.

Time flew by and I entered high school. I was chosen to attend the 1965 Roundup – the last one, as 10,000 Girl Scouts relied on the Army for security, and the Vietnam War was intensifying. 10,000 Girl Scouts sang together as an American flag rose on five flag poles. Even soldiers were moved. The entire Roundup experience was magical. Our patrol trained for a year, practicing cooking on charcoal, gathering and packing equipment, and even putting up baker-style tents. Our patrol hosted two Girl Scouts from Mexico. They arrived the night of the 1965 Denver flood, so our first adventure before Roundup was to assist flood victims. One lasting memory of Roundup of mine was of all the Colorado Girl Scouts assembling around the Colorado state flag to sing and dance together.

In my senior year of high school, I volunteered, a Girl Scout requirement, at a home for severely challenged children. That experience inspired the next chapter in my life. Thank you Girl Scouts.

Early in my career as a Special Education teacher, I participated in an Outward Bound course especially designed for teachers. Through them I was able to write grants to enable disabled and inner-city students to experience mountain wilderness and river adventures. For the first trip, students had to raise $50, which was a lot of money for each. One student started his “account” with 13-cents. He brought in a few cents each day to finally earn $54. With the extra money, he bought wool pants and socks at an Army Surplus store. When a deaf student, along the Green River, asked, “Are these rocks man-made?” all I did was smile. He also washed dishes for the first time in his life. I have many fond memories of students experiencing the out-of-doors for the first time in their lives. Thank you Girl Scouts.

Then, marriage and children happily enveloped my life. My husband and I raised two sons, but not to worry. My husband is an Eagle Scout, and both of our sons became Eagle Scouts. Scouting is in our blood and family life. We moved to Conifer when our older son was 18-months-old. Our life was filled with scout activities from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. Of course, our sons were also involved in sports, music, and academics. Our children grew up in the out-of-doors, embracing scouting values. Now, they are both successful adults living on their own.

The next chapter of my life is retirement. I volunteer for CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocate, to work with neglected and abused children in the Court system. I also volunteer for Park County Search and Rescue. My Girl Scout experiences continue to influence my life. I co-authored a couple of articles about Search and Rescue and safety for summer adventures and wrote another about a Girl Scout experience 50 years ago. I am grateful for all of my Girl Scout experiences, values, and adventures I have experienced over the years.

My final chapter will never be written. At a friend’s Memorial Service, we all sang, “I Know a Place.” In a sense, that is my legacy too. “I know a place where no one ever goes. There’s peace and quiet, beauty and repose. It’s hidden in a valley beyond a mountain stream…Now I know that God made this world for me.” Thank you Girl Scouts.

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

Support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day

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Year-round, you support our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character.  Next week, on December 8, 2015, you can make your gift go even further. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide effort to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. To make giving even easier, schedule your donation TODAY by using this link:


By supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, your donation dollars go further than they would on any other day of the year. That’s because the FirstBank Incentive Fund increases all donations made on December 8!  Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Schedule your donation today or give on December 8 at ColoradoGives.org. Once you do, change your Facebook Profile picture to one of these two images.

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They’ll remind your friends and family to join you in helping Girl Scouts of Colorado provide programming that builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.






Save the Date – 2016 Highest Awards Celebrations

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The new year is right around the corner, so mark your calendars for the spring 2016 Highest Awards Celebrations!

These celebrations are an opportunity to recognize the amazing girls who have earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award. In 2016, we will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award in each region.

All troops and/or girls who have earned their Bronze, Silver, or Gold will receive an invitation to the celebrations via email in the spring and an online RSVP form will be made available.

Gold Award recipients across the state will also be recognized at the “Day at the Capitol” on Monday, May 2nd. Each Gold Award recipient is invited to participate in her regional celebration as well as the “Day at the Capitol”.

Please note that celebrations in Pueblo and the Western Slope will be announced in early 2016.

Engineering and Space Exploration Merit Badge Workshop at Colorado Adventure Point!

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Submitted by Andi Salinas


Denver Metro

Did you know that the largest water reservoir ever discovered was in space? Pretty amazing, right? If you’d like to learn crazy fun facts like these, and anything else related to engineering or space exploration, join us at Colorado Adventure Point for our Engineering and Space Exploration Merit Badge Workshop! And no, you don’t have to be a Girl Scout to take this class. It’s open to girls and boys, ages 11-17.

This two-day course is taught by a team of AIAA educators trained in Colorado Adventure Point educational methods. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. The AIAA is the leading publisher of cutting-edge aerospace articles and books, and has over 30,000 members. Many of the members teaching this CAP workshop are active or retired engineers from Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance, and other local aerospace companies. They will introduce our participants to the exciting world of engineering and space exploration through discussion topics, experiments, and creative projects. Some of the topics include satellite and transfer orbits, satellite communications, reverse engineering and current space missions, ending in an out of this world space cook-off!

The class is January 16th and 17th, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The price is $45 per participant and everyone that completes the course will receive physical merit badges to recognize their work! Sign up at www.coloradoadventurepoint.org. The class will be held at our facility at 10455 W 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80215.

Colorado Adventure Point is Denver’s newest indoor adventure facility, featuring over 20,000 square feet of adventure! We teach everything from rock climbing and archery to robotics and life skills using our proprietary theory of Adventure Education, which combines adventure activities, rigorous academics, and intentional character development into incredible learning experiences. Come check us out today!

If you have any questions, contact us at 720-266-2179 or visit our website at www.coloradoadventurepoint.org!

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

GSCO at Boo at the Zoo!

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A fun time was had by all at the 31st Annual Boo at the Zoo Event held at the Denver Zoo. Girl Scouts of Colorado  held a presence at the Zoo with a ghoulishly decked-out tent near Sheep Mountain! We, of course, had our birthday hats on as well to celebrate Founder’s Day.

Halloween morning started with a chill, but morning light broke through the near-freezing temperatures to awaken zoo animals and reveal a prominent and friendly Billy Goat taking watch over the Girl Scout tent. From the moment the zoo opened until its doors at 9 a.m. to the last little princesses and miniature Batmans waddling out the gates after 9 p.m., GSCO staff and volunteers handed out candy to more than 20,000 people, speaking to parents and girls interested in troop involvement throughout Metro Denver. As the day went on, there was no shortage of smiles and laughing.

The Girl Scouts of Colorado would like to extend a mountain of gratitude to its tent sponsor, King Soopers, for a generous contribution that provided the Girl Scout involvement at Boo at the Zoo. Not only did GSCO get to showcase its mighty “Girl power prowess”—and instill excitement for girl leadership in Denver’s youth, GSCO held the honor of personally connecting with the community to provide Colorado girls with opportunities to build courage, confidence and character!

Thank you to staff members, volunteer, girls, and community partners who helped make this event a success: Denver Zoo, Entercom, and King Soopers. We would not be successful without you!

Girls of Troop 4257 Earn Bronze Helping Aurora Animal Shelter

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Submitted by Melissa Deal


Denver Metro

The girls of Troop 4257 of Aurora decided to help Aurora Animal Shelter to earn their Bronze Award. The girls made cat toys and dog toys for the animals at the shelter. They also had a donation drive for the items needed by the shelter. The girls dropped off all of their collected items and toys and went on a tour of the shelter. The highlight of the tour were the kittens and puppies that were at the shelter. Good job girls!

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

Troop 70413 collects 1200+ plush animals for children in crisis


Submitted by Shelly Steele-Morehead


Northern and Northeastern Colorado

As part of the Teddy Bear Project, we collected, tagged, and delivered 500 Beanie Babies to Children’s Hospital, 500 to Kempe Center, and 200 to Warren Village. These Girl Scouts certainly found out what it means to give from the heart!

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

“Highest Awards & Take Action” and “Gold Award” Trainings Come to Glenwood Springs

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Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, Troop Leaders and parents on the Western Slope and Mountain Communities! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award don’t miss out on training in Glenwood Springs on Sunday, December 6th!

Highest Awards & Take Action training will be at 12:30pm at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. This training is the perfect opportunity to connect with other troop leaders about successful service projects and learn how to let girls take the lead in making a difference in their community with “Take Action” projects that girls will complete in their Journeys, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects. We will also review the general requirements of the Highest Awards.

Use this link to register for Highest Awards and Take Action: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/highestawards120615

Gold Award training will be at 1:30pm at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library. This is a free training. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. In this training girls will learn the requirements, council procedures, and tips for making her Gold Award experience successful and rewarding.

As of October 1, 2015 Gold Award training is mandatory for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award. Troop leaders, co-leaders, and parents are encouraged to attend. All attendees must pre-register. We encourage you to take notes.

Use this link to register for Gold Award training: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/goldawardtrainingws120615

If you have any questions about the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award please email highestawards.

Thornton troop collects 351 stuffed animals

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Submitted by Nina Duncan


Denver Metro

To kick off our first year as troop 60114, we thought it would be fun to collect stuffed animals for the Teddy Bear Project.
Some of our girls organized school drives to collect animals, and some of them donated their own stuffed animals. In the end, our nine girls collected 351 stuffed animals for donation.

To celebrate their hard work, we decided to have a Tagging Party. We ordered pizzas, had Teddy Grahams, and made a night of it. With the girls and parents fed, it took us no time to get all of the animals tagged and ready for delivery.

That night, the girls received their Community Helper patch, and received a Community Support Certificate from the Child Rescue Foundation. The Teddy Bear Project was a great opportunity for our troop to be able to help our community, as well as teach our girls that by working together, we can accomplish many goals.

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

Troop 70700 got moving!

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Submitted by Jen Rotar


Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Troop 70700 is newly formed group of 5th grade Juniors from Berthoud. These girls, who named their troop the “Tigers” are fiercely excited about Girl Scouts and have just completed their first Journey!

The girls chose Get Moving and started out with making their Energy Pledges to conserve energy at home. Then they attended the Get Moving Mystery Weekend at Magic Sky Ranch in October and completed several more steps of the journey while also earning their Detective badges.

Back home, the quickly decided on their Take Action Project- making re-usable t-shirt tote bags and donating them to the Berthoud House of Neighborly Service. The HSN provides groceries and help with other crucial services for those in need. The 30 tote bags sewn by the Tigers will give those HSN clients a convenient and eco-friendly, shopping bag to carry home their groceries.

The final step in the Journey was to present those bags to the HSN, take a tour of the Berthoud food bank, and gain a greater understanding of how this organization helps people in need with food, shelter and utilities.

The Troop 700 Tigers are ready for their next adventure!

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

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