Girl Scouts assemble 789 Kits for Kids


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Submitted by Keile Stewart, Girl Scouts of Colorado

789! Isn’t it a pretty number?  I think I should spell it out: seven hundred eighty-nine.  That is how many Kits for Kids were assembled at “Packing for Impact” on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014! That far surpasses the goal of 650.  Almost all of the 439 girls who registered for the event braved the snowstorm to take part in this collaboration between Project C.U.R.E., Children’s Hospital Colorado, and Girl Scouts of Colorado. They also brought with them all of the supplies that they collected.

A special shout out to Rike Palese and Jonathan Keiler of RE/MAX Professionals for underwriting the cost of 190 of those kits (plus additional shipping fees) to send the kits to children and families in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  Their generosity blew me away!

After filling the kits, Girl Scouts participated in activities to earn their Global Action Awards.  They learned how germs are spread and the importance of washing hands thoroughly, proper dental care, how to make a sling from a bandana and a shoelace, and about the WAGGGS World Centers. One of them, our cabana, is in Cuernavaca!

Thank you again to the volunteers who made this event a success.  You rock!  And the Girl Scouts who participated—look at what a difference YOU made!

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Girls’ Choice: Vote on new outdoor badges


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Time is running out to make your voice heard! Girls’ Choice voting for outdoor badges ends Nov. 30th!

At Girl Scouts, girls make the choices! That’s why during the National Council Session at Girl Scout Convention, GSUSA unveiled a new, annual national voting process. The four Outdoor Badges added to program in fall 2015 will include one each at the Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior levels. To determine what badges will be added, GSUSA is using a “Girls’ Choice” process. That means you get to take the lead on deciding what new badges will be created!

This year, there are two rounds of polling:

  1. First, between Oct. 31 and Nov. 30, girls can vote on which content area they’re interested in within the Outdoor category (i.e.: Outdoor Recreation, Outdoor Environment, or Outdoor Survival).
  2. Once GSUSA receives a majority vote on the content area, girls will vote Dec. 1 through 31 on the actual badge topic (for example, Hiking, Camping, Trail Blazing, etc.), based on their grade level in the coming year.

Remember this is about what you want and we want to hear from you! Vote on the next outdoor badges today: http://bit.ly/1sS9nBA

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Colorado sheriff’s first uniform was a Girl Scout uniform


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Submitted by Sheriff Rebecca Spiess, Mesa County, Colo.

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My first uniform was a Girl Scout uniform. I was proud then and am proud now, to wear a uniform.  Sadly, I do not have a picture of me in my Girl Scout uniform.

Thinking back to that time, I am amazed that my dear parents were able to afford to buy me one.  I was brought up in rural Pennsylvania, the oldest child of six.  If I remember right, there were only four or five of us in our troop, but it was a special time in my life and cherished memories.

Today, my uniform is that of Sheriff for Mesa County. Throughout my entire career, others have reached down to give me an opportunity to achieve in my different jobs.  No doubt – once I took on the different positions, I owned it and was responsible for the successful outcomes – but the initial hand was the launching point.

One of my most memorable opportunities came from a manager at Colorado National Bank who literally stepped aside to allow me to take his job as fraud investigations manager. His sacrifice gave me a tremendous opportunity and set my career on the right path. My career experiences are replete with those kind of reach outs.

I owe much to the individuals who saw something in me, and gave me the chance to prove myself. Whether supporting parent of a Girl Scout, Troop leader or office manager, thank you for the lifetime of gifts. Once we make it to our desired place in life – we must do the same.

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Improving the Gold Award process for Colorado Girl Scouts


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Submitted by Joy Henika

“Rocky Mountain High” played on the radio as I drove into Twisted Pine Girl Scout Camp on Saturday, Nov. 8 and it made me smile. I was about to go into the Statewide Gold Award Committee Retreat for 2014 and was excited to know we would have representation from all seven regions of our Girl Scout community!

24 volunteers and staff came together to share and brainstorm ideas on how to improve the Girl Scout Gold Award process for all girls in Colorado. The main themes that were discussed were training, celebrations, public relations, and information either found or not found on the internet.

I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the amazing women who shared a Saturday to continue to build the next generation of woman leaders in Colorado and beyond.

If you are interested in supporting girl in “going for the Gold!” or simply want more information about the Girl Scout Gold Award visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/gold-award or email mygoldaward@gscolorado.org

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Brownies work on a community change project


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Our Brownies have been talking about a community change project.  During their journey they have learned about their community and others around the world.  With a group of girls of this age, you can imagine the ideas very quite a bit.  But with some group discussion (and guidance), they have decided The Ronald McDonald House, would be their “charity” of choice because it is an organization that helps kids, like themselves!

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Their idea is to collect soda pop cans and can tabs to help raise money for the organization.

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The girls discussed different ways they could let people know they are collecting pop tabs to help the Ronald McDonald House.  The girls talked about putting an announcement in the school newsletter, the church bulletin and hanging posters around the school, churches and even their parents’ places of work.

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The girls also discussed different ways to really get people energized for their campaign, some of which…

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Girl Scouts learn how to make travel dreams come true


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Submitted by LeEllen Condry

On Sunday, October 5, Girl Scouts of Colorado held their first Global Travel Fair at Pepsi Center. This event was to highlight the past, present, and future travel destinations for Global Girl Scouts. GECCO’s spoke about their last destination trip to Peru. They gave pointers on how they planned and fundraised for their trip. Ashley spoke about the Look Wider Still scholarship, her destination trip to Ireland, plus other destinations that are available. The girls also learned about Global Learning Opportunities. World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts had displays of the four world centers.

It was fun to see their displays come to life through much interaction. CCI Greenheart had a representative talk about their travel programs, while EF Tour Girl Scouts and Global Girl Scouts of Colorado were promoting their council trips for 2015-2018.

All the while, Song Birds performed beautiful songs from around the world. It was lovely to hear them sing and to enjoy what they do. Come join us next year when Girl Scouts of Colorado will host their second Global Travel Fair. You never know what you can learn from attending an event such as this.

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2014 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction honored in Grand Junction


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On Thursday, Nov. 6, Girl Scouts of Colorado inducted three women into the esteemed Women of Distinction program on the Western Slope. They were honored during a breakfast at Roper’s Music Ballroom in Grand Junction. A group of 150 gathered at the event, which raised more than $8,900 for local Girl Scouting programs.

This year’s Women of Distinction are a remarkable group. They are:

  • Betsy Bair, Governmental Affairs Manager, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Kim Jones, CEO/Founder, Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation
  • Janie VanWinkle, Owner, Nick-N-Willy’s Pizza; Co-owner, VanWinkle Ranch, LLC

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, community, and civic leaders.  They were chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. The Women of Distinction commit to supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado and serving Girl Scouts today.

Girl Scouts of Colorado engages Women of Distinction in ongoing Girl Scout activities and programs designed to build the next generation of leaders. The Women of Distinction program began on the Western Slope in 2013. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized just three other women with this honor in Grand Junction.

Bank of the San Juans was the presenting sponsor. The Mesa County Women’s Network co-hosted the event. Other sponsors included: US Bank, HUB International, Hilltop Community Resources, Cowboy and the Rose Catering, Retirement Outfitters, The Business Times, and CPC Solutions.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Grand Junction Women of Distinction program, please visit our website.

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Now is the time to “Invite a Friend” to be a Girl Scout


As a Girl Scout volunteer, you introduce girls to new and fun experiences every day. You’re their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, showing them that they’re capable of more than they ever imagined.  So, what are you waiting for? Invite a friend to start a Girl Scout troop today!

Check out what you and your friend get once your friend starts a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop during the month of November.

Double the friends, double your prize…
$100 for you and a Girls Guide, bag and pin set for each friend.

Once your friend joins as a Girl Scout troop leader, completes the volunteer application, and starts a new Girl Scout troop, you can claim your prize

Teresea Jones participated in the “Invite a Friend” promotion last year.

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What did you do to earn the incentive last time?

I was able to help start a new Daisy Troop by recruiting a mom of a younger sibling of one of my girls in my troop.

Had you recruited a new leader previously?

I had my rather large multi level troop split into two separate troops as it was best fit for maintaining the membership.   I have also participated in recruitment tables on back to school nights

Was it hard to do?

Recruitment is not hard,  I am constantly letting people know how much we would love to have more leaders.  I always mention that you don’t have to have a girl in Girl Scouts to be a Girl Scout leader.

Was the incentive a driver for you?

It was a nice perk, but not an intentional driver.

What did you do with your reward?

I applied it to uniform needs for our troop.

Are you trying to earn it again?

I am the Recruitment Liaison and New Troop Mentor for our Service Unit, so I am always promoting and looking for new leaders.

Beside from the reward, what are the other benefits of starting a new troop?

The difference you can make in the lives and minds of young girls is very fulfilling.  Nothing can compare to the feeling that comes when you hear them proudly talk about something they learned or the laughter remembering a time that you all did something goofy.

Any advice for other volunteers?

Have fun!  Let the girls teach you how to look at the world using their perspective.

To learn more about the “Invite a Friend” promotion, click here.

Have a question? Don’t be shy! Email Laura DuFresne or call (970) 212-2354.

After you’ve helped to start a new troop, click here to complete the process and claim your prize.

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Brownies help make 2,000 sandwiches for Denver Homeless Community


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Submitted by Tiffany Baker, Co-Leader of Girl Scout Troops 59 & 1226

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Looking for a messy and fun service project to help the homeless?  Consider The Denver Peanut Butter Plan!  This organization meets once a month to make as many peanut butter sandwiches as they can.  Young kids can help make the sandwiches for 2 hours in the morning. Adult volunteers distribute the sandwiches in the afternoon.

Our Brownie Girl Scouts chose to work on a Lunches with Love service project this October.  They learned how to work on an assembly line team and that kids can chip in too to help feed others in need.

Each Peanut Butter Plan participant is asked to donate one jar of peanut butter and one jar of jelly, plus 2 or more loaves of bread.  This organization can also use sandwich size Ziploc baggies.  Volunteers are welcome to stay for the fun or just drop off donations.  Other donation ideas to consider would be toiletry kits (deodorant, tooth brushes, etc.), first aid kits or Adult Size t-shirts.  These items are welcome for distribution, anytime!

These troops have a goal of completing one or two service projects a month during the school year.  Next up: Collecting classroom school supplies for their teachers’ wish lists.

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Girl Scouts get movin’ at Day of Dance


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Submitted by Samantha Hyde, Colorado Ballet

Thank you everyone – dancers, families, and volunteers – for making Day of Dance at Colorado Ballet an outstanding day full of movement!

63 Girl Scouts showed off their moves last Sunday! Girl Scouts ages 5 to 12 were present, with numerous parents and volunteers around to show support. Girls hopped around from dance studio to studio learning tendues, body swings, and leaps. They were exposed to the idea of improvisation – making up original movement on the spot with direction – and did a superb job doing so! Colorado Ballet was so happy to host such enthusiastic and passionate young ladies.

Colorado Ballet would like to hold a “Day of Dance” event for Girl Scouts once a year. However, if you are interested in having them more often, please share the fun you had with Girl Scouts of Colorado staff, so we can make them happen regularly! If you are interested in bringing a troop or two (or even a few) for workshops or a student matinee performance, email Samantha Hyde.

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