Monthly Archives: May 2014

Juniors All Day Journey – GET MOVING

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In a two-year curriculum, our troop only works on one journey per year, not making it easy for a girl to earn her Summit Award, which requires completion of all three journeys in any given level. So, Like with the all-day Daisy and Brownie journeys written about in previous posts, our troop also spent a Saturday offering an all-day journey for our Juniors. We did Get Moving with the girls.

This journey offers Juniors a chance to earn three Girl Scout leadership awards—Energize, Investigate, and Innovate.

To earn the Energize Award, girls:
•Make an Energy Pledge to reduce their energy use in one or more ways
•Try at least two other Energize activities suggested along the journey
•Check out how other people are tackling energy issues

To earn the Investigate Award, girls connect with their Girl Scout crew to:
•Learn about energy use in their buildings
•Work with their families to make an energy improvement at home
•Investigate energy use in a community building and suggest ways to make it more energy-efficient

To earn the Innovate Award, girls:
•Identify an energy issue in the community, research it, create a plan, and carry it out, all the while reaching out to others to join in, too
•Share the news, reflect on what they accomplished, and celebrate it

In order to get all these activities into one day, the girls and leaders went on a couple of field trips, had a speaker come to them AND worked on group work and craft projects. It was a jammed pack day of fun!

The day started with a trop to the John McConnell Math & Science Center. At the Math and Science Center they learned about the different types of energy. The girls made turbines to use Wind energy to lift a bunch of pennies. One group was able to lift 92 pennies and it weighed 244.9 grams. They learned about kinetic, thermal, and other types of energy, too. Experiments included mixing yeast and hydrogen peroxide to make a thermal reaction that was warm, and baking soda and vinegar to make a cold solution. Also, they made “sound sandwiches” that were very loud, out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands.

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After the Math & Science center they travelled to Cafe Sol for lunch. Here the girls saw first hand a business where they are very creative about how they used their resources. One of the ways they did this was by separating trash into compost, recyclables and trash. Owner, Nick Santos, said that the trash bill was cut by 30 percent and he felt good about not putting all of that into the landfill. They have a local farmer who collects compost from the restaurant twice a week.

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What Goobers!
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After lunch everyone returned to our regular meeting space at school to work on crafts and group work. Each of the girls decorated reusable shopping bags to share with their families and to replace the plastic ones the grocery stores provide.

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Discussion on the benefits of biking, carpooling and walking vs traditional driving to and from your destination. The girls talked about community bike sharing programs throughout the world and how those programs work. Additionally, everyone did an energy audit on our own homes and discussed ways to recognize energy wasted and lost and ways to save and conserve. They investigated to make our homes more energy efficient and methods to implement. The girls discussed “light pollution” and how that makes seeing stars at night much more difficult in the city. They discovered in the mountains it is much easier to see stars while camping where there is much less light pollution. 30 percent off outdoor energy is wasted and that can affect animals bugs and other wildlife.

Discussions continued with how small differences in savings can add up. The girls discovered that we as a whole Girl Scout Troop use almost 1,500 water bottles for meetings and events alone. That is a lot of water bottles, waste and money. Nick at Café Sol says that his distributors are indicating that recently people are shying away from using disposable bottles and looking for sustainable water bottle replacement ideas. The girls decided that we would implement bringing and using water bottles for future meetings.

Each girl took an energy pledge.

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To conclude the journey Dave Davis from Ed Bozarth Chevrolet visited and talked about electric and hybrid cars. He also discussed the tax incentives for owning these types of vehicles. The girls were able to tour a Volt and learn about efficiency and the impact on their carbon imprint with this type of car.

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Five Juniors earned Summit through the completion of this journey! Good job girls!!

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FUN snack!!

SPECIAL thanks to the staff at the Math & Science Center, Nick Santos and his staff at Café Sol and Dave Davis at Ed Bozarth for assisting with the day!

2014 Cookies & Cocktails Creations

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Recently the Council in Western Colorado hosted it’s 4th Annual Cookies & Cocktails Creations event. This is an adult-only event of food and wine where local chefs are given a type of Girl Scout cookie and from it make a savory dish. This is the largest fundraising event of the year for GSCO in Western Colorado. The money raised is extremely important to girls as it helps provide scholarships, programing, supplies and much more.

One of our troop leaders was on the event committee this year so, for fun, here are some highlights from this epicurean delight of an event!

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The event this year was held at Allen Unique Autos, and it is EXACTLY that…UNIQUE! This local car museum is a great venue because the open space allowed for some great decorating opportunities (such as mannequins in vintage Girl Scout uniforms, as shown above) and the amazing car collection was a super conversation starter! The MC for the night was local News Anchor Cori Coffin from KREX. Additionally, there was a really great silent auction!

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The centerpieces were made BY Girl Scouts in Mesa County. Each participating girl received a pot to decorate as she saw fit, with a Girl Scout theme. Then the centerpieces were auctioned off as part of the silent auction. The sky was the limit on the pots and each one was super creative. Below are a sampling of the 22 that were created.
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This creation was made by Cadette A.C from troop 13940

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This beauty was made by Junior M.P from troop 10562

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This fun pot was made by Daisy M.W from our troop!

A special call out to troop parent and co-leader Corrina Shirley from RE/MAX 4000, Inc. for her financial donation that allowed these centerpieces to come to fruition!

Of course the main event was the FOOD! Participating local chefs blind-draw a Girl Scout cookie with which to work. They then have free reign on their tasty creation. On the night of the event they serve up their yumminess and guests can vote on their favorite, allowing for some fun competition.

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This year’s People’s Choice Award winner is…….Brunella Gualerzi, from Il Bistro Italiano. Assigned Girl Scout Trefoils, her multi-cheese stuffed homemade pasta rolls, with lemon cream sauce with pistachios was a difficult one to beat. Everyone loves food that can easily be considered “comfort food”!

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Tiffany at Powderhorn Mountain Resort made a delicious chicken cutlet with Girl Scout Savannah Smiles. It was topped with mango salsa.

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The team from No Coast Sushi served up a fabulous sushi created with Girl Scout Samoas.

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If tacos are your thing (and honestly, aren’t they!!!), these Girl Scout Tagalong carnitas tacos, from Craving, were to die for!

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Bob from Cowboy and the Rose Catering was assigned Thin Mints and made a recipe that was totally out of the box thinking when he paired espresso beans, caramel and DELICIOUS pecan-wood smoked pork belly into bite-sized tasty morsels!

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The team from the culinary department at Western Colorado Community College served up a creative soup with chicken meatballs made with Girl Scout DoSiDos.

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Nick from Cafe Sol made a delicious Thai Lettuce Wrap with Samoas.

Thank you to all the local chefs:
Brunella Gualerzi
Tiffany Nash
Michael Ashmann
Jonathan Rashleigh
Bob Ballantyne
Wayne Smith
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In a town as small as ours, it is a delight to have events that are cutting edge and fun.

Of course there was also wine on hand! Several local wineries were in attendance pouring for the night.
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Thanks also to all the local winery participants and CAVE.

The Sponsor list for this event was amazing and special thanks need to go out to everyone who helped make the event possible, including US Bank. Thank you also to photographer Trianna Nichole, who took most of the above photos (being used by permission of Cindi Graves GSCO Fund Development Manager/Team Lead Western Colorado) and again to Tammy and her team at Allen Unique Autos for allowing the use of her museum for the event!

If you are a foodie, it is highly suggested you try to attend this event in the future. If you went this year, or in the past, speaking as an active troop in Western Colorado, we are VERY grateful for your support!

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The cherry on top, was that our troop’s submission of this photo was the winner of the contest for Chef and Sponsor Thank You cards 🙂

DAISIES – All Day Journey: 3 Cheers for Animals

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As we only offer one journey per year during our troop year, in an effort to assist our second year Daisies with earning their Summit Award, we offered an all-day journey on a recent Saturday. Two of our second year Juniors planned and ran this journey as their way of earning their Junior Aide Award prior to bridging to Cadettes.

As leaders we know how much time, dedication and work goes into planning a journey and we are extremely proud of these two girls for their initiative and effort. It was great to watch the older girls use their activities to teach the Daisies about non-verbal communication, self-confidence, presentation skills and taking care of themselves (and other living creatures) all while having FUN!! The day ran smoothly, was jammed pack full of creative activities and everyone had a great time!

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Written by Juniors B.G and K.W.

We planned and ran an entire Daisy Journey, 3 Cheers for Animals, to earn our Junior Aide award.

Through this journey we all learned how to care for ourselves and animals.

Throughout the day we read stories, did crafts and fun activities based on animals. Some of the activities we did with the Daisies were “Fly, Fly Away”, Follow the Leader, “Made by Me Nests” and we drew and pasted animals onto a mural. We also made origami penguins and did yoga.

On our journey we learned different animals from the flower friends while we read them stories.

At the end we performed for the parents and the Daisies told all about the animals they picked.

We all had lots of fun.

To lead a journey is such a thrilling experience. The Daisies learned so much in one day and we all enjoyed it.

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All good meetings end with a Friendship Circle. During this circle everyone said what they were thankful to learn and gave examples of how they will take care of animals and themselves!
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Additionally, the girls took some time outside to take advantage of a gorgeous day and give the small ones a break from being stuck inside all day. After lunch they took a nature walk around the school and got to see some birds’ nests with babies in them! It was a lovely coincidence and helped tie the journey with real life, in real time! Lucky girls!!
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Special thanks to Donna Wasneski, from Gold’s Gym, for coming last minute after our original yoga instructor had a family emergency!

BROWNIES – Home Scientist

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The girls had a lot of fun with the Home Scientist badge. We invited two CMU scholars from the John McConnell Math and Science Center to join us and walk us through the five steps to earn this badge. Amazing, but we completed them all thanks to their help!

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First, we started off with the kitchen chemist step by trying to make rock candy. We probably put way too much sugar on the table and our pipe cleaner, so there wasn’t much left for the water… which means this experiment didn’t really pan out the way it was supposed to.

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Second, we moved on to discovering density by watching raisins dance in carbonated soda. The girls were fascinated to see that and then compare it to how raisins behaved in regular water.

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Third, we got to make our own homemade silly putty as a way to play with science. The girls were great at following directions on how to make the mixture and they really enjoyed getting their fingers into the gooey mixture at the end!

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Fourth, we created static electricity with balloons and watched how we were able to control ping pong balls. That wasn’t nearly as funny as seeing our hair stick up on end! And, the Math and Science Center brought in a static electricity contraption for us to play with as well. We learned about grounding and how to shock our friends!

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Last, we made film canister rockets! It was a blast watching the girls quickly try to put the lid on the canister, turn it over, and back up. They loved learning why the canister popped up into the air and watching it happen! (and watching all the water shoot out over our cafeteria floor) We cleaned it up and did it a second time!

Overall, this was the most fun and full meeting of the year. The girls really enjoyed the fun aspect of science and the CMU scholars were great about incorporating the teaching and discussion into every experiment.
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