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Girl Scouts of Colorado is inviting girls from across the state, along with their families, to join the fun! As a Girl Scout, your girl will make friends, try new things and learn leadership skills through activities like building robots, camping, playing sports and doing her part to make the world a better place.

Evyn Batie, a 15-year-old Girl Scout Senior, knows firsthand what being a Girl Scout truly means. She wrote the following about the opportunities available for Girl Scouts: When you think of Girl Scouts, what do you imagine? Most people just picture little girls delivering boxes of cookies. But there's much more to it! Girl Scouts is an activity for girls of any age, not just elementary school children. And Girl Scouts is definitely not just about cookies. Girl Scouts is about giving girls opportunities. This includes opportunities to travel, learn and help their community. One element of Girl Scouts most people don't know much about is travel. Girl Scout travel can mean anything from going to camps, visiting international lodges or taking trips with your troop. Travelling with Girl Scouts provides opportunities to visit places you wouldn't necessarily get to and meet or get closer to other Girl Scouts. Travelling is also a fun way to learn new things. For example, my most recent troop trip was a four-day trip to the Buena Vista/Salida area. We learned about Colorado's early mining history and important women of this time such as Molly Brown. We also worked to earn two new badges, one for cooking with local ingredients and one for first aid.

Besides travel, there are many learning opportunities that come with Girl Scouts. International Festival is one example of this. International Festival is an annual Girl Scout gathering for many troops in the Loveland/Fort Collins area. Each troop studies a selected country and creates a booth to teach other troops about their country. Each individual badge is also a learning opportunity, allowing girls to develop and practice new skills. This includes anything from financial understanding to movie making. Girl Scouts also provides many opportunities for girls to get involved in service projects. Bronze, silver and gold awards, for example, are major projects, which girls create themselves and are designed to make a lasting difference in their community.

Another service option for Girl Scouts is volunteer work. Different troops have different volunteer work depending on their area. My troop has participated for many years in the food drive at the church where we meet. We sort and box cans and often also sponsor a family to buy gifts for. We participate annually in International Festival and almost every girl in the troop has earned her bronze/silver/gold and is working to earn all three. One final very important thing to know about Girl Scouts is we aren't all little kids. Older girls are just as much a part. Coming from a troop of 8th through 12th grade Girl Scouts, I know that older girls develop a lot of skills from Girl Scouts. Adults trust us more with planning our own activities and the use of our funds. We have to strategize to sell cookies because we can't just rely on cuteness. My troop has learned what booths are the most consistently profitable; knows all the information about our cookies; and we have even developed recipes and marketed to restaurants. Though the image of little girls with cookies is cute and very popular, Girl Scouts is about so much more. Girl Scouts is about serving your community. It's about learning new information and gaining new skills. It's about having the opportunities you wouldn't otherwise, no matter your age. Girl Scouts is about making the world a better place.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to serve 24,000 girls across the state with the help and support of 10,000 adult volunteers! Learn more about how you can be part of the Girl Scout leadership experience by visiting girlscoutsofcolorado.org, calling 1-877-404-5708, or emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org.

AnneMarie Harper
Denver

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