Teen Scene SPRING 2013
OUT OF AFRICA Destination Kenya— a life-changing experience
“Girl Scouts is a part of who I am. The countless opportunities afforded me through Girl Scouting have opened doors beyond my wildest dreams.”
A publication by girls and for girls age 11 and older
Teen Scene SPRING 2013
Girl Scout Gab
CONTENTS 4 Troop mixes travel, Take
Action in a great southern Colorado trip.
6 Feel the power of Power Up! 8 D estination: Kenya, an opportunity of a lifetime for Colorado girl.
12 Boulder girls realize their
dream to explore Costa Rica.
15 Get inspired by these
impressive Gold Awardees.
Get published! If you are a Girl Scout age 11 or older, Teen Scene is the place to share your stories. This magazine is written by girls, for girls, so get in on the action now! Teen Scene is published twice yearly and mailed to all registered Girl Scouts ages 11 and older in Colorado. Girl voices must be heard! Write about your experiences on a destination or at camp. Why did you join Girl Scouts and why do you stick with it? Tell us about a community service project you worked on or an award or badge you earned. Send submissions to Kristin Hamm at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to grow the girl presence on our website, so don’t wait for the next Teen Scene, submit your story online today at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/share.
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Parent/daughter rustic camping weekends at Magic Sky Ranch in June and July
Spend a weekend with your parent at beautiful Magic Sky Ranch near Red Feather Lakes. Bring your personal gear and camping equipment, including a tent, and we will provide the food and fun! The program includes campfires, cookouts, crafts, outdoor activities, songs and games. It is designed for one adult and one girl. No younger sisters or brothers please. This camp is located in the lower portion of Magic Sky, which is designed for tent camping only; there is no access to the resident camp. There is no running water or shower facilities. Campers may be required to walk a distance of 1/4 mile to the lodge for activities. Come prepared to “rough” it for the weekend. This camping event is staffed by registered volunteers. Join us for a weekend you will always remember! Note: Upon request, dome tents can be reserved prior to your arrival at no additional cost. 6/21-23 Parent/Daughter (deadline 5/1), $150/pair Contact Julie Perkins at email@example.com 7/26-28 Parent/Daughter (deadline 6/1), $150/pair Contact Heather McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spelunking, service and splash Girls from Grand Junction make service the focus of their cookie proceeds By Carissa and Royanna Crawford Fifteen girls from Cadette Troop 13807 and Junior/Cadette Troop 10132 travelled from Grand Junction to Salt Lake City for a summer adventure of community service and fun financed by proceeds from their 2012 Girl Scout cookie sale. They departed Grand Junction on June 22 for an afternoon tour of Timpanogas Cave National Monument in the mountains east of American Fork, Utah. After climbing 1 ½ miles up a path with a 1,092 foot elevation change, the girls toured three connected caverns displaying every type of crystal and cave formation found in North America. Saturday found them making disaster relief kits at the United Methodist Committee on Relief Western Depot in Salt Lake City. The girls worked alongside the youth group from the Tongan ward of the Salt Lake City LDS church. The girls were energized and by the end of the day had made 672 birthing kits, 80 baby blankets, 1,680 health kits, seven book bags, six nightgowns and eight diapers. The girls took turns working in the sewing room learning to use the serger as well as the regular sewing machines and working in a team to construct the birthing kits. The birthing kits consisted of one square yard of clear plastic sheeting, which the girls cut out of large rolls, a bar of soap, three 12-inch pieces of cotton string, surgical gloves, a razor blade, and two baby blankets. Americans have a hard time imagining giving birth with only that list of supplies! Even when quitting time was called at 4 p.m., the girls were begging to keep working and wanted to go back another time! Sunday was a day of recreation—a reward for hard work on Saturday. The girls spent the day at Lagoon amusement park from open to close. Although exhausted, the girls were returned to their parents on Monday morning. Smiles and laughter continued to be the theme as they enthusiastically told their families about the service project at UMCOR.
Carissa Crawford, 11 On the service project at UMCOR: “I thought it was inspiring how many kits our group managed to complete. It was really, really fun and it helped me understand what is happening in the world around us.” On setting cookie goals: “Having this goal (to pay for the trip and do the service project) helped me sell more cookies.” Carissa is a 5th grader from Grand Junction. Aside from Girl Scouting, she loves doing gymnastics and being with her friends.
Royanna Crawford, 13 On the service project: “It was inspiring to think that we were all working together, working so hard, to help other people and make life better for them. Plus it was fun, and that’s what Girl Scouts is all about. It really makes you feel good to know that you are changing someone’s life and giving them international support.” Royanna is 13 years old and enjoys horseback riding, gymnastics, volleyball, arts and crafts, swimming, animals, hanging out with friends, and, of course, Girl Scouts! Spring 2013
Troop mixes TRAVEL and TAKE ACTION for a great trip By Linda Baker, Leina Hutchinson and Savanna Inman Troop 70066 from Northern Colorado visited the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Mission Wolf near Westcliffe in August 2012. We decided to camp out at both places to practice our outdoor cooking and camping skills and to save money for our trip next summer. At the Sand Dunes, we visited the museum to learn more about the plants and animals of this arid region. There were a lot of hands-on exhibits and friendly park rangers who answered our many questions. Each of us experienced the park in our own way—and some of us got pretty sandy running and rolling on the dunes. Several of us hiked all the way to the top of the dunes—not once, but TWICE. We hiked to the top our first afternoon there, and those of us who are serious about photography awoke at 4 a.m. the next morning to climb the dunes again for dawn and sunrise pictures. The sand was warm and rough on our feet, and it felt almost like a day at the beach. Only a short distance away as the crow flies, it took nearly two hours to drive to our next destination, Mission Wolf. Tori investigated this destination and discovered it is a nonprofit educational wolf sanctuary dedicated to sustainability. It was a perfect location for our troop to visit and do several Take Action projects in return for being welcomed into the community of volunteers. There were about 30 wolves on the property at the time we visited. We slept in a large teepee and cooked our own meals. Troop 70066 contributed a total of 53 hours of service on a number of projects. One
strenuous activity was moving nearly 1,000 pounds of dirt and rock as we rebuilt a portion of the habitat for a male wolf, giving him comfortable and safe runs for exercise. Several girls washed cars, gardened in the greenhouses and rebuilt benches around the campfire circle. Nearly all of us participated in feeding the wolves. In the wild, wolves have small meals daily, and then gorge themselves once or twice per week. For the “big feed,” we threw large chunks of meat over the fences into the wolf pens. For the daily feed, we gave them small meals in dishes with nutrients, vitamins and medications. There is nothing that can compare with hearing the howls and yips of wolves at various times of the day or night, as they cry out in excitement to each other whenever one of them has something to share with the others. This may sound frightening or scary to someone unfamiliar with wolves, but we found it to be one of the most enjoyable nighttime lullabies we ever heard. One of our most important tasks was to greet the ambassador wolves, to interact with them and learn about the plight of the wolves in North America. We have now joined their pack, and lend our voices to spread the word. Linda, Leina and Savanna are members of Cadette Troop 70066. Linda and Leina are in 11th grade and Savanna is in 12th grade and they go to Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins.
â€œMission Wolf was the coolest volunteering experience I have ever been a part of! I have a great respect for wolves because of what we did and learned during this trip.â€? ~Savanna
Program gives bystanders to bullying the tools to speak up By Kathryn Leslie
â€œWe all assume that bullying is just a myth since we may never have seen all the levels of pain it causes. Power Up teaches us to stand up for your beliefs, even in the face of mockery.â€? 6
My first experience with Power Up was last year when my troop went to training in Denver. It was an eight-hour training and I will never forget how excited my leader was on the car ride up! It was definitely a new experience! All the girls and people there were friendly and helpful. I thought it was going to be very boring and teach us skills we couldn’t use, but I was surprised when I was learning things I’d never heard about in my life! The intimate stories were kind of scary and mostly sad. It is about things most of us don’t like talking about to people we don’t know. The facilitators made it a fun workshop, but we had to work hard as well. I was bullied in third grade by one of my classmates about my weight. My mom told the teacher and this boy stopped calling me names. In middle school, I am not in the “popular” crowd and some of these girls have pushed me and don’t speak to me since I am not in their clique. My feelings were hurt when I was in sixth grade, but now my friends and I are not as affected by the “popular” crowd. Girls bully differently than boys because girls make cliques and boys use their fists. There is a lot to learn and each time I do a workshop, I learn more about how to prevent bullying and how to teach others to not feel bad if they are bullied. This is why I would recommend the Power Up program to all Girl Scouts to help us follow the Promise and Law and get tools for the help we need.
Power Up is a learning experience and fun at the same time because of the tools and exercises practiced in a workshop. It teaches confidence and courage by helping the group feel comfortable during the workshop. It really does take courage to stand up to people who are the same age as you when they are being mean or calling people names. We all assume that bullying is just a myth since we may never have seen all the levels of pain it causes. Power Up teaches us to stand up for your beliefs, even in the face of mockery. Power Up and Girl Scouts have helped me become a wonderful young woman and I would encourage everyone to try to get their leader or troop to attend a workshop for Power Up. It is only open to Girl Scouts, so take this opportunity by the reins and fly! Kathyrn Leslie is 14 and in 8th grade in Colorado Springs. She’s been a Girl Scout for eight years. She loves to swim, golf, sing, play the piano and dance. “The coolest part of being a Girl Scout for me is my troop and going to camp. It is a chance for me to meet new people and learn new things away from home. I really get the chance to be part of nature and I love it. Also, hanging out with my troop is great. All of us are different and come from different schools. This is another bonding experience. It really gets you out of your comfort zone and teaches confidence as well.”
Temple Grandin supports Girl Scouts’ anti-bullying program Temple Grandin, Ph.D, a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, best-selling author and the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world, is partnering with Girl Scouts of Colorado in support of the antibullying program Power Up. Grandin didn’t speak until she was 3 ½, instead communicating her frustrations with screams, peeps and hums. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. Her parents did not heed that advice and instead encouraged her and supported her as she struggled with communication and sensory stimulation. During her school years, Grandin was teased and bullied for being different. “It was absolutely miserable and it would be worse today,” she said. “I wasn’t teased while (horseback)
riding or at the electronics lab. If it were today, I’d be getting teasing texts while horseback riding.” Grandin said it helped to have shared interests with her peers and a mentor who recognized her talents and interests. “What saved me was getting involved in specialized activities with like-minded peers,” she said. For Grandin, it was horseback riding, 4H and electronics. For girls today, that safe haven can be Girl Scouts. Power Up encourages the 85 percent of the population who are bystanders to bullying (rather than targets or bullies) to recognize the strength in those numbers and use it to intervene when they see something wrong. Power Up is focused on preventing the unique verbal and relational bullying prevalent among girls. Visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ power-up for more information and to locate Power Up events in your area.
What 16-year-old gets to go to Africa? Thanks to Girl Scouts, I did! By Emily Krizmanich
â€œFrom doing community service to traveling to Kenya, Girl Scouts has refined my values and given me bigger dreams. Girl Scouts has helped to show me the world. My values and dreams are clearer, thanks to Girl Scouts.â€? 8
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” This quote by Henry Miller has summed up my feelings about my Africa destination. Girl Scouts gave me the opportunity of a lifetime when they selected me for this adventure. Girl Scouts has opened many doors for me. When I was a little girl, I always thought Girl Scouts was just a fun club I was in. We sold cookies and went to camp, made crafts, and talked about changing the world. Now that I am older, I realize that I have the power to make a difference; whether through helping girls all around the world, or working with the people in my community to make a change. Girl Scouts opened my eyes in countless ways, but traveling to Kenya gave me a perspective beyond my wildest dreams. People need help, and we could help make the world a better place for everyone to live. Kenya is a unique and awe-inspiring place. The people are welcoming and happy, while the scenery could easily take someone’s breath away. When I landed in New York on
Kenya changed my outlook on life. I came home to a sturdy house, loving family, and everything I could ever want. I appreciate what I have been given and now have an urge to give back to the people who welcomed me into their country with open hearts. I made countless friendships and tear-jerking memories on my African destination. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” When I left for Kenya, I saw a new destination, but now I have a new outlook on life. I will always appreciate the opportunities handed to me. My goal is to give back to the youth of Kenya who deserve the opportunity to change their life, and possibly the world. Thank you for helping me fulfill a lifelong dream. Emily lives in Howard, which is a very small community located on the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City. She’s a junior at Cotopaxi High School and has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten. Traveling is one of her favorite hobbies, but she is also very involved within her school. She plays varsity volleyball and basketball along with Student Council, Knowledge Bowl, National Honor Society, publications, and band.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” July 25, 2012, my stomach was full of fluttering butterflies and my heart was racing. I was on my way to Kenya. What 16-year-old gets to go to Africa? This trip had come right out of my dreams and into reality. Throughout the trip, all of us girls discussed the global issues of poverty, malnutrition, and girls becoming adults at a very young age. We all had a spark in our hearts during our visit to the Kenya Girl Guide Headquarters and the slums near Nairobi. Everyone in the group had thoughts about ways to help people living below the poverty line. What struck me as amazing was that the people didn’t seem to notice their living conditions. They waved to our vans with bright smiles and were grateful for our visit. Not many tourists travel to the slums, so this was a treat for the young kids to see a new person. Ideas still come to me about ways to help all of the people. My concerns are mostly with the young children who try to go to school, but cannot afford the tuition costs and the teenage girls forced to marry and start a family at very young ages. We could help their situation immensely. Schools are in desperate need of supplies for all students.
Girl Scouts destinations offer outstanding opportunities The destinations program offered through Girl Scouts of the USA has many outstanding opportunities available. I have always had a difficult time deciding which trips to apply for, so for the past couple of years I have applied for three or four trips. This past summer, I was lucky enough to be selected for travel to Kenya, Africa with 10 other girls and two adult Girl Scouts from across the United States. Kenya was not only my top choice, but going on a photography safari has been one of the many things I have always had on my ‘bucket list.’ Seeing the amazing animals in the Great Migration, and learning about the plight of animals in the wild along with experiencing the Kenyan culture was an adventure I will never forget. The destinations trip I was lucky enough to be a part of has changed my whole view of life and of the world around us. I would highly recommend to any girl that becoming involved with Girl Scouting and taking advantage of the many travel opportunities available could be life-changing for them. Girl Scouting has helped me to learn and care more deeply about our world and also grow as a more caring, confident and capable individual. The world is filled with amazing places, you just have to step outside your comfort zone and experience them.
As soon as the destinations trips are posted in the fall on the Girl Scout website, I start thinking and planning what I may want to apply for. There is an application process where you need to fill out forms and obtain letters of recommendation, then have all the paperwork sent in by certain timelines. They are not difficult, but you have to be careful that they are done completely. Then, you wait… and hope that you are selected. In the meantime, selling cookies (cookie credits) and raising funds for the adventure is under way. Receiving an email or letter finding out if you were accepted for the trip, or if you were put on a ‘wait list’, is exciting. But actually communicating with other Girl Scouts who will be traveling with you through social media helps to answer questions, share information and makes the wait for the trip more fun. My parents also liked having the contact with other parents while we were gone.
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Leave the Pond! Help your Girl Scouts, Connect, Discover and Take Action while traveling on an incredible, life-changing adventure. Global Explorers has partnered with Girl Scouts USA for several years to o er meaningful travel opportunities for individual students through the Destinations Program. We can also customize a program for your council or troop that meets your speci c needs. Each program o ers the opportunity to delve deeply into the current social, environmental, and ecological issues of a unique place while re ecting and engaging in dialog about our own actions at home. e program also includes engaging with the both the local community we visit and our community when we return through relevant service projects.
We Travel to Some Amazing Places! 1. Amazon Adventure: Peru 2. Machu Picchu & e Sacred Valley: Peru 3. Sustainable Tropics: Costa Rica 4. e Maya Yucatan: Mexico 5. African Discovery: Tanzania 6. Canyon Skies: U.S. Southwest 7. Arctic Exploration: Canada
Why Choose Global Explorers? At Global Explorers, we are dedicated to creating moments that challenge students’ perspectives of the world and inspire them to be a part of making it a better place…to become responsible global citizens. We invite Girl Scouts worldwide to join us on a journey—a journey to ask big questions, to ponder our place in our communities, country, and ultimately the world. We’ll explore the environmental and social circumstances of some of the most beautiful places on Earth as we focus on science, service, culture and leadership. is is no ordinary travel experience! We’ll get our hands dirty; we’ll overcome personal challenges; we’ll learn, grow and laugh along the way, and ultimately, we’ll walk away changed.
Organizational Values Hold true to our mission of inspiring responsible citizenship through travel. Never sacri ce educational quality for nancial gain. Be honest, caring and compassionate in our work with students, educators, sta and partners. ink systemically and seek synergies. Contribute to the communities we visit through service, cross-cultural exchange, and nancial and technical support. Empower volunteers to contribute thousands of hours annually to support our mission. Enable students of all abilities and backgrounds to experience travel. Live, work, and travel sustainably.
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Rafting, hiking a volcano, experiencing car trouble, viewing wildlife, practicing Spanish and volunteering Senior/Ambassador Troop 70007 from Boulder completed an amazing extended trip to Costa Rica. Four Girl Scouts and two adult advisors flew in and out of San Jose and rented a car to travel around the country. After fundraising for over a year, and planning it all ourselves, we were able to spend 11 full days in the country. Alexa: La Fortuna was the first place we stayed, a couple hours drive from the airport. Our hostel had a pool and even hammocks! The small town of La Fortuna included souvenir shops, fruit stands, grocery stores and other assorted stores. The first full day we were there we went whitewater rafting (class III and IV) and it was definitely one of my favorite parts of the trip even though we flipped our raft twice! The tour included a lunch, which turned out to be the typical meal in Costa Rica: rice, beans, meat, salad, and plantains, which are like fried bananas. The next day, we hired a guide to lead us on a hike in Arenal Volcano National Park. We saw many interesting animals, including the Kingfisher bird and two blue bellied lizards mating! The next morning we started driving to Monteverde. Although this seemed like it would be an uneventful day, it turned out to be quite the adventure. A road closure forced us to turn around and drive to Monteverde another way. We were chatting and laughing when all of a sudden the car hit a pothole and we heard a tire pop. We put the spare onâ€”a new experience for most of us. However a second tire had slowly deflated as well. We were stranded. Luckily two men from the electric company stopped to help us, communicating with our two Spanish-speaking Girl Scouts. They recruited a friend to drive two of us into town to repair the tire. The whole experience used most of the day and we had to drive to Monteverde in the dark, getting there late that night. Josie: In Monteverde we went zip lining, after taking a guided walk in the cloud forest reserve and eating yet another rice and beans dish. On the zip tour there were 14 cables and a Tarzan swing. On a couple of the cables we had to go in pairs to make us go faster! We all screamed when we were free falling. The zip lines were the highlight of my trip, and everyone else loved them too. Jenna: Manuel Antonio was our next stop, and I think our best. We went to the National Park with our guide, Rodrigo. It took some time and searching, but we saw a toucan, some howler monkeys, lizards, land crabs and some interesting plants. We were all getting tired and ready to go to the beach when we finally saw a sloth! Very cool. The rest of the day we stayed at a beach called Playa Manuel Antonio. It was in a very calm, beautiful cove. At the end of the day, white faced monkeys came on to the beach to get food. They were so cute and so close. The last day in Manuel Antonio we took a boat tour and saw dolphins, then did some snorkeling among brightly colored fish. That afternoon we went souvenir shopping and some of the girls in our troop got to practice their Spanish with the locals. 12 Teen Scene
Annie: After Manuel Antonio, we drove way up into the mountains to a tiny community called La Florida. We stayed on a small farm called Pura Suerte, meaning Pure Luck. After a delicious meal of chicken fajitas that night and a solid breakfast the next morning, we were ready to start our volunteer work. For several hours we worked to sort items in the village recycling center and plant hedges around the community to help prevent erosion. We continued this work the next morning. On our way out of the area we hiked down to the bottom of a canyon. A beautiful, two-tiered waterfall hit a crystal clear blue pond and flowed down, forming a refreshing river in which we were able to swim. After a strenuous hike back to the top, where we were dripping with sweat, we hopped back into the car, ready to drive to San Jose to spend one last day in Costa Rica before heading home. It was a fun, exciting, adventurous tripâ€”building friendships, learning the culture, and helping the local community! Alexa, Josie, Jenna and Annie are Ambassador Girl Scouts. Jenna is in 10th grade at Sacred Heart of Jesus. Josie and Alexa are in 11th grade at Fairview High School and Annie is in 11th grade at Boulder High School.
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Go for GOLD Girl Scouts aim high with impressive Gold Award projects The sheer amount of good that comes from Girl Scouts who put their efforts into earning Highest Awards never ceases to amaze. This year’s crop is no different. Bronze, Silver and Gold awards put girls on a path of leadership and put their talents to work making the world a better place. Take a look at some of these examples for inspiration and set your mind spinning to what you could do to earn Girl Scouting’s Highest Awards. Juliana Elise Burton – Lafayette Malaria Prevention and Agricultural Support The core issue that I addressed is the rapid increase of malaria in Haiti as well as the prominent issue of hunger. The first phase of my Gold Award project provided an orphanage in Haiti with adequate education about the dangers of malaria and how they can prevent it. In addition, my project supplied mosquito repellent, insecticide and mosquito nets for each orphan. The second phase of my project included providing each of the 54 orphans with a gardening gift bag. Each gardening gift bag contained a pair of gardening gloves, one packet of corn seeds, one packet of a random seed choice, and three tongue depressors to label and identify the vegetables in their garden. By giving materials and education of both disease prevention and gardening, I have significantly increased the orphans’ chances against malaria and the battle of hunger that has already caused so much suffering in Haiti.
“I am so proud of the way my project impacted not only the orphanage, but my community. I found that my project has influenced my family, friends, and neighbors to want to volunteer more.”
Dezirae Joy Todd – Cortez Scrambled Eggs for Brains Traumatic brain injuries are a serious issue often overlooked. I have gone through this and found that many are uneducated on the issue. For my Gold Award I created a blog (myscrambled eggsforbrains.blogspot.com) to help inspire people going through these injuries. I interviewed people who had brain injuries and also told my story, focusing on how to cope with challenges. I also did some further research on these injuries, which I included on my blog. I promoted my blog to my Facebook friends. With this blog people coping with a brain injury have tools to help them through the healing process. People worldwide have connected with me, and it feels good to know I am making a difference. Paige Julene Engelage – Colorado Springs Worldwide Money I addressed changing perspective from a local view to a worldwide view. I taught kids about countries and cultures around the world by teaching them about money from different countries. The kids who listened to my project are now more aware of the world instead of being naive about globalism like a lot of Americans are. The kids now know basic information about countries from around the world, and might one day travel to one of the countries. Long term, the students will be able to see similar threads in cultures, like money, and see how we are all so much alike, thus frowning upon discrimination.
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