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Gold Award Girl Scout: Brittany Argo, Aurora, “St. Michael’s the Archangel/Philippines Prayer Garden-Prayers Across the Sea”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I decided to build a prayer garden at St. Michael’s the Archangel in Aurora, Colorado, which included remembrance bricks that were engraved with a loved one’s name. I also wanted to help make a difference in another country, so I chose a church in the Philippines that I donated $5,000 to help build a prayer garden there as well. Both of these churches were given two pamphlets that I made that will be handed out for years to come. The St. Michael’s the Archangel/Philippines Prayer Garden-Prayers Across the Sea addressed three main issues: the loss of a loved one through grief; there is no peaceful and quiet place outside the church for prayer; and there is no place in the church to remember a loved one with a personal sentiment.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

The project directly benefited St. Michael’s the Archangel, and helped them to have a space for prayer and solitude. My project focused on teaching the community about grief and how to deal with the loss of a loved one in a healthy way. There are currently more than 3,000 families registered at St. Michael’s the Archangel, and the prayer garden is open to all parishioners. The prayer garden in the Philippines is located beside the Chapel of the Forgiving Lord, in the Tuloy sa Don Bosco Street Children Village. There are 780 students in the Tuloy Foundation that visit the garden throughout the week as well as, daily masses attended by 200-300 people, and a total of about 400 on Sundays.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

St. Michael’s the Archangel Prayer Garden is a project that is designed to continue for many years, so that the garden can grow with the new generations. The flowers and bricks will help to continue the garden to grow, and give the church an area where they can come together as a community for a greater cause. They will be able to keep this garden going as a place of prayer and worship. The preschool has promised to continue planting flowers in the garden in each year and the church will continue to sell the bricks and the youth will be able to give back to their parish by helping to install the bricks. I have also handed out two pamphlets, one on “How To Deal With Grief” and the other one on “How To Build A Prayer Garden,” which well be available at both churches for years to come.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

My global connection was helping to build a prayer garden in the Philippines. I was able to help a church in need and give $5,000 to help build a prayer garden. I am so excited and overjoyed that I was able to help another community with such an amazing project. The fact that I was able to donate $5,000 to help another church community build a prayer garden where they can deal with their loss and grief in their own type away is incredible. The Tuloy Foundation, which is a non-profit organization helps underprivileged children, who don’t have a home, food or family. The prayer garden will be able to help them have a place to go to pray.

What did you learn about yourself?

After spending so much time and energy organizing and coordinating my project, I learned that it really takes an entire army of people to make a difference. I wasn’t able to do this project on my own. I needed the help of my volunteers, and the help of my family to complete this project. I have always loved to help others and help my community for the greater good. I have been on three church work camp trips, and even though building my prayer garden might not of been a service trip, I still felt the feeling of gratitude and happiness.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Earning my Gold Award will impact me in the future because it has allowed me to develop many leadership skills. I have developed a strong sense of communication, organization, delegation, and time management skills. This project has taught me that I can make a difference in my community and globally, I have gained so much confidence which will help me to take on more projects in the future that will hopefully reach even more people.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I feel the Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because my project has been so personal and meaningful to me. I will be able to look back at my Girl Scout experience and remember my Gold Award as a project that made such a big difference on my community as well as on me. My Gold Award is the last step of my Girl Scout journey and reflects everything that I have learned during my girl scout experience as well as giving me an appreciation for how much work goes into getting the Gold Award.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

My Gold Award helped me become a “G.I.R.L.”  The “G” stands for go-getter.  I learned by building my project I was not able to give up and learned to go after whatever I needed to in order for my project to be completed.  I knew I could achieve whatever I set out to do.  I was ambitious and wasn’t afraid to pursue what I needed to in order to complete my project but also to earn the highest award a girl can earn which is the Gold Award.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email

Jump into your next adventure

Girl Scout Destinations is the ultimate adventure for girls 11 and older! Destinations brings together Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors from all over the country for amazing summer and winter adventures filled with nature, culture, service, art, science, and tons more! Any girl in grade 6–12 can apply.

With a ton of different trips to apply for every year, from surfing camp on the east coast and breathtaking hikes out west, to the crazy-cool wonder of new cultures abroad, there’s something amazing for everyone to experience. Dreaming of kayaking to an island campsite? Let’s do it! Want to explore the cobblestone alleys of Europe? We’re totally there! Passionate about protecting wildlife habitats? Yes, yes, yes! On a Girl Scout Destinations trip you can do all that and so much more. Interested? Here are the easy steps to get started:

1. Visit to learn about trips that are offered for 2019-2020.

2. Choose up to four trips that spark your interest.

3. Applications are open now! Submit your application for Round One by December 1, 2018. Round Two are due by February 15, 2019.

Insider tip: Heart set on a particular trip? Get everything in during Round One- these incredible adventures fill up fast!

Want more information? Join our Destinations webinar on Thursday, October 6th from 6- 7 p.m. by registering here:

Questions? Contact Emily Speck, girl experience manager,

Small Craft Safety certification course

Want to go boating? If you’d like to take your Girl Scouts boating, you can register for the Small Craft Safety certification course. The Small Craft Safety certification is required to take any Girl Scouts boating. This one-day course will cover all the basics of canoeing and kayaking. The course will thoroughly cover boating equipment, paddle strokes, swamped boat rescues, and ways to keep boating fun and safe!

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time: 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Where: Sky High Ranch

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 6

Registration link:

CSA Times: August 2018

Do you dream of traveling far and wide?

Girl Scout Destinations, open to Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, whisk you to exotic places where you’ll meet girls from all over the world. Now is the time to start thinking about where you’d like to go! Maybe you are interested in hiking Machu Picchu and experiencing Incan culture in Peru  or maybe South Africa  is more your speed, where you can spend time in Cape Town and on wilderness safari!

Get more information, download the application and check out the 2019and 2020 trip listings here! Round 1 applications are due December 1.

New Gold Award rubrics

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to publish new Gold Award rubrics for girls around the state to use to make their Gold Award journey successful and rewarding. The document includes a rubric for initial proposal approval and final approval, so girls can understand exactly what is expected of them throughout their Gold Award journey.

Older Girl Leadership Summits

Keep an eye out for both Gold Award Training and Take Action & Highest Awards Training at the Leadership Summit events coming up across the state this fall. Any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award is required to attend training first, parents and leaders are welcome to attend as well. Highest Awards & Take Action is a general overview of Bronze, Silver, and a bit of Gold.
Girls will also have the opportunity to attend leadership enrichment workshops in:

  • Taking ownership of your Girl Scout experience– Whether you are ready to take a stronger leadership role in your troop or planning your experience as a Juliette, this course will take you through the steps to plan, budget and discover money-earning activities to make it all happen.
  • Let’s go on an adventure!– What better way to expand your horizons than through experiencing travel. Learn how to prepare yourself for the adventure, what opportunities are available, create a budget for you/your troop, and create a pitch to help gain interest and earn money.
  • Using your leadership skills for change – You have been developing leadership skills throughout your Girl Scouts experiences, now is the time to apply them to make the world a better place. Discover how to utilize the skills you have and connect with something you are passionate about to make a plan to create change.
  • “Selling” your Girl Scout experience – Participating in Girl Scouts is a unique leadership opportunity that can set you apart from the crowd. Identify those skills that put you at the top, learn how to apply them to your resume or scholarship essays and practice a formal introduction that identifies you as a girl of courage, confidence and character.

Check out our events page for information on registering for a Leadership Summit in your area!

Job shadowing opportunity

A local tech company Gusto has developed an exciting job shadowing opportunity for Seniors and Ambassadors. A lucky 10 girls will participate in a three-part shadowing experience where they will learn what it takes to build and manage a software launch by exploring engineering, product, and design. If this is something that your girl would be interested in, please email Emily Speck.
Application and more information

Show off your STEM skills

We are looking for girls and adults to record short how-to videos for some of the STEM activities. More information and how to participate can be found on the blog.

Upcoming deadlines

September 18: OGAB Applications
The Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) is seeking new members from all regions. OGAB is a group of 14 girls, grades 9-12, from across Colorado who participate in feedback around Older Girl programming statewide. We are looking for girls who are wanting to grow their leadership experience and turn their experience in action. Ready to apply?  Start your application today! Applications and 2 reference letters are due by September 18, 2018.
Questions? Contact Emily Speck​

September 30: Highest Award Notification
All girls who have bridged to Cadettes or Seniors have until September 30 to notify GSCO they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award, respectively. Fill out the online Bronze or Silver Award notification form  to let us know that your girls have earned a highest award.

What is your secret to success?

Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and more, of top women leaders in a fun and engaging format. Girls in grades 6-12 will connect with Pikes Peak-area professionals in a variety of industries including technology, construction, healthcare, public service, and entrepreneurship.  Conversation stations will introduce girls to more than 20 women, and breakout sessions will dive deeper into career options. Online registration and more detailed information coming soon! Contact with questions.

SECRETS TO SUCCESS Connecting girls to professional women.
powered by Girl Scouts of Colorado
sponsored by AT&T
hosted by University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
October 20, 2018
8:30 am-12:30 pm
Centennial Hall, UCCS

Travel webinars

Are you interested in learning more about older girl travel opportunities? Join us on a fall travel webinar! Watch our events page and blog for more information on how to join these trainings.

  • General Travel Webinar: Tuesday, October 2, 6 – 7 p.m. Learn about the variety of travel opportunities available for troops and individual girls. Topics include: troop travel resources, GSUSA travel opportunities, money earning for travel and travel tips.
  • Destinations Webinar: Thursday, October 4, 6 – 7 p.m. Learn about the Destination options for 2019 and 2020, review the Destination application process and talk about what to expect on a Destination trip.


Have some burning questions to ask other Girl Scouts? The Older Girl Advisory Board is now accepting questions about Girl Scouts and life as an older Girl Scout. Send your questions to and OGAB will respond to your post on the GSCO blog.

Does your girl want to receive this newsletter in her inbox? Girls 13 and older can fill out this form to have it automatically be sent to them!

Upcoming events

Girl Scout Day at the Colorado Rockies
August 26, Denver

Xcel Energy Day of Service
September 8, Lakewood

Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA – Path to the Stars Book Signing
September 11, Littleton
Sylvia Acevedo will discuss and sign Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist (Clarion Books), her inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Check out our events calendarfor more information.

Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Boating & Archery 
September 15
September 16

Older Girl Outdoor Journey Weekend
September 21-23, Sky High Ranch
Cadette spots are SOLD OUT, still openings for Senior and Ambassadors!

Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Mountain Biking & Canoe
September 22 
September 23

Careers in Construction Day
September 29, Colorado Springs

Outdoor Adventure Club Trailblazers Magic Sky Overnight with Fishing & Climbing 
October 13-14

Outdoor Adventure Club Explorers Hamp Hut Overnight & Rock Climbing 
October 26-27
October 27-28
November 3-4

Save the Date: 

Older Girl Leadership Summits
August 25, Colorado Springs
September 8, Loveland
September 29, Denver & Durango
October 13, La Junta
October 20, Grand Junction
Check the events page for more information!

Secrets to Success
October 20, Colorado Springs
January 26, Grand Junction
More details coming soon!

Engineering Day at Colorado School of Mines
November 10, Golden
More details coming soon!

Girl Scouts insignia: Where does it all go?

From Girl Scouts of the USA

There are so many different badges, patches, awards, and other insignia that Girl Scouts can wear, but where does it all go? Whether she has a vest, tunic, or sash, she can proudly show off her accomplishments. This handy guide illustrates where to place insignia on a Girl Scout uniform for every grade level—or you can check out the fun videos below! 



Power of cookie: Troop 64098 supports Special Olympics of Colorado

Submitted by Shannon Michel

Metro Denver


Cadette Troop 64098 from Aurora/Centennial volunteered at the Special Olympics of Colorado’s Summer Classic in Colorado Springs. They brought 200 packages of Girl Scout Cookies donated through the Hometown Heroes program. These young ladies assisted at opening and closing ceremonies and events of tennis, bocce ball, and cycling.

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

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors 2018 Women of Distinction in Denver Oct. 2

Girl Scouts of Colorado honors 2018 Women of Distinction in Denver Oct. 2.

  • Janine Davidson, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Ruth Fountain Eide, Community Leader
  • Therese Ellery, Senior Program Officer, Aging Program, Rose Community Foundation
  • Gretchen Hammer, Medicaid Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
  • Peggy E. Jennings, CPA, Partner, Eide Bailly LLP
  • Lisa Zúñiga Ramirez, Principal, Senior Portfolio Manager, Segall Bryant & Hamill
  • Meshach Rhoades, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale LLP
  • Terri Richardson, MD, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
  • Tinesha Ross, Government and Commercial Programs, Senior Manager, System Safety & Quality, United Launch Alliance
  • Becky Takeda-Tinker, Ph.D., President & CEO, Colorado State University-Global Campus; and CEO, Beyond Campus Innovations, Inc. an entity of the CSU System Foundation

WHAT: This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Tasha Jones ’15, Director of Marketing, Forest City, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are shining examples of corporate, civic and philanthropic leadership.

The event is presented by co-chairs: Pat Cortez ’04, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs Manager

Community Relations and CRA Risk Management Department, Wells Fargo Government and Community Relations Group and Brook Kramer ’16, Senior Vice President, Senior Regional Fiduciary Manager, Philanthropic Services, Wells Fargo Private Bank. The evening includes a three-course dinner and creative dessert featuring Thin Mint cookies. Keynote Speaker is Riley Morgenthaler, Gold Award Girl Scout and recipient of Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

WHERE: Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 South Syracuse Street, Denver, CO 80237 

For more information, contact Heidi Books at 303-607-4833 or

For media, RSVP by Sept. 24 to AnneMarie Harper at 303-607-4844 or


Volunteer View: August 2018

Leadership Summits and Super Saturday Training Events

Get energized for the new membership year! Meet other volunteers, share your ideas, get your questions answered, and enhance your skills by taking classes that support your experience as a volunteer!
Networking opportunities and a variety of volunteer training and enrichment classes will be offered for new and experienced leaders, along with classes for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

Volunteers are welcome to register and attend any of the Leadership Summits and Super Saturday training events.

Check the events calendar on the GSCO website to register.

Leadership Summits
Aug. 25 – Colorado Springs
Sept. 8th – Loveland
Sept. 29th – Denver
​Super Saturdays
Sept. 29 – Durango
Oct. 13 – La Junta
Oct. 20 – Grand Junction
Oct. 20 – Mountain Communities


Questions? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at (303) 607-4897 or email.

Event List

OGAB Applications are now open

Looking for a way to grow your leadership skills? Older Girl Advisory Board (OGAB) applications are open! OGAB members play an integral role in the enrichment of girl experience across Colorado through planning retreats and monthly virtual meetings with council staff. Check out what graduating Seniors Bailey and Emma said about their experience in OGAB, then apply. Applications with two references are due by September 18.

Interested applicants can find more information and link to the application on the Older Girl Advisory Board section of our website. Questions? Contact Emily Speck, 303-607-4811.

Learn more

Fall Product Program Begins September 22 

The Girl Scouts Fall Product Program is a great way for troops to earn start-up funds for the year. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates. Don’t forget your Troop ACH form  must be filed to participate. Fall Product Program materials will be shipped directly to troops, and trainings for service unit fall product managers will be in early September.

Learn more

S’mores Club is Back!

Girls and adults who continue to achieve S’mores Club status will receive new charms for their bracelet special for the 2018-19 GSCO program year. New members to the S’mores Club will receive their bracelet along with the special charms unique to the 2018-19 GSCO program year.

Learn More

Outdoor Programs


The Outdoor Adventure Club’s 2018-2019 season starts in September with our first events take girls canoeing, shooting archery, and mountain biking! Sign up for our single event interest list, see upcoming dates and get more information.

Volunteer Run Camps Summer 2018

​Is your volunteer group or older girl troop interested in running a day camp for girls outside of your service unit in summer 2019? Volunteer-run camps can be a money-earning or leadership opportunity for older girl troops, and help support the statewide outdoor program offerings. Camp submissions are due in early October (exact date TBA) to be included in the camp mailer. The first step for new or interested camp directors is to meet with Anna Danila, outdoor program manager. Email Anna  for more information

Small Craft Safety Training: September 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sky High Ranch

Small Craft Safety is an American Red Cross certification required for boating programs with your troop or Girl Scout group, per Safety Activity Checkpoints. At this course, you will learn the basic fundamentals of teaching girls how to safely canoe and kayak on flat water, while having fun. You will learn about all the fundamentals and equipment of each type of boating vessel. This certification is through the American Red Cross, and is valid for three years, course is $50/person. Questions?

Highest Awards

Highest Awards deadline

All girls who have bridged to Cadettes or Seniors have until Sept. 30 to notify GSCO they have earned their Bronze or Silver Award, respectively. Fill out the online Bronze or Silver Award notification form to let us know that your girls have earned a highest award.

New Gold Award rubrics

Girl Scouts of Colorado is thrilled to publish new Gold Award rubrics for girls around the state to use to make their Gold Award journey successful and rewarding. The document includes a rubric for initial proposal approval and final approval, so girls can understand exactly what is expected of them throughout their Gold Award journey.

eLearning Enrichment

Look for Fall Product Program training on our eLearning site in September. Troops participating in the fall product program, can earn proceeds to fund their activities and meet the requirements for being part of the S’mores Club – earning special rewards

Questions about GSCO eLearning? Please contact Shannon Weaver, adult experience manager, at

Join the MCC at Leadership Summits

Membership Connection Committe will be at all Leadership Summits and select other training events to conduct Voices 2018 while surveying members on a range of topics designed to provide feedback to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors and senior council leadership. Your feedback is valued and important, please plan to stop by and visit with us and express your opinion!

Interested in learning more?  Search the GSCO Blog for “MCC” or visit us online. You can also contact the MCC Chair, Caroline Cornell for additional information.

Older Girl Journey Weekend

Strengthen your outdoor skills and ignite your passion for environmental stewardship at the 2018 Older Girl Outdoor Journey Weekend at Sky High Ranch on September 21-23, 2018.

Girls will complete Outdoor Journey components* through a weekend full of incredible activities, such as night hikes, preparing for backcountry camping, creating outdoor art, and camping outdoors. All girls will be participating in the Outdoor Journey but will complete specific badge work depending on their program level.
Cost: $90/ girl, $50/ PA who are volunteering, $40/adult.

Register today before spots fill up!

*Girls should plan to complete their Take Action project on their own outside of Journey Weekend.

Upcoming events

Girl Scout Day with the Colorado Rockies, Denver
August 26, Denver
Cost: Tickets range in price depending on seat location. Come cheer on the Rockies as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Girl Scouts can participate in a pre-game parade and get a special event patch. Last year tickets sold out before the game, so get your tickets early this year here and use promo code GS2018. A portion of ticket sales will be donated back to GSCO.

Xcel Energy Day of Service
September 8, Lakewood

Careers in Construction Day
September 29, Colorado Springs

Save the Date: Engineering Day at Colorado School of Mines
Saturday, November 10
More details coming soon!

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Biking around town: End of summer fun

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern and Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

As an end of summer hoorah, some of the girls from Troop 70720 went on a 12-mile bike ride around Fort Collins. We stopped and played in the river for a little while and then, biked over to a local ice cream shop for a sweet treat. We headed back after that, but the girls went and played in a pool after their ride to cool off. Summer outdoor adventures are awesome!

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

Gold Award and Highest Awards and Take Action trainings

We are thrilled to be offering both Gold Award and Highest Awards and Take Action trainings at Leadership Summits across the state for the summer and fall of 2018!

You may be asking, “What is a Leadership Summit?” Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Leadership Summits are learning conferences that offer volunteers (and girls!) the opportunity to get energized for the new membership year and check required trainings off the to-do list. In addition to offering trainings for new and experienced volunteers, we are offering “Older Girl Leadership Summit” tracks at each event where older girls can participate in training all day.

Gold Award Training is required for any girl interested in pursuing her Gold Award.

Highest Awards and Take Action is the perfect opportunity to connect with other troop leaders about successful 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.

Colorado Springs, Saturday, August 25
Older Girl Leadership Summit:
Leadership Summit (for adults):

Loveland, Saturday, September 8
Registration links coming soon!

Denver, Saturday, September 29
Registration links coming soon!

Grand Junction, Saturday, October 20
Super Saturday event, Gold Award training only.
Registration link coming soon!

Questions about Highest Awards? Email