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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Carly U-Ren, Grand Junction, “Memory Books for Dementia Patients”

 

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Carly U-Ren
Grand Junction
Fruita Monument High School
Memory Books for Dementia Patients

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I made beautiful Memory Books for a dementia unit in my hometown. These books are used to help spark memories in the patients, and are used by staff, families and volunteers. I volunteered with the patients to keep them busy doing exercise groups, games and socializing.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I volunteered at a nursing home and saw how board the patients were and that they needed something to do. I did some research and found out about Memory Books and made them for the patients. I also volunteered, when possible, and worked with the patients doing different activities to keep them active and engaged.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I provided five books and four baby dolls to a local center, and I got a local school to continue making these books for other dementia centers in my area. I also recruited other students from the area to volunteer at the dementia center so the patients would have more visitors to help keep them busy.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned about dementia. I learned to be assertive in asking for donations for my books and to keep my project going forward. I am now more comfortable talking in front of groups and to different business people. The project also taught me to budget my money.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember working with the dementia patients the most.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

It will help me be more confident and to not give up when you are pursuing something important.

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

The Gold Award project teaches you to be independent and to pursue something you are passionate about. It teaches you to make a difference in the world.

Junior troop in Grandby works toward a ‘No Idle Zone’ at their school

Submitted by Brenda Freeman
Grandby

Junior Troop 1665 out of Granby is working toward making the school pick-up lane a “No Idle Zone”. Girls are educating the students and parents about the dangers of exhaust fumes. Our troop was completing the Journey, It’s your Planet Love it, Innovate Award. The girls: Identify an energy issue in the community, research it, create a plan, and carried it out. Then shared the news, and are reflecting on what they accomplished. The troop designed posters to be displayed around the school. They also created a letter to go out to the parents describing the dangers of exhaust fumes. They developed a 2-minute skit that was presented in front of the entire school, which includes a made up song and dance. Lastly, the girls will be talking to the drivers of cars before school is out, praising those who have turned their car off and ask those who haven’t to please turn their engines off. The final step will be to place a No Idle Zone sign in front of the school. These last two steps will be fulfilled in the near weeks.

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Article about the project in Sky-Hi News

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/share. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Estes Park troop delivers Hometown Hero cookies

Submitted by Jenny Miles
Estes Park

Daisy/Brownie Troop 70455 brought 45 boxes of Hometown Hero cookies to our local Fire Department and Dive and Rescue. They had a wonderful time and even had a tour of the Fire Station too.

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/share. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Gold Awardees Shine at State Capitol Recognition

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Fifteen of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s thirty eight 2014 Gold Awardees were presented on the floor at the opening of today’s House of Representative’s session at the Colorado State Capitol and lauded for their contributions and for being the leaders of tomorrow in our state.

The girls celebrated today were Brianne Azuero of Aurora, Kaitlin Baker-Carr of Fort Collins, Ashley Brock of Fort Collins, Emily Calzone of Longmont, Dottie Deane of Littleton, Taylor Hale of Boulder, Ashely Jones of Parker, Delaney Keeler of Colorado Springs, Sarah Kriner of Falcon, Kelli Leachman of Larkspur, Ann Martens of Monument, Josie Natrasevschi of Fort Collins, Lindsey Romig of Littleton, Natalia Suarez of Fort Collins and Eliana K. Wackerman of Colorado Springs.

The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting, and as Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, these girls’ accomplishments reflect extraordinary leadership and citizenship skills that mark them as valuable contributors to their communities and world.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Stephanie Foote, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “They saw a need, took ownership to help develop a solution and took action to make it happen. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership is making the world a better place.”

The Gold Award culminates with a project led by one young woman between 9th and 12th grades who builds a purpose-based team to work with the larger community to meet a need. The focus of a Girl Scouts’ Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The Gold Award has been part of the Girl Scout program since 1916. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their Girl Scout achievement.

The girls attending the event today enjoyed a historic tour of the Capitol and while on the floor, they heard the touching testimonies of House members in support of a bill to declare April 28 through May 4 as Holocaust Awareness Week in Colorado. It was fitting testimonial for the girls to hear, as the messages are so aligned with our Girl Scout organizational values of inclusion, respect and advocacy. One representative cited a quote from Elie Wiesel, “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.”

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Preventing bullying one little bit at a time

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Submitted by Audrey Dubler
Denver

Bullying is a problem everywhere. To earn our Silver Award, my troop and I focused on stopping this worldwide problem. First we created our own video to help in a shortened Power Up presentation. The video featured a bullying scenario using all of us as actors. We later showed the video to the fifth graders at Global Village Academy. While teaching Power Up, we tried to hit the key points while including all of the required exercises. We had a shortened time period, but we did two separate classes so we could teach all of the fifth grade girls. The Power Up took the whole day, which we happened to have off, due to a teacher work day. After we taught the students, another member of my troop and I went back to explain to the teachers what we did. We learned that there was a change in how the fifth graders acted because of us. We also told the teachers how to deal with bullying in a classroom. We really believe that the Power Up program truly makes a difference in how people act, and helps eliminate bullying.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form (www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/share). You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Troop 60968 holds pj drive

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Submitted by Florence Muller
Broomfield

New 2nd grade Brownie Troop 60968 wanted to make a difference in their community by helping kids stay warm at night. The troop got permission from their principal (who was a former Brownie in her day) and held a pj drive through Aspen Creek K-8 School in Broomfield. The girls are proud to announce that we donated 79 NEW pairs of girls and boys sizes 3t-adult small pjs to the Department of Housing and Human Services of Boulder County. We were able to make this community donation as we partnered with the Pajama Program to help us find a local group with this need  (http://pajamaprogram.org/WordPress/).

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

Daisy Troop 10852’s Hometown Hero – Jack’s Place

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Submitted by Cricket Hawkins
Edwards

Eagle Valley Daisy Troop 10852 recently dropped off 60 boxes of cookies to their Hometown Hero, Jack’s Place at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards. Jack’s Place is a Cancer Caring House that provides onsite day and overnight lodging for patients and their families and/or caregivers. Way to go girls!

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

Date Change – Pueblo Outdoor Property Town Hall

A number of our volunteers and community members in the Southern Colorado region have expressed concern over the date and time scheduled for the Outdoor Property Town Hall.  We respect and value the feedback of our volunteers and stakeholders, so we have decided to reschedule the event.  Due to other conflicts and our impending deadlines, we are unable to schedule it on another weekend day.  We will instead be offering two sessions on a weekday.  Our hope is that the majority of interested citizens can attend one of the sessions.  We have discussed these options with several volunteers and community members and they agree that they are the best available.  The new meetings will be: Friday, May 2:  11:30 a-12:30 p and 6:30 p-7:30 p at the Pueblo Regional Office (21 Montebello).  Please note that the date and location for the Colorado Springs Town Hall will remain Sunday, April 6:  3:00 p-4:30 p at the Colorado Springs Regional Office.  Thank you for your continued support of GSCO, we look forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients March 2014!

Bronze_Award_Starburst_HRAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Bronze Award Recipients March 2014

Troop42109 – Colorado Springs
Abigail Humphries
Ava Collins
Blakeley Bennett
Elizabeth Gumper
Ellie Schueler
Emma Popkin
Gabriella Greenberg
Hope Earls
Katie Weyant
Kellyn Pattee
Kennedy Wriedt
Mackenzie Walton
MyLinh Merkert
Ruby Boswell
Sarah Wrubel

Troop43107 – Monument
Kaitlyn Ketchell
Sarah Hinton
Zoe Johnson

Troop43580 – Colorado Springs
Jaylee Hepner

Troop44189 – Colorado Springs
Alison Russo
Allison Graham
Ashton McKnight-Wilson
Avery Lenocker
Heidi Johnson
Jaiden Jacobs
Jaycee Jacobs
Mallory Hajek
Sadye Hughes
Samantha Gregerson
Scarlet Lenocker
Sydney Hidalgo

Troop53289 – Arvada
Alyssa Davis
Audrey Solis
Cora Holguin
Emilyann Owens
Jocelyn Brown
Kaela Bredine
Katherine Price
Mary Charlotte Landvik
Molly Butler
Rebecca Stankiewicz

Troop53406 – Commerce City
Abigail Taugner
Emma Bourgeois
Gracelyn Adair
Isabella Heinmiller
Jaelyn Rainwater
Jerray Sterling
Kalene Nissen
Lauren Restrepo
Leah Sansom
Lydia Jimmerson
Madison Speck
Sydney Worden

Troop54373 – Denver
Claudia Horning
Ella Brink
Ellie Swigle
Lyndsey Snowtala
Sarah Young
Skylar Cole
Sofia Martikonis

Troop62802 – Aurora
Aura Delgado-Chacon
Kacey McCutchen
Lucy Herrick
Madison McCutchen
Megan Vazquez
Olivia Calderon

Troop72147 – Fort Collins
Avantika Malvankar
Charlotte Gregg
Dakota Lavigne
Ella Gernert
Jessica Robinson
Maile Tinker
Megan Grube
Meghan Williams
Nicole Clack
Olivia French

Troop73392 – Longmont
Amber Reichenberg
Ashley Reichenberg
Beatrice Lin
Courtney Haedike
Dina Mercier
Emma Stenner
Gayathri Budamgunta
Haeydn Sais
Kaelin Smith
Kensington Dobbins
Sophia Manning
Willow Good

Troop73961 – Louisville
Alexis Stone
Aurora Martinez
Chloe McCormick
Cynthia Vander Meyden
Erin Rosenthal
Katie Glass
Kavita Kellow
Kaylin Denny
Kya Irish
Leila Lauer
Maya Baumann
Miranda McCoy
Natalie Sargent
Nicole Schnettler
Sruti Durbha

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients March 2014!

Silver AwardAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Silver Award Recipients March 2014

Troop40195 – Colorado Springs
Alyssa Scaduto
Emily Schaad
Madeline Campbell
Mikala O’Flynn

Troop51219 – Evergreen
Bryce Civiello

Troop53465 – Denver
Elizabeth Meschia
Graciela Smet
Lauren Deanda

Troop62752 – Centennial
Audrey Dubler
Jessica Pulido
Katie Carothers
Madison Wacaser
Merrilyn Loadman-Copeland

Troop69619 – Highlands Ranch
Marissa Myer

Troop69646 – Northglenn
Addison O’Donnell

Troop70351 – Lafayette
Mikayla Frank-Martin

Troop70552 – Frederick
Carolanne Allen

Troop73488 – Longmont
Abigail Denning
Georgina Bell
Jordyn Blaha
Madison Manning
Marin Neuhard
Megan Bush
Sarah Freese
Trinity Brubaker