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Gold Award Girl Scout: Emma Gibbs, Longmont, “Raptor Activities Leadership Council”

What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

My project addressed the social stigmas and lack of understanding for people’s diverse talents and passions. My goal was to increase attendance at regularly lower attended events and increase the amount of school spirit through the organization of more school events. My target audience was the students at my high school with the intent to inform other high schools of the program’s results and create a guide or template on how to create a program like mine at other schools. As my project progressed, I realized that I needed to focus on why students weren’t attending events, so I partnered with the school administration and PTO to find alternate ways to communicate with students about events going on in my school.

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

As you will see below from my presentation, my initial goals were not being met, but after reflection and refocus of the project, I was able to more effectively communicate events through the PTO, administration, and to students.

End of semester one reflection:

  • Not seeing the attendance that I wanted to be seeing at that point
  • Was asking RALC group for ideas and they still weren’t working
  • Felt like I was a failure and wasn’t making a difference
  • Needed to get to the root cause of attendance

I needed more help, so I partnered with my school’s booster club and found that:

  • Root of low attendance with communication
  • Also, an issue with general school spirit
  • Allowed me to better communicate and connect with my school administration

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

My project will continue to be sustained for years to come. Since I did my project as part of the leadership academy at my school, I was able to work with the junior class and get a junior (now senior) to commit to continuing my project into the next school year. This individual is very passionate about school spirit and is involved in multiple extra-curricular activities, making her a perfect fit for this project. My leadership academy director also has expressed how much she enjoys this program and is committed to keeping it running in the years to come. By sharing my project with other schools, it will also be sustained because similar programs may start to pop up throughout the area and spread. While these programs might not be the exact same as mine they will be addressing the same or similar issues that I focused on.

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

I was able to send my project to other schools in the midwest. Our school leadership group had partnered with another school to learn about the Leadership Academy. I was able to send my project to those individuals.

What did you learn about yourself? 

I learned about project organization, time management, flexibility, and being open to change. Even though my initial project objectives weren’t being met, I was able to regroup and refocus my objectives to a more narrow project. I thought I would be able to increase attendance at events, but I discovered that finding better and broader ways of communication could be effective in increasing awareness, which will drive attendance.

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

I will be able to take the skills I learned, specifically communication with adults, learning to preserve, being flexible, and open to suggestions from others. These skills will be used in college in my classes, honors activities, and with my soccer team and coaches. I learned that communicating and sharing of ideas with others can help to keep projects moving forward and be successful.

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

The Gold Award was an important part of Girl Scouts as it takes all the skills and talents that you learn over the years and puts them together into one large project.  I enjoyed completing the Journeys with my troop members. We were a troop from several different schools and it was always interesting to see how other schools were dealing with issues. Being responsible for a large project: planning, organizing, implementing, and completing it can be very rewarding.  As I mentioned, I learned a lot of new skills and learned about working with other people of all ages.

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

I believe the Gold Award helped me to become even more of a go-getter. I have always worked at being organized and staying on top of homework and projects, while playing soccer at the highest level possible. Being a go-getter has helped me get where I am today, at a Division 1 college, playing soccer, while obtaining a college degree, with a focus in nursing. I am also a part of the honors program at my college. When I see something that I want, I figure out what it will take to get it, and I work hard to achieve my goals.

**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 highestawards@gscolorado.org

 

Ugly sweater party

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Cadette Troop 59 is inviting Girl Scouts of all levels to an ugly sweater party on  Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Highlands Ranch Library. Celebrate the diversity of our holiday season by participating in an ugly sweater contest, trading holiday themed SWAPS, singing songs, and playing fun games with your Girl Scout sisters. Sign up on the GSCO Events Calendar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/ugly_sweater_party_m.html 

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

Girls night out

Submitted by Jordan Cadena

Metro Denver

Thornton

Join Troop 66742 on December 20, 2019 anytime from 5 – 10 p.m. at Northglenn Christian Church (1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn 80233) for an exciting night of fun while your parents enjoy a night out or get some holiday shopping done! Girls can choose to play games, craft, earn a few badges, watch movies, and more!

Make a Christmas present for your family, shop our holiday store, or just enjoy a night of FUN!

Cost is $12 per girl.

Additional dinner option is $5 (includes two pieces of pizza and a drink)

Parents: We have gift wrappers who can wrap any of your presents for tips! So, bring your gifts and enjoy some fun with the girls while you wait for your presents to be wrapped or drop them off with your Girl Scout(s) and pick them up when you’re ready! All proceeds will go towards our travel squad’s Costa Rica 2020 tour and/or our Europe 2023 tour.

Badge options include:

Daisy: Eco Learner, Honest and Fair Petal, and Outdoor Art Maker

Brownie: Dancer, Fair Play, Making Friends, and Painter

Junior: Girl Scout Way, Scribe, and Social Butterfly

Use this link to register/learn more about the event: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/troop-66742-travel-squad 

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

Junior “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Where better to earn your Junior “Think Like An Engineer” Journey than at Tomahawk Ranch! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp.

Who: Girl Scout Junior troops or Juliettes with adult

Dates: Saturday, January 25 to Sunday, January 26, 2020

When: Arrive at 3 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Depart at 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey- enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

Cost: $70 per girl $40 per adult. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate. Price does not include Journey award patches.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

During this fun Journey camp, Juniors will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three design thinking activities to explore hands-on what it’s like to think like an engineer. You will also receive the materials needed for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community to complete their Take Action Project are complete their Journey!

Register/pay online
https://junior-think-like-an-engineer-journey-in-a-day.cheddarup.com or mail in registration form below.

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Brownie “Think Like an Engineer” overnight camp

Submitted by Maria Cross

Northern & Northeastern CO

Longmont

Camping, Journeys, and Girl Scout sisters~ Oh My! Join Ambassador Troop 78527 for a fun-filled overnight camp as you earn your “Think Like An Engineer” Journey!

Who: Girl Scout Brownie troops or Juliettes with adult chaperone

Dates: Friday, January 24 to Saturday, January 25, 2020

When: Arrive at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Friday, Depart at 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp near Bailey– enjoy heated cabins with bunk beds and bathrooms

During this Journey camp, Brownies will have a blast finding out how engineers use “design” thinking to solve problems. The Ambassadors will guide them in three “design” thinking activities to explore hands-on what it is like to think like an engineer. You will also receive materials for your group to work on a design project to help others. Your girls can take their design project with them to share with their community for their Take Action Project to complete their Journey.

Cost: $70 per girl, $40 per adult- price does not include Journey patches. Girls must attend with adult. Adults above safety-wise ratios pay girl rate.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 7

Register/pay online: https://browniethinklikeanengineer.cheddarup.com

Email cross.maria.e@gmail.com with questions.

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

Girl Scout Days at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Submitted by Jennavieve W.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Presenting: Girl Scout Days at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery!

Girl Scout Days is an ongoing program I helped create for my Silver Award. It will run every few months and switch between ages and interests. This awesome program not only gives Northern Colorado Girl Scouts a place to participate in local and affordable STEAM activities, but also volunteer opportunities for older Girl Scouts. One of the perks of Girl Scout Days is that family members of participating girls are able to visit the museum during the event; eliminating the problem of carpooling and finding babysitters for siblings.

The first-ever Girl Scout Day was Brownie Engineering Extravaganza on October 12, 2019. Girl Scout Brownies used their amazing G.I.R.L. powers to earn four badges and fun patch.

We loved seeing their go-getter personalities as they innovated fling flyers. They took risks when testing their senses with mystery boxes and optical illusions. They learned a bit about anatomy and world cultures by taste-testing teas and visiting Gerald the Jack-o’-Lantern. Last, but not least, the girls used their leadership skills as they chose jobs within their teams and used teamwork to create Rube Goldberg inspired chain reaction contraptions. They all did an amazing job!

Thank you to all of the troops who attended for making my event a success. A huge thank you to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for allowing me the opportunity to start this program. A special thank you to Angela Kettle for being my mentor and helping me create the event.

I look forward to providing many more STEAM events for my Girl Scout sisters. A second session of Brownie Engineering Extravaganza will be available soon and a Junior coding event is in the works.

Stay tuned for more to come!

I chose this project as my Silver Award because I come from a large family and if there is an event in Denver, my mom has to bring my siblings with us or hire a babysitter, so we can’t always make it. I wanted to make a difference and provide girls with the same problem a solution. I also wanted to give other girls my age more and closer volunteer opportunities.

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

Save the Date: Secrets to Success in Greeley

Save the date for Secrets to Success in Greeley on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Aims Community College!

What is your Secret to Success?

Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders our first Northern Colorado Secrets to Success event. We believe every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. We are helping today’s girls overcome the challenges they face, giving them the tools they need to become successful leaders.

Girls will connect with professional women in a variety of career fields, giving them a unique opportunity to learn directly from incredible women in our community. Girls will personally engage with more than 20 women leaders a variety of fields, such as technology, law, healthcare, finance, skilled trades, entrepreneurship, and more, learning from role models that will help them become our future business and community leaders. This event joins today’s leaders with the next generation, to share their expertise and provide inspiration for success.

** This event is open to all girls in grades 6-12. You do not need to be a Girl Scout to attend. Registration will open winter 2020. **

Email carol.griffin@gscolorado.org to be added to the interest list and you’ll be emailed directly when registration opens.

More information: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/secrets_to_success_1616242345.html

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Zombie Survival Challenge: Be prepared, not scared

More than 350 Girl Scouts participated in Girl Scouts of Colorado’s first-ever Zombie Survival Challenge in events across the state in October 2019. Girls participated in stations that started the conversation of how they would be prepared in a natural disaster. They learned about shelter building, energy food choices, pet preparedness, water purification, and even practiced first aid scenarios… all with a zombie theme of course!

While all the zombie events are over for the year (YES, we will be back next year!), there are still steps you can take as a Girl Scout to be prepared, not scared.

  1. Discuss with your family what your emergency plan is. The American Red Cross has a great Family Disaster Plan (https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/General_Preparedness___Recovery/Home/ARC_Family_Disaster_Plan_Template_r083012.pdf) to guide you through questions to think about if there was a natural disaster in your area.
  2. Create an emergency supply kit. This should contain some nonperishable food and water, first aid kit, and other supplies that your family would need if they had to leave the house in a hurry.
  3. Have pets? Don’t forget about them! Just like you would create an emergency supply kit for your people, create one for your pets.

Want more information? Jefferson County has a great, in-depth Emergency Preparedness Guide: https://www.jeffco.us/DocumentCenter/View/478/Emergency-Preparedness-Guide-PDF?bidId=

Daisy “Three Cheers for Animals” Journey in a Day events

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Fort Collins

Northern & Northeastern CO

Coming to Northern Colorado: Two separate chances for Girl Scout Daisies to participate in a “Three Cheers for Animals” Journey in a Day event!

Where: The Ranch

When: November 10, 2019 or January 5, 2020- Both events run from 1 to 5 p.m.

Cost: $25 if no patches are wanted and cost is $32 with patches

A mixed group of Cadettes and Seniors will be leading the activities! A guest speaker from the Animal House coming to talk about animal care. Girls will also do a special project to help feral cats in the community.

November 10 signup: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1psEbq5zbiSgc_LZPvtfyVM5-5-W8V2EK/view?usp=sharing

** We still have some limited space for November 10 date. If you can’t make that one, you’ll get a second chance on January 5.

January 5 signup: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UVuRNisqSLzbq6SAA2b5sxOPXbK_mNyb

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