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Girl Scouts at Home: Senior Voice for Animals badge Part One of Five

Attention Girl Scout Seniors! You can earn your Voice for Animals badge at home with help from our Outreach Program team. By earning this badge, you will find out about the complex relationship between animals and humans, so you can make informed choices and help others make them too. Step One is to find out about domestic animals, so you’re going to compose a pet’s rights document.

Materials Needed:

Animals used to be tolerated in the house only to the extent of their usefulness. Dogs would eat leftover food and guard area. Cats would keep the rodent population to a minimum. Somewhere over the course of human history, humans began to bond with their animals, and pets became the norm. However, the standards for how we treat our pets has also changed over time. What rights should pets have? How can we best protect our pets from harm and abuse?

After taking Girl Scouts of the USA’s Internet Safety Pledge, research topics associated with the care and keeping of domestic pets, such as:

  • The importance of spaying and neutering your pet.
  • Is it okay to declaw cats?
  • Is it okay to dock puppies’ tails or ears, or remove their dewclaws
  • Is it okay to use a shock collar on a dog, or an electric wire on a fence?
  • Is it okay to crate train animals, and if so, how long should they be kept in a crate at a time?
  • What guidelines should be in place for a classroom pet?
  • How many pets is too many in one household?
  • Are there animals that are unsuited to being household pets, but commonly are?
  • Should a pet bird be given time outside of their cage? How much
  • Any other topic you feel is important to keeping pets safe.

Some places to look include your city and state laws. You can also research these topics through the websites dedicated to animal welfare. There are some links at the end of this blog post to get your research started.

After your research, write up a Pets Bill of Rights, stating what you think it takes to treat pets ethically and respectfully. Share your Pets Bill of Rights on the GSCO Blog, FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

Here are some links to get your research started, but you are not limited to these links. If your city or town isn’t listed, it is easy to find their animal laws with a simple Google search : (Your City) animal laws

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

 

Girl Scouts Compete in Toast-Off Challenge

Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Metro Denver

Lone Tree/ Highlands Ranch

During COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Colorado Girl Scout Cadette Hayden L. and her cousin Reagan M. came up with the simply brilliant Toast-Off Challenge idea while Facetiming each other.  Hayden shared this boredom buster idea with her Girl Scout sisters of Troop 60059 in Highlands Ranch and their first Toast-Off was held on April 8, 2020 with an “animals” theme.  From there, toast-off was shared on a “virtual Girl Scout activities” page by Hayden’s troop leader, where multiple troops across the United States.

Hayden’s original game rule suggestions for Toast-Off were:

  • Allow 20 minutes during an online troop meeting to create your pre-determined group themed toast design.
  • Any food ingredients at home can be used, as long as you eat a few bites after sharing your food art with the group.
  • You must use a minimum of three ingredients, not including the bread.
  • Share your designs with each other and take a photo for follow-up voting.

It has become evident that Toast-Off is a fun challenge for all age Girl Scouts with different levels of cooking skills, using only ingredients they had available to them when grocery store shelves were mostly empty and shipping was delayed.  Each troop has put their own spin with rules and themes that work for them. Thank you, Hayden and Reagan, for being innovators (G.I.R.L) during a time period that has encouraged creative thinking.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

I am a Cyber Hero

Submitted by Lexi

Western Colorado

Glenwood Springs

I found the Cyber Hero cybersecurity patch work interesting. I learned how messages travel and how important it is to be careful. It is important because you don’t want the information to get to the wrong people.

I love the Girl Scouts! It has a lot of fun activities to learn new and  interesting things.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Meet an Expert: The Business Side of Fashion with a Buyer from The North Face

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special webinar learn about the business side of fashion with Lindsey Nelson, a buyer for The North Face on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 4 p.m.  Lindsey will teach girls about the process of designing clothes, studying customer trends, and picking the best styles for shoppers in The North Face stores and on the website. She will also lead girls through an activity about how to pick the best clothes that you think will be the top sellers to hit your sales goal. After her presentation and activity there will be time for a live Q & A session. This is an awesome opportunity for girls to learn from an expert at one of the top outdoor retailers in the world!

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/meet_an_expert_the_b.html
Registration closes June 8

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Capacity is limited; each individual participant should be registered so we can track capacity. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

HTH Delivery and Social Distancing Bike Ride

Submitted by Sandi DeCamp

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Sixth grade Girl Scout Cadette Troop 60594 from Broomfield delivered cookies to their Hometown Heroes by way of a social distancing bike ride. We loaded up a bike trailer with the cookies, a poster sized thank you card, and took to a bike path. The girls had fun riding their bikes. Proving they can have fun anywhere, the girls created a “bike wave” as they rode-similar to a stadium audience wave. It was our own personal bike parade!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Community made masks

Submitted by Sasha Benner

Metro Denver

Lakewood

I work for Lutheran Hospice in Wheat Ridge. I am in charge of distributing PPE to my clinicians. We get any donated supplies from the hospital. When I was in yesterday, I came across some donated cotton masks– keep in mind we distribute these to our patients and families to keep our clinicians safe during home visits. Among the masks were three with familiar looking fabric! Now, I don’t know if these were made by a Girl Scout or not, but being a leader, I felt proud to see this particular fabric being put to good use! I just wanted to shout out to “Saving Humanity One Mask At A Time!”

Thank you!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouting at home: “Dragons Love Tacos 2 The Sequel” craft

This easy craft is perfect for younger Girl Scouts (or younger siblings) and is a great follow-up to reading “Dragons Love Tacos 2 The Sequel” by Adam Rubin.

Spicy tacos can make dragons breathe fire!  To make a dragon to go with your tacos, you will need:

  • Card stock/Cardboard/Any type of tube
  • Crayons/Paint/Markers
  • Red, yellow, orange, or white paper
  • Tape/Glue
  • Scissors

Get your tube or cut a rectangle of paper or cardboard to roll into a tube. Color your tube anyway you would like to make a fun dragon, decorate with spots or make it plain – your choice.

Cut strips of paper that you have either colored or use colored paper. You can also use tissue paper, if you have any. Glue colored strips all along one end of the tube to be the fire.

Draw and cut circles out of white for the eyes and a rectangle tab to attach on the back so the eyes will stand up. Glue the tabs on the eyes, then when dried, glue or tape eyes on.

You now have a dragon friend! You can make your dragon your own by skipping the fire and adding teeth. Try pom poms for eyes, add scales or nostrils. Experiment and make a few.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

 

Awesome Custom Converse Shoes

Submitted by Lena J.

Pikes Peak

Cheyenne Wells

I loved the custom Converse shoe prize for selling nuts and candy in the 2019 Fall Product Program. Two other girls from my troop also reached this prize. It was so awesome to create my own style of Converse Shoes. When we received our shoes, it was cool to see how each of us chose differently. This was a very exciting prize and I hope it comes back each year. I would love to have my own personal collection of these custom shoes.

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

Girl Scouting at Home: Earn your Junior Detective badge Part Three of Three

Do you want to try out the skills that make great detectives? Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Outreach Program team is here to help you earn your Junior Detective badge!

Now, let’s move on to Step Five! Watch this video for a fun scavenger hunt and follow clues to solve a real mystery. Here’s the print-out you will need to complete your scavenger hunt: Adult Handout for Final Scavenger Hunt

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Meet an Expert: Meet a Forester

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Capacity is limited; each individual participant should be registered so we can track capacity. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a special webinar to meet a forester with the Colorado State Forest Service on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 2 p.m. Our forester expert will delve into the science of trees. We will explore the forest life cycle- learning how fire plays an important role. You will also learn how our foresters work to keep Colorado forests resilient and healthy. There will be time for a live Q & A too!

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/_052720_meet_a_fores.html
Registration closes May 26

Participating in this webinar satisfies Step Two of the Cadette Trees Badge, dig into the amazing science of trees.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.