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Limited spots left for “Me & My Gal” strength weekend in May

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Submitted by Tiffany Stone

Metro Denver

Englewood

There are only a few spaces left for the Urban Trails Service Unit’s “Me & My Gal” strength weekend!

REGISTRATION CLOSES ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017!

Where: Tomahawk Ranch Girl Scout Camp
When: Friday, May 12, 2017 – Sunday, May 14, 2017
Arrival time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday
Departure: 10 a.m. on Sunday

Cost: $150 per woman-girl couple
$60 per additional girl,
(No additional adults please, one per every three daughters)

Bring your girl(s) along for a weekend of bonding and strengthening.
Mountain Berry Catering will provide meals, with a special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday morning.

Activities will be provided all weekend, including archery, building, a dance, and more!

This camp is geared for mothers and daughters, but aunts, grandmas, or mother figures are welcome, along with girls (K-12).

Attendance is only confirmed upon payment.
Register at:
https://squareup.com/store/urban-trails-su-644

Volunteers are always welcome! Please email: urbantrailsdenver@gmail.com to volunteer!

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

 

Outdoor Adventure Club 2017-2018 Dates Released Soon!

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We are working hard to finalize all our dates and programming for the 2017-2018 Outdoor Adventure Club season for both our OAC Explorers (6th graders) and OAC Trailblazers (7th- 10th graders)! Since many of our programs use outside vendor we are just waiting on the final confirmation from a couple vendors to release ALL of our dates and locations for next year. Thanks for your patience and we will have the dates out as soon as possible and before the April 17th registration opening date.

All date and a detailed FAQ page are available at the OAC website at the link below:

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/our-program/older-girls/outdoor-adventure-club.html

Please direct any questions to Anna Danila at anna.danila@gscolorado.org

 

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Introducing: The climate change Girl Scouts patch

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From CO Moms Know Best

The Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Moms Know Best are excited to announce a new Girl Scout patch – The Climate Change patch.

Remember that little adrenaline rush you got when you earned a new Girl Scout patch? We think of these like diplomas that show the world what a girl has strived for, learned and accomplished. In fact, patches are sometimes even handed to recipients in a graduation-esque ceremony; and that’s exactly what will happen in the Colorado Statehouse in April when the first group of girls will earn and receive their patch.

The Girl Scouts of Colorado and Colorado Moms Know Best want the Climate Change patch to be a fun and engaging way for girls to learn more about climate change while building useful skills to last a lifetime.  The current generation of children is the one that will bear the greatest burden of climate change and have the most to gain by preventing its impacts. Hopefully, Scouts will be motivated to take a leadership role on this vital issue and take part in improving their own future.

Many of us are noticing the effects of climate change around us. We’re constantly setting new records for warmer temperatures and hearing about crazy changes in our seasons like a January and February with no snow — in Chicago!   We’re seeing more devastating extreme weather events.  The bad news is that human-made toxic pollutants are added to the atmosphere by burning dirty fossil fuels — creating these conditions.

But the good news? We have the power to change that.

Girls will calculate their own carbon footprint, understand the impacts of climate change at a local level, and be inspired to make a difference. They’ll acquire skills to affect policy on other issues that interest them as well.  They can learn how to research and present their findings. They’ll also learn about how government works and how to make sure their voices can be heard on the key issues of their generation.

Girls earn the patch by finishing one age-appropriate activity in each of the three categories – Discover, Connect, Take Action. They can choose from things like researching clean energy jobs, examining climate change in their towns, and talking to decision makers.

The Climate Change patch is now available.  Find out more details and read about the ways you can get the patch here.

Full STEAM Ahead: Making WAVES with science and art

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts made WAVES with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) on a school day off in March 2017.

Girls spent the morning exploring light waves, the physics of light, making a spectroscope, experimenting with Watery Waves, the science of hydrology, and discovering sound waves, including some cool dance moves and “watching” sound happen.

Small group sessions were led by women in the community who work as science and STEAM professionals. They also shared career information about their areas of expertise.

The afternoon was spent focusing on theater arts including interactive workshops and theatrical games with improv and public speaking practice in a local historical theatre and performing arts venue.

The day was made possible through a grant of sponsorship by Yampa Valley Electric Association as well as the Lufkin Family Fund for Routt County Girl Scouts.

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

Parker troops work to earn “Junior Jeweler” badge

Submitted by Conny Karman

Metro Denver

Parker

About 20 Juniors from four different troops got together in Parker to work on their “Junior Jeweler” badge. Ms. C from Troop 1996 hosted the event. Conny Karman, a self-taught jewelry artist and past troop leader/volunteer lead the event. Armed with safety goggles, a hammer, and pliers, the girls worked on five projects. They stamped metal jewelry, caged and wrapped jewelry, learned about birthstones, and made a sparkling box to keep their new jewelry. The event lasted about 2.5 hours. There were 2-3 parent helpers on each session. If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact info@ideaitlab.com.

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

 

Financial literacy requires more than a piggy bank

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

Some skills come naturally to us, but for many Americans, learning to be savvy with money takes a lot of work. To help people improve their command of currency, the U.S. Senate in 2004 designated April as Financial Literacy Month. In the spirit of this theme, we’re reflecting on the unique Girl Scout programs that prepare girls to take charge of their financial educations and futures. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy, girls know they need a solid financial foundation, but few feel confident about their skills.

To help build girls’ confidence, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has developed 11 Financial Literacy badges that girls can earn in addition to the badges for Cookie Business. Based on real-life situations, such as budgeting and philanthropy, the badges give young women a deeper understanding of financial literacy, empowering them for future life success.

For girls in underserved communities, we’re proud to continue the “Driving My Financial Future” program, a partnership with Toyota Financial Services (TFS). The program’s goal is to help more than 40,000 girls become financially proficient leaders, learn real-life and age-appropriate financial skills, and develop tools that inspire positive change in their communities. GSUSA interim CEO Sylvia Acevedo expressed, “It’s always gratifying to collaborate with partners such as Toyota Financial Services that understand the importance of instilling financial empowerment in girls and young women, and share the Girl Scout mission of investment in leadership development for our future trailblazers.” Since 2007, TFS has also sponsored the Making Life Easier program, which to date has awarded college scholarships to 1,000 students affiliated with nonprofits, including Girl Scouts.

From coast to coast, the girls who participate in the TFS “Driving My Financial Future”  program receive their own copy of The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting (which helps them earn their Financial Literacy badges) and a TFS participant patch. Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors also take part in financial planning activities to grow their finance skills by practicing how they’d handle real-life scenarios, such as saving for college or starting to build good credit.

Learn more about the program, which communities participate, and our partnership with Toyota Financial Services.

Basic self defense workshop

Submitted by Shawna Fisch

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch/Denver

Come participate in this fun and informative event lead by a Girl Scout whose mission now is to empower girls and women in teaching basic self defense awareness, knowledge, and skills!

This workshop is appropriate for Girl Scouts 12 years and older (as well as moms!) However, there are only a handful of remaining spots open; and we expect this event to sell out very soon! Register BEFORE April 8, 2017 to get your tickets for just $25 per person.

Topics will include:

-How to walk confidently
-How to use your voice with authority (in a Self Defense situation as well as in everyday situations)
-How to avoid a potentially dangerous situation
-How to stick up for a friend who is being bullied
-How to assert yourself in asking for help when necessary
-How not to be identified as a potential victim
-What are “good instincts” vs. reactions that we can change when necessary and informed?
-What is a “must fight” situation?
-What are the four most important striking targets and how to strike when absolutely necessary?

Some non-strenuous exercises for beginners during the second 1/2 of the one hour Workshop. Wear comfortable clothing. We do not go into advanced techniques.

Register/tickets available at ironcladfit.zenplanner.com

Hosted by: Iron Clad Fitness (Shari Wagner): 2171 South Trenton Way, Suite 225, Denver
720-900-IRON
info@ironcladfit.com

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time: 10 – 11 a.m.

Presenter: Sensei Shawna Fisch: Girl Scout, 3rd Degree Black Belt Instructor; Certified Basic Archery Instructor:
720-290-7398. See the Anytime Activities/Athletic section to book your own private session for your troop at Sensei Shawna’s state-of-the-art home Dojo or on-site. Content is modified for younger Scouts.

Girl Scouts will learn that being empowered comes from knowledge, awareness, fitness, confidence and action.

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

28 Colorado Girl Scouts earn Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts

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This spring 28 Colorado Girl Scouts will receive the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. These young women have demonstrated exceptional commitment to taking action to make the world a better place through their community service. The accomplishments of Gold Award recipients reflect extraordinary leadership and citizenship skills that mark them as valuable contributors to their communities and world.

This year’s Colorado Gold Award projects benefited communities across the state. Topics varied from addressing the lack of financial literacy among teens to educating the public about the importance of bees. Emma Albertoni from Arvada wrote a financial literacy curriculum that was implemented in her school and considered by the Jefferson County School Board. Kathleen Otto from Fort Collins worked to increase awareness for dyslexia. Angela Smith of Colorado Springs partnered with The Catamount Institute to implement an educational program to teach children about bees and their importance as a cornerstone species. Sydney Marchando from Highlands Ranch organized a 5K run and one-mile walk to raise awareness for Fresh Harvest Food Bank.

The following Colorado Girl Scouts are among the 28 statewide who will be receiving the prestigious Gold Award for the 2016-17 Girl Scout awards year:

  • Emma Albertoni from Arvada, Ralston Valley High School, took action after noticing that many of her peers lacked financial literacy. She wrote a curriculum that will be implemented in her school and proposed to the Jefferson County School Board to add a required Financial Literacy class.
  • Megan Beaudoin from Monument, St. Mary’s High School, created a 10-minute video for middle school students to help ease the transition to high school. Topics covered included: academics, social interactions, and self-esteem.
  • Megan Burnett from Colorado Springs, James Irwin Charter High School,worked with community leaders and businesses to build a softball field at the school. The project would have cost the school $25,000.
  • Kelsey Collins from Aurora, Grandview High School, created a curriculum to teach preschool and elementary school children about park safety and Colorado history.
  • Emma Curran from Colorado Springs, The Classical Academy, created “the Girl’s Life of Colorado” online magazine, or e-zine, as a source of positive and encouraging media for middle and high school students.
  • Taryn Eveland of Longmont, Longmont High School, built a sensory trail on the property of Front Range Hippotherapy, a nonprofit therapy center which uses the movements of a horse to address various social, behavioral, and cognitive disabilities.  The sensory trail includes a winding trail through the upper pasture with three permanent stations, each highlighting a different sense, including a mailbox, textile pole, and chimes.
  • Victoria Fedorco of Aurora, Eaglecrest High School, manufactured and provided raised pet beds to help senior pets be more comfortable as they await adoption in shelters.
  • Carissa Flores from Westminster, Broomfield High School, shared her knowledge and passion for Taekwondo by creating, coordinating, and leading self-defense seminars for children, teens, and adults. She also started the Women’s Self Defense Club at her school.
  • Kelsey Harry from Littleton, Heritage High School, created a new high school club, Operation Eagle, to address the issue of the U.S. military’s need of supplies that give them some comfort while away from home and also address the lack of military knowledge in our community.
  • Rebecca Hefty from Castle Rock, Castle View High School, improved a local dog park by installing a 10’x 16′ Trex pergola to provide shade and two picnic benches, giving visitors a place to sit.
  • Baily Holsinger from Larkspur, Castle View High School, worked with volunteers to crochet beanies for newborn babies at Denver Health Medical Center and Baby Haven in Fort Collins. She also held classes to teach volunteers of all ages how to make the beanies and why they are important.
  • Lindsay Iannone from Castle Rock, Castle View High School, improved the library at Faith Lutheran Church by removing unwanted books and adding new materials, including a computer.
  • Rebecca Kopacz of Colorado Springs, Palmer Ridge High School, hosted a weekly workshop for six weeks for 5th and 6th grade girls. She worked to prevent low self-esteem and teach girls they can be accepted for who they are.
  • Sydney Marchando from Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon High School, planned and hosted the Miles for Meals 5K run and one-mile walk to raise awareness and collect donations for Fresh Harvest Food Bank.
  • Molly McPherson from Boulder, Fairview High School, promoted the use of reusable water bottles, as well as educated the public about the harmful effects of bottled water.
  • Julie Monington from Aurora, Grandview High School, created a butterfly garden at a horse sanctuary to educate others on the importance of protecting the Monarch Butterfly population.
  • Clementine Morisette from Fort Collins, Poudre High School, worked with community members and visitors at FoCo Cafe to create a visual representation about how food and culture connects us.
  • Kathleen Otto from Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge High School, worked to increase awareness for dyslexia by hosting a viewing of “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” and leading a panel discussion afterwards. Additionally, she installed a little free library in her community.
  • Emma Pond from Morrison, Conifer High School, worked to make hospital visits easier by providing patients and their families care packages with a few comforts from home and activities to help occupy their time at the hospital.
  • Daniell Plomodon from Erie, Niwot High School, organized several “Disability for a Day” presentations to educate others about living with a disability. Activities included: trying to button a shirt while wearing mittens, playing patty cake while wearing Vaseline covered glasses, and using person first language.
  • Anastasia Rosen from Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain High School, created a workshop to educate others about human trafficking, tactics recruiters use, and how to prevent it.
  • Angela Smith from Colorado Springs, William J. Palmer High School, implemented an educational program about bees and installed a new beehive at a local environmental center, The Catamount Institute.
  • Juliet Spitz from Boulder, Boulder High School, recently switched to a vegan diet and wanted to educate young adults about it. She created a lesson to inform them of the conditions of animals in factory farms, entertainment industries, and testing laboratories.
  • Allyson Story from Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista High School, led a team of volunteers to make more than 200 pillowcase dresses for young girls and taught sewing classes for women in Juarez, Mexico.
  • Jordan Wilson from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, created a website and print resources to teach senior citizens about technology in a safe, easy, fun, and cost-efficient manner.
  • Debra Zerr from Arvada addressed the problem of the lack of connection between the military and public. Through a series of events, she educated others about the importance of the military and the men and women who serve.

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 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, establishing a global connection with others, 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. 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 achievements.

“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 and took ownership of helping to develop a solution and took action to make it happen. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership are making the world a better place.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado will honor this year’s Gold Award recipients as well as recipients of Girl Scouts other two Highest Awards, the Silver (the Highest Award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn) and Bronze (the Highest Award a Girl Scout Junior can earn), at upcoming ceremonies around the state. These events include:

  • April 21 at 6 p.m. at Center for American Values, 101 S. Main St. #100, Pueblo
  • April 23 at 2 p.m. Embassy Suites by Hilton, 4705 Clydesdale Pkwy, Loveland
  • April 30 at 2 p.m. Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction
  • May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs
  • May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver

 

 

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Clementine Morisette, Fort Collins, “Food Connects Us”

 

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my project, I engineered a community story and sharing board centered around the concepts of food and how it connects us. This was greatly assisted by my mentor, Sierra Tamkun, as well as the management and staff of FoCo cafe.

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

I measured the impact in that I was able to see a lot of people add input to the boards as well as share their individual stories. Also, I saw impact in the fact that people will be able to come back and see their stories still up at the permanent display. Some specific note examples include one in which different recipes and their backgrounds were shared, all by a women who felt that these foods were important to her expression of identity. Although her name is not on the notes, you can still see her effect in her input.

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

Once my part in the project is over, there will be a lasting impact in the community in the form of the finished final display, as well as the impact that the connection and story sharing had on those involved. The final display is up at Foco cafe, where the boards gathered a huge amount of input from patrons.

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

There was a global connection in this project as there were many  displays of in terms of  national heritage and influence throughout the project.

What did you learn about yourself?

Through the course of the project, I learned that there is still a lot to learn; I was able to grow as a leader and this experience has shaped me and my future pathway choices.

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

This will impact me because of the changes in my personality and my newfound acknowledgements of strengths and weaknesses that I had over the course of this project.

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

This was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because I was able to see it shaping my decisions in the future, as this organization has shaped my personality and ways in the past. My involvement with the Girl Scouts has been a constant feature in my life since I was quite young. The culmination of my Girl Scout experience being the Gold Award project was meaningful and therefore an important part of my experience in Girl Scouting.

**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

Girl Scout Gold Award: Emma Curran, Colorado Springs, “the Girl’s Life of Colorado”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

In today’s day and age, media tends to present harsh, unrealistic, poor, and has false images and messages, especially to girls; therefore, “the Girl’s Life of Colorado” was designed originally and foremost as a source of positive and encouraging media for young women in middle to high school. This eZine is secondly a place for girls and women to synergize ideas, value and display girls’ talents, bring to light and discuss girls’ opinions, and provide a way for girls to share their experiences and other worldviews.

I hoped to create a positive and shared ground for women and girls to interact, give each other advice, and discuss ideas. I desire my project to call girls and women together and reach out to all the girls in my community.

My project is intended to benefit and build up girls’ confidence and shows them new ideas, places, and possibilities during the trying time from middle to high school.

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

My school, local libraries, and girls in my community have all invested in my project and found an interest in participating in and reading my eZine. The high school I attend posts hard copies of my eZine every two months for students to read and my writers each receive a copy of the eZine that they likewise share with others.

Readers have expressed their interest and love for the encouraging atmosphere of the eZine and its messages. Teenage girls have directly expressed their ideas, views, and values through my project to other girls just like them.

Through these intangible pathways, I have gauged the impact of my project on my target audience, although I desire to procure other sources and examples of impact my project has made in my community.

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

My Gold Award project will be carried on by an individual/organization who will continue to produce “the Girl’s Life of Colorado” and share the ideas and talents of girls and women after I have completed my project. Through new and old posted editions, my project will continue to impact girls in my community and beyond.

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

In partnering with the teen branch of a local research public library (21st Century Library), I have created a relationship with the teen leaders who have committed to posting each new edition to my eZines on their Teen Library Facebook page. Through the use of the Internet and social media, my project reaches out nationally and internationally.

But the part of my project I find most unique in globalization, is that not only does my project reach out beyond my immediate community, but also brings the “outside world” into my project. Through a host of international travelers and writers who live/have traveled to countries like China, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Central America, Europe, and other countries, my readers get to see whole new worlds, cultures, people, and experiences. I think this “inversed” global link is a distinctive and important aspect of my Gold Award project.

What did you learn about yourself?

I can list an abundance of skills I have learned and/or developed over the course of this Girl Scout Gold Award project; from communication and adhering to personally set deadlines to self- motivation and what I call balancing versus the pendulum. In all these traits, I have learned about myself.

I struggle with self-motivation, but using calendars, setting goals, deadlines, and due dates that involve other people, I can improve my work ethic and focus.

In participating in extra curricular activities that demand massive time stamps, such as school, college and scholarship research/applications, family events, and Girl Scouts, I have had to learn to balance my work and where I spread my time. Even now and especially at the beginning of my project, I followed a pendulum effect of working hard and for hours at a time one week to spending the next several weeks/month doing nothing related to my project. Striving to complete my project and facing demanding challenges like repeatedly foiled sustainability plans, I am developing skills to balance my activities rather than work on a pendulum schedule.

Again, I can list new skills I have had to develop: planning/scheduling, salesmanship (finding writers, sustainability interviews, etcetera), networking, persistence, patience, editorial skills, adaptability/flexibility, and new software/email abilities. The skills that have required the most honing have been adaptability, communication and networking.

Of course, my project has required a high use of communication- face-to-face, email, phone calls, I have improved social skills, public speaking, and working with my peers and adults. Networking was a bit more challenging, requiring me to step out of my comfort zones of people I know and enlist the aide of new people and organizations, then reach through those contacts to others. This skill has played a huge role in my sustainability search. But, adaptability has been the key to my project. My Gold Award has been ever changing; originally I wanted to do a “Power Down Day” public park event, but my project changed drastically to a printed girls’ magazine, then an electronic-printed magazine/pamphlet, and finally has ended as an eZine (electronic magazine) posted on social media. Other aspects of my project have demanded adaptability; mid-project I had a change in Girl Scout mentors, my project advisor grew busy and was unable to support me often, writers/photographers would commit to submissions and never provide work or provide it two months after the date, different sustainability directions have necessitated different approaches and handling. In all the multiplicity and morphing of my project’s forms, I have learned to adapt, flex new muscles, and change for a better outcome.

The ample volume of new and old skills has taught me I can always improve and learn from good and bad examples I meet in my work. It is up to me what examples I use as my compass and what examples are the misadventures to avoid on my map.

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

My Girl Scout Gold Award has set a foundation of basic leadership, project management, and intra- personal skills that will form a solid baseline for future group activities in college projects/research, career actions, and sports leadership. I feel more comfortable learning new skills and requesting help from others, but not before giving a strong effort first. This project has certainly developed strengths and confidence in myself, especially in these last few months of working closely with my writers and my Girl Scout mentor.

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

I guess I should start at the beginning. So my family has a general goofy and crazy sense of humor in all things, be it dinner conversation, dating rules, or just singing songs in the car. For example, my parents made the joke I had to have a black belt in some martial art to date, I took them seriously almost eight years ago and low and behold, I have my second degree black belt. Equally, my parents made a deal with my brother and I, we had to earn our Eagle and Gold Awards, respectively to drive. Although the seriousness of their first joke did not coincide exactly to my award, but I did in all honesty begin my award for the sake of driving and finishing Girl Scouts, not the journey I was having in Scouts.

I suppose that perspective is a rough and rather sad reason to even invest in accomplishing my Gold Award, but that was my little high school self. Yet, retrospect has developed a paradigm shattering and changing new view, I believe, for how this (very long) milestone has become important in my experience as a Girl Scout. Initially, I was the kid who wanted to sell the most cookies and travel to Wyoming for a science camp and half way around the world to feed pandas, and I did; Girl Scouts was a means to seeing new places, having fun experiences, and meeting new people, not necessarily building life important skills. But through this journey of rebuilding my little block tower and asking others for different tools and blocks I have gained skills I never expected Girl Scouts to help me learn. The Gold Award has taught me skills school, my sport and even work in general has not helped me to learn. Not only has this award been a game changer in how I view Girl Scouts, but also an eye opener to the goodness and kindness the woman who work in my local Scout council and community and Girl Scouts truly gives one strong and solid tools for life, not just paper cut outs.

**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