Category Archives: Girl Scout News

Get girls outside: Badge activity options

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We’re giving you and your girls options… outside options! We added outside activities to ten badges in the Volunteer Toolkit section of myGS. Research shows nature-based activities challenge girls and support their social development by encouraging them to become more self-aware and to cooperate, communicate, and solve problems more effectively.

New Get Girls Outside! Badge Activity Options:

  • 2 Daisy Petals: Lupe, Clover
  • 4 Brownie Badges: First Aid, Snacks, Making Games, Senses
  • 4 Junior Badges: First Aid, Simple Meals, Staying Fit, Detective

Please click on the new Get Girls Outside! banner at the top of the Year Plan and Meeting Plan tabs in the Volunteer Toolkit—–both tabs are filled with details on the new Get Girls Outside! features and how to access them.  Don’t worry, there are still the same indoor options you’ve seen before for these badges – you now just have choices!

Nature-based activities often place girls in new physical, psychological, and social situations that motivate curiosity and foster a sense of discovery, so Get Girls Outside!

Volunteer Toolkit Bug Fixes Addressed in our Recent Maintenance Deployment:

  • Toggle between Member Profile and Volunteer Toolkit: You can now use the myGS drop down from in the Member Profile to switch back to the Volunteer Toolkit.  Previous functionality only allowed toggling from Volunteer Toolkit to Member Profile without logging out.
  • Calendar Download Function Now Properly Syncing: Users reported that the download calendar functionality of Year Plan tab was downloading, but with no data associated with it.
  • Combine Meeting Firefox & Safari Error: “Time is invalid” error now corrected for those browsers.
  • Time Zone Issues Fixed: All myGS users regardless of time zone, had Volunteer Toolkit Year Plan times visible as Eastern Standard Time. This issue has now been corrected.
  • Update Meeting Dates/Times Fix: Several users have reported an inability to seamlessly adjust individual dates and times. Users will now be able to seamlessly adjust times to individual meetings.
  • Year Plan now the default tab upon logging into Volunteer Toolkit.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Emma Albertoni, Arvada, “Down with Dough”

 

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project addressed financial literacy education in schools. As I was preparing to buy a car, and beginning to look at tuition costs and student loans for college, I realized that I didn’t really know much about financial literacy. The current financial literacy curriculum that is taught in public schools in Colorado is limited and woven into other subjects, not giving the students the connection financial literacy has to their life outside of school. Students leaving high school are dealing with bigger amounts of money, no matter if they go to college or not. They’re buying cars, renting apartments, dealing with student loans, and budgets. My goal was to make financial literacy more easily accessed by students by requiring a class in Jefferson County School District High Schools, so the students would directly learn the financial concepts and tools they would need post high school. I began by writing a unit that was implemented in my own high school’s Family Consumer Science class. I then proposed to the Jefferson County School Board for a required Financial Literacy class. I also met with state legislators to discuss how we can work together to improve financial literacy guidelines from a legislative direction.

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

In my high school Family Consumer Sciences class, I researched and created a unit on Financial Safety Online. That unit consisted of power points, activities, videos, and discussions. I assigned both pre and post unit quizzes to the students to see their improvement through direct teaching of these financial concepts. Their average class grade increased from a “C” to an “A” demonstrating that direct education of financial literacy topics is effective. Feedback both on Down with Dough Facebook page as well as numerous comments after my 9News segment show that this topic is relatable to many people and they were all encouraging me on this subject. Many aspects of my Gold project are still in process such as the legislative work and what the School Board Curriculum Department will develop over time. I was very happy to get people to see the gap in this important curriculum piece and be willing to look more deeply into it, and take appropriate action.

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

My unit will be sustained by the Family Consumer Sciences teacher at Ralston Valley who has signed a letter of commitment to continue to teach the unit I created. The Jefferson County School Board is looking for ways to fill the gap between the current curriculums by connecting it to the students’ lives and experiences. I am also working with a Colorado State Legislator, Lang Sias, who is looking to assist with legislative options to provide guidelines for state educators to follow in teaching financial literacy. My brother and I are also starting a non-profit (Down with Dough) to keep the discussion on my issue going, as well as educate students and young adults on financial literacy subjects. We will also work with people, like Representative Sias, to develop a financial literacy event to be held at the Capitol and work to mend the issue in the future. Down With Dough will be effective January 1, 2017.

Locally interest was generated (and maintained) by news media including an article in my school newspaper, my local paper, a segment on 9News and my Facebook page “Down with Dough.”

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

Financial literacy affects everyone worldwide. I researched how Colorado compares to other states and how the United States compares to other countries as far as the education of Financial Literacy topics. Nationally, Champlain College’s Center of Financial Literacy graded each state based on their financial literacy requirements. Colorado earned a ‘C’, as financial topics are woven into curriculums, but it isn’t taught directly. Globally, the Program for International Student Assessment submitted a test to 15-year-olds from different countries to test their financial education. The U.S. scores in the bottom 50% of other countries with countries such as China, Australia and the Czech Republic scoring higher.

What did you learn about yourself?

There are several key things that I learned about myself. First, is that I can achieve my goals despite road blocks as long as I don’t give up. It is okay to have to rethink problems and brainstorm alternative solutions. Sticking with something can have huge payoffs in the end. I also learned key things such as prioritizing, organization, and business communications. Probably the most important thing I learned is how to make sure the people who are helping me (my volunteers) know how much I appreciate them and the work they do for me. It is easy to go along and get busy with timelines and projects and assume that people know that you appreciate them but the reality is that you have to make sure you tell them how appreciative you are. If they don’t know that you are grateful for their help, they won’t want to continue helping you. It is very important to make sure they know you need them.

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

Earning the Gold Award has shown me I can do anything if I persevere. I will take the memories and skills that I have learned and apply them to everything I will do going forward. I am a stronger, more confident person because of this project.

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

The Gold Award to me is the ultimate culmination of everything that I’ve learned over the 12 years that I’ve been a Girl Scout. Service to others, courage to take risks, and a safe and supportive environment to try new things. It is the highest award and is a great way to end my career as a Girl Scout.

**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 Project: Kelsey Collins, Aurora, “Colorado History and Park Safety”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

For my project I created my own curriculum to teach preschool and elementary school children about park safety and Colorado history. I worked alongside the Ecopark in southeast Aurora to develop ideas and determine important information to include, such as flood safety. I taught at a couple schools and at a Brownie Field Day to share my information.

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

To measure the impact of my project, I created a trivia game to play with the kids that I taught. I had questions ranging from what were the Indian tribes in Colorado to the proper steps to take if there is a storm forming while you are at a park to judge if the kids had learned any of the information.

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

The Centennial Youth Corp will be helping take over my project to make it sustainable. I shared all of my materials with this group of high school students so that they will be able to teach kids together and set up booths at city events to share the information I have created.

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

I shared my materials with parks across the state and nation so that they can provide these activities and coloring sheets in their information centers. I even contacted the Yellowstone Board of Education and my materials are currently under review there.

What did you learn about yourself?

I am very capable of being a leader, as everyone is, when it comes to doing something that you are passionate about. I realized that I am quite capable of procrastination, but when there is a will there is always a way to finish the project. I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.

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

I think this award helped me establish my own leadership skills that I will carry into the future. After doing this 80 hour project with some help from my family and friends I realized that there are always people I can count on to help me through the more difficult aspects of my life, but that I am also able to do anything I want to with my life.

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

The Gold Award is a good culmination of the whole Girl Scout experience. By completing this project, I feel like I have followed through and completed the mission of Girl Scouts. It established a lot of leadership skills and reliability in me, and I am glad to say that I have earned the highest honor in this organization.

**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

Meet Our Mentors: Linda Robinson

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Linda is one of our Gold Award Mentors who is strongly committed to successfully guiding girls through the Gold Award in our Northern Colorado region. Learn more about Linda below and stay tuned for more “Meet Our Mentor” blog posts over the next few months! Go Gold!

Region 7 – Northern & Northeastern

Loveland, CO

  • Nine Years as a Girl Scout
  • 30 Years as a Girl Scout volunteer
  • 11 Years a s a Gold Award Mentor

Why did you become a Gold Award Mentor?

After my three daughters all earned their Gold Awards and the older girl troop I had been advising for 11 years all graduated, I thought it would be a great way to continue working with amazing high school age Girl Scouts.

What words of advice do you have for girls about the Gold Award

Make sure you have a passion for your project. It will make it all more rewarding at the end. Stick to it – remember your SMART goals and break the project into smaller steps. Keep track of your time and helpers and ask for help when you need it.

About Linda:

I became a Brownie Girl Scout in 1963. It was the first year with 4 program levels and I remember looking through my bright orange handbook whenever I had the chance. Monday afternoons were Brownie Girl Scout day at my elementary school. Our troop met right after school in the multi-purpose room. Our troop leaders were Mrs. Pharris and Mrs. Bolter and they continued with the troop all the way through Juniors and into Cadettes.

Some of my favorite girl memories are making butter and doing crafts as a Brownie. In Juniors we were able to sell cookies, go camping and do service projects in our community. I grew up in Palo Alto, CA. and our Junior and Cadette troop meetings were held at the Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout House in one of our local parks. It was great fun learning how to cook (both indoors and out) at the GS House. After my first campout I came home and announced that we need to go camping as a family. We borrowed equipment from friends, loaded up the station wagon and our family went on our first camping trip to Big Basin State Park. It was the beginning of a lifetime of campouts.

As an adult I got back into Girl Scouting when a friend asked if I knew of a brand new program for Kindergarten age girls. Our oldest daughters were in preschool and would start Kindergarten in the fall. It was 1985 when we started our Daisy troop. All three of my daughters went through Girl Scouts from Daisies through Seniors, earned their Gold Awards and became lifetime members upon graduating high school. We had many great adventures as I led their troops through those 20 years.

During the 11 years I spent as an advisor to older girls we traveled, earned money to travel, led programs for younger girls, did community service projects and became great friends.

I spent many hours on the service unit team leading day camps, international festivals, and other community events in Loveland as well as becoming a Master Trainer in Mountain Prairie Council.

Most of my volunteer Girl Scout time is spent on the history committee. We meet every Tuesday in Loveland at the GSCO History Center. Our time there is spent organizing, inventorying and cataloging the vast collection of historic Girl Scout items that the council has. It is great fun finding a new treasure in an unopened box and looking through old catalogs to find out when it was available and how much it cost at the time.

I also am a member of the Northern Colorado Gold Award Committee. I truly enjoy working with the amazing young women who are working on their Gold Awards. As the president of Promise Partners; the Northern Colorado Girl Scout alumnae group I arrange meetings about four times a year where we meet for fun, fellowship and service.

My most recent volunteer role has been volunteer registrar for Core Camp at Meadow Mountain Ranch. We had a great weekend putting on a volunteer run resident camp like program for troops. I can’t wait to do it again next year.

I have done many amazing things as a Girl Scout and traveled to many wonderful places, both with girls and adults. Some of my more memorable trips include Belize, Nova Scotia and Maine, England, Savannah and to Our Cabana in Mexico to see the Monarch Butterflies.

My life outside of Girl Scouts includes enjoying my two young grandsons, gardening, quilting and traveling with my husband of 37 years. Although he is not a Girl Scout, he has always been a great support to me in my volunteer roles.

My advice to adults is to stay active in Girl Scouting and encourage your girls to continue with Girl Scouts into High School and beyond. The world will open up to you. Find your passion and let Girl Scouts help you fulfill it. You won’t regret it.

 

Winning the Recycled Art Challenge Scout Night at Denver Zoo

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Submitted by Ana Lucia Martin del Campo

Metro Denver

Thornton

On October 1, 2016, at the event “Scouts at the Denver Zoo,” the Denver Zoo offer in celebration of the temporary exhibit Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will get a chance to create their own works of art at home and bring them to the event to display in our very own Scout Night art gallery. Scouts will vote on their favorite sculpture and the winner will win a Bunk with the Beasts overnight adventure! Let your creativity run wild!

Congratulations to Girl Scouts from Troop 62511 Brownie Justine, Brownie Alison, and Daisy Ivana for win first place with your Turtle!

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

Fantastic Founder’s Day event

Submitted by Laura Lyznicki

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

We had a great turn out at our Founder’s Day event October 15, 2016 at The Ranch in Loveland! Thank you to all the girls and families who came out to help us celebrate our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday. Your participation is what made this event the success that it was!

This year’s “carnival” theme was so much fun and filled with many laughs. It was incredible to see everyone laughing and spending time with each other while learning about what a special woman Juliette was. It is a true testament to her greatness that after this many years we are still coming together as Girl Scouts to celebrate her.

The celebration included pumpkin bowling, donut eating on a string contest, a pin the nose on the owl game, face painting, a marshmallow catapult, and a ‘gone fishin’ for a prize game! Special thanks to Troop 70884 for hosting the duck pond booth! You girls did an absolutely astounding job!

We hope everyone enjoyed the prizes, face paints, fun games, and interactive learning. Take a look at the pictures!

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

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Baily Holsinger, Larkspur, “Beanies for Babies”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I not only crocheted beanies for newborn babies at Denver Health Medical Center and Baby Haven in Ft. Collins, I also held a number classes to teach people of all ages how to make the beanies.  During my classes, I also educated the students on the importance of covering a baby’s head as they lose heat quickly and the need for newborn baby items as many families struggle financially. I also shared how to make the beanies and ways to support these agencies on social media and with fliers in multiple areas trying to reach as many people as I can.

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

I measured impact of my project by how fast the beanies were delivered to families in need and how many more beanies Denver Health and Baby Haven needed.

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

First of all, my project will be sustained by those I taught. Each group was left with instructions as well as contact information for Denver Health and Baby Haven. The Denver Health staff will also be continuing my project  and reaching out to other hospitals in Denver who would be interested in a supply of beanies to give to families of newborn babies.

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

I have a Facebook page open to anyone and it has directions to make a beanie, directions on how to get started on holding a “Beanies for Babies” class, and suggestions on where they can deliver beanies.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am a good teacher and when I need to I can take charge and be a leader. I am a less shy of a person than I thought.

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

Earning my Gold Award made me a better leader and more aware of the needs in my community. This project will impact my future because I know that I will be able to be a leader in any situation and that I can lead people of all ages. I know I have the skills to continue to help my community and educate people about community needs and what they can do to make someone’s life better.

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

The Gold Award project was very important to me because all my life I was a shy girl and this project helped me come out of my shell and be a leader. This project was the first major project that I have done from start to finish. Now I know that I am able to compete things that I set my mind to.

**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

New Media Stars get some practice in front of the camera

Submitted By Cindi Graves

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

11 girls in Grand Junction trained Saturday, October 22, 2016 to be Media Stars. Beginning with a session with GSCO Public Relations Director, AnneMarie Harper, they learned how to be ambassadors for Girl Scouts during the cookie sale. They followed this with a meeting with KREX-TV News Anchor, Emily Fredrick where they each practiced a mock interview with her in the studio. After that, they toured the studio, spending some fun time playing with the green screen and then seeing how the show is produced. Emily answered great questions about how to get started in the business and what makes a good interview. These girls are all “camera ready.”

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

Girl Power!

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Submitted by Kristin Coulter

Metro Denver

Denver

Most crimes are committed by males, Denver Police Department Officer Sharon Avendaño, explained last week to Park Hill 8th and 9th grade Senior Girl Scouts. And while the Denver Police Department is only approximately 10% female, women are an important to the force. She told the girls that female police officers, just by virtue of being female, often have greater power to defuse potentially volatile situations between the police and citizens. In her experience, when testosterone levels are extremely high, intense situations can quickly deteriorate. However when a female police officer is involved, often a citizen’s anger can be diffused and you can hear a few “yes mam’s.” In fact this Denver native and former Girl Scout Brownie has been on the force for 20 years and has never had to use her gun or a Taser.

Girl Scout Troop 3573 invited, District 2 Community Resource Officer Avendaño to their troop meeting October 13th to learn about law enforcement in general and as a potential career. The teenage scouts also learned about the Cadet Program. The Cadet Program allows high school graduates interested in a career in public safety (police officer, firefighter or deputy sheriff) a part-time job and tuition at either Metro State University of Denver or the University of Colorado Denver. After a lively chat about her adventures on the force Officer Avendaño told the girls to study hard in school so that all career options are open to them.

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

Share how you lead to build a better world

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Take the Girl Scout Challenge and show everyone how you’re taking the lead to make the world a better place! You could even win a $500 scholarship sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to http://www.girlscouts.org/challenge
  2. Upload a selfie.
  3. Choose your Build a Better World frame.
  4. Tell everyone how you take the lead to build a better world.

After you enter the Girl Scout Challenge, share your photo and story with your Girl Scout sisters in Colorado.

GSCO Blog: www.gscoblog.org/share

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/girlscoutsofcolorado/

Twitter & Instagram: @GSColo

You must be 13 or older to submit your story yourself. If you are under 13, ask an adult for help.

Use this link to learn more about the Girl Scout Challenge: http://www.girlscouts.org/en/for-girls/girl-scout-challenge/faqs.html