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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Kathleen Otto, Fort Collins, ” A Learning Advantage”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

My Gold Award involved informing parents and teachers about dyslexia by hosting a viewing of “The Big Picture:  Rethinking Dyslexia” and to lead a panel discussion after. I also created a Little Free Library for my neighborhood with bookmarks from the Rocky Mountain branch of the International Dyslexia Association with information about dyslexia.  It is important for parents and teachers to be well informed about dyslexia, because reading gives every child “A Learning Advantage.”

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

55 people attended the movie and panel, including a handful of students who attended with their parents. Of those 55 people 10-12 people were teachers and student-teachers.  Since my Little Free Library was installed I have received numerous comments about the Little Free Library being an asset and a welcome addition to my community. Neighbors from my community have donated books for the Little Free Library.

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

My Little Free Library will be kept up by the Willow Springs swim team which consists of 5-18-year-old kids from my neighborhood.  They will maintain the library by making repairs when necessary and making sure it is stocked with books.

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

The steps I took to inspire others included posting fliers around my neighborhood and at public libraries. I sent every principal and dean of students in the Poudre School District a copy of my flier for them to then distribute among teachers and parents. I also inspired parents through my presentation of “The Big Picture.” After the movie and panel, several of the parents were inspired to start a support group for parents with dyslexic kids.

What did you learn about yourself?

My Gold Award project has allowed me to gain confidence in myself and my abilities. I can assess problems I encounter and find the best possible route to fix them. I have gained important life and leadership skill thought my Gold Award experience.

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

I believe that earning my Gold Award has impacted my future in many ways. I can now face the future with a smile and know that I can walk into the unknown ready to face the challenges.

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

I feel that earning a Gold Award is important to every Girl Scouts’ experience. Not only does it build extremely important life skills, it teaches girls to be confident in their own abilities. Earning my Gold Award has been a very fulfilling experience. I have gained valuable skill for myself, but more importantly, I have helped my community and hopefully, in the long run a few kids who face the challenges of living with dyslexia.

**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

Skate City + Girl Scout Way badge = fun night

Submitted by Kathy Kettler

Metro Denver

Thornton

The Woods SU is hosting a Girl Scout Skate Party celebrating Juliette Low’s Birthday on Monday, October 24, 2016 6 – 8 p.m. at the Westminster Skate City located at 200 W. 121st Avenue, Westminster. Wear pink and celebrate breast cancer prevention month and Juliette Low’s birthday. Brownie through Ambassador Girl Scouts can earn their Girl Scout Way badge. The girls will need to get their passports signed and turned into their leaders so that you know if they completed the stations (leaders will need to purchase GS Way badges for their girls).  Admission is $5. Skate rental is $2.50

We are asking troops to donate to Children’s Hospital to celebrate Juliette Low’s Birthday by donating items off of the Children’s Hospital North Campus wish list.

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL COLORADO AND NETWORK OF CARE WISH LISTS 

Thank you for your interest in donating toys and other needed items to Children’s Hospital Colorado! As a result of our community’s generosity, we are able to help make the holiday season, birthdays, and other special events memorable for our patients and families. 

Reminders To better assist you with decisions regarding donations, please keep in mind: 

Due to infection control guidelines for all of our patients, we cannot accept used or gently loved items.  Items need to be in their original packaging. 

We cannot accept toys that depict violence, i.e. guns, swords. Newborns, infants/toddlers, and adolescents are the age groups in greatest need.

We also cannot accept the following items: food products, potted plants, and latex balloons.

Children’s Hospital Colorado North Campus Wish List 

Most Needed Items – all items need to be new and in original packaging 

  • Clothing (pants & shirts, newborn – school age)-highly needed
  • Play dough – highly needed
  • Medical play kits
  • Sensory toys (tactile, vibrating, etc.)
  • Light-Up & Musical Toys
  • Extra Little People and animals
  • Lego kits
  • Coloring books
  • Blocks and building sets
  • Stickers
  • Dolls
  • Matchbox cars & trucks
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Walmart & Target gift cards 
  • Ear buds/headphones

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Michayla Cassano, Colorado Springs, “Women’s Veteran’s Memorial”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

I built a memorial to recognize the sacrifices made by women who have served in the military.

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

There was only one monument for women in the military in Colorado, well now there are two!  Placing this monument and promoting it through the VFW and Facebook creates awareness for female military members past and present and the issues they face.   I have a great passion for this project.  I have been volunteering with the VFW for years. I have been active with parades, buddy poppies, and fundraising dinners. I received the youth volunteer of the year award from the VFW. Working closely with veterans, I knew how much this would mean to the women who have sacrificed everything to fight for our freedom. This is my thank you to them!

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

My monument will always be here and will be used in future ceremonies so that more and more people will see it. At the unveiling, many people cried tears of joy and happiness when I pulled the cover off. This display of emotion showed me that my project means the world for the people out there who have served or have relatives or friends who have served. Every time a new visitor views the monument, women who have served in the military gain recognition for their service and the sacrifices they have made.

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

My project has a huge connection globally and nationally.  By promoting the monument using national organizations’ websites and social media, people can connect to my project and the issues facing military women.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I can do anything if I just set my mind to it.

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

Earning the Gold Award looks amazing on a resume, and hopefully will help me when applying for college.  I also plan to used my experience to encourage other girls to do bigger and better things to improve their communities.

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

My Gold Award project was important to my Girl Scout experience because it showed me what a difference I can make.  It also marks the end of my time as a girl and the beginning of my time as a young adult. This project made me realize that I can do amazing things if I just put my mind to it and that I can succeed in any challenge I may face in the future.

**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

Miles for Meals: Outrunning hunger in Douglas County

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Submitted by Sydney M., Gold Award candidate

Denver Metro

Highlands Ranch

My name is Sydney and I am an Ambassador Girl Scout from Rock Canyon High School. As part of my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I am hosting a family 5K fun run/1 mile walk called “Miles for Meals” at Rock Canyon High School on October 23, 2016 to collect donations and raise awareness for the Fresh Harvest Food Bank in Douglas County. The race is free with a donation of food or personal care items (just bring your donation on race day). Race details and registration information:

Where: Rock Canyon High School Track – Start/Finish

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016

  • 9:00-9:45 a.m. Check-in/Packet Pickup
  • 10:00 a.m. 5k Fun Run Start
  • 11:00 a.m. Announcements/Awards

Register Online at: MilesForMeals.eventbrite.ca

The online registration deadline is Friday, October 21, 2016, but walk-ups on race day are welcome.

All ages are welcome, but please supervise children.

I became involved with Fresh Harvest Food Bank through my elementary school, where they started as the Panther Pantry. My elementary school’s feeder area has one of the highest percentage of students in Douglas County that rely on the free and reduced lunch program, and the Panther Pantry was an important resource for many families. I have continued to work with the organization as they have grown to become an independent food bank that also provides clothes, school supplies, and personal care products. As I learned more about how large a need there is in our community for their services, I knew that I wanted to come up with a Gold Award project to raise awareness and increase donations to their organization. Food security is an issue that I have been concerned about for some time, and my Silver Award project focused on building a school and community garden at East Elementary School, a school with a high percentage of low income families in the Denver Public School District. Many of my fellow high school students, and even adults in this area, do not realize how important the Food Bank is and how many families around Douglas County rely on their assistance and support. I want to do a fun run because it will provide a good opportunity to engage the community and get many people together at one event.

As an active Girl Scout since kindergarten, achieving a Gold Award has always been a personal goal. Beyond individual achievement, I am even more motivated to help improve my community, and this project allows me to have a direct and lasting impact.

Scouting for the Cure

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Submitted by Wendy Anderson

Denver Metro

Aurora

Susan G. Komen Colorado in conjunction with Juniper Trail Girl Scouts Service Unit were thrilled to bring Scouting for the Cure back to Colorado! About 80 girls along with their adult partners gathered at Grandview High School in Aurora October 7, 2016 for this educational breast health event.

Volunteers from DU Cheerleading squad lead the girls in cheerleading to encourage girls to get regular physical exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle may prevent certain diseases including cancer.

Volunteers from Susan G. Komen taught the attendees about the importance of regular breast exams and early detection of breast cancer at a station where they made bracelets with beads representing different sized lumps. Each attendee was able to keep a bracelet as her own reminder of the importance of regular breast exams. Participants were also able to make a bracelet to donate to Susan G. Komen that will be used to educate other women about breast health!

A big thank you to HealthONE doctors and nurses for coming out to share even more breast health info! Girls were able to assemble packets of information to share with other women in their lives, participants practiced finding lumps on models, and learned about the importance of mammograms. They saw mammogram images and were able to talk with a radiologist about what she looks for when reading a mammogram. Meeting women doctors, nurses, and pharmacists from our area will hopefully encourage more girls to choose STEM careers that will lead to ending breast cancer forever!

The evening wrapped up with a special presentation by Charlotte Talbert, Juliette Low actress. She taught everyone about Juliette Low’s life. October is a special time for Girl Scouts as we celebrate Juliette Low’s birthday. It is also breast cancer awareness month. Did you know Juliette Low died from breast cancer? Through modern medical advances and arming our girls and women with knowledge about breast cancer, we can increase breast cancer survival rates and save lives. Juliette Low would definitely want that for her Girl Scouts.

Thank you to all who participated this year. We hope to bring Scouting for the Cure to other areas in the future. If you would like to get involved, please contact girlscoutwendy@gmail.com

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

A Girl Scout truly LIVING by the Girl Scout Law

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Submitted by Colleen Trapp

Metro Denver

Aurora

My daughter Elizabeth is in Troop 64257 in Aurora. Elizabeth has a twin brother, Joel, who has special needs. There’s a girl in her troop, Emily, who truly epitomizes what it means to be a Girl Scout. Emily always treats Joel with such dignity and respect. When you read the Girl Scout Law, you know that she TRULY takes it to heart and is leading by example. Today, after I picked up Joel from school, we were waiting for his sister to come out and he lit up when he saw Emily. Emily checked to make sure it was safe to cross the street, walked over to the car, and gave Joel a big hug, MADE HIS DAY! With so many kids being bullied, Emily is a strong leader and really shows how to treat others!

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

Girl Scout Silver Award: The Silver Smile, Project Tray Favors

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Submitted by Jessica Rumsey

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

Our Silver Award was one that could hardly be tracked. We didn’t help one particular person, but strangers we will probably never meet. It sprouted to something bigger than our imaginations could take us, and now that we have come to the end of our journey together it’s a bittersweet moment because while stress is gone, so is a weird form of bonding that connected the three of us together, Rachael, Jennifer, and Jessica. We worked on the project together, and stayed on the same page even as our ideas were altered, and original plans took large twists and turns.

We knew from the start we wanted to work with the elderly, so we toured local senior living homes that posed as a potential base for the something bigger that was going to be created. This landed us with Someren Glen, a local home in Centennial, Colorado. We explored many different options, and finally landed with working with seniors to provide tray favors for a non-profit organization called TLC Meals on Wheels. Along with this, out of gratitude and to lend a helping hand we replanted the garden that once thrived in their courtyard. Now of course, this took funding. We contemplated many different options, and landed on a bake sale. So after baking for half a day we set up a booth and Jennifer sold our goods at an elementary school play.

At our first venture to work with the seniors at Someren Glen we asked residents to come help plant the garden, but unfortunately did not gather a large crowd. Our next organized event was to work with the seniors while making the tray favors, so we set up outside the dining hall, and got to work. While some people came here and there, our participants were far from what we wanted. We ended up making the 60 boxes filled with confetti, mints, and origami stars, sitting in the center of the home, working alongside no other than the girls in our troop and the volunteer coordinator. After this we veered off from our original plan, and went to something bigger than ourselves.

Dropping off the 60 boxes to the Meals on Wheels organization, reality hit us. Talking to the director and staff we learned that each tray favor should be made in quantities of 400, and they are needed for almost every holiday throughout the year. Now with three of us this number seemed far from reach, yet somehow we managed to make it through. As for making them for every holiday, we teamed up with Old Navy, Lone Tree and other Girl Scout troops to keep the kindness moving forward, and sustain our project. This project may have been stressful and time consuming, but we know that we made a huge difference in many people’s lives, and that makes everything worth it.

If you are working on a Highest Award, our advice to you is to keep going, and be persistent. Ideas may differ and you may not always agree on how to achieve your goal. The workload is high and at times so is the stress level. It feels as if the finish line is miles away and yet, we managed to get there. In the end the rewards are great, the knowledge and experience we’ve gained unmeasurable. So our advice…never stop trying, the journey is worth it.

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

Gold Award Retreat in Steamboat Springs

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We are thrilled to offer an exciting Gold Award Retreat in Steamboat Springs on October 22 and 23, 2016. This retreat is an opportunity for girls to receive Gold Award Training, connect with other girls, brainstorm their ideas, and leave with at least three concrete next steps for moving forward with their Gold. Come on out for an amazing weekend in the mountains and leave with a clear picture of your Gold Award journey!

Even if you have already attended Gold Award training, this is an opportunity to meet members of the Gold Award Committee, connect with other girls, and build your confidence to go for the Gold!

The retreat will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 and will end at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 23. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch and dinner, however GSCO will provide all meals for $10 per person.

All girls must be accompanied by a parent or troop leader in order to attend.

Registration closes Friday, October 14. Don’t miss out on this once a year opportunity!

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/gold_award_retreat_mc_10_22_2016

 

Scout Night at the Denver Zoo

Submitted by Charon Dyer

Metro Denver

Aurora

Girl Scout Troop 60287 got together and attended the Scout Night at the Denver Zoo where we watched hula dancers, painted our own faces, learned about water pollution, and much much more. This event is a great one for scouts from all walks of life!

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

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge

Walk where dinosaurs walked, learn about fossils, and more!

Join GSCO for Dinosaur Ridge’s annual Girl Scout Day on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Experienced geoscientists will explain fossil footprints, show dinosaur bones, and make Mesozoic Colorado come to life.  The Women in Mining, National Park Service, Legendary Ladies, and Mr. Bones will host booths with more fun activities.

All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Cost is $6/Girl Scout, $5/adult. Register at http://bit.ly/2cVAuXx through GSCO until Thursday, Oct. 6. Walk-up registrations will be accepted at the event.
 
Girl Scout Day is also National Fossil Day through the National Park Service! There will be a National Fossil Day event patch available for all scouts that would like to purchase one. Cost: $3/patch.
 
For more information, please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.