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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Hadley Bowles, Denver, “Sustainable Secrets”

Hadley Louise Keist Bowles

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Usually people have some resources to get food but do not know enough about healthy eating. For my Gold Award Project I focused on helping kids learn where food comes from and about healthy options. To do that, I created an educational program for Metro Caring that was geared to teach kids about food and sustainable crafts. Metro Caring is one of Denver’s largest food assistance programs. It has a fresh food shopping market for low income people at no charge. To help it have available fresh food, it also has gardens for vegetables. Every day Metro Caring distributes food, baby items and personal care products to an average of 70 people.

In 2015, Metro Caring completed construction on n a new building. The new building includes a learning area for kids, as well as a classroom for Metro Caring to teach adults about healthy foods. My program is to provide kids a learning activity while their parents are either shopping in the food market or attending a class at Metro Caring.

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

Hunger is a world problem. By starting with kids at a young age you can teach them how to work with what they have or learn to improve things to eat a little at a time. Once they understand healthy eating, they can spread the word to their parents and others. They may even grow to help others learn what they did. Hunger is everywhere but with these classes maybe a few more people will be able to improve their eating.

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

My project will be sustained by volunteers at Metro Caring. I have prepared 15 lesson plans for Metro Caring to use for children’s activities and put together supplies for the activities. I copied the lesson plans and put them into three notebooks to make it easy for volunteers to use and add new ideas. I wrote an article about my project for the Metro Caring newsletter so that their volunteers and supporters can learn more about the work I did for my Gold Award. The article was published and is a way to let volunteers know how they can help with the program. I am going to also write a similar article for the Kirk (my church) newsletter for members who might want to do something more at Metro Caring. When the supplies were delivered, Metro Caring was excited and the new volunteer coordinator believed there were several volunteers who are retired teachers that would be interested in doing the classes. In addition to my article in the Newsletter, the coordinator plans to recruit volunteers to teach.

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

Around the world there is approximately 925 million people who are under nourished on a daily basis. This means they get less than 2,100 calories a day. This despite world being able to produce enough food to feed everyone. Closer to home, more than 200,000 children in Colorado live below the poverty line. Also, more that 25% of working families in Colorado do not have enough food by the end of the month. Although Metro Caring is working to address these food needs, they do not have a program to help children understand food, what is good for them and how they can create things from other things. My Gold Award project focuses on children and their understanding of food.

What did you learn about yourself?

My Gold Award project taught me about what I could do—to have courage to lead and to learn at the same time. It also taught me the importance of self-confidence. This was a big project. I put it off for a long time because I did not know what to do. Once I got started though, I figured out I could do it as long as I kept things moving forward. Also, I learned the importance of communication. I needed to keep Metro Caring more informed of my progress. Then when I taught the kids, I learned I had to adjust my lessons based on the age of the kids or if they spoke English. Finally, it taught me that I can make a difference in the world.

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

Having made this project work, I suspect I will be more open to leadership positions because of the self-confidence I gained while working on my Gold Award. I learned to accomplish new things, such as new projects to help others, and I may even find a new idea that I want to develop further in my future.  Earning my Gold Award, has given me a sense of pride that I will not hesitate to mention to others.  I also think it will help open doors to other opportunities.

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

Ever since I joined Girl Scouts, I have wanted to get my Gold Award. The reason being that my brother was a Boy Scout and was doing a ton of fun things. So I though in Girl Scouts I could do the same things and I did. We went backpacking, canoeing, camping, spelunking and more I had a ton of fun. But then my brother started working on his Eagle project and I wanted to do one to. So I looked at what Girl Scouts had to offer and I found the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. So I started working on them. The Bronze was fun and we did it as a troop. The Silver was more interesting doing it on my own with help from my mom. Then it was time I was old enough to do my Gold Award. I choose something that I wanted to have an impact on and change. The experience was great and it taught me a lot. It was a lot of fun and was a good way I felt to graduate from Girl scouts to being a Counselor.

**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

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies on 9News/KUSA-TV

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Colorado Girl Scout Crystal Schlueter was a finalist in the first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, sponsored by Taste of Home in 2015. Crystal, who is from Northglenn, created a “German Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Torte.”

To help promote the 2016 Girl Scout Cookies sale, Crystal joined Media Stars Anna and Mika for an interview with Corey Rose of 9News/ KUSA-TV. Girl Scouts showed Corey how to make Crystal’s “German Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Torte” and talked about the sale. To watch the interview, click here.

Click the links below for Crystal’s “German Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Torte” recipe and other recipes she created using Girl Scout Cookies.

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German Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Torte Recipe

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Samoas Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Toffee Apple Crumble Cups Recipe

Girl Scout Cookie time means contest time

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There are so many ways for you to win BIG during this year’s Girl Scout Cookies sale. We’re hosting a variety of contests, including ones for best cookie video and best cookie dad.

Each contest is listed below along with a brief description. To learn more about the rules, deadlines, etc., click on the contest name. It will take you to the blog announcing the contest.

Best Cookie Video Contest

Selling Girl Scout Cookies online? Make sure you’re taking advantage of all the tools, which Digital Cookie gives you to be creative and customize your website, like creating and uploading a video. In addition to attracting more customers and increasing sales, your video could earn you $200 in Cookie Credits!

Share Your Awesome Cookie-Earnings Stories

We’re so excited to hear about all of the amazing things you will do with your cookie money! Help us celebrate girls and inspire customers to support you by submitting your cookie-earnings story here. Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop! Submit yours by March 13, 2016 and you will get a free, fun patch.

 Colorado Girl Scouts: #BlingYourBooth

The #BlingYourBooth Challenge is back and this year, you could win up to $200 in Cookie Credits! This is also your chance to come up with fun and creative ways to attract more customers and increase sales.

Why is your Cookie Dad the best?

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads, who help cookie bosses all across Colorado meet their goals. If your Cookie Dad is the best, write a short essay about what he does that is so awesome and submit it through the Share Your Stories form on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog.

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

 

Four fun ideas to #BlingYourBooth

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The #BlingYourBooth Challenge is now underway and this year, Colorado Girl Scouts have the chance to win up to $200 in Cookie Credits!

Here are four fun ideas/themes to #BlingYourBooth to attract more customers and increase sales:

  1. In honor of Presidents’ Day weekend (Feb. 12-15), show your love for the military by decorating your booth patriotically!
  2. National Chocolate Mint Day is Feb. 19, so decorate your booth (held between Feb. 19-21) as chocolatey and minty as you can!
  3. National Tell a Fairy Tale Day is 26! Between Feb. 26-28, why not dress up as your fave fairy tale character and theme out your booth as a fairy tale?
  4. National Frozen Food Day is March 6. And, what freezes fabulously?! Girl Scout Cookies! Remind customers of that March 4-6.

Remember these rules:

  1. Take a photo of your troop in action at your booth.
  2. Post it to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page or tag us on Twitter or Instagram (@GSColo). You must include #BlingYourBooth, along with your troop number and cookie goal.
  3. Submit your entry by February 25, 2016!
  4. All of the entries will then be uploaded to our Facebook page and be part of the album: #BlingYourBooth Challenge 2016. Tell your friends and family to vote for your entry by simply clicking “like.” The photo that receives the most likes by March 1 at 9 a.m. wins!

First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits

Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits

Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

Remember, you need to be 13 or over to upload your own entry. If you’re younger than 13, that’s OK! Just get some help from a volunteer, parent, or an adult you trust.

If this challenge sounds familiar, that’s because it is! Girl Scouts of the USA is also hosting a #BlingYourBooth Challenge and giving troops across the country the chance to win $500.

If you have questions, please email Girl Scouts of Colorado Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

*** Note: This contest is for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only.

Share the joy of Girl Scout Cookies with deployed service members

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Colorado Girl Scouts can donate cookies to be sent to the military thru Hearts Across the Miles while families can submit names of deployed service members to receive donated cookies.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is partnering again this year with Hearts Across the Miles to send donated cookies to deployed service members. Any troop or Girl Scout who would like to make a reservation to drop off donated cookies or who is interested in helping pack up the cookies for shipment to deployed service members, please email hatm@gmx.com. Reservations must be made for cookie donations. The packing day will be Saturday, March 19th from 9 a.m. – noon at Rangeview High School (17599 E Iliff Ave Aurora, CO 80013).

Girl Scout families in Colorado can also submit the names and addresses of family members who are deployed service members to Hearts Across the Miles and the organization will ship donated cookies to them. The addresses must be APO addresses. Please email the info to hatm@gmx.com no later than March 11th with that information.

If there are any issues with the hatm@gmx.com email not working, please email mart1k@yahoo.com.

 

How will you CONNECT this World Thinking Day?

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From Girl Scouts of the USA:

One of our favorite days of the year, World Thinking Day, is coming up fast on February 22, and we’re soooo excited! Every year (since 1926!) we use this day to rally our global sisterhood and support girls as they travel internationally, connect with sister Girl Guides, and take action on global issues to make the world a better place like only Girl Scouts can.

This is a day to give thanks for the inspiring international friendships that we as Girl Scouts are a part of, and to celebrate the many ways these friendships enrich our lives, expand our worldviews, and drive us to create meaningful change for everyone.

This year, we encourage you to use this day (and every day!) to connect with your Girl Scout “forever friends” by donating to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund, supporting girls as they build incredible global skills through eye-opening, awe-inspiring travel experiences.
But why stop there? There are tons of other fun and creative ways to connect this World Thinking Day, and to share friendship and adventure on a global scale with so many amazing girls and women!

For example, you can:
1. Make new friends! Hold a “bring a friend” event with the girls in your troop or group. You might plan a trip to a local park or museum and have each girl bring someone to join in on the fun. Make sure to think of some cool games everyone can play to get to know one another better!

2. Spread good vibes! Send positive messages to Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world by posting to social media with the hashtag #WTD2016. Let them know how much they’re appreciated, and encourage all your followers to donate to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund!

3. Honor through service! Get together with a group of family members or friends and plan a service project to honor all the amazing things Girl Scouts and Girl Guides do for their communities every day. Share a fun pic on Facebook and Instagram, along with a summary of what you did. Don’t forget the hashtag #WTD2016!

Have a cool idea for connecting this World Thinking Day? Share it with us on Facebook and Twitter today!

And if you’d like to earn your very own World Thinking Day Award, check out more awesome activities you can do.