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Take your troop on an Adventure!

Submitted by Melissa Holmberg

Denver

Denver Metro

Adventure Golf and Raceway is hosting a Girl Scout day on Friday, September 11. Receive one round of mini golf, go-kart ride and bumper cars plus a participating patch for only $9! (A savings of up to $10) Wear your uniform or mention Girl Scouts to receive the discount. The park will be open on Friday from 4-10 p.m.

Adventure Golf and Raceway is Denver’s premier miniature golf and go-karts facility. It features 54 holes of fun and daring excitement to test your mini golfing skills. With eye-popping water and fire effects, adventurers of all ages will scream with delight! Navigate Buccaneer Bay, tiptoe through spooky Adventure Cove, and explore the Lost Continent- three of the most unique and beautifully landscaped 18-hole mini golf courses in the country. Experience full throttle fun on Colorado’s first and only outdoor electric go-kart track, and get lost in the mind-spinning action of our bumper cars. Bring your troop or come with your family! It’s an adventure you don’t want to miss.

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GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Courtney Howell, Niwot, “STEAM Day”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

For my Gold Award project, I held a science, math, and engineering exploration day for middle and elementary school kids in my local area at my high school, to show them that science can be fun! The event consisted of 22 hands-on activities and learning displays that were designed to be fun, interactive, and educational, while encouraging kids to get interested and involved in STEM. Activities ranged from a wide variety of different science and engineering topics, and I had 16 different science and engineering organizations involved in the event, either by running a booth or by donating materials for an activity. The impact I had hoped to make, was to share the “wonder” of science and provide the opportunity for elementary and middle school children, to discover a passion or appreciation for science through hands-on activities.

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

I created a survey and had attendees fill it out rating their experience at the event, as well as specific aspects of the event to quantitatively measure the impact of my project, on my target audience. Comments from the surveys were incredibly positive, with the majority saying that the event was well done and a great opportunity that kids absolutely loved. Even before I tallied and analyzed the data, I could tell by how bustling the event was, how many kids I saw smiling, and deeply engaged in the various activities, that the event was a success.

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

My project will be sustained beyond my involvement by a group of leaders at my high school, who will take over the event by running it again next year. To help them get started, I provided a list of contacts and activities I used in my project. I also compiled this information into a “manual” of where to start in organizing the event, and mailed this manual to different schools around the state to allow other schools to run the event, something similar, or just to use its activities for teaching and spreading the fun of science and engineering.

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

STEM programs are important in furthering national wellbeing and technology, but there are areas of the U.S., and worldwide, that don’t have as many opportunities to expose kids to STEM and getting them interested in science and engineering. Polls done by the National Science Foundation in 2011,  report that nationwide only 34% of 8th grade students performed at or above the proficient level in math, and only 40% of 4th graders nationwide performed at or above the proficient level. Math and science are important for innovation and progress, yet so many students nationwide struggle because they do not have the opportunities to learn and discover STEM in an engaging way.

My event, STEAM Day, can also link nationally because it will be repeated next year and can also be put on by other schools or organizations. From Silver Creek High School, the STEAM Day can spread to other schools in the district, then from one school district to another. It can grow/spread from Longmont to another town in Colorado, and from other towns in Colorado to another state and later another. I have started a chain of potential STEAM Days that I hope will spread far beyond my local community.

What did you learn about yourself?

By completing my Gold Award project, I realized just how capable I am. Going into the project, I had some doubts about whether I could get it done in time or even if I had the motivation to complete the project, but I learned that I am motivated and capable. While the event came together a little last-minute for some things, I was able to put together a successful event with myself as the leader, proving to myself that I am a capable young woman who can achieve anything, even difficult, if I put my mind to it.

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

The practical life skills, such as time management, networking, and project management skills, I gained from doing this project will be invaluable for my future. Both in college and a prospective future career in genetic research, I will have to organize and execute large-scale research projects, which will require many of the same steps and skills as my Gold Award project did. Because of this, my leadership skills will continue to grow and improve as I identify topics of research interest, plan, and execute research, as part of or leading a team, that can hopefully help the greater community.

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

The Gold Award was a great way to use and refine the skills I had begun to develop through my 13 years in Girl Scouts. From selling cookies to going to camp, Girl Scouts introduces important skills, like networking, planning, and fundraising and these skills get put to practical use, as well as become improved, when you do your Gold Award.

***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

Kicking off the year…on the river!

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Submitted by Girl Scout Troop 10065

Western Slope

Middle school schedules certainly do tend to get CRAZY!  So, we’ve moved our meeting day and time to a weekend this year and it has definitely opened us up for some amazing opportunities!

Last year, we “kidnapped” our Cadettes for a sleepover as their first meeting of the year.  The troop was only eight girls and it was easy to do something completely unexpected and fun.  So, trying to think of a way to do that again and make it a first meeting “tradition,” leaders came up with the idea to do something not “normal” rather than a “meeting” for our first get together this year, too!  We live in the beautiful state of Colorado and that means RIVER!

For our first meeting, we took the girls on a float trip!  It was a perfect weather day.  There were no rapids, so it was safe and comfortable for all the first-timers and it was a great day for a little river swim!

Can’t wait for the year ahead!

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Girl Scout “star” search

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We’re searching for “star” Girl Scouts, who are interested in sharing their story and serving as Media Stars for the 2015-16 Girl Scout year.

What is a Media Star?

Before the Cookie Program each January, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from all across the state to be Media Stars. They deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about Girl Scout Cookies with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. These spokesgirls also help with other Girl Scouts of Colorado media interviews throughout the year.  Here are just some of the media interviews Media Stars participated in during the 2015 Cookie Sale.

To be a Media Star, a girl must be in 4th grade and above. From time to time, we need younger girls to help with media interviews. However, the Media Star program is reserved for girls in 4th grade and above.

How to get involved

Girls who want to be Media Stars should email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org Please include a brief essay (250 words or less) about why you want to be a Media Star and video (no more than a minute) of you giving your best Girl Scout Cookies “sales pitch.” Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Submissions from girls 13-years-old and older must be girl-done.

Potential candidates will be asked to participate in an individual, training session in November or December 2015. This training may be in-person, over the phone or via FaceTime. During this training, girls will learn everything needed to be a successful Media Star. Even if you have participated in this program before, you must be trained each year if you want to participate in the program again.

** Note: This is a very popular program, so spots will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

 

Gold Award training comes to Pueblo and La Junta

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Submitted by Aimee Bianca, Highest Awards Manager for Girl Scouts of Colorado

Denver

Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado

Attention all 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, Troop Leaders and parents in the Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado region! If you (or your girl) is thinking about going for her Gold Award, don’t miss Gold Award Training on September 19, 2015 in La Junta and September 26, 2015 in Pueblo. This is a FREE training that is mandatory for Seniors and Ambassadors, who plan to submit a Gold Award proposal within 6-12 months. Supporting adults are strongly encouraged to attend as well.

Use this link to register for September 19: https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=1722617155

Use this link to register for September 26:
https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=1722611675

You may be asking yourself . . . What is the Gold Award? Why would I want to go for the Gold? Should I encourage the girls in my troop to go Gold?

The Gold Award training will answer all of these questions and more! You will learn about the benefits of earning your Gold Award, the steps you must take from beginning to end, how you will work with a Gold Award mentor and get all your questions answered. Girls and adults will participate in different trainings, concurrently, which will provide valuable information to make your Gold Award experience successful.

You can also check out these awesome resources online:

Highest Awards Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Gold%20Award%20FAQ%20-%20Final.pdf

Gold Award Guidelines for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscouts-shared/template/documents/about/Girl_Scout_Gold_Award_Guidelines.pdf

GSCO Gold Award Quick Guide

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Gold%20Award%20Quick-Guide.pdf

Gold Award Checklist for Parents and Troop Leaders

http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/Gold%20Award%20Troop%20Leader%20%26%20Parent%20Checklist.pdf

If you have specific questions about the Gold Award email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

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

 

Highlands Ranch troop earns Bronze Award by helping homeless pets

 

 

Submitted by Susan Boggs

Highlands Ranch

Denver Metro

The Bronze Award taught Girl Scout Troop 2077 to be helpful.  We wanted to help the animals in the shelter because they can’t help themselves.  We decided to make goody bags for people adopting pets.  Our bags for dogs included homemade shampoo with a little recipe teaching you how to make shampoo, peanut butter treats shaped like dog bones and tennis balls.  For the cat bags, we made tuna treats shaped like fish and felt knot toys.  In all of the bags, we included tips on how to care for your new pet, recipes for the treats we made, vaccination info and a couple of cat flap reviews just in case. We donated 50 dog bags and 30 cat bags to the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley.  Delivering the bags was the best part!  We got to see and interact with the animals we would be helping.   We hope the pets and their new owners enjoy their treats!  We had a lot of fun making them!

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

 

 

Grand Junction Women of Distinction welcome Class of 2015

Submitted by Cindi Graves

Grand Junction

Western Slope

The 2013 and 2014 Classes of Grand Junction Women of Distinction welcomed the 2015 class: Karen Troester, Susan Alvillar, and Robbie Breaux. MCC Board Representative Victoria Gigoux hosted a lovely tea in her beautiful home.

We are excited to be able to publicly recognize these women for their contributions to our community an hold them in esteem for Girl Scouts to aspire to.

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

 

Celebrate the new Girl Scout year at the GSCO Shop

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Submitted by Jackie Peterson, Manager Customer Service and Retail for Girl Scouts of Colorado

The new membership season is upon us! What does this mean for the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop? New store hours, merchandise and mobile shop dates!  Beginning September 8, 2015, we will extend store hours and be open on Saturday.  The new hours will be:

Tuesday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

Not only have we extended our store hours, we have added mobile shops to our schedule! There will be a mobile shop at “Fallapalooza” events in Larimer County on September 12, Denver on September 19, Colorado Springs on October 3 and Western Slope on October 17, 2015.   At these events, the retail store will bring new GSCO-branded merchandise, along with helpful items for leaders.

Speaking of new merchandise, check out our online store:

http://www.girlscoutshop.com/COUNCIL-OWN-MERCHANDISE/COLORADO-COUNCIL

It has “council-own” items, which will continue to grow throughout the year as we bring in new clothing, accessories, leader tools and other fun stuff for members and volunteers. Best of all: its open 24/7!  This online store is partnered with GSUSA and orders will be processed thru GSUSA.  All proceeds from orders generated in Colorado stay with Girl Scouts of Colorado!

Don’t have time to surf the site?  GSUSA Catalogs are now available on girlscoutsofcolorado.org.  It will give you the latest information on all GSUSA branded merchandise.  Have questions?  Contact the store at 303-607-4880, email us at retail@gscolorado.org or stop on by!  We are here to help.

Christina Bear named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

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Congratulations to Christina Bear, 2015 Gold Award recipient from Golden! On August 28, 2015, she was named Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award comes with a $2,500 prize to be used for education expenses. It is presented to an individual youth volunteer (18 and under) who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through his/her work in the community. This commitment and impact is demonstrated specifically through sustained activity over a period of time. The individual acts as a role model for other youth in the community and generates interest in volunteerism in other groups.

In April 2015, Christina was awarded the inaugural Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence. Christina earned her Gold Award for organizing a week-long summer program for Latino students at the Horizons Summer Program at Colorado Academy. Through informal learning in computer and robot programming and mini-science experiments, students were engaged and excited about technology.

Christina was not only recognized for her project to earn her Gold Award, but also for a project she completed with her younger brother, Eric, in 2010. Their Radon Awareness Project (RAP) was locally- and nationally-recognized as a program to educate the community on the dangers of radon. With input and support from the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, EPA, American Lung Association, Jefferson County Health Department, Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and CanSAR (Cancer Survivors against Radon), Christina and Eric created a targeted campaign to educate the community about radon and testing. Since inception, RAP has reached over 500,000 people via newspapers, TV, social media and rallies and more than 500 schools are contacted annually to participate in a Colorado radon poster contest. In 2012, Christina and Eric were invited to speak at the White House Summit on Environmental Education and at the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) where they discussed how youth can collaborate with public health officials to make a difference in environmental health, In addition, RAP has championed a Radon Resistant New Construction building code that has been adopted by 20 Colorado cities and contributed to writing HB 12-1165 which would require radon testing whenever a home is sold.

“Christina exemplifies courage, confidence and character. Her continued pursuit of excellence in all aspects of her life inspires her peers and community members to listen and follow, taking action to make their world a better place,” wrote Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Stephanie A. Foote, who nominated Christina for this prestigious award.

Christina will officially accept her award at the annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November 13, 2015 at Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

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GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Meagan Prewitt, Colorado Springs, “Shining the Light on Special Needs”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project addressed the issue of inadequate accommodations  for children with special needs who attend Sunrise United Methodist Church.  My goal was to provide tools and/or a therapeutic area for these children.  While the scope of my project was scaled back from an entire room to a mobile chest, I feel children with special needs will benefit  greatly from the tools I put together for them.

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

I know that I made a difference because the children with special needs at SUMC are already using the tools I have provided to help them in their classes. The parents also feel more comfortable leaving their children now that they know they have ways to help with their disabilities.  My church community is now more aware, as are other churches, of the need for the appropriate area and tools for special needs programs. There are many people now willing to be volunteers to help continue to build on the project in the future and spread the word about it in the community. The children with special needs and their families are very happy that a program like this has started and the hope is that that will help them continue to attend church.

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

I created a Special Needs Project Report booklet that outlines the life-cycle of the project.  It details what equipment is needed, how to make some of the projects, suggestions on how to expand the program and a list of resources (books) that can be used for study. My project will continue to make an impact because there are people at Sunrise who will continue to work on growing this project and letting the community know that they have a safe place for children with special needs.

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

I presented my booklet to three other churches  (First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church and Wilson United Methodist Church).  It is my hope that this booklet will aid these churches in starting their own programs and become a growing force in the community so that even more people can be educated on the importance of a comfortable and safe environment for the special needs community.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that being in a leadership role is a big responsibility that requires good communication skills, but that I am capable of managing a project this size. I now have a better understanding of how to manage and coordinate a project start-to-finish  and have attained better skills in gathering requirements for a project. I also learned that I have the skills to present a project like this to a person or group of people.

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

I am now more aware of those with special needs and working on this project has inspired me to want to do more for not only children with special needs, but anyone who is under-privileged.  I will strive in the future to make an impact in their lives.

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

Through my project, I have discovered ways to find challenges and overcome them. I have also gained practical life skills of communication through setting up meetings with various members of my church community. I found a way to promote cooperation and team building, as many members of my church came together to assist me on my project. I have many new relationships with these people and feel more connected to my community. I was able to identify a major community issue and can now identify more that I may be able to take action to resolve in the future. I know that I will be able to resolve more issues because I have gained a lot of confidence through this project, learned how to problem solve, discovered how to advocate for myself and those who can’t do it for themselves, and been able to inspire others to act and help me in my goals.

***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