Category Archives: Girl Scouts News

The Force is with our Cookie Dad

Submitted by Zoe Estrada

Westminster

I love my family. They always help me sell cookies…. Especially my dad. My dad is so fun! He helps me to be a great Girl Scout and loves to wear costumes at my booths to help me to make my goal. This year he dressed up as a Storm Trooper. All the customers loved it. Thank you dad – The Force is strong with you.

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Our Cookie Dad is man enough to be a Girl Scout

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Submitted by Emma Tone

Frederick

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Our troop is very lucky to have our Cookie Dad, Chris, at every booth.  He makes sure all of the girls are safe and is our official photographer.

While we were selling at the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Loveland, there was a shoplifter. The guys at Sportman’s Warehouse were able to apprehend this criminal, right in front of our booth!  Luckily, Cookie Dad was right there standing between the action and our booth.  Our entire troop feels safer knowing Chris is there to protect us.

We also want to thank our honorary Cookie Dads at Sportsman’s Warehouse.  We had quite a few booths at this location because these guys were so wonderful. They would come out periodically to check on us, give us advice on marketing and sales and they came out after this event to gives us an update and make sure all if the girls were safe.

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Cookie dad helping girls grow

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Submitted by Moriah Stroh

Calhan

Pikes Peak

This is our TCM and cookie dad watching one of our troop girls sell cookies at a booth. He helps at every booth possible. He also helps with outings after cookie season is over and the girls get to go to fun events like ice skating, hikes, and teaching self defense classes. This great dad went to all the cookie booths for his daughter this year so mom could recover from an surgery she was had with the plastic surgeon tampa fl.  

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My Cookie Dad has great customer service

Submitted by Samantha Manuszak

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak

Our troop cookie mom set up many booths for us this year. My dad came with me to one that I was signed up for. The other girl and mom who had signed up got sick, so I did it myself. While my mom left to grab us more $1’s for change, a Council Staff Member came by my booth. I earned a Excellent Customer Service pin & so did my dad!

It was so cool to earn it and show my troop.  And my mom was glad I listened to her tips for proper sales etiquette.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Jessica Mills, Colorado Springs, “Summer STEM at the 21c Library”

Jessica Mills

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I developed a 3D printing curriculum and instructed 14 students from ages 9-14 in a 3 day, 9 hour workshop at Library 21c in Colorado Springs. The workshop introduced basic engineering design skills to students in order to spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and math at a middle school age level. I educated the students about the resources available at Library 21c which include a wide range of computers and design software, makerspaces, and access to multiple 3D printers. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a unique way to create parts designed on CAD (Computer Aided Design) software. Millions of engineers use CAD systems to design parts every day, making it an increasingly important skill to learn. By teaching the students on free design software available at the library (123D Design by Autodesk), students were introduced to a tool that they can utilize at home, at the library, and in future careers.

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

On the last day of the workshop, the students filled out a survey that I created. I asked them if they would like to come back to the library, if they had or were planning on downloading the software at home, if they enjoyed the program and if they would tell their friends about the information they had learned, among other questions. The survey provided factual evidence, but I could tell from the reactions of the kids, that my program was truly making an impact.

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

I am currently the CEO of the District 20 high school robotics team, Rocky Mountain Robotics, which will be continuing and expanding my project next summer. I will help lead the program next summer for a smooth transition, and the team will continue the workshop each summer. This will keep the project at the library, as well as provide many more resources to the program, and will be able to integrate robotics and programming into the workshop.

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

After completing the workshop, I created a curriculum based off of my experiences and the program itself. I then compiled all of the documents and resources I created for my project, including a PowerPoint I created on 3D printing, certificates, surveys, flyers, and helpful sheets for the design software program and placed all of them in a sharable Google Drive folder. I sent the curriculum to 49 libraries in 18 states and two countries, all of which have access to 3D printers and resources necessary to complete the program. I have received emails back from libraries wanting to continue the program, and Skype call me so I can talk to kids about pursuing STEM.

What did you learn about yourself?

I think the lessons I learned from my Gold Award project can be summarized by the core values of Girl Scouts: courage, confidence, and character. Along the road, I had many doubts in myself if I could complete the project. I kept thinking I had not planned enough, and doubted that I could teach a room full of middle schoolers how to use fairly complex programs on the computer. In the end, I found strength to push through because I knew the impact that my project would make. I was personally inspired to pursue STEM in middle school from high school students, and I couldn’t wait to inspire younger students myself. I gained immediate confidence when I stood in front of the room, with all the kids looking at me, and my confidence only grew by the end of the program. My confidence in my leadership abilities skyrocketed as I witnessed the positive impact my organizing and planning efforts made on the community. I also noticed an improvement in my character as I inspired others to reach for their goals in STEM fields.

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

Earning my Gold Award has inspired me to make a difference in my community, and provided the tools and resources for me to do it. After completing my project, I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to with determination and confidence in my leadership skills.

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

Completing my Gold Award was one of the most gratifying experiences I have had in Girl Scouts. I was able to utilize all of the leadership and communication skills I learned throughout my years in Girl Scouts, and empower others to chase their dreams. My Gold Award project was a daunting task, but finishing it successfully makes me feel like I can truly make an impact on my community and the world around me.

**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

Gold Awardees gather for Girl Scout Week reception

Past and present Gold Awardees, along with Girl Scouts of Colorado Women of Distinction and Board Members, gathered to celebrate Girl Scout Week with a reception at the Denver Public Library. Thank you  to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame for hosting the event. Everyone enjoyed learning about the inspiring women in the Hall of Fame and visiting with different generations of Girl Scouts.

Gold Awardee Christina Bear delivered the following speech to the crowd:

Today is a celebration…a celebration of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards. We are honored to be in the presence of several Girl Scouts of Colorado Board members and Women of Distinction. Most of all we are ecstatic to introduce our newest Gold Award recipients to a lifelong sisterhood.

This is a special year as 2016 marks “100 Years of Leadership” – a century since the highest award was created. The Gold Award has been called the “Golden Eagle of Merit” the “Golden Eaglet”, the “Curved Bar”, and the “First Class” since 1916.

This spring, we celebrate 47 girls who have earned their Gold Award. Over 1,500 Girl Scouts have also earned Silver and Bronze Awards this year and, we are immensely proud of their accomplishments as well.

Each one of you here tonight has a special characteristic…that of Commitment.

From the time a Girl Scout presents her Gold Award Proposal to the Committee, there is dedication to a cause. In spite of the “bumps” in the road and wondering sometimes if she’ll ever get her project to a point of completion and write her final report…it’s dedication and faithfulness that gets her through.

I want to take a special moment to remember our Gold Award mentors. If we take the time to learn about what they have done in the past, I’m sure they have amazing stories of commitment. It’s exactly that mindset that is imparted during mentorship – we learn so much from their experiences. And that’s what makes Girl Scouts a very special organization – the mentoring. Please join me in applause for our mentors.

During my Gold Award process, I learned things I never would have otherwise. My mentor, Rae Ann Dougherty, a Girl Scout for 45 years, Woman of Distinction, engineer, and entrepreneur suggested that I write an Executive Summary for my project. I had no idea what that was. I soon discovered that an Executive Summary is intended for use in decision-making and is described as the most important part of a business plan.

As you go through the rest of high school, I want to tell you first-hand that the skills you learned in the Gold Award Process will come to good use. Speaking on the phone, shaking hands, looking at people in the eye, writing goals, establishing budgets. It’s no wonder that job recruiters are more likely to hire a Gold Awardee!

Less than 3% of Girl Scouts throughout the nation earn their Gold Award. This is a very special group, a small group that knows all that goes into doing a project worthy of the Gold Award. Your projects have all earned Gold because they are not merely community service projects. They are Take Action projects, which sets Gold Awards apart.

Most young people don’t think about Impact when they do a project. They don’t think about Sustainability. As teenagers, we’re used to living in the moment. The Gold Award process is unique because it pushes us to think beyond a one-time community service project. Though the concepts of Impact and Sustainability seem impossible at times, that’s what true leaders accomplish when they want to bring about change.

Today, we have Women of Distinction in the room who know the meaning of commitment. Like our highest awardees, these women know how to take commitment to achievement! Along the way, there are risks and hurdles, and I am sure they have been there. Now, it’s time for our generation to follow in their footsteps.

I salute you my fellow Girl Scouts…For setting goals and following them to completion. Today, you join the ranks of those whom we consider achievers. Think about the lessons you have learned. Think about the personal changes that you have made. Think about the people you have met and perhaps touched or inspired along the way…And all because you made a bold step of COMMITMENT.

Congratulations on a job well done.

 

 

Girl Scouts On Air with Slacker and Steve

Submitted by Brihanna Crittendon

Thornton

Denver Metro

With only 30 seconds to prepare a sales pitch, I jumped into my mom’s car, where she had been on hold with 105.9 the radio station after calling in over and over for 20 minutes trying to get me the chance to sell 100 boxes of cookies. Slacker and Steve have done this live sales pitch with Girl Scouts for 10 years and I finally got on the air this year. “Roses are Red, Violets are blue, Girl Scout Cookies are the BEST and you owe me money for 100 boxes and that is true”. I was the second caller and I was the first in history to wow the radio station. On Thursday, my troop and I were able to deliver the boxes and take a tour of the station. It was awesome!

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Colorado Springs Girl Scout helps pay it forward

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Submitted by Irelynn Sarchett

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak

This weekend, I took Irelynn downtown with her wagon to sell cookies. A man told her he didn’t want cookies but gave her $20 and told her to find 5 people that probably couldn’t afford to buy cookies. She gave the cookies to 4 homeless men that were so thankful to receive them. One guy told her he’s always wanted to try them. The last box was given to a man with a toddler at the bus station that just didn’t have any money for cookies. It made Irelynn feel so good to do something so simple to make someone smile. It was a very humbling experience for the both of us. A big high five to the man that gave her the $20.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Kellyn Dassler, Parker, “Year of the Teacher”

Kellyn Dassler

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

“Year of the Teacher” is an annual, year-long project at Chaparral High School and now neighboring schools, which promotes a greater respect and appreciation for educators within schools and communities, while increasing awareness about educational issues within the community and country. Each month, individual students or student clubs implemented tangible service projects for teachers to provide tangible service and respect for educators throughout the building. This included eight main projects for each month of the school year, such as a staff car wash, candy jars, and free babysitting, in addition to supplemental projects that extend the impact of the project, keep educators’ spirits up, and show appreciation for not only teachers, but support staff and administration as well.

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

Throughout the project, I monitored impact on staff and students through several surveys, receiving positive comments as well as areas for improvement. For example, 100% of the teachers I surveyed felt a positive, appreciative atmosphere after the project’s initiation, and many offered suggestions for more appreciation ideas. However, the most powerful measurements of impact were the moments of personal connection that the project created. After Interact Club quickly washed a math teacher’s car before she had to run off and pick up her kids from school, she emailed me later, saying “Thanks to you and your crew for the best 2 minute car wash EVER! I think it was better than all $6, five-minute car washes [I’ve paid for]!” Later in the year, a group of students wrote an individual note to each teacher, thanking and encouraging them for their dedication. Afterwards, a teacher whose day was especially stressful broke down in tears, and he told the club adviser that his note made his day so much better and reminded him why he wanted to become a teacher in the first place. It was such moments that made the project truly successful and meaningful.

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

“Year of the Teacher” is intrinsically designed to continue in future years. Each club that I worked with has made their project an annual event that will continue long after I leave Chaparral High School. Interact Club, for example, has already continued the free car wash that we put on for teachers at the beginning of the year in 2014. National Honor Society will continue to do annual babysitting during the month of November and again during teacher conferences, and every other club will continue their events as well.

In addition to continuation at Chaparral High School, “Year of the Teacher” has expanded to other schools in Douglas County and Cherry Creek School Districts in the 2015-16 school year. Grandview High School’s Student Government has agreed to implement the project at their school this year as well. I have also created a website (yearoftheteacher.wix.com/givebacktoteachers) and downloadable, 27-page “Year of the Teacher Starter Kit” that includes background information, an action plan, step-by- step instructions and 10 pages of resources and promotional materials in order for these schools to seamlessly plan and implement the project. Thus, future students at my school and other schools can easily find information and ideas for introducing and continuing the project, providing ongoing sustainability.

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

In 2014, the National Education Association reported that as much as 30-percent of all U.S. teachers leave the classroom within the first five years, while professionals with the same levels of education, such as healthcare, finance and business professionals only experienced an average turnover rate of 15.7% (CompData Surveys). High stress environments, lack of community engagement, low compensation and lack of support leave teachers feeling unappreciated and lacking a sense of purpose. Segun Eubanks, director for Teacher Quality at NEA says, “educators want a sense of purpose, success and a feeling that they are making a difference in their students’ lives.” Thus, “Year of the Teacher” created a solution to this problem and addressed teacher attrition rates and lack of support at a local, school-based level.

In order to create a project that truly influenced others on a national level, I created a “Year of the Teacher Starter Kit” as mentioned above. This Starter Kit can be downloaded, along with promotional materials and other resources from my website, yearoftheteacher.wix.com/givebacktoteachers, allowing the project to expand to anyone who has Internet access, therefore expanding the impact nationally and increasing the effect of its objectives.

What did you learn about yourself?

After spending just over 100 hours and a year organizing, coordinating and implementing 10 different student service projects for teachers, I learned that it truly takes an entire community to make a difference. I found that I am very passionate about service and empathy for others, and I am always ready to commit to a challenge and bring people together for a positive cause, but it is through the empowerment of others and the collaboration, support and dedication of others that makes any form of service worthwhile and successful.

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

The Girl Scout Gold Award pushed me to go above my own expectations and limits to make a sustainable difference in my community and has enabled me to become a more involved citizen, empowering and empathetic leader, and spirited community member. I will be able to take this deeper understanding of change and community with me in my future endeavors at college, as a Girl Scout volunteer, and in life to make a greater difference in my world.

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

The Girl Scout Gold Award united all that I learned in Girl Scouts into one powerful project that enabled me to create sustainable change in my community. Girl Scouts shaped the way I see the world and how I interact with others in the world, teaching me that friendship, leadership, empowerment and community allow us to spread our light in the world, and experience life to the utmost. Thus, the Gold Award culminated a ten year-long experience and spurred on inspiration that will carry me throughout the rest of my life.

**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

Multi-tasking amazing Cookie Dad

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Submitted by Anita Lucero

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak

Our best is the best! He works full time, runs a cookie cupboard, takes care of our brother, and has helped us at a cookie booth almost every day to help us reach our cookie goals.  Between the 2 of us we have sold over 3000 packages of cookies and we aren’t done yet!  Thank you to our dad for always helping us and being a great support to helping us, our troop, and the many other troops of Colorado Springs meet their goals by having cookies in stock!  We love you!

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