Category Archives: Bronze Award Honorees

Bronze Award Recipients in the 2015-16 reporting cycle (March 1, 2015, through March 1, 2016)

Montrose Junior Spreads Joy with Bird Feeders

Submitted by Bonnet Riddles

Western Colorado

Montrose

As a troop we had just finished up our Agent of Change Journey and were starting to brainstorm a Take Action project when COVID-19 hit. All of our initial ideas were no longer plausible with the new safety and health guidelines. We were back to the drawing board and this time, that drawing board was a virtual one.

We wanted to help senior citizens in our area. The girls pointed out that our high-risk senior population is extremely isolated and they wanted to do something special to encourage them. The idea of making and donating bird feeders to a local retirement home was born! This project was led and orchestrated by Girl Scout Kendyl L. She bridged to Cadette this year, but with the extension on award projects, she really wanted to earn her Bronze Award before the deadline.

Kendyl and her team started by contacting retirement homes. A hurdle that we did not expect was being able to find a location willing to accept the bird feeders. Most places did not even allow us to finish speaking before giving “no” as an answer. Eventually, we did find a place that loved the idea.

The bird feeders were built and painted at our recent bridging ceremony. Each family, (at their socially distanced tables), worked as a team in assembling and creating a bird feeder for the project, 10 beautifully crafted and painted feeders in total were created.
Kendyl’s team reached out to local businesses and were able to get birdseed donated for the project. The bird feeders were filled and placed along sidewalks and outside of resident windows at Montage Creek Living Facility in Montrose. The completion of this project gives me great joy as a troop leader.

The delight that the elderly residents can enjoy from watching the antics and activities of different birds is priceless. I am so proud of both Kendyl and also of my troop for supporting her in reaching her goal.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Bronze Award Girl Scouts Deliver Birthday Kits to Local Food Pantry

Bronze Award Girl Scouts from Troop 65346 in Centennial assembled 300 birthday kits for low-resource families. On Monday,  November 16, 2020, they delivered a hundred of the kits to SECORCares, a food pantry in Parker.  The Girl Scouts made the 300 kits earlier this year. They are packaged in a disposable cake pan and include boxed cake mix, canned frosting, birthday candles, balloons, favors, party hats, and a handmade card. The first hundred kits were delivered last month. On Monday, the girls delivered a hundred more with the remaining hundred kits to be delivered when SECORCares has space to store them.

The Girl Scouts began working on this project in February. They set up a donation box at their school, Creekside Elementary, and collected items at the school’s book fair. When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began, the girls pivoted to collect donations online. While unable to meet in-person this summer, each girl made cards for the kits. Through this project, the girls earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, which is the highest award for Girl Scouts in fourth or fifth grade.

Special thanks to CBS4/KCNC-TV and Colorado Community Media for attending the event and sharing the story with their audiences.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Bronze Award Project: The Fire Department Helps Us, so Let’s Help Them

Submitted by Ada M.

Western Colorado

Fruita

While learning about our community, our troop found out that the local fire department was having a hard time getting the PPE (masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer) they need. My fellow Juniors and I decided helping them find this would be the perfect Bronze Award project during COVID.

First, we got permission and the details on what the fire department needed.

Next, we wrote a video script. We made a video to tell everyone why washing hands is important. It is especially important now, but it is always a good thing to do.

Then, we made posters and wrote an email.

We dropped the collection tote off at the fire department. It is outside, so people can drop items off at any time and remain socially distanced.

Now, with our parents’ help we are sharing the posters and email!

The fire department has already had items dropped off and we hope to see it grow.

Here is the email I wrote! Don’t forget to wash your hands and stay safe.

Hi,

My Girl Scout troop and I are currently collecting masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer for the Lower Valley Fire Department. Lower Valley Firefighters and EMT use 30 boxes of gloves, 200 masks, and gallons of sanitizer each month. They especially need medium, large, and extra-large non-latex single use gloves, disposable single use masks (paper or something similar), and any type of hand sanitizer. COVID has made it hard to find this stuff. Let’s help them fight fire and mend broken bones by searching for the supplies they need.

Supplies can be dropped off in a tote outside the Lower Valley Fruita Fire Department.

We are looking for more drop-off locations. If you have a business that would let us place a donation tote out from, please call (970) 812-0154 or email anecookies@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Ada, Girl Scout Junior

Girl Scout Troop 17091

The girls were also interviewed about their project by KKCO-TV/NewsChannel 11.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Centennial Girl Scouts Earn Bronze Award

Submitted by Colleen Dooley

Metro Denver

Centennial

Congratulations to Ali, Josey, Maisie, Paige, and Samantha from Troop 65346 in Centennial! They earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for a project that provides birthday kits to low-resource families.

In February, the girls toured SECORCares, a food pantry in Parker, to learn about the needs of their community and where they could make a difference. They decided to put together birthday kits so that families who are faced with food insecurities could still celebrate their child’s birthday.

After compiling a list of what could be included in each kit, they collected donations to supply: a boxed cake mix, canned frosting, birthday candles, balloons, favors, party hats, and a homemade card; packaged together in a disposable cake pan. The girls made posters and handed out flyers during their school’s Family Night Book Fair to share information about their project and raise awareness about suburban poverty in their community.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic required them to move to an online donation drive in the spring, but they continued to spread the word and collected enough donations to build more than 300 birthday kits! Once the girls were permitted to gather again, they assembled and delivered kits to SECORCares, where families can shop their free food market – and now easily pick-up everything they need to celebrate a birthday!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Grand Junction Girl Scouts Earn Bronze Award

Submitted by Jenni Grossman

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

Congratulations to McKenzie, Lauren, Abbie, Jolie, and Peyton from Troop 13497 in Grand Junction! They earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for a project to help seniors in nursing homes who may be feeling lonely due to visiting restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The girls made videos and special crafts, including photos, drawings, and activity sheets, for multiple nursing homes in their area. Two of the nursing homes were chosen because one of the girls has a family member living there.

The Girl Scouts started a different project to earn the Bronze Award in February 2020, but then had to do a 360 in March when COVID-19 hit. They thought the residents of the nursing homes would be so lonely due to visiting restrictions. The girls decided to make videos of their favorite children’s books so the activities directors could play them for the residents. The girls also wanted some activities for the residents. After the girls called multiple places, they learned they had to laminate whatever they picked, so it could be sanitized. They each made five to ten different sheets (drawings, word searches, mazes paintings, colored pictures with uplifting quotes) for the residents. The girls also made copies of their work and laminated each one. Each nursing home received 40 drawing/activity laminated sheets. We also gave the organizations a list of the videos that the girls made so they could access them whenever they wanted.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Bronze Award Project Continues to Make an Impact

Two years after earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award, Troop 6608’s project continues to make an impact on their community. The Girl Scouts from Centennial rebuilt an outdoor classroom for their school, Willow Creek Elementary. It was completely overgrown, so the girls cleaned it up and built six benches, reusing a couple of dead trees. They also painted rocks.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Bronze Award Girl Scouts Deliver Masks, Lanyards, and Sneeze Guards to Teachers and School Staff

As many as ten Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 65430 in Highlands Ranch – Lone Tree delivered 40 plexiglass sneeze guards, more than 65 reusable masks, and 70 mask lanyards, along with “welcome back” cards— all of which they made — to teachers and staff at Wildcat Mountain Elementary School on Friday, August 14, 2020. In the midst of a global pandemic, these Girl Scouts wanted to help teachers, staff, and classmates return to in-person learning as safely as possible. The troop paid for the supplies for this project with funds earned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Through this project, the girls also earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, which is the highest award for Girl Scouts in fourth or fifth grade.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Watch Now: 2020 VIRTUAL Highest Awards Celebration

Thank you to everyone who joined Girl Scouts of Colorado on Saturday, May 16, 2020 for our first-ever VIRTUAL Highest Awards Celebration! We honored more than 1,200 Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts across Colorado. Missed the live event? That’s OK! You can watch the video on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. A transcript of the celebration is below.

There’s still time to go to our KudoBoard to share congratulations for your troop and help our Highest Awards Girl Scouts feel even more proud of their huge accomplishments. Also, be sure to share photos and videos of your Highest Award Girl Scout with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

2020 Virtual Celebration Script Transcript

VIRTUAL Highest Awards Celebration

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado on Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. for the 2020 VIRTUAL Highest Awards Celebration honoring Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts across Colorado! You can watch live on our Facebook page. You can get a notification that the event is starting, by clicking the “Get Reminder” button on the bottom right of the Video Premiere post.

Aren’t on Facebook? That’s okay. Watch on our YouTube channel using this link: https://youtu.be/lgc-0OSV5GM Please note that this link will not work until the celebration starts at 2 p.m. If you log on early, you may need to refresh your screen at this time.

We encourage families to make this live event feel special for their Highest Awards Girl Scouts in any way possible! Dress up, have your girl wear her Girl Scout vest/sash, decorate your home, or maybe bake something special. Also, be sure to go to our KudoBoard to share congratulations for your troop and help our Highest Awards Girl Scouts feel even more proud of their huge accomplishments.

You can also share photos and videos from your celebration at home with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

 

2020 Virtual Highest Awards Celebration is May 16

Don’t forget! Girl Scouts of Colorado’s virtual Highest Awards celebration is scheduled to air live on our Facebook page on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 2 p.m. Aren’t on Facebook? That’s okay.  Watch on GSCO’s YouTube channel!

We encourage families to make the live event feel special for their Highest Awards Girl Scout in any way possible! Dress up with your Girl Scout vest/sash, decorate your  home, or maybe bake something special. You can also share photos and videos from your celebration at home with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo.

We also welcome you to access our KudoBoard to share congratulations for your troop and help our Highest Awards Girl Scouts feel even more proud of their huge accomplishment.

Questions? Email highestawards@gscolorado.org.