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Silver Award: Blankets, Books and Baby Needs

Submitted by Nancy Eaman
Broomfield

On March 15, members of Troop 2791 in Broomfield delivered over 50 blankets to A Precious Child, an organization whose mission is to make a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged and displaced children by improving their quality of life. A month earlier, the Scouts had delivered over 40 blankets. . The Troop’s Silver Award involves fleece blankets, baby needs, and children’s books.

Pictured: (kneeling) Katie Ronan, Brianna Dzilvelis (standing) Casey Donohue, Katie Conn, Julie Conn, Megan Eaman, Katie Eaman, Amanda Marquez, Leader Nancy Eaman, and Keely Frost.

Did my Silver project fail?

Submitted by Hannah Clair
Pikes Peak area

Hi my name is Hannah and I just completed my Silver Award. From the very start I followed all the steps in the packet, everything was going great and I felt really confident. I made a few prototype beds for the National Mill Dog Rescue and had a few trial and error processes to go through. After I went through about four different types of beds I was ready to give up. I felt like nothing was working and that I wasn’t doing anything progressive.

My family and project advisors started to notice how frustrated I was getting. They helped me realize that even if something seems like it’s going nowhere, you still need to try your best and never give up. I ended up using all the money I earned for the beds and buying A LOT of much needed supplies for the rescue.

I don’t think that my project was a failure because I still helped the cause that I intended on helping. Also, I never gave up on myself and overcame a lot of obstacles. Even though my project didn’t exactly go the way I wanted it to, it still went well. So if you’re thinking about or are doing a Bronze, Silver or Gold award just remember that nothing will ever be a failure or waste of time unless you give up on yourself or the project

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

 

Girl Scout Gold Awardees make a difference

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Broomfield High School Junior Grace Forrey “battled the effects of relational aggression and media hype” for her Girl Scout Gold Award. She designed, organized, and implemented self-esteem workshops to help girls entering 4th-6th grade realize their worth and recognize what factors have us at their mercy. Grace said, “Boys take it out on the sports field, girls take it out on each other.”

Clear Creek High School Junior Nicole Moes “was distressed with gender differences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields” so she did something to share her love of science for her Gold Award. Two events were held- one for 5th -7th grade girls on the fun side of science and a more career oriented event for high school students.

Are you an organ donor? Niwot High School Senior Katie Rose “set out to educate her peers on the need for organs for transplant” to earn her Gold Award. Katie said, “If tragedy strikes, your organs could go to help someone who would die without a transplant.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado congratulates these girls who recently completed the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award!

Girl Scout Troop 3186 distributes meals to families in need

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Submitted by Richard George

Girl Scout Troop 3186, along with a host of other volunteers, worked at Creighton Middle School on Sunday, Nov 20th, to distribute Thanksgiving dinners to families in need for the Action Center (formerly Jeffco Action Center). More than 2,500 families were served in the drive-through process.

Stormie Stranges is the Leader of Troop 3186; Richard and Julia George are the co-leaders.. My wife Julia and I are registered Co-leaders.

My Girl Scouts Silver Award Project Journey

By Silje Hayes, Troop 1269, Littleton

The Girl Scout Silver Award, one of the highest awards a Girl Scout can earn. These are words many young Girl Scouts hear and often imagine achieving. A few years back my troop went from about twelve girls to four in about a month. We were all just about to start our Silver Award project. All of the sudden, the project was all on the remaining four of us. We didn’t always get along, but we always tried to make it fun. I discovered that I am very good at procrastinating, not the best thing to realize! But, I also learned that when I put everything I’ve got into something, it will turn out awesome. That’s what happened with the bench my troop made for our group Silver Award project. It involved a lot of phone calls, shopping trips, paperwork and Saturday afternoons. We made it as a memorial for a teacher who worked for one of our community’s preschools. Eventually after a lot of hard work we finished, and it was definitely worth it.

Reach for the stars, you’ll land on the moon!


Written by Colorado Girl Scout Alumnae, Emily Walters, who earned her Gold Award in 2004

Girl Scouts and the Girl Scout Gold Award has helped me get to where I am today.

I was recently fortunate to work on the GRAIL satellite project at Lockheed Martin. GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) is a two satellite system that will orbit the moon to analyze the internal structure and lunar gravity. They are relatively small compared to other satellites, about the size of a washer and dryer, and launched toward the moon on Sept. 8, 2011. I was a part of the team that assembled the spacecraft, tested each component of the spacecraft as it was added, and tested the fully integrated system. Prior to the launch, I worked in Cape Canaveral, Florida to do final testing and integrate the GRAIL satellites to the rocket. Some days I wrote procedures or code software scripts, other days I worked in a cleanroom bunny suit running a test on the spacecraft. I got to work directly with the hardware to get to know the satellites in and out. On Sept. 8th, I helped the team launch the rocket for its journey to the moon!

In school and growing up, I was always interested in math and science. When it was time to decide what I wanted to do for my Gold Award project (one of Girl Scouts most prestigious awards), I knew that I wanted to do something to share my love of math and science. When I was in high school, I earned my Gold Award for starting a summer science program for elementary aged kids. It was an opportunity for me to have fun and help inspire others with my passion for science. During my project, I led the children through different science topics and experiments. Since I had always been interested in space, we had a “space week” where we explored different space topics.

What helped me the most with earning my Gold Award were the team building experiences that I had through Girl Scouts. I had an opportunity to learn about leadership and eventually take the lead. I also had to go outside of my comfort zone while working on my Gold Award, which helped me push my boundaries. I use these skills at work by asserting myself with a team to make sure that GRAIL was ready to go to the moon. On Sept. 8th, I sat in front of a monitor in the Mission Control Center as the rocket counted down to take GRAIL to the moon.

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Troop 72160 earns Bronze Award

Submitted by Jun Yasui (Troop Leader)

The girls in Troop #72160 from Fort Collins learned that many animals in their community need some help. They called two animal shelters and asked how they could help.

They volunteered at a dog wash event hosted by one of the shelters. They washed, rinsed and dried many dogs for two hours.

They held a fundraiser in front of a pet store for two days to collect supplies and donations. They collected 110 cans of cat/ dog foods, 15 bags of treats, 27 toys, 3 jars of baby food for birds, towels, peanut butter, cleaning supplies and much more!

They also made many fleece toys and blankets to donate. They delivered the donations to three animal shelters (Larimer Humane Society, Animal House Rescue & Grooming and Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic) and took a tour at the Larimer Humane Society. One girl’s family adopted a dog from one of the shelters while they were working on the project. They are proud of themselves for helping the animals in need and making a difference in their community.