Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Megan Dirksen, Lakewood, “A Dog’s Eye View”

Megan Dirksen

Megan Dirksen
Bear Creek High School
A Dog’s Eye View

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I created an informational video about Freedom Service Dogs. This organization trains and gives service dogs to people with disabilities or veterans. Here is the final video:

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this Gold Award project to improve my skills in video, increase my communication skills, increase my interpersonal relationship skills, and to support a great organization that makes life better for both dogs and people.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project made a difference by helping me learn new abilities and giving me the confidence to do a project of this scale. Also, this video was posted on social media sites and is helping increase awareness of the importance of service dogs.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

The skills I gained through earning my Gold Award were video and filming skills, communication, organization, patience, how to work with a team, be a leader, and see a project through to completion.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember the appreciation and thanks that I received from people who I filmed and people who have viewed the video too.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Earning my Gold Award will help me in my future by helping my confidence, ability to possibly get scholarships or jobs, and working in a team environment.

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

I feel like the Gold Award is an important part of Girl Scouts because many of my previous Girl Scout skills were incorporated in finishing this project. It also gives me such a feeling of accomplishment and reward that I have enjoyed sharing with people.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Garrett Ann Nevins, Highlands Ranch, “Unifying Christmas”


Garrett Ann Nevins
Highlands Ranch
Mountain Vista High School
Unifying Christmas

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I taught high school SSN (special support needs) students some life skills they could use to make fleece pillows that they donated to the Ronald McDonald House. The goal was to connect the students with the community in a way that would result in them giving back. This project required them to focus on following directions, developing and using math skills, and working on their hand-eye coordination.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued my Gold Award project because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the students and provide them with skills and memories they could carry forward in the future.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project made a difference by teaching a new life skill to the students, giving them additional confidence and self-esteem to know they are giving back to the community. This project also gave the peer interns who assist these students another opportunity to help others as well.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

The skills I gained from my Gold Award project were organization and time management, because I had to make sure I met certain deadlines. Another skill I believed I developed was patience. During my project, I had to make sure I gave people enough lead time for them to respond to my requests.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The thing I will remember most about my Gold Award is observing the SSN students making the fleece pillows. It was so inspiring to see their excitement and energy going into their work, and also seeing how intrigued they were and interested to help the Ronald McDonald House residents. It was incredible being able to achieve my goal; for they expressed how happy they were to be able to donate their pillows, and still ask periodically if the pillows are liked by their recipients.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I am looking at a possible career in special education, and the Gold Award gave me an opportunity to lead a project with this amazing group of students.

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

I feel the Gold Award is an important part of my Girl Scout experience, because it provided me an opportunity to put the Girl Scout leadership skills and parts of the Girl Scout Law to work in a service project that makes the world a better place.

Additional PA Training spaces for girls at PA Train the Trainer in Denver 3/16

We are excited that at least 12 Program Aide Trainers will attend the PA Train the Trainer event in Denver on March 16! If you are interested in signing up for the training, please contact

We have a few girl spaces left for girls without a trainer. The cost is $20 and the girl needs to have completed her Leader In Action (LiA) award prior to the training (for more information about this, please consult the Brownie Girls Guide to Girl Scouting). Training is March 16 from 9am to 6pm, and girls need to bring a lunch.

To sign up your girl for this training, log into CampInTouch here:

Council sponsored PA Trainings are no longer offered, with the exception of a PA Super Training that may take place in December of 2014. If you are wanting to get trained, join us so you can teach PA Training to girls in your troop and beyond!

To find out about more PA Trainings in your region, please contact:

Metro Denver – Toni Bullock
Northern & Northeastern Colorado – Laura DuFresne
Pike’s Peak – Sloan Gonzales
Pueblo & Southeastern Colorado – Lisa Sanchez
Mountain Communities – Cricket Hawkins
Western Slope – Virginia Brown
Southwestern Colorado – Allison Ellington

How to earn the Troop Excellence Patch

Did you know there are 10 Essential Elements of Girl Scouting? Girl Scouting is all about:

  • Welcoming families to Girl Scouts
  • Showing girls they belong to a big sisterhood
  • Guiding girls to develop as leaders
  • Empowering girls to take action in their communities
  • Skill-building through badge earning
  • Expanding girls’ views of the world
  • Celebrating with ceremonies and traditions
  • Using a girl-friendly approach
  • Encouraging girls to earn and learn through the Cookie Program
  • Inspiring girls to continue growing through Girl Scouts

To eaTroop Excellence Patchrn the Troop Excellence Patch, your troop needs to exemplify all 10 Essential Elements.  Let us know you’ve earned it by submitting the Troop Excellence Patch form online, and we’ll mail you a free patch for each girl to say congratulations!

Want to earn the patch, but need a little help?  This worksheet has some activity ideas.

Questions or comments?  Email

Troop 3185 earns Bronze Award


Submitted by Carla Shepherd

We spent a long time researching what we wanted to do. Finally we decided to do something to help animals. We researched how to help animals and decided to make a something to donate to a shelter. We read about “Happy Socks.” “Happy Socks” are socks filled with polyfill and catnip and then sewn shut for cats and kittens to play with. We decided to make “Happy socks.” We collected what we call “Lonely Socks,” socks that have lost their match in the wash. We spent a couple meetings making the “Happy socks.” Then we found a shelter to deliver them to, Cat Care Society. We didn’t just get to deliver the socks to the shelter, we got to give them to the cats!! The cats loved them. Some played with them and some used them as pillows. We learned where the cats come from and that they can stay there until they get adopted. One just got adopted that has been there since 2007! We got to go look in the surgery suite and see a couple x-rays.

The best project ever.

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

Colorado Girl Scouts honor their heroes


Girl Scout Troop 74372 from Louisville, Colo. is honoring a special group of heroes during this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Season, the Colorado National Guard.

When the Colorado floods hit last September, members of this fifth grade Girl Scout troop were on a school field trip to outdoor education center, Cal-Wood, above Jamestown. The floods trapped the girls and their classmates at the camp for several days as all roads in and out of the area had been washed out. Colorado’s National Guard was called in to rescue the group by helicopter.

The Colorado National Guard was a natural choice for this troop to honor during the Girl Scout Cookies Hometown Heroes Program. Through this program the troop has collected hundreds of packages of cookies, which they plan to deliver to their heroes in March.

This is a great story that highlights what many Girl Scout troops are doing throughout the state to recognize community heroes this Cookie Season. The goal in Colorado this year is to donate 200,000 packages to Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes.

Camp Corner – New Sessions Open for Girl Scouts This Summer

You have asked, and we have listened! Here are more summer camp opportunities with Girl Scouts of Colorado! Registration for these new and additional spaces will open up on Friday February 21 at 10am. For registration questions, please call M-F from 8:30am to 5:30pm 877-404-5708.


  • Robin Hood (Junior) – Every archer gets her start somewhere – get yours at camp! Learn/grow your skills on our traditional and field archery ranges. Build and fortify your fort and then take a short sleeping in overnight. Plus time for other camp activities.
    June 15-20   MS52   (new session!)
    July 27- Aug 1   MS37    (more spaces!)
  • Bows and Arrows (Cadette) – Be brave and courageous and may the odds be ever in your favor. Spend this week becoming skilled at archery. Practice your skills on our archery range and field course. Have a survival experience when you sleep out in tents and shelters you get to build for a few nights. There will be time for other camp activities during the day.
    June 15-20   MS53   (new session!)
    July 6-11   MS58   (new session!)


  • Scout vs Wild (Cadette) – Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Test your survival skills while you hike, sleep under the stars in a fort you build, learn tracking skills (including archery on our range and field course) and tie knots (climb wall and ropes course).
    June 22-27   MS54   (new session!)
    July 13-18   MS59   (new session!)


  • Barn Livin’ (Junior) – Spend time with animals at our barn and even have a barn overnight! Learn about animal care as you help with our small animal farm. Plenty of time for other camp adventures too.
    July 6-11   MS57   (new session!)
    July 27-Aug 1   MS36   (more spaces!)
  • Barn Divas (Junior) – Lights-camera-animals?! Spend a week getting to know furry friends at the barn. Learn about animals and their personalities. Release your inner diva as you create a production that will be shown on video at camp pickup. (Includes a 1-hour off-site horseback ride).
    June 15-20 TR02 (more spaces!)


The 3-day camps at Magic Sky Ranch are now open to Brownies AND Juniors. Check out these camps for a fun 3-day camp experience. The Wednesday-Friday session of each week and session during the week of July 4 will not have an increase in price once Early Bird Pricing ends (they’ll stay at $265 vs the Sunday-Tuesday sessions that will jump to $290)

  • MS08 and MS09 – Camping Stars – June 15-17, 18-20
  • MS12 and MS13 – Moosekateers – June 22-24, 25-27
  • MS22 and MS23 – Dreams Come True – July 6-8, 9-11
  • MS28 – Black Pearl – July 16-18
  • MS34 and MS35 – Wild Wild West – July 20-22, 23-25
  • MS42 and MS43 – Muddy Maddness – July 27-29, July 30-Aug 1

TROOP CAMP – new at MSR!

In addition to the Rendezvous Weekends being offered, June 29 – July 1 Magic Sky Renaissance Carnival camp is open to troops!  Experience a renaissance carnival plus camp activities this summer.  Girls sign up for MS56 and adults sign up for MS55 (there is only space for adults for Safety Activity Checkpoints ratios, adults get a discounted price of only $150!).


  • FC01 – Work Weekend – there are a few more spaces available to help get camp ready for the summer.
  • FC02 – Magic Sky R&R Weekend – did you know that kids under 5 are free for this family get-away weekend? What a great way to start your summer as a family!

Girl Scout honored in Fort Collins for volunteer efforts

Submitted by Josephine Natrasevschi
Fort Collins

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, Josephine Natrasevschi a senior at Fort Collins High School was honored with the Violet Richardson Award by Soroptimist of Fort Collins. The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award recognizes and honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts this year Josephine Natrasevschi from Fort Collins High School was honored for her project, Protect Yourself.

I am a Girl Scout and have learned the importance of service. I have been an active participant in community service ranging from decorating bags for Meals on Wheels as a kindergartner to my Gold Award Project, Protect Yourself. In 5th grade my troop decided to adopt a nursing home. This was our first major project and we were excited as could be. Our mission was to go regularly and read to, sing to, bring art and visit with the residents of Columbine Nursing Home. They loved to hear about our lives and our adventures (or at least they humored our young and self-centered minds). I earned my Girl Scout Bronze Award through my service with the Columbine Nursing Home. I also learned the importance of SENIORS and how to treasure their stories. This is one of the reasons I am studying to be a certified nurse aid this year in addition to my studies.

At Lesher Middle School, I worked on a service project for the homeless with Northern Colorado Catholic charities ³The Mission² to earn my Girl Scout Silver Award. My service included collecting laundry soap, toiletries, crafts, school supplies, wrapping presents for Christmas and cleaning and organizing the mission. What I remember the most was helping teach crafts. I met kids much younger than me and those of my age without a home. They would catch the school bus daily at the shelter for school. I never knew this side of homelessness before and it made me very thankful for what I had previously taken for granted.

While attending Fort Collins High School; I have worked with National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Science Honor Society to aid the community. Still my most substantial and meaningful project has been with Girl Scouts. I researched, trained, blogged, developed, and taught a class to aid in Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention. I have taught this class in Fort Collins and Gunnison CO, Boston MA, and Providence, RI. I have influenced people in China, India, Australia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and England with my program. Some people have learned hands on from me. Others learn from the instructors I have taught but many have found the information in my blog (interestingly enough this blog has formed a sort of community, one of trust and support). I have dedicated over 400 hours to this project and effected over 4500 people thus far.

I have been asked why I chose this project. Rape and Sexual Assault is something that touches all of us. 1 OUT OF 4 women are raped on a college campus and unfortunately I have witnessed the direct result of this statistic through family and friends. A couple of weeks ago President Obama signed legislation to study and help solve this problem. Last week college administrators from all over the nation met at the University of Virginia¹s campus for the first ever conference on sexual assault on college campuses. This is an important step. By sharing with each other and compiling a list of information regarding what works and what doesn’t a solution may be found?

I plan to continue my service to the community while in college. I hope to attend Brown University and would like to help establish a Sexual Assault program there. My goal is to provide education and prevention, rape kits on campus, advocates for victims, and therapy for victims. I also believe Student athletes can be used to help educate and prevent rape. I would like to establish this program at Brown and eventually share it with other Ivy League schools to test on their campuses.

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


GSCO Board Member receives national award

From Marlene Logan


Girl Scouts of Colorado Board Member Rae Ann Dougherty recently received a very prestigious national Girl Scout award. Rae Ann was presented with the Juliette Low World Friendship Medal during the annual Friends of Our Cabana meeting in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The medal is “awarded to individuals who have enriched and leveraged the global understanding of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to grow responsible global citizens. This prestigious national award is approved by the GSUSA National Board of Directors.”

This is only the third time the award has gone to an adult Girl Scout from Colorado. The other two recipients were LaRae Orullian and JoAnne Busch. To receive this award you must be nominated. Marlene Logan, Katrina Jameson and Eloise Golden were instrumental in submitting Rae Ann’s application.

Rae Ann has been involved in Girl Scouting for years, and in the fall made a $25,000 lead gift with her husband, Richard, to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Endowment. This gift will provide scholarships to current or lifetime Girl Scouts of Colorado members between the ages of 12 and 30 for travel.

Program Aide Train the Trainer

Do you have a girl looking to earn her Program Aide Award? Program Aide (PA) is a Cadette Level award that girls can earn any time in their Cadette years! After they have completed, they have options within their service unit and region to volunteer as a Program Aide, and when they are entering 9th grade, they can be a Program Aide at GSCO Resident Camp!

We are training a group of adults who want to become Program Aide Trainers. If you are interested in registering  yourself to become a trainer (you can also register one girl), go to this link in CampInTouch to register now. Each Trainer in Training can bring one girl for $10 to the training to become trained as a PA.

Get Trained to become a PA Trainer!

Date: Sunday, March 16
Time: 9am to 6pm
Bring: Sack Lunch, water bottle, pen, folder to hold your handouts
Location: Denver Service Center, 400 South Broadway, Denver CO 80209 (garden level)

NEW to CampInTouch, our camp reservation software, click here.

RETURNING Users to CampInTouch (at camp last year or registered your daughter for camp this year) click here.

NOTE: Adults must add themselves as a 12+ aged child onto their CampInTouch family account in order to register.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is working to recruit and train Program Aide trainers (we need YOU!). For more information on PA Train the Trainer, or on PA Trainings in  your area, please contact your regional PA representative:

Metro Denver – Toni BullockNorthern & Northeastern Colorado – Laura DuFresne
Pike’s Peak – Sloan Gonzales
Pueblo & Southeastern Colorado – Lisa Sanchez
Mountain Communities – Cricket Hawkins
Western Slope – Virginia Brown
Southwestern Colorado – Allison Ellington

Girl Scouts of Colorado