Aurora Troop 61045 earns Bronze Award helping ILC students

Submitted by Elan Robinson
Aurora

Troop 61045 in Aurora decided in March that they wanted to do something special for the ILC students at Peakview Elementary School for their Bronze Award.

They noticed that the kids in the ILC program needed some help sitting still. After meeting with Colleen, head of the ILC program they found that not only did they need weighted stuffed animals to help the kids sit still but they needed weighted vests and shoulder bags to carry their pencils and schedules in.

Colleen asked that the vests be in colorful and gender-appropriate patterns that the kids would be excited to wear. The girls opened up the animals and inserted rice bags that they made. They donated 18 animals. Their leader Elan, made four vests for the kids and again they made rice bags to weight them. They also made the shoulder bags.

We presented the items to the ILC program at the end of September. The ILC kids were so excited to be able to pick their own special animal to hold. Colleen said that the kids are excited to wear the vests now and can pick the one they like the most. Colleen is so happy with the items. They can now use the funds that they would’ve used for new vests on other essential items for the program.

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The girls are Jessie, Alexis, Brittney, Kaylee, Payton, Acelynn, Sopia, Kylie, Katie, Kaitlyn, leader Elan, Chloe, Katelyn and co-leader Kim. Not pictured is Campbell.

Arvada troop donates veggies to food bank

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Submitted by Nancy Schott
Arvada

In early October 2013 Troop 2749, Seniors and Ambassadors from Arvada, picked 30 bags of vegetables at Miller Farms in Weld County. We picked corn, potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, turnips, eggplant, chilies, and pumpkins. We shared them with family and donated 48 pounds of veggies to the Arvada Community Food Bank.

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Outdoor Programs Advisory Committee – 10.23.13 meeting report

Outdoor Program Advisory Committee Meeting
10/23/13

Committee Members

First Name
Last Name
Role
Betsy
Till
Outdoor Programs Director
Haley
Peel
Assistant Outdoor Programs Director
Sharyl Kay
Lawson
Adult member
Debbie
Wiggins
Adult member-Day Camp Task Force
Alonit
Cohen
Adult member
JoAnne
Busch
Adult member
Bonnie
Ledet
Adult member
Abby
Weiske
Girl member
Jill
Marostica
Adult member
Anna
Beucler
Adult member
Jean
Beucler
Adult member
Krista
Beucler
Girl member – Older Girl/Girl Led Task Force
Monica
Elliott
Girl member – Older Girl/Girl Led Task Force
Connii
Rogers
Adult member– Older Girl/Girl Led task Force

Expectations of Committee Members

We brainstormed how we wanted to work together as a committee.

  • Work positively as a team together
  • Respect each other, listen, be open to ideas
  • NEED: create a mission/position statement
  • Create/implement/increase/promote council-wide
  • Be an example of the Girl Scout Promise
  • Be considerate of each other’s time
  • Be prepared
  • Ask questions/ask questions about processes
  • Be ready to share ideas and take action
  • Help share talking points about outdoor programs with other volunteers

Suggested Reading List:

Last Child Into the Woods
The Nature Principle

Both by Richard Louv

What is Outdoor Programs? – Brainstorm

  • Getting girls outside in any manner
  • Developing skills, with a progression of challenge
  • Year-round
  • Specific to unique geographic areas and options within our state
  • No Child Left Inside
    • If we want to pass on our heritage, we cannot ignore needs of children to explore, get dirty, get their hands wet – NATURE PLAY – in a safe & unstructured environment
    • Alleviating Nature Deficit Disorder
    • Develops self efficiency and new experiences
    • Simple – Affordable – Accessible (Inclusive)

In your experience, what were you lacking when you first started leading girls in the outdoors? What have you seen lacking for other leaders/volunteers?

  • Wasn’t aware of manuals that already existed for Day Camps
  • Wish I had a list of trails listing if they are easy, medium, hard and if they are marked or not
  • Where was all the equipment, what was available?
  • Wish I had a mentor or “training buddy”
  • Wish they trained volunteers as well as girls from day 1 in Daisies
  • Wish I had a list of program-level appropriate outdoor activities
  • Wish it was more integrated into the 6 GSUSA pathways: trop, travel, events, camp, events, virtual
  • Resources established in areas outside of what we normally see – recreation districts, park districts, community service groups, schools – easy program partners or already ready to deliver programs to scouts but not connected with them
  • Trainings – more affordable and less repetition of content, ways for people to test out…
  • Communication & Marketing of opportunities: Service Unit communication, council newsletter, regions, website, blog, facebook, and?
  • Simple-don’t need lots of planning (easy-meaningful-fun)
  • Outdoor volunteer opportunity list
  • Cultivate programs for PA’s outdoors-specialize in assisting activities we provide resources for, good for new leaders to have girls shot them the way
  • Older girl programming aside from PA/CIT stuff
  • Cultivate love for being outdoors and doing outdoor activities for the sake of love of doing it (rather than doing something to get something)
  • Have Get Outdoors Days – every so many months – like Troop Tuesday
  • Cultivate the ethic of being out there – not being out there to get something

3 Ideas for Outdoor Programs

Each committee member submitted 3 ideas in their application. We will compile that list and vote on them in a survey before we meet again. We’ll publish our prioritized list after our next meeting.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Natalia Suárez, Fort Collins, “¡A Nadar! Let’s Swim!”

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Natalia Suárez
Fort Collins
Fossil Ridge High School
¡A Nadar! Let’s Swim!

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award Project I taught little kids how to swim in a community in Spain and in the U.S. in both English and Spanish. I also wrote a bilingual book on how to swim for the kids that I worked with.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I chose this project because my brother was always scared of the water as a little kid. I never wanted kids to feel unsafe in the water, and felt they needed the basic skills.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I taught kids in two separate communities basic water survival skills in case an emergency ever presented itself.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned that I loved working with little kids. It takes a lot of patience, which I had to develop, but it has encouraged me to pursue a major in elementary education.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember how fun it is to work with kids. I will never forget the little kid’s faces light up when they learned how to do something new.

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

Earning my Gold Award will help me receive scholarship opportunities and will help me get jobs that involve working with little kids.

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

I feel that my Gold Award was a necessary step towards finishing being a Girl Scout because it gives back to the community. I felt that I have given back to two communities and left a mark.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Samantha Preston, Fort Collins, “T1D K.I.T.S.”

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Samantha Preston
Fort Collins
Fort Collins High School
T1D K.I.T.S.

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I made kits for kids with type one diabetes. These kits contained all the supplies kids need to be healthy at school. I then donated the T1D K.I.T.S. to the Poudre School District nurses who are distributing them to kids that have been recently diagnosed. In addition, I educated dozens of people about diabetes. I presented to many different age groups about what diabetes is, the different types, and how people live with it.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued my Gold Award project because I wanted to make a difference. I focused my project around helping kids with type one diabetes because my little brother was diagnosed a year before I started my project. His diagnosis was a difficult transition for my family and I wanted to make it easier for people. After talking to my brother and the school nurse I decided to make kits for newly diagnosed kids. They said that learning how to handle diabetes in school, and getting the right supplies, was one of the hardest parts for families.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My kits are currently helping diagnosed kids in Poudre School District and their families. The kits let families know there is support out there for kids with diabetes. They also give parents good tips on what snacks are healthy for their kids, who to contact in an emergency, and what type one diabetes actually is. In the near future these kits are going to help kids that are diagnosed. A long term impact of my project is how it had and is going to inspire others to do good.  In addition, the new knowledge that I have given dozens of people will allow them to raise diabetes awareness and will help them be more prepared if they encounter a situation with diabetes.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

This project gave me the opportunity to grow as a leader dramatically. Over the past two years I have been organizing myself and other people. Before this project I had always had my parents or mentors organize meetings, planning sessions, and other times to work on projects. My Gold Award was just that, mine. No one was in charge of contacting people or making time to work on the project.  I was forced to dedicate myself and my time to my Gold Award, and as a result, I became a leader of my own life. At a leadership conference I was told that being a leader starts with yourself, if you aren’t your own leader no one else will want to follow you. I embraced this concept and became in charge of my life so I was able to organize time to work on my project. After I became my own leader I was able to contact people that were willing to follow me and help me accomplish my goals. This was an empowering experience. Most of the people I worked with during my Gold Award were much older and had more authority that I did, but they still chose to let me lead them. This made me realize that I can do almost anything I set my mind to, and has made me want to become more involved in my community and start new service projects. Lastly, after I distributed the kits and gave my final presentation I was able to look back on what I had done and realize that as a leader, I was able to inspire people. Not only did I reach out to young kids, but I also touched the lives of many adults. The realization that I had inspired others to do good in the community made me understand what is means to be a true leader.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The most moving part of my project was seeing results. One day I was talking to the nurse at Linton Elementary, and she asked me if she could have a kit because a kid was just diagnosed with diabetes at another school in the district. I gladly gave her a kit, and at our next meeting she told me how excited the family was to receive a kit. She explained how inspired and impressed they were with me and my project. The fact that my project directly helps families is what I’m most proud of. The feeling I had when the nurse told me how I helped that family is something I will never forget.

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

My Gold Award will help me tremendously in the future. Colleges are very impressed with my extensive community service and leadership roles I have taken throughout the past two years. Also, my Gold Award gave me the skills to talk to many people of different age groups, which will be useful throughout my life.

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

Girl Scouts has helped me gain many different skills, and I wanted to put them all together for one final project. I think that it is very important for girls to be able to showcase their talents by pursuing their Gold Award. It allowed me to be a leader, and take responsibility. My project also showed me that I can make a difference, and makes me want to give back to the community.

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients from March 2013 – September 2013!

All of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Silver Award Recipients March 2013 – September 2013
Juliettes
Emily Loveland (Lakewood)
Kristi Smola (Westminster)
Madison Jordan  (Colorado Springs)
Shania Chambers (Milliken)
Troop 0015 – Denver
Anna Sanders
Bridget Galaty
Corley Friesen-Johnson
Lian  Teegarden
Lindsey Quint
Mallory Angstadt
Phoebe Barr
Troop 0031 – Thornton
Carissa Flores
Hailey Bickford
Josephine Martin
Olivia Johnson
Quinn Halgrimson
Samantha Martin
Shaela Burkert
Stephanie Hardee
Troop 0093 – Colorado Springs
Jacqueline Dunn
Skyler Williams
Troop 0115 – Longmont
Adrienne Jacobi
Courtney Ashworth
Jennifer Ashworth
Katjia Klingberg
Maddie Whitcomb
Megan Williams
Troop 0149 – Grand Junction
Kay Cee Edie
Vannessa Wilson
Troop 0176 – Fort Collins
Carissa Vos
Katherine Colvin
Troop 0195 – Colorado Springs
Kiersten Lyle
Taylor  Fortune
Troop 0202 – Windsor
Karen Michels
Kaylee Peterson
Leslie Michels
Taylor Blanks
Troop 0266 – Louisville
Irina Sweedler
Troop 0279 – Denver
Abby Cross
Emma Noel Deutsch
Troop 0301 – Lakewood
Annalie Janus
Jolene Janus
Regan Snellgrove
Troop 0305 – Monument
Curran  Christensen
Jeanelle  Kemp
Morgan  Edstrom
Troop 0387 – Aurora
Brittany Argo
Danielle  Freels
Emily Embleton
Kendra  Hirsch
Mackenzie Brower
Maddalena Lawless
Tori Gardner
Troop 0441 – Boulder
Grace  Anderson
Hannah Anderson
Katya Hirsch
Maryjane  Sulka
Troop 0444 – Erie
Avery DeClerk
Emma Hassman
Gretchen Riedel
Lauren Jensen
Natasha Stevens
Troop 0520 – Colorado Springs
Cheyanne Bridges
Emily Scott
Madison Bollinger
Troop 0548 – Westminster
Bryana Pribble
Troop 0635 – Colorado Springs
Emma  Curran
Troop 0699 – Arvada
Aleena Gunter
Allie Welch
Brenna Giblin
Elaina  Kelley
Kenzie Vierra
Sefra  Hodge
Taylor Carlson
Troop 0738 – Centennial
Kammara Williams
Troop 0922 – Colorado Springs
Mackenzie Crawley
Troop 0925 – Hugo
Aspen Wentworth
Catherine Hale
Troop 0928 – Colorado Springs
Jill Ruane
Tayler Baize
Troop 0931 – Colorado Springs
Addison Koval
Troop 0958 – Centennial
Erin Smith
Troop 1000 – Aurora
Cassidy  Basham
Hailee Tawzer
Katelyn Todd
Rachel Hearn
Troop 1189 – Parker
Brenna Nelson
Christina Best
Laura Murphy
Mishel  Best
Olivia Jones
Skye Konrad
Troop 1309 – Larkspur
Madi Mackey
Troop 1327 – Aurora
Andrea  Qualman
Faith  Manning
Julie  Monington
Katelynn  Eckles
Rachel  Amend
Victoria  Fedorco
Troop 1337 – Bayfield
Cynthia Martin
Troop 1460 – Littleton
Abigail Hause
Annamarie Wright
Laurette Selleck
Lydia Waterman
Maile Starr
Mychaela Hodous
Troop 1480 – Monument
Tristyn  Park
Troop 1568 – Bayfield
Hailey  Redding
Troop 1715 – Henderson
Fein Jelahni
Jelahni Fein
Skylar  Ellis
Troop 1721 – Arvada
Bailee Yoder
Eliana Okeson
Emma Albertoni
Maddy Croy
Troop 1966 – Highlands Ranch
Agathe Jacobsen
Emily Jensen
Grace Matsey
Marina Statkevicus
Mauren  Fitzsimmons
Troop 2012 – Colorado Springs
Julia Uddenberg
Taylor James
Troop 2016 – Parker
Sarah Klebieko
Troop 2079 – Highlands Ranch
Abby Conley
Isabella Dempsey
Jenna Wesson
Kylie Clark
Madelyn Graser
Sabrina Elsell
Tina Gilbert
Troop 2089 – Woodland Park
Cora Spalding
Haylee Martinez
Troop 2327 – Arvada
Ashley Beard
Genevieve LaRocque
Lauren Swartz
Troop 2540 – Centennial
Abbey  White
Ciara Langdon
Grace Petroff
Jennifer Douglas
Makayla Rapp
Meghan Atwell
Rosie Clark
Tessa Miller
Troop 2636 – Arvada
Christina  Sargent
Georgia Johnson
Madison Cillessen
Nichole Espinosa
Troop 2764 – Arvada
Cora Taylor
Troop 2782 – Denver
Abigail Metscher
Caitlin Timmons
Lauren MacMillan
Skylyr Phillips
Troop 2847 – Castle Rock
Estee Medberry
Troop 2854 – Aurora
Chloe Wright
Dakota Weir
Meghan McFerren
Sydney Comet
Troop 2879 – Centennial
Kathleen  Laughton
Troop 3006 – Castle Rock
Abigail Feeney
Anna  Hemphill
Ashley  Hinds
Katelynn Griffin
Kylie Barger
Kyra Smith
Megan Walker
Noelle Mason
Troop 3124 – Arvada
Debra Zerr
Rain Yates
Sara Duke
Jessica Smith
Troop 3394 – Colorado Springs
Allison Magrane
Caroline Mellow
Josie Kellione
Troop 3544 – Boulder
Annikka Turmala
Dina Knott
Eva Klauber
Juliet Spitz
Portia Pray
Troop 3810 – Colorado Springs
Brooke Barber
Kaily Kessinger
Kali Normandy
Troop 4074 – Yuma
Brittany Ross
Destiny  Sprouse
Tara Hickman
Troop 4255 – Woodland Park
Alie Konczak
Ashley Delarm
Aspen Davis
Autumn Pivonka
Katie Patterson
 

 

Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients from March 2013 – September 2013!

All of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Bronze Award Recipients March 2013 – September 2013
Juliettes
Addison Holloway (Aurora)
Anika Hake (Thornton)
Troop 0054 – Olathe
Desiree Dunn
Rebecca Trickel
Victoria Gravestock
Troop 0107 – Rifle
Alice Chappelle
Amanda Green
Annamarie Glidewell
Dankia Edwards
Emilee Demann
Gene Niederkorn
Hannah Bodrogi
Helana Gilstrap
Kaitlyn Delage
Madison Glidewell
Marinda Jacobs
Riley Clark
Stephany Gilstrap
Zoey Loya
Troop 0160 – Colorado Springs
Madeleine Hasstedt
Troop 0206 – Colorado Springs
Amelia (Mia) Pepper
Emma  Morris
Troop 0527 – Yuma
Katlyn Chapman
Kayla Mekelburg
Leona Powell
Troop 0540 – Littleton
Courtney Damian- Campbell
Katie Heath
Kayla  Davidson
Kennedy Scott
Nikki  Hulshof
Rachael Huxley
Sarah Coleman
Troop 0572 – Yuma
Ana Gaytan
Troop 0607 – Colorado Springs
Genavee Benjamin
Troop 0619 – Broomfield
Danielle Dukes
Katharina Shurtleff
Madison Blackburn
Tara McElwain
Troop 0675 – Broomfield
Madison Enney
Mika Zaharescu
Sam Fleming
Troop 0682 – Aurora
Adrienne Howell
Maddison Meverden
Troop 0768 – Greeley
Zvi Gutierrez
Troop 0784 – Highlands Ranch
Alli Seiffer
Bella Scala
Hannah Kuska
Jessica Rumsey
Sophia Bauer
Troop 0791 – Westminster
Caitlynn Wood
Samantha Gillogly
Vivian Guerrero
Troop 0840 – Leadville
Abigail  Holm
Alexis Thompson
Hannah  Holm
Rebekah Jeffery
Samantha Hartman
Troop 0922 – Colorado Springs
Mia  Mathis-Downing
Sanaa Ford
Shante Pumphrey
Troop 0971 – Parker
Avery Unbehagen
Camille Speroff
Emily Lockard
Kayla Fairweather
Madeline Craighead
Natalie Hansel
Troop 0985 – Northglenn
Haeley Williams-Smith
Haydee Ramirez
Jessica Wassmer
Katie Wassmer
Morgan Mitchell
Sydnei Lewis
Xandra Lorenz
Yasmeen Guerrero
Troop 1045 – Aurora
Acelynn Coy
Alexis Barr
Brittney Burley
Campbell Leid
Chloe Moore
Jessica Robinson
Kaitlyn Clawson
Katelyn Fiore
Katie Newton
Kaylee Sharon
Kylie Wickstrom
Payton Knapp
Sophia Hicks
Taylor Budaj
Troop 1080 – Haxtun
Emma Duvall
Troop 1192 – Dolores
Autumn Steinberger
Kourtney Barkhurst
Madison Rodriguez
Sydney Pym
Troop 1220 – Montrose
Hannah Metzger
Jasmyne  Aragon
Kelsee Dixon
Lisa Welch
Troop 1261 – Berthoud
Amber Holt
Callie Hartel
Daisy Anchondo-Wegener
Isabella Lucio
Kaitlin Whipple
Karmin Whipple
Kimber Book
Lily Burtis
Makayla Bennington
Taytlin Harrigfeld
Victoria Thompson
Troop 1290 – Fort Collins
Lily McAulay
Troop 1337 – Bayfield
Aspen Cassady
Ella Gavlinski
Trinadee Mylroie
Troop 1382 – Superior
Anna Locker
Annie  Lovrien
Casey Quesada
Jordan Seto
Katie Wilson
Maddie Stallman
Maeve Carroll
Makenna Denny
Meghan Mantz
Troop 1400 – Westminster
Alyssa Luebke
Calista Bergstrom
Emerson Lewan
Grace Diorio
Haleigh Komoronski
Jade Baylon
Jocelyn Burke
Troop 1417 – Thornton
Amanda Werner
Ashley Miller
Danielle Mayer
Jordyn Specht
Julia Richard
Lina Tagestad
Mckenna Brewer
Troop 1425 – Castle Rock
Grace Collins
Gwendolyn Robinson
Hailee Collier
Hannah  Schlote
Isabella Bryan
Kaitlyn Forte
Kati Reynolds
Natalie Robinson
Troop 1537 – Grand Junction
Lanieve Cox
Troop 1547 – Colorado Springs
Alexis Tix
Anna Kramer
Blake  Paxton
Danielle Leach
Delaney Hoyt
Emma Purdy
Mackenzie Block
Makenna Egloff
Mara Zajac
Michelle Knudson
Savannah Clore
Savannah Sparks
Troop 1685 – Highlands Ranch
Alexis Beck
Brittney Griffith
Hailey Larson
Megan Rainey
Rachel Meade
Troop 1717 – Highlands Ranch
Marissa Myer
Troop 1723 – Aurora
Abigail Stuart
Celine Nielson
Grace Perry
Jenny Carpenter
Kayla King
Lily Messenger
Makenzie Adams McDaniel
Reese Vensor
Samantha Stuart
Vicky Evans
Troop 1745 – Evergreen
Ashlee Kerber
Avery  Murray
Becca Poplinger
Delaney Keener
Elizabeth  Vermeulen
Hayley Mateus
Katherine Hood
Kathryn Vermeulen
Kayleigh Evans
Kelsie Gallagher
Lila Eve Staebell
Marlety Garman
Mireya  Zellner
Rachel Mosch
Ruthie  Mosch
Troop 1761 – Evergreen
Corey O’Keefe
Elizabeth Baker
Emma Mahoney
Gini McCarty
Krista Choate
Megan Thompson
Troop 1888 – Littleton
Corday  Zenz
Troop 1893 – Longmont
Adena Stein
Alexis Reynolds
Anilyse Lawson
Brynnley Granger
Claire Bicknell
Giana Ditolla
Sara Raehal
Troop 2004 – Grand Junction
Kyla Heley
Sarah Kralovec
Troop 2044 – Highlands Ranch
Madison Browning
Sydney Becker
Troop 2066 – Longmont
Amanda Gin
Cailyn Eveland
Rebecca Feitler
Troop 2112 – Castle Rock
Brooklyn Hodge
Macy Shreffler
Troop 2135 – Denver
Daniela Davila
Faith Carbajal
Isabel Browning
Kristen Veasley
Lydia Wilson
Madison Citron
Niya Robinson
Samantha Smith
Taleah Blinkey
Troop 2289 – Commerce City
Brooklyn Spillis
Grace Byrnes
Jaydn Seaman
Katie  Stapleton
Kayla Stephfano
Madison Young
Marissa Young
Megan Schultz
Noelle Overstreet
Troop 2393 – Colorado Springs
Anna Rahn
Lauren Funston
Samantha Zink
Tristyn Felton
Troop 2494 – Arvada
Cassandra Sterns
Emma Albert
Jade Ryan
Karis Linnet
Katelyn Keelan
Troop 2495 – Conifer
Kassidy  Butler
Troop 2506 – Highlands Ranch
Amy Rider
Ashley Burt
Constance Barrows
Danielle Black
Jennah Klein
Josie Martus
Kaitlin Snodgrass
Lindsay Engelbert
Marguerite Collins
Maya Guessas
Zoe Siegel
Troop 2510 – Lakewood
Abby Kennedy
Ava Kurtin
Daisy Shaw
Elizaeth Thuerk
Emma Caviness
Hannah Frazier
Julia Rohner
Julia Trujillo
Kailey Miller
Kaylin Van Wanseele
Makayla Kelley
Maya Davis
Morgan James
Nicolle Hollingsworth
Olivia Vanzee
Troop 2546 – Centennial
Alexis Lips
Hannah Howell
Kaya Bomar
Lillian Lockyer
Marly Estrada
Troop 2556 – Aurora
Amanda  Keoppen
Bailey Limbaugh
Charlie Meskimen
Denice Arreolle
Elyse Bradney
Emilee-Ann Dutcher
Jerrica Styles
Noelle Limbaugh
Savannah Phillips
Tiffany Smith
Troop 2569 – Westminster
Dani Powell
Emma Graziano
Kayla Erickson
Lanie Maynard
Rachel Moreno
Sarah Olson
Troop 2619 – Cortez
Maricella Fernandez
Naomi  Fish
Troop 2627 – Broomfield
Emily Bivrell
Troop 2631 – Northglenn
Zoe Lebouef
Troop 2672 – Lakewood
Campbell Stack
Katelynn Wooten
Kendra  Yost
Lindsey  Harelson
Madison Hemplewhite
Rachel  Hollis
Samantha  Flinchpaugh
Sophia Hollenbeck
Stella  Meillon
Stella  Wright
Troop 2702 – Centennial
Kayla  Shoemaker
Troop 2764 – Arvada
Cora Taylor
Troop 2797 – Parker
Avery Hendrick
Isabella Dillman
Jenna Newkirk
Kate Arnold
Kayla Garin
Meredith Nelsen
Samantha White
Stephanie Payne
Troop 2801 – Littleton
Hailey Forar
Troop 2825 – Wellington
Avi Anderson
Delaynie  Greiman
Ellie Webb
Gabby Weideman
Riley Quast
Sarah Eisenach
Troop 2827 – Littleton
Briana Gonzalez Estevez
Cheyenne Joslin
Chloe Tiell
Chloe Warren
Ella  Marks
Hannah Behrenbruch
Jasmine Plancarte
Lauren Hill
Marie Zuehlke
Morgan Linger
Olivia Coy
Troop 2831 – Lone Tree
Ana Lopez
Annika Rennaker
Jamie  Ellis
Natalia Lopez
Olivia Veliz
Sarah Mitchell
Troop 2849 – Lafayette
Annabel Stewart
Claire Newby
Julia Gambon
Lucy Petersen
Nicole Tourault
Rachelle Bridgestock
Riley Geldean
Zoe Adams
Troop 2851 – Parker
Carolyn Donovan
Chloee Atchison-Reynolds
Isabella Clifford
Kenzie Roach
Kira Petersen
Meaghan Morris
Savannah Ruiz
Troop 2885 – Parker
Adrienne Smyth
Amanda Salvatore
Aurora Levy
Cheyenne Harris
Emily Budnack
Hannah Walker
Jaelyn Jennings
Troop 2916 – Littleton
Morgan Hein
Olivia Bawden
Olivia Buker
Peyton Gilbert
Stephanie Russell
Tallulah  Torres
Troop 3019 – Fort Collins
Ainsley Lotito
Heidi David
Sarah Waage
Troop 3102 – Thornton
Allison Weller
Anna – Louie Dietz
Anna Sharples
Haley Schwab
Hannah Duncan
Isabel Manchego-Pena
Josephine Fossaceca
Kayley Sanders
Kinzie Heitman
Megan Rose
Nalina Rodriguez
Troop 3126 – Fort Collins
Alexia Armatas
Angelina Walton
Isabella Nielsen
Madeline Colvin
Maile Rhea
Reagan Dame
Troop 3265 – Longmont
Alyssa Lee
Caitlin Lilly
Cana Peirce
Troop 3323 – Superior
Celeste Lythgoe
Erin Citarella
Gwen Mcgarry
Haley Ficker
India Turner
Jordan Mygatt
Troop 3342 – Centennial
Anna Burns
Kate Pangburn
Meredith Ordonio
Troop 3364 – Erie
Birttany Stendel
Madison Harper
Skylar Tempel
Troop 3374 – Colorado Springs
Dawn Dixon
Hailey Brooks
Kiara Harris
Mindy Garner
Nyah Muniz
Samantha Richardson
Sofia Kemp
Victoria Strahan
Troop 3378 – Lakewood
Abby Barmore
Allison Dagli
Allison Lawrence
Amelia Lewis
Angela Orford
Becca Primak
Blythe Hattenbach
Destinie New
Ella Kramer
Jessica Shaull
Jillian Stongle
Karissa Mayer
Macie McIlvain
Sylvie Lamontagne
Tessa Corcoran
Troop 3396 – Boulder
Alison Arrendondo
Bailee Von Roenn
Cecily Ure
Chelsea Eakins
Clara Smith
Erin Keown
Evelyn Murphy – Welconish
Grace Galanthay
Grace Montle
Katie Cobb
Lili Stevens
Liliane Vasquez
M. Anna Katnik
Olivia Montle
Rina Rehbehn
Sacha Ramirez
Sara George
Troop 3418 – Littleton
Alison Barrett
Julia Papaianache
Megan Smith
Troop 3459 – Pagosa Springs
Amber Merfeld
Annabelle Bowles
Celia Taylor
Kaysey Archuleta
Mackenzie Patane
Peyton  Burns
Troop 3476 – Aurora
Alison Cahoon
Amber Ayle
Ava Marriott
Brenna Reed
Haleigh Thornhill
Halle  Meulemans
Mary Grace Durocher
Megan Whitling
Morgan Barber
Rachel Randolph
Troop 3479 – Colorado Springs
Hannah Pompeii
Troop 3485 – Colorado Springs
Rebecca Walewski
Troop 3499 – Arvada
Elizabeth Guiducci
Lindsay Weber
Madison Van Dyke
Paige  Miller
Sabrina Reinwald
Sarah Kinnison
Troop 3516 – Westminster
Dezirae Feist
Evelynn Brackney
Isabel Jens
Madeline Jens
Peyton Roeder
Sarah Kelso
Troop 3520 – Frederick
Abagail Goetze
Ashley Congdon
Briahna Davis
Courtney Stafford
Emily Stewart
Helene Bradley
Jamie Lockhart
Jordan Lawrence
Kylie Rosine
Madison Blake
Sofia McDaniel
Sophia Redearth
Troop 3526 – Highlands Ranch
Ava Rogers
Zoey Peters
Troop 3573 – Denver
Aspen Reeves
Dayanna Arjon
Ellie McWhirter
Fiona Goe
Fiona Shore
Gillian Mills
Hayley Redecker
Jane Kealey
Lily  Lowe
Lucy Francone
Micaiah Salazar
Morgan Ward
Piper Molins
Tess Widler
Troop 3582 – Fort Collins
Chloe  Pentico
Grace Harper
Madigan  Finz
Maya Shields
Renata Orsi
Sammi Betts
Tess Hureau
Troop 3608 – Centennial
Madison Teller
Sheree Larrabee
Troop 3631 – Longmont
Isabella Mendoza
Troop 3641 – Lamar
Amber Gilmore
Ashley Gilmore
Haven Quintana
Jayme Wootten
Kaitlin Haslam
Kaitlyn Lacost
Kionna  Martinez
Michaela Loveless
Nicole Schale
Oliva Thorn
Wayttyn Wollert
Troop 3701 – Colorado Springs
Abbey Juliano
Brooke Eshbach
Cheyenne  Baratti
Elise Yelverton
Erin Ruane
Rilea Eddins
Troop 3829 – Dillon
Camden Gallen
Christina Koetteritz
Jadyn Villani
Josephine Jardon
Mackenzie Smits
Marina Ganceva
Rilla Long
Sierra Kelley
Taryn Wade
Troop 3850 – Littleton
Tara Huth
Troop 3870 – Lakewood
Jaya Gallegos
Kylie Knutson
Lois Taylor
Shelby Merchant
Sydney Widman
Troop 3871 – Colorado Springs
Alyssa Brenneman
Cassidy Booth
Cayleigh Booth
Emma Van De Kerkhove
Erica Lucero
Jodi  Reed
Kinsey Moore
Leah Jester
Mia Lundgren
Olivia Van De Kerkhove
Troop 3873 – Morrison
Ashley Heiland
Coral Smith
Haley Simmons
Jazlyn  Coronado
Madison Castor
Robyn Edquist
Ryan Griffin
Shane Teman
Troop 3874 – Westminster
Bailey Simon
Emily Isaacson
Kayelee Duff
Kaylah Mohrmann
Kaylee Stahlecker
Madelene Kleinhans
Nevaeh Oswalt
Nonnie Fleming
Raina Carrillo
Viviana Olivas-Herrera
Troop 4129 – Castle Pines
Abby Kohl
Courtenay Krause
Emma Goble
Emma McCaffrey
Jessica Bentley
Lale Edil
Nicole Dawson
Tierney Kellish
Troop 4262 – Colorado Springs
Cadence Suding
Faith Carino
Jenifer Mortimer
Kiley Sharpe
Molly Studebaker-Reed
Teagan Keeler
Troop 4271 – Denver
Aileen Jones
Debra Zimmer
Makenna Sherry
Olivia Corn
Samantha Wilkins
Sarahy Trejo-Amaro
Shaina Walsh
Troop 4294 – Arvada
Alyssa Forrester
Anna Rember
Brigitte Elmaleh
Carly Johnstone
Cedar Mast
Katelyn Harker
Katie Rowley
Lauren Johnson
Logan Johnson
Meilan Dowling
Sage Mayer
Sara Laydon
Sierra  Dennis
Troop 4313 – Steamboat Springs
Ava Thiel
Grace Harrell
Jessica Diehl
Maecey Crocker
Megan Willson
Sam Kucera
Troop 4336 – Parker
Alexa Gonzalez
Jordyn Roberts
Lia Bonnell
Lyndsey Fuller
Molly Clausen
Rylie Flavin
Troop 4353 – Colorado Springs
Alexis White
Madison Zakrajsek
McKenzie Bourn
Vanessa Beitle
Victoria Hughes
Troop 4363 – Colorado Springs
Abigail Heiser
Alina  Meyer
Kylee Bruso
Meghan Doll
Nikole  Stanbery
Nylisah Stewart
Samantha Clausen
Troop 4370 – Denver
Joslyn Stallman
Troop 4404 – Greeley
Kayla Steele-Trosper
Troop 4436 – Highlands Ranch
Caitlyn Branine
Troop 4598 – Colorado Springs
Hope Convert
Maliya Gillins

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Michaela (Kailey) Byrne, Colorado Springs, “Faces Behind the Disease”

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Michaela (Kailey) Byrne
Colorado Springs
Cheyenne Mountain High School
Faces Behind the Disease

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created signs that had pictures and a story about a person who had Cystic Fibrosis (CF) to be put up at Great Strides Walks in Colorado. To get participants for my project, I went to the Colorado Springs Walk and set-up a booth that explained my project and also advertised through the CF monthly newsletter and their Facebook page.  I asked the volunteers to answer questions about themselves like their favorites, family members, and what they want to be when they grew up.  I also asked for 1-3 pictures of them. I then created individual signs plus some positive reinforcement signs and a few about the disease itself. I enjoyed trading emails with the volunteers getting to know them a little. The signs were put up at three different walks in Colorado: Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I have been a Girl Scout since I was a Daisy, all the way up to Ambassador. I wanted to earn all three (Girl Scout Highest) awards. Two of my older brothers earned their Eagle Scout Award, so they inspired me to get my Gold Award. I am part of a group called National Charity League. We work with various charities. We volunteer at the Downs Syndrome’s Buddy Walk. It is there I saw the ideas for making signs to personalize the walk. I thought it was a great idea! I have a cousin with CF and have participated yearly in the Great Strides Walk. It is a cause that is close to my heart. I have watched her struggles, yet she is still just an average 9 year old.  I wanted to point out the people behind the disease.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

People with differences are thought of differently. Some people are afraid to look past the differences to see the similarities. I found a way to introduce people to some of the people they came out to support. I helped them see why they were there. I hoped I inspired people to go out and do what they want. To tell them to go for their goals by seeing others with challenges do what they love.    Sometimes people are afraid of differences, but I think my signs helped them see that people with CF are the same as people without CF.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned how to properly introduce myself in person and through email. I worked on my communication skills.  I learned about timing and organizing. I learned how to advertise and ask for things.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I think I will most remember the inspiring people with CF and hearing their stories. They were very helpful, and it was great to see even though they had a life threatening disease they follow their dreams, do what they want to do, and enjoy life. They do not let obstacles stand in their way; they are strong and go for their goals. Also I hoped that by showing the supporters what amazing people they are and how they follow their hearts, that anyone can do the same. This starts a whole chain reaction; if one person can see what these people are doing, that will inspire others to do what they want and so on.  I take pride in the fact that I got help inspire people to live life to the fullest.

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

I like having new experiences. They usually teach me lessons, or I learn a little bit about myself.  I think the skills I learned will help me the most. I learned how to formally introduce myself, which will help me in a job interview or talking to clients for a future job. Organization and time management are skills everybody needs. I learned different ways of communicating, which is great because everybody communicates differently. I learned that although you might have a great plan in place, most likely you will have to make adjustments when unexpected events happen or people don’t react in the way you had planned.

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

I think it is important part of my Girl Scout experience because everybody benefits. I learned new skills and had fun experiences. It was very good to help others. It inspires other Girl Scouts to find a passion or cause and get to help out.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Ailee Rowe, Westminster, “Children Can Be Children”

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Ailee Rowe
Westminster
Westminster High School
Children Can Be Children

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I designed and instituted a program in the local homeless shelter system to stimulate brain activity when not at school.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I grew up volunteering at Homeless Shelters, and the kids there always seem so alone. I wanted to make something that would help them connect with the world and make a change in their lives as well.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Encouraging active thinking outside of school improves literacy rates and learning in general. Hopefully these children will engage their brains more and more outside of school in fun ways, making it easy to learn and create.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned about communication and organizing schedules. It is not nearly as simple as it sounds.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

One evening, one of the children taught me a card game. He was absolutely delighted when he won. Little moments like that make all the difference, which is why I will remember them.

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

It taught me practical skills, some of which I severely lacked, like being able to talk on the telephone, and contacting people I’d never met. These are valuable skills no matter what you do in life.

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

Girl Scouts encourages female leadership, but it is hard to fully embrace this without being a leader in the greatest capacity in something you are impassioned about. It was the paramount of my experience, and I’m very glad to have completed it.

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