Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Delaney Keeler, Colorado Springs, “The Pet Pal Program”

 

Delaney Keeler

Delaney Keeler
Colorado Springs
The Vanguard School
The Pet Pal Program

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a volunteer and education program for kids who are not old enough to volunteer at the Humane Society to complete.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I myself wanted to volunteer with the Humane Society but was not old enough. When I started working with a younger Girl Scout troop, they wanted to do a service project at the Humane Society.  Plus, my family fosters puppies until they are old enough to be adopted, so I am well aware of the problem of unwanted pets.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Now kids can volunteer with the Humane Society with the help of their parents or another adult. Kids will not only learn how responsible pet care, how to choose some of the best options available on the pet supplies market today (pet monitors, etc), but can make a difference as well. As soon as kids become a Pet Pal then they can be contacted by the Humane Society for other volunteer programs.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned leadership and communication skills as well time management and flexibility.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

What I will remember most about my Gold Award is not only the hours and the hard work, but, in the end, the smiles on the girls’ faces of the Girl Scout troop I work with as we completed the requirements of this program together.

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

It made me more aware of the variety of types of communication that are necessary when working with many individuals. It has definitely made me more confident. If I can complete a project such as this and not give up, it makes my dreams seem much more possible.

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

I have been a Girl Scout in three states. I have camped as a Girl Scout in four countries. I have been to Our Chalet. Plus, I am a 4th generation Girl Scout, but the first in my family to earn the Gold Award. As I become an adult, this is the best possible way to transition my role as a Girl Scout to one day being a leader just like my mom, grandma, aunt and great-grandmother.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Carly U-Ren, Grand Junction, “Memory Books for Dementia Patients”

 

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Carly U-Ren
Grand Junction
Fruita Monument High School
Memory Books for Dementia Patients

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I made beautiful Memory Books for a dementia unit in my hometown. These books are used to help spark memories in the patients, and are used by staff, families and volunteers. I volunteered with the patients to keep them busy doing exercise groups, games and socializing.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I volunteered at a nursing home and saw how board the patients were and that they needed something to do. I did some research and found out about Memory Books and made them for the patients. I also volunteered, when possible, and worked with the patients doing different activities to keep them active and engaged.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I provided five books and four baby dolls to a local center, and I got a local school to continue making these books for other dementia centers in my area. I also recruited other students from the area to volunteer at the dementia center so the patients would have more visitors to help keep them busy.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned about dementia. I learned to be assertive in asking for donations for my books and to keep my project going forward. I am now more comfortable talking in front of groups and to different business people. The project also taught me to budget my money.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember working with the dementia patients the most.

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

It will help me be more confident and to not give up when you are pursuing something important.

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

The Gold Award project teaches you to be independent and to pursue something you are passionate about. It teaches you to make a difference in the world.

Program Aides – Lazy Acres Wilderness Wise wants you!

Calling all Program Aid’s! Wilderness Wise Troop camp is looking for some extra help from Program Aides. Wilderness Wise Troop camp is a unique camp where girls will be making their own outdoor survival kits, and learning how to use them. This program will include learning basic outdoor skills, how to handle the art of getting lost, and several other camp activities. Including games, awe-inspiring skits, Picasso-esque crafts, and daring nature exploration.

Program Aids are an essential part of any camp experience, PA’s can help make camp an unforgettable experience for any camper. We need your help to make this troop camp one that will never be forgotten.

Wilderness Wise will take place at Camp Lazy Acres in beautiful Colorado City Colorado. Camp Lazy Acres is one of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s most striking properties.    Contact the director: jillmarostica@juno.com for questions, or register here.

All Program Aides must have completed their Training and Internship prior to attending camp.

Junior troop in Grandby works toward a ‘No Idle Zone’ at their school

Submitted by Brenda Freeman
Grandby

Junior Troop 1665 out of Granby is working toward making the school pick-up lane a “No Idle Zone”. Girls are educating the students and parents about the dangers of exhaust fumes. Our troop was completing the Journey, It’s your Planet Love it, Innovate Award. The girls: Identify an energy issue in the community, research it, create a plan, and carried it out. Then shared the news, and are reflecting on what they accomplished. The troop designed posters to be displayed around the school. They also created a letter to go out to the parents describing the dangers of exhaust fumes. They developed a 2-minute skit that was presented in front of the entire school, which includes a made up song and dance. Lastly, the girls will be talking to the drivers of cars before school is out, praising those who have turned their car off and ask those who haven’t to please turn their engines off. The final step will be to place a No Idle Zone sign in front of the school. These last two steps will be fulfilled in the near weeks.

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Article about the project in Sky-Hi News

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/share. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Tomahawk Ranch Camp – What’s “buzzing” this summer?

What’s “buzzing” at Tomahawk Ranch Camp this summer? We are excited to introduce a new bee apiary as part of our homesteading programs!

What is homesteading?
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.

Our homesteading program will include:

1. The Small Animal Farm: campers will be able to connect with animals, learn about their care, and how to harvest eggs and other useful items from the animals

2. The Greenhouse & Gardens: campers will learn about planting and picking produce, how to protect it in a mountain environment from predators and so much more! When the garden produces, campers will enjoy farm to table meals!

3. The Bee Apiary: In our first year, campers will not be doing any hands-on beekeeping; our bees will need peace and quiet in order to get their colonies thriving into the future. The Bee Apiary will be set a distance from the greenhouse and gardens. We will have a separate non-active bee hive setup to show girls how it all works. This is an exciting new way to share about growth cycles and educate girls about how bees help keep everything alive.

NOTE: We are very aware that there may be campers who have a bee sting allergy. Those campers will not be forced to go anywhere near the Bee Apiary. Our health staff will work with families to ensure Epi-Pens are in place for those who have a prescription. Girl safety is always at the utmost importance in this and all activities for our resident campers!

Do you know anyone who loves to garden and wants to volunteer? If so, please have them contact Betsy Till, Outdoor Programs Director via email.

Ready to send your girl to camp? Register here!

 

Magic Sky Ranch 3-day Camps – lower cost options for Brownies and Juniors

Three-day camps are offered every week this summer at Magic Sky Ranch. They are a bundle of fun, and offer:

  • Shorter camp weeks for girls as they grow and become more independent away from home
  • Lower pricing – $265/week or $290/week after Early Bird pricing ends;
    all Wed-Fri camps have Early Bird pricing all summer long

Register Now for any of these amazing resident camp opportunities!

MS08 & MS09 Camping Stars
Dates: 6/15-17 or 6/18-20
Description: At camp, you can see the stars, star in your own camp adventures! Come explore, play, learn and have fun at camp. Camping Stars will experience: climb wall, archery, songs, hikes, and other available camp activities.

MS12 & MS13 Moosekateers
Dates: 6/22-24 or 6/25-27
Description: Ever wonder what the moose at camp do? You’ll earn moose antlers while you sample the following Magic Sky Ranch activities: high ropes (4th grade and up only), archery, songs, hikes, and other available camp activities.

MS14 Magic Sky Renaissance Carnival
Dates: 6/29-7/1
Description: Enjoy a camp renaissance under the big sky with ring-side access to a variety of camp activities: archery, climb wall, high ropes (4th grade and up), hiking, singing, and an all camp jousting tournament! Bring your renaissance costumes for a costume parade!

MS22 & MS23 Dreams Come True
Dates: 7/6-7/8 or 7/9-7/11
Description: Dreams come true at camp! Bring your favorite dress up costume/stuff (or borrow some of ours) and live as your favorite character during your stay. Camp Dreamers will have time to experience other available camp activities too.

MS28 Black Pearl
Dates: 7/16-18
Description: Ahoy matey! Join us on our high seas adventure at camp! Learn to harpoon (archery), test the ropes and crow’s nest (low ropes, high ropes, climb wall) and go on treasure hunts. Create your own high seas ballad to sing with your mates.

MS34 & MS35 Wild West Wonders
Dates: 7/20-22 or 7/23-25
Description: Howdy! Are you ready for a week of the wild wild west? Learn about the barn and caring for small animals. Take a shot at rope handling on our high ropes course. Sleep out like the original pioneers did. There will be time for other camp activities

MS42 & MS43 Muddy Madness
Dates: 7/27-29 or 7/30-8/1
Description: Mud, mud, and more mud! Play at camp with all things messy, slimy, gloopy, mucky and fun! There will be time for other available camp adventures.

FOR ALL CAMPS
Where: Magic Sky Ranch Camp
Ages: Brownies and Juniors, entering grades 2 – 5 in the fall
Cost: $265 if you pay in full by 11:59pm on April 30, $290 if you pay balance in full May 1 and after; $265 all summer long for Wednesday-Friday camps

 

MS53 Bows & Arrows: archery and survival camp for Cadette Girl Scouts

“Being brave and courageous, will the odds forever be 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.”

Register Now for this amazing resident camp opportunity this summer!

When: MS52 Bows & Arrows 6/15/14-6/20/14 and MS58 Bows and Arrows 7/6-7/11

Where: Magic Sky Ranch Camp

Ages: Cadettes, entering grades 6, 7, & 8 in the fall

Cost: $500 if you pay in full by 11:59pm on April 30, $550 if you pay balance in full May 1 and after

This is an amazing opportunity for CadetteGirl Scouts to challenge themselves in the outdoors and pursue the sport of archery, as well as to build their outdoor survival skills!

At Magic Sky Ranch, there are three archery ranges:

  1. Traditional Range
  2. Indoor Ranch
  3. Field Archery Range: a walking course with targets of varying distance, there will be improvements to MSR’s Field Archery Range for campers this summer!

Estes Park troop delivers Hometown Hero cookies

Submitted by Jenny Miles
Estes Park

Daisy/Brownie Troop 70455 brought 45 boxes of Hometown Hero cookies to our local Fire Department and Dive and Rescue. They had a wonderful time and even had a tour of the Fire Station too.

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/share. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

MS02 Magic Seekers: a Mysterious & Magical Camp for Junior Girl Scouts

“If you look closely, there is magic in everything. Seek out  magic at camp, make your own wand, design a wizard hat, and learn new enchantments.  There will be time for other available camp activities.”

Register Now for this amazing resident camp opportunity this summer!

When: 6/15/14-6/20/14

Where: Magic Sky Ranch Camp

Ages: Juniors, entering grades 4 & 5 in the fall

Cost: $500 if you pay in full by 11:59pm on April 30, $550 if you pay balance in full May 1 and after

Is your Junior Girl Scout fascinated with mystery, magic, and everything fantasy? If so, this camp is for her. This enchanting experience will create lifelong memories at summer camp.

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