Tag Archives: Aurora

Cadettes from Troop 2551 help out at Terolyn Horse Rescue

Submitted by Jennifer Harrison

Metro Denver

Aurora

Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop 2551 wanted to earn their Silver Award by helping out animals, so we found Terolyn Horse Rescue in Elizabeth. Terolyn is run almost exclusively by Teri Allen, who rescues horses from dire situations, rehabilitates them, and finds them new homes. Teri works very hard and there were plenty of projects around her ranch for our girls. The girls decided to help by photographing and inventorying a trailer full of donations and building a set of obstacles to help Teri with training horses. The girls found plenty of time to love on some of Teri’s wonderful adoptable horses!

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Hometown Hero Donation

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Submitted by Amy Caperton

Metro Denver

Littleton

Approximately 22 troops donated their Girl Scout Cookies to the South Jeffco Cupboard and then, many of them gathered to donate about 360 cases (that’s 4,230 packages) of cookies to Buckley Air Force Base. Four current soldiers came to speak to the girls and also gave them MRE’s (meals ready to eat) to try. Thank you to all the troops that donated!

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Troop 64098 delivers cookies to Special Olympics

Submitted by Shannon Michel

Metro Denver

Aurora

Troop 64098 from Aurora, Colorado brought over 300 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Special Olympics, the troop’s Hometown Hero. Girl Scouts Chloe, Avery, and Emily and Troop Leaders Jennifer and Shannon volunteered their day helping at the Denver North Regional Track Meet. We all had a wonderful time and plan on doing more volunteering with Special Olympics!

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We got a visit from the sheriff

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Submitted by Nikki Goethals

Metro Denver

Aurora

The Girl Scouts of Troop 35 in SE Aurora selected the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department as their Hometown Hero this year. They sold over 8,000 boxes of cookies – at least 500 of them donations for their local police station.

When we dropped the 500+ boxes of cookies off, a volunteer officer took some time out of his evening to give us a tour of their facility in Centennial. The girls got to see the different departments, interact with dispatch, and spend some time inside a police car.

A few days later, we were contacted by the Sheriff himself! He was so grateful for our generous donation that he insisted on coming out and thanking the girls in person. He came to our recent troop meeting and spent a good half hour with the Girl Scouts,  talking and answering questions. We were honored to have him with us and thrilled that the second grade Brownies got to have this experience.

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Troop 4620 collects items for food bank

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Submitted by Katie Walker

Metro Denver

Aurora

Cadette Troop 4620 from Aurora chose to collect food and have the Smoky Hill Vineyard Food Bank as their Hometown Hero this year. The girls spent a Saturday morning handing out food to those in need. Eye opening to say the least for the girls. They hope to help out more in the future.

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Troop 62226 earns Silver Award

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Submitted by Karen Wilson

Metro Denver

Aurora

I am so proud of the girls in Troop 62226! For their Silver Award project, they collected supplies and assembled over 100 backpacks and over 300 stuffed animals for kids involved in an incident in which the Aurora Police Department responds. The girls learned while doing this project that the Aurora PD responded to over 6,000 calls that involved someone under the age of 18 in 2016. The Chief of Police was even there to welcome the girls and thank them.  The Aurora PD will be thanking them by having two officers attend the Highest Awards ceremony.

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Older girl opportunity: Colorado Girls Elevated Reach Your Peak Expo

Submitted by Katie Singleton, Girl Experience Manager for Girl Scouts of Colorado

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado at the Colorado Girls Elevated Reach Your Peak Expo on Sunday, April 23, 2017. This event, which is specifically for girls ages 11-19 and their parents, will take place from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Arapahoe County Fair Grounds Expo Center. This annual event, which is produced by The Aurora Sentinel, Mix100 Radio, and KMGH Denver 7, is free to the public.

The event will feature powerful seminars, a runway fashion show, STEM activities, and inspirational speakers. There will also be a number of interactive exhibits and workshops focused on topics such as cyber safety, healthy relationships, body image, distracted driving, and more!

Contact Katie Singleton at katie.singleton@gscolorado.org with questions about this older girl opportunity.

Troop 71 Hometown Hero delivery


Submitted by Barbara Light

Metro Denver

Aurora

Way to go Nellie and Sydney for helping deliver our 180 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Project Angel Heart, our Hometown Heroes! Thank goodness they had a cart we could use after we carried in the first load. Project Angel Heart will give the cookies to their clients and share some with the volunteers. As a bonus, we decorated bags for their deliveries to clients, which we learned are sometimes hung as works of art around their volunteer room.

They gave us a tour and we learned a little more about them as an organization. They started in 1991 delivering nutritious meals to 12 people with life threatening illnesses and have grown to deliver to over 12,000 weekly. They were very appreciative!

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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Victoria Fedorco, Aurora, “Caring Cots for Senior Pets”

Victoria Fedorco

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My Gold Award project was manufacturing and providing raised PVC pipe pet beds to help senior pets be more comfortable in shelters as they await adoption.  I decided to make these type of beds because they are beneficial to pets and shelters in that: the elevated design allows the dog’s weight to be evenly distributed and keep them off any cold, hard floor. They worked great for both dogs and cats. The light, durable nature of these beds also allows them to be easily placed outdoors as well. They were durable and can last for a long time.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

The way I measured my impact was when I helped people and their families realize that there are challenges that exist when owning a senior pet, they asked questions and wanted to help me with my project.  I witnessed their understanding that leaving these animals in a shelter, for whatever reason, that there are factors that can hinder the senior pet’s quality of life. Specifically, I saw that I had impacted Troop 550 the most in that: they are going to work towards their own Gold Award Projects and work to make a difference in their community.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

My project is sustainable in that these beds can be easily built and are already in use by the shelter I worked with. In addition, I have provided a master copy of instructions for the shelter to use when building new beds for themselves along with sharing that list with others, spreading the word of “Caring Cots” further. My project will also be sustained beyond my involvement by a signed letter of commitment by Andrew Brooks, the Lead Volunteer Coordinator at the Adams County Animal Shelter in Commerce City.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

I have created a Powerpoint presentation/tutorial that has a materials list and step-by-step instructions on the construction of these beds along with a some pictures to go along with it. I have posted a link to the powerpoint on my Facebook page to spread my project through this social media platform. The same link has been posted to my Pinterest page, available for all the view. Both of these pages have been created as a Gold Award Project.

What did you learn about yourself?

What I learned about myself is the level of determination and focus that I have. “Caring Cots” has helped me improve my leadership skills by having me organize an entire workshop and overnight for my building team. This allowed me to really get a sense of being in charge and having to instruct others. This project has also helped me improve my public speaking skills; I’ve started to feel more comfortable talking in front of a group of people about my project and my opinions.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

By earning my Gold Award I have cemented my name in the Gold Award Hall of Fame and proven to myself that I am capable of doing amazing things to give back to my community. This project will also be on my resume, which will help me get into college and get the job I’m looking for. I also think this project will impact my future in that I will be an example to other girls working on their own Gold Awards.

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

I’ve earned my Bronze and Silver Award previously and getting my Gold Award was a huge goal for me. I absolutely love everything about Girls Scouts and I feel that earning my Gold Award was the perfect way to show my love and appreciation for this organization. I feel extremely honored to be a recipient of the Gold Award and I feel that my Girl Scout experience has made me a Girl Scout for life.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org
 

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Julie Monington, Aurora, “Milkweed for Monarchs”

Julie Monington

What did you do for your Gold Award project? 

In 2014, the Monarch Butterfly was on the verge of being on the endangered animals watch due to the large decrease in the population size.   After doing some research, I found several articles and learned  that the reason the population is struggling is because farmers and the general population were killing off milkweed. I created a butterfly garden at a horse sanctuary, and made several presentations on how to save the Monarch Butterfly to my sister’s troop and a preschool class.  In addition, I made a sign and website full of information on the Monarch Butterfly based on information from Monarch Watch and why they are endangered. I registered my butterfly garden on their site as a waystation, and it provides a connection and information for others to learn.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

In addition to seeing an increase in butterflies due to the milkweed, I also chose to measure the impact by seeing what the students learned as well as measure their excitement to create their own garden.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement? 

The sustainable aspect of my project relies on the owner of Friends of Horses, the rescue I made the garden, to maintain it. I have also provided the educational materials I used for my presentations to the owner so he would be able to offer the lessons at his summer camps.  In addition to this, the property maintainer and volunteers will take care of the garden.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

The first portion for the global link was I had my sister’s troop create their own mini-milkweed gardens. The second portion is the garden was registered on the national program Monarch Watch. The third portion is the sign and website I created to pass on the ideas and information I used. The last part was teaching younger students about the garden and encouraging them to develop their own garden.  The teacher at the school received a flash drive so this information can be shared annually.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am good under a time crunch. I found a way to do many things in the limited time that I had to do it.  In addition to this, I learned to work with different adults and children as I tried to address this issue.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

Earning the Gold Award will be useful to show how I had leadership capabilities at a younger age and help me be successful in college and also assist me in getting  a job in the near future.

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

The Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because it was the final part of my journey, and makes me feel like the whole trip led up to this big project.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org