Tag Archives: Aurora

Cookie Delivery for Children’s Hospital Colorado

Submitted by Kara Hlavnicka

Metro Denver

Littleton

We delivered our Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies to nurses at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora. We wanted to thank the nurses for their strong and passionate commitment to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. We delivered 94 packages of cookies, which far exceeded our troop’s goal for this year!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Once Upon a Time

Submitted by Barbara Light

Metro Denver

Aurora

As we are starting to move forward and try meeting in person again, Cadette Troop 71 from Aurora took a field trip to Denver Bookbinding Co. to help earn our Book Artist badge. Denver Bookbinding Co. is a woman-run business that has been in Colorado for five generations. They were able to explain a great amount of history, and we got to handle some very old books and tools from the past.

We learned about how they preserve and restore books and also how they create new books. We then got to create our own journals, so we can begin to write our own stories.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Sisters Sell Cookies Together

Submitted by Brittany M.

Metro Denver

Aurora

This year is Elizabeth’s third cookie season. But, this year makes it more fun, because she gets to sell with/teach her sister, Aubri. Aubri has been asking to sell cookies with Elizabeth for two years and finally gets to. They both get to get out in the community to help make a difference. Also, they get to make decisions on what to do in their troop.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Golfing for a Miracle

Submitted by Makayla K., Girl Scout Gold Award candidate

Metro Denver

Arvada

When I was 10-years-old, my aunt passed away after a 13 year battle with Type 1 Diabetes. She was 26-years-old and at the time one of my closest friends. I set to work to start a non-profit and roughly two years later, One Monkey’s Miracle was registered with the IRS and State of Colorado. It was a long process. Our very first fundraiser was a virtual road race that allowed me to pay all the fees and start saving as well. Our goal is to find ways to help newly diagnosed children and ultimately help families who struggle with the high cost of diabetic supplies. We’ve held several fundraisers since 2015 and I managed to tie my Silver Award into my non-profit as well. Now, that I’m working on my Gold Award, I am again tying it into my non-profit by hosting a golf tournament where all earned funds will go to my non-profit and in turn the Barbara Davis Center in Aurora. My tournament, Golfing for a Miracle, will be held this summer at Willis Case Golf Course in Denver on June 5, 2021. We are limiting the registration for our first year to 52 people (or 2 groups of 26) to further tie it back to why I started this journey so long ago. I am constantly working to get sponsors for the tournament. One we have on lock is Dixon Golf. They will come out and set up several games/contests for registered golfers. The registration fee for the tournament is $100 per golfer and includes green fees, cart, as well as lunch (due to COVID lunch may be a grab and go, we will know more as we get closer to the event). We will have updates about sponsors and more on our Facebook group page as well as our website (https://onemonkeysmiracle.wixsite.com/onemonkeysmiracle). We welcome those of all abilities to join us in June for the first Golfing for a Miracle!

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We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Silver Award Girl Scouts Fight to End “Period Poverty”

Silver Award Girl Scouts Lauren C. and Annaliese A. of Troop 64626 in Aurora are fighting “period poverty” in their community by securing a donation of more than 75,000 sanitary pads. Always delivered the pads to Liberty Middle School in Aurora on Friday, March 5, 2021. The Girl Scouts also provided pad-only dispensers for every girls’ restroom in the school. The girls earned $1,200 to purchase six dispensers, one for each restroom. After purchasing the dispensers, the girls realized they wanted to make an even bigger impact and contacted Always. The company agreed to donate more than 75,000 pads for the dispensers! “We noticed that many students didn’t have access to period products and were too embarrassed to ask the nurse for a pad (which nobody should be embarrassed about, but there has been a generational stigma surrounding menstruation),” wrote Lauren.

Through this project which Lauren and Annaliese completed last year, they earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scouts in middle school. The girls are now students at Grandview High School. To continue to spread the word about the fight to end period poverty, the girls have also partnered with Period Kits. The nonprofit organization in Denver provides period supplies to those experiencing homelessness.

Thank you to CBS4/KCNC-TV in Denver for sharing this story. Watch it here.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Aarzoo Aggarwal, Aurora, “Girls are SMART (Scientists, Mathematicians, Astronomers, Researchers, Talented)”

What did you do for you Gold Award Project?

I created a program called Girls are SMART (Scientists, Mathematicians, Astronomers, Researchers, Talented), during which I instructed a young group of girls in elementary school to make art projects utilizing STEM topics. We made chromatography butterflies, constellation boards, salt watercolor painting, painted pinecones, and drip art. After each project, we discussed the science behind the project and had some amazing women from the School of Mines talk with us about their lives as women in STEM. At the end of this virtual five week session, we had a virtual art show to showcase all of the girls’ beautiful and creative STEM art work.

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

I measured the impact my Gold Award project made on my target audience, girls in elementary school, through trivia sessions and the activity on my website. After each session, we played a few rounds of trivia that included recap questions about the content that we had just gone over. I was able to gauge what topics the girls understood and what they didn’t through how many of them answered correctly. This was a fun way to engage young girls and measure the impact of my Gold Award virtually. Additionally, I was able to keep track of the activity on my website which allowed me to see how many girls were accessing my resources and learning.

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

Girls are SMART is sustainable because of its partnership with the Colorado School of Mines. They have added a link to my website to theirs, which reaches out to a larger audience. I have many resources on my website such as the five project videos that I made, a curriculum for the science behind each project, interactive slideshows for young girls, and much more! Because the School of Mines’s SWE program promotes my resources to become a member of Girls are SMART, my Gold Award will continue to make an impact.

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

My project’s global/national connection is its link to the national SWE program. The national SWE program will similarly promote my resources on their website, allowing more and more young girls to access my projects and resources and learn about the ubiquitous reach of STEM!

What did you learn about yourself?

Throughout the course of earning my Girl Scout Gold Award, I learned so many things about myself that if I were to write it all out it would never end, but one of my main takeaways from this amazing experience was that I realized that although I might be afraid to venture out of my comfort zone, in the end I find it surprisingly enjoyable. My curiosity drives my love for experiencing new things, even if they scare me at first.

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

Earning my Gold Award will have a great impact on me for the rest of my life. Not only will I remember the wonderful memories from teaching and communicating with young girls forever, but I will also be less scared to take risks and try new approaches. I will always remember that if you don’t try something new and explore your curiosities you can never grow.

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

Earning my Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout experience because I was able to culminate all of my experiences from selling Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door in the cold, to exploring the wilderness and making s’mores. By combining all of these unforgettable journeys, I made another memorable memory that marks an important step in my Girls Scouts experience. Although earning my Gold Award is not the end to my time as a Girl Scout, earning my Gold Award is an amazing way to complete this era of being a Girl Scout.

How did earning you Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L ( go -getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

Earning my Gold Award helped me become a G.I.R.L (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader) because I learned the necessity of exploration, which has been an idea that has continued to grow since the day I began Girl Scouts. Had I not explored numerous possibilities and been a risk-taker, I wouldn’t have come up with the idea for Girls are SMART. Although everything that I tried didn’t work out, being a risk-taker allowed be to then become an innovator. I had to come up with creative ways through which my Gold Award would have the impact I wanted it to.

**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.

Family Information Night – Wheeling Elementary

Calling all K-5 girls at Wheeling Elementary! Are you ready to start your Girl Scout adventure?

You’re invited to join us for an upcoming virtual, Family Information Meeting. This meeting is for girls who are not already in Girl Scouts – but totally should be!

A GSCO staff member will be talking to interested families about what it means to be a Girl Scout, how to get a troop started at Wheeling, and what it takes to be a Troop Leader.

We currently have a 1st grade troop forming at Wheeling. This information meeting is meant to connect those interested in joining Girl Scouts to start your girl’s experience right away!

Note: This event is for girls who are not currently in Girl Scouts. Feel free to pass along this invitation page to any of your friends who have girls at Wheeling or the surrounding community. Girl Scouts is more fun with friends!

Membership is not required for this event.

Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/family_information_night_for_wheeling_elementary_virtual_02_16_2021

This information meeting will take place on Zoom. A Zoom link will be provided to all registered participants within 24 hours of the event. Please watch your email for the links.

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we want to ensure she is staying safe while online.

For questions, or to start a troop in your area, contact Bambi Dingman at bambi.dingman@gscolorado.org or call her at 303-607-4857. Having trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or call 877-404-5708.

Girl Scout Cookies for the Military

Submitted by Kay Martley

Metro Denver

Aurora

If you have family or friends who are currently deployed, please send their APO address to hatm@gmx.com and kaymartley@gmail.com no later than Monday, March 15, 2021. Volunteers will be packing packages of Girl Scout Cookies on Saturday, March 20 at the Colorado Armory in Aurora to be mailed to the addresses provided. The drop-off may change due to COVID.

If you have cookies to donate to the military, please make a reservation for drop off to hatm@gmx.com. You will receive an email with drop off instructions for March 20.

This year, because of COVID and the Colorado Armory rules, Girl Scouts will not be able to help pack as in previous years. Hopefully, next year, girls will be able to participate.

It you would like to make cards or notes for the military, you can mail them to Kay Martley, Girl Scout volunteer. To get the mailing address or answer any questions, email Kay at kaymartley@gmail.com. The Girl Scouts and Hearts Across the Miles have been doing this project for many years.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Sister Safety and Success

Submitted by Tabitha Strezo

Metro Denver

Aurora

Girl Scouts (and sisters!) Payton and Mia from Troop 60047 have been working together to achieve their goals and stay healthy. They canvased their neighborhood and contacted friends and family the first day Digital Cookie went live, which resulted in more than 40 Porch Pixie deliveries on Cookie Launch Day. They made thank you bags for delivery and added their Digital Cookie site QR codes to each bag to serve future cookie needs.

Payton and Mia partnered together for multiple My Booth sales at local businesses the first week of the cookie season. They are ensuring they stay safe by utilizing homemade protective shields made from thick, clear shower curtains and a transfer tray process in addition to face masks, hand sanitizers, and a cookie menu display card. They have also been encouraging cashless transactions by utilizing the new scan feature on the Digital Cookie app for credit card transactions and promoting their QR codes to their personal sales sites to allow customers to mobile order quickly.

Their perseverance and innovation has been paying off as both sisters have already hit their initial goals and have decided to set their sights on Top Sellers medallions.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Seniors from Troop 4626 Help End Period Poverty in their Community

 

Submitted by Lauren C.

Metro Denver

Aurora

I am a Girl Scout Senior and just finished my Silver Award project with fellow troop member Annaliese A. (she/her). For our Silver Award, we installed a pad-only dispenser at every bathroom in Liberty Middle School because we noticed that many students didn’t have access to period products and were too embarrassed to ask the nurse for a pad (which nobody should be embarrassed about, but there has been a generational stigma surrounding menstruation). We had to work for $1,200 to purchase the six dispensers, and we made money through a Redbubble shop where we uploaded designs.

After we finished our project, we wanted to make a bigger impact in the community. We partnered with Always and were able to collect more than 75,000 pads to donate in addition to the dispensers! Also, we were able to speak at the National PERIOD Day Rally in Denver with a local non-profit, Period Kits! They were also key in helping us raise all of the pads and we appreciate everyone’s support!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.