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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Lauren McBeth, Aurora, “House of Words in Tierra Park”

 

Lauren McBeth

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my project I built a Little Free Library for Tierra. The library can be used by anyone who wants to read. The goal for my project was to encourage people of all ages to read more.

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

Within one week of planting the library, there were new books and all the Dr. Seuss books were gone. I have also received responses from people on the Facebook page I created.

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

The Aurora Libraries is committed to working with the Aurora Parks and Recreation District for the security of the “House of Words in Tierra Park”. The Interact Club (High School Rotary) at Cherokee Trail High School has committed to checking and restocking the house quarterly.

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

Nationally, I will be connecting through the House of Words in Tierra Park Facebook page and the Little Free Library organization registration and map of world-wide locations.  Globally, I will be traveling to three countries via Girl Scouts and will visit a local library in London where I will place books with my Facebook connection and leave bookmarks with the links to the Facebook page “House of Words in Tierra Park” and the “Little Free Library” site.

What did you learn about yourself?

Without a commitment to Girl Scouts I might not have learned the strength and tenacity it takes to survive challenges.

I also learned that I am smart, strong, able to organize and direct others, I am sensitive to the needs of my community, able to adapt to challenges, and perfectly capable of making the world a better place. I am proud to represent the Girl Scouts of Colorado.

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

I am currently nominated to the United States Naval Academy and while I wait to hear about a future with the Academy, I know that the Gold Award allowed me to truly embody the meaning of serving others. This will always be carried forward.

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

I have been in Girl Scouts for 12 years now and I have had many opportunities through Girl Scouts. The Gold Award was a great way to wrap up my Girl Scout experience because I was able to use all that I have learned in Girl Scouts in my project. Also, finishing my senior year out with my Gold Award Project has meant a lot because I was able to give back to a community that has given me so much.

**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

Encouraged by another troop

Submitted by Maggie Donohue

Aurora

Denver Metro

My name is Maggie and I am a Junior.  I was doing door-to-door sales with my parents.  We had walked 12 blocks.  I was close to finishing the route and my sales were not as great as I hoped.  1 in every 10 houses would buy cookies.  I wanted to sell at least 10 more boxes but had only two houses left.  I was a little sad.  I rang the last doorbell and met another troop mom.   She had a garage full of cookies but bought one box of do-si-dos.  Then she smiled and gave me an “encouragement gift”!  A small painted milk jug to drink from when I had cookies at my house!  This cheered me up so much!  On the bottom of my jug it says Laura and Kelly!  Thank you Laura and Kelly and your troop mom for helping my heart feel better!

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

Thirteen years of fun as Girl Scouts

Submitted by Julie Lisco-Smith

Aurora

Denver Metro

In the 13 years of leading these wonderful girls we have done more than our share of fun stuff. Years ago, I started this troop with 15 kindergartners. Today I have 8 Ambassadors, 7 of which started with me 13 years ago. Through the years we have hiked, camped, sang, laughed, and cried as we lost of one our scouts in her sleep 6 years ago.

These girls have bonded in a way that most will only dream of. We have sat down and done the math, looking back over our last 12 years of cookie sales we have sold over 54,000 boxes of cookies, we have gone to Washington, D.C. for the Girl Scouts’ 100th Birthday Party, spent weekends in Glennwood Springs, gone whitewater rafting, and done community service projects every year.

I always told the girls to make a plan and set a goal and I would try to accomplish whatever you want to do. The last 3 years these girls have worked hard, we have been saving our Cookie money and by adding this years proceeds we will end our Girl Scout years with a mother daughter road trip to Disneyland!

One of our last and most heartfelt Community Projects was to supply sack lunches for the Samaritan House. The girls spent the night at my house and we made 150 sack lunches, stocked with fresh fruit, sandwiches, chips, cookies, chips, gum, Jolly Ranchers and granola bars. We woke at 5:00 am, packed up all of the cars, and headed to downtown to meet them and hand out our bags to the homeless at 6:00 am. The response we got was amazing, the girls felt so blessed to be able to help. So for our last year we have chose the Samaritan House as our Hometown Heros. A lot of the woman we fed told us of stories of when they were scouts and feel that this is a fitting cause to end our wonderful 13 years as Girl Scouts.

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

Troop 2375 visting with the local police

Submitted by Charlene Taylor

Aurora

Denver Metro

“We are Troop 2375.
We chose the Southlands Aurora Police Department to be our Hometown Heroes. We chose you because you keep our community safe from bad people. We think that it’s important for people to always listen to the police. We know that you are the good guys, and are always there to help us.
The community that bought cookies from us at booths chose to support you as well, which is where the money for these cookies came from. Thank you for volunteering to protect and serve us, and Aurora.

Signed, Troop 2375”

This was the card and speech the girls from Brownie Troop 2375 made to the Aurora Police Department when delivering their 48 boxes of hometown hero cookies.

The girls chose the local police department to be their Hometown Heroes after discussing Ferguson. Some of their classmates were pulled out of school to go participate in the civil disobedience there, and they were curious what that was about. As we talked about it, they wanted to express their support of what you do as peace officers, and to affirm that if people would just stop and do what the police say, like “Stop”, or “Kneel down, please”, we wouldn’t have all these problems.

As a troop, we wanted to express our thanks to the police for presenting a safe presence to the City of Aurora, and letting our girls grow up in an environment where they trust their police force.
Also, we wanted to make sure they knew that as we sold cookies at booths throughout Aurora, several people donated only after we told them the cookies were going to the local police. They have the support of our Aurora community! (And so do these cute little Brownies!)

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

Troop2375 delivers books to HOPE School

Submitted by Charlene Taylor

Aurora

Denver Metro

Brownie Troop 2375 held a book drive and collected 4 boxes of childrens books for the HOPE school, Lighthouse, in Aurora. They were able to personally deliver these books at the school’s Literacy Night.

It was amazing watching the children pick through the books to find a favorite, as each got to take one home for free. And even more amazing to the girls was that given the choice between ice cream or a free book, the book selection came first!

The girls had a great time connecting with their Aurora neighbors in such a fashion, and hope to be able to foster an ongoing relationship with the school.

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

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Jacqueline Pierce, Aurora, “Patriotism 163”

Jacqueline Pierce pic

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I taught patriotism classes to ages two through six over Thanksgiving and summer break in order to instill the idea of supporting our country into the youngest generation. I also collaborated with several different organizations, including the Wyoming Army National Guard to ensure the soldiers knew they had support from their home country.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I have family-friends in the military, who brought up the issue of the lack of support. I looked in to the issue and discovered the lack of support originated from a lack of patriotism and knowledge about the U.S. and soldiers.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

It not only instilled patriotism within the younger generation and supported soldiers, but created a cycle of appreciation and support for the functioning members of society.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I am now more confident in my abilities to direct projects, which originated from my own ideas. I have obtained leadership skills through having adults follow my lead on this project.

How did you make your project sustainable?

The children whom I taught in the patriotism classes will carry the idea of supporting soldiers and their country with them into their adulthood.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I taught the patriotism classes in Denver, which directly supported the National Guard based in Wyoming. The soldiers were on the east coast and then in Bahrain over the course of the project, with other companies in Afghanistan.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I managed to unite several different organizations that people would have never seen as a possible. I connected WYARNG with the HEA schoolboard in the name of GSCO.

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

It thoroughly demonstrates my leadership capabilities, which will carry me through college and my career as an adult.

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

It is the highest award and therefore the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. It marked the height of my Girl Scout career.

***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: Brianne Azuero, Aurora, “Passion for Pets”

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Brianne Azuero
Aurora
Rangeview High School
Passion for Pets

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I did pet education nights to educate people about what it means to take care of a pet and not just to own a pet.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I love animals, and I have had many pets. But it saddens me to think that animals are neglected and abused because people don’t understand what it takes to take care of them.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project made a difference because it educated people about pets and what it takes to take care of them. It has taught people how to be responsible pet owners.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained leadership skills while earning my Gold Award. I gained leadership skills because I learned that in order to get something done you have to take charge. I also gained the skill of speaking in front of an audience. I am typically terrified to speak in front of an audience, but my Gold Award has made me gain confidence.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember most not to procrastinate. I procrastinated a lot during my award and I didn’t enjoy having to rush at the end.

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

My Gold Award will help me in the future because it has taught my not to procrastinate and has helped me learn how to speak in front of an audience.

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

The Gold Award is important to my Girl Scout experience because it has taught me that although being in a group is great you have to take charge sometimes and have your voice heard.

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.