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GSCO Staff Tour CU Champions Center

Submitted by Lori Thompson

Northern & Northeastern CO

Boulder

The University of Colorado Athletic Department staff recently hosted GSCO staff for a tour of CU’s Champions Center. The center is the home for CU Football, Athletic Offices, and CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center. The center opened earlier this year and features state of the art work out facilities, football team locker room, and lounge. There are also historic displays featuring team trophies and uniforms as well as event space with lovely views of the Flat Irons.

GSCO staff was onsite to visit about upcoming Girl Scout winter events with CU Basketball. We’re making plans with both CU Women’s and Men’s basketball teams, so Girl Scouts will have a chance to see two CU games this year. Plans for our game with CU Women’s Basketball are coming soon. Save the date for Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 for Girl Scout Night with CU Men’s Basketball. Plans for both games will include a special ticket deal for Girl Scout troops and families and additional fun Girl Scout activities to be announced. For more information, please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

A big thank you goes to CU Athletic Department staff for a great tour and for coordinating our upcoming winter Girl Scout events!

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Songbirds Girl Scout Choir featured at World Singing Day

Submitted by Penny Roberts

Northern & Northeastern CO

Estes Park

October 22, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado was the setting for the 2016 World Singing Day, and the Songbirds Girl Scout Choir was one of several featured groups recruited to help lead the massive crowd of singers in uplifting songs.

World Singing Day was founded in 2012 by Boulder musician Scott Johnson and brings people together in their communities all around the world through the simple act of singing together.  It’s an opportunity each year to celebrate our global family through the international language of music.  “Our goal for 2016 is to have community sing-a-longs on all seven continents and reach over one million people through videos and social media,” said Scott.

Information about the Songbirds was prominently displayed in the lyric booklet passed out to all participants.

The famous Colorado acapella group FACE performed for the first half-hour and it was fantastic to be on stage with them when our turn came to lead our assigned songs.  They seemed happy to back up the Girl Scout Choir and were very energetic and engaging in their involvement with our singers as well as the whole crowd.

Other groups recruited to lead a total of twenty-two songs throughout the event were The Rocky Mountain Chorale, UNC’s Vocal Iron, and Up With People alumni.

The Girl Scout Choir stood out with their royal blue logo polo shirts, and were quite visible and distinctive in the crowd.  We also passed out programs at the beginning of the event and helped pick up and put away the booklets when the event was over.

The songs we were assigned to help lead everyone in singing were “What the World Needs Now,” “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Let It Be,” “La Bamba” (in Spanish!), and “America the Beautiful,” which spotlighted two additional newly written verses specific to Boulder.

Some special things happened throughout the event including some dancing among the crowd, some plastic blow-up guitars passed out to help folks get with the beat, and several professional photographers recording the entire event.  See Facebook for lots of involvement about World Singing Day 2016 in Boulder, Colorado.  Videos and photos can also be accessed on Twitter using #worldsingingday.

We hope to be invited back again next year and that even more choir members and others will join our group.  This was a great event for the choir and Girl Scouts of Colorado, as we were widely applauded and appreciated by those who came out for this great event.  It’s truly a great idea to unite the world in song.

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Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Recipients Honored at Highest Awards celebration in Boulder

More than fifty Girl Scout families and friends gathered at Mountain View Methodist Church in Boulder on April 24, 2016 to honor Colorado Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

Two Girl Scouts were presented the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. Brittany Jaros from Boulder, Holy Family High School, developed a program to educate middle school students about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. Courtney Howell from Niwot, Silver Creek High School, organized a science, math, and engineering exploration day for middle and elementary school students to show them that science can be fun. Both described their projects and how earning the Gold Award has impacted their lives. Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 who earn the Gold Award demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. Several Silver Award honorees (the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn) also were presented their awards. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in grades 4th and 5th can earn.

Girl Scouts of Colorado COO Jacky Noden said the girls’ spirit and motivation inspires us all to think of the needs of others and take action to make the world a better place.

“You are strong role models for our community and our world,” she said.

Kaitlin Jaros, whose sister Brittany accepted her Gold Award, served as the celebration’s emcee. She earned her Gold Award several years ago for a project that focused on three areas of health: eating, exercise, and getting enough sleep. She teamed up with gym and health teachers at Casey Middle School, Sacred Heart of Jesus, and St. Louis middle schools. The teachers had students track for a week their food intake and the number of hours of exercise and sleep they completed. She took the data and created spreadsheets, showing where students could improve. She presented the information at each of the schools, explaining the importance of forming healthy habits early.

“Girl Scouts has ultimately shaped me into the person I am today by instilling values of courage, confidence, and character, ultimately giving us the mission to make the world a better place.” she said.

This year Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest award. The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to honor this year’s Highest Awards recipients at ceremonies around the state. These events include:

  • May 1st at 2 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver
  • May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs

 

 

 

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Brittany Jaros, Boulder, “Mission: Suicide Prevention”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created a presentation about suicide prevention for middle school aged students at two Catholic middle schools, Holy Trinity and St. Louis. Along with the presentation, I had the kids participate in a workshop where they put their sources of strength on a posterboard and we hung them around the school. I also created a website, http: wix.com/hope-strength to help spread my work to others. I also handed out stickers with the Sources of Strength wheel with my website domain on the back. The Sources of Strength wheel included family support, positive friends, mentors, healthy activities, generosity, spirituality, medical access, and mental health. Experts say if you have at least two of these sources of strength you will reduce your risk of experiencing depression and/or suicide.

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

I gave the kids an evaluation sheet asking them specific questions about the project and how I can change it. Most of the responses were positive and indicated the kids learned new things from my project.

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

The posters will continue to hang up around the schools. One of the teachers, Tate Hallahan at Holy Trinity, agreed to integrate an aspect of my project into a daily activity. The kids normally do a Life Balance Program called 4-7-40, Four Aspects of Human Awareness (Physical, Spiritual, Mental, Emotional) 7 – Seven Goals – Specific and Attainable / Pertain to the 4 Aspects. Before my project the activity was 3-7-40. He added the mental aspect after I came to the school. Also, he took the stickers I handed out with my website domain to handout to his students in the future. The kids will also continue to visit my website.

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

I emailed four organizations: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, National Association of France-Depression, European Depression Organization, and Mental Health of America. Lori Salgado from the Board of Directors with DBSA Colorado responded and encouraged me about my project.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned I have the strength to persevere through any difficulties and I can finish anything I set my mind too. I discovered I am a good leader and I love working with middle school students.

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

Standing up in front of people and discussing a tough topic. I also learned to be brave and stand up for a topic I believe in even when others don’t see it as important . This will help me in the future when I have to give presentations in the business world and I’m comfortable with public speaking. I will also have the confidence to stand up for issues in the community and the world and address them.

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

It was the final project and endpoint of my journey as a younger Girl Scout. It has given me the helpful tools to continue Girl Scouts in the future. It helped me to achieve the final leadership tools I need to succeed in college, the business world, and as a future Girl Scout. Without these final tools I would not be as confident in myself before I enter the world.

**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

Gold Award – Where are they now?

1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Jessica Hild and I earned my Girl Scout Gold Award in February 2015. I am now eighteen years old, live in Boulder, Colorado, and study Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado. I am going to college on a Naval ROTC scholarship, so most of my time is taken up by classes and training with my unit but I also enjoy running and yoga. I play violin in the campus orchestra, and am involved in an outdoor skills group. I got started in Girl Scouts when I was about seven years old and was in a troop until high school then I transitioned into a Juliette. I also joined Venture scouting when I was fourteen. Balancing both Girl Scouts and Venture scouts turned out to be very beneficial and I’m glad I participated in both.

2. What was the most successful part of your Gold Award experience?

My Gold Award project was done at the outdoor chapel of Camp Alexander; a Boy Scout camp I worked at for four years. I had unforgettable and impactful experiences throughout my time there. Being able to successfully make an impact on a place that means so much to me, and does so much for youth, was extremely satisfying. I feel that pairing my involvement with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts was something that made my Gold Award project unique.

3. How do you feel your Gold Award experience has impacted who you are today?

Ever since my older sister got her Gold Award, I decided I wanted to get mine as well. I thought of it as something I could put on college applications or my resume. After I received the Award, I realized it meant much, much more. I was working under time constraints when planning my project but I am so glad I went forward with it anyway. Why not go after opportunities? Getting my Gold Award has reinforced that pursuing things when given the opportunity can open up doors for success.  

4. What is your advice for girls interested in pursuing their Gold Award?

I had my project approval meeting less than a week before I scheduled my project date. I put in a lot of work knowing that it may not be approved. I decided that regardless of the decision, this project was worthwhile and I would go forward with it as a Gold Award project or not. After my project was approved, I shared this with the board and received nothing but support of doing what I felt was right.

Pursuing the Gold Award is an incredibly worthwhile endeavor. I encourage any girl interested to go for it regardless of the challenges and to pick a project they are passionate about. The process may develop skills such as organization, research, communication, or budgeting, but I believe it’s really about realizing what an impactful and powerful woman one can be.

Troop 2651 earns Bronze award for blind skier map of Eldora Mountain Resort

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Submitted by Karen Lochhead

Boulder

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Troop 2651 has earned their Bronze Award! At one meeting we had a visit from our blind friend Amelia who talked to us about what it is like to be blind. Amelia is an amazing person, and skis at Eldora even though she is blind! We decided to make a map for her and the other blind skiers from the Colorado Center for the Blind who ski with the Ignite Program.

We first printed out a topographical map of Eldora and used that to cut out different layers of cardboard. Then, we stacked up the cardboard, glued it together, and covered the structure in plaster to make the runs smooth. Then we added trees and chair lifts to help the blind students envision the area.

We drove up to Eldora to present our map to the blind students. Each of us showed them a different feature of the map. Once we were done presenting, we got to ski and see the blind students we had just met skiing with their instructors.

CCB invited us to come down for a visit. We got a tour led by a blind teacher, met a professor who read us Harry Potter in braille, and we got to present our map to a classroom full of blind students.

During our adventure, we got to learn the meaning of the badges Power of One, Power of Team, and Power of Community. We look forward to earning our Silver and Gold awards in the years to come!

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

Outdoor Skills Camps coming soon – Register Now!

Outdoor Skills Day Camps

Back by popular demand!

An annual favorite event for Girl Scouts is coming back – Outdoor Skills Day camps are being hosted in Longmont, Thornton and Boulder.

Who: 1st Graders and up
When: 9:45am—3:45pm  after Scouts Own (exact times will be sent)
On Sale Price/Girl: $16 includes hot Sat. lunch and Outdoor Skills patch
Adults: free up to required ratios—(1 adult: 4 Brownies or 1 adult: 6 Juniors or 1 adult: 10 Cadettes)
Additional adults: $5/day
Event Maximum: Up to 100 girls (register early). Bring a friend.

Sample of Outdoor Skills to Learn and Improve

  • Knife Craft and Safety
  • Knot Tying
  • Compass Use
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Fire Building and Campsite Set-up / Tent Pitching
  • Emergency First Aid and Preparation

Each girl will earn ‘Outdoor Skills’ patch.

Brownies/Juniors/Cadettes may do activities that are part of other awards.
Each girl should bring a washed/peeled veggie for the lunch Stone Soup. Come with your troop or on your own.
Please register NOW: https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/

Questions to:  girlscouttroop70007@gmail.com

Girl Scout Senior/Ambassador Troop 70007 is running this event to help Girl Scouts learn Outdoor Skills and as a fundraiser for their big summer trip to California.

Date Registration and Payment Deadline Location
Sat Feb 28 Feb 24 United Methodist Church, 350 11th Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501
Sat Mar 7 Mar 3 Good Shepherd UMC, 3690 East 128th Avenue, Thornton, Colorado 80241
Sat Mar 14 Mar 10 Mountain View United Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Place, Boulder, Co 80303

 

Download Outdoor Skills Day Camps Flyer 2015 final.pdf

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Mattie McGarey, Louisville, “Love Every Inch”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I started a blog dedicated to aiding those recovering from eating disorders and the education of those who wanted to learn more about eating disorders. This lead to me giving a talk at Boulder High School’s body positive club about my project.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I decided to pursue this issue because I have seen eating disorders do terrible things to the lives of my friends. Adolescent girls heading to college are the most prone to developing eating disorders at such a stressful time in their lives and I thought that this project would be a great way to guide my peers into to this time of change. I am also a dancer and have seen eating disorders very present in the dance world, so I also wanted to explore and educate those who were close to me through dance about this issue.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I was able to educate others on how to recognize signs of eating disorders as well as offer support and resources to those suffering from them.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I was able to gain skills and experience dealing with real world issues that I would not have been able to experience without completing the Gold Award. I not only learned leadership, planning, and goal setting skills, but I also learned interview techniques and how to network amongst a group of people who could help me in achieving my goals.

How did you make your project sustainable? 

The blog that I created, loveveryinch.weebly.com, will exist forever and the Boulder High Body Positive club that I spoke at remains active.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Eating disorders are a widespread issue, not just in America, but around the world. Being able to start an open conversation about eating disorders in Boulder will hopefully lead to a more in-depth exploration of this issue in other places.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I think my most memorable experience was getting the chance to talk to a club of people my age who were dedicated to body positivity.

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

Being able to have experience leading a project and completing one’s goals are important skills to have in one’s life. Besides developing communication and networking skills, I am able to have a piece of work proving that I am driven and hardworking when it comes to things I believe in.

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

I was able to take initiative of a project that I felt passionately about and I was able to take all of the leadership skills that I had learned throughout my time in Girl Scouts and apply them by myself.

***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: Nina Asher, Greenwood Village, “Gates Summer Camp Hike”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Took inner-city Denver kids at the Boys and Girls Club on an education hike up near Boulder, CO.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I wanted to take the opportunity to make a positive impact on the kids at the Boys and Girls Club.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

I was able to teach the children about a topic they never would have learned about otherwise.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I became a better leader and more comfortable leading others. I was in charge of a group of counselors, who were older than I was, and I was forced to learn to interact and lead a group of people I was unfamiliar with leading.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I created a Hike Manual that will be passed down from summer to summer at the camp. It is for the counselors to use and teach from. Along with that, I created a Hike Activity Book for the campers to keep them engaged in what was being taught.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Wherever these kids go in their life they always will keep the knowledge they learned at camp. This information will help them in many aspects including respecting nature and staying safe in circumstances of natural disasters common to Colorado.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The most fond memory I have about my Gold Award project is working with the kids at Gates Camp and getting to interact and teach the children.

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

This experience has taught me many things, but most importantly, about teaching children and what a difficult, but rewarding task that can be. In the future, I will keep the skills I learned from this project and apply them when I hopefully become a teacher.

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

The Gold Award is a culmination of all my hard work over the years. Over everything I have learned when I was Brownie up to doing the actual project, everything I did lead up to my project and prepared me for that as well as for the rest of my 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

Bronze, Silver and Gold Celebrated at Boulder Highest Awards Ceremony

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More than a hundred Girl Scout family and friends gathered in Boulder on May 4 to honor Colorado Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Six girls were presented with the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout in grades 9-12 can earn. Girls who have earned this award demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. Several Bronze Award honorees (the highest award a girl in grades 4-5 can earn) and Silver Award honorees (the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn) also were presented with their awards. during Sunday’s ceremony, emceed by Annie Davis, a 2013 Gold Awardee from Boulder.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote said the girls’ spirit and motivation inspires us all to think of the needs of others and take action to make the world a better place.

“You are strong role models for our community and our world,” she said.

Emily Calzolari, Caitlyn Danielle Fitch, Ailee C. Rowe, Rowan Alaina Seabolt, Alexa Jo Stringer and Monica Teagan Weller spent a few minutes describing their Gold Award projects and how working toward Gold impacted their lives.

Emily, of Longmont, provided helmets for the Longmont Ice Pavilion and educated Learn-to-Skate parents and participants of the dangers of skating.

Caitlyn, from Northglenn, taught self-defense classes for girls and boys between the ages of 6 and 18 to promote the value of confidence in everyday life.

Ailee, of Westminster, designed and instituted a program in the local homeless shelter system to stimulate brain activity when the kids were not at school.

Rowan, from Westminster, created a summer horse camp program for children in the community who might not have the resources to have such an experience to explore the world around them and develop their passions.

Alexa, of Lafayette, wrote a curriculum and ran a counseling group for middle-school aged girls to raise self-esteem.

Monica, from Westminster, planned and participated in monthly events alongside Rotary Youth International Exchange students to help them make friends and experience all of the fun and culture of Colorado.

In addition at the ceremony, Curtis Stringer (Gold Awardee Alexa’s father) was presented with one of GSUSA’s top volunteer awards, The Honor Pin, for his outstanding work as a cookie volunteer. The award recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals.

The ceremony culminated with a bridging ceremony for all of the Girl Scouts present who were “bridging” or progressing to the next level of Girl Scouting.

We are immensely proud of these inspiring young leaders in our community.