Tag Archives: Brighton

Silver Award Project: Little Angels


Submitted by Heidi Kane

Metro Denver


Jaedyn and Emma from Troop 62816 completed their Silver Award project, Little Angels! The girls created an annual clean-up day in their community for a local cemetery in Brighton. They learned how to properly restore a grave from the cemetery manager to help maintain the headstone placement. They got a boulder donated and engraving donated to mark with “Little Angels” for the baby section of the cemetery. The girls paid for with their troop money a new sign in English and Spanish for the cemetery. The cemetery also allowed the girls to help complete and organize their veteran list, so they can properly place flags and wreaths for years to come. The girls inspired the cemetery to plant a new tree and install a bench for loved ones to come and visit their little angel that has passed.

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 was at the can send in her story here.

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Submitted by Kendall Simono

Metro Denver


We were thinking about an elderly friend of ours who is going to be alone this Christmas because her sister (who lived with her) passed away earlier this year. And because she doesn’t live in Colorado for us to visit, my daughter decided to make her a snowflake ornament out of beads to let her know we were thinking of her along with a letter. Because we had extra materials, she decided to make ornaments for older neighbors on our block to brighten their day (and maybe their trees) along with a simple note of happy holidays. We’ve been told this really made them smile.

Due to COVID, we’ve been spending a lot of time on crafts to keep us busy so why not share them with others to keep a smile on their face during this lonely time (for some).

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 gives back at Barr Lake State Park

Submitted by Janine R.

Metro Denver


I am a Girl Scout Juliette and do my Girl Scout activities, badges, and volunteer work at Barr Lake State Park. I have learned about nature, how to take care of animals, talk to people, and share my experiences at the park with visitors. I have also learned how to shoot a bow and arrow, fish, and kayak. The best part of doing Girl Scouts at Barr Lake State Park is that I am also giving back to my community.

I have learned to be a go-getter by trying new experiences like feeding the birds and other animals in the nature center. I am an innovator by holding a cookie booth at Barr Lake State Park, which allowed me to reach a community of people going out to look at eagles and see nature while I was able to be in nature while selling cookies. I am a risk-taker because I am shy and I talk to people at my cookie booths. I am a leader in my community by volunteering my time at Barr Lake State Park.

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

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend: Barr Lake

Submitted by Ana Lucia Martin del Campo

Metro Denver


We went to Barr Lake State Park to celebrate Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend. The girls did rock climbing and had a wonderful time. For one of the girls, it was her first time rock climbing. All of them were brave. We had never been to Barr Lake State Park. Now, we are planning to return to explore and learn more.

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

Remembering Girl Scout volunteer Eleanor F. Silver

Submitted by John Silver, GSCO Guest Blogger

Metro Denver


The 2019 Girl Scout Volunteer Recognition Awards were recently given out and it made me think about my mother who was a Girl Scout volunteer many years ago.

My mother Eleanor F. Silver, who passed away last year at age 98, volunteered for many years in Brighton.  She was passionate about developing a vibrant Girl Scout program and served as a troop leader and in multiple capacities for the service unit.

Here are excerpts from an essay entitled “Celebrating Eleanor” that was written by my sister (and Girl Scout!) Nancy L. Ottem:

“… Mama told me that after being active with Girl Scouts in Thornton, she wanted to get her girls into troops when we moved to Brighton.  She said that Brighton was quite cliquish and class conscious in the later ‘50s. When Mama inquired about her girls joining the existing local troop the leader responded: ‘I think we have enough girls.'”

“But Mama would not stand for that.  She was on a mission!  She envisioned Girl Scouts being an avenue for engaging ALL young girls, regardless. Just before we changed the subject, she quietly thought aloud: ‘I am kind of proud of that.'”

As a result, my mother contacted Girl Scouts of Colorado (Mile High Council at the time) and drove her turquoise Chevy to the South Broadway office and in 1958 organized a second Brownie troop in Brighton, to which all were welcome.

Another time we were discussing the many organizations and clubs she had been a member of in Brighton. … She mentioned that she had been invited by friends to join other clubs they belonged to, which were exclusive or by invitation only.  But she always declined.  She told me she would not ever belong to something that was not open to all.”

Eventually, my mother was named Girl Scout Leader of the Year in Brighton.

My mother was placed in nursing care near the end of her life, where she continued her interest in the Harper’s Ferry Service Unit in the Brighton area.  Some of her belongings were sold at a tag sale and by coincidence the total receipt was $839. What is the coincidence?  839 was the number of the Girl Scout troop she established in Brighton so many years ago! This money has been added to a fund for Girl Scout projects in the Brighton area.

Funds from my mother’s trust and gifts from or arranged by her loving family support Girt Scouts in Brighton and beyond.

John Silver of Metro Denver is proud to be an adult volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado. As the brother and son of Girl Scouts, John is now an adult seeing Girl Scouts through new eyes. John will be reporting on things he learns– that you might not know either! He will also be researching badge earning and other opportunities for Girl Scouts today.

Epic Adventures day camp

Submitted by Brandy Schauppner

Metro Denver


What could be better than spending a week at day camp? Join us for an EPIC experience doing crafts, outdoor fun, team building, some badge activities, and even a Take Action project.

This is for girls from Daisy through Junior with leadership opportunities for Cadette through Senior!

Brownies will have the chance to earn their Brownie W.O.W. Journey with the help of Cadettes who are working on their LIA awards.

We will spend our days making new friends, playing in the sun, going on hikes, and even a tour of the ON-SITE historical museum!

Program Aide Internship (PAI) and Program Aide opportunities are also available. Although we are not providing the training at camp, we will be offering the internship part of the requirement. If you would like to complete PA training prior to camp and need help finding a training session, please email us at epicadventures.gs@gmail.com. We may hold a PA training if enough girls are interested.


June 10 – June 14, 2019

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Campers arrive at 8:30 a.m. and go home at 3 p.m. each day)


Adams County Regional Park (Adams County Fairgrounds)

Al Lesser Building Park

9755 Henderson Rd.

Brighton 80601


Email: epicadventures.gs@gmail.com

Directors: Anna Mills and Brandy Schauppner

Anna Mills: (303) 907 – 4654

Brandy Schauppner (720) 878 – 3947

Information and Registration website: https://epicadventuresdaycamp.wordpress.com/

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

Therapeutic cookies

Submitted by Brandi Borunda

Metro Denver


Ariyanna is a first year Girl Scout and was recently diagnosed with High Spectrum Autism. She has a hard time socializing and being outgoing. So, we placed her in Girl Scouts hoping to help her through this tough time. Cookie sales came….and she THRIVED! Selling 596 packages to friends, family, and others. This event really helped her with her anxiety and struggles of talking to people (safely with us parents) about her own personal cookie goal. It helped peak her interest in money and its importance, reading and so much more. Girl Scouts has helped her come out of herself so much more and we couldn’t be more grateful! Her personality is flourishing and it helps us too as a family!

This is truly what Girl Scouts has done for her. She is coming out of her shell and is constantly thinking, looking for ways now to better the world and the people in it. Ariyanna took a huge risk in trying a group event because she is normally very much within her own thoughts a world. This program has helped open the eyes of her own troop both parents and kids to autism and has helped truly open her up to a whole new world!

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

Gold Award Girl Scouts impact Colorado communities and beyond

Twenty-five Girl Scouts from across Colorado have earned the distinction of Gold Award Girl Scout, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, after completing take action projects benefiting their local communities and those around the world.

  • Meg Bleyle from Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch High School, worked to increase the bee population by teaching children about how people need and depend on bees.
  • Beth Bolon from Longmont hosted a workshop for sixth grade girls to help them improve their communication skills and bolster their confidence when interacting with others.
  • Cheyanne Bridges from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, partnered with the Pikes Peak Humane Society to support their animal medical fund by providing a sustainable source of donations from her school.
  • Tara Butler from Denver, Overland High School, created a course and curriculum specifically for senior citizens to educate them on how to use their smartphone and better understand the technology.
  • Kayleigh Cornell from Aurora, Grandview High School, started the Colorado Book Bank and collected more than 1,300 new and gently used books for students in a summer lunch program.
  • Victoria Delate from Centennial, Cherry Creek High School, created a four-week self-defense course to give her fellow students the knowledge and skills to protect themselves from sexual assault.
  • Emma Deutsch from Denver, Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, improved the cat rooms at the Denver Animal Shelter. By creating a more welcoming and colorful space, she encouraged more people to adopt cats.
  • Kamaryn Evans from Castle Rock, Douglas County High School, worked to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence and for the Crisis Center, which works to end domestic violence through advocacy, education, and prevention.
  • Rose Goodman from Boulder, Boulder High School, created a lesson plan, which meets common-core standards, to educate second grade students about the declining bee population and how they can help bees.
  • Elizabeth Hoelscher from Aurora, Grandview High School, partnered with Avanti House, which houses teenage victims of sex trafficking, to build a new library for the home and create welcome baskets for the girls.
  • Ashlin Hult from Niwot, Niwot High School, created a series of materials for middle-school girls to encourage healthy body image and increase self-esteem.
  • Zoi Johns from Golden, Lakewood High School, coordinated the installation of three 10,000-liter water filtration tanks in a school in rural Uganda.
  • Makayla Kocher from Monument, Colorado Springs Christian School, created an art program for nursing home residents.
  • Kayleigh Limbach from Niwot, Niwot High School, wrote aguidebook for incoming International Baccalaureate students to help them weigh their options for their academic future.
  • Alexis Montague from Castle Rock, Castle View High School, hosted a panel discussion so girls could learn more about career opportunities in STEM.
  • Sarah Ness from Centennial, Eaglecrest High School, hosted nearly two dozen after-school art therapy sessions to help kids at her school relieve and manage stress.
  • Gwyneth Ormes from Centennial, Cherry Creek High School, organized a series of after-school workshops to teach elementary school girls Processing (a basic programming language), along with the foundational concepts of computer science.
  • Emma Parkhurst from Centennial, Littleton High School, revitalized The Lions Cupboard, a local clothing closet, to make the space more accessible for families in need.
  • Makala Roggenkamp from Arvada, Faith Christian Academy, partnered with Hope House and created book templates for children to develop a love of reading.
  • Abagail Sickinger from Castle Rock, Douglas County High School, developed a curriculum to help high school students get a job. Topics included: resume writing, what to wear, conducting yourself during an interview, and how to answer interview questions.
  • Katrina Stroud from Boulder, Niwot High School, created an activity booklet for The Butterfly Pavilion to teach children about Monarch butterflies and bumble bees.
  • Grayson Thomas from Lyons, Lyons High School, designed a mural of diverse and significant members of the STEM community for Lyons Middle/Senior High School.
  • Marieke van Erven from Brighton partnered with the Adams County Elections Department to create VOTE (Voter Outreach Through Education), which takes education about the elections department into high school government classes.
  • Melissa Wilson from Castle Rock, Castle View High School, developed several materials to educate people who can hear about how to interact with those who are deaf.
  • Inspired by her mother’s battle with cancer, Susan Wilson from Aurora, Grandview High School, created a media center for cancer patients undergoing treatment at Parker Adventist Hospital.

The Girl Scout Gold Award culminates with a project led by one young woman between 9th and 12th grades who builds a purpose-based team to work with the larger community to meet a need. 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.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Stephanie Foote, President and Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “They saw a need and took ownership of helping to develop a solution and took action to make it happen. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership is making the world a better place.”

About Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Brighton Girl Scouts celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday

Submitted by GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist Rebecca Lipman

Metro Denver


Girl Scouts in Brighton’s Harper’s Ferry Service Unit gathered to celebrate the birthday of Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low and Halloween. In addition to the regular Halloween fun of dressing up, the girls decided to honor Juliette’s legacy and birthday by creating birthday kits that were donated to a local food bank! Knowing that birthdays can often be a difficult time financially for families, the birthday kits can be given to families in need to help relieve this burden. The birthday kits contained all the supplies needed to make a birthday cake, as well as cards made and signed by the Girl Scouts.

The girls also celebrated Halloween by dressing up, learning the Thriller dance, and having fun with some spooky science!

To make your own birthday kit you will need the following ingredients:

Cake mix
Disposable pan
Single serving applesauce
A gift bag it will all fit into

Happy Birthday Juliette Low!

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

Girl Scout Gold Award project: Marieke van Erven, Brighton, “VOTE (Voter Outreach Through Education)”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award, I worked with the Adams County Elections Department to create VOTE (Voter Outreach Through Education). VOTE takes education about the elections department into high school government classes. The education includes the “behind the scenes” of a ballot, what happens during an election, security measures taken, and many other important aspects of the Elections Department. We also put on a student government to give students of all grade levels the experience of a “true” election.

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

I measured the impact of my Gold Award by the number of students reached, 28 with education, and the feedback they gave on a survey. 26/28 felt they learned something they didn’t already know and better understood the Elections Department and what they do. VOTE will be continued through the Adams County Elections Department, which means that students will continue to be educated on the importance of voting, and the work the Elections Department does. Through feedback my team and I received from the students and the teacher, we revised the program to make it stronger for next year.

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

My project will continue through the Adams County Elections Department and will grow to reach more students. The current goal is to have VOTE in every high school in Adams County boundaries, then looking for further growth options. We are hoping to reach four high schools next year and continue to expand after that. Our thoughts and goals for expansion include reaching beyond Adams County at the state level.

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

Elections are a hot button topic for many people, especially after the 2016 General Election. VOTE addresses concerns that were seen at the national level. As a team, we are starting small with our education, but that will also grow to incorporate what is happening. High school government students learn about elections in the United States but may also look at elections abroad and the systems used, this helps to give them a deeper understanding and better connection to relate the electoral system to.

What did you learn about yourself?

During my Gold Award, I learned that I can work through obstacles. I hit several spots in my project where I could’ve easily given up. I had to change my project late in the year and then put a lot of work into making sure the VOTE program went into classrooms before the school year was over. Hard work pays off, and there is always another option when something seems impossible.

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

Earning my Gold Award has given me more confidence in myself and what I am capable of accomplishing. I will now look at projects with a different perspective knowing that I can push myself further than I thought was possible and overcome any obstacle put in my way. If you work hard enough, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. As I am heading into college, this will be an especially important reminder that I will carry with me.

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

Earning my Gold Award was an important part of my Girl Scout Experience because it was a good way to wrap up my time as a Girl Scout before moving to an adult member. I have been in Girl Scouts since Daisy’s and have grown up watching girls earn their Gold Awards. Watching my older Girl Scout sisters earning these awards and positively impacting the community around them was an inspiration to me. It taught me that I could one day have a similar impact on those around me, and it drove me to continue my Girl Scout journey even when I was busy with school and sports. I looked up to my Girl Scout sisters, and want to be that inspiration for other younger girls.

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

Earning my Gold Award helped me learn to become a go-getter because of the challenges I faced. Changing my project in the middle of the year was not something I had planned on doing. I wanted to give up, but I knew there was still a difference I could make in my community. I had to look at the problem I had in a different way and see another issue that needed to be addressed. I, then, worked with the elections team to gain high school support. This project made me step outside my comfort zone and prove to many people that I am not just another high school student, I am a professional in this area. There was an obstacle proving this to my teachers and peers alike, as they have only ever seen me as a student.

**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